October 2, 2017




CRICUT ALERT! CRICUT CARTRIDGES! CRICUT ALERT!

Dear Blog-Readers and Crafty-Friends,

Provocraft Cricut is discontinuing ALL of their physical cartridges!
Sooo .... if you were planing on getting any of our CTMH cartridges, then now is the time to do so. You know you WANT them NOW before they are sold out. Ones they are gone, you can only get them as digital version.
In case you are planing on buying more than 1 cartridge,... please..., contact me so we can arrange it that you can also get some free products on top and who doesn't like free right?

Please spread the word and let your friends know about the changes coming. Again, all (not only our CTMH) physical cartridges from Cricut will retire and are only available while supplies last. All future cartridges will be digital!

Click HERE to find our Close to My Heart cartridges.

September 29, 2017

Technique: Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards - Part 2

 Here are a few pictures of my lanterns when I started. I cut each one 3x out of white and 1x out of black metallic cardstock. I adhered the 3 white layers together and removed the candle parts from the black pieces before I adhered it to the rest. Looking at them I didn't like the white showing on the sides so I used a black marker and colored all the exposed edges. The top left picture shows you the difference with and without black color on the sides. The little lantern is colored and the other two are not. The picture on the top right shows you the colored edge and how thick the pieces are.
The lower left picture gives you an idea on how messy it is to color the edges, but who cares how the backside looks like right? Just make sure you don't color your candles in black too. The last picture again is a nice example of the difference between with or without color and the thickness.



 Before we go on with the two cards I have to apologize for the pictures not being like normal. I have a new laptop and I am still missing some programs.

The base for this card is 4 1/4x5 1/2 and I cut a piece of grey design paper in the same size to cover the front of my card. Next I cut a piece of white cardstock at 4x5 1/4 and run it through my woods embossing folder. I used a circle diffuser in the middle to create and area where the embossing left out. I then cut a circle out of white cardstock and a second one about 1/4 smaller than the white. This one is cut from the design paper we used for the front. Paper saving trip: Cut your design paper circle out of the piece you adhere to the front. No one will noticed since you will be covering the whole up with the wood embossed paper :-)

To make the trees show a bit more, I used a sponge dauber and a light grey ink and lightly when over the raise embossing part. The circles are adhered together and on the card with foam dots. I stamped the phrase and stars on it and decorated them with a few rhinestones. Now you know by now how these lanterns were made. Do to me coloring in the candles with back ink... grrrr... I run the dies through again with some red metallic paper and cut out the candle part to add to the lantern. A little gold glitter glue for the flame and this card is done. Well the little greens and bow come with the lantern set. I too cut them three times, colored them in and adhered them together.


As you can see, more die cutting is needed. I think I gave my arm muscles a pretty good workout LOL. Here are some quick measurements:
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
White cardstock piece cut with the biggest rectangular stich die from Lawn Fawn (ca 4 x 5 1/4) 
Using a oval diffuser and a dotted embossing folder for the cut out.
The size of the yellow/ gold oval here is measured on the oval created by the diffuser. You can cut it from colored paper or use some distress inks like I did. 
I stamped the phrase in black on the oval after the distress ink had dried.

To assemble the card, adhere the golden oval to the oval left in the embossing. Place your lantern and greens and other decorations on top. Adhere the piece with foam dots to your card base. Stamp a nice phrase on the inside and don't forget to decorate the envelope too.

Well, these lanterns are really cut even if you use them in single layers, but when you layer them they really look like a real lantern. Have fun with this technique and let me know what you came up with. Stay tuned ....more card inspirations are coming soon.





September 22, 2017

Technique: Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards - Part 1

Hard to believe it is already Friday again and I almost forgot about my blog LOL time flies when you have fun right? I don't know where all of you live, but here in Michigan we have for the past few days 90F and more. Yes, it is the first day of fall and out air conditioner is running! I guess around midweek next week we will be getting back to normal, we will see.

So in any event, here is the first of two posts about my September Blog Hop projects. Inlaid and lifted was the theme and the first thing I had to do was find some dies that would work with this technique. Well, you can pretty much use any dies you have. Inlaid means you place the die cut out back into the paper you cut it from or you fill back in all these little pieces like a puzzle. Lifted on the other hand is when you cut multiple pieces of one kind and adhere them together.


