Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monochromatic Christmas Card with Masking & Sponging

Welcome again for my next card in my Sunday Series featuring some Christmas card inspiration for you!

Today's card is one that I created using both masking to create the focal scene with monochromatic sponging and stamping.  I started with a 5" x 7" white card base.  I used the negative piece left from die-cutting a 3.5 inch circle to place over my card base for stamping the scene in Glacier ink.  Next, I then sponged lightly over using sponge daubers and Glacier, Crystal Blue, and Whisper inks:

Next, I used my corner rounder on two of the four corners of my card base to keep thing interesting.  Of course I just had to add a little bit of glittery goodness with the Silver and Teal Shimmer Trim accents.  I colored the White Enamel Star with my Shin Han Touch Twin Peacock Teal Marker to keep with the monochromatic tones of my card.

Here is the new "Christmas Post" stamp set that I used for this card:

Thanks for coming by today!  I hope you found some inspiration for your own cardmaking endeavor to keep you on track and enjoying some crafting time at the beginning of this holiday season!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Just for you - It's the Little Things

Here's a 5" x 7" card that I made which features the November Stamp of the Month: It's the Little Things.  I created this card with the help of the fall themed "Pathfinding" paper pack.
If you click on the photo you can see some of the details a little better, which includes the Liquid Glass that I added to make the veins of the leaves and the stamen of each of the flowers glisten.  Of course, you will also see the beautiful Bronze Shimmer Trim and those pretty Gold Bling Gems too!

You can get your own November Stamp of the Month for just $5 when you spend $50 or more from November 1-30!  Head over to my website to get any or all of the supplies for making your own cards:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

CTMH Snowhaven Workshops on the Go Cardmaking Kit

For this Sunday's installment in my series of posts to help inspire you with your Christmas card making endeavors, I am sharing the beautiful goodness that comes right to your door when you order the Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshops on the Go Kit.
Courtesy of Close To My Heart
The kit comes with the card bases, envelopes, patterned paper, cardstock, and embellishments necessary to create five each of these three card designs.  Plus, you also get a wonderful exclusive stamp set that you can use over and over again!

Here is the first design of three that you can create when you start your kit:
The second design is just as adorable:
And, last, but not least, here is the third design for this workshop:
In addition to the stamp set that you have left, there is also some of the paper and embellishments that can be put to good use making even a few more cards or perhaps some cute gift tags to match!  How cool is that for great deal of $24.95?

Please get your own kit right from my website today!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CTMH Base & Bling Gift Giving Inspiration

Photo courtesy of Close To My Heart Art Department
Today I want to share with you a couple of gift giving ideas that you can create quickly and easily for most any occasion, including Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, and more!  As you can see from the sample photo above there are some fun possibilities.

I took just a few minutes in an evening to create these two pendant necklaces complete with some fun charms for my daughter and for myself.  We were each very fortunate to make trips to Paris this year and I thought these would be just perfect for us to remember our trips across the pond.

Here are the two necklaces together:

This is the necklace I made for my daughter:

And this is mine:
Here are the few supplies I needed to create our necklaces quickly and easily and I have Base & Bling supplies left over to create even more jewelry gifts for this Christmas!

I hope you are ready to make some pretty and personalized gifts just in time for the holidays!  If you have questions, just let me know.  You can order these supplies or many other Base & Bling supplies on my website:


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Making Christmas Cards with Picture My Life Pear & Partridge and My Crush Holiday Happenings

For my next installment in my Sunday Series for Christmas card ideas that I have to share, I wanted to make use of some of the journaling cards from the Picture My Life Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 

and also from the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment  
So, when I combined these pretty assortments with our Snowhaven paper pack, I came up with two Christmas cards.

A 5" x 7" NOEL card:

and this, a 5" x 7" Dashing through the Snow card"
Plus, here are two more views of this card:
As you can see the Picture My Life kits and the My Crush Assortments have many more great possibilities in store for you!  Thanks for tuning in again as I share my ideas for Christmas cards this year.  I hope you get some of your inspiration to get crafty!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November is Lucky with Lucky 5 from CTMH and Studio J!

As we enter into the first day of November, I wanted to take a few minutes to give you this fun update on the Lucky 5 November Constant Campaign from Close To My Heart and Studio J® !  This special gives you several exciting reasons to get creating with Studio J®  right away!  Scrapbook layouts and whole albums can come together so quickly and you can order multiples for gift giving to grandparents, aunts & uncles, and siblings too.  You are going to love all of the creative possibilities this month!

Here's the scoop from Close To My Heart:

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!

First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail! 

Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.

For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

And to make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win, five may be your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts. 

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