13 November 2010

OWH Valentine's Day Blog Hop

Goodness, it has been a while since I've created a post with artwork.  Yikes!  School and extra curricular activities have been overwhelming this semester.  I haven't had enough time to stamp, but with the holidays around the corner, I will make sure to spend time crafting!

Also, what better way to start up this blog again than participating in an Operation Write Home Blog Hop?  Sounds good to me!
  • This blog hop is dedicated to Valentine's Day.  OWH always completes holidays a month in advance so that our men and women overseas have enough time to receive the cards and then send them to their loved ones.  This year, the Valentine's Day deadline is January 7th, 2011.
  • As you have probably guessed, the Christmas card deadline has already passed.  Wow, we had so many cards sent in to this wonderful organization.  One week, we had 30,000+ cards sent in!  Such an amazing feat!
  • Don't forget to vote daily at the Joann's Craft for a Cause website!  Our organization is competing against two other awesome charities.  We're hoping to take the top prize with everyone's efforts of voting every day!
Now, on to the cards....

Everything on these cards are made with Close to My Heart products.  Don't you just love this paper?  It just looks so romantic and elegant.  The little portrait stamp of the boy and girl is really sweet, as well.  The vertical "Love" stamp is one of my favorite's, too.  As you can probably tell, I like clean-cut cards and simple designs!

You may not be able to tell due to the lighting of this picture, but I took a white ribbon and sponged it with Cocoa ink.  The ribbon now has a nice brown tint that goes perfectly with this card!  Also, for a 3-D effect, I cut out the little boy and girl and attached them to the card with foam poppers.  Underneath, I stamped the same image on the layering card stock so that the image can be seen underneath!

This card is mostly designed with the use of cardstock.  Sometimes, paper is all you need to make a great card!  With a perfect stamp that matches the design, you're ready to create a card that hopefully you'll be happy with!

Now, I've always wanted to offer some blog candy.  However, I'm not a consultant so I don't have any extra product.  With that being said, I would like to send you 3 homemade cards!  If you would like to participate in this contest, in your post, please answer the following question: How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog!  Your next stop on this blog hop is Christi.

11 November 2010

Close to My Heart

This week on Facebook, CTMH has created a contest where we are supposed to write about our favorite products on our blogs.

Goodness, I'm not sure where to begin!  Once I started using CTMH products, I haven't been able to switch to anything else.  The stamps are durable and I love how you can see through them!  I always get a perfect image.  Plus, with the coordinated papers and inks, I can make a lot of cards without a lot of decision making.

I actually have two favorite products and they coordinate so well with one another!  I adore the Animal Cookies Paper Packet and the "It's a Zoo" stamp set.  I have used both of these items for countless cards.  They're both super cute and can be used for any occasion!