Damask Diva's Valentine Day Blog Hop

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy weekend everyone! Welcome to the Damask Diva's Valentine Blog Hop!  Well the holidays are over and now we're gearing up Valentines Day. To give everyone a little head start we decided to throw together a blog hop featuring  the very pretty Close to My Heart Heartstrings paper pack from the current Seasonal Expressions Catalog. I decided to also throw in the Awesome Forever In My Heart Stamp Set, also in the seasonal expressions catalog.

Now if you've come here from Melissa Fromm's blog you are on the right track, thanks for stopping by!

A lot of you know I love making cards. I think it's because I feel like I can get creative on a smaller canvas where sometimes the larger scrapbook pages can be intimidating. So of course, today I have a card for you. 

I thought I was going to make a 5x7 inch card  but I believe the finished size ended up being 5x6 inches. It will still fit in a standard envelope but I got a little carried away with my paper cutter. With a little help from the Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge I cut several 21/2 in and 1 and 1/2 inch hearts from all the design paper in the Heartstrings paper pack as well as several from a piece of White Daisy card stock. Using the small text heart stamp from the Forever in My Heart stamp set I and some Cranberry ink I stamped one of the small hearts on the front of the card. For the background of the card I used a piece of Whisper card stock and a new Anna Griffin Love embossing folder from my stash to add some texture and added a small stamped "You're Sweet" banner, also from the stamp set.

I decided that a plain blank inside wouldn't do so I added some additional hearts using the "Always on My Mind Forever In My Heart",  sentiment stamp from this stamp set. I again used Cranberry ink to ink the edges of my heart and stamp my sentiment. Easy Peasy!

I am officially the last blog in the hop to se the entire list and if you'd like to see a list of the entire hop you can check out the list here. Thanks for hopping with us.

If you like what you see leave me a comment and let me know. I hope this jump started your Valentine creativity, now get out there and get crafty!

November Blog Hop, Yuletide!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!  Welcome to the Damask Diva's November Blog Hop! I know it might feel a little early since the big boo fest isn't even finished but this month for the Damask Diva Blog Hop we are show casing the beautiful Yuletide Carol paper pack. So grab a handful of Halloween Candy and get ready to browse through some beautiful work.

If you came from Jennifer Dykstra's blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Diva's blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.

This months paper pack is the beautiful Yuletide Carol paper pack. I love it it's subtle, slightly vintage, and just plain pretty. 

I know I've been a bit quiet lately but I'm working on recovering from a horrible case a Mono and have just not felt like sitting at my desk and creating. But because we're getting closer and closer to the biggest holiday of the year my crafting juices are starting to flow and I'm getting a bit craft crazy. 
I thought I'd start with something easy... a Christmas Card.

I love how this turned out. 

Close to my Heart Products used --- a 4.25 x 5.5 Colonial White card from the Card and Envelope Value Pack X1410,  Cricuit Artiste Cartridge to cut the shape the sentiment is on. Z1790. The perfectly small Merry and Bright Stamp from the Cricut Artfully Sent Stamps Z3017, Ruby Ink to ink my shape and stamp my little image, Z2170.  and of course, the Yuletide Carol paper packet X7187B. 

See that ribbon and the gold embossed banner? They have literally been sitting on my desk for weeks. However,  I did use my Cuttlebug and an Anna Griffin Border folder to emboss the foil. I just needed a little bit of sparkle.

Next up in our blog hop list is Melissa Fromm. I hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out the creations using Yuletide Carol If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.

Chantilly Mini Album

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I really have to get a handle using my camera for making videos. That said, look what I made!!! It's my very first paper bag mini and I think I'm in love. Love Love Loovve! 

I'd been wanting to make a paper bag mini album for a couple of months now and just hadn't had the time. But. Well, since I was participating in a swap I decided to give it a shot. I had stumbled across Ginger over at My Sister's Scrapper back in the spring I think. She is so stinking talented and lucky for me she has a YouTube channel

I am so happy with how this turned out. I used a couple of Close to My Heart papers that had been retired, Chantilly and Lucy. I had a bulk pack of the Chantilly paper that I used on the cover and through out the album to cover the pages. I had also been holding on to a Lucy paper pack because, well, the paper was soooo pretty  and I couldn't figure out what to use it on. One of the coolest things about putting this together is that I used CTMH Picture My Life cards from the Chantilly pack for matting, tags and my cute little waterfall feature on the back cover.

Here is a sample of what comes in the this pack. 

