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Freshly Made Sketches #403


I am not sure where September has gone too....but October is just around the corner.  I only send out a handful of Halloween cards...but those will need to be mailed out soon!  I knew when I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, that it would be perfect for a Halloween card.  Here is the original sketch design-

You might recognize my stamp set from years past.  It is the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set.  It is currently available for a limited time on my website. My website has a new section, titled Online Only under the Shop Tab.  The Online Only section features many retired items and specials that have been brought back for a limited time. It is worth checking out, you might find some old or new to you favorites!  Here is the complete Cats & Bats Scrapbooking set, complete with Thin Cuts-

My card is created with a few fun layers, most of which are stamped. I first masked off an area on my card base and stamped the grid background.  I then added a strip of black glitter cardstock for a little bling.  My final layer was my sentiment, mounted on foam tape for more dimension.  My spiderweb and spider are mounted with thin foam dots.  While, my card is very CAS, it has lots of dimension with the multiple layers. I added a tiny bit more bling, by adding some clear shimmer brush to my spider.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z4045 Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3236 Black Glitter Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Stitched Die-Simon Says Stamp

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Send A Smile For Kids-Cute Fall or Halloween Cards for Kids
The Artistic Stamper-Black and White
Simon Says Stamp-Stitch It

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Thanks Ever So Much

Sometimes it is the simplest of stamp sets that make the best cards!  The Ever So Much Stamp Set is one of those sets.  At only $7.95, this set of three stamps is a great addition to your stamp collection.  My motto is....one can never have enough Thank You cards!
You can find this set online here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sending a Smile...



So in love with the Sunflower Sympathy Stamp Set! Those gorgeous blooms are sure to make you smile.  I soo adored my little burlap tag on my last card, that I decided to supersize it for a sunflower card!  Ahhh, the beauty of a Cricut, you can make your dies any size or shape you want!  My scalloped tag is from the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection by Close To My Heart.  Art Philosophy is the first Cricut Collection that Close To My Heart came out with years ago....still my favorite!  I am so glad it has been brought back in digital form.  If you missed it back in the day of actual cartridges, you are in luck!  All of the Cricut Collections have made a comeback in digital form!  The growing pains of changing technology!  I too have had to finally set by Cricut Expressions aside and move on to the Maker.  So far, I am loving the rotary blade!  It cuts burlap soooo smooth! You can find all of the Cricut Collections through my affiliate link.


My sunflower is yet another sample that I did not think was card worthy!  A few touch-ups and it found it's place.  I just can't bare to throw one away! If you want more details on the sunflower coloring, I have listed the steps here.  My leaves for this one are stamped with Intense Black Ink onto New England Ivy Cardstock, with a few highlights added with Copic YG95.  Just in case you have yet to see the set, here is a pic of the complete set-


My sentiment is from the September Stamp of the Month, Random Act of Cardness.  I love the great mix of fonts and sentiments in this set!  The set is only available in the month of September and can be added to a qualifying order for only $5!  Here is look at the full set-


Design Tip: Adhesive is key when working with heavier materials such as burlap.  A tap runner is just not going to hold long term.  Will it hold for the immediate use, yes...but not much longer.  I adhere my burlap and items to my burlap with Liquid Glass adhesive.  Obviously a liquid, which helps get into the seams of the burlap and form a strong bond.  It dries clear and super strong.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1872 Sunflower Sympathy
S1909 September Stamp of the Month, Random Act of Cardness
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Burlap Cardstock-DCWV
Plaid Paper-Camp-A-Lot by Bo Bunny
Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z8003 Espresso Exclusive Inks Pigment Ink Stamp Pad
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins
Z679 Liquid Glass Adhesive
Copics Y15, Y19, YG95
Burlap Twine-Unknown

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Anything Goes w/a Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge-Anything Goes w/Colored Image
Crafty Cardmakers-Autumn Colors
Die Cuttin Divas-Just Because
Double Trouble Challenge-Plaid...with a Tag!
Southern Girls Challenge-Tic Tac Toe (Bling Stamp Yellow or Ink Sequins Yellow)
The Sisterhood of Crafters-Embossing
Use Your Stuff-Tags & Frames with the Double Trouble Plaid Challenge

