July 17, 2019

Card Class Project May - 2/4

This is one of my favorite designs since it uses up all these pretty little paper strips we gather while working on pages and other projects. I hate to throw those away but they keep piling up in my boxes. So what better way than to make a card out of them. This one in particular could use for so many occasions. Wedding, Birthday, Get Well, Sympathy...you name it.

Materials needed:
- card base 4 1/4"x5 1/2"
- paper strips in different designs and/or cardstock. Mine are all 5" long and the width is 1/2", 3/4", 1 1/2" and 1"
- red cardstock 1 1/2"x 4 1/4"
- white cardstock 1 1/4"x 4 1/4"
- a couple of butterflies

To create this card, simply adhere the strips in the center of your card base. I started with the 1" on the right. I made sure that the space on the top and bottom as well as the side was even. From there just ad one strip at a time.

We stamped the phrases outside and in with charcoal ink. I adhered the white cardstock to the red and raise it with foam dots to mount on the card. Decorate with butterflies and do a little doodling on the inside and this card is done.

Didn't I said it is super easy? Yes, it was and I think it is really pretty too. So get out your paper strips and start making some cards. Remember you can always use the design in vertical and horizontal fashion!
For more inspiration on card layouts and designs, check out the Close to My Heart "Make it from Your Heart Book - Volume 4 (9044). A really great source for ideas and inspiration.

July 15, 2019

Special Workshop "Craft On" Everyday Life Album

Craft On Everyday Life Album Workshop

Close to My Heart has even more to offer on their 35th annual creativity celebrations. Have you seen the "Craft On" paper in the Idea Book? Well if not you are missing out on something. Click here to see the papers.

As a special until August 31st or until supplies last, Close to My Heart is introducing the Craft On Everyday Life Album Workshop. This unique album workshop features the 3-2-1 scrapbooking technique. This technique shows you how to use 3", 2", and 1" pieces of paper to build and decorate your scrapbook pages. Whether you're a scrapbooking veteran or just getting started, this simple method is a great way to jumpstart your creativity.

It's never been easier to make beautiful layouts and you'll love adding the whimsical patterns in Craft On to your scrapbook. With this specialized bundle, you get all the papers and complements you need to complete this project in one convenient place. In addition to saving with this comprehensive bundle, the purchase of this workshop kit puts you close to being eligible to get the Stamp Of The Month for just $5! You won't want to miss this opportunity to document your precious everyday moments with this workshop kit.
Make sure to order yours today and get ready to Craft On or give it as a gift to a crafty family member or friends so they too can join you.

July 10, 2019

Card Class Project May - 1/4

A little late, but I am catching up. These next 4 projects will be from my May card making class.

The paper I used with this card is from the "Feels Like Home" paper pack which sadly is no longer available...but if you living in my area or visit the crop in fall you might be able to still get some ;-). But let's start with the items needed:

- 3 3/4"x5" Thistle cardstock
- 3 1/2"x4 3/4" Feels like Home design paper
- 1/2"x3 1/2" strip of Feels like Home design paper
- 2 1/2" circle white cardstock
- flower cut from the Close to My Heart "Flower Market" cartridge
- a few rhinestones and card base 4 1/4"x5 1/2"

First we stamped in pixie ink the background on the circle. This background stamp is from a retired set, but we have a similar one in the current Idea Book which is very close to this one. It is called "Timeless Textures" (D1852) and offers a variety of backgrounds. These sets always gets overlooked in the Idea Book, but they are super perfect to stamp a little color behind a phrase. Next we stamped our phrase with charcoal ink right over the background. The cut out flower parts are layered and adhered on top of each other.

Don't forget to stamp the inside with a phrase as well. All that is left now is to layer the papers and adhere them to the base.

Start by adhering the thistle cardstock in the center of the card front. Now center the design paper on top. Adhere the strip of design paper about 3/4" of the bottom and place the circle with foam dots on the card. Adhere the flower and decorate with rhinestones. We also did a little doodling on the inside to finish this card off.
For more inspirations on card layouts and designs, check out the Close To My Heart "Make It From Your Heart Book - Volume 4 (9044)" which stores in one of our medium ring albums. An awesome book full off ideas and inspirations for all you card makers out there.

July 8, 2019

Close To My Heart “Thin Cut” Sale

A 24-hour “Thin Cuts” sale is coming your way. You can find all thin cuts available for this special sale on my website starting Monday, July 8 at 5:00pm EST and ending at 4:59 pm EST on Tuesday, July 9! This sale will include a wide selection of current and retired Thin Cuts. As with other sales, discounts will only be available while supplies last, so you’;; want to visit the sale early!

July 5, 2019

Scrapbook Friday - Layout 9

Today we are talking about preface pages. If you need them and why they sometimes make sense. First off, do you need them? No you don't. Well that was easy right? So let's move on to the next topic ;-) Not so fast, just because you don't need them doesn't mean we can't talk about them right?

I think sometimes such an intro page can be helpful to define your book and the story you want to tell. For example, out trip to Canada included Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. Since all major cities look a bit alike it makes sense to show someone who didn't went with us on this trip which city we are visiting on the next pages.

I also often encounter a way simpler problem. I have a few more pictures left that I really want to incorporate but they don't fit into any of the pages I created. So I like to take these few pictures and create a preface page with them.

In my case I got super lucky. Thanks to an upcoming Canada Day, Cricut had some free Canada cuttings which I used here:

I used "Ruby" cardstock from Close To My Heart and cut the Canada Map in the upper left corner of my sheet. Yes, with the Cricut you can place the object just were you want it to go. I removed the cardstock from the sticky mat after the cutting was done. It left behind the cut outs which I thought make another great page.

Similar to the technique with the title letters that I explained in last week’s post, I carefully placed the map part on white cardstock and hold it in place with some washi tape. Piece by piece I took the cut outs from the sticky mat and placed them back into the frame.
This time I positioned the map in the lower right corner of the cardstock. Ones all pieces were glued down I removed the template. I cut about 1/4" on the right and bottom off and adhered it to a second sheet of white cardstock. So I used the positive and negative of this cutting to create the base for two of my preface pages.
I also cut three city titles for my pages and I picked 3-5 pictures from each city to go along with the rest. Here are the pictures uncut that I chose:

Cutting a title is easy, but I wanted a shadow for each to have them stand out from the page. The font that I picked didn't came with a shadow, but that's not a problem. I used the following technique to make my own shadows for each title. First I cut the words Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec three times. Each one from black and ruby cardstock and one more time from a white/gold paper I had left. You can see all three layers here on the first page before I adhered them together.

My plan was to layer the titles first the black, then the white and then the red. Well with a red background that title wouldn't show right? So I layered all three different. You might say "But wait, they are all cut at the same size, so how do you get a shadow effect then?". Correct, all three are cut the same size and when I adhered them together I simply moved them a bit off to the side, showing just a bit of the color underneath. I added a few detailed pictures here so you can see more clearly what I did with the titles.

All that is left now is to cut down my extra pictures and arrange them with the pages and titles. I cut the pictures to about 3"x4" more or less. I think they turned out pretty nice. What do you think? This is an easy way to structure you pages a bit and add some photos that you really like but don't fit anywhere else ;-)

Instead of creating individual preface pages, you can use this technique to create your intro page for the whole story. Take some of your favorite shots of the event you are scraping and combine them on your very first page. This way everyone looking through your book gets a glimpse of what is inside.

Well, this was a long tutorial this week but I hope you enjoyed it. See you next week....

July 3, 2019

Card Class Project June - 4/4

This is our last one from June and I had fun with this one. Close to My Heart has these super cute Floral Monogram Letters in the current Idea Book...page 115. You can purchase them all individually and they not only are great for envelopes, letters or scrapbooks, but you can do a lot more with them.

I happen to have the letter "H" (M1235) and found a smaller ABC in my stack of stamps, so why not combine them? Well that's what we did here. There is actually a "Flourishing Frame Stamp & Die" (Z4072) out to go along with the letters. Super cute and I thought I will use the frame and die to create mats for some of my 3x3 pictures on layouts.

Have a look at those letters. They are only $3.95 and I am sure you will love them as much as I do.

But back to the card. I cut a strip of peacock cardstock at 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" and adhered it to the bottom of my card front. I found gold foiled paper in my stack that was just the right contrast and I cut this piece at 5 12" x 3". When you add this to the front it will overlap the peacock just a bit. For the fin I used peacock cardstock (2" x 2 3/4") and white cardstock (1 3/4"x 2 1/2"). Two rhinestones completing this card.
For the inside I kept it simple. More stamping and a little doodling and this card is done!

July 1, 2019

The Paper Pack Seaside is Back

Bring Back My Pack—Seaside

July 1 – August 31

The Bring Back My Pack—Seaside special features a new, slimmed-down paper pack with refreshed colors and a sticker sheet, a coordinating cardstock pack, the My Acrylix® Seaside Greetings stamp set, a workshop kit with the materials for a 2-page scrapbook layout, two single pages, three standard-size cards, and three 3″ × 3″ cards. You can even save 25% when you purchase the entire Seaside Workshop kit. There are also some special perks for new Consultants and Hostesses in the Month of July! 
For more information please check my website... CLICK HERE

June 28, 2019

Close To My Heart Weekend Special

Close to My Heart is continuing their 35th Anniversary celebration with another special sale this weekend that you won’t want to miss! The Stamp-tacular sale will begin at 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday, June 28, and will end on June 30, 1:59 pm (EST)!  You can find all stamp set on sale on my website....CLICK HERE

June 26, 2019

Card Class Project June - 3/4

This was our third card and today we are going to do some embossing. Close to My Heart introduced this new "Subway Tile Embossing Folder" (Z4055) which is one of my favorites. You can use it for bring imitation, tile, roof tile, walls etc.

I cut a piece of Smoothie cardstock at 4"x 4 1/4" and ran it through the embossing folder/ machine. I also cut a piece of green design paper and cut this at 4"x 1/1/2".

First we adhered the green paper leaving an even space around all three sides. The smoothie paper was adhered next and it will overlap the green one a bit. Make sure you have even spacing around the top too. To cover the seam I found long strips of kraft paper we had years ago. They had adhesive on the back and worked perfectly (4" long)

Next I cut a piece of kraft paper at 2 1/2"x 3 1/4" and added a piece of white cardstock to it which was cut about 1/4" smaller. I used a flower stamp with matching flowers to create the image seen here.

For the "Know that I care" stamp, this is a must have. I love this set since it makes it so easy to add wording that will stand out. I stamped it in black and cut around the edges so you are left with a nice crisp phrase. This stamp is from a set called "Wortfetti" (B1652) and is currently still available while supplies last. If you are a card maker, don't miss out on this one. You will love it!
Oh and I raised the phrase with some foam dots.

Last, we stamped the same flower bunch on the inside and added a little phrase to it. I hope you like this one too and give it a try.