Monday, December 11, 2017

Stylish Christmas Card

I'm settled into the hotel and awaiting our new home in Virginia. I drove around a little today to find the nearest Christian book store and craft stores. Yeah...spent a little bit of money. I haven't had time to create, but I remembered that I made a card a while back that I never posted.

I love how classy the black, white, and gray color scheme is. I used Pewter cardstock plus the Silver & Gold Paper Pack for the three rectangles. I die cut them plus the background with stitched dies from My Favorite Things. Before die cutting the smallest rectangle, I used the Tree Line Border die cut from CTMH and glued it to Pewter paper. Both layers of paper ran through my Cuttlebug just fine.

I stamped the sentiment from Short & Sweet in Charcoal ink then glued the gray rectangles onto my 4 x 5.25 base. I wrapped Black & Gold ribbon around the front and secured it with tape. Then I foam mounted the entire piece and adhered it to my card base. Three Black Enamel Dots finished it off.

A new seasonal catalog is coming soon from Close to My Heart. That means products in the current Seasonal Expressions catalog will retire at the end of this month--including the tree die cut and Silver & Gold paper used on this card.

We'll be moving into our new home on Wednesday. I'm really debating the merits of decorating for Christmas when we'll be heading home to have Christmas with our kids in a week, but I think I'm going to regret it if I don't expend the effort. I just might leave all my decorations up through January to make up for my late start.

Until next time,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Silver & Gold

In light of our move next week, my Christmas cards are already done and out the door. But it can't hurt to start preparing for next year, so for this weeks' combined Silver & Gold challenge with Heart2Heart and Color My Heart, I made a super simple card.

To create the ornament, I adhered strips of Gold and Silver Shimmer Trim to cardstock, taped down the ornament die cut from the (Silver and Gold Cardmaking stamp and coordinating dies), and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I then ran the two letters through using Silver Glitter Paper with new Block Alphabet die cuts.

I used gold and silver pigment ink (retired) for the string and sentiment, lining them up by using my MISTI. I started with the sentiment which comes from Gingerbread Friends. I cut my stamp apart to get just the "Wishing You" then topped it with the string and bow which are also from Silver and Gold Cardmaking.

Off to put my craft room supplies in boxes and bags so the movers can take them away. It's only for a short time, but it makes me sad. As always, I'll pack up some supplies to craft "on the road" to tide me over until the full craft room is back up and running.

Please join us at both Heart2Heart and Color My Heart this week. We love seeing your inspiring creative projects.

Until next time,

Friday, December 1, 2017

December CTMH Specials

It's a new month which means there are new specials from Close to My Heart to celebrate.

First is the adorable Stamp of the Month called "A Little Bit of Pun." Designed for quick, easy, and cute Valentine's Day cards, they work for multiple occasions.

The second special puts the November Stamp of the Month to good use as part of a calendar kit. It comes with everything you need to create a beautiful calendar which can then be cut into scrapbook pages.

There are two kits, one as seen here which includes the stamp set and one with everything but the stamp set for those who purchased the set last month.

In addition, you receive instructions along with a cutting guide in order to recreate each page. Not only that, but CTMH gives you 13 pages with your calendar in case you mess up one page or want to create a December 2017 or January 2019 page. Isn't that thoughtful?

Here's are a few examples of the calendar pages so you can see just how beautiful they are:

Once the year is over, simply trim out the decorated portion and add it to your scrapbook for a fun record of the year.

Time for me to get ready for the moving estimator. He shows up in an hour and I'm still in my jammies. Might be a bit more than he bargained on seeing this morning.

Until next time,

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Punny Get Well Card

There's just something about a pig asking if you've been CURED yet that tickles my funny bone...and I needed a funny (punny) card for a pre-teen boy who's facing some serious health issues. I used MFT's "The Whole Herd" for the sentiment and "Hog Heaven" for the pig and fence. To carry the cuteness further, I did a flip side for when he opens the card.

