Thursday, October 31, 2013

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring November's SOTM, which is called Illuminate, a shining set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from MARY'S BLOG, you are on the right path!

This month we have dozens of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM (and other great CTMH products) on their blogs. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This month I drew inspiration from the Muse Card Challenge to create my project. I loved her tree off to one side with the snow bank, so I decided to use the Muse card as a sketch. I tore my White paper to add a little snow bank of my own, and stitched across the bottom of the card to give the effect of little foot prints in the snow. Mayhaps we've read A Snowy Day too often lately? I used one of the tiny light burst images to add "snowflakes" to my background area.

I inked the lamppost in Slate ink and tapped the edges with my black distressing ink pad to add some "metal" interest. The lantern was colored using Honey and Creme Brule alcohol markers, and topped off with a bit of Stardust glitter glitz to throw a halo of glitter around the lantern. I put the glitz in dots around the outside of the lantern and tapped it into the center so the colored stamped image wouldn't get too wet and bubble or smear.

That's my speedy but sweet SOTM card. Now "Hop" on over to NIKKA'S BLOG to see how her creativity is shining! Be sure to visit all the Consultants Blogs to soak in the great crafting and SOTM ideas. Remember, this SOTM will disappear at the end of November, so contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for just $5!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sparkle and Shine Workshop

Every month I host a Crafty Crop on a Saturday. You can join us to take one of the below workshops, or just bring your own project and crop the day away!

Crafty Crops include a light lunch, lots of space to spread out to get your craft on, and fun scrappy company. Crafty Crops are just $5 for a full day of cropping, or FREE for my Monthly Memories club members, Stamping Rules team members, or YOU with your paid workshop RSVP!

This month's crop is Saturday, November 23rd. The Stamp Pad will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You drop in for the time that fits in your schedule, to enjoy scrapping or workshops that you want to do!

This month's workshop features two levels of kit so you can choose 
the project that fits your budget and crafting time. Sweet!

November Crafty Crop 
Sparkle and Shine Workshop - Just $25!

Create this sparkly home decor display just in time for your holiday decorating. Craft both the 1 foot tall mantle display tree and the sturdy but sparkly paper wreath for just $25! Allow 3-4 hours for this workshop.

Quick and Simple Holiday Tree - $10
Craft just the sweet 1 foot tall tree display. Sweet and simple, you can complete this project in an hour or so (minus glitter dry time!). Display as is or add your own stash embellies at home!

The in person workshop includes a light lunch, use of my diecutting tools, stamps, and inks, and plenty of space to scrap!

RSVP here for In Person Oregon Workshop Attendees!

ORDER YOUR Stamping Rules Crafty Kits To Go shipped right to your home!

Consultant friends, please visit my Consultant Kit page for Stamping Rules Consultant Kit info!

You are the heart of my business - thanks for stopping by!  

Friday, October 18, 2013

Practical Scrappers Halloween Pinspiration

Today over at Practical Scrappers the scrappers are exploring the loads of Halloween Pinspiration to be found at one of my favorite hangouts, Pinterest! I chose this adorable project pin by Holly over at Ribbons and Glue. I already shared this Christmas version of a clothespin wreath this week, but it was so much fun to make I couldn't resist whipping out a Halloween version. 
I used some bold retired CTMH Halloween papers to cover each clothespin, which I painted with multiple coats of Folk Art Pure Orange Outdoor and Pumpkin Orange Extreme Glitter acrylic paints. Some of the pins I covered with some American Crafts washi I scored at Target. I swirled up some Black striped grosgrain flowers and built a bow,mixing in some orange polka dot craft ribbon. I covered some inexpensive black plastic spiders with glow in the dark glitter (!) and topped them off with wiggly eyes. 

I finished with something I never could've imagined. I despise how when you use hot glue gun there's little strands of glue stuff all over. I usually pick off every single bit. then I pick at it more. Hot glue is not always my friend...but for this project I went to town stringing bits of hot glue all over my pretty bow and sparkly Artbooking wreath sentiment. Ah, spiderwebs!

