Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop celebrating National Stamping Month. You may have just come
from Michele Rowley's blog. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's post.

You can purchase the From the Heart card kit which includes card bases, envelopes, and an E-sized stamp set for a 20% discount this month only. You can also buy just the stamp set or just the card bases. I wanted to show you how the beautiful gold framed card bases can be used for any kind of card, so I made a Christmas card using one of the pocket scrapbooking panels from the new CTMH Beary Christmas paper pack and the Christmas stamp, First Noel. After I made it I knew I wanted to buy extra card bases for more unique interactive cards!

I had already put one card together to see what to fold and what to adhere. I didn't want to risk getting ink on the gold border after it was adhered so I chose to stamp the inside first. To be sure I stamped within the space available, here are the steps I followed:

1. Before folding or adhering anything, fold the gold frame over the inside, lifting the middle panel.

2. Lightly mark the side and top edges of the stampable area with a pencil.

3. Be sure the sentiment stamp you choose fits inside that area.
 4. Line up your stamps inside with the gold frame down, then stamp. Don't forget to erase the light pencil marks.

5. Finish folding and adhering the card sides and top according to the step-by-step assembly directions that are included in the entire kit as well as in the packet of extra card bases and envelopes.
To make the front:
I chose the 4" x 3" pocket card that is mostly white with a few evergreen trees and some glacier sky with snowflakes on top. I cut a house silhouette from Toffee cardstock using Cricut You Are Here, cutting off the chimney. To fit the space I allowed, I sized it 1.5" wide x 1.75" high. The "O" manger scene from the word NOEL was stamped with black on Glacier cardstock. I restamped the star with Versamark and gold embossed it with the medium sized star in the stamp set. I punched it out with a one inch circle punch. The pocket card is slightly smaller than the front panel card that comes with this card pack, so I gold embossed the star border that comes with the stamp set on each side. I tied the gold ribbon from the Basics ribbon pack. I replaced the small bottom strip that supports the front of the card with a strip of Glacier cardstock 5/8" x 3.75" and adhered the front according to directions. 

When you pull up the inside white panel the card front pops up . . .

 revealing the inside sentiment.

The card front stays standing. How cool is that!?!

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to move on to Miss Carrie's Creations to see her lovely artwork.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #152 - Christmas
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #44 - anything goes
Heartful Stamping Challenge Sept.10-17 - anything goes with stamping
The Holly and Ivy Challenge #14 - anything Christmas goes

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lord Bless and Keep You Wild Sunflower Card

This week a sunflower farm in our area started allowing visitors. People come from all over, even other countries, to take photos of the acres of sunflowers. We have a smaller, wild variety that blooms along fence rows around our farm. I chose a flower stamp for this card that looks like our wild ones.

I needed more encouragement cards, so once I made this one that I liked, I made three more. I love the message of this new CTMH sentiment stamp set: May the Lord bless and keep you. I originally made it for one of our daughters to send to a sorority sister fighting cancer.

The sentiment has a small sprig of leaves on each side, so I enlarged it by stamping four more outline leaf sprigs from this month's stamp of the month that I colored with alcohol ink markers. Then I added two large leaf stamps under it from Falling for You-Cardmaking. The large flower came from Falling for You-Scrapbooking. The flower does have a matching die, but I fussy cut mine because I didn't want the white border this time.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge #162 - use a stamp or digi

Heartful Stamping Challenge Sept. 3-10 - anything goes with stamping
Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #316 - Fall Colors
Scrap and Craft #7 - Colours of Autumn
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
Word Art Wednesday #298-299 - anything goes, positive

Stamp sets used:

product imageFalling for You - Scrapbooking

StampsFeel So Blessed stamp of the month

Monday, September 4, 2017

Joy to the World PML Christmas Card

I woke up this morning doing a little mental math. There's about 60 days before I need a LOT of Christmas cards. I need to make two or three every day. So I pulled out my PML cards that Close To My Heart made for 6" x 4" or 4" x 3" pockets for scrapbooking. One of the sets had three of each card, so I pulled out one that said "Joy to the World" for this card because I thought it would go fairly well with a sketch from Christmas Card Throwdown that I wanted to use.

