Tuesday, February 6, 2018

GRATEful for You Card with CTMH Gimme Some Sugar - Cardmaking

While watching the Super Bowl, I colored images from the Gimme Some Sugar - Cardmaking stamp set which I'm now turning into thank you cards.

I wanted to participate in another Team Challenge from my upline, so I used Saffron, Ruby, and Mink as my color scheme. I began by stamping the background in Mink using the Splash of Color stamp set. I stamped the larger blob (yes, that's the technical term) once then the small, splotchy blob three times in a triangle pattern: one below the thumb of the mitt, one between the mitt and the grater, and one behind the body of the mixer. I stamped each of the small, splotchy blobs a second time directly over the first image to give it a deeper layer of color. Since they were splotches, I wasn't fanatically worried about getting them lined up. Good enough was good enough.

The images from Gimme Some Sugar - Cardmaking were colored with a variety of Copic markers. I added the shine on the mixer with a white gel pen. I mounted the images with various levels of depth. The grater is glued directly to the card base, the oven mitt has one layer of foam tape, and the mixer has two layers of foam tape except where it overlaps the oven mitt.

To finish off the card, I added a .5 x 4.25 strip of Saffron from the Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet along the bottom of the card base. I stamped the sentiment, also from Gimme Some Sugar - Cardmaking, in Ruby ink then used some long retired baker's twine as my only embellishment.

I've linked to the Gimme Some Sugar set which includes the coordinating die cuts. If you want the stamp set only, use this link. If you look closely, you'll see that the coordinating die cuts don't cut the small shape between the mixer blades. I did that with an x-acto knife because...well, just because I wanted to.

I finished enough images to make about five of these cards. They are all different colors, though, because...well, just because I wanted to. And yes, there's a technical term for that, too, but I'm not sharing it with you. I think you can probably figure it out for yourself. LOL!

Until next time,

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Dear Friend Card with Chelsea Gardens - Scrapbooking

I can't get enough of the new Chelsea Gardens - Scrapbooking set, and I haven't even started using it for actual scrapbooking. This card was done for a challenge through Shannon Baker's Stampin' Buds team. We were supposed to use Black, Bashful, and Glacier. I went non-traditional, deciding to make the flower blue and the background pink.

For the background, I "stamped" my Bashful Ink Pad directly on the card base which I trimmed down to 3 7/8" x 5 1/2" because I wanted to let my leaves hang over the edges. It also helped "square up" my card base with the shape of the Bashful background. Bashful is the color of the year, and it's also on sale through the Pretty in Pink campaign running all this month. I'm going to be very, very sad when the CTMH year ends in August, but I'm stocking up on everything Bashful so I'll have plenty of it before it retires.

The flower and leaves come from Chelsea Gardens - Scrapbooking; the sentiment comes from Chelsea Gardens - Cardmaking. After stamping the flower in Glacier, I used a Clear Shimmer Brush over the petals. I tried to get a good shot of the shimmer but it none of them turned out well. Trust me, it's really pretty in person. The leaves and stamen were stamped in Black. I fussy cut everything with Micro-tip Scissors, glued the leaves directly on the card base (making sure the total width of the card from each leaf tip measured 4 1/4 inches so it would fit inside a standard A2 envelope), and added the flower with 3-D Foam Tape. My last step was adding Liquid Glass to the center of the stamen.

I really like how this turned out, so now I think I'll go try this using Glacier as my background and Bashful for my flower.

Until next time,

Friday, February 2, 2018

Two Great Specials from Close to My Heart

CTMH is running two great specials this month.

First is the always-popular Stamp of the Month: Sunny Thoughts. The stamp set can be purchased for $17.95 or for $5 with a $50 purchase. This set is only available during the month of February because there's another great set waiting for you in March.

Here are a few images of projects using this versatile stamp set:

Next up is the Pretty in Pink special with discounts on selected products.
As you can see, there are a variety of products included, some of which can be purchased in a bundle, others sold separately. If you need pink or gold, now is the time to shop.
There's also a butterfly mural.
Finally, don't forget to check the Clearance section as new products have been added at discounted prices. Happy shopping!
Until next time,

Friday, January 26, 2018

Baby Girl Card with Pizazz

I recently hired an assistant to help me build my author social media presence. She's taking a little break because a much more important job came up...delivering baby number three. I made this card for her using vellum paper for this month's Blog Hops with Heart Paper Pizazz theme.

I took a great deal of time on this card because I just couldn't stop embellishing.

I began by creating an envelope, the flowers, and lace in Cricut Design Space using CTMH's Flower Market Cartridge. Here's the cutting file. I used Bashful paper for the bottom layer, Gimme Some Sugar for the patterned paper, and White cardstock for the lace. (Image is from a jar with a lace band which I ungrouped from the jar. I copied and pasted two more lace images then welded all three together.)

The flowers were cut with Bashful, White, and Blossom cardstock and more Gimme Some Sugar paper for the leaves. The letters were cut from White cardstock using Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.

The envelope was cut with Vellum paper, which is what qualifies it for the Paper Pizazz theme.

All stamped images come from the Sent and Delivered hostess only set in the current CTMH Seasonal Expressions Catalog. (No shopping link is available, but you can view the stamp set on p. 5 of the catalog.) "Special Delivery" was stamped in Bashful ink with a hint of Raspberry ink sponged in the center and around the edges. The circled heart, postage stamp and wavy lines (which I think is technically called a stamp cancel) were all stamped in Peacock. The border along the lace was stamped in Juniper. I also sponged Juniper around the edges of the leaves and a bit of Raspberry in the center of the largest Cricut cut flower. I colored the stamp using Copic markers and fussy cut it with Micro-tip Scissors.

