Merriest Wishes Workshops Your Way!

Good evening! It’s a chilly rainy day here in Utah, so I thought I’d start this month’s blog posts off with some cheery Christmas cards. These cards feature the Beary Christmas papers found in the Merriest Wishes Cardmaking Workshops Your Way. This kit comes with everything shown below including an exclusive B-sized stamp set!

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The first option uses the provided cutting guide and you can create 6 each of 2 designs like these:

For these cards, we use Sweetleaf, Fern and New England Ivy to stamp the trees on the first card. The stars are stamped in Cranberry. The second card uses Fern along with the black Merriest Wishes sentiment.  These cards also use the Thin Cuts – Basic Circles.

I decided to play with this a bit to see if I could get some designs that created more cards. I came up with these 2 designs which I can get 12 of each card. I have to add 1 sheet of Cranberry cardstock for cutting the poinsettias and 2 sheets of Fern cardstock for the bakcground on the 2nd card.

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The first card use Sweetleaf and Fern to stamp the tree, Cranberry for Merriest Wishes, and Glacier for the stars. The Happiest Holidays is stamped in New England Ivy with Cranberry stars. Both are embellished with Bitty Sparkles. I cut the poinsettia using the 3D poinsettia #MFAE0B7 from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge – I simply un-grouped the images, and deleted all but the green leaves and the 5 petaled flower – I cut one using the regular Cranberry and the second using the lighter side of Cranberry. Looking at it, you could probably just cut them all from the same side because there isn’t really a big difference.

Enjoy & Happy Christmas Crafting!!

~Gerri

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~Celebrate You~

One of the awesome benefits of being a Close To My Heart consultant is that convention attendees get to purchase new product bundles at a sweet discount! These bundles are a great mix of paper, stamps, & embellishments. One of the bundles I purchased this past summer included the Flourishes stamp set.

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The Annual Inspirations artwork shows this set used on a layout. With the large words & flourishes, it is definitely a great fit. But, I thought with the Hello or Celebrate You it would make a great card.

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This card design comes from the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 1 pattern book, Design 21. I decided to use these simple elements to build the card around the Celebrate You sentiment.

The Celebrate You is stamped in Goldrush – I tried, Poppy, New England Ivy, and Sapphire which are in the same Enchantment Palette as these papers, but the Goldrush really just looked the best. Then I framed the sentiment with Fern cardstock and layered the patterned pieces on the card.

I then embellished the sentiment with coordinating Bronze Sequins and add small bits of burlap on the edges. Both the colors and the patterns on this card make it great for anyone. Plus it’s so easy, you can finish it off in no time.

Enjoy!

~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.

 

 

More Re-inker Techniques

Do you splatter? You know – where you put some water color on a brush & flick it to add little (or big) splatters of color to the background of something.

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I like the look of splattering, but I struggle to use it because

  • I’m afraid of messing things up
  • It seems messy to me
  • It’s a hassle to ‘drag out my watercolors & supplies’

Here are some things I’ve done to combat my excuses and use this fun technique in my artwork –

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Messing Up – The reason I usually mess things up is because I don’t think about the ink splattering until I’ve got the main components in place & it just needs a little extra. That’s what happened in the above picture – I added the splatters after the main stamp & they just sort of run together. I’m trying harder to

  • Think things through before hand so I can get that splattering in the background
  • Add the splattering to smaller pieces that can be added to the larger work
  • Use masking to cover what I don’t want splattered

Messiness – for the most part, I like clean, simple lines – not a lot of fluff (don’t get me wrong, it looks great when others do it, it’s just not my style). I struggle with random – seriously – if I’m ‘randomly’ placing colors on a quilt or card – I still have to play with them to get some sort of pattern, or make sure things aren’t clashing.

So – I’ve learned to use splattering sparingly (say that 5 times fast) – to add just a hint of background color or a little more dimension.

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My last excuse for not using splattering is ‘having to drag it all out’ – that’s where today’s technique is most helpful. This mainly has to do with the tools & supplies I use –

  • Waterbrushes! These are great little brushes with the water enclosed in the barrel (see the photo below)
    • I don’t need to worry about spilling cups of water
    • Different sized brushes for variety
  • Using re-inkers instead of watercolors.
    • My inks perfectly match the papers and other stamping I’m working with
    • It takes less than a drop and the color is very vibrant
    • I’m not overwhelmed by the pallet of my watercolors and mixing them

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Here’s what I did –

  • Stamp the main image onto White Daisy cardstock (I used Nutmeg)
  •  Create a mask from scrap paper/cardstock. I tore the edges so it wouldn’t be a distinct  square.
  • I used a small waterbrush and squeezed some water into the bristles
  • Pick up a small amount of ink from the tip of a re-inker (I used Fern, Poppy, Goldrush, and Saffron).
  • Hold the brush over your paper and lightly tap/flick the  brush handle to get splatters

Practice on some scraps to see how the water/re-inker mixes together and how dark or light, big or small your splatters are.

  • More water = less vibrant color & larger drops
  • More re-inker = darker colors & smaller drops
  • Harder flicking = bigger, less controlled drops

I would love to hear whether you splatter, if it comes easy to you or if you have tricks that you use.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used for this card. They can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com.

The leaf is from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge – #M473AB cut height is 1.75″ and I used Goldrush cardstock (use the lighter side for the top layer & the darker side for the base). Please note this collection is only available while supplies last.

 

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

 

 

 

A Simple Thank You

Here’s another card design from the Scrapbook WYW guide. The design in the guide uses the Jack Card Making Stamp & Thin Cuts set (Z3333)

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I decided  to take this card in a slightly different direction and used the Nature’s Wish set.

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The elegant script goes well with the simplicity of this card.

Pieces used:

  • 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 (I used Juniper cardstock, but the wood grain patterned paper works great, too)
  • 5 1/2 x 2 (grey plaid)
  • 2 1/2 square (ruby slash marks)
  • 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 (whisper cardstock) – dovetailed on left side

I stamped the thank you with Black ink and embellished with black dots and white twine.

Just a reminder, the Jack creative collection will be retiring (along with the other collections in the Seasonal Expressions II idea book) on 31 August. If you are not already working with a CTMH consultant, I would love to help! You can purchase supplies directly from my website, or check out my other pages for upcoming classes or craft days.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Some of the items I used for this card:

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I’ve come to enjoy the Scrapbooking WYW extra card projects – they are great for using up your papers after your layouts are full.  I often use the pattern and then adapt the card based on what stamps I have or what I need a card for.

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Truth be told, I only used this stamp because I wanted to play with the new You Are Here Cricut Collection! I must say, it is my favorite so far!

The WYW Project used 4 1/4″ pieces of wood grain zip strip for the top and bottom pieces. Because I make card kits for my classes, I decided to use cardstock and emboss it with the woodgrain. I ran a 1 x 4 1/4″ strip of cardstock through my Cuttlebug and then cut it in half to get the 1/2 x 4 1/4″ pieces.

Next, I cut a 1 1/4 x 4 1/4″ piece and a 2 x 4 1/4″ piece from the red plaid paper (flip the 2″ strip over to get the red hash lines)

For the stamping I used the background from the Mountain image (#M2762A3A). The stamped showed to cut this at 2.5″ high, but as you can see from my picture, I had a hard time lining up the image at that size. So, I recut the White Daisy at 2.6″. Then I cut Peacock at 2.75″ for the mat and stamped in Pewter.

I embellished with Whisper Thick Twine and some Black and White Dots.
Enjoy!
~Gerri
Other products used …

 

FSE Scrap Card

Here’s a card that is great for using up scraps and so simple to create. This pattern came from the Make It From You Heart, Volume 2 pattern bookIMG_3720

I started with 1 1/4 x 5″ strips of 3 different patterned papers. Then I trimmed those strips into    1 1/4″ squares. I rounded two opposite corners on each square, paying attention to any directional patterns, then laid them out with the un-rounded corners of 4 squares pointing toward each

I topped this off with some White Twine and tags cut using the new Thin Cuts – Basic Tags set (love these!)thin cuts tags

Paired with the coordinating stamp set I Made This

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I used retired cardstock (Slate and Whisper) on the tags (I’m in that in-between stage where I still reach for my old favorites) and then stamped in Slate and Juniper.

Seriously, the hardest thing about this card was getting the twine through the holes (I think I need stronger ‘wisdom’ glasses!)!

Enjoy!

Gerri

Other items used for this card: