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Yuletide Carol Paper Pack Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Damask Divas Blog Hop featuring the Close to my Heart Yuletide Carol paper pack.  If you got here from Lilian’s blog post, you are in the right place.  You can always go to the Damask Divas blog to start at the beginning by clicking here.

This paper pack is traditional with red, green and muted holiday themes.  To be honest, I don’t scrapbook nearly as much as I make cards and home décor items.  The patterns on this paper called out to be a scrapbook layout however.  I am very happy with the two page layout I made.  I hope it inspires you too!

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I like the designs printed on this paper, especially the birds and stockings.  It was easy to build a page around the design.  I added a small tree from the Artiste Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge just above the 25 that was already part of the page.  The negative cutout from the tree is to the right of the red bird in the lower left corner.  I added the four photo mats, the shimmer trim, the tree and the negative from the tree along with the sparkles and metal component from the Yuletide Carol assortment of embellishments.  The rest of the design you see is all part of the paper.

The other page was a more neutral design featuring the look of sheet music.  I cut the fancy border at the bottom of the page (also from the Artiste Close to my Heart cartridge) and the top Holly and Ivy border is the zip strip from the same page.  I added gold shimmer trim, stickers from the Yuletide Carol complements pack (the banners and holly) and more embellishments from the Yuletide Carol assortment pack.   The Noel decoration is a pocket card from the Artfully Sent Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge.  I cut it at about 3″ by 2 1/4″.

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Here is a photo of the two pages side-by-side.

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All that this two page layout needs are three 4×6 photos and three small images to complete it.  The photos can cover the colonial white “place holders”  or the photos can be cropped a little to achieve a double mat effect.  The photos do not do the shimmer trim and glittery bling gems justice. They add a nice sparkle to the layout without overwhelming the design.

Recipe:

Artiste Cricut Cartridge – Item #Z1790

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge – Item #Z3017

Yuletide Carol paper pack – Item # X7187B

Yuletide Carol Complements – Item # X7187C

Yuletide Carol Assortment – Item # Z3007

Gold Shimmer Trim – Item #Z1985

I cut the shapes from the exclusive Close to my Heart Cricut cartridges on my Cricut Explore.  For those of you using the Explore, here are the codes to make searching for these images easier.   Artiste – #S20E, Artfully Sent – #S124E3,  Tree – #M3EB1C, Pocket Card – #MCC236.  You can use these codes from “Search All Items”.  Be sure to enter the # sign to search.

To purchase any of the supplies for this project, you can visit my online CTMH shop at this link –  http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com or if you have your own consultant, visit their online business address.  I am happy to help in any way.  My contact information is available at my online CTMH shop.  Be sure to check out our monthly special and Stamp of the Month.

Looks like I am the last stop on this blog hop.  I hope you were inspired by all of our creations.  Be sure to visit our blog hop each month to see the new projects we have created.  Happy Crafting!

We hope you had as much fun browsing our creations as we had making them! Thanks so much for hopping with us–now go get your crafty on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowhaven Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Set by CTMH

I got a jump start on the holidays by making fifteen holiday cards using the Close to my Heart Snowhaven Workshop on the Go (WOTG) card making set.  It comes with everything you need to make these beautiful cards – card bases, envelopes, stamps, trims and papers with complete instructions.  To buy this and other Workshop on the Go kits, visit my online shop at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com (you can click on the address to be directed to that website).  The item # for the Snowhaven WOTG is G1085.  At $24.95 it is a bargain and you will have the instructions and stamp set for later use.   Here is how my cards turned out:

 

I hope this inspires you to try a Workshop on the Go kit!  Happy Crafting!

