Monday, December 31, 2012

January Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the Dirt Track Widow's Revenge! 
Where the wife will play while the husband is away at the track!
 Here's a look at the Blog Hop featuring the Stamp of the Month for January 2013 
You can purchase this great set for only $5 with a $50 purchase only in the month of January 2013. 
Visit my website at to order or email me directly!
If you have come from Judy's blog, you are on the right path! 
If you get lost along the way please visit Helen's Blog for a complete list of participants. 
On this tag, I used the Cricut to make the circle fan. I stamped the flowers as a background and used the Clementine paper and burlap to finish it off along with a button! 
Again, same concept except with black ink. I used one of these older accessories for the accent piece and the images stamped in the corners are from a recent Snow Flake stamp set. These simple little 3x3 cards will go great with a gift. 

  I just love this stamp set as a background. It gives it a "toile" look that I absolutely love!  I made this card for a make and take at our team meeting where we preview the upcoming three months of stamps. It was a hit with the team members! The key to getting this look it to stamp the images very close to each other almost as if you are interlocking pieces of a puzzle to each other. If you leave gaps, there will lots of white space and you will lose the look of toile.
Another black, white and red idea! It's never too early to get started on Christmas! This was my tag creation for a swap I did. I cut out trees on the cricut and simple stamped the main flower image over it. Distress the edges and you've got this amazing tree that really pops! Even though this is a Valentine's Day themed stamp, these images can work so well with other projects and holidays. 
Below is the images that come in this set:

Oddly enough I was not enthused with this stamp set when I first saw it, but since I signed up to design a card for the team meeting make and take, it forced me to really play with it and I actually LOVE this stamp set so much now! 

Thanks so much for visiting - Now head on over to Helen's Blog to see her amazing creations! 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

More valentines

Took my valentines kit with me out of town and put this together yesterday...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Something old, something new

I had this wonderful idea. Use of my workshops on the go and do a second layout at the same time but in an older paper pack. In this case boom di ada was the older pack.

I did the layouts first and then dove into a stack of Disneyland photos from 2011 and found great images to coordinate.

Love the way this turned out and I got two layouts done in one sitting!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Clementine Swap

Just a few cards this month but very cute- had to post.

Christmas thank you card

A great project for kids before christmas to work on before the holiday. Then while they are still on vacation they can work on writing their notes of thanks!!

Snowman Tag!

One of the favorite tags I received in a recent swap. 
I love to coordinate the tags with matching paper and ribbon. 
This one is for my father-in-law. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Clementine Card

I made this 3x3 card for a make and take project at the team meeting last weekend I attended. It uses the Clementine paper pack, cricut and burlap. Love the way this came out! Oh, used generous amount of Liquid Glass as adhesive!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tag Swap

Love this photo of all the tags I've gotten in swaps this year and some from last. 
I wrapped some presents today and the homemade tags make the gifts look so amazing!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Who's your Valentine? Blog Hop

 Thanks for visiting the Blog Hop! 
If you are here from Madeline's Blog, welcome!

My idea for these adorable tubes is to give as teacher gifts. Instead of candy, the plan is to put small classroom supplies like paper clips, thumb tacks, erasers and so on!

This kit is available now through January 31st, 2013.
Please visit to purchase!!
Lots of discounted merchandise is in the "While Supplies Last" section so be sure to check that out!

Please now head to the next stop along the blog hop Allisa's Blog to see her lovely creations.

When you place an order of $35 or more in Close To My Heart products, you’ll receive the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10

Whooo’s Your Valentine kit (CC1022)
12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix 
Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Clearly The Best: How to Kiss

Love this video that shows you how to use the kissing technique with your stamps!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Holiday cards from team swap

Yesterday was the monthly team swap and these are some of the holiday cards I received. Love these!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

November Special

It's a good time to stock up on all your needs for Christmas!
Remember you can shop online

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween team swap!

Team meeting was yesterday and these are the cards I received in the swap from my teammates.

Happy Halloween!

Christmas layout

Loved making this layout with the workshop on the go. The rub ons are glittery-good and the stamp set has this amazing border that is very versatile.

Loved to revisit these memories from a fun party we attended in 2011.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Halloween card for kids

Love this! Erasers were 60 for $1 at target dollar spot.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Here's a layout I did yesterday. The photos are from toro park in 2011 when my little guy had his last school wide field trip of preschool. These are my two kiddos with their best friends. This paper goes so well with boys and girls. I used the new artiste cricut cartridge for a few things on these pages and also used the Zip strips that come with the new paper.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Halloween 2010

This layout is made with a set of promotional paper no longer available. Finally digging into it now that my craft space is a bit more functional.

This trip was Disneyland 2010 at Halloween AND of course my SF giants were in the world series. Love the way this one came out.

More SOTM August

Made this card with a really old paper pack, Wings. Wanted to make a little make and take for my gathering tonight using a cricut shape and the August stamp of the month.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Reapplying sticky to cricut mat

Covered the edges of my mat with masking tape. Hey now I know why it's called masking tape. Anyhow once the sides were covered I used a can of spray adhesive I bought ages ago at Michael's. You want to let it dry awhile for sure cause it's wet at first but then it's good to go!

Friday, August 10, 2012

New colors!!

My new colors are in!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

More Mayberry Cards

Using the workshop guide in the earlier post, I made these six cards tonight.
I used dimensional elements for my accents and the paper collection is Mayberry - a pack from last year.  

Using guides!

I love the guides you get from CTMH. You can use them over and over! Here's a card I made with scraps from my Mayberry packet. I recently used it to make a few garden layouts. The paper was so visually pleasing to me I wanted to spend some more time with it. I pulled out my guides until I found one that fit my mood. You can see the guide in the background and how I adapted it into a totally different feel just by using a different pack.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August SOTM Blog Hop

 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is Boroque Borders, a set of five stamps.  If you have come here from Jean McNulty's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, just visit the full list of consultants.

This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

 It's been awhile since I participated in a blog hop but they are always so much fun, I wanted to jump right back in! I've been spending lots of time reorganizing my crafting space so I was eager to actually create instead of clean something!

On this colonial white cardstock sized 4x4'' I simply stamped with two different shades of grey. Grey  Wool and Flannel Grey were the shades I used. I stamped the image in the lighter shade first and then sponged on the darker shade with a sponge dauber. It gives the image a multi-colored look. The sentiment was from a stamp set called "Card Chatter - Sympathy."  I love the simple elegant look of this card. 

I also wanted to share a photo of the following artwork. This card that also uses the Baroque Borders, was created as a Make 'n' Take provided by a teammate Cathryn, at my Silicon Valley Stampers team meeting. We always celebrate a new catalog with  make 'n' takes from the upcoming catalog using the stamps of the month. Fun times! Thanks Cathryn for making such a cute make 'n' take for us! 

Now "Hop" on over to Kathleen's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until August 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.

Monday, July 30, 2012

More garden with Mayberry

Another layout from the same day with the same paper. I like keeping the same paper working on the same event. It's a visual cue that I'm still on the same day without reading the journaling.

I'm especially fond of this day looking at the amazing group of women who were role models to me and my children in their toddler and preschool years. I don't know where I'd be as a mom without these ladies!! (Not to mention all the great moms shown here too but that's a layout for another day!!)

This layout was adapted from Hat Trick layout in the Magic book. Find it on page 54. Typically I love the stickease layout suggestions but this sticker pack wasn't working with my photos. So I just found a layout that worked and adapted the stickers to work. They always do!!

Garden layout with Mayberry

I love the use of flip flaps. It's one of my favorite CTMH products. I love packing in more photos without cramming them all over the page or cropping down to tiny images. Sometimes tiny is nice but then you lose a lot of background. This was made with Mayberry - a pack that came out in the spring summer 2011 catalog. I have always really loved this paper pack for its gender neutral colors... Something I love having both a son and daughter.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Christmas layout

I received this layout in a team meeting Christmas gift swap. The layout was made by one of our team members Melanie. I have had this since probably 2010 but just now threw on some photos from Christmas 2011.