August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring August's Stamp of the Month, A Chocolate Affair, a set of 16 stamps.  If you have came here from Laurie's Blog, you are on the right path.  The blog hop is a great big circle, you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating consultants here.

I created my card with the ProPlayer papers.  A little out of the box for this paper line, but I really loved the Ruby red print!  I added a little texture to the slate print with second generation Ruby ink.  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Mojo Monday!

I went with the inspiration photo at Just Us Girls to make my "white chocolate" covered strawberries!  I love all chocolate, but white chocolate is my favorite!

 Check out these fabulous projects by the Close To My Heart!

The August Stamp of the Month is FREE with a qualifying Close To My Heart purchase.  You can see all the details on my Current Specials page!

 All supplies by Close To My Heart:
S1308 A Chocolate Affair Stamp of the Month
D1544 Distressed Backgrounds
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Retired White Embossing Powder
Retired Buttons
Z2170 Ruby Ink
Z2137 Olive Ink
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad 

Design Tip-I stamped the slate background paper with the Distressed Background Stamp Set in second generation Ruby Ink.  My white chocolate was stamped onto Cocoa I could have dark chocolate showing through my White Chocolate!

We have over 50 consultants participating in the blog hop!  Hop on over to Beth's Blog to see her artwork.  Be sure and continue on with the hop for more stamping inspiration!  Get your set before it's gone!  The last day to order is August 31, 2013.

Thanks for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches #97

Jennifer has created a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I am loving the fun colors in the new Laughing Lola line of products by Close To My Heart.  The new Autumn/Winter Idea Book goes live tomorrow, be sure and check back to see all of the new products!  My card was created with a mix of papers and chipboard shapes.  The chipboard shapes just happened to be the right size for the sketch and the colors coordinate with no effort on my part!  Here is the original sketch design to get you started on your own creation-
I kept the inside blank to use as a notecard.  Did you know that the Close To My Heart pattern papers come complete with a coordinating zip strip?  These little 1/2" strips come in coordinating colors and are so handy to use as borders on your projects. The backside of the strips list the coordinating colors for the paper, just in case you need a little help picking colors for your project!  I love this swirly coordinating print!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection
G1064 Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit
X7170C Laughing Lola Dimensional Elements
Black Cardstock-American Crafts
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2503 Basics Pigment Inks
Z821 Clear Embossing Powder

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Amusing Challenges-Anything Goes
Paper Playtime-Use Pattern Paper
Pile It On-Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations-Anything Goes
Sunday Stamps-It's All About Color

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see your creation this week in the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches!

Last Chance for Retiring Items, July Specials!

July is quickly coming to a close.  This is your last chance to order any favorites from the retiring items list or to take advantage of the numerous July specials.  All orders must be received by 11:59PM MST on July 31, 2013.  I highly recommend not waiting until the very last minute!  I would hate for a computer glitch to keep you from getting some of your favorite supplies.  You can view all of the July specials here, the retiring items are listed below with links to my online store.

