Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sangria Thank You Card

Today I wanted to show you a project using the Sangria collection from Close To My Heart.  This collection is so perfect for Fall crafting.  I also found that it works well with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.


I used the "Framed" stamp set which was the August Stamp of the Month.  While it is unfortunately not available anymore, you might be able to find someone with an extra online.

Supply List:
CTMH Sangria Paper Packet
CTMH Watercolor Paper
CTMH "Framed" stamp set
CTMH White Daisy cardstock (cut to form a cardbase)
Versafine Black Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, Gathered Twigs
Perfect Pearls


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

September Flash Specials

Hello!  I just wanted to share this special I'm having from now until 11:55pm on September 30.


Head over to my personal business page at Close To My Heart and join the  "New Ideas Gathering" by clicking here.

1.  Make ANY purchase and you will receive a link to a private video featuring the Sangria collection.
2.  Purchase $50* and you will receive the Sangria Complements packet absolutely free in addition to #1 above.
3.  Purchase $100* and you will receive the Sangria Paper packet as well as #'s 1&2 above.

Please don't add the items to your shopping cart.  I will send them after the gathering closes in October.
*Before tax and shipping

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Joy Christmas Card Remake

Did you think I would have another Christmas Card so soon?  A few weeks ago, I talked about remaking cards found online.  This week, I am re-making a card that I found in the 2014-2015 Close To My Heart Idea Book.  This card was cut using "Artfully Sent" and it was beautiful.


Unfortunately, not everyone has "Artfully Sent".  Would I be able to re-make a similar card without using the Cricut?  I'll let you be the judge.

 
Here's what I used:
New England Ivy Cardstock
Ruby Cardstock (You can also get both colors in the Enchantment Pack)
Colonial White Cardstock
Black Exclusives inkpad
Sap Green Shin Han marker
Grey Enamel Gems
Yuletide Carol paper pack (retired)
Noel stamp set (retired)
Tim Holtz "Barn Door" distress ink


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Watercolor Cardinal Christmas Card

Christmas is coming fast!  I want to have a large variety of Christmas cards this year.  I send so many, that I know that I have to start early.  I also know that I have loved playing with my new Close To My Heart watercolors.  This image is perfect for watercolors!


I used "Sing Glory" and "To You and Yours" stamp sets from Close To My Heart.  Unfortunately, they aren't currently available, but you might be able to find them online somewhere.  I also used the "Yuletide Carol" paper pack which is also retired.


Other Items Used:
CTMH Ruby Cardstock
CTMH New England Ivy Cardstock (You can also find both colors in the Enchantment Pack)
CTMH Watercolors
CTMH Black Exclusives Ink
Cricut Elegant Edges
Sequins

Be sure to watch for another Christmas Card post coming soon.  I have some other fun posts coming soon as well.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Re-making Cards Found Online and In Magazines



I love to take examples of cards and switch them up to make my own.  This card came from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 2015 book.  You can find the original card on page 27.  I just found different paper, added an extra white border and took away the sequins.  Viola!  A fun card to share.  One of the best things about this card is that you can use up scraps or use both sides of the same sheet of paper.  There are so many possibilities from this one simple sketch.

Getting ideas from others is a great way to increase your own creativity.  I find that when I play with someone else's sketch or idea, I come up with my own ideas to add to it.  Of course, we have to be careful not to take credit for someone's work.

So I thought about how I could take this basic sketch, use the new Zoe paper, and make something new.  By simply adding some shimmer trim, turning the above card on its side and trading out the stars for sequins, I have a different version of the same card.

Here's what I used:

Zoe Paper Pack
Doodled Flair Designs stamp set
Make A Wish stamp set
Pastel Green marker
Tender Pink marker
White Daisy card bases
Coral Shimmer Trim
Black Exclusives ink
Glacier Exclusives ink


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Zoe Paperbag Cards


Hello everyone.  I was looking for a fun card to bring for my card club members to you when I ran across an old paperbag card I had made.  I knew it would be perfect so I decided to teach them how to make it.  You can see the inspiration for this card here: Cara's Paperbag card: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZTtxfW2zEY


While discontinued items were used on 2 of the cards, the other 2 were made using the following current items:
Zoe Paper packet
"Just to Say" stamp set from the Artfully Sent Cricut bundle
Finding the Words stamp set
Balloon Wishes stamp set
Coral Shimmer Trim
Slate Exclusives Ink
Black Exclusives Ink
Coral Sequins (discontinued)
Free to be Me paper pack (discontinued)
Skylark paper pack (discontinued)



How about a full video tutorial?



Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Zoe Filofax Pocket

If you watch my YouTube channel, you probably know that I love my Filofaxes.  I decided to use Close To My Heart's Zoe paper collection to make this cute little insert.  I love it!  It is so pretty and I have so much room to put things in the pockets.  You can't beat it.  Now I have to make some for my other 2 Filofaxes.


Supplies:
Zoe Paper Collection
Ariste Cricut Cartridge
Coral Shimmer Trim
Slate Exclusives Ink
Zig Black pen
Tim Holtz Distress Marker




 Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Distress Ink and Watercolor Baby Card #2


This is the card that I have been so excited to share with you but I couldn't until the new Annual Inspirations came out.  Why?  Because that bear was not painted with just any watercolors.  It was painted with the BRAND NEW watercolors from Close To My Heart.  Woo Hoo!  At long last CTMH has added its own set of watercolors and they are GoRGeOuS!!!  Not only that, but they have added watercolor paper and brushes too.

Just look at all of those beautiful colors.  How much better can it get?  The creative possibilities with Close To My Heart's watercolor line are just amazing.

What else did I use?
Enchantement paper pack (old set)

Plus a few other items too...
3 Girl JAM ribbon
Strathmore watercolor paper,
Spellbinders Scalloped Oval dies
Versafine ink
Inkadinkadoo Welcome Baby stamp set
Tim Holtz Distress inks (Mustard seed and salty ocean?)



Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Idea and Holiday Inspirations Books

Woo Hoo... It's here and you have got to see all the new products available from Close To My Heart.  I have a few in the video to share.  You can then check out my online store by clicking here.  Then join the "New Ideas Gathering" and shop away.  There is so much to choose from that I don't want you to miss it.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.