Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Golf Thank You

Golf thank you cards are a must in this house. I made a few of these for Charlie to send out for his birthday gifts.
I really thought the blue paper was moonstruck (from my scraps) and it matches the ink well, but now that I see it in the lighting of the camera it is dutch blue.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Dutch Blue CS, Desert Sand CS, Garnet ink, Moonstruck ink, desert sand ink, clear embossing powder, heat gun, sponge, Tee time stamp set, say it in style stamp set

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Fall

I have had this card for awhile, mostly because I think if I mailed it the sticks would fall off. I used real sticks from my yard, and I also used every type of adhesive I had and they are just not that secure. I think it is due to the odd, curvy shape of them. I pull the card out often, and I just love it. So I guess It will just sit on the shelf for display.
Supplies from CTMH-Autumn Terracotta Textured CS, Barn Red CS, Colonial White CS, Chocoate CS, Chocolate ink, Autumn Terracotta ink, black ink, twill ribbon, chipboard tag, colonial white waxy flax, sanding kit
Other-leaf die cuts from cuttlebug, Limitless labels stamp set from Papertrey ink.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Card Sketch

It certainly has started feeling like fall here in Texas. I have to wear pants to work, and I have been using the heater under my desk. The morning are very cool, but by afternoon it has warmed up quite a bit.

Here is my card for this weeks CPS sketch. I used the color emerging technique for this card. I really do enjoy fall colors, they are so warm and rich.

Supplies from CTMH-Olive CS, Colonial White CS, Autumn Terracotta CS, Garden Green Ink, Chocolate ink, Barn Red ink, Autumn Terracotta ink, clear embossing powder, sponge, heat gun, Fall leaves stamp set

Other-circle punches

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yeehaw! Way to Go!

I love western stamps, especially this cowboy. Reminds me of my days at Clarendon College. (Yes, I also have a degree in Ranch and Feedlot management. You might even catch a picture of me on this site! But no laughing at my choice of clothing, I loved those bright yellow pants!)
This card also has stamp kissing. I used the fence stamp to kiss and twist on the Yeehaw.
Supplies from CTMH-Life's Delight Pattern paper, Chocolate CS, Colonial White CS, Chocolate ink, Sweetleaf ink, colored pencils, stipple brush, hemp, sweetleaf square brads, Yeehaw stamp set, For every Occasion stamp set

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Baby Cards

These days I have lots of requests from my friends that they need baby cards. These are really simple, and I plan on keeping a few of each on hand for those that drop by and need to buy a baby card.
Supplies from CTMH-White Daisy CS, Sorbet CS, Juniper CS, Juniper ink, Sorbet ink, magic moments stamp set, sanding kit, foam squares, stylus, Sorbet ribbon
Supplies from Papertrey ink-Limitless labels stamp set
Other-Cuttlebug embossing folder, die cut, white ribbon, circle punch

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Missing You Card

This is another attempt at creating my own back ground paper. This color combo is really growing on me.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Desert Sand CS, Bamboo CS, Bamboo ink, Crystal Blue ink, Hollyhock ink, desert sand ink, chipboard ribbon slide, hollyhock twill ribbon, September word puzzle stamp set, For every occasion stamp set, western flourishes stamp set

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Your One of a kind

One of the things Papercrafts was asking for was "pattern paper made from stamps" . Well of course I am all about random stamping.
Supplies from CTMH-White Daisy CS, Juniper CS, White Daisy Textured CS, Cocoa ink, Juniper ink, Tulip ink, Sorbet ink, Juniper brads, Cocoa ribbon, Friendship Word Puzzle stamp set, Code it stamp set

Monday, September 22, 2008

Kiss and Twist

All the cards that I am showing you this week were for Papercrafts-Stamp It! Cards. Of course these didn't make it in, but I did get 2 cards in the issue, so look for that February 09!
The star on this card was done with the Kiss and Twist method. I inked the star with the twilight ink and the retro circle with chocolate ink. After I did the kiss and twist with the star, I stamped the retro circle on the background of the card. This also gave an interesting pattern. I did sew on this card with the machine, and I left all the strings for a distressed look.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-Colonial White CS, Chocolate CS, Twilight CS, Twilight ink, Chocolate ink, Font, foam squares, edge distresser, thread, Star Struck Stamp Set, It's a Party Stamp Set.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Card

