Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Impossible Card Cricut Design Space Template

So you may have seen my previous post, about using the "Impossible Card" fancy fold technique... 

While I love this style, I knew there had to be an easier way... 

So I spent several hours designing a Cricut Design Space File. 




While it is not perfect, it will serve it's purpose. 

The file is for an A2 size card. 
The first file contains the base and the second contains the two side layers and the top standing layer. I am not charging for these, they are free for you to use, however I ask if you use, them to please give me credit, as the designer of the file.


Please note the file does contain a score piece and the cutting. So if you do not have a Cricut Score tool, you may wish to purchase one. If you are a Close to my Heart consultant we do have them in our Supply Section.


I can't wait to see what you use the file to create!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Just Thinking Of You "Impossible Card"

If you haven't had an opportunity to watch one of the many videos on Youtube about the new "fancy fold" card, called the Impossible Card, you are truly missing out. 

There are some really nice videos out there, and if my schedule allows, I will try to post one as well. However for now, I'm simply going to share the one I made for a dear co-worker, that's at a different location, that needs some cheering up. 



As most of you know, our current Seasonal Expressions catalog ends at the end of the month, so I wanted to showcase one of our adorable card kits. 
Nearly everything I needed to create this card was included in the kit. Even down to the cute diagonal ombre paper... that is actually pack of the "zip strip" that comes with the paper in the kit.



My base is made out of 100lb. White Bristol Smooth Paper by Canson. 
However all of the other papers and cardstock are from the kit. 
I love that the kit includes several of my favorite colors; Bashful (Color of the Year), Pansy, and Peacock.


The sentiment "Hello Lovely" came from the stamp set "Something Magical" which is included in the Cardmaking Kit. 
I love that each of our kits include an exclusive stamp set, that you can get only with that kit. 



I stamped the sentiment in Thistle, to help bring out the Pansy purple color in the patterned paper. You can also get the coordinating "Make Waves" paper packet to go along with this Cardmaking kit.

For a final touch, I added two of the little sequins flowers from the "Make Waves Sequins & Gems" pack included in the kit.




I hope you enjoyed my card, and I would love to see what you create from your kit or your Impossible Card design in general. 
Thank you for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

First Day Of School Scrapbooking Page Elements

In just a few short months (August), my twins will be starting Kindergarten. 
I figured I would go ahead and get started on the scrapbooking pages for their first day. 




I decided to make a few Scrapbooking Page Elements for now and later I will add a few embellishments to the pages such as the red shimmer trim and enamel dots. The Stargazer dots in red, blue and yellow will be perfect. I already have some of those in my stock, but for those of you that, don't be sure to get them before they leave at the end of the month. Our current seasonal expressions ends at the end of April and our new one begins May 1st. 


My Scrapbooking Page Elements, give you a sneak peek as to what is to come... 
The patterned paper included in these two elements are both from the new "Central Park" Collection. It is gorgeous and definitely a versatile set of prints. 
Where are my balloon festival friends? You will want this collection for all of your festival photos and memories. 


The stamp set used is one of the Stamp Of The Month sets from 2017, called "School Year". 
It is a retired set, however some of you may have it in your collection. 



I stamped the sentiment and the pencils in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. 
I colored the pencil stamp in using markers, and distressed the edges of the white cardstock using Cranberry Exclusive Ink



I can't wait to see what you create with these new patterned papers!

I submitted my Scrapbooking Page Elements to the following challenges:

Crafting From The Heart- Challenge #201 Anything Goes 
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog- Challenge #27 Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends Challenge- #81 Use Your Favorite Color  (Green)
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog- April Challenge Anything Goes 
Cardz TV- Challenge #43 Anything Goes 
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges- Challenge #1814 Anything Goes 
Creates and Makes Challenge Blog- Challenge #20 Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge Blog - Challenge #24 Anything Goes 
Crafty Catz Challenge Blog- Challenge #412 Favorite Color Combination (Green and Black)
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog- Challenge #375 Anything Goes 
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge- April Challenge Patterned Paper

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Welcome New Baby Card...

So recently I have had several friends either give birth or announce that they are expecting. So I decided to go ahead and get a head start on my baby shower gift cards. 
Who says they always have to be pastel colors, pink or blue...




The main focal point stamp "Bitsy Bug Rosa" is from A Day For Daisies.


A Day For Daisies (ADFD) provides themed categories of over 1000 digital illustrations, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions! 

ADFD WEBSITE: www.adayfordaisies.com




I colored in the design using mostly copic markers. 

