Friday, June 23, 2017

Design Space Friday Window Pane Card Base

Design Space Friday continues the Window Panel card series.

Today I will share how to create a full card base with window pane cutout.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Hello Foxy

This week I took the wreath stamped in Archival Black and colored with the soft touch of watercolor pencils.

The wreath is stamped on a piece of White Daisy and cut out and attached to the card front.

The HI! sentiment is stamped in the middle.

I added the black dots, however I think it looks good without them too.

Remember you can purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Design Space Friday Window Pane Card

Design Space Friday is all about slicing a window pane card base.

The two templates created today may be used to create a window pane that may be placed atop a card base (the gray piece).

And a template for a window pane card front. A card front for this tutorial would be a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 rectangle with a window pane cut and this piece may be placed atop a card base (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2).

Enjoy the video

Link to Design Space file https://design.cricut.com/#/design/62290306

Monday, June 12, 2017

June is a Foxy Month

Here is the third fox image from the Close To My Heart Hello Foxy stamp of the month.

I stamped the stemmed flower and fox on a smaller piece of White Daisy in Archival Black. Using the Light Orange and Golden Yellow ShinHan markers for the fox, the leaf green and Cerulean Blue Light ShinHan markers for the floral pieces.

Creating a larger outside mat and adding doodling to keep this card sweet and simple.

Remember the Stamp of the Month can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Design Space Friday Nine Space Overlay

Today let's create a nine square overlay.

We will use one of last weeks shapes and weld it to our base overlay.

Enjoy!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Hello Foxy Revisited

Another Hello Foxy stamp of the month card. I fell in love with these little cuties.

First I stamped the foxes. Next I created a mask using a post it note and covered the stamped images so I could water color a sky and grass scene.

I removed the mask and using the Light Orange and Golden Yellow ShinHan markers I colored my little foxes.

The last was to stamp the HI! sentiment.

I kept this card clean and simple.

Remember the Stamp of the Month can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Design Space Friday Welding Words To Shapes

Another Design Space Friday on Saturday. Have you ever got your days mixed up? Well, that was me.

I saw this neat Mickey with the word Love welded and thought, I can do that. So here are a couple of versions I came up with.


I love playing with shapes and words so look for more in the future.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

We've Got You Covered


We've got you covered -- it is an album special. Order one My Legacy album and get the second for 1/2 price. A great time to pick up an album at a great bargain!!

Close To My Heart carries both post bound and D Ring albums so there is something for everyone.


 And the colors are beautiful! Find your favorite HERE

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hello Foxy (S1706) Stamp of the Month

Hello Foxy is a beautifully versatile stamp set. With cute little fox images along with the many floral options, perfect stamp set for any occasion.

Today's card is a spin on Spotlight stamping. Spotlight stamping takes a black and white image and pops up certain areas with color.

I stamped the wreath in Archival Black, a permanent ink, for a deep dark black image.

The smaller floral swag image is stamped in Archival Black and colored using the ShinHan alcohol marker.

It is finished off with a Thankful for you sentiment.

This would be a great Christmas card just by changing the sentiment.

Remember this stamp set can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying order -- SHOP NOW!

Enjoy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Dreamer Layout Challenge


CTMH Free Scrapbook Pattern
I challenged my Facebook crafting friends to create a layout based on the Close To My Heart layout shared in their blog post.

If you are like me, having a little help in beginning the creative process is a good thing.

Close To My Heart calls their sketches recipes and just like cooking, they give you the basics and you make it yours by how what you add or change.

Here is the beginning of my version of the above recipe.


Several of our how-to books are retiring -- grab one or two before they are gone!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Keep Dreaming

Keep Dreaming (D1720)
Keep Dreaming (D1720) is such a beautiful floral inspired stamp set. The sentiment 'never stop dreaming' is written in such a lovely font.

One of the cards for an upcoming class uses the rose bud stamped in Archival Black ink and colored with the ShinHan alcohol markers.

The card uses Pansy from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.

A little doodling to add depth and texture and cause I like the look.

This would be a great stamp to have in your stash!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Design Space Friday

Today's Design Space Friday (on Saturday) shares how to align and slice circles to create a card front.

I needed to design new cards for my All About the Ink classes for the upcoming Scrap It Southern Style event in Houston, TX and Jacksonville, FL.

In the video I share how to cut the circles out of the White Daisy and the Pansy cardstock. And finally how to weld the heart as shown in the right card.

The left hand card has a large circle and it remains centered from side to side and closer to the top. The right hand card has smaller circles offset.

Enjoy the tutorial.




Happy Heart (A1192)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Working with Scraps

I love how you end up with such a small amount of leftovers when you work with the Close To My Heart Workshop Your Ways. Today I am sharing the last layout I created from the leftovers from the Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way.


There were two large strips of the large circle pattern paper and zip strips. Don't know what a zip strip is, well it is how Close To My Heart ensures all our paper is usable. The small 1/2" x 12" piece that runs along the top of the pattern with the paper pack information has a print on the other side that may be used in projects. You can see with the Some Kinda Wonderful, there was a raspberry pink zip strip, a multi-colored geometric shapes zip strip, and a black with white spotted circles. Love the zip strips!!

I added a few of the scraps of Willow for photo mats and some of the sparkly black glitter leftover pieces from the Some Kinda Wonderful Complements. I usually end up with more Complements leftover however they will work with any paper pack!!

Enjoy and your comments are always encouraged!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Design Space Friday Pop Up Peek A Boo Card

I was inspired by the video from Deb Valder on how to make a Pop Up Peek A Boo card and knew it would work as a great Design Space file.

I used the Live Beautifully National Scrapbooking Month paper pack, New England Ivy cardstock and ink and white and gold ribbon to create my first card. Since it is now a Design Space file, I will be able to cut enough for my upcoming card class!

Here I used the gold foiled floral sheet. It is white on the back side, making it a perfect choice for this card. The inside insert is cut on Close To My Heart White Daisy cardstock, our thickest cardstock, This combination created a sturdy card base but not to thick.



The frame and the vase are from Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy (retired) and Flower Market and cut in Glacier cardstock. A strip of New England Ivy cardstock is a great backdrop to the sending smiles sentiment stamped in New England Ivy ink.. The sentiment is from the Flower Market collection exclusive stamp set. 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stamping on Pattern Paper, a tutorial

In an earlier post, I shared my start on a layout sharing how I stamped on the large polka dot Little Dreamer pattern paper.

Here is the completed layout. Using the ShinHan alcohol markers, I added a little of the lagoon, blossom, and thistle colors to the title.

Adding smaller flowers to the left side of the layout using the same Shower Flowers stamp image used on the pattern gives balance to the layout.

A little clear shimmer pen and white Shimmer Trim add the bling I like in my projects. And the small white dots from the Black and White Dots embellishments add the finishing touch.




Monday, May 15, 2017

A Guide from the Past

One of my FAVORITE things about Close To My Heart is the instructional guides that are shared with each Workshop kit! The Workshop Your Way guides are available to download (PDF) and keep on your computer or print and add to your 'I will do this later' file.

Here is a layout using the retired Penelope Workshop Your Way guide.


Supplies Used:

I will be hosting a local layout class (Saturday, June 17th) and a virtual class (Friday, June 16th). Comment if you would like more information!!

You & Me Complements Z3269

Live Beautifully

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day Mom

This is the second Mother's Day without my Mom. You would think it would get easier but it doesn't. This day of all days would be the day I would call and thank her for all she did for me. See Mom was my biggest  FAN. She is the reason I craft, she was always finding new crafty ideas.
I remember the candles she made. This was a hobby she took up when I was just entering high school. She had seen in a magazine how to put ice in a milk carton, add hot wax, tie a wick to a dowel and hang it from top of the milk carton and when set, cut the milk carton away. Click here to see how it is done.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Live Beautifully

In addition to Little Dreamer featured paper collection, we have Live Beautifully a suite of awesome products ONLY available during May --

There are so many things you can create with this paper collection, one of these awesome ideas is an Artbooking inspired mini album.

Mini Album options:
Pre-cut Mini Album kit: $25
Pre-cut Mini Album kit with Live Beautifully Stamp set: $35
SOLD OUT
Cover

Scalloped journaling page


Love the Live Beautifully rose stamp image


Love the flag shape of this page

Stamp 'dream' on the bottom of the page

Roses stamped in Blossom and Thistle

oops, I got the words upside down

Last page is the white back of the gold foil polka dot paper with 


Friday, May 12, 2017

Design Space Friday True 12x12 Overlay

Today's Design Space Friday project is a true 12"x 12" overlay.

We will use a 12"x12" square. Next we will place the photo wells within the 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" cutting space. Now add any titles and shapes.

Last you will hide the 12"x12" square, select all the other images and ATTACH, making one image.

When you hit the Make It button, remember to move the image into the center of the mat and continue on to cut, creating a true 12"x12" overlay.

And a video is found below.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Dreamin' Big Altered Composition Book Kit and Class


Are you or do you know someone who loves to journal or doodle or loves pretty things?

This kit may be just what you need.

What you will receive:

  • Composition Book
  • pre-cut Dreamin' Big pattern paper - double sided insects/floral
  • pre-cut coordinating poppy cardstock
  • Dreamin' Big Complements
  • Dreamin' Big Word Zip Strip
  • Access to an instructional video
Cost of Kit: $20 (includes shipping)

Additional Supplies you will need:
Bonding Memories Blue Glue (1512) or your favorite blue glue
Liquid Glass (Z679) or equivelant

Online classes are scheduled for May 31st at 10 am; 2 pm; and 8 pm
Order your kit and let me know which time you would like to join me

Monday, May 8, 2017

Flowers and Circles

May's Stamp of the Month, Live, Love, Laugh (S1705) has beautiful flower images. I wanted to see what would happen if I stamped those flowers on the large circle pattern paper from Little Dreamer.

The large flower images are from the Stamp of the Month and I added a small flower image from Shower Flowers (C1612).

The large words on the Stamp of the Month make for the perfect title. I have a little more embellishing and the photos.

The Stamp of the Month is ONLY $5 with a qualifying order!! SHOP NOW

Live, Love, Laugh (S1705)




Shower Flowers (C1612)




Little Dreamer (X7219B)



Friday, May 5, 2017

Design Space Friday Banner Overlays

I saw a simple and easy overlay on Pinterest with just open rectangles and a title. I took the challenge and recreated it adding the little car from the retired Close To My Heart Artfully Sent.

Today I am going to share how to create the base overlay with the cutout rectangles AND add a little banner fun.

Enjoy.




Thursday, May 4, 2017

Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way

Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way (G1126)
website image does not share the AWESOMENESS of this paper suite. There is a video at the end to help show you a little better the beauty and versatility of Little Dreamer.

With the Workshop Your Way, you are able to create these three layouts and bonus Pocket Page Plus!





Add a Value Pack Card Bases and envelope  (X254) and the Little Dreamer Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts bundle (Z3335)  and create SIX bonus cards. AND STILL HAVE LEFTOVERS!