Thursday, April 30, 2009

Close to My Heart Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Close to My Heart Summer 2009 Catalogue Blog Hop. Over 40 Close to my Heart Consultants are celebrating the upcoming release of the Summer 2009 Idea Book by sharing their amazing creations using new products via their blogs. If you have come here from Julie's blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Erin's blog and start from the beginning!

I am loving this new paper pack and I don't even have little boys! This Animal Cookies paper can be used for so many things. I used it for a Teacher card here. I can also see it being used for a New Baby Boy Card and of course, perfect for little boy layouts!

All supplies for this card are from Close to My Heart. I knew I wanted to cut out the animals so I checked the new Originals book for some sketches and this one was perfect. After cutting out the animals I layered their heads for dimension. The number 2 is from the NEW Foam Numbers that coordinate with the Animal Cookies paper. One of my favorite stamp sets from the new Catalogue is Comments. It has different journalling lines, brackets and my favorite... the paper clip.

Sketch: from Originals book: Upright - This book is a must have, full of so many fabulous card sketches and ideas, to help make card making faster and simpler.

Pattern Paper: Animal Cookies
Cardstock: Tulip, Clover Meadow, Dutch Blue, White Daisy
Stamps: Comments, Happy Birthday, Classmate Alphabet, Friendship Word Puzzle
Ink: Dutch Blue
White Daisy Ricrac

Now hop on over to Alisan's blog.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

U Rock

My Second post for today so be sure to scroll down!

This is another sketch for Inspiratinal Card Sketches. Here is the card I came up with. Again stuck pretty true to the sketch. Sometimes it just makes a card go together so quickly! This will be for one of my neice's or one of my daughter's teenage friends.

Pattern Paper: American Crafts (teen)
Cardstock: CTMH
Stamps: CTMH
Ribbon: Michael's
Stars: unknown

Design Team Call

Kazan's Sketch for the 2 Sketches 4 You Design Team Call For my card, I used some new Cosmo Cricket papers.
Pattern Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Cardstock: CTMH
Ribbon: Michael's
Stamps: CTMH, PTI
Chipboard Letters: CTMH (painted with acrylic paint)
gems: Michael's
Cricut: Indie Art, Storybook, Plantin Schoolbook

Laura's sketch from the 2 Sketches Design Team Call Here is the card that I came up with. I used some of my new My Mind's Eye papers, that have been in my stash for a bit and I had not used yet.

Pattern Paper: MME
Cardstock: CTMH
Die Cut: MME
Ribbon: Michael's
buttons: stash

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Anything is Possible

The Inspirational Card Sketch for this week.

Kelly Jo's Color Chef Challenge #4
Here is my card. I used some new CTMH stuff. The sentiments are on foam strips. All supplies except the ribbon are from CTMH.

Cardstock: Baby Pink, Black, White Daisy, Bubblegum
Stamps: Be Yourself; Comments; Tickled Pink; Be True

Ink: Bubblegum, Watermelon, Baby Pink, Black

Ribbon: Walmart
Gems: I cut apart the CTMH rhinestones squares.

Make a Wish

The CPS sketch this week.

A quick and easy card for me, love that!
Pattern Paper and die cuts: MAMBI
Ribbon: Walmart, CTMH

Monday, April 27, 2009

Be Yourself Star

This weeks 2 Sketches 4 You sketch. This time I stayed pretty true to the sketch, something I haven't been doing lately. I am still loving this paper and this stamp set. All supplies are from Close to My Heart except the Cricut cartridge.
Pattern Paper: Daydream
Cardstock: Black, White Daisy
Stamp: Be Yourself (May Stamp of the Month); Annotations
Ink: Archival Black
Cricut: Plantin Schoolbook

Hi Fishy

The Bonus Sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You this week: For my card I incorporated the 365 Card Challenge as well... to include a fish. It gave me a good excuse to use my new Life's a Beach Cricut Cartridge. Lots of fun stuff on there!

