Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Just Treats


Welcome to our blog hop featuring the CTMH stamp of the month! If you just came from Melinda Everitt's blog, you're on the right path. You can find a complete list of participants at Melinda's blog hop list here.



I thought this stamp set is perfect for the many Christmas tags I make each year. Here are two of the ones I made this week. I cut both tags using the new Thin Cuts-Fancy Tags. I thought white embossing would look nice for both. The first uses all of the tiny Christmas images to make a stamped background. The word "JOY" was masked using a sticky note. (First I stamped the entire image, then I cut out the word "JOY" and stamped again on my white cardstock letting all the other words match up again on the sticky note so that only "JOY" is stamped on the white cardstock.)


The second tag includes a snowflake using the new Thin Cuts-Winter Flurries with a new Red Pearl in the center. Both tags are made using paper from the new 'Tis the Season paper pack and Candy Apple Striped Ribbon, and White and Gold Skinny Ribbon.

You can purchase this stamp only in the month of September for the full price of $18.95 or for $5 with a $50 purchase from your consultant or here on my website.
Thank you for visiting! Now you are ready to move on to see what Alyson Mayo has created for you!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Asian Card

My daughter-in-law decorated one of her homes with Asian art and furnishings. When I saw the challenge at Make My Monday, I  knew I needed to make a card for her. I used to make cards for a Christian school that at one time had many Asian exchange students, so I still have a lot of Asian papers.


The Sisterhood of Crafters challenged us to use a printed page background so I used book paper from a book from the University of Peking. Then I embossed an old Basic Grey panel with Chinese lanterns and added a lovely girl from Graphic 45's Bird Song papers. I sponged Almond ink on the embossed lanterns then "painted" them with the clear CTMH shimmer brush, but the shine isn't showing. Although you can see the gold foil paper on which the image is matted.


The inside was stamped with three old CTMH that words I wish for my daughter-in-law: Peace, Love, Health, and plenty of room for a short note of love and kindness. She has a serious muscle disease and many other health issues so I'll write what I am praying for her.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed with peace, love, and health, too!
Matthew 18:19 (WEB): 
Again, assuredly I tell you, 
that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything 
that they will ask, it will be done for them 
by my Father who is in heaven.

365 Promises (of God): Promise #230: If two of you agree in prayer, I will do whatever you ask. 





Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Here's to You - the other four cards

In yesterday's blog hop I mentioned I would post the other four cards. The three cards yesterday were unique because I cut out windows through each layer of paper and heat embossed the sentiment on the bottom layer. The four cards today are mostly like the workshop directions, with a little embossing and more silver glitter cardstock embellishments from the same Cricut cartridge, Artistry.

Cards #1 and #2:
My sewing machine was handy so I sewed the vellum heart onto the glacier one. I silver embossed the sentiment and added an additional glitter cardstock Cricut cut that went with the workshop.




(Card #3 was in yesterday's post.) Card #4, I switched the sentiment to one I need more often, silver embossed it. added the Cricut cut vine that I enlarged before cutting, and added the butterfly that was the base of the Sorbet butterfly that I didn't include on yesterday's card:


Card #5 :
I added a Pacifica mat for the sentiment shape and replaced the thin strip of glitter cardstock with the leafy branch that was originally meant to go with card #3 that I displayed yesterday.




Once again, here is my cut file for the Here's to You workshop kit with the extra changes I made on all seven cards:

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/103329890

This workshop kit is only available in the month of August. You can purchase it through your CTMH consultant or here on my website.  All of the original workshop directions are on the link on that page.

Thanks for visiting!

Ephesians 3:12 (WEB)
in whom we have boldness and access 
in confidence through our faith in him


365 Promises of God - Promise #219: Through faith in Christ, you can boldly approach Me with confidence.






Monday, August 6, 2018

CTMH Here's to You Blog Hop


Welcome to our blog hop featuring the August Here's To You  kit with four stamp sets and coordinating papers, cards, and pearls. Each participant is sharing additional ways to use this kit.  If you've just come from Gina Brandstetter, you're on the right path. To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's page here.

I really like the four stamp sets that have large sentiments. The kit includes the cut file link for those who use Cricut Design Space. It uses the Artistry cartridge. I made the seven cards, but chose to remake three of them instead of making the layout. I used additional Cricut cuts using the cardstock that was included. I cut out windows through more than one layer that I pop dotted, with the sentiment silver or gold embossed on the bottom layer. I also cut a few flowers and butterflies from the Artistry cartridge.

Here's my replacement for Card #3. I added an extra white frame plus flowers:



For Card #6 I used three scraps of Sweet Leaf, Canary, and Sorbet cardstock to cut embellishments:



Card #7 has embossed vellum and a lot of bling.



