Social Distancing Make It Monday 10th Edition

CTMH Pinwheel Flowers

This week’s Make It Monday project is a fun 3-D one–pinwheel flowers for Memorial Day. If you are loving Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Pinwheel Thin Cuts Die, you’ll love making these fun 3-D flowers! Plus, they couldn’t be easier to make.

CTMH Blue Skies Coordinating Cardstock

I started by using the gorgeous *NEW* Blue Skies Coordinating Paper Pack. I pulled out some of the Sapphire and the Candy Apple and cut out some pinwheels with the die.

Since I wanted the White Daisy Cardstock to have the same beautiful embossed look that the Sapphire and Candy Apple do, I embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder (you can use any stamp image you have and just repeatedly stamp it on your cut out pinwheel.)

CTMH White Embossed Pinwheel Flower

After making all my pinwheels, I found some decorative paper straws I had on hand (you could also use pipe cleaners, wire flower stems, really whatever you have on hand) and hot glued the straws onto the backside of the pinwheel. I then cut out our now retired Stitched Flowers dies in White Daisy, Sapphire and Candy Apple (or you could take advantage of our Memorial Day Flash Sale and grab the Red, White & Blue Cardstock Bundle–it’s a great deal!) Again, using hot glue, I glued these Stitched Flower cut-outs to the paper straws. Basically, I sandwiched the paper straw between the 2 die cuts!

How to easily put our Pinwheel Thin Cut together! Shop The pinwheel today at Closetomyheart.com.🌟

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Need a visual on putting a pinwheel together? This video is great! Personally, I loved the tip on using a Piercing Tool to connect your pinwheel. What a clever idea! And guess what?! Right now, the Piercing Tool is on sale during the Memorial Day Flash Sale. It’s a great time to grab one if you don’t already have one.

Close To My Heart Pinwheel Flowers

So guess what? You can use these pinwheel flowers for the Fourth of July, too! If you’re looking for a fun project to create while social distancing, I hope you’ll join us in creating this week’s Make It Monday Pinwheel Flowers!

A Close To My Heart Memorial Day Sale

CTMH Memorial Day Sale
CTMH Memorial Day Flash Sale

As a special treat for Memorial Day, Close To My Heart is celebrating with a Memorial Day Flash Sale all weekend long! It’s the perfect time to save a little money as well as prepare for a new season of crafting. After all, Memorial Day does symbolize the start of summer–a perfect season for crafting!

The sale begins TODAY at 2:00 pm (PDT) and will run through 10:59 pm (PDT) Monday, May 25th. You’ll find deals up to 30% off on select items.

You can shop the deals on my ONLINE CTMH STORE. Whatever your weekend includes–enjoying yummy foods, shopping the Close To My Heart Memorial Day Sale (or both!) I hope it’s a wonderful holiday weekend.

How To Mail a Handmade Pinwheel Card

CTMH Handmade Pinwheel Card
CTMH Handmade Pinwheel Card

Everyone is in love with our *NEW* Pinwheel Thin Cuts die but the question still remains: how do I mail a handmade pinwheel card? Initially, I thought these pinwheel cards would require hand-delivering. Something that isn’t super easy right now with social-distancing, right? But then I received this one in the mail yesterday from Linda Caler. She flattened the pinwheel slightly. It wasn’t a firm crease just a gently squish, if you will. I think it survived really well.

CTMH Time To Celebrate May Stamp of the Month

She paired our May Stamp of the Month, Time to Celebrate, with this month’s Blue Skies National Scrapbooking Paper Collection. I’ve been making all my pinwheels with solid cardstock. Given that our cardstock is 2-toned, it allows both color tones to be shown. It adds a nice visual appeal. However, her use of our double-sided pattern paper is just as amazing!

CTMH Blue Skies National Scrapbooking Paper Collection

This same trick would work well for scrapbook layouts as well. If you remember, the layout designed with yesterday’s FREE scrapbook pattern also contained a pinwheel. Looking closely at it, you can see they applied this same trick of lightly squishing it down.

