Poppies Sympathy Card

My crafting time has been minimal.  For some reason, I could have sworn the start of school would result in more crafting time...this has not been the case! Sadly I have gotten to the point to where crafting time is a must...as I am out of Sympathy cards.  I really try and keep sympathy cards made up ahead of time...as you always need them at a moment's notice.

I went with a CAS design to keep it simple.  My background is stamped with the retired Pleasant Poppies stamp set in black pigment ink and heat embossed in clear ink.  I then colored the images with Prismacolor pencils.  Since I have started over in rebuilding my craft room, sentiments are in short supply.  If you do not have the sentiments or sayings needed for your card....a word processing program is your friend.  I sized a text box to the size needed for my card, typed in my words and resized as needed.  I then die cut an applied to my card with foam tape for added dimension.

My card is based on the Color Challenge this week at Color Throwdown...there is a wee bit of yellow in my flower centers.  :)

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Pleasant Poppies Stamp Set-Stampin Up
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Textured Black Cardstock-DCWV
Black Pigment Ink
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z3314 Black Enamel Dots
Prismacolor Pencils-916,923,924,1005,1090
Banner Die-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Thinking of You/Sympathy
Little Red Wagon-Go Hybrid
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge-Smash Your Stash
Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Goes

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Last Chance for 50% off!

This is the final week for the Online Warehouse Sale! The savings actual end on August 31, so your time is very limited!  You can pick up some great stamp and die bundles for 50% off!  These would be great for holiday gift giving!  Here are a couple of my favorite items this week-

 Ornate Blossoms Bundle-Only $17.45

You can view all of the sale items here!  The sale ends on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST.

Jeepers Creepers 50% off!

The retired Jeepers Creepers line up has been brought back for the Online Warehouse Sale.  The entire line up is on sale this week at 50% off.  These super cute monsters are perfect for your Halloween projects.

The stamp set/thin cut bundle is only $13.48

The Jeepers Creepers Bundle is only $12.40

You can even create a completely different look with the paper packet-

I have showcased just a few of my favorite clearance items, you can view all of this weeks items here.  New items are added every Tuesday in August.

If you are interested in the details on the cards that are shown, you can find all of the original posts here.

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Have a Magical Day!

I found a little crafting time to complete a card for a couple of my favorite challenges.  I have had big crafting plans all week, but life has gotten in the way.  I have had the card in my head...just needed to get ink to paper!  My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches-

And the color challenge at Color Throwdown-

I finished out the inside as well.  I love the sentiment that comes with the Little Dreamer stamp set-
All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3335 Little Dreamer Stamp Set/Thin Cut Bundle
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet
X7219D Little Dreamer Coordinating Cardstock
Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Circle Dies-Unknown
Pink Bling-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Penny Black-All Creatures Great & Small
Simon Says Stamp-For a Child

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Heard It's Been Ruff...

This card did not turn out as I envisioned.....don't you hate it when that happens???  I could have redone it, but decided that it was worthy of sending....vs not sending.  I have thought of sending this card for a couple of weeks...so decided today was the day to get ink on paper and get it in the mail! I stamped my images with black pigment ink and clear embossed.  I then colored my image with Prismacolor pencils.

This could easily turn into a controversial post....but the basis behind my card really hit a nerve. A local vet is being criticized by the media for failing to euthanize a dog.  A boxer was brought to her to be euthanized because the family could no longer afford her care.  The vet offered them other options which they refused.  Fast forward six months and the family decides to get another dog.  They just so happen to find "their" dog at a rescue.  They called the media because they paid to have their dog euthanized and obviously the dog was not.  In the end, the family gets their dog back.  I feel the vet became a vet to save lives...not to put animals down because the owner can no longer afford them.  There are so many other options.  I am in shock that they want legal action taken against the vet.  If it were not for the vet's caring actions....they would not have had the option of reclaiming their dog.   Sadly, I don't feel they should have been able to reclaim the dog......really makes you wonder about the quality of life the dog will receive.  Two sides to every story...but I side with the vet on this one.  Shame on the media and the dog's owners.  I sincerely hope the vet is not sanctioned and can go on to continue to save lives.  And before anyone says, I have not been in their shoes.....I have taken animals to the vet and requested they be euthanized.  The surgeries they would have required were well more than I could afford to pay at that time in my life.....the vet did offer options and my animals either received alternate treatment or were taken in by a rescue that did have the funds for the required surgeries.  Not to mention if you had to take a member of your family to be euthanized, you would think you would stay with them until the very end...not just drop them off.  I am sorry, to me that speaks volumes.

I don't personally know any of the parties.....just felt the need to send a card in support of the veterinarian.  I have not posted a link to the original news story, as it appears to have been removed.  Since the original story has been removed, I have chosen not to list actual names in my "rant". Here is a look at the inside of the card.

Supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Doggy Kisses Stamp Set by Art Impressions
S1708 School Year Stamp Set
Black Cardstock by DCWV
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Black Pigment Ink
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Prismacolor Pencils
Frame Die-Unknown
Z899 Black Memento Ink

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies-Anything Goes w/a creature
Addicted to Stamps and More-Clean and Simple
Crafty Animals-Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams-Animals
Papercraft Happy-Anything Goes w/ an animal
Penny Black & More-Creatures

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Online Warehouse Sale-Week 2

We are on week 2 of the Fabulous Online Warehouse Sale! In case you have not had a chance to view the great items, which are all featured at 50% off....I have picked a couple of my favorites to showcase!

First up, is the Carnival Fun stamp set AND matching thin cuts for only $13.95!

