Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

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A blast from the past - FRANK!
This is a vintage DOTS/CTMH stamp from the ol' days.  He and his wife Honey were quite popular!  I created this card using the new Twitterpated papers.  I also used reinker to turn our white paint into Sweet Leaf paint for the Foundry Bookplate.  Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

October Stamp of the Month - Holiday Warmth Snowflakes

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Products Used:
Oct. Stamp of the Month
Heavenly Blue Cardstock and Ink
Chocolate Cardstock and Ink
Sweet Leaf Cardstock and Ink
Prisma Glitter
Glue Pen
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October Stamp of the Month - Holiday Warmth

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CTMH Products Used:
Jingle Level 2 Paper
Liquid Glass
Prisma Glitter
Cranberry Brads

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Many Thanks with Twitterpated Paper

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Item#   Description  Page  Price

D1371 Many Thanks 23 22.95

X7118B Twitterpated Level 2 Papers 22 12.95

Z2164 Sorbet Ink Pad 101 5.25

Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad 100 5.25

Z2153 Sweet Leaf Ink Pad 101 5.25

Z1230 Dimensional Elements In Color 95 3.50

Z697 Sponge 97 1.25

Z1297 Edge Distresser 97 2.50

Z1151 3-D Foam Tape 99 5.95

Z679 Liquid Glass 98 6.95

Z1127 Chocolate Ribbon Rounds 90 7.95

Z280 Natural Hemp 91 2.25

Z726 Sponge Dauber 97 3.95

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Home for the Holidays Card

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This was a fun card we made at my workshop last Saturday.  We used liquid glass and fun flock on the tree and house to make it look like snow.  It's a little hard to see in the photo, but it's cute in person.  Enjoy!

C1384 Neighborhood Stamp Set
D1243 Peace on Earth Stamp Set
X7116 Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Packet
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z263 Fun Flock
Z2130 Indian Corn Blue Ink Pad
X2120 Garden Green Ink Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad
Z1052 Ricrac Ribbon Rounds
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Scrapbook Funny/Joke

Pin It I saw this and thought it was too funny!

Top 10 Signs of a Scrapbook Addict 
  1. You're the only one at a social gathering yelling, "Just one more photo, folks; I don't have enough for a two-page spread!
  2. A regular sandwich is no longer acceptable--it must be cropped or cut with decorative edges.
  3. You try to claim your album purchases as a medical expense because it's such good "therapy".
  4. You buy a new pink swimsuit because it matches the pink photo mounting paper.
  5. You decide to give your child piano lessons so you'll be able to use the musical instrument stickers that are in the Big Pack.
  6. You redecorate your family room to coordinate with your photo album covers.
  7. Your three year old wants to know if her coloring book is "archival quality".
  8. Your three-year-old wants to know if her coloring book is "archival quality."
  9. Scraps from your corner rounder cuttings can be found in unusual places: school lunch bags, briefcases, the laundry, the dog's water bowl.
  10. Of course a scrapbook addict doesn't follow a 12 step program but a 12 x 12 step one.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Eyelets, Eyelets, & More Eyelets

Pin It I LOVE LOVE LOVE our new Soft Set Eyelet Kit! I was shocked at how easy it was to use the first time I tried it and so were my customers.  Close to My Heart's new eyelets are notched so they split open very easily when a slight bit of pressures is added using the special eyelet setter.  Here are a few cards I made recently:

Products Used
Card #1:
Item#  Description  Page  Price

D1371 Many Thanks 23 22.95
D1366 Holiday Trinkets Set 11 22.95
X 7116B Sweet Home Level 2 Papers 14 12.95
Z2110 Buttercup Ink Pad 101 5.25
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad 10 5.25
Z891 VersaMark Pad 96 9.95
Z673 White Embossing Powder 96 3.95
Z555 Craft Heater 96 29.95
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape 99 5.95
Z1208 Soft Set Eyelet Tool 97 14.95
Z1229 Soft Set Eyelets 93 3.95
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape 99 5.95

Card #2:
D1371 Many Thanks 23 22.95
X7116B Sweet Home Level 2 Papers 14 12.95
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad 10 5.25
Z1208 Soft Set Eyelet Tool 97 14.95
Z1229 Soft Set Eyelets 93 3.95
1300 White Daisy Just Blooms 92 7.95
D1212 Playful Flourishes Set Sm76 22.95
Z270 White Grosgrain 91 6.95
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Thursday, October 22, 2009


Pin It I just watched the amazing video on my website that is full of ideas!  Close to My Heart featured:

  • Two-color heat embossing
  • How to mix and match your kits
  • Adding and removing pages from your album a snap
Check it out!



