Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hug, Kisses, and Valentine Wishes

When I was young there was a song with the lyrics: "What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of." We certainly would have peace in the world if everyone followed the command to love God with all their hearts and love others as we love ourselves. It's really up to us to share God's love with our corner of the world. A kind word or deed here, a loving card there. What a better world it might be with just this community of crafters making a difference!

This valentine today was also made using my favorite paper for valentines, La Vie en Rose. The red floral paper inspired me to use the large flower from Beloved Bouquet, the retired January stamp of the month. I stamped the flower outline with Ruby ink and colored with several red and pink alcohol ink markers and the blender. I had the finished card sitting on the counter and looked at it from across the room. That's when I realized it looked rather plain and needed a touch of yellow in the areas I'd left white.  That made it more like roses I've raised.

I cut the white mat using Cricut Artbooking (p. 84). I changed the size proportions by unlocking them in the edit screen on Cricut Explore. Then I made both height and width 4." This design with the hearts still looked OK proportionately.  I liked the way they let the floral paper show in the hearts. The Cricut cut out the center rectangle so I embossed it with Tiny Hearts embossing folder and mounted it on a black mat to cover the rectangular hole.

Thank you for visiting! May God richly bless you as you share love with your world

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs - Hearts!
Crafting for All Seasons #119 - Love is in the Air
Crafty Creations #308 - Hearts
Creative Card Crew #106 - Love
Creative Moments #86 - Anything goes with optional Twist: Romance/Love
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #106 - Anything goes with a twist - So in Love
Little Red Wagon #328 - Happy Valentines Day
Mod Squad Challenge - From the Heart
The Paper Shelter #235- Be My Valentine

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Swing Card

Valentines Day is such a good time to openly share your love with those around you. I also believe that it's a reminder to us to bless others with acts of kindness and love. In this lovely on-line card-making community we have so much inspiration to do this with lovely cards. I've given a valentine to an adult before who said she hadn't gotten one since she was a child.   I usually like to write a lengthy personal message inside, but sometimes just a simple expression is all that you need to make a difference in someone's life, so a swing card is one of those. This one is meaningful but not gushy.

Reversible papers are so perfect for swing cards if they have the right combination of patterns. Here was a quick swing card using Cricut Artiste, (p.52), Artbooking (p.80), and paper from La Vie en Rose paper pack, my absolute favorite for valentines (see my others here) and scrapbooking wedding photos! You can get my cutting file here if you use the Cricut Explore and these cartridges.

The tricky part of stamping the inside of a swing card is to get it under the top layer so it doesn't show when it's closed. I embossed the inside with the hearts folder, leaving a space in the center for a sentiment by using a circle diffuser.  Then I placed the stamps on the area to be stamped, closed the top to be sure the heart covered the sentiment. I layed the clear block on top of the acrylic stamps, lining up the edges of the square block with the edge of the white mat so I could line I up again after inking.
This sentiment came from the January Stamp of the Month, Beloved Bouquet, and the gold embossed hearts were from a long-retired set (CTMH So Lucky) that I chose because they fit the hearts on the mat perfectly. The final touches are the black and gold ribbon and the gold epoxy heart (Treasured Puffies flat for mailing!) on front.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed with loving relationships and bless others with your overflowing love!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations #149 - anything goes with twist of Valentine
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Valentine Hearts
Cards in Envy - from the heart
Dream Valley Challenge #124 - Valentine's Day
Fantabulous Cricut #269 - Valentine's Day
Heart 2 Heart - Favorite paper pack
Love to Scrap #71 -have a heart

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hello, I Love You with Share the Love

I was inspired again by the Share the Love stamp set to make another Clean and Simple card that I'll use as a Valentine. (My first two cards are here.)  I was really glad to get this stamp set because with my purchase, $7.00 of my purchase price went to Operation Smile, providing free surgeries for children in over 60 countries around the world. What a difference those surgeries make in the life of a child.

I thought the phone and the speech balloon would be enhanced by the card on Cricut Artfully Sent that has two cut out speech balloons (from page 1). 

I backed the speech balloon openings with a very subtle floral pattern and added a thin strip of arrows, both from the Charlotte paper pack. I embellished with a thin strip of red glitter paper, silver sequins, and red enamel hearts.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
AAA Cards #57 - "Love Me Like You Do"
Brown Sugar #184 - Valentine, Love
CAS on Sunday #76 - Valentine
Simply Create Too #102 - Love or Valentines
4 Crafty Chicks #284 - Love

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Share The Love Blog Hop!You may have just come from Wendy Coffman's fantastic blog.  This month at Close to my Heart you can purchase this special stamp set, Share the Love (CC1060), that is perfect for February, especially for Valentines or other cards that share the love.  When you purchase this stamp set, $7.00 of the purchase goes to Operation Smile, helping to repair the smile of a child somewhere in the world.

I used the Charlotte paper pack, including one of the 3" x 4" cards for pocket scrapbooking.

I embellished the card with black glittery triangles and hearts along with a shiny clip, all from the Fundamental Assortment-black. Here are close-ups of the embellishments.

My second card is a CAS (Clean and Simple) card using a Cricut film frame and silver glitter paper:

Thank you for visiting!  Now you are ready to get more great ideas and hop on to Kirsten's blog.

To see another card I made with this set visit my post here.

I'm sharing this last card with the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and more #179 - CAS
All Sorts #349 - Clean and Simple
Cardz 4 Guys #105 - Make It Sparkle
Craft for the Craic February Challenge - Something to make you smile

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Stamp of the Month - Balloon Animals

I'm excited to welcome you to the February Stamp of the month blog hop using the Balloon Animals stamp set.  If you have come here from Helen's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I hope you'll enjoy the many Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! 

I chose to make the balloon animals on my cards pastel colors, mostly matching the papers from the Penelope paper pack, with the addition of a bit of Pixie and Thistle cardstock from the Whimsy cardstock pack. I made birthday cards with those papers, the  Balloon Animals stamp set,  and the Cricut. If you have the Cricut Explore, and the Artfully Sent and Artistry cartridges, you can use my cut files here to make your own cards. If you don't have either of those cartridges and would like to get them, you can use the links here.  All of the cards are 5.5" x 4.25."

I made these cards for my youngest granddaughter to give when she's invited to a birthday party. My daughter said she's to the parties of boys in her class, but so far only made this first one for a young boy.

I backed the Cricut cut mat with Honey striped paper.  Before adhering, I put pencil dots in the corners of the stars and traced the confetti swirls. Then I covered only swirl lines with the Pear striped washi tape that comes in the Limeade set of tape, avoiding the star markings. I erased the light pencil dots that marked the stars and adhered the Honey strip. The entire mat was pop dotted onto one of the Crystal Blue papers in the Penelope pack using Thin 3-D Foam Tape.  The balloon animals were stamped with Crystal Blue, Honey, and Pear inks and cut out. They were pop dotted with regular 3-D Foam Tape.  I added  a few Blue Dot and Green Triangle Enamel and Glitter Duos.
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon #326 - birthday
Mod Squad Challenge - masculine birthday
The Male Room #27 - babies and little boys

Here are two cards I made for little girl birthdays:

 I stamped the giraffe using Sorbet ink and added sparkles and a Pixie Extra Thick Twine bow to the stars tag.

I embossed the Thistle panel on this card using the Confetti Stars embossing folder, then I lightly sanded the stars only using a sanding block. This is what I love about the CTMH cardstock with the white core. With only light pressure using medium grain the block keeps me from sanding the recessed surface. The elephant was stamped with Pixie ink and the monkey with Thistle. I decided to add a little bling using black glitter paper, black an gold ribbon, and gold sequins.

