Monday, May 31, 2010

Hot Diggity: Sketch Challenge at Heart 2 Heart

A couple of weeks ago I had one of those moments where I was looking at my stamp pads and these three colors stuck out to me for some reason. They said "Use us together!" So I set them aside and have now come back to them for this colorful birthday card for my niece, who is turning 2 in a couple of weeks. She LOVES animals, so I used all the animals I could from the new Hot Diggity stamp set to random-stamp the background paper! This follows the sketch challenge at Heart 2 Heart this week.

Colors: Cranberry, Citrus Leaf, Hibiscus
Stamp Set: Hot Diggity
Other Supplies: Bitty sparkles, Citrus Leaf textured cardstock, cranberry cardstock, White Daisy Grosgrain ribbon, Just Blooms White Daisy (on sale!)

Close to My Heart recently marked down a whole bunch of items, in addition to the Just Blooms. See all the deals--up to 50% off--on my website.

Head on over to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog and try your hand at this week's sketch challenge! While you're there, check out the other Design Team member's lovely creations!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Clear Card with Splendor & Hot Diggity

I wanted to share this adorable card that my upline, Kay Pekin, sent me last week. How cute is this little froggie from the new CTMH Hot Diggity stamp set?! I absolutely adore this new Splendor paper, and the new clear cards are so much fun! They're actually very durable.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Crisscrossed Kits: Combining Paper Packets

I love that Close to my Heart now puts clips of their Art & Soul episodes on YouTube! It makes it much easier for me to share them you :) This episode shows you various ways to use your CTMH level 2 paper packs, including mixing and matching them to create unexpected and creative results. You can watch the entire episode and many more episodes on my in the CTMH TV section of my CTMH website. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Such a Ham Scrapbook Page: Mixing Paper Kits

I love mixing paper kits and using them in unexpected ways. The paper in this layout is from 2 different kits: Magic Moments and Jingle—2 of my favorites! They share a color in common: hollyhock. The Jingle paper pack (striped paper) is a Christmas theme, but as you can see I used it in an "everyday" layout...albeit these pictures ARE from the day AFTER Christmas. My niece, Maddie was having so much fun showing off all her new toys...and as the scrapbook page says, was such a ham. At only 1-1/2 years old, she definitely knows how to say "cheese."

I used an On Target dimensional elements circle to highlight her and added some dimensional stickers from K & Company. To create the pattern on "HAM" I stamped the Spot On Background 3 times onto Juniper cardstock. Then I stamped the letters from the Posterboard Alphabet stamp set on top, cut them out, and placed them on 3D foam squares. I love the Posterboard Alphabet because of how versatile it highlights whatever paper you want to use.

Paper: Jingle, Magic Moments
Stamp Sets: Spot On Backgrounds, Posterboard Alphabet

Monday, May 24, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Random-Stamped Background

The challange this week at Heart 2 Heart is to random-stamp a background for your project. I made this baby layout as a gift, but when I gave it away it didn't have photos in it. I didn't want you to have to look at a layout with no I Photoshopped them in! These are photos of my nephew's birth and soon after. If I had actually scrapbooked them the title would say "Baby's First Photos." I left the layout pretty plain because the gift was for a scrapbooker and I wanted her to be able to add whatever pictures she wants and fill in the blank for "Baby's First ____."

I used my favorite baby stamp set to random-stamp the background on the bottom: Baby Steps. The title is stamped with Rustic Alphabet, then I sponged the edges in chocolate to add an extra pop. The Crystal Blue paper is from the back side of a Twitterpated paper and the Sunflower, White Daisy, and Chocolate is all cardstock. The only embellishment I really added was a clear button (love these!) tied with chocolate waxy flax. Layout is from Imagine (you need this!): Overture (pgs 116-117), changed up just a bit.

I think I should make another layout like this for me, too! I've already made the photo choices. I was going to do Connor's scrapbook pages online in Studio J, but maybe I'll have to mix them up a little. That's one of the beauties of Studio looks like real scrapbooking so you can mix the Studio J layouts with traditional scrapbook layouts!

Head on over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to participate in the random-stamped background challenge this week. You may just be the winner of a fabulous prize from Ruth Nava.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Baby Name Frame

Last weekend I went to my friend Michelle's house to craft. She's expecting a baby boy in July and wanted to make a baby name frame like the ones I do. She wanted me to help her, but I only helped her a bit with the dimensions, and she did everything else all on her own. Isn't it adorable?! She used paper and stickers from Martha Stewart, a couple CTMH embellishments, and Thickers for the letters.

This is the bedding and crib in Sawyer's room from Pottery Barn.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Emporium Card

I made this card a while ago for a Mojo Monday Sketch challenge several weeks back, but never got around to posting it! I really like how versatile the Emporium paper is. I wanted to match the flower embellishment, and Emporium was perfect. I used the level 2 kit, along w/ some sweet leaf ribbon, a Colonial white brad, and pearls from the Connections Club rewards a couple of catalogs ago. I sure hope CTMH comes out with the sticky-back pearls again...I love them! I'm so glad I stocked up before they ran out! The sentiment is from the January stamp of the month, True Friends. (I think that's what it's called anyway...I let my mom borrow it so I can't check right now!)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fenway Park Interactive Scrapbook Page

Last summer my husband and I went to the east coast for 10 days. We visited our friend in Harrisburg, PA, who took a week off and drove us around to DC, NY, Philly, and showed us a great time in Harrisburg. After that week, my husband and I rented a car and drove up the coast to Boston, where we went to Fenway to see a game. I'm not a big baseball fan but this is the only thing he REALLY insisted we do, so I had no problem with it. But let me tell you, I had the BEST time!! The history, the fans, the atmosphere, the was all amazing. It was nothing like a San Diego Padres game, which was all I knew (although Petco Park is pretty cool). Plus, our seats were awesome...right across from the Green Monster.

