Friday, January 31, 2014

Damask Diva's February Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends! Hope y'all are enjoying the Damask Diva's
February hop featuring the brand new paper pack Ivy Lane!
If you came form Traci William's blog then you're in the right place!
If you have just stumbled upon our blog hop you can start from 
the beginning by go to the Damask Diva's Blog.

I hope you all are excited to see the new catalog! It will be available
on my website to view starting February first!
The new products Close To My Heart has put out are fabulous!
For this hop I made a card following the week 3 sketch from
Viva la Verve using the brand new Ivy Lane paper pack.
I paired it with some kraft and white daisy cardstock.
I used the stamp set Remarkable Wreath which I stamped using
Desert Sand, Hollyhock, and Pear inks. I also sponged a
white paper doily with Hollyhock ink.

Want to see another Ivy Lane project I've created?
Click here to see my giftbox card I made using Ivy Lane
to gift the new base and bling jewelry.

Shop with me Here!!

On to the next Diva in the hop. Please head on over to
Jamie Blade's blog to see what she has created! If you get lost,
or just want to start over, head back to the Damask Diva's blog.

VLV January week 3 sketch:

Sunday, January 26, 2014

CTMH Base and Bling necklace giftbox card

Good evening my crafty friends! I sure hope y'all have had a fabulous weekend!
Remember about the new base and bling products that Close To My Heart 
is coming out with that I posted about Here? Well I came
across a blog by a Four Wise Guys (thanks to fellow diva Traci) 
that made these adorable Ornament boxes to put small, flat Christmas
ornaments in as gifts. Well Traci thought it would be a cool idea for 
gift boxes for the base and bling... She was sooo right! :-)
So I've created a picture tutorial here that is similar to 
Four Wise Guys' tutorial, just using different measurements to 
accommodate the size of the necklaces.

I do apologize for my not so fabulous photos... My hubby was busy
working at his computer and having the overhead light on
disturbs his work and my desktop lamp isn't the greatest...
not to mention I used Colonial White paper... lol!

You will need a score board, bone folder, scissors, doubles sided tape, and
3 cardstock pieces cut at 8 1/4 by 9 1/2, 4 1/4 by 6 7/8, and 3 1/4 by 4 1/2.

Using the 8 1/4 by 9 1/2 piece of cardstock and a score board, score at 
1/2, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 inches on all sides.

Once you've scored on all sides you'll have this nice square made up of
sixteen small boxes...

Now with the 8 1/4inch edge lined up on your score bored, score from the
2 1/2 in mark down just to the bottom score there that you
have already made (where the tip of my bone folder is)
Do this also at the 5 3/4 mark too...

Flip the paper around and do it on the other side...
Your paper should now look like this:

Now for the cutting, the easiest way for me to put this is to
cut like the pic below... lol So cut off the sixteen little squares and
the top 2 little squares from the other piece...

With the little tabs that are left, cut them down the side to meet the
bottom score line... don't cut them off

Now work on folding in all the scored lines...

Now flip the box over and put double sided tape on all the outside flaps...

Now flip it back over and fold the flap up and stick them down like so...

Do this to all the sides and with the little tabs left over, with a bit
of tape on each you will slide them inside to cover the holes...

Should now look like this:

For the cover, get the 4 1/4 by 6 7/8 piece and lay it so the piece perfectly
covers your box and mark where the overage starts...

Now score on the line, then score slightly over 1/2 inch to the left of that line...

Now put double sided tape on the flap and fold it over your box
and tape it down...

Should look like this on the inside ...

Now it's time to decorate!! I used paper from the brand new
CTMH paper pack called Ivy Lane! Isn't it lovely! I also
used the January SOTM and some Hollyhock ink...

For the inside, use strips of paper 1/2 by 4 1/4 inch and 
1/2 by 4 1/2 inch for around the sides of the box. Use the 
3 1/4 by 4 1/2 paper for the insert. Cut a little on both sides of
the top of the paper to side the chain in to hold in place.
The rest of the chain sits behind. I but a bit of 
new Topiary Chevron Ribbon on the piece to use to easily pull it out.

Have any questions? Please feel free to ask!!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Twisted Tuesday #68

Good morning Twisted Tuesday fans! Hope y'all
are having a great week and month so far!
Mine's been pretty good! Just celebrated my 26th birthday
this past Thursday and my nieces 1st birthday last Sunday!
Ready for a new challenge?!

Give me a T-A-P-E!

The Challenge:
Use washi or fabric tape

The Twist:
Use something that begins with a T, A, P, or E.

My creation:

All my supplies came from Close To My Heart. The solid paper and 
strip of patterned paper came from the Sarita paper pack.
I used stamps from the November SOTM. (no longer available)
The ink colors I used were Outdoor Denim, Goldrush, and Lagoon.
to meet the challenge requirements. 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Sketch-N-Scrap card #18

Good morning Sketch-N-Scrap fans!
Hope y'all are having fun with the card and layout
sketches so far this month! We have another great card
sketch for y'all Enjoy!

