Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Card Made with the Recipe Card Kit

I love cherries. They taste like summer to me. The Sugar & Spice Card Kit has cherries in it. Hmmm, now that I have this card kit...what can I do with it...besides the obvious...write recipes on the cards...I know, I'll make a card!

The kit comes with 32 recipe cards, dividers and stickers...lots of room for mistakes... :)

I decided to use the cute printed border on the recipe card for a greeting card. I also used one of the stickers in the kit.

I added a card base, Sweet Leaf and Tulip card stock.

After trimming the border off of the strip, I re-scalloped the scallop by carefully cutting with my Micro-Tip scissors. (LOVE THEM!)

The card pattern I decided to make is a basic one, that I saw in Originals, CTMH's card confidence program.

I wanted to "pop" the sticker up off the card. My tendency is to use foam mounting tape (which I call "puffy tape.") This time I decided to do something different.

I used the unused portion of a Dimensional Elements sheet. Dimensional Elements are CTMH's answer to chipboard. I love the shapes that they carry. Anyway, after you've used the "inside" of the shape, you have all that negative space. Start using it for good! Use it instead of puffy tape to pop things up off your pages! It's free, you already have it!

See how cool it looks?

The card is nice, but still looks kind of plain to me, so I decided to put something in the lower right hand corner. Hmmm, Splendor Designer Brads? White Brads?...better...stamped sentiment?...yes!

I decided on "You're Sweet" the whimsical fruity set. I debated between using Tulip ink (the red color on the card--too light, might not show up enough), Cranberry ink ('s a little darker shade of red) and Chocolate ink (brown). I decided on Chocolate.

I like it, but it still needs more. Colonial White brads would be a nice addition!

I used my handy-dandy Piercing Tool (the "Pokey Thing") to poke the holes for the brads. Another one of my FAV tools. If there's one thing I've learned at the Nordstrom makeup counter, it's all about the tools!

I like how it turned out. So if I don't use up all those recipe cards - I have something to do with all the cute little borders! (Yes, you can even do this with ALL those strips of paper you have hanging around your house.)

I encourage you to use the stuff you have - they call it Shopping Your Stash. :) Have fun with it!

Supplies Used:
My Originals Sugar & Spice Card Kit - X8625 $12.95 (32 recipe cards, 84 stickers and 6 dividers)
Originals Card Confidence Program (how-to book) - 9032 $21.95
Sweet Leaf Card Stock - X5639 $9.50 (24 sheets)
Tulip Card Stock - X5753 $9.50 (24 sheets)
Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack X1410 $14.95 (50 cards & env.)
You're Sweet - B1351 $13.95
Chocolate Stamp Pad - Z2111 $5.25
Basic Brad Assortment - Z1218 $4.95 (160 brads, assortment of bamboo, black, chocolate, colonial white)
Micro-Tip Scissors - Z534 $9.95
Piercing Tool Kit (Pokey Thing) - Z1114 $5.95 (includes tool, mat and 2 needles)
Scrap pieces of Dimensional Elements

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July Stamp of the Month!

July Stamp of the Month:

Happy Forever (D1423)

I love this little hedgehog. He just makes me smile. I wanted to use the Cherry-O Creative Basics paper pack, because it comes with 6 sheets of this plaid paper (so I can make lots of these cards).

I stamped the outline of the hedgehog in Cocoa ink. I then used the little Desert Sand marker to accentuate the outline and bristles. To color it, I used the Autumn Soft Chalks...just smeared it around with the applicator. You can't tell, but I used a little bit of the Glitz Glitter Glue on the butterfly. It made him stand out a little better.

I hope if you have chalk lying around your house, you get a chance to experiment on your stamped images! It's a great way to add a little color, but not too much.

I also used a sponge and Heavenly Blue Ink and sponged in some sky. It's a nice finishing touch.

Have a wonderful, sunny day!

