Sunday, September 30, 2012

Avonlea Cards

I was playing with the Avonlea Card Workshop on the Go the other day.  This is such a great kit!!  You get all of the supplies needed to make 15 cards.  Plus the bonus of being able to keep the stamp set after you are finished making your cards.  I can't believe that I actually have some supplies left over to make more cards or other projects.  Close to My Heart really did an outstanding job with this Card Workshop.  LOVE IT!!!

Would you like to make these Amazing cards?  Then you can simply order the Avonlea Card Workshop on the Go.  Call or email me if you have any questions about it.

hugs, Holly

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Organize Your Craft Supplies

These are fantastic!!!!!  I have the medium one and it holds a ton of stuff.  Iwill be ordering the small one tonight.  Get one for yourself.  Tell me what you think of them.
hugs, Holly

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Brother...

     On September 21, 1972, my brother, Bill was born.  I have many wonderful memories of my brother.  We are great friends and help each other out with many things.  On Sunday, we celebrated his 40th. birthday.  The whole family got together at Ford Field in Dearborn for dinner and some bocce ball.  It was a totally fun day.

    After I purchased his gift card to a local wine making supply store and a beautiful wine bottle stopper, I knew I couldn't just wrap the presents in a gift bag.  But it had to be wrapped a little more special.  He did turn we now know he is "Over the Hill".  So I made a Coffin to put the wine stopper in and a gift card holder.
   All of the supplies I used are from Close to My Heart.  Both the coffin and gift card holder are cut from the Artiste cricut cartridge.  The coffin is cut at 6 1/4" using Mischief paper from last year.  The gift card holder is cut at 5" also made from Mischief paper.

   Bill loved his gifts and loved how I cleverly wrapped them up.  I think they did turn out pretty good.  What do you think?  Write a comment to let me know what you think please.

hugs, Holly

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mini 8 Hour Crops are Back!!

   Yesterday was the first mini 8 hour crop for the new cropping season.  We will meet every other month (September-May), on a Saturday from 2:00-10:00 for fun, laughs, techniques, and some will actually get some papercrafting done.  If you are interested in finding out more information watch here or email me.

    I love these mini crops.  The time we spend together is more intimate and personal.  I have learned a great deal about each lady that attends the mini crops.  The day is all about having fun and being with each other.  It is limited to only 8 people since it is hosted in my home.  During our time together we kick it off with learning 2 new techniques.  We learned about Generation Stamping and the Grid Technique yesterday.

    During our day the "Stamp Fairy" delivers 3 gifts to each lady.  These gifts are hand made by the "Fairy" herself.  I think this is my favorite part of the day...the special surprises.  The gifts this time were a Liquid Glass holder, mini box with yummy chocolate, and a mini purse with a petite stamp set.  Through out the day the ladies recieved 2 prizes and at the end of our time together we had to lucky winners of bigger prizes.  Lori won a Dotty for You paper pack and Kathy won the Roxie Workshop on the Go kit.

   I believe the ladies had a great time!  I know I did :)  Our next mini crop will be on Saturday, November 10th.  There are only 4 spots that remain available.  Space sells out quickly so don't delay to get your nonrefundable deposit in if you are interested.

Meghan, Laura, and Linda

Patti, Kathy, and Lori

Hope to see you all in the future at upcoming mini crops or other events!!!

hugs, Holly

Friday, September 21, 2012

Clearly the Best: Spanning the Space (S01E03)

The Close to My Heart ladies are so cute and talented!  Isn't this a great way to use the best stamps in the world.  Give it a try for yourslef and then let me know what you think.
Hugs, Holly

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Clearly the Best: The Swipe Hype (S01E02)

This is such a cool technique!!!!  Give it a try for yourself and let me know what you think of it.

hugs, Holly

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mini Purse Album

  I am sitting here watching the lovely ladies make their projects of cards, cupcake picks, birthday banners, scrapbook layouts of the grandchild and me...posting to the my blog.  I think today is a fun day to share a mini purse scrapbook.  This is so stinkin' cute!!!!  All done on the Cricute Artiste cartridge with a hint of the Art Philosophy cartridge. 
   The paper is the new Clementine paper and the wonderful Fall Favorites stamp of the month.  The tag is attached with a little bit of waxy flax.

What do you think of this cute purse?  Would you want to make one, then we can at your home gathering!!

hugs, Holly

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Clearly the Best: Bend It, Curve It, Stamp It (S01E01)

This is such a great video to show you how to do many things with Close to My Heart stamps.

What do you think?
hugs, Holly

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fall Favorites...September stamp of the month

    After the Labor Day holiday has come and gone, we all start thinking about "fall".  The crisp cool air, apples and cider, football games, and all of the leaves changing color.  This next season to comes is my husband's favorite because it is an end to the "hot" days of summer and it means it is almost deer hunting season.  He will be taking our son hunting this year.  That means more crafting time for me!!
    While thinking of the fall season, Close to My Heart created a great stamp of the month for September.  It is called Fall Favorites.  I think it might be a favorite for my fall layouts and cards.  There is a darling little scarecrow, a group of pumpkins, and a ton of other images and words.
    Let me show you what I created with it...
A fall layout using the new Clementine paper and alcohol markers.

Close up of the tag and little pumpkins.  I added some almond glitz to the pumpkins and a large glitter brad to the tag.

Almond glitz to the pumpkins and zipstrip from Clementine.

Love this scarecrow!  I used more almond glitz and the alcohol markers with Clementine paper.

This is a little purse mini album.  Inside the album are 4 pages.  All of it is cut from the new Artiste cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart.

Sneak peek inside the album.

Inside back of the album.  I will be teaching a group of ladies next Sunday, how to make this darling little purse album.  If you like it and would like to learn how to make one too, call me and we will set up a demonstration for you.

I hope you enjoy a little "Fall Favorites" with someone today.  Remember let me show you how to get crafting!!!

hugs, Holly

Sunday, September 2, 2012

National Stamping Month/Open House

    School has started here.  My family has been back for 2 weeks now and I have been back just for meetings.  But while the family was gone and before I went back to work, I was busy playing with the National Stamping Month double "D" stamp set from Close to My Heart.  This set is super fun and super varied.  You can use it for so many projects.  The best part about it, is that it matches the Artiste Cricut cartridge.
    Today, I am going to share with you some artwork using the "It's Your Day" double D stamp set and some pictures from my open house that was last Sunday.  Giving you a warning that this post will be heavy in photos.  Tomorrow I will share with you some projects using the cute "Fall Favorites" stamp set.

Here I created my own Background and Texture paper.  What do you think of the rosette at the top?

I love the bottom right card the best.  Which is your favorite?

Me in front of the artwork display.  I am holding a little slice of cake.

Arleen, Amanda, Rosie, and Sandy working on their craft.  Here they made a Christmas gift card holder.

Patti, Terri, Sue, and Lia were getting ready to learn how to use the new alcohol based markers.

We set up 7 tables, 2 canopy tents, and 36 chairs for all of the guests.

   I would love to thank everyone that came to the open house and made a purchase.  I hope you enjoyed your time and crafts.  The Open House was a major success because of you.  A special thank you to my husband, son, and mom for helping me set everything up for the ladies.  A major shout out thanks to Arleen, Lori, Michelle, Kendra, and Mandi for booking a home gathering!!!

   If you missed the Open House but would  like to make the craft, I would love to bring it to your house and teach you how with your family and friends.

hugs, Holly