Saturday, December 31, 2016

Out with the Old . . .

As a confessed paper hoarder I've started to wish I could use up MUCH of my older papers before I start getting the newest CTMH (and other brand) papers. Today was my feeble attempt to use up one of my old packs. The bright cheery colors of CTMH "Blossom" from Summer 2015 caught my eye. Although I played with it all afternoon, I still have a long way to go before it's gone.

I started with a stamp set I had gotten to go with the paper.

Then I decided to change it up a bit with my new Petaloo flowers:

Next I made a set of encouragement cards using a Verve scripture stamp which only allowed the background to peek around the edges. I used an embossing diffuser to leave a center space for stamping when I used the CTMH floral embossing folder.(It's marked down in price from $8.95 to $3.15 - an unbelievable price for a 5" x 7" embossing folder!)

I also made a matching box to put them in but didn't take photos of that.

Last I saw a challenge at  Challenge Up Your Life #56 and decided to play with vellum and some butterflies cut on the Cricut.

The word "BIRTHDAY" is embossed with black and "Blessings" is cut using my newest "Christmas Blessings" die set from Simon Says Stamp.

After several hours I decided I may be on an eternal quest to use up paper, but what's more fulfilling for papercrafters than to make lovely things to show others how much they care!

Thank you for visiting. May you look back on 2016 and count your blessings!

Tomorrow begins a new year, a new stamp of the month blog hop, and lots of new papers! I hope you'll visit tomorrow to see what's new!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Quick Florence Birthday Card

I love giving cards and writing personal messages to let people know how much I care. November and December decimated my card supply so as the weather turns colder I plan to start rebuilding my "stash" before January birthdays and anniversaries decimate it again!

I was inspired by the Cut It Up Challenge that is so perfect for the old and new years- Out with the Old and In with the New. I REALLY need to use up some old supplies!

OLD:  This week I enjoyed getting some great half-price buys at the CTMH Boxing Day Sale. I noticed they were still selling Florence Sequins and Complements at half price one day and I had to re-order. It inspired me to get out my leftover scraps of Florence papers, complements, and sequins from last year. I loved the copper foiled chipboard diecuts and sequins which I used to make two identical birthday cards:

The black "Happy" is a "Happy Easter" Cricut cut from the newest CTMH Flower Market Cartridge. I love using acrylic stamps. I can bend them a little to match the curve of my design. The stamp here is ten years old (C1257 Happy Birthday from 2007 )!

NEW: My Spellbinders die cut the curvy scalloped edge. The glittery blue ribbon is also brand new from Michaels and added the finishing touch to emphasize a birthday is something to CELEBRATE!

Thank you for visiting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #331 - anything goes
Cut It Up Challenge #112 - Out with the old, in with the new
DL Art Thankful Thursday #195 - anything goes
Southern Girls #150 - anything goes

Friday, December 23, 2016

Cricut Christmas Cards

I played a little with the CTMH Cricut cartridge "City Sidewalks." The banner cut with Fa La La La La was my original inspiration. Then I added the diagonal striped background and the holly (on the second card), all from the cartridge.

 The first one has some non-traditional elements like the colors pink and brown and the alphabet embossing inspired by the letters of Fa La La La La.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless your crafting and bless the recipients!

I'm sharing these cards with the following challenges:
Crafting When We Can #134 - It's Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers #179 - Christmas with a non-traditional twist
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #312 - cute or anything Christmas
Dream Valley #146 - Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

City Sidewalks Pocket Cards

I love to use some of the cut-apart cards that come with CTMH paper packs for pocket scrapbooking. Here is a card made with one of the 6" x 4" cards that comes with the City Sidewalks paper pack.

The pocket card has a white space in the center -  perfect for sentiments or embellishments. I cut a fishtail banners from a smaller red striped pocket card and Willow green cardstock.  The black sentiment panel was white embossed using the bold sentiment from the Happy Holidays Cardmaking Kit. The right side was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and a small strip of Willow patterned paper from the City Sidewalks paper peaks out. My favorite part is the black button with glittered edges, threaded with silver twine holding the red ribbon bow.