I took two of my big flower dies from Elizabeth Designs and cut them out of white cardstock. I did adhere about three of the cutouts on top of each other just to make them pop up more. I used a white card base measuring 4 1/4"x 5 1/2". I cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 4 1/4x5 1/2 and used my Lawn Fawn dies to cut out the rectangular you see on the left. I wanted to keep the main part white so I decided to color the cut out rectangle with watercolor. Really simple, just three colors and a wide brush.

I also colored the medium and small flower from the set with the same colors. Once dry I adhered the white cardstock to my base and placed the colored part back in the opening. The big flower is kept white. I adhered it inside my colored rectangular and cut the end of.
Before I added the other flowers I stamped my phrase in black ink. Now I placed the two flowers on the other side of the card. All flowers used for this card are each three layers of die-cuts adhered together. 







Here is the second example of my "flower" projects. This time I used the dandelion die from Elisabeth Designs, my Lawn Fawn rectangle die and a scalloped circle die. I covered my card base with a piece of colored cardstock measuring 4 1/4"x5 1/2". Next I cut the rectangle from white cardstock and in the second run I cut out the scalloped circle. I then placed my dandelion die on the scalloped circle and run it through the machine one more time. Again, using watercolor paints, I colored in the scalloped circle, the smaller flower and the stem part of the big flower that is hanging over the scalloped edge.



I adhered the white rectangular piece to my card base, but instead of in the center I moved it to the upper left corner so I had about 1/2" on the right side and bottom of the colored paper showing. The pieces that are hanging over were cut of with scissors. 

Next I placed the colored scallop circle back inside the cut out. The dandelions are assembled from three die cuts adhered together, so they are a little thicker. This makes it easy to fit the flower back into the circle. I didn't bother to cut the stem out as well because it fit just fine on top of the card. Stamp your phrase and add the smaller flower before you place the ribbon bow on top.

 I hope you will give this technique a try. Go through your stack of dies and see what would work best. Next Friday I will show you two more examples. This time I used my Penny Black lanterns which are super for this technique.....check back and let me know how your projects turned out .

Thank you for joining me today and see you soon here 


September 15, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ September Blog Hop ~ Inlaid & Lifted Die Cut Cards!


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
Die Cuts are certainly popular in the crafting world and there are so many from which to choose. But they can be expensive, so we’re looking at additional ways in which we can use them; specifically, inlaid and lifted die cuts.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try an idea or two that we’ve shared with you.
If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:   
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 24, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until October 14, 2017, to claim their prize.
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Die cuts are so much fun and I am sure you have plenty of dies in your stack, right? I had a hard time myself to find the right ones, but I think these examples are perfect. So how did I start with my projects?
I picked two different flower dies and one die with different sizes of lanterns and greens in it. First thing on the list, get the die cutting machine out and start cutting. I chose white cardstock and cut each item about 5x out, just in case. Next I used my Tombow liquid glue to layer multiple cutouts together. I think I ended up with three per project. Yes, simply adhered them together layer by layer. Depending on how thick your paper is you might need more or less layers.
Let's have a look at the lifted die cuts first. To make my lanterns look even more realistic, I run the dies through the machine one more time, this time I used black metallic paper. I then cut away the candle parts. I adhered the layer to the stack of whites and used a black pen to color in the edges. Be careful when you  do this or you end up like me....black color on my white candles, yikes. Now what? I didn't want to start all over, so I ran the die again this time with some red metallic paper and added just the candle part on my white/black candle base. I finished the candle off with some gold glitter glue for the flame. 
These layers adhered together make for a nice sturdy embellishment which will give you an immediate 3-D effect. In stead of adding the different layers of colored paper you can always color everything in, that's why I cut my base elements all in white. Coloring the edges though makes a huge difference....just be careful when coloring them.
Next option are inlaid die cuttings. You simply add one die cutting into another or if you have multiple elements in a die you piece them back together after you cut them. First of are my dandelion flowers. I adhered three layers of white cardstock die cuts together. Next I cut a scalloped circle out of my card topper. I used the same die and cut a scalloped circle from watercolor paper. Then I took the watercolor circle and laid my dandelion die on top and run it through the machine again. Now I was left with my topper with a scalloped hole, a watercolor scalloped circle missing the dandelion piece. I used watercolors to color the circle in. Then I fitter my layered dandelion in the circle, colored just the stem of it and placed it inside the topper. It is a little tricky to get all parts back together, but it is worth it. My tip, use Tombow liquid glue (white bottle).
Last but not least, the poppies. All three flowers are made of three layers. Two are colored in and one stays white. The background is cut of watercolor paper and fitted back into to the topper. This time I added the flower on top and cut the ends off. I am just still debating with myself if I should add a few gold or silver sprinkles on either card. What do you think? Well like always, I hope you had fun and be sure to check back on Fridays for more details, pictures and measurements. This month we are a smaller group due to some family issues, but I think you will still enjoy the hop and bigger chance to win :-) So leave a comment and hop along. Thanks for stopping by

Now you’re off to visit with the talented Kim which always has a surprise for us. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another fabulous technique!

