Friday, July 31, 2009

I {heart} School

One of my favorite parts about going back to school was the school supply shopping. I loved it and to this day I love to shop at the office supply store. I think that office supplies are my second weakness behind craft supplies.... or maybe it sweets!!
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial white CS, New England Ivy CS, Black ink, New England Ivy ink, September word puzzle stamp set,paper leaf, cupcake sprinkles stamp set, liquid glass

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Zip-a-Dee-Doo Da...

This card was for one of my recent technique class on Embossing. It may be hard to tell, but the purple flowers are embossed.
Supplies from CTMH-Bella paper pack,
Treasured Life stamp set, olive ink, pansy purple embossing powder, white daisy ribbon, desert sand ink, embossing ink,

And Congrats to
OpenID gretam said...

Zip a dee doo da, Zip a dee day! Oh boy..that song is now stuck in my head! Love it though! Always a favorite of mine.

Email me your mailing address and I will send you the bluebird card right away!

And here is a little video treat for you--I hope this tune stays in your head all day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mister Bluebird on my shoulder....

This weeks color combo for Color Me Monday over at Jeanette Lyntons blog is all blue. Outdoor Denim, Heavenly Blue and Moonsturck. What could be more fitting than a bluebird.
The title of this post comes from a song, I think.
Do you know what it is?
1st person to leave a comment with the correct song title can will win this card.
Supplies from CTMH-Moonsturck CS, Heavenly Blue CS, Outdoor Denim CS, White Daisy CS, Outdoor denim ink, moonsturck ink, heavenly blue ink, liquid glass, prisma glitter, rhinestone, Western flourishes stamp set, bird basics stamp set, for every occasion stamp set, edge distresser, foam tape.
Be sure to go by Jeanette's Blog and check out her scrapbook pages.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Winner, Winner-Chicken Dinner!

Drum Roll Please.......

Here are your random numbers:

48 41 

Timestamp: 2009-07-28 13:04:33 UTC

The winner of the Product pack is

Emma said...

Thanks for such a great blog to inspire me and many others!!
I would like to see a trend form where there are more stamps/papers of a popart or comic book style.
That would be so cool.

The winner of the Handmade Planner is
Blogger Me and My Memories said...

That is awesome about all the hits, and I see why, your artwork is fabulous. I know people like getting their hands on paper, but digital is so much easier. I think that digital stamps and cutters are the biggest thing going now. And then just add the colors with the CTMH inks.

Congrats Ladies! Email me your mailing address and I will send your prizes right away! (

So now for my card for this weeks sketch at CPS. I am pretty sure my mojo was on vacation for this card. I really had this idea for really cool planets in my head, but it just didn't come out the way I wanted it to. I'm not sure that the ribbon and button is right either. It just looked really plain so I had to add something.

Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Pattern paper from Stardust, grey flannel CS,Moonstruck ink, grey wool ink, grey flannel ink, black ink, black marker, moonstuck marker, grey wool marker, olive marker, dutch blue button, sponge , Reach for the stars stamp set

Monday, July 27, 2009

Blog Give Away Reminder--

This is a reminder that tonight at Midnight is the deadline to enter the contest!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

75,000 Blog Hit Give Away!

So, I can't believe 75,000 hits made it here so quickly. It seems that not to long ago I was giving something away for 25,000 hits. I am giving 2 prizes away-1sts being the awesome set of goodies above. And 2nd the handmade planner at the bottom.To win-just leaving me a comment on this post answering this question-
"What do you think is the next big trend in papercrafting?"
1 comment per person please. Contest ends Monday night at Midnight central time. I will announced the winners on Tues. July 28th. (Winners will be drawn by random drawing.)

If you posted yesterday, there were some technical issues with the post and you will have to post again.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gear-up Birthday....

Headed to a birthday party this week at Chuckie-Cheese, a Transformers Birthday party. I created this card and matching tissue in honor of Transformers. (Closest I could get). I image that the tissue will be ripped from the bag by a 5 year old and swept away by the clean up crew, but I had fun making it.

Supplies from CTMH-Tinkerin Paper packet, Tinkerin stickease, clover meadow ink, sunflower ink, Tulip ink, grey wool ink, twilight ink, white daisy ribbon, Gear up stamp set, clover meadow brads, foam squares

Other-Tissue paper, sack

***75,000 Hit Give away tomorrow****

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thinking of You...Circle Style

The more I see circle cards the more I love them. This pattern is in the CTMH Wishes Book.

Supplies from CTMH-Unforgettable paper pack, sorbet ink, desert sand ink, cocoa ribbon, pewter brad, Tender Tags stamp set

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

3x3 Card Set and Template

Close to My Heart has a really cool feature--CTMH TV. This months episode-Sensational Simplicity-had the most wonderful Idea to use the gear up stamps as flowers. I created this set using that idea. I also created a holder for the 3x3 cards. Below you will find a printable template for the box.
Here is a side view of the box.

Supplies from CTMH-Tulip CS, Olive CS, White Daisy CS, Pansy Purple CS, Creme brulee CS, Olive ribbon, olive buttons, olive marker, creme brulee ink, pansy purple ink, Gear up stamp set

Other-cuttlebug die cut

Click the template for a larger view

If you have any trouble printing or saving the template, send me an email and I will send it to you as an attachment. My email is

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yeah for Repairs

My Internet service is working again! I was on the verge of going crazy which may mean that I rely on my computer way too much. I have heard of people who do a technology free week-no computer, cell phone or TV. No way could I handle it. No TV or phone would be OK with me. I rarely watch TV and I leave my phone at home 1/2 the time, but the computer, can't do it.
I rely on the computer at work and at home. Let's just say I need the Internet to function-like coffee!
This is my favorite set of colors thus far for the Color Me Monday Challenge. I can't wait to put them together on more projects.
Supplies from CTMH-Cranberry CS, Desert Sand CS, Colonial White CS, Cranberry ink, Desert Sand ink, Creme brulee ink, Sorbet ink, Creme brulee ribbon, Treasure Life stamp set, On my mind booking set

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sketch card

Well, I am still have Internet problems in the house, so who know if this will work. This my card for the CPS Sketch this week. I just love all them images on the July SOTM from CTMH, most of all this one.
Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Sorbet CS, Tulip CS, Tulip ink, Juniper ink, Juniper marker, Tulip marker, creme brulee marker, Key to My heart pattern paper, foam squares, Tulip felt scallops, You've got flair stamp set, Say it with style stamp set, tulip brad

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Let's Do Lunch!

This cute basket is a template from All I did was add the scoring and distressing to make it look like a picnic basket!

My internet is really acting up today, so I going to skip the details.... I will add them later. If you have a question, leave me a comment and I will try to answer it.

Looks like I am getting close to 75000 hits, so look for a contest/prize next weekend.
And I have a new project with a template that I will be finishing up this weekend So Look for that soon too.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wow...So many colors!

When I first saw this combo, I thought no way am I going to be able to get all of those colors on one card. As all of you are aware, I am a 3 color kinda girl!
It wasn't as hard as I thought. I used a design detail for the flower from Karen Pedersen. I just loved her flower on this card, and tried to re-create it.
Go by and check out the rest of the entries for this challenge over at
Supplies from CTMH-Tulip CS, Whtie Daisy CS, Sweetleaf CS, Goldrush CS, Tulip ink, Goldrush in, Lilac mist ink, sweetleaf ink, buttercup ink, buttercup button, olive marker, dainty thoughts stamp set, cottage floral stamp set, white floss, sanding kit, foam squares
Other-yellow rickrack

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Purple Hibiscus?