I scissor distressed the edges of the PML card so that it would contrast with the Kraft background.  To add a little more sparkle, I traced over the letters of JOY with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen:

The best thing about this card was how easy and quick it was to make three cards! I hope your holiday card-making is much more on track than mine!  Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create #201 - anything goes/ option distress it 
A Gem of a Challenge #202 - use Kraft cardstock
Christmas Card Throwdown - September-Sketch

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Life is Tough Encouragement Cards

Life us full of ups and downs, some small and some catastrophically huge.  Here's a set of encouragement cards I made using Prickly Pear papers. When I was almost four years my family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. While driving there, my grandmother showed me a small cactus and told me to watch out, it had stickers that would hurt. Of course, I got stuck in less than five minutes. Just a little problem, but I thought the cactus on these papers could represent any sort of prickly problems. Since the cacti images are more whimsical than realistic, I thought the marker style sentiment fit perfectly. It's from the retired CTMH Sunshine on a Cloudy Day stamp set.

I made several of this card design and couldn't decide which encouragement verse to put inside, so I used this week's free word art scripture from Word Art Wednesday which was perfect for my intent and three different ones from the retired CTMH set, Look to the Light, some with the cactus from Prickly Pear - Cardmaking stamp set..

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams - Patterned Paper
Eclectic Ellapu September Challenge - Flora or Fauna/Nature
QKR Stampede Challenge - Wild West or anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #171 - Anything goes with ribbon
Word Art Wednesday #298-299 - anything goes

Friday, September 1, 2017

September SOTM Blog Hop - Feel So Blessed

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month blog hop! You're on the right path if you just came from Michele Rowley's blog. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's blog here.

I chose to use the feather image and large sentiments for these cards. The first card has feathers stamped on both the lighter and darker shades of Nutmeg cardstock. The difference is subtle, but if you look carefully, you can see the one on the right is from the lighter back side of the paper. The paper rectangles are from the new Falling For You paper pack.

I wanted the second card to use the leaves and feather with the lovely quote:

I framed a strip of the paper with sticky notes, inked it with sponges using Goldrush and Fern inks, then stamped the outline leaf images while the sticky notes are still in place. Then I removed the sticky notes to stamp the feathers so that they would extend outside the inked strip. I added the Sweet Leaf dotted ribbon (from the Whimsy Ribbon Collection)  on the left. I decided to stamp the delicate leaves inside to adorn the sentiment that will be added later.

You can purchase the stamp of the month this month only from your consultant or here on my website.

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to go on to see Tracie Cassidy's artwork!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Animal Pals Friendship Card

This card is a sneak peak of some of the fall paper (Falling for You)  that will be available on Friday. I made a friendship card. by random stamping some of the cute animals included in this year's CTMH stamp set, Operation Smile Punny Pals,  that made to help support Operation Smile. For each stamp set purchased, CTMH donates $7.00 to help a child get surgery to repair cleft palate/lips or facial deformities around the world. The dedicated doctors do amazing work helping them find social acceptance and much improved appearance and health.

I chose four woodland animals that would coordinate well with fall leaves. The leaves and the front sentiment are from a new stamp set soon to be revealed on Friday, Falling for You-Cardmaking. I colored the leaves and animals with Copic Markers to match the new fall paper. The inside was stamped with sentiments of two retired sets from my Thanks/Friendship box of stamps, A Friend Like You and Candlelight Garden SOTM.  When combined together they say:

When I count my blessings
I count you first.
means everything.

I'm sharing this card with the August Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Friends ;  Color Inspiration Monday : anything with hand-colored image; Incy Wincy Designs - go wild

Here's a closer look at the Operation Smile Punny Pals stamp set available now.  I hope you'll be sure to get yours to help this worthy non-profit organization.

Camping in Yellowstone - Be Still My Soul

This summer my hubby went camping in Yellowstone National Park in an area with no electrical hookups, etc. It's the area close to the bear population so he decided not to take any food of any type so he wouldn't attract attention from hungry bears.  Before he left I started reading a Kindle book, The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake. I thought he might want to read it since it was in the area where he planned to stay and since this there were nearly 900 earthquakes in the area from June 12 to the end of the month. There was even a larger earthquake in early July on the Montana side. Of course, none of those details impressed him like they did me. I was the one who took two geology classes in college and visited Alaska to see the results of their biggest earthquake in 1964. I think hubby was mainly concerned about bears.

