All Things Love

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get the mail from the mailbox of course!

This sweet little mailbox cut on the Cricut is sure to please on Valentine’s Day!  Filled with Hershey’s Hearts and Kisses it’s sure to convince your sweetheart to say yes.

 

 

 

 

 

This is just one of four Valentine’s that you’ll go home with if you register for my All Things Love class on February 9th.  The cost is $15 and class is limited to six participants.  Please RSVP by February 1st.

 

 

 

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Nevermore Will Raise the Dead

Halloween just happens to be one of my favorite holidays to make cards for so of course the Nevermore Paper Packet was high on my list of wants.  I’ve also been revisiting using my Cricut cartridges.

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When I was looking for ideas on Pinterest I found a cute coffin posted from the Jeanette Lynton Blog back in October 2012.  I decided it would be a fun treat box for a sweet granddaughter!

I played around and cut a web and a spider along with the word Eek all with Artiste!  I was having issues cutting the small letters in eek and decided it could just as easily be layered on a pennant.  I even got to use my black tulle that I’ve had for a couple of years.

This coffin box will be part of a special Nevermore Class on September 17th.  You will need to register by Saturday, September 5th to allow cutting time.  Please call or e-mail me if you have additional questions.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ice Cream Dream – June SOTM

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Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring June’s SOTM, which is Ice Cream Dream.  If you have come here from the Stampologist Paige Dolecki , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using June’s  SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Let’s get started!

I have been waiting patiently for June to arrive.  This is by far my favorite Stamp of the Month Set.  It brings back fond childhood memories of getting quarters from my mom’s boyfriend (whom later became my step-dad for 40 years of my life) so that I could run out and meet the ice-cream truck.  I wanted to do a banner, but wasn’t sure what I wanted it to say so I settled on “sweet”, I’m going to hang this in my new craft room once it’s finished.


  

I put both the Cricut Art Philosophy and Artfully Sent cartridges to work on this banner.  I used Crystal Blue C/S and the blue dots is from the Wanderful Collection.  The letters were cut in Gypsy C/S.  I pre-cut each piece in White Daisy and then decided to go back and do some layering.  The large banner is layered once and the Dot B&T has two pieces of white layered to give it thickness without using foam tape.  I then sponged all the edges, added a few pieces of bling to each banner piece and tied it all together with White Ribbon (which is actually from CTMH although it’s long retired) – who remembers the ribbon rounds?  I really had fun putting this all together, although I didn’t think I was ever going to get the glue and ink from my fingers.

Now “hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog where you’ll find some more sweet artwork!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until 30th of June!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

I Flipped Over Heartstrings

Close to My Heart shared a video a number of months ago putting together some great stamping techniques into the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album.  I thought this was a great little project so I set out to make one for myself and have incorporated it into my monthly card classes.

I started with the Heartstrings Paper packet and just chose random stamp sets to complete the pages.  I can’t wait to get it filled with photos.

The techniques showcased were:  using markers; tone on tone stamping; tissue technique and masking; using the backside of a stamp for a base; curved stamping; kissing; paper piecing; using stamps for B&T paper; rock & roll and shadow stamping.

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My monthly card club is enjoying learning a new technique each month and it’s a super way to use up retired paper.  If they choose not to buy the flip stand album I have offered to use my bind it all so they can refer to their technique book.

If you’re a consultant and would like to make a project like this, please refer to the Training Videos on the Training and Events tab in Online Office for the video.

Thanks for stopping by – remember, stamping is more than putting ink on paper!

Triple the Fun!

One of my “loyal customers” saw a cute Valentine card in an ad and forwarded it to me with the comment “check this out”.  I didn’t even know what the card was called, but knew that I HAD to make one!

My first visit was to Split Coast Stampers.  They have the BEST tutorials, most of which are free, and I figured that if I looked hard enough I just might find what I was looking for.  The Triple Easel card is a fun, medium level of difficulty card.  I ended up having to watch the video twice (but that could have been because it had been a couple of weeks between watching it and actually making the card).

DSCN1769I used Kraft cardstock as the base (I used three scallops which I cut with my Big Shot and a die) to decorate each scallop I took a different B&T from the Confetti Wishes paper packet.

DSCN1770The cupcake was cut from the Artiste Cartridge from Canary cardstock and stamped the wrapper from the coordinating stamp set in Canary ink and attached it to the cardstock.  Instead of stamping the frosting section I chose to just add some purple & pink sparkles (retired).  Each of the layers stands on the piece in front of it, but like a typical easel card it needs a place to rest on the first layer so I used a piece of Purple Shimmer Trim to hold up the first layer.

DSCN1771The card closes flat so it should be pretty easy to mail…my concern is if the recipient will know how to stand it up so it might be a “given in person” card.

Would you like to make one of these cards?  Join me at one of my February card classes and I’ll walk you through putting one together.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Valentine Treat

I was missing in action between the holidays and a trip to Mexico and it was my intention to get this posted before I left, but alas here it is the last day of the year before I get around to posting.

I LOVE the Heartstrings Paper Packet!  Yes, almost as much as my Wrangler Wearing Sweetheart, LOL!

I have had this My Creations Kraft Container hanging around for a while and I thought that I’d get a jump on Valentines Day.  I am so happy how it turned out.

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Here’s a close up of the flower it’s center is from the Heartstrings Assortment – 8 super cute self adhesive badge buttons for just $5.95

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Here’s hoping you have a fantastic end to your 2014 and find lots of crafting time in 2015!

Thanks for stopping by.

Inspired Designs

I love the new Annual Inspirations from Close to My Heart – not only is in chocked full of stamps, papers and assorted pieces of bling it is loaded with inspiration!

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Take this box for instance – it’s straight from page 15 using the November stamp of the month.  I’m not so much into the fussy cutting of all the flowers, but I think it would make the perfect place card at a Thanksgiving table or if you’re less formal a small gift for each of your guests.

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This next card was actually inspired by the Kraft 3 Ring Album on page 56.  I loved the layers of color from light to dark.

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I used another stamp from the Happy Autumn stamp set for the inside of the card.  I think the group of flowers actually look like dandelion blooms and I think I may try stamping them in white for a different look!  I will probably end up making a Thankful album as I’ve challenged my family to come up with one thing every day for the month of November.

My last card was inspired from one I saw on the Close to My Heart webpage.  It was done with a different paperpack, but I’m trying to use up the remainder of my Pathfinding paper.  I used the new Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge sleeve and lined it with a piece of B & T.

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I loved my day in the craft room!

Until later,

Tracey