Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a Pumpkin card holder I made with my BFF and her daughter.  We cut the pumpkin using the Cricut, ran it through an embossing folder in the Cuttlebug and then made 3 little 3 x 3 cards to tuck inside.  We had fun. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Retiring Items

Close to my Heart is getting ready for a new idea book come February 1st.  Yay!  BUT, when they introduce new items they have to retire some items.  As soon as an item is placed on the retiring list it is available on a while-supplies-last basis.  If you want to see the retiring items just click on the Retiring Tab at the top and it will take you to that page on my shopping web site.  The items on this list will NOT be carried forward in the new idea book.  
Note:  Any stamp sets that are shown in the Autumn/Winter 2013 book will also be available in the Spring/Summer 2014 book.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 4

Day 4 of the Holiday Card Workshop had us stamp and then emboss over the stamping.  Actually you can do the embossing first if you want and then stamp over it.  I used some of last year's CTMH Christmas paper and this years Frosted Card Workshop stamp set. I added a little gold ribbon from my stash.  You can try this technique yourself.  All you need is some Versamark ink and some embossing powder.  Our embossing powder is being discontinued so get some now.  Check out all the items that will discontinue at the end of January or while supplies last HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Clearly the Best: Wacky Washi

Here is another video from CTMH showing how to use Washi Tape to make a cute card.  And I can tell you it works!  Below is my version of the cupcake card they made.  Watch the video for instructions.  Want to order your own?  Click here - but the cute pink polka dot is only available until the end of January or until they run out. 

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 2

I'm behind on my homework!  This card is an attempt to make one of the card from Day 2.  The instructor showed us how to emboss snowflakes and suspend them on fishing wire. I used one strand of silver embroidery thread instead.  The snow flakes sort of spin on the card.  I cut the snow flakes on my cricut and used silver embossing powder.  The back of the window is lined with some Sparkle & Shine paper.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 3

Here is my attempt at one of the cards from Day 3 of the Holiday Card Workshop.  I used an old stamp set called December Word Puzzle.  The little trees were perfect for lining up on the diagonal.  I used some Sparkle & Shine paper and Ruby, Olive and Slate ink. 

Why Switch to CTMH?

I would appreciate it if you would take 3 minutes to watch this video about Close to My Heart.  If you would like to see what CTMH is all about, this video will answer your questions.  I've been buying CTMH product for 10 years and selling for 2.  I love all their product and love how Jeannette runs her business.   Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 1

I'm taking an on line Holiday Card Workshop through a web site called Online Card Classes.  I've never done anything like this and hope I can keep up with the "homework" assignments.  Our first class was all about dressing up the inside of your card.  Here is my example of making a gift card holder on the inside sealed up with washi tape.  I used our stamp set Wintery Wishes - a hostess only stamp set for the sentiment and the little penguin image, white pigment ink, Sparkle & Shine Washi tape and kraft paper.  You can shop HERE for your supplies. 
Here is how to make your own gift card pocket for the inside of your Christmas cards:  Take a 5 x 4 piece of vellum, score along the long side at 2 1/2.  Fold in half and crease using a bone folder.  Make a small mark at the center point of the long side and use a 1/2 inch circle punch to punch a notch.  Apply washi tape along the open sides and the bottom of the pocket.  Trim the excess washi.  Attach to the inside of your card by applying a thin line of Liquid Glass along the washi tape on the back side of the pocket.    Let dry completely and insert gift card!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rediscover Close To My Heart

This month's free download is a chalkboard wall art.  I decided to print it out smaller and make a card out of it.  I thought the Juniper Sparkle & Shine paper matched just perfectly.  I add some yellow bakers twine too.  If you want your own free download just click HERE.  While you are there check out all the other things CTMH offers. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Washi Wonder Birthday Cards

I got inspiration for these two card from a fellow consultant .  She made a Christmas card but I needed birthday cards.  I used the mini stamp Heartfelt Birthday Wish and the stamp set Washi Wonder that is only available to hostesses.  These cards are for two special sisters that both have birthdays in November.