Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Valentine for my Sweetie

This coming Tuesday is Valentine's Day! I love that day! Can I say Chocolate!!!
For the occasion, I made this valentine for my sweetie using the January SOTM "Adore You" from Close to My Heart.

I cut the hearts out of CTMH Pomegranate Cardstock on my Cricut and embossed them and the white cardstock with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder that was in my stash. The heart border punch was also in my stash.

A lot of times when I make a card, I get inspired by ideas that I see on Pinterest, but I don't always have the exact supplies that were used. So I go through the "many" crafting supplies (hint hint....does that sound like you?)  that I already own and use them. I kind of prefer this method because I get to explore my own creativity.

The flowers were colored with CTMH Shin Han markers. You will notice that I left some white space on the flowers and leaves. I did this to give them some depth and make it look like the sun was shining on them. In the flower centers, not sure if you can see, but there are Bitty Sparkles.

I know many of you do not like "fussy cutting" or as they say "fussy cutting makes me fussy". However, I am one of the ones that enjoys it. The trick to it is to use small scissors.  When you hold the paper up and start cutting, you want to turn the paper instead of the scissors. It took me a while to learn this trick, but with a lot of practice, I got the hang of it. Lastly, I popped the flower bunch up with foam tape.

Happy Valentine's Day to you my lovely friends! If you don't have a special person in your life, please show yourself some love. My recommendation is to buy yourself a box of your favorite chocolate and pamper yourself. That might mean, taking a hot bath with lit candles, buying yourself a beautiful bouquet of flowers, getting your nails done, reading a good book or inviting a friend over to watch movies like "When Harry Met Sally" or "Sleepless in Seattle". Any Meg Ryan movie makes me feel good. Lastly,  make yourself a Valentine. You deserve it!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stitch Fix #4 Review

I came home from a long work week to this nice surprise. "Brown paper packages, wrapped up in string, these are a few of my favorite things." 
 Drum roll as the family stands around to watch me open my present to myself.  

 Look at the nice contents in this package!
 The first item to pull out is an off-white textured pullover sweater by Moon River. This will be nice and warm on these cold days that we have been having.
They paired it with these purple Joey Skinny Jeans by Just Black

I changed up my style a bit with this shipment and asked for a more romantic look. They sent this navy and red blouse by Collective Concepts to wear with the Purple jeans, a grey cardigan and necklace. 
Love it...
The lace on the backside of this cardigan by Le Lis is so pretty and feminine. 

To complete the look they sent this floral statement necklace by Bay to Baubles.

 The Just black skinny jeans are low rise but are very comfortable because they are made of stretchy fabric...which I most definitely need after all the holiday eating that hasn't stopped!
The shoulders on the cardigan also have lace. So pretty. It's hard to see but I am wearing the pretty necklace. Can't say it enough, I love this outfit!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sugar Rush Cards

Today was such a fun day. I had a group of women over for a card workshop. We made cards, told stories, laughed and snacked on yummy homemade treats. Everyone had a great time. I was especially happy in how excited they got over the cards we made. The cards were all made using the new Sugar Rush paper and stamps from Close to My Heart. The colors of cardstock used are Chocolate, Blossom, and Sea Glass and Whisper. The sentiments are stamped in Slate and Pomegranate inks. The colors used on the donuts are Tangerine, Blossom, and Sea Glass. The sprinkles are stamped in Chocolate ink.

The Ice Cream and Cone were cut from the Close to My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge and popped up with 3D Foam Tape. 



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Friday, December 23, 2016

Stitch Fix #3 Review

I want to tell you about something that I have signed up for. Three months ago I joined Stitch Fix. If you aren't familiar with them here is what they do. They are an online personalised styling service. You fill out a very detailed profile with your size and style. They show you pictures of different styles and you pick the style you like. You can also link styles from Pinterest. There is someone that I follow on Pinterest and they have been right on target with her style.
 They will send you 5 hand picked pieces that all go together. You can pick what you like and send back the rest in a postage paid bag or keep it all. You can tell them how often you want them to ship a package. I chose once a month and get so excited when I get an email telling me that my package is on its way.  Here is how the package comes. It is so much fun to open!

Here are the items that were in the box

 I love this Burgundy "Daniel Rainn Blison Pleat Detail Blouse"

 They paired it with these Dark Grey "Liverpool Kay Skinny Jeans".
They also sent me this Navy "Blu Pepper Abida Pocket knit top".

They paired it with this Navy "Fate Rowen Faux Leather Quilted Vest".
In addition they sent these Dark Green "SeaVees Monterey Plaid Lace Up Sneakers"

Other than the sneakers, they have done such a good job of matching my taste. In this order, I decided to keep the burgundy top and dark grey jeans. I added a long necklace from Premier Design and my black and tan boots. 

Another thing that they do is to send a personalized note 
 and a card that shows how you can wear these items with pieces that are in your closet.

This is so much fun!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Getting my scrapping on with Charlotte

I am having a scrap therapy day today. I am loving this Charlotte kit from CTMH. It not only comes with a paper pack, but picture my life cards, puffy embellishments, stickers, ribbon, and chipboard pieces. The kit that makes  four layouts and cards are here on my CTMHwebsite.

 Here is what you can make with this kit.

If you order from my website, I will email the easy to follow instructions.