Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SOTM Countdown

5 reasons you may want to order the July Stamp of the Month for $5

1.  The letters mix and match with other stamp sets.

2.  The alphabet makes for a cool stamped background.

3.  You can use the alphabet to create any sentiment you want!


4.  The size is perfect for creating personalized tags.

5  You can get TWO different fonts and sized alphabets for only $5!!!! 
*That is with a qualifying purchase of $50.
Or $17.95 regular price.
You can find it HERE
Oh, yeah, and it is great for scrapbooking too!
Too cute, right?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting Organized


I like to use this time, transitioning between IDEA Books, to get my craft space organized.
I LOVE our CTMH organizers!
They are clear, sturdy and portable.
When I go to a crop or a gathering, I can just grab and go.
The Medium Organizer (show above and below) holds all my new embellishments.

Ribbons and trims...


Washi Tape and Mini-Medleys

Embellishment Assortments
(there is one to coordinate with every paper packet!)
The center divider was removed in this section to fit the packages.
These storage containers are so versatile!

And sections for mini-stamps and bling.

I used index cards to label those smaller packs of accents by categories:
sequins, dots, enamels, epoxy bubbles, and sparkles.
No more digging for just the right embellishment.
I am feeling accomplished after completing this organizing task.

If you want to check out the selection of organizers, you can find them
on my CTMH website HERE.

The price will go up a bit after August 1st so if you want to get organized, now is the time!
I am slowly converting all my scrappy storage to these organizers.
Here is a look at my bookcase that sits right behind my stamping table.


So many stamps, so little time!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Epic Birthday


Happy Birthday to my little brother!
I thought my brother would like this viewmaster reel stamp since that was one of our childhood toys.  Boy, am I dating myself or what?!
The papers are from a pad I picked up at Michael's (maybe Simple Stories), I do not remember.
The stamps are all Close To My Heart.
and




Our clear alphabet stamps make it so easy to personalize.
Wishing my brother the best birthday yet.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jubilee Floral Card

I just finished cutting papers for my Jubilee scrapbooking workshop and I had lots of pretty piece of paper leftover.
So I went to Cardabilities to see the latest sketch for inspiration.


This sketch is lovely and I knew right away that I wanted to created a chalkboard look for the die cut piece.
So I flipped through the Art Philosophy Cartridge book and found a similiar shape to cut in Black cardstock.  I created a frame 1/4 inch larger in Colonial White and inked the edges.
This is what I came up with.


I am loving the print daisies.  That blue reminds me of a certain purse/accessory designer style.
Love the country feel to the gorgeous Jubilee papers.

Here is a look at the paper packet.
You can find it HERE.
It will only be available for a few more days...through July 31 or until supplies last.
August 1st is when all the new paper designs come out in the new
Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations IDEA Book.
Happy Sunday!
I hope your day is a relaxing one.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Balloon Ride Picture My Life Cards


I love the vintage feel in the Balloon Ride Picture My Life journaling cards.
I made a few cards to show you.
For the above I only stamped the "Thinking Of You" sentiment.
It is from the "You're The Best" stamp set.
I love the font on this simple stamp.
Here is another card...

This sentiment is from the 
"Give A Lift" stamp set.
The metal pieces are from Mini-Medleys.
The flowers were cut with the 
It is my "go to" flower.
I love how quick and easy the cards come together when you use
Here is a photo of a few more journaling cards from this set.
The Balloon Ride Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program will be in the new IDEA Book.
However, 
the coordinating Balloon Ride Paper Packet will retire July 31st.
It was hard to pick a fave from this book because I loved so many of them but Balloon Ride was at the top of my list.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Avonlea PML Cards, 3


I have a few more cards, created with the Avonlea Picture My Life cards, to share today.
I stamped the sentiment and the little flower on the right.
Everything else is pre-printed on the card.  Love the look of stitching and the look of an appliqued flower on this card.  
Here is the CTMH photo of the card set.
These are only a few of the many cards you get in the collection.
My favorite design is the one on the top left and this is how I used it.

I simply stamped the sentiment, inked the edges and adhered it to a simple base of layered paper.  I love that you can use these for quick cards.  I created about 6 cards, in just over an hour, using these lovelies.
Here is the stamp set I used.  It is called "Words of Comfort" and it will retire at the end of July.
So many heartfelt sentiments for only $13.95.
Have you tried using pocket-size journaling cards for cardmaking?
If so, which ones are your favorites?
Have a great weekend friends!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Avonlea PML Cards, part 2


The above card was created with an Avonlea Picture My Life card.
The only thing I did to it was stamp the sentiment
"Wishing You A Lifetime Of Happiness".
Everything else was printed on the card.  I love that!
I did ink the edges with Slate Ink.
I used the 
stamp set which I always use for weddings and anniversary cards.

I am happy to see this stamp in the new book also.

Here is another with the Avonlea PML Cards and 
This stamp set will retire at the end of the month.
I think it is a must have for card-makers.
Tomorrow I will show you two more cards I created with this set of PML cards and a view of some of the great cards for scrapbooking.
I love the versatility of this product.