Good bye to some…

We’re coming up on another transition. For the past few months we’ve been playing with creative collections from the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book. Those fun collections will be leaving us at the end of this month to make room for the new Holiday Expressions! 

Did you love Little Dreamer?


No Worries?


How about Prickly Pear?


Or my favorite Jack!


If you haven’t had your fill  of all this fun jump over to my CTMH website (gerri.closetomyheart.com) to order your happy mail!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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No Worries with Thin Cuts

Have you tried any of our stamp/thin cuts bundles? These little gems are a great way to add dimension to your paper crafting projects.

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This set is the No Worries Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts bundle (Z3337) … There’s also a Scrapbooking bundle (Z3336)! Using just a manual die cutting machine (I use a Cuttlebug) – you can cut these images from patterned paper or cardstock.

You might choose to stamp the image on plain cardstock and then place the die over the stamped image. Or stamp on the cut image. Add some extra flair by strategically placing the die cut on patterned paper to show a specific design or image within the cut.  These little pieces of metal are so versatile!

Here are a couple of cards I made for this month’s class –

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This card was provided as a Make & Take project at the Seasonal Expressions II Launch event back in March.  I love the support that the CTMH Home Office provides to consultants in the form of projects and inspiration!

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This card I lifted from the Seasonal Expressions II idea book (page 15) – so easy!

What a fun way to add to your cards or layouts. Don’t want the look of dimensional layering? You can get the stamp sets without Thin Cuts and stamp away!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

The products used for these cards can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

No Worries Layouts

I’ve been using the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way for over a year now and I really do enjoy the great layouts and how easy they make it to get great pages done quickly.  This month we’re working with the No Worries Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way kit. These papers have a beachy/boardwalk vacation theme & they were perfect for a trip my husband and I took to Hawaii many years ago.

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These kits come with the paper and great coordinating embellishments like the Complements (a mix of stickers and die cut images), Sequins, and Burlap Ribbon. You can download the guide from my CTMH website (while the product is current) or I keep copies on my FB VIP Page – just check out the files section and you can find retired guides.

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Sometimes I make a lot of changes because the layouts don’t really fit my photos.  But this month, I only adjusted the photo sizes/positioning.

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So how long did it take me for these layouts – about 2 hours! Seriously! I had everything cut in 30 minutes – the cutting guide is so well designed. The hardest part, for me, was figuring out how I wanted to arrange the pictures. So actually putting the layouts together took about an hour and a half.

These pictures were taken during the ‘non-digital’ era (as my boys would say – “Back in the 19’s”). They were also developed at  different locations so they had different sizes, and finishes. Working the 3×5 photos into ‘today’s’ 4×6 and 3×4 formats did take a little creativity. For example, the two 4×6 photos on the right hand page were scanned from 3x5s and then reprinted in 4×6 (thank goodness for home scanners/printers!)

So – if you’ve got some beach vacation pictures you want to scrapbook – check out this Workshop You Way and you’ll be finished in no time!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

You can find more details about this kit at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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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

 

No Worries – Thanks!

e4cb4d65-54ae-4c5b-a5e9-5100c4a1e366I had the privilege of taking part in a CTMH consultant card swap for the new Seasonal Expressions II idea book.  I received lots of great cards from my sister consultants using the four featured paper packets.  I really enjoyed the beachy theme of the No Worries paper packet so I chose that as my paper, but I didn’t want to focus on the retirement sentiments includued in the coordinating stamp set.  Instead, I decided to pull in the stamp set featured in the No Worries CArdmaking Workshop You Way Kit. This stamp set has both a Thanks & Happy Anniversary sentiments.

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This card may look familiar if you saw last month’s cards.  I really liked the simplicity of this pattern and the fact that it can be very simple and basic or you can dress it up.

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This card uses a background colored cardstock – I used Bamboo – (depending on your patterned papers, you don’t even need this), then 2 strips of paper 4 x 1 3/4″, plus a single strip that is 4 x 1 1/2″. Top these strips with a 1/2 x 5 1/2″ (I used the wood grain pattern), then a 2 1/2″ Bamboo square, a 2 1/4″  Sapphire square (I distressed both squares).  I also used the Flower Market Cricut cartridge for the wreath  – cut from Champagne cardstock and the ‘thanks’ banner – cut from White Daisy.

The ‘thanks’ is stamped  in Desert Sand and I distressed the edges of the banner with Desert Sand as well.

Other products used can be found at my website (gerri.closetomyheart.com) –