Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mistletoe Wishes Card Kit

Create 12 cards using the materials in this kit and easy-to-follow video (also found below). Complete your cards using the exclusive stamp images designed to give you ultimate control over the creative process, so you can always make your cards your way. 

Additional supplies needed:

2.Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
3.Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad.
4.Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
5.VersaMark™ Ink Pad .
6.Thin Cuts—Basic Circles
7.Heat Tool 
8. 1" × 1" My Acrylix® Block
9. 1" × 3½" My Acrylix® Block 
10. 2" × 2" My Acrylix® Block
11.Anti-static pouch
13.Micro-tip scissors 

Ready for Christmas!
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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.



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Retired Colors Inspire a Card

At the suggestion of Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge I am using some of my favorite colors that have recently been retired by Close To My Heart. The colors I chose are Pacifica, Juniper, Bashful and Poppy. To create the card I went to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


Here is my supply list:
  1. Stitched heart thin cut  
  2. Documented Cardmaking stamp set and thin cuts
  3. Black Ink Stamp Pad Pigment  
Here's a critique on our new Black pigment ink pad. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

I heard good things about it but had no idea just how great it was. It stamps crisp and clean and BLACK and it cleans up better than our water based stamp pad. This will be my go to black from now on.




How I Organized My New Close To My Heart Colors

Close To My Heart totally reorganized the way they organize their color chart. Previously, for years, the colors were presented in four different color families, Whimsey, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics. These groups had all the colors but were in pastel, bright, and darker shades, that could mix together and trust we could that it would look great. Then CTMH started mixing families and the combos still looked great. Now they are organizing according to like colors. I organized my cardstock and inks according to the CTMH families. Since they are no longer using the original color family's names, it made no sense for me to continue that method. On top of that CTMH retired 11 colors and brought in 11 new colors and a New Intense Black.

So I spent a couple of days making a mess in hopes of more organization, and really, isn't that what we all want?!

The most useful thing I did was enlarge the color list 250% on my printer. I love the large letters because of my eyesight. You may not need that much of an enlargement. I used that size for the cardstock organization in my Stamp n Storage 12 x 12 paper holder.

This is my reorganized stamp pad carousel: 

  1. Workspace Wonder Carousel Base and Top
  2. Workspace Wonder Stamp Pad Stack

I have file folder hanging racks that I purchased from Stamp n Storage that I use in my Club Room. I reorganized these to go with stamp pads. I put several 
sheets of each color of cardstock in each folder so if any of my ladies need a sheet they can grab it easily.

Daisy is my helper.

Here's my cardstock in my Stamp n Storage boxes:

Stamp n Storage description of their holders.

Keep your collections of your favorite card-stock and paper organized in a Stamp-n-Storage Paper Holder. Instead of feeling like you're drowning in a sea of paper, you'll be able to store yours horizontally or vertically in the 12 slots(1" tall) per Holder. They're sturdy enough to be stacked into a colorful tower of creativity, or you can put one right on your desk. Each slot can be removed, except for the center one, to make room for larger stacks of paper. There's even an arc cut in the slots to make it easier for you to remove the sheets you'll need next. 
We’ve also designed a Paper Holder that will perfectly fit inside of the square IKEA® shelving openings like a hand in a glove.

As you can see, I continued to use the 250% enlargement of the color list. I can see the color dot easily and the name size is big enough for me to read. 

I did make a video that is a little noisy because it is handheld and I'm walking around, so please forgive the fluctuation in my voice and the weird noises.

I hope you find this informative and helpful in your own organization!



Saturday, September 8, 2018

Close To My Heart Subscription

Close To My Heart has a new way of scrapbooking available now.

A Subscription with Heart!

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. Here’s how it works:
1.  Decide how often you’d like to receive your Craft with Heart™ deliveries; you can choose to receive monthly deliveries or once every 4 months.

2. We’ll deliver your creative projects to your doorstep on the schedule that you decide.

3.  Completing the Cut Above® layout kits that come in your delivery is a snap — you’ll be done in no time!

Click here to read all the details:  

This is a video of the September layouts:

This is a great way to start a tradition for your family that is easy to do, takes about 30 minutes a month to put together and at the end of a year you have 24 2 page layouts for an album. The layouts will represent the time of year and all you do is add the adhesive and the pictures!

If you sign up for a year, the shipping is FREE!!!

Thanks for looking!



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Close To My Heart New Holiday Expressions Catalog is Live!

Our new Holiday Expressions catalog went live September 1. There are so many new items and of course beautiful kits for the fall and winter seasons. We have some new concepts for our workshops that brings another layer of beauty to our pages. You now have a choice of a Deluxe version of the Workshops Your Way that adds depth and intricacy to your pages. For those of you that like the easier and quicker Workshop Your Way, that is still in place. For those of you that enjoy venturing into the world of new techniques and challenges, we hear you and finding ways to meet those requests. 

Here is a layout using the Workshop Your Way Boutique kit:

Here is a layout with the Workshop Your Way Boutique kit Deluxe version:

The deluxe version was created using a stencil sheet cut with our Artbooking Cricut cartridge and texture paste that was smeared over the stencil adding texture and depth to the layout. This is clearly a more complicated layout.

Both are beautiful and are wonderful backgrounds for your pictures. It is a personal choice that can be used as you choose.

It's exciting and fun to bring you these new ideas from Close To My Heart. The texture paste, which, I admit, I've never used, will be fun to experiment with using re-inkers to tint it. 

There's lots more to tell you about. 

Feel free to "page" through the Holiday Expressions digital catalog in the right navigation bar and see all there is to see. I'll get a video out about it as soon as I get back from a scrap retreat.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Documented Card Challenge

Today I created a card using some of the documented colors with the help of the Atlantic Hearts Card Challenge #279 and Color My Heart Color Challenge #306.

This is the starting point and here is where I ended up:

The brick pattern and background of the sentiment are background and texture papers from the Workshops Your Way Documented kit. The Think Happy Be Happy paper is one of the Picture My Life 3 x 4 cards cut down and stamped with New England Ivy ink using one of the stamps from the August Stamp of the Month stamps. Lastly, the gem embellishments in the upper right corner are Grey Gems.

Supply List:

  1. August Stamp of the Month
  2. Workshop Your Way Documented kit
  3. New England Ivy Stamp Pad
  4. Documented Paper Pack
  5. Grey Gems
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Monday, August 27, 2018

New! Close To My Heart Subscription

Close To My Heart has a NEW exciting product called:

Craft With Heart

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. 

  1. Decide how often you’d like to receive your Craft with Heart™ deliveries; you can choose to receive monthly deliveries or once every 4 months. See details below.
  2. We’ll deliver your creative projects to your doorstep on the schedule that you decide.
  3. Completing the Cut Above® layout kits that come in your delivery is a snap — you’ll be done in no time!
Video of me opening my Craft with Heart:

Here's a peek at the projects:





During the month of August get a 12-month subscription and save 20%!

You have three Craft with Heart™ subscription options depending on how often you want to receive your Craft with Heart™ deliveries.
  • Monthly subscription: $17.95, plus $4.95 shipping, delivered monthly
  • 4-month subscription: $64.60 after 10% discount, plus $4.95 shipping, delivered three times a year
  • 12-month subscription: $172.32 after 20% discount, FREE shipping, delivered three times a year! That's only $14.36/kit!! Order now before August 31 and receive a free order of 30 prints from Persnickety Prints!!!

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