Pattern Paper: MAMBI; Bo Bunny
Cardstock: CTMH
Foam letters: American Crafts
glass dots: Stampingbella
Cricut: Life's a Beach

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Winter Walk

A sketch from Creative Scrappers. It was perfect for this photo. Danica took this picture of her cousins a year ago when she got a new camera for Christmas. I think it is a fabulous picture considering she was only 9 at the time! I added a lot of bling as it is for her photo album and she LOVES bling! All supplies are from CTMH except the rhinestone flourishes (Prima)
Pattern Paper: Aspen
Cardstock: White Daisy, black, Gray Wool
Color Ready Alphabet stickers: Hodge Podge
Cricut: Joys of the Season


I basically just scraplifted a layout that I did for Jaimee's album, with slight changes in paper. I have more followers now, so I thought I would post this layout too. Pattern Paper: CTMH, MAMBI
Cardstock: CTMH
Stamps: CTMH, PTI
Punches: Marvy
Sticker: Heidi Swapp
Lace Paper: unknown
pearls: Stampingbella
Cricut: Storybook

A toot!

Thank you to Amy who informed me, I made it into the Fab 5 for the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch last week! It was for this card. Feels good!

Tinkering Happy Birthday

Jen's sketch from last week. Here is my super easy peesy card. I didn't put a lot of frills on this as it will be for a little guy in my class. I used the new Tinkerin Paper and Stickers from CTMH. Went together so quickly!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Love the Little Things

Lauren's First Color Challenge The Weekend Sketch Challenge:

I completed both challenges and used some new stuff! As soon as I saw Lauren's color challenge and her inspiration, I thought of this paper that came in my Scarlet Lime Kit.
Pattern Paper: Paper Trunk; MAMBI
Cardstock: CTMH
Stickers: Carolee's Creations
Flower: unknown
Felt border: unknown

Friday, April 24, 2009

UR Toadally Awesome

The CPS sketch this week: My card uses all new CTMH stuff (a sneak peek - will be available May 1st), except the Jumbo Eyelet. This paper pack is called Back Country and it is perfect for manly cards and outdoor layouts! The coordinating stamps and Chipboard Elements are fabulous.

Pattern Paper: Back Country
Cardstock: Outdoor Denim; Barn Red; Crystal Blue
Stickers: Back Country
Stamps: Legendary Moments; Comments; Charm Uppercase
Jumbo Eyelet (SU!)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another Thank You Teacher

I played around with my CTMH stuff again and made this card. I basically just lifted this card that I made last week, only I stuck to all CTMH supplies. This is also for the Caardvarks Challenge. One of the apples and the tree top has been mounted with foam squares. Stamps: June Word Puzzle; September Word Puzzle; Treetops; Say it in Style; Hodge Podge Alphabet
Ink: Tulip, Clover Meadow, Desert Sand, Archival Black
Pattern Paper: Animal Cookies; Notebook

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cosmo Cricket Just Because

Wow, I managed to make 3 cards tonight, that is unusual for a work day! Scroll down to see them all.

Laura had a bonus sketch this week. This is what I came up with.

Pattern Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Die Cuts: Cosmo Cricket
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Michael's; Walmart

In the Pink Happy Birthday

The Bonus Sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You I flipped the sketch and came up with this.
Pattern Paper: MAMBI
Die Cuts: MAMBI
Cardstock: CTMH
Buttons: Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: Walmart
Fiber: CTMH


The Weekend Sketch Challenge: Here is the card I came up with. It was also inspired by the 365 Card Challenge to use fruit, and I just couldn't resist as it gave me a chance to play with this pretty paper again!

Pattern Paper: K & Company
Chipboard: K & Company
Cardstock: CTMH
Ricrac: CTMH
Cricut: Plantin Schoolbook

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How Old?

I found a new sketch site (yippee!), this is the second sketch from Unscripted Sketches. This is what I came up with, and I just realized it fits the Card-a-Licious challenge to use blue, green and circles and make a birthday card!

Pattern Paper: Me & My Big Ideas
Cardstock: CTMH
Ricrac: CTMH
Die Cuts: Me & My Big Ideas
Punch: SU!

Monday, April 20, 2009


2 Sketches 4 You sketch this week: It felt good to do a bit of creating again. The track meet was great, both girls had a good time and did very well. Danica excelled in the 400m, 800m and 1500m races as well as the triple jump. Jaimee is still very strong in the throwing events. We were lucky that the rain held off, and we had a bit of sun and a lot of wind (my face was glowing red yesterday!).

Anyhow here is my card. A quick and easy one.
Pattern Paper: K & Company
Cardstock: CTMH
Chipboard: k & Company
Ribbon: Michael's
Ricrac: CTMH

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Well it is that time of the year again. Track Season has started for us. What that means is that from now until the end of June we are busy almost every weekend, fun stuff! I may not be posting as much as I usually do, but I do hope to keep posting pretty regularly.

We are gone this weekend so I have scheduled this post to show you another sneak peek. This is of CTMH's new Line Called Tinkerin. The papers are fabulous but so are the stamp sets! Gotta love the little robots!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Boom di Ada Hello

I am in a CTMH mood lately! All supplies are from CTMH. The sketch is from the Originals book from CTMH, this is an awesome reference when you just need a kick start (and when you need another sketch... like me! LOL). The sketch is called Vertical Three, which has the squares running down the middle, I like it off to the side myself. Pattern Paper: Boom di Ada Creative Basics
Cardstock: Hollyhock, Blush, Baby Pink, Sweet Leaf; Buttercup
Ink: Olive, Hollyhock
Stamps: Rustic Flowers; Blooming Flourish; Classmate Alphabet
Ribbon: Hollyhock Ribbon Rounds; White Daisy Grosgrain
Button: Autumn Garden collection

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

50 - Party on and Celebrate Good Times!

The sketch from CPS this week: I was intimidated by the sketch at first, but I so love what I ended up with! Still love the Game On Paper! All supplies are from CTMH, a sneak peek at the 'Comments' stamp set (paper clip, journalling lines, etc - so love this set!). I cut the numbers out of one of the pattern papers and mounted the 0 with foam squares.
Pattern Paper: Game On
Cardstock: Bamboo; Gray Wool
Ink: Gray Wool, Archival Black
Stamps: Comments; Good Times; Star Struck
Clear Buttons

Thinking of You

This weeks sketch from ICS I just got my Tickled Pink package yesterday so I wanted to play with it. All supplies are Close to My Heart except the Martha Stewart Punch. You can earn this Tickled Pink Scrapbooking kit for free (ask me how), and the little rhinestone frame can only be earned through a CTMH consultant (ask me how). I cut out both of the main flowers and mounted one of them with foam squares.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thank You Teacher

This is my card for the 365 Cards Challenge today. It was to make a trifold card and this is what I came up with. All supplies except the sentiment (CHF) are from CTMH. It is a sneak peek at some new papers and a stamp set - I so love this paper and the tree stamp set! The treetop has been layered with foam squares.
Pattern Paper: Animal Cookies; Notebook
Cardstock: Tulip, White Daisy
Stamps: Treetops (CTMH); sentiment (CHF)
Ink: Tulip
Punches: spiral (SU!); corner rounder
Staples: Office Supply

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sending Hugs

The sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You this week: I used my SEI Bridgeport papers again. Gotta love them! I hand cut out the flower, leaves and butterfly. The flower is mounted with foam squares.
Pattern Paper: SEI
Cardstock: CTMH
Stamp: PTI
Ribbon: CTMH
gems: stash

It's a Boy

Here is the sketch from Card Patterns this week: I played around a bit and this is what I came up with.
Pattern Paper: PTI; Marth Stewart
Cardstock: CTMH
Stamps: CTMH (Express Postage, Solo t)
Ink: CTMH (Sweet Leaf; Heavenly Blue)
Buttons: CTMH
Bitty Brads: CTMH
Ribbon: Walmart; Michael's
Cricut: New Arrival; Storybook

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