Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Cutest Snowman ever!

I just have to show you these cute snowmen I made for my kid's teachers & staff.  Then I made a second batch for our neighbors.  I first saw these made online from someone that had a template you could print out.  They used Fleece for the hats and scarves, which probably would have been easier, but I really wanted to make them using all paper.  Here they are, they turned out sooooo cute!
The above picture is group #1 for teachers and school staff.  I used several different paper packs for these.

This is group number 2, that I made for our neighbors and friends.  I used the Jingle paper pack for these cuties.

Here is a couple of close-up pictures.
You will need a regular size Hersheys chocolate bar.  I used the cookies and cream, regular chocolate and the dark chocolate bars.
Cut a piece of white cardstock 5 1/2" tall x 6" wide.
Stamp the face of the snowman from CTMH stamp set D1308 All Decked Out about 1" from the top centered on the cardstock.  Then about 3/4" down from the face, stamp the button three times.  Finally at the bottom stamp the snowflake swirl large and small.  Color in the images as desired.  Wrap the cardstock around the candy bar using tape(tombow) to adhere it in the back.
For the hat cut one piece of B&T paper from any paper pack you choose at 6" x 6".  Roll up the bottom edge about 1 1/2" and then either roll down or under depending on what side of the paper you want to show.  Wrap around the top of the candy bar and use Red Lines tape to secure in the back.  Gently pinch around the top to form the hat.  Use scissors to cut slits in the top for the pom-pom top.  Use waxy flax to tie the top of the hat below the pom-pom.  Add a button if you like (or a small bell would be cute too).
For the scarf:  Cut one piece of B&T paper 1/2" wide and 6" long.  Then cut two pieces 1/2" x 2 1/2" for the scarf ends.  Use scissors to cut the ends and adhere to scarf piece.  I used a snowflake brad that I had in my stash for ever.  Then I wrapped the scarf around the snowman and adhere in the back with tombow tape.

Enjoy making these very fun snowmen! 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Weekly Challenge

This week's challenge is to create a non-rectangular or square card. Think shapeClick Here to see what the Design Team has created this week.

This week I'm sharing with you one of the projects that my stamp clubs will be doing.  What is funny is that I just finished it last night before I even knew what the challenge was.  So this works out perfect!

I also need to thank Canadian Independent Consultant Jan Moxey for posting her cute snowman, she is my inspiration.  Check out her blog at

I just used White Daisy Cardstock.  Cut the base into a circle card using my Small Coluzzle template on the largest circle.  Then I cut three circles using the Coluzzle template and a circle punch.  I inked the edges using our new Sky ink pad.  Stamped the face and arms of the snowman from our All Decked Out D1308 stamp set.  Stamped the hat from the same stamp set on a piece of scrap white cardstock and cut out.  Colored in all the images with our watercolor pencils.  Attached the biggest circle directily to the card base and used 3-D foam tape to add the next two circles on top.  Used a glue dot to add a piece of ribbon for the scarf.  Mini sparkles from the blue sparkles for the eyes and finally some Glitz Glitter Gel on the hat trim.  Oh, I forgot to take a picture of the inside.  It says "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow".

It's a Color Challenge

Oh my I almost forgot to add last week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  Click here for the link.  It is a color challenge, and let me tell you I really had to think outside the box.  Here are the colors for this week's challenge.
Here is my card.  I was having a hard time getting a good picture of it.  It is a standard card base in Colonial White and then I used my Martha Stewart punch to scallop the edge of the card front.  I used Sunset polka dots from the Hooligan's paper pack and Indian Corn Blue polka dots from the Magic Moments paper pack.  The Tree is from Four Seasons B1319 stamp set.  I stamp it using the Brown Bag ink.  Then the Sentiment is from this month's stamp of the month A Little Thanks.  The cute little blue bird if from Childhood Portriat D1373 stamp set.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's getting Spooky around here....

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge guessed it Halloween.
Now if you don't celebrate Halloween, that's ok! You can also create your artwork featuring a pumpkin (or 2) and that qualifies too.  Just be sure to use CTMH products!

Click Here to see what the Design Team has created this week-

I have several items to post.  The first is the project that my Stamp Clubs are making this month.  It is a witch's hat candy holder.  It is very simple to create.  I saw the idea online and tweeked it a little.  Basically I used the large scallop punch (2 1/2") for the hat brim.  Used a piece of Red Lines tape to glue a small Peanut Butter Cup candy to the center.  Then I used a little less than half of a 3 1/2" circle of paper from our Hooligan's Paper pack to make the cone shaped hat piece.  Used Red Lines tape again to adhere it to the candy.  Then I just stamp the image from Unity stamp set on Sunset cardstock using Sunset Ink.  Then stamped "Spellbound" using black ink in the center from the stamp set Spellbound.  Then stamped a couple of small bats from the same stamp set.  I added liquid glass to the bats to make them shiny.  Cut it out and then used a 3-d foam square to attach to the front of the hat.  And there you go...

Here is a side view:

The next item I wanted to share is something that I'm still kind of working on to get it just right.  It is a cute Pumpkin, similar to others that I have seen around.  It a little different because it is built more like a basket.  It has candy inside too.  Stay tuned for more information on how to create this cute Fall Decoration once I have it to where I want it I will post directions.

And Finally, I wanted to show you a card I made a couple of years back.  It uses the "Soot Stamping" technique.  Soot stamping is fun, but can be a fire hazard, so be very careful.  Basically you hold a piece of glossy cardstock over a candle flame until it looks all smokey and then you stamp your image in Clear Versamark ink and then on to your soot covered paper.  The Versamark pulls off the smoke stain showing the image.  I then sealed it with a spray of matt craft sealant. Unfortunately this stamp set has been retired, but there are several others that can be used to create this same idea.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Embossing Challenge at Heart 2 Heart

This weeks challenge is Embossing.  You can use either dry embossing or wet embossing or a combination of both if you choose.

I decided to use wet embossing.  I stamped the Tree image from October's stamp of the month "Share the Magic" set using versamark ink, then I sprinkled embossing powder (I believe it is called Stardust.  I have had it so long I no longer have the tag for it.) over the top and heated it with my heat gun.  I took a sponge and some Juniper ink and sponged it all over the tree until it started to pop.  Then I added some Blush ink around the edges using a sponge.
The paper pack I used is last year's Holiday paper called "Jingle".  I added a bit of white organza ribbon and a couple of knotted ties and there you have it.  Oh, don't forget the Clear Sparkle at the top of the tree.
It's a simple card but cute and sparkly.
If you want to see what the design team and other challenge players have done, just Click Here to get to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.  Be sure to enter your creation so I can see what you have come up with too.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

It's Challenge Time - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

I had a crazy end of week last week, boy I'm I glad that I made it through.  I even had some fun too!
First we finally signed our papers for the refi that has taken over 2 months to close - but that's a whole other story.
Then I had a great time at my Thursday night stamp club - Thanks again Tracy for the yummy cupcakes.
Then I had to take down my tables for a garage sale on Friday morning - sold a lot of small items, but not the four really big things I was hoping to sell.  Tear down the garage sale just in time to set up for my Friday night stamp club!  Whew - we had fun talking after class (where does the time go?)  Then back to taking down tables and setting them up for the garage sale again for Saturday morning.
It was a fun neighborhood garage sale.  I'm glad that at least one of our neighbors did well.  Then a neighborhood street party outside enjoying our wonderful weather we had on Saturday!
What did I do on Sunday - Well, it is the day of rest right?

Anyway, on to the weekly challenge:
- it's an ABC Challenge. Here is what you have to include in your project:

A= Alphabet. Use alphabet stamps, stickers, etc.... in some way on your project

B= Boy. Your project must be for a boy.

C= Chocolate. You must include the color Chocolate (or other dark brown) somewhere on your artwork.

Now I'm off to my happy crafting space (oh that's right I need to set up my tables - yikes)  I will post when I'm done.  Meanwhile take a look at what the design team has come up with by clicking here

Okay here is my entry:
I used Delightful Alphabet stamp set D1221 for the U and the R.  X-Treme stamp set D1432 for the skateboarder and the word x-treme.  I also included the September Stamp of the Month Thriller D1442 if you look closely you can see the skull and swirls behind the sentiments.  The paper pack is X7102B Notebook.  I used desert sand and chocolate ink and three Chocolate Brads.
Remember to enter your creations so that I can see what you have made.  Have fun creating!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Weekly Challenge

You have got to be kidding me.  I haven't posted on my blog since August 30th?  Yep, that's just about right.  I have been so busying it has been ridiculous!  I feel that I'm ready to get back in the swing of things now though.  Whew!

Anyway, on to this weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  It is a sketch challenge (my favorite challenge).  Here is the sketch:
Check out what the design team has come up with by clicking here.  Remember to post your work too so I can see what you have come up with too.
I will come back in a jiffy to post my creation here:
Okay, here is my card.  I made it the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card because that is the size envelopes that I have.  I used the new Mistletoe paper pack X7130B, the WOTG stamp set that is called All the Best, Cranberry Brads and Glitz Stardust glitter glue Z1313.  I also used cranberry and Cocoa ink.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Oh my - it is Monday already!  That means that it is time for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  So this week, we are including fancy folds on our cards and other projects. If you Google stamping and fancy folds (that is what I did to come up with the inspiration for my fancy fold), you will get some great ideas or better yet, take a look at what the Design Team came up with - loads of inspiration for you!  Just Click Here to get to the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog spot.

Here is my creation.  I used the new Magnifique paper pack X7127B coming out in just a couple of days.  I also used the "A Sip" stamp set A1109 and the "Unity" stamp set C1422 for the inside sentiment.
Here is the outside of the card.  It measures 5"x5"

Un-tie the ribbon closure and the triangle opens to the left like a regular card.  This is what you see:

Then this part of the card opens with the fold on the top to reveal the tea bag inside.  I need to really find some different color tea bags though, but this will give you the idea.

Happy Stamping and be sure to post on the site so I can see what you have come up with!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Heart2Heart Weekly Challenge

This week's challenge is all about STITCHING! This can be real stitching or faux stitching, hand stitching or pen drawn stitching - whatever you would like as long as we can see signs of stitching on your artwork (and of course, you use mostly CTMH products!)  Click Here to see the wide variety of samples made by the Desgin Team.

I will post my creation here when it is complete.  Right now I'm going downstairs to dust off my sewing machine.....

Here is my creation:  I used Bella paper pack with the colors Smokey Plum, Creme Brulee, and Olive.  I used the CTMH stamp set called D1410 One of a Kind for the flowers and D1347 Confidential for the tab.  I added some sparkle rhinestones for an extra kick.  For the stitching I actually brought out my old sewing machine and did the zig zag around the smokey plum cardstock, then I did a straight stitch along the striped B and T paper (it's hard to see on the picture) and finally I used a straight stitch around the rectangle mat of the flowers.
Here is a close-up of the stitching:

Have fun stitching on your next project!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back to School - Really?

What already?  I think I'm ready for school to start....{smiles}
The Heart2Heart Challenge this week is a back to school challenge.

Here's what's happening this week - we are creating Back To School projects! Cards, layouts, altered items - whatever makes you think of heading back to the classroom!

So Click Here to go to the Heart2Heart Challenges blog to see what the design team and other people have come up with.

I'm posting a Teacher Appreciation gift that I made back in May for one of our wonderful teachers at my kid's school.
It is a package that holds four 3"x3" cards with matching envelopes and three chocolate nuggets (because everyone can use a little chocoltate).  I used the Animal Cookies paper pack (the colors just remind me of school colors) and various stamp sets.  So fun to make.
Now let's see what wonderful ideas you have made.  Be sure to post on the Heart2heart blog.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #19

Here is this weeks challenge.  If you want to see the design teams wonderful cards click here.  It is a sketch challenge.  I just love the sketch challenges!
I did my best in the limited amount of time I had today.  I used the Silhouette paper pack (I hope you picked up some on the 2,4,6, for 8 sale).  Colors are Bamboo, Black and Colonial White.
  I used the Aspiration C1390 stamp set.  This would be a great graduation card.  Gee, I should have made a few of these a couple of months ago.
Here is the outside:

And here is what the inside looks like:

Monday, August 2, 2010

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Heart2Heart Challenge

Good Monday morning-
This weeks Heart 2 Heart challenge is "Tag Your It"  You guessed it, make something that is a tag or has a tag on it.  To see the design teams projects just Click here.  Today I made a standard sized card with a tag on the front.

I used the lovely Boom Di Ada papers and the August stamp of the month stamp set "Something Splendid".  Don't you just love the look of the large daisy.
Colors are Buttercup, Autumn Terracotta, and Hollyhock.  To make my tag I used my trusty old Coluzzle tag template.  Oh, how I wish that they would make these again.
Go ahead and spend some time creating today.  Tag your it!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 26th Heart 2 Heart Challenge

This weeks challenge is a color challenge.  The colors are:

If you would like to see the design teams entries Click Here and it will take you to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.

