Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Stamps: CTMH Adornable D1446; CTMH Father Christmas D1449; CTMH Evergreen D1315 (envelope ornaments)
Inks: CTMH Holiday Red Z2127; Topiary Z2155; Cocoa Z2114; White Daisy Z2163
Papers: Reflections Kraft Paper Cardstock (8 ½“x11”) and a roll of craft paper for envelopes.
Techniques: Stamping, Aligning Clear Stamps, Pigment Inks,
Accessories: Inkssentials Opaque White Pen; Copic at you Spica Glitter Pen #11, Gold; CTMH Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue Z1313; Red ribbon
Visit my website (www.scrappigators.com) for complete directions or (dianecook.myctmh.com) to order products.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
• SparkleNSprinkle Go Granny Go [1516-308G] and Go Granny Go!!! (phrase) [3180-397A]
• Close To My Heart For Every Occasion stamp (D1187)
• Close To My Heart The Present (D1436)
• Black Diamond
• E33 Sand
• B05 Process Blue
• E00 Skin White
• RV29 Crimson
• R20 Blush
• C-1 Cool Gray
• Y08 Acid Yellow
• Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim (1275)
• Close To My Heart White Daisy (1385)
• Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks Outdoor Denim (Z2140)
• White Satin Ribbon
• Spellbinders Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large
• Close To My Heart 3” x 3” Acrylic Block
• Close To My Heart 1” x 1 ½” Acrylic Block
• Close To My Heart 2: x 3 ½” Acrylic Block
• Close To My Heart Sponge Dauber (Z726)
• Inkssentials Opaque Pen White
• Close To My Heart Bone Folder Z1204
• Sizzix Big Shot
• 3M ATG Gun
• Mini Pop Dot
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I love making cards from scraps! I found some wonderful sentiments on a mostly-used Emporium Level 1 Sticker set, backed them with scraps from Emporium B&T’s and mini-glue-dotted them onto a clear card base (Z1323).
I made my tag from a Twilight cardstock scrap, colored a White Daisy Clear Bloom (Z1300) with Buttercup ink (Z2110) and adhered an Emporium sticker in the center. I used the tail end of a Z1127 Chocolate Ribbon Round as my tag topper. I edged papers and stickers with Twilight Ink (Z2160)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I struggled with what projects to take with me to work on at the Friday Night Crop at the CKC Convention in Valley Forge, PA. It hit me Thursday morning (we left Thursday evening) that this would be a WONDERFUL opportunity to catch up on ALL of my missed challenges! I was five behind on my Triple the Scraps scripture challenge and I wanted to do this week’s Close to My Heart Color Challenge.
So, I frantically looked for scriptures and art for three out of the five challenges, added a few last minute projects, and was confident that I would have plenty to do while making huge strides to finish overdue projects during our four-hour cropping window. I failed to factor one element into my best-laid plans: EXHAUSTION! After a grueling, 10,000-step, six-class day, my world took on Alice-in-Wonderland angles and shapes. My inability to cut a straight line with a ruler/trimmer magnified itself to the power 10. Scallops were lost and edges skewered. But how like our heavenly Father is it to accept us as we are, odd angles and all? Rather than redo the project, I decided to let the imperfections remain because we are flawed creatures who can rest in our Father’s perfections.
“You should have seen her!” my roommate Melissa shared with our two other cropping partners – Tina and Erica. “By 10:00 she was nodding off at the table with pop dots in her hand.” The next day, after another five classes and almost 6,000 steps, I added the final touch to the project -- “stitching” – while sitting in my minivan waiting for my three traveling companions to finish their last class. I used three-general stamping on my little birds and created my scallops with an EK Success corner rounder.
I used the following products to complete this project.
Vineyard Berry cardstock (1248)
Vineyard Berry Exclusive Ink (Z2257)
Blush Cardstock (Z2257)
Crème Brulee cardstock (X5754)
Black Exclusive Inks (Z2305)
Classic Cap Alphabet stamp set (D1110)
Love Birds stamp set (C1396)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Triple the Scrap’s Fear Not” challenge begged for monsters which were not part of my inventory until my CTMH convention bundle arrived last week. So I put together another sneak preview using products schedule for release on September 1. I used the Hooligans Level I Paper Pack X7129A which included the cardstock and stickers for the 6” x 6” page, squares, and “Boo!!” I used my EK Success powder brush to de-stick the stickers. I used the felt monsters for added depth from CTMH’s Hooligans Level 2 Assortment ( Z1332). I edged with Black Exclusive Inks (Z2105) and one of our new fall colors, Lagoon (Z2195).
