Friday, July 30, 2010

Sweet Felt Flower

This week's color combo over at Jeanette Lyntons blog was a hard one for me. I really struggled with it and this is my second attempt, the 1st one ended up in the trash. This second one is much better, and the felt flower makes the card.

{Happy Birthday Felt Flower card supplies}
Cardstock: Cocoa, Desert Sand Textured (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Key to My Heart (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Cocoa
Stamps: Little of Everything, Love Struck (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Felt flower, sparkles (Close to My Heart)
Tools: Circle punch

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thank U

A color challenge-yeah! My favorite are always color combo challenges, and this is my card for the Heart 2 Heart blog challenge. I recently saw this card and watched the video over at Tresa Black's blog. I learned to make this awesome flower and faux stitching on the video-when you have time you should watch it.

{Thank U card supplies}
Cardstock: Vineyard berry, Creme brulee, Blush, Colonial White, Olive (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Veranda (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Creme Brulee, Desert Sand, Vineyard Berry (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Felicity letters, Live inspired(Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Colonial White button, foam tape, Chipboard U, piercing tool, hemp(Close to My Heart)
Other: Vintage sheet music, Nestiblities die cut

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Some"birdy" loves you

One last sock inspired card for this week. I did change the white to colonial white to tone it down just a bit.
{Somebirdy Loves you card supplies}
Cardstock: Grey wool, Grey flannel, Ocean, citrus leaf, colonial white (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Pear, Lagoon, grey wool, grey flannel, black (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Hit the Spot, Love Birds (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: paper flower, foam tape, pearl (Close to My Heart)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A special Butterfly Stamp

I created this card using the same socks from yesterday's post as the inspiration. I changed the white to colonial white and added some desert sand cardstock as well for the base. That butterfly stamp is from an absolutely amazing stamp set the that can't be purchased-it was given to us a convention after one of the events! Close to My Heart is so generous to use, and I can't thank them enough.

{Happy Birthday card supplies}
Cardstock: Desert Sand, Colonial White, Ocean textured (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Veranda, Jingle (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Tulip, Desert Sand, Lagoon(Close to My Heart)
Stamps: From me to you, Picture this (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: foam tape, sparkles, creme brulee ribbon, edge distresser, prisma glitter (Close to My Heart) vintage trim, blue lace, thread

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sock inspired--

One of my favorite things about convention is extravaganza-this is where fellow consultants teach us about new products and art ideas. By far my favorite was Katy's booth and her ideas about color! You can see all of her sock ideas here. This card is actually a matchbook card from the Close to My Heart book Wishes-If you don't have this book, you should get yourself a copy! It is wonderful! Check back Tuesday and Wednesday for more sock inspired projects!

{...and many more! Card supplies}
Cardstock: Tulip, White daisy, Ocean, Creme bulee (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Tulip, Lagoon, Creme brulee (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: In the Month of June, Cupcake Sprinkles (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Creme brulee ribbon, Love letters rub-ons (Close to My Heart)
Other: Nestiblites scallop rectangle die cut (Spellbinders)

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Random Org picked number 17-

Linda Norman said...
I already cut the paper for a card class and I am going to add titles and journaling to several pages and hopefully finish my girls' birthday pages!

July 24, 2010 7:28 PM

Linda, email me at with you address and I will mail out your prize right away!

Thanks everyone for playing along and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Because it's Saturday...

and I get to spend the WHOLE day in the craft room, I am giving away a some goodies! I have been cleaning like a mad woman and came across a few things that I had 2 of.
1-package of Martha Stewart Mini doilies
1 mini mint tin by making memories
2 mini stamps for Inkainkadoo
and the 2 cards from yesterdays post!

How to win-Leave a comment on this post telling me what you are going to do today-
I will use a random number generator to pick a winner.
Leave your comment by midnight tonight-I will post the winner in the morning!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Up, Up and away!

A GIANT box of new goodies arrived yesterday, by I made myself promise to use some of the wonderful stamps that I already had that have only seen ink a few times before I use any of the new ones. But I assure you-they are calling my name from the box!!
See that wonderful glitter flourish above? Can you say GLITTER GLUE!?!?! I free-handed the flourish in pencil first and then traced it with the glue. It's so sparklie!! I made 2 of these cards, and check in tomorrow to find out why, WINK, WINK! I made both of these cards using the color combo from Jeanette Lyntons blog. Be sure to check out what she made.

