Monday, November 24, 2014

Creative Blogger Award

Today's post was made possible because of a dear, sweet fellow consultant with Close To My Heart, Paige Dolecki, who has honored me with the nomination for the Creative Blogger Blog Hop Tour.  What an unexpected and delightful surprise!  Thank you, Paige!  One of the things that I really love about Paige's art is how she is not afraid to try new tricks and techniques and she loves sharing how she creates her pieces of art so that you can give it a whirl too!  What a generous, fun spirit she has!

Here is a list of some of the recent Creative Blog Tour alumni.  Such a talented bunch of artists and just plain nice people!  By clicking on the artist's name you will be able to visit their blogs and read more about them and their creative process.

Paige Dolecki
Karen Pedersen
Becca Whitham
Hansi Brittain
Marie Flayer
Jody Gustafson
Amy Moore
Karen Day
Morgan Vogt
Brenda Rose
Vicki Wizniuk
Kelly Janes
Amie Kiger
Katy Donaldson Taylor

Here are the question each Creative Blogger gets as well my answers:
1.  What are you currently working on?

As part of my work with my Close To My Heart business, I participate in art swaps with other consultants.  This allows us to each make multiples of our creations, swap with others, and the end result is a large selection of art from a variety of artists.  It is a fun way to make the most of our creative time and it allows us to each showcase lots of great samples of stamps, papers, embellishments, etc.

Here is a peek at my swap card projects for the upcoming December Stamp of the Month: Cutie Pie, which will be the subject of some of my future blog posts, including my monthly entry in the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop on November 30th!

2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?

For me, I like to keep things pretty simple.  I like the "clean and simple" look the best.  While I can appreciate fussy, intricate artwork, it is just not my style.  I also like bold colors and feel like they do some of the creative work for me.  I am also very easily bored, so even once I settle on a general design for something I will tend to make multiples of a project to make the most of my creative time, BUT I will change up the embellishments, the placement of some elements, etc.

You can see evidence of this in the swap cards I just finished for next month.  I couldn't stick to just one choice of cupcake image or to just one color combination for coloring them with my Shin Han Touch Twin markers, nor could I settle for just one type or placement of embellishments for these cards!  LOL

3.  Why do I create what I do?

Well, I love all things Close To My Heart!  All of the coordinating options in papers, stamps, embellishments, etc. really appeals to the huge perfectionist streak in my personality!  However, the bottom line reason for why I create is that it is something that I can do just for myself.  In my real life (LOL), I am a wife, mother to four kids, caretaker to a kitty and a turtle, nurse, nurse educator, Master's student, daughter, and too many other roles.  I think you catch my drift.  Creative time is my sanctuary, my allows me to feel like a kid with a new box of 64 Crayola crayons and a fresh coloring book!  Oh, the possibilities are just endless!


4.  How does my creative process work?

I must admit that I spend an extraordinary amount of time researching inspiration for my creations.  I do so LOVE Pinterest, Facebook groups, fellow bloggers' works, and most of all, Close To My Heart's Idea Books and How To books!  Once I find a pattern that inspires me, I sit at my work space, which is at the center of my home right between our dining room and living room, and make 2, 3, or 4 samples until I am happy with my samples and if I am making cards then, 95% of the time, I create at least 6 of the same project.  This makes me happy to have a stash of handmade cards at the ready when I need one.

Now, I would like to nominate my friend, Wendy Coffman, for the Creative Blogger Award.  She will be sharing her post next Monday, December 1st.  I know you will love visiting her blog and enjoying all of her talented creations!

Thank you for joining us on the tour!  Here's one more thought for you before you go:


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Get Ready to Make It Merry with Cricut Artbooking

It is time again for another installment in my weekly Sunday Series featuring a dose of handmade Christmas card inspiration for you.

My card idea for this week is a standard card that I created using the pretty "Snowhaven" paper pack with the very adorable "Make It Merry" stamp set:
This "Make It Merry" stamp set (shown below) really pops when I stamped my sentiment in Cranberry ink.  Then I added some simple coordinating embellishments with the Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon and the Silver Assortment Sequins.

