Friday, September 24, 2010

Boo to you!

I love Halloween. I love the costumes, the parties, the fun of being someone else and even being scared...although I am a bit of a whimp admittedly. I also love all of the Halloween products out there in craft land. This year Close To My Heart came out with the cutest Halloween line. It's called Hooligans and it is adorable. It has all the classic Halloween colors Gypsy (purple), Pear (green), Sunset (orange), Lagoon (turquoise) and of course Black! Along with the Hooligans paper line they came out with the cutest monsters. As soon as I saw this line I knew I wanted to make a Halloween mini album (even though I don't have any pictures to put in it).

Anyway, here is what I came up with.

This is the cover. I used the Hooligans My Stickease and the Level 2 Assortment (felt monsters) throughout. I love how it all coordinates.





If you are interested in making one of these (or buying this one) shoot me an email.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Being the Queen is Magnifique!

Each time we get a new Catalog the gals in my group have a shoebox swap. What is a shoebox swap you might ask? Well it is where we each design a card, in this case using only new products, and we prepare enough supplies for all of the participants and put it all in a "shoebox". then we all meet and pass the shoeboxes around the table so we can make each other's cards. It is a great way to get to use lots of the new products without having to buy everything. The ladies in my group are all so talented that I look forward to the shoebox swap every time.

This is the card I created for our shoebox swap.
And here is a close up of the tag.

Here is the recipe:
Based on Aubrey’s Invitation from pg. 81 of Wishes
4 ¼” x 5 ½” Chocolate card base
4” x 9” Colonial White (Score at 3 ½ “ for pocket)
2 ½” x 5 Colonial white tag
2 ¼ “ x 4” Magnifique Floral pattern (top of pocket)
3 ½” x 4” Magnifique Stripe (bottom of pocket)
2 ¼” x 3” Colonial White x2 for Crown (stamp crown on one and cut out, stamp sentiment on one and pop up crown)
2 ½” x 3 ¼” Pacifica for crown mat

Attach floral pattern to top of pocket
Fold up flap to create pocket
Attach Magnifique stripe to pocket front
Use clear ruler to punch holes for stitching on sides of pocket
Whip stitch using chocolate waxy flax up both sides of pocket
Attach pocket to card base
Stamp crown using lagoon ink and cut out
Stamp birthday sentiment on 2nd colonial white piece using chocolate ink towards the bottom
Mat with Pacifica
Pop up crown above sentiment and add sparkles

Tag:
Punch corners of tag using corner chomper
Stamp scepter on the left side using Pacifica for handle and Lagoon for gem
Stamp sentiment to right of scepter using Lagoon and Chocolate
Add Liquid Glass to gem
Add sparkles to scepter and sentiment
I post the cards created by the rest of the group in a later post. Thanks for looking.


Friday, September 3, 2010

SOTM Swap...It's a Thriller!

I have a bunch of talented ladies in my group. Check out this slideshow of our Stamp of the Month swap cards.

Click HERE to be taken to the slideshow. For some reason Blogger is not letting me embed it here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's Here!!!!!!!

The new Fall/Winter Catalog from Close To My Heart officially launches today. I have had it for a month and was chomping at the bit to share it with everyone. There are so many great new things in here!
First of all we have EIGHT, yes 8 beautiful new colors. May I present for your crafting and stamping pleasure.
  • Sky - This one says it all. Imagine the blue sky on a perfect day.

  • Sunset - That rich orangy red you see just before the sun fades away.

  • Cotton Candy - The perfect shade of pink. Not pastel and not hot pink.

  • Gypsy- This is a gorgeous shade of rich purple...mmmmm.

  • Pacifica - LOVE, this color...think electric peacock blue. Goes perfect with the beautiful new stamp set called Circle of Love...I am lovin' that peacock image.

  • Pear- This is an awesome crisp green.

  • Lagoon- Makes me want to take another cruise just to see water this color.

  • Smoothie- This is an orangy pink kind of half way between Cotton Candy and Sunset...yummy!

Here is a set if monogrammed cards I made using all of the new colors.

From top left...Gypsy, Sky, Pear, Sunset, Smoothie, Cotton Candy, Pacifica and Lagoon. Don't you just love them??



There are also four beautiful new paper lines. Here are brief descriptions including the featured color combos. Watch for ideas using each if the new paper lines with a Stamp of the Month set.


  • Hooligans - Halloween designs featuring Gypsy, Lagoon, Pear, Sunset and of course Black.

  • Olivia - Fantastic fall patterns featuring Barn Red, Pear, Sunset and Smoothie.

  • Magnifque - Rich and elegant designs featuring Chocolate, Lagoon, Pacifica and Sky.

  • Mistletoe- Classic holdiay papers using Cocoa, Cranberry, Garden Green and New England Ivy.

Want to see all of it?? Come to my open house this Saturday.

Saturday, September 4th

1:00-4:00pm


Stop by and see the new Fall/ Winter calatog from Close To My Heart. Make a free Halloween card, and see samples made with some of the new products...get your creative juices flowin'. Everyone who attends will get a free copy of the new catalog and will be entered to win a free stamp... set or Miracle page kit. Pick a date to host a home gathering party in September or October for an extra entry. Get some great deals at my craft room clean out sale too.


Hope to see you there!





Thriller

I am not talking Michael Jackson here folks, although it may be appropriate background music for working with this month's set. I am referring to September's Stamp of the Month (SOTM).

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and this month's SOTM is great for all of your Halloween cards, favors, and scrapbook pages. pair it with the new Hooligans paper line and it is

Frightfully Delightful!

Each month I participate in a card swap with some of my fellow consultants. We each use the same paper pack, Hooligans this month, and the SOTM set to create a card. It is so much fun to see everyone else's creative ideas. Here are some of the designs for this month.





This one was my design. I pulled the tree from the Childhood Portraits set. The house and roof are from Around The Block and the spooky images are from the SOTM, Thriller. I embossed almost everything with black to give it that shiny/spooky look and sponged the background with Outdoor denim for a creepy evening feel.
This one is by Natalie Zylstra. I love the coffin with the embossed spider web. Here is the inside.

How cute is that??? This next one is by Vicki Price. The photo does not do it justice. It is a clear card so all of the layers are sandwiched with the clear acrylic in the middle and the image stamped with Stazon on the front. I love how this came out!



Next is a fun card by Angie Petersen.
It is a such fun working with such talented ladies. Stay tuned for more fun Halloween stuff using Hooligans and our cute new Monster stamp sets.

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