Friday, October 2, 2015

Gold Noel Card with "Twinkle"

It's about time that I got in the mood for making Christmas cards! October weather has been beautiful, but chilly. A reminder that cold, frosty days are on the way. Our home remodeling project is far enough along that hubby moved my scrapbook tables and many shelves to our lovely new room so I have room to craft again.

Here's my second card using the White Pines paper pack and the CTMH October Stamp of the month, "Twinkle." Yesterday's Christmas card was bold, today's is softer, a little more vintage.

I heat-embossed the ornament as well as the sentiment on vellum with Princess Gold embossing powder. I attached the vellum with one glue dot on the left and covered it with a Cranberry clip from the new Fundamental Assortment. I also added a strip of gold shimmer trim on the left and under each of the corners of the frame. I wanted some texture on the frame but the ornament was attached waiting for some ribbon. I used an embossing folder a new way, similar to the way we used to use embossing plates. I taped two edges of the frame inside one side of a CTMH Damask embossing folder. I pressed the back side of the frame's cardstock into the design using a wide embossing tool, then inked the raised portion on the front using the light tan Cashmere ink. All of the other edges of the papers were also sponged with that ink.  The frame and ornament are from Cricut Art Philosophy, the doily is from Cricut Artiste, and the green Topiary bough (from Paper Fundamentals, Adventure) is from the new Cricut Artistry.

I altered the width of the Art Philosophy ornament and frame so it would match the ornament stamp, which was meant to go with one from Artiste.  Using Cricut Design Space, you can unlock an image and alter the width or height. I determined what it should be by covering it with the correctly sized Artiste ornament and adjusting the dimensions until the ornaments were the same size. I wouldn't have worried about that except I liked the two attached so I could tie a ribbon around the attachment.

I used the leftover scraps to frame the sentiment inside. I think it's one I printed last year from Laurie Wilson at Doodle Pantry. I always love her sentiments, especially the ones that share the joy and love of the message of Christ at Christmas!

Thank you for visiting. Next week I'll share cards using some of the other images in this stamp of the month: 

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #6 - Christmas or winter
Aud Sentiments Challenge #141 - Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Festive decor
Christmas Card Challenge #43 - anything goes
Crafty Boots - Gold or Silver
Crafty Cardmakers and more... #148 - make it sparkle
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #275 - Anything Christmas
Where the HeART is Challenge #1 - add some text
Word Art Wednesday #203 - anything uplifting

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Christmas Love Card with Twinkle

It seems every year CTMH introduces a stamp of the month geared toward Christmas. This is a reminder that I need to stop procrastinating and make a serious start on my Christmas cards! The new one this year, "Twinkle,"  has so many Christmas possibilities. Here's my first card. It's really simple and uses heat embossing with the CTMH Fine Detail Silver embossing powder. I used the larger ornament stamp and the circle sentiment.

 The ornament is from Cricut Artiste and the frame was cut using Cricut Art Philosophy. The Pear background cardstock has swirls, one of the new designs in the Paper Fundamentals Adventure Collection. The Cricut Artistry branch cut is from Topiary cardstock in the same collection. The fun silver embossed bow is one of the shapes from the Fundamental Assortment, Cranberry collection. I used silver Shimmer Trim and the slimmer Silver Foil Tape together on the left. The sentiment, Christmas Love, cried out for a few enamel hearts. 

Here are the acrylic stamps included in this month's stamp of the month.
 You can get it for the full price of $17.95 or you can do what I do and get it for $5.00 with a $50 purchase. Please continue to check back on my blog for more ideas tomorrow. You can also check out the artwork of other consultants in my group who are having a blog hop starting here.

I'm sharing this Christmas card with the following challenges:
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #6 - Christmas or winter theme
Aud Sentiments Challenge #141 - get started on Christmas projects with Sentiment (they've had 2 free Christmas sentiments the last two weeks!)
Christmas Card Challenge #43 - anything goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - Gold or Silver
Crafty Cardmakers and more... #148 - make it sparkle
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #275 - Anything Christmas
Where the HeART is Challenge #1 - add some text
Word Art Wednesday #203 - anything uplifting

Monday, September 28, 2015

Use It Up! - Mojo 417 Tinkerin' Card

I was inspired by the current and previous sketches from Mojo Monday and used the Tinkerin' paper I was trying to use up today. The first one I interpreted the gear circles as flower circles instead. I used this week's Mojo Monday 417 sketch:

I chose the Verve sentiment, a Scripture for a friend I've been praying for. She was nursing her husband who had a serious emergency surgery when her mother also became sick, then passed away. The verse says:
Be strong and take heart all you who HOPE in the Lord. Psalm 31:24.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Come and Get It - Clear it Out - use an old stash item (2009 Tinkerin' background paper and white daisies (9 years old-why do I save things so long??)
Eclectic Ellapu September Challenge - Purple team - use something in stash 6 mo. old or more (6+ years)
Mojo Monday #417 - sketch
Word Art Wednesday #202 - anything uplifting

Here's the other card I made using the front side of the paper showing the circle gears. I used last week's Mojo Monday sketch which was perfect for gears. I was inspired yesterday by the challenge at Addicted to CAS to make a card with the word DREAMS. My card isn't CAS so I didn't share it in their challenge, but I have a grandson who was in Robotics and two that should become architects or engineers, so I thought gears and robots would go along with the idea of them following their dreams.

 I used the shiny side of the Cranberry, Sunset, Canary, and Slate Paper Fundamentals. They have a shiny pattern that doesn't show up unless the light reveals it. Here's a close-up turned toward the light: 

It's a little distracting in this photo, but compare it to the photo above it and maybe you get the idea. All of these shiny papers are the retired patterns. CTMH released some new patterns this year. The sentiment stamp is retired from National Stamping Month set several years ago. The inside, which I forgot to photograph while it was still light,  has a message for one of my grandsons:
"for as you dream you shall become."

