Friday, November 8, 2013

Washi Tape

I guess you guys have heard of, seen or already in Love with Washi tape. CTMH holiday book has a new 3 pack of Washi Tape "Sparkle & Shine" Washi Tape is so much fun & easy to use. You can use it to make cards, boarders for pictures, accents on your scrapbook pages, to secure your pictures to a page and many more that I haven't thought of yet. Washi is like a paper tape and you can easily remove it without tearing your paper.  But you should know me by now....if the Washi Tape you have on hand does not match what you are working on or not the color you want you can make your own.  Here's a picture of some I made.

On this sheet, I used holiday tissue paper and double sided tape (Scotch).  All I did was take small pieces of the tissue paper and put down a strip of double sided tape. (you need the kind that has the protective strip on one side, unless you are using it right away.) After that you trim the tape of any extra tissue paper.  You can see through the tape so it takes on the colors of the paper you put it on. Here I used a white index card, so you could see the designs. This is great for wrapping gifts, making tags, cards or holiday scrapbook pages.
On this one I used stamps & ink.  So can make any color or design you want.  I just stamped on white tissue paper. Background stamps work well, words, most any stamp that is kind of full.  You could also use any solid colored tissue paper,  I think the craft color tissue paper would be great.  Give this a try and see what you can create.  Be Curious! As before feel free to post your creations in the comments section below.  Here is a simple card I made using the Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape from CTMH.  If you want to try Washi Tape you can find it Here 

This card I made with Washi Tape. The Shine & Sparkle paper pack, the Santa Clause stamp set, the SOM Scandinavian Wishes (inside greeting), bakers twine, sparkles colored with the holiday red marker. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.  Very quick & easy. I put Washi Tape under the punched out snowflakes and my granddaughter covered some white cardstock with the Washi Tape and punched out some snowflakes.  I added them to the card using foam dots. "Celebrate the Season" is the trim on the 12 x 12 paper, I just cut it out & added it to the card.  I stamped the sentiment with Holiday Red ink, added the bakers twine and the sparkles.  

On the inside of the card, I added some Washi Tape along the bottom, a snowflake my granddaughter punched out and the sentiment.

Well I must stop with the FUN stuff and do the necessary stuff; laundry, house grandkids today) wash dishes ;(    I'd rather be playing.  Speaking of grandkids this is my granddaughter that helped me make this card.  She is beautiful and my helper. Cutest little red riding hood you've ever seen!

Try some Washi Tape.  Be Curious!   

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Construction "Left overs" Continued

Here are a couple more of my "creations"

Autumn Blessings was made using some leftover lumber. First I sanded the edges to take off the sharp parts, then I painted with acrylic paint (beige)...then....I stamped!  Yes you know me "curious".  I decided I would try stamping.  I used the Fall Harvest stamp set, the Always Grateful stamp set, and the Urban alphabet stamp set. Can't remember what tree I used :(.  I used CTMH ink pads; Chocolate, gypsy, olive, autumn terracotta, sunset and barn red. After stamping I let it dry for awhile & then I heat set it. Then I inked the edges. Let it dry & heat set it.  I sealed it with a spray matte wood sealer. It turned out great. I Love It!

This is another leftover of base board.  Guess what I used on this.  A napkin from Wal-Mart. I decided to try decoupage the napkin because it was so pretty. I cut out some leaves with my cricut & did some embossing & inking to the leaves. Cut the tag on my cricut using olive & terracotta paper.  Used the Always Grateful stamp set, some burlap at the top & some strings from the burlap to attach to my tag. I used liquid glass to adhere everything.  I love the winkled look.
So far that's the end of my "leftover" creations.  Hope you find something you can recreate.  Feel free to post your "creations" in the comments section below.  Would love to see what you come up with.
Be Curious!  Check out these stamp sets on my website Here

Happy Fall Y'all! 

