Tuesday, December 31, 2013

AHSC #36

I printed this photo by mistake the other day, then while I was organizing things here in my craft room I found my layouts from Convention in Orlando this summer and realized I had just a few scraps left that would be perfect for this picture so I set everything aside. Then I saw this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! The sketch was perfect for the picture - funny how things come together sometimes!
The punched border was fun to create. If you haven't tried working with border punches you should! It's really easy...
There is a painted image right on the punch so you just line up what you last punched over the image & continue punching for a perfectly spaced border. On the backside of the layout I have attached a strip of smoky plum cardstock.

Here is the sketch for this week...
Hope you decide to create something & post on the AHSC blog!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

AHSC #35 - Happy New Year!

To create this card I've used the B&T from Pro Player and Sparkle & Shine paper packs.
Stamps are from Hooray Bouquet D1491, Zoology B1391 & Artbooking D1574.
I used 2 different size hole punches to punch out dots from the red shimmer trim for accents.
Here is this weeks sketch for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #35.

For 2014 I plan to catalog my stamp sets so I have a listing of sentiments, numbers, letters, and image descriptions of each set. Who would have thought that Zoology would have the tiny numbers & star strips that would be perfect for the tag on this card!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Craft Boxes!

The CTMH Craft Boxes are becoming one of my most used items! The stamp set you see here has lots of frames to stamp & lots of holiday sentiments to stamp inside the frames.
All of the frames can be cut with the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge & the cutting size is printed right on the stamp sheet. Last night I was stamping tags and decided to cut a full sheet of shapes for the stamp I was using. When I finished stamping all the tags I needed I realized the leftover tags could be saved in a Craft Box! & they will be so easy to find next time I use this stamp set!
And here are the fun candy bars I was creating...
This is a Godiva chocolate bar, wrapped with a 4 x 4 piece of Sparkle & Shine B&T paper and tied with Baker's Twine - very simple!
CTMH Items:
Z4137 Craft Boxes
D1560 Holiday Tags Stamp Set
X717B Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection

Saturday, December 7, 2013

On sale now! While Supplies Last! Shop on my website!

Here are some really great values ... but Hurry! they may not last for long!
This Accessories Case is on sale now for only $5.25! the original price was $12.95 so this is a huge savings & as you can see it holds lots of supplies - the removable dividers make it very versatile.

This Cork Alphabet & Number set is great for lots of projects - you've seen this used in many of my posts here on this blog & it's on sale for only $2.40

Kraft Envelopes! These are available in lots of sizes, 3x3, 4.25x5.5, 6x6, & 5x7 and no matter which size you choose, they are all priced at $1.50 for a pack of 10 - so that is only 15 cents per envelope!

and look at the pretty Avonlea cardmaking papers! There are 2 of the B&T sheets and 4 sheets of cardstock all for only $2.00!

So go now to the While Supplies Last shopping section on my website & see all of the great values! And Thank You!

Gift Ideas!

Do you know a papercrafter who would love something new? The My Crush book might be just the perfect gift! These 7"x9" albums are the perfect place for saving special notes & photos.
Albums are $12.95 & Journaling Assortments are $4.95 - a great gift for under $20!

Another fun gift to display pictures and mementos from a special occasion is the Designed Decor Frame Kit. 
The photo above is from the Idea Book .... now here is mine!
I took the photos at our convention last summer in Orlando. Everything else you see, including the bow were items given to me by my friends! This hangs here in my office/craft room where I can enjoy it everyday!

Friday, December 6, 2013


Tomorrow our family will celebrate just one of many December birthdays. Little Austin will have his 1st birthday party to celebrate being 1 year old!
I found a cute Happy Birthday gift card so decided to make a little denim pocket to put it in.
This card was a lot of fun to make! If you decide to make a card with a pocket like this I have 2 tips, fold the edges of the pocket over to give it a nice finished look and use red tacky tape to attach it to the front of the card.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lots of Love!

I'm participating in a card swap this evening with a Valentine theme.
I've created this card using the CTMH Sparkle & Shine Ruby & Silver papers and the NEW! Lots of Love stamp set A1151.
I think this card could even be sent as a Christmas card to a special someone.

Reminder...  right now you can get this paper pack or the stamp set FREE because they are just 2 of the many items you can choose from the Holidays From The Heart booklet.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Take Ten Winter 2013

I had 3 more cards published in this issue!
Here is one of them...
As you can see this is a very simple card. There is only one stamped image, the rest is just layered papers and trims.
The Take Ten publication features only cards that can be made in 10 minutes or less!
Most of our time is spent in the design & putting together the papers, stamps & trims. Sometimes the design goes together quite easily like this one did. A lot of times when I am creating a card the design starts with a piece of leftover trim, like the black border punched cardstock you see on this card. But it really doesn't matter what inspires your design, if you can put the card together in just ten minutes you have a card ready to submit for publication! I'd like to encourage everyone to give this a try. The Winter 2013 issue of Take Ten Magazine just went on sale Dec 1st & it's a quarterly publication so you have lots of time to get your cards submitted! So give it a try!