Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another Birthday!

We celebrated another family birthday recently (unfortunately with no pictures), and if you're going to be 83 than you deserve a pretty fancy birthday card (if I do say so myself).

I love making side stair step cards!  I have found that the 5"x7" size is easier to cut and gives you a bit more "canvas" on which to work.  (Click HERE if you'd like my tutorial with measurements to make one for yourself.)
For this one, I used the Confetti Wishes paper pack with its cheery color scheme of Canary, Thistle, Pear, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, and Pacifica, plus the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge and birthday stamp set.  To embellish the card, I used some of our Lagoon heart washi tape and gold glitter gems, along with gold, silver, and purple shimmer trim.

Now, you may be wondering when CTMH started carrying blue shimmer trim, but sorry, we don't.  Your eyes aren't deceiving you either, because you can make your own!  Just color silver shimmer trim with the alcohol marker of your choice!  Let dry for a few minutes and then add some sparkle to your project.
Because the gift was a rather awkward size, I decorate the front of a plain brown paper grocery sack with a panel of stamped cupcakes (same stamp set and inks as the card) and a strip of the Confetti Wishes B&T.  The Lagoon washi tape isn't just for decoration!  It helped hold the panel on the front and (somewhat) helped to keep the present closed.

Because I love making this type of card, I am going to link up to Heart 2 Heart Challenge's favorite technique challenge

Sunday, September 14, 2014

40th Birthday Bash

We recently celebrated a few family birthdays with a low country boil at my sister's house.  One of the guests of honor was my brother to celebrate his big 40th birthday.  (How did my little brother get to be 40 already?!?  I don't even want to think of how old that makes me!)

(WARNING: If you're offended by "guy" humor, you may want to walk away now!)  I'll start with a few pictures of the birthday bash to give you a chance to leave.

My sister asked me to help her with the signage for his "beer cake," and we loved the way it turned out.

Finally, here's the "famous" card:
I have to thank my friend Lynn for the idea!  She found a card with this idea on Pinterest of course and then made the toilet paper roll for me as she made two for her.
The Chocolate wood grain was a leftover from a CTMH/Cricut Artbooking project that I didn't use.  I mounted it on a piece of Kraft card stock.  Since most outhouses seem to have a moon, I made one with a White Daisy circle that I then used my circle punch to cut a "bite."
I stamped the sentiment with the A Typeface alphabet.  I love the shadow effect you can make by stamping your letters twice in two different colors, slightly offset from each other.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that you've enjoyed my family's warped sense of humor.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#30yearsofhappy and Color Dare #109

This is a card that I am not in love with but that I still wanted to share.  I was trying something a little new, so I'd love to hear your reactions.  I knew that I wanted to use the National Stamping Month stamp set, #30 Years of Happy, and the Color Dare #109 color combo.

To begin, I cut six 1" circles on my White Daisy card stock with my CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I then cut the card stock to make a 5"x7" card.  I took my colors and arranged them in rainbow/ROY G BIV order and then stamped an image from the National Stamping month special in each circle. From top to bottom, they colors are Canary, Pear, Crystal Blue, Lagoon, Pacifica, and Thistle. The card was too plain and simple so off I went to find painters tape for the painters tape technique.
Alas, I couldn't find our painters tape (and I KNOW that we have some!) so I thought about other ways I could add ink to my card front.  I didn't want to use another stamp set, so I tried inking up one of my long skinny blocks.  What do you think of the results?  I did embellish the card with some purple shimmer trim and a silver sequin.

I would love to hear your reactions to this card.  Thanks for leaving me a comment!

Monday, September 8, 2014

H2H Challenges: Favorite Stamp Set

Favorite stamp set?  Are you kidding me?  That's like trying to choose my favorite child or something!  Thanks a lot, Heart 2 Heart Challenges. ;)
I actually made a couple of cards with a couple of favorite stamp sets before I settled on this one using the Key Moments stamp set.  I used pieces of Seaside, Snowhaven, Yuletide Carol, and Scaredy Cat on this one card!  First, I used the postage stamp Artiste CTMH/Cricut cut leftover from another project for my pocket watch image (stamped in Black, Glacier, and Slate).  I outlined the edges with a black marker to make it pop a bit and stuck an epoxy bubble in the middle.

I mounted that on a piece of Seaside B&T on a piece of Slate Basic Fundamentals cardstock that I burnished with Slate ink.  The bar to left is Snowhaven B&T and a zip strip from Scaredy Cat plus silver washi tape.  The sentiment is mounted onto a little rectangle from Yuletide Carol.  I finished off the card with a few Silver self-adhesive sequins. 
Isn't this a pretty color palette?  Also, my card sketch is from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.

