Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge...Back At It!!!

Those of you who have been following my journey with CTMH thus far, know that I LOVE me a sketch challenge!!  ESPECIALLY the Mojo Monday blog challenge!!  It's been a while since I have played along and I am SO happy to be doing so again!!

I started this card yesterday, using a completely different stamp set, no flowers and different colored Shimmer Trim.  SO glad I kept changing things up as I went along!!  This is SO much better than when I first started!!  

The flowers on this card were cut using CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Can't tell you the last time I pulled out my Cricut and cut something with it!!  LOL  MIGHT have had to dust it off a bit, AFTER bringing it up from storage in the basement.  It feels SO good to know that I have not forgot how to use it and it still runs like a dream!!  It's the little things in life....

I LOVE this stamp set.  I am personally not a religious person at this time in my life, but that is a LONG story that we don't have time to tell today!  LOL  BUT at one point, when I read the scriptures, this one was my favorite.  This would be a GREAT card to give to someone who's life is burdened down with stress or is feeling a low.  Knowing that you can cast your burden's on God and he will sustain you, is comforting to those who seek God and look to Him for guidance.  Well, that just got a little deep....

Here is the AWESOME MojoMonday sketch that I followed!!  How about YOU give it a try too??

Look to the Light - B1428 - $9.95

Zoe Paper Packet - X7197B - $9.95

Slate Ink - Z2173 - $6.95

Silver Shimmer Trim - Z1799 - $4.95

Silver Sequins - Z2013 - $2.95

An oldie, but STIL goodie: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - Z1686 - $99.00

I also used a BRAND NEW product that will be available in the new Close to my Heart Annual Inspirations in September.  They are Grey Enamel Gems and come in 3 different shades, including the white ones that are used on my card.  I COMPLETELY forgot they have not been released yet when I was adding them to my are welcome for the sneak peek!!  lol

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!  

Hope this has inspired you to join in on the fun of the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge this week...or next week...or the week after that!  OR heck, go back a few weeks, months, or even years to see what sketch jumps out at you to try out!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping!!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Close to my Heart's New Cricut Cartridge - Artistry

Close to my Heart introduced their new Cricut Cartridge this month called Artistry.  I have not purchased it as of YET...but it is on my wish list (along with many other new products!).  I LOVE all of the different shapes that this one includes!  It is PERFECT for scrapbooking, card making or just about any kind of paper crafting.  

This time, Close to my Heart is offering it two different ways.  One includes the cartridge for $99 and the second one has digital images that you download to your computer for just $79.  BOTH packages include 700 images: Shapes, Layers, Banners, Borders, Backgrounds and Font.  You also receive 3 - My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets and 1 Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack.  This is such a FANTASTIC deal!!  

Pic above is the $99 package that includes the cartridge, for those who either don't have the newest Cricut machine, or for those who prefer not to hook their Cricut machine's to the computer.  Pic below is the $79 package that includes the digital images.  This is the one that I am going to purchase.  I have 2 Cricuts, the Cricut Expression and the Cricut Expression 2.  I like the idea of having all of the images on my computer and being able to access and transfer them that way.  

 Here is just a sampling of images that the cartridge contains.  If you would like to see more...check them out here!!

When you purchase the Artistry Cricut package, you automatically qualify to also purchase the August Stamp of the Month - Framed for just $5.00.  This stamp set is the perfect complement to all of your card creations!!  

Isn't this just the sweetest little gift bag that Close to my Heart created?  Who wouldn't want to receive this as a gift??  I know I certainly would!!

Please check out my website, if you would like to place an order for any of the products you see here!!  

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Hope this has inspired you to check out the AWESOME new Artistry Cricut Package to see what fun images you can add to your artwork!!  Stay tuned for some art in the near future, featuring this cartridge!

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Back Home with Close to my Heart

Hello All!!  I have some SUPER EXCITING news to share with you!!  After being away from my Close to my Heart family for almost 10 months, I decided to go back home.  What changed my mind, you may ask??  It was pictures posted from my friends who attended the Close to my Heart convention in Disneyland last month!!  Seeing all of the fun and excitement of convention, made me miss my CTMH family and being a consultant for this AMAZING company.  SO I took advantage of the AWESOME consultant re-sign deal for just $49 and signed up under my good friend Stacey Moser, who used to be a downline of mine!!  SO HAPPY TO BE BACK!!!