{Thanks so very much card supplies}
Cardstock: Lilac Mist, Colonial White, Brown Bag (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Olive, Outdoor denim (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Over the Rainbow, Everyday Celebrations (Close to My Heart)
Embossing Powder: Olive (Close to My Heart)
{Nothing but Blue Skies card supplies}
Cardstock: Olive, Brown bag (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Lilac Mist, Outdoor denim, Brown bag (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Over the Rainbow (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Lilac Mist ribbon, foam tape, textured cards from Just because kit (Close to My Heart)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My current favorite breakfast

This week the challenge over at the Heart 2 Heart blog is to use a recipe in your project. For my project I just decided to create a recipe card for my current favorite breakfast! And because I love the pioneer woman so much-I decided to photography the steps to make this smoothie! It's not hard at all-I am sure even a monkey could do it without pictures, but it's just so pretty in the mixer and the glass I thought I would share.
{Breakfast Smoothie Recipe card supplies}
Cardstock: White Daisy (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Bamboo, Tulip, Pacifica (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Tasty Treats, Your Sweet (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Sparkles, Bamboo Button, Paper flower, foam tape (Close to My Heart)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oh, so pretty frame!

I saw this frame at one of my all time favorite blog by Lisa Johnson a while back. I purchased the wood frame and then I got busy doing other things. Last night I finally finished it! That black flourish stamp is a sneak peak at a set that will be in the upcoming Fall catalog... oh just wait till you see what CTMH has in store for us!
{Frame Supplies}
Ink: Twilight, Black (Close to My Heart)
Cardstock: Topiary, Goldrush, Hollyhock(Close to My Heart)
Stamps:Circle of Love, Wonderful Friend June Stamp of the Month (Close to My Heart)
Paint:Pool Blue (Craft Smart)
Ribbon: Black (Close to My Heart)
Frame: Wooden (Hobby Lobby)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Last weeks Color Combo from Jeanette Lynton

While I was at convention I missed this color combo, but I just loved the looks of it together that I had to give it a try!

Not to long ago I was in the office supplie store-(my favorite place to shop!) and saw these little index cards-they were just too cute not to pass up! (they measure 2.5x3 half a
large size card.)

{Thanks for your kindness card supplies}
Cardstock: Chocolate, White Daisy, Twilight(Close to my Heart)
Ink:Sorbet, Sunflower, Chocolate(Close to My Heart)
Stamps:Tickled Pink, A Little of Everything(Close to My Heart)
Emblishments:Twillight ribbon, foam tape (Close to My Heart), Index Card

Saturday, July 17, 2010

How about lots of Tags?

A very sweet lady that lives down the street is having a birthday next week. She is ALWAYS cooking up something wonderful and bringing it over. I thought I would make her some special tags to add to her wonderful dishes and baked goods. This project also fits the ABC(anything but a card) challenge over at the Heart 2 Heart blog.

Here you can see the cute tag that I made for the front of the box, with a chipboard Heart and rhinestones. Below are some of the tags and glassine bags that I included in the gift set. I also added some ribbon and a spool of twine. Not inside the tin are some larger treat bags and coffee bags great for sacking up homemade goodies.

{Tag collection Supplies}
Cardstock: Colonial White (Close to My Heart)
Ink:Barn Red (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Tasty Treats, Comments (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Crochet ribbon,Colonial White ribbon, Vineyard berry ribbon, Crochet flower, barn red brad, chipboard heart, sparkles (Close to My Heart) Brown clip(SU), Tags, Twine

Friday, July 16, 2010

Classic Colors

I think this color combo is classic-it looks so great in girly projects as well as working great for a boy or man! For this card I chose to go simple. (Mainly because I am behind on EVERYTHING right now, but I just had to make something last night). I love the bottom of the card with the dots-they look like they are part of the cardstock instead of a stamp.