Bears, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters, like the flooding this week in Houston, can certainly steal our joy in this life. I'm thankful that I can lean on God and His Word when worries or fears threaten my peace. I frequently lean on the verse that says, " You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3. I chose the card sentiment, be still my soul, which echoes the words of a lovely old hymn, because it simply expresses this truth. In addition, in the woods I always found a sense of calm and being close to God in His lovely creation.

The Heart 2 Heart Challenge initially inspired me to make a card depicting camping. I used the new CTMH Cricut You Are Here cartridge. If you have that cartridge, you may use my cut file here. I sized the images to fit a 5.5" x 4.25" card so I could use a sizzix embossing folder that was that size.  I used a brayer and juniper ink to thoroughly ink the side where the spaces between the trees is raised. When you emboss, the trees stand out and stay white, like aspens, although the proportion to my cricut elements is not realistic since aspens are thinner, smaller trees. I embossed the sentiment from the new CTMH stamp set, Inspired Words. I matted the finished scene on black then mounted it on a 6.5" x 5" card base. I plan to send it tomorrow to Jerry and Judy Worthley, an evangelist and former missionaries, who've had a camping ministry across the country and at their own place in the Colorado Rockies.

I'm also sharing this card with the challenge at Dragonfly Dreams (animals), Challenge Up Your Life (summer), Craft for the Craic ( include triangle shape), and Cards 4 Guys (beginning with a D-deer)

Thank you for visiting! When outward circumstances come to steal your peace, may the knowledge of God's presence and His working for your benefit bring you confidence, calmness,  and joy during your trials.

I must end my post with the words of the sentiment's hymn because I've been humming it the entire time I made the card and wrote this post.

1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide,
who through all changes faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future surely as the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

New Baby - A Borrowed Bit of Heaven Cards

I was inspired to make these cards when I saw the "New Baby" challenge at Scrap and Craft.  They made me think of a Cricut Artiste cut I had never tried with a cute little diaper shape. They also made me think how important it is to pray for new mothers and fathers as well as new babies. I found some amazing resources for mothers of babies and young children including 14 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Unborn Baby at The Purposeful Mom. I know some new moms would be pleased to have some of these resources included with a card or gift.

I made three baby girl cards using part of my large stash of retired CTMH Lucy patterned paper. I was only going to make one, but it went together so quickly using this Cricut cut that I had to make more!

I made a set of blue gingham diaper cards, too. Instead of having lace, they have white ricrac.

Here's a look at the inside sentiment and back of the envelope.

The main sentiment is from a new CTMH stamp set for many occasions, Many Congratulations.  I also stamped a couple of  small verses on the lace bow on front. and at the bottom the inside card. They say, "BABY a borrowed bit of heaven" and "A baby fills a hole in your heart you never knew was there." Both of those are from a retired CTMH stamp set, New Arrival. I also decorated the back of each envelope with two baby footprints and the sentiment, "An entire world of possibilities waiting to be discovered," both from one of my oldest retired CTMH baby stamp sets, Baby Impressions.

I made my card large enough to fit a 5.25" x 7.25" envelope. Here is my cut file in Cricut Design Space if you'd like to use it.

Thank you for visiting. May God bless you and your crafting for the little ones in your life.

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - L for Lovely Lace
Crafty Calendar August Challenge - Shaped card
Inkspirational Challenge #142 - Oldie but Goodie (very old stamps on envelope)
Scrap and Craft Challenge #6 - New Baby
Southern Girls - Retro Challenge - smash your stash
Word Art Wednesday #296-297 - anything goes, (positive and uplifting scripture art available)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Reach for the Stars

This week one of my sons-in-law graduated from a long program to become a web developer/computer programmer. I've been so proud of the way he continued to work full time while he attended school. I'm also proud of the way he set a positive example for his four kids. Now I'm praying that God will lead him to the right job and help him achieve his dreams.

I made a couple of versions of this masculine card to celebrate his accomplishment and encourage his dream. I was inspired by inky chicks to add stars, which I cut with CTMH star dies:

I white embossed stars and the Big Dipper using the new CTMH Constellations stamp set. The Gray dotted paper panel is from the new Basic Fundamentals paper pack. The front sentiment is from the new CTMH A New Adventure stamp set. I had some Lagoon glittery stars left from a set of Fundamentals embellishments from a previous catalog.

