Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dutch Dare & Stamps & Fun Card Challenge Entry

I am entering this card in the Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Flutterby Butterfly and the Stamps & Fun = Creativity CH# 153: Clean and Simple Challenge.

I am introducing Close To My Heart's June 2013 Stamp of the Month "A Flowering Bunch" which is not available quite yet, but coming soon! I simply love this flower and all of the fun ways there are to color it. I used the alcohol Markers to color in the flower, butterfly and the spots of color on the Dream Pop B&T patterned paper.  This paper is only available for a couple more days.  I also used Liquid Glass to make the colors pop!  The sentiment comes from Card Chatter - Sympathy.  The butterflies are Dazzles from Paper Wishes and I filled in the wings with a little color too!
Inside of Card

Hope you like my entry and if you have any questions on how I put this together, please leave a comment.

Happy Paper Crafting!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mojo Monday #295 Challenge Entry

Here is my entry using the "A Flowering Bunch" stamp set from Close To My Heart. It is circle or square week at Mojo Monday, today's adorable sketch was created by Julee.

I stamped the image twice, once on white card stock and a second time on honey card stock and then matted both on the Mint UV coated card stock that is only available through the end of May from Close To My Heart's Dream Pop paper pack. Colored in the flowers using the Exclusive Inks® Markers. I love these alcohol markers because they are designed to work exactly like the popular brand out there at 1/3 the price!  I used Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment to create a little texture and interest at the bottom.

Here is the sketch created by Julee.

I encourage you to join this Challenge if you enjoy making cards and would like to stretch your creativity.

Please leave a comment and thank you for visiting my blog.

Happy Paper Crafting!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Having Fun With Card Challanges

As you may have noticed, lately I am joining in on paper crafting card challenges (say that three times fast).  They have really sparked me to use products in a different way and the color schemes have been fun.  Today's color scheme comes from The Play Date Cafe blog, see image below.  The suggested colors are Navy Blue, School Bus and Grass. I went with the similar colors from the Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack from Close To My Heart, Pacifica, Honey, and Topiary. For the layout I played along at the Deconstructed Sketch blog, see image below.

So here is what I came up with!

So here is what I did.... Using the Love Life stamp set, I created my own background papers on the Pacifica and Honey cardstock. Stamping the cardstock with the same color pigment inks from the Adventure Exclusive Inks® Mini Pigment Pads Set  and then adding Clear Detail Embossing Powder and using a Craft Heater to set the embossing powder. This created a tone-on-tone background that I absolutely love. I matted the sentiment and then attached it to the card face with 3-D Foam Tape to give the card dimension. I also cut little slivers of the foam tape and put it in the center of the topiary banner after scoring it down the center to give it a little character. The end of the banner was attached with Memory Book Glue Dots® and then I applied a Pacifica flower from the Bouquet Assortment  (on clearance now!) as well as two Blue Epoxy Bubbles to finish off the card.

Thanks again for stopping by. I may be adding a video tutorial for this simple yet fun card and mixing up the papers!

5/24 - Update  -  Here is the promised video for this Challenge but with a different card.

Please leave a comment if you like my work or have any questions.

Happy Paper Crafting

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mojo Monday 294

This week's sketch, #294 by Julee Tilman, is just another example of how we can combine simple yet fun embellishments to dress up a card. Once again I had fun using some of the super colorful papers from Close To My Heart's Dream Pop collection.

The A Flowering Bunch is the upcoming Stamp Of The Month from Close To My Heart and will be available beginning June 1st. I used Exclusive Inks® Markers to color the petals and match the fun colors of the paper pack.
The stitching around the card face was done using the For Always Cardmaking Workshop stitching stamp. I enjoyed using this stamp to accomplish the stitching. The stitching around the focal image was done free-hand.  I used Pink Glitter Gems in 3 different sizes as final accents to this fun and versatile card. A sentiment can easily be added when it is time to send this beauty!

Hope you enjoyed and I invite you to play along.  Here is the sketch for this week.

Thanks again for stopping by!  Please leave a comment.
Happy Paper Crafting!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Graduation Is Upon Us

As summer approaches so does Graduation!  From Pre-School to Graduate School and everything thing in between.  I love receiving all of the wonderful announcements and seeing the pictures of all of the young people that I have come to know. For some, I have been receiving the announcements since their birth! For others, this is the first time. 

I have been scouring the internet looking for inspiration for creating my own version of a variety of Graduation Cards for these events. Below are a few of my examples or versions of what I found.

Do you have any graduates in your family?  We do! Our lovely daughter and youngest of our blended family, graduates High School and will be moving on to New Mexico State University in the Fall. 

I hope you enjoy.

