Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanks - Lifting Spirits Zoe Airplane Card

I'm back with another card I made for my August "Zoe" card workshop.

I used three stamp sets for this card; "Lifting Spirits" for the airplane and cloud images, "Framed" (August 2015 Stamp of the Month) for the "sky" & "Variety of Thanks" for the "thanks" in the banner.  Unfortunately I wasn't very timely posting this card and all three of the stamp sets are now unavailable.

Here's a closer look at the card, showing how I cut out the airplane & cloud images and placed them in a sky stamped with "Thanks" from the Framed stamp set.  I got the sky idea from a card I saw on Wendy Coffman's blog.  She's fantastic.  Click HERE to check out her site, she posts something new every day.  :)

I used CTMH's Shin Han Markers to color the airplane.  I love to color and would love to have more time to get better at it.  

Here's a look at the stamp sets I used:

"Lifting Spirits" (now retired)

"Framed" (now retired)

"Variety of Thanks" (now retired)

Well, that's it for today.  Thank you for stopping by and please visit again soon.  Cheers!

Stamps: B1471 Variety of Thanks (retired), C1570 Lifting Spirits (retired), S1508 Framed (retired)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Happy Birthday - "Zoe" Joyful Birthday & Have a Happy Day

Here is another card from my Zoe card workshop back in August.

Isn't that fun?  I just love those Zoe paper colors.  THIS card by Karen Giron inspired my card design.  I loved the look of her card so I made mine with Close to My Heart papers and stamps.

Here's a closer look.  You can see the sentiment circle and flower are popped up with foam tape:

I used two different stamp sets:

Joyful Birthday - one of my most used birthday sentiment stamps

And "Have a Happy Day" (now unavailable)

I hope you enjoyed this card.  I think it would put a smile on the recipient's face.  

Please visit again soon.

Stamps: B1419 Joyful Birthday, D1616 Have a Happy Day (for flower & leaves - retired)
Inks: SlateSorbetSweet Leaf
Embellishments: Sparkles
Other: White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
Non-CTMH: MFT Stitched Circle Stax Die

Monday, November 2, 2015

Thinking of You - "Zoe" floral card

Hello, it's been a while.  Life just keeps getting busier and busier these days.  Anyhoo, along with our normal daily life I've still been having monthly card workshops, just failing to share what we make.  Oops.

Waaay back in August I did a card workshop using the newer "Zoe" paper pack from Close to My Heart.  I just love the bright color combination of these papers.  Here is one of the cards we made:

My inspiration was THIS CARD I found on Pinterest, created by Sandy Mathis.  For my version I used the Close to My Heat "Hooray Bouquet" stamp set.  It's a set that is not in the current catalog but is still available because it coordinates with our fabulous "Art Philosophy" Cricut Cartridge (still my favorite).

Here is a closer view of the flowers on the card:

I also used two of the new CTMH shimmer trim tapes.  The Green across the band and I hole punched the Coral to add to the center of one of the flowers.  The green shimmer trim is so sparkly in real life, it's hard to capture in a photo.  And I love adding a bit of texture with an embossing folder.  This one is the "Dot" embossing folder, a must have in my collection.

Here's a look at the Hooray Bouquet stamp set:

Well, I hope this card has brightened your day a bit.  Please visit again soon.  Cheers!

Stamps: D1491 Hooray Bouquet, C1570 Lifting Spirits (for sentiment - retired)
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, Dot embossing folder, White Daisy Cards & Envelopes, Misc. Hole Punch

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The new CTMH catalogs are here!!!

It's September 1st and the new Close to My Heart catalogs are live!  Woo hoo!  Not only one catalog, but two are available to peruse, starting today.

The "Annual Inspiratons" catalog: Items inside are available for a full year, 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016

And one of my favorites, the "Holiday Expressions" catalog.  Items are available from 9/1/15 - 12/31/15.  Many fun new Holiday items, from Halloween to Christmas.  Yay!

Please let me know if you'd like a hard copy of your own. In the meantime, you can click HERE to view each of the catalogs online.  **You can also always find the link to the catalogs on my side bar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thanks a Latte

Here's another fun card from my recent card workshop using the Seaside Paper Pack from Close to My Heart.

This was a "fan favorite" in the class.  I was inspired from a Stampin' Up card by demonstrator Eileen Dent.  She doesn't have a link to her card online, but it was super cute and I used her layout and replaced her SU products with our CTMH papers and stamps for my purposes.  :)

I knew I wanted to use this coffee cup as soon as I saw it in the "Treats of Friendship" set.  One of the sentiments in this set says "I like you a latte", but I thought a thank you card would be more useful for my group of workshop attendees, so I cut the sentiment in half and only used the "a latte" portion.  I used the "Thanks" from the very versatile set called "Finding the Words".  

This set is also a great one for coloring or paper piecing, which I did here.  Here's a closer look.

I also added some interest to the Crystal Blue cardstock by stamping with one of the images on the Distressed Backgrounds set.

Here's a closer look at the three stamp sets used on this card: 

Well, that's it for today.  Thanks a latte for stopping by, hee hee.  Please visit again soon.  :)

** Note: And as I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **

Other: Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value PackMicro-Tip Scissors

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chalk it Up "Happy Birthday" tiled card

Here's another fun card from my recent card workshop.  I've been wanting to try this type of card for a while now.  I was inspired by a fellow CTMH consultant named Vicki Wizniuck.  I love all of Vicki's cards and projects.  See her card HERE.

I love how she paper-pieced the "birthday" on her card, but I thought it might be too time consuming for a classroom situation, so I just had my workshop attendees use our ShinHan markers to color the Framework Alphabet letters.

