Thursday, April 30, 2009

Close to My Heart Blog Hop!! Look at these New Felt Flowers!

Welcome to our Close to my Heart Summer 2009 Idea Book Blog Hop! Over 40 Close to my Heart Consultants are celebrating the upcoming release of the Summer 2009 Idea Book by sharing their amazing creations using new products via their blogs.
If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, go on over to Erin's Blog and follow all of the links to see some amazing work form her and all of the other talented consultants!

These felt flowers come from the new CTMH Heart Felt Whimsy Die Cuts. In addition to flowers, there are birds, dragonflies, butterflies, buttons, swirls and much much more!

They are so simple to use. You can easily run them trough your sewing machine or just use a needle and thread. In addition they are even easier to attach with brads or conchos.
I will tell you that I didn't have much luck with adhesive or glue dots, but I have been told that there is a felt glue on the market! It is just too easy to use thread or brads to worry to much about glue! I also wanted to tell you about my 2 new favorite things. 1. Sewing-I got the Janome Sew Mini and I love it! It sews like a dream on fabric and paper! 2. Envelope flats-CTMH has a wonderful selection of all different sizes and the best part-you can stamp the inside of you envelope to match your project! How cool is that!

Here is a supply list for this project-
White Daisy CS, Garden Green CS, Buttercup CS, Tulip CS, Olive ribbon, Heart Felt die cuts, Tulip brads, Buttercup concho, foam squares, garden green ink, tulip ink, buttercup ink, Tulip CS, Floral charm stamp set, tickled pink stamp set, serendipity stamp set, envelope flats, white buttons
Other-Pen, green thread, canvas bag

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you are "hopping" along with us today for the Close to My Heart Blog Hop then your next stop is Shannon has some really cute stuff using Tickled Pink and Tinkering!

Links not working or Lost on the "hop"? See a complete list of participating blogs below

Erin Herring
Penny Doucette
Kathleen Rensel
Jessica Moore
Colleen Porter
Sherry Thompson
Jen Patrick
Corey Acton
Amy Edwards
Amy Schultz
Tresa Black
Leslie Kolic
Rebecca Garrison
Miranda Kurz
Terrie Dodd
Traci Tanimura
Debora Mcelhany
Katie Paterson
Michelle Robinson
Lori Scott
Amberlyn Gentry
Wendy Kessler
Meredith Burgess
Vicky Sullivan
Caren Goldstein
Jena Devries
Kami Welter
Traci Godbee
Julie Banzon
Laurel Seabrook
Alisan Smith
Haley Dyer
Dawn Heuft
Ali Creel
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.comj/
ean McNulty
Aaron Brown
Julie Lane
Carrie Zrodlowski

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Color Chef Challenge #4

This is my card for this week's Color Chef Challenge over at KJ's Stamp Pad. The colors to use were Black, Watermelon, Bubblegum, Baby Pink and White Daisy. When I started out making this card I had this idea that I wanted my random stamped images to be glossy, and I would use versamark and ink together. I think in the end it altered the color just a bit, especially the watermelon. I think I will read up on this technique just a bit and see what I was doing wrong.
I also used a clear acrylic flower in the center of the knot that doesn't show up all the well in the picture.

Supplies from CTMH-Black CS, White Daisy CS, Baby Pink CS, Bubblegum CS, Black ink, Bubblegum ink, Watermelon ink, Baby pink ink, Black staz on ink, Clear acrylic flower, black brads, corner rounder Floral charm stamp set, Friendship blessing stamp set
Other-Black ribbon, clear embossing powder, crop-0-dile

I also wanted to take a quick second to tell you about something very exciting starting onThursday and Friday. Of course the release of the new Summer 2009 Close to my Heart Catalog on Friday Morning, but in addition the 1st ever CTMH Blog Hop!! A really sweet consultant Erin Burney has organized the whole thing and the fun will start at Midnight(Pacific Time) on Thursday and will feature all new projects for you to see using all new products from the new Catalog. I will have a really cute project posted for the event. (Of course no matter how hard I try, I wont be able to stay awake till midnight, but I will catch all the fun on Friday morning!)

