Monday, April 18, 2016

Double Drape Technique

Ok so I figured I had mastered the single drape so now it is time to figure out the double.  It was a little confusing until I watched three of four video's on You Tube then I kind of played with it until I got the look I wanted.  These are also retired Close to My Heart Papers but let me just say I think these would be beautiful made with the Charlotte paper pack (which is retiring at the end of this month) or with the La Vie En Rose (which retires in August) but it really is a personal preference.

The stamp set used here is called Happy to Be Friends (C1605) and I have to admit I use it all the time.  

Stamp set used - Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627)

Stamp set used - Wavy Blooms (D1651) and I colored it in using CTMH watercolor pencils - 3505)

Same stamp set was used here as in the previous picture and I also used the watercolor pencils on this one.  

So how is this fold done?  Well here goes, select a patterned paper that is two sided (the CTMH background and texture papers are all two sided).  Cut it to 3 x 11" (so you can get four drapes out of one piece of B&T paper isn't that great).  Score at 1 1/2, 2, 3, 3 1/2, 4 1/2, 5, 6, 6 1/2, 7 1/2, 8, 9 and 
9 1/2" .  Measure up 1 1/2" on each side and mark, then measure to the center of the paper (5 1/2") and mark.  Now cut horizontally between the 1 1/2" marks and the 5" mark on both sides.  Next begin to fold at each end, mountain, valley, mountain, valley until you reach the center and then do the other side.  The drape will be longer than you need but simply center it on the card topper (I used a piece of cardstock that was 4 x 5 1/4" for my topper that I later adhered to an A-2 base card that was 4 1/4 x 5 1/2") and adhere, bend excess behind the topper and adhere as well.  (I found adhesive on each of the valley and mountain folds made managing the drape much easier).  I topped with coordinating ribbon or paper and embellished with stamps and bling.  

I hope you like this project and I invite you to check out my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog to see all the wonderful papers, stamps, embellishments and other supplies that are available for you to use on projects like this one.  

Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Drape Techniques

I wanted to show case a technique rather than just papers and stamp sets so I have decided to play around with some retired Close to My Heart papers.  I just want you to check out the ideas and then look at my website and see which paper and stamp sets you would love to use on one of these projects.  

The drape is actually pretty easy to make once you do it one time.  I used a couple of retired papers to make these you could use any of the Close to My Heart papers since they are all two sided which makes them perfect for this technique.  

I watched several YouTube videos and found several different cutting sizes but this is what worked best for me.  So here is how it is done, make a base card that is an A-2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2), both of mine are done horizontally so I could showcase as much of the fold as possible.  Next select the paper you want to use for your "drape" and cut it to 11 1/2 x 4" and score at 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10".  Measure up the right side of your paper and mark at 1 1/2" from the top.  Now place your paper on your trimmer (or if you are really good you can use scissors, that would not be me, LOL) on a diagonal and cut from that first score line at three inches up to the mark you made on the other end at 1 1/2".  Now fold, starting at the left, valley fold, mountain fold, valley fold, mountain fold until you have your drape complete.  I found a little adhesive behind each fold made it a whole lot easier for me to mount this on my card base.  As you can see I added a little trim at the top (you could use ribbon) for the floral one I used what we Close to My Heart consultants refer to as a zip strip (each B&T paper comes with a cute coordinating 1/2 x 12" strip which works great for these kind of applications), on the Balloon one I just used a 1/2" strip of the strip from the other side of the paper that matched the revealed paper in the drape.  

The Happy Birthdays are stamped from a stamp set called Holiday Tags (D1560) which I love because it has lots of different holiday greetings and it also includes frames for the sentiments that can be cut out using the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge or can be hand cut.  This one is retiring soon so if you are interested don't wait to long.

Now for the embellishments, the balloons were cut from coordinating colors of cardstock using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686) and I cut them at 1 1/4" and then wrapped them with thin bakers twine and tied them all together.

The roses (I love these and use them on gift bags, tags and boxes all the time) were cut using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790).  I cut two white ones and then inked them for a neat affect. This cartridge is full of awesome 3-D items, I use it to make boxes and little purses and other items all the time.  

I hope you enjoyed these projects, remember you can get supplies to make these for yourself by visiting my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Regatta and the May 2016 Stamp of the Month

So as promised here is my scrapbook page with the Regatta paper packet.  I also used this months stamp of the month (can't beat that $5 price tag).  This layout brings back some memories for me.  How many of these camera's do you remember from your childhood (I hate to admit I remember way too many of them, LOL).  When I was in high school the Polaroid camera was all the rage, I think myself and everyone of my girlfriends had one, how about you, do you remember a special camera?

