Friday, January 31, 2014

Chocolate and Birthdays ...

Chocolate and Birthdays just seem to go together, don't ya think?!


Products Used:

A Chocolate Affair (retired SOTM)
Heartfelt Birthday Wish
Black Memento ink
Chocolate ink
Ruby ink and Ruby markers
misc glitter ribbon

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bicycle Birthday

Hello!

Here is a sweet little card using a new to me set called Pair-a-Phrase ... unfortunately it's retired but I just got it and immediately had to use it!  I used the pillow top technique for the bottom half of the card and our wonderful washi tape.




Products Used:

Just a Number
Pair-A-Phrase (retired)
Washi tape
Honey ink
Black Memento ink
Blending Pen
Various Ink Colours for the flowers and bicycle

ps:  retiring items must be purchased before Jan 31st!  Don't wait until it's too late!  Also gone will be our wonderful Stamp of the Month for January, Cross-Stitch Wishes!  


Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Butterfly Birthday

Here is a card that was inspired from Pinterest ... loved how it finished up :)



Products Used:

Pair-a-Phrase (retired)
Art Philosophy:  4" and 3-1/2" pg 53
Gold Shimmer Trim
Black ink
Honey ink
Autumn Terracotta ink
Sky ink
Pacifica ink

Gold stickles

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

This is a card that looks so much better in real life - I just could not get a decent photo of it!




Products Used:

Red Shimmer Trim
Holiday Tags for the sentiment
Black ink
Washi Tape
Red Glitter Glitz (there still seems to be some so get it now, it'll be retired Feb 1/14)
SU! punch

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sneak Peek - Feathers


Hello!  While surfing the 'net, I came across this post and thought it would be a perfect technique to use on our new Feathers stamp set and it was!  I used the sentiment from another new set Give a Lift - both sets are two of many which will be available to you February 1st!



Products Used:

Give a Lift
Feathers
Chocolate ink
Autumn Terracotta ink
Honey ink
white embossing powder
versamark


Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Framework Hi

Hello!

This is a simple little card to say Hi to someone to brighten their day - I used the Framework Alphabet and coloured it in with my blending pen using various inks.  Because the ink went through a bit to the inside of the card, I added a flower and used the Dotted Love single stamp on the inside of the card!



here's a better pic of the front - can't seem to get a decent photo of it but it looks lovely in person :)



Products Used:

Framework Alphabet
Pacifica ink
Sky ink
Autumn Terracotta ink
Honey ink
Blending pen
Art Philosophy 2-3/4" pg 29
Dotted Love
misc markers and paper


Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cross-Stitch Wishes Anniversary


This is a card that needed lots of playing around with till I finally got it right - kept taking things off and putting them on till I got just the right combination I think!

Products Used:

Artbooking at 5-1/4" for the hearts background
not sure what size the people were cut at
Cranberry ink
Say it in Style (retired)
Black ink
Artiste pg 51 cut at 1-1/2 and 1"
heart
frame cut at 1-1/2"
misc paper
January stamp of the month Cross-Stitch Wishes (Jan 1-31 only)

Have a lovely day!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hooray Bouquet

Hello!  Today I've used a set I got for Christmas this year, Hooray Bouquet!  I love how it coordinates with the Art Philosophy cart and I only used 1 ink colour!  I also used the Kayboard Uppercase set for the sentiment - I think I'm gonna love that!!





Products Used:

Hooray Bouquet
Keyboard Uppercase
Cranberry ink
brad coloured with black sharpie
Art Philosophy pg 29
Cuttlebug Polkadot embossing folder
misc bling


Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You + Me

Totally inspired from Joy - she is amazing!  I still did my own take on it and can't wait to give it to my Valentine!!  (Pretty sure he doesn't read my blog!  If he does, hopefully he'll act surprised, LOL!)  I love how versatile the Artbooking cartridge is!



Products Used:

Artbooking cartridge, remember to use real dial size
Scallop Border punch
misc bling, paper and ribbon

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Teddy Bear Birthday

Surfing the net the other day and came across a technique I'd forgotten about and wanted to revisit ... I love the background for this and it is so easy to do!

The teddy bear is adorable and I was glad to finally have a chance to use him!  I still can't believe that set is only $6.95!!  I popped up his hat and present with dimensional tape.


Products Used:


Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Some Valentine's Day cards for you ...

Hello!  Just playin' around on a lazy Sunday afternoon ...


I used the stamp set from Cloud Nine and the washi tape just makes them pop!  The sentiment is from last year's promotion, Whooo's Your Valentine!  Remember, Cloud Nine is only available this month and can be yours for only $15 (after a qualifying $35 order).

Products Used:

Rubi Chevron washi tape (available Feb 1)
Pink Circles washi tape (from Party Washi tape bundle)
Whooo's your Valentine (retired)
Cloud Nine 
Artiste 1-3/4" real dial size pg 66
Cranberry ink
Ruby cardstock
foam tape
SU! embossing folder and punches
misc paper

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cloud Nine!

