Monday, October 12, 2009

Make It Count

A very good friend of mine lost her mother this last month. She had been sick for quite a while. It's still never easy. This is her stamp set (Make It Count) and she asked me to create something with it. She made the comment that this set sort of reminds her of her mom. This is what I came up with.

The stamp pad colors are black and desert sand. On the tag and the message part I stamped the background in second generation to make it lighter. The paper pack I used is one of my favorites called silhouette. Even though you can see very little of the paper, it's still there. This card sort of evolved and I ended up covering up a lot of it. Do you ever do that?

The embellishments are some brads and paper flowers from Close to My Heart and ribbon from Wal-Mart. You can see the stamp set here on page 80.

That's all for now. It's a quick post. Gotta' get kids out of the tub :0)

You are Close to my heart,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nature's Vein Leaf Set

Years ago a downline of mine sent me a Christmas card using this basic layout. I loved the different look of it so much that I saved it all these years and it was my inspiration for this card.

The base of the card is measured at 4 1/4" X 7" and it's scored at 5" to make the folded over part. The middle part of the card measures 10 1/2" X 3 3/4". The stripe strip part is 4" X 1 1/4". The plaid part is a 3 1/2" square.

The leaves were done by stamp rolling them in different colored ink pads. To do stamp rolling you just stamp your solid image in the lightest color first (in this case the color was honey). Then you roll just the edges in a darker color. I used goldrush or autumn terracotta for the different leaves. I lastly barely tapped the entire image on a barn red pad. The veins were stamped in barn red. To get the realistic look I crumpled them up after cutting them out.

Stamp sets used were D1232 Natures Vein (p. 40) and C1381 Card Chatter--Thank You (p. 72)which has a lot of different messages that to with "thank you". The fun paper pack is called Back Country (p. 25). You can see the full sets by clicking here and then turning to the pages listed. If you'd like to order any of the items you can visit my website. Your fun products will be delivered right to your party required. (Page numbers refer to the Autumn/Winter 2009 Close to My Heart Idea Book.

That's all for now. I'm back to the work table to make more fun stuff. Stay tuned!

You are Close to My Heart,

p.s. Tina if you see this...thank you for the idea :0)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

I know it's not even Halloween yet (which I'm not big on, by the way), but I've been making Christmas cards. I have a workshop coming up on the 17th and then my big Christmas Card making Extravaganza on the 24th so I've been busy. Here's a simple little card that we'll be making at my workshop next week. While I love all the cute holiday stuff, for me this is what it's all about. If Jesus hadn't come to earth my life would be without hope.

This card uses some craft cardstock as a base. I added pattern paper from the(X7085B) Everlasting paper packet. I like mixing and matching stamp sets. This one has (A1097) No Greater Love, (D1243 Peace on Earth) and (D1227) Legendary Moments, all from Close to My Heart. I was at Wal-Mart today and so I grabbed some ivory ribbon which went perfectly with this card. The little button with floss just finishes it off. Stamp pads used were Desert Sand and Ponderosa Pine.

Ok, I'm back to the work table for another one. I have lots to make this weekend to stay ahead of the game. If you need any of these supplies, you can order them here.

You are Close to My Heart,


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jingle All the Way

I just love the new papers that are in the Fall/Winter Close to My Heart Catalog. This card uses some appropriately called Jingle Collection. In this pack of paper there are two designs (12 each) and a roll or ribbon (all shown on card). To see it all you can go here and see page 10. The Level 2 Jingle packet is one that comes with 6 different patterns and matching cardstock. You can see it on page 10.

I stamped the background just once along each side with a stamp from Jingle Borders (p. 47) and the message is from Festive Thoughts which is discontinued. There are several sets in the current catalog and you can see them on pages 69-71.

The fun part of the card is the big chipboard snowflake. I sponged Juniper ink all over it and then covered it in glitter. It's especially eye catching in person.

The oval is the only thing not from Close to My Heart. I used Close to My Heart White Daisy and ran it through my Cricut to create the tag.

Don't forget the Card Making Extravaganza. (See more details here). If you live in my area and would like to come it's on October 24th. The cost is $45 and money is due on October 10th. If you don't live in my area or if you aren't able to come I can cut a packet for you for the same price.

You are Close to My Heart,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Card Making Extravaganza!

If you are still checking back with me I'm so grateful! As you may have noticed, I've been going through a dry spell in blogging. It just seems like there's always stuff to do that takes up my time. Today it's been fun just sitting and playing with all the features. As you can see, I've decided to give my blog a face lift. I loved my other banner, but I've had it for several years so as a sign that I'm getting back into blogging I've changed a lot of things!

October is going to be a great month to get started on Christmas projects. I'm hosting a card creating workshop where you'll get to make 50 cards for $45. Deadline to sign up for this workshop is October 10th. The workshop will take place on October 24th from 9:30-5:00. If you live in my area please e-mail me to let me know you'd like to come. Payment is due by October 10th in order for me to purchase supplies. The cards will include envelopes and there will be five different designs making 10 of each. All pieces will be cut so that you get to stamp and assemble. A light lunch will be served too!

If you don't live in my area, but would like to purchase a packet please let me know. For the same price I will send you a package of card bases with envelopes and pieces to complete your cards. You can choose to have me pre-stamp the items for you or work with you in deciding which of your stamp sets would work. Just let me know.
That's all for now. I'd better get back to creating!
You are Close to My Heart,