Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hooked on You


One of my favorite manly stamp sets is on the retirement list!  B1535 Hooked on You will retire in July and no longer be available to purchase.  The trout image is great for masculine cards and the set comes with a variety of sentiments as well.  Everyone knows of my fondness for burlap, so it was the perfect pairing.  I distressed the edges of my burlap panel with Cocoa pigment ink.  My trout image was stamped on White Daisy cardstock, but was a little too white for my liking.  I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I applied Liquid Glass over my stamped image for a just out of the water look.  Once my Liquid Glass was dry, I went back over my panel with Antique Linen distress inks by Tim Holtz to take away some of the whiteness from my image.

I finished out the inside of the card with one of the sentiments from the same set and added a strip of burlap ribbon for detail.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1535 Hooked on You
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Textured Brown Cardstock by AC Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Z899 Memento Black Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
Prisma Color Pencils
Gamsol
Z679 Liquid Glass
Burlap Ribbon by Recollections
Resin Dots by Echo Park
Circle Die-Unbranded

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critters-Anything with a critter
Crafting with Dragonflies-Animals
Crafty Animals-Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs-Animals
Pile It On-Animals
Scrapbooking & Cardmaking-For the Men
Shopping our Stash-Use Fabric
Stamped Blessings-Animals
Stampavie and More-For the Men/Boys
Tuesday Throwdown-Texture

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can check out all of the retiring items here.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Mojo Monday #497


So excited to actually be able to enter the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge on MONDAY!  I am usually trying to get in just under the wire, sometimes by mere minutes.  I went with a monochrome of gold and white. My card features gold glitter, gold embossing and gold bling and is based on the following sketch-


My card is created with the gold embossed papers and flower stamps from the Live Beautifully Campaign.  This collection is only available in the month of May or while supplies last....get yours before they are gone!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Live Beautifully Stamp Set
Happy Happy Happy Stamp & Die Set by Lawn Fawn
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Live Beautifully Paper Packet
Z3238 Gold Glitter Cardstock
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Z2066 Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Art Impressions Stamps-Dots & Stripes
Crafty Gals Corner-Bling
Creative with Stamps-Flowers
Daring Cardmakers-All that Glitters is not gold
Dragonfly Dreams-Monochrome
Monochrome Magic-Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge-Monochrome
Through the Purple Haze-Glitter
Use Your Stuff-Metallics

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother's Day to everyone....whether your children happen to be two legged or four!  I created this card with the Timeless Tulips stamps by Sunny Studios.  Sunny Studios was a new company to me.....but it was love at first sight!  I love the layers on these tulips and they have an awesome daffodil stamp set as well.  The daffodils are still on my wish list!  While Close To My Heart has always been my first love....I am an equal opportunity stamper....and collect the images that I love.  I give thanks to all of the crafters in blogland for the enabling!

I found my layers through trial and error.  I put all of my pink inks together and stamped away on scrap cardstock until I came up with a trio of colors that worked well for me.  The leaves were much simpler, as they only had two layers.  I originally purchased a set of inks for this set that were just for layering....but they did not work out well for me.  I have decided it works much better to just play with the inks you have and come up with a combo that works for you.  The Short & Sweet Sentiments set by Close To My Heart was perfect for making a tag to hang off of the jar.


Since my stamp collection is still recovering from my craft room loss.....I printed a sentiment from Word onto my cardstock and mounted to the inside.  I added a little burlap for some added texture.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Timeless Tulips Stamp & Die Set by Sunny Studios
Vintage Jar Stamp & Die Set by Sunny Studios
A1189 Short & Sweet Sentiments
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5773 Pixie Cardstock
Z2844 Pixie Ink
Green Inks by Hero Arts
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Burlap Ribbon by Celebrate It
Pink Twine by Ms. Sparkle & Co.
Rectangle Die-Unbranded
Chevron Embossing Folder-Retired

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Spring Fever
Cards in Envy-Motherly Love
Crafting with Dragonflies-Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day
Crafty Calendar Challenge-Flowers
Die Cut Divas-Flowers
Die Cuttin Divas-Mother's Day
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes w/Dies
Really Reasonable Ribbon-Mother's Day


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mojo Monday #496


It is so nice to have a little crafting time....it is a much needed boost to my sanity!  I am on a mission to completely use up my paper packets....so this card was made with lots of scraps!  I knew I was saving them for a reason! My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Mojo Monday-


My card is created with left over bits from the now retired Sugar Rush paper packet.  The scrap pieces worked wonderfully for making my banners and die cuts.  I love how all of the Close To My Heart products coordinate together.  I popped up my balloons for some added dimension and added a little bling.



