Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snowhaven Christmas Card Inspiration: Hark, The Hearld Angels Sing

Welcome to another Snowhaven Christmas card inspiration blog post!  In case you haven't guessed...I really cannot get enough of this wonderful paper!  LOL

This is the last of the four card designs that were included in the card workshop I was happy to purchase from my fellow Close To My Heart consultant, Vicki Wizniuk.  Her style is amazing and I have just had so much fun making the cards featured in this workshop!

These are the cards I created from design 4 of 4:

Here is my favorite of these:
and, here is the close up as well:
For creating these cards, I used the stamp sets, "Sing Glory" (a hostess-only set) and "Merriest Christmas."  For the little holly berries, I used my Shin Han Touch Twin alcohol marker (color: Carmine).

Here is my helper in my photography session for my recent blog posts:

Julie is always willing to be a part of the creative process!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have found some creative inspiration to get you crafting and in the Christmas spirit!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Series: More Snowhaven Christmas Cards

The countdown to Christmas continues!  We are down to 11 days until the excitement of Christmas culminates.  Are you ready with all of your special handmade cards yet?  Well, today I continue with sharing more of the cards I crafted from the Snowhaven paper pack.

Today's cards are more of the set of cards I have done using the workshop cutting guide and assembly instructions courtesy of Vicki Wizniuk that I ordered from her blog.  Thanks again, Vicki, for the creative inspiration that I am happy to pass along today!

These are the cards I made based on design 3 out of the 4 included in her workshop:
And here is my favorite from this design:
Here is a close up too:
I cut extra supplies from my leftover papers and decided to see what I could come up with using other Christmas-themed stamp sets that I have.  Here are three of the additional cards that I created and a close up of each:
Don't you just LOVE the scooter in the "Make It Merry" stamp set!?!
This card features the stamp set, "Yuletide Greetings"
I tried to choose stamp sets that would give the chance to play with my Shin Han Touch Twin alcohol markers that we carry through Close To My Heart because they ROCK!
This last version of this card design was created using the lovely "To You and Yours" stamp set that has this wonderful cardinal stamp:
This meant even more coloring fun for me!  Yay!!!

Remember that you can head over to my website to order your supplies to recreate these or design some new crafty projects:

Thanks again for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Snowhaven Christmas Card Inspiration: Have a Wonderful Christmas

Today I am featuring another of the cards made from the Snowhaven paper pack from Close To My Heart.  It is so perfect for Christmas cards and for winter-themed papercrafting projects.

In my last post I mentioned how excited I was to get to use the fun Christmas card workshop that I had purchased from my fellow consultant, Vicki Wizniuk.  She has the cutting and assembly directions for sale on her blog at a very reasonable price.  Well worth it!

Here are the cards I put together using her guide for card design 2 of 4:

Here is a shot of my favorite version of card design 2:

and, a close up as well:

In addition to the Snowhaven paper pack, this card using the following stamp sets:  "Life Is Wonderful" (and upcoming Stamp of the Month), "Keyboard Uppercase," and the hostess-only "Sing Glory."  Isn't this an inspired combination?

You can get your own Close To My Heart supplies from my website at:

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Series: Snowhaven Christmas Cards

Welcome!  The countdown to Christmas is on!  It is just 18 days away!  For today's installment in my Sunday Series of Christmas card inspiration I am sharing a set of cards made using the oh so pretty Snowhaven paper pack from Close To My Heart.

I just love the color combination possibilities included in this paper pack and I have been having so much fun playing with it!!!

When I saw the Snowhaven Christmas Card Workshop that fellow consultant, Vicki Wizniuk, created I was so excited!  She is so talented and I really love her style!  She offered up the cutting guide and instructions to this stunning workshop on her blog for a small fee and I snapped it up!  LOL  Thanks, Vicki!

Here is a look at some of the cards I created from her instructions.  I did not have some of the stamp sets that she used so I adapted and tweaked things here and there to create these beauties.  Vicki's kit is designed to let you create 12 cards; 3 each of 4 designs.  I went ahead and cut as many pieces as I could so that I could make even more!  Here are the cards I made for the first design:

Close up of this batch/design:
This is probably my favorite color/paper combo from this design:
And a close up of this one:
I paired up one of the four sentiments from the "Merriest Christmas" stamp set and the tree from the retired stamp set, "Christmas Love."

Stay tuned for more posts featuring the other 3 of the 4 designs of these fun cards and some more variations that I came up with using some of my vast stash of Christmas stamps from Close To My Heart!

Please feel free to visit my website to purchase your own supplies to get your craft on!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

CTMH Seasonal Expressions I Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions I Blog Hop!

We have over 30 fabulous Close to My Heart Consultants who are celebrating the much anticipated release of the brand new first Seasonal Expressions I Idea Book.  If you have come here from Judy Faye Garner's blog, you are on the right path!

Our Blog Hop is so simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! You can view the full list of our Blog Hop Participants HERE.  Okay, here we go!

I had such a great time creating these two cards! The new product I wanted to feature first from the Seasonal Expressions I is the so very versatile White Shimmer Trim!  I am so excited to have this new option in Shimmer Trim from Close To My Heart!  This has been my very favorite product since we began to carry it and now, having a white option just sent me over the moon!  Imagine the possibilities at your fingertips with can color it with our Shin Han Touch Twin alcohol markers to create custom Shimmer Trim!!!  Very cool!

I really love the pop it adds to my projects, especially here with the Confetti Wishes paper paired up with the FUN December Stamp of the Month!  I hope you love the combination as much as I do!

Here is a look at my scrumptious chocolate-frosted cupcake version of my standard-sized card:

  And, here's a close up:

Plus, here is the close up of the equally yummy cotton candy flavor cupcake:

Now, continue along the hop by visiting Peachy Iris Lamb's blog.  I know you are going to really enjoy all of this great inspirational artwork on our hop.

NEW Seasonal Expressions I December 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015

You can also head over to my website to see the Seasonal Expressions I online HERE.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

CTMH December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Cutie Pie

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring December's Stamp of the Month, which is "Cutie Pie."  If you have come here from Jen's blog you are on the right path! When you reach the end of my post you will continue hopping along from the link posted for you. If you should get lost along the way, here is the link to the full list of hoppers: Blog Hop List

We have another talented group of over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month on their blogs. Hopping along with us is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Here is the project I created for our hop.  It is a 5" x 7" card.

I used the fun Confetti Wishes paper pack.  It's such a bright, cheery paper pack with an adorable color combination!  It sure speaks to my purple-loving heart!  LOL  I also tried out Close To My Heart's Archival Black stamp pad.  It worked perfectly with this open stamps for coloring my cupcake and stand with my Shin Han Touch Twin alcohol markers.  I had no smudging with my coloring at all!  Hurray!

Here is a peek at all the images available on this great stamp set:

You can get this set of stamps, plus the supplies I used for my card from my website:

Now you can hop on over to Vicki's blog to see her creation for this hop. Be sure to visit all the Consultants' blogs to see lots of fun artwork!  Thanks for hopping along with us!

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