Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Heart 2 Heart challenge-cardstock only.

I'm a little slow getting going on this one, but wanted to get this layout in the Heart 2 Heart challenge. The challenge was to use cardstock only--no pattern paper, and at least 3 colours of cardstock! So here it is, my entry. 
-Ocean cardstock (retired)
-black cardstock
-white carstock
-Giggle Caps alpha stamp set
-Puncuation stamp set
-Ticket tags stamp set
-Legendary Moments stamp set
-Black stazon ink
-Hexagon cutting system (Creative Memories)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Baby Shower gift.

 My cousin and his wife are having a baby!! So we had a baby shower to go to, and I wanted to make some of the items for theirr gift. So I started with this card. It was lifted from a fellow CTMH consultant Lorrinda H. and you can visit her blog here. I used the new CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut the shapes that I used for the drawer fronts, added some colonial white brads as the drawer pulls and used some 3D foam tape to pop open the 3rd drawer, so that it looked like the blanket was hanging out of the drawer. Using my blending pen and ink pads I coloured in my stamped images. All the drawer pieces were sponged with garden green around the edges to give definition to the layers.

I matted a piece of patterned paper from the Elemental paper pack, with colonial white cardstock, and used scissors to cut the fringe on the blanket.
 The next item was a paint can that I covered in more pattern paper from Elemental. I can't give credit for this idea to any one person as I have seen many of them on different blogs and boards, and I don't know who the original creator was. I wasn't sure I'd like this paper pack, but after working with it, it's so versatile, and the colours were perfect for my project. Again I was able to use the Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the tags and flowers as well as the boarder on the bottom of the can, that I then painted with Create-a-shade Pearl Paint to give it a softer look.

The ribbons on the handle were a bit of a challenge as I didn't have the colours I needed to match the paper. So I called on my creative side to make do with what I had. I took some grosgrain and twill ribbon in colonial white and sponged them in Garden green and Creme Brulee. I really like the way they turned out--and it was so easy to do. I'm thinking that if I just make sure to have enough colonial white grosgrain on hand and then I'll always be able to make whatever colour of ribbon I need!

  And lastly I chose to include in the package some Thank you cards. Also using that so versatile AP cartridge to cut out the card bases and tags, then using a non CTMH stamp (GASP!) I stamped the bunny and used my blender pen to colour it in. I even use the heart cutout from the tag, inside the card.
Did 15 of those little suckers!!!! Bundled them all up together along with some receiving blankets and onesies in the tin and VIOLA! I was ready with my gift.

Supplies used (CTMH unless otherwise noted)
-Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
-creme brulee cardstock
-olive cardstock
-colonial white cardstock
-Elemental paper pack
-colonial white brads
-green button assortment
-assorted ribbons (some non-CTMH)
-paint can (available at paint stores)
-Limited Edition Stamp set -Sept 2011 SOTM
-Share the magic stamp set -Oct 2010 SOTM
-For Every Occasion stamp set
-baby stamps non-CTMH--but that bunny was just toooo cute!
-ink pads-creme brulee, garden green, olive, desert sand
-blending pen
-sponge daubers
-3D foam tape
-and of course Liquid Glass to hold it all together. Love this stuff!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dance Banner

I made this wall hanging as a gift for my daughters dance teachers this year. She just loves to dance, so when this stamp set came out in the spring I knew it would be one to buy! I used the Mix n' Mingle album for CTMH as the bases. I just love that it came with the jump rings so I have everything I needed to put it together.

Products used;
-Mix n' Mingle album
-Wings paper pack (retired)
-Aspire stamp set
-chipboard shapes
-black ink
-clear embossing powder
-foam tape --(the saying is popped up a bit)
-orgnaza ribbon
-spray pen
-pearl paint
-sweet leaf re-inker and water

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cricut Giveaway!

Close to My Heart is giving away a  Cricut Expression® machine on facebook. If you have a Facebook account enter the contest by clicking HERE!
If you don't have an account but really want a chance to win, it might just be worth it to set up an account!
Please click the link above to find out all the details! It is open to both US and Canadian residents over 18!

Sweepstakes Starts

September 12, 2011 @ 09:00 am (MDT)

Sweepstakes Ends

September 26, 2011 @ 11:59 pm (MDT)
Good Luck!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who doesn't love a SALE!!!!!

For those of you who were anxiously waiting for some of the retired products to show up on the CTMH website "while supplies last" section........

They're here!

You can get some great deals like;
Level 1 Paper packs for just $7.75
the pivot stapler for $5.50
Twinkle brads for just $1.25
Irresistibles™ Miracle chipboard die cuts $1.25 THAT'S 72% OFF 

and sooooo much more, so just hop on over to my website by clicking here and start shopping.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friendship Card- a tribute to friends!

Today I'd like to share with you my version of a card that was sent to me by one of my customers, the oh so talented, cardmaker extraordinaire, Karen W.

The B&T paper that she had used on her card was simply stunning (even though it was not CTMH). I didn't have anything like it in my collection (this too was a surprise considering the size of my paper collection). So I proceeded to try and make my own. I started with a simple polka dot paper. That's where the simplicity ended! I then pulled out my largest acrylic block and started arranging a collection of word stamps on the block--I used over 10 different stamp sets to get the look I was after. I stamped a full sheet of paper so that I could make multiple cards. I love the way the paper turned out--but am not likely to do this too often!

The stamp set used was from our mini promotional booklet in Jan of 2011, called Find your Style D1452. The saying on the inside of the card is one of my favorites, and in case you can`t quite make it out it says;
"A friend is someone who
knows the song in your heart
and will sing it back to you
when you forget the words."

This post is in recognition of the friends in my life that mean so much to me! From the new friends I've met in my scrapbooking journey, my customers that I am honored to now call friends, to the friends and sisters that are always ready with a supportive ear and an open heart.
Thank you

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The new CTMH Ruler!

Have you seen this baby yet?

Even if you had noticed it in the new Idea book--bet you didn't quite get what was so special about this simple little (well not so little measuring in at a full 14") clear ruler. It has 2 rows of holes in it--evenly spaced as well as a red guide line for a zig zag pattern--to assist us sewing challenged scrapers. I just had to have this one, and as soon as it came in I got right down to playing.......
here's the layout I used it on....
Note the evenly spaced stitches on the sorbet cardstock strips, as well as the zig zag stitching where the pattern paper lays. The layout is still waiting for my daughter to let me know some of the things she liked best about going to camp so that I can finish the journaling on this layout! ( I need to work on taking more time to make sure that my layouts are straight before I take my pics--sorry I will get better at this)

 Here's a great close up of some of the stitching on the layout as well as some of the terrific flowers that I cut out with the new exclusive CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and then stamped using Hooray Bouquet stamp set D1491.

The supplies used in this layout are;
Elemental Paper pack
Olive cardstock
Desert Sand cardstock
Colonial white cardstock
Sorbet cardstock
Sorbet ink pad
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
Colonial white embroidery floss
colonial white brads
Canvas badge button
Red assortment buttons
Hooray Bouquet stamp set
You & Me stamp set

All of these products and more are available exclusively through Close to My Heart, and as an independent consultant I would be happy to help you get these products at a discount or even for FREE. Feel free to contact me at scrapnyapwithcarolyn@gmail.com to find out how.