January 20th sketch due January 31st:

My creation:

 (which is on the retiring list so scoop some up fast!)
I also added some Gypsy and Goldrush cardstock.
The ink colors I used were Lagoon, Goldrush, and Gypsy.
The sentiment is from the You Are My Happy National Stamping Month promo.
I also added a little twist of Black Hemp.
The flower and leaf stamps and dies are from Verve Stamps.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

New CTMH Base and Bling

Good afternoon crafty friends! Hope y'alls weekend is going
fabulously! So I just received by box of brand new Close To My Heart
goodies from the new Spring/Summer idea book! I was
so excited when the door bell rang at noon! Knew it was the
mailman! I gave him a big wave when I pick it up off the porch!
He probably thought I was weird...
Anywho... Even though I was busy getting cupcakes made
for my nieces birthday party that's here in a bit I had to crack
that box open! I also decided real quick i would put together one
of the new base and bling necklaces! Love it so much!
So many options with these! Loved how my first one turned out!
These new products will be available for purchase February 1st!

Shop with me Here!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Viva la Verve and CTMH For Always

Good morning crafty friends! Hope y'all are having
a great week so far! Mine's going well! We have had
some folks put in applications for our rent house! Hopefully 
we can decided on someone over the weekend and get
a contract signed! Then on Sunday, we are going to 
look at a house for sale that I absolutely adore!
I hope we can buy it! Did I mention I will get my own 
craft room?! I'm so excited! And the hubs of course
will get a fab man cave that I am already designing for him
with fabulous finds from Ikea! No better place
for awesome office furniture!

Anyways... I wanted to share a quick card before I
head off to work. For this card I used the January week 2
sketch from Viva la Verve. I used paper from 
Close To My Heart's For Always pack which is now retired.
So sad, I just love black and white!
 The base of the card is the smokey plum as well as 
the honeycomb embossed portion (a Darice folder).
 I stamped the cake and bride and groom from the Happy Couple 
stamp set in black ink and cut them out. I used a Nestabilities
die for the slate scalloped circle and the circle with
the For Always paper. The sentiment is from Verve.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Viva la Verve and Huntington

Good Monday morning my crafty friends!
Hope y'all are had a great weekend! Mine was
 good. Plans slightly changed but it was good though. 

I thought I'd share a card with y'all though 
real quick before heading of f to work!
I used the January week one sketch from Viva la Verve as well
as some Verve stamps and dies. The paper is from 
Close To My Heart's retiring paper Huntington. I love it!
It's the fall-ish paper but obviously can be used for other things!
The ink colors I used were Barn Red, Olive, and Goldrush.
I added some Opaque Pearls for a bit of bling!

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Try Stampin' and CTMH Sarita

Good Saturday morning crafty friends! Hope y'all are
having a great weekend so far! My plans have
changed a bit since yesterday... Cleaning the rent house
this morning then going over to my parents house to shoot
guns and bows! That's how we roll in OK!
I was also supposed to bake today for my nieces birthday
but they have all come down with colds so the party is
being postponed until next weekend...

I wanted to share a quick card before I head out to start
cleaning! I used the current sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.
The paper and ink are from Close To My Heart. I used
the Sarita paper pack, one of my favorites! Love the colors!
The stamps and dies are from Verve, my 2nd favorite stamp
company. (First is CTMH of course :-) The Ink colors
I used were Outdoor Denim, Goldrush, Lagoon, and Gypsy.
I added some Assorted Sparkles for some bling!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

CTMH Sarita and Mojo Monday

Good morning crafty friends! It's Friday! Yay!
Anyone have some awesome weekend plans? I plan
to craft a bit this evening, might be going to shoot tomorrow
afternoon with some friends, and bake a cake and cupcakes 
this evening for my nieces birthday on Sunday!

I thought I'd share a quick card I made using
the Close To My Heart Sarita paper pack. It is one of my
very favorite paper packs! I just love the vibrant colors!
The honeycomb embossing folder is from Darice.
The flower and leaf stamps and dies are from Verve as well as
the 'enjoy today' and the sentiment stamp is from MFT.
The ink colors I used were Lagoon, Goldrush, Gypsy, 
and Outdoor denim. I also added some Silver Shimmer Trim
and some Assorted Sparkles for some added shine.
The card uses the current sketch from Mojo Monday. I am
also entering this card in the current Verve inspiration hop.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fusion and Diva Dare

Good morning crafty friends! Hope y'all are having a great
week so far! I wanted to share a quick Valentines Day card with y'all!
I used the current sketch from Fusion Card Challenge.
I am also entering this card in the current Verve Diva Dare with
the challenge of "Smitten" where you have to use a heart
and at least one Verve product.

I used mostly Close To My Heart products on this card.
I used the paper pack For Always which is about to retire!
The hearts are from the You Are My Happy Stamping month promo.
I used Black ink for the sentiment and Ruby for the hearts.
The sentiment is from Verve Stamps and the button and
twine are misc from my stash.


