Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Photo Banner

I had so much fun doing the Pile It On challenge last week that I had to do it again this week. This time I decided to do something other than a card. So, I came up with this vertical photo banner. I had some great pictures of my kids with Santa Clause and I wanted to display them.

The challenges I played along with this week are:
Pile It On:Tinsel Town (Glitter)
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Christmas Carol
Kaboodle Doodle: Snowflakes
Practical Scrappers: Anything Christmas
The Pink Elephant: your favorite Christmas color combo
To complete this project I made the layouts digitally using Scrapbook Max and the Merry Kissmas set from Melissa Bennett. I punched a snowflake (Martha Stewart) from the edge of the layouts and filled it with glitter (Art Glitter in Crystal) using the glitter and tape technique (see how here). Then I adhered the punched out snowflake to the layout with a pearl (Martha Stewart) in the middle of it. I matted each layout in Chocolate cardstock (from Close to my Heart) sprayed with Glimmer Mist (from Tattered Angels) in Cherub Pink. The ribbon is a satin edged wired shimmer organdy ribbon (floral department of Hobby Lobby). I ran it between the layouts and the mats and made a loop at the top to hang the banner from. I then used the same ribbon to tie a bow around the hanging loop.
I know its kind of difficult to see in the photos, the quality is not the best, but the colors I used are lt. pink, lt blue, lt. green and lt. red.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Challenge Crazy

I found a challenge blog called Pile It On. The concept is to meet their challenge while simultaneously meeting one or more additional challenges. The following card was made using these challenges:
Pile it on: Flowers and Flourishes
Color Chef: Ocean, Cranberry and White Daisy
Mojo Monday: Sketch
Cuttlebug Spot: Winter
Pollycraft Monday Challenge: Christmas

The supplies used for this card are:

Cardstock (Ocean, Cranberry, White Daisy)-Close to my Heart, Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads (Ocean, Cranberry, Grey Wool, Orange, Chocolate)-Close to my Heart, Exclusive Inks Marker(Grey Wool)-Close to my Heart, Stamp Sets (All Decked Out, Holiday Trinkets)-Close to my Heart, Flower(from Mini Medley, Chocolate Shades Collection)-Close to my Heart , The Essential Glue Pad, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Snowflakes), Art Glitter (Crystal), rhinestone-KaiserCraft.

Thanks for looking!

Don't miss out on Holiday Heyday from Close to my Heart. Lots of great items on clearance for as much as 80% off! Go to shellydavis.myctmh.com now for the best selection!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mojo Monday 114

Hello All! I've got a few cards to share with you today. The first one is for this week's Mojo Monday sketch (click here to try the sketch yourself). I used printed paper from K & Company. The cardstock is in Honey, Chocolate and Colonial White, all from Close to my Heart. The stamped images are also from Close to my Heart, the sentiment is from the Kanji Phrases set, the flower is from the Aspirations set. I used Desert Sand and Cranberry inks, also CTMH.

The next card was actually made for Mojo Monday sketch 111, but I never got it posted in time. Oh well. I used the Around the Block stamp set from CTMH, its the November Stamp of the month which means only 6 days left to get it!!! Go to my website to get it (and to take advantage of Stampaganza! Buy 2 stamps sets, get 1 free, now thru Nov. 30!) The papers are all from the Life Delights paper pack from CTMH.

This last card is the thank you card that I am putting in with all of the orders that were placed through me this month. It is a 3x3 card made from juniper cardstock, the polka dot paper is from the Jingle paper pack, both are from Close to my Heart. The sentiment is from the Fringed Phrases set, also from CTMH. The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch and the glitter is Platinum from Art Glitter.
I think that this will be the last post containing artwork until after Thursday. My craft table is where we'll be eating so I've got to get it all cleaned off. Thanks for looking! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Placecards

Check this out! I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year for my husband's family. Whenever I host a big family meal like this, I feel it necessary to make placecards for everyone. This year I made Turkey ornaments for the placecards.
Aren't they cute? To make them you will need the following (all supplies are Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted):
2 5/8" dia. clear ornament (from local craft store)
cardstock in chocolate, holiday red, honey, orange, white daisy and black
ribbon (manuf. unknown)
martha stewart loop border punch
glue dots
xyron sticker maker
Here are the directions:
fill the ornament with rolled up strips of chocolate cardstock, I used 7 strips that are 6" x 3/4" and I rolled them around the handle of my embossing stylus then slid them into the ornament
cut 3 long ovals, mine are 3" long, 1 each of holiday red, honey and orange.
adhere ovals to each other in a fan shape, then adhere fan to back of the ornament.
cut out pieces for face: black for eyes, honey for beak, holiday red for waddle.
attach face pieces to front of ornament.
cut a tag from orange cardstock and an initial from white cardstock.
attach initial to tag and write name underneath initial. Tie tag onto ornament loop with ribbon.
for the stand cut a piece of honey cardstock at 6" x 3/4" and punch one of the long sides with the loop border punch. using a mini glue dot adhere the ends of the strip together to make a circle. set ornament in circle.
I can't wait to see how thes look on my table, once I get it cleared off, of course. Well, lots to do before thanksgiving comes and I'm not getting any of it done by sitting in front of the computer. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mojo Monday 106

