Thursday, February 28, 2013

Damask Divas Chantilly Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Damask Diva's Blog Hop! This month we are featuring the beautiful Chantilly Paper Pack! I adore the happy colors and the adorable paisley in this super fun paper pack.  It *might* be my favorite from the new Idea book. 
If you came from Lilian's blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants you will also want to hop over there to enter this month's giveaway!

Here is my project:
For today's project I made this birthday card an tried to feature as much of the paper pack as possible since I love it so much! I am drawn to circles on layouts, but I never seem to make any! So this month, I went circle crazy. I decided to use some kraft cardstock from my stash to help highlight the Chantilly paper colors. I also wanted to slip the burlap ribbon in the project too, one of my favorite Close to my Heart products!
I used my Artiste cartridge to cut the circles, the lacy kraft paper doilies and the lacy paper ribbon. I also used Artiste to cut the flowers that I stamped with coordinating cotton candy, pear and buttercup ink. The button in the middle of the layered flower and the pink glitter bling is from the Chantilly workshop on the go kit.
The next blog on the list is Ashley's blog. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using the fun Chantilly paper pack. If you get lost or you are ready to sign up for the giveaway, just hop on over to Damask Divas blog for the full list.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For Always

Welcome to our February Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, these cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

Our theme this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but also a brand NEW paper pack from Close to My Heart - "For Always".   In this hop, you will see projects featuring one (or both!) of our versatile Cricut cartridges with this paper pack from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy our blog hop!  

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Ellen of Card Monkey's Paper Jungle then you are in the right place!

Here is my project I made for you today! The beautiful flower box is from the Artiste cartridge. I used the Ruby card stock that comes in the For Always paper pack and inked the edges of the For Always patterned paper with Ruby ink as well. I used coordinating papers for the card as well. The frame cut out on the card is also from the Artiste cartridge. The For Always paper pack is elegant yet very versatile. It can be used for a monotone theme, or with a splash of color like I have here. I hope that you enjoyed today's project and plan to make For Always part of your collection!

Your next stop on our "For Always" hop is Jennifer of 4Hearts Scrapbooking.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:
  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious 
  3. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts 
  4. Michelle ~ My Creations With Michelle 
  5. Priscilla~  Priscilla's Paperie 
  6. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  7. Stephanie-The Quilted Scrapper 
  8. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy 
  9. Ellen ~ CardMonkey's Paper Jungle 
  10. Melissa Lind~ MyWatermelonMoon 
  11. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking 
  12. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

HIMCR Weekly Challenge

This week's Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge is to "use a kit".  This week I am using Digital Kits!  I have been acquiring digital kits here and there and I am finding that I really enjoy them.  This was from a fun little bowling trip we took the kids to at Halloween time.  I love this little bowling alley and wanted a fun way to share our excursion.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks inspiration and that you go check out the other design team members inspirations over at Hiding in my Craft Room.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Free Paper Pack offer expiring soon!

Have you SEEN the new catalog yet?   I Love, Love LOVE it!!!
Click HERE to take a looksie!  Plus I have a GIFT for you!

* Place an order of $65 or more in products (before tax and shipping) on my site from this fabulous new catalog get a FREE Paper Pack of your choice from ME ( $9.95 value)!   Orders must be placed by Thursday, Feb 28th, 2013 to qualify for the free paper pack.

Plus, with your order of just $50 you can get the beautiful February Stamp of the Month for just $5!

Just let me know when you have placed your order and I will send a paper pack to you!
Enjoy Friends!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Birthday Blast!

Although this plague is holding tight, I ventured out of bed long enough to whip up a quick card for the Peachy Keen Weekly Challenge.  I have had my new SOTM stamps for over a week and I have been DYING to use them!
So here is the sketch for the challenge:

Aaaand here is what I made!

Can I tell you that the hardest part is getting a decent photo of this?  The colors and the sparkles just didn't want to cooperate. 
I hope you enjoyed today's little challenge creation, and I hope you get your Peachy Keen Stamps out and enter too!
Operation Write Home is in need of kids Birthday cards, and I am guessing boys are the hardest.  I plan to use this kit much more for some boys' cards.

Friday, February 15, 2013

HIMCR Challenge- Embossing!

This week's Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge is Embossing.  Although I have the plague, and I am not up to making anything, I managed this quick little card.  The most awesome thing is that embossing is a super fast and easy way to make a project look and seem fancy, when it was really a snap!  Breaking down and buying a Cuttlebug and embossing folders has been hands down one fo my top 5 investments.  Here is the little card:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day!

So this weekend seemed like a good time to start my Valentine's projects... you know, BEFORE the holiday is here and gone.  I don't know what's wrong with me, but I am more inspired to be crafty for holidays once they have passed.  Thankfully Valentine's isn't like the big holiday season and I guess I really am not too overwhelmed to get stuff done on time... 
In one of my less than genius moments, I asked m y son if he thought it would be a good idea to give mail boxes to his classmates.  Naturally, he thought it was a great idea, and so I finally sat down and made them yesterday.  It started off 6,  then I added one, cause I wanted one made form some clearance paper I found and loved. But as soon as I started making it, I realized it would be commandeered for his teacher. It was.

