Monday, January 30, 2017

Dreamin' Big Layered Card

The new Dreamin' Big collection has fun patterns that are great for layering...

Step 1: Create base with a monotone pattern from Dreamin' Big paper pack. Follow with a simple striped pattern.

Step 2: Choose your favorite fun pattern (I love those cute bugs!), along with a more simple and monotone pattern to balance it out on top.

Step 3: Use notebook paper from Memo Fundamentals to create a neutral base for your sentiment and embellishments (bonus: use a notebook edge punch on the bottom).

Step 4: Have fun with those Dreamin' Big Complements! I used Thin Foam Tape on some of the stickers to add a little depth. You can stamp a sentiment, use one of the Complements, or use one of the cut apart cards from the paper pack.

Step 5: Add some detail with the Dreamin' Big Sequins and a stitch pattern using a Journaling Pen.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Refresh Your Scraps - Fundamentals Layout

Close To My Heart came out with even more Fundamentals Complements, which means you can freshen up any of the Fundamentals paper packs!

Scraps: I used my leftovers from the Adventure and Memo Fundamentals paper packs.

Refresh: The new My Girl Complements and Snapshot Complements helped me keep the theme sweet and the look soft.

Details: Black splatter and outlining the paper with a Journaling Pen helped the papers and background pop.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Card with Silly Sayings

Bright, bold and just a little bit silly...

Inspired by the Lucky Layers pattern in the Wishes card pattern book

Step 1: Add paper strips from Adventure Fundamentals to card base.

Step 2: Stamp sentiment from Silly Sayings stamp set (Bonus: use this Design Space file to cut your word bubbles).

Step 3: Sew a border around the card with black thread.

Step 4: Go crazy with Some Kinda Wonderful Complements! Use Thin Foam Tape to add dimension, and outline some of the stickers with a journaling pen to make them stand out.

Step 5: Add Liquid Glass to some of the stickers for a little shine.

Monday, January 16, 2017

February Layout Workshop - Sugar Rush Layouts

Create three, 2-page layouts using the new Sugar Rush collection at February's layout workshop!

The layout kit comes pre-cut and ready to make with leftovers to create more!

When: Saturday, February 18th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $35 for three, 2-page layouts

Reserve Your Spot by January 18th
Sign Up Now!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Hello Lovely Layout with Distress Techniques

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 new products from the Seasonal Expressions mini-catalog!

If you came here from Kim's lovely 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.

Ideas for adding distressing techniques and dimension to your layouts:

Ink Edging: Using a sponge dauber and Desert Sand ink, flick ink along the edges of your layout base and all your background Hello Lovely papers. Leave your photo mat papers as is - the softer, inked edges will draw attention to the un-inked area.

Splatter: Add water and Sorbet re-inker to a Spray Pen, mix, remove the nozzle and then tap the long tube on your finger to add splotches diagonally across your layout base.

Shine: Use the Gold Shimmer Brush to color the banners peaking out from the photo and all the flower stickers from the Hello Lovely Complements. This will add some sparkle and shine to areas that are softer and more muted.

You can get these new products and more on my website

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

Blog Hop List:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

February Card Workshop - Sugar Rush Birthday Cards

Create 12 birthday cards using the new Sugar Rush paper pack at February's card workshop!

The card kit comes pre-cut and ready to make with leftovers to create more!

When: Saturday, February 18th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $24 for 12 cards (that's $2/card!)

Can't make the workshop? Email me at for a mail order kit!

Reserve Your Spot by January 18th
Sign Up Now!

Monday, January 9, 2017

January Stamp of the Month - Adore You Mixed Media Card

January's Stamp of the Month is great for coloring with markers and pencils, for watercoloring, and (my favorite) for adding a little mixed media.

Step 1: Mix Desert Sand re-inker with texture paste. On the card base, spread paste over stencil of choice, remove stencil and let dry.

Step 2: Stamp images in Archival Black ink and color with Shinhan Touch alcohol markers using a dark and light shade to create depth. Cut.

Step 3: Stamp accent hearts in Sorbet and Sea Glass ink. Cut.

Step 4: Layer Hello Lovely paper scraps over texture area, followed by vellum from Uptown Fundamentals. Add some Liquid Glass on the vellum, wind some gold thread around two of your fingers, and then place a portion of the thread into the Liquid Glass to hold it in place.

Step 5: Use Thin and regular Foam Tape to pop the stamped images, creating depth.

Step 6: Add sparkle to the stamped images with the Gold Shimmer Brush and more sparkle with Gold Glitter Gems.

Create your own fun mixed media card today using January's Stamp of the Month. The stamp is only available until January 31st, so go to my website today to get yours!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Close To My Heart Mini-Catalog Mini Open-House

You're invited to my Seasonal Expressions mini-catalog mini open-house! Come see the beautiful new catalog (and get a free one of your own!), new products and artwork, along with creating a free make-and-take and getting entered to win prizes!

When: Saturday, January 14th anytime between 11am and 3pm
Where: Elgin, IL area

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Close To My Heart Specials - National Papercrafting Month!

Get ready to celebrate National Papercrafting Month with Close To My Heart! Keep reading for details...

1. National Papercrafting Month - Welcome Home

The Welcome Home wreath kit combines beautiful design with simple assembly, resulting in a papercrafted d├ęcor piece you can display with pride. 

The kit includes die-cut paper pieces and gold foil accents, including enough alphabet stickers to allow you to choose your own message. Buy the kit for $18.95 or get it FREE with a $60 qualifying purchase! 

2. January Stamp of the Month - Adore You

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.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year - New Seasonal Expressions Mini-Catalog!

Happy New Year! And with that comes our gorgeous new Seasonal Expressions Mini-Catalog!

What will you find?

  • 4 new creative collections (including Paper Packs, Complements, and Embellishments)
  • 4 new Workshops Your Way for layouts and for cards
  • So many gorgeous new stamp sets!
  • More Complements for all the Fundamentals paper packs
  • Beautiful new albums
  • Gold Shimmer Brush!
  • And Cut Above kits for layouts!