A1132 Family
A1133 Festival of Lights
B1372 Circle Together
B1395 So Grateful
B1396 School Rocks
B1405 Rugged Dude
B1406 Blessings of Peace
B1410 A Friend Like You
B1414 Bonjour
C1438 Tea Time
C1461 Salutation Seals
C1466 Instant Memories
C1505 Pun Fun
C1507 Angelic Blessings
C1508 Paisley Flair
C1511 Love Blooms
C1520 Christmas Joy
D1187 For Every Occasion
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas
D1399 Dream Big
D1440 Everlasting Life
D1444 A Little Thanks
D1492 Christmas Love
D1517 Game On
D1519 Abundance
D1521 Powder Heaven
D1523 Sweet Music
D1528 Jardin
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet
E1017 Old World Alphabet
E1018 Pennant Alphabet
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet
E1020 Token Alphabet
E1021 Trinity Alphabet
E1022 Hero Alphabet
E1023 Varsity Alphabet
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit
G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit SOLD OUT
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit
G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit  SOLD OUT
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit SOLD OUT
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit
G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit SOLD OUT
G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit 
X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet SOLD OUT
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet SOLD OUT
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes
X7157B Dakota Paper Packet SOLD OUT
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment 
X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet SOLD OUT
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment  SOLD OUT
X7166B Claire Paper Packet SOLD OUT
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet  SOLD OUT
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment 
Z1081 Colonial White Waxy Flax SOLD OUT
Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax SOLD OUT
Z1089 Black Waxy Flax SOLD OUT
Z1096 Embroidery Floss Neutral Assortment
Z1246 EmbPowder Cocoa
Z1267 Paper/Stamp Organizer 8.5x11(3)
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy
Z1350 embossing powder topiary SOLD OUT
Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment 
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment 
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment 
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch 
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads
Z1412 10-Things Pocket
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet
Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots
Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner SOLD OUT
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton SOLD OUT
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album 
Z1748 Brocade Assortment
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots
Z1766 Memo Assortment
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment
Z1794 Cottage Assortment
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment 
Z1813 Claire Assortment 
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small 
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment 
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base
Z4136 Exclusive Inks Organizer Carrying Case
Z4200 Accessories Organizer
Z578 Corner Rounder SOLD OUT
Z608 Embossing Stylus Medium
Z655 EmbPowder Olive
Z656 EmbPowder Outdoor Denim-SOLD OUT
Z659 EmbPowder Cranberry SOLD OUT
Z670 EmbPowder Black-SOLD OUT
Z672 EmbPowder Red SOLD OUT
Z673 EmbPowder White SOLD OUT
Z724 Embossing Pen SOLD OUT
Z906 BambooWaxy Flax SOLD OUT
1771 Waterbrush Medium

If you are placing an order, don't forget to click on JOIN the August Mystery Hostess Gathering!  You will receive one entry into the drawing for every $25 in products that you purchase!  You can see all of the current specials hereContact me anytime with any questions!

Merry Monday July Challenge-Last Week!

We are in our last week of the month long challenge at Merry Monday.  If you have yet to join in on the fun, we would love to see your creation in the gallery!  Anything goes, as long as it is a new Christmas creation!

My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  I tweaked the sketch just a tad to work with my paper scraps!  I think my penguin might have looked better on a square card, but I was determined to use up the scrap of snowflake paper!  In case you are wondering about the penguin stamp, he is part of a super cute hostess stamp set that will be released in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book on August 1......only a few days away!

I kept the inside clean, stamping my favorite Christmas sentiment and adding a little pattern paper strip to finish off my card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart,except where noted:
D1520 Ornamental Cheer Stamp Set
C1560 Wintry Wishes (available 8/1/13)
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5927 Ruby Cardstock
Winter Park Pattern Paper by Echo Park
Z2503 Basics Pigment Inks
Z2502 Enchantment Pigment Inks
Z2501 Adventure Pigment Inks
Retired Grosgrain Ribbon
Retired Bling
Frosted Lace Stickles
Oval Stax Dies by MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Card Crafter's Circle-Christmas in July
Christmas Stampin All Year Long-Photo Inspiration
Creative Corner-Christmas in July
Hiding in my Craft Room-Christmas in July
Jellypark Challenges-Christmas in July
Pollycraft Challenges-Ruby Red
Sentimental Sundays-Anything with Wings

Be sure and stop by the other Merry Maker's blogs to see their creations!
Thanks for stopping by!

Hello Sunshine!

After seeing the sketch at The Paper Players this week, I could not resist creating another sunshine card with the Patterned Pennants stamp set.  I branched out a little and inked up the spotted sunray, which had yet to see ink!  Here is the original sketch design-

I added just a tad bit of bling with a few sequins.  I adhered my sequins with a tiny bit of Liquid Glass.

I am also linking my card up to the Summer Lovin Recipe Swap at Catered Crop.  I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my past sunshine cards listed in the inspiration gallery!  If you want to see all the details about the card in the gallery,  you can view my original post here.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1534 Patterned Pennants Stamp Set
D1477 Universal Backgrounds Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1243 Goldrush Cardstock
Z2123 Goldrush Ink
X5668 Honey Cardstock
Z2162 Honey Ink
Z2502 Enchantment Pigment Inks
Z821 Clear Embossing Powder
Z679 Liquid Glass
Circle Stax Dies-MFT
Fishtail Banner Dies-MFT

I have also entered the Summer Challenge at Craft Creations.  Thanks for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches #96

Amy has a cute sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I could not resist the urge to flip the sketch!  While my original idea was going to use a an actual tag, I ended up going with a tad more elegant design.  I was determined to ink up my new poppy stamp set and let the rest of my card come together around my image.  After finally re-organizing my Copics, I decided I needed to actually use them as well.  The only way I am ever going to perfect using them is to practice, practice, practice!

While I have been collecting Copics for a couple of years now, I have probably only colored a couple of dozen images.  I am amazed at the artwork some of the cardmakers out there create with them.  Let's just say when I grow up, I want to be able to color like they do!

I added a few layers to the inside as well, love the added pop of black.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1554 Chantilly WOTG Stamp Set
D1559 Geometric Backgrounds Stamp Set (avail 8/1/13)
Simply Sketched Stamp Set-SU
X7165B For Always Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Black Cardstock-American Crafts
Tuxedo Black Ink-Memento
Z2170 Ruby Ink
Various Copic Sketch Markers
Z1752 Clear Sparkles
Ticket Corner Punch-SU

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion-Happy Birthday
Crafting When We Can-Floral
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes
Word Play Saturdays-Birthdays 

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope to see your creation in the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Merry Monday July Challenge, Week 4

Wow, hard to believe we are on week 4 of the July Challenge at Merry Monday!  There have been so many fabulous entries in the challenge.  You have all month to enter and you can enter as often as you wish!  With July going by so quickly, you know the holiday season will be here before you know it!

I played with more new products for my card this week!  All I need is new stamps and a little bling to make my weekend complete!  The majority of my card is completed with the upcoming Frosted line of papers and coordinating embellishments.

My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Deconstructing Jen.

My inside sentiment is from one of the new hostess stamps, Wintery Wishes.  This set has some really cute penguins, which will be featured on a card soon!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
X7175B Frosted Paper Packet (avail 8/1/13)
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5932 Cashmere Cardstock
X7175C Frosted Stickease Assortment (avail 8/1/13)
C1560 Wintery Wishes
M1031 Single Snowflake (avail 8/1/13)
Z2503 Basics Pigment Inks
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder-SU
Z1752 Clear Sparkles
Retired Organdy Ribbon
Z1852 Stitch Guide (avail 8/1/13)

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges-Snowflakes
Creative Corner-Let it Sparkles
Cuttin & Stampin-Christmas in July
Fab N Funky-Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin-Christmas in July

Be sure and stop by the other Merry Maker's blogs to see their creations!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sailing with Tommy!

Slowly but surely, my scrapbook room is coming back together.  Since my desk was finally clear, I decided to create a card for the new Curtain Call Challenge.  Their new challenge is the talk of blogland and there is so much talent featured!  If you are not inclined to enter the challenge, stop by and check out the awesome featured cards by the design team!  The theme this week is Nautical and my Tommy papers and stamps were the perfect combination!

My card is based on the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. I flipped the sketch on it's side to work with my nautical saying.

In keeping with the nautical theme, I did my best to make realistic embellishments.  I tied my Baker's Twine in a sailor knot.  The sailor knot is much more manly than a bow for a masculine card.  It did take me longer to tie the knot than to make the whole card though!  (Where is a boy scout when you need one?)  I first started out with YouTube video, of I am sure a real sailor, that lasted about 30 seconds....not working for me!  I decided I needed the crafter aspect for this to work for me!  Special thanks to Barbara Anders for the step by step tutorial which I found on her blog.  The pictures made it easy peasy.  

My card was created with stamps from the Tommy Workshop On the Go Kit.  The kit is only available While Supplies Last as it will soon be retired.  I selectively inked the large sentiment stamp, putting part of the sentiment on the front of my card and the remaining on the inside.  I also created my own background paper by stamping Outdoor Denim ink onto Outdoor Denim cardstock.  I  love the subtle tone on tone look.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
G1058 Tommy WOTG Kit
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
Z2502 Enchantment Pigment Inks
Z2140 Outdoor Denim Ink
Z1837 Wooden Mini Medley Accents
Z821 Clear Embossing Powder

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Stamps-Twine Time
Paper Pretties-Sentiment as Focal Point
Simon Says Stamp-By the Sea

Thanks so much for stopping by!