I'm linking this project up at the fabulous Paper Issues Halloween Hootenanny and the Dynamic Duos Color Challenge! I hope you'll pop over to Practical Scrappers and check out the all the spooky fun!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Holiday From The Heart Linky Blog Hop

Welcome to our Holiday From The Heart Blog Hop! I can't wait to see what everyone has created with these awesomely cheerful new products. Plus, I'm so excited to share with you this fabulous wreath crafted with the new Sparkle and Shine papers and embellishments! I used all six of the sweet patterns in the paper packet, plus the stitched banner, pinwheels, and pearl pin flags from the assortment package. I know this wreath is going to look fab on my front door in December!

Now hop on and check out the other fantastic project in the hop!
This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters.
Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group. Just enjoy the show!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Holidays From The Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to our Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop!  We will be featuring all the sparkly fabulous products in the new Holiday guide!  If you have come here from LISA'S BLOG, you are on the right path! 

This month we have 20+ Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
I love the new Sparkle and Shine papers from the holiday guide. They have bits of silver sparkle in the printed patterns. I saw this money tree on Then She Made and I knew it would be gorgeous in these shimmery papers! I decorated my freshly built tree with a bit of pre-stitched paper banner from the Sparkle and Shine Assortment and some sweet silver bells. I topped my tree with hounds-tooth stars cut on Art Philosophy and a pearl pin flag from the Sparkle and Shine Assortment. Even the sentiment on my shiny silver painted terracotta pot was cut out of the zip strip from the top of my paper. I can't wait to add this sweet tree to my holiday display!

I'm linking this to the Moxie Fab World Ready Made Embellishments Challenge, since I decorated my tree in a flash using the Sparkle and Shine Assortment embellies! 

Now "Hop" on over to MARIA'S BLOG to see her shiny, happy handiwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants Blogs to soak in the great holiday ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to get your own copy of the Holiday Guide or get shopping now!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dance Down Memory Lane

Ah, Stasha, how I've missed you and the lovely Monday Listicles! So this week while I'm cooking up new projects for workshops that cannot be shared quite yet, I thought I'd pop over and see what the Listicles are up to...and it's a list of ten favorite songs from my senior year in high school. 

This I can do...a little musical procrastination walk down memory lane never hurt anyone! I tend to be a little all over the place in musical taste. I listened to my fair share of everything from country to Nirvana, but I {heart} happy music, and I like to sing along...ahem...loudly. If I had a nickle for every time the boys asked me to stop singing...well, whatever, they will appreciate my vocal talents someday, right? And in my defense I was just 17, and you know what I mean. Rock on, baby!
Yep, total band geek! I'm second from the left in the front row. Go, Wildcats!
My Top 10 Making-a-Radio-Mix-Tape from Senior Year of High School

1. Life Is a Highway by Tom Cochrane Loved it the moment I heard it. Now known as the Cars song in my household, eliciting squeals and requests for the movie every time the boys hear it. At least they let me listen to it, instead of Eric Herman.

2. Too Funky by George Michael  Anything. George. Michael. Is. Awesome.

3. Friday I'm in Love by the Cure He's wearing more eye makeup in this video than I've worn in my life...all together...still love it!

4. Everything About You by Ugly Kidd Joe John despises this could say he hates everything about it...which requires loud sing-a-longs, dontcha think?

5. Baby, Baby by Amy Grant I wanted her hair so badly!

6. Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega/DNA  You are totally humming right now, aren't you? I am...

7. Groove is in the Heart by Dee-light Remember when MTV had videos? 

8. Move This by Technotronic so I don't dance, like almost never, especially in high school. Except my this song. 

9. Tennessee by Arrested Development I've never been to Tennessee. It's not a chipper song. Still you gotta belt it out, right?

10. I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter Country is big where I went to HS, so there was a lot of Randy Travis, Judds, Garth Brooks, etc... I disown any knowledge of Billy Ray though.

Bonus That's What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick & was our graduation song. 'Nuff said!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Monthly Memories Club

I can't wait to take pics for this page - our whole little family is dressing up as superheros this year! Evildoers, BEWARE, indeed! I'm linking this Halloween Page to the Paper Issues Halloween Party.
This is the CTMH WOTG page, dressed up with a bit of the SOTM (inspired by the fabulous Tamra Pope).
This is also from the WOTG, with a little Dr. Seuss quote and some Jute ribbon that's totally not that crooked in real life. 
"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."

It's almost Friday - time for scrappin' fun! Here's our Huntington Pages for club, ladies. See ya soon!


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