October 21, 2016

Autumn Door - Thankful

Finally I am caught up with my class pictures. I don't know what has happened to this year, but it sure flew by in a lightning stroke. So, welcome to the first of two October classes. 

This card actually gives you a ton of other ideas to create a card. You can cut around the door and really have it open...you can cut out parts of it like a barn door, etc...well we went down a little simpler path.

I ran a trip of grey cardstock through my embossing machine with a brick embossing folder. The grey strip is placed on the bottom of the card front. A piece of brown cardstock is adhered directly to the front and overlapping the grey portion just a bit. Next I cut a second rectangle (about 1/4" shorter than the first on) and adhered it in the center of the first one. The door panels are cut from the same brown cardstock as the previous piece. I went around all the edges with a sponge and some chocolate ink. All panels are placed with foam dots to the card. The lower right panel also includes the door handle. I put a little brand in to create the door knob.

Two pieces of brown cardstock are cut in small strips and are adhered to the bottom of the door to create a little step. 

To decorate the card I cut both pumpkins and the leafs with my Cricut machine and placed them with adhesive to the card. A little phrase tag and the front of this card is done, well almost....

...I used colonial white cardstock as my base so the color contrast wouldn't be to harsh. But it still was a little to white for me. So I used a little sponge dauber tool to create the little speckles seen here above the pumpkin and inside the card.

I stamped my phrase on the inside and added a few more sprinkles to lighten up the inside. I hope you had fun exploring this card. Let me know if you need any help or with any other question that might occur.

October 18, 2016

Close To My Heart - NEW Everyday Life Planner 2017 is back!

Good News! The fabulous Close To My Heart "Everyday Life Planners" are back. Last years version was such a success that we ran out of pages and books within weeks. So, to make sure you will get a chance to order yours this time, here is the latest and greatest:

The planner is available in the following combinations:

The bundle includes the gorgeous sea glass faux leather album and a set of 2017 planner pages (including monthly and weekly calendars, designs to color in and pages for notes). It also includes three beautiful golden paperclips and a clear pencil bag. 
$ 31.90 (plus SH&T)

The bundle includes the black and white striped album and a set of 2017 planner pages (including monthly and weekly calendars, designs to color in and pages for notes). It also includes three beautiful golden paperclips and a clear pencil bag. 
$ 31.90 (plus SH&T)

The 2017 planner pages includes monthly and weekly calendars, designs you can color in, pages for notes and it also includes three beautiful golden paperclips and a clear pencil bag. 
$ 16.95 (plus SH&T)

All offers seen here are only available for a limited time and while supplies last!

These planner pages and bundles sold out last year very very quickly. And if you thought about getting one this time, don't wait to long. You can place an order right off my website or sent me an email....

October 17, 2016

Pets and a special Birthday Card

This was a super fun project to make in class. I had all these cute little images of dogs, cats, bunnies and even some guinea pigs.  

I picked a few different design papers to cover the front of each card. Each front piece is about 1/4" shorter than the base. I scored a square in the upper part of the paper and cut in a diagonal from one corner of the square to another creating an X-shape.

I curled back each tip to the outside and wrapped a piece of baker twine around it. I finished the string with a bow in the upper right corner.

Now I place the pet picture on the card base, lining it up with the square of the front cover. A few foam dots went on the back of the front cover to raise it up. A little stack of oval shapes and my little phrase "Well Hello" from the Sweet & Short set (A1189) are finishing of the front. A few hearts, bones or a roll of yarn as an embellishment and the front done.

 All embellishment parts are cut with one of our Close to My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridges. If you haven't heart of them yet....click here to see them all.

The newest cartridge is our "Flower Market" (Z3285) a must have for all card makers and page creators and for everyone in between. Awesome items are on this one and like with the others...700 images per cartridge!
 And like always, don't forget to decorate the inside of your card. I used a "Happy Birthday" stamp set and a little phrase to go along with is. A few more cricut cut embellishments and these little cuties are ready to be sent out.

So what do you think? Aren't they stinking cute or what? Stay tuned for more to come...

October 14, 2016

Thank You - Easel Card

This time we made an easel card in class and what better to use than a big thanks? To create an easel card you pretty much only need a regular card base of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored in half so you base will be 5 1/2"x4 1/4".

Next I scored an extra line on the long side of the front, about 2" from the half fold. Fold the new score line over.

I used design paper to cover one panel on the front and the inside half. Both panels in the front are matted with some green cardstock. For the background of the "Thanks" I used plain daisy white cardstock and stamped some flourish in glacier blue ink on top. The "Thanks was adhered with foam dots to make it stand out even more. 

A little scalloped oval cut from green glitter paper and a white oval with a small phrase stamped on are adhered with foam dots to create the little catcher. 

This card folds flat to sent it out. The recipient has to fold the front panel down and place it behind the little catcher. This way the card will stand up like a display.

I hope you liked this little project and give it a try yourself. Happy crafting and stay tuned for more ideas to come...

October 12, 2016

Rose Card for a special Birthday

We don't do a try-fold card that often in class, but this pretty embossing was to good to be cut apart. I love these roses and they look so pretty all the way around the card. I used an Anna Griffin 6"x12" embossing folder and some of our Close to My Heart hollyhock cardstock paper.

First I run the paper strip through my embossing machine. The folder not only creates the embossing it also creates the folds for the try-fold with it.

Carefully fold the sides over and crease with a bone-folder. Be careful not to go over the embossed image. Next I used some white pigment ink and a sponge dauber to color over the embossed images. Depending on how often you go over the image or how much ink you use, your rose might be more or less white. Let the ink dry completely before you continue to embellish the card, otherwise you will smooch the white ink all over the place.

Next I created a few little tags that guide you along while opening the card. A piece of white cardstock with a little embellishment leaves enough room for some private notes. 

The embossing folder is really awesome and no matter what side you use for your project, they are both stunning. 

Well I hope you liked this wonderful project. Leave me a comment and tell me what you like about it. 

Stay tuned for more cute cards to come.....