 

Sixteen Cards Using One Sheet Wonder

I used the Brushed paper pack for one set of cards and the Pathfinding paper pack for the other.  These are both current Close to my Heart paper packs found in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog.  Any of the beautifully coordinated CTMH paper packs work well for these cards.  I find the link to this one sheet wonder template and tutorial on Pinterest.  It is by Jessica and can be found at http://inkitupwithjessica.com/one-sheet-wonder-tutorial.  There are many one sheet wonder templates to choose from on Pinterest.  This one caught my eye and I found it easy to follow and use.  I like the way the cards come out.  You only use one sheet of B&T duos patterned paper and four sheets of coordinating solid papers (two of each of two colors) plus one sheet of white for the sayings and images to be stamped on.  The template illustrates what sizes to cut the patterned paper and which cards they go with (A, B, C, D and E).  The tutorial explains how to cut the other pieces easily and how to put all of the cards together.    You need sixteen card bases.  I used the CTMH bulk card bases or you can make your own out of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.  Cut the 11 inch side of the paper into two 5 1/2 inch pieces and fold each of those in half to get two card bases per sheet of paper.  If you don’t have 8 1/2 by 11 paper, trim the 12 x 12 down – be sure to save the scraps for other uses like stamping phrases on for other cards or layouts.   I used a variety of stamps from my collection for the card sayings.

one sheet wonder with pathfinding pic

one sheet wonder with brushed pic

I enjoyed making these coordinated all occasion cards and will move on to some holiday cards next.  I also discovered a one sheet wonder set up in the Close to my Heart “Wishes” card confidence book and want to try that one too.  It looks similarly easy to put together 16 cards (two each of 8 designs).  The instructions and photos begin on page 110 of the Wishes book (Close to my Heart Item # 9041).

Recipe:

Brushed paper pack, Item # X7190B

Pathfinding paper pack, Item # X7186B

White Bulk Card Bases and Envelopes, Item # X254

White Daisy paper, Item # 1385

Coordinating solid papers are found in the paper packs

Stamp sets of your choice applicable to the occasions you want your cards for; smaller size stamps work best as the white pieces are small rectangles.

If you wish to purchase Close to my Heart supplies for this project, visit my online shop at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com and Happy Crafting!

Pathfinding Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas October Blog Hop!  Fall is in the air and we are featuring the Pathfinding paper pack – autumn colors galore!  If you got here from Lilian’s blog, you are in the right place.  You can always go to the Damask Divas blog site to see all of the inspiring projects – just click here.

I made a 5×7 greeting card using the Pathfinding paper pack.  I used the new Artfully Sent exclusive Close to my Heart Cricut cartridge to make the card base, envelope and envelope liner.  I used my Cricut Explore and Design Space to Print then Cut the pumpkin, sentiment and leaves (these are from Artiste).  If you don’t have the Explore you can just cut paper items in the usual way using Artiste and your Expression or E2 machine for the embellishments.

Card base made with Artfully Sent

Card base made with Artfully Sent

If you are using your Expression or E2, set the card base size according to the booklet on page 39 and page 47 for the envelope and liner.  If you are using the Explore, set the size for the card base to cut at 9.34″ wide by 11.31 height.  Set the envelope and liner to cut at 10″ wide with 7″ height.  This gives you a little extra room in the envelope for a thick card.

In Design Space you can locate items to cut by their assigned number.  Here are the numbers for the cuts I used:

Frame Card – #M1011E3

Envelope – #MEF85D

Pumpkin – #M3D514

Give Thanks and Leaves – these are part of the Harvest Layout and the items are grouped together.  #MB0171 is the number.  To use just the Give Thanks and the leaves, ungroup them.  Hide what you don’t need by clicking on the eye for each item you want to hide.  For Print then Cut – change colors to suit your theme, flatten, select all, attach.

To use the codes, make sure you put the # sign in front of the number.  Insert images, make sure you are in all images.  In the search box type the #number and hit enter.  You should see a preview of the image.  Click on the preview to insert the image.  The image codes start with #M and the cartridge codes for the CTMH cartridges start with #S.  This allows you to search for the cartridge image set in search in the same way as the images.  It is a real time saver.

Artfully Sent is #S124E3

Artbooking is #S54A

Artiste is #S20E

Art Philosophy is #S13C

Recipe for the Card:

Pathfinding paper pack – Item # X7186B

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection – Item # Z3017

Artiste Cricut Collection – Item # Z1790

Colonial White Paper – Item # 1388

You can purchase Close to my Heart products from me at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com or from your own consultant.

