Monday, April 29, 2013
It's the season for weddings and here's a card design that just might make a happy couple smile even bigger. (Especially if you attach a gift card to the back of the tri-fold shutter card!)
This features the new For Always paper packet from Close To My Heart. In it you'll find a variety of black & white romantic prints as well as a few bright cardstock sheets. For this card, I used a different cardstock in a truer blue to coordinate with the couple's wedding colors.
Do you like the contemporary look of the polka dot ribbon, along with all the prints on the papers and the paper butterflies? I think they will!
You might choose to use a sheer ribbon bow. See below.
Or you could leave a bow completely off. However you like it! See next photo.
The stamped "Love" and the double hearts are from the sets "Roxie WOTG" and "Heartthrob." I stamped using Versamark and then heat-embossed them using white embossing powder. I realized I need a new brush to remove all those extra powder particles. Oops.
Those cute butterflies on top of cardstock-punched butterflies are CTMH's "Flutter Paper Shapes." Tiny blue butterflies flutter along the black and white paper border saying, "Everyone says you only fall in love once, but that's not true, because every time I see you, I fall in love all over again." These were punched from a M-S punch.
Butterflies have tiny Licorice Opaques on their bodies.
This is one of my favorite card designs! The next one coming up will have a Mother's Day sentiment and it's also a tri-shutter design.
I'm glad you stopped by -- please leave a short comment. Tell me which bow is your favorite on this card!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Dream Pop papers are one of my favorite packets of all time!
For this "Soar" card (in celebration of a graduation or an important life event), I stamped the hot air balloon twice (April's Stamp of the Month) and used pop dots to create two-dimensional layers. I cut the clouds free-hand. The "Soar" stamp is from "Find Your Style".
I tied triple-twisted strands of Baker's Twine and accented with white buttons.
It's always a nice surprise to open a card and find a pop of color there, too!
Inside sentiments are from the "Celebrate the Everyday" stamp set.
This card is for a very special young woman who recently soared and "landed" her dream job. You go, girl!
Friday, April 26, 2013
I added the owl stamp from "Who's Your Valentine?" inside, and then used a chocolate marker to create a little branch for the owl above the Congratulations stamped sentiment (photo below).
I know he's going to like this (even if it may seem a bit girlie), because he loves BRIGHT colors!
I hope all your dreams and futures are full of Dream Pops!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Chantilly is one of the new paper packets in the Spring/Summer Close To My Heart Idea Book.
The paper colors and patterns are so pretty! Patterned papers are different on each side, and each has a beautiful border pattern too.
I used the scalloped border on the insert for this card, and I cut one of the flower shapes from the large patterned paper to make the pull-out tab on the insert.
A strip of silver shimmer tape, some Sparkles, and handmade crocheted flowers finish this easy, "girly" card!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Here's another fun card design using the Dream Pop paper packet, itty bitty sparkles, the Quick Cards Butterfly (stamp A1120), and the new Washi Tape (polka dots are so fun with the chevron papers!).
Photos don't begin to show the poppin' patterns of the stripes, dots, and chevrons in CTMH's new embossed cardstock papers -- just love those in this packet!
I turned this into a Mother's Day card--a hidden stamped sentiment the recipient sees when placing the card flat.
The Quick Cards Butterfly stamp says: "Love: as delicate as a butterfly's wings; as strong as the circle of life."
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my paper art and browsing my blog! Please leave a comment and bookmark my site for future eye candy!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We got a cold, rainy day today, so I decided to stay in and play!
For this 4 x 5.5 inch card, I used the new Close To My Heart "Dream Pop" papers and the April Stamp of the Month (My Sunshine) for the bird and the "You're tweet" sentiment. Accents are the Durables Artisan Studs.
Dream Pop's packet includes some bright and shiny embossed cardstock--a real treat to use--some great eye candy for cards and scrapbook layouts!
Here's how to get the Dream Pop paper packet ...
Close To My Heart's May Campaign Info:
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Recently, I was asked to donate some of my paper art items to a worthy cause, the Gala/Auction at Concordia University, Irvine, CA. Thankful that my eyes are slowly improving and that I knew I could get a few things created, I said yes enthusiastically to my college roommate, Ruth, who is one of the committee members obtaining the auction items.
This Flirty Card Box and set of 8 Flirty cards is going to be on their way westward with a few other paper crafted items, with good wishes for a GREAT "Gala of Stars" and with hopes of raising a lot of student scholarship money at CUI through this event!
Though the Flirty paper packet has been retired by CTMH, the Flirty dimensional elements are still available as a clearance item, and so are the wooden buttons and the canvas badge buttons!
Are you looking for a great sale? Check out my Online Business Address to find more supplies "while they last"! Click on the "Shop" link at the top to find products and while they last items. These change often, so keep checking.
Spring has sprung! Get out in the sunshine and feel the flirty where you are!
Monday, April 1, 2013
It feels like winter. It looks like winter. It even smells like winter. Snow is predicted these next few days. Really? I think it's truly April Fooling us today!
With the help of the Artiste Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart to cut the letters, the birdy, and the butterflies, this Spring-y fireplace banner is finally hanging and providing some Spring cheer in our great room.
I backed the light beige burlap with Ivory Cardstock to give it some strength. Spring colored papers are all from Close To My Heart, and I used the dimensional elements flowers from CTMH for some pop along the top ribbon.
Now it's time to get back to making a big batch of chili! I will NOT report on any snowfalls here or elsewhere!
Blessed Easter Season!
A special friend has a birthday to celebrate!
For her little gift note card box and set of four cards, I used some of my stash of Close To My Heart products:
Card box, Wings paper packet, Find Your Style stamp set, Juniper, Olive, and Smoky Plum inks, Opaque Pearls, Black Button, and Black Hemp. (The "Wings" paper packet has been retired from CTMH. I'm going to be so sad when my scraps are completely used!)
You can see that I love to be creative inside each card as well as outside--why not provide a little surprise to the recipient?
WINGS and FIND YOUR STYLE are some of my all-time favorites! Everyone who knows me, knows that I love butterflies and their symbolism: NEW Life in Jesus Christ because of His resurrection! I love Easter and the joy that only Jesus brings us!
Because of an infection in both eyes since last summer as a result of shingles, my crafting/reading/driving/anything productive/time has been almost zero.
Literally, I LOOK forward to getting back to being more productive and creative, and thank my eye specialists for their continued good care.
In August and September 2012, my vision tested 20/500. That wasn't good! Since my March 2013 checkup, I've made much improvement and now I have eye wear that I'm not quite used to yet, but I can tell that the lenses are helping me. With time, I hope to be back in my Studio Jane getting inky and sticky with some new CTMH products!
(dizzy but joyful) Jane