Beary Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Beary Christmas creative collection with various projects from talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Kathleen’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start with our Blog Hop hostess, Carol. Next check out the great post at Ramona’s Art Buffet!

I originally made this card for my October card class with the Falling For You papers – but I wanted to play in this month’s Featured Paper Blog Hop, so I remade it with Beary Christmas! This is such a quick and easy card featuring the October Stamp of the Month – Christmas Tunes.

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I stamped the wreath in New England Ivy, then added the bow and ribbon in Cranberry. I stamped the O Holy Night ribbon on a scrap of White Daisy and then fussy cut it so I could pop it up with 3D Thin Foam tape. Then, I added a couple of Bitty Sparkles for an extra touch.


Here’s another option where I colored in the holly berries and leaves with Shin Han Touch Twin markers (I used Vivid Green & Carmine). On this one, I also used the Beary Christmas dots in silver (they are bigger than the Bitty Sparkles, so they were a better bet to cover up the smudge I left there!).


The card measurements –

  • 4 x 5 1/4″ diagonal stripe
  • 3 3/4 x 4 1/4″ green plaid (or New England Ivy cardstock)
  • 3 1/2 x 4″ White Daisy for stamping plus a scrap for the ribbon.
  • 4 1/4″ piece of holly zip strip.

Here’s the same card again in my original Falling For You design.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to go see what amazing artwork Ramona has in store for you! Enjoy the rest of your hop!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used in making this card. If you aren’t currently working with a CTMH consultant, feel free to contact me or shop directly on my CTMH site – gerri.closetomyheart.com.

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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!

School Year

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

 

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):

 

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

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

 

You’re Tea-rrific!

The March Stamp of the Month is just in time to create some Mother’s Day fun or just to let someone know you care.  The teacup images are great to use with a sentiment inside or color them in with water colors, Shin Han markers, or colored pencils.  With hearts & flowers, this is the perfect girl friends stamp set.

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Here are some fun ways to use the set:

 

 

 

The card on the left was an easy make – I just used three 1 1/2 inch strips, evenly spaced on a Colonial White card.  The I stamped the tea cup in Cocoa and Poppy on a 3 X 2 3/4 piece of Colonial white and the additional sentiment on a 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 piece.  I distressed the edges by sponging with Poppy ink.  Then backed them with Poppy (3 1/4 x 3 and 1 7/8 x 1 5/8).  Embellish as you prefer.

As the SOTM, this set is only available through March 31, 2017.  You can get this stamp set for the regular price of $17.95 – or spend $50 and get it for just $5.

Here are some things you can purchase to get the stamp set for $5 AND be ready to make some fun cards –

Dreamin’ Big paper packet ($9.95)

Card Value Pack (14.95)

3L E-Z Dots Adhesive tape runner (7.95)

Acrylic block 2 x 3 ½ (8.95)

Ink Stamp Pad (7.95) (Juniper, Poppy, Glacier, Sorbet & Slate go great with these papers)

Dreamin’ Big Sequins (3.95) – add a little bling!

You can order directly on my CTMH web site (gerri.closetomyheart.com) or if you’re local – just give me a call (801-920-4681)!

Some Birthday Love

Here’s another December birthday card with just a hint of Christmas.  I used the Thoughtful Flowers Stamp of the Month set and stamped what looks like a poinsettia in Ruby ink.

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I used one standard image and two 2nd generation images (the ones that go off the cardstock).  This is a great way to add color/dimension when you don’t have a lot of stamp pad colors.  Simply stamp the image once on a scrap paper and then stamp the image where you want it – since you’ve removed some of the ink, the 2nd image will be lighter.  Depending on how dark the ink is that you start with – you can even do a 3rd or 4th generation image.

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This card uses some of the less wintery/Chrismasy papers.  The background is like 3D boxes.  Then we have the wood grain, and the stamped piece is matted with what looks like gold music notes (not metallic).

I stamped Birthday Wishes (From the retired Bitty Birthday set) in Fern, added some Red Shimmer Trim and some Red Glitter Duos (also retired) for a little bling.

Did you know you can get the Stamp of the Month for just $5?!  This is a D-sized stamp set, so it retails at $17.95.  But if you spend $50 – you can get this thoughtful set for just $5.  This month’s Stamp of the Month is full of flowers that can be colored in with pencils or watercolors.  It has sweet sentiments like ‘thinking of you’, ‘thank you’, and ‘Best Wishes’.  Remember – this stamp set is only available during December 2016.  You can get yours at gerri.closetomyheart.com

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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