Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Blog Hop - Happy Halloween!

It's not quite November yet, but it's time to start talking about Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month and our November Constant Campaign. They go hand in hand this month, so be sure to read all about it below.

If you are already traveling through the Blog Hop, you came here from Erin Schulte's blog. If you get lost along the way or have issues, simply go HERE for a full list of the blog hop participants. With the storm damage up in the Northeast, there may be some power issues with certain blogs. We just ask that you be patient and find your way the best you can. Keep reading through my post to see where to hop to next.

November's stamp set is called "Capture the Date" and is sure to be one of those classic go-to's for calendars and scrapbook pages. (You can view all the images in this set in the right-hand column of my blog page.) I decided to make my husband a birthday card with it and - funny thing - I made it so long ago I forgot about it and gave him a different card I had in my stash. Doh!

So I guess I'll try to remember it next year and will just have to change the date. 

I think the new Dakota paper is a perfect fit for this stamp set for a manly card. I pulled the Happy Birthday image from one of the Cricut Artiste stamp set collections (Birthday). 

I am really loving these Sparkle Badge Buttons. They are slightly grey in color and they work well with everything. You can get them in the Haunted Assortment or you can get a 24 bulk pack (BULK273) directly from your CTMH consultant.

Are you digging those little mustaches as much as I am? Those are cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge at 1/4 inches from black card stock. Hubby doesn't have a mustache. I just thought they were cute.

Now I'm giving away my husband's age. He's SO much older than me, don't worry.
(Good thing he doesn't read my blog)

November Constant Campaign
The November Constant Campaign ties in perfectly with the Stamp of the Month.
When you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set for just $5, then you can receive a stamp set of your choice (Size A through E, or M) for 50% off! This is huge!! Now is the time to get that favorite stamp set you've been thinking about. Or to save a little on a nice holiday gift for someone special.

Onward through the Blog Hop! Go check out Georgia Hauglid's blog now and see what's she's come up with. I, for one, can't wait to get my big cup of Starbucks in the morning and go through the blog hop myself.

Now I leave you with a photo of my husband and I in our Halloween costumes. Those of you who are Big Bang Theory fans like us will figure out who I am. Paul didn't quite match up with any of the show's male characters, so we're saying he's my Space Center engineer "cousin." 

(Funny thing is, he really IS a space center engineer.)

Monday, October 29, 2012

3 Tags - Kit up for grabs

I had ONE leftover kit of tags from my designs for the 12 Tags of 2012 inspired by Tim Holtz. Rather than let them sit around in my studio, I am selling this last kit for $29 plus shipping. Here are my tags again, if you missed them before...

August tag

September Tag

October tag

Everything is pre-stamped except for October's background stamping which can't be done ahead of time due to the techniques used. You can use any background stamp for that one. Directions with photos are supplied in the kit. $9 covers all the supplies and $20 is my fee. 

First come, first served. If you're interested, leave a comment then shoot me a quick e-mail to with your address and I will send you a PayPal invoice. Shipping will be figured after I calculate for your zip code.

You will need the following items to complete the three tags:
Piercing tool and mat
Non-stick craft sheet
Sanding block
Ballpoint retractible pen
Skewer to curve flowers
Strong glue for metal
Steel wool
Craft towel
Silver paint dabber or Silver Mixative
Archival Black stamp pad
Black paint dabber
Pool paint dabber
Purple Twilight paint dabber
Sunset Orange paint dabber
Lettuce paint dabber
Heirloom Gold mist
Foam tape
Jewelry pliers
Tiny Attacher
Black glitter
Assorted adhesives
Felt blending tool and several felts

Distress Markers: Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Rusty Hinge

Ink pads: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, and blender tool for each.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Retro Sketch Card - Bo Bunny Serenade

If you're a card maker and love sketches, then let me direct you to the Retro Sketches blog. I love these simple sketches and enjoy checking out all the beautiful cards artists post there. What a great source of inspiration!

Although I often go there for ideas, this is my first time posting to the Retro Sketches blog with one of my card designs.

Here's this week's Retro Sketch...


And here is my card design...

I was at a weekend crop not long ago and purchased some of this BE-autiful Bo Bunny Serenade paper. I just fell in love with all the deep rich colors and prints in this collection. I like to buy the 6 x 6 stacks for card making and the 12 x 12's for scrapbooking. The gals I was cropping with loved this paper too, so I thought it perfect to teach them how to make this card in our monthly card-making group. I hope they like it.

The flowers are cut from my Tattered Flower Garland (Sizzix Alterations strip die) by Tim Holtz (of course!) and I stamped each with a script stamp from Close To My Heart's Universal Backgrounds set. All the great pewter accents are Close To My Heart, as is the "Thanks" stamp which is from the Casual Expressions set. I love that so many of the expressions in this stamp set have a coordinating Cricut cut on the Artiste Cricut cartridge!

Here's another pewter accent and a close-up look at the embossed background and border punch. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card. Why not hop over to the Retro Sketches blog and see what others have created using this week's sketch?

Monday, October 22, 2012

"I think I need a bigger box"

Anybody remember that commercial? Give me a shout-out if you do.

My title is my attempt to a clever little lead-in to today's post. While I love my new Artiste Cricut cartridge beyond words, especially for the all the cute boxes and packaging options, I have to say sometimes I am a bit disappointed that I can't make BIGGER boxes than what the machine is limited to.

I played around a while with ideas, remembering once a long time ago if you put envelopes together, you can create a box of a pretty substantial size. So I thought I would share with you what I taught my Cards & More Club this month. Here are the projects we made...

The box filled with Fall sprigs on the right is what I'm referring to specifically. 

Here's how it easy it was to create...

Artiste booklet, page 35, cut from Autumn Terracotta cardstock. Cut four at 3 inches each. The border is simply a 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch strip of B&T paper from the Flirty paper pack, then punched with one of my border punches and adhered to each envelope flap as shown.

Fold on the scores then adhere each envelope to the next as shown.

After you adhere them all together, finish off the bottom with adhesive and you're done. Now I have a pretty good sized box to fill as I like. 

I adorned the flaps with Arbor Wooden Shapes which I colored with Close To My Heart's new pigment inks and tied the corners with jute twine. Stamping with done with Chocolate ink using the Fall Harvest stamp set.

My finished box measures 3 1/4 high x 4 1/4 wide but you can certainly make an even bigger box simply by cutting out larger sized envelopes on the Cricut.

I hope you'll give this a try. It's a fast, easy little table decoration.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Holiday Workshop - Last Chance to Order!

Hey gang, if you haven't heard about my 6th Annual Holiday Workshop, take a look...

Just a few seats (and/or kits) are left for this workshop so now is the time to RSVP with your payment. Here are all the details...

Pineda Landing Community Center
Melbourne, FL
Sunday, November 11th
12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

$40 to attend

$47.50 per kit (plus $10.85 flat rate shipping)

Each guest will create:

20 small gift tags 
(four each of the five shown)

4 Gift Card Holders 
(2 each of the two shown)

10 Greetings Cards 
(2 each of the five shown)

4 large gift tags

1 Gable-style Gift Box

Each attending guest will receive a sweet little something at the door, plus EVERYONE will receive a wonderful mystery gift item whether they attend or order a kit.

All materials are provided. You just need your supply tote with adhesives and tools to complete the projects. Kits will include photos and directions and pre-stamped, pre-cut materials, and will ship on Wednesday, November 14th.

Sign up today. We are down to our last few!
E-mail me your request at and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions at all.


Monday, October 15, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - September

Finally I am up to date on my 12 Tags of 2012, inspired by Tim Holtz. September's tag is one for the men. Check out Tim's industrial grunge-style tag here to learn how he achieved the look of riveted metal. I have to say although I love the pretty stuff, I really deep down love all this grungy inky vintage manly stuff too.

Here's my tag...

This is a tough one to get a good photo of because the foil tape sheets are very reflective, but I hope you get the gist. There are a lot of details going on in this one, so be sure to click on the photo to get a closer look.

For example, do you see the number 5 when you first look at the tag? See if you can find it. Tim used a metal numeral, of which I currently have none, so instead I used my newest Sizzix Alterations die "Cargo Stencil Number Set" and cut the five out of the tag, then layered some Lost & Found paper behind it.

Oooh, this was a super messy tag to make and I loved it! Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - catching up, August tag

Good Saturday morning. Here in Melbourne, Florida we are experiencing the first hints of Fall and I am personally loving it. It's so hot for so long here that we truly appreciate the cooler temperatures when they finally arrive. My little family enjoyed a very pleasant morning on the porch, sipping coffee and reading the paper. By 9 a.m. though the sun has started to blaze and things are warming up rapidly. Time to come inside and blog about my August tag.

So what's with the tags? Tim Holtz (I dreamed about him last night, literally) creates a fabulous tag each month to inspire and teach us new papercrafting techniques. We bloggers, in turn, create our own monthly tags using what we learned. I've gotten myself a bit behind and am catching up on my August and September tags this weekend.

Be sure to check out Tim's August tag and techniques so you can appreciate all that goes into these masterpieces. Then come back here and see how I put my spin on it. Here's is what I created...

I wish this photo did this tag justice, but it just doesn't. Trust me when I saw it's really pretty in person. 

Tim used a cameo stamp as the centerpiece for his tag, and since I didn't have that image I thought of August in Florida and the tropical summer and came up with this theme instead. The pineapple stamp is from Impression Obsession, and I stamped it with Cocoa brown embossing powder then colored it in with Tim's Distress Markers. 

Tim used the pinecone die from Sizzix to make rolled flowers, which I love, but I have yet to get my hot little hands on that die, so instead I used the Tattered Flower Garland and Autumn Gatherings dies to create my layered flowers, twigs and leaves. These pieces were cut from Kraft Core card stock and lightly sanded. I love that stuff!

I'll be teaching my All Things Tim Club how to make today's tag along with my October tag and September's which I will post tomorrow. 

Until then, have a lovely day!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - A Wicked October Tag

I've spent the past two days catching up on my August, September and October tags of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012. With so much else going on with my business, this was a nice break getting back to my grungy side. Today I'm sharing my October tag and I'll post my August and September tags over the weekend. What fun it was so get all inky, glittery and painty again. I washed my hands so many times today I stopped counting after a dozen, but OH the joy!

Enough chit-chat, here's my take on the techniques in Tim's October tag.

The moon comes from Graphic 45's Happy Haunting, and the rest is all Tim.

Be sure to check out Tim's October tag and his technique to make this homemade chunky glitter. He gives you all the steps to make your own tag and lots of inspiration to get your spooky juices flowing.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's Holiday Workshop Time!

It's coming up on that time of year already where Christmas music will soon be playing in all the stores, reminding us that we'd better get on the ball soon. Each year, I try to help get ahead of the last-minute rush by offering my annual Holiday Workshop. Imagine in one afternoon getting all your holiday gift tags made (HAND-made), a bunch of Christmas cards, a gift box, and some gift card holders.

This is my sixth year of offering this fun and fabulous workshop and this year I'm happy to welcome fellow consultant DiAnn Denson as my partner. We've been working hard since August planning, designing, and preparing what hopes to be an even bigger and better event than ever.

Don't dispair if you don't live here in Florida or if you simply cannot attend. You can take advantage of a prepared kit! Read on for more information and to order your kit below.

Kits will be shipped on Wednesday, November 14th. We have a limited supply of them so you'll want to be quick! Deadline for kit orders is November 5th. Shipping charges will be added through PayPal once I send your invoice. ($10.85 flat rate)

If you CAN attend, excellent! Just leave me a comment below with a way to contact you and we'll save you a seat and get your payment information.
(Pre-payment holds your spot.) 

This is my most popular workshop of the year!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Three winners. Are you one of them?

Good Monday morning! Thanks for all the wonderful comments over the past several days. I was away in New Hampshire and was checking e-mail along the way and it made my day each time I opened a new comment from one of you. So as my thanks to you, I pulled three names from all those nice comments for some give-aways from me. Here they are, randomly selected, in no particular order...

In case you couldn't read those, the winners are:

Amy Gehring
NJ Stamping Queen
Kailee B.

Congrats ladies, now I just need you to e-mail me your full name and mailing address so I can send you some goodies.

Tomorrow I'll bore you all with some photos from our trip to New Hampshire. 

Meanwhile, have an excellent Monday!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Avonlea Bracket Frame & Blog Candy!

I'm so excited to have hit the 500 follower mark! Thank you all for visiting and following along on my creative journey. It means the world to me that I might inspire just a few of you out there. Your comments are what motivate me and keep me going.

As my thank you to you, I'd love to give away some goodies. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, then on Monday, October 8th I'll post a winner or two of some great prizes! Be sure to come back on Monday to see if you were randomly selected.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a creation I've made with the new My Creations Bracket Frame from Close to my Heart. It's starts as a plain white chipboard frame like this.

It measures 11 inches at the outermost point and 7 inches inside, and 1 inch deep to create a shadow box frame. 

This is my creation using the bracket frame, the beautiful Avonlea papers, Antique Gold Assortment, Colonial White waxy flax, and Artiste & Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge cuts.

I'm offering this as a workshop or as a take-home kit. 

The workshop is Sunday, October 28th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. here in Melbourne, FL
and kits will ship on the 29th. Cost is $25 (plus shipping where applicable). 
I will PayPal invoice you once shipping has been calculated for your zip code.

To complete the project, you will need a strong tacky glue, glue stick, and Chocolate stamp pad with dauber for ink distressing. Kits come with photos and instructions for assembly. You will receive pre-cut papers, Antique Gold Assortment pack, Colonial White Waxy Flax, and hardware to hang the frame. 

To order your kit or to sign up for the workshop, simply e-mail me at

Thanks for stopping by. 

Now don't forget to leave me your comment so I can put you in the drawing!