Thursday, July 31, 2014

Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop Featuring What A Hoot

Hello everyone and welcome to another great Blog Hop featuring our August 2014 Stamp of the month, What A Hoot!  From Millan.Net
 
If you're following along, you've just come from Susan's Blog.  There are a whopping 67 consultants on this hop so be sure to check out all their creations as they are sure to get you in the mood for some fun!
 
If at anytime you get lost along the hop, you can check out the entire list over at Melinda's Blog.
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This stamp set contains 17 stamps for creating fun and whimsical projects...take a look!




Now how about a peek at what I've been creating with this set!

Stamps: What A Hoot August 2014 SOTM
Inks: Archival Black, Saddle, Chocolate
Markers: Barely Beige, Bronze, Mahogany, Golden Yellow, Marigold, Colorless Blender
Papers: Pathfinding paper pack
Accessories: Slate Diagonal Ribbon, White Enamel Stars
Tools: Woodgrain embossing folder, Corner Rounder, AP Cricut cartridge, Micro tip scissors, Thin 3D foam tape
 
Did you know the new ShinHan art markers color more than just paper?  I used the Golden Yellow marker to color the white stars and the Slate ribbon...custom embellishments!
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 I love From Millan.Net the little pumpkin in the set and wanted to make a little card featuring it.  This is a quick 3.5" card that I may just use in teacher gifts later this year.

Stamps: What A Hoot August 2014 SOTM
Inks: Archival Black, Sunset
Papers: Scaredy Cat paper pack
Markers:  Marigold, Golden Yellow, Barely Beige, Sap Green, Leaf Green, Warm Grey 4, Warm Grey 7, Colorless Blender
Accessories: Silver Shimmer Trim
Tools: Corner Rounder, Micro tip scissors, Thin 3D foam tape
 
Here again I used the markers to color the Silver Shimmer trim to give it a two-toned green shade.



One more card...because I couldn't pass up making a Halloween specific card with this set!

Stamps: What A Hoot August 2014 SOTM
Inks: Black Archival, Slate, Whisper, Honey, Gypsy, Crystal Blue, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Black, Sunset
Papers: Black, White Daisy, Whisper, Slate cardstock 
Markers: Marigold, Lavender, Golden Yellow, Vivid Green
Accessories: Clear Sparkles, Slate Diagonal Ribbon
Tools: Micro tip scissors, hole punch, 1.25" and 2" circle punch, Post-It Note, Thin 3D foam tape



Now doesn't that get you in the mood for some trick or treating??  How about a close up of the treat bag...you can see the candy Clear Sparkles I colored with the markers. From Millan.Net

 
 
 
Here is a peek at the inside.  I used the Colorless Blender to lighten every other line in the sentiment.
 

 
 
 
Well, now that I've thoroughly exhausted you with photos,  From Millan.Net  be sure to head over to Dawn's Blog and check out her creations!
 
 
 If you'd like to get your own set before the end of August, please visit my website and pick up one up!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Who can tell me what today is? From Millan.Net

If you said "Just another summer day.", well my friend, let me educate you.
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Today is actually the first day of school for our district. 
I know what you're thinking...From Millan.Net

But it's not too bad, actually. Our 6 week summer is just long enough to cram some fun and travel in before the "I'm bored" syndrome sets in. So after I sent the boys off for first day fun, I started cleaning up my Closet...but then put together a quick card to celebrate the day.

Stamps: School is Here
Inks: Cocoa, Chocolate, Honey, Barn Red
Papers: Timberline paper pack
Tools: Micro-tip scissors
 
So here's to having a quiet house to myself for a while. From Millan.Net

But all kidding aside, I'll miss my guys today.
 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bling with an Attitude Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampers With An Attitude team blog hop. This evening we'll be showing off our best bling!
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You may have come from Catherine's Blog or you may have stumbled upon me by chance.  Either way, you're in for a treat with everyone's creations. 

My art piece was created with the retiring Skylark paper pack and is heavy on the Cricut use.  Take a peek:

 
Inks: Chocolate
Papers: Skylark paper pack, Brown and Tan Glitter paper
Accessories: Chocolate embroidery floss,  Antiqued Gold Rhinestone Charms, My Creations 6x6 Canvas, Create a Shade Pearl Paint
Tools: Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artbooking Cricut cartridges, Liquid Glass, Ruler, Piercing Tool
 
 
 
Here is a close up of the birdcage, it is the lightest sheet in the Brown and Tan Glitter paper pack. I went over the whole thing with Liquid Glass to give it some more dimension and shine, as well as the "dream" at the bottom of the canvas.  I added the Rhinestone Charms for even more blingy-bling!
 


 
 
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We have three...3...cartridges from CTMH with birds on each one.  You'd think there would be a birdcage in there somewhere, right? 
 
 
Well...I did. From Millan.Net    And guess what...no birdcages!  So, I made my own.  Here is a screen shot from Cricut Craft Room of all the pieces I used in my canvas and which cartridges each of the shapes come from.
  

The birdcage is created with the top three shapes from the AP cartridge as well as the Umbrella shape from the AB cartridge.


I hope you enjoyed your little stay with me, now move along to Sue's Blog and see what sparkly, blingy piece she's created!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Close To My Heart Briefcase

Good Saturday to you all!  We are finishing up on our summer break here in our area.  Yup, school starts Monday!
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My boys are on the fence about going back.  Loquacious is moving on up to 6th grade and that means he'll be in middle school with Bio-Comp, who is in 8th grade this year.  And that leaves Knock-Out starting 3rd and at school without either of his brothers for the first time ever.  He's is actually excited about that...finally being the only Garcia brother at school! From Millan.Net

So while we are enjoying a last ditch effort of being lazy...because our summer was anything but lazy From Millan.Net
...I'm going to share a little project I started at Stamp Camp and just now finished.

 It's my Close To My Heart Briefcase...
 
 
Inks: Chocolate
Papers: Skylark paper pack, Chocolate cardstock
Accessories: My Creations Journaling Cards Box, Burlap Ribbon, wooden buttons, hemp, antique copper brads, Velcro dots
 
 
I made it to accompany me when I do Home Gatherings.  Inside are things that remind me, and let others know, why I love being a part of the CTMH family.  I haven't got around to filling it yet, but the idea is to put a photo of my family because this "job" lets me stay available for them, a watch because I set my own work hours, money because...well, I get paid to have this much fun!  You get the idea. From Millan.Net

 
Here is a shop of the back, complete with a pocket in the back to hold my business cards! 
 
 
 
Be sure and stop by tomorrow evening, there is a great blog hop that will be going around! From Millan.Net
 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Studio J Independence Picture My Life and Layout

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We were up really early today so the boys could go out and put up flags while it was still cool enough outside.  Although, when it's already 80° at 5:30 in the morning...I don't hold out too much hope that the rest of the day will be any cooler.
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To help celebrate today, I'm sharing more Studio J work.  Up first is a set of Picture My Life cards done with the Independence paper pack.  I didn't get enough of it while it was out in paper form, so now I can use it up with studio scrapping!
 


This is a layout I did years ago when we first moved into our new house...3 years ago yesterday, in fact!  The boys had never played with sparklers before so we thought it was time to introduce them.  At one point I told them to just squiggle the sparklers in the air...and it looks like they actually spelled out the word "BOYS"!


Whatever your plans for today are, I hope you have a safe and sparkly day!
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Flash Mob of Close To My Heart Consultants

One of the best, most fun moments at Convention last week was this Flash Mob I participated in!  Over 400 ladies dancing and laughing, swinging and shouting. From Millan.Net 

The three on stage are our Exec. VP team and they looked like they were having as much fun as us!
  
 
 
Who knows what next year will hold...want to join me?? From Millan.Net
 

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