Friday, November 29, 2013

CTMH Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Special

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now it is time to really concentrate on Christmas.  In order to help you, I am offering a Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Special.  Here are 2 ways to receive a special treat from me!

1.  Join in the  Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Party on my website.  Spend $50 on product to help you make those Holiday Cards and Projects and not only will you be eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.00, I'll send you any "B" size stamp set of your choice.

2.  Join in the .Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Party on my website.  Spend $100 on product and not only will you be eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5, but you will also be eligible for a free starred product in the Holiday's From The Heart Gift Guide.  And, you treat will be any "C" sized stamp set from me.

In both cases to be eligible for the stamp set from me, you must join the "Black Friday Through Cyber Monday party on my website.  You need to also email me you choice of stamp set.  I will order your stamp set and mail it out to you as soon as I receive it.

How cool is that!  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Crafting By Designs Challenge

I am finally seeing my way clear to assume some of my Crafting By Designs designer team responsibilities.  Whew....  Crafting By Designs is a terrific challenge blog that focuses on creativity and friendship.  The challenges run for a week and many times have a great give away attached.  This weeks challenge is to create a card that features either a Christmas or Winter Theme. 

My card for the challenge features the CTMH stamp called Classy Doily (B1424) and the Frosted paper packet (X7175B.)  Both of these products are 2 of my favorites from the Fall/Winter Idea Book.

To complete this card, I heat embossed the Classic Doily 3 times in silver embossing powder.  I cut out the first image, then cut the second one around an inner design and the third I cut out the center star.  I lightly colored small sections of each with my CTMH alcohol markers for just an accent and the focal image was done.  "Noel" was also heat embossed in silver.  The two bottom strips were punched using my CTMH border punch (Z1851.)   A few sparkles, a little shimmer tape and the card was done.  By the way, the sketch is from "Make It From The Heart, Vol. 1."  (9035)  I love the CTMH sketch and how to books.

So, if you want to take a break from your cooking, baking and eating, hop over to the Crafting By Designs Blog Challenge and share one of your creations.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CTMH Christmas Card

Today I worked some time to begin to organize just how many Christmas Cards I have made and much to my dismay, I don't have enough made yet!  AHHHH....  So, I began to think about a quick card that I could design and mass produce. 

Close To My Heart makes it so simple to make cards quickly but that still have a special flair.  After all, the CTMH motto is "faster, simpler, easier."  I dry embossed Cranberry card stock and then sanded it to remove color from the raised area.  I love that CTMH card stock is white core....just another fun design dimension that can be added to any of your projects.  The sentiment is, once again, from that terrific Frosted WTOG stamp set.  It has become my go to stamp this season.

I was able to create 6 cards in no time!  Whew...  CTMH is the answer to Holiday card making projects.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 25, 2013

CTMH Christmas Card

Well, it's back to work on my Christmas Cards and CTMH makes it so easy.  There are so many wonderful stamp sets and papers and it is hard to decide what I want to make.

I've shared several photos of projects that I've made with the Stamp from the Frosted Workshop On The Go.  If I haven't mentioned it before, this WTOG is the best kit CTMH has put together.  For $24.99, you get 15 card blanks, papers to complete all the cards, embellishments and a beautiful "D" sized stamp set.  Just love it...

The focal image of this card is made by "building" the scene.  I know that sounds hard, but it was actually very easy.  Here is how I did it...
1. The White Daisy mat was cut to 3 x 2 inches.  Take a  small circle of scrap paper for the moon and roughly tear scrap paper to produce the sky.
2.  Position the scrap circle in the upper left hand corner and do not move it.  Take the torn paper and position it close to the top.  Sponge toward the top with Sky Ink.
3.  Move the torn paper down about 1/4 of an inch and sponge again.  Remember NOT to move the circle.
4.  Continue this step until you've sponged the entire piece of paper in Sky.  The variations in the sponging will create the "cloud" look to the sky in your scene.
5.  Using Whisper Ink, stamp the trees across the bottom of the card.  You will have to stamp twice to complete your "forest."
6.  Using VersaMark, repeat this step over the trees that you have stamped with Whisper.  Vary the height of the trees from those already stamped.
7.  Using Silver Embossing Powder, heat emboss the VersaMark trees.
8.  Your scene is completed.  No two will look the same.  :o)

A little more about this card...  I used a White Daisy Card Base and the Gray Sparkle paper from the Sparkle and Shine paper packet.   The larger White Daisy Mat was dry embossed using an embossing folder and "Peace" was embossed in Silver.  It is from the October STOM.  I "grounded" the scene with the strip of Gray, White Daisy, Silver Shimmer Tape and Gray Bakers Twine.
It is not too late to make some wonderful Holiday Cards.  The Frosted WTOG and CTMH tools make it so easy.  BTW, we just learned that CTMH is retiring the heat embossing tools in February so, if you are in need of some of the supplies I mentioned here, or need heat embossing tools, visit my website to purchase them.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

CTMH Thanksgiving and Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Right now, I have to admit, I've been focusing on my Christmas Projects; however, I did take some time this afternoon to make paper these cute place card holders for Thanksgiving Dinner. 

