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Friday, September 30, 2016


Fall is definitely in the air in Arizona!  I am enjoying working with the Swan Lake paper pack from CTMH - the featured paper for October.  You can see in the two cards above the rich fall colors in the papers.  You will make ONE of these cards - you will decide in class which stamp set you will use to complete it.

The Swan Lake papers also offer some softer colors in their palette.  The Christmas card below also uses the Swan Lake papers, and the October Stamp of the Month - Yuletide Joy. 

One more fall card - actually, a Thanksgiving card.  I couldn't resist these cut little squirrels, and combined them with our technique for the month - using an embossing folder, but not embossing with it!  Come to class to find out what we are doing!
Finally, we will use the City Sidewalks paper.  While it will be featured in November, I jumped the gun a bit and combined our little Surfin' Santa and some trees with the bright Christmas colors in this paper pack.  Don't worry, we'll still work with it again in November!  As with the Swan Lake card, you will make ONE of these designs, deciding during class which images you want to use.

Class dates are:
Saturday, October 1
Monday, October 3
Tuesday, October 4
Thursday, October 6

Cost for the class (which includes everything to complete 4 cards) is $20.
All classes meet at 9:30 in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Not in the area? You can get a kit mailed to you for an extra fee!
If interested, email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com.

Christmas Card for Mojo Monday #467

Can you believe it's time to start working on Christmas cards!  Of course, I heard on the news this morning that some one million people already have their Christmas shopping done, so maybe I'm a little behind! 

I used a variation of the Mojo Monday sketch to create this card for my October Stamp Club classes.  I love the sparkle of the shimmer trim and the embossed star image.  The detail in the stamp is great - and I didn't want to get caught up in trying to color it - so thought embossing it would be the easiest thing to do.

Here's the items that I used - all from Close to My Heart:
Swan Lake paper pack (X7212B)
White Daisy and Glacier cardstock
Yuletide Joy (S1610) - October Stamp of the Month
Mini Christmas (M1152)
Silver shimmer trim (Z1799)
Ranger Silver Super Fine embossing powder (Z2067)
Confetti Stars embossing folder (Z3119)

Be sure to pop over to the Mojo Monday blog and check out the other great cards made with this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CTMH September Special Celebrating National Stamping Month - CREATE KINDNESS

Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with
 hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more 
kindness in the world. The Create Kindness card kit contains 
all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful handmade 
cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day! 
The kit can be yours for only $46.95—
a 15% savings off the retail value! 
Thanks to pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month of September to see what they’ve created with this card kit & the acts of kindness it has inspired! This exclusive kit is available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early.

The Create Kindness Kit sells for $46.95
(a $56.40 value if purchased separately)
Kit Contents:
  • 24 – 3" × 3" pre-printed card bases & envelopes ($9.95 purchased separately with circles)
  • 24 – Pre-cut 1 ¾" white circles
  • 8 – Exclusive M-size stamp sets (8 @ $2.95 = $23.60)
  • 1 – Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ mini stamp pad ($2.95 value - this mini pad cannot be purchased separately)
  • 1 – 2" × 2" My Acrylix® block ($6.95)
  • 1 – My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer ($12.95)
As a special bonus, the exclusive stamp sets and pre-printed card bases with envelopes are also available for separate purchase, 
but only in the month of September while supplies last!  

All 8 of the stamp sets are shown below – each can be purchased for $2.95 each plus shipping and tax.

The 3x3 cards with envelopes and the circle are also
 available so you can purchase as many sets as you will need.   
These are available for $9.95.
The 2x2 block ($6.95) and the M-size stamp organizer ($12.95) are regular items in our catalog, so they can be purchased at any time.

Contact me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com
Or head over to my CTMH shopping site and order yours today!

Friday, August 12, 2016

August Stamp Club Projects

OK, so I'm a little late sharing the cards we made in the August Stamp Club Classes.  Normally, I post these BEFORE the classes so people can sign up.  Things were a little hectic around my house with carpet cleaning which resulted in furniture rearranging and clutter purging!!!  All very good things, but time consuming.

We made two cards using the retiring Florence papers (X7208B).  The one below made use of the Bunch of Love stamp set (C1647) and coordinating thin cut dies (Z3251).  The rose gold foil tape (Z3218) was added, along with some of the rose gold sequins included in the Florence Sequins (Z3213).  All of these products are featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, and they are only available until the end of August - so if you are interested, head over to my CTMH Shopping Site to get yours before they are gone! (One exception - the rose gold foil tape is being carried over into the new Annual Inspirations book!)

The next card also used the Florence papers, but all of the stamps are from the new Annual Inspirations book.  The stamps are Birthday Sparkles (B1537) - sentiment and sparkles on front, Wise Guy Birthday (C1662) - cake and stand, and Way to Go (D1700) - border garland.  A strip of Gold Glitter paper (Z3238) was added as a border, and the shimmer pen (Z3293) was used to add some dazzle to the frosting area of the cake.

We used the new Whimsy Fundamental Papers (Z3255) for this fun card, along with the new Hearts Thin Cut Dies (Z3260).  The Operation Smile stamp set True Love (D1711) was used on the top card, and Happy Heart (A1192) on the bottom card.  A little shimmer pen was used to accent the heart, and a couple of Clear Sparkles (Z3274) were added.  Cardstock colors are Whisper, Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue.

The final card used an inking technique featured several weeks ago on the Close to My Heart Blog. 
The images are stamped on our watercolor paper, but the background ink is applied using a sponge.  You can see a video of the technique on my Facebook business page. The paper used is from the Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262).  I love the fact that the woodgrain papers are grey on one side and brown on the other!  Kraft and Slate cardstock were used to mount the watercolor panel.  Stamp sets are Nature's Wish (D1703) - the trees, and Hooked on You (B1535) - the fish and the sentiments.

Stay tuned for an early preview of the cards for September's Stamp Club - I will post them before the class meets!  Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you enjoy your weekend. 


Close to My Heart is featuring the Florence paper pack this month, the Heart2Heart Challenge features Florence this month, and I featured it in my Stamp Club classes as well! This is one of two cards we made using the Florence papers.  It also uses three new stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book that was released on August 1. 

The papers of course are from Florence - and that paper pack is still available until the end of the month.  So if you are interested in this great paper, act now over at my CTMH shopping site.  Here's a list of the rest of the products I used on this card:
Florence paper pack ( X7208B)
Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238)
Flaxen (Z2824)
Poppy (Z2852)
Peacock (Z2849)
Birthday Sparkles (B1537) - sentiment and sparkles on front
Wise Guy Birthday (C1662) - cake and stand
Way to Go (D1700) - border garland
Shimmer Pen (Z3293) - shimmer glitter added to the frosting area of the cake!

Check out the other great Florence projects over at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep watching for more projects with the new products from Close to My Heart.
I've been so busy with house things and CTMH activities, I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted here!  The end of July saw me hosting my annual Catalog Launch Open House - but this year, several other consultants from the Paper Pals team joined me.  The card shown above was the make-n-take project we did.  The beautiful mint green color was one of the reveals at the Open House - the new Sea Glass Color of the Year.  This beautiful color is available in cardstock, glitter paper and inks - but only until the end of next July!  It is such a fun color - and you can see how well it goes with the shiny gold.  This Sea Glass color can really be seen everywhere - so much so, that I was able to find napkins and charger plates at the local craft store - and I've seen it on storage containers at the discount stores!  It will be a fun year adding it to our papercrafting projects.

If you weren't able to make it to the Open House but want to have more information about the new products in the Annual Inspiration Catalog, you can click here to check out the online version of the catalog.  Or send me an email at scrappingailaz@gmail.com so I can make arrangements to get a catalog in your hands!

I'll be posting up more projects from the new Idea Book, so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wedding Card

I have been putting off making a wedding card until I found a sketch that I thought would work for what was inside my head.  Well – I found it!  The sketch at FabFriday was just what I was looking for.  In addition, one of the Heart2Heart Challenges this month is for a congratulations card, so that works.  And Stamp Ink Paper has a Card Makers Choice challenge going on with the stipulation of using your favorite stamp, colors and paper.  Well, white cardstock seems to be a staple, so guess you could say it is a favorite.  Gold and Silver are always fun to work with.  But the favorite stamp was easy.  It’s the striped border stamp!  I have used that stamp on so many projects – glad I could use it on this one as well.

I knew that I wanted to use the Cricut cuts of Mr. and Mrs. overlaid on the stamped ampersand.  I decided to emboss the ampersand with silver and cut the words from gold glitter paper.  I also embossed the card base to give it a little more definition.

 On the inside of the card, I stamped flowers in a light grey ink, then embossed the "Congratulations" in gold over the top.  Just wanted to keep the silver/gold theme going on the inside as well!
Here's a list of what I used on this52 card.  
All products are from Close to My Heart:
Mr. & Mrs. (C1621) - ampersand
The Happy Couple (retired) - inside sentiment
Celebrate Love (retired) - inside flowers
In the Background (retired) - my favorite diagonal stripes
White Daisy Cardstock
Gold Glitter Paper (Z3076)
Whisper Grey
Gold embossing powder (Z2066)
Silver embossing powder (Z2067)
Floral embossing folder (Z1994)
Mounting foam
Cricut Artistry cartridge (Mr. and Mrs.) Z3190

Be sure to pop over to the other challenge blogs and see the projects showcased there: