Monday, September 28, 2015

Use It Up! - Mojo 417 Tinkerin' Card

I was inspired by the current and previous sketches from Mojo Monday and used the Tinkerin' paper I was trying to use up today. The first one I interpreted the gear circles as flower circles instead. I used this week's Mojo Monday 417 sketch:

I chose the Verve sentiment, a Scripture for a friend I've been praying for. She was nursing her husband who had a serious emergency surgery when her mother also became sick, then passed away. The verse says:
Be strong and take heart all you who HOPE in the Lord. Psalm 31:24.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Come and Get It - Clear it Out - use an old stash item (2009 Tinkerin' background paper and white daisies (9 years old-why do I save things so long??)
Eclectic Ellapu September Challenge - Purple team - use something in stash 6 mo. old or more (6+ years)
Mojo Monday #417 - sketch
Word Art Wednesday #202 - anything uplifting

Here's the other card I made using the front side of the paper showing the circle gears. I used last week's Mojo Monday sketch which was perfect for gears. I was inspired yesterday by the challenge at Addicted to CAS to make a card with the word DREAMS. My card isn't CAS so I didn't share it in their challenge, but I have a grandson who was in Robotics and two that should become architects or engineers, so I thought gears and robots would go along with the idea of them following their dreams.

 I used the shiny side of the Cranberry, Sunset, Canary, and Slate Paper Fundamentals. They have a shiny pattern that doesn't show up unless the light reveals it. Here's a close-up turned toward the light: 

It's a little distracting in this photo, but compare it to the photo above it and maybe you get the idea. All of these shiny papers are the retired patterns. CTMH released some new patterns this year. The sentiment stamp is retired from National Stamping Month set several years ago. The inside, which I forgot to photograph while it was still light,  has a message for one of my grandsons:
"for as you dream you shall become."

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers - Creative Kids (for my grandson)

For more ideas using up the Tinkerin' paper see these two posts:

Use It Up - Tinkerin' Card and Birthday Layout

My dear hubby has been remodeling our house for months ever since he retired. His biggest project has been building a craft/family room. The last two weeks he removed all of our kitchen cabinets to repaint and put in that room. I"m thrilled it will give me lots of stamp and paper storage. It's been difficult having my kitchen packed in boxes while he put in new cabinets. In the meantime, I'm slowly moving paper, stamps, and tools to a huge storage room he built on one side of the craft/family room. So I'm rediscovering tons of materials that have been buried in drawers and boxes. There is WAY TOO MUCH, especially of the ancient sort!

This weekend I decided to make layouts and cards using a CTMH Summer 2009 paper pack called Tinkerin' because it has great colors for grandsons.The paper on the bottom is from Tinkerin' and the top yellow stripe is another old one I can't remember. The green striped paper is recently retired CTMH Adventure collection of Paper Fundamentals. The stamp set and green shimmer trim are new. I added bitty tan and blue sparkles on each of the bigger heart "bubbles." My hubby is a retired chemist so I plan to surprise him with this card:

Here's the sketch from Sketch Saturday that I used to make this card:

I'm sharing this layout with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #265 - Sparkle & Shine
Come and Get It - Clear It Out, use stash item (yellow striped and blue circle gear papers circa 2009)
Eclectic Ellapu September Challenge, Purple Team - use something from stash more than 6 months old (How about 6 year old paper pack?!)
Sketch Saturday #380 - card sketch

The only fairly new paper I used on this layout is the Pacifica Blue Paper Fundamentals with the shiny side showing.
I'm sharing this layout with the fun challenge at:
Scrappy Hands #48 - Letters - on layout

Use It Up - Tinkerin' Christmas Card

I'm posting three cards today from my old 2009 CTMH paper "Tinkerin.'" This one uses the back side of the paper with circles and gears. I embossed white snowflakes over the obvious gear circles and light Crystal Blue snowflakes on other circles. I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps Challenge #110 and colors from Tuesday Throwdown #263 Color Challenge: 

I colored the church with Copics to match the above colors. They were perfect colors for the details on this church! The white embossed panel was embossed using a new CTMH folder called Confetti. (All the stamps that I used are retired.)

