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A Cute & Simple Halloween Gift Bag

Halloween Gift Bag

Halloween is a little less than 2 weeks away…are you ready for it?!  Today I thought I’d share a really quick and easy Halloween project idea.  It’s a Halloween gift bag created with Close To My Heart’s Cats & Bats Collection.

I found some cute little gift bags in black and orange at Michaels and thought they’d be the perfect base for some Halloween gift bags–they just needed a little sprucing up!

Cats & Bats Cardmaking Stamp Set + dies

I grabbed my Cats & Bats Cardmaking Stamp Set along with the coordinating Thin Cuts dies to get started.  I inked up half of the “Halloween” sentiment in Black ink and then flipped my stamp over 180 degrees and inked up the other half in Goldrush ink.  I stamped this on some scratch White Daisy cardstock and then cut it out with the coordinating die.  Such a great look with the 2 colors!  Finally, I sponged some Black ink around the edges with a Sponge Dauber to give it a little more definition.

Next, I cut out a large circle in Goldrush cardstock and then using the cat die, cut out the image at the base of the circle (you want it to cover 95% of the circle so it creates a silhouette in front of the moon look.)

I glued the die cut circle to the center of the bag and then using 3-D Foam Dots, I attached the Halloween sentiment across the top of it.  To finish it all off, I tied a small bow with our Black & Gold Ribbon from one of the handles.

Super easy!  Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE to see all the wonderful Halloween and holiday products currently available from CTMH.

October 31st Halloween Card

Cats & Bats Halloween Card

Today’s card is a fun one.  It has just the right amount of technique to it as well as simplicity in it’s design.  This particular card is one I received from Jamie B. in our holiday card swap.

Closeup Cats & Bats Halloween Card

I love that she embossed the spider webs.  It gives it so much more dimension while still being subtle since it is tone on tone.

Here is a list of supplies she used to create this card:

  • Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z4045)
  • Cats & Bats Paper Packet (X7224B)
  • Cats & Bats Coordinating Cardstock (X7224D)
  • Pansy Cardstock (X5966)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Versamark Ink Pad (Z891)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • White Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • Craft Heater (Z555)
  • Cats & Bats Dots (Z4028)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Be sure to check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing another great project I created using this same Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.

National Stamping Month Celebration

From the Heart Card Kit

September is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating by offering a gorgeous Slider Card Kit.

CTMH From the Heart Card Kit

The From the Heart Card Kit includes the supplies to create 12 fabulous interactive cards.  Plus, when you purchase the kit, you save 20% off the retail price!

From the Heart Cards & Envelopes

Want more card bases? No problem, you can order separate card bases and envelopes to make even more beautiful cards!

From the Heart Stamp Set

Or maybe you just want the amazing stamp set perfect for beautiful layered looks?  You can purchase the From the Heart Stamp Set separately as well.

You’ll be amazed at the detail you can achieve with the layering process of this stamp set.  It is quite striking and professional looking when you finish!

From the Heart Card Samples

For more details on the From the Heart National Stamping Month promotion or to purchase them before they’re gone, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

CTMH Holiday Collection

CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog

It’s finally arrived!  Close To My Heart’s holiday collection is here!  The *NEW* Holiday Expressions Catalog is full of crafty goodness for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall, Christmas and more.

Santa Circle Accordion Card

I made this fun Santa Circle Accordion Card with the *NEW* Little Saint Nick Stamp and the *NEW* Ho, Ho, Ho Stamp.

Open Santa Circle Accordion Card

I kept mainly to 3 colors with this card–Ruby, Black and White Daisy.

Santa Circle Accordion Card Front

 

I did add in some additional colors with my ShinHan Markers: Carmine and Lavender blended together for Santa’s hat to match the Ruby color of the cardstock.  Plus, Barely Beige and Tender Pink for his cheeks.

Closeup Santa Circle Accordion Card

And my final touches were adding a large White Dot to the tip of his hat (from the Black & White Dots) and one of my favorite products–the Clear Shimmer Brush to the trim of his hat for some shine and sparkle!

To view and purchase the *NEW* holiday CTMH products, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Final Days of CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions Products

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog

It’s the last few days for Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog. This means if you haven’t finished checking off the items on your wish list…now is the time!  Items in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog will be available through Thursday, August 31st.

To shop for CTMH products in either the Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Inspirations 2 Catalog, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Salt Watercolor Technique Tutorial

Salt Watercolor Einstein Card

Today we are going to learn how to do a fun (and beautiful!) Salt Watercolor Technique.

Salt Watercolor Technique Supplies

First, let’s start with the supplies you’ll need:

  • All-purpose Mat (Z2045)
  • Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
  • Paintbrush Set–Flat Brush (Z3188)
  • Watercolor Paper (Z3146)
  • Cup of water
  • Kosher Salt

Step 1 for Wetwash Watercolor

STEP 1:

You will want to start by doing a wet wash on your watercolor paper.  Simply wet your paintbrush and apply a coat of water to your paper. Continue reading

Storybook Alphabet Dream Card

July CTMH Stamp of the Month Storybook Alphabet

Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the MonthStorybook Alphabet is a fun, whimsical alphabet set.  It’s perfect to stamp and leave as is, or to grab your markers, colored pencils or even watercolor paints and have fun coloring the letters in for maximum impact!

Storybook Alpha Dream Card

My card today was quick and easy to put together–the longest part was coloring in the letters with my ShinHan Markers!

Closeup of Storybook Alpha Dream Card

And here’s a trick for you if you’re out of 3-D Foam Tape, layer your paper.  I cut out my cloud image 4 times using the Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Thin Cuts cloud die.   I glued them together using Bonding Memories adhesive.  I sponged some Glacier ink around the edges with a sponge dauber for added dimension.  Finally, I took the Clear Shimmer Brush and covered the entire cloud for some fun shimmer and sparkle.

Here’s a complete listing of the supplies I used to create this card:

  • Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set (July Stamp of the Month) (S1707)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • Glacier Stamp Pad (Z2841)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • Little Dreamer Coordinating Cardstock (X7219D)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts (Z3334)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
  • Sponge Daubers (Z726)
  • Bonding Memories (1512)
  • Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293)
  • Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker (Z2452)
  • Turquoise Blue ShinHan Marker (Z2465)
  • Tender Pink ShinHan Marker (Z2464)
  • Leaf Green ShinHan Marker (Z2454)
  • Vivid Green ShinHan Marker (Z2466)
  • Peony Purple ShinHan Marker (Z2462)

Remember, you can get the Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set for only $5 with a $50 qualifying purchase.  That’s an amazing savings; regular retail price for the stamp set is $17.95.  The Stamp of the Month is only available during the month it debuts.  If you like it, get it now!  Come next Tuesday, August 1st, there will be a brand new Stamp of the Month to enjoy.

To purchase the Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set or any other CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Summer Twist Fold Gift Card Holder

Summer Twist Fold Gift Card Holder

Today’s card is one from our Spring Fling Event.  It’s a fun way to present a gift card. Plus, it has a fun look with the twist fold!

We used a couple of techniques with this card aside from the fun fold.  I took 3 sponge daubers to apply the ink to create the multi-colored beach umbrella.  Also, I added some beautiful shine and sparkle to the starfish images with our Gold Shimmer Brush (hard to tell in the photo!)  The Scallop Border (Scallop Punch is now retired) adds a nice feel of ocean waves to the pocket.  The other touch I added to the card that fits in nicely with a worn beach look is to distress the edges of some of the papers.  I used the blade of my scissors, but to be safer, you should use our Edge Distresser to achieve this look.  Plus, with so many blade edges on this tool, it’ll last you a long time! Perfect for distressing many, many projects =)

Inside Summer Twist Fold Gift Card Holder

I kept the look going on the inside of the card, which has another pocket perfect for a gift card, a little note card or both!

CTMH No Worries Paper Pack

Close To My Heart’s No Worries Paper Pack and

No Worries Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies

No Worries Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies makes this card come together easily.

To create your own fun summer-themed projects, be sure to grab CTMH’s No Worries Papers before they are gone (items from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Mini Catalog are good through August 31st or while supplies last.)  You can get these and other CTMH products on my ONLINE CTMH STORE.