I took a short cut and used some mini-shimmer alpha stickers from Making Memories for the “Fear Not” title rather than break open a new pack of our Color Ready Bold Alphabets (X5750). I can blame it on my two larger dogs (Bo @ 65 pounds and Tally @ 55 pounds) who are deathly afraid of thunderstorms. Just I finished, thunder, lightening, and a more than wet thunderstorm swept by our house. Lucy (a 28-pound fireball) was pretty nonchalant about the whole thing, but Bo and Tally were completely undone. They could not “fear not.”
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Besides the Howdy stamp, I used the following products:
Splendor Level 2 paper pack (scraps)
Back Country Level 2 paper pack (scraps)
Olive Exclusive inks (Z2137)
Barn Red Exclusive inks (Z2104)
Chocolate Exclusive inks (Z2111)
Cricut Old West cartridge for the letters
Saturday, July 17, 2010
This one-of-a-kind Hoppy Birthday card found a home in Angola. Melissa and I plan to continue participating in craft shows as we fine-tune our resale product line.
My focus during the next six weeks will be on building various scrapbooking pages. I'm also gearing up to teach SDU classes at A.C. Moore in Dover and possibly in Michaels in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Between our new CTMH projects and gearing up for teaching the EK Success product line, I'm totally psyched.
I'll be posting more in the days ahead. Meanwhile, have a hoppy day.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tomorrow we'll be doing some "create and takes" so I'll be posting those soon. We've had a long and productive day and now it's time to sleep. Don't forget to wear the crown of your achievements, to soar like a butterfly, to build a framework for success, to join a community built on heart, and to fly on the wings of creativity -- that's Close To My Heart.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I’ll be posting complete instructions on my http://ourcraftroomcreations.blogspot.com in a couple of days. In the meantime, here's a sneek peak at the products I used to create this simple little card:
White Daisy CTMH Cardstock
My Acrylix Stamp C1362 You’re a Hoot
Key Lime Exclusive Inks Marker Z2331
Parchment Exclusive Inks Marker Z2342
Black Exclusive Inks Marker Z2305
Sunflower Exclusive Inks Marker Z2350
Cocoa and Topiary Exclusive Inks
Making Memories Slice Basics Card 1
My Acrylix Blocks 1” x 1 ½” (Y1001)
My Acrylix Blocks 2” x 2” (Y1003)
Sponge Dauber (Z726)
Crafter’s Companion Enveloper (Email me at dcookwrites@cookworkshop on how to order)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Our Heart2Heart Challenge this time was to use ONE stamp, TWO print papers and THREE embellishments. Since it's time for our ministry to send some handmade cards to Operation Welcome Home Maryland, I thought this might be a good project fit. I used CLOSE TO MY HEART's Olive Cardstock and two B&T papers from IT'S A GUY THING. I finished it off with three Colonial White (I think) medium-sized brads and voila! My Hero card . . . actually, it's one of six Hero cards.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This was my 2009 cover (that I'm using for examples) and features some developmental pictures of our grandbaby who was born in October 2008.
Of course, this scrapbook features Close to My Heart products. My pages will be using some Twilight, Desert Sand and/or chocolate, so I'm picking papers that reflect some element of those colors.
I've been virtually obsessed with snowflakes for the last couple of years and have been punching small and large flakes from photo paper scraps. A bit of crystal for sparkle and glitter for bling brought much-needed color to our first snow of the year.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Our perfection is not within ourselves; instead, it comes from Christ alone. His sacrificial love makes us acceptable. When we accept His truth, His way, His light, then the love we nurture and feel for Him moves us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit those in prison.
Ephesians here speaks of Christ’s relationship with His Bride, In the natural, mankind views the church differently. Humanity looks at the church and sees all the spots and wrinkles. So blinded is humanity that it often overlooks the acts of kindness occurring daily around the world. Humanity may not notice, but our Lord does.