Here is my try at this color combo.  After I made the card though I realized that what I thought was Vineyard Berry is actually Barn Red.  Oh man!!  I thought that I was doing so good too.  If I have time I may try it again with Vineyard Berry.
I used the CTMH stamp set D1373 Childhood Portrait for the main image.  Stamp set C1389 So Sweet for the sentiment.  The Creme Brulee B&T is from an old Key to My Heart Set.  The Vineyard Berry (oops Barn Red) B&T is from an old Felicity set.  I also used Blush Cardstock for the mats.  The ribbon is our Crocheted Ribbon in Colonial White.  Have fun playing along with the challenge this week!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Sorry that I have missed a couple of weeks of the challenges.  I find that I don't have my free time with my kiddos home all day.  Here is this weeks challenge, Click here to see the wonderful examples by their design team.

ABC - it's easy as 1-2-3....

This week our challenge is an ABC challenge - Anything But a Card!

Here is my example.  This is a bag that I made about this time last year for one of my clubs as a gift.

Here is the side view - showing the bag:

All I did was take a small white bag that I bought at my local craft store and I cut the top of the bag off to approx. 4".  I used my coluzzle circle and cut a circle out of Tulip cardstock.  Then I just cut off the bottom of the circle to make the purse flat on the bottom.  I decorated the cardstock using paper from the Animal Cookies paper pack, some ribbon and some buttons.  Then I adhered the white ribbon for the handles onto the outside of the bag and then adhered the cut-off circle on top.  Added a tag that says "for you" and you have a super easy and fast way to make a cute purse gift bag.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Stamp of the Month

Hi Stamper Friends -

I'm not sure what happened to the month of June, but here it is already July 1st!  I wanted to share with you the adorable stamp of the month from CTMH.  It is called Happy Forever and it features the cutest little hedgehog.  Learn how you can earn it for a discounted price or even FREE this month only.  Go to My Website Click Here and then click on stamp of the month on the upper right corner.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekly Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Hi Friends
Sorry I have been MIA for awhile.  We are now back from our fun and relaxing vacation and I'm ready to get back to "work".

Here is this week's heart 2 heart challenge (click here to see the design team's samples):
This week, we are getting patriotic! We'll let you interpret that however you would like but your finished project must include stars and/or stripes.

I will hopefully get some time to create a little something later today, after I get the rental car returned and my laundry in the wash.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #10

All right stampers this weeks challenge is to get scrappy!  Create any scrapbook page using CTMH products or for you stampers that do not scrapbook, some type of project that has a picture on it counts too!  Click Here to see what the Heart 2 Heart design team has posted this week.    I have a guest staying in my craft room this week, so I'm going to post a picture of the scrapbook pages that I made for my first scrapbook workshop that I had a couple of weeks ago.  I used the Splendor paper pack and the fun Irressitable Dimensional Elements too.  My theme was Mothers.

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  I know that you will come up with something great!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today is the beginning of Jackpot June

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These special offers include discounted shipping/handling and are only available on your consultant's MyCTMH website (see my link above).
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Have fun shopping and good luck!!

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #9

Hi Stampers!  I almost forgot it was Monday, with the Memorial Day Holiday and my hubbies Birthday too.  Anyway, I haven't had time yet to play myself, but the challenge is a sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch:

Click Here to go to the Heart 2 Heart blog to check out what everyone else has done.  I will post as soon as I get a chance to play.  Remember to post too so I can see what you have come up with.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #8

Here we are at another Monday already.  This weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge is to create your own background paper using stamps.  Click Here  or on the Heart 2 Heart Icon to the right to see the beautiful projects that the Desgin Team has come up with.  Be sure to post your artwork too.

I used the Mojo Monday card design for this weeks challenge.  Here is the link to the Mojo Monday sketch.  I also used the colors from the Bella paper pack - Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Buttercup, and Vineyard Berry.  I was trying to hold off on using this cute little hedgehog stamp until it is available, but it was just calling out to be on this card.  So sorry, but you will have to wait until July to get this cute little guy.  The background was stamped using the "One of a Kind" stamp set.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #7

Wow - how can it be Monday already?  At least we had great weather this weekend.  Our family even got out and played a little tennis for the first time in about 12 years or so.  We also did a little yard work too.  It feels so good to be outside and enjoying the weather.  Yeah, yeah I know this week we are suppose to go back to rain.  One could always hope though!

