Friday, May 15, 2020

Summertime Scrapbooking Layouts Using Blue Skies Papers-A Great Workshop!

Close To My Heart has some outstanding papers available only through May 2020. There are coordinating stickers, stamps and thin cut sets, special cardstock with a UV glossy coated design. CTMH consultants designed a beautiful workshop for you to put these papers to beautiful use.

Here are the Completed Layouts and Videos of this workshop:

Blue Skies Paper and Sticker Pack:

Blue Skies bundle with 6 x 8 Page protectors and Wooden Shapes:

Blue Skies Coordinating UV glossy coated Cardstock:
 Blue Skies Paper, Cardstock and Sticker Bundle with Beautiful Day Stamp and Thin Cut set, Blue Skies Stamp Set, Pinwheel Thin Cut:

Supplies for all of these projects:

Additional Supplies/Tools Needed:

Lagoon Ink Pad (Not available at this time)

All of the Blue Skies products are limited supplies only until May 31st. 

If you purchase a bundle from my website, leave me a comment and I will send you a pdf of the workshop.

Thanks for shopping with me!!



Friday, May 8, 2020

A Million Little Things Stamp Set Screams "Watercolor Me!"

A Million Little Things is a perfect stamp set for water coloring flowers. I used watercolor pencils but markers or traditional water colors would work as well. It is so easy to blend colors using pencils and a blending pen. You will think you became an artist overnight!! This stamp set has beautiful sentiments as well as flowers. The card design is from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. They never disappoint!!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Process video


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Blue Skies Paper and Sweet Hummingbird Stamp - A Perfect Combination

The Sweet Hummingbird stamp set has lovely flowers and two hummingbirds in flight. I loved using the watercolor pencils to blend beautiful blues, greens and purples to create my hummingbird. The lagoon embossed paper from the Blue Skies Coordinating cardstock set off the hummingbird perfectly. The thin cuts make cutting out so easy. The card design is the Mojo Monday challenge 536.

Blue Skies Coordinating Cardstock
Blue Skies Paper Pack 

Sweet Hummingbird Stamp and Thin Cut Set

Video Making a Hummingbird Card


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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Organizing My Thin Cuts (or Die Cuts) Using CTMH Albums

When I started purchasing Close To My Heart Thin Cuts, I thought an easy way to store them was in a 6 x 8 album using 6 x 8 single pocket pages and 6 x 8 pages with 2 horizontal 4 x 6 pockets. That allowed me to quickly flip through the pages and find each particular die. Fast forward to years later and the book, now books became burdensome. I needed to put a more organized method in place.

Because of the large number of Thin Cuts I've purchased over several years, the search for a particular Close To My Heart Thin Cut die was becoming tedious and time consuming. I decided to take the time to group and separate them and label the albums with something more specific than "Thin Cuts". After pulling the 6 x 8 albums out of the cabinet in my club room, I started sorting the 6 x 8 pages that I store the stand alone thin cuts. The albums have become heavy and cumbersome because of the metal and magnetic sheets.  The sets of stamps with thin cuts are kept together in CTMH stamp organizers. 

As I started making stacks, it became clear to me to separate the letters and word dies from the basic shapes. Then the basic shapes were separated from the fancier dies. So the borders, scallops, leaves, snowflakes, etc. have their own book. At some point I will probably make a 4th album of just nature shapes-flowers, leaves and such.      

My video is a fairly quick view of the simple process I went through to make my life a little simpler. My Brother P-touch label maker is indispensable for me. I love labeling stuff!!


Hope this helps you to get ideas that can work for you!!



Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Blue Skies Z-Fold Card

I haven't made a Z-fold card in a long time. I got reminded about this cute card design from my upline, Janene Wawro. Close To My Heart's beautiful new paper collection, Blue Skies, makes me want to make everything I can using it. So here we go!

Here are the measurements for cutting scoring:

  1. Big Z Card base:  cut 4 1/4 x 11 score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
  2. Small Z Card front:  3 1/2 x 9 3/4 score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
  3. Big Z Decorative Base pieces:  front 4 1/4 x 2 1/2, middle 4 1/4 x 2 1/2, back 4 1/4 x 5 1/4   
  4. Small Z decorative and writing pieces:  3 1/4 x 4, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2

Here's my process video:

  1. Blue Skies paper & sticker pack
  2. Blue Skies coordinating cardstock
  3. Intense Black ink pad
  4. Block starter set



Monday, May 4, 2020

Blue Skies Paper Special from Close To My Heart

I created this layout using the Special for May 2020, Blue Skies. These are beautiful papers and coordinating UV glossy cardstock. I used the challenge layout on my Facebook Group: Dot's Scrapbooking Group. This special is available until May 31, 2020. There is every selection and combination of coordinating products. There are single products and bundle packages for a savings. You can make cards, 12 x 12 scrapbook pages, 6 x 8 scrapbook album, stamp sets, the limited time line of cardstock, 12 sheets with glossy UV-coated patterns on one side; 2 each of Canary, Candy Apple, Flamingo, Green Apple, Lagoon, and Sapphire; 12" × 12".

Blue Skies Cut Above Kit:
Blue Skies Cut Above Layouts:

Blue Skies Paper and Sticker Pack:

Blue Skies Product Bundle:

Blue Skies Scrapbook Workshop:


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