Friday, September 23, 2022

Halloween Cards and a Sketch Challenge

Continuing the Halloween crafting fun with these cards I made to send to family and friends. The cards feature the Fa-BOO-lous Collection from Close To My Heart. I am enjoying working with this collection and the images and colors in it.




The cards were inspired by this sketch challenge from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog. You can see this sketch along with others here.




I knew I wanted to create several cards at one time so once I pulled out my Fa-BOO-lous paper I started to play with the combinations of patterns to use for the cards. I then cut the pieces of cardstock and patterned paper I needed and die cut the embellishments from the Fa-BOO-lous Stamp Set + Thin Cuts.





I stamped the images using Intense Black Exclusive Ink and colored them in with Triblend Markers.




As I assembled the cards I used some Thin 3-D Foam Tape for a couple of the layers to add dimension and then added some Melon Dots to finish each card.



I hope you like the cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies list:

CC8222 - Fa-BOO-lous Paper Pack

CC8223 - Fa-BOO-lous Coordinating Cardstock

CC8225 - Fa-BOO-lous Stamp Set + Thin Cuts

Z8011 - Melon Dots

Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Ink

Triblend Markers

Z3943 - Circles Thin Cuts

Z2060 - Thin 3-D Foam Tape

I hope you enjoy using these directions to make some spooky treats!

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, September 22, 2022

Halloween Treat Coffins and a Tutorial

I have been having fun playing with the Fa-BOO-lous Collection from Close To My Heart recently and came up with this coffin-shaped box for giving some Halloween Treats to my family and friends. The box uses patterned paper from the collection along with 1 sheet of cardstock and can be filled with some sweet treats for the holiday.

I am including a link to a downloadable PDF of instructions for this treat box as well as a process video for it at the end of this blog post.  The PDF contains a diagram for cutting the sheet of cardstock into the pieces you will need to create the coffin base and lid.

Cut the patterned paper into 1 3" x 5 1/2" rectangle and 2 12" x 1/2" strips.


Cut the cardstock into 4 3" x 5 1/2" rectangles, 2 4 1/8" x 2 1/4" pieces, 2 2 5/8" x 2 1/4" pieces, 1 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" piece, 1 2" x 2 1/4" piece, 2 4 1/8" x 1 1/4" pieces, 2 2 5/8" x 1 1/4" pieces, 1 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" piece, and 1 2" x 1 1/4" piece.



Make marks along top of rectangles at 1/2" and 2 1/2", along bottom at 3/4" and 2 1/4" and along sides at 2" down from top. Use trimmer to cut away between the marks to create the coffin shape.



Score each side piece at 1/2" along it's length and 1/2" on one side. Make sure to score at the same side for all pieces. Fold along the score lines and cut away the small bottom corner piece from each.



Apply adhesive to bottom and side tabs on each piece as well as along the back of 2 of the coffin-shaped cardstock pieces.


Starting with bottom piece for base (2" x 2 1/4" piece) remove adhesive backing and adhere 1st lower side piece to tab. Continue this by following with 1st upper side, top piece, 2nd upper side piece, and 2nd lower side piece. This will create a long strip as shown.



Starting with bottom piece, remove adhesive backing from tab and adhere to coffin-shaped piece (the one without the additional adhesive). Follow this around the coffin shape adhering each side in turn. At the end tuck the final tab behind the bottom piece. 


Remove adhesive from coffin-shaped piece and adhere to inside of base to cover tabs and provide extra stability.


Repeat steps for coffin lid.


Once the coffin is complete, decorate the lid with the patterned paper. Embellish with some fun stamped images from the Fa-BOO-lous Stamp Set and some Melon Dots. Fill with treats and enjoy!

Click here for the downloadable PDF of instructions. You can also watch the process video below.

Supplies list:

CC8222 - Fa-BOO-lous Paper Pack

CC8223 - Fa-BOO-lous Coordinating Cardstock

CC8225 - Fa-BOO-lous Stamp Set + Thin Cuts

Z3726 - Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts

Z5024 - Adhesive Tape

Z8011 - Melon Dots

Z4189 - Intense Black Exclusive Ink

Triblend Markers

I hope you enjoy using these directions to make some spooky treats!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Music Quiz Layout

Another layout done for my Rhine River Trip album during last Wednesday's Scrapbook with me event.  This layout is for a Music Quiz night we took part in during the cruise. Had a lot of fun at this quiz night. You had to name the title, artist, decade and country they artist was fun. Mike and I teamed up and did really well - we actually won 2nd prize which was a nice bottle of white wine which we shared with our dinner table later in the week.

