Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Button Heart Box

I ordered the Heart Pocket Box from Creative Cuts and More in this gorgeous metallic cardstock called Jupiter Stardream. Can you see the shimmer in this photo?

I didn't want to cover it up too much, so I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and cut it out with a heart shaped die. Then I poured out a container of buttons and just arranged to my heart's content. This Heart Pocket Box comes with holes punched out at the top, so all I had to do was assemble the box (using Killer Red Tacky Tape) and tie some ribbon through the holes.

Now can't you just see yourself making these in all different kinds of colors? You could order a pink box and use red buttons, or you go non-traditional and order a purple box and decorate with yellow buttons. Wouldn't that be fun? Go check out the fun die cuts over at Creative Cuts and More today and let your creativity go wild. :-)

Die Cuts:
Heart Pocket Box from Creative Cuts and More (Jupiter Stardream Metallic Cardstock)

Studio G sentiment

Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

white cardstock
buttons (Autumn Leaves)
ribbon (May Arts)
heart die (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Killer Red Tacky Tape

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Four Hearts Love

I went to sleep with this idea in my head, and I ended up dreaming about it all night. So of course, I just had to get this stamped today before I forgot everything. LOL

I inked up the Spanish Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms and stamped it on a piece of scrap white cardstock. The scalloped heart was cut out from this scrap after the ink had dried. I then cut out three more scalloped hearts and arranged them on the brown cardstock. I added a button to one heart, the word "Love" to another heart, and for the last one, I embossed it with a Swiss Dots embossing folder. To make the embossed dots pop out, I smooshed a white pigment ink pad across the top of that heart.

The "Love" sentiment comes from the new Sympathy Expressions stamp set that was recently released over at Cornish Heritage Farms. It just goes to show how versatile that set can be. It doesn't just have to be for sympathy cards. :-)

Sympathy Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Spanish Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms

Espresso Adirondack dye (Ranger)
Snow Cap Adirondack pigment (Ranger)
Pink Petunia Versamagic (Tsukineko)

Simply Smooth White from CHF
Simply Kraft from CHF
Dark Brown (Prism)
Guava Sensation (Bazzill Smoothies)

Scallop heart dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Swiss Dot embossing folder (Provocraft)

button (Autumn Leaves)
twine (May Arts)
ribbon (May Arts)
pearls (Mark Richards USA)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sneak Peek - new CHF Chintz

How would you like a little peek at a new backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms?

Don't you just love that?? It is called Vintage Chintz backgrounder, and this will be one of the go-to backgrounders in my collection. I went a little shabby chic on this card by inking up the new Vintage Chintz backgrounder with Faded Jeans distress ink and making sure some areas were darker than others. It reminds me of wallpaper that has been faded here and there where the sun peeked through a curtain.

You can see another sneak peek of this backgrounder on Jean's blog. This backgrounder will be available from Cornish Heritage Farms on Friday, January 29.

Did you know that Cornish Heritage Farms is having a sale? This weekend only, January 23rd and 24th, ALL RUBBER at Cornish Heritage Farms is 15% off!!!! This excludes only the Stamp of the Month, which of course is already on sale. Whatcha waiting for? Let's go shopping and get those things that are on your wish list! :-)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vintaged Serenity

I've been fighting off a migraine all day today (Wednesday), and I just started playing with papers and layouts to see what I could come up with. I didn't have the right color of flowers, so I sprayed some plain white flowers with Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray (available in the Cornish Heritage Farms store - click here). I sprayed lightly for the pink flower, and I sprayed heavily for a complete saturation of color on the smaller darker flower. Then I wanted to "vintage" them so I sponged some brown ink over the sprayed flowers.

Thomas Kinkade Scriptures I (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms (click here)

Walnut Stain distress (Ranger)
Black Soot distress (Ranger)

Simply Heavy Black from Cornish Heritage Farms (click here)
Victoria designer paper (7gypsies)

flowers (Prima)
twine (May Arts)
ribbon (May Arts)
Labels 8 dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink spray (available from CHF here)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Belli Challenge #83 - hearts

Here is my card for today's Belli Challenge. Can you see the hearts on this card? I've gone with a very subtle presentation of the hearts here. Look at the designer paper - it's peppered with hearts and the little rhinestone to the right of the sentiment is in the shape of a heart. :-)

I had to break out and play with the new chipboard that I got from Stampers Dream. I painted the birdcage and the bird with some Making Memories paint and let them dry. I glued the wing to the bird and then covered it completely with Flower Soft glue and some Ivory Flower Soft. Now my bird is all fluffy! LOL

Play along with our Belli Challenge today and create something with hearts on it. You'd be getting your Valentine card for your sweetie done in time for that special day - hint hint!! Need more inspiration? See what our Belli Girls have created for you, and stop by and welcome our NEWEST Belli Girls (Jenny, Joy, Liz, and Maria) over on the Belli Challenge blog.

