Saturday, June 21, 2014

Let's take a Ride, with the CTMH Balloon Ride Paper Pack

These cute cards were inspired by some I saw on Pinterst which were created by Michelle Johns.  They are quick and easy cards that make cute little card sets which can be used as gifts.


The bases are 5 ½ x 4 ¼” colonial white card bases.  Then I cut pieces of various papers from the Balloon Ride paper pack to 5 ¼ x 4” and distressed them using saddle ink and my trusty dauber.  I then cut mats (here I used Saddle cardstock but I also made some using Crystal Blue cardstock which went nicely with the Balloon Ride papers) to 3 x 3”.  I then cut various B&T (Background and Texture) papers from the paper pack into 2 ¾ x 2 ¾” squares that I then stamped using various stamp sets.  I made over a dozen different cards just changing around the papers within this paper pack and had a blast doing it.

Supplies Used:

Colonial White Card bases and envelopes (X1410)

Papers:  Saddle (X5928), Crystal Blue (1292) and the Balloon Ride Paper Pack (X7180B)

Inks: Crystal Blue (Z2117) and Saddle (Z2171)

Stamp sets: Casual Expressions (D1525), Lifting Spirits (C1570), Happy Autumn (D1550) and Give a Lift (D1581)

All of these supplies can be purchased from my website at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Believe In Yourself

What a beautiful sentiment, so here it is on a card.


Here are two variations of the same card, I just attached the pieces differently for a new look.  I started with a colonial white card base of 4 ¼ x 5 ½” and added a piece of the Skylark paper (the quatrefoil side) cut at 4 ¼ x 5 ½ which was distressed using Lagoon Ink.  I then added a strip of the Skylark paper that was the blue semi-floral cut to 2 x 5 ½”.  The base of the sentiment is a piece of kraft cardstock cut to 3 ½ x 2 1/8” topped with a piece of colonial white cut to 1 ¾ x 3 ¼” that has been stamped with stamp set C1574 Believe in Yourself in Lagoon and Sweet leaf ink and mounted using 3-D foam tape.  The flags are cut from the green chevron paper in the Skylark paper pack and are 1 ½ x ¾”’.

Supplies Used:

Colonial White Card bases and envelopes (X1410)

Papers: Colonial White Cardstock (Z2168), Craft Cardstock (Z1375), Skylark Paper Pack(X7177B)

Stamp Set: Believe in Yourself (C1574)

Inks: Lagoon (Z2195) and Sweet Leaf (Z2153)

3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

You can order these supplies from my website at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ivy Lane WOTG and More

The Close to My Heart Workshops on the Go are a great way to get inspiration and they come with lots of products that coordinate (including a stamp set) as well as cutting and layout instructions so that your pages will turn out great, however, I did take some liberties and changed some of the embellishments around.  That is the great part of this, there is no right or wrong, just what you like.

When I was done I still had some papers left and I wanted to make more pages so I hit Pinterest to see what else was out there and I found this idea that Susan Williams had posted and I used it (with a few changes to make it my own).

The base is created with two sheets of 12 x 12” Hollyhock cardstock.
The honeycomb accents were made using the Artbooking cricut cartridge.  Page 67, Shift, Overlay cut at 11” (cut 2 of these, one for each page). Individual honeycombs were also made using the Artbooking cricut cartridge.  Page 66, Shift, Border cut at 1 ¼” – cut as many B&T pieces and White Daisy pieces as you will need.  

The White Daisy pieces are stamped with the Honeycomb stamp set using Hollyhock, Desert Sand and Blush inks. Piece these into the honeycomb overlay and then mount onto the Hollyhock base.
Cut B&T to 6 x 12 (if there is a pattern make sure paper is turned correctly before cutting since this piece will be mounted horizontally), mount horizontally in center of each page and over the top of the honeycomb overlay.

Add Zip Strips of choice to sides (these are those cute little ½” strips added to the sides of each of the three B&T (background and texture) papers included in the kit.

Cut and mount the following mats, Ivy Lane Green 4 ½ x 6 ½” (cut 2), Ivy Lane Purple 3 ½ x 5 ½” (cut 2), Bamboo 4 x 6” (cut 2), Bamboo 3 x 5” (cut 2)

Stamp “Pure Joy” from the Ivy Lane WOTG stamp set in Smokey Plum onto White Daisy cardstock, cut out and mount.

Flowers are created using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge.  Page 50, Shift, Layer, green is cut at 1”, hollyhock at 1 ½” and floral at 1 ¾” they are then layered, glued together using Liquid Glass and a Purple Glitter Gem is added to the center of each.

Supplies Used:

Papers, Purple Glitter Gems, the Stamp Set and more are all in the Workshops on the Go Ivy Lane (G1073)

Cricut cartridges: Art Philosophy (Z1686), Artbooking (Z1906) and Artiste (Z1790) – shapes can be hand cut if you do not have the cartridges.

Inks: Bamboo (Z2103), Desert Sand (Z2118), Hollyhock (Z2128) and Blush (Z2106)

All these supplies can be purchased on my website at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy crafting!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Carefree Crafting Contest

Go ahead check it out, comment and maybe you will be the winner!!  Happy Crafting

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Workshop Scrapbook pages

We had some fun with our May scrapbook workshop, here are the two layouts we completed. They were made using a retired paper from Close to My Heart called Avonlea.  However, we used the Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop stamp set and the Sweet and Lovely stamp set from the Artbooking Cricut bundle (both available through my website or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog).  The idea was to show how you could take things that were meant to be used for something else, like the stamp set from the card workshop and be creative with it.  Rule number 1 in crafting is have fun, rule number 2 is there are no rules.



Have fun and remember keep crafting!!!

CTMH Turns 30

Close to My Heart celebrates 30 years as a leader in all things paper crafting and more.  To reward our customers this month CTMH is offering 6 great gift collections (values ranging from at least $50 all the way to $65) for just $30 each with a qualifying $50 purchase.  Get your fabulous themed collection, which may feature anything from ribbons to washi tape to textiles, and enjoy 30 full days of super savings.

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