Sunday, January 27, 2008

True Love!

Another layout I have to find pictures for! LOL

Stamps make great embellishments. Think outside the box and use your stamps to create photo corners. Stamp coordinating images in different size rectangles as I have to create a quick easy embellishment. I heat embossed a stamped sentiment of a ribbon slide to create yet another great embellishment.

Close up of 1st page...
For this layout I used the following Close to My Heart products...Imagine Layout ~ Nice & Simple pg. 72, More to Adore Level 2 paper pack, Chocolate CS, Blush CS, Colonial White CS, Dimensional Elements Ribbon Accents, Big Pinks, Pewter My Accents (conchos & brads), December SOTM ~ In My Heart, Chocolate Ink, Blush Ink, White Daisy Embossing Powder, Versa Mark Pad, White Daisy Just Blooms, Sanding Kit, Chocolate Bigger Brads from Chocolate Medley Assortment.

"True Love" title was created using my Cricut & Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

Ribbon is from Michaels

Close up of 2nd page...

Bring on the BLING!!

This card has all the BLING!

*Glitter Glue is one of the easiest ways to add glitter without the mess! I just squeeze a bit out and then take a small paint brush to paint it on where I want it. In this case it was the smaller of the 2 hearts and the ribbon.
*Another way to add sparkle to your projects is with rhinestones. These can usually be found in any craft department or craft store. I just applied them with mini glue dots. If you don't have glue dots, you need to go get yourself some! They are the best thing since...can't think of anything at the moment, but they are a must have! They work on just about any embellishment you can think of.

I used the following Close to My Heart products to create this card... Floral Tapestry Level 2 paper pack, Orchid Bouquet CS, Twilight Textured CS reversed, Colonial White CS, Twilight Ink, Bamboo Ink, Orchid Bouquet Ink, Cranberry Ink, Black Marker, Corner Rounder (scallop), Solos 'U', and Heartfelt Stamp Set. Glitter glue and rhinestones are from Michaels. Ribbon and Ric Rak are JoAnne's Essentials

Valentine's Day is on it's way!

Better get to making those homemade cards for all of your loved ones! I hope that I can give you a few ideas with some of the cards that I've created so far.

~This card I created with the following Close to My Heart products More to Adore Level 2, Chocolate CS, Blush CS, Colonial White CS, Chocolate Ink, Blush Ink, Winter Craft Buttons, Edge Distressor, Sanding Kit, Dimensional Elements Ribbon Accents, All My Love Stamp Set, Heartfelt Stamp Set, Love of My Life Stamp Set, and Baby Pink Organdy Ribbon. The dry embossing detail was done with a Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder and Sandpaper. Card size is 4x5.

Cutest Little Snowmen Ever!

I love how this layout turned out, now to find some cute pictures to go on it! Who'd a thunk that pastels and snowmen would work so good together!

Here is a close up of Page 1...

Here is a close up of Page 2...

All products used are Close to My Heart unless otherwise stated. Floral Tapestry Level 2 paper pack, Twilight textured cs reversed, Garden Green cs, Colonial White cs, Cranberry cs, Desert Sand ink, Twilight ink, November Stamp of the Month ~ Snow Friends, Winter craft buttons, Pewter photo hangers, Sanding kit, Various markers, Floss (DMC), Ribbon (Offray), Fiber (Caron)

Sanding Technique

~To make the sanded border around the photo mats I used a dry embossing stylus, my edge trimmer and sand paper. This technique will only work on White Core cs like Close to My Heart's. For solid core cardstock I use ink to highlight the scribed lines.

1. Cut photo mat to size, leaving a 1/2 inch border all the way around. For a 4x6 photo, you want to cut your mat 5x7 for a double line or 4.5x6.5 for a single line.
2. Insert edge of paper into edge trimmer, make sure blade is docked, so there is about an 1/8 of an inch edge of paper past the blade channel.
3. Use your dry embossing stylus to scribe a line down the side by using the channel as a guide for your stylus.
4. Repeat on the other 3 sides and add a second line if desired an equal distance inside of the 1st line all the way around.
5. Flip paper over so that the raised side is facing up.
6. Used sand paper to sand across the raised lines in the opposite direction all the way around photo mat. Be awoare of the suface you are working on, I have a small mat that I use just for sanding.
7. Brush any excess paper dust off of photo mat, it will prevent adhesive from sticking otherwise.
7. Mount photo
8. Mount photo and mat to scrapbook layout and you are finished!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sympathy Cards are always the hardest!

I created this card quite some time ago and just found it stashed in my archives. I love how this card turned out. I always have a hard time creating sympathy cards but this is one of my favorites.

Inside of card

File card is removable to write your message on.

Products used are Pattern paper (Paper Pizzazz), Cardstock (DCWV), Heart punch (McGill), Dove and leaf die cuts (Quickutz), Paper flowers (Prima), Brads (Making Memories), Chocolate ink (Close to My Heart), Ribbon (Ashley E.)

Makes a Great Hostess Gift!

It's been awhile huh' folks. Holidays were crazy here and my blog was way to far down my things to do list! That doesn't mean that me being crafty was! LOL Here are a hew things that I've been working on over the past few months!
This makes a great hostess gift. All I did was took an empty baby cereal can, washed it, covered it and filled it with a bunch of small goodies. Then I made a coordinating card to acompany it.

Close up of card (3x3)
Products used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Distressed Barn Red paper from Harvest Level 2 paper pack. Leaves are from Nature's Vein stamp set. Quote and leaves on wrap are from Summer's Wave Goodbye stamp set. Colonial White and Garden Green cardstock. Chocolate, Autumn Terracotta, Honey, Garden Green, and Vineyard Berry ink. Thank You sentiment from From Me to You stamp set. Pewter Bigger Brad. Ribbon (Bobbin Ribbon) Eyelet (Making Memories)