Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Everything ABC Blog-Hop Letter Z

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hope       


For this hop we will be featuring the letter "Z" This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter
 has chosen as their "Z" element will be featured in their post.  
If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning 
If you came from Anita Autore - Cards & Coffee then you're on the right track!"

For my "Z"  I chose the "zip-strip". Each of the CTMH B&T papers have a matching 1/2 inch strip of paper on the one side of the 12X12 paper that can be cut off and used to trim a layout or card.  The reverse side of the patterned "Zip-strip" is white and provides a list of matching colors for that particular paper pack. I had the blog close to complete with the picture posted and the paper packs showing the zip-strips when I reallized I had NOT  used the zip strip, but simply cut a strip of the paper. Ohhh Nooooo!!!!!  So back to my Crafty Happy Studio to create a card using the zip-strip!  I'm looking for the zip-strips I could use to make a card, cleaning off the work area, and decided to make a Christmas card with the Yuletime paper.  It has a zip-strip with the words "Season's Greetings", "Merry Christmas", and "Joyous Noel".  I was ready to cut my card using Artfully Yours and DING...DING... DING....  The bells went off and the brain engaged ----
I ALREADY did have my "Z" - it was a Z-fold card! LOL

  
I used the new Hopscotch paper pack X7194B, Extra Thick Twine - Flaxen z3036, Puffies - Junebug Z3038, Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799Teal Shimmer Trim Z1918, Teal Glitter Paper Z1991, Brown and Tan Glitter Paper Z1830, I also added the Bitty Sparkles Z1263 to the center of the teal Puffie flowers.  The card and wreath were both cut using Artfully Sent Z3017 page 34

Using Artfully sent, these cards are so very fast and easy to create.  I place a light colored cardstock circle inside the card to write a message or stamp a sentiment.  I also like to ink all edges.

The start of the blog-hop is Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.
In case you get lost along the way  Linda's blog has a complete list of participants! 
Hope you enjoyed all the "Z" inspired fabulous art.  
Plan to join us in  the new year as  we start the "Everything ABC's again with letter "A". 
 Here's a link to the 2015 ABC Hop Schedule

Wishing you ALL
 A Joyous Noel and 
a Happy, Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

♫ It's looking a lot like Christmas! ♫

Well, at least in the stores and the decorated homes I see in the dark while driving home from school.  I've also attended three Christmas programs this week and tomorrow I'll attend Don's concert  with the Whatcom Chorale performing Gifts from on High: Handel's Messiah at Western Washington University.  I see posts on FB of the decorated trees, and wonder when I will find time to get out our decorations.  One more week of school and then a two week winter break.  Yeah!

The first Christmas program was our church children presenting "Christmas by the Book".  They had limited time for rehearsal and did a great job!  Those kids are so precious and growing up so fast!  I still remember the Christmas when our 12 year old grandson was "baby Jesus"  in the manger.  Thursday night, I attended the St. Paul's Academy Concert where two of our middle school grand-kids sang in the choir, including the former "baby Jesus". 


My plans to have my Crafty Happy Studio decorated today and begin working on Christmas Cards have changed.  Instead, we got to enjoy our youngest grandson for the week, starting Monday night after the Friendship Christmas Program and ending today at 2; I will be driving down to the Seattle Outlet Mall to meet his mom. We can never get enough time with him, he's so precious and so easy to have around.   It's been a FUN week,  especially the Family Fun Night at Lummi Nation School where I teach.  Kaydon made Christmas gifts which we need to finish today.   Here's our handsome dude who steals our heart! 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Everything ABC Blog-Hop Letter Y

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!


          

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "Y" This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter
 has chosen as their "Y" element will be featured in their post.  
If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning
If you came from  Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings then you're on the right track!"

For my "Y"  I immediately knew it would be Yuletide Carol.  CTMH has a great "Yuletide Carol" paper pack that has papers that are useful for any season, especially the BULK papers available to CTMH consultants.  I found it creates an elegant look for the origami wreath.  I got the instruction from Julie Reynolds which she has posted on Facebook, 
"Julie's Legacy Makers", posted September 28.  
I'm not sure how to link a document and it's really too large to include in this post.  
Maybe it's time for me to try creating a video tutorial!  

The wreath is created with 12 - 6" X 6"  squares.  I love our double sided paper providing  two complimentary designs that works perfectly to create this wreath.  I used the BULK papers from Yuletide Carols and embellished the wreath with holly leaves, a poinsettia flower, and ribbon.

Olive Cardstock was used for the holly leaves and cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge (pg.46).  The leaves were dry embossed for the veins and then formed into leaves just bending them with my fingers and inking the edges with olive ink.  

The flower was cut with the same cartridge (pg 39), spritzed with water, crumpled and folded with my fingers, and layered (two sizes).  For the flower I used ruby red cardstock and inked the edges with ruby red ink. I also added a pearl (retired).  
The ribbon isn't CTMH.   

The actual measure of the finished wreath is  6.5" X 6.5"  Almost any size square can be used, though it gets harder to fold as the size gets smaller.  This is an easy size to start with and  uses only three sheets of paper.  Next, I'm going to try a 4" by 4" square which I think will look great as a topper on a Christmas package. 

  
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is " Elise Sosa- A Splash of Color ".  In case you get lost along the way  Linda's blog has a complete list of participants!


Hope you enjoyed all the "Y" inspired fabulous art.  
Plan to join us in two weeks for letter "Z".

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Fun!