Stamps: Swan Song (Verve)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI)
CS: Vanilla, Real Red
Other: chipboard (Maya Road), paint (Making Memories), Sugar Rush dp (Basic Grey), gem (K&Company), gold elastic cord, Ivory Flower Soft, Flower Soft glue

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sneak Peek - Spring Chicks from CHF!

I'm showing you a sneak peek made with the new Spring Chicks and More! that will be available from Cornish Heritage Farms tomorrow. This is such a cute set with chicks, bunnies, and even a duck so you can create some fun Easter cards.

I decided to go with a sweet non-Easter themed card by pairing this cute sentiment with the little chickie. I cut the white cardstock and the striped designer paper with a Labels 8 Nestability die and then tied the black ribbon around the middle. The chickie is colored with copic markers and I added a few pink rhinestones to the upper corner. I will mail this card to a dear friend who needs a big hug.

Check out Cornish Heritage Farms on Friday (tomorrow) to see what the other designers have created with this adorable set. Click on this GALLERY link, then click on the Tom Fun Collection link, then click on the Spring Chicks and More! link. I have another card with a different chickie and a fun little project with one of the bunnies in the gallery, so don't forget to go look at them! :-)

Spring Chicks and More! (Tom Fun Collection) from CHF

Tuxedo Black - Memento

Smooth White from CHF

designer paper (Cosmo Cricket - Honey Pie)
ribbon - Offray
rhinestones - Kaiser
Spellbinders Nestabilities die - Labels 8
copic markers

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Winter Arch Window

Remember my fall arch window card (seen here)? I wanted to do something with a winter theme, so I ordered another A2 Arch Window card from Creative Cuts and More in this gorgeous Pomegranate color (Bazzill Canvas Texture). Instead of going with green and red, which are Christmas colors, I went with red and white and a hint of sky blue coloring for that frosty feel.

The stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms' Christmas Critters and Winter Trees sets. The deer, cardinal, and penguin were all colored with Copic markers and then "fussy cut." Why a penguin? With this Arctic blast that we've had here in Texas, it sure feels like we live in Antarctica this month! LOL

For the snow at the bottom of the card, I used this fun stuff called Faux Snow (from Cornish Heritage Farms). I applied some liquid glue all around the bottom and then covered it with this Faux Snow. I had to add just a touch of warm fuzzies by tying some soft fluffy white fibers around the side of the card.

Here's hoping you stay warm this winter!

Die Cut: A2 Arch Window card from Creative Cuts and More
Stamps: Winter Trees and Christmas Critters from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Broken China distress, Tuxedo Black Memento, Espresso - Adirondack
Cardstock: white
Other: sponge, copic markers, white fibers, Faux Snow (CHF)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

CC&M Valentine Blog Hop

Welcome to the next link in the Creative Cuts & More Valentine Blog Hop! Weren't Steph's projects great? If you didn't arrive here from Steph's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Valentine Blog Hop starts at If for some reason one of the links is broken along the Hop do not worry, hop back over to Die Cut Diva where the complete list will be.

This month we will be doing something a bit differently! Post a comment to each of the DESIGN TEAM'S BLOG projects AND do the following challenge:

Please make a project using any VALENTINE THEMED DIE CUT and post it on any forum with the code CCANDM1 and a link to Post a comment on the Die Cut Diva Blog with a direct link to your project by Monday, January 18th, for your chance to win a Variety Package of Products ($15 value) from CC&M.

For my projects, I chose to work with the Heart Picture Frames and the Heart Pop-Up Insert & 5 1/4" Square Card Set. I ordered three frames with pink velvet paper and 3 frames with medium chipboard. Since I wanted to make magnets with these, I knew I would need a little more support, so that's where the chipboard comes in.

Before I began, I traced the frame three times on a magnet sheet and cut them out. I glued the velvet paper to the chipboard, glued the pictures on the back of each chipboard, and then covered the backs with the magnetic sheets that I had previously cut.

To dress them up a little bit, I added some flowers with buttons to each frame. Since these are on my fridge and they will get moved around (busy hands from little tykes), I kept these simple. I like the feel of the velvet and I know the little tykes will have fun with these. :-)

For the heart pop-up card, I piled on the glitter and embellishments. I covered chipboard pieces with paint, crackle paint, and stickles. The sentiment on the front is stamped with red ink and then cut out with Labels 4 Nestabilities. The edge of the sentiment piece is covered with red stickles but it was hard to see against the background paper. So I cut out another Labels 4 shape the next size bigger, and covered it with Star Dust stickles. This card is stickles-crazy! :-)

For the inside, you guessed it - more red stickles. Hee hee! I also stamped the "I love you!" repeatedly on the designer paper with red ink. I cut out a heart from the designer paper and folded it in the middle so it would fold with the pop-up heart. This card was easy to work with - everything is scored so all you have to do is fold and decorate.

