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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Graphic 45 Card

I just found out about the company Graphic 45 at Scrapfest.  I cut this image from a full sheet and added ribbon and a hinge for a simple thank you card.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Old Lady Card

I made this card for a friend's birthday.  The image is from Art Impressions.  I paperpieced her dress, and colored the rest of her with copics.  The paper, ribbon, and sentiment are all from Close to My Heart.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween Matchbook

I used one of the stamps I got at Scrapfest to make this Halloween Matchbook card.  The stamp is from Craft Lounge.  It reminds me of the Fangtasia bar on True Blood.  

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Scrapfest III - what I made in class

I made this cool canvas Halloween wall hanging at Scrapfest.  We actually got it done (except for the hanger) during the class.  The products used are from the Pink Paislee Hocus Pocus collection.  I see that one of the buttons got moved during travel.  The "trick or treat" button should be between the E and the R.

This is a calendar I made with products from Bazzill Basics.  The calendar goes under the black flap.  I need to add a photo tot he top right.  We noticed toule is a current trend in lots of product demos. 
I didn't actually go to this class, but I bought the kit and made it in the hotel room.  It's an envelope album from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Scrapfest II

More pictures from Scrapfest.  This was the main classroom at the Best Buy Rotunda.
Here's Tim Holtz at a Project Demo.  I like a lot of his products.  Most stampers/papercrafters are familiar with him--here's his website:  http://www.timholtz.com/.  Other businesses that stood out to me at Scrapfest were:  Karen Foster Design (great products and a wonderful booth), Cosmo Cricket (a fun booth--really nice people), Graphic 45 (new to me--their papers are awesome), and lastly, my favorite new find of the weekend, Unity Stamp Company.

 

These pictures were from Unity's booth.  I love their stamps, and the people working were fun, knowledgeable about their products, and didn't take themselves too seriously.

Scrapfest

Back from Scrapfest at the Mall of America.  This is the lanyard I was rockin' all weekend.  Pretty much impossible to not look ridiculous in a lanyard, let alone one that's 5x7.
Robin (with head turned away) crafting a make-n-take at the EK Success booth.  As a whole we thought the make-n-takes weren't worth standing in line for.  Some of the lines were over an hour long.  Some women had rolling carts with handmade seat cushions on them so they could sit down in line.  As a rule, unless it's a tailgate or a picnic, I don't want to go anywhere that I need to bring my own chair, especially if it's because of standing in line.
There were SOME great free make-n-takes though.  These are my favorites.  The flower at the top left is from Graphic 45's booth; the flower tag is from Unity Stamp Co.; the ghost card--Tombow (?); then on the bottom row the flower card is from Cosmo Cricket; the snowman tag--Our Craft Lounge (actually at a promo booth with Copic and Sparkly Fluff); and the Christmas card was made at Karen Foster's booth.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Iowa Hawkeye Layout with Zippidee

The reverse side of CTMH's Zippidee B&T papers work perfectly for Hawkeye Gold.  I also used Posterboard Alphabet stamps ("Hawkeye!") and Heritage Caps stamps ("Proud to be a").
The black accents are CTMH's new opaques.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

St. Louis Cathedral Layout

Another New Orleans layout with CTMH Felicity papers...
The first letters are from CTMH's "Baroque Alphabet" and the rest are from "Heritage Caps."  I actually dug out my eyelet tools for the embellishments.

The border is a punch from EK Success.  The fleur de lis is from CTMH's "Legendary Moments" and stamped in Barn Red Ink, then highlighted with white colored pencil.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jackson Square Layout

I used the Felicity papers and lots of embellishments for this layout of Jackson Square in the French Quarter.


The title was stamped with the CTMH "Delightful Alphabet" stamp set.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bourbon Street Layout

Another layout from our January vacation.  I hope I get this trip scrapbooked before the year is over.  This Bourbon Street layout is very simple.  The background paper and polka dot B&T is from CTMH's You Rock paper pack, and the resk of the paper is Indian Corn Blue and Colonial White CS.
  I stamped "Bourbon Street" with Pansy Purple Ink then added white highlights with a colored pencil.
The Fleur De Lis, a New Orleans symbol, is from CTMH's "Legendary Moments" stamp set and also stamped in Pansy Purple, and the clock face is from "Make It Count." The clock "hands" or drink glasses are from "Life is a Party" and are covered in Stickles. (The clock is a reference to Jimmy Buffett's song, "It's Five O'clock Somewhere"--meaning it's always time for a drink on Bourbon Street.)

 
  The line of drinks are SU stamps colored with markers then Stickles. A few purple and lavendar brads, and that's it--Bourbon Street is wild enough on its own.

Life's a Jungle Birthday Card

Two of the most popular paper techniques right now are ruffles and banners, so I included both on this children's birthday card.  The elephant is from the CTMH stamp set "Life's a Jungle."  The sentiment is from the CTMH stamp set "A Little Everything."  The CS is Citrus Leaf (retired) from CTMH, and all the black & white paper is from CM.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Magnifique / Circle of Love Card

I really like the colors of this card.  I used the basically the same layout as my last post, but I used the new CTMH paper pack, Magnifique, and the new coordinating stamp set "Circle of Love."  I stamped the peacock on Lagoon CS with Pacifica ink.  I colored in a few spots with Barn Red, made highlights with a white colored pencil, and added tiny sparkles here and there. 

Monochromatic "Hinged" Card

This card will work for man or woman, for a birthday, congratulations, retirement, etc.  I used stamps from Tim Holtz.

Embossing on Clear Cards

Here are a couple clear cards (which photographed incredibly poorly).  On both cards I ran just the front of the card through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to give a windy effect.


I used B&T paper from the CTMH Oliva paper pack.  The front stamped scene is from CTMH's Captured Moments stamp set. 
On the inside I punched a circle and stamped a few bats and Happy Halloween.  The bottom of the paper is punched with  Martha Stewart Halloween punch.  Everything is distressed with cocoa ink.


This card photographed even worse, but you can get the idea.  Again, I used Olivia papers, and along the bottom I used one of the scenes from the CTMH Captured Moments stamp set, this time the autumn, blowing leaves scene.  The leaves are all from the Timeless stamp set included in the Olivia Workshop on the Go.

The inside of the front of this card has leaves to hide the backs of some of the leaves peeking through from the front.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Autumn / Winter 2010 Idea Book!

It's September 1, and that means the Close to My Heart Autumn/Winter 2010 Idea Book is here, and all its new products are now available for order!  Contact me to place an order, or order online at my Close to My Heart website:  mollyrawls@myctmh.com or click here.  In addition to the eight new CTMH colors; the return of the Work in Progess Album; new paper packs; new stamp sets, new Sparkles, Opaques, and much more, don't forget to look for my husband, Tom, snowblowing in the sample layout on page 81...