What is a Blog Hop? Over 40 consultants will have their blogs linked together, and all you have to do is "hop" from one blog to the next. At the end of each of the post you will be given a link to go to the next blog.
All the fun will start at Erin's Blog and go from there.
Not to worry I will give you directions on where to start or where to go to next! It's going to be so much fun!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CPS Sketch & Sneak Peek

Here is my card for this week's sketch at CPS and a sneak peek of a new Owl stamp from the Summer 09 CTMH Catalog.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Sweetleaf CS, Sweetleaf ribbon, Sweetleaf marker, Cocoa ink, Sunflower marker, Pattern paper from Magic Moments, foam squares, pewter bitty brads, corner rounder, Your a hoot stamp set

Monday, April 27, 2009

Color Challenge

This is my card for the color challenge over at k. werner blog. This was a really fun color combo to try. In additon she is having a big give away for the 50th color challenge.
Supplies from CTMH-Chocolate CS, Twilight CS, White Daisy CS, Chocolate ink, Tulip ink, Twilight ink, Pattern paper from Key to My Heart, Tickled pink die cuts, chocolate rub-ons, white daisy flower brads, foam squares, Tickled Pink stamp set
Other-scallop punch.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


This is a card I made a while back for Papercrafts Magazine for the Joy of Card Making Sketch. It wasn't accepted but I thought I would show it to you anyway. I love the one that they picked for the magazine. (current issue page 20)
Supplies from CTMH-Paper from Boom-di-ada, Barn Red ink, Hollyhock ink, Olive ink, buttercup button, clear sparkle, floral charm stamp set, May word puzzle stamp set, foam square

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mother's Day Plant & Blog Award

Plants always make great gift for Mother's Day! This is one of my projects for last months Guest star Stamper over at Papertrey Ink.
This plant tag and matching card can be made in no time at all.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Topiary CS, Sweetleaf CS, Sweetleaf brad, Topiary ink, Sweetleaf ribbon
From Papertrey-Spring Tags stamp set
Other-Nestibilities die cuts

And I want to Thank Tresa and Sarah for giving me this blog award! I enjoy both of their work and am honored they pick me!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mother's Day Tea Box

Right before my birthday I went to a real tea party. The fancy kind with china, scones and a whole bunch of flavored tea.
Since then I have really been into tea, tea pots and everything else to do with tea. It must be a sign of old age!
I used re-inker to color a white flower yellow.

Supplies from CTMH-Buttercup CS, Twilight CS, Sorbet ribbon, Twilight brad, white daisy crochet flowers, Twilight ink, Buttercup re inker, May word puzzle stamp set
Other-scallop punch

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Color Chef Challenge

This week Kelly picked a wonderful set of colors for the Color Chef Challenge over at her blog KJs Stamp Pad. I will admit this is my second version of the card. The 1st on had the squares more in a diamond pattern and it wasn't working for me and ended up in the trash.

Supplies from CTMH-black CS, White Daisy CS, Watermelon CS, Pattern paper from Magic moments, Black ink, Sunflower ink, Watermelon ink, white button, black ribbon, blush waxy flax, sanding kit, Dream Big stamp set

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mother's Day Card

I made this card several months back for Papercrafts Magazine Mothers Day issue.
Supplies from CTMH-Caprice pattern paper, chipboard label, foam squares, liquid glass, May word puzzle stamp set, April word puzzle stamp set, chocolate ink, sweetleaf ink, honey ink
Other-brown ribbon

Monday, April 20, 2009

CPS sketch

Here is my card for this week's sketch over at CPS. I needed 2 baby boy cards this week and I think the little puppy from CTMH's Welcome baby stamp is so cute.
Supplies from CTMH-White Daisy CS, Chocolate CS, Dutch Blue CS, Pattern paper from Stardust, Chocolate ink, dutch blue marker, silver bitty brad, Welcome baby stamp set

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Card cartoon

Charlie cut this out of the newspaper and left it on my computer, I thought it was funny so I am sharing!

Have a great weekend, and check back next week for some Mother's Day projects and cards!

Friday, April 17, 2009

3x3 card holder

I found this video on how to make this really cute 3x3 card holder. I used the idea to make my submission for April Papertrey Ink guest star stamper submission.
Supplies from CTMH-Juniper CS, Desert Sand CS, colonial White CS, desert sand ink, juniper ink, blush ink, sorbet ink, sorbet ribbon, pattern paper from Unforgettable, 3x3 envelope flats
From Papertrey ink-forest friends stamp set
Other-clear bags, scallop punch

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Wedding Gift

This 9x9 accordion album is one of those things that is really hard to get a good picture of. I resorted to taking this out on my deck.
Colors are Hollyhock, Black and Blush.

All of the Supplies are CTMH except for the rub-ons.

Here is the Memory Keeper box I created to store the Album.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Color Chef Challenge #2

Here is my card for this weeks Color challenge over at KJ Stamp pad. The color combo was Sorbet, Tulip and white. (I added just a little green by accident. I was coloring and forgot!)
Supplies from CTMH-Tulip CS, Sorbet CS, White Daisy CS, Black ink, Tulip marker, Black marker, Olive marker, Sorbet ink, rhinestone frame, Little thoughts stamp set

The card is 3x3.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Emporium Card Set

On Saturday morning I will be teaching this set of cards. All of the patterns are from the Originals book and All of the paper is from the Emporium Paper Pack.
supplies from CTMH-Emporium Paper pack, Chipboard flowers, Pewter brads, buttercup brads, colonial white ribbon, Crystal blue ink, cocoa ink, sweetleaf ink, colored pencils, Dainty thoughts stamp set

Monday, April 13, 2009

CPS Sketch and Color Challenge in one!

