Monday, May 31, 2010

Reader's Choice Color Combo #2

Happy Memorial Day everyone!
I am really enjoying my 3 day weekend end. Today I am headed to the movies to see Sex in the City 2-I hope it's good! I never watched the show on TV, but I did see the other movie and my sister is here and she is a big fan so I am going along.
This is my card for the Color Challenge at Kwernerdesigns blog. There are already some great cards, so go check it out.
Supplies from Close to My Heart
Indian Corn Blue Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Heavenly Blue ink
Indian Corn Blue ink
Sunny Yellow ink
Olive ink
Petal ink
Sanding kit
foam tape
desert sand marker
Over the Rainbow stamp set
yellow ribbon

Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Grandfathers-

both served in the Army-and came home safely. I am lucky to have know both of them.
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sweet little tags & Labels (Kits for sale)

Are these little tags not the cutest thing? I think the distressing gives them such a vintage look, and that's just what I am calling them for my Kit that will be for sale in my Etsy Shop.
Vintage Tag Sweet Treats Gift Tags.
(I will have them in my store shortly)

I made some really yummy candy for someone who is in the hospital having double hip replacement. Although I don't think they have much of an appetite right now, it's always great to feed the nurses so they keep you well taken care of.

Below you will see that I packaged it up in a couple of different ways-in a brown bag and glassine bag with a close pin closure.
Both times I stamped the dotted square from the Tasty treats right on the bag (when you stamp on the glassine bag you need to let it dry or use a craft heater to dry it.)
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Colonial White Cardstock
Cocoa Ink
Blush ink
Bamboo ink
Desert Sand ink
Blush ribbon
foam tape
blush ric-rac
Assorted markers
flowers and pearls
brown bag
glassine bag
tags and index cards

Recipe for the yummy treats-
Salted Pecan & Heath Bar Squares
* 12 graham crackers
* 6 Heath bar candy bars
* 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
* 3/4 cup chocolate chips
* 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place graham crackers in a single layer on sheet. Sprinkle candy bars (chopped) and pecans over graham crackers.
2. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and butter to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and cook at a rapid simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Immediately pour over graham crackers. Bake until sugar topping is bubbling, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate and salt over graham crackers. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sing Notebook-H2H8 challenge

This week the challenge at the Heart 2 Heart blog was to create your own pattern paper or background.
I started out by pulling out a few random stamps and decided to use all of them together.
I chose to decorate a 7x7.5" spiral notebook that I picked up at the dollar tree several months ago.
The original cover was the other direction(with the spiral on the side) but when I decided to add the hanging trim I turned it the other direction. Lucky for me there are no lines in this spiral.
I added a plastic bird tag that I covered with paper, a feather and some more of that vintage music paper.
(I see a pattern here, birds and sheet music???)

Supplies from Close to My Heart-
White Daisy Cardstock
Ocean Cardstock
Inks-Bamboo, chocolate, watermelon, ocean, orange, citrus leaf and blush
Ribbon-White daisy, baby pink, chocolate and citrus leaf
Orange thread
sticker letters
Clear Stamps-With Love, Serendipity, Smiles,Treasure life, caboodle workshop on the go stamp.
foam tape
Pink ribbon
pipe cleaners
bird tag
green beaded trim

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

d.a.d card and bookmark

I have been working on so many things. Some I can't show you for awhile, other just need a few finishing touches. I do have this really easy card for DAD that has a detachable bookmark-I just used a perforation tool to score the bookmark, so when dad is ready to use it all he has to do is take it off.
Supplies from Close to My Heart
Barn Red Cardstock
Twilight Textured Cardstock
Sweetleaf cardstock
olive ink
twilight brad
sweetleaf brad
cocoa brad
cocoa ribbon
chipboard letters
Dream Big stamp set
sanding kit
large eyelet

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pocket Bowl

Awhile back there were lots of blog posts of this really cute card that was a flower pot and flowers, the flowers pulled out and made a kind of "tag" for the card. Here are the directions for the flower pot. Although I really wanted to make one, I never got around to it. When I saw the cute stamp from Close to My Heart called You're Sweet I thought of that flower pot card and wanted come up with the same concept using the fruit and a bowl.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
White Daisy Cardstock
Indian corn blue cardstock
white ribbon
white ric-rac
chocolate ink
holiday red ink
olive ink

foam tape
You're sweet stamp set
Bowl full of cherries stamp set
tacky tape

Here is a second card using the apples in the bowl.

And below you will find some simple directions for creating the pocket using the circle format.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Heart 2 Heart-Birthday Wishes!

