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Saturday, January 7, 2017


I've enjoyed an extended stay from my sons during their winter breaks from graduate school.  Because of that, I've delayed scheduling the Stamp Club classes.  They will start next week - and here are the projects.  There are individual posts on the blog about each of these cards, so take a look at them if you want more information.

You will create all four cards shown for $20.  If you can't make any of the dates, or you live out of town, you can get a pre-stamped kit with photo instructions for $24.  There will be an additional shipping charge if you need the kit mailed.

All classes take place in my craft studio in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  I will give you address and directions when you register.

Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com

Dates for Stamp Club this month are:
Thursday, January 12
Saturday, January 14
Monday, January 16
Tuesday, January 17
All classes start at 9:30 and run till about 1:00


The January Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart showcases a heart with flowers.  I re-created that feel of that image, but used the Thin Cut Heart Die and the large floral array on the stamp set.  This gave a bit more dimension than just the flat stamped image.

The heart die cuts 2 images at once - a thin border and the main body.  I used Sea Foam glitter paper for the border and Sea Foam cardstock for the body.  This has been my favorite paper (both for cardstock and glitter paper) since CTMH introduced it as their color of the year back in August.  I will miss this paper come fall!  Looking forward to see what next year's color will be.

S1701 - Adore You - January's Stamp of the Month
I wanted the floral image to be soft, so I used my stamp pad inks and watercolored with them.  I just applied to color to an empty acrylic block and used a very fine watercolor brush to color in all those small spaces!  This is a good way to make sure your colors will coordinate, and you can control how much color actually gets applied.  It's easy to add another layer of color if you want a deeper shade.

So here's a list of what I used on these cards - all from CTMH
Adore You - S1701 (January's Stamp of the Month) - the flowers
Thoughtful Flowers (retired) - sentiment
Colonial White cardstock
Sea Glass cardstock
Sea Glass glitter paper - Z3240
Blossom cardstock
Sea Glass
Memento Tuxedo Black
Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder (Z3249)
Sugar Rush Dots - Z3310
Heart Thin Cut Dies - Z3260
Liquid Glass - Z679 - the best adhesive to stick anything to the glitter paper!

Be sure to check out what other favorites are showcased in the projects at the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Blog.  It's always fun to see so many creations in one spot!

Thanks for stopping by today - and hope you are having a great start to the new year!


I am continuing with the Valentine greetings for friends theme with this card.  The design is based on the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge blog.  The papers are from the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions catalog.  The wreath die was introduced in the fall CTMH catalog, and I loved it - but it took a LOT of fussy cutting to cut this image out.  I was so happy when CTMH brought out a thin cut die to coordinate with this stamp image a few months ago.  I actually used the circle diffuser that is suppose to be used with embossing folders so that I didn't cut out the center of the wreath.  That way, I was able to stamp my sentiment on the wreath image.  Great way to get a little more use out of that fun tool! 

I did have to do some fussy cutting on the flowers that adorn the side of the wreath, but it was well worth it to give it that little pop of color.  And to get that color, I actually used my inks and watercolored with them.  I just applied to color to an empty acrylic block and used a very fine watercolor brush to color in all those small spaces!  This is a good way to make sure your colors will coordinate.

So here's a list of what I used on these cards - all from CTMH unless indicated
Wreath - A1193
Adore You - S1701 (January's Stamp of the Month) - the flowers
Happy Heart - A1192 - sentiment
Sugar Rush Paper Pack - X7215B
Colonial White cardstock
Kraft cardstock
Pomegranate cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black
Wood Slats Embossing Folder (Z3248)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape - Z2060
Pink Enamel Gems - Z3091
Wreath Thin Cut Die - CC1157 (available while supplies last)
Circle Diffuser - Z3096

Be sure to pop over to the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge Blog to see the other cards created with this sketch.

Thanks for stopping by here today - and enjoy the new year!


I have been having fun playing with the NEW products from the CTMH Seasonal Inspiration catalog!  I worked on Christmas projects for so long, it was nice to work with some papers and designs that were spring oriented.  And I decided that with Valentine's Day next month, that would be the focus for our January Stamp Club classes. 

Valentine's Day isn't just for your sweetheart - I love to remember my friends and family members on that day as well.  But that means I need a card that isn't all about romantic love.  This cute stamp called "Heartfelt Hello" was perfect for the occasion - and the sketch at Mojo Monday worked perfectly for the design.  I'm also entering this card into these other challenges - Inspired by all the Little Things (the floral pattern is quite prominent in the stamp image and the paper), the word "New" challenge at Just Us Girls and the theme "Something New" challenge at Sweet Stampin'.  It is fun to work with new items in the craft room!

Some people who are coming to the classes asked if this card could have a Valentine's greeting on it - and that was easy.  While the "hello" is a part of the stamp, I just cut a banner with one of the dies from the new Hello Lovely Cardmaking bundle - and added the alternate sentiment to that.  It covers the hello just fine - and gives a new dimension to the card.  Adding the banner makes the heart stamp so versatile!