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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


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Please welcome our new kittens!
Jack and Whiskers are too much fun!
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Around the Holidays Workshop

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I love this card kit! Add prisma glitter, liquid applique, and fun flock for extra pizzaz.  Like what you see?  Join me on Saturday, December 12th to create this fun card tin and coordinating cards.  Check out my website for more details.  Calendar

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Holiday Trinkets Card

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This was my swap card for our unit exchange earlier this week. 

D1366 Holiday Trinkets Stamp Set
X7115B Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet
Liquid applique
Prisma glitter
Soft Set Eyelet Tool
Waxy flax
Foam Tape

All supplies can be purchases here: Order Online
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flurry Dimensional Elements Card

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4 1/2 x 9 White Cardstock
2 x 2 Juniper CS
2 x 2 Juniper B&T (I used the snowflake pattern from the Jingle paper packet)
Juniper Ink Pad
9" Wide White Daisy Organdy Ribbon
CTMH Soft Set Eyelets (White)
CTMH Soft Set Eyelet Setter
Sponge Dauber
Paper Trimmer (cutting blade)
Any small holiday saying
Flurry Dimensional Elements (3 stars)
Foam Tape
Tiny spray bottle
Juniper or Twilight Reinker
Create a Shade Pearl Paint

All products can be purchases on my website:

  • Fold white cardstock into a card
  • Using your cutting blade, cut out a square in the upper-right hand corner
  • Use the square you just cut out as a template to trace the inside of the Juniper Cardstock
  • Cut out the center of the Juniper Cardstock with scissors or your paper trimmer
  • Use the sponge dauber and Juniper ink pad to scrape the edges of the Juniper Cardstock
  • Glue the Juniper Cardstock to the front of the card over the hole
  • Attach background paper to the inside of the card so you can see it through the window
  • In a small spray bottle, combine Create a Shade shimmer paint, reinker, and water (This is not an exact science so just use your discretion as to how much of each to use. Remember that you can always add more reinker, so start with about 4 drops.)
  • Put 3 star dimensional elements on a scrap piece of paper or in a box and spray the paint onto the stars
  • Let dry
  • Using CTMH's Soft Set Eyelet tool, attach white eyelet to the left/middle of the window
  • Tie organdy ribbon around the front of the card and through the eyelet
  • Attach stars on the inside of the card with foam tape so they peek through the window
  • Stamp saying in the lower left hand corner
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Stamp & Scrapbook Room

Pin It I always love to see what other people do with their craft rooms and I bet you do too.  I hope you feel inspired!  This room originally had white walls and yucky green carpet.  I designed the room and my wonderful husband installed the cabinets we purchased from Lowes.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

My Stamp Room

Close up of desk

My tool caddies from IKEA - I wanted easy access to them, but didn't want them on my desk.

My desk drawer full of accents & Ribbon Rounds

Helper #1 (Jack) next to my 12"x12" hanging file folders

These hanging file folder carts are from I love them because I can roll them close to my desk, push them back, or take them with me to a crop.  Every CTMH color has its own file that is labeled with the color name and a heart stamped next to it in the matching color for easy viewing.  (They are organized by season.)

Helper #2 (Coeuri)

My stamp shelves!  I love being able to see my stamps, but traditional shelving didn't make sense for my wonderful Close to My Heart Acrylix stamps.  My solution - Cap Moulding!  (See next photo)

Side view of cap moulding. This is traditionally used to fit on top of beadboard as a chair rail.  I flipped it upside down and my husband tacked it onto the wall with a brad nailer.

My Closet

I "designed" the closet so my daughter could have all of her craft supplies on the bottom shelf, within reach. Since we've organized all of her things into bins, she actually keeps her side of the room clean!  The paper bins below this shelf hold retired CTMH papers for both her and I to share.

Helper #3 - I love having a space where she can join me! She loves to craft just like her mommy.  This photo also shows the shelves that house my business forms.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my room!
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