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Mothers Day Cards using CTMH Dream Pop paper

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 flowers are cut from a sheet of the pattern paper found in the Dream Pop pack.

Here are photos of the results (I could not post them until the recipients saw them).

Front of first card

Front of first card

Inside of first card

Inside of first card

Back of first card

Back of first card

Front of second card

Front of second card

Inside of second card

Inside of second card

Back of second card

Back of second card

To order supplies from my online CTMH store click here.

I hope this inspires you with Dream Pop.  It is only here for a limited time.  Happy Crafting!

Cydney Fowler

Blog Hop featuring the Dream Pop Paper Pack by CTMH

The Dream Pop paper pack is only available to customers in May so get this wonderful paper pack while supplies last.  It is an awesome pack of paper that you will love.  Just $10 with a $35 purchase and it includes 12 printed papers and 12 solid papers.  The solid papers have a raised clear design on them that is new and exciting.  You have to see it for yourself!  The Damask Divas CTMH team decided to have an extra May blog hop just to celebrate this paper pack.  You can find the Damask Divas main blog here.

Dream Pop paper pack

Dream Pop paper pack

If you got here from Roberta’s blog you are in the right place!

I created a cute card to inspire you.  I love the pink elephants!  I had a rub on that says “remember when…” in my stash and since elephants never forget, it was a perfect theme for the card.  I used the Artiste cartridge and the card on page 58 cut at 8″.  I put the reverse of the pink elephant on the inside to show through the window.  I also put another piece of that on the back inside of the card to write a message about what is being remembered.  I also added the cut strip from the floral page to make a border on the front of the card.

Dream Pop Card - front

Dream Pop Card – front

Here is the inside front that shows through the window…

Inside front of card that shows through the window

Inside front of card that shows through the window

And here is the back of the inside of the card where writing can be added to the card.

Inside back of card where a note can be added - what was remembered?

Inside back of card where a note can be added – what was remembered?

I hope this inspires you!  If you want to purchase from me or just see what Close to my Heart has to offer go to my online store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com.

Next, click to visit Teri’s blog to see her Dream Pop creation.  Happy Crafting!

Damask Divas May Blog Hop with CTMH Claire paper

Welcome to our May blog hop featuring the Claire paper pack from Close to my Heart.  I am also hosting the give away this month so be sure to leave a comment on the Damask Divas site for a chance to win the March Stamp of the Month – Floral Happiness.  If you arrived to my blog from Teri Hanson’s blog, you are in the right place.  You can always return to Damask Divas if you get lost or if you want to start from the beginning.

I used the pretty chevron pattern in the Claire packet and the Floral Happiness stamp set to create a large Thank You card for a group of coworkers who gave me gifts to celebrate my recent retirement.  It is for the management team as a group so I thought this 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 size would be great.  I used the Thanks stamp to add the greeting.  I cut the chevron paper to size and used my ATG adhesive tool to glue it down to the card base.  I stamped the Thanks stamp on colonial white card stock and glued that in the center.

Thank You card using Claire paper - chevron pattern

Thank You card using Claire paper – chevron pattern

Here is a close up of the larger rose in the upper left corner of the card.  I used the Smoothie ink pad for the flowers and the Topiary ink pad for the leaves.  I did second generation stamping on the bottom layer (ink the stamp then stamp once on scrap paper, then stamp again on your card paper to get the lighter tone).  The top layer is first generation right from the ink pad.  I stamped the flowers and leaves then cut them out and glued them to the card.  After that I put some light colored glitter glue on the darker areas of the flowers and leaves to give it some sparkle but let the color show through.

Flower close up

Flower close up

I like the simple elegance of this card and I hope you do too.

The main supplies include:

Claire Paper Pack Item # X7166B

Floral Happiness Stamp of the Month Item #S1303

Thanks Stamp Item #A1125

Smoothie Stamp Pad Item #Z2196

Topiary Stamp Pad Item #Z2155

Colonial White cardstock Item #1388

Stardust Glitter Gel Item #Z1313

If you would like to purchase Close to my Heart supplies from me or get more information about what CTMH has to offer, visit my online store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com.

Your next stop in the blog hop is with Jeannie Resnick.  Don’t forget to enter a comment on the Damask Divas site to have a chance to win the Floral Happiness stamp set. We Damask Divas love your comments on our blogs!  Happy Crafting!

Color Dare Challenge #37 Juniper CTMH Paper

I needed a Thank You card for a co-worker who gave me a beautiful flower arrangement for my retirement.  I decided to give it a go for the Color Dare Challenge and use Juniper as the primary color for my card.

And here is the card I made.  I embossed the Juniper paper and layered it onto a neutral tan and the card base is Colonial White.  The covered button is from the Chantilly assortment.  I have not used Juniper for other projects but find I really like how this came to together.  I hope you are inspired by this color too!  Happy Crafting!

