Friday, May 30, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 9

Art by Sherri Rottler

Luscious greens!  The patterned papers here are from the Skylark paper pack.  Used together with the Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon, it makes me think of Spring and all the different greens we see in nature.  Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape is a creative accent to the left - torn on the ends for a rustic appeal.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 8

Art by Debi  Gardner

I think it's so funny that two very good friends (Debi and Maggie) ended up using the same Sarita paper pack and Skylark Assortment on their cards for this month!  Without even knowing it. :-)  Debi adds Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape two different ways here.  Placed on a white strip down the side, it is a bold accent.  Then it's also placed as a sheer "attachment" piece above the sentiment, as well.

Friday, May 23, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 7

Art by Leslie Ann Chivers

This is one of those cards that I especially love because it's a combination I never would have come up with!  Laughing Lola paper, Purple Shimmer Trim and Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape all come together with Black and Lagoon for a smashingly festive combination!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Baby's First Year Album

Welcome to an "Inspired Designs" project!

This little 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 album perfectly records Baby's first year, with a page for each of his or her first 12 months, plus a birth photo and an extra page at the end for first birthday, christening, first Christmas - whatever special day you'd like to feature.

How can you make this project, yourself?

Simply visit my web site and enter  "Inspired Designs Projects" , on the lower right of home page.  Shop here and order the following:

Z1956 MyCreations Hip Picks Album - $8.95
X7177B Skylark Paper Pack - $9.95
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape $4.95
Z1853 Aqua Dots - $3.95

You might also consider the following products, which I used:

Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Collection - $99 (all sentiments and letters are cut with this cartridge)
Z679 Liquid Glass - $6.95 (best adhesive for delicate pieces!)
Z1382 Tweezers - $5.95 (perfect for placing glued pieces)

These three extra suggested products are not necessary, but are recommended.  You can replace the Artbooking-cut words/letters with stamping, handwriting, or other die-cut images.  But honestly - these are so darned cute! :-))

Once your order is placed, I will email you a file with FULL color instructions, including photographs of each step, and a detailed list of the Artbooking images (including booklet page # and size setting.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Terrific Tip Tuesday - Custom Color Sparkles! 5-20-14

We have a beautiful selection of embellishments, including our Sparkles: Brown & Tan Assortment (Z11753), Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754) and our Clear Assortment (Z1752.)

With our Clear Assortment, you can easily custom color any bright or pastel color by using Sharpie pens!  Simply color them while they are still on the plastic carrier sheet and allow to dry, which doesn't take long at all.  Then simply pick them off with your piercing tool and embellish your artwork to your heart's custom-colored content!

Monday, May 19, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 6

Art by Maggie Cameron

Where does this golden border across the card come from?  It's a zip strip from the featured paper pack, Sarita.  The flower adornment is from a completely different theme; the Skylark Assortment!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 5

Art by Tina Dupin

Are you lucky enough to have some of our retired Color-Ready Seam Binding?  It adds the lovely wrap-it-up-like-a-gift bow here.  Topiary Cardstock brings out the green from our Jubilee paper pack.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Terrific Tip Tuesday 5-13-14 "Trinkets Wooden Shapes"

Our Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes are ideal for embellishing with wood. Click here to see more product details.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 4

Art by Darlys Recker

Balloon Ride is the featured paper here.  Want to see the secret of making this card?  Look for an upcoming Terrific Tip Tuesday for a how-to video!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 3

Art by Shannon Law

I love the boldness of the 2-color scheme here.  The only additional color is a little green colored on the leaf and a couple of Green Epoxy Bubbles.  Babycakes Paper provides the pattern to the left, paired with our Buttercup CS.  Red accents are brought in with the use of Ruby Cardstock, Ruby Chevron Washi Tape, Red Shimmer Trim and Baker's Twine from our Ruby Mini-Medley.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Terrific Tip Tuesday - PRODUCT COLLECTIONS! 5-6-14

Have you thought about trying out cardmaking or scrapbooking, but just wished there was a starter kit to get you going?  Now Close To My Heart is offering five new Product Collections, through July 31.  See pictures here, and then for pricing and SAVINGS info, click here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 2

Art by Julie Reynolds

Rows of stripes make a fun and easy background.  Using Ivy Lane papers, and adding a length of Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon, I made a background that nicely set off the bold sentiment from this month's set.  Three Clear Sparkles along the bottom add the finishing touch.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

"Free To Be Me" Paper Pack - Just $5 in May!

This collection consists of:

6 Free to Be Me B&T Duos Paper
2 UV-Coated, Designed Teal Cardstock Sheets
2 UV-Coated, Designed Red Cardstock Sheets
2 UV-Coated, Designed Gold Cardstock Sheets
1 White Feather Print Vellum Sheet
1 Gold Foil Polka-Dot Vellum Sheet

Featured Colors:  Gold, Mint, Peach, Red, Teal, Tan, White Daisy

Also included (just ask me to email it to you after your order) is a Free To Be Me Workshop Guide.  This is a step-by-step guide with cutting diagrams, recipes, and images for 2 gorgeous layouts and 3 beautiful cards that can be created using the paper collection

How can you get this great paper selection, retail value of $11.95?

For every $50 of regularly priced Close To My Heart products you order, you can purchase one of these paper packs.

When you order $50, add this Free To Be Me collection for $5, and the Stamp of the Month for $5 (because you qualify for this special price, too, at $50!) and you receive a total retail value of::

$50 + $11.95 + $17.95 = = = $79.90 for just $60
Such a deal!

Let me know if you have any questions about this fabulous May special.

Friday, May 2, 2014

May Stamp of the Month Art # 1

Art by Kimberly Ganiere

Jubilee Papers bring the summery feel to this card, and the Burlap Ribbon, wooden button and Baker's Twine (from Wooden Mini-Medley) embellish it perfectly, with their natural look.  Love the chicken wire stamp used at the right?  Find it here!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Virtual Card Class - 'Timberline"

Here are the 8 cards YOU can create, when you make a $30* order through the May Virtual Class link on my web site.  Then just email me to request your printable instruction pack, including full color photos, step-by-step directions and easy-to-read cutting list, via email.  This class is available only through ordering via the May Virtual Class link.

Email me today for a list of products used for these cards, to help you in ordering.

May Virtual Layout Class - "Timberline"

Here are the SIX layout pages that you will be able to create with this month's Virtual Layout Class.  Just place a $30 product order (prior to ship/tax) by clicking here -and enter the "May Virtual Class."  Then you can let me know that you would like the instruction packet for the card for this layout class:

Would you like a "shopping list" of items featured in these projects, to help you with your order?  Just email me and ask.

Then once you've received your instruction pack via email (including full color photos, cutting guide and easy-to-follow assembly instructions) you can create at your leisure, according to your own schedule!