Sunday, October 28, 2018

My Own Grateful Heart Layout with Monarchs

Autumn colors are my favorite. Grateful Heart Workshop Your Way is a kit with the fall colors on full display. The guidelines that come with the kit are easy to follow and will give you three 2-page layouts with enough additional material to make a number of cards. 

Here are the papers showing front and back:
This is the Workshop Your Way kit with all the elements included in the kit:

Here is my layout for the pictures I took recently in my backyard of many Monarchs feeding on their way to Mexico. 

I added an additional element to the title using the Thin Cuts Block Numbers.

This layout is for the Heart 2 Heart Pumpkin Spice challenge. I do love the pumpkins from the CTMH Cricut cartridges! 

I made a video for my YouTube channel to show how I put it together along with a cutting guide.

Supply List:
5. Fern-stitched Ribbon (Z4215) 
7. Versamat 
13. Thin Cuts Block Numbers

Here is my video with a special clip of the monarchs in my backyard:

Hope you enjoy the video! Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, October 25, 2018

Holiday Sparkle Cards Easy Peasy

Shake things up this holiday season with the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above® card kit! This kit contains materials for creating 12 festive shaker cards, including printed card bases, die-cut pieces, stickers, sparkly sequins, and simple assembly instructions. Get a 20% discount when you get the Holiday Sparkle Bundle, which pairs the card kit with the My Acrylix® Love with All the Trimmings stamp set, specially designed to further customize the insides of your cards.

These cards are so easy to make. I added some silver glitter snowflakes to the shaker windows. I made a video to show you how easy they are to create. You can get your cards ready well before Christmas.

Order by October 31, 2018!!!

Here's my video:

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Supply List
  1. Holiday Sparkle Bundle kit:
  2. Thin Cuts Winter Flurries:
  3. Silver Glitter paper:
  4. Raspberry Ink:
  5. Peacock Ink:
  6. Anit-static pouch:
  7. Rub & Remover eraser:
  8. Block Starter kit:
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Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Double Z Fold Card

I have a new (to me) favorite card to make. It is called a double z fold card. I isn't new, I just haven't made it before. They are an easy, yet a showy little card. I made a video so you can see how easy it is.

Cutting Instructions:

Outer card-4 1/2" X 11 " scoring at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Inner card-3 1/2" X 10"  scoring at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"

Supply List
  1. Bunches of Love Stamp Set:
  2. Acyrlic Blocks:
  3. Intense Black Ink:
  4. Sugarplum ink:
  5. Vivid Green ShinHan Marker:
  6. Marigold ShinHan Marker:
  7. Foam Glue Dots:
  8. Bonding Memories Glue Pen:
  9. Scissors Micro tip:
  10. Tombow Adhesive:
  11. Shimmer Brush Clear:
  12. Shimmer Brush Gold:
  13. Pewter Cardstock:
  14. Boutique Paper Pack:
  15. Sugarplum Glitter Paper:
  16. Border Thin Cuts:
Hope you try to make a z fold card and find out how easy it is to create.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Monarch Butterfly Stamp

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge are combined here using one of my new favorite stamp sets that has a Monarch butterfly in it. This is my new favorite because my somewhat new perennial garden was filled with Monarchs along with other beautiful butterflies this week. At one point there were probably 50 or more Monarchs. That is a success to me because that was my purpose to feed bees and butterflies. 

Here is my tribute to the butterflies that brought me so much pleasure and joy this week. For that, I am grateful!

Supply List:
  1. Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp Set
  2. Watercolor Pencils
  3. Value Card Pack
  4. White Daisy cardstock
  5. Black cardstock
  6. Lemon cardstock
  7. Nectarine cardstock
  8. Gold-flecked Gems

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Homegrown Subscription Layouts

Creativity is more than something you do — it’s who you are. Keep your creativity flowing with Close To My Heart’s Craft with Heart™ club, where you receive regular deliveries of project kits that will keep you connected with your passion.

Close To My Heart now offers a monthly subscription service that offers easy to do layouts that are no muss, no fuss, no cuts layouts. You get two 2-page layouts for each month. These are the two layouts for October 2018. They are perfect for your fall pictures and can be put together in about 30 minutes. You can add embellishments if you want, it is up to you. Just adding your pictures and journaling are really all you need for attractive pages. If you purchase the full year at one time, you get the best deal and you end up with a year of your life in pictures in very little time, and your pictures have a permanent home!

I put the pages together for my YouTube channel so you can see how easy it is to put together.

Here is my video:

Supply List:
1.  Subscription  
2.  Foam Dots

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Boutique Workshop with added Deluxe Additions

I am combining the Boutique Workshop Your Way with the deluxe version of the workshop. I decided to use the cutting guidelines and layouts from the regular workshop so that my club ladies that want to put together those layouts have the pages they can examine closely. I have other ladies that are anxious to learn more techniques and want a more complicated, detailed scrapbook page. This also pushes me to use things that are new to me, like the texture paste, and increase my skills. I've actually discovered I enjoy using the texture paste and now we can make our own stencils that can be saved and reused. Very Cool!!

1.  Sweet Moments layout uses the Sugarplum shimmer brush to add a color wash for the title. Upper right corner is a cutout stencil of an Artistry cartridge heart cluster (p. 5, 4") with the texture paste colorized with the Sugarplum shimmer brush squeezed into the paste and mixed. I also added sparkle and pop to the flat black "sweet moments" words with the black shimmer brush. 

2.  Love layout also has the word Love enhanced by brushing it with the black shimmer brush. Along both outside edges of each layout, is the texture paste on the directly on the background pages. The stencil was also made using the Artistry cartridge (p.46, 5 1/2"). 

3.  The Beautiful layout is a simple addition of a Sugarplum shimmer brush wash behind the title "Beautiful" along with the addition of the black shimmer brush on the punch out letters from the complement package included in the workshop kit.

My YouTube video shows how I put these pages together. I have to say I enjoyed adding dimension to my pages. I'll add more to layout #3 because it still looks a little simple to me. 

Here is my Supply List:

  1. G1159 Boutique Workshops Your Way kit
  2. Deluxe Bundle
  3. All Purpose Mat
  4. Shimmer Brush Black
  5. Shimmer Brush Sugarplum

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Boutique Workshop with a Deluxe Touch of Texture Paste

I've never used texture paste even tough it's been around for a number of years. Close To My Heart has just begun to carry Ranger Texture Paste in our new Holiday Expressions catalog. We also are carrying the Palette knives and blank Stencil sheets. The paste is not hard to use but I will say I don't jump into new things right off the bat. It's out of my comfort zone. So, here I go. Where? On to YouTube, of course! My video below is my first attempt to use the paste. I did not play with it before I did the video. We can make our own stencils using the blank sheets and our Cricut cartridges. I used the Artistry cartridge. The first 2 stencils I made were with my Cricut Expression at the second to highest pressure. Wrong! Use the MAXIMUM Pressure to cut the stencils. I spent a lot of time trying to pick out the extraneous pieces and ended up with somewhat rough edges. The Max cut, easy and smooth. 

I purchased the Boutique Workshop You Way and the Deluxe Bundle. The cuts and layouts I used were from the original workshop kit not the Deluxe workshop kit. That way I can show my ladies, who are inclined to do the easier layouts, what they look like but then the ladies that like to do the more complicated, detailed layouts get to see how easily you can add fun elements to a simple layout.

Then voila, here is how it came out!:

The heart group on the left is my very first try at texture paste. The one on the right is my 2nd attempt and I think is much better. I've decided to level the paste as much as possible and pick up the stencil gently and quickly once you are have with the coverage and evenness of the paste. Clean up your stencil and knife quickly either with a baby wipe or water. When it dries and hardens it is more difficult to remove. 

Here is my YouTube video. Please consider subscribing to my page!

Supply List:
Please feel free to leave a comment about texture paste. I've just started and can see there are many interesting things that can be accomplished with it.