Friday, November 30, 2012

FMS63 Thank You Card

Good morning! I am back again with my card of the day. 

This next card was made for my Hospice counselor. Although, I haven't talked to her in a few months, every 2 weeks like clock work, I get a card or a letter from her. Miss Vivi even thinks of my children, and they so look forward to their packages in the mail each month. Miss Vivi, like so many other counselors out there, is a very caring person and truly touches many lives.
Paper: Dakota, Pacifica CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Thoughtful Tidings (CTMH)
Ink: Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Craft Tweezers (CTMH)
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Blue Sparkles, Glue Dots (CTMH), Blue Ribbon (American Crafts)

I would like to enter this card into the Freshly Made Sketches #63 Challenge.

Have a great day.


December Savings

We have some exciting promotions going for December.

Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that we are making more fabulous deals available to you. Beginning 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, we will add new items to the “While Supplies Last” section. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown.
To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on my website that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value! These deals are only available while supplies last.
Now, for the stamp of the month details:
Year-Round Cheer SET OF  12, Available December 1–31, 2012
Get the Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (S1212A) when you place an order of $50 or more in products.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks so much. I appreciate your business.


Retiring Items List 2012

We received a weekly update last night that showed a list of retiring items. While they could be available through the end of the current Idea Book, they are being placed on a while supplies last basis. The paper packs always go first, followed by any coordinating embellishments. I encourage you to read over the list below, and contact me today if there is anything you want to order, or must have.

2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List

*Please remember that we are unable to accept exchanges for items included on the Retired list.

Item # Item Description Page # Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads 127

Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads 127
Z1361 Brads Red Assortment 127
Z1362 Brads Pink Assortment 127
Z1363 Brads Blue Assortment 127
Z1364 Brads Green Assortment 127
Z1365 Brads Basic Assortment 127
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons 125
Z1391 Buttons Clear Assortment 125
Z1395 Irresistibles™ Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet) 130
Z1465 Irresistibles™ Make-It-Count Numbers 130
Z1681 Dimensional Elements  Numbers 131
Z1761 Dimensional Elements Ornaments 131
Z1762 Dimensional Elements Snowflakes 131
Z1765 Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes 130
X7147C Stella Complements Canvas Shapes 68
X7148C My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment 68
X7150C My Stickease® Victory Assortment 69
X7153C My Stickease® Florentine Assortment 69
X7158C La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment 38
X7160C Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements 50
X7161C Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements 56
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons 62
Z1464 Milepost Shapes 128
Z1466 Bling Assortment 128
Z1695 Urban Felt Alphabet 130
Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet 130
Z1709 Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers 129
Z1460 Foundry® Ribbon Slides 126
Z1711 Foundry® Binder Clips 126
Z1712 Foundry® Number Plates 126
Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots 129
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment 128
Z1689 Timeless Charms 128
Z1692 Tough Tags 128
Z1694 Bouquet Assortment 128
Z1741 Haunted Assortment 128
Z1749 Autumn Lane Assortment 128
Z1763 Boutique Assortment 128
Z1772 Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday 128
Z1393 Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection 126
Z1316 Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection   124
Z1385 Designer Ribbon Blue Collection 124
Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection 124
Z1616 Designer Ribbon Green Collection 124
Z1388 Newsprint Rub-Ons 130
Z1700 Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1733 Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1743 Festive Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1742 Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons 126
Z1407 6" x 6" Olive Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1408 6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album 122
Z1054 My Creations® Display Album 132
Z1378 My Creations® Banner 132
Z1614 My Creations® Memory Game 132
Z188 Craft Jars 120
Z1352 4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards 123
Z1353 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards 123
Z1731 My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit 123
X7147B My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet 68
X7148B My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet 68
X7150B My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet 69
X7153B My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet 69
X7158B La Belle Vie Paper Packet 38
X7160B Flirty Paper Packet 50
X7161B Moonlight Paper Packet 56
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Packet 62
Z1252 Cutting Knife 135
G1041 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit 22
G1043 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit 66
G1040 Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit 14
G1042 Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit 23
G1044 Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit 67
G1045 Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit 21
G1046 Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit 29
G1047 Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit 35
G1048 Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit 41
G1049 Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit 47
G1050 Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit 53
G1051 Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit 59
G1052 Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit 65
Item # Item Description Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104 A Tweet 90
A1111 A Tulip 68
A1116 A Melody 94
A1122 Bravo 92
A1128 Quick Cards—Shell 80
A1129 A Rainbow 85
B1365 Spring Up 71
B1369 Rosy Regards 67
B1374 Bee Happy 83
B1397 He Is Risen 74
B1402 My Peeps 72
C1439 Enjoy Life 95
C1440 Take a Picture 93
C1442 Tailor-Made 94
C1450 Eclectic Edges 99
C1452 Delight 71
C1455 Aspire 96
C1456 Heartfelt Treasures 68
C1457 Happy Camper 84
C1458 Paper Lantern 90
C1473 Remarkable Wreath 70
C1474 10 Things 105
C1485 Super Powers 47
C1498 Country Life 82
C1499 Perfect Day 80
D1195 The Works Alphabet 117
D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet 117
D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small 114
D1301 Hodge Podge Alphabet 114
D1303 Classmate Alphabet 114
D1462 Splendid Day 77
D1464 Card Chatter—Love 106
D1467 Trees & Things 76
D1472 Simple Memories 66
D1478 Bingo Alphabet 113
D1505 Roar! 89
D1508 Diverse Backgrounds 102
D1509 Magic Adventures 78
D1511 Kick Back 81
E1013 Field Trip Alphabet 114

Items can be ordered from my website: 
Contact me today if you have any questions.


*Bold print items are items I thought might go the quickest.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MOJO269 Bundled Up Card

Good morning! I am back with another Christmas card. 

I have had this stamp set for about 3 years now, and it's rarely been used. My card size is a 4x4, which still fits in a standard size envie to save on postage. When you're sending out 80+ cards, standard size is really the best way to go.
Paper: Winter Twig (Little Yellow Bicycle), Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's), White Daisy CS, Outdoor Denim CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Bundled Up (CTMH)
Inks: Heavenly Blue, Indian Corn Blue, Grey Flannel, Grey Wool, Outdoor Denim (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Snowflakes Dies (MFT), Snow Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Blending Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Glue Pen, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer (CTMH)
Other: Clear Sparkle, Prisma Glitter, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Mojo Monday #269 Sketch Challenge
2. Dynamic Duoes DD#30 Color Challenge

Now, it's time for me to get scrappy with my Dakota kit. Have a happy, crafty day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Merry Monday #43 Silver-licious Card

Silver has always been one of my favorite colors. My father owns an excavating and trucking business, and our first company colors were black and silver, followed by a second company that was red and silver. From the time I was 12, I would answer phones for him, or type up the occasional proposal. Now, 20+years, I am still working for him, but with a more official title of Bookkeeper.

This next card showcases my love of silver quite well. 
Paper: Pink Polka Dot Paper, Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's), White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: All The Best, A Holiday (CTMH)
Inks: Hollyhock (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Scallop Border Punch (SU!), Craft Heater, Craft Tray, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Sponge (CTMH)
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Bitty Sparkles, Glue Dots (CTMH), Black Gingham Ribbon (Jo-Ann's)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Merry Monday #43 Challenge
2. There She Goes TSG183 Inspiration Challenge

Have a great night.


PP123 Let It Snow Card

Good evening! Last night, while the Dancing With The Stars finale was on, I created my card during commercial breaks. I'm still not certain whether I put too much sparkle on, or if it was just right. LOL

Paper: Sophia, Sweetheart, Sweet Leaf CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's)
Stamps: All Decked Out, Snow Flurries (CTMH)
Inks: Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate (CTMH)
Tools: Glue Pen, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen (CTMH), Snowflakes Dies (MFT), Scallop Border Punch (SU!)
Other: Stardust Glitz Glue, Prisma Glitter, Clear Sparkles (CTMH)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
1. The Paper Players PP123 Challenge
2. There She Goes TSG183 Inspiration Challenge
3. H2H Glitter It Up! Challenge

Have a great night, my crafty friends.


The Right Tools Make All The Difference

Good morning!

It's been a while since I shared a video with you. It showcases our new quilling tool and our rub-on tool, and also demonstrates our fun, new chalkboard marker and paper. 
Have a great day!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MFTWSC99 Christmas Caroler

This morning, I opened an e-mail from my sister-in-law. The subject line read "Spreading Christmas Cheer". Our niece, Marie, is in her first year of college, and is missing the family during the holiday season.

We are very proud of her. Jere and I never could have imagined all the great accomplishments our niece has had in just her short 18 years. It's hard to believe that the tiny tot covered in tomato soup, happily playing in her walker, could be the same young lady that is going into Biochemistry at University, in the hopes of becoming a doctor.

