Spooky Fun!

 

Whether you’re ready or not, fall is on its way! September 1st brings the launch of the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Where our Annual Inspirations covers all the basics – albums & supplies, cardstock & inks in our 4 exclusive color palettes, year round stamp sets… The Holiday Expressions covers the fall holidays with themed papers and coordinating stamps & embellishments as well as other holiday themed products.

For September, we’ll be playing with the Halloween collection called Cats & Bats. It features fun oragami animal shapes (cats, bats, foxes & owls), geometric patterns, polka dots, diagonals & ombre.

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The coordinating complements include lots black glittery pieces, and goldrush, black and Emerald dots.

Here are some pictures of the cards and layouts I made with this fun collection –

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I don’t personally send Halloween cards, so I decided to put these papers  to work in other  ways.  The bright colors are great for birthdays, thank yous & pick me up cards.  Plus you can use the less vibrant patterns & colors for your more serious card needs.

I don’t have a ton of Halloween pictures, so I was  able to use this kit to document 3 different Halloweens. My oldest son is wearing the same costume in 2 layouts because he wanted to be John Glenn both years – he still does this – he was ‘Steve the guy from Minecraft’ for the past 2 years – we’ll see if he’ll shoot for 3.

Be  sure to check out all the new fun starting on Friday. You can get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions absolutely free by placing an order either directly through me or at gerri.closetomyheart.com.

Don’t forget to jump over to my Class Page to get the details on class schedules for September.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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You Are Here – Cricut Cartridge

One of the things that attracted me to Close To My Heart was the exclusive Cricut Cartridges. This year’s offerings do not disappoint! The new Annual Inspirations includes a travel/get-away themed cartridge called You Are Here and three digital only collections featuring the United States, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand.

I was so excited that I was able to get the You Are Here cartridge for 50% off shortly after it was available for consultants to preveiw! (Truth be told – I get all my Cricut cartridges at 50% off through Hostess Rewards!! – check out this link to find out how).

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I usually get the physical cartridge because I like to have the book of images.  If you prefer the digital version – you can download the book. Both options come with this set of stamps and the Enchantment Combo cardstock pack.

Here are a few things that I’ve made this month with this fun cartridge –

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I love using the images for titles or accent pieces. The ‘Wild at Heart’ image uses the 2-toned colors from the Ruby cardstock. ‘Gone Exploring’ stamped image is from the exclusive stamp set with the banner cut from the cartridge.

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Next is a card I made for a friend going on an Alaskan cruise.

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I couldn’t decide between ‘Seas the Day’ or ‘Bon Voyage’ – but this worked out with the ship & mountains.

I love that this cartridge has some National Parks badges – include a couple of my faves – Teton & Yellowstone! I’ve got lots of pictures to scrapbook in these two beloved locations!

Don’t worry if you’re less of an outdoors person and more of a luxury traveler – there are images for you as well!

This cartridge is so much fun! I can’t wait to play with it some more! I’d love to see what you create with it!

 

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Live, Love Laugh!

I tend to shy away from stamps that I need to color in because that takes extra time.  But recently I’ve been adding these to my collection and just using basic techniques to color.  Some of the techniques I’ve used to keep my coloring quick and easy include:

Watercolor Pencils  – Ink Stamp Pads – Watercolors – Colored Pencils – Water Brushes

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This stamp set looks great even without coloring!

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For this picture, I used Momento Black Ink and then used water colors and a water brush to color in just some of the flowers & leaves. To keep everything balanced, I focused on one color or type of flower across all the letters.

Here’s some great artwork from our home office –

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Since this is a Stamp of the Month – it’s only available during May 2017! You can get yours for just $5 with any $50 order from gerri.closetomyheart.com – or if you prefer you can order it separately for $17.95.  Don’t forget to add your copy of the Seasonal Expressions II idea book that just became available this month!  AND – check out the Live Beautifully collection – it is also only available during May!!

Enjoy!

Gerri

Here are some of the other products I used for my artwork – You can find all this and more at gerri.closetomyheart.com

Little Dreamer Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Little Dreamer Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions II catalog with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Haley’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. Next check out Elly’s blog for more fun.

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I really love the bright colors of the Little Dreamer paper packet, but I wanted to take it beyond the cute unicorns and rainbows. I’ve had the Happy for You stamp set for some time and really like the versatility of it. This stamp set has sentiments for retirements, adoption, new job, new house – along with the normal birthday & wedding.

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I really thought the line balloon images of the stamp set would work great with the patterned papers of Little Dreamer. And what could be better than a cloud filled sky background for those balloons!

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I also used the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Thin Cuts to cut the banners below the balloons.  I love when I can ‘multi-purpose’ something like this Thin Cut die with other stamps!

Last I added some of the Little Dreamer Glitter Gems to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping in!  Be sure to check out Elly’s blog next!

 

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

Mini Album

One of my friends had a birthday last week, and I wanted to make her a mini album for pictures of her grandson.  She gets most of her pictures through texts or Snapchat – and those are so vulnerable, so I wanted her to have a little something that was more permanent and that she could add some journaling to.

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I thought about doing something cut with the Cricut, but then I found this fun idea through a Google search.  It’s so easy and it uses just a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, plus scraps & snippets to decorate – and comes out as a 4 x 3 album with 4 double layouts. I won’t re-create the directions because Lowri McNabb did an awesome job with them on her Paper Vine blog – check out her fun projects! But I’ll show you what I did and give you some of the tips I saw in making it.

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Although I was originally thinking this would be a Grandma Brag Book – I really left it open so my friend could put in pictures of whatever makes her happy. I used a combination of Close To My Heart papers (including this month’s featured paper – Some Kinda Wonderful) and some Simple Stories things I had in my stash – the colors really complemented the Some Kinda Wonderful.

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Tips & Ideas –

1) I was originally going to use cardstock for the base – but I decided on a piece of patterned paper instead  I chose a piece from the Charlotte line that has a neutral toned pattern. This was a good option so that if you’re using white core cardstock – it won’t show through.

2) Crease the folds – but not hard.  Then as you’re gluing the pages together, finalize your creases so that the edges line up.

3) I chose to have a background piece as a photo mat on one side of the double page – and then added journaling/title pieces  on the other sides.

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4) Pocket scrapbook cards work great either for journaling or for a photo mat.

5) Use glue dots to adhere an embellishment but still allow a photo to be slipped behind it.

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6) I added little tags & tabs to the edges to create more dimension. I thought about covering these with the cover sheet so they wouldn’t get bent, but in the end, decided to line the cover up with the actual edges and let the pieces stick out.

7) It’s a lot easier to create pages when you know what pictures will be going with them!  I tried to keep things generic, and hope my friend will find some fun pictures to use.

8) I thought about trying to get pictures & surprise her with a completed album, but decided to give her the blank album and let her send me the pictures she wants in it.  Then I’ll print & add them.

There you go – a fun, easy and CUTE mini album that’s great for gifting or using up your snippets!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Flock Together

OK – spill it – how many of you are old enough to remember The Partridge Family?  A bunch of singing kids – brightly painted bus – ring a bell?  Well – I’m old enough – and this Stamp of the Month reminds me of that show – with a little bit of The Turtles thrown in (So Happy Together)!

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Don’t worry if you don’t have a house full of singing kids or a bright bus – this stamp set is great for other layouts, too. How cute would pictures of your flock be in this layout?

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How about some cards?

This is another versatile set for fun paper crafts. With 11 images you can mix & match for just what you need. This set is only available in April 2017.  It’s a $17.95 stamp set – but with any $50 order – you can get it for just $5 – what a steal!! Check it out at gerri.closetomyheart.com