Then we have the Basic Fundamentals Paper Pack AND Embellishments for only $18.43!

You can view all of the other sale items here!

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VersaMark vs CTMH Pigment Ink

I finished up my Golden Moments Card Kit this weekend! I first introduced them here.  I decided to step it up yet another notch, by adding some bling!  You can easily create the ten cards included in this kit in minutes if you put them together as is.  I completed my blinged out ten in about an hour.  That is so a record for me.  I think I sometimes spend an hour just picking out colors for my project.  I love the creamy Bashful paired with Gold.  While completing my ten cards, I was doing a bit of embossing.  The embossed sentiments go so well with the gold design.  I have been a crafter for over twenty years and VersaMark has always been my go to for heat embossing. For this project, I just felt like the finer lined sentiments were lacking when embossed, so I decided to do a little comparison.

I often emboss with colored pigment inks by Close To My Heart with clear embossing powder to get a clean colorful raised image.  But, if I am embossing metallics or white....I reach for my VersaMark pad.  A matter of habit, I suppose.  As of this weekend, that habit is broken!  I was not happy with the coverage I was getting on the thinner font and happened to have a Bashful pigment ink pad on my desk.  I inked up my sentiment with the pigment ink pad and look at the lovely results!  The pigment ink gives a much smoother embossed image.  Both ink pads are relatively new....I just feel the CTMH pigment ink pad holds the embossing powder better, resulting in a smoother finished image.  The pigment ink pads are normally sold in color sets of ten...but if you just wanted to try one out...you can purchase the Bashful pad as a single paid for $2.95.

I finished out the inside with more embossing and gold glitter!  While I changed up the card kit design, nothing went to waste.  The original cards that I cut in half, became the front and inside panel.  The leftover strips of gold glitter paper, became added bling for the inside of my cards.  This was a super clean project of ten cards, completed in about an hour!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3395 Golden Moments Card Kit
B1537 Birthday Sparkles
M1186 Happy Birthday Stamp
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3238 Gold Glitter Cardstock
Z2508 Bashful Pigment Ink Pad
Z2066 Gold Embossing Powder
Z3369 Bashful Pearls
Gold Sequins
Z3341 Thin Foam Pop Dots

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Birthday
Little Red Wagon-Favorite Products (Close To My Heart)
Seize the Birthday-Birthday
Sunny Day Crafting-E is for Emboss
Watercooler Wednesday-Feminine Anything Goes

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Birthday Sparkles

I love inking up my stamps with various colors.  I first ink my stamp with the lightest color and then add the darker color.  As long as you start with the lightest color, you should have no worries about mixing the ink on your ink pad.  If you fear ruining your ink pads, you could always sponge on multi ink colors instead of inking directly with your ink pad.  My card is created based on the Be Square Sketch Challenge at Sunday Stamps.  My card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2".

I combined it with The Paper Players TicTacToe Challenge-

I went with the top row across (die cut, banner, birthday) though I could also do the diagonal of  blue, enamel dots and birthday.

All supplies by Close To My Heart except where noted:
B1537 Birthday Sparkles
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5967 Pacifica Cardstock
Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Birthday Wishes Paper Pack by Echo Park
Enamel Dots by Echo Park
Red Ribbon-Unknown
Square Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon-Anything Goes w/Ribbon
Seize the Birthday-Anything Birthday Goes w/tie it on topping

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget about the Warehouse Sale, happening all month in August, new items added every Tuesday at 50% off!

August SOTM-School Year

Where has the summer gone?  So hard to believe that school is starting in just a few short weeks....and has already started in other places!  The August Stamp of the Month is all about school, though many of the images could be incorporated into other projects.  Here is a look at the full set-

Spend $50 on Close To My Heart products and this set is yours for only $5!  You can view all of the great new products in my online store!  Don't forget to check out the Warehouse Sale while you are there, new products are added every Tuesday at 50% off during the month of August!

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Golden Moments Thank You

Do you need elegant cards in a hurry or are you possibly new to stamping?  The Golden Moments card kit is perfect for beginning or advanced stampers.  The kit comes with supplies to make ten cards.  You get the gold embossed card bases, die cuts and envelopes.  There are a variety of stamp sets sold separate that fit perfectly onto the die cuts.  I am always in need of Thank You cards, so I concentrated on the Thank You sentiment.  I added a little bit of bling for my first example.  I am not normally a card kit purchaser...but I loved the look of these and the price was right.  To add a little more bling, I cut my card base apart and mounted it onto a glitter gold cardstock.  I gold embossed my sentiment onto the die cut tag and mounted with foam pop dots.  I love the finished project and it only took minutes to make.

This is the card as intended with the kit.  An easy elegant card to create.  While I have gold embossed my sentiments, you could easily stamp in black ink as well.  Here is a look at the kit contents:


All supplies by Close To My Heart:
Z3395 Golden Moments Card Kit
M1185 Thank You Stamp
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3238 Gold Glitter Cardstock
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z2066 Gold Embossing Powder
Z3341 Thin Foam Pop Dots

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Cards in Envy-Baby Blue or Pretty Pink
City Crafter Challenge-Pretty in Pink
Come and Get It Challenges-Flowers
Crafty Sentiments-Anything Goes
Southern Girls-Flower Power
Through the Purple Haze-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the Online Warehouse Sale, all month in August!  New items added every Tuesday at 50% off!

Online Warehouse Sale!

Close To My Heart is having an online warehouse sale, starting today! New items will be added every Tuesday in August. You can view this weeks selection here

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