Tuesday, 19 November 2013

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Have you ever been blog surfing and came across a stamp that you felt you must absolutely have the minute you see it? Well, that's what happened to me this weekend when I saw this card created by Lesley Croghan! Luckily, it was a digital stamp so I really could get it right away! I have never used a digi-stamp before, so this was my first experience. The song that goes along with this cute hippo is going to be one that we are singing at our school Christmas concert this year, so I couldn't resist making a card for my colleague who is using it. I used this Deconstructed Sketch as a starting point for my layout, but decided to change it into a rectangular card to make my hippo fit properly.

Patterned Paper - Sparkle & Shine (CTMH); Cardstock - Ruby, Juniper, White Daisy (CTMH);
Digital Stamp - Christmas Hippopotamus (Sweet N' Sassy Stamps)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Love Blooms Sympathy Card

The more I play with this stamp set, the more I want to use it on other cards! I needed a sympathy card for this week and was greatly inspired when I checked out this week's Freshly Made Sketch and saw all of the beautiful cards the design team had created. Here is my version:
Patterned paper - Sonoma (CTMH); Cardstock - Bamboo (CTMH)
Ink - Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Smokey Plum (CTMH);
Stamp sets - Love Blooms, Sincere Expressions (CTMH);
Sweet Leaf craft button (CTMH); twine;
Cuttlebug folder - Woodgrain (Stampin' Up!).

Monday, 11 November 2013

CTMH Card Sets for 2013

It's time to start thinking about Christmas cards and here are the sets we have available through Close To My Heart this year!
create 15 cards (5 of each design)
$24.95 + tax & shipping
Ruby, Cocoa, and Twilight ink not included
Sparkle & Shine Workshop On the Go
create 10 cards (2 of each design)
$20 through a workshop with me
$12.95 + $13.95 (stamp set) + tax & shipping
Ruby, Juniper, and Whisper ink not included

create 12 tri-fold pop-up shaker cards (easily holds gift cards or photo)
$18.95 + tax & shipping
*this kit includes stickers only - no stamping required!*

Each of these sets are pretty easy going to put together and the cards are beautiful! Contact me or place an order online!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

Snow has arrived and it is now starting to feel like I should really start getting organized for Christmas! I even made it to a couple of Ladies Nights this week around town to start my shopping (hence my new Christmas ornament in the picture)! I hope to be getting a few more cards made on this long weekend. Here is my card using the Merry Monday challenge and Mojo Monday this week:

Supplies used: cardstock - White Daisy, Ruby (CTMH); patterned paper - Martha Stewart Holidays;
ink - Crystal Blue, VersaMark (CTMH) embossed with Seafoam White Powder;
twine - Lagoon (CTMH).

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Remarkable Retirement Card

This week I needed a card for my mother-in-law to celebrate her retirement! She didn't want a big fuss made over it, so I tried to keep my card simple, but elegant and not too extravagant. I loved experimenting with the Simple Memories lace stamp set last week and wanted to use another stamp set I haven't played around with yet too, Remarkable Wreath. Not wanting to introduce a bunch of patterns or colours, I used a woodgrain embossing for the background. This week's Freshly Made Sketch was my layout inspiration:

Supplies used: cardstock - Kraft, Colonial White, Slate (CTMH); ink - Cashmere, Slate, Goldrush (CTMH); 
stamp sets - Simple Memories, Remarkable Wreath (CTMH); embellishments - Bohemian Assortment (CTMH), twine; 
Cuttlebug embossing folder - woodgrain (Stampin' Up!).