The darling little gal (Flower Power Daisy Graduates) on these cards comes from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. Both of these cards are, Gift Card/Money holders, of course!
I am still working on creating a better tassel. I have seen a few versions on YouTube and just need to come up with something that works for me. I found the tutorial for the Graduation Hat card over at DigitalDelights on YouTube. I did change up the measurements as I wanted the card to fit in a standard A2 envelope. Final measurements are 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". The second card was made with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge page 55.  This card was cut at 5".

This is an A2 standard card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") and I used the Cricut Artiste Cartridge to cut out the star (pg. 68), banner (pg. 35), medallion under the DREAM sentiment (pg. 35) and the circle (pg. 48) on White Daisy card stock. The DREAM stamp is from the Wheel of Life Flair (D1545), the medallion, banners, Congrats and doodle around the Congrats are from the Kudos Collection that is one of three (3) stamps sets that are included with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge. The Celebrate! sentiment and Cap are stickers that I had left over from years of card making.

Here is one last card along with a tutorial.

If you like what you see, please leave a comment.
Thank you and as always..... Happy Paper Crafting!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Having Fun with Originals

If you are a Card Maker then you might be like me.  Often times, I need inspiration for coming up with something different.  That's when I turn to Originals Card Confidence Program® by Close To My Heart's own Jeanette Lynton!  Jeanette provides simple "How-To" instructions with graphics that you can follow or simply use as a starting point. I love to go there for ideas and inspiration. I usually add my own little twist.

In the following video I took the "Winning Combination" design along with some Dream Pop papers, added a few extra embellishments and Wala!

I simply love making cards and with this book, along with countless magazines that I have collected over the years, I am never short on inspiration.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Where do you share your cards?

If you like what you see, please leave me a comment!

Happy Paper Crafting,


Mojo Monday - 293

I have decided to start participating in Mojo Monday Sketch and Create's Card Blog challenges. I figure this will be a great way for me to share weekly card projects and do a little socializing as well.

This week's sketch, #293 by Julee Tilman, was so fun to work with. The color scheme is part of Create's challenge so I had fun  using some of the super colorful papers from Close To My Heart's Dream Pop collection since they coordinate so well with the posted colors.
To get the 3 focal (circle) shapes I used Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, pages 48 and 51.  I also used a Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder to give one of them some texture. The flowers in the center of the 2-layered medallion are Just Blooms™ Paradise Paper Flowers attached with a mini brad. I balanced the card with some ribbon, wrapped three times and tied off with a bow (not sure of sources). The sentiment is also from Close To My Heart, but no longer available.

I hope you enjoyed this card.  

If you like what you see, please leave me a comment!

Happy Paper Crafting,


Monday, May 6, 2013

You Could Be One Of The Lucky Winners!

Yep, you could be one of 20 lucky people that will win a Close To My Heart's Workshops On The Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit, valued at $29.95!  How you ask?  Well it is pretty simple. There are THREE ways to enter:

  1. Head over to Jeanette Lynton's blog and leave a comment on her Card Congratulations post.
  2. Leave a comment on the YouTube video about the Contest.  
  3. Last, leave a comment on Close To My Heart's Facebook Fan Page.
Below is an image of what comes in the kit along with a detailed description.

Use the materials, kit-exclusive accessories, and instructions in this kit to create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs) inspired by Jeanette Lynton!
Included in the kit:
1 – My Acrylix® For Always Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
2 – For Always B&T Duos® Papers
4 – Cardstock Sheets (Slate, Smokey Plum, Whisper, White Daisy)
15 – White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1 – Slate Satin Ribbon (5 yards)
1 – Purple Sparkles (72)
1 – Instructional Brochure Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or tools are needed to complete this project.

Make sure YOU enter to WIN!
Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Paper Crafting!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Dream Pop is HERE! May 2013

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets with a glossy pattern (2 each of 6 colors) as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers (2 each of 6 designs) that were created for this promotion—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else!

Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing! Want a Dream Pop paper packet for FREE? Simply host a Gathering in May with at least $400 in qualifying sales OR sign up as a new Consultant in May and you will get this colorful packet of luscious papers free! Also, when you join with ME, I will send you a Custom Tag Journal AND April 2013 SOTM as a Thank You (while supplies last). Contact me for all the details. 575.613.8045

*Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013, while supplies last.

Here is a Tag Journal that I created with these wonderfully colorful papers! To see a video on how I made these (using different B&T papers) check out my YouTube channel.

Here is a quick video showing some additional ideas on what YOU can make with these beautiful Dream Pop papers.

I also invite you to check out my Facebook Fan Page for more ideas and samples.

Thanks you for stopping by.   
Thank you for leaving a comment, I greatly appreciate it!
 Happy Paper Crafting!