Monday, April 26, 2010

Heart 2 Heart, week 4, project #2

I was so inspired by the Heart 2 Heart Challenge ( that I actually made two projects. I am home with sick kids today, so I am filling up my time with projects.
I used an older paper for this card. We are putting together some care packages for troops overseas so I thought I would make a card to go in them.
Here it is!

All products used are Close To My Heart. The pattern for the card came from our Wishes book and is called "Done Right" (pg 119).
I used the Blue Ribbon paper pack, Thoughtful Seasons stamp set for the "thanks", our twill and outdoor denim twill ribbon, soft set eyelets, hemp, and a chipboard star from a long ago Constant Campaign (Dazzling Diecuts, Fall 2008). I inked the star with Cranberry ink using my rubber brayer.
This is the first time that I have put eyelets in twill ribbon. It was tricky as the eyelets kept pulling through. I've done it in grosgrain ribbon before and it is much easier.
I wove two colors of ribbon together for the background of the star. The ribbon gets adhered to a piece of cardstock before the star is put on and it is all cut.
A close up:

Thanks for looking!

Heart 2 Heart, week 4

This week the challenge is to use two types of ribbon on a project. To see the challenge and everyone else's project, go here:
I enjoy working with ribbon and trying new things with it. So I liked this challenge and set right to making something that I had been thinking about trying.
Here is mine!

All items used are from Close To My Heart. I used some leftover sweet leaf ribbon from a Connections Club item that was previously available. The wide white ribbon was the grosgrain ribbon that was included with the Animal Cookies Creative Basics. I stamped on the ribbon using Tulip, Chocolate, and Sweet Leaf Ink. I used the new stamp set called Bowl of Cherries. It is from our Cherry-O Workshop On The Go. The B&T paper is from the Cherry-O set.

The larger cherries were stamped and the cut out and popped up with dimensional dots. The stems on the larger cherries are made with Chocolate Waxy flax.

Thanks for looking!

Sam's third birthday

Here is a layout that I did for Sam's third birthday. Sam's birthday is always the first event in 2010. While about 90% of my crafting projects use items from Close To My Heart, this project did not. At least, not the paper and cardstock.

The patterned paper is from Mind's Eye. It is part of a set called Little Robots. It's a really fun boy paper (and you know I need all the boy paper I can get!).

The letters are from CTMH and I sponged them with Vineyard Berry ink and then painted them our Create-A-Shade paint. The candles are from the CTMH stamp set, Candlelight. I used Vineyard Berry, Ocean, and second generation Ocean to stamp the candles and Sunny Yellow Ink for the flames. The candles were then embossed with our clear detail powder in order to match the textures on the page.

I journaled in Vineyard Berry and the brads are also CTMH.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 23, 2010

One of the Friday Five!

I am excited to share that I am one of the Friday Five's for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for last week's layout that I did. I am very honored and excited that my artwork got picked. Yea!
Check here to see the other four projects that made the Friday Five:

Be on the lookout for some Mother's Day cards in the next few days. I've been under the weather, but am feeling better now.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2009 is finished!

I have finished my 2009 albums. This is huge for me! Granted, I am nowhere near caught up. Nothing before 2009 is finished, but at least 2009 is!
2009 fills two 2 inch albums.

There are just too many layouts to share, but I thought I would share my all-time favorite 2009 traditional layout and my favorite 2009 Studio J layout.

My favorite traditional 2009 layout:

It's a hard choice, but for some reason, I just really love this layout. It features my middle son Tom and our chickens. I used the Twitterpated paper and our Posterboard alphabet.

For 2009, all the Studio J layouts that I completed are from our trip to Australia. I just needed to get these done and Studio J was a great way to get them all done!

It's almost impossible to tell that the Studio J layout was not a layout that I pieced together by hand, but one that I created on a computer. Love it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge, week 3

This week, we had to follow a sketch for the challenge. To see the sketch, look here:

Here is my project:

I am making a small 3 three binder for our neighbor's birthday. His 4th birthday is a little ways away, but I thought I would start early. I am using a Close To My Heart My Creations 3- ring binder, the Stardust paper pack, and Dimensional Elements Stars. The ribbon on the front is our White Daisy Grosgrain that I hand stitched with dark blue embroidery floss.

The large star was sponged with Topiary ink and then stamped with a background stamp and embossed with silver pearl embossing powder. The medium star was sponged with moonstruck ink and then I made the stitches with our new Stardust Glitz Glitter Glue. The small star was sponged with honey ink and then painted with Create-a-Shade pearl paint.

I liquid glassed the "Carl" which was stamped with our Cocktail alphabet.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge, week 2

Here are the requirements for this weeks challenge:

This is a 1/2/3 challenge.
*Use 1 stamped image (not 1 set, but 1 image)
*Use 2 different patterned papers
*Use 3 embellishments - these can be 3 of the same thing or 3 different things

I had a little bit of a hard time using only 1 stamped image. I really wanted to use an alphabet set and spell something out, but that would be more than one image, im my opinion. So, I used the "Happy" stamp from March's A Little Everything.
Everything on my page is Close To My Heart, even the giant snow flakes.
I made this 12 x 12 page to go in a frame on the wall. I am making one of each of the favorite pictures I have of my kids. This one is of my youngest son Sam.

The patterned paper used is a preview of one of the new Summer packs. It is called Zippidee. The edges of one paper are torn to reveal the other paper. The edges of the cranberry cardstock is distressed using our edge distressor. The snow flakes are the CTMH Flurry Dimensional Elements. I sponged Indian Corn Blue ink on the the flakes and then painted them with our Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint. I love that it dries to a shiny finish.
I used foam dots to layer the snowflakes.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge, week 1

Okay, so I love scrapbooking...well, all paper crafting really. I tend to let life in the way and don't get to enjoy my hobby as much as I would like. I also don't share on my blog much about my hobby. Well, perhaps that will change. This week I decided to participate in the Heart 2 Heart Challenge. The challenge is to use the specified colors to create something using Close To My Heart products. It doesn't have to be all CTMH, but what I created today is 100% CTMH.
This is a Luau invite that I am helping my mom make. This is my first run and she will have to approve everything, but it works for this challenge. This week, we had to use Sweet Leaf (green), Sunflower (yellow-orange), and Chocolate (brown).
Here's how I created my card.

Supplies needed:
Colonial White card base,
Chocolate cardstock, 1 x 4 1/4
Colonial White cardstock, 3 x 3
14 inches, hemp
Surf's Up stamp set
Foam dimensional tape
Sunflower, Sweet Leaf and Chocolate ink

For the background I used just a plain Colonial White card base and random stamped the base of the pineapple using Sunflower ink. Sunflower ink is actually the color of the surfboard, but I used a technique called second generation stamping.
To do second generation, simply ink the stamp. Then stamp once on a scrap piece of paper. Then, without reinking, stamp the image on your project. I used second generation Sweet Leaf on the tops of the pineapples.
The surfboards were stamped on the 3 x 3 cardstock and cut out. I chose to do one of the surfboards in Sunflower and Chocolate and the other in just Chocolate ink.
I used an edge distressor on the piece of chocolate cardstock, but the edge of your scissors will also work. I tend cut and tied the hemp and placed in on the card. I used the foam tape to raise up the surfboards and then stamped the Luau in chocolate ink on the card.
That's it. Pretty simple. But I like how it turned out.