“I love scrapbooks. They are one of the finest ways of dejunking life and abode... A good scrapbook is interesting and inspiring even to the stranger...Well put together scrapbooks and photo albums have warmed more hearts than any bound book... Without a good scrapbook, much that's memorable in life is forgotten or damaged or lost...."

~ Don Aslett

Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  The stamp set featured this month is D1456 Chairs to You.  This month we have 56 wonderful consultants participating and showing off their creations!

If you have come from Wanda's blog then you are on the right track!

This month was a bit of a challenge.  These chairs and sayings are adorable but I wasn't thinking they were the easiest to work with.  But then my dogs actually helped me out and the 2 page layout I created was born! They love to sit in the big chair and look out the window and I finally caught both of them on the chair at the same time - it was perfect!  I also created a 3.5 x 8 card as well.  I got all into the Kraft card stock with these projects - very fun and easy to work with.  Enjoy!

Products used (all CTMH):
Chairs to You stamp set
Bamboo, Desert Sand, Hollyhock, Outdoor Denim, and Indian Corn Blue Inks
Kraft, Hollyhock, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue and Colonial White Cardstock
Lucky and Sohpia Level 2 paper packets
Color ready Kraft borders
Designer Wooden buttons
Lucky Level 2 assortment
Irresistables Eclectic Alphabet

Now "hop" on over to Cindy's Blog and check out her beautiful artwork for this month!

If you get lost along the way you can go to Helen's Blog to see the complete list of all the participants this month.
Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some other great ideas! Remember, the May SOTM is only available until May 31st!  Contact me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) or click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Bunny Hop!

Just for today - H2H challenges blog is hosting a Bunny Hop!

It is all about Easter and Spring over there so as I just had a card workshop yesterday afternoon and 2 of the cards fit the ticket I figured I'd join the hop!

This first card was made using Sophia paper and the A Tulip stamp set.  A piece of velcro holds the flap closed.

The second card features random stamping using the Sensational Season stamp set and Mayberry papers.  I love how this turned out!

Materials used:
Sophia Paper pack
A Tulip stamp set
Pear, Hollyhock, and Blush inks

Mayberry Paper pack
Sensational Season stamp set
Olive, Smoothie, Honey, and Cocoa inks
Blending pen
Sorbet stitched ribbon

Now go check out all the other great artwork on the "hop" and get hopping to create your own fun Easter/Spring Project!  And don't forget to use Close to my Heart products for your creation!  You have until 8pm EST to get your project up.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

H2H Gets sketchy!

This week over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog we were given a sketch to work with. 

I like this kind of challenge because it takes some of the "work" out of the planning process.   As I was thinking about the sketch this week, I was sure I wanted to use CTMH's new kraft color ready borders.  I pulled out some stamp sets looking for ones with tall designs and this is what I came up with:

It is crisp, clean and colorful!  I got the inspiration for the color combo from some of the new paint charts I picked up at Lowe's the other night.  The purple should be a bit more like magenta but I like the color combo!

Materials Used (all CTMH):
Cardstock in White Daisy, Gypsy, and Pear
Kraft Color Ready Borders
Tag the Occasion stamp set
Star Power Stamp set
Black, Lagoon, Pear and Gypsy Ink
Blue and Green Sparkles
Red and Pink Sparkles

Thanks for checking this out and be sure to check out the rest of the artwork for this week over at the H2H Challenge Blog!