July 10, 2020

Three Cards - One Design (2)

Welcome to the next design I picked form the Close to My Heart How to Books. You can find these books HERE. These books are great if you are looking for some inspiration.

The first card is awesome since you can use all those stripes of papers you have been collection for the event you might need them again or just because they were so pretty. Those little squares make a great background don't you think?
Love the sunflower on the next card. This set is currently still available and is called "A Million Little Things (D1925)" and if you are in need of some really nice sentiments, make sure to check this set out "With Heartfelt Sympathy (D1919)"
There are so many beautiful set so have a look and I am sure you will find one or two in your stack you can use too. Yes, the last one is a water coloring done by me with the watercolor stamps from ArtImpressions. I just found this so perfect for the background I picked and the mat. 
Don't forget the insides of your cards too. Doodling goes a long way ;-) 

July 6, 2020

Stamp Of The Month in July

This is a cute little stamp set with tones of phrases and beautiful little embellishments. You can never have enough flowers, butterflies or hearts right? And the best part of this set, you can get it for only $5 with any qualifying purchase of $50 or more. 

Just remember this set is only available during the month of July and even I can't get my hands on it after July 31st! So please if you like this set, make sure you order it this month.

July 3, 2020

Three Cards - One Design (1)

As you know I normally have a monthly card making class going, but due to the virus issues we weren't able to meet and craft together. While some of my ladies are busy and getting into the summer mood, others still liked to do a few cards at home. So I decided I create a kit with a total of 12 cards for them to make at home. Yep 12 and lucky me over half of my normal class joined the due it at home event. 

So here I was making card sets in bunches. I think I made over 140 cards, which means stamping, cutting papers etc. All they had to do was to assemble them at home. I sent each one of them pictures of the finished cards and that was it. Yes, they are pretty good in looking at a sample and figuring out the rest. Love my ladies!

I am currently working on a second round of sets, but for this one I picked 4 different designs from one of our awesome Close to My Heart How to Books. I then picked my papers and alternated the design just a bit to create 3 different cards. Needless to say a little bling here and there or a little shimmer brush does wonders.

Hope you enjoy these samplers and let me know if you have questions. And don't forget the inside of your cards!

July 1, 2020

New Season Book July - August is here!

Let the Summer Fun begin!

Here is the brand new Close to My Heart Seasonal book for the months of July and August. Fully loaded with brand new paper packs, embellishments, dies and stamps. Don't miss out and check the book out online right HERE.

We have two brand new design paper set to play with: "Summer Vibes" and "Timber". Yes one is beachy the other one is mountainy. Both are adorable! They are perfect for your beach and water pictures or the picnics and watermelon contests of this summer. Or for those hiking adventures you are going to have. Have a look.
Make sure to check out the workshop kits for both of these paper packs. They are stunning and so easy to assemble. One kit will create 6 pages 12x12 and you will have a lot of extra papers, stickers and more to maybe get another double layout done. See pages 8 Summer Vibes and pages 18 Timber.

There is one more special paper in the book this time. The "Happiest Place" on page 40 has some really happy papers included especially if you are working on some Disney memories. Make sure to check out the foiled card stock pack that goes along with this paper...page 42. Like always we now have digital images for an Cricut owner in the book too. These can be ordered by clicking the Cricut Icon on my website. But wait, for all of you who own other cutting machine that can work with SVG files, here is something new for you. Page 44 contains SVG images which can be used on any machine that can handle these and your Cricut. For questions, please feel free to contact me.

Last but not least, again CTMH did a wonderful job to create new stamp sets for us. One of my favorite and if the chatter and creative flow from my fellow consultants is any indicator, then the little "Gnome Matter" (C1855 or with dies Z3741) set on page 36 will be an early sell out. So make sure to grab this one asap if you like the little guys as much as I do. They are also perfect for Christmas Cards...just saying ;-)

Further my favorites are "Joyful Sun Flower"(D1932 or with dies Z3740) page 25, "Little Buddies" (C1856) page 35 and check out the fabulous ABC on page 39. This "Magical Alphabet" (D1937) has a total of 44 stamps included!... and there are so many more.
Have fun exploring and remember all these new products are only available in July and August and in the event the run on one item is so great, they might sell out even earlier!

OK this is enough talk about all new goodies....click here and check the online Idea Book out for yourself. 
Have fun browsing and let me know if you have questions. 
Happy Crafting!

June 8, 2020

Stamp Of The Month - June

Stamp of the Month - June

During the month of June you are able to purchase this lovely stamp set. Ideal for making tags and other beautiful card designs. Like all Stamp of the Month sets, you can purchase this individually for $18.95 or if you place any order of $50 or more from my website you can add this set for only $5. So have a look thought our current Idea Book and check out all the beautiful papers available until June 30. Add the Stamp of the month and start crafting.
You will find the Stamp of the Month and all other products on my website HERE.

May 21, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Memorial Day Sale

Starting Friday May 22nd at 5pm EST until Monday May 25th at midnight. Make sure to check out my website to see all specials and products that are on sale. Up to 30% off so come have a look and see for yourself.

Also make sure to view the beautiful “Blue Sky” paper pack exclusive to the National Scrapbooking Month. This paper is only available until May 31st, so get it while you can. Pretty paper packs, embossed cardstock in gorgeous colors, stamp sets and so much more. Click HERE to see what is still available.

Have fun ....

May 1, 2020

The New May-June Idea Book is here

Starting today you can see the new Idea Book for May and June online. Have a look at some amazing papers and stamps. All new and so cute.
Aurora for all your outdoor needs or Stitched for a whimsical touch? Have a look and see for yourself.
You can browse through the book by clicking HERE
Due to the delays during this virus craziness some of the items from the previous book are still available. You can find these items and more on my website under “Online Only”
Since we all are stuck at home for a bit longer, maybe you need a project to work on? Have a look at the specials CTMH put out for May. Any questions give me a call, text or email me.

April 15, 2020

Seas the Day Paper Pack

This is one of my favorite paper packs for March and April. "Seas the Day" is great for vacation pictures on the the lake or sea, for your cruise ship adventures or just a pool party in the back yard.

Make sure to check out the paper pack and stickers and all the other matching embellishments. The workshop kit is a great for exploring creative layouts in a breeze.

Make sure to pick the paper or workshop up during the month of April because this paper will retire by the end of the month. See here more of the "Seas the Day"

April 8, 2020

Stamp of the Month - O-fish-ally Awesome

Don't miss out on this super cute stamp set during the month of April. This set is a must have no matter if you like to create cards or scrapbooking pages. Make shaker cards, aquariums, beach scenes and so much more.

With a qualifying order you can get this little treasure home for only $5.

You can see more information on my website by clicking here. Have fun creating ...

April 1, 2020

Cardstock Carnival Special

While we all go crazy being locked up at home I do hope that everyone in your household is healthy too. We are doing fine :-) I am cleaning and organizing things and now I am back on the creative side.

Close to My Heart offers during the month of April a very special Carnival of Colors. All cardstock single packs and special variety packs of colors are available for a big discount.

Make sure to CLICK HERE and see all packages and prices.

Happy Shopping

March 1, 2020

New Idea Book March - April is Here

It is Here!

Welcome to the new edition of the Seasonal Idea Book for March and April. Brand new paper pack, stamp sets and embellishments along side with new thin cuts and so much more. Have a look at the new book online by clicking HERE.

Remember all items from this book will only be available from March 1st until April 30st or in some cases while supplies last. We do have a few products from the previous book that are extended into this book cycle because shipments of them had been delayed in ports due to the corona virus issues we currently have. To know which products are extended, contact me for more information.

Whatever was left of the previous book papers etc might be still available in the “online only” section on my website, but no guaranties since this is all on while supplies last bast and many have been sold out.

Have browsing and please feel free to contact me for more information or with any questions you might have.

February 26, 2020

A Chickadee Birthday

Here we are one more time the "Spruced Up" paper collection. You still have 2 days left to order this super cute paper and the matching embellishments. All these items will retire on February 28th at midnight.
I used one more time the "Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set" C1816 or if you like it including the dies Z3633.

The branches were stamped in Fern ink and fuzzy cut or if you have the matching dies you can use your die-cutting machine. The bird was stamped in Charcoal ink and then colored in with some watercolor pencils. I used a green-blue and grey to color in some of the wing and belly of the bird. I also used the clear shimmer brush to add some sparkle to the pine needles of the branch.

The card front is covered in a piece of sangria colored cardstock. The chickadee design paper covers the top while the wood grain paper covers the bottom. I added a strip of silver glitter paper to cover the seam of the two papers. You add a few phrases to the front and inside and another birthday card is done.

February 19, 2020

Angel Hugs

Today we are using the beautiful stamp set "Angel Hugs" Z3634 which includes matching dies. It is such a simple but beautiful set and if you don't like or need the dies, you can get the set just as a stamp set as well "Angel Hugs" C1820.

Here is a quick look at the set before we talk about the card I made:

When I saw this set in the Idea Book I knew I would use it for a sympathy card. Simple but meaningful. I went with a simple design paper in grey for my background. I was debating between a settle light pink or this sea grass color for the middle. While both would work great, I decided to go with the sea grass color. I used white cardstock and stamped the angel with Charcoal ink. Charcoal is a really nice dark grey and not as harsh as a black ink would have been.

A little strip of silver ribbon on the bottom and a "praying for you" phrase is all this card needed.
Instead of coloring the angle completely I decided to give her just a hint of color. I used my watercolor pencils and added just a hint of light blue to her dress and a little bit of brown to her hair. I don't think it needed any more color than that.
For the inside phrase we used a sentiment that came with the set.

Beside for sympathy cards, these angels would also make great Christmas cards or Thank You card for an angel in your life.

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!

Luck is in the air this weekend with the Lucky in Love Flash Sale from Close to My Heart1 Get great deals on individual items, bundles, and some exclusive goodies during this three-day flash sale!

And we still have our awesome stamps sale going on so why no combine both of them? Right? Go to my website and have fun browsing and shopping!

Remember, all items are while supplies last and if this sale is anything like our previous sales than make sure to check early. Many items will sell out fast!

February 12, 2020

Getting old is just part of life,...

Who does not love the funny ladies from Art Impressions? Here is a simple way to make someones birthday a fun one LOL

The design paper is the "Spruced Up" collection from Close to My Heart and you can find more papers and matching elements right HERE. I used sangria and julep cardstock to match the stripes. The balloons are stamped in a light colored ink. Next we used the new Julep Shimmer Brush and added some extra sparkle to them. You could color the funny lady in with markers or pencils but I thought it works great just stamped in black too. A few extra doodles and some sequins and this card is pretty much done.....what??? no wait, we haven't decorated the inside yet.

The Art Impressions stamp set comes with so many funny phrases that it is hard to pick the right one. But I think this one will bring a smile on anyone's face. What do you think?

February 7, 2020

Let's Spruce it Up - Part 2

Here we are with our layouts from the "Spruced Up" G1194 workshop kit. Remember, this is the kit with all elements that you need to create these pages:

But know let's see the other two layouts that come with the set:

I really love this setting. While the original design only asked for 3 pictures, I used some extra cardstock and added a few more. I also changed the line up of the borders on the bottom of the page just a bit. I cut about 1/4" of the middle border and stacked them closer together than in the original layout. Some Clear Shimmer was added to the trees including the wooden ones.

The background paper is one design of 6 from the Spruced Up paper pack. The trees are pre-die cut and the deer and little trees are from the sticker sheet. The wooden elements are also included in this set so there is no looking for matching embellishment ;-)

The right page combings a cute tree cut out and more die cut trees and wooden elements. The row of trees seen here is special. They come on one of the die cut sheets but also contain fold lines. Fold the trees accordingly, open them back up and adhere them loosely to the page. A super cute 3D effect without adding any bulk to your pages.

Last but not least, here is the third double page layout of the workshop kit:

This was a layout were I didn't really needed to change anything. I liked it the way it came...well ;-) you know me beside one little change. Instead of placing the little bird into the middle frame of the right page I used it for a photo spot and added the birdie on top.
I did used some clear shimmer that I brushed on the berries and some branches.

The circle frames are easy to punch out and you can use the inner circle as a template for your pictures. I placed the frame on thin foam squares so it pops up a little and it makes it easy to slight the pictures in the circles. The branches are either die cuts or stickers. A few wooden elements round up this pages.

 The other page mirrors the first page in elements and decor. Like I stated before, I used the middle ring for another photo spot and added the little bird above the first circle.
I really love our new workshop kits, because they completely take the guess work out of creating matching pages. Everything in the kit works well with each other. If you are a beginning scrapbooker you can relay on the guide and create wonderful pages with ease. If you are a pro you can take the inspiration and change it up anyway you like.

Next Friday we will look into the "Celebrate Today Scrapbook Workshop Kit G1193" and explore what we can create with this kit. By the way, with those changes I did, I still had a lot of stickers left, as well as wooden elements and 3/4" of a 12"x 12" design paper sheet. Inn previous kits I had even more leftovers for more pages to add to the 3 double page layouts the kit includes.

February 5, 2020

Spruced Up - Thinking of You

You know I love our current paper pack "Spruced Up" so I couldn't resist to use it in this months class. Beside the papers we also used the matching stamp set "Spruced Up -Cardmaking" C1816 with pretty little birds and branches.
This set is really versatile since you can use it for Christmas, Winter or Spring themes and it works well for masculine cards too. Here we used two strips of the design paper from the pack and three strips of cardstock (colors sangria, espresso and vanilla). The bird was stamped in espresso on vanilla cardstock and matted on a piece of new England ivy cardstock.
The bird was colored in with some watercolor pencils and for a little sparkle we added a little clear shimmer to its belly. The branch was stamped and fuzzy cut or if you get the set with the matching thin dies you can cut it out with your die-cutting machine.

 For the inside we used a sentiment that I had in my stock for years. I thought it was perfect for this card.

February 3, 2020

Be Mine Special

Be Mine

January 15 – February 29

Add some pizzazz to your home this Valentine’s Day with the Be Mine special! This special helps you to create an adorable wooden heart banner and includes a specialized SVG file with hearts and fun word accents. Whether you’re creating it for your own home or giving it as a gift, you’ll be sure to please with the Be Mine Heart Banner! Learn more about this special by clicking here.
While the SVG files are meant to be used with a Cricut machine, you can easily decorate the hearts without these files. Use one of the hearts as your template and cut the paper by hand. 

January 31, 2020

Let's Spruce it Up

Welcome to 2020. I know January is over and I am super late with my first post, but like I said before "Live happens" so let's not waist anytime:

The new life cycle of the Close to My Heart books is 2 months which means, every two month you will see a brand new Idea Book with at least two new paper packs, embellishments, stamps and so much more. Today I would like to introduce you the the super cute paper pack "Spruced Up" X7253S. Here is a look at the paper pack:
Doesn't this paper calls for outdoor, winter or Christmas pictures? I thought I explore the Scrapbooking Workshop Kit a little bit closer for you. The new styled kits are simply great. Beside the info sheet with cutting guide and assembly instructions you will get all embellishments and die-cuts ready to go in this kit. The "Spruced Up Scrapbooking Workshop Kit G1194" 
has all the materials to create 3 double page layouts. If you click on the link above you can see the original 3 double layouts which you can create with this kit. I often change up a few things to make the pages work even better for my pictures or to add extra photos to the layout. You can change anything you like which is the beauty of these kits. I added three cardstock sheets to the set too make a few extra changes.
Here are my first two pages:

Both of these pages were meant to be single layouts but I converted them into a double page layout. All elements you can see here came with the kit. I added a sheet of Mink and Espresso  cardstock for my backgrounds. 

The original design of this page used the "chickadee" paper as a background, which was cute, but a bit busy for me. I changed it to the solid mink cardstock and used the design paper to create a new piece for the top of the frame. The original has a green piece but I thought I needed a little birdie cheer in this one. Otherwise, the rest of this page is just like the guide describes it.
The second page is also exactly like the guide asked for beside the background. It calls for a vanilla cardstock which I found a little to light so I changed it to the Espresso color which made the frame and trees really pop. I also used a "Clear Shimmer Brush"Z3293 on the tips of the trees and the snow on the bottom.

 See pages 3-6 in next Fridays post and find out what the other cute paper pack looks like. If you are interested in the "Spruced Up" papers and extras, make sure to order them soon since they will disappear on February 28th. They are now on while supplies last.