Hi there. Thanks for checking in. I have 3 cards to share today, and the first one will be entered into the Heart2Heart challenge for their Two Faced challenge. The requirement is to use both sides of a patterned paper.The hot air balloon, from the new CTMH Give a Lift stamp set, was paper pieced using patterned paper from the Balloon Ride paper pack. The flowers were coloured with Copics. Those took me a few delicate moments to cut out, but it was well worth the effort! I added a scalloped border to the blue background, and the shimmer tape to finish it off.
The next card was made with a stamp set that I really like, but have never found occasion to use. It’s such a shame when that happens!The chicken wire background was stamped directly onto the card surface. I then stamped, coloured and cut out the apple tree branches and fiddled with them until I liked the placement.
And last but not least…
I saw this style of card in an old paper crafting magazine and thought I’d give it a go. I played up the country theme of the Jubilee patterned paper with the horse image from the Country Born stamp set. The lovely little gift tag sentiment is from the Made From Scratch stamp set.
So that’s it from my little basement studio this week. I will be back soon with more paper crafting fun. Have a great week!
Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and finding some time to craft. I have made it my mission to get up Saturday mornings and do nothing but drink tea and make stuff. What a lovely, relaxing way to start a weekend!
Today I made a card for the Heart2Heart Challenge blog. The theme is to create a project using the letters “C“, “T“, “M“, and “H” in some way. The letters themselves can be used, or a product or technique using the letters. So here we go…
This fairly simple card was created using the CTMH Huntington paper pack. The sentiment ‘miss you’ was stamped down the side in Whisper ink, and one time in Barn Red to make it stand out. The main focal image was stamped on kraft card stock, and embellished with a rose and leaves cut out using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. A scalloped border and some Harvest Bakers Twine add the finishing touches.
Earlier this week, I was also able to sit down and make a card, which I will share with you here. This one uses the CTMH ‘A Tree’ stamped image. I coloured it in using Copic markers, and stamped the sentiment in black ink. I added some stitching and a framed button embellishment.The inspiration came from a card by Betsy Veldman, I came across in an old Paper Crafters magazine. She is definitely one of my favourite paper crafters, and if I can come close to making something as amazing as her stuff, then I consider it to be a good day!! So I guess it helps to use one of her creations as inspiration!
Well that’s it for today. Please leave a comment if you care to. I enjoy hearing from you. Have a great weekend everyone!
Hello there! It’s been so long I can hardly believe it. I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into my crafting, so here I am. I’ve missed it immensely. It really felt good to sit down at the old crafting table and make something. But it’s been so long, I didn’t even know where to start.
After sifting through some of my stash, I decided to limit myself to one stamp set and ONLY paper scraps. No full sheets of paper – just bits and pieces. And let me tell you, I could probably make cards for a year or more without running out of paper scraps! That really helped to keep me on track. I decided to make two cards – one feminine and one masculine – and this is what I ended up with.The stamp set is the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month: Cross-stitch Wishes. It is embellished with a little skirt bottom, some polka dot washi tape, and a bit of ribbon. A little stitching around the edge ties in nicely with the whole theme.
My attempt at a masculine card turned out like this…
I really love the stitched arrows that are stamped on the base of the card. A few wood and metal accents were added to help out with the masculine look, but I still managed to sneak in a gem (at least it’s navy blue!).
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something new. Until then, happy crafting!
Hello all my long lost blog friends! Welcome, and thanks for stopping in. Can you believe we are at the end of September? This is my favourite time of year. I love everything about it – the colours of the changing landscape, the bounty of the harvest, the still warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights – a feast for the senses, and so much to be grateful for. So, in honour of this delightful season I have some autumn cards to share with you.This was my first attempt at the ever so popular chalk board technique. The Poster Tidings stamp set from Close To My Heart is perfect for this. I also used the Count Your Blessings stamp set to embellish the card with a few tokens of autumn.This thank you card was inspired by someone who helped me out at work. When I jokingly offered to send them some chocolate for doing such a great job, they responded that they were trying to eat healthy, and would prefer a bag of apples!Next up is a simple card using CTMH’s Remarkable Wreath, Swirls Around, and Always Grateful stamp sets. The patterned papers are from the CTMH Huntington paper pack.I finally broke down this summer, and bought a pack of vellum. I know, I know… what have I been waiting for? I have seen so many beautiful projects using vellum, but I’ve just never gotten around to buying any. Here, I kept it simple with a strip down the middle of this country style card (don’t worry, I do plan to get fancier with it down the road!).This card is a mash up of all sorts of things – scraps of paper, die cuts, feathers, buttons, stitching – but it reminds me how lucky I am to have all these things at my disposal when I feel the urge to create.And finally, a card I created for a card party I ran last weekend. This was really fun, because we used Perfect Pearls to help create a background. If you look at the top of the card, you can just make out some shimmery writing. This was stamped on with Versamark ink, and the Perfect Pearls were spread over it with a paint brush. The PPs stick to the Versamark and create a gorgeous shimmery background. I learned this technique from the uber-talented Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink. It’s my new favourite technique, and I think it will make some beautiful Christmas cards this year.
So, as you can see, I have been busy in the craft cave. I’ve got a few other creations to share, but I’ll save those for another day. Have a great week, and happy crafting!
It’s been a while since I posted last. The biggest reason being, I started a full-time job about a month and a half ago. Needless to say, that along with two kids keeps me busy, busy, busy! But we went away to a nice, little cottage on a lake in Quebec this weekend, for one last bit of summertime fun, and I managed to squeeze in some crafting time – yeah!
This is the last of four cards I made, but I will share it first, as it is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge this week. The challenge theme is bunting/pennants. I guess the lanterns aren’t really pennants but I thought it was a fun twist on the theme, and it reminds me of summertime and camping. The stamp set is the Close To My Heart November Stamp of the Month – Illuminate.
The second card is one I made for the owners of the cottage. A little thank you note to let them know we had a great time swimming, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and just hanging out. You can just see the lake in the background. A lovely view to craft by!Next up is a beach inspired card, made with the CTMH Bright Sunshiny Day stamp set. What is more summery than a beach, children building sandcastles, and frolicking in the water?
And finally, the cherry on top…. an ice cream sundae card!So, as you can see, it was a fun afternoon yesterday, crafting from my shady spot while watching the kids play in the water. Moments to cherish! I hope you all had a fabulous Labour Day weekend, and took some time to relax, and enjoy family and friends. Have a great week!
Hi there! I have a few cards to show you today, which use some new and old Close To My Heart products. The first card is for my neighbour, who is moving next week. She’s been in the neighbourhood for about 7 years, but is getting remarried, so has to move to a bigger house to accomodate a blended family. You’ll be missed Angie!I will enter this one into the Out of a Hat Challenge this week. The theme is the letter B. Since I have buildings on my card, I thought it would fit right in! The stamp set I used is called Cityscape and is in the new CTMH 2013 Autumn/Winter Idea Book.
My next card is a birthday card I made for my daughter’s friend, who is turning the ripe old age of 5! I suppose since the next two cards are birthday cards, they qualify for the OOAH theme as well:)This card uses paper from the Dream Pop paper pack and a stamp from the December Stamp of the Month. Perfect for a child’s birthday card! The rest of the embellishments are rub ons, which I’ve had in my stash for quite some time.
And last but not least, here is a boy birthday card, which makes use of the new White Daisy Circle Spin Card Set. One side of the circle says Happy Birthday and the other side of the circle has the number 5 for the age of the birthday boy.
I hope you have a terrific week. See you back here real soon. Until then happy crafting!
Hello, friends. Today is the last day of the My Time Made Easy August Release, and the template we are featuring is called ‘State Your Case’.
