August 27, 2012

Purple & Orange

I love to play around with colors.  some are easy to put together where others are a bit of a challenge, orange and purple is one of those color combos that is sometimes hard to put together.
I think I did pretty good pulling this off.  I know this is a great color combination for making a Halloween card, but I wanted to do something different.
The butterfly I cut from the Artiste cartridge. 
The black and white paper is glitter paper, so I glued up the butterfly and added glitter to it also.  I love polka dots so I thought that was a great way to add the orange to the card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my card.

August 26, 2012

Live, Laugh Love

Hi everyone glad you stopped by.  I have a quick card to share with you today.
The background paper was printed using my Imagine, then I stamped the sentiment using the Love Life CTMH stamp set.   The stamp is all in one line but I wanted it to fit into the label so it took a little bit different stamping to achieve that.

I put each word separately on the block and wrapped the rest of the stamp around the side, only inking up the word I wanted.   Everything went well, the middle word was a little tricky but I got it.
The label that the sentiment is stamped on I cut from the Artiste cartridge.  Artiste is one awesome cartridge.  I have a special going on right now if you want to check it out click HERE

Thanks for stopping in, would love to hear what you think of my card.

August 24, 2012

My First Mini Album

Hi, I am so excited to share this with you.  Over a year ago I bought a Cinch because I wanted to start making some mini albums.  I love some of the awesome ones out there and since our great-granddaughter was born in 2011 I thought it would be perfect to make a mini-album for her.  
I am so pleased with how this came out for my first try.  

It is only 4 pages, one page for each letter in her name.  Her name is actually Emma Olivia and we call her Emma O' so my hubby thought that I should add an "O" page, but I will do that on another one later.   Gives me an excuse to make her another one.
I started out by welding each letter of her name to a rectangle in Cricut Craft Room and using the letters from Storybook cartridge.  I cut each piece from chipboard, with each page getting a bit longer as her name spelled out.  The whole book measures about 4 inches by 9 inches.  
Using papers from DCWV Nana's Kids Girl stack I cut the front and back out of each page, then a letter out of a coordinating piece of paper.  Lot of the papers have glitter on them.  Each letter on the front of the pages I covered with CTMH Liquid Glass, you can see it better here on the "E".
The butterfly is a sticker and the flower I made using the CTMH Artiste cartridge. I need to tweak my ribbon ties a little to make them more even.
This is opened to the first page, I put a small frame here and embellished it with some flowers from the Bitty Buds assortment. 
Here is flipped to the next page.  I found these cute sparkly stickers with an arrow to point to the next frame which was cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  All the frames are cut from white chipboard then mounted with foam tape leaving one side open to insert a photo.  
This is the back side of the first M.  The "love this smile" are rub-ons from the CTMH Lucy papers.  This frame was cut using the Artiste cartridge, then I added the brad flag to the top.  
And here is the final page, this frame was also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge, then I added some flower stickers that I have had around here forever. 
Then finally the back of the book, I guess I should have added something here it looks so plain.  Maybe I will add another frame, we will see how much time I have.

There I just added some rub-ons to the back I think that looks better, instead of being so plain.

 Tomorrow morning we are flying to New Hampshire to visit Emma so I want to take this book with me.  I can not wait to see them and I have never been to the east coast before so I am so looking forward to it.  It will be a family reunion of sorts as my Mom is also coming from Colorado so we will have 5 generations there.  
Well thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my first mini-album.  I think I have a new love, I really enjoyed creating this and I can see many more in my future.  

August 22, 2012

Cheer up!

Hello everyone, I have a quick card to share with you today.  I am sure these colors will cheer up the recipient(not sure who that will be yet). 
I have had this paper in my stash for a very long time, but loved it matched up with the black.  The scalloped circle is cut from the CTMH Artiste cartridge, then stamped with a stamp from the  CTMH 4 My Friend set of stamps. 
I added some blog around the scallops and also in the center of the embossed flowers.
It is a simple card but I think it makes a big impact with the bright color.
Thank you for stopping by today, I would love to read your comments. 

August 17, 2012

National Stamping Month

Yes, September is National Stamping month (isn't it great we have all these celebrations :)so in honor of this Close to My Heart has a great double set of stamps deal. 
You can get this double stamp set for just $5 when you spend $35, that is a awesome deal, they would retail for $35. This special is good through September 30th.  Here is a little better look at the stamps, click HERE 
And of course you can still take advantage of the August stamp of the month set, you can get this fabulous set for just $5 with any order of $50 or more.

