Sunday, October 15, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #308


Halloween is only a couple of weeks away!  I am finishing up the last of my Halloween Cards to get them in the mail. While this card looks flat in the pic, I did pop up some layers and my spider with foam tape to give it some added dimension....yet still make it through the mail system safely. My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches-


And because I kept it clean and simple, I have also entered it into the theme challenge at The Paper Players-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1736 Cats & Bats Scrapbooking
C1632 Say It All-Retired
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5962 Goldrush Cardstock
Z3236 Black Glitter Cardstock
Black Cardstock by Recollections
Z899 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
CAS on Friday-Fall/Halloween
Pile It On-Spiders & Cobwebs

Thanks so much for stopping by!




 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christmas Tunes


Have you seen the super cute October Stamp of the Month, Christmas Tunes? The large images included with this set will make your Christmas cards quick and easy. 


This set is only available in the month of October.  You can add the set to a qualifying order for only $5 or purchase separately for $17.95. You can view all the details here.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

BOOO!



I love the large font of the BOOO! image found in the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking line.  The image will be super cute on scrapbook pages, but totally stands alone on a card as well. My sentiment was colored with plain jane brush markers and mounted with foam tape for added dimension.  I heat embossed my bat image to make him pop.


 I am sneaking in under the wire to get my card entered in the World Cardmaking Day Sketch Challenge at Jillibean Soup-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1736 Cats & Bats Scrapbooking
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Black Cardstock by Recollections
Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots
Z899 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Black Pigment Ink-Retired
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Brush Markers-Leisure Arts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cards 4 Guyz-Boo
Pink & Main-Fall/Halloween

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thanksgiving Pumpkins


I love fall leaves and pumpkins when it comes to Fall cardmaking...pumpkin bread helps as well!  I fell in love with the Sweet Pumpkins set by Sunny Studios.  I had to have them the moment I saw them...but they have just recently found their way to ink!  While I love layering stamp sets...it is sometimes a struggle starting with a new one as you see how different colors work together.  Sometimes less is more.  I attempted the pumpkins with three layers of different colors and just was not getting the desired results.  In the end I did my pumpkins with only two ink colors, overstamping one of the layers with the same color ink.  The coloring is subtle and I love the final results.


I would love to tell you my color combo...if I only knew.  My base color and second layer were both stamped with Tangerine by Close To My Heart.  The other layer is a questionable orange by Hero Arts.  Does anyone know why they do not list names on their inks?  It is a darker orange cube, that I am sure I received in a kit or lot of goodies at some point in the past....sadly it remains nameless!  My pumpkin stems are a double layer of  Fern ink.  The leaves are a layer of Fern and New England Ivy for the details.


In finished out the inside with another little pumpkin for a pop of color along with my strip of coordinating paper.  I keep every scrap of paper just for this purpose!

Design Tip: My Happy Thanksgiving sentiment was created on a Word Processing program.  If you don't have the perfect stamp, Word will work in a pinch!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Pretty Pumpkins-Sunny Studios
Autumn Greetings-Sunny Studios
X7223B Falling For You Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5960 Fern Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock-DCWV
Z2809 Tangering Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ive Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
??? Orange Dye Ink-Hero Arts
Stitched Rectangle Dies-Gina Marie
Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Crystal Drops-Tonic Studios

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Holiday
Cuttlebug Mania-Hello Sweet Pumpkin
Fairy Tale Challenge-Pumpkin
Jillibean Soup-Stamping Challenge
Paper Sweeties-Photo Inspiration

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cats & Bats


Hope everyone had time to create on World Cardmaking Day last weekend!  I started this card, but ended up doing more organizing than stamping! I finally braved my fears and opened the box of my Scan n Cut.  It is sorda hard for the machine to pay for itself, if I never take it out of the closet.  My fears were totally unfounded, it was super easy to use.  If you mass produce cards, I don't see how you could live without one.  I, on the other hand, usually am making one of a kind cards.  I decided the best option for me, was to cut multiple images and store the images with my stamp set for future use.  It basically takes the same amount of time to scan n cut one image vs twenty images. While doing my reorganizing, I did try and keep up with the Cardmaking Day festivities.  My card is based on the sketch challenge at Jillibean Soup.


My card is created with the new Cats & Bats line by Close To My Heart.  This Halloween line up is prefect for my crafting needs, not too scary and not too cutesy.  While I admit, I love cutesy Halloween images....my children do not...and scary is just not for me. There are multiple stamp sets available with coordinating dies if you wish!  You can check out the whole line up here. The set I created my card with was created for scrapbooking, but I love it for cards as well. Here is a look at the full set-

You can purchase just the stamp set or a bundle with matching dies.  Dies are included for the images outline in blue.

Design Tip: My BOOO! image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol for a smooth finish.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1736 Cats & Bats Scrapbooking
C1632 Say It All-Retired
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Black Cardstock by Recollections
Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots
Z899 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Prismacolor Pencils, PC1052, PC912, PC1002, PC935
Stitched Oval Die-Unknown
Gamsol

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cards4Guyz-Halloween
Crafty Gals Corner-Spooktacular
Crafty Sentiments Designs-Halloween
Retro Rubber Challenge-Boo! (My Halloween sentiment is over 5 years old, by my best guess!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Share a Smile


With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, we’ve made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!



The Share a Smile card kit can be yours for FREE when you become a Consultant in October or when you host a qualifying party. You can see all the details and order your set here!

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