Damask Divas Blog Hop with Huntington Paper Pack

Welcome to the November Damask Divas blog hop.  This  month we are featuring the Huntington paper pack from Close to my Heart.  If you got here from Traci’s blog you are in the right place.  If you want to start from the beginning or see the list of all participating CTMH Damask Divas bloggers, click here to go to the Damask Divas blog.

This paper is perfect for Autumn memories so I made a single page layout using photos that my sister and her family posted on Facebook.  My great-niece took her first trip to the pumpkin patch with my niece and then spent some time with her grandparents (my sister and brother-in-law).  They live in Florida so they don’t have the autumn chill to deal with but they still have pumpkins!  My brother-in-law, Danny, did an awesome job on the pumpkin carving and the photo of the lit pumpkin adds just a touch of spooky!

Autumn Memories

Autumn Memories

The papers are all from the Huntington pack except the pumpkins and words I added.  I used the CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge for the words and the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for the ovals in the paper pumpkin (oval3). I had the words and ovals on hand since I cut a lot to use on cards and tags.  I added some ink to the wooden arbor shapes.  The saying “A Harvest of Memories” is a zip strip from another pack (can’t remember which one – I save them all and use them when I need to add a little something).

If you are interested in browsing or buying on my CTMH website click here or go to or visit your own consultant’s site if you have one.  Any of us are happy to be your consultant and help you to create your own memories!  Happy Crafting!

Next on the hop is Amanda’s blog.  Click here to go to her page and see what she has created with this beautiful paper pack!

Sparkle and Shine Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas Blog Hop featuring the Sparkle and Shine paper pack from the just released “Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide” – items from this special supplement to the current Idea Book can be ordered October 15 through December 31.  Some items will only be available while supplies last, so get your holiday crafting goodies early.  You can get starred items for free with every $100 order (can be combined with orders from the current Idea Book).  Shop with me online at or with your own consultant.

Holidays from the Heart

Holidays from the Heart

If you got here from  PaperCrafting101 you are in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning click here to go to the Damask Diva’s Blog.

I made a group of greeting cards with the Sparkle and Shine paper pack and some CTMH embellishments.  I just cut various size paper pieces and arranged them on A2 card bases (5 1/2″ by 4 1/2″), except one I made into a 4″ by 4″ card.  I then added various kinds of bling and sayings to each card.

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Here is a photo of the group of cards.   The second card from the top left is a 4″ by 4″ card.

sparkle and shine group

The recipes for these cards include:

Sparkle and Shine paper pack $9.95 – Item # X7176B (Holidays From The Heart)

All others from current Idea Book:

Merry and Bright Stamp Set $13.95 – Item # C1510

Shimmer Trim – $4.95; Red Item # Z1848 and Silver Item # Z1799

Cranberry Stamp Pad $5.25 – Item # Z2116

Black Stamp Pad $5.25 – Item # Z2105

Packs of 50 Card Bases and Envelopes $14.95;  Colonial White Item # X1410, White Daisy Item # X254

Mini Medley Accents Ruby Collection $5.95 Item # Z1861 (sparkle buttons, corduroy buttons, metallic twine).

The poinsettia brad was from a retired packet of embellishments.  The mini medley ruby assortment (above) does come with two cute corduroy flowers you could use in place of it.

I hope these cards inspire you to make your own!  Next on our hop is Jamie at CreativeRN.  Happy Crafting!

Damask Divas Blog Hop Laughing Lola Paper

Welcome to the Damask Divas October Blog Hop featuring the Laughing Lola Paper Pack!  If you got here from Shirley’s page you are in the right place.  You can always return to the Damask Diva’s Blog to start from the beginning.

Here is my display board for the Laughing Lola paper pack.  I really love the bright colored papers included in this pack.  Some colors are exclusive to this paper pack.

Display board featuring the Laughing Lola paper pack.

Display board featuring the Laughing Lola paper pack.

I also created a scrap book page using the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  You can only get this cartridge from Close to my Heart.  I love the way the layouts are themed and one key contains all of the elements of the page.  Each cut is proportional when you set the size according to the instructions on the page.  I left the setting at 11″ for the words, border and bow.  Could not be easier to make a coordinated themed page.  If you are interested in ordering Artbooking you can order from me online at my Close to my Heart page at or from your own consultant.

My great-niece Jayden at six months.  I adore her!

My great-niece Jayden at six months. I adore her!

Next visit Tracey’s blog page.  I hope we have inspired you to make beautiful creations of your own!  Happy Crafting!

Damask Divas Blog Hop Pro Player

Welcome to the Damask Divas September Blog Hop featuring the Pro Player paper pack.  If you got to my blog from Amanda’s blog, you are in the right place.  You can always return to the Damask Divas blog to start at the beginning or if you get lost along the way.  I hope you enjoy hopping around our blogs to see our creations!

I created a greeting card using the Pro Player papers and embellishment assortment.  I also used the new My Acrylix stamp set “Tech Speak” to add even more interest to the design.

Fun card using Pro Player papers and embellishments.

Fun card using Pro Player papers and embellishments.

The recipe for the card includes:

Pro Player Paper Pack – Item # X7172B

Tech Speak My Acrylix Stamp Set – Item # C1566

Pro Player Assortment – Item # Z1879

Colonial White Card Base – Pack of cards and envelopes Item # X1410

Scraps of Slate paper

Black Stamp Pad – Item # Z2105

2″ x 2″ Acrylic Block – Item # Y1003

I hope this inspires you to make your own Pro Player greeting card.  It can be used for any occasion by stamping the appropriate greeting inside.   Visit my online CTMH store at this link to order Close to my Heart products and have them shipped to your home.

Next on our hop is Tracey’s blog.  Be sure to leave comments for our group.  We love to hear what you think about our creations.  Happy Crafting!

Damask Divas June Hop Later Sk8r and Tommy

Welcome to the Damask Divas June Blog Hop.   If you came here from Sharon’s blog, you are in the right place.  You can always start over or from the beginning at the Damask Divas site. This month I made a Fathers’ Day card using Tommy and a scrapbook page featuring my beautiful grand-daughter Annabelle.

I made a double-pocket card for my father-in-law since we always tuck some money in a card for him.  There are a lot of tutorials on the Internet on how to make the pocket cards.  I made a tag with the same paper pack to tuck in the front pocket and the $ will go in the back pocket.  The Tommy papers are so appropriate since he was in the Coast Guard.  I cut the words “smooth sailing” off the strip from one piece of paper.  A simple card but bright and cheery.  It is a standard A2 card at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

Front of Fathers' Day card using Tommy paper pack

Front of Fathers’ Day card using Tommy paper pack

Tag in front pocket

Tag in front pocket

Inside with tag out of pocket

Inside with tag out of pocket

This is my favorite photo of Annabelle and I wrote that on my journaling card with the year the photo was taken so I could remember.  I cut 1 1/4″ circles on the Cricut and used the Urban Alphabet stamp set to stamp the letters GIRL POWER under the photo.  I used the pink zipper ribbon to pull out the pink in the shoes and shirt and also used the Cotton Candy ink pad to stamp the letters.

Scrapbook Page using Later Sk8r paper pack

Scrapbook Page using Later Sk8r paper pack

I hope these creations inspire you to make some of your own.  Happy Crafting!

Supply List:

Later Sk8r paper pack – Item # X7167B

Cotton Candy stamp pad – Item # Z2193

Hollyhock Zipper Lace – Item # Z1826

Urban Alphabet Stamp Set – Item # D1507

White paper scraps and ribbon scrap

Tommy paper pack – Item #X7169B


Paper Trimmer – Item # Z1783

Micro Tip Scissors – Item # Z534

Bone Folder – Item # Z1204

Corner Rounder – Item #Z578

ATG adhesive tape gun and a little Liquid Glass (Item # Z679) to seal the ends of the zipper lace.

I used a score board to score the lines on the pocket card.  You can also fold by hand and crease the folds with the bone folder.  There is also a scoring attachment for the paper trimmer (Item # Z1785).

If you want to see all that Close to my Heart has to offer go to my online store at  Thanks for your interest!!

Next, visit Amanda’s blog.  Hope you enjoy all the inspired and inspiring projects our group has to offer this month.

Faux Leather Handmade Journal

I made this journal for my brother to commemorate his graduation from college with a Masters in Humanities.  Now that he has received his gift, I can share.

Faux Leather Journal

Faux Leather Journal

I made the faux leather using Close to my Heart Kraft paper, CTMH inks and my Cinch book binding machine.  The journal pages are from  He offers all kinds of free templates and pages to download.  It is a great site.  I printed the journal pages double sided and punched with the Cinch.

To make the faux leather, I wet two 12×12 pieces of Kraft paper with a spray bottle of water.  I crumpled and un-crumpled the wet paper until I liked the texture.  I then ironed the papers smooth.  I took three colors of CTMH ink – Cocoa, Brown Bag and Desert Sand and wiped them over the textured paper.  Brown Bag is no longer available, but Saddle would be an equivalent color.  I started with the darkest (Cocoa), then medium (Brown Bag) then the lightest (Desert Sand) and layered them on until I liked the look.  I then wet the papers again to let the ink spread a bit.  I ironed the papers again, putting them between parchment paper to iron so ink didn’t get on the board or iron.  Once it was dry, I coated the papers with Microglaze (a wax product you can purchase in craft stores online) to give it more of a leather feel and to seal the ink.  I then punched the faux leather paper and glued it to chipboard covers.   I put some Colonial White papers on the inside covers and used the Desert Sand ink to give it some highlights like old paper.  I bound the journal pages and the covers together using a spiral binding.  I glued wooden beads on the tips of spiral to keep them from slipping out of the end holes instead of just bending the ends.  If you don’t have a Cinch or similar book binding tool, then you can punch holes and thread cords or rings through the covers and pages.

I really like the way this turned out and my brother loved it.  Here are some additional photos:

Back inside cover

Back inside cover

Journal pages

Journal pages

I printed the journal pages double sided by putting the second side back through the printer ensuring the word Journal would be in the right place.  For my printer, I placed print side up, top into the printer first and it worked great.  Just try it on a sample until it is correct before printing the whole batch, then make a note of what worked.

