Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A New Challenge, A New Chapter!

Today I did it.  I couldn't help myself!

I've been looking through different companies for opportunities.  I wanted a company that I could be flexible and go to my sons ball games, but yet make a little cash, dough, moolah--MONEY!!!!!  AND have FUN!!!!  So, after researching and researching and reading conracts and terms and conditions, (boring, boring, boring) I did it.  I am now officially a Close to my Heart consultant! 

So, if anyone needs any stamps or papers, ideas, workshops or would just like to get together to craft--SEE ME!!!!!  It can be just you or a group of friends.  We'll have a blast! (I'll even bring cupcakes!)

Here is my blog.  It will take you to my Facebook page and my online CTMH store:

Please come see me at that blogspot as well (though I might merge RRW and Crafty Queens-more to come later).  I'll have lots of new items I'll be creating and entering into contests from the Crafty Queens blog as well!

Take Care!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Lets go NUTTY!!

Time is just flying this year.  It seems it's turned from hot days to cool days simply overnight.  I'm not sure what happened to the September weather.  It feels more like October.  So I feel like decorating for fall.  The leaves are starting to turn burgandy in color.  If they feel like a change, then so do I!  Besides, fall is one of my favorite times of year--with all the apples, honey and bees, leaves changing and the little campfires outside.  Not to mention the last outdoor get together of the year--where everyone needs a coat, roasts hot dogs on a stick and then tops off our fabulous get together with Smores!  My favorite part of the last get together is the lawn chairs around the campfire.  What could be better to bring a family in such close proximity?  Well, enough of my daydreaming and thoughts...onto the newest card show!

I've decided to kill two birds with one stone so I made one card for two challenges.  Generally I don't plan that far ahead.

I'm entering my furry friend in the Card Positioning challenge and The Pink Elephant challenge

Inspiration:  The card must have chevrons or hexagons for The Pink Elephant challenge.  For CPS I have to follow the below sketch.

I used two sheets from a BOK Family package.  They had some very pretty papers in this set.  I cut out a cute little squirrel from my Cricut and also 2 oak leaves.  I used just a touch of Hemp cording for a natural bow.  I used a black cardstock for the card base.  I couldn't find any stamp that fit the card.  I thought about so many options--the funniest to my hubby "I'm squirrely for your nuts" but he said I couldn't put it on the card.  So, using Word I printed out the saying "I'm nuts for you".  More appropriate to those without a sense of humor!  LOL  I had a lot of fun making this card.  It was quite nutty...or squirely-however you want to think of it!

I'm just in love with the little squirrel!  I mean how adorable is she?!?  Thanks for looking at my blog today.  Have a great weekend!  I however will be canning apple butter for my hubby! 
Take care, be inspired and keep on crafting!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Christmas Penguin Love

Today I decided to play along with Card Positioning Systems.  I really like the way this card turned out...so christmas-ey without the traditional red and greens. 


My card:
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

CPS 282-Pigs Fly

Today I made a card for my favorite hubby in the whole wide world.  He has been helping out a lot lately.  I hope he knows just how much I love and appreciate him!

Today my inspiration was from Card Positioning Systems. 

and of course my it had to be a manly card.

I used a brown craft card.  The back is a wood looking scrapbook paper.  For the first time I used my sewing machine and sewed red around the wood paper.  I wanted the red to look like a handkerchief so I used my white gel pen.  Using my cricut I cut the blue circle, round circle, the pig and the wings for the pig.  I distressed the blue with white.  I distressed the white circle with brown and the Tim Holtz vintage ink.  I think it looks a lot like leather.  The pigs wings are stickled to be glittery.  I made the red tag and distressed it as well with the sentiment saying "I'll love you 'till pigs fly".  What I like the best is that the pig is on an Action Wobble so the pig can fly.

Thank you for looking at my card and have a great day!'

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CPS 281 Part 2-Card Sketch

Today I worked on creating this cute watermelon card for CPS281 Part 2 Card Sketch.  I really had to stretch my creativity with this one because I don't normally use twine or buttons for embellishments. 

My material list:
White base card 6.5 x 5"
Yellow and blue cardstock from Core'dination for card
Green, cream, red, black cardstock from Core'dination-watermelon
Preserves Cricut Cartridge
multi colored sticker from stock
Green and white twine
Yellow button
You're one in a melon stamp from My Pink Stamper
Green ink

The card sketch is:
Here is the card I created from the design.
I hope you've enjoyed my creation.  I can't wait to give this to a friend.  Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!
With Love,

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ahoy Matey

This time its for the man in my life!  I'm also entering this card in the Action Wobble challenge.  His birthday is coming up soon...shhh!  So I thought what better thing to wobble than a PIRATE SHIP!  I couldn't find a pirate ship stamp so this card has been created totally by me.

