Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cardaholics Creative Block Inspirational Blocks

What do you do when you have a creative block?  You roll the dice!  Inspired by a magazine, I made up some inspiration blocks - each block representing something dealing with creating a card or layout; Color, Embellishment, Technique, and Theme.

Each block was made from the Artiste Cricut Collection (retired) page 45, 3D Object.  The finished block is 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5".  Each block is covered with a different Fundamental B&T family.  I'll admit, I was short on time, and printed the items instead of stamping them.

On the COLOR block, the choices are: Black and White, Reds and Yellows, Blues, Primaries, Secondaries, and Tertiaries.

On the EMBELLISHMENT block, the choices are: Brad/Gem, Flower, Button/Sew, Ribbon/Twine, Glitter, and Distressing.

On the TECHNIQUE block, you'll find: Pattern/Pinterest, Monochromatic, Watercolor, Embossing, Fancy Folds, and Coloring.

And on the THEME block: Floral, Animal, Thank You, Blank, Birthday, and Beach.

The 3.5" x 6" bag topper was fun to make.  The word "CREATIVE" was stamped in Nutmeg (Z2830) ink using Jennifer's Hand (B1484) stamp set.  "BUSTER" was then stamped in Toffee (Z2828) ink.

"BLOCK" was created with the Marker Alphabet (E1034) and Bashful (Z2819), Blossom (Z2810), and Raspberry (Z2812) inks.  The entire word was inked in Bashful.  Then 2/3s of the word was inked in Blossom (leaving the very bottom as Bashful).  The top 1/3 of the word was then inked in Raspberry (the darkest red).  Then the image was stamped on the White Daisy topper.  Note: If you make more than one, you'll need to clean the stamp before going back to the lightest color.

A small bead of Liquid Glass (Z679) was used to adhere the bag to the inside back of the topper.  Another bead was used to keep the Enchantment Sapphire Twine (retired) in place at the fold of the topper.  Hook and Loop Dots keep front side of the topper down.  One hook dot is adhered to the bag while the loop dot is on the inside of the topper.

So, when I can't think of something to make, I whip out my handy blocks, roll them, and move forward with what they suggested.  No more creative block!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Magazine Inspired Fundamentals Swap Card

How about this card?  My inspiration came from a beach bag card in Paper Crafts Magazine from July 2012.  It's the stripes that stood out to me.

My card uses the new patterns of Enchantment and Whimsy Fundamentals (both new patterns).  I also made my own B&T paper by stamping with Sapphire ink on Sapphire cardstock.  For that I used the In the Background stamp set (new).  The flowers are from Beautiful You (new) stamp set, but I used the bundle - the corresponding Thin Cuts and Stamp Set.

Flowers Thin Cut
How dimensional do those flowers look?!  Three stamps were used in the making of each!

Large Flower:  Pansy was 2nd generated for the base layer.  Then I stamped Pansy again, but 1st generation, for the middle layer.  The top/smallest part of the flower was inked in Eggplant.

Medium flower:  For this one, I only used Saffron Ink.  The base is 3rd generation, the middle layer is 2nd generation, and the top layer is 1st generation.

Small Flower:  This followed the same process as the middle flower except that I used Peacock ink.

Leaves:  Both were stamped 2nd generation and then 1st generation with New England Ivy ink.

The Pansy/Eggplant flower and larger leaf are adhered directly to the paper, the Saffron flower and small leaf are raised with Thin 3D Foam, and the Peacock flower is raised with 3D Foam.  Having different levels adds interest to the card.

The 5.25" x 4.25" card is finished with Gold Pearls (new), and the right two corners rounded.  You might have noticed that I mentioned the dimension of the card isn't the standard 5.5" in height.  Well, I didn't feel like thinking... Each of the strips are 7/8".  I didn't want to decide which color got an extra 1/8" - two are needed to make up the missing 0.25".  Which two strips would you have made higher?  I would have noticed a difference in height.  So, the card is a little shorter - no biggie.  And you may not have noticed if I hadn't mentioned it.  ; )

Before I put my swaps in the mail, I added a piece of cardstock to the top.  I'm hoping this will prevent the pearls from cutting into the envelope.  In addition, I placed the fold of the card into the envelope first.  I don't normally mail cards this way, but I was hoping without the pearls being at the bottom, the cards will go through the machine (and therefore not returned to me for more postage as this might have to be a hand-sorted card.

