August 21, 2020

Card Bundle No. 2 - Part 3

Here are the last 4 cards from the new card bundle I made for you to create at home. 


Let's start with the first card. This stamp set came with the Card Making Workshop "Seas the Day (G1200)" which is still available, but if you don't want the whole workshop (even so it is a fun one ;-) ), you can use any other set you have on hand too.
What is interesting on this card, I cut three stripes of cardstock in 1x sapphire blue and 2x mint. Close to My Heart cardstock has a darker and lighter side of color which is really great when you need just a little of difference in color. So I carefully ripped the sapphire piece along the top to expose the white core of the paper. Make sure it looks like waves when you pull the paper towards you. I then took the 2 mint pieces and flipped one over, giving me a lighter and darker hue of mint. I did the same thing here and ripped the top in a wavy motion of. First cover the front of your card with the design paper, then adhere all three starting with the darker mint, lighter mint and end with the sapphire. 

For the second card I used the "Mason Jar Bouquet (C1845)" stamp set to create the jar and the flowers. I was lucky to get the stamp set with the dies so jar and flowers are cut with the dies, but you can fuzzy cut them with no problem. The dies even cuts a small slit in the top of the jar so you can stick your flowers in and make the stems disappear in the back. The lace border was also cut with a dies. And can I tell you, this dies is really nice. It cuts super easy and cleans up just as easy too. It is called "Lace Border Thin Cuts (Z4060)".
The jar and flowers are both raised with some foam squares to give the card a bit more dimmention.

This was a simple card design and I added a little tag from the Tag stamp set we used earlier to the inside which can be used as a bookmark.


For our last card in the set, I made a sympathy card again. I used the same flower stamp set from previous cards here "A Million Little Things (D1925)" which is one of my favorites to use. I stamped my sentiment in dark grey on some lighter grey cardstock. Make sure to stamp it to the right so you have room to add your flower. The flower is stamped on white cardstock and matted with sugarplum pink. I do like the simplicity of this card. What do you think?
Last but not least a look into the insides of the cards. Always decorate your insides too and if you like, put something on your envelope as well. This is it for our second bundle of cards to make at home. 

Since we are still stuck at home I guess we will continue with bundle to make at home. I have planed to do two more set. One will be fall cards and this set will include 6 to make and the last bundle will be a Christmas Card set where you can create 12 unique Christmas cards at home. If you are interested to join the make at home crowed, contact me and see how you can get your set. 

August 14, 2020

Card Bundle No.2 - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the new card making bundle to create at home. I know making them at home does not make up for the group meetings we have, but right now this is the best we can do. So let's get crafting shall we?

This first card has a home made card base. I used a regular 8 1/2" x 11" piece of white card stock which you score at the short side at 4 1/4" and on the long side at 5 1/2". Your sheet now shows 4 rectangles. Place the short side to the top. Then you take a ruler and scoring tool and score a diagonal line in the top right one and the bottom left one so that the diagonal line meets the center of the four rectangles. Now cut the sheet in half by following along the diagonal scores.

The flower in this card is stamped with 3 different hues of rose. I fussy cut the flower and leaves and placed them on foam dots, but only on one triangle on the front, so you can open the card with no problem.


The next two cards have another interesting fold to them. The first one, I folded the top right corner over so it was flush with the left side of the card. The grey square measures 3"x3" and is placed in the middle of the fold. But before I adhered the square, I put a little adhesive behind the fold to keep it open and I added the design paper which is another square that folds over in the middle and adheres on the inside of the card as well. (See the inside pic below). Now I added my squares and the rest of the paper.

For the second card, I adheres a piece of designer paper to the front of my base. Then I cut two irregular pieces of peacock cardstock and placed them on top with foam dots. The white glitter paper finishes of the edges.


The "thinking of you" card is created from the stamp of the month set, which featured tag designs. I wanted to give the card a little bit more texture so I ran the yellow cardstock through my embossing machine. The green cardstock had on one side the white design and on the other side a matching clear embossing design. I cut this paper in a rectangle size first and then cut it again on a diagonal. I used one side with the clear embossing and one side with the white design.

Well this is it for part 2 of the new bundle. There is one more set of 4 coming so stay tuned for next weeks part 3 of this series. 

August 13, 2020

Got Candy? - Special

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August 7, 2020

Card Bundle No. 2 - Part 1

Here we are, still working from home. To make my ladies life a bit more exciting I created another card bundle for them to make at home. Here is part one with the first 4 cards:

The first two are birthday cards. I used our Close to My Heart stamps "A Million Little Things (D1925)" for the first card and the super cute "Let the Good Times Roll (Z3705) with dies" for the VW bus card. You can get this set also without the matching dies (D1915).

The VW-Bus is just so cute and think off placing pictures of your friends or family in the windows.


Here are another two cards from our new bundle of card to make at home. The little boots are another great stamp to have. You can either stamp the outline and use one of the filler stamps for the inside or you do like I did. Stamp the boots on a piece of design paper and cut them out. If you don't have a matching die to cute the rectangle with the stiches, simply use a thin pen and add them to the white cardstock. The boot stamp set is still available "Make a Splash (C1839)".

The next card is a sympathy card and I used again the stamp set from the first card, just another flower that is in this set. For the background I used CTMH watercolors (Z3132) and a wide brush. With just a little water and 4 colors hues of blue I made the background and let it dry. Make sure to use a good adhesive to adhere the white paper to the black since it might have waved a little due to the water coloring.
Before you stamp the flower in black ink on the paper, make sure the water color is dry!!!

And here are the insides of each card. These phrases and sentiments are either from the stamp sets themselves. You can find many of them here.
  Stay tuned for part 2!

August 3, 2020

Close to My Heart - Retiring Colors on August 31st

Here is a little update on which colors will be retiring at the end of the month. You might be lucky to still find ink pads, refills and papers of the colors in the “online only” section of my website past Aug 31st, but only while supplies last. So if you have a favorite color you like to keep for longer, make sure to get them now. If you already own on of the stamp sets make sure to get the refill too. The ink pads including the refill will last for a long long time ;-)
Curtesy of one of my fellow consultants, here is a chart of all retiring colors for 2020:

Sweet Leaf
And the annual color Julep!

July 31, 2020

More Cards - More Designs

Well I found a few more cards in my stack that we did early in the year when we still had our monthly class. I only found 3 so I still have to go searching for No.4 of the set.

This is a cute little birthday card. Simple but elegant and the grey and pink always complement each other. We colored the cake in just a little and used a shimmer brush to give it some sparkle. The stamp is from a Stamp of the Month set which is really versatile. 

Here is another one for all your leftover design paper pieces. Use a punch and create some circles. Make sure you have different sizes and drape them around your message. Cut one for decoration for the inside too. Simple right?

and last but not least, this one. It is an older stamp set but I love the Band-Aids. Stay tuned there is more, pages and more ... see you back here soon 

July 24, 2020

Three Cards - One Design (4)

And here we are with the last samples of our round of 12 cards to make. This is design No.4 and as you can see similar and still different again. Just using different papers and embellishments will change one design into two different cards. So don't be afraid to use one you love for multiple cards. Change the colors, papers and extras. Turn it 90 degrees and voila you end up with many different cards.
And like always don't neglect the insides of your cards. Stamp a nice phrase, add a little stamp and do a bit of doodling with a black or grey pen. You can also use colored pens what ever fits your style.
I hope these multiple card ideas get you going to try your own and if you have questions feel free to contact me.

July 17, 2020

Three Cards - One Design (3)

Sometime we have to remember there are horizontal and vertical cards out there LOL. So here are a few in a different direction. All based on the same basic design but still different in the way we decorated them. The basic design is just an idea for you to start with and then you make it fit to your needs. 

Some old papers, some new papers, some of the stripes from the bottom up and other start on the top going down. Some images are stamped vertical so the rectangle goes accordingly and other are horizontal. No problem right? Just make it fit and always remember the inside of your card.

I also like to stamp a little on the envelope too. Stay away from sticking stickers other other papers to the envelope since it might get caught in the postal machines. Stamping is no problem as long as you can read the address ;-)

July 16, 2020

Christmas in July Sale - Close to My Heart

Get ready to save big with the Christmas in July sale from Close to My Heart! This weekend, you can  great discounts on some of your favorite holidays items. The sale begins at 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday, July 17th and will end at 1:59 am (EST) on Sunday, July 19th.
All items are while supplies last, so if you see something you like make sure to order right away before it is gone. You can find the sale on my website .