It wasn't until after I had the card photographed that I realized Mr. Pig needed something to stand on. I already had the trough from "The Whole Herd" stamped and die cut, so I colored it in grays, turned it over, and mounted it with foam tape for some dimension. I didn't photograph it because I'd already written something in the card and wanted to protect the young man's name.

It wasn't my intention to create a framed for the inside of the card. I usually do top-folding cards so they photograph well. I made the card and then realized my cute little backside flipped upside down(Doh!!) which ruined the effect. MFT's stitched dies to the rescue. I cut out the top of the card, cut and folded a new cardbase, die cut the center out of the left inside panel, and then mounted the pig imaged panel with foam tape. There's almost always a way to rectify a mess up.

The "You Got This" sentiment is from a CTMH disaster relief set that retires after TODAY. Here's a link to a post with a full picture of the stamp set including a shopping link. I started by stamping "GOT THIS" with my MISTI and, because it was a previously unused stamp, stamped it twice for full coverage...only my card slipped out of place and I didn't realize it until after I stamped. I decided to make it look like I planned it that way by coloring where the two images overlapped ( can even rectify two mess ups!). I then stamped the "you" twice, making sure it was stamped in the right place.

Off to work on edits for my friend. Her novel is due tomorrow and then she has to jump into another deadline. And I thought my deadlines were bad this year. She makes me look like an amateur!

Until next time,

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Joyeux Noel

Movers come in less than a week. I have a hundred things to do between now and then--not the least of which is helping my friend with edits on her latest novel--yet I was obsessed with making this new Christmas decoration...probably because I'm moving in a week and my after Thanksgiving tradition of decking the house is a waste of effort. I used up a bunch of retired CTMH paper and supplies though, so I'm counting that as getting ready to move.

I used my Cricut to cut each letter and the "Joyeux" five times, once with the colored paper and four times from off-white cardstock. I used Arial for NOEL and Adlery for Joyeux. Much patience was required to glue the layers together but it needed the stability. After each letter of NOEL was assembled, I sponged the edges in coordinating ink colors.  I laid everything out on my kitchen table and fussed with embellishments until I was happy before gluing anything down.  I used Liquid Glass to connect my letters and adhere almost all the embellishments and on top of the holly berries for added shine.

I used the Artbooking CTMH Cricut cartridge for the reindeer and mail stamp; the tags on the L as well as the holly leaves and berries come from Art Philosophy.

Now I really do need to clean up the craft room and get ready for the movers.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Get Ready for Cyber Monday

Close to My Heart is holding a one-day flash sale to celebrate Cyber Monday! The sale will give you  a chance to get a 30% discount on individual Workspace Wonder™ items and a 40% discount on select bundles of Workspace Wonder items!

This sale starts November 27, 2017 at midnight (MST) and will end 11:59 pm on that same day.

Sale prices are only available on orders placed through MY WEBSITE during these times. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards the Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals.

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the Promotions Page on my website at any time during the sale times. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders—so be sure to orders before the sale ends!

And don't forget about the Just for FUN promotion with 40% off Fundamental bundles plus 30% off individual Fundamental products (while supplies last...and some are already gone).

Finally, if you want the special Stronger Together stamp set, order before the end of November. All profits from this set go to aid disaster relief efforts. It's been enormously popular because, as you can see, the sentiments are fabulous for all sorts of occasions requiring an encouraging word.

My website accepts all major credit cards (except American Express), and orders will ship directly to you.

Happy Sale Shopping!!


Friday, November 24, 2017

CTMH Black Friday SALE

Click HERE to save 50% on CTMH's innovative Cut Above® layout kits! Each kit includes beautifully-designed preprinted pages, stickers, die-cut paper pieces, and Memory Protectors™, so all you need is your favorite adhesive, a journaling pen, and your photos! These kits truly make scrapbooking faster, simpler, and easier than ever!

For even more savings, you’ll get 30% off your choice of My Legacy™ album when you purchase one of our The Story Begins layout kits! Don’t let this savings opportunity pass you by — get these time-saving memory keeping items today and start preserving your memories!

Happy SALE Day!