Check out all the new goodies at dsdoodles.closetomyheart.com.

Item NumberDescription
Z3352 Enchantment Fundamentals
Z3350 Whimsy Fundamentals
X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
Z2848 Sapphire Ink
Z2835 New England Ivy Ink
Z2849 Peacock Ink
Z2847 Eggplant Ink
Z2804 Pansy Ink
Z2851 Saffron Ink
Z3384 Beautiful You Thin Cuts & Stamp Bundle
D1750 In the Background Stamp Set
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2060 Thin 3D Foam
Z1151 3D Foam
Z1912 Corner Rounder

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Handmade, Hand Stamped Wedding Invitation

Want to see the wedding invitations I made for my niece?!  Of course you do.  : )

She got married at a historical park.  She likes Sea Glass and had succulents as wedding favors. Woodgrain came to mind for the invites.
belly band for wedding invitation
Closed Invitation
 The word Buckle is a cut from Artistry Cricut Collection (page 11).  The top layer is the word Love which was cut from Colonial White cardstock.  The background is Sea Glass.

Here it is opened.  I hand stamped each invite with the swirl (I still LOVE that retired stamp set) and heart in Sea Glass.  I also edge distressed the invite with Sea Glass.  The reply and guest information went into the pocket to the right.

wedding reply cards hand stamped

As you can see, I kept the same motif with the information card and reply.

I had created each base piece in Word after some designs I found on Pinterest.  I was able to get two invites from one 8.5" x 11" piece of light cardstock, and four of the Guest Information and Reply cards.  Unfortunately I couldn't get the margins to work out correctly, so when I brought the job to Staples for them to print and cut, I had some weird cutting instructions for them.  The Staples employee was able to follow along so everything was cut the way I wanted.  : )

To assemble the cards, I used a small bead of Liquid Glass around the edges.  I knew everything was going to be thrown away (*sigh*) so I wanted the cards to be economical.  I thought about using glue stick, but felt parts would dry before I had an opportunity to glue it down.  Plus it would be more labor (I know, I put a lot of time into the cards anyway) intensive with the stick.  The Liquid Glass was quick, easy, and cost effective (I didn't come close to using a bottle - maybe half a bottle).

You might be asking how much?  The raw materials was the most expensive part of the project (okay, if I were charging to make these invitations, raw materials wouldn't be the most expensive part) - about $350.  I made 100 tri-fold invitations.  So you have the tri-fold part, the envelopes for those, and the envelopes for the replies.  So about $245 for those.  Then the Sea Glasss cardstock; about $50 for three packs, and the few bucks for cardstock, ScoreTape, and other odds and ends.  Printing and cutting were another $40.  I didn't keep track of the time it took me.  I started early enough that I was able to edge distress while watching TV.  Assembling I did at the table so I could focus on that... I hate crooked cards.

Then I handed everything over to my sister.  I had cut and scored the belly band for the front.  And put ScoreTape on the edges so it would be easy for my sister and niece to secure the invite closed.  My niece really liked them, so that's what matters!

I made matching Thank You cards for her shower gift too.  : )

Friday, August 4, 2017

Flower Market - Page 29 Key

Today's installment has Jill talking about how to layer, and what can be done with changing sizes.

Supplies used today include:
Item Number Description
D1706School Kids (globe card)
A1182Etched Alphabet
X7211BJeepers Creepers Paper - RETIRED - can use any grey background paper (layout, globe card)
Z3255Whimsy Fundamentals (flowers and title on layout)
X5789Sea Glass Cardstock (Retired) (layout container, hydrangea card, globe card)
1385White Daisy Cardstock (layout base)
1388Colonial White Cardstock (layout, hydrangea card)
X5637Sweet Leaf Cardstock (layout, hydrangea card, globe card)
Z2872Whisper Ink (hydrangea card)
Z891VersaMark Pad (globe card)
Z2068Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder (globe card)
Z555Craft Heater (globe card)
Z3269You & Me Complements (hearts on layout)
Z3287Whimsy Ribbon Pack (hydrangea card)
Z3285Flower Market Cricut Collection

Monday, July 31, 2017

Close to my Heart Warehouse Sale - Every Tuesday in August!

I'm always super sad when an idea book retires.  I can no longer get items from the book.  And now that it isn't available, I REALLY want it!  Curses!!