Come shop with me Here!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Twisted Tuesday #67

Good morning Twisted Tuesday fans!
We Sure had some lovely entries during our last 
challenge of the year... Can't wait to see what y'all
come up with for the first challenge of the year!

Mixed Signals

The Challenge:
Use products from at least 3 different companies

The Twist:
Use arrows on your creation.

My creation:

This is a small 4x4 square card I made using  patterned paper 
from Teresa Collins, solid paper from Paper Studio and
Recollections. The stamp sets I used are both
from Close To My Heart. The sentiment is from Joyful Birthday
and the arrows are from the Designed Decor Kit.
The ink colors I used were Black, Slate, and Juniper, all from CTMH.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year's Resolution!

So I usually am not one to make New Year's Resolutions
but maybe this year I should. I have noticed since 
I got my new job that I don't blog as regularly as I did before.
At my old job when I had no work to do I'd catch up/get ahead 
on my blog but at my new job I don't have computer 
access. So I have decided to make it a point to
blog at least 4 times a week. I will still mostly blog my cards
but I'm going to try and post more about CTMH specials
as well as do some more video tutorials. I figured the best way
to keep myself organized was to get a planner. But not just any planner,
I wanted one geared toward blogging so I found some amazing
free blog printables Here from Erica of Confessions of a Homeschooler.
She has a monthly planner and weekly planner. I used some 
things from both and came up with a lovely and hefty 70 page planner
that I took to staples and had covered and spiraled for
less than $6. Then I added some month tabs...

Here is a little peak at the rest of the pages in the planner
If you are in need of a great and colorful planner
head on over to 
and get these amazing printables from Erica! She's fabulous!



Sunday, January 5, 2014

CTMH January SOTM and National Papercrafting Month

Good morning friends! Hope y'all are enjoying your
Sunday afternoon! Well it's a new year, and a new month
with some great things going on over at Close To My Heart.
Not only do we have another great stamp-of-the-month but it
is also National Papercrafting Month so of course we
have a great special for that!

Cloud 9 card-making kit! Only $15 with a $35 purchase!

This kit is worth well over $40! The stamp set alone is a $17.95 set!!

This kit includes:

1 Instruction guide
1 D-size stamp set
10 cards and envelopes
1 sheet shape cut outs
(extra cut-outs can be made with Artiste cart.)
1 sheet Cloud 9 B&T cardstock
1 sheet Lagoon cardstock
1 Sheet Honey cardstock
1 roll of gold dot washi tape
1 roll teal shimmer trim
1 package Durables triangles

Want to know what even better?! Once you have your $35 in product
in your cart and you add the Cloud 9 kit, your total will
be $50 so you will also be eligible to get the SOTM
for only $5!! That's a lot of product for only $55!
Remember this promotion is only available until January 31st!

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Sketch N Scrap card #17

Good morning friends!Hope everyone's year has
gotten off to a good start! Did anyone make any New Years
resolutions involving crafting? I did, sorta... lol! Mine is
to get better at keeping up the blogging of my crafts!

Ready for a the first card sketch of the year

Here it is; sketch #17 due Jan 31st:

Here is my take:

I used all Close To My Heart products. I started with paper from
the Sarita paper pack. I stamped the sentiment from Joyful Birthdays
in Lagoon ink. I added some Silver Shimmer Trim and
Assorted Sparkles for some added shine!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

CTMH with Mojo Monday and Try Stampin'

Good morning friends! Hope y'alls weekend is going well!
I'm trying to spend the day relaxing... Feel like I
haven't done too much of that lately... I wanted to share two cards 
I made using mostly Close To My Heart products.

The first card I made using the current sketch from Mojo Monday.
I am also sharing this card at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
I used the Babycakes paper pack and stamps from the 
December SOTM (no longer available). I stamped my sentiments
in Sunset and Chocolate inks as well as inked the sides of some
of my cardstock with Chocolate ink using a bit of my sponge.
I added some Opaques Pearls and Bronze Shimmer Trim for sparkle.

The second card I made using the current sketch from Try Stampin' on 
Tuesday. I again used the Babycakes paper pack and December SOTM.
I used Chocolate ink to stamp my sentiment and inked the
edges of some of the cardstock with it. I used some Bronze shimmer trim
again as well as some various ribbons from Michael's. 

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original sketches:

Friday, January 3, 2014

CTMH and Freshly Made Sketches #117

Happy Friday evening friends! Hope y'all are having a 
great weekend so far! I got off work at noon today so I was able
to do a bit of running around and cleaning before finally
sitting down and relaxing a bit!

I thought I'd share a card this evening that I made using the current
sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. For this card all the products I used
were from Close To My Heart products except the embossing
folder which is a Darice folder. I used the Sarita Paper Pack
and cut five banners out of various paper from the pack.
I added a strip of Teal Shimmer Trim (from the new catalog! 
Available February 1st!) and stamped a star from the You are My
Happy stamp set (no longer available) in Goldrush ink. I then
stamped a sentiment from Card Chatter-Birthday in Outdoor Denim ink.

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original sketch: