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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

FLORAL GREETINGS

It's spring, and the flowers will soon be blooming.  I loved the "Keep Dreaming" stamp set in the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and the challenges I found were perfect for it!  I used a sketch from CASE this Sketch, the floral image from Inspired by All the Little Things, and the Coming Up Roses theme over at Heart2Heart.
 
I used the papers from the Little Dreamer pack and stamped the floral images directly to the paper, then cut and pieced them together.  The background foliage was stamped directly on the card front and the cut-out flowers were arranged on top of them.  The green background leaves were actually watercolored using the ink pad!  I added some clear shimmer brush to the roses and the background pink flowers.  I inked the edges of the layer on the large flower in the center, and added bitty sparkles to the center.
I used Blossom, Sweet Leaf, Thistle and Black inks.  All products are from Close to My Heart.  You can find them on my CTMH website. 

This card is one of the projects we will make in my June Stamp Club Classes.  Watch here for more details, or send me an email at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you are interested.

Be sure to pop over to the blogs mentioned above to see other great creations!  

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Birthday that is a LLAMA FUN!

I can't believe that it has been a month since I last posted - and it was a Mojo Monday challenge back then!  This is the latest sketch from one of my favorite challenge blogs.  I wanted to showcase the bold papers in the new "Prickly Pear" paper pack from Close to My Heart, and all of the block sections on this sketch made that possible.


I was inspired by a card created by fellow CTMH consultant Claudia McDaniel.  She had used multiple rows of fringed paper with this little llama.  I pulled out my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create that feature on this card.



  This cute llama is found on the "Prickly Pear - Cardmaking" stamp set that has a coordinating set of dies.  I colored him with the ShinHanTouch Twin Markers.  In addition, I added a few of the Prickly Pear Sequins and a strip of the new Blue Burlap Ribbon.

Here's the complete list of what I used on this card (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:
Prickly Pear Paper Packet (X7721B)
Poppy cardstock (X5779)
White Daisy cardstock (1385)
Stamps:
Prickly Pear - Cardmaking (C1682, stamp set only, Z3332, bundled with dies)
Inks:
Black (Z2805)
Peacock (Z2849)
Poppy (Z2852)
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - Barely Beige (Z2445), Pastel Peach (Z2460), Golden Yellow (Z2452), Carmine (Z2448), Leaf Green (Z2454), Turquoise Blue (Z2465), Peacock Green (Z2461), and Black (Z2446)
Accessories:
Prickly Pear Sequins (Z3324)
Blue Burlap Ribbon (Z3325)
Miscellaneous:
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors

Be sure to check out the other cards created with this sketch over at the Mojo Monday challenge blog.  I also am entering this in the Anything Goes challenge over at the Seize the Birthday Challenge Blog.  Pop over there as well to get ideas for birthday projects!


If you are interested in any of the products used on this card, you can head over to my CTMH Shopping Website to see them all.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mojo Monday Birthday Card


The Hello Lovely papers from Close to My Heart offer a vintage feel with their soft colors.  I love how the pattern papers in the front coordinate so well with the floral background piece.  It's so fun to get all of these papers in one pack and know that they will all go together! 

Everything came together really quickly using this week's sketch from Mojo Monday!  I wanted the papers to be the showcase of this card, and these larger pieces were perfect.  There are ten different sheet designs in the pack, and I was able to use five of them on this card.


The pattern in the two front pieces is done in a gold color, so I decided to use a gold shimmery paper for the backing of my pieces.  However, other than glitter paper, CTMH didn't have the paper I wanted.  SO - I created it!  I used Desert Sand cardstock, which is as close to gold as any of  the CTMH cardstocks.  I then used the new Gold Shimmer Brush just around the edges of these cardstock pieces - and I had gold shimmer paper!  If you click on the photo you will open a larger version and be able to see the shimmer from the pen.  I also used the Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder for the front sentiment.  The sentiment is one of four birthday greetings from the "Birthday Sparkles" stamp set (B1537).

The final addition is the acetate butterfly.  I used Ranger's Alcohol Inks (clover, aqua, and tangerine) to color a piece of acetate, then cut it using the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio die set from Memory Box. 

This card is a part of my April Stamp Club classes that start tomorrow - finished it just in time!  Hop over to the Mojo Monday Blog and check out the other great creations using this sketch.  And thanks for taking the time to visit me today.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dreamin' Big Birthday Card

I hadn't played much with Close to My Heart's Dreamin' Big papers, so thought it was about time, since they will only be available until the end of April!  I also wanted to use the "Leafy Congrats" stamp (A1203).   This card actually was created in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep.  I had seen a sketch that I liked, but didn't want to turn on my computer, so was working from memory.  Well, I got the basics of the sketch, but not too accurate.  I tried it again with the actual design of the sketch, and decided I liked my first go at it better!  So that is what you see here.

This is the stamp image that I used in the circle.  You will notice that it says "CONGRATS" right in the middle.  Well, I loved the leaves, but not the sentiment, so that's why there is the banner going across the center of the circle with the Happy Birthday greeting!  Now I have multiple ways of using this stamp, and not just to tell someone that they did a great job!

The banner is juniper cardstock, so I used the juniper ink to watercolor the leaves, adding the berries with my Carmine ShinHan marker.  All of the patterned paper is from the Dreamin' Big paper pack, with the addition of black and poppy cardstock.  The circle frame is cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circle Frames.

I am entering this card into the Birthday! challenge over at StampInkPaper this week.  Pop over to their website and check out the other great birthday cards to help Andrea celebrate.