{Thank You Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Desert Sand, Colonial White (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Bamboo, Desert Sand, Crystal Blue (Close to My Heart)
Markers & Pencils: Desert Sand Marker, Heavenly Blue Marker (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Hit the spot, A flitter, Thank you (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Bamboo Button, Crystal Blue button(Close to My Heart)
Tools: Sponge(Close to My Heart)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Favorite Convention Pics-

Here are some of my favorite sites and events from the Convention and Washington DC. All though I loved it there (minus the heat) I don't think I could handle living there. It's way to big of a town for this country girl!!!
I really enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks put on by the hotel-the best I have ever seen.
Some of My favorites from the Museum of American History were Julia Child's Kitchen, the history of the sewing machine and the Ball Jar. See Dorthy's ruby slippers and Minnie Pearls hat.
The best part of site seeing by far for me was the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was a beautiful ceremony and an honor to see how all of the soldiers are honored.
Washington National Cathedral was breath taking and the stain glass windows were stunning. On top of that they had AC!!
I made some very special new friends and spent the week with the best ladies around!!
I really enjoyed general session and business class at convention-
And I was amazed by the guy who painted Jeanette's picture with just a few buckets of paint and his fingers!!! Someday I want to have my picture painted like that.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Operation Smile Silent Auction Project

A couple of months before Convention I was asked to make a special project for the Operation Smile Silent Auction. It was such an honor to be asked, and I couldn't turn them down. After a week of thinking on what I wanted to make-I decided on a Magnet board. A REALLY LARGE MAGNET BOARD! (Although this picture shows the project up and down, I designed the project to hang long ways on the wall.) Keep in mind a great place to display scrapbook pages or cards!

Getting a good picture of this project was a real challenge-Size and glare were causing a problem. If you got to see it, then you know that it was much nicer in person.

You should have see the GIANT box that I shipped this sucker in! Lucky I work were we ship packages everyday. It was well package, overnighted and insured for lots of money (I learned from UPS if a package is insured for more than $5000 they take VERY GOOD care of it). So this magnet board was hand carried from place to place!

I purchased the sheet metal at the hardware store and had a custom frame built for it. I decorated it with cardstock and pattern paper squares and covered them with Mod Podge. Added some large flowers and felt accents. Created a few matching magnets (I laminated those so they would last with lots of handling)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Room mate gifts!

I made each of my room mates ones of these sets of clothes pins and binder clips. In addition I also gave them a cherry chipboard album to cover later and a Japanese umbrella to block the sun while we toured DC!
You can see here that I used some felt flowers, leaves and brads to decorate the clothes pins. I used rub-ons to label each of the clothes pins.

I tied them all up in a hinged tin and add a fragment charm from Tim Holtz with their name on it.
{Room mate gift Supplies}
Cardstock: Blush, Sweetleaf, Chocolate Textured (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Hollyhock, Olive (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Adorable Backgrounds (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Felt flowers, Hollyhock brads, Blush Waxy flax, chocolate ribbon, Rub-on letters and border(Close to My Heart) Tin Box (Papertrey ink) Fragment charm (Tim Holtz), Pencils(Michael's) Clothes Pins

Monday, July 12, 2010

Back from Convention!

I had a wonderful time, and am ready to get busy crafting,

BUT first I must rest; catch up on a weeks worth of house work and laundry; not to mention a weeks worth of work at work. So bare with me, I'll be back soon.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My bags are packed!!

And I am out the door headed to Convention! We land in DC about 6pm on the 4th (just in time for Fireworks!). If you see me, say hi, I would love to meet any of you!

Be back in a week!!! Enjoy your 4th of July!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Life Celebration Cork card

I recently purchased a large sheet of thin cork, and was so surprised how easy it is to cut and even use in the die cut machine. This piece I ran through my cuttlebug with a cuttlebug scallop circle die cut.

{Life Celebration Cork card Supplies}
Cardstock: Desert Sand Textured, Outdoor door denim, Colonial White(Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Caboodle Level 2, Jingle creative basics, Just because card kit dot pattern(Close to My Heart)
Ink: Desert Sand, Outdoor denim(Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Code it (Close to My Heart)
Tools: Edge distresser(Close to My Heart), Cuttlebug die cut and machine
Embellishments: Crystal blue button(Close to My Heart), Cork sheet, lace
Be sure to go by and check out the projects Jeanette made(Color Me Monday Challenge)-here 4th of July Cards are wonderful