The inspiration comes from this sketch by Traci Reed. You can see this sketch along with others here.


I continued to use the Hope and Kindness Collection for this layout and this time used the cut-apart Picture My Life cards from one of the patterned paper sheets to create some of the tags. The title was die cut using the Slimline Alphabets Thin Cuts set. I added some extra photos using the 3"x4" Flip Flaps. To finish the layout off I added some Black Acrylic Stars and some Silver Sequins from my stash.







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


Friday, September 16, 2022

Workshop Wow

With the new collections from the 2022-2023 Core Catalog Close To My Heart also has 2 Workshop Wow specials going on featuring these collections. Workshop Wow - Celebrating You and Workshop Wow - Flower Shoppe are the current specials and both feature a Scrapbooking Workshop kit and a Cardmaking Workshop kit.


Workshop Wow - Celebrating You features the Celebrating You collection is perfect for scrapbooking those fun celebrations or creating cards to send some birthday wishes to those you love. The Scrapbooking Workshop kit has the paper, stamps, embellishments and Thin Cuts needed to create 4 scrapbook layouts - 1 1-page and 3 2-page layouts. The bundle with the stamp and Thin Cuts is discounted at 20% off or you can purchase it without the stamp set and Thin Cuts.


The Cardmaking Workshop kit has the paper, stamps, embellishments, card bases and envelopes as well as Thin Cuts you need to make 12 cards - 3 each of 4 interactive designs.

This special is going on now through September 30th. You can see and shop this special on my website here.

Workshop Wow - Flower Shoppe features the Flower Shoppe collection is perfect for scrapbooking those fun times with family and friends as well as making cards to send some thoughts to someone you care about. The Scrapbooking Workshop kit has the paper, stamps, embellishments and Thin Cuts needed to create 4 scrapbook layouts - 1 1-page and 3 2-page layouts. The bundle with the stamp and Thin Cuts is discounted at 20% off or you can purchase it without the stamp set and Thin Cuts.




The Cardmaking Workshop kit has the paper, stamps, embellishments, card bases and envelopes as well as Thin Cuts you need to make 16 cards - 4 each of 4 designs.


This special is going on now through October 31st. You can see and shop this special on my website here.


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Paradise Found Layout

Sharing another workshop layout from this weekend's Ready Set Crop Back-to-School weekend scrapbook retreat. I enjoyed creating this layout using the Beach Party Collection from the July-September Catalog from Close To My Heart.




The inspiration for this layout comes from this class layout from Close To My Heart.



I changed up the class layout for the workshop by substituting the stamped images with some digital cuts from the Digital Art Collection that coordinates with the Beach Party collection.




I used various elements from different files in the Beach Party Digital Art Collection to create the title, island, seashell, beach ball, and flip flop shapes. I cut these on my Cricut using the Coordinating Cardstock Pack. I love being able to work with the Digital Art Collection - you can easily take elements from multiple files to combine to create your own artwork with them.

You can see and shop the whole Beach Party Collection on my website - here.

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

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Love to See You Grow Layout

Sharing a layout I did at a recent workshop at the Ready Set Crop Back-to-School weekend. This layout features the Backyard Bliss Collection that is part of the July - September Catalog from Close To My Heart. I loved working with the papers in this collection with the beautiful colors and floral patterns.




The base layout design comes from this layout from a Close To My Heart workshop. 





I wanted to change it up a bit so I incorporated digital cut shapes instead of stamped images in the layout.






I used various elements from different files in the Backyard Bliss Digital Art Collection to create the title, watering can, garden tools, and flower shapes. I cut these on my Cricut using the Coordinating Cardstock Pack. I love being able to work with the Digital Art Collection - you can easily take elements from multiple files to combine to create your own artwork with them.

You can see and shop the whole Backyard Bliss Collection on my website - here.

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