Friday, November 30, 2012

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

December's Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is a definite "must have" for stampers. It's called "Year-Round Cheer" and includes a cute image and phrase for each month of the year. You can check out all the images in this great set in the right-hand column of my blog page. To get the stamp of the month for only $5, all you need to do is place a minimum order with your Close To My Heart consultant of $50 or more. Or you can always pay the full retail price of $17.95.

About 60 CTMH consultants are participating in the Blog Hop this month, so you're sure to get lots of inspiration with this versatile stamp set. If you're already hopping, you came here from LeAnne Dudley's blog. Keep scrolling through my post to see where to hop to next.

I created several projects with December's Stamp of the Month, I like it so much. 

First up is a card...

I combined a few images from this set. And yes, I cut apart my stamps. I'm not afraid. I do it all the time. That's the beauty of clear stamps. I used Avonlea paper and some cuts from the Cricut Artiste cartridge then worked on some Burlap Ribbon and Bitty Sparkles.

Here's a closer look...

The fancy border behind the birdie is on page 58 of the Artiste booklet, cut at 3 1/2 inches. The tiny tag is from page 69, cut at 3/4" and 1". The leaves (you can see those better in the top photo) are on page 54 and were cut at 1 3/4".

Next I created an Event Calendar for my December workshop this Sunday...

I didn't photograph every page, but I think you get the idea. Each month has several Cricut cuts and themed paper to go with this great stamp set. I love CTMH's Event Calendar because you never throw it away. It's there for you every year, reminding you of important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. Perfect for those of you (like me) who like to make cards. 

And finally I love this little Halloween treat holder...

You can find details on this one here.

Okay, now it's time to hop along to Shirley Ross's blog to see what she's created.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic weekend!

December Kit of the Month

My Kit of the Month Club is going strong, but there's always room for more. These simple layouts can be completed in just a few hours. All you need is some adhesive and a paper trimmer and you're good to go! Perfect to take to crops.

December's kit is Pear & Partridge shown above. It features the beautiful Pear & Partridge papers and Glitter Rub-ons, plus some added Cricut cuts from Artiste and Art Philosophy, and some Cranberry Baker's Twine. Be sure to click on the photo above to get a nice, close-up view of all the details.

Starting in 2013, I will be offering some Kit of the Month Club options. Currently all club members commit to a 12-month cycle at $20 per kit. But in January, I will offer a six-month and a three-month option. Here's how it will work...

12-month Club Membership = $20 per kit 
6-month Club Membership = $25 per kit
3-month Club Membership = $30 per kit

Shipping charges apply where applicable. Each kit contains all the materials to make four 12 x 12 pages and includes directions, photos and an easy-to-follow cutting guide. Super simple! Each monthly kit is themed to the season. If you're interested in signing up now to start your membership in January, please e-mail me directly at Kits ship the first week of each month and charges are applied at that time as well. No advance payment required!

This month's lucky club members get a bonus project! With the leftovers in the kit, I created these quick and easy Christmas gift tags. I just added some gold eyelets and will finish them off with some Cranberry Baker's Twine when I'm ready to attach them to packages.

Contact me today to start your Kit of the Month Club Membership in January. E-mail me at

Thanks, and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November Cards & More Projects

I almost forgot to post my November projects from my Cards & More Club! Well, this will be a quick post today so I can share those with you. Here's all three items we created...

The masculine card on the right was my Stamp of the Month feature. You can see more of that here. The other two projects utilize the pretty Avonlea paper pack by Close To My Heart. The middle card is cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge (Pg. 37, at 5 3/4") and can easily accommodate a gift card inside the pull tag.

Slate Mini Medley Accents adorn the rosette on the front of the pocket.

I just love the new pigment inks from CTMH. Perfect for embossing. Gratitude was stamped with Slate pigment ink which was then embossed with clear embossing powder.

The final project we made was this stationery set which was inspired by fellow CTMH consultant Lisa Stenz. Check out her pretty creation of a similar stationery set using different papers here. I love the combination of the monogram stamp with the Perfect Fit Frames stamp set. They work together perfectly. Slate Mini Medley Accents adorn each card a little differently. 

I love this wide satin Slate Polka Dot ribbon. It's so elegant especially with the Avonlea paper.

Envelopes and liners are so easy to make on the Cricut. I used the Artiste cartridge, pg. 31 and cut the envelope at 5 1/2 inches, then the liner at 5 1/4 inches.

The card box is also from the Artiste cartridge on pg. 47. I cut it at 6 inches to accommodate standard A2 cards and envelopes. The front of my card box is adorned with a beautiful sparkly medallion and resin flower from the Slate collection. I took the pin off of the flower with a pair of pliers and simply glued it down.