Now be sure to check out all the H2H Designers' favorite stamp sets, and then show us a little CTMH love of your own.  You have all month to play along with our "Favorites" series!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

National Stamping Month Blog Hop: #30 Years of Happy

In honor of National Stamping Month and the #30yearsofhappy special stamp set, we are celebrating with a special blog hop!  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Lillian Yeh's blog.  You will go check out Amie Kiger next.)
Have you noticed the current nautical trend?  I love it!  (I guess that comes from living on a lake most all of my life?)  When I saw the anchor stamp in this set, I knew that I would be using it a lot.  I had so much fun designing this life buoy to pair with the anchor!  I started with a 2-1/4" circle that I cut with my Cricut.  I then used my 1" circle punch to cut out the center.  Next, I wrapped the Ruby washi tape around the buoy four times.  I then punched out the center again to get rid of the inside edges of the washi tape and used scissors to round out the outside edge.  Wrapping the Ruby baker's twine was a bit challenging and time consuming, but I had to have it on there!  The pretty Glacier B&T comes from the Seaside and Snowhaven paper packs.  A little silver shimmer trim and white epoxy dot were required for some bling, and the Ruby washi stripe really set off the card.
Complete Hop List HERE
Since there are 30 different stamps in this set, you are going to want to visit each blog along this hop.  (Of course you can come back here if you get lost on the way.)  Please leave me a comment before setting sail to AMIE'S BLOG!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Family Is Forever

The September stamp of the month is a great set to commemorate our loved ones.  Family Is Forever has other versatile uses that you'll see on this installment of our monthly stamp of the month blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Judy's blog and will visit Mary Eisen next.)

My card uses the pretty Pathfinding paper pack.  Now that school is back in session, my thoughts are turning to fall, so it seemed like a great choice for this set.  I began with an Olive card base.  I stamped the pretty tree in Chocolate onto Champagne cardstock.  I then used two strips of the pretty Pathfinding B&T and a strip of Bronze shimmer trim.  I stamped the Sweet Moments sentiment in Glacier onto Colonial White card stock that I cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I wish you could see how pretty that metallic baker's twine is in person!  I did also distress the card stock pieces with Desert Sand and Chocolate ink.

Thanks for stopping in!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop to get tons of great ideas with the September stamp of the month, Family Is Forever.  If you get lost along the way or find a broken link, come back here and click on the blog hop badge.  Now go see what Mary has created.
Complete Hop List

Friday, August 29, 2014

First Day of School Layout

We have been in school for four weeks now and are all looking forward to the long weekend!  (It's going to be a busy one, starting with tonight's first high school football game.  Both girls are in marching band, and Hubby & I are chaperoning the trip tonight.)

Not long after our first day of school, I carved out a little time to create this layout using the new Chalk It Up paper pack and Assortment.  Those puffy stickers are a hoot, and certainly take me back to MY middle school days!  The School Years stamp set was the perfect compliment to the layout.  That pretty lagoon stripe is actually our new Lagoon heart washi tape.
Here is our older daughter, a junior.  I cut CTMH/Cricut Artiste speech bubbles for the girls' current signatures.  Our "baby" is an 8th grader this year, and I am starting my 21st year teaching.  (I am not sure how that happened!)

This layout is a sketch of my own design.  It just seemed to fit the photos.  Thanks for letting my show off my precious girls and for sharing in our back to school first day ritual!

I am linking this layout up to the Color My Heart Color Dare #108: Flaxen, Lagoon, and Sorbet
Have a great long weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


This layout was actually finished just recently using some golden oldies!  The layout itself had been made, but no pictures or journalling had been included.  I had even tucked Easter 2007 pictures in with the layout, so here you go!

The top photo has a Hollyhock card base that actually opens up to add more pictures and journaling.
 Here it is open.  I will be using flip flaps for the horizontal pictures.

Here's the right page.  The funny thing about this Easter was that it was COLD, so the girls didn't wear their pretty Easter dresses; instead we got out their corduroy jumpers and turtlenecks!
 To show off all of our Easter morning pictures, I am going to use two flip flaps.

Now where did the time go?  How did these little sweeties get to be so big?!?  Enjoy your time with your loved ones, today and always.

Monday, August 25, 2014

H2H Challenges: Inspired by... Food

The final Heart 2 Heart Challenges "Inspired by..." series is to use food as your inspiration.  I know it's only August here, but my October stamp of the month, Home for the Holidays, was sitting on my work table just begging to get inky!
Aren't those peppermints and candy canes cute?  I am loving the Snowhaven paper pack and look forward to creating with it- when it cools off a little more. ;)  This card sketch is from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.  To create it, I cut the three pieces of Snowhaven B&T and adhered them to the card base after randomly stamping the candies in Ruby.  The tag is from the CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  To make the Glacier ink/tag pop a bit more, I used a black pen to make some faux stitching.  I also stamped the tag image a second time in Ruby (with black ink on the star) and then cut out the circle to attach the tag.  The Ruby metallic baker's twine is part of the Ruby mini medleys assortment.  No Christmas card would be complete without some shimmer and shine, so I used my trusty Silver Shimmer Trim.

Are you ready to get crafty?  Check out the H2H blog for our DT's foodie projects and then link up your work their too.  You have until the end of the month to complete any (and all!) of the Inspired by... challenges.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What a Hoot Princess Card

The August stamp of the month, What a Hoot, is so much fun!  I had to use the crown stamp to make a little princess card.
 This card is similar to the other What a Hoot cards I posted (click HERE to see them), but I wanted to share a cool technique.  Did you know that you can color lots of our embellishments with our new Touch Twin markers?  That gives you about 24 different colors of embellishments!  The Peony purple is a great match for Thistle, so I colored a piece of silver shimmer trim to turn it purple.  (This works with our new white metal stars too!)  Do you see a rainbow of possibilities?
This card will probably be going to a certain little princess for her birthday at the end of the month.  She wants an owl party, so What a Hoot is perfect!

Monday, August 18, 2014

H2H Challenges: Inspired by... a Book

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is the next in our "Inspired by..." series, and we are challenging you to use a book as your inspiration.  I am such an avid reader that I had tons to choose from, but this week I chose to immortalize my current obsession and favorite book series.

When I was little, I was introduced to the Ingalls family and the wonderful world of the Little House on the Prairie series.  (Thank you, Aunt Faye!)  A year or two later, another family friend introduced me one of her childhood favorites, the fantastical world of The Chronicles of Narnia.  (Thank you, Julie B.!)  Many other books and series have moved me, from Nancy Drew to Stephanie Plum to Harry Potter.  My current love, however, is hard to categorize: time travel, romance, history, adventure, suspense, and so much more rolled into the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

This layout showcases all eight novels, the author herself, and pictures from the new Starz Outlander series.  This layout is totally digital: from pictures I swiped from the Internet to Studio J for my creative platform.  I used the Timberline collection so that I could use that handsome plaid paper.  (Speaking of handsome, doesn't Sam Heughan make a gorgeous Jamie?)

If you haven't read any of the books or started watching the show (only 2 shows have aired), I challenge you to voyage through Outlander with me.  You can actually watch the first episode for free HERE.  If you're already a fan, I'd love to know if you've read all the book yet and if you've watched any of the Starz TV series.

Of course this is a crafting blog, so be sure to check out all the H2H DT's Inspired by... a Book creations, and feel free to make and share a favorite book project there.  If you'd like to try Studio J online scrapbooking for yourself, click HERE.  Móran taing!

Friday, August 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: All Lit Up

This month's Close To My Heart Technique Blog Hop is focusing on the "All Lit Up" technique found on p. 88 of the Annual Inspirations Idea book.  (If you're already hopping along, then you've arrived here from Melissa's blog.  You'll click on over to Tonya's blog next.)  This is a really easy technique: use glitter paper (or shimmer trim) on your project to make it "all lit up!"
 My card has both silver glitter paper and silver shimmer trim.  Did you know that your Cricut can cut our glitter paper?  It cuts like buttah!  You might need a little more pressure, but I haven't had any trouble cutting it.  (I did end up dedicating a cutting mat to glitter paper because it will shed a bit, leaving a little glitter shimmer behind in places.  I had a spare mat, so it was no big deal to me.)
My card uses the Perfect Paisley stamp set, stamped in Glacier, Slate, and Black.  I've paired it up with pieces from the Seaside and the Snowhaven paper packs.  I did a lot of "rock 'n roll" stamping to ink up my images and sentiment.  (I love doing this!)  No glittery project would be complete without a few sparkles to light it up.

Thanks for hopping by.  I'd love for you to leave me a comment before going to see how Tonya is All Lit Up!


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