This is my card for this weeks CPS Sketch and Color inspiration challenge. I went ahead with the color combo even though the challenge was closed last night. I really thought it was a fun color combination. I liked the sketch to-I think I could really do alot with it.
supplies from CTMH-White Daisy CS, Black CS, Dutch Blue CS, Sweetleaf ink, Hollyhock ink, Black ink, Pattern paper from Magic Moments, Pattern Paper from Animal Cookie, Pattern paper from Boom-di-ada, Hollyhock ribbon, White floss, Dutch Blue button, Solo 1 stamp set, Code it stamp set

Saturday, April 11, 2009

April Operation Smile Project

I really had fun with this months Operation Smile project! It's no secret that the CTMH Originals book is my most prized possession! In the book there are many patterns for 4.75x3" cards. I just love this size; not to big and not to small. This box holds 4.75x3" card. After I created it, it reminded me of a box like checks come in. So I am calling it a Mini Check Box
The template for this project can be found at
for a $1.00 donation to Operation Smile!
The box is a really great size and very simple to make.

Supplies from CTMH-Sweetleaf CS, Colonial White CS, Crystal Blue CS, Cocoa ribbon, Pattern paper from Emporium Creative Basics, Pretty Pins, Cocoa ribbon, Vineyard berry ink, cocoa ink,pewter bitty brads, Bird Basics stamp set, Playful flourishes stamp set, foam squares
Other-nestibilities die cuts

In addition to a card box, it will make a wonderful gift box. Here I created a really cute baby gift. Inside I put a cute little onsie I found at Target and some baby Lotion.

Supplies from CTMH-Goldrush CS, Cocoa CS, ButtercupCS, Black ink, Buttercup marker, Goldrush marker, Black marker, blending pen, Colonial White ribbon, Stickease letters from Boom-di-ada, Life is a Jungle stamp set
Other-scallop punch, hole punch, baby onsie and lotion

If you are intrested in the template for this project please visit
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Smile!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Operation Smile Crop-Please join us for a great cause!

We are going to have lots of fun! Saturday is the last day to RSVP. Operation Smile does such wonderful things, please join us. (Click the flyer to make it larger)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

May 2009

I was visiting with a friend yesterday and she mentioned that there are only six weeks left of school for her kids. My how time flys!
Supplies from CTMH-colonial white CS, Black CS, Cranberry CS, Cranberry ink, Black ink,Bamboo ink, Express postage stamp set
Other-Black ribbon

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Color Chef Challenge#1 and Photography

A new CTMH color challenge has been started over at KJ' Stamp Pad. This is the 1st round. Here is my card. I used white daisy ink on the edges and then heated it with the craft gun to dry. I love the white daisy ink, but always forget to use it.

Supplies from CTMH-Sweetleaf CS, Crystal Blue CS, Sweatleaf ribbon, White Daisy paper flower, Sweetleaf brad, White Daisy ink, Crystal blue ink, Say it with style stamp set.

Over the weekend I had a few chicks and a bunny and decided to set up a photo shoot for a few friends and family. These are some of my favorites! One day it was very windy and the next day it was cold but we went ahead with the shoot. Here in Lubbock, a calm day still blows about 2o miles per hour so we are all use to it.
I am still working on my photography skills, but I had a lot of fun doing it!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Christmas in April?

My blog friend Sparkle, host a Christmas Card Challenge each week. She figures that if she makes 2 Christmas cards per week then she will have over a 100 cards by Christmas. What a good idea! I made this card because I had already colored the image with my new Copic markers that my sister gave me for my birthday. Supplies from CTMH-Evensong pattern paper, Olive CS, Cranberry CS, Staz on ink, Clear sparklers, foam squares, white ribbon, liquid applique, December word puzzle stamp set, Tulip marker
Other-House of Mouse stamp set, assorted copic markers

Monday, April 6, 2009

CPS Sketch Challenge

This is my card for this week's CPS sketch. At first I wasn't that impressed with the sketch, but after I made the card I changed my mind. I even made a few more cards with the sketch for a project I will show you later.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Tulip ink, Black ink, Tulip marker, Liquid glass, Black marker, Clear sparkles, Say it with style stamp set, Life is beautiful stamp set, Key to my Heart stamp set
Other-black check ribbon, nestibilites die cut