Corporate may be able to help...
"Every Tuesday during the month of August we will unveil a fresh set of retired Close To My Heart products and product bundles at a 50% discount! For this sale only, we’ll also only charge shipping and handling on the price paid instead of on the retail value of the items, the way we normally do. These items will only be available during the week they are launched while supplies last, so you’ll need to act fast!

We don’t want to give too much away, but we can say that the products we will offer are items that have been retired. From paper packets, Complements, stamp pads, stamp sets, and much, much more! Some items will be available individually and others have been grouped into purposeful bundles.

Normal shipping and handling rates, and taxes, will apply, but they will be calculated on the discounted price you pay rather than the customary full retail price of any item."

Other questions and answers:

Is this offer available only while supplies last? Yes, these items are only available while supplies last, so shop early in order to get yours while they are available!

Does the purchase price of these items count toward earning Hostess Rewards and the discounted Stamp of the Month? Yes, these items do count toward earning Hostess Rewards and the discounted Stamp of the Month.

Are these items available for purchase with Hostess Rewards credit? No. These items are not available for purchase with Hostess Rewards credit.

Are these items available for purchase as a Hostess Rewards 50% off item? No. These items are not available for purchase as a Hostess Rewards 50% off item.

Are these items available for purchase with Select Product Credit? No. These items are not available for purchase with Select Product Credit.

If you're a bargain hunter, I can set up a gathering for you.  Then, each week you'll have the opportunity to get the new items each time counting toward your gathering.  At the end of the month, you'll be close to $150 and qualify for hostess rewards.  Don't forget, the NEW Annual Inspirations will be orderable in August!!

Of course I'd be happy to come to your house and share with you products Close to my Heart offers. Or how about a Facebook gathering?  Let me know how I can help you reach your goals!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Picture My Life Video

Monica takes you through some stand alone sets we used to sell.  Now, though, every paper packet comes with two sheets of cut apart images.  Just like the cards she shows, each side has the same imagery but in both orientations.

What is still purchasable (is that a word?!), are the overlays.  We have three to choose from (until July 31, 2017 or while supplies last).  We also have more generic stand alone cards.
  • White Frames (Z3283).  These you place over your pictures to border them or add is little sentiment with the picture.
  • Retiring: Picture my Life Overlays - White (Z3193)
  • Retiring: Picture my Life Overlays - Gold & Silver (Z3144)

Stand alone cards are as follows:
  • Tabbed Journaling Cards (Z3278) are fun for journaling - lines to write straight! - and slide them into the pocket protector (or add on a page directly).
  • Watercolor Cards - both white/clear (Z3221) and gold (Z3217) are waiting for you to add color with watercolor paints.

How about miniaturizing your book?! Additional retiring items (July 31, 2017) are mini memories - Instalife 4" x 4" books - Blue Jean (Z3282) and Blush (with dots on them- Z3270).  These have their own overlays - Gold (Z3279) and Black (Z3284). They get their own memory protectors (4" x 4" Z3116) and printed cards - Hello Gorgeous (Z3275) and Enjoy (Z3291).

Take inspiration from the video and move your scrapping along with the cut apart cards found in the Seasonal Expression books!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

All is Bright and December Word Puzzle

Here's another two samples (because I'm running out of days to show you).  One uses the Quick Cards - All is Bright with December Word Puzzle, and the other just December Word Puzzle.

Here, Sapphire is the base of the left side of this Originals - On the Left (page 21).  The All is Bright is again stamped in Sapphire ink on White Daisy cardstock.  The stamped image is then adhered to Pansy cardstock.

Sapphire ink was used with the December Word Puzzle on Willow cardstock.  I know, it's odd to have the green with the purple and blue - those are tertiary colors.

Not that fast!  Before you adhere any cardstock, you're going to take your sanding kit and sand the paper to reveal the white core.  Don't worry about the stamped words, you can sand them too.  By doing so, you bring in some white to soften the intensity of color (especially the Willow paper) and marry the white from the cardstock.

Gold Foil Tape separates the Sapphire and Willow papers.  And if you can see them, there are 3 Dream Big Glitter Gems on top of the Foil Tape.

This second card also comes from Originals (retiring at the end of the month).  Buckle (page 82), I think, was the perfect choice for this card.

The colors are Poppy, Ruby, Fern, Canary, and New England Ivy.

Before I continue, I'd like to point out what NOT to do.  And that is not pay attention to your drawn lines.  I'm sure you see my line to the left of "Holidays" is slanted.  Well,that's because I didn't pay enough attention.  Had I paid attention, the line would be straight and higher in the corner.

