Tag Archives: Tips and Techniques

Floral Thank You Card with Vellum

Vellum Thanks Card

Today’s card is SO pretty.  It’s the simple addition of vellum that just really packs a punch.  Continue reading

Bee Mine Pleated Card

Bee Mine Pleated Card

It’s a little less than a month until Valentine’s Day.  It’s the perfect time to start making those handmade cards for your sweetheart!   Continue reading

Thanks Flower Card

 

Thanks Flower Card

Today’s card is another I created with Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.  I truly love this set and have used it SO many times already.  Continue reading

Welcome Spring Card

Welcome Spring Card

Today it’s rainy and pretty dreary where I live.  But I actually like it.  It’s a change in weather, something I feel like there isn’t enough of in California (it’s important to note that I grew up in the Midwest so I am accustomed to some pretty dramatic weather changes!)

CTMH Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack

I felt like this card offered some great hope for a beautiful spring.  Plus, I’m absolutely in love with Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection!  Check out those beautiful patterns!

CTMH's Welcome Spring Stamp Set

And you can’t go wrong with a stamp set called Welcome Spring!  (I also really love the “Sunny days” sentiment!  Several people have already pointed out this stamp set to me because of my blog name.  I just need to mask off the “s” from the image and I’ll be good to go!) 🙂

 

Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

I designed this card using CTMH’s *NEW* Make It From Your Heart Volume 4–it’s all about cards!  Yep, 54 pages of wonderful inspiration for cards.  The new collection contains 24 new patterns simple enough that you can create cards quick and easy, but also with room to embellish to your heart’s desire.

Welcome Spring Card Closeup

I used the soft colors in this paper collection (Juniper, Fern and Glacier) along with Sponge Daubers to ink up the sentiment.  It makes for a nice multi-colored image and is easy enough to do.

Welcome Spring Card Layers

I love the look of the angles in this pattern and felt this ribbon cutout from CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection was a perfect focal point for the card.  And the final touch was 2 small Bitty Sparkles (love these gems, but you definitely need to use a pair of Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors or a pair of Tweezers with them!)

Be sure to check out all the new crafty goodness in Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog that was just released.  I have no doubt you’ll fall in love with an item or two (or ten!)

National Papercrafting Month Love Letters

CTMH Love Letters Special

Happy National Papercrafting Month!  It’s always fun to have a reason to create, right?!?  Well, Close To My Heart has a gorgeous project for you.  And I mean absolutely gorgeous.  This month only, you can grab your choice of Love Letter Kits exclusively from Close To My Heart.

CTMH & Love Letter

Plus, when you order 5 letters, you get the 6th letter kit for FREE!  But you know what’s better than that?  Getting your very 1st kit for FREE!  Yep, Close To My Heart is giving away some of these kits–you get to choose which letter kit you’d like, too.  Here’s the info they posted today on the CTMH blog:

All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Thursday, January 4th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

Now, let us tell you a little more about these Love Letters!

CTMH Love Letters Kit Contents

Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

CTMH Love Letter G

1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

CTMH Love Letter Sticker Placement Tip

2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

CTMH Love Letter Flower Closeup

3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

CTMH Love Letter Banner

4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

Don’t forget–you must leave your comment on the CTMH Blog by Thursday, January 4th at 11:00 am (MST) to qualify.  Best of luck to you!

And if you don’t want to leave it up to chance, you can visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE and grab your favorite Love Letter Kit(s) now!

Holiday Snow Globe Card

Snowman Cards

The only thing better than making handmade cards for friends and family is receiving a handmade card!  I love seeing all the creativity that is poured into making a handmade card.  I especially love this card I received from one of my teammates, Elizabeth.

Snow Globe Card

The idea of using a circle behind the snow globe is genius!  It’s a subtle addition but adds nice dimension and a better illusion of a real snow globe.  And the icing on the cake is that it is an incredibly easy thing to do!

Close up Snow Globe Card

You could even make it easier by using our exclusive snow globe die set with the Warmest Wishes Stamp Set.  This will make cutting out your snow globe quick and easy.

Warmest Wishes Stamp + Die Set

Just cut out a circle with a circle die, your Cricut machine or similar and add it behind your cut out snow globe and you have an amazing real-life looking snow globe!

Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Ornament

Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Ornament

Today I’m sharing another quick and easy DIY Holiday project–a Cookie Cutter Ornament!  Holiday cookie cutters can be used for more than just making festive holiday cookies.  You can use them to create darling ornaments perfect for keeping for yourself or for giving away.

Side View Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter Ornament

You really only need 4 items:

  • Cookie Cutter
  • Paper
  • String or Ribbon
  • Liquid Glass or other strong adhesive

Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree Ornament

You can add in other elements like stamping or embossing (like I’ve done here.) But truthfully if you have some festive patterned paper, that would work just as well!  I couldn’t resist using our October Stamp of the Month (Christmas Tunes) since I had a Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter.  It seemed like the perfect pairing to use the tree image from this stamp set.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and then sprinkled some Gold Embossing Powder and heated it up with a Craft Heater to create this beautifully elegant image.

Once that was prepared, I tied some White Twine around the top of the ornament so I had a hanger for the ornament.  Then I used Liquid Glass to adhere the ornament to the paper.  When it was dry, I used my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors to trim around the edges of the ornament.  For the final detail, I tied a bow using the White & Gold Ribbon and then adhered it to the top of the tree cookie cutter again using Liquid Glass–love Liquid Glass so much!

Now you have a unique ornament you can put on your Christmas Tree or wrap up and give to a friend, neighbor, co-worker…pretty much anyone would love receiving such an amazing handmade ornament!

A DIY Christmas Village Tutorial

 

CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog

Have you seen the cover of Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions Catalog?  It’s got a darling Christmas Village on it.  So cute that many have been asking how they can create their very own Christmas village!

Papercrafted Holiday Village

Well, today Close To My Heart has answered the many, many requests on their blog.

The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!

First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:

kraft-taper-top-boxkraft-tapered-tall

When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).

Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!

9″ Sparkle House

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X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
X7224C Cats & Bats Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
8″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use Beary Christmas pocket scrapbooking cards for roof
  2. Trim holly from Beary Christmas zip strip to attach to front windows
  3. Front door is a sticker from Cats & Bats Complements
  4. Use a gold pearl as doorknob
  5. Dovetail “SPARKLE” sticker from Silver & Gold Complements and attach above door
  6. Fold chimney, cut to fit on rooftop, and attach with thin 3-D foam tape
  7. Attach cotton ball to roof inside chimney and pull up to create “smoke”

 

7″ Shine House

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X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use scallop border Thin Cuts to create the shingled-roof look
  2. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from the Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  3. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  4. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape
  5. Side shutters are a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements

 

7″ Bright House

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X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  2. Draw a line with journaling pen to create double doors
  3. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  4. Embellish green tree with red glitter stars from Beary Christmas Complements
  5. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape

4½” Village Lamp Post

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Materials Needed:
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
1386 Black Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-Thin Dots
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
4″ Black Dowel
Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 4, p. 43)
1″ Shape <Hlloween> (cut 2, p. 43)

Tips:

  1. Attach two 1″ silver foil paper circles to dowel by wrapping dowel with thin 3-D foam tape
  2. Attach silver foil circles to each other at top with glue dots
  3. Wrap black shimmer trim to one end of dowel
  4. Glue together four ½” black cardstock circles to form base
  5. Attach dowel to base with glue gun

 

Trees

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Materials Needed:
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet
X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 <Christms> (cut 2, p. 48)

Tips:

  1. Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
  2. Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
  3. Color edges with marker

Aren’t those so adorable?!?  They are definitely something you’d want to pull out each year and use to decorate your home.  So very festive and charming.  Plus, the fact that they are homemade is the cherry on top!

To purchase CTMH supplies to make your own Christmas Village, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.