Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dress form

Are you enjoying the Find your style stamp? I know that I have been!

{Dress form Card Supplies}

Cardstock: Juniper, Colonial White (Close to my heart)

Pattern Paper: Wings (Close to my Heart)

Ink: Juniper, Black (Close to My Heart)

Stamps: Find your style (Close to My Heart)

Embellishments: Black ribbon, black button, colonial white floss, pin, foam tape (Close to my Heart)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Beautiful Butterfly

Another card from the Find your Style stamp. This stamp will be available in January 2011.
{Beautiful Butterfly Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Vineyard berry, Black, Colonial white (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Wings (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Find your Style (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Vineyard berry, Black (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Black button, colonial white floss, black ribbon, black half back pearls, prisma glitter, juniper pleated ribbon, foam tape (Close to My Heart)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Get ready-I have been making lots of projects!

Did you miss me? I sure missed you, but I sure did need a break! I am caught up for now, but soon I will need to start preparing for the new CTMH catalog release! Do to some changes at CTMH the new catalog/idea book and products wont be released until February, in the meantime January is full of great NEW products! One of my favorite is the January Stamp of the Month-Find your style. I love dress forms, they seem to be popular right now and this stamp has one!
I have lots of great project lined out for you-some with this stamp, some other new ones and some great Valentine's projects!
{Love Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Vineyard berry, Black, Colonial White (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Wings (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Find your Style (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Black, Vineyard berry (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Vineyard berry ribbon, black floss (Close to My Heart) White button (vintage)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Around my House

I started my Christmas vacation today! I don't have to go back to work till next year! I slept late this morning, read the paper and had my coffee in a non-rushed mode! I thought I would show you a few things around my house today. The temp outside is already 68, and it should get up to almost 80 today which makes it hard to get into the Christmas spirit, but you would never know inside!
Over the years we have collected pencil Santa's from around the world as well as one for every year. I love getting them out each year and looking at all the little details. There are so many of them, some have to be on the lower part of the fireplace.
Here are the yearly collection-starting in 2002.

One of my very favorites is the American Santa.

And here is 2010 Santa.

The Christmas tree this year has ornaments from childhood up to now.

This one has 1983 on the back and is made from a mason jar lid. I love the vintage image in it, and can't believe how well the glitter has held up through the years.

I also have a collection of Children's Christmas books that I like to get out every year.

A favorite is the terra cotta Nativity scene.

And of course the Christmas Salt and Pepper Shakers-some day I will show all of that collection.

I have one set of glass cabinets in the kitchen, and this year I added my grandmothers Santa pitcher and cups. They are all chipped and the paint is worn off, but that because she let us play with them when we were little.

This tree is in the kitchen as well, and I call it the silver tree. My sister works for Hallmark, and so I have lots of Hallmark goodies, including this Christmas village from last year-they light up and play music!

Not sure if I will be back before Christmas, if not--Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy this blessed season!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

I made a really yummy treat today--I like to think that it is healthy, you know, cause it has nuts and cranberries in it. ;) That's just how I justify eating my fair share!

Cranberry Pistachio Bark
1 cup of dried sweetened cranberries
1 cup of chopped pistachios (beware these little nuts are expensive)
18 oz of white chocolate morsels (that's about a bag and a half)
Mix the cranberries and the nuts in a bowl and set aside. Heat the chocolate in double boiler over medium heat. Once all of the chocolate is melted add 1/2 of the cranberries and nuts. Pour in a foil lined baking sheet (I also spray lightly with cooking spray) and smooth out. Sprinkle the remaining cranberries and nuts over the top and press lightly with a rubber spoon. Let cool and then break into pieces.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday Ustream Show

I can't seem to think of anything to do on Sunday-if you have a suggestion please leave a comment or send me an email.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Be back soon-

Nothings wrong, I just have a ton of things to get done, and the ol' blog is going to have to take a back seat for a bit. I will still be posting some things and I will for sure be doing my shows on Sundays, but I am way behind on things and need a week or so to get caught up.
Unless of course someone wants to come over and do the laundry, clean the house, wrap all the Christmas presents, get all the Christmas cards out, bake, Clean the scrap room, finish Christmas shopping, do the grocery shopping, cook............................

Sunday, December 12, 2010

You are one of a Kind

If you missed the show today, no problem, you can watch the recording here. Learn how to wet stamp and get the wonderful effect on this card.
{You are One of a Kind card Supplies}
Cardstock: Garden Green, Colonial White, barn Red Textured (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Ice Crystals, Holiday Trinkets (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Cocoa, Desert Sand, Barn Red (Close to My Heart)
Other: hemp, rhinestone (Close to My Heart) circle punches, hole punch (other)

Watch Me Live today at 2pm

Join me today - Learn all about wet stamping
Location: My Usteam Channel
Use the link above and RSVP!!
Time: 2pm Central (12 pacific, 1 pm mountain, 2 pm central, 3 pm eastern)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Easy Gifts

My next door neighbor is from Mexico, and on his last visit I asked him to bring me some Vanilla back-I sent him with $20 and told him to bring back as much as he could. Turns out in Mexico $20 goes a long way. I got these cute bottles at World Market and then added some paper and ribbon to dress them up. (NOTE: I still have Vanilla left....... it only took 2 jugs of Vanilla to fill up these 5 glass bottles)

And catch me live Sunday at 2 pm central time. I will be showing you how to Wet Stamp!
Location: My Usteam Channel
Use the link above and RSVP!!
Time: 2pm Central (12 pacific, 1 pm mountain, 2 pm central, 3 pm eastern)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas brings Joy to our Hearts

This is my card for this weeks color Challenge over at Jeanette Lyntons blog-be sure to see all the pretty things she created. I used a great technique taught by Tresa Black to make those cute little berries on the branch. Head over to here blog to see that.
I will also be using this color combo for my Ustream class on Sunday! Be sure to tune in!

{Christmas brings Joy Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Colonial White, Garden Green , Barn Red Textured (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Cocoa, barn red, olive, Garden Green (close to My Heart) Barn Red re-inker (Close to My Heart)
Stamps-Adorn-ables, Peace on Earth (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: bitty sparkles, silver ribbon, sanding kit (Close to My Heart_

Join me this Sunday at 2 pm Central time-I will be teaching you Wet Stamping!
Ustream Channel

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Little Snowman Tags

Two things have really sparked my interest lately-tags and what can I cut with my new Cricut? Tags, I can cut tags!! Also take a look at that snow-the top layer is a piece of the foam mat that comes with a CTMH stamps. How fun is that?

Below you can see the image that I used for the snow man-I cut him from the Happy Holidays stamp set and then colored his hat with a grey maker. These are so quick and easy!
{Little Snowman Tag supplies}
Cardstock: Desert Sand, White Daisy (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Chocolate, desert sand, white daisy, grey wool marker (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Comments,Happy Holidays, In the month of Jan., tag the occasion(Close to My Heart)
other-foam pad , cricut machine and white ribbon

And Catch me Live this Sunday at 2pm Central time. I will be showing you a technique of wet stamping- Ustream Channel

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Red Bird Card

This is a really bad picture, but the card is too sweet not to share. I enjoy adding things from the yard to my cards-this card has a tiny branch on it. Its modeled after one of my own cards, you can see that here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Planner

This is a project that I made over the summer for a Magazine submission, it didn't make it, but I still thinks cute and useful. I took a paper flower and cut it apart and turned the petals the opposite direction to create the poinsettia flower.
{Holiday Planner Supplies}
Cardstock: Cranberry, Pondarosa Pine, Colonial White (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Christmas Sheet music (vintage)
Ink: Pondarosa Pine, cranberry, Desert Sand (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Stocking Style (close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Colonial White button, paper flower, sanding kit (Close to My Heart) paper crimper (other)

Monday, December 6, 2010

A reindeer and a wreath

For this card I used some vintage Christmas Sheet Music and stamped over it with some cranberry flourishes-I really like how it frames the focal point. That sweet little dear is popped up on foam dots to accommodate the wreath. I created the wreath with a scrap of Christmas twig from Michael's. I just bent it in a circle and hot glued it together.