Supply List:

Stamp Set:  Life in Pictures (S1604) this stamp set is a very limited time offer, available only during the month of April 2016 so order yours today ($17.95 or only $5 with a qualifying $50 order).  Isn't it awesome?


Paper Packet:  Regatta (X7602B) - I only used one sheet for the background 

Cardstock:  Black (1386), White Daisy (1385), Sapphire (X5775), and Pomegranate (X5780)

Inks:  Black (Z2105), Glacier (Z2641), Pomegranate (Z2653) and Sapphire (Z2648)

The film strip was cut using the Close to My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Z3167 is the number for the physical cartridge but if you use Design Space and want just the digital version it is Z3190, and still get the paper and stamps).  I use this collection quite often.  I have had some folks who were a little taken aback by the price ($99 for the physical collection and $79 for the digital collection) When the asked why it was higher than other cartridges out there I explained that you are getting over 700 images, three full D size stamp sets (valued at $17.95 each) as well as the Enchantment Cardstock Packet with 20 sheets of cardstock (valued at ($14.50) so when you think about it that is a real deal.  

As always you can find all the supplies I used to make this page on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  

I hope you like this page and I wish you --- Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Regatta Again

Today I am playing with Close to My Hearts (CTMH) new Thin Cuts (they are cutting dies that coordinate with our stamps).  I have loved the CTMH cricut cartridges that coordinate with our stamps for years so this is just another great way to do that same thing (just a little less expense starting out).  So I decided on another nautical card today and I am pretty pleased with how it came together.

and here is the Regatta Paper Packet I used

This card was really pretty quick and easy.  The background paper is straight out of the paper packet (no I did not have to stamp all those birds, thank goodness).  I used Pomegranate cardstock as my base and also to make one of the flags.  The lighthouse was stamped twice, once in Slate and once in Sapphire ink and then I just cut the rocks off the slate one and glued them on top of the sapphire one (of course that was after I cut both of them out using the thin cut die) and I used some 3-D foam tape to pop the lighthouse up for dimension (I later wished I had also done that with the waves which were also cut from the Thin Cut dies out of one of the papers in the paper pack.  Here is my supply list for this project...

Stamp Set: My Anchor (C1642) and coordinating Thin Cuts My Anchor (Z3202)
Cardstock:  Pomegranate (X5780) and White Daisy (1385) 
Inks: Pomegranate (Z2653), Sapphire (Z2648) and Slate (Z2173)
Regatta Paper Packet (X7206B)

All of the supplies needed to make this card and lots of other fun projects are available on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Hope you liked the card and Happy Crafting!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Regatta Paper Packet

So today I am going to take a step back and create an oceanie (is that a word?) feeling card.  My brother in law is that guy who loves the ocean, he lived on a boat, he loves to dive, he has worked for the Navy for over 25 years, well he loves all things ocean and he has a birthday this month so when I first saw this paper packet I thought of him.  So here is what I made (I wanted to use as many of the papers in the pack as I could.

And here is his Birthday card
And this is the paper I used

This card was actually very easy and I am really please with how it turned out.  Notice that cool strip down the center with the great design?  That is what we consultants call the "zip strip", each of our beautiful B&T (background and texture papers) have it across the top of one side of the paper.  They are 12" x 1/2" so they make perfect paper ribbons and borders on cards and scrapbook pages and sometimes they are my favorite part of the paper, LOL.  So the supply list (it is pretty basic this time)...

Stamp Set:  Joyful Birthday (B1419) - Man do I use this set a bunch there are 4 different styles of Happy Birthday on it
Cardstock: Pomegranate (X5780) 
Regatta Paper Packet (X7206B)
Sapphire Ink (Z2648)

And finally I used one of the pre-made cards from the value pack (X254) because when you figure it all out they are $.29 each and that is a steal.  Of course you can make your own base using White Daisy cardstock if you prefer.  All these supplies are available on my OBA at or buy clicking the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  

I hope you liked the card and Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

More Regatta

Ok, here we go, another non Nautical card made with the Regatta paper pack...

Here is my card

And this is a reminder of what the paper pack looks like

This card was exciting for me.  I wanted to push myself to use a stamp set and make a card that was about as far away from Nautical as you could get so here it is.  I hope you like it.  This stamp set is a great one as well (lots of good get well wishes) but it too is retiring soon so get it while you can.  Here is a list of the supplies I used (you will notice that many of these supplies are repeated over and over in these projects).

Stamp Set:  Kiss it Better (B1508)
Cardstock:  Sapphire (X5775) and White Daisy (1385)
Regatta Paper Packet (X7206B)
Inks:  Sapphire (Z2648) and Dessert Sand (Z2118)

All the supplies listed here are available on my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the beginning of this blog.  Remember when you are making these projects you can mix and match your supplies to get the most out of your investment.  I hope you like this card.  

Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Another Project using Regatta this months Featured Paper Pack

I promised to show a project using this awesome Nautically themed paper pack that was not nautical in nature.  I think this is a perfect example of what you can do with this paper when you think outside of the box.

So here is the Regatta Paper Packet

And here is how I used it in this card

This card was great fun to make.  It is hard to see in this picture but I used Sapphire cardstock to make the base of the card (I often use our bulk pre-made cards and envelopes but in this case I really wanted to try something different).  Here are the supplies I used to make this adorable card...

Stamp Set:  Happy to Be Friends (C1605) - (this one is retiring soon so grab it while you can it is super versatile and I use it all the time)
Inks:  Pomegranate (Z2653) and Sapphire (Z2648)
Regatta Paper Packet (X7206B)
Cardstock:  Sapphire (Z2648) and White Daisy (1385)

In addition I used some bling from my stash and I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z3171) to cut out the layers for the sentiment (you don't have to have this cartridge to make this card you could use any shape you wanted to use).  I will admit though I love this cartridge and with over 700 images I sure have used it a bunch.  

Remember all the supplies are available on my OBA at or by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Now is the time —The Close To My Heart Opportunity: You Are Welcome Here

There has never been a better time to join Close to My Heart.  There is plenty of opportunity for you to earn extra cash as well as free and discounted crafting products.  Contact me and I will let you in on all the secrets I have learned.  I would love to have you join my team...

Regatta is this months Featured Paper Pack

So this month Close to My Heart is featuring the Regatta Paper Pack.  I have to admit I love this paper.  It can be used for a number of things and over this month I am hoping to show you that they are not all ocean or sea based ideas either (although it is great for that application so be watching for more projects using this great paper).  Here is card number one...

This card showcases a pretty classic use of this nautical themed paper and it is really cute and easy.  The supplies I used are listed here:

Stamp Sets:  My Anchor (C1642) and Beach Days (D1684)
Inks:  Pomegranate (Z2653) and Sapphire (Z2648)
The Regatta Paper Packet (X7206B)
Cardstock:  Pomegranate (X5780), Sapphire (X5775) and Daisy White (1385)

Other items:  These are not necessary but I did use them.  I colored the little center of the ball in using my Marine Blue Shin Han Marker (Z2458) and I cut the call and the layer using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Z3190 for the digital collection or Z3167 for the non digital collection)

Now you can make your own card base from the Daisy White Cardstock but I find the Card and Envelope value packs the best way to go since it works out to just $.29 a set, there is a little initial outlay but if you make cards like I do it is a great value.  The order number for the White Value Pack is (X254)

You can find all of these supplies on my OBA at or by clicking the shopping cart at the top of the blog.

Happy Crafting!!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Baby, I'm Worth It! And so are you!!!!

April 2016 Constant Campaign — Baby, I’m Worth It!

There has never been a better time to dive in there and let your love for scrapbooking and/or cardmaking bring you some extra income and allow you to enjoy free crafting items for yourself.  Don't miss the chance...

Campaign Basics

1. What are the campaign details? Dates: April 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)

Featured Products: Z3167 Cricut® ArtistryCollection Z3190 Cricut® Artistry Digital Collection (No Cartridge) Z3168 Cricut® Artfully SentCollection Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection Z3170 Cricut® ArtisteCollection Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection CC1062 SPC reward

For New Consultants: Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during April is more rewarding than ever. When you sign up as a New Consultant you already get: the New Consultant Kit with essential supplies for only $75 and $50  in Select Product Credit to spend on additional supplies.

Plus the chance to earn fantastic Straight To The Top start--‐up rewards
And only during April, you can also earn your choice of a FREE Cricut® collection or an additional $100 in Select Product Credit when you submit $350 in personal sales within your first 30 days! So, if earning money—and rewards—through your love of scrapbooking and stamping sounds like a dream job, then now is the perfect time to join Close To My Heart. Believe us, it’s worth it!

Campaign Items

2. What is included in a Cricut® collection?
Each Cricut® collection includes an exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridge, three D-sized My Acrylix® stamp sets that coordinate with shapes on the cartridge, and one cardstock combo pack. These collections retail for $99, except for Z3190 Cricut® Artisty Digital Collection, which retails for $79 USD. With hundreds of cartridge images—including cards, banners, 3-D flowers and more—the creative possibilities are endless!

3. Where can I find more information about the Cricut® collections? Additional information can be found on pages 118–121 of the 2015–2016 Annual Inspirations idea book.

4. What can a New Consultant get with $100 USD Select Product Credit (SPC)? If the new Consultant chooses to receive $100 SPC, she can use it to purchase any SPC-eligible items she chooses, including My Acrylix® stamp sets, paper packets, Picture My Life™ cards, ink pads, and much more. Find the full list of items in the Select Product Credit FAQ.


5. What do new Consultants have to do to qualify for the free Cricut® collection or SPC? They need to enroll as a new Close To My Heart Independent Consultant during the month of April, and then complete $350 in sales before their 30 days are up. The 30-day period begins five days after the New Consultant Kit has been shipped.

6. Is there a grace period for enrollments? No. All enrollments must be submitted before 11:59 pm MDT on April 30, 2015 to be eligible for the free Cricut® collection. For any enrollments that are not instantly approved, as long as the application was completed before the deadline, the new Consultant will still be eligible for this special once her enrollment is approved.

7. How many Cricut® collections can each new Consultant qualify for? Each new Consultant is eligible to receive only one Cricut® collection, or $100 in Select Product Credit.

8. What sales count toward qualifying sales? The qualifying sales total must be reached with commissionable sales, which excludes non-commissionable supply items and any shipping and tax amounts.

9. Can former Consultants sign up again and be eligible for a reward? Yes. If a former Consultant’s 3-month waiting period has passed and she is eligible to sign up during the month of April, she is eligible to receive the reward of her choice after submitting a new application and meeting the sales requirement.


10. How does a new Consultant choose which reward to receive? Once the new Consultant reaches the qualifying sales total, she will be prompted to choose her reward—either $100 SPC or any one of our Cricut® collections. The prompt will occur on the qualifying order or on the following order if the qualifying sales total is reached by the placement of an outside order. The Consultant will need to be logged in as a Consultant if placing the order on her Online Business Address. If placing an order in Order Entry, she will need to add her choice of reward item to her Consultant profile on the order. When prompted, simply enter the item number of the selected Cricut® Collection or enter the item number CC1062 for SPC. That will then allow her to enter the SPC items that she chooses.

11. Which order types can be used for this campaign? New Consultants can submit qualifying sales and identify their choice of reward through Gathering, Individual, and EZ Invite™ order types, as well as through Online Business Addresses.

12. If a new Consultant chooses the $100  Select Product Credit, how will they redeem those credits? When a Consultant qualifies for a reward and chooses the $100 SPC, she will enter the item number CC1062 which will then allow her to add her SPC-eligible items to that same order. In the case that the new Consultant does not use all of the SPC on that order, the excess will be added to her SPC ledger to be used on future orders, following normal SPC redemption rules. Refer to the Select Product Credit FAQ for more information on redeeming SPC.

13. How long do new Consultants have to redeem their reward once they have earned it? New Consultants must choose and order their reward by June 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

14. Is there a grace period for redeeming their reward? Yes, qualifying Consultants will have until July 5, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT) to redeem their reward in Order Entry, as long as the order has a June Gathering date. Shipping, Tax, & Commissions

15. Will tax be charged on the free Cricut® collection? [US/CAN] No tax is charged for free items in the US or Canada.

16. Will shipping/handling be charged on this promotion? Yes, shipping is charged on the full retail price of any free promotional items. For more information on getting free shipping when redeeming SPC items, refer to the Select Product Credit FAQ.

April Stamp of the Month

Here is your chance, this cute set is available for purchase for $17.95 (S1604).  But here is the great news - each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set (known as the Stamp of the Month), available for that month only, for just $5!  When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.  Check it out at

Just look at one way to use these adorable vintage cameras and classic sentiments.  I think this set is going to be a lot of fun to work with.

Just don't forget if you are looking to get this cute set for just $5 April is the only time it is available.