I hope this gives someone new ideas for using the leftover pocket card pieces from each paper pack. I thought it was a great way to make a few cards faster. I'll have another one tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting. May God bless your cardmaking and the recipients of your creations!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Cards und More #174 - Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge - Pick a previous challenge May Stash-punches (and or dies)
Craft-Dee BowZ December Challenge - anything with a bow
Dream Valley #146 - Christmas
HeARTful Stamping Challenge - anything stamped
Holly Jolly Christmas #86 - Christmas Card (or anything but a card)
Inky Chicks #76 - Christmas cards in traditional colors

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jolly Christmas Cards

When I was a teacher, every classroom had a steady crescendo of noise and excitement in the month of December until Christmas vacation arrived. I'm not sure who was happier to see the vacation, the kids or the teachers. This year four of my grandkids have been out of school since last Friday the 16th. Christmas generates an excitement unmatched by any other holiday. 
I loved this inspiration photo of kids singing at Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenge #2  and interpreted it with this first card of kids possibly singing as they danced around the Christmas tree.

 The image came from my oldest, long hoarded Graphic 45 Christmas paper collection, Christmas Emporium.
 To make several other cards quickly I used a similar design with other tags and images from Graphic 45, a strip across the top with fiber, and a few sequins.

 Thanks for visiting. May this season of God's love and joy spill over from your heart to all those around you.

I'm sharing the first card with the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create #192 - anything goes with option Holiday Happiness
Alphabet Challenge - U for Use something red (card base, background, ribbon)
Christmas Card Challenge #2 - picture inspiration
Come and Get It - Christmas Challenge #2
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #312 - cute or anything Christmas
Dream Valley Challenge #146 - Christmas
Pile It On #123 - Celebrations any holiday
The Ribbon Girl- December Challenge - any image
Use Your Stuff - Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 17, 2016

God Bless You at Christmas and Always

It's been days since I was able to get a consistent internet signal to blog. I'll keep this post short in case I lose the signal again.  I love this sentiment that I got from Papertrey Ink this year. I mixed it with some paper from CTMH City Sidewalks and a dotted scrap that matched.  One thing that saves me time when I create cards is to have extras of die cuts to choose from.

The inside photo looks blurry, but it says: "May God fill our hearts with love and our lives with praise as we celebrate this Christmas season." It was part of the same PTI set.

Tonight we're having a snowstorm with morning temperatures down to 10 degrees below zero (F). It's a great time to stay inside, to craft, and count my blessings! I hope you're keeping warm and blessed, too!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Joy to the World the Lord Has Come Card

This is another card I made using the ODBD stamp set, Joy to the World. I wanted to use it on a card using the sketch #222 from Paper Craft Crew.

Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Card Sketch 222. #pcc2016 #cardsketch

I embossed the navy blue background with a CTMH 5" x 7" star embossing folder to go with the old star paper below it. The white and blue star banner under the circle was stamped with an old SU rolling stamp my daughter-in-law used to sell. All of the CTMH silver sequins have sparkles, including Recollections star and heart sparkles to go with the theme. The MFT double stitched Die-Namics circle is embossed with CTMH Ranger Silver super fine detail embossing powder. It doesn't photograph well, but it looks great in person, especially with the silver ribbon.  Thank you for visiting.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Creative Corner Challenge - Christmas time
Jingle Belles - Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbons #154 - Winter holiday with ribbon
Word Art Wednesday #260-261 - anything family friendly

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mojo Monday 477 - Second Card

For this second card using the Mojo Monday sketch I turned it on it's side.

I used silver embossing of the Our Daily Bread Designs "Joy to the World" stamp set as you can see in the second photo. The frame is a Cricut cut from Artbooking.

Thanks for visiting!

I'm also sharing this card with the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge 281.

Mojo Monday 477 - First Card

This past week was a very busy week with a stomach bug, a couple of migraines and a computer virus thrown in for a little extra diversion. Today was a great time to relax by making a few cards. This first one I made earlier in the week for the challenge using the Mojo Monday sketch, but it wasn't a favorite of mine so later I'll post the one I made today.

