Monday, August 29, 2016

Diagonal Die-Cuts Layout

I have been taking some amazing online classes, and with that have come cool projects and lessons learned along the way, which I thought would be fun to share.

Online Class: Jen Schow's Die Cut Diversity class. It's all about different ways to use your die-cuts. 

Technique: This layout was inspired by the "Diagonal Design" lesson. The big take-away for me was making sure to leave the same amount of space between die-cuts, but also layering some of them so it looks cohesive. 

Lessons Learned: 
  • I needed to use more die-cuts! While I like how this looks, I think it would work better with more layers. 
  • I combined the Whimsy and Adventure Fundamentals to give the background a soft look so the bold center pops, but I think the base is too light and looks washed out. But, the center does stand out, so that worked.
  • I combined die-cuts from different collections, and I really like how it looks. I'm learning to let go and do things I wouldn't normally. And you know what? It's fun! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Flower Market Cartridge - Flower Bundles Layout

Layers and layers of flowers! From bundles, to bouquets, to containers to hold them all - I love the Flower Market cartridge!

Inspiration: The layout on pg. 23 of our new Annual Inspirations catalog.

Technique: I knew I wanted different bunches of flowers, and I thought this layout would be simple enough to hold multiple clusters of them. There's no crazy techniques here - I just went through all the images and chose sets of flowers I liked. I made sure to repeat certain elements (ribbon, gold glitter die cuts, stars, and pops of purple) to make the layout feel cohesive. I used Whimsy Fundamentals and the coordinating Complements because those soft colors look gorgeous with flowers. 

Fun Fact: I'm giving away $20 in free product to those of you who purchase a Flower Market cartridge from me! For details, click here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Adventure Fundamentals - Bold and Bright Layout

If you like bold, colorful papers, then Adventure Fundamentals are for you! I love creating with this paper because it's so cheery and bright, I just can't help but smile as I'm using it. :)

Inspiration: This fun page map from Becky Fleck's free class.

Technique: I knew I wanted to use a lot of the Adventure Fundamentals bright, bold colors, but I didn't want it to be too overwhelming. So I grounded the colors in neutrals by using the Rustic Fundamentals as my layout base and some pieces from the Memo Fundamentals in the center of the card (as well as the Kraft embellishments scattered throughout.)

Fun Fact: I mixed and matched embellishments from different collections all over this page! Kraft die-cuts and stickers from the All Together Complements, gold foil accents and glitter die-cuts from the Good Life Complements, Adventure Ribbon, White Twine, and Gray Enamel Gems.

The Adventure and Rustic Fundamentals are part of our big August special. For details on how you can get a free Fundamentals paper pack, click here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Catalogs Open House - You're Invited!

It will be an afternoon filled with papercrafting fun! And you're going to love seeing new product in person and getting inspired by both the new catalogs! RSVP by leaving a comment or emailing me at

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Rustic Home Card

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations made using one of the Basic Fundamentals paper packs (which you can get for FREE!)

If you came here from Kim's incredible blog, you are on the right path. If you get lost along the way, come back here and go to the bottom of the page for the blog hop list.

Inspiration: A card sketch from Cardmaker Magazine's Spring 2016 issue. 

Basically the Best: To show off this month's special, I went with the Rustic Home Fundamentals (and some Memo Fundamentals thrown in because I love our all our Basic collections!)

Fun Fact: All of our Basic Fundamentals look amazing with our color of the year - Sea Glass. I thought using our new Heart Thin Cuts with that gorgeous color would really make it pop!

You can get your own free Basic Fundamentals paper pack when you take advantage of this month's special on my website

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop!  Head on over to Cathy's wonderful blog and see her beautiful artwork!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Flower Market Cartridge - Flowers in a Bottle Card

The new Flower Market Cricut cartridge has so many beautiful flowers and flower holders - I just didn't know where to begin! So I picked the first container I liked and went from there!

Inspiration: The container image I chose! I let that guide the way I placed everything on the card, as well as the flower images I chose. They had to be simple, single-stem flowers to work. The colors came about when I noticed that the bottle color in Design Space looked like Glacier, so I just went with our Whimsy palette

Technique: I used our embossed Kraft cardstock from the Rustic Fundamentals to give the bottle holder a wooden look. And I covered the bottles and flower centers with our Shimmer brush to make them sparkle.

Fun Fact: I'm giving away $20 in free product to those of you who purchase a Flower Market cartridge from me! For details, click here.

Make your own! Click here for the Design Space file.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Whimsy Fundamentals - Soft and Simple Layout

Close To My Heart's new Whimsy Fundamentals are so soft and pretty - to me, they feel like the kind of papers you'd use for warm, colorful occasions and moments. And of the new Fundamental paper packs, they're my favorite. :)

Inspiration: This fun page map from Becky Fleck's free class on

Technique: I wanted the pretty Whimsy colors to pop, so I used neutral bases (Rustic Fundamentals and the Picture My Life Tabbed Journaling Cards) to make the colors stand out. 

Fun Fact: After I glued everything down, I realized I left a bit too much space at the bottom. So, I angle-cut some of the Rustic Kraft paper to give the top and bottom a fun border. This unplanned element ended up being my favorite!

The Whimsy and Rustic Fundamentals are part of our big August special. For details on how you can get a free Fundamentals paper pack, click here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

August Close To My Heart Specials - Basically the Best!

During August, you can get a FREE, new paper pack. Keep reading for details...

1. Basically the Best

During August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Order yours today!

2. August Stamp of the Month - Purr-Fect Halloween

The Stamp of the Month is only available during its month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings!) with every $50 ordered (before shipping and tax). When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Flower Market Cartridge (Plus Win Free Prizes!)

The brand new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge is now available to order! On top of that, I'm giving away free prizes for those of you who purchase the cartridge from me during August!

What do you get with the Flower Market cartridge?
  • A gorgeous font
  • Layered flower images
  • 3-D flowers (and not the kind you have to roll - simple gluing and bending)
  • Containers for the flowers (baskets, jars, etc.)
  • Other fun images
  • Lots of word art
  • Plus you get 3 stamp sets and a 24 pack of cardstock!

How do you win free prizes during August?

1. Go to my website
2. Click the "Join" button next to "Flower Market Contest" *IMPORTANT IF YOU DON'T DO THIS, YOU WON'T BE ENTERED*
3. Purchase either the Digital Collection or the Physical Cartridge collection

And you're entered to win $20 in free product or a 50% off item!

My contest will run from August 1st - August 31st, 2016. I will announce all the winners on September 1st.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Purr-Fect Halloween Card

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Come follow Close To My Heart consultants from the Rose Blossom team as we share our creations using August's Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!

If you came here from Kim's fun and lovely blog, you're on the right path!  If you get lost along the way, come back here and go to the bottom of the page for the blog hop list.

Inspiration: Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2016 "Sketch Savvy" card.

Technique: I had fun with this one! I paper pieced the cat and banner using those gorgeous bold colors from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack. Plus I ink-edged everything and drew stitching along the circles.

Product Overload: 

August's SOTM is only available until August 31st. As always, you can get this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase at my website

Now it's time for you to keep moving on the hop!  Head on over to Cathy's incredible blog and see her fantastic artwork!

Blog Hop List: