Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Whole Kit and Caboodle

An overview of the beautiful new paper lines at Close to my Heart.

Australia and New Zealand stamps

Close to my Heart products are sold in Australia and New Zealand as well as in the US and Canada.  There are a few stamp sets specific to those areas that are not featured in the US/Canada catalogues.  These stamps are still available for order by North American customers.    

There are so many cute stamps that reflect the animals, landscape and expressions of our friends Down Under.  They are great for documenting a trip to Australia, New Zealand or the local zoo, as well as being simply great stamps all around.

The stamps from the Australasia line include:
Australian Salutations C1585 – detailed and realistic stamps of a koala, kangaroo, emu and one other native Australian bird, along with the sentiment “Greetings from Down Under”
Australian Thanks C1586 – detailed floral & fauna stamps with Australian expressions and friendship sentiments
Happy Birthday D1597 – an adorable birthday stamp with cute kangaroos, crocodiles and koalas
New Zealand Greetings D1601 – elegant animal and landscape images along with friendly sentiments
Outback Adventure D1596 – a fun, tattoo or batik looking stamp set with kangaroo, boomerangs, sea turtle and iguana images –also includes sentiments “Outback Adventure” and “Those who lose DREAMING are lost”

Follow this link to my online site to order these fun, beautiful Australasian stamp sets.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lollydoodle cards

Workshops on the Go Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit

I made the first three cards based on the kit instructions but with slight alterations and personalization....

If you follow the instructions, you can make 15 cards total - 5 of each of the 3 designs.  

I have made 7 cards so far, and still have lots of supplies left to make more.

Card #4 – I stamped the border of the card using Pear and Lagoon inks (first and second generation stamping).

Paper – Lollydoodle , Lagoon cardstock
Ink – Lagoon & Pear
Stamps – Butterfly, “dream” phrase and “all things are possible to those that believe” phrase from Dreamer set (B1439); spiral images from Hostess Rewards Stamp Enjoy the Little Things (B1451)

Card #5 – Rectangles created using Lollydoodle paper (both sides).  Thin strip of paper made from Lagoon cardstock.

Ink – Hollyhock, Lagoon, Cocoa
Stamps – “I love you” phrase, heart image and fox image from February Stamp of the Month Wild About Love (S1402)
Accessories – Sequin Dots

Card #6 – To give dimension to some of the flowers attach with foam.

Paper – Lollydoodle with Lollydoodle zip strip
Ink – Lagoon, Cotton Candy, Juniper, Sorbet, Cocoa
Stamps -  flower images and “Enjoy the little things” phrase from Hostess Rewards Enjoy The Little Things (B1451)

Card #7 – Paper dolls - The clothing is not permanently attached, the paper doll tabs are hooked around the girl's body.  The girl image is attached with foam tape to give dimension and to allow space to attach the clothing.

Paper – Lollydoodle with Lollydoodle zip strip
Ink – Cocoa

Stamps -  girl and clothing images, “May all your days be sweet and refreshing” phrase from Paper Doll (D1547)

Artbooking Made Easy: Top Secret

Friday, February 21, 2014

Base & Bling Style

This video shows both how to assemble Base and Bling necklaces and how to make a paper display/container.  The container is made using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Nursery Rhymes

Valentine card

Inspired by Pattern 30 from Make It from Your Heart Volume 2

Cricut cartridges: Artiste, Art Philosophy
Papers: white, Crystal Blue and Blush cardstocks, Lollydoodle BT paper
Stamp Sets: Flight of the Arrows D1578, Holiday Tags D1560,
Inks: Blush, Crystal Blue and Cotton Candy

1)      Card base made from white cardstock.  Cut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge, page 45.  Cut at 5".

2)      Cut the main shapes for the card using Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and Cricut Artiste.
Art Philosphy.
a)      Cut one Shape 8 at 4” out of the Lollydoodle paper.
b)      Cut the shape 8 layer (page 47)at 4” out of crystal blue cardstock.
c)       Cut another shape 8 (page 47) out of white cardstock at “
d)      Cut the tag at 4”(page 47) out of Lollydoodle paper.
e)      Cut the heart shape on page 72.  Use blush cardstock and cut accent 3 at “ .
f)       Cut the “Happy Valentine’s Day” phrase from blush cardstock.  (page 72)
g)      Using white cardstock, cut accent 4 (page 33) at 1 ¾”.

3)      Stamp the images onto accent 4 (from page 33 of Artiste).  Use crystal blue ink for the frame (Holiday Tags D1560 stamp).  Use cotton candy ink with the ... stamp for the “lots of love” phrase.

4)      Stamp the arrow pattern on the white shape 8 piece using Crystal Blue ink and the Flight of the Arrows D1578 stamp.

5)      Attach the layers together and paste to the card.

6)      Sign the card and send it to your valentine or change the phrase and use this design for a birthday, anniversary or whatever.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Picture My Life™ Scrapbooking Program

It's finally here - Picture My Life, the new pocket scrapbooking program by Close to my Heart.

Watch the video for a brief description of the product and great ways to store it.