Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Embossing & Die cutting class for February

Here are 2 of the cards made at my February Embossing & Die cutting class. I wanted to focus on Close To My Heart's NEW Embossing folders and Cricut cartridges, for these cards.
 I embossed using the Dots folder on the top card and for my own selection of cards, used a patterned dots folder from Spellbinders on the bottom card. The border was cut from Artbooking with Slate cardstock. The circle and scallop shape were cut with Art Philosophy. The stamped circle border is from a stamp set included with Artiste and the sentiment is from, Thank You.
I added Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape to White Daisy cardstock, then cut the pieces to look like ribbon ends. The patterned paper is from Babycakes and Sarita.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Artiste Bundle; Thank You
Paper: Babycakes; Sarita
Cardstock: Chocolate; Slate; Colonial White; White Daisy
Ink: Slate; Chocolate; Sunset
Embellishments: Slate Polka Dot Washi Tape
Tools: Art Philosophy & Artbooking Cricut cartridges; Dots Embossing Folder
Other: Spellbinders M'Bossabilities

Monday, February 24, 2014

Comforting Words

I am posting this card today with a dear friend in mind. She mentioned recently that it was the anniversary of her Dad's passing. I added that her memories would always be in her heart, as are mine. This card is very fitting, so I post it with eternal and loving memories of my own family members who have passed.

The patterned paper is from Laughing Lola, as is the Gold cardstock matting the stamped image. The stamped feathers, in Lagoon ink, are from the set of the same name. The sentiment is stamped in Black ink and is from, Big Hug. I added the chevron shapes from Wooden trinkets and elevated the stamped image on foam squares.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Laughing Lola
Stamps: Feathers; Big Hug
Cardstock: White Daisy; Laughing Lola Gold
Ink: Lagoon; Black
Embellishments: Wooden Trinkets

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inspiration Flourishes

If the stamp set has a flourish image, then I must have it! This new stamp set, Inspiration Flourishes, was no exception.
This card is almost identical to another I posted for the New Product Blog Hop. For this card, all of the patterned paper is from Balloon Ride. The ink colours are Saddle and Sky, with some Artisan Studs added in.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Inspiration Flourishes
Paper: Balloon Ride
Cardstock: Saddle; Colonial White
Ink: Sky; Saddle; Desert Sand
Embellishments: Artisan Studs
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lovely Ivy Lane

I LOVE Close To My Heart's new Ivy Lane paper because it is so versatile. I paired it with our February stamp of the month, Wild About Love.
This is the card gals who attended my Open House made. I wanted to showcase several new products from our Spring/Summer Idea Book.

The gorgeous green patterned paper is from Ivy Lane. I embossed Lagoon cardstock with our Chevron embossing folder. Then I rubbed my Lagoon ink pad over top of the embossed piece for this lovely two-toned effect. Behind it is Gypsy cardstock that was punched with our Scallop Border Punch.

The sweet fox was stamped in Lagoon ink on Colonial White, then mounted on Sweet Leaf cardstock. We added a Purple Glitter Gem to the flower's centre. Ribbon strips, of our gorgeous new Purple and Turquoise Shimmer Trim, were added. A small piece of an Ivy Lane zip strip over top, then stamped with the postal squiggles from Balloon Ride's WOTG stamp set. Then a butterfly and the sentiment is stamped in Lagoon ink from, Big Hug.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Wild About Love Feb SOTM; Big Hug; Balloon Ride WOTG
Paper: Ivy Lane
Cardstock: Colonial White; Lagoon; Gypsy; Sweet Leaf
Ink: Lagoon
Embellishments: Purple Glitter Gems; Purple & Turquoise Shimmer Trim
Tools: Chevron Embossing Folder; Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Friday, February 14, 2014


I hope you have a day filled with LOVE today!

Here are some other 3D items I created for my recent Open House.
These sweet match boxes were created with Artiste and Ariana. I cut them at 3 or 4 inches. The book states 6.5", however, while the bottom cut fine at that size, the sleeve did not. The sweet yo-yo flowers I cut at 1 and 1 1/4 inches.
These little numbers didn't quite turn out the way they were intended in the instruction book. The circles were to be cut at 1", but that seemed too small to me, so I cut them at 2". I folded all of them and added adhesive to 2 sides of every circle. I carefully studied the instruction book, then started to assemble a group of 5 circles, as shown. This gorgeous paper is from Skylark.

My assembly really turned into a comedy. No matter what I did I could not create a circle.....but some weird oblongy with appendage shapes! After taking all of the pieces apart, I was able to create these circle shapes using 8 circles for each shape.
Finally, this oh so cute popcorn box was created with NEW Balloon Ride paper. I edged each panel with Desert Sand ink and cut the box from Saddle cardstock. 

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Ariana; Skylark; Balloon Ride
Ink: Desert Sand
Embellishments: Twilight brad; White Daisy Embroidery Floss
Tools: Artiste Cricut cartridge

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ivy Lane Cake

In my Open House preparations, I wanted to include some 3D cuts from our Artiste Cricut cartridge. New Ivy Lane paper seemed the right choice, so I put together these cake box slices.
I used Hollyhock and Ivy Lane Purple cardstock for the tops of these boxes. I also used both colours and Blush for some rolled flowers, cut from Art Philosophy. I stamped the Hollyhock & Blush flowers with the circle image from Hello Wonderful, in coordinating ink. The leaves were also cut with ARt Philosophy, from Sweet Leaf cardstock.