This layout is another Close To My Heart product. I can’t say that I’m totally happy with it; I most likely will, over time, probably continue to rework it. I believe the concept is valid, but the execution is open for upgrade. I used a 3” scalloped hole punch for the circles in the upper right hand corner. My primary color were CTMH’s Buttercup and Brown Bag. I used Colonial White cardstock for the background, Buttercup cardstock for the letter “p”, a 1-inch hole punch to fasion the bridal veil. I used a background paper from the Grace Level 2 paperback along with Brown Bag cardstock for the cross and some Bitty Sparkles to accent the embellishment, dress and veil. I also used two CTMH stamps: C1356 Family Ties and B1240 Solos P. The photo doesn’t do the cross justice.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I look forward to our scripture challenges and usually work on them Sunday evenings. It's way too fun.
Our sixth scripture challenge focused on the concept of neighbor. I am continuing to use Close To My Heart products to create my 6”x 6” pages which, by the way, I display from a Seven Gypsies free-standing photo holder. It looks quite stunning. I chose the Parable of the Good Samaritan as my backdrop and focused on Luke 10:36-37 to define the moment.. In light of our own lingering winter and wet spring, I thought that a nautical theme would be appropriate so I used a page from our Majestic Blue Level 2 Paper Pack (X7081C) for our flood or raging waters and a sheet from our Everyday Celebration card making kit for the sky. I used Crème Brulee cardstock to stamp the birds and mounted the project on a 6” x 6” piece of Colonial White cardstock. I used our Springtime (D1415) stamp set for my birds and my umbrella boat. Our added a few details to our needy neighbor to create a sense of distress. As you can see, four of the little birds were piled in one umbrella boat hoping to get to safety while one little brave Samaritan was returning to help his neighbor. I quickly discovered that Crème Brulee was not the best color choice, so I used two Copic markers to adjust my hue: Y38 Honey and Y08 Acid Yellow. I used the CTMH Around the Block (D1377) to form my journaling clouds. I used Outdoor Denim (Z2140) to stamp my clouds and for chalking the edges. I also used pop dots to bring additional dimension to the umbrellas and glue dots for a slightly lesser 3-D effect.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
While not all cardmakers like to include an inside sentiment, I do. I also like to stamp the matching envelopes. Operation Welcome Home Maryland doesn't require envelopes. The first card reflects both the card cover and the inside message. I normal stamp the inside before building the card.
I made 24 of these cars using CTMH products. I used Cocoa cardstock (X5642) on a white card base and Desert Sand (1273) for the helmut base. Much to my disappointment, I ran out of my cocoa cardstock . . . and I didn’t even have any chocolate on hand to substitute! I also CTMH Exclusive Inks Cocoa (Z2114), Vanilla Cream (Z2169) and New England Ivy (Z2135).
- Welcome Home (D1370)
- Around the Block (D1377)
- For Every Occasion (D1187)
- Hero’s Pride (C1315)
- Just Like You (C1300)
- Dainty Thoughts (C1350)
Saturday, March 6, 2010
(GASC) is slated for June 25 and 26, so my excitement level is through the roof. Online registration is supposed to start this month, which means I will be even MORE excited before all is said and done. I attended the convention last year and learned some incredible techniques. I am so totally ready for new classes, new techniques and a great vendor fair.
I have four overnight scrapbooking conventions on my calendar for this year: Stamp,Scrap, Art Tour in Oaks, PA on March26-27, GASC on June 25-26, Close to My Heart in Washington DC July 7-10 (for consultants only), and CKC at Valley Forge. Their registration opens April 21 at 1:00 PM EST.
But I'm not selfish, honest! When I return, I simply can't wait to share what I've learned with my friends. How exciting is that?
By the way! Speaking of sharing with friends, I finally purchased a web cam for my laptop computer. I made sure I got one with good picture quality so I can do online workshops. If you're game, let me know.
But now I must get serious about preparing for these conventions. Maybe 15 to 20 minutes a day on the eliptical will help me come up to speed for all the walking I'll be doing between workshops and at the vendor fairs . . . (Sigh, the sacrifices we must make. . .) In the meantime, have a blessed day. Maybe I'll get to see you there!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
When my husband and I arrived at BWI at 11:30 this morning to pick up our daughter who was returning from Kyrgyzstan, I never expected to stumble across a way for cardmakers and scrapbookers to support our troops. Since our daughter's flight was delayed another two hours or so, we were invited to help put together goodie bags for the returning troops (see the bag in my daughter's left hand). It was filled with a water bottle, a home-made thank you card, two pieces of candy, a protein bar and peanut butter crackers. Leslie's "card" was made by a little girl named Alicia who thanked her for her part in keeping the war from coming to us. When I asked volunteer Larry W. Shipley if they could use any more cards, he said, "yes, we're running low." Today, they were meeting 430 returning military servicemen and women. Another volunteer told me that last year they greeted 42,088 returning heroes and sheroes.