I love the colors and patterns from this pack, it's very feminine and girly and I was really wanting that for this album. Now if you are wondering what the heck all the cards are about I'll explain more near the end of the post.
All the card stock used for this mini was CTMH. Colors used were Pear, Crystal Blue, retired Buttercup and lots of black and I think the pink is Blush. 

This is a tag that fits on the inside of the bags, both sides are matted for photos. 

This is why I wish I had a better handle on the video thing. If I had taken a video I could have walked everyone through all my pretty pages and my tags and talked more about what I used etc. Instead, you have to be satisfied with the few pictures I took. 

This mini has LOTS of space for photos. This little waterfall feature on the inside back cover has spots on both sides of the little flaps. Perfect for smaller photos and journaling.

So the cards I used for matting etc.,  come from the Close to My Heart, Chantilly, Picture My Life set. Some of you might be familiar with the pocket scrapping rage that was started by Becky Higgins with her Project Life scrapping. In short, it was a way to use photo pockets to document daily life without the time it takes to do traditional scrapbook layouts. Now, this is definitely not for some people but it has totally taken off. As for me, I believe what  Alton Brown says "never buy a kitchen tool that can only do one thing." So, I want to make sure that there "other" creative options for using the Picture My Life Card set. That way I'm getting more bang for my buck.  This is one of those. I have a couple other things I'll be posting as well along with some more "traditional" PML pages. They are great fun to work with.

Thats it for today, if you have any questions give me a shout!

September Damask Divas Scaredy Cat Blog Hop

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hi everyone! It's that time again for the Damask Diva's Blog Hop!!!

If you came from Traci William's  awesome blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Diva's blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

Well, it's the day before September 1st. FALL. OK, not really fall, we still have a few days of summer left on the calendar but you can't tell from the adds and the store displays. I'm not really happy about that but I guess there's not really all that much I can do about it right? I feel like the summer just went by way too fast and I've been trying to avoid the inevitable. So if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. My project this month is from the really cool paper pack Scaredy Cat. It's got all the current traditional Halloween colors going on but you could use this for something other than Halloween. 

This was super simple, used 4 Sheets of paper and I probably could have knocked that down to 3 if I had been paying attention a bit more but what the heck. I used my Cricut Artiste Cartridge and Design Studio to cut all my pieces, and whipped out the roll of black tulle I had for another project. After figuring out what I wanted to do it took me about a little over an hour to put it together.

I have this hanging on the door to our downstairs apartment, so the light isn't as great as I'd like. That said, you can't tell from  this picture but the Eek, and several of the bats are all glittered up. Other than my uneven tulle, I'm pretty happy about how it turned out and I may consider putting it up...but not for a few weeks yet. Did I mention that my husband is a huge fan of Halloween? He thinks it just needs to be up now and stay till Christmas. Not sure that will happen but who knows.

“The next blog hop participant on the list Brenda Zimmerman. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Scaredy Cat. If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.”

Pretty Papers and a Giveaway!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Hey everyone! I hope you all have been having a great August so far. I know a lot of teachers have been starting back to school in the last week or so, in our area and kids are either in classes or will be back in class soon which seems odd to me since we didn't ever go back to school untill the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

Here in Northern California we have several weeks of hot, hot, hot weather and sunshine left and it seems kinda wrong to stuff the kids and teachers back in the buildings when they should be out soaking it up. I actually haven't done much sun soaking, or lake floating since the begining of July. Heavy Sigh. It's my own darn fault, but that doesn't mean I'm running out of opportunities to do so. 

Today I've been working in my craft room doing some organizing. I have too much stuff. One of the things I've been doing is going through samples of new papers CTMH is carrying in the new Annual Inspiration Catalog. Look at these samples of the glitter paper. Isn't it gorgeous?! The colors are vibrant, the glitter doesnt flake off. It's just beautiful and comes in packages of 3 sheets one of each color. You can find them here.

Another bunch of paper I'm in love with is the Paper Fundamentals Packs. I'm totally enamored with the Adventure pack right now. I love, love love the colors.

The cool thing about these papers are that they come 20 sheets to a pack two each of 10 designs so to speak. One side is the basic color with the embossed design the other side is the basic color but where the embossing is on the flip side of the sheet you have white. These come in 4 color packs Adventure, Whimsy, Enchantment, and the Basics which are your neutral, browns, blacks, greys etc.  Remember we have card stock and ink that totally match these papers.

The Adventure are more of the primary colors.