I used the Piercing Tool to create holes for my sewing borders. The pink border on the patterned papers was actually done with thread. I poked the holes first then weaved thread through them. The white one on the Bashful paper was done by drawing lines with a white gel pen first and adding the pierced holes later. I added more of the pink thread through every other hole along the top of the lace border, weaving one layer all the way across, turning the border, then weaving another layer through the remaining holes. I didn't really need to do that, but like I said, I couldn't stop embellishing.

The final embellishments were White Twine and a small safety pin which CTMH sold years and years and years ago. It's technically Baby Pink, but it's close enough to Bashful for me.

If I were doing this card without the baby's name, I would enlarge both the envelope and the accent flowers in my Design Space file.

Now you're off to Aime's blog. You should have come from Jayma's blog. It's only the three of us this time around, but be sure to link through so you see their projects. If you are interested in the Sent and Delivered stamp set and don't already have a CTMH consultant, please leave me a comment along with contact information so I can help you earn this fun set. If you'd prefer to keep your information private, visit my author website and use the "Contact Me" page. Any information sent there goes straight to me.

Back to my day job. My writing partner and I got an extension on our latest deadline, and we're going to need every minute of it to finish editing book to of our Montana Brides Romance series.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Quick Card

Gotta be quick. Edits came back on Book 2 of the Montana Brides Romance series Gina and I are writing, and we've gotta get 'em to our publisher soon. However, I HAD to take a quick break and share this simple card I made using the Cross Stitch Love stamp set.

Nothing fancy here, just Raspberry inked hearts stamped in a line. My only embellishment is two rivets and some white thread.  My background piece of Raspberry Cardstock measures 4 x 5.25 and my white top panel measures 3.75 x 5. I offset them for added interest.

That's it!

Back to writing I go...

Until next time,

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mixed Media Card

Have you ever fussed with a project because nothing you do the first time works like you wanted? That's exactly the process with this card.

I'll keep what I planned, how it didn't work, and then what I did to fix it out of my explanation and just give you the facts. I started with blue and green Distress Stain from Tim Holtz then covered it with white paint to fade it out. Next I stamped the leaves from Chelsea Gardens in New England Ivy twice. The variations in the ink color come from the inconsistent paint coverage.

Two strips of White Shimmer Trim, one colored with a yellow-green Copic marker, were added before I ran the background panel through a stitched die from My Favorite Things. Before gluing it down, I colored the card base with a light blue Copic marker.

I stamped the flower in Glacier ink then used a Sponge Dauber to dab Pacifica ink around the inside and outside edges. The center is also Pacifica ink. I added Liquid Glass to the very center for some shine. For even more glimmer, I painted the flower petals with the Clear Shimmer Brush. I cut out the flower with Micro-Tip Scissors and mounted it to the card with foam tape.

The final touch was the sentiment from Short & Sweet in Pacifica ink.

Got lots of writing done today. Gina and I are working on edits for Book 2 of our Montana Brides series. It releases in October. There are some stories that need to sit for a while before you can see what needs to happen to fix it. After this round of edits, the story is shaping up nicely. We'll start work on the final stories soon.

Until next time,

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Belated Birthday Card

What do you do when you get an idea for a birthday card but have to wait on an order of stamps to arrive before you can make it? Why...you put extra effort into it so your friend doesn't care that it came late.

The stamps are from Chelsea Gardens-Scrapbooking (NOTE: items in italics linked for your shopping convenience). I stamped the flower base in Crystal Blue, the leaves in Willow, and the flower centers and banner in Black. To color the flowers and leaves, I used a dark Prismacolor pencil to fill in the white space then added shading with various colors until I was happy. I also added shading to the banner with gray pencils.

I'm no artist, but I've studied the techniques of people who are. On the flower, I colored darkest at the center and under each fold of the petals. On the leaves, I colored darkest near the stem and lighter at the tips. Here's a close-up shot:

Although the pictures make the flowers look quite blue, they are actually more purple. I chose the blue base and purple pencils to give another layer of color. I hand-cut all of the images with my Micro-tip Scissors then set them aside while I worked on the card background.

To get my scalloped and stitched border, I used a die from My Favorite Things with Whimsy Fundamental Paper. The MFT die cuts the center out but I wanted to keep it, so I just glued it back inside the frame on my card base. Because I was so late getting this in the mail, I decided against a strict birthday card. Instead, I cut my friend's name using the Block Letter Thin Cuts. (NOTE #2: The current Seasonal Expressions catalog features coordinating Block Number Thin Cuts. You don't want to miss out on them, so order before the retire!) I traced around the letters with a thin black marker for added emphasis.

The "Happy" and "Day" come from the recently retired stamps set Happy to be Friends.

I'm going to end with an unusual plea. Many of you are waking up to news of the government shut-down. What that means for my household is that my husband keeps going to work but won't get paid until Congress passes a budget. We still have to pay our bills and fill our refrigerators, however. If you are able, please support anyone you know who is in this situation and - like me - has a side business (but only if you don't already have a consultant. Please, please, please don't take business away from them.). If you have a CTMH consultant already and would still like to support me, here's the link to my author page for those of you who like Inspirational Historical Romance. Thanks!

Until next time,