Fall is Here

Can't you just feel fall in the evening air?  The leaves are starting to turn and it's time for Football games.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love all the warm earth tone colors.  Close to my heart has several paper packs and card stock in those warm colors I love.  Here are a couple fall pages I did at one of the CKC Crops.
 On this page I used olive card stock and strips off the Mischief B&T Duos paper. I cut the end strips off the B&T paper and distressed them with a distressing tool, water and coco ink.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of terracotta card stock using  the Fall Favorites (stamp of the month) in coco ink.  I stamped the leaf boarder using the So Grateful stamp set in coco ink.  The perfect pumpkin is hard to find!  Mallory used hers to sit & rest her leg. (note the pink cast)

As you can see Mallory enjoyed the pumpkin patch with a pink cast & crutches, that resulted from a fall off the monkey bars on the 4th day of school.  Home school for four months.  On these two pages I used olive card stock and Moonlight paper pack.  The leaves were a give away at the convention & I colored them with our alcohol ink markers in several fall colors (one that was a give away at the CTMH booth).  The acorns are brads that I won at one of the crops.
It is a tradition in our family to visit a pumpkin patch & corn maze together each year.  These pictures were of last years visit to Williams Orchard in Rural Retreat.  There were apple shooters, a pumpkin canon, a corn maze and of course a hayride to pick out that perfect pumpkin.  Wait until you see our pumpkin carving event!  Our family enjoys spending time together and Fall is full of fun things to do.  This is the reason I scrapbook.  I want to record our stories for all that come after me.  If you want to tell your stories of Fall events go Here .   If you like the purple and black combo check out the Laughing Lola paper pack.  If you like the oranges, browns and greens....check out the Huntington and Sarita paper packs.  All are just $9.95.
The Stickease assortments and the Huntington assortment have some great fall embellishments.  If you are like me and love to stamp...check out the stamp sets.  Count your Blessings, Happy Autumn, Fall Harvest, and Always Grateful.  If you are a Cricut user the new Artbooking cartridge has several fall themed layouts.   Enjoy the Fall season with your family and loved ones.  Make sure you are Telling your Stories for future generations.  If you want to create beautiful Fall pages, let me show you how.  Make a Comment at the end of this post and I will be glad to help you anyway I can.  Need some one on one time to plan a page or learn a technique?  Let me know & I will set up 30 mins. that we can work together. Just comment at the end of this post and we will work out a time that works for you.

Be Curious!  Who's Telling Your Stories?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

House Building Where does all the trash go ?

I guess you guys may have wondered where I've been lately.  Well grand kids, trying to keep up with the old house and build the new house is very time consuming.  Normally most of my crafting takes place at night when everyone else is in bed. Lately all I can do is fall asleep.  If you have crafting in your blood, you find a way to be creative no matter what.  I have so many new CTMH products that I want to use.  Guess I'll just have to find the time somewhere. Ever wonder where all the leftovers (trash) goes, you know trim, baseboard, lumber or PVC pipe?  I find myself looking at everything in a different light these days. My number one question is : What could that be?  Here are a couple of things I made with some of those "leftovers"

Do you recognize it?  Its baseboard, already painted white.  All I did was add a little dry brushing with ctmh's pearl paint with a few drops of blush re-inker. On one I painted mostly pink & let it dry the dry brushed it with just the pearl paint. On the other I left it white & dry brushed it with the blush tinted paint.  Added some lace from my birthday gift from my sister, some paper flowers(stamped & painted), some paper leaves colored with ctmh markers, and some bling.I added the words free handed and used a button for the O in HOPE.  Cute little gifts for someone.  I hope this post gives you the idea to look at all things around you in a new light.  After all I am the "Curious Crafter"  

IF you want to try painting, you can find the pearl paint on my website Here

Be Curious.....make some time to do something you love!
See you next time. To be continued...........

Holidays from the Heart

Holidays are always " Close To My Heart"

What better time is there for a CTMH Holiday Sale & promotion.  Cards and gifts to make and memories to scrapbook!  We have all the inspriation and products you need to make the Holidays special. When you place an order of $100.00 or more in retail-priced products between October 15 and Decmber 31, you qualify for one free "star" item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift guide.  You'll love the sparkle, the ease, and the savings.  Remember what better gifts to give or recieve, than CTMH products.  Share your wish list with your friends and family.  Contact me for catalogs and the Holiday Gift guide.

Be Curious!
Check out all the Time Limited Holiday Products HERE

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rediscover CTMH

Ever noticed this image on this blog?  Ever clicked on it?  Give it a try.  Each month CTMH has free downloads for the month.  They change each month and are so cute.

Be Curious!