Thursday, September 30, 2010

CTMH October Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop is Christmas Magic

Welcome to another blog hop!  We've got lots of fabulous consultants participating again and I'm positive that you'll find some amazing talent and inspiring ideas this month.  If you came from Mary Eisen's blog, you're on the right track.
This month's stamp set, called Sharing the Magic, is all about Christmas.  You'll have plenty of time to get those cards made in time to send to friends and family.  It's a pretty cute set, with lots of creative possibilities.  Now, I'm not a huge fan of outline stamps.  I'm one of those people who doesn't particularly enjoy colouring in images.  I find it takes too much of my time and my time is quite precious right now.  But there are lots of things you can do to get around colouring in these sweet images.  Here's what I did with this set:

I stamped the tree on patterned paper from Mistletoe Level 2, then cut it out.  I also stamped it on my Colonial White paper so the little extra lines would still be there.  Then I popped the image with 3-D Foam Tape and added some red sparkles (love the new bling!).  I also sponged around the edges of the papers with Cocoa ink.  The ribbon is from the Mistletoe Creative Basics kit and this pattern came from Wishes.
Here's a close-up so you can see the layers a bit better.

I hope you appreciate the simplicity of this card.  Might be one you could make many multiples of, even.  Hmmm.... maybe I should use it for my personal cards.

The next stop on the hop is the very talented Antoinette Herrin.

Happy Creating!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Playing with Chipboard

Today is a special day.  It's my son's 3rd birthday.  He's quite funny about the whole thing.  He doesn't want to grow up, doesn't want candles.  He says, "I want to stay two!" with his sweet little pout.  I think he'll enjoy the ice cream cake, gifts and all the family coming over, though.  He started preschool last week and didn't really want to go until I showed him his new backpack just before we left.  Now he loves it, even getting upset this morning because it wasn't his day to go.  Here he is on his first day.

Nathaniel is our little dramatic boy.  He's got the best facial expressions and loves to be silly.  He took his time entering our family (22 hours labour!) but we're so glad he's here.  He brings us lots of laughter and keeps us on our toes as the people in our church nursery can attest to.  He loves climbing on everything.  He has a real mind of his own most of the time, although he can take his time to make a decision.  I love that I get to spend time at home just with him.  He can still be a snuggler sometimes.  He's so quick to say, "I love you, Mommy," and gives us lots of hugs.  Nathaniel loves Mighty Machines, Bob the Builder, cars, trucks, trains... you get the picture.  He points out the Mighty Machines wherever we go.  If we see any actually working he calls it a "Mighty Machine Day!"  It's so fun listening to him talk.  Okay, enough about Nathaniel.

I want to share a layout I did with my team.  We spent our creative time learning about the different things you can do with chipboard.  There are too many techniques on this page to list here, but my favourite is on my heart journaling spot.  I scored the lines with a scoring blade on my trimmer and then inked it up with a brayer.  I used Twitterpated  Level 2, chipboard from lots of different packages and Chocolate ink.

Here are a couple close-ups of the photos of Nathaniel:

I just love my big boy, who doesn't want to be called a big boy.  You're a sweetie, Nathaniel.  Happy Birthday!

Open House Winner!

We had a fabulous time at my Open House/New Idea Book Kick-off on Saturday.  The attendees were entered into a draw for a Miracle Kit.  The winning number is 603905.  If that's you, email or call me today!  And congratulations.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Thank you for your comments on my 100th post.  I've randomly drawn a name from those who commented and
Julie, you win!

Julie said...

Congrats Krista! I've been reading your blog for a while but wasn't a follower, but I am now. What a great giveaway.

Julie, email me at with your mailing address and I'll get these two stamp sets to you.
I'm still trying to get to 100 followers, only 9 to go!  I'll be handing out more blog candy when I reach that milestone.  I'll let you know soon what goodies you can look forward to.
Gotta go.  My family will be arriving any minute to celebrate my nephew's birthday.  He's 8 already!  
Happy Creating!