Now that you know it is possible to successfully mail your pinwheel cards, you can start mailing out all those beauties! Remember the trick to how to mail a handmade pinwheel card is to lightly squish and not crease with firm pressing for successful mailing.

FREE Blue Skies Scrapbook Pattern

CTMH Blue Skies Layout

Yesterday on Close To My Heart’s blog, they shared a FREE Blue Skies Scrapbook pattern as well as shared some fun techniques. In case you missed it, I’m sharing it here with you today!

As we continue to celebrate National Scrapbooking month with beautiful creations using our featured Blue Skies collection, we thought it would simply make sense to also give you a free scrapbooking pattern to go with it!

CTMH Magic Moments Layout Pattern

Making its original debut in the Magic Moments workshop guide years ago, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″ pattern with our beautiful Blue Skies papers, stamp sets, and Thin Cuts dies that are available now and through the end of May.

The instructions available as a free download below have been slightly revamped so they can be used for any occasion with the right combination of papers, accents, and a little creativity!

CTMH FREE Blue Skies Layout

As usual, we encourage you to make this, and any, pattern your own by being flexible with its parts. Take a close look at our completed layout for some examples.

Both our journaling and title on the left page are in the general area of where they aught to be, based off of the pattern. However, we allowed ourselves some creative flexibility by not making these exact rectangles and added some details to really make them stand out.

CTMH Blue Skies Layout Title

We stamped our title using the Beautiful Day stamp set paired with our rock & roll stamping technique. To achieve this colorful effect, you have to slightly overlap and blend one ink color, or color hue, with another. First, ink your stamp in a base color. In order to add another color to the outer edges, you gently roll your already inked stamp in the second color. Only make contact with the stamp pad on the edges where you want to add the color. You have to rock and roll your block to achieve this look. (In our case, we rolled the top and bottom of our stamp in two different colors for an even more vibrant look.)

CTMH FREE Blue Skies Pattern Hot Air Balloons
CTMH FREE Blue Skies Pattern Pinwheel Closeup

In our example layout, you can also see that we added several bright accents throughout, using the Thin Cuts from the Blue Skies collection, livening up the artwork even further.

CTMH FREE Blue Skies Layout Stamping Close-up

Another way you can make these patterns uniquely yours is by creating your own patterned paper. The pattern you see above, and that we used on both sides of our layout, we created by repeatedly stamping the border from the Blue Skies stamp set onto cardstock. It really can be that simple!

At Close To My Heart, we take pride in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, you will notice that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it that much easier to create these pages!

Download this free scrapbooking pattern below and have a wonderful National Scrapbooking Month full of Blue Skies and memories worth preserving!

Download Pattern.

I’m a big fan of stamping to create your own patterned paper. Additionally, the Rock-n-Roll stamping technique is one of my favorites. So when you pair them with this scrapbook pattern it’s magical! I hope you enjoy this FREE Blue Skies scrapbook pattern and get a lot of use out of it.

A Handmade Thank You Card for COVID-19 Times

CTMH Forever Grateful Thank You Card

Are you looking for an easy handmade thank you card that you can create for all those essential workers who’ve been helping us all weather COVID-19? Here’s a really easy and quick card to show your appreciation.

CTMH Forever Grateful Small Handmade Card

And if you’re short on supplies or have a lot of thank yous to create (or maybe both!), here’s another handmade card that’s essentially the same design just on a smaller scale. My first card is a standard 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card. While this second card is half that size. It only measures 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″. Both cards were created using Close To My Heart’s Forever Grateful Stamp Set (CC7210) that was offered as part of their National Scrapbooking Day Virtual Event a few weeks ago.

CTMH Aurora Paper Pack

I love the arrow pattern contained in the *NEW* Aurora Paper Collection. Because the arrows can help draw your attention to the focal point, I made sure to cut and adhere the paper so the arrows pointed to the “thank you” on each card. In addition, I also included “you are appreciated” stamped on the inside of each card.

CTMH Forever Grateful Stamped Envelopes

The simple act of stamping the envelope allows me to have a handmade card ready for the appropriate person. For instance, maybe you expect a delivery. You could leave a handmade thank you card for the driver taped to your front door. Likewise, maybe you are heading to pick up some take-out. You could give the restaurant worker a handmade thank you card. On the other hand, maybe you want to have some general ones ready. This is when I have the envelope stamped with a heart. When I see this, I know it can work for anyone helping support us all during COVID-19.

Your thank you cards don’t need to be fancy or labor intensive. They just need to express gratitude. If you haven’t already made some handmade thank you cards for all the essential workers during COVID-19, I hope you will now!

Social Distancing Make It Monday 9th Edition

Don't Poke the Bear CTMH Back Country Layout

For this week’s Make It Monday project, I’m sharing a FREE scrapbook layout pattern. This pattern is from our now retired Back Country collection. It’s perfect for 4″ x 6″ photos as there is no need for special sizing or trimming of your photos!

*NEW* Stamp Sets for Quarantine Crafting

CTMH Quarantine Craft Projects

CTMH Quarantine Craft Projects

In light of the continuing popularity of our My Acrylix® Let’s Stay Home stamp set, we have released two *NEW* exclusive stamp sets featuring sentiments and icons to help you with your quarantine crafting.  Whatever your crafting preferences, these new stamp sets are sure to speak to you!

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Tips & Techniques While Documenting Coronavirus

CTMH Let's Stay Home Stamp Set

CTMH Let's Stay Home Stamp Set

Today I thought I’d share this great video showcasing artwork with tips & techniques while documenting Coronavirus by Close To My Heart.  You’ll find a bunch of beautiful artwork from layouts to cards.  And in the second half of the video you’ll learn some easy techniques to add to your own artwork.

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Blue Skies for National Scrapbooking Month

CTMH Blue Skies Projects

CTMH Blue Skies Special

May is National Scrapbooking Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating with a beautiful *NEW* collection called Blue Skies.  Not only is this a stunning collection with vibrant colors and patterns of paper along with cheerful stamp images, but there is also a great assortment of kit options to suit your fancy.

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Social Distancing Make It Monday 8th Edition

CTMH Graduation Card

CTMH Graduation Card

Do you know someone graduating this year?  This is the perfect time to make a special card for that person.  I feel for the ones graduating as well as their family members.  It’s such a special time.  So many traditions and celebrations associated with this time in life.  It’s hard to not feel a great sense of loss in missing out on those milestones.  

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FREE Scrapbook Virtual Event

CTMH Blue Skies Mother Layout

CTMH Blue Skies Mother Layout

Close To My Heart is doing it again–they’re offering another FREE Virtual Event!

Join us for another FUN & FREE virtual craft event on May 21st, 2020 at 5:00PM MDT-  on their Facebook page! We will be creating this gorgeous layout above together, using our exclusive Blue Skies collection available this month only!

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How To Make Handmade Cards Quick & Easy

CTMH Craft With Heart May- Aug Kit Card Samples

CTMH Craft with Heart May-August Card Kit Contents

On Monday I was excited to receive my *NEW* Close To My Heart Craft With Heart Card Kit.  These subscription boxes are the BEST.  They are truly the quickest and easiest way to create cards!  As you can see from my quick snapshot of the contents–you get basically everything you need to create your cards–just add your favorite adhesive.

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Time to Send Your Mother’s Day Cards!

CTMH The Woman, The Myth, The Legend Card

CTMH The Woman, The Myth, The Legend Card

This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Don’t forget!  Earlier this week I heard someone say something funny in regard to the times we are currently facing.  He said, “COVID-19 doesn’t cancel Mother’s Day.  It’s this Sunday.  Don’t forget.”   While a lot of things are being cancelled for everyone’s safety, Mother’s Day is not one of those things.  Please don’t forget to show your mom some love this Sunday.  Mail her a card.  Give her a call.  Just remember her!

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