My signature must be that I always finish out the inside of my cards as well.  It might be just a small stamped image or a bit of coordinating paper.  The little touches really finish out the card.  The One in a Million sentiment is great for any birthday card!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
A1201 One in a Million Stamp Set
B1537 Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock
Retired Sugar Rush Paper Packet
Z2854 Pomegranate Ink Pad
Z3274 Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Balloon Die-Unbranded

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Come and Get it-Birthday
C.R.A.F.T-Birthdays
OLLCB-Something that starts with a B
Seize the Birthday-Birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the retiring items to grab your favorites before they are gone!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #220


I think Spring has finally arrived in Wyoming...we went from snow one day to 70 degrees the next....so there is hope!  I decided to break out the bright colors for a colorful thank you card.  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.


My original plan was for a white on white card....but I could not resist adding the black layer for the added pop!  Then the black against the Raspberry just seemed fitting!  My card is created with flowers from the May Stamp of the Month, Live Laugh Love.  With the bold words in this set, I think the flowers could be easily overlooked....but they can stand out on their own!  I stamped the flowers in Memento Black and then added color with my Prismacolor pencils.  My shading is done with Gamsol.  I love shading with Gamsol.....I really am a novice colorer (is that even a word)....but Gamsol provides great results with very little effort. My "thanks" is from my favorite die that is cut multiple times, covered in black pigment ink and then heat embossed with black embossing powder. I love the added dimension the layers add to the card.  If you have yet to see the May Stamp of the Month, here is the full set.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1705 Live Love Laugh
X5788 Raspberry Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Textured Black Cardstock by AC Cardstock
Z899 Memento Black Ink Pad
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Black Embossing Powder by Zing
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Prisma Color Pencils
Gamsol
 Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts-Retired
Rectangle Pierced Die-Unbranded

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
AAA-Bright & Beautiful
Crafty Cardmakers-Add a Sentiment
Creative with Stamps-Flowers
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies
Make My Monday-May Flowers
Paper Creators-Bright & Bold

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mojo Monday #495


I hope everyone is finding some crafting time today for National Scrapbooking Day!  Close To My Heart is celebrating all month long with the Live Beautifully Campaign.  We have released gorgeous new papers and stamps for National Scrapbooking Month.....they are only available in the month of May or while supplies last!  I decided the perfect pairing for the new products, was to create a card for the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge!


The Live Beautifully Paper packet includes 16 sheets of gorgeous pattern papers.  You get two sheets each of six designs and two sheets each of two gold embossed designs.  I went with a grey and pink tone for my card, with just a hint of gold.  After stamping my flower, I went back over the image with my gold Shimmer Brush to add a little bling.  Here is a close up of the papers that are included in the packet.

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/ctmh/promotions/campaigns/1705-nsm-live-beautifully.aspx

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Live Beautifully Stamp Set
D1703 Nature's Wish (Thank You Sentiment)
Live Beautifully Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2850 Fern Ink
Z899 Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento
Rose Petal Inks by Altenew
Pierced Dies-Unbranded
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z3316 Shimmer Brush-Gold

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges-Flowers
Aud Sentiments-Flowers & Sentiment
Die Cut Divas-Flowers
Hiding in My Craft Room-May Flowers
Make My Monday-Flowers
Simon Says Stamp-Hint of Pink

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, May 1, 2017

May SOTM-Live Laugh Love


I LOVE the bold sentiments in the May Stamp of the Month, S1705 Live Laugh Love.  Super cute set!  The adorable flower images would be a great addition to your stamp collection as well!  I can't wait to create with my set!  So many possibilities!

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=10004

You can add this set to your collection for only $5 in the month of May with a qualifying purchase or you can purchase at the retail price of $17.95.  Close To My Heart has an awesome new release today, be sure and check out all the new items in my store!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dreamin Big Thanks


I found a few minutes to create this weekend....and had high hopes of entering the Mojo Monday #492 Challenge!  I missed the deadline by a mere minute.  If it were not for my slow internet connection out in the boonies, we might have made it!  I was able to enter my link, but at the very last click, it locked me out!  Bummer, it was still a nice sketch to play with, you just will not be seeing it in the gallery!  Here is a look at the sketch my card is based on,


My card is created with the Dreamin Big paper packet from the Seasonal Expressions catalog.  While I have used some of the floral prints on my card...there is a super cute bug side to the papers as well.  I love that this paper pack is universal for boy and or girl projects!  The Seasonal Expressions catalog is coming to a close at the end of this month.  If you have any items on your wish list, I would suggest getting them now, as items are starting to sell out.  Here is a peak of all of the papers included in the pack-


The thanks sentiment on my card, is actually a thin cut die, that I have cut multiple times.  I adhered three layers of cardstock together.  I then inked up the sentiment in Goldrush pigment ink and then clear embossed to give it a shiny raised image.  While I love the monochromatic look of my card, the thanks just blended into the background as plain cardstock. The glossy surface makes it pop! The decorative strip behind my panel is a piece of goldrush cardstock that I embossed with a chevron embossing folder for added texture.



All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

X7218B Dreamin Big Paper Packet
X7218D Dreamin Big Coordinating Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2505 Enchantment Pigment Inks
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts-Sold Out
Chevron Embossing Folder-Sold Out
Square & Rectangle Dies-Unbranded

I have entered my card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug-Bingo (Die, Sentiment, Texture)
Crafting by Designs-Girls or Flowers
Creative Craft Cottage-Dies or Punches
Die Cuttin Divas-Easter or Springs
Polkadoodles-Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash-Dies or Punches

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 7, 2017

FLASH SALE 30% OFF!

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/


WooHoo!  Close To My Heart is having a FLASH SALE, starting at 3:00 PM MDT today, April 7 and ending on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM MDT!  Select items and bundles will be available for an awesome 30% off the regular price!  All items are while supplies last, so be there early for the best selection! Shop online here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Stamp of the Month- S1704 Flock Together


Introducing the April Stamp of the Month, S1704 Flock Together.  Super cute set, love the sentiments!  You can add this set to your collection for only $5 with a qualifying purchase in the month of April ONLY!

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9867

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello Lovely



Super excited to announce that I am doing a Guest Designer spot over at Try Stampin on Tuesday!  I won their Birthday Challenge with my Moose card that was recently posted.  I have totally changed gears for this one and broke out the flowers!  My card is mostly created with supplies from the Hello Lovely line from Close to My Heart.  My card is based on the following sketch design:

My first thought when I saw this sketch was to create a wedding card with bells in place of the tags.  I was all set to complete my card with tons of layers and frilly lace.............until reality set in that I did not have any wedding bells stamps and the late hour meant that free handing was out of the question.  I am in serious withdrawal from my die collection.  Hand cutting banners is about my limit!  I decided to skip the wedding idea and do a fun spring card instead.


I created my flower cluster with the Hello Lovely Complements.  I added foam for dimension and layered multiple images together to create my cluster.  The details are hard to see in the photo...and we all know it is all about the details!  I added a bit of shimmer to my flower arrangement and to my embossed background with the new gold shimmer brush.


Another attempt to show you the depth and detail of my card.  I added lots of texture!  After embossing my fern cardstock, I used my shimmer brush on the raised image.....leaving a golden shimmer on the embossed image.  Sadly, you do not get the full effect with the photo! 

All Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

G1119 Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit
Timeless Tulips Stamp Set by Sunny Studios (hello sentiment)
Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks
Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder-Retired

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic-Green & Glittery
Great Impressions-Spring or Easter
International Art & Soul-Embossing
Simon Says Stamp-Bit o Green
Simon Says Stamp-Layer It Up
Simply Create Too-Lots of Green
Southern Girls-Pop it up with Foam

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Masculine Deer Birthday Card


I have numerous guy birthdays in March.  I created another masculine birthday card with the Nature's Wish stamp set.  You will rarely see me create the exact same card.  All of my cards tend to be original.  The rare exception is gift sets and mass production of Christmas cards.  This card utilizes all of the same supplies as my Moose card shown here.


I added a scrap of burlap and more distressing to the inside.  The papers are once again White Daisy cardstock washed in watercolors.  I let dry and then stamped my sentiments in Cocoa pigment ink.


Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1703 Nature's Wish
B1535 Hooked on You
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Plaid Paper, Boy Oh Boy by Carta Bella
Enamel Dots by Echo Park
My card is based on the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.


I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges-Lots of Layers 
Just For Fun-Happy Birthday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nature's Wish Moose Birthday

My crafting time and crafting supplies have been very limited lately. Long story short in my roller coaster life, I have become separated from my crafting supplies. Crafting has kept me sane over the years, so I am slowly rebuilding.  For those of you who have known me for some time....you know I could not live without burlap for long! I have been known to add burlap to any project...but it is the perfect texture for a masculine card. In the past I was the crafter with every color of cardstock and coordinating ink.....now not so much!  So, you will be seeing a lot of improvising as I rebuild my craft room. My card was created with one of my favorite stamp sets from Close to My Heart, D1703 Nature's Wish.  This set features great outdoor life images and a selection of versatile sentiments.  Here is a look at the complete set-

http://rockymtnpapercrafts.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=9479

My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday.


I wanted my card to have an earthy feel to it.  While the burlap was a great start....I only had bright pattern and White Daisy cardstock.  Watercolors to the rescue.  I simply diluted my watercolors and washed the White Daisy cardstock and the pattern paper with watercolors to remove the harsh white finish.  I love that my white panel has an almost wood look to it now.  I stamped my images and distressed the edges of all layers with Cocoa pigment ink.  I love the end result, though it did take some a little outside of the box thinking to accomplish it.  

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

D1703 Nature's Wish
B1535 Hooked on You
Z2503 Basics Pigment Ink Set
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Burlap Cardstock by DCWV
Plaid Paper, Boy Oh Boy by Carta Bella
Enamel Dots by Echo Park

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge-Lots of Layers 
Little Red Wagon-Plaids & Polka Dots
Simon Says Stamp-Make Your Own Background
Stamping Sensations-Close to Nature


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