I have several people who I am making these card sets for for Christmas. I can't wait to play with different paper combinations and see how they turn out.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Eclectic Paperie goodies arrived!

As a new design team member of the Eclectic Paperie, I was very excited to receive my first box of goodies to design with. It arrived two days before Thanksgiving, so with the busy holiday weekend it was killing me not to be in my studio creating all kinds of fun things, but I did manage to make a card and tag for the Christmas season.

You may not know it at first glance, but the paper is from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet line. I occasionally like using the back sides of the papers for their small background patterns.

Here are a few close-ups of the details...

Silver card stock cut from Tim Holtz's new Stacked Words - Christmas strip die.

More silver trimmings. This one is from Tim Holtz's Festive Greenery strip die.

Tinsel twine is small and light. Perfect for cards.

Snowflake cluster on a doily with more tinsel trimming.

The snowflake cluster was easy to make. First, I stamped this sheet music images across a strip of white card stock. The stamp comes from one of Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet III stamp sets.

I ran the strip through my Vagabond machine using Tim Holtz' s Mini Snowflake Rosette die. This is the smallest of the two on the die. The little snowflake at the top right is from the same die and the larger pink snowflake is from Tim's Mini Snowflake Set mover and shaper die. I inked all of the pieces with Antique Linen and then the outer edges with Vintage Photo.

Whoever invented the rosette die was a genius. I love them! And Tim's snowflake rosettes are fantastic.  After creating the rosette, I layered the three pieces using a thick tacky glue.

I also whipped up a quick tag while I was playing with the Nutcracker Sweet papers.

The tag itself is about 4 inches high, cut from Tim Holtz's Tag and Tie die. The top is secured with tinsel twine and colored Crinkle Ribbon with a pink gem dangling from the center.

Using the same music notes stamp as before, this tag came together pretty quickly. Inking edges in the same manner, it gets a distressed antique look.

This ballerina image is cut from one of the papers in the 12 x 12 Nutcracker Sweet papers.

Now it's time to dig back into that box and check out what other goodies I can create with. See you again soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - November Tag

Tomorrow will be a busy day, so my Thanksgiving wishes to you are a bit early. I hope you have a day full of good company, great food, and plenty of relaxation. I am ever so thankful for all the kind words and your visits to my blog not just today, but every single day of the year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I thought it would be appropriate timing to post my November tag inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012 today. Be sure to check out Tim's tag and the techniques he used to make it. You can find it here. I put just a slightly different twist on mine, but didn't veer off course too much since I LOVED his.

For a bit of texture and depth, I started my tag off with some background stamping. This cross-hatch pattern is from Mixed Media CMS125 from Stamper's Anonymous.

Stamp and emboss leaves and acorn over the top. (Thankful Silhouettes CMS116

Stamp Thankful with archival black, then ink the tag with various colors. Tim used Stains which gives a slightly different effect, so be sure to check it out on his blog. 

Iron over the tag between thin brown kraft paper (I cut apart two lunch bags and used the flat parts). By ironing, you will life away the embossing and leave behind a cool Batik effect. I flicked some water over my tag and heated it. It's a look I always find so cool.

I did some random stamping of this honeycomb image using Vintage Photo.

I put some burlap pieces at the top and along the bottom of my tag. A little tacky glue holds it nicely.

Then scattered leaves and acorns cut from Kraft-Core cardstock using the Autumn Gatherings Sizzix strip die. 

I think this is one of my all-time favorite dies because of all the small pieces you can cut from one pass through the Vagabond. I crumpled some leaves and inked the edges of each piece with Walnut Stain.

I hope you give this tag a try if you have time. It would make a great gift on a wine bottle for your Thanksgiving hostess. (Me, I won't be giving mine away.)

Enjoy your holiday!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Home Makers

This past Friday was my monthly All Things Tim Club where we made our Christmas houses. If you missed my post on this fun project, be sure to check it out here.

Today, I wanted to share the different houses that the ladies made in class. Everyone had different papers to work with, along with lots of fun Tim Holtz products to adorn theirs. Although we didn't quite finish everything, I think the houses turned out great and everyone had a great time. We shared a pot-luck lunch too, which was great!


Kathi and Dotti

Marty and Melanie

Cheryl and Mary Ann

Patty and Donna

I truly appreciate everyone bringing foods and drinks to the class. It was nice to take a break and share some good food and conversation before we finished up the class.

I'll be sure to post my two smaller houses once I get a chance to make them. 

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Eclectic Paperie Design Team Member

I'm so very excited to have made my first design team! I was just informed that I was selected among other talented artists to be on the Eclectic Paperie Design Team. I hope to be sharing art and inspiration with you soon here on my blog and over at the EP Blog as well, so stay tuned. Be sure to pop over to the Eclectic Paperie to shop for your favorite paper crafting products. They carry so many of my favorite lines! Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, Basic Grey, Wendy Vecchi, Bo Bunny and so much more!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Fun Day of Holiday Crafting

Yesterday was my 6th Annual Holiday Workshop and what a fun day it was! Thank you to all who attended and congrats to those who won prizes. Although much work went into this event, it was well worth it to see the happy faces and hear the wonderful comments along the way. Everyone went home with a slew of holiday cards, tags, gift card holders and more. I thought I'd share a few photos of the event with you today.

Happy card makers take time out for a photo.

Jeannette, Cindy, Sharon and Gail.

Lisa, Sue, Ellen and Stacy. (three of these gals drove an hour to get here)

Donna, Marcy and Sharon.

Marty, Melanie, Tricia and daughter Andie.
Melanie won the huge grand prize Crafter's Dream Basket!

Cindy and Tiffany (sisters, can you tell?) were in the holiday spirit with light-up necklaces and earrings.

Ruth, Elizabeth, Emily, Alison, Brandi and Dana.

Lauren, Tiffany, Cindy and Charmin.

Emily, 11, was a pro at making cards. She and her mom worked as a team making them together. According to Emily, she made the harder ones so her mom could do the easier ones.

It was a great day and I'm looking forward to more fun events like this one in the future!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The house that Annette built

Although Christmas is coming upon me at a much faster rate than I am prepared for, I am actually in the spirit. It's tough in Florida where there are no environmental indicators (except when one walks into a craft store). Heck, I still haven't taken down the Halloween decorations yet. But I've had a lot on my plate getting ready for my big annual holiday workshop this Sunday. Literally been at it since August. I'm very excited for it to finally be here!

Meanwhile, there are still monthly classes and clubs that I must keep up with. Today's project is for my November All Things Tim Club (as in Tim Holtz, of course) and it begins with this papier mache house I picked up at my local Hobby Lobby...

Which became this...

And the coolest thing about this house is...

These mini lanterns ROCK!

I knew when Tim first showed us these new lanterns that I was going to HAVE to make something with them. They are part of his Idea-ology line and they come with a battery pack which holds two AA batteries per lantern. Each lanterns has a generous length of cord, so I was able to weave it through the window and put the battery pack inside the house. The top of the house comes off like a lid, so all I have to do is pull it off to plug in the battery pack when I'm ready to light up the house.

I just got this fantastic rosette die called Mini Snowflake Rosette, by Sizzix Alternations. I cut metallic silver paper to make two of these snowflakes for the top of the house. The tinsel trim on the top of the roof line is also from Idea-ology called Tinsel Twine.

The wreath is another new Sizzix Alterations die called Mini Wreath & Bow. I cut it from Kraft-Core cardstock, then embossed it with my Sizzix Raspberry Frame Set embossing folder for a textured background. I sanded it a bit, then added Xmas Red Stickles. My front door is simply card stock pieces inked and layered, and for the doorknob I used a hitch fastener. The door doesn't actually open. Just for show. And of course, those mini lanterns flank the door. I glued them right to the house with Beacon's 3-in-1 Glue.

My little poinsettia pot is filled with some craft store mini pine cones and berries. The poinsettias and leaves are from the new Sizzix Alterations die called Mini Cardinal & Poinsettia. I cut three out of red Kraft-Core card stock and layered them up with a small foam square between each layer. Then I cut one more out of green Kraft-Core for the leaves. Each cluster has been glued to a toothpick which I covered with green floral tape and then all stems are stuck into clay inside the mini basket.

The windows took the most time do to because there are a total of 12 of them and each one needed a pane and shutters. This made the windows look so much more finished. I used the Sizzix Textured Fade called Collage & Notebook on Juniper card stock to make the shutter effect. Then I layered that piece onto another piece of Juniper. Sort of looks like a shutter, don't you think?

The trees on the right are from the Idea-ology pack called Woodlands. It comes with a small wreath as well, but I'm saving that for one of the smaller houses I bought. (Yes, I'm going to make a little Christmas village and will post when it's finished.) I liked the cream color of the trees with my house but wanted to give them just a little shimmer, so I lightly spritzed them with some Krylon Glitter Blast "Sparkling Waters" glitter spray from the local craft store. A dusting of regular white glitter all over for the snow finished off the house perfectly. 

Each of my class members' houses will look different since we'll be using one paper pack to choose from. I used Hobby Lobby's Paper Studio pack called Old World Winter. It has that vintage look and provides three sheets of each pattern in the pack. The perfect amount to cover the main house portion.
And just in case you wondered, the house is 12 inches high and 9 inches wide.

I'll be sure to post a photo of the group's houses when they are finished. We meet next Friday, November 16th, so stay tuned!