You Are The Best

Here’s another FSE card and it uses one of my favorite stamp sets! I was so glad that this set is staying around for another year!

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I actually scraplifted this card from the new Annual Inspirations, page 74. That card was created with the Enchantment Fundamentals paper packet and Almond, New England Ivy, and Goldrush card stock.

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I decided to use 2 of the B&T Duos papers from the Jack paper packet along with New England Ivy and Black cardstock. The circle is cut at 2.25. In the original, the artist added watercoloring, but I decided to keep the black and white image. Last I added some white dots from a package of Black & White Dots.

From left to right, the patterned pieces are cut at

  • 1 3/4 x 4 1/4
  •  2 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • 3/4 x 4 1/4

The dovetailed New England Ivy piece is 1 1/4 x 5. The Black piece is 1/4 x 4.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here are some of the additional products used for this card. Find out about these and more at gerri.closetomyheart.com:

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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.

IMG_3726Here’s a closer shot of the Wild at Heart – it definitely describes my boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Giving My Kids More

Like many parents, I’ve wanted to give my kids ‘more than I had’ – to the point where I sometimes worry that I’m giving them too much or things are too easy for them. I also struggled with this when I quit my job in January. Our family’s discretionary income certainly dropped without my civil service job.  But – I felt having more time with them, and not feeling the stress of getting everything done when I was home was more important than ‘the stuff’.

On a recent backpacking trip, I came to realize how much more I was actually giving my kids.  I definitely felt better about these experiences than any of the material things I could ever give them.

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  1. Lake Swimming – We live solidly ‘in town’ – there are no lakes, ponds or creeks for them to play in, so this is not a regular occurrence. I grew up with a creek (we pronounce it ‘crick’). We would damn it up, look for crayfish or just tromp through it. So when we went to the Uinta Mountains,the boys got to play in a cold clear mountain lake  – with a log. No goggles, no diving toys, no diving boards – just nature.IMG_3508
  2. Starry, Starry Nights! I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. It was normal to see the stars. We don’t always get to see the stars where we live because of all the light pollution plus the fact that it stays light for so long in the summer! When we head to the mountains – there are lots of stars to see – if we can stay awake long enough (that’s the great thing about backpacking – it definitely wears these to boys out!) – yea, I know – this picture doesn’t actually have stars – but the moon was pretty!IMG_3515
  3. GOATS! Growing up I saw lots of white tail deer, red tail hawks and even an occasional bear. But the first time I saw a mountain goat, I was in my 30’s or maybe even 40’s. But, my boys had the privilege of seeing this beautiful mom & her baby. They came right by our camp (we were really surprised that they came so close!). Then they even heard the mama & baby calling for each other – it was an odd squeaking, almost crying noise.

So – I still want to give my kids more than I had. But, at least now I don’t feel guilty about giving them too many material things. I love being able to show them the beauty that God has surrounded us with in nature!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Am I Buggin’ You?

Do you like bugs?  I don’t in general, but there are a few that are cute (some caterpillars), beautiful (butterflies), interesting (walking sticks).  Today’s post includes  bugs (I know if my kids read this I’m sure to get a lecture about what is or isn’t a bug – but I’m just going to use it in a general sense here.)

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The Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Stamp Set (C1674) has butterflies, a lady bug, & a cute dragonfly along with some general card sentiments.  The butterflies and dragonfly look great with a Rock-n-Roll stamping technique and the Gold or Clear Shimmer brush add some great shine.

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The first card I made is one of the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way extra projects.  I really like these projects because once I’ve made my layouts – it’s a great way to use up some of the leftovers.

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Here’s another card that’s great for using up scraps.  I just cut 1/2″ strips of different papers, then laid them diagonally across a piece of White Daisy cardstock.  After trimming this piece to the desired size (in this case, it was 5 1/4 X 4), I layered it with a background piece and part of a PML card.  I topped this off with the bugs & some Dreamin’ Big Sequins.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards.  Remember, the Dreamin’ Big paper suite is available until 30 April, or while supplies last (sadly, the Thin Cuts are already unavailable).  So, if you really like it, get yours today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Welcome Home Kit

Hello on a rainy Monday (I would really rather snow!!).  I wanted to show you this sweet succulent wreath that is our January Constant Campaign.  First I have to say I was a little intimidated by 3D flowers and plants – but this kit makes it soooo easy – anyone can make this fun project.

This is a Cut Above Kit – which means that all the pieces you need are pre-made/cut.  All you need to do is break apart the pieces on the perforated lines, roll up the roses and glue away.  If you want to add a little more you can ink the edges, add some bling or whatever makes your heart happy.

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Here are those adorable 3D roses that I thought were so intimidating.  A quilling tool makes them easier – but I didn’t have one, so I used a skewer and they turned out just fine.

How about those succulents – Cats & Kittens, Chicks & Hens (do you have another name for them?) they are all precut on colored cardstock, so just punch them out, layer & use the quilling tool to curl the edges to add a little dimension.

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The kit comes with 2 sheets of gold foil letters so you can personalize your wreath. Oh -and there are little gold dots on those sheets as well (I missed that part, so I used a hole punch to get the gold dots in the middle of my plants!)

 

 

So – now you might be wondering how to get this cute wreath.  You can purchase the Welcome Home Wreath Kit for $18.95 – or better yet get it for free by –

  • Purchasing $60 in product!
  • Hosting a Gathering!
  • Becoming a consultant!

Do you have more questions – just give me a call!

~Gerri

Other products used Quilling Tool, Liquid Glass, Fern & Juniper Exclusive Inks, Sponge Daubers.  Find all you need at gerri.closetomyheart.com

 

Shaker Card – My First

I first saw shaker cards a few months ago when one of my fellow consultants posted some to a Facebook Group.  I knew it was something I wanted to try – but wasn’t quite sure where to start.  If you’re not familiar with them, shaker cards have a little area cut out and replaced with acetate to form a window.  You can then add sequins or other little do-dads that move around within the window.

Since I sell Flip Flaps in my CTMH Product Line – I knew they would be an easy way to incorporate the window into the shaker.  These are clear plastic sleeves that attach to a scrapbook page to add extra photos.  In this case, I thought they would make a great window.  Plus the adhesive part could be sealed down on the flip flap to seal in the contents of the window.

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I started by cutting a 5 1/4 X 4 rectangle from the Oh Deer! paper with pine boughs. Then I cut a 1 3/4 square from the middle.

I backed this with a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of White Daisy, stamping an image behind the opening for the 1 3/4 square in Slate.

I added some fake snow to the 2X2 Flip Flap, sealed and adhered it between the White Daisy and Oh Deer! piece.  I also adhered the 2 pieces around the edges.

I used the ‘Hello & Thanks’ Thin Cuts and Sea Glass Glitter Paper to cut out the ‘Hello’ and added a 3/4 X 4 piece of Sea Glass Glitter Paper wrapped with some White & Gold twine for the bottom.

Next, I cut a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 rectangle of Juniper card stock.  I adhered this directly to the card base, then added the sandwiched window pieces on top with Thin 3D Foam Tape.

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I thought it came out quire nicely for my first go.  Have you done any shaker cards you’d like to share?

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Oh Deer!

I’m going to confess.  When I first saw the December featured paper in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, it was my least favorite.  It’s not that I didn’t like it – it just didn’t jump out and grab me.  But let me say that once I opened the  Oh Deer! Paper Packet (X7214B)   and started playing with it – I fell in love!

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This paper pack incorporates Bamboo, Cocoa, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Fern, Juniper, Sea Glass, Slate, Whisper, and White Daisy.  The paper patterns mix outdoors (trees, pine branches, bark) with sparkly stars, 3d boxes and sheet music.  It can be quite versatile for Christmas, Winter or just outdoors layouts.

I love that CTMH has started offering coordinating cardstock packs.  This lets you build up your cardstock a little at at time (each coordinating pack as 3 sheets each of 4 colors) and they coordinate perfectly with the paper you’re working with.  The Oh Deer! Coordinating Pack (X7214D) includes Fern, Sea Glass, Slate and Whisper.  It also looks great with the Sea Glass glitter paper!

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The Complements (X7214C) for this paper pack are so cute!  It has a Christmas/holiday twist, but yet it doesn’t scream Christmas.  You could easily use the titles in non-holiday layouts.  There are a couple of things that say ‘holiday’, ‘Christmas’ or ‘Joy of the Season’; and the jingle bells are more of a holiday thing.  But really the stars, pine cones, bows, and even the deer could be used in other layouts.

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Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on with the Oh Deer! paper –

 

If this paper catches your eye – check out my class page and see if any of those dates work for you; contact me for an one-on-one class, or head over to gerri.closetomyheart.com and see where these fun papers take you.