I then also applied some clear shimmer to her wings and face, using the shimmer brush by Close to my Heart. 
The shimmer brushes are also available in gold and bashful.

For the base of the card I used a pre-cut and pre-scored card from the White Cards and Envelopes set from Close to my Heart. 

I used the "Blacked Out" technique that I love so much. 
The red cardstock is Ruby from the Close to my Heart Enchanted Cardstock Pack collection. The green is Sweet Leaf from the Whimsy Cardstock Pack Collection.




The smaller sentiment "Welcome Baby" is from the "Short & Sweet Sentiments" stamp set by Close to my Heart. 

I love this little set, it has so many great sentiments in one complete set, and it's an amazing value at only $6.95.

These are all of the sentiments that are included:



As a small bit of embellishment, I added two Sparkles, to the lower part of the card. Did you know that you can color them using your Shin Markers? That's right, since they are clear, you can color them any color you want. 

I entered the card into a few challenges:

Pile It On! Challenge Blog - #141 Think Small
Cardz TV- Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Inside the Box
Crafting From The Heart - #200 Anything Goes 
The House That Stamps Built - #M2818 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - #1812 Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  - Work It Wednesday 
Crafty Catz - #409 Anything Goes


Monday, March 19, 2018

A Card of Encouragement...

Sometimes we all need a word of encouragement. I made this card recently for a dear friend, as he was going through a period of doubt. I hope that it lifts his spirits, as he treks along. 





This particular card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in size, a size I am quite fond of. 

The card has several layers, with a layer of black cardstock under each layer of patterned paper, for the technique I call "Blacked Out". 



I used Canary cardstock, and two of the patterned prints from the Stargazer Patterned Paper Packet by Close to my Heart. I love the colors of this paper, and it really does have such a versatile style. The darker blue paper, has several planets to include Saturn on it. The lighter colored paper has telescopes of various colors on it, along with mini Saturns.



The sentiment "The World Is Yours To Explore" is from the "A New Adventure" stamp set also by Close to my Heart. The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, with Pacifica Ink used to distress the edges. The layered circle also contains two Bitty Sparkles.  

I also entered this card into a few challenges:

Pile It On! Challenge Blog - #140 Circles with optional bonus of Squares
Classic Design Team Blog- #23 Anything Goes 
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges - #11 Anything Goes 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Birthday Card Fun

This time of year is always busy, yet fun in our home.

We have several daughters and a son, and three of my daughters' birthdays are within about 2 weeks of each other. My twins' birthday is March 26, and then their younger sister's birthday is April 12th. 

So since there are some celebratory events coming soon, I thought now, would be the perfect time to make their birthday cards.

 I try to hand make my girls' cards each year, then after the birthday fun is over, I mount them in their scrapbooks, as a focal point on the page, to help create the memory along with a few pictures of the day. 

Here is the "Pink Card" that I made for one of the twins.



The main image is "Kidz Birthday Balloons" by Bugaboo Stamps. 


For the "Pink Card", I used Pixie and Canary cardstock for several of the layers and "Gimmie Some Sugar" patterned paper also by Close to my Heart.

The sentiment is from Sweet Birthday stamp set by Close to my Heart and is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.



I also entered the "Pink Card" into a few challenges:

Pile It On! Challenge Blog-Challenge #140 Circles
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge - #14 Anything Goes with Bugaboo Image
Craftliners Challenge - #48 Use Circles
Papercraft Business Challenge -#4 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - #324-#325 Anything Goes 
Joy Clair - March Challenge Anything Goes 
Your Scrapbook Place - March On With Paper Nest Dolls
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - #107 Anything Goes 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Simple Note Card...

Happy February!
This weekend I created a simple, "For You"card. This would be nice to use to go along with a gift, or just to let someone know you were thinking of them.




I recently created a new card, using all Close to my Heart products, which is sometimes rare for me, once I love so many designers and products!

I used Eggplant colored cardstock from the Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack for the card base.
With papers from the Little Dreamer Patterned Paper Pack (retired).

For the sentiment, I used the Happy Day Cardmaking Kit
I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink




The white & gold ribbon I used as an embellishment is also included in the Cardmaking Kit. 
The ribbon is also sold separately. 

This card was entered into a few challenges:
Pile It On! Challenge Blog- #139 3D Embellishments 
Polkadoodles-Anything Goes 
Crafty Gals Corner- #158 Anything Goes 
Classic Design Team-#22 Open Challenge

Thank you for stopping by!

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