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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!

July CTMH Workshop on the Go Offer – Canvas

Get the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home décor piece that you can display for all to see.

Dates: Offer valid July 1–July 31, 2013.

Visit my online store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com

Make your own fabulous canvas art piece using this CTMH kit - discounted 50% - while supplies last!

Make your own fabulous canvas art piece using this CTMH kit – discounted 50% – while supplies last!

Support the Troops when you buy CTMH Patriotic stamp sets

Celebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!

Dates: Offer valid June 1–July 31, 2013.

Visit my online store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com

US or Canadian sets available

US or Canadian sets available

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

Tools:

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 http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com.  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.

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

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.

Recipe:

Quick Cards Butterfly A1120 $6.95

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

Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2195 $5.25