Anyway, I'm suppose to be letting you know what the weekly challenge is at Heart 2 Heart.  This week it is a color challenge.                            The colors are:  
I had to think a little with this one.  I needed to start working on Father's Day cards, so I decided to use the upcoming June stamp of the month called "Wonderful Friend".  I also adapted the card sketch "Noteworthy" from the CTMH Wishes how to book into a standard card size 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  I did a lot of distressing with desert sand ink on this one, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #6

Here is the Heart 2 Heart Challenge #6.  It is a Technique Challenge.  You can use any technique that you would like to.  If you need some help coming up with one go to google and type in Stamping Techniques.  Be sure to post your work, I would love to see what you come up with.  Go to the Heart 2 Heart blog by clicking on the icon to the right to see what everyone has come up with.  Here is mine.

I used Embossing as my technique.  I did two kinds of embossing on this card.  First - I used dry embossing for the bottom of the card.  Using my scoring blade on my paper trimmer I just scored every 1/2 inch on the diagonal.  Then I flipped it around and scored again every 1/2 inch on the diagonal to create this diamond pattern.  I then turned the cardstock over and used my sanding block and sanded until the white showed through enhancing the diamond pattern.  Second type of embossing is Heat Embossing.  On the little frog I heat embossed using white embossing powder on Bamboo cardstock.  Then I added some shading by sponging on some sweet leaf green around the image.  I also used the new irristables from CTMH that has embossing already on the chipboard cut outs.  All my supplies to make this card (except the white embossing powder) came from the Miracle Kit that is available from CTMH until the end of May.

Thanks for playing along.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #5

Here is the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for today.  It is an easy one, just create a Mother's Day card.  I created this on using the new Cherry-O paper pack and the Bowl of Cherries stamp set that comes with the WOTG special.  I also added the plaque from this month's Stamp of the Month - Cherish the Moment.
Okay, now it is your turn.  Don't forget to send me an email and show me what you have created.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #4

Today's challenge is a very easy one for me, because all that is required is that you use two kinds of ribbon on a project.  It can be a card, scrapbook page, or whatever you want.  Those that have been to my house know that finding two kinds of ribbon will be no problem here.  I have on occasion even referred to myself as a "Ribbon Ho"  in the nicest way of course.  Click on the Heart 2 Heart challenge logo at the right hand side of my blog to check out what the design team has created, then spend a little time this week to create your own.  I'm off to get creative myself!

Here is my creation:  I needed to make birthday invitations for my daughter's 7th birthday.  I used these colors so that they would match the plates and napkins, plus they are so fun and bright!:  Watermelon, Citrus Leaf, Sunflower, Hydrangea.  The stamp set is called Cupcake Sprinkles.  The hardest part was putting on only two ribbons.  Hee Hee.

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #3

Oh My, where have I been?  I can not believe that two weeks has gone by since I last posted.  A busy life is a happy life, right?

Anyway, here is the heart 2 heart challenge #3 from April 19th.  It was a sketch challenge.  I just love sketch challenges.... I'm hoping to get a chance today to create one using this sketch.
 Here is the challenge:
Have fun creating!

And here is my card:  I used the Cherry-O paper pack that will be coming out in less than a week.  I just love it!  I also used the special stamp set that comes with the Workshop on the Go for Cherry-O.  Colors are Tulip, Chocolate, Sweetleaf, and Colonial White.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #2

I can't believe that a week has already gone by.  Wow, I better finish up those taxes.  Yikes.  Here is the next challenge.  Check out the blog by clicking on the Heart 2 Heart challenge picture to the right to see the great projects that the Design Team has come up with this week.  I'm hoping that I will get a chance to create something today or tomorrow.  I have a sick one home with me so you never know...

 This is a 1/2/3 challenge. Here are the requirements:

*Use 1 stamped image (not 1 set, but 1 image)
*Use 2 different patterned papers
*Use 3 embellishments - these can be 3 of the same thing or 3 different things.

Happy creating and let me know what you have come up with, I would love to see it!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge #1

Here is my card for the Heart To Heart Challenge #1.  This is a special blog set up just for Close To My Heart challenges.  You don't have to be a consultant to participate, just be a lover of Close To My Heart products.  I know there are a lot of you out there.  Click on the link to the right to get more information.  You can even win a great prize too.  I challenge all my CTMH friends to try these out!

