My Creations Mini Mix Album and Mini Folio

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My Creations Mini Folio

My Creations Mini Mix Album

Check out the latest mini albums from Close To My Heart–the My Creations Mini Mix Album and the My Creations Mini Folio.  Both albums are perfect for a quick gift or to highlight a special event or trip.  They go together in no time at all–with endless possibilities.  Watch this short video to learn more about them.

National Scrapbooking Month–Taste of Summer

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Taste of Summer Paper Pack

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month 2015 with a little Taste of Summer for only $8.95!

Taste of Summer Stamp Set

And why not add in a coordinating Taste of Summer Stamp Set, too?!?

There are so many fresh and summery projects to be made with these two promotional items from Close To My Heartonly available during the month of May!  Watch this short video to learn more and then be sure to order your own Taste of Summer through my ONLINE STORE.

You’re Berry Special

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Taste of Summer Cricut Artiste Strawberries Creating a darling basket full of strawberries seemed only natural when CTMH released it’s special Taste of Summer Paper Packet and Taste of Summer Stamp Set in honor of National Scrapbooking Month.  Plus, I found these cute berry baskets at Michaels that would work perfectly for holding the fun 3-dimensional paper strawberries.

Basket of Cricut Artiste Strawberries Cutting the strawberries out using my Cricut machine and Close To My Heart’s Cricut Artiste cartridge was a snap! I used Ruby Cardstock for the strawberries and cut them out at the suggested 6″ size.  The leaves were cut with Topiary Cardstock and because Close To My Heart’s Cricut cartridge images are linked, I didn’t need to adjust the leaf size once I plugged in the size for the strawberry!

To add depth and texture I embossed the strawberries using the Dot Embossing Folder and then sponged the edges with the coordinating ink pad and sponge dauber.  To complete them, I simply weaved the Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon through the holes in the strawberry, following the same pattern to keep the shape uniform, and then up through the hole in the leaf and tied the ribbon in a simple knot.

An additional touch you can try with your strawberry leaves/stem to achieve a more realistic, 3-D look is to curl your leaves using your Bone Folder.  This technique is similar to the concept of curling ribbon.  Simply rub the bottom side of your leaves with the edge of your Bone Folder until you get the desired curled appearance you are trying to achieve.  You can do this before you put the strawberry together (a little easier) or once you’ve got the strawberry all tied together.

Closeup Cricut Artiste Strawberries Still using the CTMH’s Cricut Artiste cartridge, I cut out the frames–once with the Taste of Summer Paper and once in White Daisy Cardstock to stamp the “You’re Berry Sweet” sentiment from the Taste of Summer Stamp Set. For the 2 colors, you’ll want to mask the sentiment and stamp it twice…once in Black ink and once in Ruby.

I just created this project at my Stamping on Saturday Class this past weekend and will be doing it with my monthly Stamp Club, too!  It’s a super cute project that takes hardly any time to create. I’ve made these Cricut Strawberries before – you can see another version of the strawberry with different texturing on my Cricut page.

Need some supplies to create your own?  Shop my ONLINE STORE.

Taste of Summer Special

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CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Paper Special

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart is offering a scrumptious collection of patterned papers called a Taste of Summer for only $8.95.  But that’s not all!  How about an equally delightful Taste of Summer Stamp Set to coordinate beautifully with these papers?

CTMH Taste of Summer Stamp Set Pretty wonderful, right?  Did you know that as a CTMH Consultant you get an advance sneak preview period for new product debuts?  That’s right…if you were a CTMH Consultant, you could have had your hands on these fun Taste of Summer products several weeks ago!  That’s just one of the perks of being a Consultant.  If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, you can visit my CTMH Consultant FAQs page.

My Crush on Crafting

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CTMH's My Crush for Her Book

 

Close To My Heart’s My Crush books make great homes for your memorabilia!  They come with a variety of beautifully designed papers and provide just the right backdrop for your keepsakes.

In this short video, you’ll see how quick and easy it is to document your life and keep these cherished moments together to reflect on.  In the coming week, I’ll share some other great ideas for these books as well.  So be sure to check back soon!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

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CTMH Ice Cold Summer Card

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Using CTMH’s Ice Cold Summer Stamp Set, you can create a festive card for Cinco de Mayo festivities or for a summer party.  I used the “Center Charms” card design from the Originals Card Confidence Program. Other supplies used:

  • Taste of Summer Paper Collection (CC1038)
  • Sunset Cardstock (X5758)
  • Cotton Candy Cardstock (X5760)
  • Cotton Candy Stamp Pad (Z2193)
  • Sunset Stamp Pad  (Z2191)
  • Canary Stamp Pad (Z2643)
  • Whisper Stamp Pad (Z2172)
  • Sanding Kit (Z1294)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)

Closeup of CTMH's Ice Cold Summer Card

Little Message Typed Note Card

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Little Message Typed Note Card

Here’s a final sample of CTMH’s April Stamp of the MonthTyped Note.  I received this card from Wendy T.   I love that she used our Paper Fundamentals.  These papers are often overlooked but are so versatile and pretty with their unique  patterns and glossy embossed look on one side of the cardstock.

Inside Little Message Typed Note Card She carried the look on the inside of the card by stamping with an additional sentiment from the stamp set.

If you haven’t purchased your Typed Note Stamp Set yet, visit my ONLINE STORE before it’s too late.

 

May Day Paper Basket Tutorial

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Small May Day Basket

How would you like to make your very own darling May Day Basket?  Well, you’re in luck because today, I have a step-by-step tutorial for you to create one!  Let’s get started…

Supplies

Supplies

First, we need to gather the supplies.  For a small basket (about 3-1/2″ tall and 2-1/4″ wide), you’ll need:

  • (1) 1/2″ x 7-1/4″ cardstock strip
  • (4) 3/4″ x 5-1/2″ cardstock strips
  • (1) 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ cardstock strip
  • (1) 1-1/4″ cardstock circle

Preparation

Embossed Pieces

For added depth, you can emboss your 4 strips and even sponge the edges.

Prepped Pieces of Woven May Day Basket

Next, you’ll want to prep your basket band (the 7-1/4″ strip) by using really strong adhesive like CTMH’s Base & Bling Adhesive Strips.

Step 1 DIY May Day Basket

Step 1:

With the pattern you wish to be showing on your basket face down, adhere it to the adhesive strip so that both the top and side edges are flush.  Repeat process with additional 3 embossed strips, keeping them flush to the top and sides.

Step 1a of DIY May Day Basket

Step 2 of DIY May Day Basket

Step 2:

With your first strip, bend it so that you are able to affix the bottom edge to the adhesive strip so that it is flush to the top  and flush to the strip next to it.  The pattern you wish to be showing on your basket should still be facing outward. You’ll repeat this same process with the 2nd, 3rd and then 4th strip.

Weaving process of DIY May Day Basket

Weaving Process Continued of DIY May Day Basket

End of Weaving for DIY May Day Basket

DIY May Day Basket Base

Step 3:

Your strips will be a little wonky and will need a little manipulation to create a more even basket shape.  Once you’ve done this you can adhere the remaining adhesive strip to complete the basket base.

Stablilizing DIY May Day Basket

Step 4:

With this smaller sized basket, it helps to place a circle on the base to help stabilize it.

DIY May Day Basket Base

DIY May Day Basket Handles

Step 5:

Using Glue Dots, adhere remaining strip to the inside of the basket to create a handle.

Now you can decorate it as you desire.

May Day Baskets

Bigger Baskets

Want to create a larger sized basket?  Here are the measurements for one that is about 5-1/2″ tall and 3-1/2″ wide:

  • (1) 1″ x 12″ cardstock strip
  • (4) 1-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ cardstock strips
  • (1) 1″ x 8-1/4″ cardstock strip
  • no circle base is necessary, but you can add one if you prefer

Enjoy your wonderful May Day Baskets (or save this idea and create Easter baskets, baskets with flowers or strawberries–you’re only limited by your creativity!)