Thursday, September 3, 2015

Textured Paper Garden - Thinking of You Card

I think it's so important to let people know that we're thinking of them when they need support and prayers. I usually keep them blank inside so I can individualize the messages.

Here's my second card using Paper Garden, the CTMH stamp of the month for September.

I used the two larger blossom and leaf images stamped on Cricut Artiste die cuts. I inked the blossom stamps with Hollyhock then rolled the edges in Pomegranate. Instead of having the white edge of the Cricut cut, I sponged more Hollyhock on the blossoms. The leaf stamps were inked with Fern, stamped off on scrap paper and re-inked around the edges for second generation stamping. I curved the edges of the leaves and flowers and adhered them with glue dots in the middle and pop dots under the raised portions.

The center of the large flower was stamped with Honey and attached. On the smaller ones I dotted the centers with a "Marigold" Shin Han Touch Twin marker and added a Gray Enamel Gem in the center of each.

The kraft frame was cut using Cricut Artbooking, then embossed with the 5" x 7" CTMH Woodgrain embossing folder. The Colonial White mat under it was also embossed using the CTMH Floral embossing folder.  The sentiment banner was cut using the new Cricut Artistry cartridge. I stamped the Colonial White layer with the background stamp from this set using Sweet Leaf ink.  The sentiment came from Happy to Be Friends.

If you have a Cricut Explore and the Artiste, Artistry, and Artbooking cartridges, feel free to use my cut file to easily make the elements in this card in Cricut Design Space:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
CraftyCardmakers #146- no patterned paper
Creative Knockouts #105 - Flower power
Paper Shelter #217 - any kind of embossing
Southern Girls Challenge #118 - Flower power
Word Art Wednesday #199 - anything uplifting

CTMH September Stamp of the Month "Paper Garden"
September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden, pictured above:  Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 that’s over 70% off retail - when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. You can also purchase it at full price, $17.95.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mojo Monday 413 for National Stamping Month

One of my grandsons will be 11 this month. I stayed with him and his three siblings this summer while they were out of school. Almost every day I took them to the nearby community center to play basketball, then to swim.  In the evenings, the soon-to-be-11-year-old played baseball. He became a pitcher this year and his team was undefeated. Before the summer was over, his 13-year-old brother began soccer practice for his junior high school team. Interestingly, the coach also let this younger brother practice with the team even though he was only going into 5th grade. This has happened every year with every sport because he's one of those kids that's truly athletically gifted in any sport he plays. I hope this card will remind him of all the sports fun we had this summer!

That became my inspiration for my Mojo Monday card this week. The color dare at Color My Heart this week was perfect for these sports images: Kraft, Pacifica, Sweet Lear, Black, and Colonial White.

 The Mojo Monday card is for a tall and skinny card. I rotated the design 90 degrees. I also used a little math to make my card with the same proportions as theirs, but longer - 6 1/2 " x 4 1/8" so it would fit in my longer envelopes.

I used the same Pacifica paper* for the background from a retired CTMH Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, but I cut it into two strips and used the mat printed side on the bottom and the glossy side on top. I've highlighted the glossy pattern on top so you can see it.

I stamped the sentiment with Black and Pacifica inks. I love the bold handwritten look of the word "Happy." Details about the stamp sets are below. (The stars are recently retired CTMH.) The grass and each of the balls were cut using the Cricut CTMH Artbooking cartridge.  I sponged a little "grass stain" on the baseball with Sweet Leaf so it would show up better against the Colonial White panel behind it. Here's the Design Space cut file if you're interested:

 I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Color My Heart Color Dare #157
Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party - Just for Kids
Deep Ocean Challenge #111 - For the Boys
Mojo Monday #413 sketch 
The Cheerful Stamp Pad #119- Remembering Summer

Because this is National Stamping Month, CTMH has a three stamp special, designed for scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. My sentiment came from the first two stamp sets on the left:

Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 USD each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 USD—a savings of $6.90 USD! 

You can find these and other Close to My Heart products HERE on my website.

* Pacifica paper from Adventure Fundamentals is now available with a different pattern than the one shown.
 Thank you for visiting! May God bless your crafting and giving so you may bless others!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Paper Garden Card - September Stamp of the Month

Today I'm praying for the husband of one of my PEO sorority sisters. He's having surgery. I pray that God will guide the doctor's hands and heal him. May He comfort and encourage my friend as she waits. Here's the outside of my card to express how I'm thinking of them.

I used the new Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month, "Paper Garden."  The red line around the two biggest flowers and leaf means the shape coordinates with a Cricut cut using the Artiste cartridge.

The silhouettes are fun for a variety of stamping techniques. I stamped each image in one color then rolled the edges of the stamp with a darker color and re-stamped it. That means lining up the stamp on top of the image. That's why I love clear acrylic stamps! The larger flower has writing on it which helps in lining up the stamp on the image. Mine wasn't always exact, which didn't bother me because I think that's OK with this style.  (See more artwork with this stamp set at the bottom of this post.)

The colors of ink I used are: Hollyhock with Pomegranate, Goldrush with Hollyhock and Goldrush with Fern, and Hollyhock with Chocolate. The cardstocks were simply Kraft, Colonial White, and Black. Look below to see links to the other supplies I used.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart #75 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #146 - no patterned paper
Creative Corner Challenge - flower power
Get Creative Challenge #22 - no printed paper
Hiding in My Craft Room #214 - freestyle/anything goes
Simply Papercraft #12 - anything goes
Stemplesonne #148 - anything with stamping as main focus
Word Art Wednesday #198 - anything uplifting

Supplies below were used on my card and are linked and can be purchased on my website:

September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden, pictured above:  Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 that’s over 70% off retail - when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. You can also purchase it at full price, $17.95.
Here's an example of a layout using Paper Garden Stamp of the Month, made by corporate CTMH staff:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunny Happy Birthday for Mojo Monday 412

Today would have been my little sister Cathy's birthday! She was born on a hot, sunny day and loved spending her youthful days outside playing or riding her bike. She was such a tomboy! Unfortunately, she spent most of her adult life sick or in the hospital with a wide variety of maladies, including a muscular dystrophy that often left her in a wheelchair. She went to be with the Lord when she was 34 after taking a new medication that didn't go with her other meds.

So I remember and honor her this day by making a birthday card with a cloud and a sun. Despite all the clouds in her life, I know she's living in sunshine now without pain or illness. That in itself is a blessing from God for which I'm thankful. So that probably explains why I was inspired by three challenges: Crafts 4 Eternity #241 (Weather)Seize the Birthday (the Weather) and Kitty Bee's Aloha Friday#55 (In the Sky). Take a look and you'll see the result:

Here's the fun sketch I used from Mojo Monday:

I used the new Zoe (blue houndstooth) and Blossom (blue mats for cloud and strip) papers along with older and much older ones: Taste of Summer (yellow die cut sun), Elemental (background chipboard circles) and Dream Pop (rainbow strip of colorful triangles).  The yellow glitter paper was from Michaels and the blue sequins, like all the papers, are from CTMH.

The stamp set is CTMH Lovely Birthday. The sentiment was stamped, then I used the "old school" method and cut with scissors into a cloud shape. The circle and sun (called a flower in Cricut Design Space image search) were cut with the Cricut Close To My Heart Artbooking.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity #241 - Weather
Cut It Up #78 - "old school" - old technique (cloud cut by hand with scissors) old papers and Cricut die cut of sun
Kitty Bee's Aloha Friday#55 - In the Sky
Mojo Monday #412 sketch 
Seize the Birthday - the Weather

Thank you for visiting. May God bless you with His sunshine even when life has it's clouds and storms.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nifty Fifties Route 66 Layout

This summer as we went through the Painted Desert in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. We stopped at an old, rusty Studebaker commemorating the old route of the once famous Route 66. When I was young I had traveled that road from Oklahoma to California after college graduation. I had taken the book, Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. I'd had no idea it would follow Route 66 as the characters tried to find a better life during the dust bowl years of the Great Depression. Somehow reading the book while riding through the same places made both more meaningful and unforgettable.

I had these photos sitting out to scrapbook when I saw the challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas to make a creation based on a decade. Since I have the Nifty Fifties Cricut Cartridge I knew there would be some perfect embellishments for my layout.  I must admit the rusty car is from the 1930's,but the idea of Route 66 is definitely 1950's!

If you look closely above you can see the tire tracks I stamped. 

Here's a close-up of the words and route 66 embellishment I made using the Cricut cartridge. I also cut the red, blue, and yellow star-like emblems that match the patterned paper using other cartridges, CTMH Art Philosophy and Joys of the Season using only one of the layers each. If you have these three cartridges and would like to use my cut files, here's the link for Cricut Design Space:

The layered and pieced gas pump emblem was also made using the Nifty Fifties cartridge. The Restaurant sign and tire emblem are both stickers I've saved for the right layout. They were from the long-retired CTMH set called "Route 66."  Also in that set was the red plaid and blue license plate paper I used and the number and letter stickers ("on").  The road map paper on the bottom is current CTMH paper from the Wanderful set about to retire on Monday.

I stamped the two rows of tire tracks from the retired CTMH set, Maximum Power, on the bottom using Bamboo ink.

I actually have eight photos so two of them on the right page will have flip flaps added for two more photos each after I put them in the page protectors. I didn't show that because they usually have too much glare in photos.

Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart #74 - anything goes
Die-Cuttin' Divas #230 - Decades Inspiration
Not Just Cards #23 - Anything goes
Sweet Stamps #236 - anything but a card
The Crazy Challenge #204 - paper piecing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Birthday Card

I was still playing with Color My Heart Challenge colors when I saw this current Atlantic Hearts sketch. Together they gave me the quick idea for this fun card.

I used the retiring CTMH Paper Fundamentals patterns for the Hollyhock and Goldrush strips. I cut the flowers and sentiment using the new CTMH Cricut Artistry. I used the back shiny side of the same paper I used for the strips. Love that youthful, fun font! The Hollyhock brads are long retired but I still have a LOT!  My favorite part is embossing the vines with the CTMH embossing folder because it's large enough for a 5" x 7" paper.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #122
Color My Heart Color Dare #156 - Hollyhock, Goldrush, Colonial White, Kraft
Incy Wincy Designs - Birthday Wishes
Inspiration Destination Challenge #48 - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you as you create and help you bless others!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thinking of You with Fall Leaves

Where we live we're experiencing fall-like weather--in August! It has been about 52 degrees at night and only about 80 in the daytime. I'm sure that has influenced my stamp and color choices for this card.  I was inspired by this week's Color My Heart challenge #156 to use the colors to stamp leaves. Now that I finished this card, I keep thinking of so many alternatives with the same design. The colors I used were Hollyhock, Goldrush, Colonial White, and Kraft. Come back and check my next post tomorrow for another fun example of this great color combo.

Would you believe I still had some CTMH Goldrush organdy ribbon from 11 years ago?!! That year we could buy ribbon in 25 yard spools. I really need to use up my supplies a lot faster! I also used one of the leftover goldrush-looking gem from a retired CTMH Halloween Assortment, although it didn't catch the light well to show the color in the photo.  So here's the first card using this fall-like color theme:

 The Fallen Leaves stamp set I used will be available September 1st, next Tuesday, when the new idea book goes live for customers.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Color My Heart Color Dare #156 - Hollyhock, Goldrush, Colonial White, Kraft
Crafty Cardmakers #146 - No Patterned Paper
Get Creative Challenge #22 - No printed paper
Quick Quotes August Challenge - repeat shape 3x -  Hollyhock oak leaf repeated 3x
Really Reasonable Ribbon #124 - Autumn colors with ribbon or trim
Word Art Wednesday #197 - anything uplifting

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your creative endeavors and help you bless others with what you make!