Monday, January 31, 2011

February Stamp of the Month Time!! "Friendship"

Hello Friends...

Welcome to the February, Close to my Heart, Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you have come here from Cindy's Blog, you are on the right track. Just page down, check out my creations and then at the end of my post you will find out which blog to head to next.

I've missed you these last two months while I took a much needed break from the blog-o-sphere, but I'm back and excited as ever to share my take on this month's stamp set.

Featured this month is a set of 8 stamps celebrating friendship. I created two cards that I tried to "step out of the box" on and hope you enjoy them.

For this card, I used a B & T paper from the "Wings" Level 2 kit and the largest stamp from the "Friendship" set to stamp on some off white cotton fabric in "Vinyard Berry." Over that I stamped a sentiment in black and then I frayed the edges. I used twill ribbon with Vinyard Berry waxy flax to do the bows on the twill.

For my next card, I used another stamp from the "Friendship" set and masked off the top of the design to make a sort of "planter" for my hearts to sit in. I used B & T paper from the "Sweetheart" level 2 paper pack and "Cotton Candy" card stock along with "Cotton Candy" and "Pear" inks to stamp the pots and the hearts which are popped up with pop dots. White organdy ribbon finishes off this 6 X 6 card nicely.

Well, that's it for me this month, but make sure you head over to Haley's blog to check out her cute project this month.

If you enjoy all the fun projects and new paper's during this hop, make sure you head on over to my website and shop to your hearts content, 24/7. The Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog goes live Feb. 1st!!!

See you next month when some cute little bunnies will appear on the hop!

Thanks for stopping by....


Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Product Blog Hop!

Hello friends and welcome to the Spring/Summer 2011 New Product Blog Hop!

We're doing something a little different this time, a linky party hop, so either click on any of the thumbnails at the end of my post, or go to the host blog here and start at Erin's site and hop to all the great blogs displaying new product and tons of new ideas to use when the new catalog goes live on February 1st!

Here we go...

I'm loving the new "Lucky" level 2 My Reflections Paper Pack!! It is playful and very bright and usable for those little boy pages. I used the Bingo themed B&T paper and Outdoor Denium, Desert Sand and Sunset cardstock, some of the Level 2 assortment chipboard pieces and I quickly had a super cute page to add to my son's scrapbook!

Next, I switched gears completely and made a card from the Sweetheart Workshop on the Go pattern, taking a little creative license to make it my own. I didn't have any liquid applique to make the scalloped border for this card, so I used a corner rounder to make my own. I used the plaid/flower B&T from the level 2 paper pack and stamped the butterfly from the WOTG stamp set, cut it out and folded up the wings. I also used a piece from the Level 2 assortment acrylic frame to fashion my butterfly body. I stamped the antenna and hand drew the "motion." A few more acrylic pieces and I was done and so happy how this card turned out.

Hope you liked my projects this time and if you just HAVE to have anything you see in the hop, please stop by my website anytime, 24/7 and order your new product today!!!

See you next time....


Thursday, January 27, 2011

And Away I Go!!!

Where you ask? I'm off to Prescott to a scrapbooking retreat that I have been priveledged to go to for 5 years now. I love friend and CM consultant Sherri Troxell does such a great job hosting each year that I wouldn't think of missing it.

Here is a picture from one fun year that is snowed the first night we got there....

The first year we went, it was just Jen and I and then Lisa joined us and this year Lori will join in on the fun. Unfortunately, Jen is sick and will have to bow out at the last minute : (
We will miss her lots, but are hoping she if feeling better soon....

More pics upon my return, hopefully of all the creations I complete while I am there!!

Thanks for sticking with me....our Christmas vacation became extended when we lost Bryan's Dad, Bill on Dec. 30th. While we miss him terribly, we feel blessed that we were there to visit with him, care for him and help out his sister who has been a rock throughout his illness. He was in so much pain that we know he is in a better place we just find his absence has been much harder to deal with than we ever thought it would be. We miss you Bill and think about you all the time...

Thanks for stopping by and check back next week for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and more artwork. Also, an online "Yard Sale" is in the works, so be on the look out for some awesome deals on my HUGE stash.