I combined two sentiment stamp sets for the inside, the first part is retired and the "go where your dreams take you" is part of the Cricut Pack Your Bags bundle.

Thank you for visiting! May you also find ways to encourage people to reach their dreams.

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps or More #256 -anything goes
Crafting with the Dragonflies Challenge #87 - Embossing wet or dry
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #137 - punches and/or dies
heARTful stamping challenge - anything goes + stamping
Inky Chicks #87 - stars
Paperminutes #500 -  anything goes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Snowflakes and Sparkle Christmas Card

I'm really late getting started on Christmas cards. When the local schools started, it suddenly seems that fall is just around the corner, then Christmas!

This was a quick, simple Christmas card with lots of sparkle and texture. I used two CTMH Thin Cuts Snowflake dies with Indian Corn Blue and Juniper cardstock and a Martha Stewart punch on  silver glitter paper. The blue snowflakes were also "painted" with a shimmer brush with clear glittery shine. I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder for the additional texture. Here's another look at the glitter. The iridescent sequins have a slight pink tint that I really liked as a pale contrast to the blue.

Thanks for visiting!

A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #43 - Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' August Challenge - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Thowdown August Technique - Embossing, dry or heat
Crafting with Dragonflies #87 - Embossing/ wet or dry
Crafty Gals Corner #137 - Punches or Dies
Creative Knockouts #208 - Sparkle and Shine
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #13 - Anything Christmas Goes

Sunday, August 20, 2017

More Back to School Cards with Chalk It Up

By the end of the week my eight grandkids were now all back in school, ranging from fourth grade to ninth grade. As a retired reading teacher I still get excited about the beginning of school. When they were younger they used to read to me, but they all think they're too old for that now! But I can still send them messages of encouragement. Here are five cards all made from either the retired CTMH paper pack, Chalk It Up, and their related Picture My Life cards. The first two use retired CTMH stamps that I've collected for quite a few years.

I love the retired CTMH silhouette stamp of the kids walking to school. I stamped it on a 3"x4" PML card, matted it with the star background paper and mounted it on the 4"x6" PML alphabet card.

The last three are simple using sentiments that are part of the PML cards with a few embellishments-quick and easy!

This last one has a sentiment that's my favorite of the three:

Thank you for visiting! I hope you'll also encourage the students and the teachers in your life as they begin the learning adventures of another year!

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:

Cute as a Button #37 - Back to School
Hiding in My Craft Room #314 - Back to School
Pink and Main Challenge #24 - School

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop featuring new products from our CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog. It's always exciting to see a new idea book and all the new artwork! You may have just come from the lovely artwork of  Brenda Lapp. If so, you're on the right path. If you'd like to see the entire list of participants, Melinda Everitt has the list here.


The new Idea Book has a Cut Above Golden Moments Card Kit. It's ideal for someone who wants a quick, gold embossed, beautiful card. They're  quick and easy to make.

I decided to take some of mine up a notch by coloring the gold outlined image using alcohol ink markers.** I also added Bashful Glitter Paper strip and Gold Sequins so they looked like my style. I made the first one vertical with the enclosed die cut sentiment banner stamped with one of the inexpensive M stamps, M1187 Thinking of You,  that fits the shape, like the examples given.

 The second one I changed to a horizontal card with a different sentiment shape.

Today two of my friends from high school are celebrating their 48th anniversary, so I chose a sentiment in honor of their years together from the new stamp set, Inspired Words, that includes 10 scriptural sentiments and 10 single words.

Here's an angle that highlights the beautiful gold embossing that it comes with. You can also see that I matted the sentiment with the new Gold Foil Paper. It's heavier than cardstock and makes a good mat. I also used a 3/8" strip of the new Bashful Glitter Paper since that's the new color of the year.

I hope you're getting lots of great ideas! Now you're ready to move on to Michelle Loncar's blog. Thank you for visiting!

**ShinHan Touch Twin Markers used: R140 Light Orange, RP198 Tender Pink, P282 Peony Purple, G46 Vivid Green, GY234 Leaf Green, Y49 Pastel Green, 0 Colorless Blender

New Products:

Bashful Glitter Paper, Gold Foil PaperThinking of You , and Inspired Words: