Tag Archives: Tips and Techniques

Dandelion Birthday Wish

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set

Want a stamp set that is so simple in beauty but makes such a big impact on your projects?  Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set is the answer!

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Heart Happy Turkish Fold Card

Heart Happy Paper Collection

Have you ordered your Heart Happy Paper yet?  I am in LOVE with all the designs in this paper pack!  It’s actually sad that these papers are only going to be available through February (or while supplies last!)

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Tip: Achieve Double Benefits with Twine

CTMH White & Bronze Twine

Don’t you love it when you get a great deal on something?  Maybe it was something you’ve had your eye on and suddenly it’s on sale!  Or maybe it’s a trick a friend shows you that adds value to something you already own.  Well, that’s what I’m going to share with you today.  A fun and easy trick to get double the benefit out of your twine.

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Merry Everything Card

Merry Everything Card

Today’s card is another quick card design with a simple technique to add a special touch to it.  To achieve the Ombre Effect, ink up your stamp image as usual and then stamp it on a piece of scratch paper (this would become Second Generation Stamping if you then stamped the lighter tone on your project.)  Before stamping it on your project, re-ink the bottom portion of your sentiment.  Then stamp it as desired on your project.  Simple, right?

The nice thing about this technique is that you don’t need to limit yourself to one color as I did in this card.  You could use 2 similar shades to get another fun effect.  And with 40 colors offered by Close To My Heart, you’re sure to find the perfect shades for your project.  To see all 40 colors offered, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Winter Flurries Box

Winter Flurries Box

I love snow.  And snowflakes.  A lot actually.  I’m drawn to snowflake stamp sets, dies, wrapping paper–you name it.  If it has snowflakes, I most likely will love it!  So now that I no longer see it regularly like I did when I grew up in the Midwest, I relish the opportunity to use it in my crafting! 🙂

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Seasonal Trees Bokeh Technique Card

Seasonal Trees November Stamp of the Month

This month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month, Seasonal Trees, offers the chance to try out some really fun techniques with it.  For this month’s Technique Time Class, I taught the ladies the Bokeh technique using the stamp set.  Even though we all had the same supplies, each of our cards turned out a little different–so awesome!

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Festive Popcorn Ornament

Popcorn Ornament

It’s been a pretty busy week for me as I’ve been preparing for a school craft fair today.   I made a bunch of these popcorn ornaments as I love the creative look to them.  I haven’t made them in years.  In fact, if you want to make some of your own, I did a popcorn ornament tutorial 8 years ago (wow, 8 years! )

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Choose Joy Shaker Card

Choose Joy Shaker Card

Shaker cards are so fun to create.  And now with Close To My Heart’s Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts dies, they are super easy to create as well!

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