Monday, October 20, 2008

Gift Card Holder Tutorial

This is a project that Close to my Heart did at Convention in August. I've seen it around but just recently learned out how to do it. It looks difficult and is impressive to your friends, but is REALLY easy!

Cut a background paper 8" x 6". Fold in half both ways.

Fold the two corners down, like so.

Now you have your two compartments for the gift card and a little note :) Use some adhesive to keep the edges together (but be sure you can still fit the gift card and note inside).

Embellish as desired.

Fancy Paper Bag Tutorial

There are so many variations of this cute little bag, so play around with it! I originally got the idea from Diana Gibbs' blog. This is one of my variations for Christmas.

Supplies needed:
Background paper, cardstock in coordinating color, glue dots (or other adhesive), tape, scalloped scissors, 5/8" circle punch, 1" circle punch, bitty rhinestones, grosgrain ribbon, focal stamp of your choice, coordinating stamp pads, hole punch, paper cutter, and scoring tool.

If you are missing any of these tools, many of them can be improvised!

Cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and score 1" in from every edge. Then turn the cardstock so the point is down and score all the corners...

Crease your box on the 1inch score lines and bring the corner scores in...

Tape the flaps inside and outside (don't worry about tape showing, you'll cover it up).

Cut a piece of background paper 6" x 11" (or taller than 6" if you want a taller bag). Add glue dots along the bottom of the background paper and wrap it around the bottom edge of the box. I like to start my background paper in the middle of one of the sides of the box so the seam will be at the back of the bag when I'm finished.

If there use glue dots or another adhesive to hold the seam together. If the seam is uneven at the top of the bag just trim it at an angle to even it out.

Now you need a strip of cardstock 11" x 1" with one edge cut with scalloped scissors. (You can go wider than 1" if you'd like). I like to cut it 2" and then cut it in half lengthwise with my scalloped scissors, leaving me with two 1" strips. Stamp the strip to give it some interest if you'd like, then wrap it around the box like you did the other paper.

Stamp your focal image and embellish as desired.

Use glue dots to secure the 1" circles at the top. You don't need them, but it adds a nice curve to an otherwise straight-across top of the bag. Punch a hole in the top of each circle and threat your ribbon through. Viola! You have a cute gift bag that's a gift in itself!

Christmas Card Workshop

Here are pictures of my Christmas Card Workshop. If you'd like to host a workshop, I'll go to your house, or anywhere else you have the space! I'll provide everything you need to make ten 5" x 6.5" cards (perfect size to adhere a family photo inside), including cards, envelopes, paper, and embellishments. (You'll probably have extra supplies to make more than ten.) This paper is from Close to my Heart, but I will also have Christmas paper that is in brighter colors for you to choose from. I will have patterns for you to copy, and will show you all the techniques I used so you can make all 10 of my examples - or if you want to make them all the same, or just do a few styles, you can easily do that.

The cost is now $25 and should take about 2-3 hours. It may take longer because you know how us girls like to chat! ;-)

Let me know if you're interested in attending...and if you'd like to host one and when!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My #1 fan

Oslo has found a way to be right with me when I'm crafting. He doesn't fit very well because of the shelf that's under my desk, but he makes it work :) Doesn't give me much room, but I don't mind if it means my boy is right here with me!

Friday, October 10, 2008

My favorite style card

I've been making a lot of cards with this style. It works with any sentiment, any stamps, any paper, and it looks cute and professional every time. This card is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" but it also works great as a larger size. You can't really tell from the picture, but the piece of paper with the stamp on it is raised with foam dots. The ribbon, rhinestones, and spiral clip also help give it some dimension and interest. One of my favorites...I love this paper pack, too! It's the Magic Moments pack from CTMH.

Paper: Magic Moments
Stamp Set: Adorable

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October special for Close to my Heart

When you join Close To My Heart as a Consultant during October, you’ll receive a fabulous collection of current chocolate-inspired products FREE with your New Consultant Kit. The Choose Chocolate! collection has a retail price of over $100—making your kit even more valuable and giving you an additional selection of wonderful Close To My Heart products! The new consultant kit is only $99 and is valued at over $300. Contact me to learn more about this awesome opportunity. I LOVE being a Consultant—you will too!