Supplies Used:
Happy Forever (July Stamp of the Month) (D1423, $22.95 or with your qualifying purchase, you can get a discount on it or even get it for free!)
Grown With Love (the grass) (D1372, $22.95)
Cherry-O Creative Basics (X5810, $7.95 for 6 sheets each of 2 designs)
Chocolate Stamp Pad (Z2111, $5.25)
Garden Green Stamp Pad (Z2120, $5.25)
Heavenly Blue Stamp Pad (Z2126, $5.25)
Desert Sand Marker (Z2305, $2.95)
Bubblegum Marker (Z2309, $2.95)
Autumn Soft Chalks (Z904, $9.95)
Buttercup Card Stock (1271, $9.50 for 24 sheets)
Colonial White Card Stock (1388, $9.50 for 24 sheets)
Sponge (Z697, $1.25)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scratch & Sniff Card

I've been thinking about making a Scratch-and-Sniff card for a few months now. The thought of if fascinates me! I first saw the idea at my fav. idea place, Then Close To My Heart came out with the Cherry-O paper pack (and coordinating stamps). A perfect combination! (haha, too bad I didn't use the paper OR stamps in this card.) The strawberries are scratch and sniff.

To make smell-y cards, use
unsweetened Kool-Aid powder (the small packets) and embossing powder. It's 2 parts Kool-Aid and 3 parts embossing powder. The Kool-Aid was about 1 teaspoon's worth, so I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of Close To My Heart's Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Mix them together, then just use like regular embossing powder.

(To make my card, I colored the strawberries with the Holiday Red Marker, then used the Embossing Pen on top of that. Then I sprinkled my sweet-smelling powder. Emboss with a heat gun.) Don't overheat!

To find complete instructions, you can go to, click on Resources (in the upper right hand corner) and search for "scratch and sniff". Detailed instructions will pop up! Have fun! Let me know if you try this technique. (Too bad we don't have Smell-O-Vision.)

Supplies Used:

Card Layout Idea: Originals Card Confidence Program (9032, $21.95)
Blue Ribbon Paper Pack (X7096B, $12.95)

Cranberry & Indian Corn Blue Card Stock (included in Blue Ribbon paper pack)

Tasty Treats (D1427, $22.95)

White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon (Z270, $6.95 for 20 yards)

Staz-On Black Ink (Z888, $9.95)

Sweet Leaf Marker (Z2253, $2.95)

Holiday Red Marker (Z2327, $2.95)

Embossing Pen (Z724, $3.95)

Cranberry Stamp Pad (Z2116, $5.25)

Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Z821, $3.95)

Craft Heater (Z555, $29.95)

Glue Dots (for the ribbon) (1772, $7.50)

Other: Unsweetened Kool-Aid

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Version of the Card from Envelope

In my last post I showed a card made from an envelope
. Here's my version of this great idea. This is one of the cards we're making in card class this month.

I used paper from last year's Christmas pack. It's just red with pink's not necessarily holiday-ish, unless you make it so. I like how the back side is pink with lighter pink polkadots. Very versatile!

Supplies Used:
Jingle paper pack (X7115B, $12.95)

Tulip & White Daisy card stock (included in Jingle)
Sunny Yellow card stock
Buttoned Together Stamp Set (C1361, $18.95)
Somethin' Special Stamp Set (B1336, $13.95)
Barn Red ink (Z2104, $5.25)
Sunny Yellow ink (the tag says "BFF" in yellow) (Z2152, $5.25)
White Daisy Mini-Medley Accents (the crochet flower) (Z1136, $7.95)
Splendor Designer Brads (Z1317, $4.95)
Blush Waxy Flax (Z1128, $3.95)
Other: Paper Crimper

I also made this same card with the Animal Cookies paper pack. It turned out really cute - an different looking from the red one. Great for a gift card!

Supplies Used:
Animal Cookies paper pack (X7112B, $12.95)

Stardust Flexi Labels (they're rubbery!) (Z1150, $3.95)
Other: Paper Crimper

OK, this is another great way to use up scraps!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cards from Envelopes

Here's another swap card I got at the Close To My Heart convention last week. This one was created by Brenda Rutt.

She took a regular envelope and sealed it. Then she cut the "top" off, about an inch and a half. (Don't throw it away!) She then ran the bottom part through a paper crimper. This makes the bottom just the tiniest bit narrower than the top, which allows the bottom to slide into the top easily. Ooh! Easy!!!

No measuring, planning or carefully cutting papers to make sure they fit together. You know me, I'm all about "easy" cards. (but they have to be cute, of course.)

