Prickly Pear Blog Hop

Welcome to our Prickly Pear Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Prickly Pear Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Kathleen’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the Prickly Pear Blog Hop beginning with our hostess Carol. Next check out Haley’s blog.

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This cute card was so quick & easy! I started with a pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 How-To-Book. This is pattern #23.

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Using the Prickly Pear paper packet, I cut the following pieces:

  • 5 x 1 3/4 (cactus print)
  • 5 x 1/2 (green print with x’s)
  • 5 x 2 (yellow diamond pattern)
  • 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (green ombre – this is the reverse side of the yellow diamonds)
  • 2 1/4 square of White Daisy plus scraps for die cutting.

For the stamping, I used Sorbet, Smoothie and Tangerine ink stamp pads along with the Happy Heart Stamp Set and the Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts bundle (Z3338).

  • Stamp “Thanks from the bottom of my heart” with Sorbet
  • Using the Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Set
  • Stamp the small, solid flower randomly near the top in Smoothie and Tangerine
  • Cut 2 of the largest flower using the Thin Cuts dies and stamp one with Smoothie and one with Sorbet.

Put it all together –

  • Adhere the 5″ strips to the card as shown in the picture
  • Layer the White Daisy stamped square on top of the green ombre square
  • Adhere the layered squares 3/4″ from the bottom of the card and 1 1/4″ from the right edge.
  • Add Blue Burlap ribbon to either side of the square (alternatively, you could run a single piece of ribbon across the full width of the card and then use 3D foam tape to raise the square above the ribbon).
  • Layer the die cut flowers in the top, right corner of the stamped square. I used 3D foam tape for added dimension.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to head over to Haley’s blog next and keep progressing through the blog hop to check out all the amazingly talented ladies that are sharing their creations today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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

Cricut Layout Fun!

Do you have a Cricut (or Silhouette)? I enjoy using my Cricut on my papercrafting projects, but this layout really made me happy!

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This uses the Prickly Pear Workshops Your Way – but with just a little twist.

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The original design for this page had a floral background – that just didn’t work with these pictures. So, with a quick flip of the Background & Texture papers – I had colorful diagonals!

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The embellishments for this layout included the title “Enjoy Today” and cacti – which didn’t really go with the shoe theme. It was a simple fix to cut a new title in Glacier cardstock, using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge but I wasn’t really sure what to add to the bottom right page.

I got lucky when I found a free shoe print image! With my Cricut I was able to import the image. Then I cut it out of Sapphire cardstock, backed it with Glacier and now I had an embellishment that kept with my theme.

In case you’re wondering about the picture of just the shoes – those are my feet in a pair of shoes my son has outgrown. What a fun role reversal – and just in time for my layout!

I hope you’ve found inspiration today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

Live Beautifully

Yesterday brought lots of new things in my Close to My Heart world. One of these new things is the exclusive Live Beautifully collection. There are so many options I didn’t think I could really do it justice – so I thought I’d link to this video by CTMH.  It shows the paper packet, stamp set, and Cut Above Layout kit.

CTMH Live Beautifully Video

These products are all in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month – but don’t be fooled by the name – these are great for all you papercrafting fun.

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The paper packet comes with 16 sheets – 6 of them double sided.

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While the stamp set has large, beautiful words that work for layout titles – there is plenty of love here for cardmakers also!

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Last – but DEFINITELY not least! – is the Cut Above Layout Kit.  This kit comes with pre-printed pages & photo mats, stickers and die cuts and 12 X 12 Memory Protectors for 5 double page layouts!  You can literally have all 5 double pages completed in 2 hours! These layouts are great for telling your stories of weddings, engagements, prom, family, that inspirational person in your life – so versatile!

To see the whole collection including the album bundles (available at a 20% discount!) – check out gerri.closetomyheart.com.

For more info on the workshop I’ll be hosting (June 2nd, 5:30 PM in Roy) go here.

Want to see more great artwork with these products? – Search on #CTMHLiveBeautifully!

Since these are exclusive for National Scrapbooking Month – they are only available in May and only while supplies last!

Would you like to get the Cut Above Layout Kit for free?!

  • Host a gathering in May that reaches the 3rd Hostess Reward Level and receive the Cut Above set in addition to $60 of free hostess product and any item for 1/2 price (yes, even Cricut Cartridges!)

 

  • Become a consultant – in addition to the other fun products in your consultant kit, you’ll get this layout kit for free!

 

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

Blessed Beyond Measure

Are you ready for another fantastic Stamp of the Month?  This stamp is really getting me in the mood for Fall – it has a pumpkin, maple leaves & phrases of thankfulness, gratitude & blessings.

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Here’s a card I made with the Jeepers Creepers paper packet (not just for Halloween!).  It also uses the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge for the pumpkin (I cut off the extra leaves & vines at the top of the pumpkin) and leaves.

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I also used it to add a saying (replacing journaling) on a Swan Lake layout.

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Here is a great framed piece from the fantastic CTMH staff –

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I’ve seen lots of great cards and scrapbooking done with this stamp set by sister consultants – just search #ctmhblessedbeyondmeasure to see for yourself.

~Enjoy!

#CreateKindness

Create – to cause to come into being

Kind(ness)of a good or benevolent nature or disposition

I don’t know about you, but one of my goals with crafting is to bring joy to others.  This month’s CTMH Constant Campaign rolls right into that goal with the #CreateKindness cardmaking kit.  This kit comes with everything you need to make cute 3X3 cards to  #createkindess in your world.

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With 4 colored card bases, 8 different M-sized stamp sets, 1.75 inch precut circles (for stamping), a 2X2 acrylic block and a special sized Archival Black ink – you’ll be set to say hello to a friend, send some encouragement, or just let someone know you love them.

 

If you want to bump things up a bit – add some cardstock or a punched or die-cut flower –

The card on the right was colored with colored pencils.  The one on the left with ShinHan Touch alcohol markers & watercolors – since the set comes with Archival Black ink – you can play with adding color without worrying about blurred lines.

This next card was made with a few Thin Cuts, an embossing folder & an embossing/diecutting machine (I use a Cuttlebug).

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Here’s another quick & easy upgrade – use a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 in card base, and some coordinating cardstock (I used Pansy) – for a Card-in-a Card – (his idea was from Gail Gross –greetingsfromgail.blogspot.com)

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Worried about those bits & pieces not staying organized – don’t worry – this kit comes with a small organizer that holds everything nicely!

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Since this is a Constant Campaign, the #CreateKindness card kit is only available through 30 September 2016 – or while supplies last.  The card kit is $46.95 (a 15% savings) or you can purchase this pieces individually at regular price.  I made sure I’ve purchased extra card bases because these are such cute & easy cards to make – I don’t want to run out!

If you’re looking for more great ideas for these cards and stamps – just Google #CreateKindness & see how other consultants and crafters are creating kindness.  I’ve seen amazing cards & scrapbook layouts.

How can you share some kindness?  A card for your neighbor?  A lunchbox note for your hubby or kids?  Post pictures of what you do with the #CreateKindness card kit – I’ll draw a winner from anyone who submits a picture here or on my FB page.

~Enjoy!

Back To School Layout

Jeepers Creepers isn’t just for Halloween!  Here’s a cute back to school layout we’ll be making in the scrapbook class this month…

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I combined the Jeepers Creepers paper with Pacifica and White Daisy cardstocks (and some scraps of Poppy for the apples).  Then used Emerald, Pacifica, and Ruby inks along with the School Kids and Let’s Go My Acrylix stamp sets.  I also used the Typography and Pen Pals alphas stamp sets.

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I must need new glasses – I really thought this was more in focus when I took the picture!

With the basic, clean lines, this layout comes together quickly.  Sadly – it’s quicker than my photography skills because I’ve only got pictures of 1 son scowling because he had to start school and the other son has a streak of sunlight across his face.  Hopefully I can get them to cooperate and ‘recreate’ back to school pictures – then I’ll be set!