Friday, March 29, 2013

Life is Good being Green

I love the color combination of Close to My Heart Sweet Leaf and Chocolate, they just compliment themselves so well...and they really do fit my "springy" mood lately. I am loving all this Spring time weather (can you tell yet that Spring is my favorite season?)!

I stumbled on the the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog looking for some card ideas using Close to My Heart products. And, I am totally blown away by the beautiful inspiration! I am (admittedly) a bit of a collecter, and Close to My Heart is one of my favorite companies. I have never been a consultant, just a wonderful customer, ha ha! Since H2H is hosting March Madness contests on their blog this month, I figured it was a great opportunity to put my stash to use! This card is for their Go Green challenge:

Colonial White, Sweet Leaf, and Chocolate Cardstock and inks, and stamp set (Treetops) are from Close to My Heart, Buttons from Papertrey Ink, and the embossing folder is from an old Christmas collection Sizzix did for Basic Grey but I can't find a link to it :(. There are multiple layers in this card, all using mounting foam to give it "life".

Thank for taking a peek!

So Egg-Cited for Easter!

The weather is AH-MAZING here today! It has finally turned into Spring, and I'm thrilled that we'll have beautiful weather for our Easter Egg Hunt this weekend too.

Everything is going to be about the eggs how timely that the final Heart 2 Heart challenge is about Easter (and eggs)! It got me into the spirit by making this pretty lil' thing:
I used the Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut "Easter", and then used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the pretty little paper blooms from some CTMH blush cardstock (I layered one bloom on a white crochet flower also from CTMH). I cheated a little and used these adorable Studio G cards sitting in my stash for the last couple years and dressed them up with some papers and a label tag from Making Memories Garden Party line, some organza ribbon, rhinestones, and Easter basket brads.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!

Pretty and Green

I created this card for a friend of mine who lost her 101 1/2 year old grandmother the other day. She sounded like an amazing woman who had a lot of vibrant memories, even in her old age. So I wanted to make something with a vintage style, but with a modern look. I was inspired to use shades of green by the Heart 2 Heart challenge this month and the Mojo Monday 286 sketch this week.

All products are Close to My Heart except those noted below:
 - Colonial White, Olive, and Cocoa cardstock
 - Juniper, Olive, and New England Ivy Ink pads
 - Wings Creative Basics paper and juniper ribbon
 - Treasure Life stamp set
 - Papertrey Ink Botanical Silhouettes Anniversary Set (for the sentiment)
 - Making Memories antique brad
 - Stampin' Up Square Lattice Embossing folder
 - Fiskars Upper Crest border punch

UPDATE (4/15): This card was selected as one of the Top 10 in the Go Green Heart 2 Heart challenge (eeek!). So honored!

Thank you for visiting :)

Mustache you... you like Tom Selleck? Well, my mother-in-law and I sure do...and, I'm not sure if it's the "stache" or just that he is one handsome man, but we both agree he's something else, ha ha! Well...I needed to make a card to thank her for helping me with the kids for me while my husband was out of town...and the timing couldn't be better for the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog to have a Mustache challenge. Since she ever so kindly brought over "Three Men and a Baby" for us to watch that night, I thought it was only appropriate to thank her with a giant mustache card :)
I am in love with Close to My Heart's newer Cricut cartridge, Artiste...and this mustache cut is just darling! I cut both the mustache and the thank you from CTMH black cardstock from the Artiste cartridge and layer that with CTMH New England Ivy cardstock that was embossed with a Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder. Because of the texture of the cardstock, it didn't emboss that well, but I was able to mask the flaws by lightly dabbing some White Daisy ink on the raised images to give it a distressed look. I cut the piece of wood veneer with Spellbinders dies because it was apparently to thick for my Cricut (I need deeper blades), but I like how it turned out...hopefully my mother-in-law will get a kick out of it too :)

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sparkly Irish Sunshine

St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal around this house...especially with a Irish husband and kiddos who LOVE their green :) We had a busy weekend celebrating over Corned Beef and Cabbage, but I was able to put together this sweet little card for my mother-in-law (shhh...I'm a little late in getting it to her, but St. Patty's is all month long around here, right? So I hope I have a pass on that one).

This card was inspired by the Sparkle and Shine Farm Fresh challenge on the Splendid Stamping blog for Greeting Farm Stamps AND the Diecuts, Punches & Cutouts challenge on the Use it Tuesday blog.