{Reindeer Card Supplies}
Cardstock:Chocolate (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper:Mistletoe (Close to My Heart) Christmas Sheet Music (vintage)
Ink: Cranberry, Chocolate (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Thriller (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Cranberry ribbon, felt deer, red sparkles, foam tape (Close to My Heart) Christmas twig (Michael's)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fabric Strip Card

If you missed the live show, you can watch the recording here.
Don't be afarid to add a little scrap of fabric to your card-it will add the perfect touch. Below you will also see the card that I showed in the video with the fabric flower. I used a metal die cut from Papertrey ink to cut out the flower. I use a scrap for the pull on the tag and some glitter glue in the heart.
{Happy Birthday Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Twilight Textured, Colonial White, Chocolate, Olive (Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Party Pennant, A Posey (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Chocolate, Twilight, Olive (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: foam tape, chocolate ribbon, green sparkles (Close to My Heart) fabric (other)

{Follow your Heart Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Twilight Textured, Colonial White, Olive(Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Jingle (Close to My Heart)

Stamps: In the month of February (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Chocolate, Twilight(Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: felt leaf, cocoa button, crystal blue waxy flax, circle punch, glitter glue(Close to My Heart) fabric, flower die cut (other)

Join Me Live Today! 2pm Central time

And Catch me Live Today at 2 pm-I will be making a card with fabric
Location: My Usteam Channel
Use the link above and RSVP!!
Time: 2pm Central (12 pacific, 1 pm mountain, 2 pm central, 3 pm eastern)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Joy to the World

I am well on my way to being finished with my Christmas Cards-just a few more left. Here is a quick one that I made over the weekend. I paired some desert sand cardstock with the bright colors of the jingle paper.
{Joy to the World Card Supplies}
Cardstock: Olive, White Daisy, Desert Sand (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Jingle (Close to My Heart)
Ink: White Daisy, desert sand(Close to My Heart)
Stamps: Peace on Earth, In the Month of January (Close to My heart)
Embellishments: felt tree, glitter brads (Close to My Heart) red twine (Martha Stewart)

Join me live this Sunday-as I make a card using Fabric
Location: My Usteam Channel
Use the link above and RSVP!!
Time: 2pm Central (12 pacific, 1 pm mountain, 2 pm central, 3 pm eastern)

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Peppermint & Live show preview

There is nothing better with peppermint than chocolate-these sweet little treats combine both of those 2 flavors! These are so simple and quick to make-I got the idea and directions from this video. I used my new Cricut to cut the labels-I think I am going to love this machine!
{Chocolate Treat Holder Supplies}
Cardstock: Olive, Garden Green, Cranberry, Colonial White (Close to My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Mistletoe (Close to My heart)
Stamps: Holiday Hoopla, Thoughtful Season (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Chocolate, Cranberry, Olive (Close to My Heart)
Embellishments: Chocolate candy, tulle, cricut machine and cartridge (other)

The time is back to 2pm****
Join me Sunday as I make a card using Fabric
Location: My Usteam Channel
Use the link above and RSVP!!
Time: 2pm Central (12 pacific, 1 pm mountain, 2 pm central, 3 pm eastern)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ledger Paper, Christmas Sheet Music and Fabric

At the end of my last online class I asked if anyone had any ideas for my next show, a suggestion was made to use fabric--I pulled out some scraps and started working. You will have to watch on Sunday to see what else I came up with, but for today I wanted to show you some fun Christmas tags and a little gift sack to put them in.
We all have those people we will be seeing just once before Christmas like the hair dresser or the dry cleaner that we need a simple little gift for-this is just it! A few tags packaged up that can be used for Christmas gifts or on a quick card.
Below you can see the packaging-I used a piece of chipboard covered with ledger paper and a few stamps. I then stuck the chipboard down into a glassine bag from my etsy store that I cut in half and punched a half circle out of. I decorated the bag with a piece of juniper cardstock and a scrap of fabric that I tore into strips.

I used a scallop punch and a hole punch to make a cute tag for the front of the bag (I hung it with a fishing lure and it can be removed and used as an additional Christmas tag!)

Below you can see each of the tags that are tucked inside of the packaging! That snowflake is a sticker that I picked up at Michael's in the dollar section.

Here I sewed on a scrap of fabric using the sewing machine and then fringed the edges to give it a vintage feel.

These super cute mittens are glitter rub-ons from Close to My Heart and of course paper ruffles add the perfect element to the tag.

One more glitter rub one and a scrap of fabric add the cutest element to this tag.

I used the color combo from Jeanette Lyton this week, be sure to stop by and see what she has made-all great projects. I hope my hair dresser likes this project!