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers - Creative Kids (for my grandson)

For more ideas using up the Tinkerin' paper see these two posts:

Use It Up - Tinkerin' Card and Birthday Layout

My dear hubby has been remodeling our house for months ever since he retired. His biggest project has been building a craft/family room. The last two weeks he removed all of our kitchen cabinets to repaint and put in that room. I"m thrilled it will give me lots of stamp and paper storage. It's been difficult having my kitchen packed in boxes while he put in new cabinets. In the meantime, I'm slowly moving paper, stamps, and tools to a huge storage room he built on one side of the craft/family room. So I'm rediscovering tons of materials that have been buried in drawers and boxes. There is WAY TOO MUCH, especially of the ancient sort!

This weekend I decided to make layouts and cards using a CTMH Summer 2009 paper pack called Tinkerin' because it has great colors for grandsons.The paper on the bottom is from Tinkerin' and the top yellow stripe is another old one I can't remember. The green striped paper is recently retired CTMH Adventure collection of Paper Fundamentals. The stamp set and green shimmer trim are new. I added bitty tan and blue sparkles on each of the bigger heart "bubbles." My hubby is a retired chemist so I plan to surprise him with this card:

Here's the sketch from Sketch Saturday that I used to make this card:

I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #265 - Sparkle & Shine
Come and Get It - Clear It Out, use stash item (yellow striped and blue circle gear papers circa 2009)
Eclectic Ellapu September Challenge, Purple Team - use something from stash more than 6 months old (How about 6 year old paper pack?!)
Sketch Saturday #380 - card sketch

The only fairly new paper I used on this layout is the Pacifica Blue Paper Fundamentals with the shiny side showing.
I'm sharing this layout with the fun challenge at:
Scrappy Hands #48 - Letters - on layout

Use It Up - Tinkerin' Christmas Card

I'm posting three cards today from my old 2009 CTMH paper "Tinkerin.'" This one uses the back side of the paper with circles and gears. I embossed white snowflakes over the obvious gear circles and light Crystal Blue snowflakes on other circles. I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps Challenge #110 and colors from Tuesday Throwdown #263 Color Challenge: 

I colored the church with Copics to match the above colors. They were perfect colors for the details on this church! The white embossed panel was embossed using a new CTMH folder called Confetti. (All the stamps that I used are retired.)

I'm also sharing this Christmas card with the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenge #43 - anything goes
Tis' the Season #51 - Cool Christmas

By late afternoon I've barely made a dent in that paper pack. I guess I'll have to try more later! Other Tinkerin' projects posted today:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn Paper Garden with Butterfly

Here's another card I made with the sillhouette stamps of Paper Garden, September's Stamp of the Month. I wanted it to be a thank you card for a dear friend I don't see nearly enough. She started out as a customer about 10 years ago, but quickly became a true friend as my sister in Christ. We share so many interests, including stamping and cards.

This time I wanted to use autumn colors, three panels of silhouettes, and a butterfly that I colored with the three inks on sponge daubers: Saffron, Goldrush, Pomegranate, and Poppy.  I inked around the edges of the butterfly with Black ink on a sponge dauber, then added black opaque pearls. I used Shin-Han Touch Twin alcohol ink markers to add shading to each stem and parts of flowers to add more dimension. The background of each stamp was stamped with Bamboo. I tied Poppy Thicker Twine around the card to finish the fall color theme. The sentiment came from the cardmaking stamp set from the Hello, Life National Stamping Month special.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Bastel-traum #33 - Thanks
Bloggers Challenge - Flowers
Crafting Musketeers Challenge #29 - Autumnal Colours
QKR Stampede Challenge #157 - Three's a crowd
Really Reasonable Ribbon #126 - Orange you glad it's autumn with ribbon or trim
Scrap and Craft Inspiration Challenge #13 - butterflies
The Artistic Stampers - Things with Wings

Thank you for visiting. May God fill your heart with His love so you may share it with others. May He  bless you with priceless friendships!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Zoe Scrapbook Layouts

Saturday I had a lovely time with the ladies in our scrapbook club. Here are the layouts in case you need help knowing where you can put photos. Because we are in the middle of a huge remodeling project at our house, only one of my layouts has photos.You'll also notice that I kept these two layouts fairly simple, using most of your Zoe paper pack.
Amazingly, I was organizing and putting away some photos when I noticed those photos seemed to match the Zoe paper. I usually print my photos at home in the sizes I need for specific layouts. These had been printed in different sizes but forgotten so I don't even know for which layout they were intended. So I moved them around until they landed in a pleasing fashion. This is the way some of you add photos later.
These were taken in the Tetons in Wyoming about a week after I retired, on our way home from the CTMH Convention in Salt Lake City.

Here are closer pictures so you can see more details.  I scored the edges of the Kraft paper 1/4" from the edge and added marker doodled "stitches at the edge. In the Zoe Complements there are so many stickers and Kraft and vellum  shapes that you can choose some to match your own photos or theme. Here you can see how I clustered the combinations that I chose.

Here's the other layout that uses the Zoe Complements. There are enough in the package that you can choose the ones that fit your own photo themes! Here are the ones I chose:

Here are the two layouts from the Zoe Workshop on the Go guide that we did with stamping. (These are the CTMH photos, not mine.)Your packet has pieces that I cut using the new Cricut Artistry so we did this version of the first layout:
In addition to using the Zoe Workshop on the Go kit and Complements, I added several pieces of White Daisy and Kraft cardstock for backgrounds and mats  I hope this helps you make your workshop layouts.

Thanks for checking on our workshop layouts. May God bless you as you encourage family and leave a positive legacy for others with your scrapbooking.