Faux leather close up

Faux leather close up

I really like this.  The journal is 8″ by 8″ so I had some scraps left from the 12 by 12 papers.  My husband liked the look, so I made him a smaller 3″ by 5″ index card note book with some of the scrap for him to write down website addresses and info.

If you would like to purchase Close to my Heart products please go to my online store at or by clicking this link.  Here is the CTMH supply list:

Kraft Cardstock Item# Z1375 $9.50 for 24 sheets

Cocoa Stamp Pad Item# Z2114 $5.25

Saddle Stamp Pad Item# Z2171 $5.25

Desert Sand Stamp Pad Item# Z2118 $5.25

My Creations Paper Pouch by CTMH for Memorial Packet

We recently had a celebration of life for my husband’s Great Aunt and Great Uncle.  I made some packets to hold a memorial pamphlet and keepsake using the CTMH My Creations Paper Pouch (large size).

Stamped with Quick-Card Butterfly

Stamped with Quick-Card Butterfly

I added a pressed flower sticker to each and stamped their first initials.  Jeanne and Winston were married 73 years and were very happy together.  They passed within two months of each other.  I made the memorial pamphlet using a greeting card program to make a quarter fold card and added an old photo and a newer one inside with some quotes and clip art.

The large paper pouch is just the right size for the pamphlet.  The paper stamped very nicely.  The butterfly stamp has a sentiment included that says “Love as delicate as a butterfly’s wings as strong as the circle of life.”  It was so appropriate.  I used the Lagoon stamp pad for the aqua color.  My sister-in-law purchased the little bag of pewter mementos online.

Quarter Fold card fits nicely inside the large paper pouch

Quarter Fold card fits nicely inside the large paper pouch

We had a nice celebration of their lives.  They both were in there 90’s and had full lives.  I was happy to help with making these mementos for the family who gathered. I hope that you, my readers, don’t have a loss in your family, but if you do I hope this idea is of use to you.


Quick Cards Butterfly A1120 $6.95

Large Paper Pouch Z1828 $3.95 (20 food safe bags)

Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2195 $5.25

Magnets with Glass Tiles and CTMH Papers

I was inspired to create magnets this weekend.  I had purchased some 1″ square glass tiles to make pendants and had made one magnet.  I decided to make a whole set using the Close to my Heart papers in the current Idea Book (see the book at my online  CTMH store).  I cut the papers with a 1″ square punch.  I sealed the papers with “Judikins Microglaze” to prevent the colors from bleeding when the wet glue is applied.  I used Liquid Glass (CTMH) and applied it to the glass tile.  I then pressed on the paper and pushed down on the table to get out any air.  After that dried, I applied the microglaze to the back and then covered the back with Liquid Glass.  You don’t have to do this step but it makes the back look finished.  Let that dry for several hours until dry to the touch.  I then used E6000 glue to apply the magnets.  Let it dry and you have a magnet to decorate your fridge or bulletin board. I was short a tile, but the magnet board had two circles magnets and I covered those with paper too.

I had purchased a dry erase magnet easel.  It is a great way to display the magnets.

All the new paper sets used to make magnets.

All the new paper sets used to make magnets.

Close Up of Magnets

Close Up of Magnets

I had to order more glass tiles for more fun projects and can’t wait to see what inspires me next.  If you want to purchase Close to my Heart paper crafting supplies and tools, click on this link to go to my online store at

Happy Crafting!

Damask Divas February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas February Blog Hop featuring the For Always paper pack by Close to my Heart.  Thanks so much for visiting! If you got here from Roberta’s site, then you are in the right place.  If you lose your spot or want to start at the beginning go back to the Damask Divas home page.

I love the black and white patterned papers in this new pack for Spring/Summer 2013.  It is very elegant and will lend itself to many different projects.  I covered the chipboard card box from CTMH with the For Always papers and silver shimmer trim.  The paper flowers were made using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge exclusive to CTMH.  The larger flower was cut flat in 3 sizes then I stamped a pattern with black ink then layered with pop dots and put a small black flower in the center.  I used the CTMH Chalkboard pen to write Cards on the front (remember – the chalk pen is a marker and is not erasable like chalk; it just looks like chalk in a very nice way).  I thought the silver shimmer tape added a nice sparkle.  I also added some glitter glue to the edge of the big flower.

Elegant box to store cards or give a nice gift of greeting cards

Elegant box to store cards or give a nice gift of greeting cards

Top View of the Card Box

Top View of the Card Box

I put the Chevron paper on the sides of the box.

I put the Chevron paper on the sides of the box and a little swirl on the back with the chalk pen.

Here is my supply list:

My Creations Card Box Z1647

Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799

Artiste Cricut Cartridge Z1790

For Always Paper Pack X7165B

Black Cardstock 1386

Chalk Marker Z1767

I hope you are inspired by this creation!

Next visit fellow Damask Divas team member, Sandra.   Don’t forget to enter the sponsored giveaway on the Damask Divas home page here .  Happy Crafting!