Friday, January 31, 2014

Wild about Love SOTM blog hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is WILD ABOUT LOVE, a set of 9 stamps.  If you have come here from Krista Ritskes's blog'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. 

This month we have OVER 40 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!

Now I know Krista Hershburger will have something FOXY for you to be inspired by so keep on hoping.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lollydoodle Sneak Peek . . . . 2 Face Challenge

Earlier this month the challenge at H2H was 2 faced . . . .well meaning both sides of B&T papers that is so I immediately thought of this technique which also happens to be one of the cards for the Lollydoodle swap I joined as well as the February card class I'm teaching.
If you'd love to have some 2 faced inspiration here is the link H2H.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My NEW favorite Paper pack . . . .

I'd like to introduce you to my new favorite paper pack IVY LANE !!!!
This card is a twist on the Ivy lane Workshop on the go. I also used Smokey plum Cardstock and Ink.  This workshop highlights some of my favorite images from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  The H is cut from white daisy 2 inches in size.  This card was also inspired by the C T M H challenge over at H2H.   

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 SNEAK PEEK

 OK so this week the challenge at H2H is "In the Spotlight"  so I chose to use the spotlight technique. 

I could NOT wait to share some of the NEW Product from the Spring/Summer 2014 Catalog this paper pack is called Ariana and the Stamp set is HOPE. to check out all the other "Spotlight" ideas here is the link H2H

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cloud 9 Meets Laughing Lola

These cards are all cut using the same layout, cutting instructions, and stamps  from The cloud 9 bundle.  The only thing I changed was the paper Laughing Lola of course and the ink.

The month is over half way gone.  If you'd love for cloud 9 to be in your stash do not delay. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Huntington Card

This is one of the cards from the Huntington swap.  I love the way she used the burlap ribbon and layered the paper and bling on top to add dimension and depth to this card.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Huntington 12x12 Swap

Here is another Huntington swap this was a single 12x12. I love the simplicity of this page!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Huntington 12x12

This layout is featuring on of my FAVORITE paper pack from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea book!!!  I just adore the rusty colors and rich oranges!!!  This paper pack will also retire at the end of the month so do not delay and get yours today.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Frosted swaps

I live in the Midwest so we have a LOT of snow on the ground.  As I've been out making memories with my family I knew I wanted to use this paper pack to help preserve those memories.  Then it hit me that I have not shared ALL of the swaps I have received using this paper pack. 

This is a 12 x 12 just waiting for photo's and journaling.

6X6 Scrap layout


3x3 Cards perfect for sticking in to a lunchbox or with a gift.  Now if you think this paper is also for you to craft some memories do not delay because it will be retiring at the end of January.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine’s Day scrapbook page. It’s the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that special someone.
The free webcast will air Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm (MST). The Pajama Party will be available for FREE at on January 30, and will be archived after the event for future viewing.
If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Class website.
To make our “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page, you and your customers will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:
  • G1066 Workshops on the Go™ Sarita Scrapbooking Kit
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Can you imagine this layout in shades of blue or purple?  What about changing up that title to be so lucky in "life" "to have you" "chess".  If you can think of it you can craft it.  for ALL of my customers who would like to make this layout let me know!!! You can bring your cardstock, bling and photos and we can craft in our PJ's together.  So let me know if you'll be stopping by Thursday Jan 30th for the PJ party!!! I'll also have my CRAFT room stamp sale going as well as the new catalogs for you all to pick up.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

One more cloud 9 Color Dare

So I am really feeling inspired by the cloud 9 challenge and thought I'd post one more of my thank you cards.  The colors for this challenge are Lagoon, Sky, Pacifica.  I used the Cloud 9 cutting guide and sentiment for this card as well as chevron ribbon, gold dot and lagoon hounds tooth washi tape and finally pacifica ink.  Here is the link to Color my Heart to be inspired by all the submissions this week.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

H2H Scrap Challenge for 2014 !!!!!

