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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.

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

Punny Pals Operation Smile Stamp Set

This month Close To My Heart is trying to give more to Operation Smile–the organization they’ve supported for nearly a decade.  In fact, just this weekend while I was at a scrapbooking retreat hosted by Close To My Heart, we raised nearly $10,000 through an auction.  It was enough to save a mission to Mexico to perform surgeries that was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of funds.  It’s an amazing thing to know that so many children and their parents lives will be improved because of these small actions that together make a big impact.

Punny Pals Die Set

I was super excited when CTMH announced they were going to be offering a limited-edition die set to coordinate with their Operation Smile Punny Pals Stamp Set.  No more fussy cutting–yay!  But–it’s only available during the month of October AND it’s only available while supplies last!

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

I decided to use the Punny Pals Stamp Set along with the coordinating dies to create a couple of Halloween-“ish” boxes.

Cats and Bats Paper Pack

I used a fun and simple technique of creating my own patterned paper simply by using some Alcohol Markers to color in the lines in between the black stripes.  For one, I did traditional colors (Marigold and Lavender Shin Han Markers) and for the other, I went for the trendy whimsical colors this season (Marigold, Lavender, Turquoise Blue and Tender Pink.)

Share a Smile Card Kit

This is a great month to support Operation Smile through purchasing some great CTMH products.  You could get the Punny Pals Stamp Set, the coordinating Punny Pals Thin Cuts dies, the Share a Smile Card Kit, a t-shirt or even do a direct donation to Operation Smile.

Giving someone the ability to live their lives like so many of us do–without any of the difficulties that having a cleft lip or cleft palate can bring–is a very powerful gift to give.  Help us change someone’s life this month!

Booo Box Card

Booo Box Card

As promised, here is another fun project using the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies.  This Booo Box Card is not only a card but a fun treat, too!

I had a lot of fun using both CTMH’s *NEW* Silver Foil Paper and Vellum Paper.  Each had a great effect when I embossed on them.  I chose to do a White Embossing for the spider web on the Vellum Paper and then I trimmed it up and selectively used a Glue Dot behind where I was going to place the spider (which I trimmed up after cutting out with the die.)  I added a little Cats & Bats Black Dot to create more dimension for the body of the spider–love it!

Closeup Booo Box Card

For the Booo sentiment, I stamped in Black pigment ink and then used the Clear Embossing Powder.  Instead of tapping away the excess powder, I left it and totally LOVE the look it achieved on the Foil Paper.  It’s sort of all bubbly and crackly looking which ties in beautifully with the design of the stamped image.

Also, check out how cute the bat looks–I used googley eyes on him.  I always love the look that achieves; makes it a cute but spooky bat! 🙂

Inside Booo Box Card

Finally, I followed the design of the outside in the inside for consistency.  I also couldn’t resist stamping the “Sugar High” sentiment from this set as it totally was spot on with the box of candy corn that’s attached!

This super fun card design is one we will be creating at our Holiday Extravaganza next weekend.  If you’re interested, you can sign up to get your very own kit of all 8 projects we’ll be creating.  Plus, it’ll be shipped directly to you complete with pictures and step-by-step instructions.  How fun, right?  To get your Holiday Extravaganza Kit, click HERE.

Happy National Coffee Day

Coffee Card

Happy National Coffee Day!  In honor of the day, I made up this fun card to celebrate.

I love the combination of Glacier and Peacock together.  It went together pretty easy as I was able to cut out the darling coffee cup using CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection along with the *NEW* Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies.

I cut each letter out twice, adhered them together with Bonding Memories Glue and then embossed them with CTMH’s *NEW* Rose Embossing Folder to give them more texture.

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Recessed Panel Cards

Rainbow Recessed Panel Card

I’ve been wanting to try out a Recessed Panel Card for some time.  My twins’ birthday was this past Friday so I took this opportunity to create 2 different styles of Recessed Panel Cards.  While the same technique, I love how unique each looks just by changing where I created the recessed panel at on the card.

Close-up Angled Recessed Panel Card

For this first one, I did the recessed panel at an angle.  Since my daughter is all about rainbows, unicorns and puffy clouds lately (it’s so on trend, right!?) I couldn’t resist using our now retired Little Dreamer Paper Pack as well as coordinating stamp set and die.

Plus, it just couldn’t be complete without some shimmer, right?  I did a fun technique where I applied a used dryer sheet to the cloud–to give it some added texture–then added some glitter (it gets trapped by the fibers in the dryer sheet.)  It looks really awesome in person.  And the little stars got a brushing of shine and shimmer from our Clear Shimmer Brush.

Outdoor Celebration Recessed Panel Card

For my son’s card, I also used a retired paper pack–our Back Country Paper Pack.  He’s into the outdoors, camping and trees (those which he can climb are of the most interest!) so I thought this paper pack worked best. Plus, since I was using the tree patterned paper, I felt have a straight recessed panel worked best–sort of like a tree trunk.

Close-up Pinecone Image

Since I had added in a fun technique to my daughter’s card, I felt I should do the same for my son’s.  I decided to stamp a pine tree branch and a pinecone on the inside of his card.  For the pine cone, I started by inking up the image in Chocolate ink (I’m so sad this color is now retired; love this color!) then I took a new Sponge Dauber (you don’t want any color to transfer with this process) and tapped it in my Versamark ink pad and randomly tapped spots already inked on the pine cone image, then stamped as usual.  I sprinkled some Gold Embossing Powder over the image and where the Versamark ink was, it stuck.  I heat embossed it with our Craft Heater to have a beautiful look with splatters of gold on the pine cone.  Easy and stunning.