My monthly newsletter just went out and you know I'm busy when I don't get a personal note in my newsletter!  - Two months in a ROW!  As I've been saying a lot lately, "I'm sure looking froward to retirement!"  In the meantime, I'll try posting on my blog on a more regular basis.
:
This month, I'm crafting AMAP = As Much As Possible!

When: Saturday, 12-6-14 from 12:30 - 5 PM


Who: Kids of all ages 
Especially, school-age kids 
So that their parents have the gift 
of "kids-free" shopping or wrapping gifts.
Super young are welcome with adult assistance.


WHAT: Making Christmas Ornaments/Gift tags/Cards/Gifts.
See sample ideas.  Fabrics and papers may vary.  
Cost: Suggested Donation - $.50 - $1 per card/ornament

Paper Stars

                                              

       



Please contact Darlys Recker to attend.  
email: djrecker@comcast.net     
phone: 360- 393-4179


More December Fun 


When: Saturday, 12-13-14 from 10:00 AM - 4 PM
Where: Crafty Happy Studio - Ferndale

WHAT: Christmas Card/Gift Card Workshop
Make 5 cards of 4 designs for $20 
Suggested time = 2 hours.
Come when you can, leave when you must.
(Check back next week for details)

Please contact Darlys Recker to attend.
email: djrecker@comcast.net  
phone: 360- 393-4179

Winter Break starts in 16 days!
I plan to spend it in my Crafty Happy Studio.
If you have time, give me a call!
We'll plan a "play-date"!




Sunday, November 30, 2014

December: Deal of the Decade




Starting with Cyber Monday - see previous post.
PLUS there's more.
With a $50 order you get the following:

1. Discounted Stamps saving 28-44%
2. Stamp of the Month for $5 value -$17.95
3. Enter a drawing - valued over $20




This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix®
clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying
purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or
D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to
$7.95 USD/$9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying
order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this
discounted price. A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp
of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and
additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly
the deal of the decade.
*Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)–December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD;


Stamp of the Month :  Soooo CUTE!
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Win Free Products!
When you shop at http://darlys.ctmh.com & join CraftyHappy, one of Darlys's gatherings, you can win two paper packs of your choice with no tax or shipping. Each stamp set ordered will enter your name into the drawing valued over $20.   

Cyber Monday Special

Close To My Heart
is having its first ever
Cyber Monday Special
and, oh baby, it is a real WOWIE!

Click on above link to see description of carts, art samples, and shape indices.
The newest kid on the block : Artfully Sent.
Monday only $79.20,
Retail $99; Value of $125
Cartridge, three D-size My Acrylix Stamp Sets, and a package of Daisy White Card Stock.


Art Philosophy, the cartridge which started it all.
Monday only $79.20
Retail $99; Value of $125.
Cartridge, three D-size My Acrylix Stamp Sets, and three coordinating Dimensional Elements.

Artiste the 3-D wonder cartridge is available, too!
Monday only $79.20
Retail $99; Value of $125
Cartridge, three D-size My Acrylix Stamp Sets, and three coordinating Dimensional Elements.

Art Booking is a scrap bookers' dream cartridge!
Monday only $79.20
Retail $99; Value of $125
Cartridge, three D-size My Acrylix Stamp Sets, and three coordinating Dimensional Elements.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Everything ABC Blog-Hop Letter X

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!


          

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "X" This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their "X" element will be featured in their post.  For the letter X we can even use any word containing the letter X
If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning
If you came from  Elise Sosa - A Splash of Color then you're on the right track!

Card in a Box

I love the BOX card.  So when I thought of X I thought of the submitting my attempt at making one.  When I first saw these cards, I actually didn't realize they folded and could be put in a regular sized envelope.

When I researched making the card, I found several ideas and posted them on my Pinterest board. including a cutting template.  The You Tube video tutorial I used was from frenchiestamps.com. The card is 5.5"X4.25"



For this box I used
All CTMH items from the 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book

Sparkles Black and Grey - Z1754
The Happy Birthday Stamp D1497
from the Art Philosophy collection

I like making layered flowers, cutting a variety of shapes and sizes, ink them, spritz with water, squish into a "spit wad", carefully unfold and refold/wrinkle/squish as needed. let it dry then reink if needed, glue together and add a center pearl or sparkle. I do think the teal butterflies need a couple black/grey sparkles. - tomorrow's another day...I might find some more time to play.
  
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is " Linda Norman " of "Scrappy Therapy  ".  In case you get lost along the way  Linda's blog has a complete list of participants!


Hope you enjoyed all the "X" inspired fabulous art.  
Plan to join us in three weeks for letter "Y".

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sale! While Supplies Last

There is a sale on my website - just as it says, "While Supplies Last"!  Check it out. Shop online.  The supply is limited and when they are gone, they are ..... gone! Happy Shopping

 If you want a larger view, click each item.

While Supplies Last

Z1780
Z1780 $1.45
Z1748
Z1748 $2.00
Z1810
Z1810 $2.00
Z1755
Z1755 $2.40
X7174B
X7174B $6.95
X7178C
X7178C $3.45
X7179C
X7179C $3.45
X7180C
X7180C $3.45
Z1311
Z1311 $9.05
Z1746
Z1746 $2.75
Z1778
Z1778 $2.75
Z1796
Z1796 $6.95
Z1803
Z1803 $6.95
Z1804
Z1804 $11.85
Z1890
Z1890 $4.15
Z1905
Z1905 $10.45
Z1908
Z1908 $10.45
Z308
Z308 $2.75