Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artfully Sent is Here!, 500th Post AND 2 Prize Drawings

What an exciting day for card makers, traditional scrappers and pocket page scrap bookers! The long-awaited Close To My Heart Cricut cartridge, "Artfully Sent", is now available for ordering!  This cartridge is chocked full of card designs just waiting to be cut-there are pop-up cards, sleeved cards, cards for all occasions, envelopes for every card, a super cute font and fabulous "pocket page" cards!!! You also receive 3 stamp sets and a 24 pack of white daisy cardstock with your cartridge order, all for $99.

This is also the 500th post I have written for my blog since I began 5 years ago! I think that is definite cause for celebration AND a giveaway!! But I am so excited about the new cartridge that I will have a 2nd giveaway for those who order ANYTHING from my September 2014 On-line Gathering found here:  September CTMH Gathering.

When you place a $50 order, you can purchase another Artfully Sent compatible September Stamp of the Month for only $5!

Since this is also the 30th anniversary of CTMH, when you place an order for $30 in STAMP sets {does not include the Cricut collection}, you will receive this super adorable Stamp Set for FREE!

Wow! So much goodness. OK, here is how you enter the 2 drawings.

500th Post Drawing: Be or become a follower of my blog, then post a comment as to what posts you would like to see more of here-cards, techniques, scrap pages, inspirational writing, dessert recipes-lol! I will give away a "grab bag" prize package with an assortment of great scrapbook/card making products worth $20.

CTMH Order Drawing: Go to my website, join the September Gathering and place an order.  Come back here and leave a comment on this post that you ordered and tell me what your favorite CTMH item is.  I will give away a CTMH goody bag worth $25.

Deadline to enter both drawings is Friday, September 19th.

Inspired Stamps 30 Days of Christmas Showcase

Back today with another Christmas card for you using Inspired Stamps.  Christmas is my favorite time of year! It is filled with so much hope and joy because of the world changing event it commemorates!  What better time to use scripture in your creations? 

When making your cards, you can get several done quickly when you take a few shortcuts.  For this card, I used 3 "Picture Your Life" pre-made cards and pre-made flowers to highlight the scripture and sentiment.  As well, the gold card base is a pre-made card I purchased from after-Christmas clearance.

The verse is from Christmas Poinsettia and the circle stamp is from 1.5" Circle Christmas.There is a Sale on ALL CHRISTMAS STAMPS all September long so be sure to stock up now for all your creating needs at Also, there is a new Christmas card on the Inspired Stamps Blog every day this month!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Christmas Card Showcase

Welcome to the 1st day of Inspired Stamps' Christmas Card Showcase! For the next 30 days you can find inspiration for Christmas card creations at Inspired Stamps. For my card, I used my very favorite snowman from the  Snowmen set as well as 1 of the sentiments from the versatile  1.5" Circle Greetings. I stamped the snowman on super fine glitter paper and then used Copics to color the details.

On the inside, I stamped the snow-woman and the 2x2 Scripture stamp, Matthew 1:21 

Be sure you don't miss a single beautiful creation by the rest of the Design Team:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inspired Stamps Fall Card

The Design Team at Inspired Stamps was given our choice of design today and I chose FALL! Why? Because it has been over 100 here in N. Texas and I want FALL to hurry up! I chose again to use a sentiment and cute pumpkin from the Fall Gratitude stamp set. I stamped the pumpkin on the back of glitter paper and then cut it out. I placed it in the hands of the February Hymn Girl
The mat behind her was created by randomly stamping leaves from the Leaves stamp set.

Be sure to return on Monday when we kick off 30 days of Christmas showcasing card inspiration!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall Inspired Stamps Card

I promise, Fall will return! Of course here in N. TX it will be later rather than sooner but in the meantime, I can dream of cooler days and plump pumpkins with my Fall stamps from Inspired Stamps!  

Today's card combines a couple of my favorite stamp sets. The basket and sentiment come from the Leaves set and the pumpkins are from Fall Gratitude. For the inside scripture I used one of  the stamps from the Thanksgiving stamp set. Don't forget to visit the Inspired Stamps Blog to see all the beautiful Fall cards.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Inspired Stamps Scripture Card

Today I am sharing a Scripture card using another great $3.99 stamp from Inspired 
Stamps.  Romans 15:13 is such an encouraging scripture in so many situations.
I stamped the verse on vellum.
Be sure you stop by the Inspired Stamps blog to see more scripture cards by our amazing team of artists! And, don't be surprised if you start seeing even more pink, bling and bows from me.  I am going to be a 1st time Mimi in December and it's a GIRL!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Stash Buster Challenge

The Crafty Scrapper, my favorite place on earth, is having a Stash Buster Challenge. I decided to play along since my stash overfloweth!  Everything I used has been sitting in my scraproom for 6 months to 5 years!  I started with a 5x7 canvas board that I bought months ago for some project I saw on-line that I just HAD to make.  Sad thing is, I don't remember now what the project was!  I then used my never before used Tim Holtz stencil I bought last Fall to make a background of holly.  I used a sponge dauber and Tim Holtz ink for the branches and leaves.  Then I used a thin coat of gesso to cover it all.  After that dried I used FIVE YEAR old red liquid pearls for the berries.

The rest was a matter of going through my Christmas leftovers box to complete the board.  The music page is an actual sheet of the Hallelujah Chorus from my college years copy of the Messiah!  We had 2 copies so I have been using one over the last several years for projects.  The Dec. 25 was adhered to a flat back facet with Diamond Glaze-I have been wanting to try that ever since "Tim" showed the technique on his blog years ago!  The little bottled tree with glitter was left from some of my craft show projects from last year. A little tinsel and sparkly snowflake add the bling I love.

That was fun!  A few pieces of my stash used and a bazillion to go!