Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Base and Bling

A friend asked about the Base and Bling jewelry line, so I thought I'd show you the necklace I made for myself.  It was so easy to create this fun and stylish accessory with the assortment of charms, pendants, chains available from Close to My Heart.  To see more items in this line, check out pages 164-167 in the online Annual Inspirations catalog.

For my necklace, I chose a background sticker of music and scissor and camera charms.  These are all things that reflect things that I love.  I added a rhinestone charm just because a little bling is fun!




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Snowhaven Cards

As promised, here are a few cards created from the Snowhaven paper packet.  I have chosen to use Christmas as my theme for these cards.

The first card uses the Mary and Babe stamp set (C1562) located on page 72 of the Annual Inspirations book.  I followed the basic pattern shown there. Not having all the colors in our Shinhan marker line, I chose to just stamp the image in Slate.

The second card highlights one of the very cute stamps in Home for the Holidays, the October Stamp of the Month (S1410).  It is a wonderful set that will be perfect for your Christmas cards, tags and layouts.  It will be available in October for $17.95 or just $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.

Lastly, this card is created from Sing Glory (C1587), a set available only to our wonderful hostesses.  It can be purchased for only $8.00 with hostess dollars!  Contact me to see how you can earn your own.
Design  credit goes to CTMH Annual Inspirations, page 7

I used Snowhaven patterned paper and White Daisy, Slate and Cranberry cardstock to make these cards.  Inks included Glacier, Slate and Cranberry. I also used some Sliver and Teal Shimer Trim and Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Silver Sequins and Clear Sparkles.
I hope you are inspired to start creating your own Holiday cards!  Talk to you soon!

Friday, September 19, 2014


Here is a layout using Snowhaven, another of the new paper packets from Close to My Heart.  In the catalog it is shown mainly as a Christmas paper.  Well, sure, it will work beautifully for that purpose, but here is how my mind works:  Snow can turn into ice and ice can turn into glaciers...you get the picture!  Besides that, it matches the red jacket I had on that day!  I hope you enjoy this layout and check back in a couple days for a look at some Snowhaven cards and a sneak peek at the October Stamp of the Month.

Snowhaven Paper Packet X7188B
Snowhaven Complements X7188C
Snowhaven Workshop on the Go 1085

Check my website www.suebruch.ctmh.com for coordinating stamp sets and creative ideas for layouts and cards!

Friday, September 12, 2014

More Pathfinding!

I am thinking Pathfinding might be my favorite paper packet in the new catalog, but I will probably say that about the next one I use too!  Truth is, the paper choices in this catalog are just awesome!  So anyhow, here is another layout using Pathfinding. This time, I highlighted the print with the Olive background.

The patterned papers and the Champagne cardstock came from the packet.  I added a sheet of Chocolate for the matts, etc.  The background behind the titles was stamped with Distressed Backgrounds (D1544) in Goldrush ink and the wood embellishments came from the Pathfinding WOTG or from my stash.  The washi tape is also from my stash. The titles and the die cuts were cut on my Gazelle Die Cutter. 
While I had already decided on my basic layout, I was inspired by Becki Adams' title on this layout. Thanks, Becki!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Pathfinding is one of the great new paper pack selections in The Annual Inspirations Catalog.  Most of the examples have a Fall theme and while I think they are gorgeous, I decided to use the papers to document our visit to Theodore National Park.  The design inspiration is from Creative Sketches, Volume 2 by Becky Higgins.  The journaling and title were done in my Word software.  All the papers are Close to My Heart and the embellishments are from my local store.  CTMH carried the wooden accents in the past..maybe you still have some on hand.

 Pathfinding is available as a paper packet, a Workshop on the Go and a Workshop on the Go Card Kit.  Take a look at the catalog at www.suebruch.ctmh.com to see embellishments and coordinating stamp sets.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

National Stamping Month!

Right after returning from vacation, my laptop decided to quit...and I mean QUIT! The mother board was bad and the hard drive corrupt.  While I had most of my pictures saved to an external source, I still lost quite a bit.  Unfortunately, most of the scans I had done of old slides, etc. are gone.  Staples is still trying to get more data off the drive, but I don't have much hope!  My advice:  back up every day!  Live and learn!

So I have a new computer and have been busy installing programs and loading data.  I have done a couple layouts and cards and will get them posted soon.

In the meantime, I want to share the September Constant Campaign with you.  Click on this link for more information;