Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Quick Thinking Of You Card...

Here is a quick little thinking of you card, I made for a friend of mine that used to live here in North Carolina.



For a little extra dimension, there is some sponging around the circle with the sentiment on it.

The North Carolina stamp, is part of the entire United States collection. There is one for every state. And at only $2.95 for the set, you can't beat that at all. 
Here are a few of the others states:












Again each stamp set for the states is only $2.95, the perfect little stocking stuffer. It is not too early to start thinking about Christmas!







A Quick Birthday Card...


Had a chance to play for a little bit with some new goodies, that arrived today. 
Come join me, as I make a quick birthday card. 

Part 1:


Part 2:

Hope you find these useful. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. 
To purchase the paper pack, I used, click here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Birthday Card...

Generally throughout the year, I go through Birthday cards and thank you cards for my customers pretty quickly. Because I sell Close to my Heart products, Uppercase Living, and Tastefully Simple, I am constantly sending cards out. I love sending my customers birthday cards. 

So typically  few times a year I will participate ins swaps so that not only do I receive great cards that I can give, but I can also C.A.S.E. them and create mew ones later. 



So this morning after I finished my children's birthday cards, I created the adult female ones for a recent swap I signed up for over at Splitcoaststampers


This card was relatively quick to make. I love the bright orangeish patterned paper at the top, it reminds me of the summer sunshine shining down on the flowers.  I added Rhinestones to the center of each flower for a little sparkle. The inside white layer is sponged with ink as well for a little character. The sentiment on the inside is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink





I also submitted this card to a few Challenges:


My Little Man Will Be Turning One In A Few Months...




So as many of you know, I am a mom of 7 children. We have six daughters and one very special little boy. He is the baby and my heart for sure. Well that little baby will be turning 1 in just a few short months. I have no idea where this last year has gone, however I have started trying to plan his birthday party.  




So for his 1st birthday, we decided to go with a Cowboy theme. I knew that one day If I ever had a boy, eventually one of his birthdays would be Western/Cowboy, so I purchased this set and held onto it. 

Just so happens I have recently joined a few more swaps...

So I decided to pull out that set and play. I ended up creating a few Western/Cowboy themed elements for his birthday pictures to go in his first year album.  I will of course post pictures of those later. 
However, for this card, I kept things rather simple. A few layers, some sponging around the edges. I added eyelets in the corner for my embellishments. I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the Birthday sentiment and for the cowboy hat outline. I hand cut the cowboy hat out.   You will notice I made two different styles as well. 

These cards were made for "children's birthday" swap over at Splitcoaststampers



The inside is just a layer of white cardstock with some sponging as well. 



I chose to submit this card to a few Challenges as well:






It's Been Ages Since I...


It's been ages since I made a one layer card. Honestly the last dozen times or so I did, they were always white, white and black, or white with a small pop of color. 

I don't believe I have ever made one with a colored cardstock base, so the One Layer Card, Colored Cardbase Challenge over at Less is More really was a challenge for me. 







I tried to keep things simple. I used white ink on a navy card base. I went with a snow theme, and lightly sponged around the edges. I did round the corners of the bottom of the card as well. 


I also submitted my card to the follow Challenge:












Saturday, July 8, 2017

Christmas in July

When you have a large family and plenty of friends, you have to start your Christmas card making early...  

So this evening I sat down and started making a few Christmas cards.



I utilized the Jack Paper Packet from Close to my Heart, for the red and green patterned paper. 
The sentiment is a simple, "Just for You" which is perfect for a gift card inside or a card attached to a gift.  This versatile stamp is part of the Petite Perks "Just For You" stamp set. This cute little set has 4 different sentiments. 


As an incentive from me, any order placed in the month of July on my personal website or with me, for $20 or more, will receive a free Petite Perks "Just For You" stamp set. 

How fun is that? A FREE stamp set! 
Once your order is placed, I will ship you the set absolutely free! If you do not already have a 2 x 2 acrylic block or larger, you may wish to add that to your order. It is the recommended block for this FREE stamp set.


I kept the embellishments simple for this one, and only added two Rhinestones, and added a bit of ink sponged around the edges. 

I also added this card to a few Challenges:



Pocket Scrapbooking Organization with Close To My Heart Products






I hope this video was helpful in helping you organize your supplies.
The more organized you are, the more likely you are to sit down and scrapbook.
If you are interested in purchasing your own medium organizer, click here, or contact me to order. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Little Marker Fun...

I created this card, just to have an excuse to bring out my Markers... I mean really, who doesn't like to color?



I used my ShinHan Twin Markers, to color in my image. 

The sentiment is from the Close to my Heart, Petite Perks "Just For You" stamp set. 

Two simple Rhinestones in the corner for a little bling.


I also added this card to the DL.ART JULY linky challenge.


A New Fun Card, For a Few Challenges




It is Friday, and I've been busy the past few days, creating some new fun goodies to share with you, this card, was created with inspiration from the My Favorite Things Sketch #340.







This one was fairly quick, I did pull out the Cricut to cut my circle, but that was about the 
only extra thing I had to get up from table to do. 
The half circle reminded me of a Sun rising or setting...





The sentiment is from Close to my Heart's Petite Perks stamp set "Just For You".

This card was added to a few challenges:





Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Card for a Few Challenges

Hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July!
We had a chance to relax, did little grilling and then went on the base so the kids could play at the park and watch fireworks. I love that we have the freedom to do just about anything to celebrate. Overall it was a great day!My husband is retired Army, therefore patriotic holidays are usually spent with a great deal of pride of his accomplishments and sacrifices. Therefore you will notice that this is the second card this week that was red, white and blue. 


This card didn't take too terribly long. I utilized Sketch Saturday #470, for the format.  



Here is the actual Sketch:




Then I added a few extra embellishments to meet the guidelines for a couple of challenges. 
There's a ribbon tab, and a few rhinestones for some sparkle. My favorite way to add ribbon, is to create the little tab, as you see here. I like using it this way, because it gives just a touch of ribbon without taking over the card, but also I am able to utilize scraps and small pieces of ribbon.
I even pulled the Cricut out for the oval layers, and flourishes at the bottom.



The sentiment is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and the You're the Best stamp from the Petite Perks set "Just for You" by Close to my Heart


The inside of the card, is matted with little ink for the distressed look.

This card is also submitted to the following challenges:




Comparison of the New Two-Tone Cardstock Colors

In August our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, will begin, and our new product line will start, 
one of the awesome new additions to our Close to my Heart family, is our Two-Tone Cardstock. 

It still has the white core, but instead of the same main color on both sides, you will now have one side of the main color, and on the back, a shade lighter. 





In addition, our Basics color family, had a major overhaul, and we have all new colors. 
White Daisy and Black will be sold separately and Colonial White will be retiring. Therefore, if you are fan, be sure to stock up. There will be a new shade, that is comparable to the Colonial White, it is Almond.



We think you will really enjoy this change, these Two-Tone Sheets will be great for ensuring color matching on your scrapbook page layouts and cards. I can't wait to receive my pack I ordered as a preview. I will be sure to share with you the first project I create with them.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!


I wish you all a Safe and Happy 4th of July!





My "Red" Cards for the Rainbow Swap at Splitcoaststampers

Yesterday, you had an opportunity to see my "Green" cards,  for the Rainbow Card Swap over at Splitcoaststampers. Today I present to you, my "Red" cards. 

Originally, I had planned to go with a Christmas theme, since you know it's already July, and Christmas will be upon us before you know it... However, as I was reorganizing some paper kits and what not, I came across a pack of paper, that I just had to use. 

For this swap, all 8 cards are different, but for the most part they have the same basic components. They are all stamped with the same sentiment from Close to my Heart. I used the "Just for You" stamp from the Petite Perks set "Just For You". They were all stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. All of them have a white or beige layer inside for the sender to write a message. 

Here is my main card, I am submitting for a few Challenges as well...



The challenges are:









Here are a few extra photos of some of the other 7 cards. 










I hope the other ladies in the group enjoy them. 

A few older tutorial videos, but helpful for many...

Masking The Basics



Coloring with Copics Part 1


Coloring with Copics Part 2




Coloring with Copics Part 3





Slide-Out Panel Card for a Splitcoaststampers Swap

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather, especially here in the South. 
This week, I signed up for a few swaps, and decided to enter a few challenges. 
What better way to get the job done? Combine the tasks! 

So here is a tutorial on how I created my Slide-Out Panel Card. I'm sure there are other ways to create these, but this was the easiest for me. I needed to make 8 cards focusing on the color green for the Rainbow Swap on Splitcoaststampers. Typically unless it is a requirement, I try to make the cards all sightly different. So not all 8 follow this design. 

Shall we begin?

If you follow me on my Youtube Channel, you may have seen a green card I created using hand drawn doodling. The accent piece on the front of this card, was made using that technique. The doodling on white cardstock is a great way to create your own One-Sheet-Wonder. I simply cut the doodling, then matted that piece onto a piece of green cardstock. That rectangle was then layered onto a piece of patterned paper. Total it measured about 3 3/4 inches tall and about 3 inches wide. 



After adhering each piece, I added a Rhinestone Brad and a Fabric Flower for my embellishments.


Now for the card base, I started off with my 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches cardstock in the portrait position, scoring my green cardstock at 2 1/8 inches, flip to the opposite side and score again at 2 1/8 inches. I then turn the cardstock in the landscape position and cut at 5 1/2 inches. If you have ever created a Gatefold Card, this is pretty much the same measurements.




I now have two card bases, just as if I was creating a traditional 4 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inch card. This completed card will measure roughly the same as well. Fold on the score lines.






Next I created the front panels for the card. These are cut at about 1 3/4 inches wide by 4 inches tall. I took a marker and adding some distressing ink around the edges just for a little character. A sponge would have been nice to use as well. 


I just used regular adhesive to mount the panels to the front of the card. 


Once I mounted the panels I then mounted the accent piece for the front. Normally with a Gatefold card you just add adhesive to one side of the backside of the accent piece. With this, I added it to both sides, so that the accent piece "closed" the card. 

Next I needed to create the inside Panel, for the sentiment and space to write. Now this piece I had to play with a bit to get the measurements close to the front of the card, yet still have space for the pull tab without making it too big to fit in a regular envelope. You may have to play with this as well to ensure a fit or make your own envelope. 

 It pretty much is three layers of cardstock, two white and one green. The larger white is about 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches. The green is just slightly smaller, and the top white piece, you could make just about any size that fits within the other two. The little pull tab is about 1/2 inch-3/4 inch wide and about 2 1/4 inches long. Really this could be just about any size. Just make sure when you adhere it, the part sticking out isn't so far that you can't get the entire card into an envelope.




So far, so good, now we just need the sentiment. 


I chose to use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The stamp is the "Thinking of you" stamp from the Close to my Heart, Petite Perks set "Just for You". This is a stamp set, I usually give all of my hostesses free and customers that shop with me regularly. It's a cute little set with 4 different greetings.



Once you finish stamping the sentiment on the panel. Simply slide it into the case we created. 

Here is the completed card. 






I hope this tutorial was helpful, please let me know if you have any questions at all. 

This card was created to also meet the guidelines for the following challenges:








A Quick Thinking Of You Card...

Here is a quick little thinking of you card, I made for a friend of mine that used to live here in North Carolina. In the video I us...

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