Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Card for My Girl on Her 21st Birthday

OK, I had put this one off for as long as possible, but the time had come.  Too quickly.

My girl is turning 21 today.  My mom heart was screaming at me that this cannot even be possible while my creative side (being held in check by said mom) was chomping at the bit to do what it does best.  Even so, the build up to the occasion was far toooooo intense for any part of me to even think about.  I couldn't bring myself to make the card.  Nothing was right.  Until the night before, of course! 


Side note:  The whole "night before" business is of course what led to such drab photos, but it is what it is, lol.

My girl is a rose gold kind of girl, so I used one of my favorite dies from Avery Elle to add a ring of hearts in a rose gold foil from my stash.  They form a frame around a circular window in the front of the card that I made with my 2.5 inch CTMH Circle Thin Cut Die.

Inside I used two brand new colors coming from Close to My Heart in August called Bashful and Heather.  I gotta say, I adore them both!  The balloon image is found on the Happy For You My Acrylix while the numbers are included in the beautiful Pen Pal Alphabet set.  That little bow on the balloon is so adorably delicate! 

I originally didn't use the circle die on the inside, but alas, I forgot to put my foam behind my card with I stamped the balloon inside the first time--and it was the easiest way to cover up the oops.  ;)

Oh, yeah!  I also used the new Charcoal color Ink for the word, birthday!
My "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the CTMH Happy to Be Friends stamp set.  Did you know that if you buy two of these sets during Stampaganza in July you would get the third one free!?!  Every stand alone stamp set except the Stamp of the Month is included in this crazy deal!!


Only in July!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Red, White, and Anything BUT Blue

Here came July...and there it almost goes! What in the world is it about the days after July 4th?  They just seem to melt away.

Blog Hops with Heart is celebrating with a bit of a twist on your usual patriotic July motif--Red, White, and Anything BUT Blue!  You are probably arriving from Becca's Blog, but if not, you will get there if you keep following our links at the end of each post.

I must confess, the Cubbies fan in me had a really hard time getting past the "no Blue" mandate...we're talking paper torture, people.  I mean, come on...no blue???  Who does that?  I put it off for DAYS as I found some relief painting our garage THE actual, legit Cubbie Blue from Benjamin Moore Paint (I will post some pics before and after when I have it all put back together!)  I honestly don't think I would have survived otherwise!


Soooooo, I will be the first to admit I LOVE the end result of my torture, hahaha! I have been wanting to use the So Many Smiles stamp set from Close to My Heart again for eons, and now seemed the perfect time to add some color punch with the Cranberry red against black and white.  Since it is DEFINITELY not blue, I threw in a bit of a sneak peek of Close to My Heart's new color of the year available starting in August--Bashful!  (Technically a shade of red, mind you, right Becca?)  ;)  The real POP happened when I threw in the Willow green leaves. 


I don't know about you, but I adore Jennifer McGuire's blog and have found SO many techniques to try over there...including this one.  I layered three "hello" die cuts to make it stand up and out.  My original idea included a layer of Bashful Glitter Paper--but the white was a bit more stunning, albeit less glittery, lol.  I intentionally left all bling (again the torture!!!) off this card in the end as I felt it really needed to let the paper and ink speak for itself.



You are now on your way over to Kelly's Blog to see her rendition of "blueless" red and white!  Enjoy!!!  Here is a complete line-up if you ever get lost along the way...


Amie (that's me!)




Did you hear!?!?


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This One Time, At Card Camp...

Giggling still from typing that title, so give me a second...and I think I just accidentally came up with the greatest name ever for my card workshops!!! 

OK!  I'm back with another card I made with my favorite little bear, Jack.  I wanted to play with some angled paper lines for this one.

The beautiful Sea Glass Glitter paper and sprinkle paper from Sugar Rush that I used are sadly gone now, but easily substituted!

Confession.  I made this one so long ago that I have no recollection which sequins I used, lol.  They could be from the Prickly Pear pack...or Dreaming Big (retired.)  Personally I think it could be both.

I DO know that I love this cloud paper from Little Dreamer.  As in I want to gobble it up (right Beth?)  ;)  It's soooooo perrrrrrrtty!

That vellum balloon is included in the Baby Girl OR Boy Complements...take your pick!