Yellow Coredination cardstock
Two blues from the Beach theme Coredination packet
Brown Coredination cardstock from the Chocolate packet
Martha Stewart blue glitter
Tim Holtz vintage distress ink
White cardstock
Black cardstock
white gel pen
pop dots
Action Wobble
and a black think markerd

So first I took my stock 6.5 x 5" card and created an "S" card.  Playing with it I did end up cutting a little bit off of the S so that the card could stand up.  This was definetly a trial and error card...but so much fun!

I tore my two different colors of blue for the waves and attached them to the S.  I added one piece of the darker blue behind the pirate ship for depth.  The background of the card is yellow. 

This is where you have to get artsy and creative.  After looking at several different pirate ships I settled on a design...my design I might add.  I cut the brown out no bigger than what I wanted the ship to be.  I added different curves and the sterns to hold up the sails.  I cut the ship outfit and using my Spectrum Noir markers I added handrails, wood pieces and shadow.  The sails were white.  I used the pale gray markers and added dimension to them.  I cut a black sail and with my white gel pen created the skull and crossbones--that no pirate can do without.

For the Birthday sentiment I printed that on the same yellow cardstock used on the background of the card.  This time I took the Tim Holtz vintage dye and some black and just dirtied it up and made it look old.  I took toothpicks and curled the edges.

This was a little more labor intensive than just using my cricut or a stamp but I'm really pleased with the results.
Thanks for viewing my card.

Share some love below and have a great day Mateys!

<embarassed moment>  I just realized no where did I say that I attached the action wobble, but I did to the ship and it goes back and forth like it's at sea.  Sorry about that and big hugs everyone who has looked!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Action Wobble Fun

I've had these little gems on my desk for a couple of weeks now and wasn't sure how I would use them.  Action Wobbles are these little spring like devices that stick to the card and the item you want to wobble.  For my first go around I thought what better to wobble than a snowman snow globe! 
green, white, black, brown, orange, glitter blue and red cardstock cut 1/4" less than base card
card (Mine is 6.5" x 5") with envelope
coordinating ribbon
Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge
2" snowman
4" snowglobe
1 Action Wobble
I started by cutting the out the snowman and the snowglobe using my Cricut machine and the Doodlecharm cartridge.  With the snowman I cut the shadow, the base shape and the shift shape of the snowman.  I went ahead and cut the orange nose freehand instead of wasting more paper.  Next I cut the base of the snowglobe in black 4 inches.  Then the blue glitter paper shift snowglobe shape.  I first tried using the white glitter paper for my snowglobe but there just wasn't enough contrast between the white glitter and the white snowman.

Next I cut the green and red cardstock.  I attached my ribbon and stamped my snowflakes to the red portion and my saying to the green section.  Last but not least I attached my snowglobe to my card.

How cute is this snowman?!?
The Action Wobble
The Action Wobble wobbling!  :-) 
Thank you for stopping by...don't forget to drop a little love in the comments!!!! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Inchie Embellishment Challenge -Runner up

I am so excited!  I received an email tonight from CardMakingWorld.com.  I am the runner-up for the July card making challenge!  I feel very honored.  If you'd like to see the card, please click here.

Feel inspired and create! 

Have a great week,


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CPS 277-Part 1

Today I decided to join the Card Positioning Systems challenge.  The challenge was to create a card using the below layout.  This is a really fun layout!

My inspiration today came from one of my favorite quotes "Win without boasting.  Lose without excuse." by Albert Paysor Terhune.  So I immediately thought of sports. 

I had a "kit" that I had picked up called "Sports" by Colorbok.  All my items were from this kit except the black cardstock and the embellishment. I started by cutting out the card using black cardstock from my stash (7 1/4 x 10 1/2).  I used the army green grunge paper and cut it 1/4" less than the card.  I used the red numbers paper and the blue silver star paper as the lower rectangles.   Then I cut the red and white star strip from the die cut accents as the thin rectangle.  I stamped "You're a STAR" with glue on a small black rectangle and used Martha Stewarts White Gold glitter for the words and around the edges.

I thought this would be a nice card for a boy/young man-someone in sports. 

