New Pre-Stamped Card Kits

After attending a fantastic Consultant Camp last month, I came away with so many amazing ideas! This is one of them. Sometimes I have ladies who want to attend my card class, but they have other commitments. I’ve decided to offer a card kit with the same 6 cards made in class, but everything will be cut and pre-stamped for you.

Each card with all the pieces and embellishments will be in it’s own envelope.

Everything is ready for you to add your adhesive and put it together.

Each month, I’ll have a page here on my blog that shows a close up of each card and assembly tips —> Cats & Bats Prestamped Card Kit

You might even get extra embellies or a free card every now and again.  Or, for things like the Birthday Wishes card that had Halloween pieces – I’ll include extra pieces so you can recreate the card, but it won’t look like it’s for a Halloween birthday!

The September kit will include these cards:

 

The kits will cost – $12 if you’re local or $15 if I ship them to you.

Pre-order by the fifth of the month and your local order will be just $10, shipped orders will be $12.

I see this as one more way to help others create – whether you consider yourself ‘creative’ or not!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Featured Paper Blog Hop

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Falling For You or Cats & Bats Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Haley’s blog then you are on the right track, if not you can start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. Don’t forget to check out Kathleen’s  blog for more fun.

Last year I fell in love with the Birthday Sparkles (B1537) and All the Thanks (B1536) stamp sets because they were interchangeable.  I could create one card and switch it up between Happy Birthday or Thank You! This year, CTMH has added to these little gems with Sending Prayers (B1563)

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While looking at the Annual Inspirations I found a card made with this stamp set and some of the Fundamentals lines. I decided to use this basic design for a card with the Cats & Bats papers.

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I really liked the dark and light Emerald polka dot paper, as well as the geometric lines on white. So, I paired these with one of the black patterned papers and two octagons cut on the Cricut (Emerald is 2.5″ and the White Daisy is 2 .25″) – these can be found in the basic shapes.

I offset the two octagons for a little visual variety, then finished it off with a few of the green Cats & Bats dots (Z4028) and some silver shimmer trim (Z1799)

Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to go see what amazing artwork Kathleen has in store for you!

Enjoy the rest of your hop!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used in making this card. If you aren’t currently working with a CTMH consultant, feel free to contact me or shop directly on my CTMH site – gerri.closetomyheart.com.

 

Quick & DONE!

For some reason, I don’t get great pictures of my kids at Halloween. I’m not sure if it’s the time of day or possibly, they’re so excited about candy that they’re moving at hyper-speed and I just get blurs…. The great thing about this is I can use a single Workshop Your Way kit and complete 3 years of Halloween scrapbook layouts! Quick & DONE!

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This first layout originally used a 5×7 landscape photo on the left – remember what I said about the lack of good pictures – I had nothing that was worthy of a 5×7 print.

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I was originally going to just cut the Emerald mat down to fit the 4×6 photo,  but I forgot! So, I added a few extra layers – they go… photo, Emerald (light side), Black, Emerald (dark side) – this does a great job of showing off our two-toned cardstock!

I have another option with this layout – simply flip the patterned papers and you get this..

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I love how easily I can use the same design & even papers, but yet have a different layout for each of my boys.

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Here’s another amazingly easy layout. I liked how the orange mat on the 3×4 photos was cut in a 3×3 square – so a portion of the picture hangs off the edge – it just adds a little different look. Also, the tiled words paper is great to cut apart and use as an embellishment.

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This last layout is super easy! The ombre coloring of the base sheet adds a lot of dimension and interest without having to add a lot of additional patterned paper. The Halloween sticker and other pieces from the Complements pack really make it easy to embellish.

So there you go – I got 2005, 2006, and 2007 – Done with the Cats & Bats Scrapbook WYW! While I was looking for pictures for these layouts, I also chose pictures for 2008 and 2015 and added those to my Jeepers Creepers layouts from last year. He  he he … I feel like I’ve gotten so much accomplished!

Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you are having a fantastic week and look forward to seeing you Saturday for the Blog Hop!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

The Cats & Bats creative collection:

Feel So Blessed SOTM

 

I usually use the Stamp of the Month to create one card in my card class. This isn’t always easy – but this month’s Stamp of the Month is so great I used it twice!

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This is such a perfect time of year to remember what you’re thankful for (seriously – the kids are back in school!!!) As we’re coming to the close of another year and with Thanksgiving upon us it really is a great opportunity to think about gratitude. But the great thing about gratitude is sharing it!

Whether you’re creating a layout….

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Or a mini-album…..

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Or spreading some love with cards

This stamp set is sure to meet your needs. These two cards are made with the Cats & Bats creative collection (see – it’s not just for Halloween!), but if you search #CTMHfeelsoblessed – you’ll see lots of great artwork using our other featured collection for this month – Falling For You (we’ll be playing with that next month).

This set is only available through the end of September. You can get yours at gerri.closetomyheart.com for $17.95 or pick up a few crafting goodies while you’re there (check out the September From the Heart Kit and Workshops Your Way kits) and get this fantastic set for just $5 with a $50 order.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

From the Heart Card Kit

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Have you seen the beautiful card kit CTMH created for National Stamping Month?! It is absolutely beautiful!!

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This fabulous From the Heart Cut Above card kit comes with all the pieces you need to make 12 interactive cards with a foil frame and hidden sentiments! All you need to add is ink pads and your personal touch.

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This is the first card I made – I love how these colors come together. Just to clarify – I did not just break out the stamp sets and start creating – I started off by practicing with different color combinations –  Blossom, Pixie & Pomegranate, Thistle and Pansy for the flowers. Fern and New England Ivy for the leaves. I tried Flaxen for the leaves, but it didn’t work with the other colors.

The From the Heart kit comes with this beautiful E-sized stamp set which lets you layer different pieces and colors to create these beautiful flower bouquets. It includes frequently used sentiments – Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Thank You & Congrats.

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The larger stamps are a great addition to the smaller sentiments or some can even stand on their own (You’re in my heart, I’m so happy for you, sending special thoughts & wishes)..

Not so stampy – you say??  No worries – this stamp set is still a gem!

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This is just a simple 3×3 card I made with a single flower. This stamp set is so versatile! Still too much? Keep looking…

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This one uses the larger sentiment stamped in black. I then colored in just the flower with water color pencils. You could use regular colored pencils or just leave the black and white image. For the inside – I stamped the Happy Birthday, two parts of the stem in New England Ivy, the leaves in Fern, then the triple flower and the single flower each with Thistle. Much more simple – but still just as beautiful.

And here’s one more…

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For this one I stamped the flowers on the upper piece, then water colored the flower on the inside. I copied one of the cards on the packaging for the kit (see, you don’t even have to come up with your own ideas!)

In case you’re worried about mistakes – here are a few tips – I’m going to try to do a Facebook video to show some ideas, also.

  1. Practice stamping before making your cards.
  2. Create a ‘cheat sheet’ that shows different color combinations so you don’t have to guess.
  3. When you separate the card pieces from the background paper, there is enough paper left over to create another top piece or use this paper for practice stamping.
  4. There are step by step instructions on the Close To My Heart Blog
  5. Make a mistake? No problem – that’s what embellishments are for!
    1. See the Pixie cardstock on the first card I made? Yep – that’s covering up a water spot where I sat the card on a baby wipe.
    2. The twine & bow as well as the Bitty Sparkles on the last picture – – ink spots!

This set is available only during September to celebrate National Stamping Month (or while supplies last). You can purchase the card bases and envelopes for $13.95 or the E-sized stamp set for $29.95 (these are full retail prices). OR You can get the whole kit for just $34.95 (that’s like buying the stamp set & getting the card pieces for just $5!).

You might want to pick up some extra card bases – I’ve seen these cards used with so many more options than just this stamp set – Halloween – Family Christmas picture – so many options.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun cards. Watch my Facebook page for info about a workshop (I’m still ironing out the schedule) probably in October.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

DIY Embellishments

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I wanted to make a card using one of the Cats & Bats Scrapbook WYW card projects. I decided on the first card on the left in the picture. The workshop guide shows it as a Halloween card. My kids are teens and so I don’t have any use for Halloween cards, so I decided to turn it into a birthday card.

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We have lots of fun paper choices from the Cats & Bats paper packet. This card uses the black and white diagonal (5 1/4 x 4), a piece of zip strip (5 1/2), Black cardstock (1/2 x 4 1/4 – dovetailed on one end), Emerald cardstock (3 x 3 3/4), and Pebble cardstock (3 x 3 1/2 – light side).

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I decided to swap out the emerald cardstock for Raspberry (It seemd more party-ish) and used some of the black B&T duos paper for the dovetailed piece instead of the cardstock. I also used White Daisy for the stamping instead of Pebble.

I used the Birthday Sparkles and Sweet Birthday stamp sets with Pansy and Raspberry ink. Then I stamped the sparkles in Emerald and Willow along the bottom. After adding the party hats on the right, I felt it still needed a little something on the top left.

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The embellishments that coordinate with this paper use Black, Emerald, and Goldrush and I didn’t have any Raspberry or Thistle colored embellishments. So I decided to work up a little DIY magic. I wasn’t having much luck getting a good picture of these that showed the nice shiny finish, but here’s what I did.

  • First I punched some holes in the Raspberry cardstock using 2 different sized hole punches (nothing fancy, just the kind you find in office supply stores).
  • Then I covered each dot with Liquid Glass and allowed them to dry. It dries to a nice shiny finish.
  • I could have continued to build them up a bit like enamel dots, but just didn’t take the time.

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Liquid Glass is a great adhesive for 3 dimensional paper art, for attaching ribbon and for creating Base & Bling jewelry (these retired in July). It does take a little time to dry and if you use too much it squishes out all over – uh hmm – or so I’ve been told! 😉 But I definitely like to use if when straight adhesive just isn’t strong enough or doesn’t work around dimensional pieces.

This is one of the cards that you can create in my Cats & Bats class this month. If you can’t make it or you’re not local – email me to find out how to get a ready to assemble kit so you can still play!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

 

Spooky Fun!

 

Whether you’re ready or not, fall is on its way! September 1st brings the launch of the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Where our Annual Inspirations covers all the basics – albums & supplies, cardstock & inks in our 4 exclusive color palettes, year round stamp sets… The Holiday Expressions covers the fall holidays with themed papers and coordinating stamps & embellishments as well as other holiday themed products.

For September, we’ll be playing with the Halloween collection called Cats & Bats. It features fun oragami animal shapes (cats, bats, foxes & owls), geometric patterns, polka dots, diagonals & ombre.

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The coordinating complements include lots black glittery pieces, and goldrush, black and Emerald dots.

Here are some pictures of the cards and layouts I made with this fun collection –

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I don’t personally send Halloween cards, so I decided to put these papers  to work in other  ways.  The bright colors are great for birthdays, thank yous & pick me up cards.  Plus you can use the less vibrant patterns & colors for your more serious card needs.

I don’t have a ton of Halloween pictures, so I was  able to use this kit to document 3 different Halloweens. My oldest son is wearing the same costume in 2 layouts because he wanted to be John Glenn both years – he still does this – he was ‘Steve the guy from Minecraft’ for the past 2 years – we’ll see if he’ll shoot for 3.

Be  sure to check out all the new fun starting on Friday. You can get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions absolutely free by placing an order either directly through me or at gerri.closetomyheart.com.

Don’t forget to jump over to my Class Page to get the details on class schedules for September.

Enjoy!

~Gerri