I have lots of stickers from CTMH around here, and I find that I don't use them very often. I watched this video, and decided that I pull some out and used them. Here is what I came up with. I used the boarder stickers to make my own pattern at the bottom of the card.
(Supplies from Close to My Heart-White Daisy CS, Stickease from Magic Moments National Scrapbooking month Special, Hollyhock CS, Cocoa ink, Sunflower in, Indian corn blue ink, Hollyhock ink, From me to You stamp set, Cocoa ribbon)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Card Sketch

Here is my entry for this weeks CPS card sketch. Sorry about the blue tint to all my pictures lately, I am really working at it. I may have to go back to my old camera for art pictures. It did a great job! Hopefully I will figure out the new one soon. If any one has any ideas, please let me know. (it's a Nikon D40)
Supplies from Close to My Heart-Enchanted patten paper, White daisy CS, White Daisy Ribbon, Clear tag, White brads, Smokey Plum Ink, May Word puzzle stamp set, From Me to you stamp set
Other-Circle punch
And it's a sad day here, I had to get out the heater!! I have been cold for 2 days! It only fall, and the temp is in the 70s, but I am freezing. It's going to be a long winter.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Operation Smile Mini Card Set

One of the great things Close to My Heart has done is to pledge solely to Operation Smile.
My goal is to raise enough money to provide 3 "Smiles" this year that will change the lives of children forever. I will be making at least one project per month and selling it at my etsy store. 100% of the profits from these select items will go to Operation Smile. Along with the project I will also be providing the template for a 1.00 donation to Operation Smile. Together we can make a difference.
To buy this project or the template to make a project of your own visit http://www.kabrown63.etsy.com/

This is a Mini card holder and four 3x3 cards and envelopes. They will be great for gifts, lunch bags or little notes around the house.
(Supplies from Close to My Heart-Bamboo CS, White Daisy CS, Cocoa ink, Bamboo ink, Amethyst ink, Ocean ink, Ocean CS, Amethyst CS, Colored pencils, Dream Big Stamp set, Cocoa Ribbon, Pewter concho
Other-3x3 envelopes, terrifically tacky tape.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mini Album

I created this album to show off some of the pictures that I have been taking of Dixie with my new camera. I took some picture of the process so you can make one too! Enjoy!
Cardstock size is 9x9" (but you could do this with any size squares) You need 3 sheets of pattern paper. Score at 2.25 on two opposite ends of the paper. Fold and score to the center.

Score all the folded sheets in the center at 4.5"

Punch holes in the book for binding. I used the crop-o-dile and punched all at the same time so the holes would be even.

Use fibers and ribbon to bind the book.

Some of the pages are made up of the 2 folded in sides of the paper, use squares of cardstock to close up the pages. This also creates a photo mat. I made mine 3.75x3.75" square.

Pockets for the pull out tags.
Supplies from Close to MY Heart-Serendipity pattern paper and die cuts, Out door denim CS, Chocolate CS, Bamboo CS, Dutch Blue CS, pewter conchos, Out door denim ribbon, Colonial White ribbon, Bamboo photo arrow, Outdoor denim bigger brad, Dutch blue sassy stands
Other circle punches

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Acrylic Album (Unit meeting)

My wonderful upline, Audrey K, designed this cute acrylic album for us to make at our unit meeting. It is even more beautiful in person. We used lots of different things from paint, pearl paint, liquid glass, rub ons, etc. Too much too list, if you want to know about something just email me, and I will try to answer your questions. Now it just needs to SNOW so I can put some pictures in it!!!
Click on the pictures to make them larger.

Monday, September 15, 2008

I miss you card

I spent most of Sunday making cards for the troops(well I did have a 3 hour nap, yikes!). I know the troops really enjoy the "I miss you" cards.
I also wanted to say, that I am still getting the hang of my new camera, so please bare with me on the lighting. (it may be after Karen Russell class, before I really get it)
Supplies From Close to my Heart-Life's Delight pattern paper, Colonial White CS, Chocolate TCS, Chocolate ink, Blush ink, Sweetleaf ink, prisma glitter, bonding memories glue pen, Say it with style stamp set, Treasure Life stamp set

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Golf pad and Cad

I made this for Charlie for his birthday. This is a Letter size pad cut down and decorated for a shopping list. ( and yes I did stamp every page, only for Charlie, because that the first thing he would look at!)
Supplies-from CTMH-Black CS, Sarsaparilla pattern paper, desert sand CS, Bamboo ink, Black ink, colored pencils, colonial white cs, foam squares, Tee Time stamp set, Today's Date stamp set
Other-note pad and buttons