They were actually quite simple and worked up quickly, especially with the convenience of the Artiste Cartridge.  I punched 6 2 inch scallop circles for each.  They using the cartridge, I cut the base leaf and the leaf endorsement for the top.  After sponging them, I folded each in half and using Liquid Glass I attached the 6 circles.  Before I attached the last circle rounds together, I inserted a pin clip with the leaf stem inserted in the precut hole.  I love these pin clips and am sad to say that they are currently for sale as "why supplies last" on my website.  Anyway, I snipped off the bottom so that the pumpkin would sit flat and used Liquid Glass to attach it to the bigger leaf I cut.  Easy!
I know it is probably a tad late to try these if you don't have the pin clips, but picture them with boxes cut from the Artiste as Christmas Place card holders.  Visit my website so that you can get some of these fun pin clips before they are gone.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22, 1963 A Day That Forever Changed The World

November 22, 1963 is a day that has been indelibly seared into my childhood memory.  The day had started out as a typical day.  I was a wee one, all of 5 years old, and had just gotten home from morning Kindergarten.  Both my parents worked the 3 to 11 shift and my Grandmother lived with us.  My Father had just left for work.  My Mom was walking toward the back door to head out.  My Grandmom was sitting in her usual chair.  Bob and Lisa were having dinner on As The World Turns.  I was playing in the Living Room.  Then, everything stopped:  Walter Cronkite broke into the soap opera, and with those fateful words told us that the course of history has just shattered...  Shots had been fired at President Kennedy's Motorcade in Dallas. 

I can't image what went through my parents minds.  There is my Father already on the road.  My Mom was just about ready to leave...what does she do?  Does she go to work, stay home?  Were we safe?  There were no cell phones,  how do you reach your family?  I know most businesses closed but I have no memory if she went to work, came home or if my Father came home early.  What I do remember is the deep despair for the next several days.  I remember the clip clop of the horses drawing the caisson.  I remember the riderless horse.  I remember Carolyn and John John at the Funeral (after all, they were MY age.)  And, I remember Lee Harvey Oswald being shot on TV.  Every generation has a defining moment and for my cohorts...November 22, 1963 is that day.

I have always been a JFK Assassination buff.  I suppose that even though I was only 5, I was "smart" enough to realize that what I had been witness to an event that would have a lasting impact on my life.  In June of 2012, the Close To My Heart Convention was held in Dallas.  There was no way that I was going Dallas and not go to Dealey Plaza.  I even left for Convention a day early just to find the time to visit the 6th Floor Museum and walk Elm and Houston Streets.

This is a Studio J layout I completed shortly after I returned from Convention.  Studio J is CTMH's online scrapbooking program and was perfect for something like this.  I could easily and quickly complete the layout with the reverence the photos deserved.

Visiting Dealey Plaza was a moving experience for me.  We've all seen the pictures of the School Book Depository, the Grassy Knoll, the snipers nest, but to stand there and realize that an event that changed the world happened there is humbling.  One of the first things that struck me was how small Dealey Plaza is...  We all have this image that is has to be huge but it is actually quite a small area.  I walked all around.  I went behind the picket fence and watched the cars pass.  I visited the museum and gazed out the window looking down on the street.  The actual sniper's next is walled with glass but you can look out the second window.  wow

I find myself in a very odd mood today.  I keep thinking of a young child watching her family's shock, knowing that something terrible had happened but just not being old enough to totally comprehend.  I keep wondering how the world might have been different had JFK not been assassinated.  My parents were Depression Era Children..  My Dad lied about his age and joined the Navy.  My Mom, so wanted to be a Navy Nurse, but failed the physical so she volunteered at the Indianapolis IN USO.  They had both helped to achieve victory in WWII.  They identified with JFK.  He was not a stogy typical politician...he was their generation.  They had something in common.  They were filled with hope for their 5 year old daughter.  There was promise of a better world.  With Kennedy in the White House paving the path for the future, their young daughter would not have to endure the tribulation that they had endured.  But all that ended on November 22, 1963.

What would have been different had JFK lived?  Would we have dove head long into Vietnam? ...a decade that effected and still continues to effect us baby boomers.  Would the Cold War have ended sooner?  We will never know.

I look back at the past 50 years and there have been collective sorrows:  9-11, the Challenger Disaster, the Gulf War.  And yet, there have been monumental triumphs:  Man walking on the Moon, the computer being commonplace, cell phones that are smarter and smaller than my first calculator.  Who shot JFK?  We will never know.  But, today is a day, regardless of your age, to reflect on those sorrows and triumphs.  And, to continue to ask not what can be done for us, but rather, what we can do for others to help make this a better world.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CTMH Christmas Card

The CTMH Holiday's From The Heart Gift Guide has several great Holiday stamp sets.  One such stamp is called Mary and Babe (C1562.)  It is a beautifully drawn set that has 3 images, 2 Bible Verses and a sentiment.  While it is a line stamp and could be colored, I wanted to try it using heat embossing instead.

When I was thinking about how I should complete the card, I knew that I wanted to do something that was both simple and elegant.  The first Cocoa mat is 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  I then cut the Colonial White mat to 5 1/4 x 4 inches, cut it in half at the 2 inch mark and ran each piece through the Big Kick using 2 separate embossing folders.  I hid the seam with the Cocoa and Colonial White strip.  While the Big Kick was out, I used my Spellbinders to cut a small mat for the star.  A little heat embossing and cutting out, a bow tied and the card was done. 

I always try to match the papers and layout to the style of the card. For this card,  I wanted to do a stylish, elegant style befitting this beautiful stamp.  For Now, Happy Crafting!