Saturday, November 30, 2013

Special Care - December 2013 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring December's SOTM, which is SPECIAL CARE, a set of 6 stamps.  If you have come here from Lisa Sargent's Blog 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 here COMPLETE LIST OF HOPPERS

This month we have OVER 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

So here is the page I made using Special Care.  It is a very versatile set but since we are in full Christmas Swing at my house I wanted to feature it as a Christmas set.  Every year we host the family and I LOVE to take pictures (big surprise there hu) in front of the tree.  So the bottom opening I thought would be great for a group shot of all my nieces and nephews and the top slots can be for each individual family pose. 
This page also uses cranberry and topiary cardstock and inks as well as the stamp set trim a tree, sparkle holiday shapes, ruby chevron ribbon, and the silver sparkle and shine washi tape.
One of my crafty friends asked me about paper piecing technique so  I have a tutorial below if you'd like to stick around if not to keep on hopping follow the link below

 I know Georgia Hauglid's blog will be full of creative ideas. Happy hopping!!!!
So I think it is easy to take for granted some of the basics a one of my friends asked me about a card that was "paper pieced" the other day. So I thought a little tutorial was in order.  So here goes

To begin you will need to stamp your image in each ink you want to have on the final product.  Since my image only uses 2 colors I only stamped my image in cranberry and topiary. 
then I trimmed the base image in this case cranberry.  Then I only cut out the part of the Topiary image that I wanted for my final product.
 Finally I adhered them together lining up the edges as best I could so it appears to be ONE image.  Now what if I wanted to add color ???? I would have stamped a third image in that color and cut out only the parts I wanted on my final image. I hope this is helpful to any and all that needed a little paper piecing advise.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Special care with a little Laughing Lola

So the stamp of the month blog hop is right around the corner and I just couldn't wait to post this Laughing Lola card using the Hugs and Kisses required sentiment from special care.  My nieces are the crafty sort (I have no idea where they got that from : ) so for Christmas I bought them one of those rainbow looms and it looked like so much fun  I need one for my self.  The dilemma is that I'm the only girl in the house so tucked in with there loom will be one of these cards inviting them over for a GIRLS day in to make some super cool bracelets. 

So the additional items I needed to create these cards was Lagoon and gypsy ink and cardstock.  The X & O are cut from my Art Philosophy Cartridge and the card base is from Artiste.

If you'd LOVE this stamp set you can only purchase it in December 2013 for 17.95 but wait if you send $50 on Close to my Heart goodies it's ONLY $5.  Don't forget to stop by December 1st for the blog hop using this stamp set for some GREAT ideas!!!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Photo booths are ALL the rage at parties these days.  However ALOT of sites are wanting you to pay for art work so I decided to make my own using my cricut and images off my computer. 

the head band is from the Artbooking cartridge and the feathers are from Artiste.

The word bubble is from Artisite and the alphabet font is from the Artbooking
Since time was short I used the Cricut Craftroom to position my letters EXACTLY where I wanted them.  This saved time so I only needed to run my mat through once and used up some of my scraps laying around.  These projects came together in a snap.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Huntington Swap #3

OH I think this is my favorite out of this round of swaps!!!! I think it is the use of the glitter paper it gets me everytime!!! I also love and never thought to cut an image out of the paper and use it as the focal image or embellishment kudos to the crafty gal that made this card!!!!  I also love the Cricut sentiment and the use of the shrunken page layout Cricut craft room to the rescue there . . . . ok ok I LOVE EVERYTHING about this card!!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Huntington Swap #2

This card was created by the talented Bobbi Markley. I love the distressing and the use and variety of bling in the lower left corner. Subtle yet stunning !!!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Huntington Swap #1

Hi crafters I thought you would love to see some of the swaps I have received for the Huntington Paper pack. So if I have the contact info I will post the originator of each item if not well ya know it was some crafty person.

So first is a little gift item that could work anytime of the year but I thought was especially nice for a thanksgiving treat.

here is the inside!!! I just LOVE this idea as a give away after a get together.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Artbookingmade easy : Freedom Layouts

Happy Birthday !!!!!!

This is actually the 1st card I made for the Color Dare Challenge but I posted it 2nd to celebrate my girl friends birthday TODAY.   For this card  I used Topiary ink, For Always paper and some shimmer trim to add some bling.  The sketch is from Cas(e).


Monday, November 4, 2013

Black, White and Green . . . .

Can only mean one thing . . . . For Always paper !!!!! I love how easily I can "die" this paper to coordinate with any color scheme!!! The Green ink I used is Topiary the sentiment is from Always Grateful stamp set.  The ribbon is the Color ready so again I died it the bling is from the Sparkles Clear Flourishes.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lots of Layers . . . .

This week over at H2H the challenge is LAYERS and lots of them!!!! Whenever I here layers I know Mojo Monday is the place to find a sketch !!!! So this card came together so fast for me.

For this card I used Fall harvest for the background stamping and Everlasting life for the sentiment.  The paper is from the Huntington pack and the cardstock is saddle, olive, goldrush and honey.  The inks are saddle and chocolate.  If you what to be inspired by these challenges follow the links below.

H2H  -   Mojo Monday