Monday, October 28, 2013

Holly Jolly!

Yet another card using the Sparkle and Shine paper!  My inspiration came from Pattern 27 in Make It from Your Heart, Volume 1 from Close to My Heart and the stamp set is from the Frosted Workshop on the Go cardmaking kit. Substitute any paper and sentiment for a quick card anyone would be happy to receive.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Too Much Time on my Hands!

I must have had too much time on my hands when I created this patchwork card.  Quite honestly, I just love the Sparkle and Shine paper, and am trying to use every bit of it!  To do this yourself, cut a bunch of 1 inch squares, glue them to your card, and trim off the excess! The red and white herringbone is CTMH washi tape on white paper and sequins are added for bling. Easy Peasy!  Hope you have fun with this one!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

More Sparkle and Shine

I love the wreath on this card.  It is from the Remarkable Wreath stamp set (C1473) from the Autumn and Winter Idea Book.  The little bird and the sentiment are from a set called Merry and Bright, but the bow that comes with the wreath set and any Holiday sentiment will work equally as well on this simple and yet stunning card.  The pretty green paper is from the Sparkle and Shine paper packet from the Holiday Gift Guide.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Peace and Joy

Here is a simple card using the Sparkle and Shine paper packet.  The oval cutout is stamped with the Frame It Up stamp set shown on page 96 of the Autumn and Winter Idea Book and the stamp set that is included in the Workshops on the Go Frosted Cardmaking Kit.  I tried both the Silver and Red Shimmer Trim and like the Silver better.

This design will work perfectly with any sentiment and paper selection.  Below is a repost showing the card in For Always. There is no limit to the possibilities!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sparkle and Shine!

I am excited to show you some of the projects I have done with the Sparkle and Shine paper packet from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide from Close to My Heart.  I love the fresh non-traditional colors and the simple designs.  Today's card also uses the Santa's Greeting (M1028--only $2.95 in the Autumn and Winter Idea Book).  The latest Paper Crafts magazine showed sequins on many of the projects.  I like the look of them on this card and I think, because they are flatter, the card should mail without any problem. The blue paper used here did not photograph well.  It is actually Twilight, a pretty blue/green.


To see the entire Holiday Gift Guide, visit my website  Stop by here frequently to see more projects!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes!

I lifted the design for this card from the Autumn and Winter Idea Book from Close to My Heart.  The stamp set is called Wintry Wishes (C1560) and is a Hostess Only set.  The snowball garland was cut with the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge from CTMH.  Contact me to learn more details about both of these items.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Da Bears--Two Ways!

Being a Bears family, it is a given that I create Bears layouts.  For the layout about Ron and his brother Gary's opportunity to be on the field at Soldier Field to carry and unfurl the 4th Phase flag, I used the Sarita paper packet from Close to My Heart. The Lagoon and Gypsy accents in the patterned paper were perfect for the colors in my pictures.  Design credit goes to Jennifer Larson. "Scenic Hike", Scrapbook Trends, July 2012.

The second layout is a single page layout of my own design.  Because the Bears design was already printed on the paper, I was able to quickly mat the pictures and add them to the design.  I was literally done in about 15 minutes!  Now let me say something about this paper.  I picked this up in an independent scrapbook store in suburban Chicago.  This shop stocked papers from all the major Chicago sports teams as well as the local high schools and colleges.  So, yes, I use mainly Close to my Heart products, but love to support independent stores as well.  I always find something unique that I can use in my paper crafts.

Happy Crafting and Go Bears!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mixing it Up!

One of the great things about Close to My Heart is the Exclusive Color Palette that makes it impossibly easy to mix and match papers from different packets! With matching inks, cardstock, and embellishments, the guesswork is eliminated and you can create stunning layouts and cards every time!

This layout is created with papers from three different packets and they go together beautifully.  Of the three, only the gray is current--it can be found in the Huntington packet.

By the way, I have finished my Cruise album and this is the last picture I will be posting from our vacation. Aren't you glad?  Even I am tired of it...feels like I was on this trip for months!  Be watching the blog for card ideas and decorative items for your home--time to mix things up here too!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Nautical appeal of Tommy!

The nautical look of the Tommy paper packet is perfect for your layouts about time spent on or near the water, be it a cruise, time at the beach or maybe your kids at the pool.  The bright primary colors also lend themselves well to masculine cards.  On this layout I have used Pattern 09 from Make It from Your Heart, Volume 1, from Close to my Heart.  Not usually one to use stickers, I really do like the look and texture of the canvas embellishments that coordinate with the Tommy packet.  How will you be using this fun paper in your layouts?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Great Artwork with Background Stamps

A background stamp is a perfect tool for creating your own accents and embellishments.  Take a look at this video to see how easy it is!