"Of course, Mom," she said. "I was in a hot spot. We had to wear the body armor and carry the weapons. We all had to qualify on them too. It was a pain in the neck carrying them around when you're trying to do your job. I was glad when I could get rid of it."
Yeah, these are our children, doing their best to keep the war on terror away from our shores. And these wonderful volunteers at Operation Welcome Home Maryland pause a moment and give our returning military members a sincere "thank you."
If you're interested in sending thank you cards (I didn't see envelopes with the ones we placed into the goodie bags) to our returning service members, you can mail them to:
Operation Welcome Home Maryland
Attn: Larry Shipley
46 Carroll Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Thanks for your support.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I knew which scripture and what images I wanted to use for this challenge. The only thing I didn’t know was where to find the sheep. I do have some cute Cornish Heritage Farm sheep stamps, but I wanted to keep using the Close to My Heart products just to see If I could. Then I remembered some wonderful punches I had, so here they are! My CTMH products include STAMPS – D1377 Around the Block and D1418 Felicity. I used papers from Level 2 paper packs – X7082B Expedition and X7096B Blue Ribbon.
The punches were primarily EK Success. The tag punch (for the legs) also accommodated the ears and the eyes. I used a 1/2-inch circle punch for the tail. A light chalking of the sheep's bodies with CTMH Desert Sand added depth and a white Inksentials pen added the rest of the features. I stamped the clouds with Moonstruck (Z2124) Essential Inks. This project came together quickly, which made it all the more fun to do.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Home can be many things to many people. In the stages of our the David Cook family, it’s been a honeymoon hideaway, a nursery, a zoo, a boy-scouts headquarters, a newspaper office, a departure point, a ministry headquarters and personal business office, and now it’s also our church. But years ago, we made the commitment that “for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.” We meant it then and we mean it now. The top scripture from 1 Timothy reminds us of the importance of family ministry. Our children know they can come home if they need to; home will always be open. How can we expect our heavenly home to be opened when we turn our backs on family?
This is our fourth Triple the Scraps challenge. Again, I used all Close to My Heart products: I built the project on White Daisy cardstock using the November 2009 Stamp of the Month – D1377 “Around the Block. I added a touch of desert sand paper to the door and then framed the windows with a Desert Sand marker (Z2318). I also used Vineyard Berry and Heavenly Blue ink pads and markers. I used our Z282 Hemp to hang the first scripture and a Stubble Tool which is part of our Z1298 Texture Tool set to stipple the signage. I chalked the edges of the house with Vineyard Berry using the foam tool which is also part of the texture set and chalked the signs with Z2105 Black ink.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
With the exception of Smooch Spritz, Gold Glow, all my products are from CTMH. I used Vanilla Cream pigment ink to stamp the images on our Cocoa Cardstock. The cross comes from our B1326 He Is Risen clear stamps, while the scene is from D1373 Childhood Portrait and the lettering comes from D1195 The Works Acrylix Clear Stamp set. I typed the scripture in a 2-inch column and then sprayed it with Smooch Spritz Gold Glow spray which gave the typed page and air-brushed, glittery effect. I also stamped the cross using CTMH Cocoa ink pad onto White Daisy Cardstock that I sprayed with the Smooch Spritz.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I used Close to My Heart's (CTMH) Cocoa and Twilight inks and cardstock along with Bamboo as a cardstock base. I used the D1349 Be Yourself for my joggers and D1418 Felicity and D1222 Tiny Typewriter Alphabet for lettering. I also used a B&T scrap from CTMH’s Grace Level 2 pack for accent. I stippled the scripture reference with Twilight ink. I scalled the title strip with my EK Success corner rounder (with the corner guard removed) and my hand punch for the arrows. I popped them out a bit with foam dots.
I used CTMH’S Bamboo and Cocoa cardstocks to build this page. I added a heart border with my Fiskar’s Punch and used graphic elements from B1326 He Is Risen and D1373 Childhood Portraits. I stippled Cocoa Exclusive Inks on the scripture to add texture. For the title I used D1100 Classic Caps.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Just Be You is a 4.25” x 5.25”card using CTMH You Rock Workshop on the Go kit. I used the stamp that comes with the kit and added a little Clear Sparkle bling.
Check out my ctmh website (http://dianecook.myctmh.com) for more details about Close to My Heart.