I worked on the Cloud Nine cards recently and here are the results - these are done up according to the instructions that come with it (more or less!) but you could certainly change them up to any way you like!










If you would like to get this kit which includes the totally versatile stamp set, place a qualifying order with me of $35 and for only $15 more, you can have it.  Note that this also takes you to the $50 required to order the wonderful stamp of the month this month Cross-Stitch Wishes for only $5 more!  It's such a great deal!


 



Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Owl Birthday

Another birthday card using the Cloud Nine stamp set, the Artiste cart (word balloon cut at 1-3/4"), the Artbooking cartridge (branch and owl, cut at 11"), and a Happy Birthday embossing folder.


Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray ... It's Your Birthday!

Here's a card using the new Cloud Nine stamp set - the image is the mustache but I cut it in half to be just shapes ... saw it on someone's blog and really liked it (when I find it again, I'll update to give credit!)


Products Used:

Cloud Nine stamp set and washi tape (only available this month - Jan 1-31st)
Artiste, mustache cut at 1-1/4"
Card Chatter - Birthday (retiring this month - get it before it's gone!)

Here's the link to the retiring items - get them before month's end or it will be too late!

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ok, this is on my to-do list!

We just finished a lovely Christmas holiday and I want to scrap all the bits and pieces to show all the fun things we did - I don't want a formal scrapbook but wasn't sure I wanted to do a crush book either but now, after watching this video on youtube, I think I know what I want to do  ...

(if you are reading this via email subscription, you'll need to go to the blog to view the video)



If you decide you simply have to have the wonderful Artbooking cartridge to create your own book or album, let me know or order it directly via my online site (24/7).  Don't let the price put you off - it is very worth the money - it's great for scrapbooking, cardmaking and just about anything else you put your mind to!  And along with the cartridge, you get 3 D-size stamp sets that coordinate with the cartridge as well as coordinating chipboard cut outs that you can use both with the stamp sets and the cartridge.




Have a wonderful day and I hope something catches your eye to inspire you today!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cool Cat

Hello!

Words of Comfort ... I love this set and it is so versatile for many types of cards.






Products Used:
peachy keen stamps - Cool Cats
Words of Comfort
glitter glitz gel (retired)
Sparkle & Shine washi tape (retired)
Scalloped Border punch
spectrum noir:  cr8 cr10 dr5


Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Bowwow Birthday

Hello!

A little doggy was calling my name - A Bowwow is soon to retire which makes me sad - he's a fun little guy to play with!  (If you want to get him too, get him before he retires at the end of this month!)

I wish I knew what the paper pack is but all that is on the package is CC1003 so if anybody knows what it is, please let me know!  I really like it!  I used the sentiment from our new campaign for January Cloud Nine and the Artiste cartridge which coordinates with it.





Products Used:

Cocoa ink
Kraft paper
Cloud Nine (only available Jan 1-31st)
Black ink
cc1003 (retired)
A Bowwow
Burlap Ribbon

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Birdy Birthday

Hello!

Here's another card I did using the sanding technique ... just love how this turns the cards around into something eye popping!



Products Used:
Ruby paper and ink
Black ink
Life is Tweet S1206 (retired)
Craft Concepts Love Birds embossing folder
sanding block


Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Owl-y Birthday Wishes

Hello!

Here's a card I made, inspired by Sheila Bennett ... I've had embossing folders that I haven't really had any brilliant ideas of what to do with and all of a sudden the light went on - our paper has a white core so sanding it is brilliant ... thanks Sheila!


Products Used:

Owl Flourish embossing folder
sanding block
Juniper paper and ink
Artiste 2" pg 51 accent 4
Heartfelt Birthday Wish
Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape (retired)

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happiness is ...

Here is a card I did in November for a work colleague who joined the happy crowd of retirees!





Products Used:

Honey
Goldrush
Floral Happiness (retired)
Card Word Puzzle (retiring)


Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014!

I'll get back to regular posting in the next couple of days as we get back to a normal schedule around here but in the meantime, just to let you know Close to My Heart is running a new promotion for National Papercrafting Month - Cloud Nine! Available only Jan 1-31st.   I've got this kit now and will be putting together the wonderful cards in the next couple of days to show you but if you want your own, place an order for $35, you can get this wonderful kit for just $15 more!  And if you do that, you also qualify for the Stamp of the Month this month which is the fabulous Cross-Stitch Wishes for only $5 more!  Sounds like a great way to start off the new year by saving money!




We also have a new catalogue coming out Feb 1st - if you would like a copy of the new catalogue, let me know and I'll get it to you.  If you have not placed an order with me in the past year, I will charge $2.20 BUT if you place an order with me during February I will reimburse that back to you.

I think that's all the news for now!

Have a wonderful day and year ahead!