Do you know someone who is just amazingly awesome? I believe that it is good to recognize those who have blessed you with their friendship, willingness to listen, and ability to tolerate you. This week, I created a card that you can give those awesome people using the a sentiment and little girl image from our A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. Isn’t this just adorable?! I love the combination of Glacier and Bashful together. If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ B&T (Blue Leaf Fresh Air), 4¾” x 3¼” Glacier Cardstock, 4¼” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T (Pink Beautiful Freindship), White Daisy Cardstock for stamped image
Techniques & Tips Just for You:
• The Glacier cardstock was embossed using a small dots embossing folder.
• I curved the sentiment and placed it onto a block before stamping it onto the B&T paper with Black Ink.
• Here is a list of the ShinHan™ markers used: Mahogany, Bronze, Clay, Light Orange, Pastel Peach, Tender Pink, Cerulean Blue Light, Turquoise Blue, Colorless Blender
I hope you take some time to create a few of these cards to give to those who are willing to put up with your nonsense. 😉 Remember, this exclusive A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase. I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.
Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned. Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.
As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and heARTful stamping challenge.
My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.
I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Father’s Day is right around the corner, and, since I enjoy giving you crafty ideas for holidays, I decided to create this Pinterest inspired “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. This fun four-inch card not only has a sweet saying on the outside, but it includes the “I love you a bushel & a peck” sentiment inside. How great would this be to give to a dad in your life? You can fill the box with their favorite treat or add some baseball tickets or a few gift cards.
This “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box was not only designed with you in mind, but I also created it to enter this week’s Color My Heart Dare and heARTful Stamping challenges. It’s been awhile since I have joined one of these challenges. My craft-room has been in such a disarray that I haven’t been able to make much of anything, so being able to join these challenges makes my crafty heart happy. If you would like to recreate this project you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with the instructions for completing the project.
Paper Needed for Card: 8″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, (2) 4″ x 4″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock Scraps
Card Assembly Instrucions:
1. To create the card base, fold the 8″ x 4″ White Daisy cardstock in half lengthwise and burnish the fold with a Bone Folder.
2. Adhere one of the 4″ x 4″ pieces of Nutmeg cardstock onto the front of the card base.
3. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a 3″ square from the center of the other 4″ x 4″ piece of Nutmeg cardstock. If desired, shade the edges of the “Frame” using a Sponge Dauber and Nutmeg Ink. Using Foam Tape, adhere the “Frame” onto the card.
4. Using Glacier Ink, stamp the “Buffalo Check” from the Documented Scrapbooking stamp set onto the 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Adhere this across the base of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. (You can choose to use B&T paper instead.)
5. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the “You’re the Apple of My Eye” sentiment onto the upper left corner of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Small Hearts” below the sentiment. (If you don’t own the Documented stamp set, the Leaf would look cute as an alternative to the hearts.)
6. Adhere the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the card.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Apple Basket” and “Apple” onto scraps of White Daisy cardstock.
8. Shade the “Apple Basket” and “Apples” using ShinHan™ Markers. Cut out the images and add them to the card using Foam Tape.
9. Stamp a sentiment inside the card, if you desire.
The Apple of My Eye Treat Box was create using a box image that I uploaded into Cricut Design Space™ and it decorated in much the same way that I did the card. You can find instructions for uploading the box image in this Tuesday Tutorial. Don’t forget that the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase. I can’t wait to see what you create!
If you are like me, you always have a need for Thank-You cards, so, this week, I created a few using the adorable images and a sentiment from our exclusive A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. I love sending happy mail to customers, especially homemade cards, but each one needs to be quick to make as well as fun to receive. This card defiantly “fits the bill” – quick to create, easy to assemble, and ready to send. If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with a few techniques to help you complete a few thank- cards to add to your collection.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ B&T (Green Fresh Air), 4¾” x 3½” B&T (Burlap Fresh Air), 2½” x 2½” B&T (Green Fresh Air), 1½” x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock scraps
• The circle was created using a 2¼” Stitched Circle Thin Cut cut in half.
• The background on the Espresso cardstock was created by randomly stamping the “Blowing Leaf” image onto the Espresso cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, then it was sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heat applied with a Craft Heater.
• Three stands of New England Ivy Twine was wrapped around the shorter ends of the Espresso cardstock.
• Color was added to the apples using ShinHan™ markers. Each of the apples was shaded fully with Cherry Pink, then I used Carmine to add shadows and a Colorless Blender to add light reflections. I shaded the “Leaves” with Sap Green.
• I used the Bronze and Clay ShinHan™ markers to shade the “Basket” then used Sap Green and Pastel Green to finish the details.
How cute would this look if you made the apples bright green? Or added a stitched border? Your imagination is your only limitation. I hope you take some time to create a few Thank-You cards using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. This exclusive stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase. I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.
Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May. If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge. I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately. How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!
And those tea cups….oh, my gosh! I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set. I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.
Here are a few techniques I used on this card:
- The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet. I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
- The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers. I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
- The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
- The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink. I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
- Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
- For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.
Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.
Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!
This week’s Color My Heart Dare allows you to choose colors from a Tic-Tac-Toe board featuring the palette from the “Make Waves” collection. Since Easter is coming much sooner this year, I decided to begin making a few cards to send to family and friends. I was inspired by a card I found in a magazine and decided to try to recreate it using ONLY the colors Lagoon, Willow, and Pansy. As always, the list of supplies used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.
I began with a 4¼” x 4″ piece of White Daisy cardstock that I sponged with Willow and Lagoon Ink. I created various masks to create the hills and sky, then sponged the entire creation with White Daisy ink to blend the colors even more. The images were stamped using Black Memento Ink, then shaded using our ShinHan Markers.
I, of course, had to add a little bit of sparkle with the Clear Shimmer Brush to the images. The White Daisy cardstock was adhered to some Pansy cardstock, then onto the card base. Even though was very simple to make, the cheery warmth of this card makes me feel ready for Spring to arrive.
I would love to see you join the Color My Heart Dare challenge this week. They love to see participation from all of their crafty friends. If you join the challenge this week, we can pick up this special “Buddy Badge” to proudly display on the side bar of our blogs, and get an extra chance to any of the random draws. Make sure to let me know if you decided to join in this week. I can’t wait to see what you create!!
Each quarter, a new Seasonal Expressions catalog arrives and I purchase packs of papers for my workshops and personal projects. This can amount to a plethora of paper. I made it a personal goal this year to use up ALL of my paper supplies each quarter BEFORE another idea book arrives. If you are like me, you have lots of random scraps that need using so, this week, I used up some of my Make Waves scraps to create this Sparkly Scrap card for the Color My Heart Color Dare and Heart 2 Heart weekly challenges. As always, a list of supplies I used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.
This card uses up random scraps of paper from the Make Waves Paper Packet. I used ½” strips of leftover paper and PML cards to create the background, a 12″ strip to create the Rosette, and matching cardstock pieces to finish the card. You can use any paper strips or zip-strips in your paper stash to create a card like this. I suggest sticking to 3-4 colors and creating a “visual triangle” with the colors you chose. This prevents the card from looking jumbled and allows your eye to flow across the images. As you can see, I used only Pixie, Emerald, and Pansy, then placed them so that each strip along with the rosette and large butterfly created “visual triangles”.
To make the card “extra sparkly”, I painted to butterflies with our Clear Shimmer Brush. These cards went together quickly and I now have less paper to use up before the end of the quarter. 🙂 I would love to see how you use up your paper stash of scraps. Feel free to post your projects on my Facebook Page for everyone to see. I can’t wait to see what you create!
The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month is the perfect set to have for creating Mother’s Day cards. This week, I paired the stamps with our Heart Thin Cuts (currently 25% off) to create this fun card for Mother’s Day. I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 3½” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 4″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3″ x 1½” Vellum (I used Uptown Fundamentals)
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper to the front of the card base.
