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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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:

 

You Are The Best

Here’s another FSE card and it uses one of my favorite stamp sets! I was so glad that this set is staying around for another year!

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I actually scraplifted this card from the new Annual Inspirations, page 74. That card was created with the Enchantment Fundamentals paper packet and Almond, New England Ivy, and Goldrush card stock.

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I decided to use 2 of the B&T Duos papers from the Jack paper packet along with New England Ivy and Black cardstock. The circle is cut at 2.25. In the original, the artist added watercoloring, but I decided to keep the black and white image. Last I added some white dots from a package of Black & White Dots.

From left to right, the patterned pieces are cut at

  • 1 3/4 x 4 1/4
  •  2 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • 3/4 x 4 1/4

The dovetailed New England Ivy piece is 1 1/4 x 5. The Black piece is 1/4 x 4.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here are some of the additional products used for this card. Find out about these and more at gerri.closetomyheart.com:

FSE – Fast, Simple, Easy!

With spending 30 years around the Air Force – acronyms are second nature to me! But – I learned a new one the other day – FSE – Fast, Simple, Easy! (PS – I wouldn’t recommend searching this, because the Urban Dictionary DOES NOT translate it the same!)

FSE is usually my goal for cards & layouts  because like all of you – I’m busy! I need to get things done and move on to the next thing on my list. So – here are a couple of FSE birthday wishes…

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This card simply uses a piece of 3″ x 4 1/4″ Prickly Pear (X7221B) patterned paper, topped with a strip of Blue Burlap ribbon (Z3325) .  The stamping is done with Sapphire ink using the Wise Guy Birthday (C1662)  – which is also available in French or Spanish versions! Add some matching embellishments & you’re all done! (This card design is one off the Prickly Pear Scrapbook Workshops Your Way (G1128) extra projects).

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Not only is this card FSE – but it’s also a great way to use up scraps! This card was inspired by a Clean & Simple Stamping sketch challenge.  It is so simple to just punch out a bunch of circles (I used 1″) and then lay them out in off set rows.  I added some Prickly Pear sequins to balance out the left side a bit. The stamping was a little more involved because I wanted the white to show through on the Sapphire cardstock, so I used heat embossing on the Hooked On You Stamp Set (B1535).  It’s crazy how many times I’ve come back to this stamp set to use this Happy Birthday stamp – it’s a great option.

What do you do to keep your card crafting Fast – Simple – Easy. (This takes me back to… We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, Stronger, Faster – ooops! Not exactly crafting related!)

Enjoy!

~Gerri