Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Close to My Heart May Craft With Heart Kit: Lovely Day


I always learn so many ways to dress up a layout watching 
a process video like this one. 

Take a few minutes to enjoy this video to see what you can do with your 
Craft with Heart Kit (subscription program), or just get food for thought on 
other scrapbooking layouts. 

You can find Craft with Heart kits on my website 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Glad you could join us today!  A blog hop is just one big loop of fun and creative ideas. 

If you are coming from Jessica's blog, you're on the right path. If you are starting here, just look for the link to Miss Carries's Creations blog at the end of my post.  Each blog you visit will feature a link to continue following the hop. If you get disconnected somewhere along the way, you can find a complete list of blog hop participants here.

This month's stamp set, It's Your Day to Sparkle, features 39 stamps that are  great for card making, scrapbook pages, and lots of other fun paper crafting projects. I always love the blog hops to see the many wonderful ideas other consultants come up with.

  This stamp set is available only through the month of June.  After seeing all the great ideas in this blog hop, you're going to want to add this to your stamp collection.  You can purchase this set for $18.95, or get it for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50 (US) through your Close To My Heart consultant or find it here.

For my project this month, I paired images from this stamp set with True Love Picture My Life cards  (pictured here) and coordinating cardstock (Ballerina, Sapphire, Sage, and Sugarplum) to create the cards.  

This card will be for a dear family friend who will be turning 90 this summer.  The 90 is studded with Bitty Sparkles.  The flowers on the sides of the word sparkle were fussy cut from one of the PML cards.

June is a time for lots of weddings and anniversaries, 
so this stamp set comes at a great time for  creating those cards as well.

The design for this card was created by my upline, Kathy McGraw at our team meeting.

I was able to make 13 cards in all using the pieces from from this PML set with the help of my CTMH teammates.  We worked together on some of the other cards at our monthly team meeting, however, the sentiments on the other cards came from other stamp sets.  We had a great time designing together and making each other's cards.

Thanks for stopping by today.  

Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas using this stamp set on 

Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in on this
 blog hop for lots of inspiration.

If for some reason, you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.

Friday, May 31, 2019

June workshops and open crops

June 2019 Workshops/Crops
all workshops are held in my home workshop (downstairs) unless a 
special request is made 

Reserve your spot by
Two Page Scrapbooking
Layout *
June 4

Please bring Make It From Your Heart Volume 3
(if you have one)
6:30 – 9:00
Monday, June 3
Jackie’s SCOPE group
Spirituality and Creativity

Monday, June 10

please bring a project you'd like to work on during our reflection hour
Saturday, June 9

Multi page Scrap workshop*

June 20
5:30 – 9:30
Paper pack: Zoe (Bring back my pack)
Pre-ordered supplies needed

See layouts soon here on my blog

Tuesday, June 4
Open Crop
Bring your own project to work on

June 21
5:00 -

Donation to HOPES Center
Build a salad 
Bring something to add to a salad

Friday, June 14

I am also considering a Friday night, all day Saturday crop on
6/28 – 6/29 if there is enough interest

Technique Time
Card Workshop *
(inking techniques)

FYI - This will be my last card workshop until September

June 24

6:30 – 9:00

Please bring paper trimmer, scissors, and adhesives


Create 4 - 5 cards for the occasions you need 

June 22

* For scrapbooking and card making workshops:  Please bring your own basic 
  crafting supplies -- scissors, adhesives, foam tape, and paper trimmer, craft mat, and any other favorite tools 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

35th Anniversary Flash Sale

35th Anniversary Flash Sale

May 29* (4pm CST) to May 31 (11:59pm)  

35% off a limited amount of select current items. 

See my website then and shop the drop down under promotions. 

*Please note, there will be a few hours in the evening of May 29th 
that the website will be closed down for routine maintenance. 
Please shop early or try again if you hit the downtime.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Scrapbooking Technique from Close To My Heart

How To Make a Shaker Window Page!

We are loving National Scrapbooking Month so far, and we hope you are, too! To continue the celebration, we’re going to really shake things up today and show you how to make a shaker window the size of a scrapbook page!
STEP 1.  The very first thing you’re going to do is determine the size of window you’d like on your project. For it to fit a traditional 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page, you’ll need to keep your window no bigger than 11½” x 11½”. Next, decide if you’d like the base of the window (the paper that shows through under the sequins) to be the same as your base page or if you’d rather have a different pattern or color show through. If you’re keeping it the same as the base page, skip the rest of this step and move on to number 2. If you’d like the base to be something different, cut a circle* from the patterned paper or cardstock you’d prefer instead. The size and shape you cut here will determine the size and shape of your window. The window on our page is a 10″ circle, so our base is also 10″
*One of the great things about this big window idea is that you’re not limited to a circle shape. Make a square, a rectangle, a heart, a star—your window can be any shape you can cut out from a 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector™. (See step 2.)
STEP 2.  Carefully trim the edges from a 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector™; this should leave you with two clear plastic sheets. Take one of these pieces and cut another circle (or the shape you chose for your window) from it. Make sure this second shape is the same size as your base piece, if you have one.
STEP 3.  The last thing you will need to cut to create your large window is an overlay. When you cut your overlay, make sure that it is the same size as your other two pieces so they will all match up later when you stack them to assemble your window. On our page, we created an overlay that frames our shape and also has a world map in the center (making our complete project look like a globe). Your overlay doesn’t have to be this complicated. Decide how much of the inside window you really need or want to see. Also take into consideration where you will be putting other elements of your scrapbook page, like photos and journaling.
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STEP 4.  When you’ve got all your pieces cut, gently rub the base and the clear plastic window in circular motions with an anti-static pouch. This will help reduce static cling and allow the sequins move freely when you shake or turn the completed page.
STEP 5.  Carefully place small pieces of 3-D foam tape around the perimeter of your base piece. Keeping your base flat, add a handful of loose sequins inside the frame you just created.
STEP 6.  Lay the clear plastic shape on top of the 3-D foam tape and press firmly around the edges.
If you don’t have a separate base piece and are using your base page as the back of your window, add the 3-D foam tape to the perimeter of the plastic shape instead. Then, fill the center of your framed plastic shape with sequins and lay the base page on top of it to attach. Flip the page over to see your window.
STEP 7.  The last step in assembling this large window is to hide the foam frame by layering the overlay on top of it. (An adhesive runner should do the trick!)
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Now that your window is complete, all that is left to do is to attach it to your project along with all of those extra elements that make a scrapbook page truly yours.
The page we used as our example today comes from The World Is Yours Scrapbooking Workshop Kit. If you’d like to recreate it, be sure to check out the instructions, HERE.
What projects have you added windows to? Do you have any fun ideas, tips or tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below, and happy crafting!