Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Only 2?

This week the challenge on the CTMH Heart 2 Heart blog was to use 2 ribbons. Well that is as easy as it comes! Be sure to go by the Heart 2 Heart blog to look at all the design team and contestants entries.
Supplies from Close to My Heart
Dutch Blue Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
Pattern Paper from Everyday Celebration Kit
Chocolate ink
Dutch blue ink
Chocolate ribbon
Sweetleaf ribbon
Clear sparkles
Irresistibles chipboard die cuts
Dainty thoughts stamp set

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A single flower

What a sweet set of colors! This week Jennette Lynton picked one of my favorite color combos for her Color Me Monday Challenge. Be sure to go by her blog and look at all the wonderful projects she created.
I made a simple Mother's day card using a new stamp from the CTMH summer catalog that will be available on May 1st.
Supplies from Close to My Heart
Blush Cardstock
Vanilla cream cardstock
Patten paper from Jingle
Hollyhock ink
Olive ink
prisma glitter
Olive ribbon
Blush ink
In the month of May stamp set
Blush buttons
Desert Sand ink
vintage lace

Monday, April 26, 2010

Where did the time go?

I haven't even had time to step into the craft room for the past week-
but tonight I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
So I promise to be back later this week with some art. In the meantime, take a look at this photo I snapped last week right after a rain shower.
We were having some questionable weather and I went out in the back yard to look at the sky. I spotted this little guy flying around by the honeysuckle so I went back in the house filled up the feeders and grabbed my camera. I got this one after about 45 minutes of waiting!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Color Challenge-tweetie pie!

First let me say that I pulled out a piece of cardstock to make this card that I *thought* was Lilac mist, turns out I used Spring Iris instead.
I used the color combo from Jeanette Lyntons color me Monday challenge. I also loved that she use the little bird and bird cage stamp set so I also used that. To See her card and other projects visit her blog here.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Spring Iris cardstock
Desert Sand Cardstock
Colonial White cardstock
garden green cardstock
spring iris brad
outdoor denim ribbon
pattern paper from serendipity collection
outdoor denim ink
desert sand ink
desert sand marker
outdoor denim marker
lilac mist marker
love birds stamp set
nestiblites die cuts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Get Well Card

This week I know 2 ladies having surgery, and I had them in mind when I created this card for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week. The challenge was a sketch, you all know how much I love a sketch!
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
sweetleaf textured cardstock
hollyhock cardstock
white daisy cardstock
buttercup cardstock
versa mark ink
white daisy pigment ink
hollyhock ink
clear embossing powder
blush floss
buttercup photo clip
hollyhock brad
smiles stamp set
dainty thoughts stamp set
foam tape
die cuts by nestiblities
white lace

For the main image-
I first stamp the flower and stem in versa mark ink and added clear embossing powder. I then heated.
I used white daisy pigment ink to rub over the top of the cardstock and image. I used a piece of an old t-shirt to buff out the white ink. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Hollyhock and inked the edges with a sponge.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Groov'in in the garage

If you have the current (may/June) issue of Paper Crafts magazine(page 56)you know that they had a special section on Garage finds. This is a card I submitted for the call that didn't make it. I am not sure what those metal things are called (according to the man that lives her they are corner anchors for frames? I will just have to take his word for it) I really did find them in the garage!! (In the man that lives here stuff, but he doesn't know what they are called????)
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Colonial White Cardstock
Smokey Plum Cardstock
Pattern paper from Bella collection
creme brulee ink
smokey plum ink
paper flowers
pewter brads
foam tape
stamp from paper trey ink
metal things, nestiblities oval and scallop oval

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Go Lucky!

This week I have been working on my display board for the May Stamp of the Month. I really like this little journaling block with the Happy Go Lucky sentiment!
Supplies from Close to My Heart
Veranda pattern paper
cocoa ribbon
Vanilla cream cardstock
Juniper cardstock
Juniper ink
Cocoa ink
So Lucky stamp set
Cherish the moment stamp set

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Loss of Pet

One of my very best friends had to put her sweet Dixie dog(yes we both have a dog named Dixie) down because of Cancer this morning. She is so sad, and I can't even imagine how she feels.
I quickly made this card so I could get it off in the mail today. I also included the poem "Rainbow Bridge" for her. The thought of seeing a beloved pet again just warms my heart, and I hope it does the same for her.
Supplies from Close to my Heart-
Veranda Level 2 paper pack
chipboard heart
cocoa ink
cranberry ink
holiday red sparkle
pet stamp set from paper trey ink

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Color challenge & a little preview.

I am just moving right along with some challenges this week. I really do love doing them, especially color challenges. I always think that the colors don't go very well together, but then it always comes out so nice in the end.

Today I am give a try to Jeanette Lyntons color me Monday set. Be sure to go over to her blog and check out the great things she created.

I used 2 new products on today's card- the butterfly stamp (from the customer incentive stamp) and the sentiment (from the Cherry-o workshop stamp)
Also-the ribbon is from a birthday present that I saved.
Supplies from CTMH-Garnet cardstock, vanilla cream cardstock, garnet ink, twilight marker, pondarosa pine marker, pattern paper from Felicity collection, liquid glass, prisma glitter

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I failed....miserably!

There is a new CTMH Blog with challenges and I finally had time to play along! You can check out the blog Heart 2 Heart Challenges here.
Problem is, it was too hard for me! Well the one stamp part anyway! The challenge was to use 1 stamp image, 2 pattern papers and 3 embellishments. Me-I used 5 stamped images, what a rule breaker!
This card was inspired by this card over at Vicki's Blog
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Caboodle paper packet
Black cardstock
black staz on ink
buttercup marker
foam tape
candlelight stamp set
black buttons

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Birthday Blast!

This month I need several boy birthday day cards. I had this card in mind all month, and finally had time to get them made. I mark the page in the July/August 2009 Paper Crafts issue, because I love this card from my favorite blogger Tresa Black-be sure to check out her work if you haven't already.
Supplies from CTMH-
Desert Sand Textured Cardstock
Black cardstock
white cardstock
Pattern paper from Animal Cookie collection
Desert sand ink
Black ink
Black staz-on ink
Sans stamp set
reach for the stars stamp set
playful flourishes stamp set
dainty thoughts stamp set
foam tape
sanding kit
black rub-on letters

Monday, April 12, 2010

Time to Think of Mom!

Before we know it Mothers Day will be here! This is a card I made for a magazine project call.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Cocoa Cardstock
Colonial white cardstock
Assorted markers
Pattern paper from Unforgettable
cocoa ribbon
chocolate brads
cocoa ink
desert sand ink
you've got flair stamp set
Say it in style stamp set

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Some odd looking shoes!

Since I have started running, I have also been reading lots of running/sports type blogs. There is a lot of buzz about these shoes. You can find more info here
I am not 100% sold as of yet.
(In my mind it seems it would be like running with flippers on!)
If you have tried them, let me know

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cute Notes

I made this mini spiral as a birthday gift for a very special aunt-
supplies from Close to My Heart-
chocolate textured cardstock
colonial White cardstodck
pattern paper from jingle
chocolate ink
tulip ink
tulip glitter brad
foam tape
Spring time stamp set
chocolate ribbon
cranberry ribbon
colonial white ribbon
Springtime stamp set
mini spiral
cutting system

Thursday, April 8, 2010

bird card

As soon as I saw this card on the CTMH main website, I fell in love! I made so many of this card, some Christmas other Birthday and so on.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Creme brulee cardstock
Garden green cardstock
colonial white cardstock
pattern paper from Veranda
pattern paper from Veranda creative basics
olive ink
desert sand ink
creme brulee ink
crem brulee ribbon
journaling spots
juniper ink
foam squares
say it in style stamp set
Follow your heart stamp set
vintage book pages

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Book review-

I see lots of bloggers posting book reviews, so I thought I would give you mine-
I downloaded this to my Ipod, and listed to it while I ran. At some points I laughed out-loud while running!!!!

I found this book to be really entertaining, maybe because I was running and it took my mind off of how far I was going.
The story is about a washed up rock star who works as a college dorm administrator. She is really into becoming a Private investigator, and gets herself involved in murders/cases that are happening at the dorms.

A few times I found myself waiting outside my door to go inside so I could find out what happens.

I think this is the 2nd book in a series, but didn't realized it until now.

I will warn you, one of the very last chapters has some VERY fowl language.

I found it to be a very good read, or in my case listen!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Photo Holders

Happy Easter Everyone!
These photo holders are for my upcoming crafter fair. Really simple to make.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Pattern paper from Sweet Home
White ribbon
Indian Corn blue ink
felt photo slide
prisma glitter
glue dots
Embrace life stamp set

Supplies from Close to My Heart-
blush buttons
Tickled pink pattern paper
Jingle pattern paper
Animal pattern paper
cranberry button
desert sand ink
binder clip
vintage book
scallop punch

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fuzzy Caterpillar

One thing about spring and summer that I don't look forward to is the bugs. As cute as this fuzzy Caterpillar is, I don't like bugs that much. I tend to have bugs in my office (and lizards as well) that really "bug" me!

For this card I used an older sketch that I found on Tayor's blog. I used 2 different pattern papers from Close to My Heart and I think they go together really well!
Supplies from Close to my Heart-
Chocolate Textured cardstock
Hollyhock cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
pattern paper from you rock
pattern paper magic moments
hollyhock ink
olive ink
olive marker
olive waxy flax
felt circles
hollyhock ribbon
chocolate letters stamp
smiles stamp set
sanding kit
wiggle eyes

Thursday, April 1, 2010

5k Race

As promised, a few pictures from my 1st 5K race! The goal was to finish before the walkers, and I did! I finished the race in 37.50 minutes. That's not fast at all, but a best time for me!