The sentiment came from one of my favorite Verve Christmas stamp sets called Peace on Earth. I also liked the two coordinating starry papers from DCWV. The cardboard star and music embellishment are old CTMH. The cream colored "stitched" panel was a Cricut cut. I think that's the feature I don't really like about this card.  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mojo 476 Hanukkah Card

I was making Christmas cards to give to 13 of my friends from high school. We still get together several times a year, but especially at Christmas. I usually mail their cards but I thought this was a great opportunity to hand deliver those bulky or square cards that our post office doesn't like. For years I wanted to give one of my friends a Happy Hannukah card but never did. Our last names both started with "G" so we would share a locker or stand next to each other in P.E. where we were in alphabetical order. I had three appropriate stamp sets but the images were all pretty small and I never got inspiration or knew what to do with them.  Finally, I was inspired this year when I saw the square Mojo 476 sketch. My night-time photo didn't turn out so well, but she loves her card, so I'm so thankful for this sketch that inspired.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop highlighting the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers. If you just came from Kathy Burrows' blog, you're on the right path. You can find the entire list of bloggers on Melinda Everitt's blog here.

There is such a wide variety of flower shapes with this stamp set I saw it as a chance to make cards appropriate for all seasons.


My first creations were for Christmas. I used my black alcohol ink marker to color clear sparkles for the one embossed with white..


Then I tried the pastel colors of spring with coordinating papers from Swan Lake. I painted the flowers using the small waterbrush and inks squeezed onto their lids. I'm sharing this card with City Crafter Challenge #340 - Garden Bliss.

They're also great for the hot, bright colors of summer. For the card on the right I made a sample of my stamped design on scrap paper first.  Then I used random stamping of the variety of flowers on some City Sidewalks cranberry patterned paper and the same black marker on sparkles for the tiny flowers..


Using papers from the Enchantment Paper Fundamentals and the black pattern from Swan Lake, you can even make them appropriate for fall. I cut a second set of petals colored with green in order to make leaves. The sparkle in the center was colored with a Mahogany alcohol ink marker.

Thank you for visiting! Now you are ready to see the creation on  Michelle Loncar's blog!

All CTMH Materials used:
Paper - Swan Lake paper pack, City Sidewalks paper packEnchantment paper fundamentals, Black, Slate, Whisper, Daffodil, Pansy, and Sweet Leaf cardstock, Raspberry pattern from Adventure paper fundamentals, White Glitter Cardstock
Inks - Versamark, Black Stazon, Memento Tuxedo Black, painted with Pixie, Raspberry, Poppy, and Fern, Cranberry
Embellishments - Clear Sparkles, Black and gold ribbon, white and gold ribbon, Black Shimmer Trim, Fern Thick Twine, Whimsy Ribbon Pack (Sorbet spring card) Adventure Ribbon Pack (hearts summer card), Red Enamel Gems, Gold Sequins, Enamel Purple Hearts
Tools - Ranger White Super fine embossing powder, wood slat embossing folder, Small Waterbrush, ShinHan Touch Twin Markers: Black (sparkles), Carmen, Golden Yellow, Lavender, Leaf green, Marigold, Mahogany

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blue Gingham Christmas Gift Bag

I recently had a chance to buy some gingham gift bags at a good price from Store Supply Warehouse. My goal was to make gift bags with a Bible message. Here's one of the blue ones I decorated. This was the only one I made with a favorite white flower I'd hoarded, the others have snowflakes, but I've given them away. I used some long retired CTMH paper because it matched best.  I used a Martha Stewart punch on the  Kraft cardstock and white embossed it with "Joy to the World the Lord is come" (ODBD stamp) and "Gloria" (old CTMH).  I subtley stamped John 3:16 on the banner piece on the right but it doesn't stand out.

The clothespin was stamped three times with music from PTI.

Thanks for visiting!

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - X for Crisscross (the pattern on the blue paper making x's)

Addicted to Stamps #136 - die cuts and/or Punches
Allsorts Challenge #391 - Anything Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers #178 - Anything but a card
Holly Jolly Christmas #86 - Anything but a card
Love to Scrap #90 - anything goes

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday: Cricut Craze!