To get your own supplies to try out these techniques, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse Card

In honor of this amazing and wonderful experience known as the Great American Eclipse, I created this simple card. The Solar Eclipse is truly a reason to celebrate, right?!?

Close-up Solar Eclipse Card

For this card, I used a couple of crafting supplies I haven’t used in some time.  First, I used my chalk to create the illusion of the corona.  Next I used my stylus and foam mat to create dimension for the moon.  Simply rub the ball end into the cardstock that is on top of a foam mat.  Rotate it around and around to create the indentation.  Make smaller and larger sized circles using this technique.  Easy and very rewarding!

If you were somewhere where you were able to view the totality of the eclipse, you know how spectacular it was.  But for those of you who missed it, here are two perspectives on this magical experience through the eyes of a 10-year-old.

So, about the solar eclipse. I went over to Idaho Falls to see the solar eclipse, and it was amazing. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. To explain it, at first you couldn’t really tell that anything was happening, but then you started to see a chunk of the sun that didn’t appear as if it was there- almost as if someone took a small bite, but over the hours, it kept getting bigger, with more and more chomps. Then, somewhere around 11:25, it started to get darker, as if it was 5:00, or even 5:30. The only thing out of place was the sky. If you look at the sky around 5:30, you’ll notice that the blue isn’t bright, it is a dark blue, slightly black. But at the solar eclipse,  the sky was a bright blue, a little brighter than sky blue.  It continuously got darker, until the total eclipse happened, and the sky – finally getting it right- turned black. There was still a remainder of blue, but it was faint. At first, it was hard to take in- harder than the whole thing, because even with all that anticipation, it was amazing. the horizon had a few colors on it, and it was beautiful. Words cannot in the slightest describe the phenomenal event, but, in hopes that this will help describe it, imagine the night sky. Now add a little blue, but not a lot, so it looks the faintest bit of blue. Now add a perfect, beautiful halo of perfect white light. Make it sharp, with two spikes-not big, but spikes nonetheless- and one on the bottom. now imagine that this beautiful event only lasted for what seemed like seconds. Near the end, bright light started to come out, forming little diamonds- perfect, beautiful diamonds of pure white light. At the end, you feel disappointed that such a beautiful event lasted only a few seconds, to the hours of waiting, but can’t help feeling it was worth it. For all of you, that was my experience. I write this in hopes, knowing that it is by no means as good as being there, but hoping to enlighten you nonetheless. Thank you for reading, hope it helped you imagine. (LB)

Total Solar Eclipse Image

This i know was a once in a lifetime experience i loved it so much we took great pics and had a lot of fun and now i will tell you the story.Finally the full eclipse was here it got super cool and awesome i loved the look of the moon against the sun it was cool and fun to be there in person so i’m glad we went if you did not go then  imagine this that’s what i thought it looked like,this imagine this, the night sky in the middle of the day the sunset in a perfect circle around you and you look up you see what looks like it got photoshopped, a big black circle and a perfect circle of sun around it almost like a halo not the sun, you look at it and it looks like you can touch it, but at the same time it looks to far away that you would not think it was real you start tacking like a milion  pics and then the moon slides to the side and you think aw man that was like 3 seconds. so did you like the peak into my mind? i hope you did anyways i hope you can go to the next one in 2024. (AB)

50% off Halloween Crafting Supplies

Monstrous Halloween Card

Today is Tuesday…which means it’s another new week of 50% off deals with CTMH’s Warehouse Sale!  The items this week are all perfect Halloween crafting companions.

Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies

There’s this super adorable Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set and coordinating die set for only $13.48!  Crazy!  I love this set and have used it so much.  And since it was one of the 50% off items this week, I whipped up this card using it along with our *NEW* Basics Fundamentals.

CTMH Basics Fundamentals Paper

It’s always fun to change up your patterned paper simply by stamping on it.  And that is exactly what I did here with the striped paper.  I used Goldrush ink to stamp the swirly border and Black ink to stamp “eek.”  I really like how it turned out.

Monstrous Halloween Card

For the “window”/shaker part of the card, I used our 3″ x 3″ Flip Flaps.  These work amazingly well for this purpose and are generally overlooked as they are most popular for using with scrapbooking and adding extra photos to layouts.

Side View Monstrous Halloween Card

The other fun tip I want to share with you is what I put inside the Flip Flap along with the monster and the sequins.  I lined the inside of the Flip Flap with a used dryer sheet to give it more texture–sort of a web look if you will.  It’s pretty subtle, but pretty fun, too!  You should never underestimate the things you have lying around your house!

The final touch that is a true “must” with this Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set is to add wiggly eyes.  It adds a whole new dimension to these monsters.  In a way, it brings them to life!

So remember, these Warehouse Deals are while supplies last.  And truthfully, these deals are so great, there’s the perfect timing with Halloween right around the corner AND this set is just too stinkin’ cute.  They’ll be gone before the week is over for sure.  To get your 50% off Halloween deals, visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE right away!

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