Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

It's time to blog hop! If you've just arrived here from Wanda's blog, you are on the right path.

Wow, this year is 75% over! We're getting SO close to Christmas. What a perfect time for the October Stamp of the Month, Holiday Warmth. That is the stamp set that over 60 Close To My Heart consultants will be featuring in our October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. This month we've shaken things up a bit and broken the hop down into three mini-hops. There will be a link to each of the other groups at the end of my post. This month's SOTM is a set of 11 stamps, and is perfect for your Christmas card making.

For these cards, I used one of the workshops in Wishes by Jeanette Lynton. I went for a rustic look with these cards, using Desert Sand cardstock for the base, along with Cranberry, Bamboo and Ponderosa Pine.

Papers: Bamboo, Cranberry, and Desert Sand cardstock
Inks: Cranberry, Desert Sand and Ponderosa Pine
Techniques: Direct-to-paper
Stamp Sets: Holiday Warmth, Card Chatter-Christmas, Just For the Holidays (holly leaves and berries)

Papers: Bamboo, Cranberry, and Desert Sand cardstock
Inks: Bamboo, Cranberry, Desert Sand and Ponderosa Pine, Cranberry Exclusive Inks Marker
Techniques: Direct-to-paper, accent coloring
Stamp Sets: Holiday Warmth

Papers: Bamboo, Cranberry, and Desert Sand cardstock
Inks: Cranberry, Desert Sand and Ponderosa Pine
Techniques: Direct-to-paper, accent coloring, any color heat embossing, sponging
Stamp Sets: Holiday Warmth, Evergreen

Remember, the October Stamp of the Month is only available from October 1st through 31st. Contact your Close To My Heart consultant, or click here to find out how to get this stamp set for a discount or maybe even for free.

Now hop on over to Susan's blog to check out her artwork.

Blog hop group 1.

Blog hop group 2.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Everyday Celebration

To celebrate National Stamping Month, Close To My Heart has a wonderful promotion featuring the Everyday Celebration card kit. This kit comes with an exclusive D-sized stamp set (only available with this kit), 16 Colonial White card bases (with a fantastic bracket-shaped edge) and matching envelopes, cardstock, B&T Duos papers, two mini distressing inks, Mini-Medley Accents Shades of Chocolate collection, ribbon, 3-D foam squares, a sponge and full-color directions for creating the 16 cards. You can purchase the kit for only $39.95, or you can earn it for free by purchasing $60 in stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, and E only) by September 30th, by hosting a gathering with at least $400 in sales by September 30th, or by signing up as a new consultant by September 30th. Additionally, there is a daily drawing for a free kit, and each day that you place an order you are entered in that day's drawing.
These are the cards made following the guide. 16 cards, embellished and decorated inside as well. Aren't the colors fantastic?

These are the leftovers. Plenty of scraps left to do a layout or a bunch more cards, even some embellishments left.

The guide and the stamp set. I can see this set getting a lot of use.

If you want to get one of these kits, check out my website.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cheer-y birthday card

I made a birthday card for my friend J, which I of course failed to get in the mail in time for her birthday. And to make matters even better, I forgot to sign it (which I realized right as I dropped it in the mailbox). There should be no doubt in anyone's mind about whether or not I am a true blonde...

This card followed the sketch from Mojo Turns 100 Day 6. There was another challenge for decorating the inside of your card, but I seem to have misplaced that. The circle of Emporium patterned paper on the inside of the card is the scrap leftover from this Thank You card I made for the September SOTM blog hop. I hate when pretty paper goes to waste, so I was quite glad to be able to put that scrap to use.

Papers: CTMH Emporium, CTMH cardstock
Inks: CTMH, Copic markers, CTMH markers
Ribbon: CTMH Cocoa grosgrain Stamps: Stamping Bella (image received in swap), CTMH Ring in the Year, CTMH Card Sentiments (retired) Tools and Techniques: Fiskars Threading Water punch, Nestabilities Circle and Scalloped Circle, sponging, direct-to-paper ink distressing, 3-D Foam mounting squares

Birthday Card for MIL

So yesterday I realized that (holy cow!) September is nearly half over. Where has this year gone? I also realized that my MIL's birthday is coming up next week (nice of my husband to remind me--NOT) and I needed to make a card. I combined two challenges for this card, Mojo Monday 103 sketch and Cute Card Thursday Challenge 77 (color challenge-use pink and green). Actually, I had come across a third challenge that was to decorate the inside of your card, but I seem to have misplaced that one.

Papers: Basic Grey Eva, Bazzil cardstock
Inks: CTMH
Ribbon: CTMH
Stamps: CTMH Gracious Greetings
Tools and Techniques: Nestabilities Label , sponging, 3-D Foam mounting squares, Prima Flower

I also made some Christmas cards that will be in another post. I'm trying to complete as many cards as I can before I get back into having to do school work.