Monday, January 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Jnuary Blog Hop

 Happy New Year!  Hello and welcome to the Joyful Stars monthly blog hop. If you have come from Debi's Blog, you are on the right track.  It is a circular hop so you can start anywhere and you will know you are finished when you arrive back at the first blog.  You can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog if you get lost along the way. This month I have some cards using the brand new Workshops Your Way Cardmaking Kit (G1124) called Here For You.  I just love the sentiments and the beautiful delicate flowers.  The kit contains all the supplies you need to create 12 cards. The first two cards shown here, were made following the instructions and using the exclusive stamp set in the kit.

For the next two cards, I used the patterns from the kit, but used another new stamp set C1677 Dreamin' Big and the Thin Cuts that go with them.

 These sentiments are very versatile.  Now I have a stash of cards all finished and ready to mail whenever I need them!
You can see the kit online HERE or in the new Seasonal Expressions mini Idea Book available now.

Now it is time to hop on over to  Joyce's Blog to see her project.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

January Stamp of the Month: Adore You

Here is the January Stamp of the Month - Adore You.  Click HERE to see the entire stamp set.  Get this D-size stamp set for only $5 with a minimum $50 qualifying purchase! 

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah

We celebrate Christmas and for us the true gifts of Christmas is the gift of time to spend with our family.
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Joyful Stars December Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Joyful Stars December Blog Hop.  I'm so glad that you are able to join us. If you have arrived from Tracey Pierce's Blog, then you are on the right track.  It is a circular hop so you can start anywhere and you will know you have seen every blog when you arrive at the blog you saw first.  Joyce has a list of participants HERE if you need help. 
 As soon as I saw the Oh, Deer paper, I could not wait to use it to make Christmas cards.  The first two cards were inspired by cards I made last week at a meeting using products from the soon to be released Seasonal Expressions.  I liked the way the tab shape was used for the sentiment.  The first card uses a Kraft cardstock base while the second uses the Seaglass cardstock as a base. 

  The Seaglass color was a bit brighter than I wanted so I used the Shimmer Brush like watercolor and brushed it directly on the cardstock.  Unfortunately, it does not show up in the photo!   We used the same technique the card we made last week.    I can not show you the cards using the new products yet.  However, be sure to stop back in January and I will post them for you.

The last card uses the Seaglass cardstock embossed with the Snowflake Embossing folder for texture.  It was then sanded to reveal the white core so the snowflakes are white.  The large snowflake was cut in White Glitter Paper with the Thin Cut Snowflake die cut.

Now it is time to hop on over to my friend Krista's Blog.  I'm sure you are going to love what she has created for us this month.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mojo Monday Card using Oh Deer Paper

While looking for inspiration on my Christmas card design, I decided to check out this week's Mojo Monday sketch .  If I wait any longer, they won't even be ready before Christmas.  While I did make a card following the sketch, this card only is based on the sketch.  While playing with the stamps and paper, I took some creative "liberties".  This card uses the Oh, Deer paper.  It reminds me of the mid-century modern style, so I used the mid-century color gray and of course, gold and silver for that mid-century sparkle.  The original sketch is pictured here to the right.

 The photo below is a close up on an angle to show the "shimmer" created by using the Clear Shimmer Brush and the new Gold Shimmer Brush.  The gold version will be available starting January 1.  The clear one was used on the light gray mat (you can see the sparkles)  and the gold one was used on some of the stars and dots on the deer paper.  It does not show up well in the photos, however it really adds a lovely shimmer in person.

Products used:
X7214B Oh, DeerPaper Packet
X7214C Oh, Deer Complements
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
C1165 Season of Magic Stamp Set
M1146 Swirling Stars
Z2863 White Daisy Pigment Stamp Pad
Z891 Versamark Pad
Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder
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Thanksgiving Treat Holder

Sorry this post is late - I had so much fun Thanksgiving week that I never had time to post it!  I absolutely love the fall and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I am grateful to to able to spend time with my family over the long weekend.  Here is a little treat holder you could use as a favor for your Thanksgiving table.  I made them as favor for my November All Dy Crop.
They were made using both the Art Philosophy Cartridge and the new Flower Market Cartridge.  
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Joyful Stars November Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars November Blog Hop.  It is a circular hop so you can start anywhere and when you get back to the first one you saw, you will know you have seen them all.  If you have arrived from Marie's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog
Close To My Heart has introduced a fabulous new campaign called Happy, Happy Christmas.    During November, save over 10% off the retail value when you purchase one of the 12″ × 12″ album bundles (CC1179 and CC1180) for only $69.95 each! This bundle includes an exclusive guide to walk you through the steps of assembling five beautiful 2-page layouts. Add on additional items to make additional projects with your leftover materials, too!
There are brand new Christmas themed Picture My Life Cards included in the bundle too.  After making the projects, there are 13 leftover  4 x 6 cards and 19 leftover 2 x 3 cards.  You can also use them to make traditional Picture My Life layouts.  They are super cute and I could not resist using some of the leftovers for some quick and easy Christmas cards. 
The first card had a center journaling spot.  I cut out the center circle from the card with a circle cutter and then cut smaller circle using a stitched die and stamped the wreath.
 The second card uses the new Rustic Home Fundamentals Kraft paper with mini dots.
Here is a close up of the stocking detail.  There is Red Glitter Trim on the stocking cuff.  
You can check out the details for the Happy, Happy Christmas promotion my website HERE. You can even download the project guide too!

Supplies Used:
CC1179/CC1180 Choose either Post Bound or D-Ring Album Kit
Z3285 Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
C1665 Season of Magic
D1696 Woodland WishesZ3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals
Z2835 New England Ivy Stamp Pad
Z2816 Cranberry Stamp Pad
Z2871 Saddle Stamp Pad
Z2863 White Daisy Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
X5777 Fern Cardstock
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Z3090 Red Enamel Gems

I would like to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Now it is time to hop over to Nickie's Blog to see what she has created.
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