Juniper Thank You Card

Here is the Color Dare Blog link for Challenge #37 and the inspiration photo:

Color Dare #37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damask Divas April Blog Hop ft. Buzz and Bumble

Welcome to the Damask Divas April Blog Hop featuring the Buzz and Bumble paper pack from Close to my Heart.  Thanks so much for visiting! If you got here from Julie’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.

CTMH buzz card and gift box pic

I cannot say that I like bees in person since they can sting, but I love these cute paper bees!  And I love the honey that real bees make!  I was inspired to make a card and gift box set. I covered the 4 1/2″chipboard card box with the various papers from the pack.  I used the Honeycomb stamp set to stamp the honeycomb shapes and then cut them out.  I layered them together to make the bee hive shape.  I cut the bees out of some scrap paper and pop dotted them on.  The paper flowers were made using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge exclusive to CTMH.    I also added some copper glitter glue to give the box some sparkle.

Here are more photos so you can see the details:

Close up of box top detail

Close up of box top detail

Front view of buzz box

Front view of buzz box

Side view - I used the strip of one of the papers to add the saying around the edge

Side view – I used the strip of one of the papers to add the saying around the edge

Close up of card front

Close up of card front

I used the Quick Cards - Bumble Bee stamp for the inside greeting

I used the Quick Cards – Bumble Bee stamp for the inside greeting

Here is my supply list:

Artiste Cricut Cartridge – Z1790

Buzz and Bumble Paper Pack – X7164B

Quick Cards – Bumble Bee stamp – A1135

Honeycomb stamp set – C1537

Gold Metallic Marker – Z1768 (comes with a silver marker)

Ink Pads – Larger honeycombs Goldrush Z2123; Smaller honeycombs Sunflower (retired) Sunset would be similar Z2191; Outlined honeycomb Brown Bag (retired) Saddle would be similar Z2171.  I also colored in the outlined honeycomb with gold metallic marker. For the inside greeting I used Cocoa Z2114.  You can easily substitute similar colors as needed.

Items on hand included rotary paper cutter, honeycomb embossing folders, 3D adhesive foam, copper ribbon.

I hope you are inspired by this creation!

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

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 http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com

Happy Crafting!

Damask Divas Blog Hop Featuring Chantilly

Welcome to the Damask Divas March blog hop featuring the new paper pack called Chantilly.  If you came here from Amie’s blog, you are in the right place.  If you get lost along the way or just want to return the list of blogs, click here on Damask Divas.

I love this paper pack.  The colors remind me of Spring.  I purchased the CTMH Workshop on the Go for Chantilly cards.  You get the supplies to make 5 each of 3 different birthday cards for a total of 15 cards.  I really needed to have some birthday cards on hand, so I decided to create these cards for the hop.  You just need a few tools, some ink pads and the kit.  I didn’t have the Desert Sand or Sunset inks called for.  I was able to substitute Taffy and Smoothie and it worked just fine.  I think these layouts would look great in other colors.  Be sure to save your kit instructions so you can try other combinations.

Birthday cards from the Chantilly Workshop on the Go Cards

Birthday cards from the Chantilly Workshop on the Go Cards

I hope you are inspired by these cards.  Thanks for stopping by.  Next go to Traci’s blog Papercrafting 101.  Remember to go back to the Damask Divas page to leave comments and participate in the give away sponsored by Shirley Bernal this month. Happy Crafting!  Cydney

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!

Damask Divas Blog Hop using La Belle Vie CTMH paper

Everything you need to make repairs.

Everything you need to make repairs.

Pretty in pink, sewing kit made with the Artiste CTMH Cricut Cartridge and La Belle Vie paper

Pretty in pink, sewing kit made with the Artiste CTMH Cricut Cartridge and La Belle Vie paper

Welcome to the January Damask Divas Blog Hop using La Belle Vie papers by Close to my Heart.  If you arrived from Latisha’s site at www.creatingfuncrafts.com/2012/12/damask-divas-la-belle-vie-blog-hop.html  you are in the right place.  You can always return to the main page for the Damask Divas at www.damaskdivas.com.  I created a cute sewing kit.  I was inspired by another Damask Diva’s Starbucks Gift Box (Thanks, Jayma Malme).  I used a ribbon punch on each print square and tied a ribbon to it before attaching to the box.  I could then tie each item so it could be used and returned to the box.  The gems help to keep the flaps from folding in when the lid is on, and the flaps fold down to show the items when the box lid is removed.  What does this exploding gift box inspire you to make?  Happy Crafting.

Next, continue on to see the creations of Melissa at www.mywatermelonmoon.com/2012/12/damask-divas-blog-hop.html –  I hope you have enjoyed visiting our January Blog Hop.