21 November 2010

"Thank You"

I made a couple of these as a "Thank You" for some clients of mine who recently ordered from me.  I don't typically like working with oranges and yellows but am really happy how these turned out.

The cards are based on a card by K Werner.  She is incredibly talented. 

Supplies used:
Cardstock: CTMH - Honey, Autumn Terracotta, and Chocolate
Inks: CTMH - Chocolate
Ribbon: CTMH - Chocolate Grosgrain
Stamp Sets:
Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

20 November 2010

CASE'd card

I had posted some Christmas cards on my personal blog that I had made at a Christmas Card Workshop I attended and I loved one of them so much, I thought I would copy it using my CTMH stuff!  I love seeing how similar yet different they turned out.

Here is the original:

And here is the copy of it using CTMH product:

See that shoe in the background?  I LOVE the bling on it.  It is actually a wine bottle stand shaped as a stiletto high heeled shoe!  LOVE the zebra print on it, the bling and sheer ribbon.  When we got them in at work, I knew I had to have it.  Just because!  LOL  I was so worried it would sell out before my break but there was one of two left when I went.  Happy girl!  There's another style there, with leopard prints on them.  Rawr! 

Anyway ..... LOL ... more about the card.   I think I should have tipped the star a bit so it wasn't so up and down and would give it a more natural look, but too late.  I thought about adding some bling, too, but will see how many Christmas cards I get done before it's time to mail them out.  :-)

Happy crafting - I am off to create a couple of "Thank You" cards for a couple of customers!  :-)

Supplies used:
Cardstock: CTMH Cranberry and New England Ivy
Inks:  CTMH Cranberry and New England Ivy
Border Punch: Stampin' Up
Stamp Sets: all CTMH
B1361 Tannenbaum (sentiment)
D1308 All Decked Out (snow swirls)

18 November 2010

New Art & Soul Episode is up!

The new episode of Art & Soul is up.  Go check it out by clicking on the Art & Soul icon to the right. 

Need a little inspiration this season? You’ll find there! Get amazing shading and dimension using the stamp stenciling technique. Save time and money making holiday creations using a circle punch and any one of a number of stamp sets. And trim the tree with beautiful Dimensional Elements Ornaments. It’s all right there on Art & Soul®!

Another Challenge Prize Update .... (last one ... promise!)

I've updated the post about the prize for the November / December Challenge with the grand total of how many pieces of paper will be included in the prize.  :-)

14 November 2010

October Design Team projects

This month the girls were given: 

As usual, they both rocked their projects!  I didn't give them a challenge this time, though, and just told them to do what they wanted.

Nikkis' creation:

Nikki also used one of her stamp sets, C1408 Live Inspired, on her page and having the bird on a transparency really helps it pop.  I love that she used paper tearing - one of my fave techniques. Her kids are always so photogenic, too!

Irma's creation:

Love how she used an easel type card on the top of the boxes. The Shimmer Brads as stoppers are really played up by the sparkles on the stars. Fun!

13 November 2010

Challenge Prize Update!

Okay .... was looking at my 'collection' of paper today and though I am loathe to admit it, I have OBSCENE amounts of patterned paper.  OBSCENE, I tell you! 

So, in order to reduce the amount of what I have, the winner of the November/December challenge (done by random drawing of all entries), will receive ....

Wait for it .....

TWO sheets of EVERY Close To My Heart paper pack that I have, including any from Constant Campaigns that I've ordered as well !!! 

I haven't counted how many different packs I have, but I am pretty sure you will end up with over 50 sheets of patterned paper. 

Good luck to everyone!

ETA: I counted my paper packs after posting this and I have over 40 paper packs!  See?  Told you I had obscene amounts of PP.  And that's just the CTMH ones!  LOL

Anyway, I have multiples of some paper packs so I am going to make the prize

100 SHEETS of CTMH patterned paper.

PLUS, if I get more than FIVE people who complete my challenge this month, I will add a CTMH stamp set to the mix.  :-)

ETA #2:

Okay, I've gone through all of my paper packs from CTMH and the winner will receive 134 pieces of patterned paper!

