Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Making coasters with Your Scrap Papers

I really had a lot of fun making this project. Using my leftover Picture My Life cards, Feels Like Home papers and some sticker complements or elements cut from the 12 x 12 papers from Feels Like Home paper, I cut 4 x 4 and 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 pieces and used the Mod Podge liberally on the tile and paper. As it dries the air bubbles need to be rubbed out from the middle out. I added Mod Podge to the cork and glued that onto the back for easy of washing. I used a sponge applicator but a brush could be used.

The Feels Like Home papers are no longer available but any papers you like can be used in this project.



Supplies:
Papers Picture My Life Cards Thin Cuts-Stitched Square Frames

Other supplies:
Mod Podge
Cork
Sponge applicator
White ceramic tiles

Have Fun with this easy project!!

XOXO
Dots

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Card Challenge for Just Us Girls

The wonderful people at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge brought us this sketch to play with this week:


Here is my card offering using the May Stamp of the Month and papers from the Sweet Girl collection from Close To My Heart:



I like to stamp the back of my cards for the "Hallmark touch".



I decorated the inside of my card also:


You can purchase this adorable May Stamp of the Month for $5 with a qualifying order of $50 or more.

The Sweet Girl paper was tooooo perfect for this card!!



Hope you like it!

You can shop with me at:  dorothy.closetomyheart.com/

Thanks for coming by!!

XOXO

Dots



Easy CTMH Scrapbooking The World is Yours Cut Above

I am highlighting the Cut Above kit for The World is Yours on this video:




Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month With This Exclusive Collection!
This May, The World Is Yours with our National Scrapbooking Month special. Whether embarking on far-flung adventures or enjoying life in your own neighborhood, you can use this collection to capture the best moments, preserving them for reliving again and again.

The World Is Yours paper packet sets the tone for this whole collection. This paper packet features a 12″ × 12″ sticker sheet and additional designs on vellum and kraft papers. Expand your creative options even further with coordinating products, which include a cardstock pack, an exclusive D-size stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit. 











Supplies:



Save 20% when you purchase a bundle containing the whole collection!
Thanks for watching! 

Shop with me at: dorothy.closetomyheart.com/

XOXO

Dots

Saturday, May 4, 2019

New May 2019 Close To My Heart Idea Book walk through and How I organize it

Our New Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book is Now Available!

Take a trip through one of our most beautiful Idea Books Yet, with me. 

Notice the "35" on the front. This is Close To My Heart's 35th Anniversary. There will be lots of specials through the year. 

I show you how I make my life a little easier by getting the catalog binding changed to a spiral bound book and add dividers that I label according to sections and papers. Saves me time and makes me look organized, lol. 

Here We Go!!


The new Idea Book is yours for free with a purchase on my website: https://dorothy.closetomyheart.com/

An exciting special available ONLY in May!

The World is Yours is the special for the month of May. This paper is made for travels, hiking, camping or ANYTHING outdoors. Whether embarking on far-flung adventures or enjoying life in your own neighborhood, you can use this collection to capture the best moments, preserving them for reliving again and again.
The World Is Yours paper packet sets the tone for this whole collection. This paper packet features a 12″ × 12″ sticker sheet and additional designs on vellum and kraft papers. Expand your creative options even further with coordinating products, which include a cardstock pack, an exclusive D-size stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit. Save 20% when you purchase a bundle containing the whole collection!
You can also get a FREE Cut Above Layout Kit when you become a Consultant or host a qualifying party in May!

World is Yours Bundle
How to purchase the World is Yours Bundle


World is Yours Cut Above kit


How to get the World is Yours Cut Above kit for FREE!
Host a party in May that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher, and you’ll get a FREE The World Is Yours Cut Above® layout kit, with materials for creating 2 two-page layouts!


World is Yours Everyday Life


World is Yours Paper Packet


World is Yours Scrapbooking kit


World is Yours Cardmaking kit


Shop with me!

https://dorothy.closetomyheart.com/

XOXODots


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Card Challenges from Mojo Monday and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Here are the two sketch challenges I used to create my cards this week. The first is from Mojo Monday and to make the creating as easy as possible, Julee notes the size of the pieces on the sketch.


The second sketch is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge



 
The cutting and pasting is up to me! I've made it pretty easy on myself to create these cards!!

Front of the Mojo Monday card:


Inside of the card:


Back of the card:


Atlantic Hearts challenge card (the front):


Inside of the card:


Up close detail:


Back of the card:


I always like to use a "signature" stamp on the back of my cards. My "Hallmark" stamp, if you will. This one is an exclusive stamp that is only available as a Hostess Reward stamp when you have a party that is $150 or more. If you have an order that is going to be at least $150, I can set up a party for you to be able to get this stamp or any of the other Hostess Rewards. 

The Supplies I used:


The Border Thin Cuts is an especially versatile and useful thin cut. Here's a view of all that is included in this set:


Hope you like the cards!!

Thanks,

XOXO
Dots


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Cards for Spring with the April Stamp of the Month

I love the April 2019 Stamp of the Month! First of all, let me show you why I love it.

What wonderful cards can be made using this stamp. The sentiments are "feel good" sentiments and can be used for many occasions or no occasion at all. These could be us for "just because" and make someone on the other end feel good!

You can get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal. For $5 with a minimum qualifying $50 purchase! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price ($18.95) or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Here are a couple of ideas for what you can create with this sweet stamp.


Supplies I used to create these cards:

  1. April Stamp of the Month
  2. Sugarplum Cardstock
  3. Playful Scallops Embossing Folder
  4. Acrylic Blocks
  5. Sugarplum Glitter Paper
  6. Silver Glitter paper
  7. Sage Stamp pad
  8. Intense Black Ink Pad

Thanks!!


XOXO

Dots




Scrapbook Challenge and Two Results

Creative Scrapbook Magazine offers a scrapbook challenge every month on their Facebook Creative Magazine's Sketchy Group. 
Here's the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2164958267106146/

and the sketch I worked from:



This first layout I created using the Something Fierce papers and complements (current catalog good till April 30th 2019). We have a Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, TX. The dinos roamed here and left their foot steps in the mud. The mud in TX can hardened into something like cement (gardening isn't easy in TX). The wonderful thing is your kids can sit in these footprints and you get GREAT pictures. There's a river close by that also has many different dino prints in it. The river is usually shallow and you can walk around seeing all the different types of dinos. It makes for a great day with the kids and wonderful pictures. 


I did a second layout that is a little more grown up (whatever that is). For this one I used one of my favorite color combos, red, white and black. This layout uses the Mix-in papers also from our current catalog.


The little embellishments are from my stash in the Wayback Machine. Not sure what pictures I'll put on this but something will show up.

Supplies:
  1. Something Fierce kit
  2. Mix-in papers
  3. Shimmer Trim black

Mix-in papers

Something Fierce workshop kit


Thank you for stopping by!

XOXO

Dots





Sunday, April 14, 2019

So Much Happy Papers for the Texas Blues

This is the last of my layouts using So Much Happy papers. This layout is for Texas blue bonnet flowers. The papers are only available till April 30th 2019. I'm using them to start creating travel layouts for our RV road trips.The layout is from the my Make It From the Heart vol 1 book with the help of the "Hello USA" Cricut cartridge. How perfect to have all the states with the logos and state flower. I decided I will be making an album using all the states so we can check them off after a visit. I love the font on this cartridge for the names of the states! With all the elements, there are 5 layers for Texas but the digital cartridge makes it so easy do. 



Here is my close up of Texas:


Supplies used:



You can shop with me anytime at:  https://dorothy.closetomyheart.com/

Thanks for stopping by!!

XOXO

Dots

Sunday, April 7, 2019

An Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Using So Much Happy Papers


I am still using the So Much Happy papers. This time I did the sketch 310 from the Atlantic Hearts. I do like this sketch and because of the leaf fronds, I got encouraged to look at my Flower Market Cricut cartridge to see what I could find. That's what I love about the challenges. Not only do they give you a pattern to create something but in the pattern are elements to seek out in your stash. It could be a stamp or stickers or die cuts or in this case for me, one of my cartridges. So thank you Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for the encouragement to stretch some. Maybe you should call yourselves the Atlantic Hearts Stretch Challenge!!! ;-)


Here is my card:



April Stamp of the Month

 So Much Happy Papers


My list of supplies includes:
  1. So Much Happy papers
  2. April SOM
  3. Lagoon ink pad
  4. Lemon ink pad
  5. Clover ink pad
  6. White glitter paper
  7. White daisy card stock
  8. Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
Thanks for stopping by!


XOXO

Dots

A Mojo Monday Card Challenge using So Much Happy

Here is the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. So cute, right?


I used the April Stamp of the Month and the So Much Happy papers to come up with my card:


My list of supplies includes:
  1. So Much Happy papers
  2. April SOM
  3. Lagoon ink pad
  4. Lemon ink pad
  5. Clover ink pad
  6. White glitter paper
  7. White daisy card stock
Here is the adorable April Stamp of the Month:
The so cute So Much Happy papers:


Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Dots






More So Much Happy and Off We Go!


Here is my second travel layout using the So Much Happy Scrapbooking Workshop kit. I basically followed the instructions in the guide for this layout. 
There are some perfect diecuts and cutouts for a travel layout so I am taking advantage of that to continue to create pages for a travel album. 

The You Are Here Cricut cartridge is perfect to help me make the pages. It's a great cartridge that gives almost any kind of vacationing activities and places to visit cuts. The National Parks are well represented in our cartridges which is great because they are on our bucket list.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

  1. You Are Here Cricut cartridge
  2. Artbooking Cricut cartridge
  3. So Much Happy Workshop
  4. Aluminum Rail Paper Cutter 
  5. MicroTip Scissors

Hope you like the video. Please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel.

Thanks!

XOXO

Dots

Saturday, April 6, 2019

So Much Happy-Road Trip!


This is another layout using the So Much Happy Scrapbooking Workshop kit. I decided to come up with my own design and not go by all the instructions in the guide for this layout. I've also decided to start making an album of travel layouts for Jim's and my RV trips. Jim has the RV almost completed with all the changes he wanted to get done before any big trips. The last thing is installing solar panels on the roof. 

The You Are Here Cricut cartridge will be perfect to help me make the pages. It's a great cartridge that gives almost any kind of vacationing activities and places to visit cuts. National Parks, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, four wheeling, mountain climbing, you name it!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

  1. You Are Here Cricut cartridge
  2. Artbooking Cricut cartridge
  3. So Much Happy Workshop
  4. Aluminum Rail Paper Cutter 
  5. MicroTip Scissors

Hope you like the video. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Thanks!

XOXO

Dots

Monday, March 25, 2019

So Much Happy March 2019 Sketchy Challenge

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine freely provides us with their "Sketchy Challenge" every month. I love doing these challenges and get inspired by them. Close To My Heart's So Much Happy papers are available in the Jan-April 2019 Seasonal Catalog were a perfect inspiration for me to make a scrapbook page that I could use for spring flower pictures. You can see the layouts on the Creative Scrapbooker's Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2164958267106146/



This is the March 2019 Sketchy Challenge from the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine:



Here is my interpretation of the sketch using the So Much Happy papers:


The Flower Market Cricut cartridge gave me the flowers I needed to create a cheery spring flower page for my Texas Blue Bonnet pictures. The banner and title Springtime along with the blue bonnet and daffodils were cut using this cartridge. The flowers and all the layers were cut at 3 1/4 ". Once you decide what height of flower you want, all the pieces (layers) use the same measurement.  

Supply List:
  1. Flower Market cartridge
  2. So Much Happy Workshop Your Way
  3. So Much Happy Coordinating cardstock
  4. Glue Stick
  5. Foam Dots
Hope you enjoyed the video!

XOXO
Dots