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Damask Divas Blog Hop Balloon Ride

Welcome to the Damask Divas Blog Hop for May, 2014.  If you got here from Jamie’s post, then you are in the right place.  You can always go to the Damask Divas Group Blog to see the entire list and/or start at the beginning.

This month we are using the Close to my Heart paper pack “Balloon Ride.”  It is one of my favorites.  I have been wanting to make a box card and decided I would give it a go with this paper pack.  Melody Lane made the project available to her followers in Design Space so I was able to use my new Cricut Explore to do the cutting on the box.   I cut the balloons and clouds out by hand.  The rest of the decor is from embellishments I had on hand (La Belle Vie, Picture My Life, etc.).  The sentiment is from the CTMH stamp set “Give a Lift” and it also has cute balloons.  Next time I use this paper pack I will use the balloons in that stamp set too.

Back side folded into A2 size card

Back side folded into A2 size card

Sentiment side folded into A2 card

Sentiment side folded into A2 card

Sentiment side of box card

Sentiment side of box card

Front side of box card with balloons and clouds

Front side of box card with balloons and cloud

Supplies used include:

Balloon Ride Paper Pack = Item # X7180B

Give a Lift Stamp Set = Item # D1581

These items and many more are available from Close to my Heart.  Shop my online store – click here – or shop with your own consultant.  We are all very happy to serve you.

Next on the hop is Kelly.  I hope you enjoy seeing all of our creations using this fun hot air balloon themed paper.  There are several beautiful patterns and colors in this pack.   Happy Crafting!

 

 

Damask Divas Blog Hop Featuring Lollydoodle

Welcome to the March 2014 Damask Divas blog hop featuring the new CTMH paper pack, Lollydoodle.  Such a fun and bright collection of papers.  If you got here from Ronnie’s blog, you are in the right place.  You can always start at the Damask Divas blog site if you get lost or want to start at the beginning.

I created a fun Spring mobile using the Lollydoodle paper pack.  I used the CTMH Artiste cartridge to cut the rosettes.  I made two of each pattern so I could turn one or the other side out.  So easy – just cut two for each rosette, glue the two strips together, fold on score lines, fold as directed in the Artiste booklet and glue a circle or flower on the center of both sides to hold it all together.  I cut small flowers out of a scrap of Lollydoodle paper to hold the center of the rosettes.  I then tied them on a cute little bird cage with ribbon I had on hand.  You could use fishing line instead.  I made a double sided paper bird from the Artiste cartridge so I would have a birdie in my little cage.  Cute!  I put the mobile on a hook in the ceiling of my shop and took a photo.  With the door open the mobile moves in the slight breeze.  I am sure I will be making more of these.  I have a stash of the little bird cages.

Mobile using Lollydoodle Paper Pack

Mobile using Lollydoodle Paper Pack

I hope you enjoyed seeing this project.  To buy Close to my Heart supplies from me just visit my online store by clicking here or see your own consultant for ordering.  The item number for the Lollydoodle paper pack is X7183B.  The Artiste CTMH cartridge is Z1790.  Next up on the hop is Kelly.  Click here to go to her blog.  Happy Crafting!

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 http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com 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 http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com 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 http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com 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!

August Blog Hop Featuring Sarita Paper by CTMH

Welcome to our monthly blog hop by the Damask Divas Close to my Heart team featuring a new paper pack from Close to my Heart each month.  If you got here from Mandy’s post you are in the right place.  You can always start at the beginning by visiting the Damask Divas Blog.

For this month’s Damask Divas blog hop I created two cards.  The first card is one that we were given in a kit with supplies and pre-cut pieces at our recent Close to my Heart annual convention.    Convention attendees receive many new products from the new Idea Book – it is so much fun.  The card is the new spin card by CTMH.  What an easy way to experience the new Sarita paper and the spinner cards.  By the way, convention was a blast and I can’t wait until next year to go again.  We also used the new mini stamp “A True Thank You” to stamp on the spinner circle.  We used two ink pads to stamp the greeting – Lagoon and Gypsy. These stamps are so cute – I love them!

Thank You Card featuring Sarita paper pack - Designs by Close to my Heart

Thank You Card featuring Sarita paper pack – Designs by Close to my Heart

Next I created my own spin card using other designs from the Sarita paper pack.  I used another one of the new mini stamps “Heartfelt Birthday Wish” – the mini stamp fits perfectly on the circle of the spinner card.  I also used the new Aqua Dots embellishments to add some detail and the new Scallop Border Punch.  I used the Lagoon stamp pad to stamp the greeting and ink the edges of the spinner.

Happy Birthday card using the Sarita paper pack and the spinner card pack

Happy Birthday card using the Sarita paper pack and the spinner card pack

Recipes:

Sarita paper pack – Item # X7171B

White Daisy Spin Cards & Envelopes – Item # Z1866

Aqua Dots – Item # Z1853

Stamp: A True Thank You – Item # M1029

Stamp: Heartfelt Birthday Wish – Item # M1033

Scallop Border Punch – Item # Z1851

Stamp Pads: Lagoon – Item # Z2195 and Gypsy – Item # Z2190

Visit my online store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com to browse the new items available beginning August 1, 2013 including the new “Artbooking” Cricut Cartridge exclusive to Close to my Heart.  If you are interested in becoming a consultant so you can join the fun of convention and being on the Damask Divas CTMH team, contact me through the online store as above.  My contact and social media information is on the store site (all consultants get a free online store when they sign up – what a nice incentive from CTMH).

Next stop on the blog hop is Traci’s blog.  I hope you enjoy hopping through our blogs to see our latest creations!  Come back to the Damask Divas blog hop every month to get even more inspired!

May Stamp of the Month – Close to my Heart

The May Stamp of the Month features some really cute pinwheels.  Just $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase or purchase at retail during May only.

May Stamp of the Month

May Stamp of the Month

Here is a card I made for my husband’s friend who is retiring.  He is retired military so I used a red, white, blue and gold theme.  It is on an 8.5 x 11 white piece of card stock folded in half so the pinwheels would fit nicely.

Pinwheels Card

Pinwheels Card

I hope this inspires you to make some pinwheels of your own.  The stamp set coordinates with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge exclusive to Close to my Heart and the cuts include the  middle hole in the pinwheel, or you can just stamp and cut around the images and put holes in the middles.

If you are interested in seeing what Close to my Heart has to offer, visit my online store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com.  Happy Crafting!

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 http://www.printablepaper.net.  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 http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com 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

Mothers Day Cards using CTMH Dream Pop paper

Cydney Fowler Creations

I know why they call this paper pack Dream Pop!  The colors really pop.  Get yours in May for just $10 with a $35 purchase.  I made my mother and mother-in-law cards using the clear card bases from CTMH.  You have to make sure to put something inside to cover any adhesive so I cut identical 4″ squares for the front, back and insides.  I used the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (a CTMH exclusive) to cut the #1 Mom and the I Love You (I cut off the I since it was from my husband too).  #1 Mom is cut at 3.5″ and the I Love You is at 1.5″.  I had to add small pieces of paper to write on since the Dream Pop solids have a raised embossed pattern on them.  That is the pattern that you see on the green paper and the orange paper. The paisley and…

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