I edged the boxes by sponging on Desert Sand ink. I added Pearl Gems to the centres of each flower. I also added tiny drops of Liquid Glass to represent water droplets on the flowers and leaves.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Ivy Lane
Stamp: Hello Wonderful
Ink: Blush; Hollyhock; Desert Sand
Cardstock: Blush; Hollyhock; Sweet Leaf; Ivy Lane Purple
Embellishments: Pearl Gems; Liquid Glass
Tools: Artiest & Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges

Monday, February 10, 2014

You ARE the One!

I you live with me in BEAUTIFUL British Columbia......
Happy Family Day!

I liked NEW Ivy Lane paper when I saw it in CTMH's new Idea Book. When I received the paper and saw this rich coloured pattern paper.....I was hooked! I would love to wallpaper my craft room with the both patterns on this card!
I started with a Colonial White card base, then added Smokey Plum cardstock. I was test cutting screens with my Artbooking cartridge and cut this one at 2". I had to cut off one row of of the pattern to make it 4" long rather than 4 1/4". This screen was cut with Bamboo cardstock.

The bow is cut with Blush cardstock and the rolled flower with Hollyhock, from the Artiste cartridge. I stamped the flower with the image from, Hello Wonderful, in coordinating ink. I added a Pearl gem to the centre after securing the flower with Liquid Glass. The sentiment is from new set, Big Hug and stamped with Pansy Purple ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Ivy Lane
Stamps: Big Hug; Hello Wonderful
Cardstock: Colonial White; Smokey Plum; Bamboo; Blush; Hollyhock
Ink: Desert Sand; Hollyhock; retired Pansy Purple
Embellishments: Pearl Gems
Tools: Artbooking & Artiste Cricut cartridges

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Picture My Life on a card - New Product Blog Hop!

There are so many great new products in our Close To My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 Idea is hard to decide what to create with next. I was creating a scrapbook layout with NEW Skylark Picture My Life and reveled how easily the patterned cards would cross over for card making.
I used Desert Sand cardstock on a Colonial White card base. I added a gorgeous Sweet Leaf pattern piece of paper from Skylark. Then I chose this wonderful card from the Skylark Picture My Life kit to pop up on the card. I made ribbon ends from some Wood grain washi tape; Skylark zip strip; and some stamped Lagoon cardstock. I also edged each element with Desert Sand ink. Then, I added Green Epoxy Bubbles and my card was finished.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Skylark; PML Skylark
Cardstock: Desert Sand; Colonial White; Lagoon
Embellishments: Green Epoxy Bubbles; Wood grain Washi tape

Check out all of the great artwork created on our New Product Blog Hop.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Are you a "Dreamer"?

Close To My Heart has hit it out of the park with our new Spring/Summer 2014 patterned paper packs. These delicious patterns come from new, Ivy Lane, with some stamping from "Dreamer" sprinkled in! I am also linking up to the NEW Product Blog Hop, with this card.
This girl and sentiments are all in the new set, Dreamer. I used retired Pansy Purple to stamp on the notebook page, then paper pieced her again over top, just because I could not cut out the lines around her. I cut and stamped the notebook page from, Take Note, which is a stamp set included with our Artbooking Cricut bundle. I also cut the flourish shape from Artbooking and all shapes were cut from Bamboo cardstock.

I stamped the sentiments in Black and Chocolate inks. I edged everything with Desert Sand ink. I embellished with new Purple Glitter Gems and Trinket Wooden Shapes.

All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Stamp: Dreamer
Paper: Ivy Lane
Cardstock: Bamboo; Colonial White; Smokey Plum
Ink: Chocolate; Black; Desert Sand; Pansy Purple
Embellishments: Purple Glitter Gems; Trinket Wooden Shapes

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Product Blog Hop

Today I am happy to be part of this wonderful New Product Blog Hop. I am starting off with a card I made with new Balloon Ride paper.
I started with a Colonial White card base, then added some Saddle cardstock for a mat. All of the patterned paper is from Balloon Ride, which is one of the paper packs in our new Spring/Summer Idea Book.

The gorgeous flourish and flower image is from a new stamp set, Inspiration Flourishes. I inked the bottom part with Sky ink, then rolled the flower in Desert Sand ink. I have also distressed this stamped piece with Desert Sand ink. I finished this card off with new Sparkles Flourishes.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Balloon Ride
Stamp: Inspiration Flourishes
Cardstock: Colonial White; Saddle
Ink: Sky; Desert Sand
Embellishments: Sparkles Flourishes
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Monday, February 3, 2014

February arrives with a FOXY BOSS!

February is here and it is coming in like a FOX with our Wild About Love, February Stamp of the Month. Purchase yours for $17.95 or for only $5 with your purchase of $50 of other product. Click on my website to shop!
February is BOSS, with the launch of Close To My Heart's Embossing Folders. We have 5 wonderful patterns to choose from......Dots; Chevrons; Lines; Quatrefoil; and Damask. Get a FREE embossing folder during February by stocking up on cardstock. Click on my store for details and to get shopping!
Now.....for some more artwork with our sweet, Wild About Love set. I used some retired fall paper from Huntington, for this card. I added some Lagoon hearts and Bronze Shimmer Trim, along with some pretty coordinating Sparkles.
I stamped the tree stump with Saddle ink and the sentiment and fox with Lagoon ink. I added Cashmere cardstock underneath the Barn Red patterned paper.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Wild About Love, Feb Stamp of the Month
Paper: Huntingdon
Cardstock: Cashmere; Colonial White; Lagoon
Ink: Lagoon; Desert Sand; Saddle
Embellishments: Brown Sparkles; Bronze Shimmer Trim
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge