Monday, August 31, 2009

Holiday Trinkets

Happy Monday!

Today is officially the last day of summer at the Hoagland household because the kids return to school tomorrow. Where did the summer go? I'm definitely not ready for them to go back yet.

My card today has to do with the holiday season. I absolutely love Christmas! This card is made with the new stamp set from CTMH called "Holiday Trinkets". It's a great set because it has a little bit of everything - christmas trees, snowflakes, ornaments and presents. This set could also be used for birthdays because of the presents.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Supplies used: (all CTMH unless otherwise noted)
Stamp set: Holiday Trinkets
Colors: Crystal Blue, Cranberry and Olive
Other: Buttons and gingham ribbon (from Joann's)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Reach for the Stars

Happy Sunday!

I have no idea where the time went these past few days. Family came for the weekend and we had a party to go to last night. I didn't get home until 1am. Boy am I paying for it today. I honestly can't believe that I haven't posted in about 4 days. I've been trying to post at least Monday through Friday but somehow, time just got away from me.

Onto my card. It's from the CTMH stamp set called "Reach for the Stars." What a great boy set. There are a lot of possiblilites. This is the one that I came up with.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of you weekend.


Supplies: All supplies are CTMH
Stamp Set: Reach for the Stars
Colors: Brown Bag, Outdoor Denim and Juniper
Other: Edge Distresser

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mojo Monday - Week 101

Hello to all!

This is going to be a quick post because we're headed to the beach today. Our last beach day as a family before the kids go back to school.

This card is for the Mojo Monday blog sketch challenge. I really love the twitterpated paper so here it is again. All products are from CTMH.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Stamp set: Many ThanksColors: Chocolate, Crystal Blue and Sorbet
Printed Paper: Twitterpated
Other: buttons, hemp and chocolate grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Family Ties - Simple Card

Hi everyone!

What a crazy morning it's been. We've been running around since 8:30 with dr appointments and errands. It feels good to sit for a bit. It's a beautiful day today so we're going swimming this afternoon. My daughter wants to show me how she can swim without her goggles now - very exciting!

I call today's card a "simple card" because the only accessory that I used is ric rac. It's really just too darn adorable. The only non-CTMH items used were the copic markers I used to color her in.

Enjoy and have a great day!


Stamp set: Family Ties - Adults
Colors: Olive, Hollyhock and Smokey Plum
Other: edge distresser, hollyhock ric rac, CTMH paper cutter to make lines and sand paper

Monday, August 24, 2009

Grown with Love

Happy Monday everyone!

What a nice and relaxing weekend it was. It was supposed to rain most of the weekend but it didn't happen. Saturday was absolutely beautiful. We spent the day at my sister-in-law's cottage swimming, boating and eating! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as well.

Onto my card. This card was created with the new stamp set from CTMH called "Grown with Love". What a great stamp set. The possibilites are endless. Not only is this set good for cardmaking but it great for scrapbooking also. I used the card confidence program book "Wishes" to make this card. I can't tell you how many times I've turned to this book for ideas. If you don't already have this book, you should definitely get it! It's worth every penny. This pattern is for a 7" x 5" card and it's called "On the Ball". All products are from CTMH.

Enjoy and have a great day!

Stamp set: Grown with Love
Colors: Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Crystal Blue and Sorbet
Patterned Paper: Twitterpated
Other: Dimensional Elements in Color - organic and sponge daubers

Friday, August 21, 2009

Treasurers Card

Happy Friday everyone!

Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, I really love the new September SOTM from CTMH called "Treasurers". Here's the 2nd card that I made with this stamp set. I used the technique called "base and shade stamping" for the bottom flowers in the circle. What a great technique. I'm finding that I'm using it on the most recent cards I've been creating.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!


Supplies: All supplies used are CTMH
Stamp set: Treasurers
Colors: Cocoa, Vineyard Berry and Blush
Printed Paper: Life Delights
Other: Pretty Pins, sponge daubers

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Hi everyone!

I'm back from vacation. What a great time we had visiting family. We don't get to see them nearly enough so each time we do, it's wonderful. Our niece and newphew are just about the same age as our two and they are as close as ever! I'm very grateful for that.

