The Stamps I Use

Monday, December 29, 2014

My first Base & Bling Necklace

Hi folks,

A friend of mine has a birthday in January and, surprise surprise, I'm actually on top of things getting her birthday present ready and in the post! It actually went out with her Christmas present.

I decided it was high time that I try my hand at the Base & Bling wearable crafts from Close to My Heart.

So here's a photo of the necklace. It's not a great photo but since making this I picked up a jewelry display bust (at Michael's on Boxing Day). Future photos of my jewelry creations will be MUCH nicer.

I paired the necklace with one of the cards from the (now retired) Ivy Lane Card Making Workshop on the Go (also from Close to My Heart).

And I also decorated a little gift card tin to hold the necklace.

Here's the outside:

And a peek inside:

project details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Baby's First Christmas

Hi folks,

Well, this year I saved some time on my Christmas card making for my nieces and nephews by simply sending the cards I made for them LAST year and didn't send (I know - bad Aunt). But, that meant I still had one card I needed to make since my sister added another little one to our extended family back in June.

This is the card I made for our youngest niece.

card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: October Afternoon "Holiday Style"
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm - Oliver & Amelia "?????? ", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E21, E23, E25, R81, R83, R85, G24, G21, T0, T1
  • sentiment: Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch 515

challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snowhaven Reboot

Hi folks,

I know that, technically, Christmas was two days ago but, since I've been too busy to post the last of this year's Christmas cards, you will have to tolerate me posting them over the next little while.

I promise - there's birthday cards waiting to be posted as well!

Anyways, you may or may not remember my post with the cards I had made with the Snowhaven Card-Making Workshop on the Go from Close To My Heart.

I had said to dearly beloved that it was my plan to make variations of this card for all of our parents. He suggested that the big sentiment panel might stand out more if it was stamped in grey instead of the pale blue glacier. So I did - I used Slate for the panel and Glacier for the snowflakes.

I think he was right. I like this version better. I also added another strip of paper to this one - the black snowflake pattern.

card details:

Challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit, especially at this time of year!

Bacon Appreciation Day 2014

Hi folks,

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, then you know that every year in December, we celebrate the birthday of a friend of ours with "Bacon Appreciation Day". It's an idea cooked up by his wife a few years ago (this year we celebrated the 6th edition) where the entire birthday dinner revolves around bacon. The welcome to dinner beverage, the appetizers, the entrée, the side-dishes, the dessert. Every single course has bacon in it.

Of course, his birthday card always has some porcine influences as well.

This year, I was thinking that I had pretty much used EVERY pig stamp I own so I had to come up with something different.

As it happens, I had an extra card blank in my CTMH Cut Above™ Happy Birthday Card Kit and decided to use it with some of the papers from the retired Lollydoodle Paper Packet to come up with this year's card.

The pink paper kind of reminded me a little bit of bacon. What do you think?

card details:
challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Card Making with CTMH Picture My Life

Hi folks,

Well, I have to share ANOTHER time saver that really helped me this year for making my Christmas cards - the Picture My Life™ Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Program from Close To My Heart.

I picked this set up earlier this year when CTMH was having a promo where, if you purchased a PML kit, you could pick up the memory protectors for a discounted price.

Since dearly beloved's step-mom is an avid scrap-booker, I gave HER the memory protectors and kept the cards for myself. Of course, since then, CTMH  has come out with an a la carte version of the kit, that comes without the page protectors. Awesome for card makers or traditional scrapbookers.

So, despite me picking up this kit MONTHS ago, this morning at 3:30am I was getting myself out of bed (couldn't sleep - too much left to do!) and making some quick Christmas cards with the kit. In just over an hour, I whipped up these fifteen cards (so I still have LOTS of the PML cards left to make more cards for next year).

And here they all are:

(oops - didn't notice that ALL of the photos of this card were blurry)

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cut Above Birthday Cards

Hi folks,

Well, I have to say that as someone who hasn't exactly been feeling the card-making mojo lately (it's because my craft room is a BIG disaster area right now), the Cut Above™  Card Kits from Close to My Heart have been a life-safer.

Thanks to the kits, I was able to whip up 60 Christmas cards in one afternoon. I had also picked up the Happy Birthday Card Kit and recently sat down and put the cards together.

Here's a photo of the kit contents:

And a photo of the suggested card:

Of course, me being me, I switched up the layouts and stamps so I would have ten different cards when I was finished.

And here they are:

A great way to build your stash don't you think?

As always thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CTMH Cut Above™ Holiday Cards

Hi folks,

I'm back again today sharing ANOTHER 30 Christmas cards that I made - this time using the Cut Above™ Holiday Card Kit from Close To My Heart.

Here's a photo of the kit contents:

And a suggested design for the ten cards that you can make with the kit contents:

Like yesterday's 30 cards, I had to make them all different so this time I used 10 different stamps and put together the pieces for the card three different ways by moving the cute little birdie around.

Here they are!

And all of them up close!

The really neat thing about the kits? I made the 60 cards in today's and yesterday's post in just one afternoon. Isn't that awesome? If that inspires you to pick up a few of these kits for some last minute Christmas cards for this year (or to get a head start on next year's) just drop me an email!

stamps used:

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CTMH Cut Above™ Christmas Cards

Hi folks,

Wow, with all the hub-bub leading up to Christmas and trying to keep up with training for my New Year's Eve 10K run, I've been forgetting to post!

Well I'm making up for that today by sharing 30 Christmas cards that I made with the Cut Above™ Christmas Card Kit from Close to My Heart.

Here's a photo of the kit contents:

And a suggested design for the ten cards that you can make with the kit contents:

Of course, those of you who are frequent visitors to my little space here on the web know that I don't like to make duplicates of anything. So, even though I had THREE of these kits to work with (I had picked them up as supplies for a Christmas Card workshop that fell through as there weren't that many folks interested), I could not possibly make 30 identical cards.

Instead, I used 15 different stamps and did both a portrait and a landscape version of the card. Voila! 30 different Christmas cards! Want to see them? Well, here they are!

Want to see them up close?

stamps used:

Anyways, thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having fun getting ready for Christmas!