Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Stamp of the Month


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You Spend: $25 and receive 25% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $17.21
You Spend: $50 and receive 50% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $11.48
You Spend: $75 and receive 75% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $5.74
You Spend: $100 and receive the Stamp Set FREE!!!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Easter Cards

I had SO much fun making Easter cards with my mom over the weekend. My sister even joined us for a little bit. Here are some of the cards I made.

These first couple use the March Stamp of the Month. You still have until tomorrow to get this stamp set...then it's GONE! I stamped it in black, then used a blending pen (my new favorite tool) to color in the butterfly using ink pads. I love the stained-glass effect it gets by doing this! The butterfly is cut out and then adhered with 3D squares. The "Happy Easter" and tulips along the bottom are from the March Word Puzzle stamp set.





This card uses the Easter Eggs Stamp of the month from February. Sorry, this stamp set was only available in February...you snooze, you lose! I just love this glittery paper! My mom got it at Michael's.



I used a store-bought butterfly embellishment for this one. Again, the "Happy Easter" is from the March Word Puzzle stamp set. I love how all the months have "Word Puzzle" stamp sets...which have images and sentiments that go along with the holiday(s) in that particular month.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mojo Monday #79 Challenge | Sympathy Card

One of my husband's friends lost his dad this week. This is a sympathy card I made for his family. I used the Mojo Monday #79 challenge as my inspiration.

I got the patterned paper as a gift so I'm not sure where it's from, but the cardstock/ink colors are chocolate (CTMH) and Kiwi Kiss (SU). Ribbon and stamps are from Close to my Heart (stamp set is Thoughts of You #D1255). I used a blending pen to color in the flower petals on the lighter green flower and both stems.

Mojo Sketch:

Christopher's name frame

I made this name frame for Jen and Grant, whose baby boy is due in just 2 weeks! THis is a 16" x 20" frame. The actual artwork is 12" x 16".


Look how perfectly it matches his room!


I'm custom-making these to sell, so visit my Etsy shop if you're interested! You can choose the colors, the size, and send me a picture of the baby's nursery and I'll match as close as I can!

Here's an example of one in an 8" x 10" frame.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Easter is Coming...

This year will be my niece's first Easter, so I wanted to give her something special. She will be about 10 months old. I found this sweet bunny ballerina for her, and made this personalized frame to give her with it...


I pulled out all the accessories for this project! CTMH accessory colors are lilac mist, blush, hollyhock, and sweet leaf. I love this new paper pack: Daydream. To do the letters, I used Sticky Pages from SU and cut out the letters in my Cricut. Then I stuck the letters on a square of paper, peeled off the top (so it's sticky on the top) and applied glitter.

This square is popped up with 3D pop-dots (it's hard to tell in the picture), then a spiral clip with organdy ribbon completes the 3D look...


The hydrangea is actually silk...I took it off the stem and added a rhinestone. The left top box is a corduroy brad. The bottom left box is a chipboard flower covered with paper, then added a button...


This was my inspiration for the frame, created by Karen Cumming, my local SU! Demonstrator.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stationary Box

This box is such a clever idea! It's made completely of cardstock and decorated with patterned paper and embellishments. It's really not very difficult to make with some instructions! The inside holds some normal-sized cards (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") at the back, and some 3"x3" cards and tags in the front. You could even add a pen holder. What a great gift!




If you'd like to learn how to make this box, let me know and I'll do a workshop for you. You can choose any CTMH paper you'd like and I'll design the box for you. Cost is $10 for the box itself and will take about 1-2 hours (depending on your craftiness level). If you'd like to do a longer workshop we can make the cards and tags to go inside the box for a complete stationary set (additional charge would apply). If you decide to do this workshop I'll give you the printed instructions with pictures so you can do it again and again at home!

Materials used in my example...
Paper: Emporium
Embellishments: Dimensional Elements Perennials, Prisma Glitter, Liquid Glass, button, and ribbon from JoAnn.
Tools: Piercing tool
Colors: Vineyard berry, Crystal blue, Sweet Leaf

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March Stamp of the Month: Butterfly Wings

From dainty butterflies to fluttering hearts, this stamp set is a charmer with its artistic flourishes, appealing designs, and loving words. Available March 1–31, 2009 only.

Each month Close To My Heart offers you a limited-time My Acrylix stamp set valued at $22.95. Butterfly Wings is available to you at a discount or free...

You Spend: $25 and receive 25% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $17.21
You Spend: $50 and receive 50% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $11.48
You Spend: $75 and receive 75% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $5.74
You Spend: $100 and receive the Stamp Set FREE!!!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Running in Circles

Learn how to cut and stamp perfect circles in new and creative ways! The new Art & Soul episode is up on my CTMH website! Plus receive a special discount on the stamp set used in the episode!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mojo Challenge #76

I really like the sketch for this week's Mojo Monday challenge, but for some reason I had a really hard time with it. I even took another stab at it...and liked it even less! But I just got some products from Stampin' Up, so I was trying to incorporate my new ribbon, Top Note die, and paper. (They have some fun products, but not nearly as great at Close to my Heart's products!) The colors I used are Baja Breeze, Old Olive, and Riding Hood Red. It really needs a background paper to tie it all together, but I didn't have a pattern that matches all my new colors. (Of course I had to use all my new colors!)

I dug up an old D.O.T.S. stamp for this! Look familiar?

The sketch...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

40% off Close to my Heart retiring products!

Now...the moment you have been anxiously awaiting...retiring stamp sets are now on sale through the end of March! The retiring My Acrylix stamp sets are 40% off, plus there are still some other great products on sale! Click here to shop discounted products. There are many great bargains to be had!

Here are the stamp sets that are on sale...

Groovy Celebration | buy now

Card Sentiments | buy now


My One and Only | buy now

Love of My Life | buy now

Memories | buy now


Wisdom | buy now

Steep and Deep | buy now


Friendship's Garden | buy now

Follow Your Dreams | Buy now



My Farm | buy now