Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shadow Box Wedding Gift with Fresh Air Paper

My nephew got married about a month ago. I created a customized gift using their "Save the Date" postcard, CTMH Fresh Air paper, and a shadow box purchased at Michaels.

This was incredibly simple to put together. I glued Fresh Air paper directly to the base frame. The bumps from the rivets holding the metal thingies that rotate into the hole thingies (to hold the back onto the frame) were visible until I put the whole thing back in place. Then the extra wide frame hid them. (I hope that makes sense.) I added White Burlap Ribbon along the seam between the wood grain and tree patterned paper and a short banner or more Fresh Air paper before putting the framed picture over the top. I then made a bow and adhered it, with lots of dimension in both the bow and tails, using Liquid Glass. Everything went into the frame, then I added the cork letters over the top (retired product) and colored them with a Copic marker to make it darker.

I love how the Fresh Air paper compliments the background of their photo which was taken on the Oregon Coast. That paper retires at the end of August. It's been a huge seller, so be sure to get yours before it's gone!

I'm flying to Denver today to participate in the Romance Writers of America annual conference. It's my first time going and I'm a little nervous. Check that...I'm overwhelmed. That seems to be my mode of operation these days. I'll try to post some pictures of the conference if I have time to breath between sessions.

Until next time,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Anniversary Cards Using "Highlight Reel" - July Stamp of the Month

I've been having fun with this month's exclusive stamp set, Highlight Reel, from CTMH. Although designed more for scrapbooking than cardmaking, I love to stretch my stamps for both. Here are a couple of anniversary cards I made using this set:

This card went to my daughter and son-in-law. My daughter loved the movie UP, and she sent a text to say how much she liked this card when it arrived.

This card uses four different stamp sets, the only part from Highlight Reel being the dot border along the top and bottom. (NOTE: supplies and shopping links listed at the end of this post). Maybe it's the author in me, but I love playing around with multiple sets to create customized sentiments. I often store stamp sets which compliment one another in the same plastic case to encourage cross-use.

A number of products used on these cards will be retiring soon, which also means they won't be available if supplies run out before September 1 when the current Seasonal and Annual catalogs expire. I've noted these products with an asterisks (*) in the supply list below.

Let me plug one in particular: this year's color of the year, Bashful (used on the lines of hearts above). I've seen next year's catalog already and the new color of the years is another pink called Sugar Plum. It's very pretty. I'll certainly purchase it. But it's not Bashful which, in my opinion. is the prettiest pink CTMH has come out with in the twenty-five plus years I've been either a customer or consultant. I was very much hoping they would add it to the regular line but it didn't happen. **Sadness** I'm stocking up on paper, re-inker, and glitter paper so I never run out!! Here are the other colors which will be retiring in case you need to stock up on them:

While we're on the subject of the new catalog, here's some more important news: Prices are going up. Not much - only a dollar on most items - and not unexpectedly after the number of years prices have held firm.

While you are stocking up on those items, be sure to take advantage of Stampaganza! This promotion is a buy two, get one of equal or lesser value free on stamp sets. Any stamp set! But it also includes the alphabet and number "Solo" sets which retired a number of years ago and have been brought back for this month only.

Okay...that's enough news for the day. I need to get up to my office and return to writing book three of the Montana Brides series. I think I finally - FINALLY - figured out the beginning.

Until next time,

Card #1:
July SOM: Highlight Reel
Happiness Lives Here - retired (no shopping link)
*Momento Black Ink
Charcoal Ink
*Adventure Fundamental Paper
MFT Wonky Stitch die cuts
Various Copic Markers (no shopping link)

Card #2:
July SOM: Highlight Reel (dot border)
*What Matters Most ("Love")
*Documented - Scrapbooking ("story")
Colorful Texture (heart and "best")
*Bashful Ink
Pomegranate Ink
Heather Ink

Saturday, July 7, 2018

MFT Stitched Blooms Thank You Card

I love my husband. I love my husband. I love my...well, at least most of the time. I'm not particularly fond of him this morning, however. He woke me up around 2am with a couple of kicks and some loud grunts. I tried going back to sleep but gave up around 5am my time. **Sigh**

I thought I might as well come down to the craft area and play. With leftovers from this card still on my table, I used a combination of My Favorite Things (MFT) and Close To My Heart (CTMH) products, both current and retired. (Note: links to current products provided).

