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

No Worries Anniversary Workshop You Way

Since my interests lie more in scrapbooking than cardmaking, I don’t always look to the Cardmaking Workshops Your Way. However, after playing with a few of them, I’ve come to enjoy working with them.

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The No Worries Cardmaking WYW includes one sheet of patterned paper from the Paper Packet, one sheet each of Sea Glass and Smoothie cardstock, No Worries sequins, Aqua Shimmer Trim, card bases with envelopes, and an exclusive B-sized stamp set.

 

CTMH provides a downloadable guide to make six each of two card patterns. You can also reverse the patterned papers for additional options.

These two designs were my starting point for these two cards. I wanted to use some of the papers included in the full paper packet, so I swapped out some of the layers. (Please excuse my crooked stamping on the anniversary card – I may or may not have been enjoying some wine at that point!)

I love how easy it is to adapt these card kits to your personal needs.  For example, you can change out the stamps on either design to get the combination of anniversary and thank you cards that work best for you. The guides are always a great starting point to get your creativity moving!

This is also the ‘thanks’ stamp that I used in the last post No Worries – Thanks.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here’s a link to check out these fun products more closely – gerri.closetomyheart.com

 

Something’s Gotta Give – a little…

I once heard a speaker talking about balancing your life – family, work, self, volunteer time – it all takes time and energy.  I wish I could remember her name – because rather than talking about trying to balance everything like a scale – she talked about a symphony. When a symphony plays, a multitude of instruments come together to make beautiful music.  However, there are times when certain instruments shine – the brass might have a solo, so the other instruments linger in the background.  Next it’s time for the woodwinds – then percussion – on and on.  She spoke about how this was a good way to balance your life – sometimes family needs will take a lot of time and your other things will fall back slightly – they don’t go away, they just give way.  Next you might need to devote more time to your business – then a volunteer activity.

This is exactly what happened to me. I was helping to organize a fundraiser at my church and it took more of my time and energy than I was expecting.  It was a fun and successful event, but something else had to give – I decided to let my blog slide a bit until I could get caught up in more pressing areas and bring my symphony of life back together.  So – here are a couple of cards featuring the Little Dreamer Creative Collection.

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As usual, I try to keep my cards quick and easy.  This first card uses three strips (2 of the lagoon stripe and a floral) with a 3/4″ strip of thistle cardstock running across the bottom.  I added some Whisper thick twine for added visual dimension.  Then I topped this with squares of the blossom floral, thistle rainbows and the white daisy piece for stamping. The stamped images are done in Thistle and Glacier.  I felt the difference between the White Daisy card and the paper pieces was a bit too stark, so I backed everything with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of the cloud paper.

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This next card simply uses a piece of the unicorn paper with a 5 1/2 piece of the zip strip along with some Whisper thick twine.  The stamping on this is done with Lagoon and Pixie and the stamped piece is backed with the heart paper.

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I hope your life’s symphony is well balanced and that you are able to pursue all the worthwhile causes you enjoy in life.

Enjoy!

Gerri

Products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

More Than Layouts

I talk a lot about Workshops Your Way – especially the scrapbook kits.  I really like these kits because they have everything you need to get layouts done quickly.

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The part I often overlook in the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way are the additional cards included in the cutting diagram.

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If you look in this picture  – you can identify the card cuts in 2 ways. First – the layouts are all numbered 1-3, so any cut numbered above 3 is for a card.  Second, the card cuts are a darker shade. So, if you don’t want to make the cards – just skip those cuts.

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These three cards in the picture above,  feature the card making stamp set that coordinates with the paper packet.  Sometimes, though I don’t want to buy something else.  In these instances, I try to find a stamp set in my stash that will work.

You can see how with just a few tweaks, I was able to use the same card patterns, but adapt them for the birthday cards that I wanted. I used the April SOTM Flock Together (S1704) and Hi Friend (A1198) for the first card, and Circus Birthday (B1533) for the last two.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ on the middle card is from the Hooked On You (B1535) set (I’ve found this set very versatile!).

Since these were for my card class, I only made one of each, but when you follow the WYW cutting guide, you will have the pieces for multiples which helps you make better use of your time.

There you go – the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way are a great value for both your money and your time.  Create the optional card projects and you’ve got an even better deal.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Additional Products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com:

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While I really liked the bright colors in this paper packet, I wasn’t too sure what to do with these eyes.  I generally try to use some of each paper in the paper packet on my card class  – but I just wasn’t feeling this paper. Whenever I’m stuck – I generally look through the Idea Book or on Facebook Consultant Groups – I can usually find great inspiration for the papers I’m working with.SKW Paper 4

After looking through the Seasonal Expressions, I saw a cute layout that had these pink eyeballs. Isn’t this just the cutest (these are the times when I wish I had a girl!!!!)! So, I decide to scrap lift this layout into a card.

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It turned out quite cute using the Safari Ballet stamp set (that little hippo ballerina is so darling – but not near as adorable as the little girl in the layout!

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I started with a 5 1/2″ piece of the black zip strip (with circles) then a 2 x 5 1/2″ piece of the eyes, followed by a 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of the slate.  On top of this, I layered the raspberry, black speckles and finally the white daisy for stamping.

 

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I’m not one to fuss with water colors – so I decided just to add some color in a few key areas rather than coloring the hippo all grey.  Like I said – I don’t like to fuss – so I grabbed a water brush and my Raspberry ink stamp pad. This is the perfect combination when you’re just adding a bit of color and don’t want to fuss with water colors.  Did I say I don’t like to fuss!

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I finished her off with my Shimmer Brush.  This is another great tool for adding just a hint of something extra. (you can probably actually see it a little better in the first picture).

So there you go – a Happy Hippo Ballerina scraplifted from a layout.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Other products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

You Are Wonderful

Today is the first day of Spring Break for my boys, so I’m going to start off with a REALLY easy card!  I got the idea for this card from one of my sister-consultants, Erica Haskin (We have a great Team FB Page where we share our cards/layouts to help inspire each other).  Her card used the blue stripe in the background, and she had a small ‘you’ stamped beneath ‘WONDERFUL’.  She also used grey enamel gems to embellish. It was such a cute card!

This card is based primarily on one of the Picture My Life cut apart 4 x 6 cards. These cards are printed in landscape (horizontal) on one side and portrait (vertical) on the other side.  As you can see in the picture of the paper packet below, you get two sheets, so you don’t have to choose!

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Since the PML card measured 4 x 6, I trimmed it down to 4 x 5 1/4 so there would be a 1/4″ border all the way around.  I hacked the 3/4″ off of the right side, but I think it would have looked better to take a bit from the left and a bit from the right (I would have had more of the glacier circle on the right). I then used a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of the black and white paper to fill that border.

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I wanted my card to say more than just WONDERFUL (although, that’s not bad by itself), so I used the Jennifer’s Hand (B1484) stamp set to add U R.  This alpha stamp set with approximately 1/2″ letters is great for cards and layouts.

I finished this all off with a piece of white twine and a small piece of the colorful zip strip dovetailed to form a ‘kind of’ bow. I like how the bold colored triangles stand out from the circles.

There you go – a very simple card to start your month, your week, maybe even your Spring Break.  Whatever you’re doing this week – Enjoy!

~Gerri

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