Wednesday, December 30, 2009


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This layout design came from CTMH Imagine book and the layout is called Powerful Trio. The papers are from Jingle and Creative Basic Jingle collection all CTMH. For the ornaments I used CTMH Holiday Trinkets and Ornate Ornaments stamp sets. Each ornaments is raised with foam dots and has a touch of Prisma Glitter. For the top I used Petite Perks Cheerful Season stamp set in Creme Brulee, Juniper, Olive and Tulip inks. To create the tree branches I just used an Olive color marker and in a swiping motion. The Fa La La was cut out using my Cricut.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Teachers Gifts

I needed to make 6 teacher gift between my two children so I made card boxes with 8 cards in each. I used all Close to my Heart paper and stamp sets to create these. Some of the card designs came from CTMH Wishes book. If you would like to make these boxes then check out Tresa Black's site for detailed instuction

Our Families Christmas Card

This is my families Christmas Card for this year. The Peace on Earth stamp is from CTMH 's Just for the Holidays stamp set. I have learned to go simple. My first year I made a double four panel door with die cut wreaths on each door including bows and die cut doorknob plates. I figured it had taken me about 30 minutes to make each card and I had made 50 of them. Though I had started in the summer, but never again, since most are probably long gone in to the garbage dump. I do know of a few friends who still have their card since they knew how much time went in to them. This was last years card which did not take as long but longer then this year. Let it go on the record I do enjoy making them regardless of how much time. This card I used a Cuttle bug embossing folder with CTMH Holiday Red paper and sanded it. The elf is from CTMH Merry Pursuits stamp set.

Ms. Holiday Cheer

I used CTMH Jingle paper and Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set to create this funky card. The tree was constructed usinga Martha Stewart punch which I layered. The ornaments were made from glue dots with glitter on them and I covered the dress with Liquid Glass and then glitter and for the hat I used Liquid Applique.

Gift Card Box

I first must apologize the the Close to My Heart Consultant who I had gotten the direction from, I can no longer find the paper with her name on it. Thank you so much, this came in handy my club ladies made this last month. I hope you are able to understand my directions, it is fairly simple to construct. First make sure you are using cardstock for the outside piece that would be the diagram on the left. Second the inner piece is not made to lie flat on the inside you will be folding it so when opened it stands up, those are the directions on the right. For my snowflake I used a CTMH snowflake Dimensional Element placed on top of white cardstock then misted with twilight re-inker which was added to rubbing alcohol. The alcohol dries faster than water and will not warp your paper as water would. Then remove the snowflake

This snowman was made from painting a clay pot white and adding textured snow paint around the rim. The top is the saucer to the pot with a wooden nob glued to the top. And the ear muffs are two pompoms with Velcro on to the sides for easy opening with ribbon attaching the the two. I used this to give cookies in a few years ago to my son's teacher.

It's Snowing

We are finally getting some measurable snow here in Northwest Indiana, I pray it stays for Christmas. Snow is just an added bonus for me on Christmas. FYI this was not pictures from this year, not enough yet to make a snowman. I used all Close to My Heart products on this layout. The paper is Aspen and the snowman stamp set is All Decked Out, one of my favorite. The Dimensional Elements simple alphabet (chipboard) was inked with Twilight then I covered the tops with Liquid applique and sprinkled on Prisma Glitter before I heated it to give it the snow capped look. And by the picture you may not be able to tell but the white paper on the bottom is torn layers to make it look like snow hills. For the earmuffs I used corduroy brads.

I am making up for lost time

Since I have not posted in along time I am going to make up for it tonight. Here are some more pages from the wedding album I had made this fall. The frames below I used a cut file from Sure Cuts A Lot with my Cricut. I just love all of the amazing artist who share their files with those of us who are computer and or time challenged to make these wonderful files.