Tomorrow I'll post what I did with the other four cards by making minor changes with the embellishments cut from the silver glitter paper.  Here is my Design Space cut file with pieces for my cards plus the others from the CTMH workshop:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/103329890

This kit is only available in the month of August. You can purchase the stamp sets individually or the entire workshop kit (with or without the embossing folder) from your CTMH consultant or here on my website.

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to see what Haley Dyer has to inspire you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - For the Love of Crafting


Welcome to our blog hop featuring the August Stamp of the Month. If you just came from  
 Darlys Recker's blog.  To see the entire list of participants, visit Melinda Everitt's blog.  



This is a great stamp set for all of us crafters.  I thought it would be great to use when I scrapbook photos of my crafty friends at our workshops and for cards to give them. Here's one example I made using the typewriter and one of the one of the sentiments stamped to look like it was typed.



I lightly repeatedly stamped the sentiment "Craftiness is Happiness" with Almond ink on the Kraft tag as well as inside. You can barely see it here:




You can purchase this stamp set only during August for $17.95 or for $5.00 with an order of $50.00 from your consultant or here if you don't have a consultant. 

Thank you for visiting! Now you're ready to see what  Lauren Moore has created for you!

5.5" x 4.25" Card Recipe (all supplies are Close To My Heart):
Paper - Enchantment Fundamentals; Kraft, Black, White Daisy cardstock
Stamp - For the Love of Crafting
Ink - Ruby, Black, Almond
Tools - Stitched Heart die, Thin 3-D Foam Dots
Embellishments - White and Gold Twine, Gold Arrow Clips, Fresh Air (Wood) Shapes (heart)



Christmas Card with Luke 2 and Interactive Vellum

I had one more Cottage Cutz nativity die cut so I designed a background for a Christmas card quoting Luke 2. I went to Bible Gateway, chose the version I wanted and entered Luke 2 for the search. I used Microsoft Word to make a 5" x 7" document with narrow margins. Then I copied and pasted the portion of the passage I wanted, and played with font and size until it fit the area. I chose Alignment that was even on both sides, printed on white cardstock, then trimmed all excess off the four sides. I lightly sponged some ink on the sides to "age" the paper.

I glued the nativity die cut on a piece of vellum that had gold foil dots, which to me were like stars.  I wanted the text to be readable so I scored and folded the top of the vellum panel and glued it behind the top of the text. I tied burlap string around the bottom of the panel to tuck in the vellum.



I love making Christmas cards that express the joy of the first Christmas! Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed as you create cards for your friends and loved ones!

Come back tonight or in the morning and follow the links on my next post for a blog hop with about 30 of us showing ideas using the stamp set, "For the Love of Crafting!"

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - P, Q, R - I used Q for Quotes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' July challenge - anything Christmas
Cut It Up Challenge #153 - Christmas in July
Die Cuttin' Divas #380 - anything goes with die cut
Dream Valley Challenge #183 - Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - make your own background
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #33 - anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #346 - 347 - anything goes


Psalm 19:1 (WEB)
The heavens declare the glory of God. 
The expanse shows his handiwork.

365 Promises of God - Promise #213:The heavens declare My glory and reveal My handiwork.







Thursday, July 26, 2018

Merry & Bright Snowy Woods

Have you ever walked through the deep woods of tall trees and heard them creak in the wind? It's erie and awesome.  I've had some of my best memories made during hikes in forests or woods. That's what my card today reminds me of. My brother's house is in the woods. A few years ago he took me on a four-wheel ride along the trails he made. He sees a lot of deer and other wildlife on his land so I send him a Christmas card with deer each year. I thought the color challenge at Color Throwdown would be the perfect combination for a woodsy Christmas card for him.



I cut the birch tree background and red birds with Cricut Artfully Sent and removed two of the trees to make room for the sentiment and snowflakes.  The evergreen tree is from Flower Market cartridge and the deer is from You Are Here.  The larger space between the trees was just the right size for the retired CTMH snowflake background stamp. I used Mink pigment ink and clear embossing powder to add a little sparkle.


The retired CTMH Falling for You green patterned paper had small lighter circles. I added a dot of Nuvo Crystal drops in each one hoping it would look a little icy.  The deer and birch tree background were attached to the card with Thin 3-D Foam Dots and the evergreen tree was a little higher since it was in the front so I attached it with regular foam dots.


Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed as you create cards to bless someone else.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #208 - Christmas in July
Color Throwdown Challenge #503 - Red, Green, Gray
Crafters Castle Challenge #7 - anything goes with option of Christmas in July
Dragonfly Journeys #123 - Christmas in July
Fab 'n' Funky Challlenge #404 - Christmas in July
Sweet Stampers Challenge #22 - Christmas in July
The Merry Christmas Challenge - anything goes Christmas

Psalm 86:7 (WEB) In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me.
365 Promises of God - Promise #207: When problems arise, call to Me and I will answer you.