Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Noelle - A Fast and Easy Christmas Layout

I'm getting a jump on Christmas this year with a new Close To My Heart kit called the Cut Above layout Noelle. The kit provides everything you need you just add the adhesive. You even get plastic pages for the layout.

I created a video of me putting together the kit to show you how simple and easy these Cut Above kits are. Please forgive me laughing and snorting at myself. Clearly, if I can do this, anyone can!!

Here is my video of Noelle:

What do the finished pages look like?

Supplies Needed:

Z4052 Noelle Cut Above Layout kit

Z3372 Adhesive Runner

Additional Supplies to make life easy:

Z1279 Versamat A grid mat to help make things straight 

Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip scissors

Z2046 Piercing tool

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Never Stop Dreaming Part 3

Now we are onto part 3 of my Never Stop Dreaming layout. This is the third and final how-to on creating this lovely single layout found on page 12 of the 2nd seasonal catalog of 2017. Part 3 shows the cutting and placement of the flowers. It is the final laying out of the wreath along with the finishing touches.

It is important to note that other papers can be used in place of these papers. Pick your favorite colors or colors that go with your picture and proceed. Another stamp of your choice can even be used, depending on the time of year you are portraying. 

When you make these choices YOU are the one being creative!!

Here is the suggested Supply List for this version of the wreath:

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Never Stop Dreaming Video part 2

This is the continuation of my Never Stop Dreaming video. It is part 2 of 3. I got carried away and went from let me do a quick explanation of how to do the wreath to a full blown every step of the way "how-to" video. 

The continuation of Never Stop Dreaming scrapbook layout shows how to watercolor the leaves and berries. 

Supply List:

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Have a Llama Fun!

I created a birthday card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and combined it with the Color My Heart Challenge and this is the result:

This is the inside of the card:

The llama thin cuts and stamp set are so cute. I've been able to use it in numerous ways on cards and layouts. What a sweet face. My 2 guys (husband and son) thoroughly enjoyed "Emperor's New Groove" movie many times. We love the line when the emperor realizes he was turned into a llama and declares "llama face!" Of course, every time we see a llama now one of us says "llama face"!!

My supply list to create the card is the following:

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Keep Dreaming Layout video tutorial

This beautiful layout is found on page 12 of the Seasonal Expressions May-August 2017. I immediately feel in love with it and came up with a how-to video to help you create it. These creations are dispersed throughout our catalogs in the form of pages, cards or paper art. They are there for inspiration. But they are not in kits so it may take some experimentation to create them. 

Here is my version along with a video following:

This is part 1 of my video to show you how to create the layout Keep Dreaming: 

Here is the supply list:


      Tuesday, August 1, 2017

      A New Annual Close To My Heart Idea Book is Now Live!

      I am going to start publishing the new items from our Annual Inspirations catalog. There are a lot of new things, so here we go!

      Announcing our New Color of the Year is Bashful!

      What a beautiful color to work with grays, browns, blues, black. If you look at any type ads now you are going to see this color. Once again, CTMH is on trend!

      Here are a couple of examples:

      Another new item in the catalog is a Workspace Wonder Carousel. 
      Here it is:

      The parts to build the carousel are:

      You will need 8 stacks to hold all the colors of the CTMH color palettes since each palette has 10 colors. 

      Here is my video to show you how to put the carousel together and how I labeled it:

      Are You Ready for Back To School?Our August Stamp of the Month can help!

      The Close To My Heart color wheel looks like this:

      Not the usual color wheel, but I like it!!

      Our New Papers

      Notice that the cardstock for all palettes are now 2 tone. The opposite side of each solid cardstock is a slightly lighter tone. This extends the versatility of our cardstock.

      Basic Palette

      Basic Cardstock Combo Pack X5942
      Basic Fundamentals Paper Pack Z3353

      Whimsy Palette

      Whimsy Cardstock Paper Pack Z3350
      Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack Z3350

      Adventure Palette

      Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack X5944

      Adventure fundamentals Z3351

      Enchantment Palette

      Enchantment Combo Pack X5942
      Enchantment Fundamentals paper pack Z3352

      Thanks for stopping by! You Can Shop With Me and Have it Delivered Directly To Your Home.



      Tuesday, July 25, 2017

      Saturday, July 15, 2017

      Friday, July 14, 2017

      Monday, July 3, 2017

      July Specials

      Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! 

      • Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! 
      • Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!

      July Stamp of the Month

      Cutest letter set EVER!!!Yours for $5 with a $50 purchase.

      Word Puzzle Bundle (Jan.–Dec.)

      Exclusive stamp set bundle for Stampaganza! 

      You can make one 2 page layout a month using these stamps to help you tell your story. The stamps can even give you ideas of pictures to take to help you remember the year. How perfect is that?!!!
      Only available for the month of July. 
      Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
      1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 1" × 6½" (Y1005), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" × 6½" (Y1010)


      Tuesday, June 27, 2017

      No Worries Be Happy

      The No Worries Work Your Way kit is ready for your beachy vacation pictures. Relaxing under the palm trees, your toes nestled in the warm sand, soft puffy clouds in the sky-I'm getting sleepy already!

      I took the suggested layouts in the kit instructions and made some easy changes to add to the interest. I also cut the palm tree paper to get more us of it instead of using both pages as the total background.

      Here are some of my ideas with some close-ups of the detail:

      • The Panama hat was a picture from Google that I cut out to use as a template. I cut a thin strip of the tiny palm tree paper for the band.
      Here is the second layout:

      Here is my third and favorite layout:

      The clouds were again cut with the Artistry Cricut cartridge and distressed in Whisper ink with a sponge. I added a silver ling to one of my clouds using the silver glitter paper and the seagulls were made with my silver metallic marker. A piece of Lagoon cardstock was ripped to show the white core and a zip strip from cut from the No Worries paper is below the water (it's coral)!

      Feel free to shop my website:  https://dorothy.closetomyheart.com/
      for all of these products.




      Monday, June 26, 2017

      June Specials

      There are 2 BIG specials going on until the end of June. It's a great time to get any color of cardstock we have available.

      A perfect way to get 2 12x12 sheets of each color are the combo packs:

      Whimsy X5940         

      Thistle, Crystal Blue, Glacier, Juniper, Sweet Leaf, Flaxen, Canary, Sorbet, Pixie, Smoothie

      Enchantment X5781

      Eggplant, Sapphire, Peacock, New England Ivy, Fern, Saffron, Goldrush, Poppy, Pomegranate, Ruby

      Adventure X5790   

      Pansy, Pacifica, Lagoon, Emerald, Willow, Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom, Raspberry, Cranberry

      Basics X5933

      Black, Slate, Whisper, Cocoa, Chocolate, Saddle, Cashmere, Champagne, Desert Sand, Bamboo

      Next special that is selling out are albums. 

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      Sunday, June 25, 2017

      My Scrapping Club Room

      Thought I'd give you a tour of my somewhat newly renovated, formerly guest room, scrapbook club meeting room. My clubs, either scrapbook or card making, meet monthly with their friends to create, socialize and generally have fun while being productive.

      Here's the overall tour:

      And a close up view:

      Close To My Heart has 4 groups of  color:  

      • Basic-black, grays, browns, tans

      • Adventure-darker shades of purple, blues, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds

      • Enchantment-vibrant shades of the above named colors

      • Whimsy-pastels of the above colors 

      This is the cabinet that holds all the 
      Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges. 
      I also have the Thin Cuts and 
      embossing folders for my 
      Cricut Cuttlebug (not shown).

      Here is my first Cricut. It is manual and very easy for anyone to use. Since space is at a premium, the Explore is next door in my office. 
      This is Ginger's corner. She has to be close to all the ladies when they come to her house!
      My Bulletin Board has all the info about Operation Smile, CTMH's charity that goes abroad to fix cleft palates, changing a child's life forever. There is also the Stamp of the Month (SOM) picture with examples along with any other Monthly Specials taking place.

      Hope you enjoyed the tour!

      XOXO Dots