Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day, Thinking of You...


Same card, two different sentiments.  This is another card from my January card class.  I made two samples for the class attendees, one for those that wanted another Valentine's card and one for those that didn't need one.




These cards were made using a couple strips of paper from the "La Vie En Rose" paper pack and stamped with the January Stamp of the Month, "Beloved Bouquet".  I made two samples for my class to show that they had a choice of what color they wanted to stamp their rose.  Depending on their preference or based on the colors of the flowers in the paper, they could chose Pomegranate (the top card), or Hollyhock, the lighter color.  I personally like them both.


I also embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder, which went well with the stripe of Gold Foil Tape.

"Beloved Bouquet" stamp set: 

"La Vie En Rose" paper pack:

These were really pretty quick to put together.  Thank you for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Please come back again soon.

SUPPLIES USED:
Stamps: S1601 Beloved Bouquet (no longer available)


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Will you be my Valentine?

It's almost Valentine's Day and I wanted to share a fun card I made for my card class last month.


I did some fun random stamping with the arrows and heart.  I also cut out the typewriter image and popped up the top (the paper coming out of the machine) by adding some foam squares.


For this card I wanted to use the special February campaign stamp "Share the Love".  It's a very cute set being sold for a great cause, Operation Smile.

The "Share the Love" set is priced at $17.95 and $7.00 of that goes to benefit "Operation Smile", Close To My Heart's dedicated charity.  It's a wonderful organization that helps so many children around the world.  If you'd like to know more about it, please check it out HERE.

This set is only available during the month of February, so please let me know if you're interested.

"Share the Love"

While I could have only used this set for my card, I had some people that specifically wanted a "Valentine" card.  I used two other sets that I was already using in this class as well.  I used the "To the Moon" set for the Valentine sentiment and the "Woodland Romance" set for the cute little polka-dot heart.  

"To the Moon"

"Woodland Romance"

I also used a small piece of decorative paper from the "Charlotte" paper pack.  It's little arrows worked perfectly with the Share the Love stamp set.  I also used a strip of Black Shimmer Trim to add a little pizazz.  I hope you like it.  Please visit again soon.

SUPPLIES USED:
Embellishments: Black Shimmer Trim


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!

SUPPLIES USED:
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.


SUPPLIES USED:
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!

SUPPLIES USED:
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? **

SUPPLIES USED:
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? **

SUPPLIES USED:
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? **

SUPPLIES USED:
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!