I'm also sharing this Christmas card with the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenge #43 - anything goes
Tis' the Season #51 - Cool Christmas

By late afternoon I've barely made a dent in that paper pack. I guess I'll have to try more later! Other Tinkerin' projects posted today:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn Paper Garden with Butterfly

Here's another card I made with the sillhouette stamps of Paper Garden, September's Stamp of the Month. I wanted it to be a thank you card for a dear friend I don't see nearly enough. She started out as a customer about 10 years ago, but quickly became a true friend as my sister in Christ. We share so many interests, including stamping and cards.

This time I wanted to use autumn colors, three panels of silhouettes, and a butterfly that I colored with the three inks on sponge daubers: Saffron, Goldrush, Pomegranate, and Poppy.  I inked around the edges of the butterfly with Black ink on a sponge dauber, then added black opaque pearls. I used Shin-Han Touch Twin alcohol ink markers to add shading to each stem and parts of flowers to add more dimension. The background of each stamp was stamped with Bamboo. I tied Poppy Thicker Twine around the card to finish the fall color theme. The sentiment came from the cardmaking stamp set from the Hello, Life National Stamping Month special.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Bastel-traum #33 - Thanks
Bloggers Challenge - Flowers
Crafting Musketeers Challenge #29 - Autumnal Colours
QKR Stampede Challenge #157 - Three's a crowd
Really Reasonable Ribbon #126 - Orange you glad it's autumn with ribbon or trim
Scrap and Craft Inspiration Challenge #13 - butterflies
The Artistic Stampers - Things with Wings

Thank you for visiting. May God fill your heart with His love so you may share it with others. May He  bless you with priceless friendships!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Zoe Scrapbook Layouts

Saturday I had a lovely time with the ladies in our scrapbook club. Here are the layouts in case you need help knowing where you can put photos. Because we are in the middle of a huge remodeling project at our house, only one of my layouts has photos.You'll also notice that I kept these two layouts fairly simple, using most of your Zoe paper pack.
Amazingly, I was organizing and putting away some photos when I noticed those photos seemed to match the Zoe paper. I usually print my photos at home in the sizes I need for specific layouts. These had been printed in different sizes but forgotten so I don't even know for which layout they were intended. So I moved them around until they landed in a pleasing fashion. This is the way some of you add photos later.
These were taken in the Tetons in Wyoming about a week after I retired, on our way home from the CTMH Convention in Salt Lake City.

Here are closer pictures so you can see more details.  I scored the edges of the Kraft paper 1/4" from the edge and added marker doodled "stitches at the edge. In the Zoe Complements there are so many stickers and Kraft and vellum  shapes that you can choose some to match your own photos or theme. Here you can see how I clustered the combinations that I chose.

Here's the other layout that uses the Zoe Complements. There are enough in the package that you can choose the ones that fit your own photo themes! Here are the ones I chose:

Here are the two layouts from the Zoe Workshop on the Go guide that we did with stamping. (These are the CTMH photos, not mine.)Your packet has pieces that I cut using the new Cricut Artistry so we did this version of the first layout:
In addition to using the Zoe Workshop on the Go kit and Complements, I added several pieces of White Daisy and Kraft cardstock for backgrounds and mats  I hope this helps you make your workshop layouts.

Thanks for checking on our workshop layouts. May God bless you as you encourage family and leave a positive legacy for others with your scrapbooking.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nevermore Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Nevermore" Blog Hop by Close To My Heart  consultants in the Stampers with an Attitude Team.  You may have come here from Melissa's blog.

Today I'm highlighting projects I made using the new paper pack called Nevermore in the New Holiday Expressions book. I was amazed when I saw these papers! I envisioned layouts from the Southwest and fall and masculine cards. Most of the people in my scrapbook club and card club don't make Halloween projects, so I'm showing you non-Halloween layouts and cards. The colors inspired me to scrapbook some of our vacation photos taken in Arizona this year.