 The Whimsy above contains our five new colors, Glacier, Thistle, Pixie, Canary and Flaxen. 
Not that guys don't love color but you can do some really masculine cards with the colors above that would be stunning. 

Now, I mentioned a giveaway. Here are the rules.    I'm looking to build up my folowers and I know sometimes you have to start small. I'm looking for 25 new followers, by next Sunday. Tell me which of the paper packs you'd use and what you'd use it for, then go to my facebook page and "like" it. 

If I can get 25 new followers on my blog and 25 likes on my facebook page comments by Sunday night, Monday evening I will do a random drawing for a packet of your choice of the glitter paper. If I get lucky and have more than 40, I'll do a pack of the Paper Fundamentals of the winners choice. So spread the word to your crafty friends.

Here's a breakdown of the rules again...

1- Follow my blog  -- side bar will have ways you may follow (google connect, networked blog, blog lovin', email)..you MUST be following...
2- Comment on this post and tell me which paper pack you love and what you'd use it for.
3. Like Me on Facebook. - find the facebook button

Chalk It Up Blog Hop

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Howdy everyone, Happy End of July! I can't believe that this month is gone already but I'm really excited to particitpate in the August Damask Diva's Bolg Hop!

If you came from Scrappin Madge's awesome blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Diva's blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.”

This months hop is very exciting because we are using the Chalk It Up paper pack from the new CTMH Annual Inspiration Book that will be live tomorrow. There is so much to see in this catalog that I can hardly stand it, and of course I want to play with it all.

So for my project I have been working on a small mini album for my  cousins oldest who just turned 12 last week. I spent a lot of time with them when she was a wee one and I used to take pictures of her all the time. Then, when I moved I started stealing photos from her mom's facebook account so I could throw this together. 

For this I used the CTMH My Creations Hip Pic Album. This is so, so so cute and easy peasy to work with.

Ta Da!!!

Along with the Hip Pics Album I also used the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge and Cricut Design Space to cut some additional goodies using the Chalk It Up paper pack. Little Miss is a big fan of blues and greens so I tried to maximize the usage of the beautiful blue color in the pack, but I LOVE the doodle art on this paper. For the cover I cut a pennant frame at 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" and slapped it down over her photo, added some Teal Shimmer Trim and then thought "I need to ad more."

So I added the little pennant cut out, some additional pennants and I cut out the phrase "Sassy" also on the Artbooking cart, and glittered it up before adding it.

I felt that I shouldn't really cut down the photo I used for the inside cover so I decided to mat it with the blue/teal chalk bubble paper and I used the beach ball overlay on pg 39 as it really also reminded me of bubbles. Then I used Chalk It Up for matting rest of the pages  as well.

If you'd like to see what the rest of the little album looks like check back this weekend, I'm in the process of editing my first video. Yay!
“The next blog hop participant on the list Jessica Wilson. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Chalk It Up. If you get lost, just hop on over to  the Damask Diva's Blog for the full list.”


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hope everyone has been having a great Saturday so far. I've been doing all kinds of chores. I started my morning doing an in depth cleaning of my living room and must have removed a half a ton of  dust, dirt and of course cat fuzz. Thus, the downside of living in a construction zone with a woolly mammoth of a husband, and 3 cats. I do not contribute in any way to the mess.   I couldn't even type that with a straight face.

My craft room is next *cough* really *cough* I swear!!!

I'm also doing a major update to my blog so if you stop in and see it a mess, I'm hoping to have the majority of my changes completed by Sunday evening.

Another "chore" on my list today was uploading my photos to my PC from our trip to the coast back in May. I know I want to scrap them but I came home and just put my camera case away and have been using my phone to take pictures.  

I took nearly 200 photos with my Canon DSLR and these are just a few of my favorites.

If you are wondering about the "things" sticking up out of the sea of green in the bottom right photo above. Those are Elk antlers and the sea of green are ferns. The big male elk were laying down in this field and that was all you could see of them were their antlers. It was pretty funny.

The trip turned out to be really nice with very little rain, clouds or fog while we were there. This is not usually the case from past experience on the North Coast. Part of our day two of the trip included a visit to Prehistoric Gardens north of Gold Beach, Oregon.  

That big ole brontosaurus was one of the inhabitants that we got to visit. This is a great place for a little bit of a walk and shade on those warmer days. The guy in both of the collages is my woolly mammoth. Doesn't he look good in red?

Well back to my blog updates. Keep checking in and tell me what you think.