Now that that rant is over, on with how the card was made.  : )

Enchantment Fundamentals - New England Ivy is the background paper for this card.  The trees were stamped with Fern (the outside two) and New England Ivy.  The stars were stamped with Canary (there are three stars).  Then the stars were stamped on scratch paper and then colored in with Pastel Green.  Two were cut out and then glued onto the focal.  The trees were 3D Foam Tape raised on Ruby cardstock.  The two buckle parts are Poppy cardstock.  I distressed them with the direct to paper technique - love that look.

"Happy" is stamped in Ruby and "Holidays" in New England Ivy.  As I mentioned earlier, I drew a line with the Journaling Pen around the base of the card as well as the focal trees. The card was finished off with the Green Triangular Gems (I thought they looked like trees).

So there you have it... Two stamp sets that aren't in the idea books that are eligible for Stampganza event - buy 2, get 1 free!

Items Used:
Let it Snow
Item Number Description
A1148Quick Cards - All is Bright (Stampganza special)
D1313December Word Puzzle (Stampganza special)
X575Sapphire Cardstock
x5782Pansy Cardstock
X5784Willow Cardstock
1388White Daisy Cardstock
Z2848Sapphire Ink
Z3129Foil Tape - Gold
Z3321Litter Dreamer Glitter Gems (retiring 8/31?17
Z1294Sanding Kit (retiring 7/31/17)
Z11513D Foam
9036Originals (retiring 7/31/17)

Happy Holidays
Item Number Description
D1313December Word Puzzle (Stampganza special)
1388White Daisy Cardstock
X5927Ruby Cardstock
X5779Poppy Cardstock
Z3254Enchantment Fundamentals (patterns retiring 7/31/17)
Z2870Ruby Ink
Z2835New England Ivy Ink
Z2850Fern Ink
Z2843Canary Ink
Z2852Poppy Ink
Z2459Pastel Green Shin Han Marker
Z3223Enamel and Glitter Duos - Green Triangles (retiring 7/31/17)
Z1979Journaling Pen
Z2060Thin 3D Foam Tape
9036Originals (retiring 7/31/17)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Annual Inspirations 2016-2017 Setting to Retire

As sad, and hard, as it is to say good-bye to an old friend, July 31, 2017 marks the end of our 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations.

The Fundamental papers will be changing, so if you like the patterns of what we have, order now!

The majority of stamp sets are retiring.  Stock up with our Buy 2 get 1 free promotion (through the end of the month too).  Corporate brought back some oldies but goodies for the month.

All Base and Bling items will be going.

Our Color of the Year - SEA GLASS - will be making room for a new color.  Don't forget to stock up on this gorgeous color!

Our Basic Color Palette is being retired too!  Black will be moving to be with White Daisy as a staple color, making room for a new palette of grays and browns.

Colonial White is going off into the sunset too.  That includes cardstock, ink, reinker, and the 50 value cards and envelopes.

Our How to Books - Reflections, Imagine, Cherish, and Originals - are going.

Go to the Going Soon! part of my website right now to see what's being retired.  Just don't wait to long or you might be out of luck!  And get that order in before 11:59pm Mountain Time (that's 10:59pm Pacific).

Friday, July 21, 2017

Stampaganza Stamp - All is Bright - Sample

I thought I'd share with you a stamp that is part of the Stampaganza campaign that you won't find in the idea books.  : )

Let me introduce you to Quick Cards - All is Bright.
snow CTMH Stampaganza
I made this monochromatic card using the colors Sapphire, Pacifica, Crystal Blue, and Glacier.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

I modified the Make it from your Heart Volume 2 pattern #24 to make it.  According to the pattern the papers are 1/4" narrower and then butted next to each other to leave an 1/8" border around everything.  Instead, I cut the papers 4 1/4" wide to span the width of the card.  I had intended for no white to show, but had forgotten to take the height into account when I cut the pieces.  Instead, I made lemonade!

The B&T paper is from the Adventure Fundamental pack - Pacifica - specifically. ;)

All is Bright is one stamp set, so easy peasy!  That's where I started...by stamping in Sapphire ink on White Daisy cardstock (3" x 3" - unlike the pattern dimension).  From there I picked the other colors. The stamped image is mounted on Crystal Blue (1/4" larger than the White Daisy)(because I liked the look better than when the Glacier was placed on top of Crystal Blue).  That is 3D foam mounted to be raised.

