Monday, February 28, 2011

I've Been Keeping a Secret.....

...and now I can finally tell you!  I've been selected to me a member of the Design Team at Frosted Designs
I found out on Saturday, but couldn't say anything until today.  Can I tell you how hard it is to be REALLY excited about something and not be able to tell anyone??  I thought I was going to burst!  In order to keep that from happening, I decided to do the "Happy Dance" (just use your imagination)!  The talent on that blog is just amazing and I am so honored to be a part of it. 

If you're not familiar with Frosted Designs, you must check it out.  Take a look at the challenges and be sure to visit the other design team members' blogs.  They are so talented and I'm sure they'd appreciate some new followers and comments. 

The team gets started this week, so I hope you'll join us.  Let me see some of your artwork! 

Till next time....and, yes, I'm still doing the "Happy Dance"!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Cold" Tags

I've been so busy lately, that I had to kill two birds with one stone.  The Heart To Heart Challenge  is "Cold"  and Stampmom is challenging us to make our gift tags in time for next Christmas, five a month.  Well I'm a little behind, so I made seven!
This is a retired stampset that I absolutely love!  It is called Christmas Tags and you have your choice of seven different designs.  I wish Close To My Heart would bring it back.  It makes a great workshop!  I think this little snowman looks pretty cold, don't you?
Be sure to visit Heart To Heart and Stampmom to see more artwork!  In the meantime, stay warm and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Scallop Circle Punch Flower Tutorial

It has been a loooong week and I'm so glad to have a 3-day weekend! 
During the Valentine's Day Blog Hop, I was asked to do a tutorial on the flowers I made for a few projects!  Suz, this one's for you!

Use your 2" Scallop Circle Punch to punch 8 scalloped circles.

Use a sponge dauber to apply the ink color of your choice.  I used Cranberry ink on Colonial White cardstock.

Place the circles on a paper towel and spray them with water.


After a few seconds, you'll notice them curl a little.  That's OK!



Take each circle and crumple it.


Open each one up carefully.  They are wet! 


Stack them on top of one another.



I used my Paper Piercing Tool to put a hole through all of the circles.
 

Put a brad through all of the layers.  The color doesn't matter.  It won't be seen.


Pull up the first circle around the brad.


Continue this with each circle.  I tend to pinch the circles a little tighter at the base near the brad. 


This is how your flower will look when all of the circles have been pulled up.  You're not done yet!


Using you fingers, fluff the edges of the flower "petals" until you get the look you want.


Now, if you want to use colored cardstock with a white core, you will see the white edges.  If you don't like this look, use a sponge dauber to color the white edges.  This flower still has it's white edges:


These flowers look beautiful on cards and gifts.  Here are a couple of cards that I used them on:




The million dollar question is:  Are they roses or carnations?  I don't know, you can decide!  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and have found it helpful! 
 Leave me a comment and let me know.  Who knows, this could become a regular feature here at November Rose!    
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!  
Ann                  

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 14

Happy Valentine's Day!

Now, I have to admit, I've cheated today.  This card is one I made last year for my husband.  Since we still have this stamp set in the Idea Book, I decided to post it again.  Besides, most of you weren't followers then!
The inside says: "captured my heart".

I also have to share this:
It was the first house I made and it is still my favorite. 
If you'd like to see more pictures of it, look under "Houses" under my Labels.

This is the last day of the the blog hop.  I can't thank Paige Dolecki and Lori Miller enough for starting it.  I've enjoyed visiting everyone's blog and I hope you've enjoyed mine.  Even more, I hope you'll keep coming back.  I have met some wonderful new friends and I hope to meet more!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Ann

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 13

It's A House!
It wouldn't be a holiday unless I made some sort of a house!  This is one of my favorite stamp sets D1377 Around the Block.  You can do so much with it!  This little box was created with Colonial White cardstock that was sponged with a little Desert Sand ink. Cranberry ink was used for the details as well as some red sparkles on the windows and door. A strip of Cranberry cardstock for the handle with a retired sentiment tied on with Cranberry ribbon completes it.

The basic box is 5 inches high and each side is 2 & 3/4 inches wide.  It's filled with chocolate, of course.  Remember the post about the 5th Food Group?

Well, tomorrow is the big day!  I hope you'll stop by again!
Have a great Sunday!
Ann

Blog Award

My friend Becky, over at Scrappin' Becky B  gave me a blog award!
How sweet is that?  Thank you Becky!  You made my day.
Now it's time to pass it on to 5 people and tell why I like them and their blogs.  The fun thing about blogging is, you meet people without ever "meeting" them in person!  At least, that's the way it's been working for me.  My goal is to meet them "in person" someday!  So here goes:

1.  Paige Dolecki at Paige's Paper Paradise.  For starters, she organized this amazing Valentine's Day Blog Hop along with Lori Miller.  It has been an fabulous two weeks of inspiration.  Her blog always has beautiful artwork.  If you haven't checked it out, you should. 
2.  Lori Miller at Clearly From the Heart.  As I just stated, she organized this blog hop.  Her blog is also full of inspiration.  I always enjoy stopping over there!
3.  Trisha Morton at Finding the Silver Lining.  I just discovered her wonderful blog through this blog hop.  She has beautiful projects to share and an adorable little boy!
4.  Jo at That's My Story....  I have been following this blog for awhile now.  She has the most creative ideas.  She takes beautiful photographs and has great talent for repurposing things.  I just love stopping by her blog!
5.  Jo has another blog, Isabella's World.  Or should I say her adorable puppy has this one?  Isabella is a Black Labrador Retriever puppy.  I have a soft spot in my heart for this breed.  When I was growing up, we raised Black Labs.  So I had LOTS of puppies around my house.  Isabella tells the wonderful stories of her life and adventures.

So, there they are.  Try to visit their blogs.  It's definitely worth it!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 12

Let's see,  pink, green, ribbon, doily, heart, button, and a pearl.  It looks like a Valentine to me! 
Not only is this part of the blog hop, I'm also entering it into the "Sweet Hearts" Challenge at the Shabby Tea Room

It's almost Valentine's Day.  I hope you are enjoying the hop!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 11

Pink and Black
There's no stamping on this little card, just lots of Close To My Heart® products!  The cardstock is Cotton Candy, Black and White.  Sparkles, ribbon, and a button finish off the look.  I also did quite a bit of sanding!!! 
I promise, the tutorial for the flower is coming soon! 
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!
Ann

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 10

Kraft & Cranberry
What else can I say?  Kraft, Cranberry Cardstock, Paper Flower, Pearls and Amore Stamp set. 
Happy Hopping!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 9

Chocolate!
Hello, my name is Ann and I'm a Chocoholic!  Seriously, isn't chocolate the 5th Food Group?
Well, this little project should feed the addiction!
That's right.  Nothing says, "I love you" like a giant Hershey Bar!  The candy bar is covered with Cranberry and Kraft cardstock.  The stamp set is D1193 Vintage Valentine - retired, but it is one of my favorites!
Now, grab yourself some chocolate, hot cocoa might be nice, and hop on over to all the other blogs to see their wonderful ideas!
Thanks for stopping by!

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 8

Tubes of Treats
These have been seen before on this blog hop, but I had to share my version.  I worked on these one day last week while my hubby was in physical therapy.  (If you've been reading my blog, you'll recall that he had shoulder surgery a few weeks ago).  Anyway, it's amazing what you can get done in a waiting room!

I hope you are enjoying this blog hop.  I know I am!  There are so many talented ladies sharing their ideas!  Be sure to stop by and see for yourself!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 7

Valentine Purse

Yes, you guessed it, another template from Oriental Trading.  The papers and button are from the Sophia collection, the heart is from A1103 A Love, all from Close To My Heart®.  The ribbon and charm are both retired.  Once again, I see this filled with chocolate!
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to visit everyone else!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 6

"On the 6th Day of  Chr  I mean, Valentines Day", I created this:


This is a mini Take-Out Box.  I purchased several templates from Oriental Trading awhile back and this was one of them.  The flower is from  C14566 Heartfelt Treasures.  The techniques I used is on page 7 of the new Close To My Heart® Idea Book. Just a little stamping and cutting!  Fill it with chocolate and give it to someone you love!

Now hurry, leave me a comment ( I LIVE for your comments!), do the same for the others on this blog hop, and get yourself in front of the TV for the big game!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Day 5

Rosy Lips!
This pattern is in the latest issue of Paper Crafts magazine.  After cutting it out, I ran it through the Cuttlebug to give it a little texture.  The sentiment is from the D1445 Amore stamp set. The flower was made with the new Close To My Heart® Scallop Punch with leaves that I hand-cut and sanded.  These flowers are so easy to make!

Be sure to hop on over to the other blogs to see the beautiful artwork.  Everything that I've seen so far has been amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Countdown - Day 4

A Bottle of M & M's
Yes this started out as a yummy coffee drink - or so I was told (I'm a tea drinker)!  After removing the labels, adding lace, stamped cardstock, hearts, ribbon, and, of course, M  & M's, you have a gift for a chocolate lover!

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to visit the other blogs on this blog hop!
Ann

Valentine's Day Countdown - Day 3

Piece of Red Velvet Cake

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like Red Velvet Cake!

The pattern for this box is from PaperCrafts magazine.  I used Cranberry and Colonial White Cardstock.  The top was embossed with my Cuttlebug and the edges were scalloped with scissors.  The rosebud was made with Colonial White cardstock, the edges sponged with Cranberry ink.  Filled with chocolates, this makes a perfect gift!

I'm also entering this in the Paper Cubed and the Shabby Tea Room Challenges. 

Don't forget, this is a blog hop, so be sure to visit the other blogs to see their great artwork!
'Till tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day Countdown - Day 2

This card uses Cranberry and Colonial White cardstock, with a little old black B & T paper that I still have in my stash.  The stamp set is D1445 Amore, although the 'U' is from E1006 Baroque Alphabet, gold embossed.  I cut out the heart and used some 3-D Foam Tape to make it pop-out on the card.
Enjoy Day 2 of the Blog Hop!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Day Countdown - Day 1

Dresser Stair-Step Card

I made one of these cards after being inspired by Deneen Treble.  You can find the details here.  I added some pearls and hearts to give it a Valentine's Day feel.  I sanded the edges of this one to give it that "shabby" look.

Now this is a blog hop, so be sure to visit the other blogs to see their beautiful artwork and ideas.  Don't forget to leave some comments.  We all appreciate the love!
See you tomorrow!