Say Hello to Prickly Pear…

Good morning! As June is coming to a close, I am attending the CTMH Convention finding out about all the great new products coming your way soon. But we still have some fantastic featured papers from the Seasonal Expressions II Idea Book. July’s featured paper is Prickly Pear.

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Small confession here … when I first saw this paper, I wasn’t shall we say thrilled.  I grew up around big tress (hemlocks, maples & real oaks) – so cacti just weren’t doing anything for me. BUT – once I started playing with these papers – the beautiful colors and versatile patterns totally won me over.

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Designs for these cards came from Make It From Your Heart Volumes I & II, Wishes Card Confidence Program, Prickly Pear WYW Scrapbooking guide and Pinterest (cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot)

Here are my layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW. I mostly followed the guide except for the ‘Big Shoes’ layout.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look at my cards & layouts for July classes. You can find details for the classes on my Class Page or at Facebook.

As always…

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Products used for these projects can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

April is Upon Us!

April is almost here! With it comes the last of our Seasonal Expressions 1 paper suites  – Some Kinda Wonderful.  (I was just at the consultant launch for the new Seasonal Expressions & got to see all the amazing new papers coming your way!) Some Kinda Wonderful is full of bright colors – big dots, gumdrops (?), stripes, and eyes (yep, you read that right – eyes! – check out the pink paper)

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Along with the paper we have two Workshops Your Way – Scrapbooking

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And Cardmaking (which includes an exclusive stamp set)

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Here’s a peek at what we’ll be making for the April Classes:

Layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW – First we have the awesome CTMH designed layouts – these don’t have any stamping & the cutting guide has directions for making 9 additional cards.

 

These next three I put together from the Make It From Your Heart Vol 1 pattern book – it includes stamping with the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1716).

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and here are the cards – I didn’t plan for them to be animal themed – but the animals just worked so well with these colorful papers.

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Watch for more details in next month’s class page & blog posts.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Dreamin’ Big Suite

The March featured paper is great for all the adventures in your life!  There are patterned sheets with stars & constellation, another with colorful bugs,  a bug dictionary page and a grey wood grain.  If bugs & stars aren’t your thing – there are softer sides with flowers.  Need something in between – how about dots – we’ve got colorful dots (Goldrush, Poppy, Juniper) – going for a softer look – how about Glacier – they aren’t quite lines & they aren’t quite dots – kind of remind me of rain slanting on the window.

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To round out this fantastic paper we have complements (adventure/explore/love life… stickers), coordinating sequins and some Whisper extra thick twine.  These are all great options for adding a little extra.  Don’t forget the coordinating cardstock packs – these packs are a great way to build you cardstock supply and make sure you have the colors that match the papers you’re using.  The Dreamin’ Big Cardstock pack includes 3 each of Goldrush, Juniper, Poppy, and Slate.

In addition to embellishments – we also have some fun stamp sets that work well with this suite.

The Dreamin’ Big Thin Cuts bundle (Z3303) includes a C-sized stamp set and 4 Thin Cuts so you can have a cutout of your stamped images.  This stamp set is great for ‘thinking of you’ and ‘special day’ cards and includes images of a dragonfly, ladybug, and 2 different butterflies (these are the thin cuts).  If you would rather fussy cut the insects (lol) or you don’t use die cuts – you can purchase the stamp set alone.

If you’re more of a scrapbooker – we have a stamp for that….  This stamp set has the words hello, life and spring along with some flowers that can be cut from the Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  The HELLO is an outline of the letters filled in with flowers that you can color with markers, watercolors or just colored pencils.

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If you’re more of a kit person – or if you just love it all – check out the Workshops Your Way Dreamin’ Big Scrapbooking Kit (G1121) which includes the paper packet, extra cardstock (Goldrush, Whisper and White Daisy), a package of complements, sequins, and Whisper thick twine.  With the downloadable instructions you can make 3 double paged layouts plus you’ll have the instructions for extra cards (additional supplies needed).

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Or for a strictly cardmaking option – there’s the Workshops Your Way Happy Congratulations Cardmaking Kit (G1125) which includes 3 sheets of Dreamin Big B&T Duos, 2 sheets of cardstock (1 each of Sea Glass and White Daisy), white and gold ribbon, gold glitter gems, 12 card bases and envelopes and an exclusive B-sized workshop stamp set that says ‘congratulations’ and ‘happy wedding day’.

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Watch for details on my class page!

Hello Lovely!

The February 2017 featured paper is Hello Lovely – a beautiful mix of flowers, geometric patterns, a little gold foil and beautiful colors.  I love the linen pattern, too!