The Cricut embellishments were cut using the new Artistry cartridge.  The papers were from the Nevermore  collection with the addition of some New England Ivy cardstock.  Here are two close-ups:

 I couldn't resist making some masculine cards with these colors and patterns:
Card 1 (stamped with National Stamping Month "Hello, Life" set of stamps. Black stars from Paper Fundamentals Assortment.)

Card 2 (with addition of Enchantment Paper Fundamentals - Saffron and Eggplant. I cut the Eggplant Spider paper so that the design doesn't look like spiders! The Whisper stamped background of shield and leaves stamped with Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden.)

Card 3 ( with addition of Eggplant Paper Fundamentals, Saffron and Fern cardstock. Leaves were cut with Cricut Artistry.)
Additional supplies for each project are listed below. You can find any of them on my website,

The next stop on our hop is Wendy's blog to see what creative project she has ready to show you! Thank you for stopping by!

CTMH Supply List:

Papers: CTMH Nevermore collection, New England Ivy cardstock, Saffron and Eggplant paper from the Enchantment Paper Fundamentals collection

Stamps: Arizona, Jennifer's Hand Alphabet, September Stamp of the Month "Paper Garden" (leaf, card #2), Sending Love (card#2), Happy to Be Friends (Card #3)
Ink: Black, Whisper, Eggplant, Sunset, Saffron, New England Ivy
Tools: Cricut Artistry, Diamond and Scallop embossing folders, Corner Rounder, Round Sponge for inking edges of layout
Embellishments: Durables Triangle Studs, Black & Gray Glitter Paper (silver Artistry star), Black Glitter punch-out stars from Black Fundamental Assortment; Whisper Thick Twine, Gold Sequins,  Fern Thick Twine, Bling Gems God Assortment,

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mojo 414 Card with Nevermore

When my pack of Nevermore paper arrived I was thrilled to see that it would be great for all kinds of cards and layouts in addition to Halloween. Our kids rarely send us photos of the eight kids in costumes, but I'm always needing cards to let people know I'm thinking and praying that they'll get well, etc. It seems I make more feminine cards but lately a number of men at church have had surgery. So this paper seemed perfect for such occasions, whether they're for men or women. And the Mojo Monday sketch was great inspiration, too. The great colors from the Sisterhood of Crafters (below) inspired the addition of Saffron and Fern cardstocks. Seeing the glorious colors of fall always makes me praise their Creator!

Today's card is a preview of more to come tomorrow. I have several more cards and a non-Halloween layout ready for a blog hop post tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. CDT.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #292 - autumn colors
Mojo Monday #414 - sketch
That's Crafty Challenge - Lovely Leaves (not UK,overseas entry)
Word Art Wednesday #200 - anything uplifting, family friendly
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Photo below that inspired me to add some Saffron and Fern leaves
6.5" x 5" Card Recipe:
Paper - CTMH Nevermore, Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack
Stamp - CTMH Happy to Be Friends
Ink - CTMH Eggplant 
Tools - CTMH Diamond embossing folder  Cricut Artistry (leaves
Accessories - CTMH Fern Thick Twine, Bling Gems Gold

Thank you for visiting! May you, too, praise God for the colorful beauty of fall.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Paper Garden Watercolor Silhouette Card

During the summer while I was watching four grandkids, I checked books out at the library about painting with watercolors. It has been over 30 years since I taught watercolor painting classes in 4H. I've dabbled a little, but consider myself a novice. I always wanted to "take up watercolor painting in retirement." Little did I know that Close to My Heart would introduce a large set of watercolor paints, brushes, and watercolor paper in their new idea book. I ordered the paint set as soon as I could. I had brushes and paper so I made this card before I ordered the paper.