So, after hearing that Marie is feeling sad right now, I just knew I had to get into my craft room and create a card just for our little "Goose".
Paper: Pear and Partridge, Chocolate CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Pure Innocence-Christmas Caroler (MFT)
Ink: Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Craft Heater, Craft Tray, Corner Rounder, Blending Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH), Snow Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft)
Other: Mistletoe Poinsettia Brads, Clear Detail Embossing Powder (CTMH)

I created this card using this week's sketch from My Favorite Things.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

TSG182 Christmas Greetings

Good evening! I finished one more Christmas card today. 
Paper: Believe, Cranberry CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Pink Butterfly Kisses (Three Bugs In A Rug)
Stamps: Believe WOTG, Very Merry Christmas (CTMH)
Inks: Hollyhock, Cranberry, Sweet Leaf, Honey (CTMH), Black Pigment (Tsuniko)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Blending Pen, Craft Heater (CTMH)
Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Bitty Sparkles (CTMH)

I used my blending pen and ink pads to color in the Santa and gifts. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
1. Color My Heart Dare #19 Challenge
2. H2H Christmas Week #3 Challenge
3. TSG182 Sketch Challenge

I think that's it for tonight! Have a great weekend!


MOJO268 Avonlea Angel Card

I believe that we all have an angel looking out for us. When Close To My Heart introduced Angelic Blessings in the current idea book, I just knew I had to have it.
Paper: Avonlea, White Daisy CS, Slate CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Very Merry Christmas, Angelic Blessings (CTMH)
Inks: Slate, Versamark (CTMH)
Tools: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Craft Heater (CTMH)
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heavenly Blue Ribbon, Blue Button, White Baker's Twine, Glue Dot, Bitty Sparkles (CTMH)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
1. Color Throwdown CTD219 Challenge
2. Mojo Monday MOJO268 Challenge
3. H2H Christmas Week #3 Challenge

I know it's hard to see in the picture, but that silver embossing really adds such gorgeous dimension. Happy Holidays!


FMS62 Christmas Toys Card

Last night, I had this idea spinning around in my head about creating a Christmas card with a non-traditional stamp set. At first, I thought about my children's favorite Christmas story "Aliens Save Christmas" (from the Aliens Love Underpants series). However, I didn't have a Santa stamp small enough to coordinate with the cute space ship stamp from Outta This World. As I sat in my study pondering what to use, the idea for a robot toy took root. By the way, my son loves this card, and says "Mom, you're the best cardmaker ever. I love all of your cards." Well, I certainly don't think I'm the best, but am proud to be so in his eyes. :)

Paper: Pear & Partridge, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Kraft CS (MFT)
Stamps: Outta This World, Card Chatter-Christmas (CTMH)
Inks: Black Pigment Ink (Tsuniko), Versamark (CTMH)
Tools: Craft Heater, Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Olive Marker, Cranberry Marker (CTMH)
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Friday Mashup FM86 Challenge
2. H2H Christmas Week #3 Challenge
3. Freshly Made Sketches FMS62 Challenge

I just love that silver embossing on the robot, and this is the first time that stamp set has been inked up. Thanks, Friday Mashup, for inspiring me to use it. Have a happy, crafty day!


Merry Monday #42 Winter Wonderland Card

This morning, I spent more time trying to clean up photo's from my Picasa Web Album than I did creating the following card. It appears that I exceeded my file upload size. I might add that this was not nearly as fun as creating my card. LOL
Paper: Winter Twig (Little Yellow Bicycle), Outdoor Denim CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Believe WOTG (CTMH), Lovely As A Tree (SU!)
Inks: Versamark, Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
Tools: Craft Heater, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Detail Embossing Folder, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Friday Mashup! FM86 Challenge
2. Dynamic Duos DD#30 Navy & Silver Challenge
3. Merry Monday #42 Sketch Challenge

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MFTWSC98 Snow Day Card

I rarely create 6x6 cards, mainly due to postage rates. However, this next card would have missed some great detail if I had chose to work with a standard size.

I was inspired by another awesome sketch over at My Favorite Things.

Paper: Wonderland, Smokey Plum CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's), Winter Twig (Little Yellow Bicycle), Purple Snowflake Sentiments (The Paper Company Studio)
Stamps: Pure Innocence-Snow Day (MFT), Card Chatter-Christmas (CTMH)
Inks: Black Pigment Ink (Tsuniko), Twilight, Heavenly Blue, Crystal Blue, Smokey Plum, Black (CTMH)
Tools: Floral Doily Motifs Shapeabilities (Spellbinders), Icicle Die (MFT), Snowflakes Dies (MFT), Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Glue Pen, Blending Pen, Watercolor Pencils, Sponge Dauber, Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors (CTMH)
Other: Licorice Opaques, Foam Tape, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Prisma Glitter (CTMH)

