Thursday, February 6, 2020

Technique Thursday #1

I am so thankful that Close To My Heart has provided some wonderful videos to share with you techniques for using our products.

I know a lot of you are seasoned stampers like me but I find that sometimes it is good to have a refresher of some basic techniques for using and caring for your stamps. Today I want to share with you this video from Close To My Heart on Tips for Use & Care of our My Acrylix stamp sets.

I hope you enjoyed the video and found it informative. Here are some links to the products shown in the video.

1778 - My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
Z1782 - My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber
Y1501 - My Acrylix Block Starter Set 

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Cherishing Her

I am in love with the Stamp of the Month for the month of February from Close To My Heart - Cherishing Her. This stamp set with 23 images is perfect to celebrate the women we love in our lives, be they mothers, aunts, daughters, sisters or friends.

I was inspired to create this card by a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. You can see the challenge here.

I used paper from the Celebrate Today collection for the background and circle. I colored the flower bouquet in with Triblend Markers and gave it some bling with a Clear Shimmer Brush, some Soft Pink Shimmer Trim and Clear Sparkles.

This stamp set will be available through February 29th. You can purchase this set for $18.95 or for $5.00 with a $50 purchase from my website. Click here to see this stamp set.

I hope you liked the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
S2002 - Cherishing Her SOTM stamp set
X7252S - Celebrate Today Paper pack
X7252C - Celebrate Today Coordinating Cardstock
Z3608 - Soft Pink Shimmer Trim
Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2496 - Pale Pink Triblend Marker
Z2491 - True Blue Triblend Marker
Z2485 - Light Green Triblend Marker
Z2483 - Light Yellow Triblend Marker
Z3293 - Clear Shimmer Brush
Z3274 - Clear Sparkles

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Celebrate Today

Hi all! I am back! Slowly getting back into crafting as I am healing from my shoulder surgery. Been working a little bit each day on catching up. I am happy to share with you one of my recent creations using the Featured Paper for the month of February from Close To My Heart - Celebrate Today. This fun collection of vibrant colors and images is perfect for celebrating birthdays and everyday occasions.

For this layout I used a sketch from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 3 book along with the Celebrate Today Paper Pack, Coordinating Cardstock and Scrapbooking Stamp set. I used a combination of stickers and stamped stars for embellishments, using 3-D Foam Tape with some to add dimension. I also used the grid stamp behind the title block and journal block.

Click here to see all the products that are part of the Celebrate Today collection.

I hope you enjoy the layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
X7252S - Celebrate Today Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X7252C - Celebrate Today Coordinating Cardstock
D1903 - Celebrate Today Scrapbooking Stamp Set
9043 - Make It From Your Heart Volume 3
Z3608 - Soft Pink Shimmer Trim
Z2895 - Lagoon Exclusive Ink Pad
Z2844 - Pixie Exclusive Ink Pad
Z2812 - Raspberry Exclusive Ink Pad
Z2805 - Black Exclusive Ink Pad
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Celebrate Today Collection

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Oh My Heart

Getting a little more crafting time in each day as I heal and go to physical therapy. Been working on some Valentine's day projects using the Oh My Heart Collection. This collection of Valentine's themed papers, stickers and stamps is perfect for showing some love this holiday.

I made the mailbox treat box for the care packages I am sending both of my girls in college. I used a template from the Artiste Cricut Collection by Close To My Heart to create the box and the Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts to decorate it. I was inspired by one done by another Close To My Heart Consultant, Angela Steinhoff.

For the layout and cards I used the directions for the Oh My Heart Workshop to create these. The Workshop creates has everything you need (except ink) to create one two-page layout, one single-page layout and 40 3" x 4" cards.

This collection is available through February 29th. If you purchase the Workshop Kit you can get everything you need at a discount of 25% off. Click here to see the whole collection.

I hope you enjoyed these. Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
CC12010 - Oh My Heart Paper Pack with Sticker Sheet
CC12012 - Oh My Heart Coordinating Card-stock
CC12013 - Oh My Heart Stamp Set
Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Collection
Z4182 - Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts
Z3562 - Silver Stickles Glitter Gel
Z2805 - Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z6509 - Candy Apple Red Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2812 - Raspberry Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2844 - Pixie Exclusive Inks stamp pad

Friday, January 3, 2020

All Around Creativity

Welcome to January and National Papercrafting Month. In honor of this month Close To My Heart has put together a special that features a gorgeous home decor wooden wreath. The All Around Creativity special has four kits to choose from - Be Kind, Create, Grateful and Stay Awhile. You can easily tailor the to reflect the design of any room in which you choose to place it. I had so much fun customizing my own version of this special.

Each kit comes with a sixteen inch wooden wreath kit complete with die-cut flowers leaves and an elegant paper bow for easy embellishment. Each kit also comes with 2 pieces of double-sided backing paper to help you personalize the wreath even more. The pieces are all die-cut shapes that are simple to punch out and assemble.

I customized my wreath by coloring it with our Charcoal Exclusive ink for some added color. Once the ink dried I used our Liquid Glass adhesive to attach the backing, leaves and ribbon to the wreath.

This special is so much fun to put together and there are so many options for customizing it to your decor.

The kits cost $34.95 each and will be available through February 29th but during the month of January if you purchase 4 or more in any combination the price is discounted to $24.95.

Click here to see the wreaths in this special.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Spruced Up

Welcome to 2020 everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and is ready for a new year with lots of crafting! I am so excited to show you what is new with Close To My Heart for the new year. Our newest catalog - the January/February 2020 Idea Book - is now live and contains so many wonderful new papers, stamps and embellishments. The items in this catalog will be available until February 29, 2020. Click here to view this new catalog and all the goodness in it.

The first collection I want to share with you is the featured paper for the month of January - Spruced Up. I had an opportunity to complete a workshop with this collection so that I can show you how beautiful the papers and embellishments are. The colors and patterns in this collection are perfect for the cold-wintry days we have been having as well as many other occasions. 

Supplies Used:
X7253S - Spruced Up Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X7253C - Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock
X7253F - Spruced Up Wood Shapes
X3633 - Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
X254 - White Cards & Envelopes Bulk Pack
Z2829 - Espresso Exclusive Inks
Z2835 - New England Ivy Exclusive Inks
Z2825 - Mink Exclusive Inks
Z3517 - Black Journaling Pen (.05)
Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 - Glue Dots Mini-Dots

Click here to shop this collection today!

Hope you like the layouts and cards. Thanks for stopping by!