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When I first saw this paper in person, those flowers immediately reminded me of my Gran Wessner (she’s also my namesake – my real name is Geraldine).  I remember as a child she always had gardenia bushes and those white flowers remind me of Gran’s gardenias.

img_1184Gran also had peonies (we pronounce them peenies – not pee O nies), a mock orange bush, tons of lilacs – and there was this lemon tree.  It wouldn’t bloom – she had it for years and not a single flower.  Gran was always reading – and she had read that plants like to be talked to – so she talked to the lemon tree.  Then somehow she heard she needed to beat the tree – so she hit it with a switch!  After several years – she was just done waiting and tossed it over the bank by the creek.  And would you believe that thing bloomed!!!

My Gran Wessner is also the person who sparked my scrapbooking bug.  When we were kids, she made each of us a ‘scrapbook’ with articles she read or pictures that she thought we would like, there were snip-its from the newspaper if we had our picture in there for something and just things in general that reminded her of us.  Sadly, I don’t have that scrapbook anymore.  I’m not sure what happened to it over the years.  I wish that I had understood the value when I was younger.  But I do still have the memories and I will definitely be making a scrapbook layout about my Gran with this paper!

Have you ever found a paper that brought back a flood of memories or you just knew immediately what you wanted to do with it?  If not – I hope you get to experience it at least once!  During the next month I’ll be posting artwork using the Hello Lovely paper pack – so check back later!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Oh Deer!

I’m going to confess.  When I first saw the December featured paper in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, it was my least favorite.  It’s not that I didn’t like it – it just didn’t jump out and grab me.  But let me say that once I opened the  Oh Deer! Paper Packet (X7214B)   and started playing with it – I fell in love!

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This paper pack incorporates Bamboo, Cocoa, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Fern, Juniper, Sea Glass, Slate, Whisper, and White Daisy.  The paper patterns mix outdoors (trees, pine branches, bark) with sparkly stars, 3d boxes and sheet music.  It can be quite versatile for Christmas, Winter or just outdoors layouts.

I love that CTMH has started offering coordinating cardstock packs.  This lets you build up your cardstock a little at at time (each coordinating pack as 3 sheets each of 4 colors) and they coordinate perfectly with the paper you’re working with.  The Oh Deer! Coordinating Pack (X7214D) includes Fern, Sea Glass, Slate and Whisper.  It also looks great with the Sea Glass glitter paper!

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The Complements (X7214C) for this paper pack are so cute!  It has a Christmas/holiday twist, but yet it doesn’t scream Christmas.  You could easily use the titles in non-holiday layouts.  There are a couple of things that say ‘holiday’, ‘Christmas’ or ‘Joy of the Season’; and the jingle bells are more of a holiday thing.  But really the stars, pine cones, bows, and even the deer could be used in other layouts.

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Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on with the Oh Deer! paper –

 

If this paper catches your eye – check out my class page and see if any of those dates work for you; contact me for an one-on-one class, or head over to gerri.closetomyheart.com and see where these fun papers take you.

EASY! Really!

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Honestly – it’ll be hard to find a card easier than this.  Using the City Sidewalks paper – I cut a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 piece from the peacock paper with trees, then trimmed the 4 X 6 Picture My Life Card.  Added a couple of stamped twinkles from the SOTM – New Year’s Cheer, and a bitty sparkle to the star at the top – DONE!

Honestly – if I were to remake this card – I would cut less from the top and more from the bottom so that little star at the top was showcased a little better.

What’s the easiest card you’ve ever made?!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Supplies Used –

City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way

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These are such FUN Christmas papers!  I love the bright, non-traditional colors like Lagoon & Peacock and I love how well they coordinate with the beautiful green & red that we’re used to around Christmas.

This Workshop Your Way adds the City Sidewalks complements and Washi Pack for great embellishments to accent your photos.

I used these layouts to document capture our trip to California in 2003 (wow – that was so long ago!).  This was the year we got 2 Christmases.  We were in PA for Thanksgiving & celebrated Christmas with my family and then went to CA to visit my husband’s family.  My son was about a year and a half and he had lots of fun getting to know his cousins and hanging out with his aunts & uncles.

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This is one of my favorite papers – love the word search letters in the background.  If I was documenting a Christmas that actually had snow – I’d use my journalling pen to circle ‘dashing through the snow’!  I’ll have to go back and see if I can find any other words to circle.

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This green background paper is great for Christmas or non-Christmas fun!

These Workshop Your Way layouts are part of my November class series – November – City Sidewalks – contact me if you’d like more info!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Supplies Used – this project is simple – everything you need is included in the Workshop Your Way kit – available through 31 December (or while supplies last!) at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way Kit