The cards that I made are from last week's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge.  However, since I distressed my edges in Slate ink, I did not post to their blog challenge.  I LOVED the way the first one turned out, so thought I would make a set of them using all four sentiments from the "You Mean the World to Me" stamp set.  LOVE this set!!  However, it is retiring at the end of August, so if you LOVE it as much as I do, then you are going to want to order it before it is no longer available!!  

Speaking of ordering, I have a new website for you to order from.  It is..... Easy peasy to remember!!  I am in the process of making changes to my will update it along the side bar as soon as I can!  

      I am trying out something new this go round....
For each project that I create, I will include a photo, item number, name and price of the products used.  Plus will make them link to my website for you to place your order!!  (if I can figure it out!  lol)  If I can't get the photo to link, I will link the description below each product.

X7197B - Zoe Paper Packet - $9.95
NEW Paper Pack in the Annual Inspirations 2016 Catalog!!!

B1467 - You Mean the World to Me - $9.95 
(retiring end of August)

               Z2173 - Slate Ink Pad - $5.95                  Z1924 - Dot Embossing Folder - $8.95       

               Z1752 - Clear Sparkles - $2.95         Z1989 - Diagonal Striped Ribbon - $3.95
                                                                                        (retiring end of August)             

As always, thanks SO SO much for stopping by!!

Hope this has inspired you to join Close to my Heart again, OR for the first time!!!  I promise, you won't regret it!!  

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Joyful Christmas Wreath

You know how I can't resist a good sketch challenge...well I wanted to share Viva la Verve's sketch challenge for the month of December.  This was different from the other challenges I have followed in that they have included cutting directions to create 4 cards.  So of course I HAD to play along!!

If you go to Viva la Verve's blog, you can print out the above cutting diagram and 4 cards.  They recommend using 2 sided paper, but I did not want to use patterned paper with this stamp.  SO I cut one out of Real Red CS and one out of Pear Pizzazz.  Technically, I will be able to make 8 cards out of two 6x6 pieces of CS.  So far, I have only made the 4.  

I LOVE this stamp set and Framelit combo!!  Check out my Facebook Page for step by step instructions on how to use this stamp set along with the coordinating Framelit.

The stamp set I used is called Wondrous Wreath along with the coordinating Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies.

I kept these simple, only using cardstock with a sparkle...just because I can't resist using sparkles!!  

The word Joy was cut out of Brushed Silver CS, which gives it just the right amount of sheen!  Keeping this post short and sweet today!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  

Hope this inspires you to play along with this SUPER FUN sketch challenge over at Viva la Verve!!  

Happy Stamping!!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bringing Dots Back!

I know what you are thinking...another owl card??  When is this girl going to post a card using something different??  Well, I DID use different papers!!  I honestly had NO intention of creating another card using the Owl Builder Punch.  I even had something else stamped in its place.  BUT it just didn't look right to me.  The sentiment looked too flat.  SO I punched out yet another owl, used the flower punch as its background and knew this was the look that I was going for!!

Do you have a favorite paper crafter??  One that you check back daily to see if they have created some fabulous new creation that you are going to want to lift??  I think we all do!!  There have been quite a few over the years that inspire me to want to step out of the box and push my creativity to new levels.  One in particular was Faith Hofrichter aka Markie's Mom.  I LOVED everything she did, but in particular, I loved how she outlined the layers of her cards using either white or black dots.  

Faith no longer blogs, which breaks my heart as she was SO creative.  But I wanted to share one of her beautiful creations that inspired me to add those little white dots all around the layers on my card.  

I just LOVED the way she added not just the white dots around each layer, but on the red matting, she used black dots. I feel like it just makes everything else POP that it frames!!  I really miss her creativity...

Of course, my card is in no way, shape or form as GORGEOUS as Faith's card...I thought it turned out pretty sweet.  I was following a sketch from Viva la Verve Sketches Blog.  I really liked how the Blackberry Bliss CS popped against the Crumb Cake CS.  The patterned paper is from the Moonlight paper stack in the annual catalog.  I REALLY LIKE the size of the paper stacks as they are PERFECT for creating 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 sized cards!

Thanks SO SO much for stopping by!!  

I based my card off someone who has continued to inspire me, even after they stopped blogging.  Who inspires you??  Do you go back and revisit their creations?  The paper crafting world is ever changing and occasionally brings back trends from the past.  What are some of your favorite past trends?  Try making a card using an older trend!!  You never might be the one who brings it back!!  LOL

Happy Stamping!!