Woo hoo !!!! I am so glad H2H is having scrap challenges again and I know I'm not the only one who is excited.  I love looking at and being inspired by the other submissions and well I love the challenge it has definitely help me stay inspired to scrap all the pictures I take. 
So the challenge this month is sentimental.  Here are the guidelines as posted on H2H . . .
Our January challenge is Sentimental January.
           * 12" x 12" page Layouts involving a sentimental moment with friends, family, or pets (past or present)
           * Must use a CTMH Exclusive Stamp Set featuring a sentiment and let's see some journaling. 
           * At least 1 photo required

What was that little blurb "let's see some journaling" ??? O the unjustness . . . .   ok I'm kidding but "showing my journaling" is the challenge for me.  I try NOT to need to journal because I do not care for my hand writing so just for my gal pals over at H2H I challenged my self to include a journaling box.  So I used the other side of my BIRTHDAY layout from earlier this week.  Here is my layout . . . .
What you do not see the journaling box ???? Well I thought I'd share a handy tip for gals like me because it seems wherever I am I hear the same quandary from a lot of crafters.  Journaling is not as easy as it seems.   So my tip is to make a "POCKET" for your journaling so whatever your hang up is with journaling . . .(takes up too much space, I feel cheesy writing this stuff down, I do not like my handwriting etc.)   My personal favorite "POCKET" is to turn s photo in to the pocket.

Here is a close up .  I only use adhesive on three of the 4 sides. Then cut the journaling box 1 inch smaller than the photo box to allow easy sliding.  Finally I like to add a little bling to use as a pull tab and draw attention to the "Hidden Journaling" 

Here is the link to H2H to see all the Sentimental inspiration this month .

Monday, January 6, 2014

Something New . . . .

I'm starting 2014 off with a BANG!!!! I have a lot to be thankful for closing out 2013 and needed a dozen or so thank you cards to send out to loved ones.  So I grabbed my paper bestie Laughing Lola and a little inspiration from the post challenge over at H2H.  The 1st challenge of 2014 is to use something NEW well what could be newer than my Cloud 9 goodies? 
Both of these cards are 4 x 5.5 using the thanks sentiment from the Cloud 9 set as well as the lagoon shimmer trim. The ink is gypsy

Here is the link to H2H if you want to play along or just be inspired in a new and fresh way. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cloud 9 meets Color Dare

I love love LOVE the way this card turned out !!!! A BIG THANK YOU to the gals over at Color Dare for the inspiration.  This week over at Color Dare the colors are Lagoon, Pacifica, and Sky. Follow this link COLOR DARE to check out some more Colorful inspiration. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cloud Nine Blog Hop - Papercrafting Month 2014

So this blog hop is to feature the Cloud Nine Paper Crafting Month Special offered by Close to my Heart .... If you've hopped here from Lalia Harris's Blog you are on the right path. 

Get the exclusive Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase (anything in the Autumn/Winter 2013 catalog) of $35 (excluding tax and shipping) during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month.

I was inspired the versatility of these stamps to make cards again and again and then I thought what about scrap booking?  The kit comes with 3 sneak peek items not available for purchase separately till February.  A FULL roll of the Gold Spotted washi tape and a FULL roll of the sneak peek Teal Shimmer Trim and a Complete set of Durable Triangle studs.  So after I made my cards I used the extra products to add that special something to my layout.  As you know the stamp set coordinates with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge so I just whipped out some extra cuts and viola.  My 1st layout for 2014.

Thanks for checking out my website now it is time to hop on over to Judy Faye Garner's Blog for more cloud nine crafts

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Laughing Lola meets Cross Stitch Wishes

This card is directly inspired by the MoJo Monday Sketch!!! When I saw the stamp of the month I KNEW this card was perfect for the layout!!!  this card is 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 using Smokey plum and slate cardstock as well as slate & gypsy inks.  I also used some left over bling from the Laughing Lola Card Workshop on the go. Here is the link MOJO to check out the other submissions for this sketch. 

Cloud 9 Deal Alert !!!!!

Do I have a deal for you this month !!!!! If you spend $35 in qualifying product ( out of the current Idea book) You can get the Cloud 9 kit for $15 (a value of $46).  Then making your total $50 which qualifies you for the Stamp of the Month Cross Stitch Wishes for $5. Making your total $55 before shipping & tax. That IS a GREAT DEAL !!!! So don't forget to take advantage of these savings before the end of January.   As if this was not enough the stamp set coordinates with the Artiste Cartridge so when you finish making the 10 cards the kit is planned to make you can make more using your favorite papers and inks!!!!  Check back in a few days (the 4th) to see what I create with my kit AFTER the cards are done.