Here are the paper pack sheets that will be included (I ended up putting in FOUR sheets of ones I had multiple packs of):

Aspen - 4
Bella - 2
Best Friends - 2
Boom-Di-Ada - 2
Caboodle - 2
Caprice - 4
Cherry-O - 2
Elegant Bouquet - 4
Emporium - 4
Evensong - 2
Felicity - 4
Floral Impressions - 4
Floral Tapestry - 2
Free Spirit - 4
Good Times - 2
Grace - 4
Heirloom - 4
Holiday - 2
Jingle - 4
Key to my Heart - 4
Life Delights - 4
Magnifique - 2
Miracle - 4
Mistletoe - 4
Moon Doggie - 2
More to Adore - 2
Notebook - 4
Olivia - 4
Passages - 2
Perfect Day - 4
Sarsaparilla - 2
Silhouette - 4
Splendor - 2
Sweet Home - 4
That's Amore - 2
Tickled Pink - 2
Tinkerin' - 2
Topstitch - 2
Twitterpted - 2
Unforgettable - 2
Veranda - 4
Victorian Elegance - 2
Vintage Travel - 2
Whoops-A-Daisy - 2
Zippidee - 2

11 November 2010

November/December Challenge

Hi girls!

So late getting this posted but life is crazy and I couldn't even begin to tell you what I've been doing that makes it seem that way.  The time change has really thrown my body for a loop this time around, too!  I just cannot seem to get enough rest and I feel tired ALL the time.  Getting through a day is a struggle lately. 

So, this month's challenge is late (November is 1/2 over already!) so am going to combine it with December and give something extra special away at the end of the year.  I don't know what yet, though.  I haven't thought that far ahead.  It will be FAB, though.  Anything CTMH is fab.  LOL

Am going to continue to give you choices, too, again.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE sketches so I think that will be a staple every month.  Not everyone feels that way, though, I am sure, so will add one or two other options each time as well.

The Sketch from Stacy Cohen which I got off the Pencil Lines blog back in 2009:


Create a layout but using patterned paper you have created using stamps.


Create a layout using the technique that won the Blog Candy earlier this month by random drawing.  Once of Carmen's fave techniques is to clear emboss ... try it out!

How to enter: 
- comment on this post with a link to your layout.
- send a photo of your project to me via email
- join my Facebook group : CTMH with Lisa and post your photo in the photo section

Winner will be chosen my random drawing of all entries - one entry per completed challenge.  If you do the challenge more than once, you'll get more entries.  Entries are due by midnight on December 31, 2010.  Will do a random drawing of all entries using  Good luck to you all!

ETA:  I've decided on the prize for the month and you can see the details in a post HERE.

My favorite product ...

CTMH is having a contest right now on Facebook for $50 (US) worth of CTMH product.  All you have to do is blog about your favorite product.  Wahoo!

As hard as it is for me to pick just ONE (everything is AMAZING - the stamps are second to none, the papers are gorgeous, the inks so vibrant), the first thing that popped into my mind is our Liquid Glass.  This stuff is super versatile.  I even used it recently to fix Christmas decoration that had been given to me by my boss because they had broken in transit to the store I work at and we couldnt sell them.  I had tried my hot glue gun first but it really left the ornament looking repaired and the gaps from the glue super visible.

I don't know what I was thinking when Liquid Glass has done the trick for me before.  LOL  The ornaments are looking brand new now ... and free is a good thing! 

Other uses for Liquid Glass:

- use to attach page embellishments
- cover the top of a brad and then dip into glitter for a sparkly brad
- use as a water effect on pages and cards ... give the look of raindrops and such
- make a dull metal object look shiny
- use to highlight patterns on paper etc
- use on a photo to make an object stand out
- cover stickers to give them some dimension
- add some reinker to give it color and use as a stained glass effect
- fill a concho with items you'd like to preserve and then fill in with Liquid Glass
- trace words with it
- repair objects around the house! 

I'm sure there are tons more ways to use it but this gives you a general idea of its versatility.

Try some Liquid Glass on your next project!

02 November 2010

Late --- but I have a winner!

Sorry this is late, ladies!  I was a bad blogger and forgot to do the draw until today.  Argh!

Without further ado, the winner is:

The second person to post was Carmen and she said:

Congratulations, Carmen!  Will be contacting you to arrange delivery.  :-)