Well here I am again with the card for this week's mojo monday sketch. This week I actually finished two cards using the sketch! Yay me!
This first card follows the Mojo Monday sketch pretty closely. I used the following items from Close to my Heart to complete this card: Animal Cookies Level 2 Paper Packet (X7112B), Its a Zoo Stamp Set (C1360), Tulip Cardstock (X5753), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2108), Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ( Z2105), Black Waxy Flax (Z1089) and Summer Craft Buttons(Z1282).

The second card is inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch but doesn't cling as tightly to the original sketch. I actually made this card to give to my cousin at his wedding this weekend. The patterned paper used on this card is from the daisy Paisley paper pad by Paper Studio (available from Hobby Lobby). This card also uses products from Close to my Heart: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, and Grey Wool Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad(Z2125). The stamp set is called Wisdom and is a retired set. The black rick rack is from an unknown source.
To see the original sketch and to play along visit MojoMonday.blogspot.com. To get more information about these projects or to order any of the Close to my Heart products used in these cards please email me or post a comment!
Remember there's only 2 days left to reserve your spot in the October Worshop! And keep an eye out on my blog for the projects that will be featured in the November workshop, I will be posting them soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mojo Monday 105

I know, I know, two posts in one day, what is this world coming to? Even more amazing is the fact that I finished a card using the Mojo Monday sketch and I'm posting AND its still Monday! The lights in my office make the colors on this look a little funny but unfortunately its raining so using daylight to get the shot is a little out of the question. Everything I used for this card is Close to my Heart with the exception of the embossing I did on the pink circles. I used cardstock in sweet leaf, blush and chocolate. The printed paper and the lilac mist paper are from the Life Delights paper pack. I used chocolate ink to ink the edges of everything and to emphasize the embossing. The stamp set is from the Tickled Pink kit that was available in May as a National Scrapbooking Day promo. I think the card turned out really well and I love the circles idea. To see the original sketch and to take part in the creative fun yourself go to mojomonday.blogspot.com. Have a great week!

Close to my Heart October Workshop

Hello! Its time for posting pics of my workshop for October! The October workshop will be on the second Saturday of the month at 2:00pm and on the following Tuesday at 7:00pm The cost for the workshop is $5. We will be using paper from the Twitterpated paper pack and we will be using the Many Thanks stamp set. If you place an order of $25 or more (before tax and shipping) your workshop will be free! Contact me if you have any questions! See you soon!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

September Workshop!!!

Yay! things have finally settled down since the birth of my daughter and I'm finding time to start crafting again! And just in time too, the new Close to my Heart fall Idea Book goes live on September 1! The way the book is organized has been redesigned and I really like it, not to mention all the new to die for stamp sets. So of course everyone wants to know the details for the workshop, so here they are:

Halloween Vase Workshop (see photo)

September 19, 2009

2:00pm at Shelly's house

RSVP 766-3466 or shellydavis28@hotmail.com

Cost $12.00

Bring a friend who has never been to one of my workshops and you and your friend will both receive a gift!

RSVP by September 7, 2009. Can't wait to see you there!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Crafts

I'm sure my husband shudders everytime I enter our local craft store and everytime I sit down at my computer to surf the web. He must be certain that I am going to find a new craft that I just have to try. His fears are justified as evidenced in the subject of this post. I have recently discovered cake decorating. And not just the Wilton class make a rose out of icing type of cake decorating (although I am interested in those as well), I found out that I can use my cricut to cut decorations out of gumpaste for a cake, how cool is that?!?! So here are some pictures of my first foray into this new craft. I probably should have chosen something a little less intricate for my first try but I still think it turned out pretty good. I'm planning to try again for my mom's birthday in a couple of weeks, but I think this time I'll try something a little simpler, like some flowers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mojo Monday 89

Well, here it is, my take on this week's Mojo Monday sketch, and it's only Tuesday! I'm so thrilled that I was able to do this today. My kids both slept at the same time for more than five minutes! That's practically unheard of anymore! They were both asleep for about an hour and a half or so, of course I also fell asleep in the process of getting them to sleep! But even after my catnap I still got about an hour of me time, just long enough to create this card and take pictures of it for everyone to see. The card uses the Simple Blossoms and Treasure Life stamp sets from Close to my Heart, the ink colors are Tulip, Blush and Sweet Leaf. The cardstock is Tulip from CTMH, the orange is from the Bazzill Bling line and I don't remember where the brown is from. The patterned paper is from MME. And last but not least, the paper flower is from Bazzill. Check out the Mojo Monday blog here to see the sketch. Happy Creations!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Card Patterns Sketch 14

I created this card for the CardPatterns Saturday Sketch Challenge. I used the With Love stamp set from Close to my Heart. The ink colors are clover meadow, sweet leaf, watermelon, ocean and hydrangea. I changed the sketch a little to give me more height to work with. While I really like the window pane effect I didn't want them each to be a seperate element so I made one large image across the panes. You can check out the original sketch here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

She's Here!

I am proud to announce the arrival of the newest member of our family: Harper Grace Davis.
Harper arrived on Monday April 13 at 7:52 am via c-section. Everyone is doing great. It was a little bit of a rough start but big brother Connor has now fully accepted her and he gets along well with her, as long as she's not crying ;)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mojo Monday and Amy R Sketches

Okay, I am way impressed with myself this week. Not only did I complete cards for two different sketch challenges, I got them photographed AND posted before the week was over. That pretty much never happens! A couple of weeks ago I got the first two parts done but never got it posted. Anyway, to gain some inspiration of your own you can go to prairiepaperandink.typepad.com for the Amy R sketch (check out the blog candy she's giving away too!) and go to mojomonday.blogspot.com for the Mojo Monday Week 78 sketch. Also check out all the talented people who have shared their creations!

The first sketch is by Amy R. I used the Loves Me paper line by Imaginisce and the Dream Wishes Stamp set from Close to my Heart. I cut the flowers and leaves from the Imaginisce paper and I embossed the pink strip with a Cuttlebug embossin folder and then inked it with CTMH Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp pad. I also used the Chocolate Ink to stamp the image and the Baby Pink and Hollyhock markers to color it in.

The second card is for the mojo monday week 78 sketch. I used the printed papers from the Key to my Heart paper pack that Close to my Heart had as a promotion for National Papercrafting Month. I also used Tulip and Colonial White cardstock and the Bird Basics stamp set. I stamped the bird using CTMH inks Creme Brulee, Tulip and Chocolate. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the brad (for the bird's eye) is from a LSS. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out because I had a little "help" on it, as in my 2 yr old son thought he needed to do the stamping on it. I got my own giggles out of the whole thing too because he kept calling the bird a duck and making quacking noises. It was a fun way to spend some mommy/son time.

I'm definitely going to have to do these sketch challenges more often. I don't usually get this creative on my own but I'm really proud of these two cards. Thanks to Amy and Julee for their great sketches!

One more thing, you have got to go check out Crafty Goings On at charmedcrafts.blogspot.com. They have an amazing blog candy giveaway going on right now. Way too good to even think about passing on. Go, now!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Embellished 10 page workshop

Okay, I finally got it done! I know its taken forever and I apologize for that but here are the pictures of the 10 page workshop that is planned for March 27. I have added photos and My Stickease cardstock stickers to the pages and that's all I've used. How great do these look? Sometimes simple can be better, especially when you're crunched for time! Remember to make your reservation for the March workshop by Monday Mar 16! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Workshop

Its almost time for the March workshop! Here are the pictures of the project (using the Rough N Tumble paper pack). These are base of the pages which is what we'll actually be putting together the night of the workshop. Everyone will also get the matching My Stickease cardstock stickers so they can embellish the pages and add pictures once they get home. Keep an eye out because I'm in the process of embellishing these pages and adding pictures and once I'm done, I will re-post them so that you can see what they look like fully completed. I have to give a big thanks to Amy Hervey, fellow CTMH consultant, for sharing this concept.
I hope I'll have more time to create and post some of my creations soon. I only have 2 more weeks that I'm working at PDO, then I'll get 2 days a week where I have 5 hours all by myself that I can play with all of the product I've been amassing and actually get to try out some of those awesome projects I've seen posted by all of those talented ladies in the blogosphere. Unfortunately that wonderful creating time will only last for a few weeks because 6 weeks from tomorrow we will be welcoming a baby girl into our family and it is my experience that new baby=no sleep=tired mommy so I apologize now that I will most likely be out of the loop for a little while. However I'll try to do a lot of posting between now and then and I'll get back on here as soon post-baby as I can. In the meantime have an awesome and creative day!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

update on life

Y'know sometimes I just feel like I must be a lousy blogger. I look at the blogs that other people write and they're posting everyday or every other day. My posting is so infrequent and irregular, oh well, I guess that just goes to show that my life can be hectic just like every one else's, huh? I wish I could say that things would be slowing down soon, but no such luck. I have my February workshop on Friday so I'll be spending this week cleaning house and getting everything prepped for that. I only have 3 more weeks that I'm working for the PDO program before I start "maternity leave" I put that in quotation marks because there's really no telling exactly how long that leave will turn out to be. 4 weeks after that we'll be welcoming baby # 2 into our house. I'm hoping that I'll be able to do some crafting during the first couple of weeks of my maternity leave. Munchkin will still be attending PDO classes 2 days a week so that will leave me with at least 10 hours those weeks that I have nothing going on, woohoo! Whatever shall I do with myself? Craft! that's what. I've been finding tons of really cute projects online recently but I just never seem to have the time to do any of them. Not without staying up until all hours of the night anyway. And at 7+ months pregnant, who has the energy to do that? Not me. I have gotten a few things actually completed over the past couple of weeks. I've listed 4 hooded bath towels and 2 cupcake gift card holders on my etsy site, head on over and check em out. Too cute even if I do say so my self! Well, its way past my bedtime so I'm turning in, its the only way I'll be able to function as even half way human in the morning! Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tragedy Hits Home

This past weekend my family was hit by a massive tragedy: my camera broke!!! How awful of a thing to happen to a scrapbooker! There's something wrong with the lens and the way it comes out when the camera is turned on and the only way to fix it is by brute strength, which I just don't have enough of. However, my husband has assured me that when we go out to dinner on Thursday night (our V-day celebration, his parents are watching the munchkin!) we can go to Best Buy and purchase a new one. I've been checking things out online and I think the one I'm going to get is the FujiFilm J100. I'm very excited. In the mean time, to occupy myself, I've been spending a lot of time creating. The past couple of days, I've spent much time with my embroidery machine. My newest creative thing is making hooded bath towels. We were given one when our son was born and now that the new baby is only a few weeks away, I wanted to have one for her too, and I'd also like to have another one for my son, seeing as he loves his so. So I came up with a pattern and started embroidering on towels. I figured while I was at it, I'd make a few extras to list on my etsy site. I've also really gotten into making these beautiful cupcake gift card holders. I saw them originally created by a CTMH consultant named Tresa Black. She generously shared her instructions with the world and now I'm making them by the dozen, well not really, but I have made 3 so far and I have plans to make more. Once I get this set of towels done, I plan on pushing my sewing machine out of the way and starting in on making some more cards, maybe a few inspired by some sketches I've seen recently on Mojo Monday and Pagemaps. Looks like once I get my camera I'll have a lot of things to take pictures of so I can post them both here and on my etsy store. Hope you have a magnificent day!

Friday, January 30, 2009

February Workshop

Its time for the February workshop! This month we will be making a message center from a cookie sheet, a notepad with matching pen, and a set of 3x3 notecards with matching box. We will be using the Unforgettable Paper Pack from Close to my Heart with a variety of inks and stamp sets. I hope you can join us for fun, laugher and creativity!
Date: February 27, 2009
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Shelly's House
Cost: $25 per person
RSVP: shellydavis28@hotmail.com no later than Monday Feb. 16, 2009
Cost includes: workshop supplies, snacks, drinks, and doorprizes!
You will need to bring: adhesive, 12" trimmer and scissors
All workshop attendees will receive 10% off of any orde placed at the workshop (does not apply to workshop fees)!
Reserve your spot now because space is limited!
Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Monday, January 26, 2009

February Workshop

The January workshop was a great success! A Big thank you to all who attended! I hope you all had tons of fun, I sure did. Now on to the future! Its time to start looking at what I have planned for my February workshop. Check out the picture at the right side of this post and you'll see a message center with space for a notepad, magnets and pushpins. There's also a purse size notepad with a matching pen and a set of 3x3 notecards with matching box, perfect for gift enclosures or love notes. The price for the workshop will be $25. The date and location are still TBD but I will post more info as soon as I figure it out ;) Its really cold here right now and the weather is expected to be pretty much lousy. My plans for tomorrow include a Dr. Appt. (28 weeks and counting) and the rest of the day spent inside hopefully with lots of time to create some fun stuff, of course that' all dependent on how much Connor lets me do. But I will definitely post whatever it is that I'm able to get done. Have a great evening and STAY WARM!!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

So Excited!

I'm so excited! I just recently got brand new scrapbooking storage furniture! I'm still trying to get all of my stuff moved into it, but that hasn't stopped me from creating! I've been playing around alot with my Cricut and my sewing machine, having so much fun! I've also got my first workshop tomorrow night. 9 lucky ladies get to spend the evening creating with me, I think we're going to have a blast. If you didn't get to sign up for this months workshop make sure you keep an eye out, I'm going to be posting details about the workshop for February soon, I've had a lot of fun making the sample items for the February workshop and I think its going to be a great one! Well, I guess I'd better get back to work or else I'm never going to have everything together in time for tomorrow night! Have a great day!