Just about all of the supplies I used for this card are old (with the exception of the yellow Copic markers I just bought last month to try my attempt at blonde hair). I literally had to blow the dust off my Creative Memories Heart punch (poor neglected lil' guy) to make the shamrock. The papers are scraps from a stash that I used for my sister's wedding a couple years go. I embossed a couple pieces for some texture using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and a Basic Grey Sizzix embression plate. I die cut the pretty lotus background using a Spellbinders Pendant die I have never opened (and sadly, I have owned that die for over 2 years).  The sentiment is from a stamp set from Papertrey Ink, and the adorable Princess Anya stamp is from Greeting Farm stamps.

The sparkle gems added just the right touch :) I sure hope my mother-in-law likes it!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look-a-roo!

Welcome, Spring! (H2H Challenge)

Hello Spring...good bye Winter!!!

I seriously love Spring, even though it rains non-stop here in the Spring, I absolutely love this season in our neck of the woods. Cherry Blossoms are out in full swing right now and I saw Daffodils in a flower field this morning...eek! Not to mention the smell...if you know what I mean. There is such a sweet smell when the weather changes *sigh*.

Well, with the time change and my excitement for Easter, I though it appropriate to create a few little Easter cards for family letting them know that we are so blessed to have them in our lives.

I'm linking this card for the Heart 2 Heart (H2H) Challenge blog for their Spring Forward challenge. I just stumbled on this blog looking for ideas for Close to My Heart products and I am SO excited to play along as a new participant! I love the inspiration out there.

I've been waiting for Spring to come to finally ink up this adorable stamp set from Close to My Heart "Blessed D1455". I loved the fact that it is a two step stamp (outlined image for one stamp, and the matching inner image for the other stamp) so you don't need anything more than your ink pads. It make it SO easy to crank out 8 of these babies to send out to my family. I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the white label that has the sentiment. The buttons, twine, and ink used are all from Close to My Heart as well.

The paper is an older collection from Making Memories - "Garden Party". I love the Springtime pastels and the adorable prints that in this collection.

And, the die cuts for the main image are from Papertrey Ink - Mat Stack #1, the Layerz Mat Stack #1 die and the Edgers Die #1 collection.

I hope that you enjoy your Spring too!
All my best...

Third Place!!!!

I was jumping up and down with excitement when I found out that I made it into third place in the Practical Scrappers 2013 Card Contest a couple weeks ago! It was such an honor to be ranked with such amazing crafters...the cards that were submitted were just breathtaking! I just wanted to thank everyone again for your votes and support. AND, I have to thank Practical Scrappers for hosting the contest and the amazing sponsors for such incredible prizes!

To see the cards that I made for the contest, please visit these posts:
Last Round
Fourth Round
Third Round
First and Second Round

Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spot in the Top Five at Practical Scrappers!!!

I am beyond thrilled to be ranked as one of the five top card makers in the Practical Scrappers card contest! It is a huge honor that I made it this far, thank you so much for all your votes! Eeeek!

This last round is closed to public votes, but their lovely design team will be the ones to pick the winners of the competition. The other ladies made such amazing cards, it will be hard to narrow down the winner...all of them are just stunning!

We were asked to make a card using our favorite manufacturer, our favorite technique, and our favorite color. This was a bit of a challenge for me, as I really don't have one specific favorite of anything (gasp)...if I love it, I have to have it, regardless of who makes it. AND, I'm really loving just about every technique in papercrafting, I think that is why this has been my favorite hobby to-date, there is always something new to learn.

Here is the sweet little card I made picking my most frequent "go-to" products: My Minds Eye and Papertrey Ink stamps...and of course my embossing folders :) One of my favorite colors is just always makes me happy.

I'm a huge fan of texture and dimension on cards. Buttons, ribbons, and foam tape are a few items I generally gravitate to :) I also really like paper piecing, especially to add layers to my stamps, like my little bee below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products used:
Patterned papers and Bakers Twine - My Minds Eye "Stella and Rose - Hattie" collection
Solid cardstock - Colonial White from Close to My Heart
Stamp set - Baby Button Bits from Papertrey Ink
Embossing folder - Seeing Spots - Cuttlebug
Border punch - Upper Crest - Fiskars

Nature/neutral inspired card love

Hello weekend! I'm SO happy you're here :)

I wanted to post a cards I put together this week just because. I was inspired by a few designs I've seen browsing Pinterest and looking through old Paper Crafts magazines. Also, with Spring right around the corner here in Washington, I thought this soft Sweet Leaf and Chocolate (from Close to My Heart) color palette just fit my mood.

Here is my little creation:

Cardstock, inks, and ribbon from Close to My Heart, Button, edger die, and "Life" stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I heat embossed floral image on the card for a small amount of dimension.

I'm super pleased how this turned out :)

Anyhoo...thanks for letting me share. Hope you get inspired by Spring weather soon too :) Enjoy the weekend!