Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrate Spring with this Sending Sunshine Card

Spring is finally here, and I want to celebrate with a fun spring-themed card!


Inspiration: Pattern 25 from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2.

Technique: I cut 2 of each flower size (I used one large, one medium and one small) from the Flower Market cartridge, gluing them offset from each other to really make the flower stand out. 

Product Fun: The paper comes from the Whimsy and Enchantment Fundamentals, and the embellishments are Enamel & Glitter Purple Hearts and Rustic Home Ribbon.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Top 5 Ways to Use Thin Cuts

You can get all of Close To My Hearts thin cuts at 25% off during March! And I want to make sure you get the most out of them with these top 5 tips:

1. Use the thin cut shapes and sentiments to create cards and pages with no stamping!


2. If you have a stamp set with a coordinating die, you can either stamp first and then cut, or cut and then stamp. If you stamp first, make sure to keep your die in place with washi tape. If you cut first, make sure to put your cut image on a different colored background before you stamp so you can easily see the outline of your die cut when stamping.


3. Make your thin cut shapes pop by cutting out some of the images or sentiments with glitter paper.

4. Use thin cuts to create a background by using the negative space in your paper - you can put patterned paper in the background to make it pop, or even stamp a sentiment!


5. Add watercolors to a sheet of watercolor paper first, and then stamp your die/stamp image in Archival Black ink, followed by cutting it out with your die. Stamping after you watercolor will leave the image nice and crisp.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thin Cuts - Thanks Card

This month's incredible Thin Cuts special means fun artwork using die cuts!


Thin Cuts: The "thanks" comes from the Hello & Thanks thin cut set

Technique: I used one of the acetate sheets from the All About the Gold Fundamentals to create a clear panel in this card - that way, I was able to add some depth behind it with more papers and stamped images. 

How-To: To do this, cut off 3" from the front of your card base, and then cut 2 pieces of patterned paper (1.25" and 1") and an acetate sheet (2.5"). Adhere the acetate sheet to the edge of the cut card base and cover with the 1.25" patterned paper. Adhere the other patterned paper to the edge of the bottom of the acetate sheet. 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Rose Blossom Blog Hop - Thin Cuts Background 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 Thin Cuts! Why? Because they're all 25% off during March!


If you came here from Shelly'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.


Create a Background: I love creating backgrounds with die cuts - they add instant texture, and they're so easy to make! I simply used the hello from the Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts with white paper on a white background. To make one pop as a sentiment, I used the colorful Some Kinda Wonderful paper

Adhesive Tip: Did you know that the E-Z Dots Adhesive is perfect for using with die cuts? You don't have to worry about your adhesive hanging off the edge - just run the adhesive over the die cut on some scrap paper, and any extra adhesive will just stay on the scrap paper. I love those little dots!

You can get all our Thin Cuts on my website

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

Blog Hop List:

Monday, March 13, 2017

April Layout Workshops - Dreamin' Big Layouts

Create three, 2-page layouts using the Dreamin' Big collection at 
April's layout workshop!

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

When: Saturday, April 8th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $35 for three, pre-cut, 2-page layouts

Sign Up Now!

Friday, March 10, 2017

April Card Workshop - Dreamin' Big Cards for Guys

Create 12 cards you can give to the boys and men in your life using the Dreamin' Big paper pack at April's Card Workshop! Plus, you can take advantage of the March Thin Cuts special as we'll be using thin cuts for all of the cards!



Choose your sentiments AND choose either hearts, stars or both!

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

When: Saturday, April 8th anytime between 10:30am to 5pm
Where: Quality Inn & Suites, St. Charles, IL
Cost: $25 for 12 cards 

Sign Up Now!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Stamp of the Month - Tea-rrific Card

March's Stamp of the Month is the lovely Tea-rrific stamp set - and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to have some fun with the teacup outline:
I love outline images because they're perfect for stamping on patterned paper - you can create any background you want!



Teacups: I stamped the teacup on different patterned papers from the Hello Lovely paper pack. And yes, I did fussy cut each of them.

Background: This is one of my favorite techniques! I pressed the Sea Glass ink pad and Fern ink pad onto my All-Purpose mat and then sprayed with water. From there, I placed my white cardstock on top and pressed down, blotting and adding more color.

Fun Tips: Make your images shine with the Gold Shimmer Brush! I added just a little to each teacup. Also, make a fun background pop by using 3D Foam Tape to adhere it to your card base.

Get the March Stamp of the Month on my website>>

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Close To My Heart Specials - Cut It Out!

All thin cuts are on sale this month! Keep reading for details...

1. Cut It Out!


Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and during March only, they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time! 


2. March Stamp of the Month


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.