I used the gorgeous Pen Pal Alphabet to stamp the HB2U sentiment.  Seriously, this little sign being held by his bear hands is pure genius.  SO versatile when you just use the die without the stamp!!!  It is UBER easy to draw in his paws to color and also add the outline of the sign!  I stamp the lettering first so I know how much room I have to play with.  ;)

I hope these tips help you to make the most out of your stamps and dies!  Thanks so much for stopping in today! 

Seriously???  YEP!

Only during July!

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Birthday Card and a Bear Called Jack

I've been super swamped lately with "house" stuff.  Seriously would consider a tiny home if I could have a second one for my crafts!  ;)

Thank goodness for a back-log of projects I made with the Close to My Heart Jack Cardmaking Stamp and Die set.  This bear.  I cannot explain my love--because bears are not really high on my list of creatures in real life.  Not by a long shot.  What doesn't kill you makes you stronger--but bears, they will kill you!  I like to think my fear is a "healthy" fear.  ;)

Anyhow, this little guy who I just like to call Jack is SOOOO incredibly versatile!  And if you know my crafty self, versatile is a must.


I am definitely not what I would call an experienced "artist" when it comes to coloring, but we can't all be good at everything, so I'm willing to cut myself some slack.  Luckily, the ShinHan Touch Twin markers make it enjoyable and the results smooth themselves out to a point. I like the Mahogany for his fur. My go to ink for coloring stamped images with no embossing is Memento.  Always.

This set mixes so easily with others since this little guy has adjustable arms--he can hold virtually any item!  I used the candle from the Sweet Birthday Stamp and Die set.  (PLEASE NOTE:  You will want to wait to purchase this one if you haven't yet!  It will be available in August as a set with the die included.  Only the stamp set is currently available.  I know it will be tempting to get this one during Stampaganza right now, but you will NOT be able to purchase the dies separately later, only in the set!!!)

One of my new favorite easy-button techniques is attaching burlap ribbon with the Mini Stapler...



I also used one of my favorite card kits right now...Workshops Your Way Let's Party.  I just love this sentiment for the inside...


The papers I used on this one come in the Jack Paper Pack (mmmmm, those trees!) and the Let's Party Kit.  I will have some more Jack to show you later this week!  :)

Never let anyone dull your sparkle!

Only in July!

Buy two get one free!!!!!!  Really!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thin Cuts Tip for Tuesday!

I completely missed this pic when I posted my project last month using the Little Dreamer stamp and Thin Cuts from Close to My Heart.  HERE is a link back to see it if you missed it.

I had a GREAT tip to share when using the stamps and thin cuts on multi-stamp images.  This unicorn has several different stamps to line up to create the image.  If you are a stamp then cut girl like me, this can get a bit tricky.  I found that using the die cut as a guide helps to keep all the "parts" within the frame of the die cut...


Anyone else do this a different way?  Please share your ideas!  :)

Monday, July 10, 2017

More Fundamental Frame Fun!

I might have mentioned how I adore the CTMH Fundamentals line of patterned papers from Close to My Heart...because I use them for everything!

I recently used another pattern to frame a photo--you can see my first one HERE.  This time I chose a favorite from the Uptown Fundamentals.


Oh how I ADORE this photo!!!  It is my all time favorite from November 2, 2016 when my Cubbies won the World Series!!!  I cannot get enough of this one.  The words on the pattern paper go perfectly with how I feel about the entire 2016 baseball season...enjoy...play...love...fun...joy...be happy!


Here it is hanging on my entryway gallery wall!



I can't wait to frame some more! 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Monkeying Around with the CTMH Rustic Home Fundamentals

OK, it isn't Fundamental Friday, but I'm back to share another layout with the Close to My Heart Rustic Home Fundamentals Papers--some of my favorite scrapbooking papers!


All the little embellishments are from the soon to retire Baby Boy Complements pack--definitely not JUST for boys!  :)  I also used papers from the retired old style Fundamentals and Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack.  It's some kinda wonderful indeed how all of our old and new products combine so well!!!  ;)


LOVE these silver foil and glittery accents!  Here you can see the embossed wood grain on the fundamentals kraft paper...


I also used the Marker Alphabet My Acrylix stamp set to create the title for my page.  This month ONLY, you can stock up on your CTMH stamps on my website by getting one free for every two purchased!!!  BEST deal of the year!!!

B2G1 FREEEEEEE!!!! 
Speaking of Alphabets, don't forget to grab this month's Storybook Alphabet for just $5 with your $50 purchase!