Monday, December 30, 2013

Exciting Announcement

Good Morning!

I'm taking a quick break from my vacation to let you in on an exciting announcement.  I am please to announce that I will be working with for the next six months as a Design Team Member.  My first post goes live January 9, so I hope you'll come back then.

In the meantime, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the best in the New Year!

Until next time,

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sending Love

As soon as I saw the sketch over at Mojo Monday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do...and I'm happy to say my first idea only needed one, small revision.

Here's the supply list (CTMH in italics):
  • Stamps: Lifting Spirits, Lots of Love
  • Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
  • Markers: Copics W00, W1, W5, R39, R29, R20
  • Paper: Roxy (retired)
  • Accessories: Liquid Glass, foam tape
You can almost see the Liquid Glass on the bottom heart.  Too bad you can't tell that every, single heart has some on it.  No other explanation needed. 

How's that for simple and sweet?

Until next time,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Baubles

I've been thinking about how to use the leftover image from my Christmas stamps.  Inspiration struck when I decided to use my scoreboard to follow CAS(E) this Sketch #56.

I used the angled attachment that came with my Martha Stewart Scoreboard to create the background and a frame around the stamp sticker.  The cardstock behind the sticker is CTMH Cranberry.

Eight cards left!  I have two more of these stickers, but I need to get my soup going for a potluck tonight.

Until next time,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Circle Snowflake

Quick post tonight.  I still have nine Christmas cards to make and get in the mail.  I'm combining two challenges with this one.

CAS on Sunday : Christmas
CASology: Snowflake

Here's the supply list (CTMH in italics)
  • Snowflake: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
  • Sentiment: O Christmas Tree (retired)
  • Ink: Encore Silver pigment
  • Paper: Outdoor Denim B&T (retired), Lagoon cardstock
  • Accessories: Lagoon Washi tape; silver cord, small circle punch (notch for silver cord), Lagoon marker, Pearl Paint
I colored the center shape of the snowflake with the marker, glued it back inside, then dabbed Pearl Paint over top and started smearing it out from the center.

Since I really want the stamp prize over at Rose Blossom Garden, I'm submitting a fourth card to that challenge: Christmas using any CTMH Cricut Cartridge.  I used my Design Studio to center the snowflake inside a circle cut and cut both at the same time.

This is my first time to do the "fit your die cut back into the shape" technique.  I've seen lots of fun things with it, though.  And I'm starting to get into the whole "off-kilter" thing that's a current trend.

Okay...better go make the husband some dinner.

Until next time,

Monday, December 9, 2013

O Holy Night

I am combining two challenges to get myself down to ten Christmas cards left:  Mojo Monday Sketch 323 and Rose Blossom Garden "Christmas using any CTMH Cricut Cartridge"

I don't usually stage my photos but thought I'd give it a whirl.  And the West Point Cadet Nutcraker is to pay homage to the upcoming Army/Navy game. 

Go Army.


Anyway, here's the supply list for the card.
  • Stamps: Verve Peace on Earth
  • Paper: CTMH Roxie (retired), Black, Vanilla, and Kraft
  • Die Cuts:  CTMH Art Philosophy (ornament) and Artiste (Noel)
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Embossing Powder:  PSX Detail Brass
  • Other:  Red C120 Derwent Colorsoft pencil, corner rounder, scallop edge scissors, Pearl Paint, glue pen (to draw string)
The process of how I did the Noel is described under the fourth card of this post from last Christmas.  I drew the string using a fine tip glue pen and poured embossing powder over top to hang the ornament.  It's a loose interpretation of the sketch.

The funny part about adding the nutcracker to my photo was that my camera kept asking me if someone blinked.  Here's hoping Navy will be "blinking" in disbelief after Saturday's game.

Until next time,

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sparkly Christmas Snowflake Wreath

I am trying to finish up the last of my Christmas cards, so I'm joining multiple challenges to provide inspiration.   Here are the challenges:

Less is More: Colour plus Metallic
Addicted to Case: Snowflakes
CASology: Ribbon
Rose Blossom Garden:  Christmas using any CTMH Cricut Cartridge

I'm also using up lots of supplies I have lying around.  Here's the supply list:
  • Stamp: CTMH Oh Christmas Tree (retired)
  • Snowflakes:  Cut from CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (leftover from this project)
  • Ink:  CTMH Smokey Plum re-inker combined with Pearl Paint (leftover from this card); Colorit Platinum Pigment
  • Ribbon:  Um...maybe from Michaels.  It's a wired metallic I've had for way too many years.
  • OtherLiquid Glass (aka Glossy Accents), white sequins, white doily
I mounted the doily on cardstock then piled on the snowflakes and sequins.  I did a combination of spraying, flicking, and painting to get the variations of Smokey Plum shimmer on the wreath.  It's all from the same spray pen, though.  I promise.

Only about 15 cards left to go.  The only problem is, once I get them done, I'll have to go outside where the high today is expected to be in the teens.  Maybe I'll make my hubby do that part.

Until next time,

Friday, December 6, 2013

Snowflake Holiday Magic

This week's Freshly Made Sketch is perfect simplicity...and just what I needed to get a bunch of cards done while watching football.  I combined it with the Barn Red challenge over at Color My Heart and Rose Blossom Garden: Christmas using any CTMH Cricut Cartridge.

Now, to be completely honest, the snowflake was cut with my CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge in Cranberry and overstamped in Barn Red using the Universal Background stamp set (which is set to retire in January, 2014...whine, mope, cry).  Barn Red paper with Barn Red overstamping just doesn't photograph well.

The wired gold ribbon is so old I have no idea where it came from.  Sorry.  I adhered the snowflake to the ribbon with Liquid Glass (aka, Glossy Accents)

The sentiment is from an old CTMH Stamp of the Month (October, 2011) called Holiday Magic.  The rest of the sentiment on the inside says, "All the year through."  I love sentiments that go from outside to inside.

I fired off twenty of these during one football game.  That's what I call multi-tasking!

Until next time,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

All Framed Up!

This week's challenge over at Heart2Heart is All Framed Up!  It was the perfect inspiration to finish a project on my Christmas list.

My parents have moved into a retirement home.  Almost everyone else there has some sort of decoration outside their room.  Not my folks.  So I decided to fix that with one of the new Décor Frames from CTMH.

I pulled some pictures off Facebook, printed them with a large border so I could trim them down to 3x3 size, and used a variety of mini-clothespins and mini-clips to attach them to the chicken wire. I am extremely impressed with how sturdy this Décor Frame is!

The stamped images are from Family Photo (a hostess only set) stamped in Ponderosa Pine pigment ink and embossed with clear powder.  The letters for "family" were cut with Cricut Mini Monograms at 1" in Ponderosa Pine cardstock.  I used a glue pen to fill in the centers and poured Prisma Glitter over top.

I think my parents will LOVE this.  If they don't, I'll give them something else and keep it for myself!!

Until next time,