Monday, October 28, 2013

Circle Spin Cards

Have you seen Close to my Heart’s fun new Circle Spin Cards? I had the chance to play with them last week while coming up with a couple of birthday card ideas for a friend of mine. She wanted a “boy” version and a “girl” version.

I sanded some Cranberry cardstock for the top layer of the “boy” version and cut out the small square using Cricut Craft Room. (Here is the .ccr file I created to make it easier to cut the small square.) The Birthday Wish mini stamp was stamped to make the background in Cranberry ink. I also cut (2) 2" circles and stamped it on each one with Slate ink. Then I colored the sentiment in with Whisper and Cranberry markers. I adhered one circle to each side of the spinner with 3-D Foam Tape. (I wonder if I will ever be able to make a project without using 3-D Foam Tape? LOL!)

I also stamped the car image from the Maximum Power stamp set on a piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out. After coloring it in, I adhered it to the card with...yes, you guessed it...some 3-D Foam Tape. I don't have a photo of the inside, but I also used the Maximum Power set to stamp some tire tracks on the inside at the bottom with Slate ink.

My “girl” version was inspired by a card that we made at the CTMH Convention this past summer. I used some Laughing Lola papers and one of the stamps that comes with the Artiste Cricut Collection to create the cupcake and the birthday banner. (I LOVE this stamp set!) The scallops were created with CTMH’s Scallop Border Punch. After adhering the scalloped layers, I curled them up a bit to give the card a little fun dimension.

I also added a little bit of Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel to the cupcake sprinkles. After all, what fun is a cupcake without sprinkles?

I’d love to see what you make with the Circle Spin Cards. Feel free to post a link here to your cards. If you don’t have any of these fun cards yet, you are welcome to visit my shopping website to order the supplies.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pop-Up Christmas Card - Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop

Are you as excited about Close to my Heart’s Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide as I am? I am thrilled to participate in another Blog Hop highlighting products from the Guide. I am loving all of these great new products, patterns, and stamps. Today I have a fun card to share with you using some of the new Washi Tape. I fell in love with this card and knew the minute I saw it that I wanted to recreate it using some of the products from the Gift Guide. Isn’t the pop-up gift inside cute?

Instead of using patterned paper on this card, I decided to us the new Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape. I thought it would be fun to use the little Santa from the Santa Claus stamp set and have him sitting on the edge of the pop-up present. I did a little paper piecing with Santa to get the different colors. I also used some Red and Silver Shimmer Trim and a little Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon.

The outside of the card is pretty simple. I wanted to incorporate more of the Washi Tape, so I adhered them at an angle on a separate piece of cardstock. I added a zip strip from one of the patterned papers also. After matting the final piece to a piece of Slate cardstock and popped it up with some 3-D Foam Tape. The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is also from the Santa Claus set. (I love that it coordinates with the bracket shape on the new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.)


Did you know that when you place an order for $100 or more anytime from now - December 31, 2013, you will qualify for one free “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide?

Click here to shop now.

Would you like to see more projects from the Holiday Gift Guide? Check out the fun artwork from other fabulous Close to My Heart Consultants below.

Click on any of the images below to visit the participating hoppers for more inspiration. Check back each day until Sunday, Oct. 20th, as our hoppers continue to add new artwork.

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group. If you are a CTMH consultant and would like to join our group, look for us on facebook. If you’d like to become a Close to My Heart consultant, feel free to visit my New Consultant FAQ page here or  contact me!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop

I am so excited to be participating in a fun Blog Hop highlighting products from Close to my Heart’s new Holiday Gift Guide. (I will be participating in another fun Blog Hop in a few days so be sure to check back then for more great Holiday Gift Guide ideas!)

If you arrived here from Diana Veenendaal’s blog, then you are on the right path. Welcome! I would love to share with you a “re-creation” of one of my fun projects from the past. I created this Note Box Set last year and thought it would be fun to use the same template to make a Christmas themed set. I used the new Sparkle and Shine papers along with the coordinating Dimensional Elements for this project. The colors in the Collection are Ruby, Juniper, and Slate.

I embellished the outside of a My Creations Card Box with a piece of Ruby Chevron ribbon and a few pieces from the Sparkle and Shine Dimensional Elements along with some Ruby and Juniper Cardstock and some papers from the Sparkle and Shine Collection

The inside holds (6) 3" x 3" scallop notecards, 3" x 3" white envelopes, and some of the tags from the Sparkle and Shine Dimensional Elements. I also slipped a small piece of patterned paper inside of an RSVP Pen and placed it inside the box.

I created an insert for the cards and pen on the inside of the box using another piece of patterned paper from the from Sparkle and Shine Collection.

The 3" x 3" scallop card bases were cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. The new Magical Days stamp set and the stamp set that comes in the Sparkle and Shine Workshop on the Go Kit were perfect to embellish the mini cards.

With a little 3-D Foam Tape, the mini cards took on a whole new dimension.

Thanks for stopping by! Now head on over to Michelle Snyder’s blog to see her fun creation! Be sure to visit all of the blogs so you won’t miss any of the super fun and create ideas!