Early last week I was working on a up-coming class, you can see it here, on tropical cards. I had several scrap pieces left on my table, and I decided to make this quick card.
I love this hibiscus stamp set from CTMH, most likely because I love hibiscus! My favorite are the yellow. This card has a purple hibiscus on (because the person I made it for loves purple) but I don't think I have ever seen hibiscus in purple.
What is your favorite color of hibiscus?
Supplies from CTMH-Cranberry CS, pattern paper from Moon Doggie, Extreme happiness stamp set, cranberry ink, bamboo ink, creme brulee ink, pansy purple ink, crochet ribbon, foam squares,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The great Outdoors

The great outdoors, after last weeks record heat around here, I could go for a little snow..... just kidding! A cool front would be good though!

This set of card is from a past class using the Originals book from CTMH.

Supplies from CTMH-Back Country Level 2 paper pack, hemp, outdoor denim buttons, Garden green ink, outdoor denim ink, desert sand ink, olive buttons, photo hanger, brads, foam squares, Campin fever stamp set.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Color me Monday--shaped card

Recently I came accross a card shaped like this. I'm sure the original designer used some sort of die cut to create theirs, because it was perfect. I don't have a die cut, or even a shape like this, so I created my own.

Below you will see the template. To make this I used a piece of 3x6 scrap and folded it in half both directions. I then free handed with a pencil the shape on one of the 4 sections. I then cut that section and the folded an traced it to the other sections, and so on. I hope that makes sense?

This is my card for the Color Me Monday combo over at Jeanette Lyntons blog. Be sure to go check it out, because she has a really cute circle card.

Supplies from CTMH-Grey wool CS, White Daisy CS, Key Lime CS, Hollyhock ink, grey wool ink, baby pink ink, hollyhock ribbon, paper flowers, Tender tags stamp set, Comments stamp set, foam squares

Other-pearl jewels

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thinking of You Sketch Card

This is my card for this weeks Sketch over at CPS. If I could change one thing I think I would make the button creme brulee colored instead of the tulip.
But, I like it as it is for now.

Supplies from CTMH-Tulip CS, Blush CS, Creme Brulee CS, Tulip ink, Creme Brulee ink, Blush ink, Tulip floss, paper flower, die cut borders, clear button, Dainty thoughts stamp set, sanding block

A few bushes and a tree were cut down in the back yard. This is really playing havoc on my photography locations. This guy is going to have to serve as my new place for awhile, at least till I can find a new location.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

For You Card Set

I have lots of the Serendipity paper left, and I don't think I will be using it up anytime soon.
I just love this blog and how she is always using clothespins.
(the card holder is from a template I found on the Internet a very long time ago. I thought the link was on the print out that I saved, but I was mistaken. If anyone know where this pattern is on the Internet, post a link in the comments.)
Supplies from CTMH-Bamboo CS, Colonial White CS, Outdoor denim CS, Serendipity pattern paper and die cuts, hemp, sparkles, outdoor denim button, rubons, sanding kit outdoor denim ink, Serendipity stamp set, for every occasion stamp set.

Have a great weekend, and if you like us and having record heat--Drink lots of water!

Friday, July 10, 2009

paint chips and note pads

I had a really great day yesterday,
we had an electrician at our house and while he was here, he installed 4 new lights in my craft room. Who knew I was working in the dark? I can't believe that I have been using such poor light for so long. Yeah for Lights!

I had been considering repainting my bathroom recently, and had these paint chips laying on the counter. I was holding the over the trash can about to toss them, when I thought I might could use them on a card.
Instead I recycled them into post a note holders.
Supplies from CTMH-Die cut flowers, buttercup my accents, twilight brad, desert sand ink
other-paint chip, staples, post it note, tissue paper

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mini Clipboards

This project was inspired by this video (note: I watch way to much You Tube!!). I am not sure this picture does these justice, but they are super cute in person.
Supplies from CTMH-Animal Cookies paper, white ribbon, Sunflower ink, Honey ink, chalk, black marker, chipboard, It's a Zoo stamp set
Other-notepad, binder clip.

I didn't have any of the coasters, so I used CTMH Chipboard for the base and it worked just great!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Picnic Basket of Flowers

I just had to have this stamp set from Papertrey ink with this months release. I just loved the idea of all those items in a picnic basket.

I really need to find time to go on a picnic, I can't think of the last time I was on a picnic.

Supplies from CTMH-Colonial White CS, Tulip CS, pattern paper from Key to my Heart, creme brulee ribbon, black ink, blending pen, juniper ink, creme brulee ink, tulip marker, sorbet ink, colored pencils

Other-Vintage Picnic

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Make a Wish...

I had the hardest time with this color combo. I think it was the green, just too bold for me. The 1st card I made just might have been the worst card I have ever made. I once read on Kathi's Blog about "card surgery" and I gave the 1st card a reconstructive surgery and came up with this.
Be sure to go by Jeanette Lynton's Blog and check out all of her artwork for Color me Monday.

Monday, July 6, 2009

CPS Sketch

I wanted to make sure I posted a card this Monday following along with my schedule for CPS. I got home from my trip around 2, and by 6:30 I had all the trip stuff put away and the last load of laundry in the wash. I needed a birthday card for this week. This sketch for CPS this week works perfect.
Supplies from CTMH-Sarsaparilla pattern paper, barn red CS, Black CS, Colonial white CS, desert sand CS, desert sand ink, black ink, silver ink, Yeehaw stamp set, genuine country stamp set, piecing tool, edge distresser, stipple brush

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Gum Treats & a template to use!

I saw this post a few weeks ago, and when I was at the store I picked up some gum to give it a try. I was surprised at how much this gum cost when you break it down and decided to cut them in half to save cost. (I plan on doing this at my next open house and I need the project to be affordable) Now I didn't shop around for the gum, so there may be better pricing out there. (I am thinking Sam's or the Dollar Tree).
I created a quick template, and it's here for you to use on your own project!
Just click the template to make it larger. If you have any trouble saving or printing it email me and I will reply with an attachment. (remember I am out of town, so I will email next week)

Supplies from CTMH-Sorbet CS, Cocoa CS, Colonial White CS, Cocoa ink, Garden Green ink, foam squares, Tree tops stamp set, True happiness stamp set, Confidential stamp set
Other-Gum, tacky tape

Friday, July 3, 2009

Auto-bots, Lets Roll!

I remember my little cousins saying that when we were younger. Transformers is not a new thing to lots of us. I also remember there was a cartoon as well with a catchy theme song!

A group of us are getting together to go see the new Transformers movie. I thought it would be fun to bring everyone a "transformer snack". I don't have any robot or transformer stamps, but I did have these gears from the CTMH Tinkerin Line.

And just in case you are wondering, Peanut butter-Strawberry M&M's are yummy!

Supplies from CTMH-Sunny yellow CS, pattern paper from Tinkerin, Tinkerin Stickease, white daisy ribbon, foam squares


Thursday, July 2, 2009

just because

I am on out of town this week, so the rest of the posts this week are scheduled. I will answer any questions when I get home.

Supplies from CTMH-Crystal Blue CS, White Daisy CS, Blush CS, Blush ink, Crystal blue ink, sweetleaf ink, sweetleaf ribbon, white daisy mini medley, sparkles, tickled pink stamp set, tickled pink die cut, foam squares, white daisy floss, say it in style stamp set, sanding kit

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Life is good!

I am really enjoying my summer, it seems to be going by really quickly. I have visited a couple of friends, been to see family and just hanging out at home. I am thankful my garden is growing good, the AC in my office works most of the time and I finally found a sun tea jug that doesn't leak. Life is good!

Supplies from CTMH-Crystal blue ink, grey ink, desert sand ink, colonial white CS, grey CS, crystal blue CS, desert sand CS, sculpting foam, simple stitches stamp set, foam squares

from Papertrey ink-A day at the beach stamp set