Monday, February 13, 2012

Precious Moments







I have been on a kick trying to use up some of my old patterned paper. This layout is using the Close to My Heart Sweetheart collection. I love how versatile this paper is. Once again, I have been using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tic Tac Toe

I am in love with the A Game (A1113) stamp set from Close to My Heart! This stamp is so versatile and such a steal at only $6.95. It's a cute little Tic Tac Toe stamp set.



Today I used it in the MojoMonday sketch.






Products used;
Close To My Heart:
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Shape7 cut at 3"
A Game Stamp Set (A1113)
Love Ya! (D1460)
Black Ink
Holiday Red Ink

Basic Gray Ribbon Doilies in Ruban Papier
Hero Arts Gemstones

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think!

Friday, February 3, 2012

We Are So Blessed

We are so blessed to have such a wonderful daughter! She truly is the light of our life and fills our days with such happiness. Here is another Page Map sketch and my rendition of the sketch.









The following items are all Close to My Heart Products:
Sweethearts Paper (Retired)
Inks; Cotton Candy, Black, Chocolate
Stamp Sets; Affection C1441, Blessed D1455, Find Your Style D1452
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge; Circles cut at 2 1/2", Shape2 Decorative layer pg 36 cut at 2", Branch1 pg 43 cut at 2", Square2 pg 33 cut at 10".
Opaques
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Glitter in Cotton Candy
Martha Stewart Lace punch

2 Challenges in One!

I absolutely loved this sketch from PageMaps http://www.pagemaps.blogspot.com/



I knew I had to incorporate this sketch into my Use it or Lose it Challenge blog http://useitorloseitctmh.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-challenge-blog.html challenge for the week. We were challenged to us our first stamp we ever bought from Close To My Heart. Seeing I have been selling CTMH products for so long, I honestly can't remember what was in my initial kit. I do know that one of the first stamp sets I bought was Simple Stitches and I loved it. Still do. It was nice to pull out an oldie but a goody.



I used CTMH Sweetheart Paper (retired), Simple Stitches Stamp Set, Connections Stamp Set, Affection stamp set. I also used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the cute little postage stamps and circle. Seriously, if you have not purchased this cartridge and you own a cricut, you NEED to! I also used CTMH Bitty Opaques, and Color Ready Wood Shapes. The inks I used were: Tulip, Black and Cotton Candy. Please let me know if you have any questions!






Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Using my time wisely!

I finally have a surgery date scheduled! I have been dealing with this Urology issue since the end of October and we finally are doing the last surgery the 3rd week in February. I am beyond relieved. While I am still off work I am doing a lot of card making. It is a little difficult because my scrap studio is in an outbuilding we have that is not heated. During the winter, if I want to scrap, I need to plan ahead. I need to go out there the day before I want to do anything and start up the little space heater. Not very efficient, but it works and I love my little place out there. Now, if it only had a bathroom and some heat it would be perfect. Seeing I am pretty much housebound with this nephrostomy tube in place, it doesn't pay to keep the heater going all the time. Much to my husbands dismay, I have turned our dining room into a mini scrap room. Problem is, everytime I am working on something, I think of something else I think would be cool to bring into the house. After many trips outside and my Mom hauling in all sorts of supplies this is what it looks like right now. Not ideal, but the best I am going to get under the circumstances. The best thing about it is forcing me to use what I have! It's kind of freeing and I am really digging it. Really goes to show you how much you can create with some stamp pads,a cricut, cardstock and patterned paper.



So in my current scrap room I have been kicking out some serious cards using the Close to My Heart Wishes & Originals books for inspiration. If these books are sitting on your shelf pull them down and USE them. They are endless sources of inspiration. You can use up so many of your scraps using the templates for each card. I love that I don't need to reinvent the wheel to create beautiful cards. Here are some of the cards I have created in the past couple days. I really am still pushing through the Sweetheart paper pack. Who knew there was SO much paper in this pack? I have substituted contraband (a.k.a. non-CTMH product) to complete these cards. What can I say, I'm an equal opportunity scrapbooker! Enjoy!






Monday, January 30, 2012

Busy Using Scraps

I have been very busy using scraps of paper. It is my goal this year to use up as much patterned paper as I can. I LOVE patterned paper, but I simply have got too much of it and I need to use it so I can buy some more. So I decided that when I open up a new paper pack or cut into a new sheet of patterned paper I need to use it all up before I cut into a new sheet of paper. This way I will not have any scrap patterned paper laying all over that I will have to worry about storing and using again. Which of course we all know, we never will because we can't find it. Here are some of the projects I have completed lately with my scraps.

I used Typeset and Wonderland Level 2 Papers from Close to My Heart for all the cards.