Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sign In Guest Book Album

I saw Karen Pederson at convention last month.  I wanted to, and did, thank her and curse her for the video she put together about the sign in guest book.  I loved the idea as soon as I saw it.  I sent it to my niece, who also loved it!  Since I had made my niece her wedding invitations as her gift (100 invitations made!), I needed to find a sponsor to make the album.  My younger sister jumped at the chance!  Yeah, Lora!!

This is the front page.  It will hold a 5" x 7" picture.  My niece wanted Sea Glass.  I added the grays, browns, and blacks.  When I learned that her flowers were going to have coral in them, I turned to the Hello Lovely (retired) paper and fussy cut the flowers for each of the layouts.

This back page also holds a 5" x 7" picture.  The saying is from a retired stamp.  I thought it appropriate for the last page of a wedding.  The front and back photos are double matted.  A very small frame of Sea Glass is between the black and white.

The following are the two page layouts.  There is a lot of white space for people to write things.  Some of the papers were Rustic Home Fundamentals, Sea Glass cardstock and glitter paper, Some KindaWonderful B&T, Desert Sand cardstock, Whisper cardstock, Black cardstock, Live Beautifully B&T paper, Rustic Home Ribbon, and Washi tape.

Each page is double matted.  The base page is 12" x 12" of Black cardstock.  The next layer is 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" of Slate cardstock (the groom was going to wear a gray suit).  Then the 11" x 11" White Daisy cardstock.
pages 2 and 3

pages 4 and 5

pages 6 and 7

pages 8 and 9

pages 10 and 11

pages 12 and 13

pages 14 and 15

    Some techniques I used:
    • embossing (front and back cover)
    • embossing and then sanding (pages 3 and 4)
    • direct to paper inking (pages 2 and 3)

    The strips of paper I used varied from 1/4" (going with the central background strip) to 3 1/2" (central background strip).  The banners ranged from 1/2" (washi tape and ribbon as well as paper) to 2 1/2".  Most were 1 1/4" to 1 3/4" I believe.  Each was bannered about 1/2" upward.

    Since pictures were not going in beforehand (my niece wants to put wedding picture in), I varied the orientation.  I stamped "place photo here" so people wouldn't sign there.  The single Black mat was cut at 4" x 6" and the white area is 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".  The 4" x 6" pictures will need to be trimmed down.

    I raised the flowers with Thin 3D Foam so that pictures could be placed beneath them.

    So, THANK YOU, Karen Pederson (her original post on her blog), for sharing this with us!  I'm so grateful because I've started a new tradition in my neck of the woods.  And curse you, for sharing the idea with us, because now I'll be making more.  : )  Of course seeing the expression of the bride and groom, and hearing the oohs and aahs of guests, the effort was well worth it!

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    July is Stampaganza at Close to my Heart

    It's time to stock up on your stamp sets at a discount!

    It's also a great month to be a hostess!  Host a gathering in July that reaches the fourth level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than August 7, 2017), and receive the Word Puzzle Bundle (CC1300) FREE! The Word Puzzle Bundle is a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets and is valued at $215.40!

    Are there any My Acrylix® stamps that will not be eligible for this promotion? Yes. Stamp sets not available for retail purchase (such as stamp sets included in Cricut® collections), Operation Smile™ stamp sets, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets (both discounted and full-priced) will not be eligible for this promotion (either as the qualifying full-priced stamp set or as the free stamp set).

    How many free stamp sets can I qualify for in a single order? Everyone can purchase as many stamp sets as you wish during this campaign. For every two sets purchased at full retail price, you will qualify to receive a third stamp set of equal or lesser value for free. (Free stamp sets will always be the lowest-priced stamp sets in an order.)

    Is now a good time to become a consultant? Become a Close To My Heart Consultant in July and submit $300 in commissionable sales by August 31, 2017 and earn the Word Puzzle Bundle FREE!

    Check out my website for more details and to order your stamps.  : )

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Cardstock Carnival Almost Done

    The end of the month marks the end of 25% off all cardstock.  There are no colors retiring this year, so stock up for the next year!  At a discount!*****CORRECTION- the basic colors (except black) are ALL changing.  We have 10 new colors!  Colonial White is also retiring.

    What's more, is that our card stock is going two tone. The great color you know and love on one side; and a lighter version on the back side!!!  *******

    Shop my website.  : )  Don't wait, because after June 30, this deal is done.

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Hinged Ghirardelli Box Holder

    I'm ready for convention... at least my swaps are!  I came across a hinged box by Caroline Helwigh Wright.  I was fascinated, but needed to modify her dimensions to fit my needs (getting more than one box from a 12" x 12" cardstock and fitting something yummy inside).  : )

    The most important aspect of this hinged box is that it needs to be square.  If it's not square, it won't close!  Each box measures 5 ¾” x 6 ½” and is cut from cardstock.  You'll be able to make 2 boxes from one 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock.

    Along the 5 ¾” side, score at ¾”, 2 7/8", and 5".
    Along the 6 ½” side, score at ¾”, 2 7/8", 3 5/8", and 5 ¾”.

    Cut along the solid blue lines shown in the picture.  Not shown are the tabs wedged to make it easier to fold (but take a look at the pictures below for how I wedged mine).
    Chocolate  hinged box holder

    After I cut on the lines, I stamped the outside front flap/cover.  I thought it would look cool not to stamp the sides, but it took a little more time to avoid the sides (I masked the sides with paper).  Once the stamping was done, I put Scoretape on the appropriate places (see picture).

    chocolate holder dimensional box

    To make it super simple, I didn't layer on the outside of the box.  I chose to cut some images out from Artbooking Cricut Collection.  And since I get bored quickly (once I figure things out), I made two different designs.

    The first is Hugs found on page 49 under the <icon> and <icon><shift> (2nd column, 2nd row).  Both the heart (in Thistle Cardstock) and "hugs" (in Pansy Cardstock) are 1.82" x 1.82".

    I stamped in Cashmere ink on Cashmere cardstock.  The stamp is from the Flower Market Collection.

    chocolate holder dimensional box
    The second of my swaps are "just BE" cut from Emerald cardstock (found on page 39 - <title><shift> (2nd column, 1st row) and be yourself - at least the banner part - found on page 41 <title> (4th column, 1st row).  Using Design Space, I hid the "be yourself" with the hide contour feature.  Then I made the banner 1.8" wide and 0.35" high.  Originally I was going to keep "yourself", but it didn't look right; and I realized I would have to back the banner with another piece of paper, so I took the word out.  After the banners were cut from Willow cardstock, I stamped "YOU!" with the Pen Pals Alphabet stamp set in Black Ink.

    This time I stamped in Bamboo ink on Bamboo cardstock.  I stamped on the wrong piece (the inside) so I had to go back and restamp!  Again, I used paper to mask the ends.

    chocolate holder dimensional box

    The green dot in the cutting diagram (above) is an optional, although highly recommended, hole for the pull string.  To make the pull string, I used the White Twine, Willow ink and Thistle ink (corresponding to the box in mind) and a sponge dauber to color the white twine.  Hold the end of the twine and pull the twine between the dauber and the ink pad.  Pull the twine several times to get the intensity of color you want.  I fed about a 2" piece of the pull string through the hole, securing it to the inside with regular tape.

    The front flap/cover measures about 2".  If you'd like to add a mat or decorate the flap/cover, you'll want your papers to be smaller.

    Want to get the dimensions of "HUGS" and "just BE YOU!" just right?  Let me make this simple... Here is the Design Space canvas file:

    Ready for the finished products?!

    chocolate holder dimensional box

    The hinge is on the bottom left.  The easiest way to open the box is to hold the upper left corner with your left hand while pulling the twine with your right.  Then the treats are revealed, removed, and consumed.

    Cute, right?!  Now it's your turn!

    Item Number Name
    Z2805 Black Ink
    Z2803 Bamboo Ink
    Z2875 Cashmere Ink
    Z2840 Thistle Ink
    Z2807 Willow Ink
    X5932 Cashmere Cardstock
    X5782 Pansy Cardstock
    X5769 Thistle Cardstock
    1301 Bamboo Cardstock
    X5783 Emerald Cardstock
    X5784 Willow Cardstock
    Z3285 or Z3290 Flower Market Cricut Collection - background stamp sets
    Z3169 Artbooking Cricut Collection
    B1539 Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set
    Z3216 White Twine
    Z726 or Z1938 Sponge Daubers
    Z1204 Bone Folder - to score and burnish
    1512 or Z553 Bonding Memories Glue - to glue the Cut pieces together and to the box
    Z1151 3-D Foam Tape (to mount the banner)
    Z534 or 1836 Micro-tip Scissors
    Scoring board
    Score Tape / Red Line tape

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    June 2017 Stamp of the Month

    Before the month ends, you should see the stamp of the month set and a few examples.

    S1706    Hello Foxy Stamp Set
    X7219B  Little Dreamer paper (zip strip)
    1385        White Daisy Cardstock
    Z3271      Archival Black Ink
    Z3216     White Twine
    Z3274     Clear Sparkles
    Z1263     Bitty Sparkles
    Z3132     Watercolor Paints
    Z3132     Paintbrush Set
    Z2060     Thin 3D Foam Tape

    S1706    Hello Foxy Stamp Set
    X7219B  Little Dreamer paper (+ zip strip)
    1385        White Daisy Cardstock
    Z3271      Archival Black Ink
    Z3216     White Twine
    Z3321     Little Dreamer Gems
    Z1263     Bitty Sparkles
    Z3132     Paintbrush Set
    Z2060     Thin 3D Foam Tape

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Wedding Guest Sign-in Keepsake Book

    My niece is getting married in July so this video is great timing.  I'm going to "tuck" this into my memory for my daughters' wedding.  I just love this idea!!

    There are so many great papers that will work for this.  And new ones are "always" coming out.  I would just have place holders for the pictures if actual wedding day pictures were going into the album.  Dating pictures would be a nice touch too...  the journey to the wedding day.

    And reading the comments, it doesn't have to be just for a wedding.  Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen Birthday, Over the Hill Birthday, Christening, and anything else where a large number of people gather and would like to give good cheer to.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Close to my Heart FLASH SALE - June 1st through June 2nd

    Close to my Heart is so excited for the arrival of summer that we're celebrating with a one-day flash sale on my website! The sale will begin Thursday, June 1 at 2:00 pm PDT (3:00 pm MDT; 4:00 pm CDT; 5:00 pm EDT) and it will end at that same time on Friday, June 2. This sale will feature a 30% discount on selected products and product bundles from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2.

    Sale prices will only be available on orders placed through my website during this sale. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count toward Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals. As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

    In addition:  Looking for a great way to preserve and protect your memories? We’ve got you covered! In June, buy one My Legacy™ album and get a second at 50% off*!  *Discount applied in cart; album selections subject to availability.

    Happy FLASH SALE and album shopping!