Saturday, December 31, 2011

Product Highlight

Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes

I LOVE these butterflies! They are probably my favorite add on. So easy to use. You can color them any color. Spray them, daub them, add bling or pearls. so many fun possibilities. You get a WHOOPING 68 butterflies, 4 styles, ¾" to 2½" sizes, Colonial White and Black for only $5.95. Buy Now


Cheers to 2012
Thank you for helping to make 2011 a successful year for my Close to my Heart business. As grateful as I am for your business, I am so much more thankful for your friendship! Close to my Heart has provided so many wonderful opportunities for me over the past few years, but the friendships I have made are truly priceless.

I look forward to sharing many new and wonderful products, techniques, classes, giggles and laughs, and more with you in the new year. By the way, I just got my 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Books and I am sooo excited about all of the amazing new products. I can't wait to share them with you!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

End of The Year Deals!

The year is almost over and I have some discounted items that are available only while supplies last. Lots of cardstock, ribbons, accessories, organization, and more! Check it out before all the good stuff is gone. 

We have to clear out the good to make room for the better! Shop Now

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Technique Swap - Liquid Applique

My team does a technique swap every month and this month was liquid applique. Below I show you how it works and the project I did with it.

Start by applying the liquid applique (only $3.95 - Buy Now). You can choose to heat it immediately or wait until it is dry. If you wait the fluffy part stays fluffier where if you heat immediately it decreases a little.

For my purposes I heated immediately.

You can start to see as you heat it the liquid applique starts to popcorn out.

Keep heating until all the ivory color has turned white and popped out.

For my project I painted a thin layer of the liquid applique across the bottom portion on a card. I stamped green pines above it.

Then I heated the entire surface. It creates a rubbery feel and slightly 3D. I left the lines from the brush in the streaks so when it puffs up these areas are not 3D creating texture on the card.

Next I added a thick line at the base of the trees.

Using my brush I spread it ever so slightly. Creating more of a stucco appearance.

Lastly I heated it.

I added some "snow" to the tree edges as well on various trees.

Lastly I matted on a New England Ivy Card Base.

Here is a link to all the cards the team did. Enjoy :) 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!! May you all have a fantastic day with love ones!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Club Member Holiday Gift Boxes

One of the many perks of being a club member is a Holiday gift. I made these adorable boxes and stuffed them with CTMH products. I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge with the Wonderland Paper Pack. Added some stamped snowflakes with Glitz Gel and some white ribbon.

If you want to find out what is inside become a club member today! You can receive the kits directly to your home. Simply commit to ordering the Workshop On The Go kit each month for five months and receive $25 in FREE Product, a FREE idea book every 6 months, Exclusive Deals, and Gifts from me! Email me today to sign up.

Friday, December 23, 2011

GLITTER Scallop Clear Cards

I absolutely love the Sonoma Paper. I wanted to showcase as much as I could of it so I decided to use the clear cards we carry.

First stamp your image for the front of the card.

Next I drew for the butterfly's moment. I then poked the holes for the stitching.

I sewed the card in a straight stitch.

Then you'll want to distress all your paper. I used the smokey plum.

Remove the clear protector from both the front and the back of the Clear Card

I adhered the 1st piece to the very back of the card.

On the inside I added the lower piece and the Zipstrip trim.

I added the matting for the front to the INSIDE of the front of the card. I was careful to place the dots more towards the middle so they would not be seen when I added the top piece.

Lastly I added the top piece and some ricrac ribbon.

To create the butterflies I mixed pearl paint with re-inker.

Next I painted the butterflies and sprinkled with prisma glitter immediately. I then let them dry completely. I shook off the excess glitter once I knew they were dry.

While the butterflies were drying I added glitz glue to the edges of the card by painting it on thin.

I added the butterflies with foam tape just in the center of the butterfly then completed it with 4 pearls of various sizes.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Name that Blog & Win!

Good morning everyone......hope you are surviving the hustle and bustle of the season.  With Christmas right around the corner a new year will follow close behind...and with a new year comes new beginnings.

I am joining with a group of fellow CTMH consultants to create a wonderful new challenge blog in February.  

Our plan is to offer you up some great scrapbooking and paper crafting techniques and then challenge you to create and share your artwork using these techniques......there will be prizes and awards offered to add some fun to the blog each month as well as great artwork and inspiration for your projects.

Our first challenge for you - "Name that Blog".  We're looking for something catchy, easy to remember and unique.......we will choose a name from all the entries and the winner will receive $25 of free product from the soon to be released Spring/Summer 2012 Close To My Heart Ideabook.  Entry deadline is January 10, 2012....So put your thinking caps on and leave your name idea in the comment box.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thing 1 & Thing 2

This invitation was created for a pair of twins who we are friends with for their 3rd birthday. I used the Believe Paper Pack which have great Dr Suess Colors. I found the Dr Suess images online and printed them on cardstock. I stamped the presents and punched the circle.

Dr. Suess' birthday: Green Eggs and Ham Quiche

  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup baking mix (such as Bisquick ®)
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, thickly sliced (optional)
  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Coat the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine spinach and onion in the bowl of a food processor. Process to finely chop. Add eggs, milk, and baking mix; process to mix. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle ham and cheese over the top.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Quiche is done when toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Garnish with tomato slices to serve.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Princess Headband

If you know my twins, you know they will tell you they are Princesses. One day Lily brought me a plain silver plastic headband that had broke off a tiara. She asked me to put it on her because it was her princess headband. I was like "this, this is trash, but mommy will fix it". So.... using some of my scrapbooking goodies I created these instead!

You'll need wide ribbon, flowers, sparkles, and a headband

Start by hot gluing the ribbon in ruffles to the headband.
Then add the flowers and top off with sparkles.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock The Block Hop!

Starting December 19th thru January we will be celebrating National Paper Craft Month! SO JOIN THE CRAZE! When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get TWO new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set. 

That’s a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the Collage Cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, 3-D fun. Start Shopping :)

Watch this Close To My Heart video to discover even more tips for streamlining your holiday card creation session.

BLOG HOPPERS: Welcome to this Rock-The-Block Blog Hop where you can see a variety of projects using this stamp set and block kit by different CTMH consultants.

If you are coming from Vicki's Blog you are right on track! I created a matchbox calendar set with two of my blocks that also holds a mini tissue pack. I haven't decided what I want to do with the rest of the blocks yet.

You can continue reading to see how I created this project or hop on over to Lalia's Blog.

I've listed the dimension throughout the project but note they are only the base dimesions. So depending on how you decorate the box you made need more pieces. I did not leave a border around my paper either but if you wanted to do that you would need to cut your paper 1/4" - 1/2" smaller than the sides of the box that you are pasting to. I hopw that makes sense. Let's get started...

I used Colonial White for the base design and the Roxie Paper Pack for the pattern paper.
Small Drawer Box
Cut 6 1/8" x 6 1/8"
Score 1" on all four sides

At each corner cut every other fold to create tabs. Then fold your box up and use strong adhesive to glue the tabs to the side wall of the box.

Small Drawer Box Sleve
Cut 4 1/4" x 11"
Score 1", 5 1/4", 6 1/4", 10 1/2"
Glue small flap to create a sleve

Repeat the instructions above to create a larger drawer for the blocks

Large Drawer Box
Cut: 7 5/8" x 8 5/8"
Score: 2 1/4" on all four sides

Large Drawer Box Sleve
Cut: 4 3/8" x 12"
Score: 3 1/8", 6 3/8", 8 3/4"

Tissue Wrapper
Cut: 7 1/4" x 4 3/8"
Score: 1/2",m 1 1/2", 3 7/8", 4 7/8"

I cut a cricut slot into my tissue box so if you do this you'll need to make sure the pattern paper matches as well. You could also cut a simple rectangle into the front of the tissue wrapper.

I used some chipboard to re-enforce the tissue area.

Once you have adhered the tissue wrapper together add it to the front of your large drawer to make a square. I then added a piece of chipboard here too to stabilize the base.

Add any decorative paper to the top of the small sleve before adding the top organizer.

I wanted to line up the front of the small drawer pattern with the bottom portion for the tissue so I cut a large piece and trimmed down to align the pattern.

Distress the edges of you paper and box as desired. I used Desert Sand.

Top Organizer
Cut: 4" x 12"
Score: 2", 5 3/4", 9 1/2" 10 1/4"

When adding the pattern paper it is important to have the organizer folded the right way so you can match the folds with the organizer and eliminate bubbly areas in the paper.

Adhere this to the top part of the small drawer sleeve.

You'll want to stamp your numbers some that you have 1,2,3,4,5,6 on one block and 1,2,7,8,9,0 on the other.

I also printed out the monthly labels but you could stamp these as well. I distressed them and matted them on black cardstock.

These are the sides of the 2 cubes I used. I used the variety of stamps that came with the cubes as well as the Roxie WOTG stamp set.

I also added Silver Glitz Gel to the cubes so it gave it some shine but remained flat.

Using some Cricut cut flowers from the Art Philosophy Cartridge I decorated the front of the box. I like to roll the edges a little first with my tweezers.

You can use pattern paper as well to get a unique flower.

I Finished decorating with Bling Buttons, Sparkles, Pretty Pins, and Glitz Gel. I also created a topped for the top of the blocks to hide the other numbers.

Now hop on over to Lalia's Blog to see more amazing artwork!