New Pre-Stamped Card Kits

After attending a fantastic Consultant Camp last month, I came away with so many amazing ideas! This is one of them. Sometimes I have ladies who want to attend my card class, but they have other commitments. I’ve decided to offer a card kit with the same 6 cards made in class, but everything will be cut and pre-stamped for you.

Each card with all the pieces and embellishments will be in it’s own envelope.

Everything is ready for you to add your adhesive and put it together.

Each month, I’ll have a page here on my blog that shows a close up of each card and assembly tips —> Cats & Bats Prestamped Card Kit

You might even get extra embellies or a free card every now and again.  Or, for things like the Birthday Wishes card that had Halloween pieces – I’ll include extra pieces so you can recreate the card, but it won’t look like it’s for a Halloween birthday!

The September kit will include these cards:

 

The kits will cost – $12 if you’re local or $15 if I ship them to you.

Pre-order by the fifth of the month and your local order will be just $10, shipped orders will be $12.

I see this as one more way to help others create – whether you consider yourself ‘creative’ or not!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Feel So Blessed SOTM

 

I usually use the Stamp of the Month to create one card in my card class. This isn’t always easy – but this month’s Stamp of the Month is so great I used it twice!

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This is such a perfect time of year to remember what you’re thankful for (seriously – the kids are back in school!!!) As we’re coming to the close of another year and with Thanksgiving upon us it really is a great opportunity to think about gratitude. But the great thing about gratitude is sharing it!

Whether you’re creating a layout….

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Or a mini-album…..

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Or spreading some love with cards

This stamp set is sure to meet your needs. These two cards are made with the Cats & Bats creative collection (see – it’s not just for Halloween!), but if you search #CTMHfeelsoblessed – you’ll see lots of great artwork using our other featured collection for this month – Falling For You (we’ll be playing with that next month).

This set is only available through the end of September. You can get yours at gerri.closetomyheart.com for $17.95 or pick up a few crafting goodies while you’re there (check out the September From the Heart Kit and Workshops Your Way kits) and get this fantastic set for just $5 with a $50 order.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

A Simple Thank You

Here’s another card design from the Scrapbook WYW guide. The design in the guide uses the Jack Card Making Stamp & Thin Cuts set (Z3333)

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I decided  to take this card in a slightly different direction and used the Nature’s Wish set.

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The elegant script goes well with the simplicity of this card.

Pieces used:

  • 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 (I used Juniper cardstock, but the wood grain patterned paper works great, too)
  • 5 1/2 x 2 (grey plaid)
  • 2 1/2 square (ruby slash marks)
  • 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 (whisper cardstock) – dovetailed on left side

I stamped the thank you with Black ink and embellished with black dots and white twine.

Just a reminder, the Jack creative collection will be retiring (along with the other collections in the Seasonal Expressions II idea book) on 31 August. If you are not already working with a CTMH consultant, I would love to help! You can purchase supplies directly from my website, or check out my other pages for upcoming classes or craft days.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Some of the items I used for this card:

School Year SOTM

It’s that time of year again – the kids are heading back to school. We have the perfect stamp set for your back to school crafting needs!

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I love that this set touches on both the first & last day of school (I have visions of one day creating a layout showing pictures of my boys’ on their first & last days).

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This set is also great for teacher gifts and cards.

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I’m thinking maybe this card is better suited for parents than kids! I used a design from the Miss You cardmaking Workshops Your Way kit. The background piece and ink are Peacock and the hearts are stamped in Ruby.  The patterned B&T paper is from the Jack collection. Here are the dimensions for the pieces:

  • Peacock cardstock – 3 x 5
  • Ruby diagonal plaid – 3 x 4 1/4
  • Whisper cardstock (retired) – 2 1/4 x 3 1/4
  • White Daisy cardstock – 2 x 3

Here’s a great layout from the CTMH artists

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If you’re sending your kids back to school – I hope you take some time to enjoy the last few weeks you have with them before they start a new chapter!

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

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.

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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.

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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!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Products used (these can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com):

 

QUICK Homemade Spaghetti Sauce!

I try to pay attention to what my family eats. I would prefer all natural, no sugar, no junk – I do my best but don’t always win that battle.  I was surprised to find sugar in the list of ingredients when I started looking at spaghetti sauce in the grocery store.  I could make my own, but the thought of babysitting the pot while it simmered was not very appealing.  Enter the pressure cooker! I found this recipe when I purchased a stove top pressure cooker and grew to love it even more when I got an electric! It is literally set it & forget it! And it’s a very forgiving recipe so if you don’t have something on hand you can adapt, substitute or omit it (except of course for the tomatoes!)

  • 32 oz diced Tomatoes – sometimes I used canned, sometimes I use fresh, sometimes they’re frozen – and they aren’t always diced.
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper (or red, yellow, orange…)
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 Tbsp of Italian seasoning (or 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp rosemary)
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 6 oz tomato paste

Add all ingredients except tomato paste to the pressure cooker pot. Seal & set on manual for 8 minutes. Use a quick pressure release. Stir in in the tomato paste.

Transfer to a blender (or use a stick blender) and blend on high for about a minute for a smoother texture. If desired, return to pot and saute on low to the desired thickness.

Enjoy!

~Gerri