I told you this week was full of color combos! This one happens to be my favorite of all. These are the colors for this weeks challenge at the Heart 2 Heart blog.
AND...I must have been on a roll I used a total of 6 stamps for this card!!
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Desert Sand Textured cardstock
Ocean texture cardstock
Colonial white cardstock
Ocean ink
Topiary ink
Desert sand ink
Topiary marker
foam tape
Topiary brads
bitty sparkles
A tweet stamp set
treasure life stamp set
tickled pink stamp set
spot on background stamp set
From me to you stamp set
dainty thoughts stamp set
other-scallop punch, vintage sheet music

If you notice I used some sheet music on this card, I found 2 books of music at the goodwill store a while back. One Christmas and one assorted, they were $1.00 each---what a find!!
This card was inspired by this card.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Color Me Monday-With Love

Here is my card for this week's Color me Monday challenge at Jeanette Lyntons blog. To see all her wonderful creations click here.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Brown bag cardstock
Barn red Cardstock
Indian corn Blue cardstock
Brown bag ink
Indian corn blue ink
barn red ink
barn red ribbon
gold brads
foam tape
A tweet stamp set
A love stamp set
Everyday journey stamp set

Brown bag is one of those colors I very rarely use, but I just LOVED it for distressing. You will be see more of it!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Color Inspiration Combo#1

Be sure to check below to see if you were the winner of my 5 year anniversary prize!!!

This week is all about color challenges!! Today I am doing the Readers choice color combo from kwernerdesign's blog. There are so many wonderful entries--go take a look! These flower stickers have been hanging around for awhile, I know my mom gave them to me, but I don't know who makes them.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Grey wool cardstock
heavenly blue cardstock
white daisy ribbon
grey wool ink
white daisy pigment ink
Code it stamp set
nestiblites die cut
3-d stickers

Winner!! (5year prize)

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May 19, 2010 7:08 AM

Email me your mailing address and I will send out your prizes!! (

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

5 Years-

Today is my 5 year Anniversary with CTMH-

I am so thankful that I choose to join Close to My Heart, a lot of great things have come from CTMH.

I have made one of the best friends I have every had.

I have met some of the best people.

I have created winning artwork and artwork worthy of being published in a national magazine.

I get to share my ideas and passions with the best customers in world.

I have traveled to place that I might not otherwise have gone.

I look forward to many more years with CTMH!!

So I thought in honor of 5 years I should give a prize away! To enter just leave a comment and I will use random org to choose a winner in the morning.(Comments must be left by 11:59 central time tonight. And I will pick the winner in the morning.)

Here's what you will get if you win-

Topstitch Level 2 paper pack

Flower pot stamp set

mini note pad

My creations display album

Handmade mini envelope album

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just be you

What a fun set of correspondence cards! Simple and easy. I cut the shape of the cards out with my nestiblites and cuttlebug, added some pattern paper, glitter glue and wrapped them up in a cute little craft colored box.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
White Daisy Cardstock
You rock pattern paper
outdoor denim ribbon
outdoor denim ink
glitter glue
Just be you stamp set
craft box from uline
nestiblities die cut

Monday, May 17, 2010


This is my 2nd post for today, be sure to scroll down and see my graduation card.

Random. org picked number 4

Anonymous said...these are very cute..

Bettye May 16, 2010 6:49 PM

Congrats to Bettye-email me your mailing address and I will send your cards out right away!

One more gradutation

The current CTMH stamp of the month has this wonderful image/journaling spot that includes the word graduation. All I did was add a tiny little bling to the square and it's a perfect graduation card.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Tickled pink paper set
Twilight ribbon
White Daisy Cardstock
Twilight ribbon
crochet flower
twilight brads (corduroy and metal)
clear sparkles
Cherish the moments stamp set

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Technique video-Plastic wrap and ink

As promised, I have created a quick video to show you how to do this back ground.

And leave me a comment and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner to win all 4 of these cards!!
Contest ends tonight at 11:59 pm (central time)

Friday, May 14, 2010

May is the month for graduates....

