Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Christmas Card #1

It feels like it's been forever since I posted a project.  Life has been so busy and I simply have not been able to catch up.  I was so excited to spend a little time in my crafty space on a relaxing Sunday afternoon between church services.

How many Christmas cards do you typically send out?  Between what I hand deliver and what I mail, I easily need around 100 per year.  It's time to get started on them.  I did find a few very nice pre-printed ones that we used several years ago.  Though I plan to use some of those, I'm still going to need a bunch more.  I can now say that I have 6 done and ready!  Yeah!!!!

I absolutely love the new "Oh Deer" collection from Close To My Heart.  The colors are fabulous but they are not traditional Christmas colors.  Here's what I used to make these:

Oh Deer Paper Pack
White and Gold Twine
October Stamp of the Month - Yuletide Joy
White Daisy Card Bases
Sea Glass Cardstock
Versamark ink pad

Non-CTMH products:
ATG adhesive
Ranger gold embossing powder

How about a video tutorial of the process?

Would you like to get this amazing stamp set for just $5?  Then head on over to my Indepenent online site here and you will be able to pick that up when your order reaches $50 before tax and shipping.  That is a great deal!  I plan to use this set more for Christmas this year, so be sure to come back for more great Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Craftin' & Stampin' Crew Monthly Hop Featuring Jeepers Creepers

Welcome to the Craftin' and Stampin' Crew 
Blog Hop!

Myself and some other Craftin' and Stampin' Crew members decided we wanted to share 
some of our creations on a monthly basis with the 
monthly featured paper collections. 

This hop will be featuring the September featured paper from
Close To My Heart called Jeepers Creepers! 

Our team has put together TONS of amazing inspiration to help you 
get crafty with this AMAZING paper packet and coordinating pieces!!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items you see on my project today,
be sure to stop by my online store, Cheri's Close To My Heart
and pick it up before its gone!  Throughout the post, you can click on any of the items mentioned to be taken directly to my personal online store to get your items.

For my project today I decided to challenge myself by creating cards from a scrapbook sketch.  WHAT?  Yes, you heard correctly.  I took scrapbook sketch #7 from the Make it from the Heart, volume 1.

(Photo by Jessica Douglas)
 Of course, I needed the Jeepers Creepers paper as well as the Adventure cardstock packet.  A little bit of Archival black ink and the Artistry Cricut cartridge and I was ready to change the 1st layout of the sketch into a cute card.  I filled in this cute monster's eyes with our Shimmer Brush and popped him up with some foam tape.

To cut out the monster, I used icon #1 and <shift> icon #1 on page 43 at 2.5" in lemon and tangerine.  The speech bubble was cut using icon #2 on page 1 at 1.25" in tangerine.  Both of these papers are in the Adventure cardstock packet.  The stamp is from "Short and Sweet Sentiments".

The second layout from the sketch was also turned into a cute card.  The twist to this one is that I turned it on the side.  I also added an extra strip to the sides and only had room for 2 circles instead of the 3 squares.

This one took 2 stamp sets - "So Many Smiles" and "Finding the Words".  That tangerine paper is so perfect for Fall.  I'm loving it.  By the way, did you know that "Finding the Words" and many other stamp sets are also available in French and Spanish?  You really should check them out.

I decided to make a video out of this one.

I sure my project helped to get your mojo going and that YOU 
are excited to work with the Jeepers Creepers Kit!

Up next is Oma Gloria!

If you lose your way along this hop, please see the line up below:

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Creating Kindness

I truly believe that we are not on this earth for our own pleasure.  God has given each of us talents to be an encouragement to others and we can always show kindness.  I think this is one of the reasons that I like this month's Close To My Heart campaign so much.  It is a good reminder to take a few minutes to show kindness to others.  This little kit contains EVERYTHING you need to make simple cards.

However, you can spruce it up a bit with watercolors or markers.  Add some shapes from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and it steps up a bit more.  The possibilities are endless.

I like this so much and I plan to continue the concept through October.  Watch for other ways to "Create Kindness" in the coming weeks.

I really would love to have you join me in a Creating Kindness Challenge.  Of course I would love for you to purchase this kit from me here.  In fact, anyone who purchases this kit from me will receive a small collection of the scalloped shapes and pieces of cardstock to dress up your kit.  Want to know something else?  If you purchase the kit along with a Shimmer Brush (here), you will qualify for this month's Stamp of the Month for just $5.  This set would also be perfect to "Create Kindness".

Here are a couple of videos I prepared for this campaign.  In this first video, I show you everything included in this kit.

In this second video, I show you 20 of the cards I made with my kit.  Come back next week to see what I do with the additional 4 bases.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Holiday Expressions Idea Book

It's Here!!!

The Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions Idea book is so fabulous that I can't wait to show it to you.  Here's a walk-through of the book.  Check back soon to see some of the new items that I purchased.  I think you're going to love this one!

Thanks for stopping by today. Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Papercrafting 101

I currently have 2 people interested in starting a Papercrafting 101 club. This is the perfect club for new papercrafters. I am super excited about this because I love to share my love for papercrafting with others. This group would start in September and run for 6 months. We will take December off. Who will join us? I have to have 6 people to make the club work. Contact me at djssundries@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MIA for Now

I know that I have been MIA for a few days.  Here is part of the reason:

After my big crop on the 4th and the 5th, I came home and brought everything in and dumped it in my dining room.  Why?  because I took so much stuff with me that I didn't want to move into the crafting space before getting it re-organized.  Here's the story...

We have a nice large family room that houses my craft stuff including my video set-up.  It also houses an entertainment center with a television and the video games for my guys, a stationary bike, a bookcase that is loaded to the gills and a few guitars and mandolins.  Yes, it's a crowded mess.  One corner is dominated with a very large corner desk that became a home for my Cricuts (and a disorganized catch all space).  While wondering through Ikea looking for storage options, I suddenly realized a way we could re-arrange the room and make it more functional for all of us.  At this point, I haven't bought a single piece of furniture or organizational piece but have instead started to go through and de-clutter. 

Unfortunately, I also have not been feeling great and typically come home from work too exhausted to even tackle the task.  However, as big as the mess may seem, I am really excited to pull all the extra stuff out of hiding to decide what I really need to keep.  It is an amazing feeling to see the pile of items build that I think will "bless" someone else.

Of course, it means that I don't really have a space to actually create projects, but it will get there.  In the meantime, hang in there.  Sometime soon, I will be organized in this space and ready to let the creativity flow.  In the meantime, check out all the great new products at Close To My Heart by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Watercolor Backgrounds

Playing with watercolors is one of my favorite things to do in the craftroom.  They are so versatile.  Today we will see two cards using different techniques.  Pairing watercolors with CTMH's Sea Glass paper creates a dynamic duo.

Here's what you need to make these cards:
Close To My Heart White Daisy Card Base
Close To My Heart Sea Glass cardstock
Close To My Heart watercolor paints
Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles
Close To My Heart Black Exclusives ink pad
Close To My Heart Get Better stamp set
This video will show you the different techniques.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.