I am sure you would get a lot of use out of all of these stamps and what a great deal, so if you order the Artiste cartridge for $99 plus the $10 for both of the above specials you will end up with 6 sets of stamps, the Artiste cartridge and 3 sheets of chipboard shapes for $109 (plus tax & shipping). 

 This cartridge is just amazing, it has such a great variety on it and the coordinating stamps that come with it are really cool. It has 3D objects on it and even an extra instruction booklet on how to assemble them.
 Since the Double Stamp set offer runs through September 30th you can wait and order after September 1st and get the September stamp of the month set instead of the August one.  The September SOTM is all about Fall and it is so cute.  You can check it out in the 2012 Autumn/Winter idea book on page 140.  Sorry couldn't figure out to enter a picture here :(

Now I will sweeten the deal - if you order the Artiste bundle from my CTMH website I will send you FREE one C size stamp set of your choice and a $9.95 paper pack of your choice.  Now I think that is pretty cool, CTMH paper stacks are beautiful!  I was going to run this special through August but in light of the National Stamping special I think I will extend it through September 30th.  After you place your order just email me your FREE picks. 

So what are you waiting for hop on over to My CTMH website and get that order placed. 

 Plus if you have been thinking about becoming a CTMH consultant they made it even easier, you can get started for just $49 and for a limited time they will throw in gorgeous Damask Tote.  

This is while supplies last and you can only get it by becoming a consultant. 
It is easy to sign up just click HERE to get started.

August 13, 2012

Pillow top background and Roses

I have a pretty card to share with you today.  I subscribe to Stamp TV and every week Gina K shares a video of a new technique.  This past week it was to make this pillow top background paper, HERE is a link to that video.  I love the way it really looks like a pillow top mattress, of course hers looks a lot better than mine but I am pleased nonetheless. 

The roses and leaves I cut using the CTMH Artiste cartridge.  I cut them out of white card stock then inked the edges with Cotton Candy ink before I rolled them up.  After they were rolled I sprayed them with Tattered Angels to add a bit more color.   The swirls I cut using my Cameo, I am still excited at how the Silhouette Cameo cuts so cleanly even on the thinnest pieces without tearing them.
We all know how frustrated we have been trying to cut something like this with our Cricuts.
Check this out.

I added a few dots of sparkle glitter to the swirls, but not sure I like the way it looks.  Also added some glitter to the edges of the flowers.  Recently I was in a stick pin swap on the Circle message board so I started to create stick pins to use on my cards, so I made a simple one to stick behind the flowers.

 The white strip across the front I made using one of MS punches, I think this one is my favorite one.
I will share pictures of the pins I received and the ones I made in a later post. 

Thank you for stopping by today, please leave me a comment and let me know you where here. 

August 7, 2012

Oh Happy Day

I have this great card to share with you today that I made following 3 challenges.
First of all I followed this weeks sketch at Mojo Monday.

I love playing along with Mojo Monday whenever I can.

The second challenge is from Sentimental Sundays where the challenge was
using at least 3 of these colors, plus stamp something

I think I used most of them except for the white.  I stamped the Oh Happy Day using one of the CTMH stamps that Comes in the Cricut Artiste bundle.  I also cut the banner that it was stamped on, the stamps have coordinating cuts on the cartridge.  I know it will be an "oh happy day" when Fall hits and we get out of these 100+ degree days.

Then the third challenge was over at My Sheri's Crafts where the challenge was

For my back & forth I chose of the the Rosette cuts on the Artiste cartridge.   I am very happy with how it turned out and how I made this card fit into all the challenges plus I had the perfect brad to add to the center of the rosette.   The cut behind the rosette is also a cut from the Artiste cartridge.  Papers I used are from the DCWV 2010 Autumn paper stack, it was the first place I went to look when I seen what colors I needed to use.

Well thanks for stopping by my blog today and remember I am having a special for the month of August.

 If you purchase the Artiste cartridge through my CTMH web site I will send you a C size stamp set of your choice and any $9.95 paper pack.  Just send me an email after you order your cartridge with you freebie choices.   Just click HERE to place your order.

August 5, 2012

Polka Dot Birthday

Hi, hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I have a fun polka dot card to share with you today.
Isn't it bright and cheery!  All the papers are from the CTMH Dotty 4 You paper pack, I love polka dots and I think the color combination I chose, with just the bit of green works great.
The top label cut is from the new CTMH cartridge Artiste, love the edges.  I stamped the happy birthday with the CTMH stamp set Say it in Style.   The yellow board along the right side is also cut from the Artiste cartridge, this cartridge is just fabulous and seems to have a little bit of everything.  Later in this post read about the special I am having this month on the purchase of this cartridge. 
Not quite sure why the colors came out so different in the 2 pictures, must have been the way the light was hitting it.
The daisy I cut using my new Silhouette Cameo machine.  This is an amazing machine, it cuts so precise and does outstanding on the thin intricate cuts without tearing them. You can print and cut or flood fill your images like I did with this one.  I put a polka dot brad in the center of the flower.

Now that special I am offering on the Artiste cartridge for the month of August.  If you purchase the Artiste cartridge through my CTMH web site I will send you a C size stamp set of your choice and any $9.95 paper pack.  Just send me an email after you order your cartridge with you freebie choices.   Just click HERE to place your order.
Plus if you have been thinking of becoming a CTMH consultant the sign up kit is now only $49, such a  good deal check out the kit HERE.   The nice thing about CTMH is that there is no quotas to reach, no pressure to sell so if you want to sign up just to get the kit of goodies and then you will get a 22% discount on anything you order for yourself.  I know I am my own best customer LOL.  I would love to have you sign up under me so if you are interested just click HERE and fill out the easy form.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today, please leave me a comment so I know you were here :)

Challenges for this card
Do You Stack Up  Polka Dots  ends - 8/7
Make it Monday  Always Anything goes   ends  8/11
2 Sisters   Anything Goes   ends  8/10
Crafty Ribbons Challenge   Seeing Spots  ends 8/15

August 3, 2012

Brown & Blue Birthday

I created this card this week using papers from the CTMH Pemberley paper pack.    There are some great blues and browns in this pack to make male cards.
The left side are buttons cuts from the Artiste cartridge, that I cut four times each and then glued them on top of each other and covered with Liquid Glass to make them look more like a real button.  I knew that Art Philosophy had a branch/leave cut that matched the background paper so I cut the branch using AP.  
The happy birthday is cut using Artiste, that is one of the things I really love about this cartridge it even has some sentiments and being a card maker they come in handy or can add the perfect touch to your cards.

I always like to make some male cards to have on hand because times they are just hard too do.  Well thanks for stopping by my blog, leave me a comment I love to read them.

For the month of August I am running a special, if you order the Artiste cartridge or the Art Philosophy cartridge through my CTMH website I will send you one C-size stamp set of your choice and one $9.95 paper pack.  Click HERE to go to my website.  Just shoot be an email with your choices after you place your order.  Believe me when I say you will not be disappointed with this cartridge, I am just beginning to explore it and there is so much more, nor would you be with Art Philosophy.

August 1, 2012

Artiste - You make me smile

Yes, the time is finally here, the new Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge ARTISTE is available for order starting today.  You are going to love this cartridge, it has so many awesome things on it.  Will share more about it at a later date or you can go check out the handbook for yourself.  ARTISTE handbook
Well here is a card I created using cuts from the Artiste cartridge.
The papers for this card were printed on my Imagine (yes it finally works)using the Berries & Cream cartridge.  This card fits into a #10 size business envelope.  The 3 label cuts and circles I cut so they would give a layered effect, the top and bottom circle I embossed using my Cuttlebug then stamped the sentiment in the center circle with a CTMH stamp. 
Now my favorite part are the cute little bows, yes they too were cut using the Artisite cartridge, aren't they adorable.   It is one of a few bow cuts on this cartridge. 
Now the best part is not only do you get the Artiste cartridge you also get 3 coordinately stamps sets and 3 sheets of chipboard.  Both the stamps and the chipboard match cuts on the Artiste cartridge.

For the month of August I will run a special, if you order the Artiste cartridge or the Art Philosophy cartridge through my CTMH website I will send you one C-size stamp set of your choice and one $9.95 paper pack.  Click HERE to go to my website.  Just shoot be an email with your choices after you place your order.  Believe me when I say you will not be disappointed with this cartridge, I am just beginning to explore it and there is so much more, nor would you be with Art Philosophy.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you like this card.

Challenges for this card

Penny's Paper Crafts   Butterflies or bows  - ends 8/7
Critter Challenge   Anything goes   - ends 8/5
Make it Monday  Always anything goes   - ends 8/5