I used a crazy amount of techniques on this card. I wanted the apparel to have lots of texture, like that shiny fabric that is often used in little girl's winter coats, so I decided to use pigment ink for added depth and embossed it. I then colored it in with my blending pen and our dye-based inks. I used watercolor pencils for the face and then used the blending pen again. I wasn't completely satisfied with it and decided to add some prisma glitter with my glue pen. I filled in the background with our pretty Heavenly Blue ink and a sponge dauber. To add yet more depth, I decided to add some bitty licorice pearls. I admit that there was a moment of panic as I was nearing the deadline and couldn't find my extra pack of licorice pearls. LOL

If you've had a chance to study up at all on our fabulous Cricut Artiste cartridge, you're probably trying to figure out exactly where it was used on this card. Well, that silver sentiment paper behind the stamped image is actually a mitten shape. I trimmed one side off to create the shape that was needed behind the circle in the sketch. 

Hope you like. My lighting is a little off today; wish you could see this card in person. Have a fabulous day!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

SSS185 Moonlight Cupcake Card

This next card was created using a sketch inspired by The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog. It's a sketch with a spin: Tasty Treats.
Paper: Moonlight, Black CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Card Chatter-Birthday, Cricut Artiste Collection (CTMH)
Inks: Black, Smokey Plum (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Watercolor Pencils, Blending Pen (CTMH)
Other: Licorice Opaques, Shimmer Brad, Foam Tape (CTMH)

I can always use birthday cards. This one may go out to a dear friend belatedly. I know, I know...I'm the crazy cardmaker. LOL


Black Tie's #10 Snowflake Card

Tonight, I was cruising through Blogger and came across a new challenge that is only in its 10th week, called Black Tie Friday's. They are looking to increase their followers and participants. 

This week's challenge is to create a project with black and white and use a cut-out. I would also like to enter this into the TSG181 Challenge from There She Goes Blog. Their challenge this week requires a project with a winter theme. I think this card fits the bill quite nicely.

Here is my interpretation.

Paper: Cruisin', Black CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's)
Stamp: Very Merry Christmas (CTMH)
Ink: Black (CTMH)
Tools: Snowflakes Die (MFT), Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Glue Pen (CTMH), Snow Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Other: Licorice Opaques, Originals pattern (CTMH)

When I first looked at this challenge, I was trying to figure out how I could create a Christmas card with black and white and still make it look like Christmas. Then, I started rummaging through my pattern papers and Cruisin' immediately popped out at me. At first, when you look at the pattern, it doesn't immediately "scream" Christmas. But then I started thinking about all the sweaters I received over the years, and argyle was one of those patterns that was sort of predominant in childhood. LOL And so there you have Cruisin' became part of a Christmas card.

Have a great night!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

FMS61 Avonlea Snowman Card

I am entering this card into the following challenges.

  1. Freshly Made Sketches FMS61 Challenge
  2. Dynamic Duos DD#29 Challenge
  3. CAS-ual FridaysCFC79: Winter Blues Challenge
Paper: Avonlea, Black CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH), Silver Pearls CS (Jo-Ann's)
Stamp: Pair-A-Phrase (CTMH)
Ink: Black (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Corner Rounder, Watercolor Pencils (CTMH), Icicle Border Die (MFT)
Other: Silver Glitz Glue, Clear Sparkles (CTMH)

I love, love, love this sketch! I would never think to pair black with our gorgeous Avonlea Teal blue, but it turned out just beautiful. Best part?! It went together really fast.

Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great day!


MOJO267 Avonlea Card

Here is a card that I created for the Mojo Monday #267 Challenge.
Paper: Avonlea, Chocolate CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Pair-A-Phrase (CTMH), Pure Innocence-Snow Day (MFT)
Ink: Chocolate (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Watercolor Pencils (CTMH), Scallop Border Punch (SU!), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Snowflakes Die (MFT)
Other: Silver Glitz Glue, Grey Wool Baker's Twine, Clear Sparkle, Bitty Sparkles, Foam Tape (CTMH)

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day.


Merry Monday #41 Christmas Card

When I first looked at this next sketch, I thought snowflakes. After a few days of looking at the sketch, I thought about ornaments. Then I remembered that I had a cute Spellbinders Shapeabilities set that would be perfect. From there, it was a quick conclusion for the rest of the card.

I was inspired by the sketch from Merry Monday.

Paper: Red Polka Dot (On The Bright Side: MME),  Green Check (Kissing Booth), Chocolate CS, Colonial White CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Very Merry Christmas, December 25th (CTMH)
Inks: Chocolate, Cranberry (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Floral Doily Motifs Shapeabilities (Spellbinders)
Other: Green Sparkles, Cranberry Baker's Twine, Foam Tape (CTMH)

Thanks for stopping by.