Thank you for looking and have a great day!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PP106 - Lesley's Tic Tac Toe Theme Challenge

Last night I found a new card challenge @ The Paper Players.  This one was more challenging because I had a ton of options!  Once I figured out which three items I would use, it was on!

The inspiration:
I decided to go with "Circles, Birthday and Favourite Colour" and Cardz TV Design Team Challenge #12 "Anything Goes!".

Materials used:
I've been papercrafting for over 15 years, so I have plenty of stash. 
  • red cardstock for the card and envelope which I cut out using my Cricut machine (love this thing!) 
  • The large Circle paper and Happy Birthday paper was bought from Target a few years ago. 
  • I bought the darker blue dotted paper yesterday from my local crafting store-called 12" Blueberry Dot from BoBunny reversible paper. 
  • leftover red ribbon. 
  • I used the Cupcake stamp from Mypinkstamper.com Birthday collection.  I adore her stamps! 
  • I cut out the circle using my Cricut machine. 
  • To adorn the envelope I used another circle, cut using the cricut machine, and the "Make a Wish" stamp and "Confetti" stamp from the Mypinkstamper.com Birthday collection.
Voila!  A circle, birthday with my favorite colors card was born!

Thank you for viewing my latest creation!  Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

CPS 276-Part 1

Can I say I just LOVE CPS's card challenges???  The people over at Card Positioning Systems have a new monthly card challenge with a prize from STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS.  The design sketch they have requested we use is:

My inspiration:
A friend of mine had her baby boy and brought him home a few days ago..."Welcome Home"!

I used items I had on hand except for the Baby boy bear from MyGrafico.com.  I downloaded this little cutie for free.  I also used Word and printed the words "Welcome Home" on cardstock.

"Welcome Home Baby Boy!"
I think my friend will appreciate the homemade sentiment and card.  I hope you enjoy it as well!  Have a great evening and thank you for looking!


Inchie Embellishment Challenge

Today I entered a new monthly challenge from Card-Making-World.com.  July's challenge was to make a card or project using inchies as the main embellishment for the card or project. Inchies are little one inch square pictures that you attach to the card as the embellishment. They might be part of a stamped image or a coloured image that you use.
Here is the final version!
I don't think the picture does the card justice.  it's actually very pretty and simplistic but the inchies act as the embellishment with the glitter and glam.

Here is how I created the card:

Supplies used:
Orange cardstock from Mega Cardstock, medium brown and creme cardstock from Core'dinations "Chocolate Lovers" cardstock, orange ribbon, Golden Rod Stickles and Glossy Accents.

I created my card using the orange cardstock as the card. Using the medium brown cardstock I cut a rectangle 1/4 smaller than the orange card. Using the creme I cut it also a 1/4" smaller than the medium brown rectangle. I embossed the creme cardstock with the Wheelbarrow w/Sunflowers Sissix embossing card. I taped the orange ribbon to the card. I cut 1" squares of the creme cardstock and stamped them with leaves and a pumpkin. I cut medium brown squares just a tad bigger for dimension and taped the creme inchies and med. brown squares together. I used pop dots to attach my inchie embellishments. At this point I thought the card was pretty but it needed more bling and what can I say, I'm a bling type of girl! I used the stickles to outline the stamp, used a paint brush and swept the stickles into the stamp. Once the stickles were almost dry I thought it needed more dimension so I used the Glossy Accents on the inchies to really make them pop up and shine!

Thank you for looking and have a wonderful week!


Monday, July 23, 2012

CPS-Part 1 Challenge

Today, I was inspired to complete a challenge from Card Positioning Systems

This was the required inspiration:
Supplies used:
  • Birthday Doodles stamp set from My Pink Stamper
  • Bazzill cardstock
  • Letraset ProMarkers
I think it came out very well!  I absolutely LOVE the bright colors from both the papers and the markers.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

PPA139 - A Sketch Challenge

I have been very inspired today!  I have completed my 2nd card and challenge in one day.  This challenge comes from Pals Paper Arts.  I'm beginning to remember why I loved scrapbooking all those years ago.  I'm finding great satisfaction in entering in these challenges and finding my way back to joy and happiness.

The rules for this challenge were:

Rules for the Runway:
  • We invite you to use ANY brand of products to create your card or papercraft project.
  • Entry should be new and inspired, totally or partially, by this challenge
  • Please use keyword PPA139 when uploading to public galleries.
  • Incorrect links are not eligible for Pals Picks, and may be deleted.
  • Inlinkz will close at Noon (CST) Thursday, July 26th.
  • We'll announce our Pals Paper Artist Picks Tuesday, July 31st.
 These are my supplies:

This is the finished product:
The paper I used was double sided.  I cut out the butterfly (carefully) and put Crystal Stickles on the wings and Glossy Accents on the body of the butterfly and dragonfly.

Thanks for viewing my newest card and have a blessed day!


Link Up For Pink Challenge

Today I made a card for the Link Up for Pink Challenge.  Here were the ground rules:
  1. Create a Breast Cancer Awareness Pink project. Don't have any BCA product? Check out the "Freebies Page".
  2. Please use the sketch if you're creating a card. Use the sketch for your creation. Follow it closely or use it loosely...just have fun!
  3. You do not need use Ippity Stamps. Use what you got!
  4. Your project must be a BCA project must have pink as the main color.
  5. Link directly to your post not your blog.
  6. Unlimited entries allowed.
  7. Combine with other challenges, the more the merrier.
  8. Ends August 2nd, midnight PST. Winner will be announced on Friday, August 3rd.

Use this sketch as inspiration:

Here is my finished product:

Enjoy!  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of my newest card!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Around the Clock Bridal Shower

I made tent cards for the food display for my sister's "Around the Clock" Bridal Shower.  I hadn't heard of such a party but after reading about them, it's a really cool idea.  All of the invitees were assigned a "time" of the day and we buy a gift that the bride would use at that time.  I was assigned 9a.m. so I bought her...well, the party is tomorrow so I can't really say what I bought her now can I?  :-)

So, onto the craft--my sister's wedding is in the fall.  The colors are red, brown and purple.  I made these lovely tent cards in those colors.  I think they turned out very nicely.

I bought my supplies at SimonSaysStamp.com and Joann Fabrics.  I must say, I ordered  the stamp set from Simonsaysstamp.com.  I asked for them to deliver my package in time for me to make the cards.  I ordered them on Tuesday and received my package on Friday.  I almost thought I wasn't going to get them.  Thank goodness I did because I really like the stamp set because I could set the time as the hands on the clock are moveable.  Since this was an "Around the Clock" party, I felt this detail was important...but maybe I'm a little obsessive about the details.  LOL 

Items I used:
  • 1 sheet of French Roast from Core dinations.com
  • 1 sheet of smooth texture Sugar Cane from Core dinations.com
  • 3 sheets of Blush Red 8 1/2 by 11 (I believe this is from Core dinations.com)
  • Maya Road "Timeless" clear stamp set
  • 1 roll of Purplewine ribbon 5/8 by 18 ft
  • print out of words from word program
Step 1
I printed the words using Microsoft Office.  I made a table with 3 rows and 2 columns.  My rectangles were 3 1/4 x 2 3/4.  Once I had the perfect size with enough room at the top for my stamp, I printed them on the Sugar Cane paper. I highly suggest printing on scrap paper first.  I bought a 12 x 12 paper and cut it down to 8 1/2 x 11 to use in my printer.

Step 2
Using the small clock face, I stamped each rectangle at the top.  I also stamped the correct time of the day on the cards.

Step 3
I cut six 3 3/4 x 3 1/4 rectangles in French Roast.  I used my ATG gun and taped the Sugar Cane rectangle to the French Roast rectangle.  I then taped a piece of the ribbon to the French Roast rectangle.  I cheated and tied a small ribbon to the front, off to the side.

Step 4
I cut six Blush Red tent cards-10 x 4 1/4 in size.  I then taped my ribbon wrapped French Roast and Sugar Cane rectangles to the cards.

Step 5
Voila, the finished product.

Hope you enjoyed my newest crafty project.  Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My First Challenge

Today I ran across a  COLOR CHALLENGE  that I wanted to do from Loves Rubberstamps. Challenges.  The challenge is to make a card by using the picture as inspiration or the colors black, grey and pinks.  So, I needed to make my sister a card for her Bridal Shower this weekend--which I'm stoked to go to.  ((Love you sis!)) 

I decided to use both the picture and the colors as inspiration.   I started with a blank white card.  I used a wide black ribbon which reminded me of the long black dress.  I used grey scrollwork and pink strips of paper to border the vellum roses I found in my stash.  The roses reminded me of the roses the lady was holding in the picture.  I then embelleshed the pink with white pearls.  It is a Bridal Shower after all.  I just think this is the cutest card-simplistic but elegant. 

Thank you for viewing my card!