Monday, October 31, 2011

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop highlighting this month's stamp set, "Cherish the Day".  This stamp set allows for some great versatility so hop with the seven of us and see what creativity we have to share with you! 
This hop is a great big circle, so feel free to follow the links around or you can see the list of participants below:
1.  Melissa Robinson -
2.  Cherri Hardcastle -
7.  Judy Faye Garner -
If you have arrived here from Judy Faye's Blog, you are on the right track! So... let's get started!
I love these cute tickets but I wondered what I was going to do with them.  I did end up incorporating the Harvest Happiness stamp set and Dreamin' paper packet to make what I feel is a "fally", autumn card.  (Yes, fally is a word!  LOL)  What made this card even better and Faster.Simpler.Easier...  I was able to cut the ticket and leaf images out on the Cricut using our amazing Art Philosophy cartridge!  Gotta love the time it saves me in creating!  
Be sure to add this stamp set on your shopping list this month!  I am anxious to create some other fun items with it, for various occasions throughout the year.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  If you find anything inspiring about this card that you would like to comment on, I would love to hear from you!

Now hop on over to Cherri's Blog where you will find another inspirational use of this stamp set!

Happy hoppin'!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are twelve of us highlighting the "Masking Technique" as shown on page 15 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book! 

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link.  While there, you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Tracey's Blog, you are on the right track! 

Masking is a technique I learned over 13 years ago at a Close To My Heart event.  However, it has continued to evolve over the years and can vary in many ways.  (I'm sure you'll see that to be true as you make your way through the hop.)

I decided to use the masking technique with the stars, creating my own patterned paper.  Using our exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Art Philosophy, I cut out four images slightly larger than what the stamp set called for.  Then, I put some light adhesive on the back of each star, and use the Spritz Pen to spray Reinker over the entire sheet of Colonial White cardstock.  Upon removing the stars, they left the Colonial White stars, perfect for me to stamp inside of with the Pacifica ink!

The stamp set is from the Elementals Workshop-on-the-Go kit.  I love the saying you can make, combining two images, to create, "Celebrate everyday moments".  Using "celebrate" and one of the smaller, ringed images, I added some additional texture to the background.  To finish it off, I added some Colonial White buttons, threaded with Colonial White Waxy Flax.

I love the cleanliness appeal of this card and had fun incorporting a variation of the masking technique.  Have fun checking out what the other ladies created! 

Now hop over to Cherri's Blog and see what beautiful artwork she has for you!

Happy hoppin'!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Need a CUTE Shopping List?

Wow!  Life really set in when school returned to session.  It has been a blessed year but extremely BUSY!  I have my hands in quite a few things - from church obligations to Close To My Heart activities, spending time with my hubby and just life's everyday happenings.

I am not creating as often as I would like - I would do so everyday from sun up to sun down if I had the chance (lol) - but I am still creating.  However, I have neglected posting my creations so I'm going to get caught up and be better about sharing my artwork with you.

I am thrilled to be working closely with one of my friends, Angie, who has a little croppin' spot in south Arlington.  Later this month, I am offering this cute notepad as a FREE workshop if you join us for a Friday evening crop (otherwise it's just $5)!

I love the NEW Believer paper packet!  It screams some fun holiday colors but could be incorporated into other themes as well.  Of course, it works GREAT with this month's Stamp of the Month, "Holiday Magic". 

These spiral notepads are fun to decorate - and easy, too - and you gotta love having a coordinating pen to match!  I figure this is a great time to start making out your Christmas list and this will definitely serve that purpose.

If you live in the Dallas area, contact me for additional details about attending the event on Friday, October 28th beginning at 5 p.m.