As May comes to a close we are all in need of graduation cards. This week I used Jeanette Lyntons color combo to create just that.
Be sure to head over to her blog to see
all the great things she made with this color combo.
Supplies fro Close to My Heart-
Twilight Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock
Heavenly blue cardstock
pattern paper from Splendor
Chocolate ribbon
paper flower
chocolate ink
twilight ink
Happy Holidays stamp set
Follow your dreams stamp set
fiskars punch
maya road envelope

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Have a Happy Birthday-

I made this card for no reason at all, and I don't do that very often. I think its really cute.
Supplies from CTMH-
Chocolate Textured Cardsock
Colonial White Cardstock
Twilight Cardsock
Sweetleaf cardstock
Pattern paper from Twitter patted
Twilight ink
Chocolate ink
sweetleaf ink
foam tape
bitty sparkles
In the month of June stamp set
A little everything stamp set

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Re-inkers & Plastic warp

ETA:I have an inbox full of qustions about this technique, I will try to post a video or picture tutorial this weekend for those of you wanting to know how to do it.

This week at the Heart 2 Heart blog the challenge was to make something using a technique. I had read about a project using spray mist and plastic wrap thought I would give it a try. Who know if this is what it was to look like when finished (never could find where I read about it). When I saw my results I immediately thought of alligator skin and this cute new stamp from Close to My Heart called "Your Great".
For this technique I used a piece of glossy cardstock and dropped some re-inkers randomly on the glossy cardstock(2 different colors). Next I laid the plastic wrap over the top and blended the ink. Then I left it to dry for a hour or so. I colored the alligator image with watercolor pencils and blending pen
Supplies from CTMH
Topiary cardstock
colonial white cardstock
Twilight cardstock
Twilight re-inker
Topiary re-inker
Topiary ink
Twilight ink
Clover meadow watercolor pencil
blending pen
topiary button
crochet ribbon
crystal blue waxy flax
Your great stamp set
Plastic wrap

I also used this sketch from the Paper Crafts Go To Sketches magazine.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Glitter Clouds-

I was finishing up a very special project last week that I can't show you just yet, using some felt pieces. Once again this little felt arrow ended up on my desk pointing up and I thought "that would make a cute little house". And then I got this idea to use it with the cute cloud paper from CTMH Splendor pack. It might be hard to tell, but I used some glitter on the clouds and they are super shinny!
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
White Daisy Cardstock
Goldrush cardstock
pattern paper from Splendor
Heavenly blue cardstock
Heavenly blue ink
felt arrow
white bitty brad
edge distresser
chocolate cardstock
glue pen
Over the rainbow stamp set

Monday, May 10, 2010

Served with Love-

I am totally in love with this cute little apron from the In the month of May stamp set from CTMH. I did a little paper piecing to created the multi colored apron and then trimmed it out.
Supplies from CTMH-
Cherry-o paper pack
Tulip ink
sweetleaf ink
chocolate ink
heavenly blue ink
foam tape
chocolate ribbon
In the month of may stamp set
Tasty treats stamp set

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cute little Butterfly

This week Jeanette Lynton posted a wonderful set of colors for the color me Monday challenge. I am enjoying all my New Supplies from Close to my heart starting with these chipboard shapes and butterfly stamp.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Olive Cardstock
Olive ink
Vineyard berry ink
Cocoa ink
shape chipboard
Chocolate rub-ons
pewter brads
cocoa ribbon
pattern paper from caboodle
pewter spirals
corner rounder
foam tape
A flutter stamp set
vintage book page

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tea Time!

Close to My Heart has this cute little stamp set called Bowl full of cherries that come in the Cherry-o workshop on the go kit. I had cut out a bowl, and set a side to do something else. When I came back to it --it had a piece of scrap trash next to it that made it look like a cup! So I decided to create tea cup with the bowl stamp!
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
Cherry-O paper pack
tulip ink
chocolate ink
chocolate waxy flax
foam tape
sans alphabet stamp set
delight in everything stamp set
bowl full of cherries stamp set
tulip ribbon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

For You Mother

This week over at the Heart 2 Heart blog the challenge was to create a Mother's Day Card. I really had been wanting to use my new "Hit the Spot" Stamp set from Close to My Heart that I just had to pull it out for this card. To get the multi colored dots I just stamped the circles in grey ink (to help with the bleeding) and then used the water brush to fill them in.
I was inspired for this card by this ribbon that came off a gift not too long ago.
Supplies from Close to My Heart-
colonial white cardstock
petal ink
sweetleaf ink
twilight ink
crystal blue waxy flax
clear button
say it in style stamp set
A posey stamp set
hit the spot stamp set

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Around here we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a big bag of chips and hot sauce!! I hope you enjoy your day!
Supplies from CTMH-
Pattern paper from Splendor
Holiday red cardstock
white cardstock
Topiary cardstock
white ribbon
white brads
Topiary ink
honey ink
Holiday red marker
Topiary marker
foam tape