To the Glacier cardstock, I used the direct to paper technique.  The look is accomplished by opening your ink pad, and lightly rubbing it (in a circular pattern) over the cardstock.  It gives the cardstock some movement and life (definitely one of my favorite techniques!).

Lastly, I cut and glued on the Sapphire Twine from the Adventure Ribbon Pack.  Those are two pieces.  One for the straight, and another for the bow.  I used Liquid Glass to glue the pieces.  Those were in position before I mounted the stamped image.

Oh, and the last thing I did, was add some Shimmer using the Clear Shimmer Brush.  I added it to the snowflakes, every other tree, and below the "Merry and Bright all night" saying (you can sort of see that in the picture).

Items used (all CTMH):
Item #Description
A1148Quick Cards - All is Bright
Z2848Sapphire Ink
Z2841Glacier Ink
1388White Daisy Cardstock
X5770Glacier Cardstock
1292Crystal Blue Cardstock
Z3253Adventure Fundamental Pack - Pacifica
Z3286Adventure Ribbon Pack
Z3293Shimmer Brush - Clear
Z11513D Foam Tape
Z679Liquid Glass
9042Make it from your Heart Volume 2

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: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/62185737

    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!

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Flower Market Chrysanthemum Cardaholics May 2017 Card

    I created my Cardaholics card and thought you'd like to see.  : )  This month's challenge was to have a flower.  I love our Flower Market cartridge and wanted to use a flower from there.  I had LOTS to choose from!  I settled on the chrysanthemum flower.  Well, here, take a look.
    I started with a 4.25" x 4.5" piece of Background and Texture (B&T) paper.  The above B&T paper is from La Via En Rose (retired).  This the actual card I'm exchanging.  Below I used Some Kind of Wonderful paper (retired).  On the back side of the paper, I measured 1.5" from the top (4.25" width of the card) and marked on the LEFT side.  I then measured 1.5" from the bottom and marked the RIGHT side.  Next, you'll cut from those two marks (yes, you are cutting the opposite direction than the card, but that's because we marked the back side).  So, now you have the correct orientation of the B&T.  The bonus is that you can make 2 cards from 1 piece of paper.
    The B&T gets adhered to the upper portion of the card.  Below that I added White Shimmer Trim (Z3024).  I liked it, but thought to dress it a little bit more.  That's when I reached for my Rose Gold Foil Tape (Z3218).  I put that right on top of the shimmer trim.

    Problem, Will Rogers!  The Foil Tape is a lot like Washi tape and doesn't stick well.

    Liquid Glass (Z679) to the rescue!!  I put a very thin line of Liquid Glass down on the center of the Shimmer Trim, placed the Rose Gold Foil Tape on top, and cheers all around!!

    Now the flower.  I doubled all of the colors rather than having even more shades of the flower.  The Chrysanthemum can be found on page 47 of the booklet.  The colors I used (from back to front) were Sapphire (X5774), Pacifica (X5759), Lagoon (X5762), Crystal Blue (1292), Glacier (X5770), and Sea Glass (X5789).  To glue each layer together, I used Bonding Memories (Z553 or 1512).  I then adhered the entire flower to the center of the Rose Gold Foil Tape with Liquid Glass.  Finally, I finished the flower off with a White (or Black) dot from Black and White Dots (Z3314).

    The saying is from the Flower Market Cricut Bundle (Z3285 or digital Z3290) stamped in Black ink (Z2805).  Shop for your supplies to make your own!

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Patriotic Paper Banner Wreath - 4TH OF JULY

    Kristine goes through the Georgie Paper pack (RETIRED) but at 1:26 minutes into the video, she'll explain how to make the wreath.  You don't have to watch the whole thing...

    Banners can be made using Artistry or Flower Market Cricut Collections.  I'm going to use this technique for Fourth of July.

    Let me tell you what I did, using this video as inspiration.

    As I said, after watching this video, I knew I wanted to make a patriotic wreath.  I found a foam wreath at the Dollar Tree to wrap.  I cut 5 Sapphire (X5775) strips measuring 2" x 12" (just like in the video), 7 Cranberry (1272) strips, and 6 White Daisy (1385) strips.  I clustered the 5 Sapphire strips first, then alternated the Cranberry and White Daisy strips, starting and ending with the Cranberry.

