Monday, 30 May 2011

Drop-In Mondays!

Every second Monday of the month I will be hosting a class where one can come and learn a new technique for stamping, scrapbooking or paper crafting at each session. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come for $5 each to cover the cost of supplies.

All classes will begin at 6pm and are expected to last 1-2 hrs.
Dates and techniques are as follows:

June 13th: Scallop Punch Flowers

June 27th: Masking

July 11th: Windows

July 25th: Everything Ribbon

August 8th: Paper Piecing

August 22nd: Heat Embossing

I will be giving a gift to all those who sign up and pay for the full 6 sessions in advance.

If you plan on attending on any of the days, I would appreciate a heads-up close to the time, simply to have supplies ready for you.

In order to give you as taste of what we will be doing. Here are a few examples for the first class on June 13th. Thanks to Brenda at Stamp. Scrap. Create for the techniques.

All products CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy
Pattern Paper: Miracle
Stamp Set: Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Pear, Lagoon
Embellishments: Assorted Green Buttons, Sweet Leaf Ribbon

All products CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Bamboo, Hollyhock
Pattern Paper: Miracle
Stamp Set: Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Hollyhock
Embellishments: Assorted Green Buttons, Natural Hemp

All products CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White
Pattern Paper: Magnifique
Stamp Set: Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Chocolate, Pacifica
Embellishments: Assorted Blue Buttons

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Not Another Card

The Heart 2 Heart challenge blog is on the same track as me this week as I thought it was time for something other than a card to show off and it seems they did too. Here is a scrapbook layout I did a little while ago using CTMH's old Emporium paper that I never seem to tire of. It's a simple layout but I think these photos suited something simple, yet classy. Actually, now that I am noticing the details, I guess I can add this to Heart 2 Heart's button challenge for the month as well!

All supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Crystal Blue
Pattern Paper: Emporium
Stamps: Simple Stitches, With Love
Ink: Desert Sand, Garnet
Embellishments: White Daisy Flowers, Assorted Basic & Clear Buttons & the other colours are CTMH as well but old so I don't remember what collection they are from, Metallic Brads

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Heart 2 Heart and Mojo Monday 191

For the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week we are sharing techniques. One of my favourite techniques is masking. This is a very easy technique and I often find myself using it as a different way to make an aspect of my design stand out.

To do this, simply choose the shape that you would like to mask around. In this case, I masked around the owl inside the scallop circle shape. I punched out the scallop shape using my CTMH Scallop Punch on a scrap piece of paper. Next, I placed the shape on my piece of square cardstock and held it still while I used my sponge to simply ink around it. I am partial to inking in a sun-ray-type pattern but the possibilities are endless.
While I'm here, I could point out the stitching technique as well, which I very much admire but hate doing as it is somewhat tedious and time-consuming. I tend to enjoy faux stitching much more...

I am also entering another challenge this week. I thought I would finally give one of the Mojo Monday sketches a try. So here is the sketch with my card following. I stuck with some nice, bright colours again for this one. I just love the owl and his big googly eyes!

All products Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive, Hollyhock
Pattern Paper: Boom-Di-Ada
Stamps: Hot Diggity, Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Olive, Hollyhock
Embellishments: Autumn Harvest Assorted Brads, green embroidery thread, yellow ribbon and googly eyes from outside sources.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Bright and Bold

My little Nevae is sick today and although I feel really bad for her, by taking a second nap she has given me the time to do another card. Wow, two in one day! That almost never happens...
Anyway, I needed a break from the browns and greens for a moment. I needed something bright and bold. Here it is, using another one of my new stamp sets. Enjoy!
Oh, just a side note: In case you think your eyes are bobbling when you look at the Happy Birthday, you are not crazy! I just stamped my Blue Denim overtop and slightly to the side of my Autumn Teracotta, giving it this trippy effect. (Insert smiley face here).

All products CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Sunset, Blue Denim
Pattern Paper: Lucky
Stamps: Hot Diggity, sentiment stamp from the sale bin at Michael's
Ink: Autumn Teracotta, Blue Denim
Embellishments: Autumn Assortments Buttons and orange Brads

P.S. Thanks to Nancy for the idea of popping up the frog body from a card workshop I did with her many mooooons ago. Cheers.

Life is Good

Well it's been another busy roller-coaster week. I have been working lots (16 hours last Saturday!) and Moose (my boyfriend/illegitimate husband/or whatever you would like to call him) has been home with the kids. Nice to trade places once in a while... With that, baseball and other unmentionables, I was hard-pressed to find time for any of my creative needs. But then my latest CTMH orders came in the mail...!!
I just got the beautiful Miracle Level 2 paper pack as well as a few new stamp sets and I couldn't wait to use them. I've been eyeing the Treetops set forever! Just love it. Here is the card I made today while my little one was napping.

All products are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Chocolate
Pattern Paper: Miracle
Stamps: Treetops, True Happiness
Ink: Olive, Chocolate
Embellishments: Chocolate Ribbon, Assorted Green Brads

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Just for Fun

Well I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! The best part of my day was receiving the news that I made it in the Top Ten for April at the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog with my spring flowers card! Yay!

Now for today's business... The idea for this card popped into my head the other night as I was supposed to be sleeeeeping but of course I ended up putting most of it together instead. Lots of tea required the next day! I thought this card would be a good way of showing how one can use up all their pieces of scrap ribbon. I went with the happy birthday sentiment as it seems to be the time of year for birthdays - oh wait, it's always that time of year! Hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

All products are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Chocolate, Smoothie
Pattern Paper: Mayberry
Stamps: Playful Flourishes, Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Olive and Garden Green
Embellishments: Olive buttons, Colonial White Ribbon, Chocolate Ribbon, and other ribbons from unknown origins.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is just around the bend and I really should wait to post this one so as not to spoil the surprise but I want to get in on the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week...
I have three very important mothers in my life and so every year I make three cards. This year I made three different versions of the exact same card. The surprise will have to be who gets which one!
In case it is unfair to submit three cards for the H2H Challenge, I'd like to just go with the last one. Cheers!

All supplies CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White
Pattern Paper: Mayberry
Stamps: With Love, Mayberry
Ink: Smoothie, Olive
Embellishments: Smoothie Brad, Ribbon from another source

All supplies CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White
Pattern Paper: Magnifique
Stamps: With Love, Blessed
Ink: Pacifica
Embellishments: Chocolate Ribbon

All supplies CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive
Pattern Paper: From a really old paper pack that is CTMH but of unknown name
Stamps: With Love, Blessed
Ink: Smoothie, Olive
Embellishments: Olive Button, Colonial White Ribbon

Blessed Magnifique Style

So for my latest Gathering I decided to save everyone the pain-staking effort of lots of intricate cutting (remember the trees!). I just had to use Close To My Heart's scallop punch though and it wasn't too hard to get April's stamp of the month in there as well, which is perfect for using the Second Generation technique. Last time with my sentiment of Best Wishes, everyone chose to do Happy Birthday instead so this time I did Happy Birthday and almost everyone chose something else again! Just can't win sometimes... :)

All supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Chocolate, Sky
Pattern Paper: Magnifique
Stamps: Blessed, Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Pacifica, Chocolate
Embellishments: Floral, Colonial White Brad, Colonial White Ribbon (yes, finally CTMH ribbon!), Glitz Glitter Gel
Special Tools: Scallop Punch, Corner Rounder