Claudia
Always remember:
"Art comes from the heart.
So there is never a right way or a wrong way;
there is only Your Way."

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September 1, 2017

Technique: Stamping On Patterned Paper! - Part 2

Welcome back to "Stamping on patterned papers".... while I talked about the little more complicated card I made last Friday, today we will concentrate on a simple but also effective stamping technique.

I had to admit, it is hard to see, but both flower images had been stamped on patterned paper (3 1/2 x 4 1/4). This paper is a marbled kind of paper, so you have different shades of green (the second one is blue) in the background. It doesn't always have to be a strong design. Sometimes these kind of paper patterns work perfectly fine too :-)

First I used the green design paper and stamped my three flowers in black ink on it. The stamp set I used is one of the new Close to My Heart stamp sets called "Many Congratulations" (C1693) and contains beside these flowers some wonderful phrases for many occasions. 

Next I used my ZIG markers to color the flowers and stems in. You can use any coloring pens or pencils you have. I added a few pearl drops to the center of the flowers. Ones the drops were dry, I added a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the flower stems and secured it in the back. The bow is tied separately and added with a glue dot to the ribbon. I cut a piece of dark brown cardstock at 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 and adhered it behind the flower piece, leaving a strip of brown showing on the right and left side.

My card base is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 with the fold on top. I covered the front of the base in striped design paper and scored the front at 2 1/8. Make sure to use a bone folder and crease the fold so it stand up easliy. The brown piece is not adhered to the lower 2 1/8 of the fold we created, flush with the bottom and centered. (Easel Card)

















To insure the flowers will stand up, I adhered another piece of brown cardstock (4 x 5 1/4) to the inside of the card. Next I cut a strip of the striped paper and added it with foam dots to the lower part of the inside of the card. This will stop the card from folding together when opened. I added another strip with my phrase on it and a little white cardstock for a note. 

The card base here is a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with the fold on top. I covered the front of the card with dark brown cardstock and placed another piece on the inside of the card.

The patterned paper (in this case green paper) is stamped and decorated like the first one, but was cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/2. After the ribbon was adhered, I placed two small strips of gold foiled paper along each side before the piece was added in the center of the front panel.

I added the little phrase on a scalloped oval to the upper right corner.

For the inside, I chose to stamp some of the flowers in a lighter colored ink and added a matching phrase for my card.










I hope you will try this technique yourself and let me know what you think of it. Stay tuned for more to come and for our September Blog Hop. 



August 30, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 5



This is the final sneak peek since the book will be available in two days. So set your alarms for September 1st and check out the new Season Expressions Book online.

For the final paper pack we have the gorgeous "Silver & Gold" (X7226B) paper pack left. Lots of foiled papers with glitter and glamour. This is the paper pack you need for an elegant approach on your holiday or anniversary picture. 

This paper pack includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 

All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments. Here is an example of more bling ... "Gold Glitter" (Z3312) gems.

More matching glitter and foil papers, glitter trim's and embellishments are in the book and the annual Idea Book. 

Last but not least, one more stamp set bundle for you. Again so many more are in the book, but this one works great with the paper pack "Silver & Gold"

The set is called "Silver & Gold" (Z4042) and contains the stamp set see and the matching thin-cuts. 

Well, I hope these little sneak peeks shorten the time for you before you could see the book. You can see the book online on my website or contact me if you like a personal copy of the book.

Have fun browsing and please let me know if you have any questions. Orders can also be placed online on my website or via email....see you soon with new projects.


August 28, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 4




Back are the traditional colors red and green in combination with some cooler blues and grays for the snow pictures you have.
This set is called "Beary Christmas" (X7225B).

It includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 


All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments.

Here is one embellishment idea that matches the paper pack, "Beary Christmas" Dots (Z4038). These are super cute dots in three colors and a total of 90 for plenty of decorating.


While there are again so many new stamp sets with or without matching thin-cuts in the book, I thought I show you this one here.

Gingerbread Mr & Mrs with funny faces and decorations and some really cute phrases. This one is called "Gingerbread Friends" and comes in a bundle with thin-cuts (Z3378)

Stay tuned for one more exciting sneak peek before the new Seasonal Holiday Book will go live on September 1st.

August 25, 2017

Technique: Stamping On Patterned Paper! - Part 1

I hope you had fun hopping along with us last week. This technique hop is so amazing and I love all the different ideas everyone comes up with. So before we start working on Septembers technique, let's have a closer look at this months projects, shall we? I started out by picking my stamps and patterned papers, again not to busy designs since I would lose the stamped images. Today I will show you a bit more about the blow fish. The flower projects will come next week and the two ladies maybe some other time ;-)

I started with stamping my fish on the orange doted and green striped papers. I used a sprinkled white paper for the cake and stamped it twice on it as well. No some fuzzy cutting. I cut the fish out of the orange and green, cut the head off the body and mixed them up. Voila ... two fishes are done. 
I already had cut two green and blue mats to go on the front and inside of my card and I also cut my two cakes out, including the candles (well almost). I place one fish and cake on each mat set and played around ... I noticed that the first color combo of the fish looked like he was "normal", orange head, green body...the other combo made him look like he turned green from too much blowing. And that's when I had the idea to do a little two level card. I had my card base already cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and folded in half, so what could I do to make it open in two ways?

This is what I came up with. I used my card base with the fold to the left. I adhered the green mat in the center of the front of the base and place the blue one on top. They both are just 1/8 smaller of each other and the white base. (so just a small frame). Next I cut a strip of the green paper about 1/8 smaller than the blue one I just adhered and about 7 1/2 long. I laid the strip on top of the blue, lining in up so I had even space on the left side, top and bottom. I then folded the rest of the green strip over on the ride side. Make a nice crease.

The part that was folded over is not adhered to the white inside of the card base. Yes, you will have a short green piece of cardstock right on the inside of your card. But no worries, I covered it up with the second set of green and blue mats we cut earlier. Now all that is left is to cut another piece of blue cardstock that will fit on the top of the green we placed on the front, again about 1/8 smaller. So just measure and cut and adhere.   I know, describing it is a bit complicated, but the last picture might explain it the best. You end up with a card where you open the first panel to the right and the second (your original card base front) to the left.

To decorate, I adhered the green fish body direct to the first panel and raised the head with some foam dots. The cake is also adhered flat to the panel. I added a phrase that came with the stamp set to the upper right corner and draw a string and little hook by hand. Now open the panel to the right and decorate the second part.

The fish is adhered the same way I did the first one. I made sure it disappeared right behind the first panel. The cake was adhered direct to the card as well, but ...well you know accidents can happen and while I was cutting the second cake, I cut of some of the candles....happy accident!!!! I cut them all off, separated them a bit and added them back to the cake in a more blown over fashion....this fish had to much air LOL
A glitter paper Happy Birthday is added to this layer and I called it done.
There is plenty of room to write a personal message on the inside. 
I hope you liked this little excursion on how to stretch your card bases just a little. Hard to explain, but I hope it made sense. If not, please feel free to contact me :-) Leave a comment and let me know what you would have done with this little blower fish.

Stay tuned for more cards next Friday and the launch of the brand new Seasonal Holiday Book from Close to My Heart...see you soon

August 23, 2017

Holiday Expressions Book - Sneak Peek 3





Welcome to Fall! I know we are not there yet, but this paper pack sure makes you looking out for the season. It's called "Falling For You" (X7223B) and has all your favorite fall colors combined.

This paper pack, like all the others, includes 10 double sided sheets of paper, two of 5 design combos, plus there are two sheets of pocket sized pieces. These are great for journaling, accent pieces or cut apart to be used for your pocket scrapbooking. 

All paper packs come with coordinating cardstock packs, complement sets (stickers etc) and other matching embellishments.

I know you will love these embellishments... "Bronze Sequins" (Z4029) are a must with this paper pack. Hm, and maybe for some Christmas cheer?

Finally, here is another example of the new stamp sets in the book. Again, so many more stamps and Thin-Cuts are in the book and some come in a bundle like this one. "Falling For You" stamps and Thin-Cuts (Z4041) are only one of the fall sets.

Have a look and explore more on September 1st ....stay tuned for more!