Thursday, December 23, 2010

Be Mine

This card was made using the December 2010 Stamp Of The Month…Amore.

You can see the full set here
It is an awesome set for Valentine’s Day or Love in general. I also used the Magnifique paper packet…unexpected colors for Valentine’s day which add interest. Also perfect as it will go to my wonderful hubby, so it is masculine…which sometimes is hard to do.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Magnifique Paper Packet X7127B
Amore Stamp Set D1445
Chocolate, Sky and White daisy Cardstock
Chocolate Ink Z2111
Pacifica Ink Z2192
Chocolate Button Z1206
Blue Embroidery Floss Z1093
Colonial White Ribbon Z1126
Chocolate Ribbon (retired)

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Maggie Card Kit

A while ago I participated in a Magnolia Kit swap. This is where each participant made up “kits” containing some colored cardstock, patterned papers, some embellishments and at least one stamped Magnolia Image. We made up 6 of the same kits and swapped them for 5 different ones and the hostess gets to keep one kit for the time and effort it takes to bring the swap all together…believe me it is worth more than one kit to do this…thanks Audrey Benno our hostess!

This card is made up from a kit from Elaine Atterbury. It came with way more embellishments than I placed on my card and two patterned papers that I just couldn’t make work with the card I had in mind. I will place the remaining items on other cards that I create later on.

I also used the Atyou Spica pens. These are really pretty in person. You get a very fine glitter where you put them without the thickness of glitter glue. It is about as thick as ball point pen ink. Great for very fine areas. They are a bit pricey, but well worth it for the end result in my opinion.

Copics used are:
Skin: E000, E01, E02, R20
Hair: E31, E35, E25, E27
Hair Bow: R37 and Red Spica
Dress and Socks: G40, G82
Candy Canes: R000, R29
Bow on Present: R000, R02
Present: G85 and Gold Spica
Pinafore and Shoes: W00

I also used the Petite Oval Small and Scalloped Large
Christmas Party Tilda by Magnolia is the Image.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Clear Christmas Cards


Here is the cards we made for the November Club Meeting.  We did a few differnent things with these...generation stamping, rock and roll and we also decorated a clear card. 

Clear cards are awesome to decorate. But there are a few tricks to decorating them. First off there is a protective plastic coating on BOTH sides of the clear cards that you must remove before you attach your cardstock. You can do this by scratching your fingernail along a corner until it starts to lift then just peel back along the whole card. Then repeat that for the other side.

Another thing to think about is the adhesive you will use. Liquid glue will not work. The best thing that I have found to use is the ATG gun, that I use (my all time favorite adhesive) or Liquid glass. These will work the best. Also you must think about where you place your adhesive, so it does not show on the back side. For this reason I keep my adhesive a little ways in from the edge of the cardstock I am gluing. Also I place another piece of cardstock on the back to cover the adhesive on the back side.

Now for the fun part…I place some of the smaller elements on the front of the clear card and the larger pieces on the inside of the card to give it that 3D look you are going for. The best thing is to just sit down and play with it so you can see for yourself just how fun these clear cards can be.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Mistletoe paper X7130B

Cranberry, New England Ivy and White Daisy Cardstock
Cranberry and New England Ivy Ink
Colonial White Edge Anchors
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon Z1103
All The Best stamp set B1357
Just for the Holidays Stamp set D1380
Christmas Melodies Stamp set D1324
Clear Scallop Circle cards Z1309
Liquid Glass Z679
Paper Shapers 1 ¼, 1 ½ circle punch
Paper Shapers 2 inch scalloped circle punch
Martha Stewart Rings border punch
Nesties Standard circles small
Nesties Standard Circles large

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Maggie Monday Challenge

Here is a card I made for the Magnolia inspiration Challenge. It was to use pink, blue and green.

This is a really simple card.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Topstitch paper packet
Baby blue, Vineyard Berry and colonial White cardstock
Vineyard berry Ink
Opaques pearls colored with YG13 Copic Marker
Ribbon unknown
Nestabilities Ovals and Beaded Ovals
Martha Stewart Swirling Lace border Punch
Foam dots
Tilda sitting with bows by Magnolia
Inside saying from Print works collection
Copic markers (sorry I colored this girl up ages ago and cannot find the paper where I wrote down the colors I used)

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Thursday, December 9, 2010


Here is a layout done with pictures taken last year on Christmas Morning.  It is Novalees's first Christmas.  She looked so cute in her Christmas dress.  Christmas this year will be fun she will be able to open all them toys herself! 
I did not write down what I used for this layout so there will be no recipe for this one.  Sorry. 

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Seasons Greeting from Edwin

Another Maggie Christmas card made!  This little cutie is Santa Edwin.  He is reading over his naughty list.  I hope I am not on there…ha-ha.  I used the Mistletoe striped paper but I wanted to add some glitter to it so…I took my quickie mini glue pen and traced over the red lines and sprinkled some micro fine glitter on there.  Then shook of the excess glitter and replaced it back in my jar.  The end results in some homemade glitter paper.  I also added some Polar white diamond flower soft for the fur trim on Santa Edwin. 

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.

Mistletoe paper X7130B
Colors are Cranberry, New England Ivy and Colonial White
Tannenbaum Stamp Set B1361
Mistletoe Level 2 Assortment Z1330
Paper Shapers 1 ½ inch circle punch
Paper Shapers 2 inch scalloped circle punch
Flower Soft Diamond Polar White
Quickie Glue Pen
Jewel Glitter Ritz Fire Red
Red satin Ribbon and My Bow Easy
Foam Dots
Copic Markers
Santa Edwin by Magnolia
Cardstock is Xpress Copic paper

Skin: E000, E00, E02, R11
Hat, Coat and Mitts: R27, R24, R22
Boots: E35, E33, E31
Scroll: E43, E42, E40, E0000
Hair: E27, E25, E21
Socks: W4, W2, W0
Flower Soft Polar White diamond on the fur

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Thursday, December 2, 2010


December Stamp of the Month is a very cute Valentine's or Love Set.  Along with a few heart images it has some sayings and images that can be used for alot of other occasions as well. 

You can see the whole set here

Remember that you can earn this set for a discount off regular price or even FREE.  Watch for some samples that I made up using this cute set. 

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Plenty for $20

Close To My Heart has an exciting Constant Campaign for December. 
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Grab Plenty for Twenty in December by visiting your
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You can view the products here

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