Monday, November 30, 2009

December Stamp of the Month blog hop

Wow... Thanksgiving is already over- I hope yours was a great one! Now that December is upon us it was time to tackle another Stamp of the Month. December's set is called Notice the Details and has 41 stamps!!! My first thoughts on this set is that it would be great for scrapbooking... but I have not had time to scrapbook so I had to come up with something else.

Those of you that know me personally know that I am a scientist... I work in a research lab by day and dabble with stamping and scrapbooking whenever I can sneak away to the basement at night. When I'm working at my lab bench... I often think of things I know I'll forget if I don't write them down... whether it's a list of supplies to order for work, the steps of an experiment I just set up that need to be recorded in my lab notebook... or sometimes- a card design that popped into my head- lol...

I always keep pads of paper at my bench and I used to always buy the seasonal ones at the dollar store- just for something fun. For this month's blog hop- I used a couple of stamps from the Notice the Details set along with some snowflakes from another stamp set (Holiday Trinkets) to design my own pad of paper for my lab bench at work.

The "Important to Remember" and date box are stamped in black and the snowflakes are first and second generation Crystal Blue and Twilight- leaving the writing area light enough to be able to read what you write.

You could also turn this into a kitchen tablet by adding a magnet to the back and sticking it to your fridge.

Hope you enjoyed my quick peak at December's stamp of the month.

The next blog on the hop is: Krista Ritskes - go check out the artwork she's showing off!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

You color my world...

I love this project!! so simple, no stamping, easy peasy and fun too!

Here's a cute idea for the kids in your life. You'll need a silicone baking tray- don't spend $10 on a wilton brand unless you have to have a particular design because you won't want to use it on cookies after melting wax in it! I went to Target and found some cute silicone baking trays in their "Dollar spot" near the front entrance. I picked up a snowflake tray and a Christmas tree tray (each only $2.50 and 6 sections to make 6 crayons at a time in either tray)
You'll also need some broken crayons (or new crayons... it'll just up the price of the project)

simply break up some crayons... toss them in the silicone tray and heat them about 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees (basically just till the crayons are all melted down). I used a couple shades of each color for interest in the crayons. Somehow I forgot to add a second blue to my blue snowflake crayon so it's the only one without variety but it is still cute!

After you remove the tray from the oven... let it sit for several hours or overnight till the wax is fully hardened. Pop the crayons out and you're ready to color! If you're not in the coloring mood you can continue on to the next steps and pretty them up for gift giving.

You'll need a ziploc sandwich bag. Zip those crayons up and create a bag topper. I used Desert Sand cardstock cut to 6 1/4 inches by 4 inches. Fold in half. Cut patterned paper in a nice bright color to 5 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches - adhere to the Desert sand cardstock.

Next : I printed the "you color my world" title using a Close To My Heart Font CD. The solid letters are CTMH Stumlin' Along and the outline text is printed with CTMH Alpha Power. FUN FONTS!! I love the fonts on our CDs.
I colored the "color" with a variety of Copic markers (BG72 Ice Cream, B24 Sky, G24 Willow, R08 Vermillion, Y08 Acid Yellow, and V04 Lilac)
If you're interested in what fonts are found on either of the two font CDs we carry click here. When you follow that link you can click on either CD to see the fonts included. My only disappointment in the CD I purchased is that I misplaced it for a year before installing the fonts! I find myself using it more and more all the time!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

a little inspiration..

I needed to make a card for my friend Tonia's birthday this week. I decided to go through my stash of inspiration (a ll the pages of cards or projects from magazines that I liked and ripped out and stuck in a basket!) This card was inspired by some cards made by Michele Boyer for a Papercrafts issue (can't tell you which issue because they don't print the month/year on their pages like other magazines do- or at least not on this particular page I ripped out.

Here's the card:
Colors: Vineyard Berry, Blush, Olive and Desert Sand
Stamps: Treasure Life by CTMH and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink (I'm not sure the name of the stamp set- it's the garden set with rainboots, strawberry's, the grasshopper etc. I'll look up the name later and add it to the post when I get a chance!)
The Desert Sand was sponged on. This card was super fun to make and turned out so pretty in real life!

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's almost time...

{* NOTE- I'll be changing the links in my Nov. Stamp of the Month blog hop post tonight so they take you directly to that person's blog hop post - if you are receiving e-mail updates as to when I update my blog- please note that you may receive another tonight when I update those links but I will not be adding additional artwork so you can ignore that!}

to deck the halls. This is a layout i created for a class in September- I was cleaning out my picture file and realized I hadn't posted this yet. Before I get to it I thought I'd mention that I sat down and thought about this blog this weekend and realized that I really miss posting lately- so I'll be making a greater effort to get some artwork up more often. My goal is at least twice a week and hopefully more!

On to the layout:

I love the new Jingle paper- I'm hoping to use this layout for some of this year's photos.

{supplies: Jingle Level2 paper pack, Twilight , chocolate, and Olive ink, Chocolate alphabet(large), Twinkle brads}

In the grand scheme- it uses very little in supplies. The tree is just free handed. The tree and trunk are sponged with ink and a piercing tool was used to punch my brad holes.

I've really made an effort this past week to start using all of these layouts i've created for classes - to try and catch up some of my own work- so i'll be taking lots of photos tonight to start working on my goal of posting more!

On a personal note- the weather here in Michigan was beautiful this past weekend! There are plenty of years when we've had snow by now. This weekend it was in the 70's! It was a great opportunity to get some photos at the park! We took photos for our Christmas cards and then let our daughter feed the ducks! It was so much fun!

This picture isn't the official card photo but I like this one because it shows off the beautiful sweater my friend Tonia made for Kaden! Isn't it nice!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November stamp of the month hop...

Hi there! Today is November 1st.. which means it's time for a new Stamp of the Month for our faithful Close To My Heart followers! I'll admit- I was excited about this set from the get go... then when I received it- I really didn't know what to do with it. Then I created a card that I really Really like... for a swap... that I mailed... without taking a photo AGAIN!! So I quickly whipped up this cute little gift idea to show you today.

So.. If you're joining the hop by visiting my blog first- you'll want to visit Jena's blog to start at the beginning(you may want to bookmark her site as the entire hop list is there so if you get stuck along the way- her post will help you out!). If you're coming from Caren's blog- you're heading in the right direction. When you're finished looking around my blog- hop on over to Dawn's blog to continue the fun.

I thought I'd share a gift idea with you today... because frankly I'm on card and layout overload at the moment and needed a break. I have a boatload of art to share with you as quick as I can get it all posted but I hope this will do for today:

I was hoping to make it look like a gingerbread house because what you can't see are the gingerbread men cookies in the bag on the inside. I used the new Twinkle glitter brads for some sparkle around the handle and in the crocheted flower to add the "fun" accent - Gingerbread houses make me think of sparkle and fun (and candy too but I didn't have anything that would work and wasn't real candy!)
The stamp set comes with a little wooden post type of stamp and so I used that to create the post on my sign. There is a great stamp that says "home" and if I'd have thought of it sooner I would have stamped" Home for the holidays".