    **NOTE:** I used Liquid Glass (Z679) to adhere the ends of the strips together, not tape runner.  I don't know if it's the wreath width, but the tape runner was not strong enough to keep the ends of the cardstock together.

    I bannered each strip and then fanned them out so they overlapped by about 1.5".  I then added a little bit of  Liquid Glass to the paper where it overlapped.  That way the strips would stay in place.  Finally, I cut out 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 small Thin Cut Heart Outline (retired) and added Liquid Glass to the stars and adhered them to the wreath.

    To the back, I added a 2" piece of thick twine, again with Liquid Glass, so I could hang my creation.  Shop here to get your paper supplies.  Now I'm ready for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July!

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Watercolored Laugh Floral May 2017 Stamp of the Month Card

    I fell in love with the stamp set as soon as I saw it.  Have you seen it yet?!  Let me show you!

    The words are large, but still fit on a card.

    Here is my sample of which I'm happy with.  It makes me smile whenever I see it!  : )

    I modified an old pattern for this card and updated with new papers, so it looks fresh.  Don't you love it?!

    See how the letters are large, but still easily fit on the front?  Each word is one stamp so you won't have to worry about lining up each letter.
    I knew that I was going to watercolor the letters so I stamped "Laugh" in Brown Staz-on ink (Z1142).  I chose Brown because of the beachy look I was feeling.  The letters and flowers on the letters were colored with our Watercolor Pencils (3505).  The background is Desert Sand, and the flowers are Hydrangea, Crystal Blue, Citrus Leaf, Bubblegum, Ocean, Sunflower (for the centers), Sunny Yellow, Olive, and Star Spangled Blue.  Then the background was softened with the Tombow Blending Pen (3174) - thus the reason for the Staz-on ink (no bleeding).

    The wood plank background and texture paper, cut at 2" x 5.5", is from No Worries paper packet (X7220B) as is the Lagoon water B&T paper (cut at 1" x 4.75").  The stand alone flowers and leaves:  The dark one is Sapphire ink (Z2848) on Sapphire cardstock (X5775); Glacier ink (Z2841) stamped on Colonial White cardstock (1388) and colored with Crystal Blue and Sunny Yellow (with a hint of Sunflower); and Sweet Leaf ink (Z2853) stamped on Sweet Leaf cardstock (X5639) -  all cut out by hand.  The Sapphire flower and one leaf are raised with Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060).

    The ribbon comes from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack (Z3292).  I cut off the extraneous part of the ribbon - again, I was going for beachy.  Lastly, I added the sequins from No Worries Sequins (off white) (Z3322).

    Did you spot the difference between the cards?  I started with the top one by stamping directly onto the card front.  But after adding the bottom papers, flowers, and embellishments, I didn't like how the word was lower than the rest.  So I colored and cut a separate word then mounted each letter with Thin 3D Foam Tape.  A little more time and labor intensive....  So, for the bottom card, I cut a 2.25" x 5.5" piece of Colonial White cardstock and stamped "laugh" on it.  That piece of cardstock was then mounted on the top of the card with the rest of the goodies.  "Laugh" is now on the same level, and I'm happy!

    Now it's your turn to go create something with these awesome products.  You might need to purchase them first, though.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Watercolor plus Hello Thin Cut

    I received a the "hello" card from my friend, and upline, Kay for my birthday.  I loved how simple and quick the card looked, so I made one of my own, changing a few things up.
    I took inspiration from the colors of Sugar Rush - mostly Raspberry and Blossom
    The base of the card is made from Raspberry cardstock, as is the Thin Cut "thanks" (Z3259 - "hello" comes in the same package).  The next layer has been Watercolored with our watercolor paints (Z3132).  The two hearts you see are from the Hearts Thin Cut (Z3260).  The large heart was run through with White Daisy cardstock, and the small heart was cut from Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238).  I keep the non-used part of the hearts in the package for later use.  : )

    Behind the white heart the paint is #12 that leads down to #14. Start with a wet brush and pick up the color.  Brush back and forth without too much worry.  If you want more color, put the brush back into the paint without getting it wet again.  Clean the brush (although you don't have to if you started with the lighter of the two colors), and repeat for the second color.  You can see in the right picture where my color got lighter and I went back for more ink (I probably got the brush a little wetter).

    The cool thing is that no two cards will be identical!

