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!!!

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!!!