Featured Paper Blog Hop – Chelsea Gardens

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Erika’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please check in to Carol’s blog to start from the beginning! Don’t forget to check out Brittany’s blog next.

Here’s a very easy card to let someone know they’re in your thoughts. It’s actually a take on the middle card below. These three cards are the extra projects from the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way. I love that you can work on scrapbook pages and get a coupe of cards made in no time!


To be honest, I can’t take a whole lot of credit for the adaptation either! CTMH always hosts amazing events for consultants, and this card was one of the make & take activities for our Seasonal Expressions launch in December. I made just a few additional changes to get to this —->


This card uses a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of the watercolor paper from the Chelsea Gardens paper packet, a 4 1/4″ zip strip and a 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of White Daisy cardstock, dovetailed on the bottom.

I started by stamping the dovetailed cardstock with the butterfly and sentiment from the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set.  For this card I stamped the butterfly in Black and the ‘thinking of you’ in Glacier. After stamping the butterfly, I colored it in with Watercolor pencils. Rather than using a waterbrush to bring out the watercolors, I used a clear Shimmer Brush – it added the best sparkle! I really think this is my favorite use of the Shimmer Brush yet!


After my butterfly had time to dry, I adhered a piece of the Cream Ribbon to the top of the dovetailed piece. I did this prior to placing the dovetailed piece on the card so I could secure the ends behind/under the cardstock and prevent fraying.

Rather than placing the zip strip all the way to the top, I lowered it about 1/4″. Then I glued the dovetailed piece directly below the zip strip. I topped it off with a cute bow/knot on the ribbon and some of the grey gems from the Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  If you don’t already have a Close To My Heart consultant, feel free to stop by my site for more great products – gerri.closetomyheart.com! Before you leave – don’t forget to check out what Brittany has for you, and the rest of the hop!




Storybook Alphabet

Back in the day – I never seemed to have too many alpha sticker sets.  These days, I find I never seem to have too many alpha stamp sets! The July Stamp of the Month is adding another option to my stash! Storybook Alphabet is great for layout titling or making cards.

Storybook Alpha

These letters are just under 1″ tall and have designs – flowers, hearts, dots, leaves. You can color these with markers, water colors or colored pencils or leave as they are – they look great either way.


This card design came from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern book (watch for Volume 3 in August!!). This is an quick, easy & cute card anyone can make.

  • Cut four 1 1/4 x 4″ strips and dovetail the bottom of each.
  • Layer each piece with a piece of ribbon (I used Blue Burlap) before attaching to the card base (You can also add a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece to create a background if you’d like)
  • Use four 1 1/8″ squares in White Daisy to stamp the letters H, O, P, E – LOVE works too!
  • Mat the stamped letters with 1 1/4″ squares in the darker color.
  • Attach the squares with a bit of 3D foam tape (this adds dimension and helps prevent unevenness over the burlap).
  • Add an embellishment to the lower portion for balance (I added a little sentiment banner – but you could easily add a bow or other embellishment)

Another option is to create a solid piece for the stamped word – then you could include a longer word like THANKS or LOVE U.

Hope you’re having an amazing week!



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