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Sunday, January 31, 2016

I'm Sweet on You.

Perfect for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day:
Although not my normal style, I really like how this Valentine turned out. The background papers are CTMH's "Sangria." The stamps are all CTMH's "Sweet as Sugar." The button is from Dear Lizzy & American Crafts, and I added the baker's twice and an old CTMH charm that says "sweet." The charm is turned away in the photo, of course!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Whooo Do I Like? You!

Another Valentine!
Again, the focal point of this card is the vintage school valentine from my friend Jane. The background sky and trees are stamped with Wendy Vecchi's Archival Ink from Ranger (Fern Green, Cornflower Blue, & Veridian). The tree is a stamp designed by Wendy Vecchi from Stamper's Anonymous. I doodled around the heart with a black pen, added some little CTMH stamped hearts from the set "You're the Bomb," added ribbon, and a little sentiment typed on my manual typewriter.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Camper Valentine

This card is all CTMH. I colored the Airstream-type camper with Copic markers. The B&T papers are from the "Jubilee" series of papers; the heart is from the "Soul Mates" set; and the camper is from the set "Camper Crazy."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Howdy, Valentine!

Another quick Valentine post made from another vintage Valentine from my friend Jane.
 This one uses CTMH & The Paper Studio B&T papers and just a couple CTMH embellishments. A very quick card, but with the masculine colors and all the edges (including a double mat) distressed with Tim Holtz's Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), I think it fits the cowboy theme.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Typewriter Valentines

I really LOVE old typewriters. Here are three Valentines I made using the CTMH stamp set "Typed Note" with it's vintage typewriter designs:

The more-modern "i love you" B&T paper is from The Paper Studio. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink from Ranger (Barn Door) for the "type." I added a strip of washi tape and some old CTMH embellishments to finish.
For this card, the typewriter is the same, but I used to different CTMH B&T papers on the background and added some argyle and polka dot stamping to add dimension to the background.  I also used the CTMH border stamp "Assorted Edges" and the date stamp I've always loved from "Today's Date" with a little gem to mark the 14th.
Not my favorite, this Valentine has a lot going on. the background is CTMH, as are all the stamps except the bathing beauties, which is from Artistic Outpost's "Boardwalk" set. A few flowers and embellishments and a CTMH zip strip below the typewriter fished this card.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Little Shark Finn

Yes--sometimes I scrapbook. I plan to a lot, but in reality, I make layouts sometimes.
Here's my grandson Finn trick-or-treating for the first time at my office. Of course, Finn was a shark!--the cutest shark I've ever seen for sure.
The papers I used were all from my stash of miscellaneous, and I'm sure they're all retired, so I'm not going to try to list the manufacturers. It's a pretty busy layout, but then so is Finn. After the pictures, I'm especially fond of the row of candy tickets down the right side.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Tis the Season!

. . .Valentine Season!

I went to the grocery store on the morning of December 26, and saw the stockers changing the candy shelves from Christmas candy to Valentine's candy!
Here's a Valentine I made for sale at Colfax's Spring City Vintage to put you in the mood for Valentine crafting:
The background bricks and tree are from Wendy Vecchi's Stamper's Anonymous line, as is the brown "splatter" on the tag background. I distressed all edges with Tim Holtz's Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo). The little hearts within the bricks are hand drawn with a Copic marker.  The cute little couple ephemera is an old Valentine from the stash my friend Jane gave me from her own childhood.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

40 Bites!

Another variation of the 30- 40- 50- sucks and blows gifts: This time "40 Bites." I bought a cheap glass jar from Wal-Mart and some Hershey's Minis (Didn't they used to be called "Bites?").  I added some black tulle and a quick monochromatic tag, and it's done!
To see more examples, look at these previous posts: 30 Sucks!, 30 Blows!, 50 Sucks!

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Banner Year So Far!

Three posts so far in 2016--only 97 to go! --so far so good.
I made several banners for sale at Christmastime. While the three I'm showing here were meant for the Christmas holidays, they definitely would work well for winter or Valentine's Day.
(Please ignore the Christmas decorations around the banners.)

This one has sparkly snowflakes. Here's a closer look:

This one is all winter mittens:
And a closer look at it:

This was a Cricut image I cut and simply punched a hole in the corner so it would hang from some baker's twine.
This last banner is made from felt. I think it would be cute for a Valentine's Day display:

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Art, New Plans!!!

After several years (I can't tell you how many without looking it up--almost ten, I think), I am no longer selling Close to My Heart scrapbooking products. I decided to quit because my own creativity was falling outside of CTMH's box. I will miss getting a discount on a lot of the products, and I'm sure I'll be ordering from time to time from another consultant. 
Just because it's no longer my main focus of crafting products, let me tell you my top three favorites from CTMH, in no particular order: (1) Cardstock. I love the weight and white core. This is one product I'll probably still be purchasing.  (2) The Cricut Cartridges. Some of the cartridges are so good, that you hardly need to own more than one cartridge--there are that many great images on them. (3) Clear Stamps. I just can hardly use the wood mounted stamps anymore.
So what am I going to do differently with my crafting?  Not much. I'm still going to make and sell cards and other projects on commission. I'm still going to make vintage look and holiday items for sale at Colfax's Spring City Vintage. I'm still scrapbooking for myself. I do plan to create more art journaling projects, however. I'm a HUGE fan of Dyan Reavely and her products and plan to create more art within that style. 
As an example, here's a sneak peak of something I'm currently working on:
It's a travel journal for our upcoming Hawaii vacation. I've used CTMH and Ranger, and many other products. I love how chunky it already is. 
Here are some of the inside pages. I'll add photos, lots of journaling, doodling, and ephemera while on our nine-day journey.
watercolor on left & "accidental page" on right

Dylusions inspired

journaling page & spray-ink page
B&T paper with tags
I got the cute new Ranger bag in the Dyan Reavely style for Christmas. At first look, you might think this tiny, odd-dimensioned bag is not very useful.
It's going with me to Hawaii. It will hold all my pens, glue, and little journaling spots and embellishments perfectly. I'll probably work on the journal on the planes, when I get up at the butt-crack of dawn because of the time change, and just when I feel like sitting on our ocean front lanai and being creative. More photos later of it completed, or at least further along.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year's Resolution: More Posts

Like the Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl, my blogging has certainly been disappointing. (See how I'm not over that awful football game?) 
No posts since late October and only 50 posts all of 2015.  Again, I hope to be better in 2016. I'm already at 1 with this post, and it's only January 2, so I'm on track to hit 182.5 posts for the year--not likely. I'm setting a goal of at least 100 posts in 2016.

Anyway, here's a super fun gift I got for Christmas from my family that was totally a surprise:

A portable MANUAL typewriter!!!  I've been wanting one every since I read an article about how much Tom Hanks enjoys old typewriters (he owns several).
I can't wait to type sentiments for my cards and little quotes for scrapbook layouts and art journal pages with it.
And it came in this cute, perfect-condition case:
Watch for crafts from help with this little guy soon!