Friday, January 31, 2014

Damask Divas Ivy Lane Blog Hop

This is my very first blog hop and I am so excited to be a part of it.  If you came from  Jamie Blades you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.  

I wanted to make a very special thank you card for a wonderful neighbor who has been there to support me and be my friend for over 20 years.  She is an avid quilter so I knew what theme I wanted and when I saw the Ivy Lane Background and Textures paper pack from Close to My Heart I knew exactly what I wanted to do, make her a paper quilt!!

Here is how it was done.  

Begin by cutting a piece of scrap cardstock (any color is fine) to 4 ½ x 4 ½”, draw vertical and horizontal lines at 2 ¼” (these will help you to align your quilt pieces)

Select three coordinating papers (I used the Ivy Lane B&T papers from Close to My Heart), cut 4 each 1” squares out of two of the papers and 8 each 1” squares out of the third paper (make this one the most neutral of the three for the best results).  

Cut 4 each of all three designs vertically as shown below and leave 4 of the neutrals whole
Start in the center and work out as shown here (use the vertical and horizontal lines to keep the pattern straight

Continue to work outward as shown below completing corners with whole squares

Allow piece to dry completely and trim.  Using an embossing folder of your choice run the piece through the embosser to give it that quilt like look, see below.

Card base was made from 10x7” olive cardstock folded in half to make a 5x7” card base.  One piece of colonial while cardstock was cut to 1 ¾ x 2 ½” and stamped with the sentiment.  This was layered onto another design from the Ivy Lane B&T papers that was cut to 2 x 2 ¾” which was then mounted onto a piece of smoky plum card that had been cut to 2 ¼ x 3”.  

The quilted piece and sentiment were centered onto the card base and the card was finished with a pair of scissors and spool of thread that were cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 41 accent 3 cut to 1”) and a needle which was stamped from the Cross Stitch Wishes January 2014 Stamp of the month.  

Here is the final product:

This project was made using the following Close to My Heart products:

Papers: Ivy Lane B&T, Olive, Colonial White, Smoky Plum, Chocolate and Slate papers

Inks: Slate and Smoky Plum 

Stamp Set:  Cross Stitch Wishes (Jan 14 Stamp of the Month)

Cricut Artiste cartridge

If you like this card check out the post from January 27th as well which was also made from the beautiful Ivy Lane paper package. 

Please visit me at or click on the shopping cart above for these and many more wonderful Close to My Heart products.  Happy crafting!!

The next blog on the list is Kelly Janes: you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Ivy Lane.  If you get lost just pop over to

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ivy Lane - the perfect card making paper package

I fell in love with this new Close to My Heart paper the minute I saw it and knew I would be making many cards using it. 


The card was made by folding a 9 x 6 1/4” piece of cardstock in half to form a card base that was 4 ¼ x   6 1/4”.  I then cut a piece of the Ivy Lane to 4 x 6”, wrapped a ribbon around it and formed a flat bow.  I mounted this piece onto the card base and decorated it.


For the inside of the card I cut a piece of white daisy cardstock to 4x6” and added the same ribbon I had put on the front across the top and then mounted this onto the card base.  I cut paper #1 from my Ivy Lane paper package to 2 x 3 ¼” and paper #2 to 1 ¾ x 3 ¾ and then mounted them as shown.  I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of white daisy cardstock that was cut to 1 ¾ x 3 ¾ and mounted that onto paper #2 and finished by embellishing with a flower.

Products Used (you can find these by clicking on the shopping cart at the top of this blog):

Ivy Lane Paper Packet – X7178B (available February 1st)

Stamps: Card Word Puzzle – C1494 (flowers), Sweet Life STOM – S1307 (for leaves, many stamp sets have leaves that can be used for this), Cricut Art Philosophy Celebration – D1497 (sentiment)

Inks: Black – Z2105 and Ruby Z2170

Have fun and craft on!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Everyone needs a Thank You Card

Today I decided to play around with the concept of stamping as a background.  I really like how this came out.  So here is how it is made
Cutting instructions:

Avonlea B&T Patterned paper is cut to 1 ¼ x 5 ½”

Chocolate paper is cut to 2 3/8  x 5 ¼”

Smokey Plum paper is cut to 3 ½ x 2 ½”

Champaign paper is cut to 8 x 5 ½” (to make card base) and to 3 ¼ x 2 1/4”

Sheer silver ribbon is cut to 20”

Start by folding 8 x 5 ½ champagne card stock in half to make card base of 4 x 5 1/2”
  1. Adhere patterned paper to left side of card base (leaving 1/8” of card base showing.
  2. Stamp words or other background of choice using the same ink color as paper color (I used chocolate) so the words or image is just visible.
  3. Tie a ribbon around chocolate cardstock forming a bow in the upper right corner.
  4. Center the chocolate paper on the card base (leaving 1/8” at top and bottom and evenly against the patterned paper and adhere.
  5. Stamp sentiment of choice onto champagne cardstock, mount this onto the smokey plum cardstock and add a rhinestone to upper left of sentiment.
  6. Mount sentiment onto card using 3D foam tape.


Products used:


Papers were all Close to My Heart, Avonlea B&T, Chocolate, Smokey Plum and Champaign cardstock


Inks were Close to My Heart Chocolate and Slate


Ribbon was Celebrate It 360 silver sheer ribbon


Stamp set was C1527, Avonlea Cardmaking Workshop Flair

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Clean and Simple using Red, White and Black

After all the work I put into the Exploding Box Card I was looking forward to making a few CAS (clean and simple) cards.  I decided to go with black and white and then add in one other color, todays pick was red in honor of  Valentine’s Day.

For this first card I used a standard red card base.  I then used an embossing folder (floral) and embossed the black cardstock.  I added a cute strip of patterned paper and a flower I stamped using the You Only Live Once hostess stamp set and the sentiment from Holiday Tags from Close to My Heart.  The ovals for the stamp and the red background were cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge also from Close to My Heart

For this one I started with that same standard red card base, I then added some of that cute patterned paper (can’t remember where I got that).  I then used a different embossing folder and embossed the black cardstock and wrapped it with a red bow.  Added the same sentiment I used above (made with the same stamps and cartridge).


Now here is the last one for today and by far my favorite.

This time I started with a standard black card base.  I again used an embossing folder to emboss my red cardstock.  For the sentiment tag I again used my Holiday Tags stamp set and Artiste Cricut cartridge from Close to my Heart.  I  made my own white and black patterned paper this time using white cardstock and stamping it with my Swirls Around Stamp set also from Close to My Heart.  The little lady bug is the perfect topper.  She is made using a small round punch and a medium scalloped punch (mine are from Recollections).  Punch the head and body from black (one small round and one scalloped).  Punch two red scalloped circles, cut in half, mount on body (spreading wings as you go) using dimensionals in between layers.  Add two small pieces of black metal curled for antennae (I use stuff from the jewelry making isle) and finish with black rhinestone’s. 

This was a fun and easy project.  Watch for the new Spring/Summer Close to My Heart Idea Book which previews on February 1st.  Lots of great new products.  Keep on crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!