Here's close up of the top. The clear button was "colored" by putting a round piece of colored card stock behind. Very clever! Inside the envelope is a tag which coordinates with the front.

Unforgettable Paper Pack (X7106B, $12.95)
Juniper and Cocoa Card Stock (in Unforgettable)
Intrinsic Backgrounds (D1335, $22.95)
Chocolate Ink (Z2111, $5.25)
Chocolate Waxy Flax (Z1088, $3.95)
Chocolate Ribbon Rounds (Z1127, $7.95)
Clear Buttons are available in two button packs: (Clear Buttons - Z1155 or Holiday Buttons - Z1285, both $6.50)
Glue Dots (1772, $7.50)
I'm not sure about the stamp set - but any small word sentiment will work great.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Using Up (more) Paper Scraps

I'm back from the Close To My Heart convention in Washington, DC. It was SOOOO fun, and I can't wait to share all the (currently) top secret goodies with you in the coming months!

I got this card created by fellow consultant, Deb Okuley, in a swap this week. It shows you yet another way to use up your little scraps of paper! I love how I can just pull anything out of a paper pack and it coordinates. Makes creating faster, simpler and easier!

Also, if you look closely, you can see Deb added Liquid Glass to her piece of card stock. Also, she used the Sponge Dauber with Smokey Plum ink to distress all the edges. They are subtle additions, but add a lot!

Bella Paper Pack (X7114B, $12.95)
A Little Everything Stamp Set (D1408, $22.95)
Smokey Plum Stamp Pad (Z2147, $5.25)
Liquid Glass (Z679, $6.95)
Sponge Daubers (Z726, $3.95 for a set of 3)
Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1102, $6.95)
Colonial White Brads (Z1218, $4.95)
Just Blooms Autumn Daisy (retired)
Glue Dots (1772, $7.50)

If you want to learn these and other fun techniques, come to a card class! Next ones are
Friday, July 16 at 6:30pm
Thursday, July 22 at 10:00am
Friday, July 23 at 6:30pm

Email, call or check out my website for more info! I'd love to see you. or 425.255.3731


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Close To My Heart convention - woo hoo!

Hi there! So sorry I've been absent, I'm in Washington, DC at the Close To My Heart convention - seeing and using the new goodies and learning about the new programs!

You'll love the new Idea Book, stamps, papers and sparkly do-dads - gorgeous! (Don't I always say that? Aren't they always, though!?)

If you want to be one of the first customers or hostesses to get the new goodies - book your party after September 1. The Hostess program is improved, too! (Earn free and discounted goodies sooner.)

I can't wait to show you everything (haha, you have to wait until September). (Unless you sign up to be a consultant...which I would love...we have the best team!)

I'll be back late this weekend, so I'll be posting art (which is what you want) then. (I got about 80 swaps from other talented CTMH consultants.) "See" you soon!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Splendor Basic Kit Card

This is a card from the new Splendor Basic Kit. I LOVE these kits. They have both great scrapbooking ideas and card making ideas. The kit includes a full paper pack, cute accessory (varies by kit), stamp set (not seen in the current Idea Book) and workshop guide (yeah, instructions!) The instructions have cutting guide as well as the directions for card making and scrapbooking pages. Very fun and easy!

Splendor is one of my favorite paper packs this book - and I LOVE the Irrisistibles Pizzazz which come in this kit. These are so cool! They are Dimensional Elements (chipboard diecuts). They come white, and you take a sponge dauber and put your favorite color on there. (I used Goldrush and Topiary on this card.) The color doesn't stick to some of the Dimensional Element (there's a cool pattern that shows up white). And one of the best things is there are no nubbies on the pieces, they come out clean. (No need to use the Finishing Files to rub the nubbies off.)

SUPPLIES USED: Splendor Basic Kit (G1009, $29.95), Goldrush Ink (Z2123 , $5.25), Topiary Ink (Z2155 , $5.25), Moonstruck Ink (Z2134 , $5.25), Splendor Brads (Z1317 , $4.95), White Gel Pen (Gelly Roll Brand). Click here to shop!

You can also buy the Pizazz Irrisistibles separately. (Z1307 , $4.95).

Have fun with it!