Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thank You Cards Using The Masking Technique

Do you ever look to make simple cards using a few techniques? Well here you have it. The cards themselves were pretty easy to put together and I paired the masking technique with heat embossing for a quick card. 

Here are the finished cards using Pixie, Glacier, Flaxen, Thistle and Autumn Terracotta inks. 

Follow along with the picture tutorial so you can see how I utilized this technique on my cards....

 I used the CTMH Doodled Designs, You Mean The World to Me and Distressed Backgrounds stamp sets. You want to make sure you have cards and envelopes. You will also need VersaMark, a heating tool and embossing powder. I used Ranger clear embossing powder to allow the stamped color of the sentiment to pop. Make sure you have a piece of scrap paper or a post it note available ( I used a post it note for my mask).

 Step 1: I stamped my image on the card with black ink

Step 2: I took a post it note, stamped my image and fussy cut it out using my non-stick micro tip scissors. I used this as my mask. 

 Step 3: Position the mask over the image you originally stamped in step 1. The sticky portion of the post it note holds the mask in place. If your post it note doesn't have sticky you can use reposition able adhesive. 

 Step 4: I placed my stamp on the acrylic block, inked it up with Autumn Terricotta ink and stamped down the card and directly over the mask. 

 This is how the card looked once all my stamping was complete. 

 Step 5: Remove the post it note mask. Having the mask allowed me to have a blank, white spot to stamp my sentiment even though I stamped the background image across the entire card. 

 Step 6: I placed my sentiment stamp on the acrylic block and stamped in the area I previously masked. 

 Here is the card after the initial stamping was complete. I thought I needed some flair so I decided to heat emboss the sentiment with clear embossing powder. How fun is clear embossing powder? Don't have all the colored embossing powder that is quite alright!! Use clear embossing powder to make your colored stamped image pop!

 Step 7: I grabbed my sentiment stamp and pressed it on the VersaMark pad making sure to get even coverage on the stamp. 
I then stamped the sentiment directly on top of the colored sentiment I previously stamped! That is the beauty of CTMH clear stamps and acrylic blocks you can see where you are going to position the sentiment and line it up perfectly!!

 Step 8: I took my clear embossing powder and liberally poured it over the wet Versamark stamped sentiment. I tapped off the excess powder into the lid and put it back in the container. You can use it over and over again!! 

 Step 9: I turned on my heating tool and waved it over the embossed sentiment until I saw the powder change to a pretty glossed image. Be careful!! Move around the heating tool so you do not burn the paper. 

 Here you have it...check out these up close pics that show off the embossing!

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting and SHOP WITH ME ---> HERE

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"It's Love" Card Fun

Happy Belated Merry Christmas!! I have been MIA without a computer. I won't even go into how my girls spilled water in my MAC laptop!! I quiver every time I think about it....

With that said I am so excited to be posting!! Here are some "LOVE" inspired cards I made for my card class which will be held January 17th in Lancaster, Pa. If you are in the area and interested let me know!!

You can't go wrong with the new CTMH Heartstring paper featured in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. Add some Buggy Love stamp set to the card and be a love bug! The bow was cut from the Artiste cricut cart. The coloring was done with the Shinhan markers. I added some Pink Polka Dot washi to top it off along with Bitty Sparkles and glitter on the bugs wing. The inks used were Black, Cranberry, Topiary and Pear. 

This card is simple but very cute!! I used the "You're The Bomb" stamp set along with the Heartstrings paper. The bow is again cut from the Artiste cart. I used the zip strip from the paper and added the Black Arrow washi on top of the zip strip. The inks used were Black and Cranberry. 

This shaker card was inspired by Nichol Miagouirk's tutorial on her blog. I used CTMH Heartstrings paper paired with the CTMH January SOTM (Coming soon :-) I cut the frame using Simons Says Rectangle Die. I added Simons Says beads and some sequence I had to complete the shaker. I popped up the sentiment and inside bull eyes circle. I added a CTMH Red Enamel Heart to the center. The inks used were Black and Cranberry. 
I hope you enjoy this cards! Thank you for stopping by and being patience while I was MIA!! Happy Crafting and SHOP with ME ----> HERE. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Fluffy Comfy Thanks...SOC Creative Team Blog Post

Looking for a cute and comfy creative gift? How about cupcake socks! I've seen them and now I have finally taken the time to use my cricut and create these in less than 20 mins!!
First you want to shop for a comfy pair of socks. I purchased these at Walmart for $2.95.

Start at the bottom of the socks and roll them up keeping them straight across the bottom.

Once the socks are rolled up secure with a rubber band.

I pulled out my CTMH Artiste cricut cartridge and cut the cupcake wrapper at 2 3/4 inches using CTMH paper.

The great thing about this cart is the slits to secure the wrapper are already there. Takes the guess work out of where and how to secure.

Once I had the wrapper around the socks I added a cherry on top which was a cotton ball I colored red with my Copic markers.
I placed the cupcake socks in a plastic bag for packaging and added a bow using CTMH ribbon. Your packaging ideas are endless!

Now how cute and simple are these little treats that will make someone's day! Friends, family, teachers etc!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial now run and have some cupcake sock creating fun and share other ways you would package in the comments below....

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Creative Blogger Award

I was totally taken back but incredibly honored to be nominated for the Creative Blogger Award from my super crafty CTMH inspiration Pamela O'Connor! Pamela and I met through Facebook as she is one of my CTMH sister consultants. I would encourage you to visit her blog, Reflections of My Art & Soul to see her crafty goodness!! You won't be disappointed!
The Creative Blogger Award entitles you to join a group of talented people and share your personal thoughts and secrets on your creative endeavors and hopefully you will find some inspiration along the way. So now onto the questions.

What am I currently working on?
I am working on my December Daily album. I heard about the craze and figured I would try something new. I am choosing to use some wonderful CTMH products to complete this project. Thus far I have taken a picture for Day 1 & 2. I am creating my pages daily and will insert the pictures each weekend when I get them printed. 

What is my signature style?
This question is difficult for me to answer. I don't really know my style. When I started scrapping I thought it was super simple. Now I say it changes based on techniques that I like and use. It switches up depending on the project I am working on and the inspiration that comes along with it. 

How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I totally have times when I am not inspired and I have to pull the inspiration from somewhere. Typically if I am not feeling the creative juices flowing I will look to Pinterest. There is so much inspiration that it can be overwhelmingly time consuming. I also blog hop to those blogs that are filled inspiration such as Pamela's :-)

How does my creative process work?
If I am working on a scrapbook page I start with the picture. The picture allows me to select the paper with the hopes of color coordinating (not always the case). Next steps are to pull some embellishments I think will match my thought process, cruise my Make It From the Heart Vol 1 or 2 and work from a sketch. Typically the outcome and the sketch look totally different but that is the beauty of crafting!!  

So now that you know a little bit about my creative process, I would love to hear about you!  So, please don’t hesitate to share your favorite styles and inspiration in the comment section.
Now it’s time for me to select a couple of great crafters to receive a Creative Blogger Award.
I am pleased to announce my two choices are…

La Vie at http://cestla-viedesigns.blogspot.com/ I had the pleasure of meeting La Vie online in a FB group. I started following her blog as she has a wealth of knowledge and techniques she teaches on her blog. What I love about La Vie's blog is she uses a wide variety of products and she isn't afraid to go outside the box and teaches as she does so. 

Barbara Smith Walker at http://www.thebuzzfromqueenb.com/ - You know how they say the world is small. Well it truly is. I met Barbara via Facebook through my uncle. I sent my grandmother a card and he said she really liked the card and how beautiful it was. He mentioned a friend of his named Barbara who also makes beautiful cards. He told me I should get in contact with her and to look her up. So of course I love crafty people and just had to look her up. Sent her a FB message introducing myself and how I learned about her and I have followed her blog and FB fan page ever since. Her style is awesome! She is super duper crafty and I just love the projects she posts! 

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Cyber Monday Special....CTMH Cricut Cartridges 20% Off

    If you don't have the CTMH Cricut Collections TODAY is the day for you to get them!! 20% off!! This deal is only good for today so don't miss out...Purchase yours here -> HERE!!
    There is also a December Deal of the Decade!! Purchase $50 worth of product on my website and get a C or D size stamp for $10.00 and don't forget this purchase will also qualify you for the December Stamp of the Month for $5.00!!! 

    Tons of excitement going on in December!!

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

    Prima Doll Stamp Meets CTMH Yuletide Carol

    I enjoy stamping with the Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamps! Pairing it with CTMH paper makes it even better!!
    This is the "Mindy" stamp. I used CTMH Yuletide Carol for her dress, shoes, headband and scalloped paper on the bottom of the tag. The base of the doll is CTMH Saddle card stock. I stamped a Harriet Tubman quote using the retired CTMH Scrapbook Poets stamp set on the base. Her hair is CTMH Snowhaven paper. I stenciled the background using a stencil from TheCraftersWorkshop and the sentiments are Dina Wakley Media clear stamps. I used CTMH ink black, chocolate and desert sand. The bird was colored using the Shinhan Twin Touch markers offered at CTMH.

    I hope you enjoyed this project. Thanks for stopping by, HAPPY CRAFTING....SHOP WITH ME--> HERE. 

    Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Crafty Goodness....

    I have been working diligently to get ready for the Santa Workshop at The Pointe Dance Studio on Dec. 6th! 

     How cute are these York peppermint patty snowmen!! Too darn cute!I cut the scallop using my CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart at 2 inches. The inside circle was cut at 1 3/4 inches. I free handed the face using my black 120 and Marigold YR24 ShinHan Twin Touch Markers available through CTMH!! I put a little blush on his cheeks using the CTMH Blush ink. 

    I am having a blast making bookmarks using Julie Nutting stamps and CTMH products! I really like how the Gold Heat embossing came out! I used a retired CTMH stamp called You and Me. The background zig zag stamp is the CTMH In The Background stamp set. 

    The base of the doll was stamped on CTMH Saddle cardstock. The wording on the body is from the retired CTMH Scrapbook Statements - Poets stamp set. The paper is CTMH Seaside which is one of my favs in the current Annual Inspirations Idea book. I also added a piece of retired Skylark paper. I used my Martha Stewart butter fly punch and added some Bitty Sparkles to embellish. 

    Here is a quick peek at items I have been working on. Tons of work but so rewarding doing what I love!!

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Homemade Gift Giving ....

    Have you ever given a homemade gift? Well if not I encourage you to do so this year!! I am totally into scrapbook layouts in shadowboxes or a frame. How lovely to take a picture and make it into a wonderful gift for someone? This gift was made using the sketch below that I found on Paper Studio's Blog. 

    Here is my take on the sketch capturing this school years picture!! I used CTMH Seaside paper along with the "All the Details, Geek is Chic and Artbooking Sweet & Lovely" stamp set! 
     I used multiple cricut cuts from Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking. I love the colors and of course the pic is too cute!! Now how do you make this into a special gift you maybe asking....by putting it in a shadowbox!! 

     This is the shadowbox I used....

     Look how pretty it is. Just imagine the smile on your loved one's face when they see one of their favorite pics ready to be displayed on their wall....

    Here is another example of a recent scrapbook page I created in the shadowbox. This is going on my wall :-)

    Looking for a great gift. Let's chat!! Get me your favorite pics and allow me to create a special homemade gift!!