So here's what I used on this card (everything is from Close to My Heart unless indicated):
Heartfelt Hello - A1202
Beloved Bouquet (retired) - alternate sentiment shown above
Hello Lovely Paper Pack - X7216B
White Daisy cardstock
Sorbet cardstock
Metallic sea glass colored cardstock - from my stash from the paper store!
Versamark ink
Blush Shimmer Ribbon - Z3313
Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder - Z2068
Thin 3-D Foam Tape - Z2060
Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle - Z3301

Be sure to pop over to all of the challenge blogs to see the other great projects - floral, new, and sketch related - that the crafty people have created! 
Mojo Monday Challenge Blog #478
Inspired by All the Little Things #38
Just Us Girls #375 - Word Week
Sweet Stampin' Something New

Thanks for stopping by - and have a crafty new year!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hello, Winter Card

I LOVE winter, but I'm very glad that I now live in Arizona and get only a little bit of snow each year, and not the mounds that I grew up with in Nebraska!!!  I enjoy working with images that bring back memories of those fun times in the snow as a child.  The stamp set "Hello, Winter" from CTMH  has such great images on it - and the sentiment works for Christmas, winter, or even switch things up a bit and it can be made into a birthday card!  This card - both versions of it - was created using the sketch over at the Paper Players Challenge Blog, but I missed the deadline to enter over there by a couple of hours.  However, I incorporated elements from two other challenges - the embossed snowflake background works with the challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper and the fact that it is masculine card works with Merry Monday's challenge. 

So here's a list of what I used on these cards - all from CTMH unless indicated
Hello, Winter (C1658)
Merry & Bright (retired) - Christmas sentiment
Colonial White cardstock
Desert Sand cardstock
Sea Glass cardstock
Desert Sand
Saddle (sentiment stamped on the Sea Glass banner needed to be a little darker)
Sea Glass
Snowflakes Embossing Folder (Z400)
Sponge dauber for inking edges
Nestabilities Labels Four dies

I should mention that the Hello, Winter stamp set and the snowflakes embossing folder are found in the CTMH Holiday Expressions catalog, and if you like them, you only have until the end of December to order them.  But they are available only while supplies last, so act soon if you want them!  You can find them on my CTMH website if you are interested.

Be sure to pop over to the two challenge blogs that these cards are entered in - Merry Monday and Stamp Ink Paper.  Enjoy the other great projects people have shared.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Gift - Gift Card Holder!

The final Heart 2 Heart Challenge I am participating in for November is a "k"rafty one - literally, using Kraft cardstock on the project.  I needed to make some gift card holders - another project for December's Stamp Club - and thought the kraft paper would be very versatile.  This card holder could be used as a birthday project as well, just by changing the colors of the stamped images.
In addition to the kraft cardstock, I used White Daisy and Cranberry cardstock.  The stamped images are from the "Jolly Holiday" stamp set (C1654) and I used Cranberry, Willow and Lagoon inks.  I also used CTMH's Thumb-Notch punch (Z3131) for the notch to make it easier to pull the gift card out!

The gift card holder is simply a piece of 4-3/4" x 7-3/4" cardstock, scored at 1-3/4" and 4-3/4".  The punch is used on the small 1-3/4" section.  The sides of that section are taped at the edges.  The belly-band is a piece of 1-1/8" x 12" piece of cardstock, scored at 4-7/8" and 9-3/4".  It is just taped together and the packages applied to the front of it so it can slip over the gift card holder.  This will fit nicely inside of a standard A2 card, or you could just put it in its own envelop.

Check out the other krafty projects over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog.  And thanks for stopping by mine!


Heart 2 Heart Holiday Color Challenge

The challenge at Heart 2 Heart was to create a Christmas card without using red or green!  I love pinks and rose colors for the holidays, so thought this would work.  I used the new Blossom ink from CTMH for the floral image and front sentiment and Crystal Blue for the leaves and inside sentiment.

The "Christmas" image is done with two layers of the same die cut - CTMH's Christmas thin cut die (Z4004).  After gluing them together, I used the CTMH Shimmer Brush (Z3293) to give some shine and added interest to the word, since it would be white on white.  Helps it stand out a little more.

The flower is from Pretty Poinsettia (B1540) and the shapes are cut from the new CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge (Z3285).  I added a Pink Enamel Gem (Z3091) to the center.  The front sentiment is retired.
The inside of the card uses another of the poinsettia images, only I didn't want the dimension of another gem, so used Canary ink to add the center of the flower.  The inside sentiment is from Hymns of Praise (C1653)

This card will be one of the projects in my December Stamp Club classes.

Be sure to check out the other cards from this color challenge over at the Heart 2 Heart Blog!

Thanks for stopping by.