When you spend $30 on retail-priced product, you can buy one of our Cricut® collections at 30% off! The sale starts Monday, November 28, at midnight (MST) so get ready to start shopping! »

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Simple 12 Days of Christmas Mini-Album

I've been spending all of my time crafting or scrapbooking. I just finished a scrapbook of high school years for one dear lady and lots of craft items for a local store that's having an open house today.  Here's  one of the mini-albums I made using Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas ephemera cards and background paper. It's  a 7" x 5" accordion album made from Kraft cardstock with black cardstock "hinges." All of the pages have either a mat for photos or some type of pocket or partially adhered fussy cut image that serves as a pocket. Two of the pages have fold out flaps to include more photos.

I tried to keep it simple and it took me most of one morning between breakfast and lunch. Not bad since I'm usually slow. Here are lots of photos:

 Days 4 (Four calling birds) and 7 (Seven geese a-laying) have the fold-out features.

Here's the back side. It unfortunately received too much sunlight when I took the photos.

The last page included the entire song. If you grew up singing this like I did, it's a great reminder of Christmas past that is lovely to pass on to the next generations.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you as you craft and bless the recipients of your work!

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:
Allsorts week #391- anything Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #391 - Not a card
Crafter's Café Challenge #161 - Christmas comes early
Crafty Girls Creations #30 - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons #177 - Christmas
Moving Along with the Times #34 - anything goes with Christmas
PDE Linky Party #148 - anything but a card
Scrap from your Heart #3 - Christmas
Simply Papercraft #41 - anything goes

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Using Christmas Negatives

I was cleaning scraps off my workspace when I realized this great leftover from a Cricut cut would make a great card with other scraps. All I had to do was back it with another great scrap leftover from recent cards. (This attention to scraps may be a sign of my obsessive paper frugality OR, hopefully, a sign that my aging creativity loves to manifest itstelf!) Now I will definitely be looking at my Cricut negatives before tossing them!

All the paper on this card is a leftover scrap, even the kraft card base. The red circle is the back half of a CTMH circle card that I cut to use the front. It was flat on top so I trimmed it a little more to fit. The ribbon was placed to cover the CTMH label.

The sentiment was from an older Layers of Color Art Stamp set, "Glad Tidings," I had gotten when they were going out of business.

Thanks for visiting! I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge #182 - use ribbon and bling -sequins
Crafty Gals Corner #97 - use a sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge November - anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas #84 - Trees or Christmas Trees
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - anything goes
Through the Purple Haze #112 - add embellies
Winter Wonderland - Add ribbon (or lace and/or Christmas flowers)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mojo Monday 473 Christmas Joy

I've been absent too long creating for our community's craft fair, then recuperating afterwards! This was the 25th craft fair and so many craft-loving people came! Now I'm having to make Christmas cards like crazy because we had to fill our card rack four times. The second day I had to take cards I'd planned on keeping because we sold so many this year. This is the first year I wondered what to do at the end of the first day when our tables and racks looked half-empty. I'd prayed that God would bless the sales because the proceeds were going to Him and an area charity. Sales were beyond my imagination. I may show photos of our booth later.

Here is this week's Mojo Monday card using CTMH City Sidewalks paper. I usually find it more difficult to know how to use paper with a scene, but the square in this sketch gave me a chance to use it. The holly was cut using Cricut City Sidewalks. The "slit" was filled with green glitter glue and the berries were coated with a little Liquid Glass. I love using the Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder that CTMH sells!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Bitten By the Bug2 - Nature/Christmas - my holly from Cricut City Sidewalks.
Mojo Monday #473 - sketch

To make Christmas cards more quickly I've made several from each pack of paper using simple designs, duplicated stamped parts like the "JOY" on the first card assembly-line fashion, and printed multiple inside sentiments I keep on my computer or stamped the same sentiment inside multiple times.

 Here's another one using the same gold-embossed sentiment and some older CTMH White Pines paper begging to be used up!

Here's another using the same White Pines background with some strips of Frosted and a snowflake cut using Cricut Flower Market: I'm sharing it with Heart to Heart Challenge - Christmas but no Red or Green. How about blue, white and chocolate?

I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever use up the Christmas paper packs I've hoarded over the years!  May God bless you as you craft and bless others with your own cards!