Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The EXCEEDINGLY Versatile Parisian Notes Stamp Set

 Um...I don't know about you, but very rarely does a stamp set come along that I'm literally drooling over. Parisian Notes, which is an exclusive set only available through March 2023 is one of them. Factor in that it's on sale during STAMPTACULAR, and you know it went in my cart right away! Let me show you the stamp set first before I show you the cards I've made so far.

This one uses the Parisian Notes stamp set along with some die cut sprigs out of a retired set called Christmas Story. It would be VERY pretty without the sprigs, but they do add that little "something, something."  

These next two add stamps from a collection of products that will be available April 1. It's called Collette and, as the name suggests, has a very Parisian feel. 

I have a gazillion more ideas, most of them combining Parisian Notes with Collette products, which would be a bummer since Parisian Notes is only available through the end of March except for all the amazing deals on every single stamp set currently available through CTMH. 

Go. Shop. I guarantee you'll find several things that will total up enough to make it worth adding the adorable stamp of the month (see side bar for image) to your cart for only $5.

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

March Stamp of the Month-Precious Moments

 Wow! Does anyone else feel like February flew by? I know it's the shortest month of the year, but not by TWO WEEKS! I swear it was January just a couple weeks ago. DIL was here last week, and she brought me the adorable SOM for March called "Precious Moments." I had a little play with it, so I'll be posting several times to show you what I made. Remember that the SOM is only $5 with a $50 purchase or FREE for VIP's with a $50 purchase. That should be pretty easy, especially this month with STAMPTACULAR going on!

Here are a couple cards I made with Precious Moments featuring the two kangaroo images:

I paired this first card with the current Mix-in papers. I love how cheerful it is. I'm not sure I'm crazy about the sideways sentiment, but I wanted to show you that it's a possibility.

This next one is paired with Are We There Yet paper and coordinating Borders stamp set. Just because a paper has a specific theme, in this case travel, doesn't mean it can't stretch to something completely different.

Both of these card also use the Stitched Fancy Bracket Thin Cuts.

Cute, right? A full picture of all the stamps in Precious Moments is on the sidebar. Click on the picture to link through for ordering.

Until next time,

Friday, January 20, 2023

January SOM: Frosty Friends

The minute I saw this Stamp of the Month (SOM) from CTMH, I added it to my cart. The lack of sentiments doesn't bother me one bit. For these cards I pulled out a bunch of retired sentiments. Just because they're gone, it doesn't mean they're no longer adorable.

Everything except the sentiments is current. I used both Copic markers and colored pencils. 

I'm really pleased with how these turned out. A link to this set is on the sidebar. It's only available until January 31, 2023. As always, stamps of the month are $5 with a $50 purchase or FREE with a $50 purchase for VIPs.

Until next time,

Friday, January 6, 2023

Playing with New Products in the Jan-March CTMH Seasonal Catalog

 A new catalog launched January 1, and I've been having a blast playing with the new products. My personal favorite is the "Are We There Yet" (AWTY) collection. I have a TON of travel pictures to scrapbook, so I purchased almost everything in the collection. Let me show you the products in the line before I get to what I've done with them.

This layout shows off all of the paper patterns and some of the embellishments.

These cards feature the AWTY-Borders stamps and coordinating thin cuts. Pay attention to the thin cuts, in particular, because I've used them in several ways, as you'll soon see.

I love tags, and this little beauties will be showing up a lot in just a moment. 

And here's the scrapbooking workshop including exclusive paper and embellishments just for this workshop.

Now hang on, because I've gone wild with these. First up is a scrapbook page. I used the AWTY-Borders stamp set, the cardmaking workshop, and Picture My Life cards in addition to the paper and stickers.

Next up, a card made with the AWTY-Borders stamp set to create my own background as a compliment to the Floral Blooms stamp set featured in the Core Catalog. To finish off this card, I splattered White Acrylic paint and Mist Shimmer Brush over my floral cluster then added Crisp Air Enamel Dots.

I used the same AWTY-Borders set, but this time just the thin cuts which I accented with a White Gel pen. The sentiment and swoosh come from the Sending Smiles stamp set in the Core Catalog. I simply adore the clean and simple feel of this Pinterest inspired card!

For this next card, it's a different thin cut from the AWTY-Borders set along with AWTY patterned paper behind the tags from the AWTY Cardmaking Workshop. The little animals and stamped sentiments are from the Love Mail stamp set which is also in the Jan-March Seasonal Catalog.

Here's the same border and Love Mail stamp set this time paired with some retired black and white check paper. The little black tag and large round tag are from the All-purpose Tags Thin Cuts in the Core Catalog. The little heart is from the Love Mail set with coordinating thin cuts. I cut in in Honey Butter cardstock and then accented it with the Honey Butter Shimmer Brush.

And finally, here are the little tags from the AWTY Cardmaking Workshop behind images from the Eating Chocolate stamp set with coordinating thin cuts. 

The "Chocolate" thin cut is from a different company which has gone out of business. I don't normally feature things you can't purchase, but this was too perfect.

Whew! It's been a busy few days in the craft room. Here's a link to the Are We There Yet suite of products. Now it's off to do laundry 'cause it's sortof piled up in the last few days. LOL!

Until next time,

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Now and Forever Overload

 Hello friends! It's a cold, snowy day here in Central NY. There's not much to do except craft (oh, darn!), and with my Christmas cards done, I've turned my attention to Valentine's day. Close to my Heart is running a promotion called "Now and Forever." (Click here for shopping link.)

I went a little crazy because I love it so much. Get ready for an overload...

This is the only one that uses the paper included in the bundle. I haven't decided how much scrapbooking I'm going to do with this kit which means I'm conserving paper for the time being.

The next two are the same card but with different embellishments. I couldn't decide which I liked better. What do you think?

Here's the simplified version:

I think this next one is my favorite of them all. The scallop die cut border isn't available until January 1, but I couldn't resist adding it in here. I also used the retired Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut. Just because it's retired doesn't mean it stopped working. 

This next one also uses a retired product called Hello Pumpkin Washi tape. I used two strips and lined them up so they look like one continuous piece of striped pattern. I smudged black ink when stamping my sentiment, so out came the little black enamel heart embellishments to cover it up. I had planned to give this to the hubby for our upcoming anniversary, but he walked into my craft room as I was finishing it up. Grr!

Friday, October 14, 2022

Truck Full of Pumpkins

 It's been a hot minute since I last posted here. I've still been creating, but I'm sharing almost exclusively on my Facebook Group called "Crafty Friends." I wanted to share this particular card because I'm just so stinkin' proud of how it turned out.

The truck, pumpkins, leaves, and fence type thing holding the pumpkins in the truck bed (don't you love my technical terminology) are from the stamp set called "Seasonal Haul." I colored all of them with colored pencils. The woodgrain sentiment panel was created by running French Vanilla cardstock through the Slimline Stitched Card Front and Background die then trimming it down to 3" by 4.25." My original plan was to center it on my card base, but this looked better. The sentiment comes from the stamp set called "Crisp Air-Cardmaking."

The card base was created using a direct to paper swiping technique. I literally slid my ink pad across the paper. I used both Pine and Paprika colors. FYI, you need to let that dry before adhering anything over the top of it. Just sayin'.

I didn't originally plan for my truck to be green. I colored it in oranges and browns before deciding there wasn't enough contract between it and the pumpkins. I grabbed a green colored pencil and went right over the top of my orange truck. It resulted in that very cool patina look. I might just have to try that again...this time on purpose. LOL!

Until next time,


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Backyard Bliss meets Layered Flowers

One of my favorite products from the CTMH 2021-2022 Core Catalog is retiring soon. Layered Flowers has become my "go-to" set of die cuts. 

Here I paired the flowers cut in White Daisy, Peach, and Mocha and leaves cut in Harbour and New England Ivy with patterned paper from the new Backyard Bliss collection and the As You Grow collection.

And here's another card using this same paper and basic layout but with a retired Stamp of the Month which was hugely popular and the small doily from the recent Hope and Kindness promotion. 

Those little bunnies are so stinkin' CUTE! I used colored pencils then cut it out and added it to the doily before adhering the whole thing to the card. This also uses retired Blue Belle cardstock, but like the bunnies, it was a very popular color of the year, so I'm assuming many of you still have some in your stash. I love combining old with new!

Click here to shop the new Backyard Bliss collection.

Until next time,