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CAS(E) this Sketch #339


Burlap has a permanent spot on my craft desk...at least for the next few weeks!  I figure snow will be flying after that and I will need to move onto snowflakes!  Then again, I can also see burlap snowflake cards in the future!  I created my card based on the sketch challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch-


This card has so many textures, yet really is CAS!  I promise, it is just a few die cuts!  My base is created with the stunning Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop die by Lawn Fawn.  I love it almost as much as burlap...which is saying alot!  My super cute burlap tag was cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  Have you heard the news....all of the Close To My Heart Cricut Collections have made a come back!  You can now purchase any of the past favorites you might have missed, through my affiliate link at Cricut!  The cartridges are all digital now, so there is no waiting for them to ship!

I used the Autumn Blessings stamp set for the details on my tag.  Those pumpkins are too cute and I love the font! I inked everything with Espresso Pigment Ink and clear embossed.  I then added color to my pumpkin with Goldrush Reinker and a waterbrush.  Here is a look at the complete set-
Design Tip: I adhered my cardstock to the burlap with Liquid Glass adhesive.  Often tape runners do not give you a lasting bond when it comes to burlap.  I have found that Liquid Glass holds everything together nicely. I applied a tiny bit to my knot of twine on my tag to keep it secure as well.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3532 Autumn Blessings Stamp Set & Thin Cut Bundle
Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Z8003 Espresso Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad
Z2223 Goldrush Exclusive Inks Reinker
Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Burlap-DCWV
Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop Die-Lawn Fawn
Z679 Liquid Glass
Burlap Twine-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Fall Colors
Craft Sentiments Designs-Fall Colors
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-The Little Things (burlap, certainly a little thing!)
Use Your Stuff-Tags & Frames

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Autumn Barn


Have you taken the time to view our new catalogs in print  or online?  If not, you could be missing out on the awesome hostess stamp sets that are currently available.  I love them all, but the Autumn barn set is my favorite. I grew up around many of these types of barns and there are some old relics still standing in my current area.  Here is a look at the complete set-


Love the set?  Want to add it to your collection?  Hostess rewards are available for orders of $150 or more.  You can achieve the $150 in various ways.  You could order $150 of products yourself, which makes you eligible for rewards if you contact me prior to placing your order.  You could also combine orders with friends by doing an online party.  With the online party, you get a special link to send out to your friends.  All orders placed through the link help you reach the $150 minimum for hostess rewards. Hostess rewards start at $150 and go up from there.  Here is a look at the rewards you can receive-


Plus, you get a free print copy of the current catalog with your order! (Limit one free catalog per customer, per catalog period) If you would like more information on earning hostess rewards, contact me!

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Freshly Made Sketches #402


Falling leaves and falling temps!  Fall is certainly in the air! I am sneaking in under the wire with a little dose of Fall for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

From the moment I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use my new leaf stamps and dies from the Hawthorn Scrapbooking Collection.  Sadly, I was unable to craft this weekend and was quickly running out of time to create my card for the sketch!  Thankfully I had a little time to get inky this morning!  My leaves are inked up in Saffron ink and then rolled in Autumn Terracotta ink.  You can try any ink combinations to see what works for you.  Just remember to ink in your lightest color and then roll in the darker color to keep from contaminating your ink pads! I then die cut the leaves with their coordinating dies.  Being Fall, I had to add in a touch of burlap!  Thin Cut dies cut burlap with ease!  Here is a look at the full set of dies-

My sentiment is from the current Stamp of the Month, Random Act of Cardness.  Each month, Close To My Heart offers an exclusive Stamp of the Month.  The stamp set can be added to your qualifying order for only $5!  The Stamp of the Month set is only available for one month, then the set is retired.  Here is a look at the great sentiments, which are included this month-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3527 Hawthorn Scrapbooking Collection
S1909 Random Act of Cardness
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Autumn Terracotta Cardstock-Retired
Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins
Burlap-DCWV
Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop Die-Lawn Fawn

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Creative with Stamps-Autumn

Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Mixed Fonts
Southern Girls Challenge-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!