Sunday, September 26, 2010

Be Yourself & With Love Tri-Panel Thank You Card

I just can't get enough of these tri-fold cards. This one uses the color combo from my favorite paper pack: Splendor. It's hard to tell in the pics, but I used some Glitz Glitter on the flowers in her dress.

The card base is 5-1/2” x 8-1/4” - Score at 2-3/4” and 4-3/4”.

CTMH stamp sets: Thank You, Be Yourself, With Love
Colors: Moonstruck, Topiary, Goldrush

Friday, September 24, 2010

Smiles Under the Rainbow

I was playing around with some of Close to my Heart's new summer colors and one of my favorite stamp sets, Over the Rainbow. Here's what I came up with.

Over the Rainbow stamp set, Pear cardstock, Glitz Glitter Gel, Pacifica ink, Smoothie ink, Pear ink, sanding kit

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You're a Star Card x15

I recently had a custom order from my Shop Handmade store for 15 cards like this one. This was quite a labor-intensive card, but I had fun making them while watching Desperate Housewives :)

And here are the final products.
I'm glad I stocked up on this adorable CTMH Stardust paper pack...because it's no longer available! Although, if you love it as much as I do, you can use it in Studio J online scrapbooking. All of the retired papers are available in Studio J, as well as some new paper created just for it!

If you haven't checked out Studio J online scrapbooking from Close to my Heart, I highly recommend's SO much fun to play with, and now you can purchase a Studio J membership and save over 50% on your layouts, plus get FREE shipping!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Grown With Love Tri-Panel Card

I love creating cards that use only stamping and no patterned paper. Not that I don't love patterned paper, but I LOVE stamping and showing off how awesome Close to my Heart's clear stamps are. There's no way you could stamp all the leaves and hearts precisely where you want them on the tree if you were using rubber stamps. Plus, using only stamp makes for a great card on a tight budget! :) Stamps and inks are the embellishments that keep on giving!

Grown With Love stamp set, Thank You stamp set, Smoothie ink, Pear ink, Chocolate ink, Chocolate cardstock

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Belated Twitterpated Cards

It only took me a year to post these cards! Haha! These are the cards from the Twitterpated Workshop on the Go (now retired). But you can easily use other papers and stamps. Each card uses the same pattern, just rotated.

Supplies: Twitterpated level 2 paper pack, Exclusive stamp set from Twitterpated WOTG, Chocolate ribbon collection, hemp, Brads basic collection, Dimensional Elements buttons - Organic (shown below)

Friday, September 17, 2010

4 Years Ago I Married my Best Friend

Today I've been looking back at some of Chris and my wedding photos, so I thought I'd post a few of my favorites. Ok, I may have posted more than a few :) Enjoy!

Isn't this centerpiece amazing? This photo doesn't do it justice, but my mom works for a floral designer, Paul Kauffman in San Diego, who does only high-end events. He did our flowers at cost! Anyone who has ever paid for a wedding knows how amazing that is...and he blew me away! It's like he read my mind and designed everything even more amazing than I could have imagined.

He also did the flowers on the cake.

And my mom's friend Mae Chan did the bouquets.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

JOY Christmas Card With Mistletoe & Posterboard Alphabet

Here's another Christmas card to add to my stash for December. This uses the new Mistletoe paper. The holly is cut from the patterned paper and I added Glitz Glitter to the berries. "JOY" is from the Posterboard Alphabet stamp of my favorites for 2 reasons: it's easy to cut out and it shows off the patterned paper.

Supplies: Posterboard Alphabet stamp set, Mistletoe level 2 paper pack, Glitz Glitter Gel, Cranberry ink, Sponge Daubers, Brads Basic Collection

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to Make a "Magnifique" Thank You Card Using Scraps

Again, here's my favorite card pattern which I originally found on the Papercrafts blog. (See my previous posts with this pattern here and here and here and here.) I love that even though I use the same basic pattern, each card has its own look.

This beautiful new Magnifique paper from Close to my Heart pairs perfectly with the Miracle Irresistibles Dimensional Elements. Have you tried Irresistibles yet? This chipboard flower started white, and it's pre-embossed with a white pattern, so when you ink it the pattern stays white. Such quick and easy impact!

TIP: When I make a card using this pattern, I cut each patterned paper strip 1-1/2" tall. I adhere the bottom strip, then the top, then the second from top. The white area for the stamp is simply the card base that I leave exposed. I also make sure that I don't have two "busy" patterns next to each other.

If I were to make this card over I would use a different paper from the Lagoon pattern under the lagoon dimensional element. I put this card together very fast and didn't pay attention to the fact that I'd have a lagoon flower on top of lagoon paper. It blends in too much. Live and learn :)

This card is for the Heart 2 Heart challenge for this week: make the sentiment the focal point of your project. Head on over to their blog to see the awesome design team's projects and to participate yourself!

Magnifique level 2 paper pack, Miracle Irresistibles Dimensional Elements, Blue and green sparkles, Thank You stamp set, hemp, chocolate ink, Lagoon ink (new!)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Over the Rainbow

Wouldn't this card brighten your day?! I have mentioned before how much I love how the Over the Rainbow stamp set always creates a bright and cheery, fun card. And this is no exception. Of course, the beautiful new CTMH ink colors I used certainly help!

TIP: Masking so your sun pops from behind the cloud...
  • Stamp the background of your card with the clouds as shown above.
  • Stamp the cloud again on a piece of scrap paper and cut out.
  • Cover a cloud on the card with your scrap-paper cloud.
  • Ink the sun and stamp partly on scrap-paper cloud and partly on paper.
  • Lift scrap-paper cloud and you now have a sun peeking from behind the cloud on your card!
Over the Rainbow stamp set; Piece of Cake stamp set (former SOTM); Sunny Yellow ink; 5 NEW ink colors: Cotton Candy, Sunset, Pear, Pacifica, Sky; 3D foam squares

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Masculine Birthday Card Using Scraps

This paper is from my favorite K&Co paper pad that I've mentioned many times before. By limiting the patterned paper and pairing with orange and brown, it gives this card more of a masculine feel. I made lots of these to include in the card box gift sets I'm making for a custom order, and made extras for me. Who doesn't need masculine cards around?!

I would normally ink around all the edges, including the circle, but since I had to make so many of these for an order, I cut out some extra steps in order to save time.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jingle Christmas Card With New Mistletoe Paper & Dimensional Ornament

It's that time of year...time to start on your Christmas cards so you're not finishing them at the last minute 2 days before Christmas! Haha...that scenario is all too familiar!

You may notice by now that this card style is gaining popularity in my book. It always looks clean, it uses scraps (one of my favorite things to do!), and is very versatile. I used CTMH's new Mistletoe paper and one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets, Holiday Jingle, for the sentiment and stars on the ornament. (Who am I kidding...I have TONS of favorite Christmas stamp sets...I'm a sucker for Christmas!)

The ornament is from the new Dimensional Ornaments chipboard. I covered it in New England Ivy cardstock and sponged around the edges so it'd pop.

TIP: Covering chipboard with paper...
  • Trace the chipboard onto the back of the paper & cut out
  • Attach paper to chipboard (use plenty of adhesive...glue pen works well for small pieces)
  • File the edges to make flush. To file nooks and crannies, use CTMH's finishing files.
Holiday Jingle Stamp Set (shown below), Dimensional Elements Ornaments, Mistletoe level 2 paper pack, bitty sparkles, sponge daubers, New England Ivy ink, Cranberry ink, hemp from dollar store (great find!)

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Here's a little 3x3 card I made to show off some of the new colors in Close to my Heart's summer palette, Sky and Pear. I just love this Treetops stamp's often a go-to when I'm not sure what I'm going to create. The combo of it w/ the Over the Rainbow stamp set is sure to make a cheery card :)

Treetops stamp set, Over the Rainbow stamp set, Pear cardstock & ink, Sky cardstock, Chocolate ink, Sunflower ink, Glitz glitter gel, brads from stash.