2. Using Thin 3D Foam tape, adhere the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock to the center of the B&T paper.
3. Cut a chevron into one of the shorter sides on both of the ½” B&T paper strips. Layer the B&T paper strips onto the bottom of the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock.
4. Using the Black Pigment Ink pad, stamp the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and the “Teabag” images onto the 4″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, then sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and shake off extra. Heat with heat gun until it is embossed. NOTE: Use a small paint brush to brush off any unwanted embossing powder before heating.
5. Using ShinHan Markers, color the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and “Teabag” images, then cut them out. Note: I did not cut out the handle of the teacup. I am lazy sometimes. 🙂
6. Using a Piercing Tool or small hole punch, create a hole in the “Teabag” image. Thread a piece of White Twine through the hole and create a knot at the end.
7. Using the Small Heart Thin Cut, make three small hearts from the vellum. (I am so excited that these are 25% off this month!)
8. Adhere the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and the “Teabag” onto the card, as shown, using 3D Foam tape. To create the “rising hearts”, fold each heart in half and adhere to the card by placing a strip of Liquid Glass on the fold, then adhering to the card. Liquid Glass can also be used to hold the “Teabag” knot in place on the teacup.
Valentine’s Day allows us to show others how much we care, and this simple Valentine’s Kisses Box will allow you to do that without breaking the bank. By following the instructions below, you can make FOUR of these simple, treat boxes from one sheet of cardstock. The added bonus to this project is that the True Love stamp set supports Operation Smile. (Another way to show you care.) At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.
Paper Needed: 5″ x 4¼” Cardstock (I used Blossom), 1½” x 4½” Cardstock (I used Raspberry), 2½” x 3″ Window Sheet, 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock
1. With the 5″ side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the
5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock at 1¼”, 2½”, and 3¾”.
3. Fold the 5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock in half along the score line, and center a 2″ acrylic block ½” down from the fold. Trace the block and cut out the window.
4. With the 2½” side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the window sheet at 1¼”. (Note: I use old Cricut mat covers as window sheets.)
5. Fold the window sheet in half along the score line and use a bone folder to create a crease. Using Glue Dots, adhere the window sheet to the inside of the cutout matching the crease with the score line.
6. Using Raspberry Ink, stamp the “XOXO” sentiment onto the right side below the window on the outside of the box.
7. Lay the 5″ x 4¼” cardstock flat so that the inside of the box faces up and the sentiment is at the top (facing down). Using Glue Dots, adhere 5 pieces of candy to the bottom flap inside the box.
8. Fold the top over the candy and adhere the bottom flaps of the box together to close.
9. Attach the triangle box to the 1½” x 4½” base.
10. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the Girl image on the White Daisy cardstock. Color the image with ShinHan markers, then cut out the image. Attach the image to the front of the box using Thin 3D Foam tape.
The February Stamp of the Month, Easter Bunny, is the most adorable stamp set I have seen. This week’s card could be made for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or as a way to encourage a friend. I’ll be sharing project ideas each week with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (I used Blossom),
3½” x 3½” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely), 2¾” x 2¾” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely), 1¼” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, 1½” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock
1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock to the center of the card base.
2. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 3½” x 3½” B&T Paper. (Save the circle for another project.)
3. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 2¾” x 2¾” B&T Paper. (Keep this circle.)
4. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the Boy Bunny image onto the 1½” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock. Shade the image using ShinHan Markers. Cut out the Boy Bunny image.
5. Layer the 2½” B&T Circle, the Boy Bunny image, and the 3½” B&T Square with the circle cut-out onto center of the card ¼” from the top of the cardstock. (I used Thin 3D Foam tape to adhere the Boy Bunny image and 3D Foam Tape to adhere the 3½” B&T Square.)
6. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the center of the 1¼” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock. Cut a chevron onto each end of the cardstock. Using Thin 3D Foam Tape, attach the sentiment to the card below the 3½” B&T Square.
7. Add three Pink Enamel Gems to embellish the card.
8. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.