Anyway, onto my card for today. When I received the SOTMs for this quarter, I just fell in love with this stamp set call "Treasurers". Today and tomorrow I will be showcasing the 2 cards that I made with this stamp set.

Enjoy and have a great day!


supplies: All supplies are CTMH
Stamp set: Treasurers
Colors: Sorbet, Sweet Leaf and Desert Sand
Printed Paper: Twitterpatted
Other items: Edge Distresser

Friday, August 14, 2009

See ya later alligator!


We're leaving today for Viriginia to visit family. We're all very exciting! So, because we're leaving, I thought it was perfect that I showcase this card today called "See Ya Later Alligator". The CTMH stamp set that I used is called "Life's a Jungle". I stamped a leaf, from the same stamp set, on twill just for a little bit of decoration. I also used clear buttons and backed them with paper. For a bit of texture, I used my cuttlebug and ran a piece of desert sand through with one of my A2 folders. The texture reminds me of alligator skin.

Enjoy and have a great weekend! I'll be back on Thursday with a new card.


supplies: (all items are CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamp set: Life's a Jungle
Colors: Desert Sand, Olive and Twilight
Other items: clear buttons, hemp, twill and cuttlebug A2 folder

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wish upon a Star


What a dreary day here in CT. I thought it was going to be a decent day but it turns out that it's going to rain the whole day - bummer! Oh well, it's either to the movies or bowling.

My card today is made us the CTMH stamp set called "Wishing Star". If you love stars like I do, then this stamp set is definitely for you. All products are CTMH. I made the bright yellow star pop using pop dots.

Enjoy the day and thanks for looking!


supplies - all CTMH
Stamp set: Wishing Star
Colors: Topiary, Honey, Moonstruck and White
Other: Gem and Pop Dots

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mojo Monday - Week 99

Hi everyone!

Today I'm showcasing my card for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I love this card because it's so bright and cheery. I used the CTMH stamp set called "It's a Zoo". One of my favorite things to do is layer so this sketch challenge was perfect for me.

Well I'm taking advantage of my children being gone so that I can design the next scrapbook pages for my club.

Enjoy the day and thanks for looking!


supplies: (all are CTMH unless otherwise noted)
Stamp set: It's a Zoo
Colors: tulip, dutch blue, sunflower and clover meadow
Paper Packet: Animal Cookies
Other supplies: buttons, organdy ribbon and paper punch(marvy uchida)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Always in my Heart

Hello to all!

It's not only hot here but it's real humid. We're going to swim at a friend's house today to cool off. Not complaints though, summer has finally arrived!

My card today is from the CTMH stamp set called "Always in my Heart". This stamp set is just too cute. I cut the flowers out to make them pop just a bit. I also used my cuttlebug - which is just LOVE - to make the outside frame. The last non-CTMH item would be the dew drops.

Enjoy and have a great day!


Supplies:(all items are CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamp set: Always in my Heart
Colors used: Dutch Blue, Sunflower and Vineyard Berry
Other items: ric rac, cuttlebug, dew drops(The Robin's Nest) and gems

Monday, August 10, 2009

Back from Maine and a card

Hi everyone!

We're back from Maine. What a wonderful weekend we had. The sun was shining bright all weekend. As you can see from these pictures, the kids had a great time in the ocean boogie boarding with their dad. This mini vacation certainly made up for the vacation we took a couple of weeks ago in Maine when it rained 2 of the 3 days.

Now, onto my card. I don't have many baby stamp sets but this one is certainly a keeper. It's called "Nursery Bash" from CTMH. The only 2 things that are not from CTMH are the organdy ribbon bow and the copic markers that I used to color this adorable image.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the day!


supplies:(all items are CTMH unless otherwise noted)
Stamp set: Nursery Bash
Colors: Lilac Mist, Baby Pink, Heavenly Blue and White
Other items: Buttons, organdy ribbon(unknown) and Copic Markers

Friday, August 7, 2009

August SOTM - It's Your Day

What a wonderful day we had at the beach. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. No humidity and it was breezy. My friend and I stayed until 7pm so that the kids could go on the Merry-go-Round. Then we had ice cream for dinner - YUMMY!

The card I'm showing today is made with CTMH's stamp of the month called "It's Your Day". For those of you who don't know. Close to my Heart puts out 4 new stamps each quarter, 1 for each month, and it's only available for that month. If you spend $25.00, you can get the stamp set for 25% off which is $17.21. If you spend $50.00, you can get the stamp set for 50% off which is $11.48. If you spend $75.00, you can get the stamp set for 75% off which is $5.74 and if you spend $100.00 or more, you ge the stamp set for FREE. If you have any questions, you can email me anytime.

We're leaving for Maine for the weekend. So I'll be back on Monday.

Have a great weekend!


Supplies: All supplies are CTMH
Stamp set: It's Your Day
Colors: tulip, sunflower, dutch blue and clover meadow
Other: clover meadow organdy ribbon, edge distresser and sandpaper

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge


I've loved the blog "Mojo Monday" since I found it on the web. Their sketches are amazing and very inspiring. Needless to say, I'm very excited to be participating in my very first Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

I decided to use a stamp set from CTMH called "Whimsical Wings".

We'll I'm off to help my daughter clean her room and then we're going swimming at a friend's house for the afternoon!

Enjoy the day and thanks for looking!


Supplies: all supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Stamp set: Whimsical Wings
Paper: Paper Garden, petal, buttercup and garden green
Other: garden green bigger brads, petal organdy ribbon and Peony nestabilities (spellbinders)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bird Basics


We just got back from the movies. We went to see G Force. What an action packed and very funny movie. It is so hot and humid today that it was nice to spend time in an air conditioned theater. Of course, I just go for the popcorn and soda - YUM!

My card today was created with the stamp set called "Bird Basics". I really like this set because you can create several different birds with it. I also used "Intrinsic Backgrounds" for the scene behind my bird. I then popped the bird up with pop dots.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!


all items are CTMH unless otherwise noted
Stamp sets: Bird Basics and Intrinsic Backgrounds
Colors used: boom-di-ada printed paper, buttercup, olive, hollyhock and white cardstock
Other: sandpaper, sponge daubers, black eyelet, organdy ribbon and dew drops (The Robin's Nest)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Trees

Hi everyone!

Today was absolutely beautiful here in CT. We took advantage of this beautiful day by spending it with my sister-in-law at her cottage. The kids and I swam all day long. I also had some time to relax and read. We ended the day with a wonderful dinner and a night swim. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. Thanks Darcy!

When I got home, I started going through my cards and found this "Happy Birthday" card that I had made. I truly love this stamp set for its versatility and use it quite often.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


all supplies are CTMH unless otherwise noted
Stamp Set: Treetops , Happy Birthday(unknown)
Colors: Brown Bag, Hollyhock, Garden Green, Indian Corn Blue and Vanilla Cream
other: buttons, pop dots, corner punch (stampin up!), border punch (unknown)

Monday, August 3, 2009

My Scrapbook Club Pages

When I first started thinking about starting a scrapbook club, I thought I would have 6 girls join and that would be my club. Well, 18 girls and 3 clubs later, I'm going strong and having lots of fun!

Here are the pages we did this past weekend.



Products used are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
colors: twilight, sunflower and sunny yellow
stamp sets: Rustic Alphabet, Gear Up and Picture Perfect
brads, spiral clips , dew drops (Robin's Nest), round tab punch (stampin up!)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I'm an Official Blogger (I think?!)

As of today, I'm officially starting my blog. I've gone back and forth for several months as to whether do this or not. I finally decided to take a leap of faith an go for it! I will be using my blog to post cards, scrapbook pages and paper crafts. I would love any comments you have to give (good or bad). Comments will help me grow as a stamper and I look forward to what you have to say. At first, I hope to post at least a couple times a week and then grow from there. Since I'm a little bit computer challenged, please bear with me as I work on my blog.

My first card is a "thank you" card that I designed for my daughter, Caitlin, who just turned 8 years old. She had a great birthday party that included make your own pizzas on the grill and make your own sundaes. The party was a huge hit - especially when you add in water balloons and a pinata. Let me know what you think of the card.
Stamping Bella "addy tude", Doodlebug "sweet treats and sundae stripe" paper, rectangle nestabilities and colored jewels

Have a great day!