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of everyone’s blog:
Dana Kessler
Melissa Laverty
Pamela O’Conner
Barbara Otten
Rebecca Cross
Krista Hershberger
Sheri Rottler
Brenda Rose
Karen Pederson
Carolyn Johnson
Debbi Fournier
Lynn Como
Diana Veenendaal
Lisa Stenz (you are here) *Ü*
Michelle Snyder

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October Creative Club - Holiday Card Bonanza!

October’s Creative Club will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 10am - 1pm and also on Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm. You may choose to attend one or both classes. (If you order more than one kit, you may want to attend both classes so that you will have time to finish all of your projects.) This month you have the choice of three different kits, each including lots of different holiday card designs! Choose to order one kit, two kits, or all three!

Kit #1 makes 15 cards 
(5 each of 3 designs)

Kit #1 is $25 and includes the following to make 15 cards (5 each of 3 designs):
  • (1) My Acrylix® Frosted Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
  • (2) Frosted B&T Duos® Papers
  • (5) Cardstock Sheets (2 Colonial White, 1 Kraft, 1 Olive, 1 Ruby)
  • (15) Colonial White Cards & Envelopes
  • (1) Champagne, Colonial White, & Silver Baker's Twine (10 yards)
  • (1) Silver Glitter Gems (108)
  • (1) Instructional Brochure
Other supplies, not included, needed to complete the project:
  • Ink pads: Twilight, Ruby, Olive, Cocoa
  • 3-D Foam Tape 
  • Blocks: 1" x 1", 3" x 3", 2" x 6-1/2", 4" x 5"
These kits have sold out. Thanks for the great response.  


Kit #2 makes 12 tri-fold, pop-up, shaker cards 
(3 each of 4 designs)

Attach the pre-slit pieces with the adhesive springs to add a gift card or family photo or choose to not use the pre-slit cards and write a special message instead. The options are endless with this adorable kit. No stamping required!

Kit #2 is $20 and includes the following to make 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs):
  • (12) 4" × 4" Tri-fold Cards (3 each of 4 designs)
  • (1) 12" × 6" Sheet of Adhesive-backed Stickers
  • (12) Shaker Bubbles
  • (12) Adhesive Springs
  • (12) Colored Envelopes
No other supplies are needed. (This is a great kit to do with your kids.)

These kits have sold out. Thanks for the great response.  


Kit #3 makes 6 gift bags, 9 tags, and 9 cards 
(3 each of 3 designs)
Season’s Tweetings Gift Bag and Card Kit

Kit #1 is $25 and includes the following to make 15 cards (5 each of 3 designs):
    • (1) My Acrylix® Season's Tweetings Stamp Set (C-size)
    • (6) Season's Tweetings Gift Bags (3 Topiary chevron, 3 Ruby polka-dot)
    • (9) Die-Cut Tags 
    • (9) White Daisy Cards and Envelopes
    • Pre-cut Sparkle & Shine Patterned Paper, Ruby Cardstock, and White Daisy Cardstock
    • Step-by-Step instructions
      Other supplies, not included, needed to complete the project:
      • Cocoa Ink Pad
      • Markers: Olive, Sweet Leaf, Sky, Ruby or Cranberry, Juniper, Whisper, Buttercup
      • 3-D Foam Tape 
      • Blocks: 1" × 1", 1" × 3½", 2" × 2", 3" × 3"
      These kits have sold out. Thanks 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.

      Friday, October 4, 2013

      Garage Sale - Saturday 10/5

      We are having a garage sale tomorrow, Saturday 10/5 from 7am - noon. We will have lots of goodies up for grabs including toys, books, games, clothing (kids and adults), antique hall tree, household items, and lots and lots of craft supplies!

      If you are local to the Temecula, CA area and would like to come by, feel free to contact me for my address. If you are not local and are interested in some of my craft supplies, feel free to take a peek at my “for sale” list here.

      Wednesday, October 2, 2013

      October Creative Club - Holiday Card Bonanza (and more!)

      This month’s Creative Club will be a little different than usual. First, the class will be offered on two different dates. (Choose to attend one or both dates!) You will also have the option of choosing from a variety of different Holiday Card and Gift projects. You can choose to order one, two, or all of the project kits which will each include a variety holiday cards! CTMH has a special Holiday Gift Guide (mini catalog) with some ADORABLE new products coming out on October 15th. Because of the 10/15 release date of the Guide, I had to push this month’s class to later in the month. Stay tuned for more information on the fun Holiday Guide and a very special promotion. Here’s a little sneak peek at the cover...

      The dates for this month’s class will be Saturday, October 26th from 10am - 1pm and Wednesday, October 30th from 7pm - 9pm. If you choose to order more than one project kit, you may want to attend both classes so that you can have time to finish all of your cards (and other gift items.)

      I will have photos of the projects ready to post next week, but wanted to share the dates with you now so that you can plan ahead. When I post the kit options next week, I will also post Paypal links so that you may order your kits online and sign up to attend the class(es) if you wish. As always, you do not need to be local to order a kit(s.)