Today’s card mixes a fun criss-cross pocket card with shadow stamping. I created this card for a card swap I was participating in. It required that I use a technique (something simple that could be easily duplicated) as well as to use the Keep Dreaming Stamp Set.
The Keep Dreaming Stamp Set is really pretty with the variety of flowers and of course the beautiful, positive sentiment.
When creating my swap card, I wanted to go a different direction than using the flowers, hence the polka dots!
It also inspired me to incorporate shadow stamping! Shadow stamping is super simple to do and adds a really nice visual touch to your project. You’ll stamp as usual. Then ink up your image in a different color–it could be lighter like I did here, or if your first color is light, you could do a darker color. Then stamp that image the same way you did the first time, only shift it over just a tiny bit so it’s not entirely lined up. This creates the illusion of a shadow to that stamped image. Easy, right?
Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this card:
Paper flowers are awesome and definitely trendy right now. But the best part is, they are SUPER easy to create. While this video features holiday papers, the concept and method for creating a paper flower, holds true for any time of the year.
It’s a quick 3-minute video. Give it a watch and be inspired to go create your own paper flowers!
And if you wish to create a paper flower the same size as in this video, she uses CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection and the dimensions for her petal/leaf cutouts are:
It’s Christmas Eve eve and maybe you need a few quick, last-minute gift wrap ideas?! Here are a couple of simple ideas that you could easily duplicate in no time at all.
First up, are some Wine Bottle Tags. These were super easy to come together as I decided to use Close To My Heart’s Picture My Life Cards contained in the City Sidewalks Paper Collection.
Not only do you receive beautiful patterned papers, but you also get a sheet of the 2 sizes of Picture My Life cards (“PML”)–in both vertical orientation and horizontal orientation–making them easy to use no matter what the project!
Simply start by cutting a piece of cardstock to 10″ x 3″ and then score at 3″. I chose to add a scallop circle to the center of the square before punching out my circle (1-1/2″) to help reinforce the opening as well as to add a little more fun detail. You could leave it as a simple rectangle or you could round the corners with a Corner Rounder or you could create a pennant by dovetailing the end as I’ve done here. Then decorate as much or as little as you desire. I took some cardstock and created a mat behind the PML Card I selected and then adhered it to the center of the tag. I finished it off with some Bitty Sparkles–these are awesome no matter what the project. Be sure to have a pair of Tweezersor Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissorson hand when working with them though–they are so tiny!
Next up, an adorable Santa Bag! I created these particular bags using a die I borrowed from a friend, but these could easily be made by using any size red bag or tote. You could even cover lunch sacks with Red Cardstock to create these. Then all you need to do is add a thin strip of Black Cardstockfor Santa’s belt along with a square of Gold Glitter Paper for his buckle.
Fill your darling handmade Santa bags with some tasty homemade treats or even a fun little gift. No matter what, this cute bag will be a hit and it’s so quick and easy to create!
With less than a week until Christmas, it seemed like the right time for another FREE Scrapbook Layout/Pattern courtesy of Close To My Heart!
Close To My Heart has amazing How-To Books that take all the guess work out of creating handmade cards and scrapbook layouts. Plus, they offer kits called Workshops on the Go (“WOTG”) that offer additional templates not found in these books.
Recently, they’ve begun sharing some of these exclusive templates found in past WOTG kits–exciting, right? This particular one is from our Surf’s Up Collection. The beauty of these templates is all you do is change up the paper/theme and you have an entirely new look without any of the hard work!
And to get the full details/instructions for this layout, you can DOWNLOAD THE SCRAPBOOK TEMPLATE and use it to create beautiful layouts (whether it’s for this Christmas’s photos or for an everyday moment you’ve been waiting to scrapbook.) Enjoy!
Time is flying by and before you know it, it’ll be time to celebrate the New Year! With Close To My Heart’s November Stamp of the Month, New Year’s Cheer, you will be ready!
This stamp set is perfect for creating a Confetti Party Cracker and today I’m going to walk you through the process.
Supplies to gather:
Toilet Paper Rolls
Additional supplies for decoration
Acting as if you are going to cut a toilet paper roll in half, cut almost entirely across–just leave a small amount uncut. This will assist with splitting open your cracker when you’re ready once it’s all decorated. Continue reading →
It’s Thanksgiving Eve and I’m thinking about all the things I’m thankful for–one of which is all the wonderful people who support me in my CTMH business. So I thought, what better time than now to share a FREE scrapbook layout pattern for you to use for your upcoming Christmas memories!
Close To My Heart offers amazing books full of patterns/templates for both cards and scrapbook layouts. If you’ve never used them before, you’re in for a real treat! It definitely takes the guesswork out of the process–especially when you are feeling creatively challenged!
And like I said, there are books for both scrapbookers and card makers alike!
These guide books give you a template like pictured here. Also included are cutting dimensions for the various pieces you’ll need along with step-by-step instructions and full color photos.
Click HERE to make your own scrapbook layout using this layout–whether in a Christmas holiday theme or in another, it’s guaranteed to turn out amazing.
Hi! I'm Kristina Baldwin, a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. I love crafting - Just like you! I hope there's something here that inspires you in your next great crafting project.
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