I hope you have enjoyed the projects I showed you today. Now it is time for you to hop on over to Lisa Somerville's blog. Don't forget to play along in the Valentine contest for your chance to win a Variety Package of Products! Good luck!!

Die Cuts from Creative Cuts and More:

Heart Picture Frame (pink velvet and medium chipboard)
Heart Pop-Up Insert & 5-1/4" Square Card Set (Bazzill Smoothies Pomegranate Splash - outside, Bazzill Smoothies White - inside)

Stamps: Love Blooms (Sweet N Sassy Stamps), All Year Cheer (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red (Stampin Up)
Paper: Basic Grey Sugar Rush
Other: chipboard (Maya Road), acrylic paint (white, celery, pink), Shabby Shutters distress crackle paint (Ranger), Star Dust Stickles, Xmas Red Stickles, button, Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Heart Nestabilities (Spellbinders), white ribbon

Friday, January 8, 2010

New CHF Sympathy Expressions set

I've used the gorgeous new Sympathy Expressions set from Cornish Heritage Farms on this clean and simple card. This stamp set is available in the CHF store today, and you will definitely want to add this one to your stash of stamps you use all the time.

I wish I didn't need these kinds of cards, but unfortunately, I've had to make more sympathy cards than I wanted over this past year. This beautiful set is perfect for making simple and elegant cards to send to your loved ones.

Would you like to see more cards using this Sympathy Expressions set? Click HERE and browse away.

I hope you have a wonderfully WARM weekend! :-)

Sympathy Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line from Cornish Heritage Farms)

Pearlescent Chocolate (Brilliance)

Simply Dark Brown
Simply Smooth vanilla (layer inside the card) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Georgia Pacific white (for the scalloped border)

Designer paper: Wisteria (Basic Grey)

ribbon (May Arts)
Doily Lace Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Turquoise Polka Dot Birthday

I saw a cute card on Dawn McVey's blog, and I just had to see if I could redo it with different colors and all Cornish Heritage Farms stamps. The card I saw on Dawn's blog is here. You can see I went with turquoise instead of her pink colors, and instead of stamping the flourishes, I used some swirly rhinestones on the side. I didn't want the brackets around my "happy birthday" sentiment, so I actually cut them off when I cut the sheet of rubber apart. It didn't harm the stamp one bit, and I'll be able to use this stamp a lot in the future. Be brave - cut your stamps apart if you don't like something on em! :-)

This is another card for the current Belli Challenge to use glitter or rhinestones. Check out the challenge HERE and play along with us! :-)

Birthday Centers (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Large Polka Dot backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms

Broken China distress (Ranger)

Simply Smooth White from CHF
Bazzill Smoothies

ribbon (Offray)
rhinestones (Prima)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Belli Challenge #82 - glitter and rhinestones

Today's Belli Challenge is all about glitter and rhinestones. You know you have some glitter somewhere. I bet you even have some rhinestones or other crafty bling hiding in your craft drawers. Pull them out and play with them, and join in our challenge this week.

For my card, I used a new scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms called Love. There's all kinds of sweet sentiments and words on this stamp and some are distressed and some are solid. I just love the mix of fonts and words on this scrapblock. Look closely at the crown on my card, and you will see the "jewels" in the crown. I also have some under the "mine" in the second heart.

Some of you might be asking, why purple for a Valentine's card? Why not? LOL I had already done some red and pink cards, and I needed a change from that. So the purple cardstock just sort of jumped into my hands. LOL

How about some more inspiration? Let's go see what the Belli Girls have created over on the Belli Challenge blog. Pull out your glitter and/or rhinestones and play along with us today. :-)

Love scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms
Sweet Bee (Rummage Bin collection) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Moonlight White Brilliance
Dusty Concord distress

Bazzill Smoothies

white organdy ribbon
charms (Making Memories)
heart dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

MOJO119 Gingham Journey

The weather has been crazy here for the past week, and it's brought on some horrible sinus headaches for both my husband and me. After drinking some Coke and downing some Motrin, I managed to work on this card. As you can see, I am moving away from Christmas colors and bringing out the soft spring colors.

Look closely and you can see the Fine Gingham backgrounder that I used on the green layer. I stamped that with Versamark, and I just wanted to darken it up just a tad, so I rubbed over the inky areas with a soft green shimmery chalk from Pebbles. The rest of the card is sweet and simple with the emphasis on the sentiment.

Maybe this sentiment should be my motto this year? It's a reminder to live life, not wait for things to happen. What is your motto this year?

Fine Gingham backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Encouragement Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line from Cornish Heritage Farms)

Peeled Paint distress
Jet Black stazon

Simply Smooth Vanilla (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Bazzill Smoothies (Creative Cuts and More)
Sugar Rush designer paper (Basic Grey)

Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities circle die, scallop rectangle die
ribbon (May Arts)
shimmery chalk (Pebbles)