This is definitely a handy little “case” that will help you to perfectly package up a variety of items such as A2 size cards/envelopes, stationary, office supplies, hair care, new baby products, bath products, jams, baked goods, cooking mixes….to name a few. So many possibilities! In any case, no matter what you package up in here, it is sure to carry feelings of joy with it!
To adorn this gorgeous gift box, I used the ‘Thankful‘ digital images set, and coloured them in using Copic markers. Love those fall colours! Check out what the other girls have done with this template…
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One last exciting bit of news… the very talented and hard working owner of My Time Made Easy, Lauren Meader, has a chance to have her products carried in Walmart stores. BUT she needs your help. If you could take a minute and vote for her products it would help her out a great deal. Just click here, which will take you to the Walmart voting page. Then all you have to do is click the big, orange Pretty Packaging Templates ‘Vote for This’ button. That’s all there is to it.
Have a great day everyone!
Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Today is Day 4 of the My Time Made Easy August Release Extravaganza! The new template called In A Cinch is the highlight of today’s hop. Check it out…
Here I am showcasing the butterfly box top, but this fabulous template comes with 4 different box top options! Box tops include a plain rounded top, a star, a flower and a butterfly. Each box is unique with its own designer top closure, that offers you a ton of versatility and is a cinch to put together! The rounded top allows you to add whatever you wish to the top of the box from a circle image, to large buttons, or customize it with any image or shape to suit your occasion.
I paired up this gorgeous, little box with the lovely Fanciful Flower Card template. This cut file includes the card, and the decorative pieces. So easy to make and pretty to boot.
Please take a few moments and hop on over to see what Lauren Meader, Debbie Marcinkiewicz and Kimberly Morrow have done with their templates. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy crafting!
Hi again folks! If you’re here for the My Time Made Easy blog hop please scroll down to the next post. Since today is the day the new Close To My Heart 2013 Fall/Winter Idea Book goes live, a few local consultants, including yours truly, decided to put on a blog hop showcasing the gorgeous, new paper packs that are being offered this season. This first project shows off the whimsical Laughing Lola Paper Pack.This lovely, little bag was cut out using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and embellished with some Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements, and a few Laughing Lola Assortment pieces. Oh ya, and the paisley cut out was stamped using the classy, sassy Paisley Perfect stamp set!
This card was crafted using some B&T papers from both the Laughing Lola and Sarita paper packs. Again, I used the Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements along with a few die cuts to embellish the card. Those Elements really made assembling this card quick, and easy. And speaking of die cuts, you absolutely must check out the new CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. WOW! If you like making mini albums or scrapbook layouts, this cartridge is a must have.
So, hop on over and visit the other girls for more CTMH paper pack peaks, and great creative ideas. Have a great day everyone, and happy crafting!
Hello, and welcome to the August My Time Made Easy Release. This month the extremely talented, and lovely owner of MTME, Lauren Meader, has decided to release 10 brand new templates! WOW! She has also just announced that WalMart is interested in her products, but she needs as many people as possible to visit her YouTube Channel, watch her video and leave a comment. This will help the good folks at WalMart decide if there is enough interest out there to carry her line. So please take a moment and help her out by leaving a favourable comment.
And now it’s time to get down to business. It’s release day after all, and I have a few things to show you before you hopefully go on to check out the other great new templates on the blog hop. This one is called Mix’er Up…This design was inspired by a drink mixer. Lauren felt that the size would be perfect to fit those “taller” gifts like pump dispenser body products, soap dispensers, and of course drink mixes. This template is great to package a variety of gifts that typically won’t fit in other boxes. Or you could also just pile up the goodies!
To accompany this fabulous box, I created a matching Thank You card using the same digital designer paper (from Preserve It Blueberries and Grapes) and the Sensational Sentiments Digital Image set.
Please take a moment to hop around and enjoy the fantastic creations made by the rest of the team, if you haven’t already, and I’ll be back soon with another great new template to show off. Happy crafting!