I cut three flowers plus several leaves from MFTs Stitched Blooms die cuts. I colored the flowers with Copic markers then highlighted with a white gel pen. I used CTMH Blossom cardstock and MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX (die cut) for the tag. I also ran the tag through an arrow embossing folder, but the texture doesn't show up well in the picture. My final die cut was the sentiment, retired from CTMH but one of my favorites.

I glued a strip of 2x5.5 Sunkiss paper to the card base then layered the tag, flowers, and sentiment over the top. The final touch was a white satin bow.

I love these flowers. I love these flowers. I love these flowers...right now mostly because they don't kick me awake in the middle of the night.

Until next time,

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Documented Friendship

I spent most of June traveling, the last part with my best friend who lives in Washington. She accompanied my to Billings, MT where I picked up the Spur Award for "Best Western Romance Novel" at the Western Writers of America conference. I'll post more about that on my author web page soon, but I'm still processing the event.

I wanted to send a special thank you card to my friend for chauffeuring me all around and being my "Plus 1" at the conference. I was so nervous about my acceptance speech, and she really helped keep me from sweating through my blouse.

For this card, I used the Blossom colored paper in the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack and swiped some Tangerine ink using the side of my ink pad. I was aiming for the kind of stripe that's in the middle. My top swipe went a little wide. I thought about starting over again but stopped myself. Perfection is highly overrated.

I stamped the flowers (from Documented-Cardmaking) in Momento Black Ink on White Daisy paper. To color them, I squeezed Blossom, Tangerine, and Sweet Leaf ink into their respective lids and painted the color on with a wet fine-tip brush. White Daisy paper isn't great with water so you need to be a little careful about how wet your brush is when you paint. I let them dry before I cut them out. This stamp set comes with coordinating die cuts, but I used my Micro-tip Scissors instead because I didn't like the border of white that the die cuts leave.

After I glued down the flowers, I stamped the sentiment in black ink and hand drew a border with a fine-tip black pen.

I love how bright and cheerful Blossom and Tangerine are together. I hope my friend smiles when she opens this card.

Until next time,

Sunday, July 1, 2018

New Month, New Specials with CTMH

Welcome to July! It's warming up here in Virginia. I can't walk outside without my glasses fogging up, but the trees and grass are green and the sky is blue so I'm happy. I have lots to catch you up on in my writing world, but today I'm going to focus on my stamping world.

CTMH is winding down its Annual Expressions year with the ever-popular Stampaganza special where you buy two stamp sets and get one of equal or lesser value for free.

As part of the celebration, they've brought back the retired "Solo" featuring individual letters and numbers featured above. Click on the link above or here for more information.

In addition to Stampaganza, CTMH is also running their monthly Stamp of the Month. This fun set works for cards as well as scrapbook pages to help us celebrated milestones. It's called Highlight Reel and, as always, is available for $17.95 or for only $5 with the purchase of $50 (which will be easy with Stampaganza going on!).  I'm envisioning a few movie night themed layouts and invitations combining this set with the Movie Night stamp set featured in the current Seasonal Expressions catalog.

FYI, CTMH has decided to release three catalogs a year rather than one annual book plus the three seasonal/holiday ones. The new catalog will release in September with lots of holiday themed papers and stamps, so the current Annual Expressions is extended through August 31.

Getting back to the Stamp of the Month, here are a few projects made with this stamp set:

Enjoy Stampaganza!!

Until next time,

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Birthday Card with MFT

I'm gearing up for a summer full of birthdays. This card uses My Favorite Things products. I might make about five more with different colors.

I love that circular sentiment! I have the Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas ones, but they also have Thank You and Congratulations.  The balloons come from the Happy Hippo stamp set. I colored them with Copic markers and used a white gel pen to create the highlights. Quick and easy!

Until next time,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Birthday Card Die Cut

It's time to gear up for summer birthdays. I have a bunch of them, so I sat down with the new It's Your Day coverplate die cut and some Whimsy Fundamentals paper and went to town.

I cut the image three times in White Daisy Cardstock, once each in Canary, Pixie, and Crystal Blue, then pieced everything together. The chisel tip of our Bonding Memories Glue Pen really came in handy on this. When I was done, I had the leftovers to make three more cards.

I think it probably took me an hour to get all six cards done. I don't know about you, but that's lightning quick for me.

Until next time,