These are the colors for this weeks challenge:

Here is my card that I made for the challenge.  I used the pattern from Wishes called Delightful Dots.  The stamp set is D1344 Ms. Gardner.  I used several different paper packs for the colored B&T paper.  Emporium, Topstitch, and Magic Moments.  I used the Z1051 Bitty Brads as embellishments.

Have fun playing along and let me see what you have created.

Monday, March 29, 2010

To Do List Note Pad

This cute skinny note pad is a To Do List with a matching pen.  I made one as a prize for my Stamp Club Ladies.  I hope that the winners enjoy using these as much as I enjoyed making them.  They would be great for stocking stuffers at Chirstmas time or would be fun to put in an Easter Basket.  I used a Junior Legal pad and had the office supply store cut it in half for me.  I used Daydream paper from CTMH and True Friends stamp set from CTMH for the frame on the front.

Here is the inside.  It has a velcro tab closure that keeps the front shut and a pocket on the left side for business cards or receipts.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Quilted Cross Card

Here is the card that we made at my Stamp Clubs this month.  Thank you to Sharon Chatterton for teaching me this folded paper technique at our CTMH unit meeting in Hillsboro, OR.  I changed the pattern a little so that it looks like a cross and used my oval Coluzzle for the cut out frame instead of the circle.  I used the CTMH Caboodle paper pack and the Easter Wishes is from the Springtime Stamp set.

Here are the instructions and the pattern I used.

4 ¼” x 5 ½” standard card base in Vanilla Cream
4” x 5 ¼” Crystal Blue cardstock with oval cut out 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
4” x 5 ¼” Vanilla Cream cardstock with oval cut out at 3" x 4"
For #1 - (2) 2” x 1” pieces of B&T
For #1 - (2) 3” x 1 ½” pieces of same B&T
For #2 - (2) 2” x 1” pieces of B&T
For #2 - (2) 3” x 1 ½” pieces of same B&T
For #3 - (2) 2” x 1” pieces of B&T
For #3 - (2) 3” x 1 ½” pieces of same B&T
For #4 thru #6 – (9) 2” x 1” pieces of B&T


1. Tape pattern down to solid work surface with Painters Tape.

2. Tape Vanilla Cream cardstock so cross is lined up straight through the oval cut out. Use Painters tape to secure the four edges. We will be working from the back of the project.

3. Fold all of your cut strips of B&T into triangles, by folding the two edges down so the tip of triangle is in the center of paper.  Don't worry about the bottom edge matching up, but make sure the triangle tip is together.

4. Use regular scotch tape and start taping down your triangles making sure your tape does not show through to front. The seam side should be up so you can see it. Start with #1 and work your way around clockwise. For this project we will keep #7 empty.

5. Carefully peel off the painter tape and turn your project over.

6. Sponge the inside and outside edges of the crystal blue cardstock with the oval cut out.

7. Stamp your sentiment “Happy Easter” along the lower right of the crystal blue CS using Grey Wool Ink.

8. Trim approx. ¼” around the edges of the Vanilla Crème cardstock to remove any pieces that hang over the edge.

9. Glue the crystal blue CS on top of the quilted piece lining up the ovals.

10. Glue to card base.

When you print out this pattern the size should be 3 1/8" wide by 4" tall

Monday, March 8, 2010

Top O' the Morning St. Patty's Day Card

Hi All!

I'm not much Irish, 1/8th to be exact, but this little leprechaun is so cute I had to make a card with him.  My kids like to celebrate all the holidays and I have been informed that it is way past time to start decorating for St. Patrick's Day.  This helps get me in the spirit.

I used CTMH Animal Cookies paper turning the stripe over to the green side. The card pattern is from the Wishes Book and is called "Lucky Layers".  I just love the How To books by CTMH, they make stamping so easy.  Sorry about the shadows on the card, it is actually sunny here in Oregon today!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Stamp of the Month

What is it March 1st already?  Wow spring is coming soon!  For the month of March you can get this great Stamp of the Month Set "A Little Everything" at a discount or even FREE.  Click Here and then on stamp of the month to the right to find out more info.  This set is perfect for scrapbooking and card making.  Just look at all the events that this set can be used for.