Monday, September 30, 2013

Smiles Card

I was inspired to make my card by this one made by one of my stamping heroes, Jennifer McGuire. Jennifer showed how to use a die to make a fun 3-D sentiment on her card. I improvised and used the “Smiles” image on my Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I cut it out 5 times from a piece of White Daisy cardstock and then cut it out again from a piece of patterned paper from the adorable Babycakes paper packet. I layered them on top of each other to get the great dimension. (It’s hard to see in the photo, but it looks really neat in real life.)


The sentiment and butterfly are from Close to my Heart’s September promotional trio stamp set called You are my Happy. Today is the last day you can get this trio of stamp sets for just $10 with a $50 order. (The trio is great because it comes with an alphabet, a set of cute icon images, and a set of fun sayings.) Contact me or visit my website to get your You are my Happy trio set before they are gone.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Frosted Card with a Little Surprise Inside...

I am taking another fun Online Card Class from the awesome gals at called Insider. It’s all about clever ways to add interest to the inside of your cards. The homework on the first day was to take a card that you had already created and add something fun to the inside. I was happy to find a card that I had already created but hadn’t shared with you yet.

I used Close to my Heart’s Frosted paper packet on the outside along with the stamp sets that comes with the Frosted Cardmaking Workshop on the Go kit and the Frosted Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go kit. I also used one of my favorite new sets called Holiday Tags for the “Merry Christmas” tag.

The snowflake was cut using CTMH’s Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I sponged some Cashmere ink on the edges and then covered it with some Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel. It took a while to dry, but was totally worth it. It’s hard to see in the photos, but it’s got a lot of sparkle. I added a self adhesive gem from the Rosewood Mini Medley Collection to the center of the snowflake.

To add some fun on the inside, I added another snowflake like the one on the front. I used Jennifer McGuire’s idea and made the snowflake pop up when the card is opened. I stamped a sentiment inside from the Merry and Bright set to finish it off.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Frosted Layout

I recently found some old photos of the first time we took the kids to the snow. (Living in Southern California, we don’t get to see snow much.) The kids had so much fun that I wanted to create a layout for them so they could remember the great time we had. I was excited to be able to use Close to my Heart’s fun new Frosted Collection. The layout pattern is from page 26-27 of the Make It From Your Heart Book Volume 2 (pattern #11.)

I used the Frosted Paper Packet and My Stickease along with the self adhesive, Small Sparkles Clear Flourishes.

The snowflakes were cut using CTMH’s Artbooking Cricut cartridge. After cutting them from some Colonial White cardstock, I inked the edges with some Whisper ink and then covered the snowflakes with Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel. I LOVE this stuff. I really like using glitter on my projects, but the Glitz Glitter Gel is much less messy and easier to use, and it comes in lots of great colors! Who could ask for more than that! LOL!

The journaling box was created by cutting a shape from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and then stamping on top of it with one of the stamps that come with the Artbooking Collection. I masked out the lines so that I could use printed journaling and it worked out perfectly.

To create the snow, I tore some Colonial White cardstock strips and sponged a little Whisper ink on the torn edges. Then I added some Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel. I layered two pieces together with some 3-D Foam Tape in the middle.

I sprinkled Baby Powder on the back of some of the Frosted My Stickease to remove the adhesive. Then I added some 3-D Foam Tape to give the cute images a little dimension.

All supplies used are from Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Sweet & Lovely (Artbooking Collection), All the Details, Frosted Cardmaking WOTG
Ink: Whisper, Champagne, Desert Sand
Paper: Frosted Paper Packet, Colonial White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock
Other: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small, Frosted My Stickease, Sponge Dauber, Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel, 3-D Foam Tape

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Close to my Heart Cricut Collections

As many of you know, Close to my Heart has three AMAZING Cricut Collections including the Art Philosophy Collection, the Artiste Collection, and the all new Artbooking Collection. Every single one of these Collections are fantabulous (is that even a word?)! LOL! They each come with an exclusive Cricut Cartridge, (3) coordinating stamp sets, and (3) coordinating sheets of Dimensional Elements (chipboard) shapes.

Here is an overview of our great Cricut Collections...

Our new Artbooking Collection is special because it contains LOTS of pre-designed layouts and mini albums where the size of all of the pieces for each project are already set for you, making it quick and easy to cut. You can choose to use the pre-proportioned elements to fit your 12" x 12" pages perfectly or select the “Real Dial Size” button on your Cricut machine and cut the images at whatever size you like.

Each week from now through April 2014, CTMH will be sharing a new video in the Artbooking Made Easy series. You won't want to miss a single one!

Here are the first two videos in the series...

If you would like more information on these incredible Cricut Collections or would like to order your own, feel free to visit the Cricut Collection page on my blog here or order your Collections here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September Creative Club - Huntington Flip Flap Layout

How would you like to learn how to add more photos to your layouts? If so, September’s Creative Club project is perfect for you! I will show you how to utilize Close to my Heart’s various sized Flip Flaps and the all new Make It From Your Heart Book Volume 2 to turn three Fall themed layouts into one fun, interactive layout where you can add up to 35 photos!

This month’s class will be held on Thursday, September 19th at 7pm. You are welcome to order a kit if you are not able to join us. ($5 will be added for shipping.)

This month's kit is $35 and includes all of the following:

(1) package of Memory Protector Flip Flaps - 12" Assortment
(1) each of 4 sizes of Memory Protector Flip Flaps - Small Assortment
10" Chocolate Waxy Flax
(4) 12" x 12" Cocoa Cardstock
Step-by-Step Instructions

Other supplies needed, which are not included:
Paper Trimmer

Watch this video to see how three separate layouts can turn into one fun, interactive layout.

Kits are now sold out. Thank you for the great response.  

To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here. You do not need to be local to participate.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy National Stamping Month!

National Stamping Month Promotion
3 times the fun with our new stamp set trio 
for only $10 with a qualifying purchase

I LOVE National Stamping Month because Close to my Heart always has a fun promotion to share with us! This month you can get an exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio in celebration of National Stamping Month! During the month of September, when you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10. You’ll love the whimsical alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fanciful images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects, with a full retail value of $47.90.

Aren’t these stamps darling??? Check out the video for a closer look....

Click here or on the image below to order your You are my Happy trio.

*Offer valid September 1-30, 2013. Placing a minimum order of $50 is required for qualification.