    The cards were finished off with Sugar Rush Dots (Z3310 - only available through April 2017).  The picture shows two of the three colors the dots come in.  The third color is silver/white.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Cut Above Layout Kit - Little One

    I thought I'd show you a little more about assembling the Little One kit.  I went ahead and punched out all of the die cut pieces and started laying out the layout (say that five times fast).

    Here is the left page laid out.  The instructions call for assembling the bottom layer. Unfortunately some of the shapes are covered by the picture.  But not here!

    You'll note that all the heart pieces are in the same orientation.  In the picture, the bottom right heart piece is only a small sliver (and the piece above that is covered completely.  I thought it cool that the far right pieces are only partial so it makes lining up at the edge of the paper easier, and there is no cutting involved.

    The same holds true with the right page of the layout; no cutting necessary.  The rest of the circle is cut down to only be the pieces you see to the right.

    Here's my tip about gluing these down.  In the picture, it shows the left side should be 1.5" from the top, but the picture is vague about which part of the circle should be 1.5".  So, I started gluing down the right layout first and went with the upper tip of the top piece as my measurement.  Since each piece touches, it's easy to place the other two pieces.

    Once I was done with the right page, I lined up the left page, and the upper right pie piece (of the left page) with the part circle of the completed page.  Wow that seems complicated!  I hope it's clear rather than clear as mud!

    Hopefully this picture makes it make more sense.

    You can also see that I didn't have my tips (left page) match exactly.  I figured a picture will be going over it, and I want this layout to remain quick.

    The above steps were the "hard" ones.  I then used the measurements given, and the picture for visual clues, for the next layers.

    Here is the completed left page.

    And the completed right page.

    The pocket cards go in as "instructed" or however you'd like.  I didn't bother to show you those, but you'll see them in the kit.

    Fast and easy.  Get yours today at dsdoodles.closetomyheart.com.  : )

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Cut Above Layout Kits

    I haven't been on for awhile so you probably aren't aware of our special this month.  You can purchase our two current Cut Above Layout Kits for 50% off until the end of April (or until supplies last).  If you don't have a lot of time, or are new to scrapbooking, these two kits are for you!

    The first one is called Little One and is intended for young children.  My thinking, though, is to not put the two bears on the layout, and then the layout is for a child of any age.  They will always be your "little one"!  The colors are Sea Glass and Whisper - gender neutral colors and a beautiful blend.

    The second Cut Above layout kit is Forever and Always.  Corporate uses wedding pictures, but it can be used for an anniversary or, again, your children.  "Forever and Always" can refer to a project your passionate about, or a destination you are in love with.  Or just substitute the title with your own.

    In addition to the TWO printed base pages, you get 12 pocket cards, die-cut paper pieces, title and embellishment stickers, two Memory Protectors, and two pocket Memory Protectors.
    Tips are given for the assembly of the two page layout, which includes measurements for placing elements on the pages.

    I personally like the idea of the pocket pages.  You can get many more pictures without the stress of making more layouts.  And that's a good thing!

    Again, if you are new to scrapbooking - or want quick and simple layouts - these two kits are a great start.  And these are the first two in a succession of kits to come.  There are two more kits in the Seasonal Expressions 2 book (birthday and adventure) AND a five layout kit just for May and the National Scrapbooking Month!

    I've got a gathering open on my website labeled "A Cut Above - quick and easy scrapping".  Go now and get your kits before they are sold out!  Join the gathering in the lower right hand of the page, and then click on Monthly Specials to see both layout kits. 

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Random "Stamping" meets Some Kind of Wonderful

    I had so much fun creating the cards for my Random Stamping Class.  Since I used retired stamps and paper for the class, I wanted to re-create the project with current paper.  It's funny though, because for these cards I didn't random stamp anything.  Instead I switched out the randomly stamped paper for Some Kind of Wonderful ((X7217B) Background and Texture paper.  I'm in love with the results!

    Black and White Dots (Z3314) were my accessories of choice.  Some of the sayings are raised with Thin 3D foam (Z2060).  The bottom right card was embossed with Dots (retired).  Some of the Lemon cardstock (X5786) was treated with Lemon ink (Z2808) direct to paper technique to add a little visual interest.  Most of the sayings come from the Flower Market Cricut Collection (Z3290 - Digital; Z3285 - physical cartridge).  The thank you stamps are from retired sets.

    Anyway, I wanted to share some sunshine with you today.  Enjoy!