I hope you enjoyed my card and information on using the Cricut Explore.  You can make this project with your legacy machines, but I am hooked on the new Explore and Design Space.  Combined with our CTMH Cricut cartridges and CTMH papers it is amazing what you can do.

I am the “end of the line” for this blog hop.  If you want to start again, click on the link at the top of the page to return to the Damask Divas blog page.  Thanks for joining us!

 

 

 

 

 

September Promotions from Close to my Heart Brought to you by Cydney Fowler, Independent Consultant

The stamp of the month is a cute set featuring a beautiful tree with hearts and sayings that include family, forever, love and sweet moments.  There is also a fancy little heart stamp, a tiny flower and tiny hearts, too.  Get it for $5.00 with any $50 order in September, or you can purchase the set for the regular retail price of $17.95.  This set is only available to order in September.  Look online at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com, or if you have a catalog, it is on page 13.   Here are the samples for September Stamp of the Month:

September 2014 Stamp of the Month Sample Layout

September 2014 Stamp of the Month Sample Layout

September 2014 Stamp of the Month - Sample Penant

September 2014 Stamp of the Month – Sample Penant

In addition, there is a September special celebrating 30 years of stamping.  You can get the cute and versatile stamp set pictured below.  It includes 30 little stamps!  You can get this set for FREE! when you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps.

National Stamping Month and 30 Years of Happy Campaign

National Stamping Month and 30 Years of Happy Campaign

When you shop with Close to my Heart the bonus levels accumulate – so if you spend $50 you can get the $5 SOTM set (one set for every $50 you spend – so if you spend $150 you are eligible for 3 of the same sets at $5.00 each set – great for gift giving) AND if $30 of your $50 is retail priced stamps, you qualify for the free set of 30 stamps.

So don’t forget to stop on by my online CTMH shop and make your September purchases!  Click here or type in this address – http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com.  This is my personal online business address so if you shop there I will get full credit towards my sales quotas.  I appreciate my customers and offer my own incentives and bonuses to those who place orders with me.  If you ever have any questions, all of my contact information is on the online shop site.

Happy Crafting!

Chalk It Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas August Blog Hop featuring the Chalk It Up paper pack.  If you got here from Judy’s blog, you are in the right place.  You can always go to the Damask Divas blog to start from the beginning and/or to see the entire list of participants.  I created a cute card using the featured papers and the new Great Job stamp set.   I used the Colonial White pigment ink pad so it looked like chalk on the black paper.  Remember to let the pigment ink dry well.  It goes on thick so I blotted it to make it look more see through like chalk.  I fussy cut the Great Job and the shooting star shapes out.  I used the new Touch markers to color the shooting stars and pop dotted them for dimension.  I also used the zip strip from the graphics paper to make a “ribbon” under the saying.  The smaller black square is the reverse of the paper that also has a chalkboard look to it.  The card base is Colonial White.  I like to use the pre-made CTMH card bases that come with envelopes.  You get a pack of 50 cards and envelopes for $14.95 and they look professional.  I used archival ink to stamp the shooting stars since I was going to color them in with markers.  The archival ink won’t bleed from the markers.

A2 size greeting card - Chalk It Up

A2 size greeting card – Chalk It Up

Recipe:

Chalk It Up paper pack – Item #Z7184B

Colonial White Pigment Ink Pad – Item #Z2168

Black Cardstock paper scrap to stamp Great Job and cut out

Archival Black Ink Pad – Item #44751

Great Job stamp set – Item #C1588

Touch Markers – YR26 Pastel Peach, R140 Lt Orange, B68 Turquoise Blue

I hope this card inspires you to make your own creations.  To shop for these items and many more exciting items from the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, go to my personal online CTMH store at http://cydneyfowlercreations.ctmh.com or contact your own consultant.  We are always happy to assist you.

Next up on the blog hop is Hilary.  Click here to go to her blog and enjoy even more Chalk It Up inspiration!  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!