Friday, September 12, 2008

All about the "H" cards

This set of cards revolves around the letter "H"-happy birthday, heartfelt, hello and hi. This is one of my upcoming classes. For more info see my website. http://www.kaaronbrown.myctmh.com/
Supplies-All from CTMH-Boom-di-ada paper packet, hollyhock ink, barn red in, olive ink, cottage floral stamp set, say it with style stamp set, sparkles, buttons, arrow photo clips, hollyhock twill ribbon, H chipboard letters.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Real baby animals & a card for the troops

We have been riding bikes every evening, and we have been passing this house with all of these baby animals. On Monday night I decided to bring my camera along and take some pictures. I will tell you the baby goats were full of energy and being very naughty!! The rooster was clearly in charge of all the animals, from the chickens, goats and even the horses.
I whipped out about 30 of these cards for the troops after I made the card from yesterdays post. If you would like to help with the cards for the troops, email me at kabrown63@hotmail.com for more information.
Supplies- All from Close to My Heart- White daisy CS, Desert sand ink, crystal blue ink, hollyhock ink, bamboo ink, September word puzzle stamp set.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Smile sketch card

Here is this weeks card for the CPS sketch. I wasn't a big fan of this color combo in the new CTMH catalog, until I made this card. I now LOVE it, does that surprise you? I think I learn to love every single thing CTMH comes out with.

Supplies from Close to My Heart-Desert Sand CS, Colonial White CS, Desert Sand ink, Crystal Blue ink, Hollyhock ink, Bamboo ink, hollyhock twill ribbon, September Word puzzle stamp set.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Garden Layout for the Album Contest

Here is a page from my Convention Album. I printed the pictures B&W, and then I just used chalk to add color to the veggies. No fancy computer program, just many layers of chalk!
Click the picture to make it larger.
**ETA** I did print the pictures at home on my hp printers. I have also done this with pictures that I have had developed by shutterfly.***

Monday, September 8, 2008

Birthday card & answers to your email questions

This is a really simple card, I think it took less than 5 minutes to make.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Chocolate CS, Pansy Purple Ink, Chocolate ink, pewter bitty brads, Celebration bouquet stamp set, edge distresser
Supplies from Paper trey ink-take a bough stamp set
To answer a few questions about my new table-
Yes, I did have it special made. (and it almost didn't fit through the door!)
The top cover is Formica in a stone color. On one side I added a sewing tape measure, so I can measure out ribbon for my classes.
It measures 60x30, and I am not sure what the measurements on the one from Pier 1 were.
I will try to post more pictures later of my whole room. (I really want to change it up to a pink cupcake, candy and very "girly" room, but until we find a new location for all of Charlie's Marine Corp stuff I am stuck with the flag theme.
Lastly, I am super excited, I got in to Karen Russell's photography class!! It filled up in 2 minutes. I was typing like a mad woman. I can hardly wait!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Table

It finally got painted and move in!! Yeah!! For those of you that know about Pier 1, this table is modeled after a table they use to carry. This one has be simplified down, and cost less than theirs. I LOVE it!!
Sorry for no post yesterday, I had my Open House this weekend. And then of course I had to finish cleaning and organizing for my new table!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Card Sketch for CPS

This weeks sketch from CPS was to choose a sketch from the past. This is the sketch that I chose. I chose it because I wanted to use my new Nestibilities that I got at Hobby Lobby. The card base is a coin envelope that folded in half and cut off the flap. This makes a cute little pocket in the back part of the card. I created this pull out tag for the pocket.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Indian Corn Blue CS, Indian Corn Blue Ink, Barn Red Ink, Olive Ink, Vineyard berry ink, Bamboo ink, chipboard ribbon slide, Thankful greetings booking set, pewter concho
Other-colonial white ribbon, nestibilities

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Butterfly Card #2

Like I said, I am on the Butterfly kick again. Funny thing about this card is when I showed it to Charlie and asked him what he thought it was, he wrinkled up his nose. So it either doesn't look anything like a butterfly or Charlie has zero imagination!
Moving on, I did get my table yesterday, problem is it needs to be painted. I could have swore that the builder and I discussed it being white, but he claims that he told me that he doesn't paint. Oh well, it's out in the shop, and I love it!!! When I got in from work last night I spent the rest of the night re-organizing my craft room and vacuuming. You would not believe the amount of dust bunnies, dog hair, brads and tiny scraps of paper that accumulated behind stuff. Yuck!
Supplies-All from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Honey CS, pattern paper from Silhouette, Black Ink, Honey Ink, Black buttons, black spirals, Western Flourishes stamp set, Be True Stamp set