The life of the current Close to My Heart catalog is nearing its end and I hadn't used the "Chalk it Up" paper yet for my classes.  I really liked it once I started playing with it.  I also added in one of the papers from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals collection.  It's the fun embossed Sorbet colored paper.

Now for the pattern, honestly, it took me a little while to figure out, but once I got it down, it was easy peasy.  This is a great design to use up paper scraps.  I don't throw anything away, so I have lots of scraps to use, lol.  Each "tile" on this card measures 1" x 1-1/2".

Here's another card without the sentiment, so you can see the complete pattern.

I kept the card simple as far as embellishments go.  I just added a trio of stars cut from the various Chalk It Up papersWhimsy Paper Fundamentals and cardstock.  I raised the one in the middle with foam tape, just to give a little extra interest.

The word "Happy" came from another great stamp set called "Finding the Words".  I've used this set for many cards already and I'm sure I'll use it for many more.  

Here's a look at Finding the Words and the Framework Alphabet stamp sets:

I hope you enjoyed this card.  I will list all of the supplies used and links to my website in case you want to give it a try too.  :)

** Note: And as I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **

Inks: Black
Shin Han Markers: Peacock Green

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ice cream equals happiness, right?

I had my July Greeting Card workshop recently and this was one of the favorites of the bunch.

Cute, huh?  I hadn't really played with the Seaside Paper Pack until I started designing this card.  I just love the fun stripes and polka-dots.  I've personally never had polka-dotted ice cream, but I'd try it if I had the chance.  :)

I love the sentiment on this card.  We are guilty of having ice cream in our house almost every night and I have to say, we're pretty happy here, hee hee.  

I used the now unavailable June Stamp of the Month called "Ice Cream Dream" on this card.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to have a card class in June, but I still wanted to use this cute stamp set.  I pre-warned my workshop attendees that it wouldn't be available by the time we'd be making this card, so they could pre-order it if they wanted one for themselves.  

This a great stamp set for paper piecing (which I did on the ice cream cone) or coloring with our wonderful markers.  We did a little coloring on the sentiment with two of the Shin Han markers.  I also used a little green epoxy bubble to dot the "i" on "Happiness".   

Here's a closer look at the "Ice Cream Dream" set:
So many cute images, it was hard to decide which ones to use.  Well, thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed the card and please visit again soon.

** Note: And as I've mentioned in my previous posts, I'm also listing some of my cards for sale in both my Etsy shop and my Ebay shop.  You can find the links on the sidebar of this blog.  For the next few months the sales will go towards the cost of a school trip to Italy my 15 year old son will be taking next Spring.  Every little bit helps, right? **

Stamps: S1506 June Stamp of the Month "Ice Cream Dream" (unavailable)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (non-CTMH)
Shin Han Markers: Light Orange, Turquoise Blue
Other: Colonial White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack, Micro-Tip Scissors

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Woo hoo, my first online sale!

I had my first online sale yesterday.  Someone purchased 7 of my cards from my Ebay shop!  I've been listing cards in both my Ebay and Etsy shops and waiting to see if someone would find me.

If you'd like to see what I have for sale, you can go to either of my shops.

My Ebay store is called "teojax-crafts", you can find it HERE.
My Etsy store is called "teojax", you can find it HERE.

The card prices and shipping are the same on both sites.  I wasn't sure which would be the best place to sell my items, so I chose both.  I also have links on the side bar here on my blog, so you can click on them any time and see what I've added.

For now, any sales I have will go towards Mateo's school trip to Italy next spring.  He's doing some fund raising, along with his classmates that are also going, but this mama's got to do some fund raising as well, to make up the difference, lol.  Ciao!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Family & Friends: School's out for Summer!

Friday was the last day of school for the boys.  I made them let me take a "last day of the year" photo.  It was a little like pulling teeth, but I finally got one shot that was halfway decent.  (The sun was in Jaxon's eyes, so he wasn't too happy about it.)

You can see from the garage panels how much the boys have grown, probably about an inch (or more) for each of them.  Mateo's now taller than both Chico & I and I'm sure Jaxon will pass us in no time.

The boys have a week to hang out, then they start their six week summer program at CBAP.  Mateo will be a volunteer again this year and Jaxon will be a participant.  You have to be at least 14 to volunteer, so Jaxon has a couple years to go.  I'm excited to hear about all of the fun activities they get to do this year.  Here's to a great summer!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

You make my World go 'Round

I was searching through some boxes in my craft room the other day and ran across more cards I haven't shared here.  Geez, I'm beginning to realize just how many cards I've made over the years.  This was a fun one from a couple years ago.

This paper was part of the "Dream Pop" paper pack.  It was a really bright and fun paper pack introduced for National Scrapbooking month back in May 2013.  The stamp set called "Pinwheel" was the Stamp of the Month that same month.  

This was a super fun stamp set.  It could be used with any paper pack, just by stamping the pinwheel wheels in any color combination that suits your needs.  For this card I was inspired by a very talented fellow CTMH Consultant named Allisa Chilton.  I love all of  her cards!

The "wheels" of the pinwheel were stamped in Cotton Candy, SunsetHoney inks and coordinated very well with this fun paper pattern.  I added a little bit of foam tape between the pinwheel layers to add more dimension.  I put them together with a large white brad and added a bright colored stir stick (which I found in the break room at work, shhh...).

This is the now retired "Pinwheel" set (which coordinated with CTMH's "Artiste" Cricut Cartridge).  This set really reminds me of summertime.

I hope you enjoyed this card.  Please visit again.

Paper: Dream Pop (retired), Honey & White Daisy CS
Stamps: S1305 Pinwheel (retired)
Embellishments: White Daisy Brad (retired), Stir Stick (non CTMH)
Other: Cricut Artiste Cartridge, White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack