Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cricut Snowflakes

When I was cutting out snowflakes for my workshop, I noticed that there were several other snowflake shapes that are available in the Art Philosophy cartridge. I couldn't resist using them for this latest Christmas card.

Today's inspiration:

I added two little star brads for the middle of two of the snowflakes, and finished it off with a little blue rhinestone in the middle of the third snowflake.

I thought I'd use the sentiment from October's stamp of the month which is a perfect partner to the snowflakes from the Snowflakes set. I also distressed the edges of the cardstock on both front and back with Indian Corn Blue Ink.

My Stash:
* Dark Green cardstock - Spice Market
* Background white paper (CM)
* Star brads

* Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
* Very Merry Christmas - Oct 2012 SOTM
* Artiste Birthday set
* Blue Adhesive Rhinestones
* Snowflakes
* Indian Corn Blue Ink
* Sky Ink

I'm less than a week away from the second workshop and cannot wait!

Monday, November 12, 2012


I've had this set for a while and wanted to do something with it. It's a friend's birthday coming up this Friday at my favorite pasta place on 17th Ave, and I needed a card to go with a box of chocolate and a donation to the Calgary Distress Center, where he moonlights by day.

I saw this as an original inspiration and couldn't have deviated further from it, but it was a good starting point: Guess a girl's gotta start somewhere.

On the other hand, there is another card coming, from the same inspiration that is a lot closer and is so simple that it's elegant. At least, to me anyway. The patterned paper is something I picked up at a dollar store sometime ago, and it's gold on yellow.

The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets that came with the three D-size sets that are in the Artiste package - and the perfect one for my friend. I brought the leaves into the corners to tie the whole card together. I look forward to seeing him as we have been best friends for 10 years, and there's just something about how big his heart is - that he's always helping other people.

My Stash:
* Yellow patterned paper on front
* Solid cardstock
* Orange ribbon

* So Grateful
* Cocoa Ink
* Topiary Ink
* Honey Ink

Can't wait for the next chinook around the corner,

Friday, November 9, 2012

It's been a while...

I wanted to update you all on why I suddenly went from blogging every week to every other week and finally had a bit of a hiatus.

I started a new job, which left me drained most evenings and weekends and uninspired to make cards, which I miss doing. On top of that, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, but thankfully it is all removed and she is making a speedy recovery with no need for chemo. However, there is nothing like coming home from vacation to hear those ominous words... "Mom has cancer".

It certainly turns your life completely upside down - and all of a sudden I was managing my own emotions, taking care of Dad, my new job, and my brother's emotions as he was out in California. And then this week my brother-in-law is visiting for several weeks from Denmark and I have a cold.

There is some truth to "when it rains it pours..."

However, I am very much looking forward to running my second workshop with the girls on Nov 24th and once I get rid of this pesky cold I can get going again. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about some amazing things going on in November.

This is November's beautiful stamp of the month, "Capture the Date". For those of you who love scrapping with numbers this is the perfect set for you. As an early Xmas gift, if you qualify with a 50$ minimum order and order the SOTM you can also get another set for 50% off! That's all A-E and M size sets in the catalog.

In keeping with the company name "Close to my Heart", for each SOTM sold CTMH will donate 1$ towards the fund set up to help Hurricane Sandy victims in the US. How fabulous is that?!?

Happy scrapping, and I will be back to my cards in no time once I beat this cold,