What makes it extra simple to create great cards in a snap is that this stamp set includes stamps that work perfectly with cuts from the exclusive Cricut Artbooking cartridge bundle which makes your creative time go so much farther!  I was able to cut both the White Daisy cardstock piece for stamping my sentiment on and the Cranberry cardstock piece for my mat in no time with my Cricut.  Now imagine just how quick and easy you could make all your handmade cards when you do it like that!?!

The Snowhaven paper packet worked perfectly for what I wanted to create on this card
That about does it for this quick and cute "Make It Merry" Christmas card.  Thanks again for joining me this week!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monochromatic Christmas Card with Masking & Sponging

Welcome again for my next card in my Sunday Series featuring some Christmas card inspiration for you!

Today's card is one that I created using both masking to create the focal scene with monochromatic sponging and stamping.  I started with a 5" x 7" white card base.  I used the negative piece left from die-cutting a 3.5 inch circle to place over my card base for stamping the scene in Glacier ink.  Next, I then sponged lightly over using sponge daubers and Glacier, Crystal Blue, and Whisper inks:

Next, I used my corner rounder on two of the four corners of my card base to keep thing interesting.  Of course I just had to add a little bit of glittery goodness with the Silver and Teal Shimmer Trim accents.  I colored the White Enamel Star with my Shin Han Touch Twin Peacock Teal Marker to keep with the monochromatic tones of my card.

Here is the new "Christmas Post" stamp set that I used for this card:

Thanks for coming by today!  I hope you found some inspiration for your own cardmaking endeavor to keep you on track and enjoying some crafting time at the beginning of this holiday season!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Just for you - It's the Little Things

Here's a 5" x 7" card that I made which features the November Stamp of the Month: It's the Little Things.  I created this card with the help of the fall themed "Pathfinding" paper pack.
If you click on the photo you can see some of the details a little better, which includes the Liquid Glass that I added to make the veins of the leaves and the stamen of each of the flowers glisten.  Of course, you will also see the beautiful Bronze Shimmer Trim and those pretty Gold Bling Gems too!

You can get your own November Stamp of the Month for just $5 when you spend $50 or more from November 1-30!  Head over to my website to get any or all of the supplies for making your own cards:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

CTMH Snowhaven Workshops on the Go Cardmaking Kit

For this Sunday's installment in my series of posts to help inspire you with your Christmas card making endeavors, I am sharing the beautiful goodness that comes right to your door when you order the Snowhaven Cardmaking Workshops on the Go Kit.
Courtesy of Close To My Heart
The kit comes with the card bases, envelopes, patterned paper, cardstock, and embellishments necessary to create five each of these three card designs.  Plus, you also get a wonderful exclusive stamp set that you can use over and over again!

Here is the first design of three that you can create when you start your kit:
The second design is just as adorable:
And, last, but not least, here is the third design for this workshop:
In addition to the stamp set that you have left, there is also some of the paper and embellishments that can be put to good use making even a few more cards or perhaps some cute gift tags to match!  How cool is that for great deal of $24.95?

Please get your own kit right from my website today!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CTMH Base & Bling Gift Giving Inspiration

Photo courtesy of Close To My Heart Art Department
Today I want to share with you a couple of gift giving ideas that you can create quickly and easily for most any occasion, including Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, and more!  As you can see from the sample photo above there are some fun possibilities.

I took just a few minutes in an evening to create these two pendant necklaces complete with some fun charms for my daughter and for myself.  We were each very fortunate to make trips to Paris this year and I thought these would be just perfect for us to remember our trips across the pond.

Here are the two necklaces together:

This is the necklace I made for my daughter:

And this is mine:
Here are the few supplies I needed to create our necklaces quickly and easily and I have Base & Bling supplies left over to create even more jewelry gifts for this Christmas!

I hope you are ready to make some pretty and personalized gifts just in time for the holidays!  If you have questions, just let me know.  You can order these supplies or many other Base & Bling supplies on my website:

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