 The paper I used was quite thick and textured.  First, I brushed clear water onthe paper, then added colors, allowing them to mix.I painted the colors while the paper was wet. I misted a little more water on the paper and let the paint dry for a long time (days) before stamping the flower silhouette and the title with black dye ink. The watercolor paper was a little larger, but I turned it different directions until I saw a pattern that I thought would coordinate with the design of the stamp. I used the slanted "line" between two colors, just right for the slant of the stems. That also inspired my use of silver glitter trim and ribbon in the left corner as a resting place for my butterfly.  Here's the result.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #263 - Birthday
Crafty Ribbons #126 - Happy Birthday
Seize the Birthday - anything goes/birthday
Simon Says Stamp - use a stamp, not digi
The Crazy Challenge #205 - Watercolor

You can find all of the supplies I used (from CTMH) on my website. (Butterfly and blue Paper Fundamentals pattern are retired.)
Paper Garden Sept.Stamp of the Month:        

  Hello Life Scrapbooking and Cardmaking special                                   


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Flowery Get Well Scripture Card

One of the sad things about being sick is that it usually takes us out of fellowship with our friends, family, and co-workers while we recuperate.  Yet it can be a time when we especially need the uplifting care and prayers from those we know. I'm constantly reminded that I need to have a lot more get well cards to share the message of my loving concern and God's care and healing. I also believe that much of the time when I have inconvenient illness, God wants me to learn something through it all and share with someone else who is ill.

This week the Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is to make a card with scripture. I chose one of their scripture stamps from their "Get Well" stamp set that says:

"I will restore you to health . . .declares the Lord."  
Jeremiah 30:17

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Card and Scrap #102 - use flowers
Crafty Ribbons #125 - butterflies or birds with ribbon
Our Daily Bread Designs SLC #252 - anything with scripture
Polkadoodles #35 - things with wings
Really Reasonable Ribbon #125 - things with wings
Scrap & Craft #13 - butterflies
Stampavie and More #245 - bows
Word Art Wednesday #199 - anything uplifting

Recipe 6.5" x 5" Card:
Papers - Graphic 45 "Botanical Tea,"CTMH blush cardstock; unknown green cardstock
Stamp - Our Daily Bread Designs "Get Well"
Ink - CTMH Black ink
Accessories and Tools - Petaloo (and Recollections) butterfly and flowers, CTMH retired organdy ribbon, lace from stash, CTMH mocha opaques (pearls), pink tag from stash, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Thank you for visiting! May God bless and heal your illnesses that you may encourage others!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Textured Paper Garden - Thinking of You Card

I think it's so important to let people know that we're thinking of them when they need support and prayers. I usually keep them blank inside so I can individualize the messages.

Here's my second card using Paper Garden, the CTMH stamp of the month for September.

I used the two larger blossom and leaf images stamped on Cricut Artiste die cuts. I inked the blossom stamps with Hollyhock then rolled the edges in Pomegranate. Instead of having the white edge of the Cricut cut, I sponged more Hollyhock on the blossoms. The leaf stamps were inked with Fern, stamped off on scrap paper and re-inked around the edges for second generation stamping. I curved the edges of the leaves and flowers and adhered them with glue dots in the middle and pop dots under the raised portions.

The center of the large flower was stamped with Honey and attached. On the smaller ones I dotted the centers with a "Marigold" Shin Han Touch Twin marker and added a Gray Enamel Gem in the center of each.

The kraft frame was cut using Cricut Artbooking, then embossed with the 5" x 7" CTMH Woodgrain embossing folder. The Colonial White mat under it was also embossed using the CTMH Floral embossing folder.  The sentiment banner was cut using the new Cricut Artistry cartridge. I stamped the Colonial White layer with the background stamp from this set using Sweet Leaf ink.  The sentiment came from Happy to Be Friends.

If you have a Cricut Explore and the Artiste, Artistry, and Artbooking cartridges, feel free to use my cut file to easily make the elements in this card in Cricut Design Space:

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
CraftyCardmakers #146- no patterned paper
Creative Knockouts #105 - Flower power
Paper Shelter #217 - any kind of embossing
Southern Girls Challenge #118 - Flower power
Word Art Wednesday #199 - anything uplifting

CTMH September Stamp of the Month "Paper Garden"
September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden, pictured above:  Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 that’s over 70% off retail - when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. You can also purchase it at full price, $17.95.