Thank you for visiting. Now you're ready to go back to the beginning if you didn't start there. Visit Catherine's blog.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stampers with an Attitude January Blog Hop


I'm happy to be part of the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop this month. You may have just come from Tammy Lubick's lovely blog post. We are showcasing papercrafts made with the new Close To My Heart Charlotte paper pack and/or an Easter theme. I chose to do both, to use this lovely paper to make some of my Easter cards. All of my cards use only this paper pack and White Daisy Cardstock. I loved this brand new type of paper pack because it has 10 different papers with subtle patterns almost like cardstock that makes more interesting backgrounds! There are also two pages of double-sided picture-my-life type 4"x6" or 2"x3" card pieces I plan to use for titles, card panels, or, of course, pocket scrapbooking.

I chose to use the Stamp set, Rejoice, along with my Cricut to make these cards. I mostly used Cricut Art Philosophy, but included a cut from Artiste, and Artfully Sent each. If you have these cartridges and use the Explore you can use my cut file here.  You can see the list of ingredients for each one at the end of each card.

Art Philosophy Cricut cuts (lacy square 3.75", flowers 0.75"), Rejoice stamp set, White Shimmer Trim, Gold Bling Gems, Charlotte paper pack and gray flower circle from Charlotte Complements, Sorbet Ink, Quatrefoil embossing folder for darker sorbet panel,  Versamark Ink pad for the cross, Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.

Charlotte paper pack, Rejoice stamp set, Versamark Ink pad for the cross, Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, Black ink, Cricut Art Philosophy:(egg card base 5.5" x 8.5," black and sorbet layer 5.25" x 4,"  flowers 0.75") Cricut Artiste: (sorbet lacy frame 4.5" with lighter center showing,)
Gold Bling Gems, Whisper Thick Twine

Charlotte paper pack, Cricut Art Philosophy: (flower circle background 3.75", flower 0.75") Cricut Artfully Sent (sentiment card 2.4," rabbit and bow images from 5" card), black and gold ribbon, gold glitter paper behind "Easter,"gold sequins, clear sparkles, Thin 3-D foam tape behind flower circle

Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed these ideas!  Your next stop on the way is to see what Kimberly Moss has to delight you.

Here's the list of all the blogs in the hop in case you missed one or need to go back to Melissa's blog at the beginning.

1.Melinda Everitt ~
2. Catherine Nowak ~
3. Melissa Robinson ~
4. Tammy Lubick ~
5. Vickie ODell -
6.  Kimberly Moss --
7. Wendy Taylor -
8. Sheila Bennett ~
9. Barbi Kelley ~
10. Karen Scott -

Beloved Bouquet Birthday Card

Have you ever met someone new and discovered that you had a lot in common?  When I first met Pat I found out that she goes to the church where my husband had been the pastor almost 40 years ago. Then I found out she knew some of our friends who live in Colorado. Finally, I discovered she was the nurse when my grandson was born at KU Med Center eight years ago. There were other "coincidences" but the important thing I appreciate about getting to know her is that we share a love for Christ, for family, and for crafting. Here's the birthday card I've made for her.

I thought I'd try another card stamped with the January Stamp of the Month, Beloved Bouquet, using some bright, sunny colors.


I used the Floral Embossing folder to make the background.  I stamped the rose with Sunset Ink on an old scrap of Creme Brulee. (I was sad to see that color retire.) I used pieces of the Kaleidoscope paper pack for stamping the leaves and cutting the tag.  I stamped the sentiment with Sunset using a stamp  from Balloon Wishes.  A strip of Pink glitter paper and some pink glitter gems (on clearance!) added the bling I wanted to keep the card bright and cheery. I found some amazing deals on clearance today that you may want to check out HERE.

 I cut the Creme Brulee heart border with a Martha Stewart punch. I used a circle punch to shape the tag edges. The green ribbon, button and twine are all old, retired CTMH products that I still love to use.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow to check out our team's blog hop. I have several projects for Easter using the soft and subtle colors of the Charlotte paper pack. You can find it HERE.

Thank you for visiting! I hope God helps you discover new friendships that will be a blessing to you both!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

All Sorts Week 348 - Bring on the Bling
Aud Sentiments Challenge #147 - anything goes
Crafting with Friends #13 -  anything goes
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies #11 - anything goes/ add a tag

Simply Papercrafts #22 - anything goes