By the way, this card will be one of the projects for my April Stamp Club classes.  Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you would like more information about this.  Classes will meet on Saturday April 8, Monday April 9, Tuesday April 10 and Thursday April 12.  Pre-stamped kits are available if you are unable to attend those dates, and kits can be mailed if you are out of the area.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CLEAN AND SIMPLE CARD

I was able to fit a little crafting into last week, even though we were busy with Nathanael's piano recitals.  We had a whirlwind weekend with his fund-raising recital in Prescott for the Symphony Association's Scholarship Fund, and then we headed to Tucson where her performed again for friends from his university days.  I have one week before we leave to hear him perform this recital for his master's degree at the University of Houston.  So glad we can do all the traveling, but it means I have to get busy with the rest of the cards for my May classes!  Well, here's a peak at the first card.  I used the design from CAS(E) this sketch for a quick yet elegant card.  I am also entering it into the Clean and Simple challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and MoreYou can click on either link above to head over to these challenge blogs and check out the other projects people have created using their inspiration. 
I embossed the floral image from Close to My Heart's "In Bloom" stamp set (A1199) in white on white cardstock.  I then used sponge daubers to add the color - canary, pixie and sweet leaf inks.  The sentiment from CTMH "Happy to be Friend" (C1605) is stamped in black.  I used a Die-namics Inside/Out Stitched Rectangle die to cut out the image panel, then used foam to mount it on a slightly larger piece of white before putting them both on the card base.  I love the clean look of white on white, so why not white on white on white?

This card will be one of the projects for my April Stamp Club classes.  Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you would like more information about this.  Classes will meet on Saturday April 8, Monday April 9, Tuesday April 10 and Thursday April 12.  Pre-stamped kits are available if you are unable to attend those dates, and kits can be mailed if you are out of the area.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

UPDATE - April 12, 2017 
Life has been busy, and I just checked on the Addicted to Stamps and More blog and found out that this card was selected as one of the Honorable Addicts!!!  What a fun surprise.
 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CUT IT OUT! March Special from Close to My Heart




Save 25% on all Close to My Heart Thin Cuts during March!
Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!
*Offer available March 1–March 31, 2017 while supplies last—so order early if you are interested!

This list shows the thin cuts & bundles that are available during this special - their regular & sale prices - and where to find them in the catalogs!  

Contact me if you have questions - scrappingailaz@gmail.com - or head over to my CTMH website to place your order - http://scrappingail.closetomyheart.com/

Thin Cuts—Hearts (Z3260, reg $14.95 , now $11.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Stars (Z3261, reg $14.95, now $11.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Happy (Z3258, reg $13.95, now $10.46, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Love (Z3257, reg $10.95, now $8.21, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks (Z3259, reg $11.95, now $8.96, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—Celebrate (Z3256, reg $13.95, now $10.46, Annual Inspirations p. 79)
Thin Cuts—XOXO (Z3305, reg $10.95, now $8.21, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 51)
Thin Cuts—Happy Birthday (Z3304, reg $9.95, now $7.46, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 51)
Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts (Z3317, reg $12.95, now $9.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 52)
Thin Cuts—Basic Circles (Z3318, reg $12.95, now $9.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 52)
Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3301, reg $28.95, now $21.71, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 10)
Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3300, reg $23.95, now $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 20)
Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3303, reg $23.95, now $17.96, Seasonal Expressions 1 p. 30)
Some Kinda Wonderful Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3302, reg $23.95, now $17.96, Seasonal Exp 1 p. 40)
Swirly Seashells Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1219, reg $31.95, now $23.96) – stamp set in Annual Inspirations p. 61
Thin Cuts only —Swirly Seashells (CC1155, reg $18.95, now $14.21)
Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1220, reg $18.95, now $14.21) - stamp set in Annual Inspirations p. 39
Thin Cuts only —Sweet Birthday (CC1156, reg $9.95, now $7.46)
Wreath Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1221, reg $16.95, now $12.71) - stamp found in Annual Inspirations p. 66
Thin Cuts only —Wreath (CC1157, reg $10.95, now $8.21)
School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC1222, reg $32.95, now $24.71) - stamp set found in Annual Inspirations p. 53
Thin Cuts only—School Kids (CC1158, reg $15.95, now $11.96)
REMEMBER - shipping will be charged on the full retail price of the items, not on the sale price.

Monday, February 27, 2017

You Are Tea-rrific!

The March Stamp of the Month from CTMH is SOOOO cute.  While the sentiments in the set are tea-related, it would be so easy to switch this out to be a coffee themed card as well!  I used the Freshly Made Sketch for this week as the basis of the design.  The new Adventure Fundamental Papers from CTMH offer several designs for all of the ten colors in the Adventure color family - so I used the two designs for the Blossom color.  In order to coordinate the colors on the cups to the paper, I used the ink pads for Blossom, Sea Glass, and Canary to watercolor the cups.  I added accent colors with the ShinHan Markers - Carmine and Turquoise Blue.

This card will be a part of my March Stamp Club classes.  The stamp set - called Tea-rrific - will be available for purchase all during the month of March.  You can buy it at the regular retail price of $17.95, or if you place a $50 order, you can get this cute stamp set for only $5!  Quite a deal.  In addition, during the month of March, all of the thin cut dies and stamp/die bundles from CTMH will be on sale at 25% off!  Take advantage of the sale and get the stamp set at the reduced price!
Be sure to check out the other great cards designed with the Freshly Made Sketch - pop over to their blog!  And thanks for visiting me today.