Okay, so in all 8 happened.  But #3 I had figured out the secret to the curvy part and not ripping my hair out with frustration.  So here they are (sorry about the poor photo quality, that part was not coming together very well...sigh):
The boy's boxes.  My daughter convinced him they should all be different colors. Argh.

My fave, I decided to keep for me :)

This one is for teacher, although I really like it too and it's a tough choice! :)

I have one more project to do for V Day.  I might even get it done in time! ;)
Have a fabulous Monday friends!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday!

It's time for Hiding in my Craft Room's Super Scraps Saturday again!  Here is what I was able to throw together from the "small" scraps box.  I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to dig around in your scrap box and see what you can come up with!  Don't forget to check out the other gals creations at HIMCR too!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Life is just Peachy

I decided to play along this month with Peachy Keen Stamps release challenges on the Peachy Keen Connection.
Challenge number one was a to include dots, stripes and a PKS stamp.  Here is what I came up with:
Isn't she adorable? She is from the first ever PKS stamp of the month set and now that I figured out how to color her, I really love her!  I fussy cut the dress and heart to include the dots and stripes.  I water colored the rest of the image.  Water coloring stamped images is my medium. Sometimes colored pencils.  Markers? FORGEDDABOUDIT.  We are NOT friends.
I also wanted to highlight the beautiful handmade background paper I used, so I stamped the sentiment right on it!

Challenge number two was a monochrome challenge, but using any colors we like!  I went with cream and brown for my color scheme.
I am in love with that ribbon I bought from Close to my Heart and I decided some hand drawn stitching might be fun.  I love the cute retro faces from PKS.

Lastly, my baby girl was feeling a little better after being home all week with a nasty bug, so she played along too.  She went with the monochrome, pink & cream were her color choice and here is what she came up with:
Gosh that bear is adorable!

I hope you enjoyed today's fun!  I think I might try some more challenges...I haven't been playing along for a while and this was really fun!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Would you like a FREE Close to my Heart Paper pack?

Have you SEEN the new catalog yet?   I Love, Love LOVE it!!!
Click HERE to take a looksie!  Plus I have a GIFT for you!

* The first THREE people to place an order of $65 or more in products (before tax and shipping) on my site from this fabulous new catalog get a FREE Paper Pack from ME ( $9.95 value)!  Don't worry, It will be hard to restrain yourself an spend so little.  Orders must be placed before Feb 28th, 2013 to qualify for the free paper pack.  Paper pack is of your choice from the current catalog!

With your order of just $50 you can get the beautiful February Stamp of the Month for just $5!

Just let me know when you have placed your order and I will send a paper pack to you!
Enjoy Friends!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I need YOUR help! A Poll!!!

I have been toying with a bunch of ideas for this little corner in the bloggy world.  I can't decide which way to jump...  So I need your help!

Which is better?
Blog Hops- a group of bloggers who put together projects for your enjoyment.

Challenges to enter?
With a theme or inspiration to guide you.

Or both?  A blog hop to kick off a theme and then the opportunity to show your stuff?

So I guess I am asking do you want to be a lurker or a contributor?  lol

I guess I should also say that while yes, I am hoping to generate some blog traffic, but I really want to know what is more fun and helpful for you all!  This is supposed to be fun for ALL of us!

I hope you take a moment to share your thoughts!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentine Wreath!

I had a great time making this Valentine's Day Wreath!  I didn't have to go out and buy anything, I used all on hand supplies including the wreath base!   You might recognize this wreath base from a couple of  projects I did last fall here and here.   We live in a fairly small home and don't have a lot of storage room.  I love the grapevine wreaths and so, I just keep decorating it!  
I mostly used Miss Molly to complete this project, but Amelia got a chance to add a little something too!

Amelia helped with the XO.  They are from the Cricut Carousel Cartridge.  The glitter is actually Close to my Heart's new glitter paper!  It was easy peasy to add a little shine to this project with this paper.
Miss Molly did the rest of the work.  The hearts & the banner.  I used my Silhouette sketch pens to write the "All you need is"  and then used a shape that actually comes with the Silhouette software for the banner.  The ink is actually glitter ink, but it's hard to see in the photos.
So that I would have a scalloped layer to go behind the LOVE hearts, I used my Valentine mailboxes kit so all of the hearts would match.  I used my Cuttlebug (and realized I forgot to name her! To be rectified shortly...)  to emboss and give some texture to the LOVE on the strings.  I originally was going to just hang the LOVE hearts and came up with suspending them so they and some other hearts could float in the middle of the wreath.  I really like how that turned out!  Do you?

Well I hope you enjoyed today's project.  I have some more this week for Valentine's day (hopefully).  Oh and the hardest part about making a wreath?  Photographing it.  Trust me.
Have a fabulous day friends!

 P.S. Have you checked out the new Spring Summer Catalog yet?  I'm in LOVE!
Click HERE to check it out!

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