There were so many things I wanted to remember about the night that I knew I needed a pretty big chunk of journal space. So...I had some fun with it and hid it inside the baseball! This layout fits the Practical Scrappers challenge this week: to use patterned perfect is this CTMH Game On paper?!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Get a Whole New Look with Chalk (How-To)

I love that Close to my Heart has been posting clips from their Art & Soul episodes on YouTube. Now I can post them here for you to enjoy! But as always, you can go to the "CTMH TV" link on my CTMH website to watch the whole episode. They're usually around 12-15 min. long and you'll learn a lot of cool techniques!

This video is on how to use chalk to give your project a little extra pop. Very fun...enjoy!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge: Ocean, Topiary, Desert Sand

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is a beautiful color challenge. I don't think I would have put these colors together on my own but I love the combo! And it worked perfectly for my husband's graduation card. He's graduating from USF on Friday (!) and the school colors are green and gold/ it's close. They're masculine colors, too, so it's perfect.

I made the tassel from chocolate waxy flax and Topiary organdy ribbon (retired) that I cut into skinny strips. Then I layered the paper: the desert sand is a B&T from Twitterpated, then Topiary cardstock, topped w/ vellum.

I used a few different stamp sets to make the background paper: Dainty Thoughts, Good times (no longer available), and Everyday Celebration (no longer available). I apologize for using sets that aren't available, but they were perfect for this! Hopefully you have them though...they were from CTMH specials a while back.Now it's your turn to make something using these Close to my Heart colors. Then be sure to post your creation to the Heart 2 Heart blog!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Flower Pot Card

I've seen these cute little flower pot cards all over the blogosphere and have been wanting to try making my own for a long time! Mother's Day was the perfect mom is a floral designer and LOVES flowers, so I made this one for her. Her favorite colors are purple and green, so I can't go wrong with this lovely Bella paper. I've made her several things in it :) I used this tutorial.

I forgot to take a picture of the card "open." If you haven't seen this type of card before, the flowers pull up and the space to write fits down inside the pot. Click on the tutorial to see what I mean.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Puddle Pads: A Little Messy and a Lot of Fun (How-To)

Here's a clip from Close to my Heart's latest Art & Soul episode on using re-inkers to created Puddle Pads, which gives you a cool multi-colored, tie-died-looking stamp pad for your stamps. This technique is so fun...I am going to Target to buy some baby wipes pronto! You can watch the entire episode (less than 15 min.) on my CTMH website. Enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Technique: Paper Piecing

The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to choose any technique to share with you. One of my favorite techniques to do lately is paper piecing. First I cut a piece of Goldrush cardstock the size of the card to frame it. I saw a card Lisa Stenz made and loved the pop the frame gave to her card. And I used the cloud paper from the brand-new Splendor paper pack (my very favorite) as the background. Then I began paper piecing...I cut out some clouds, sponged the edges in Heavenly Blue ink, and attached on top of the clouds in the background paper w/ foam squares. I cut the hills freehand with scissors and sponged the tops so they'd pop against each other. I got that idea from one of Mandy's cards.

The trees are from the Treetops stamp set. The 3 trees on the right were stamped in both Topiary and chocolate ink. Then I cut the tops out of Topiary and adhered with foam squares, and the trunks out of chocolate, sponged the edges for extra dimension, and pieced together. The tree on the left was stamped in chocolate onto the green Splendor paper and in chocolate again on white paper. I cut the top out of the Splendor paper and the stump out of the white paper.

TIP: Use a glue pen to adhere small pieces, like the trunks.

Materials (all CTMH):
Treetops stamp set; Splendor Level 2 paper pack; Clear sparkles; Heavenly blue, Topiary, Chocolate stamp pads; Prisma glitter; Micro-tip scissors (you need these!); Sponge daubers; Glue pen

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mother's Day Card | Heart 2 Heart Challenge

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week is to make a Mother's Day card. I hope you'll participate...don't forget that Mother's Day is THIS Sunday!

I was excited to use the new Cherry-O paper for my sister's Mother's Day card. She loves polka dots and loves these colors, so I know she'll love this card. She just had baby #2, and her oldest is not even 2, so she's had a rough few months. She deserves something pretty to look at. Well, she deserves a whole lot more than that, but this is what I can provide :)
Visit Heart to Heart Challenges blog to take a look at all the guidelines. This week's challenge is sponsored by Adeline Brill, and she's provided a nice prize to the winning challenge! You can check out her blog here. And be sure to take a peek at the rest of our talented Design Team's creations.
CTMH Cherry-O paper, chocolate ribbon, chocolate waxy flax, A Little Everything stamp set (March Stamp of the Month), Everyday Celebration stamp set (no longer available), button from stash, Sizzix Flower Layers #3 die cut

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Simplicity Says it All

My cards are not usually described as simple. This one is. But it doesn't look simple because the paper is so beautiful and detailed on its own. (Another find at The Paper Source.) I added a strip of ribbon and a couple Martha Stewart flowers and viola! Finished card in under 10 minutes.