Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More 'Dotty for You"

More Dotty for You Art Tips

I am crazy about the fabulous artwork you can create with the Dotty for You paper packet during National Scrapbooking Month! Each promotional paper packet includes an insert with a picture of the artwork, a recipe, and a unique technique.
*Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article for two new projects and tips not included on the artwork insert.

Sisterly Love Page

Polaroid Snapshot Technique

Create a Polaroid snapshot look by first cutting out a rounded-corner rectangle the size of your focal point. Then, cut a larger rectangle around the negative space, creating the look of a Polaroid. For example, if your subject is 3" × 2", cut a rounded 3" rectangle using the Cricut® machine then discard the rectangle and keep the negative space, cutting that piece at 4" × 2½". Add journaling to the empty white space at the bottom and attach it to the layout at an angle using 3-D foam tape. You’ll now be able to create the Polaroid look for any kind of picture without needing a Polaroid camera!

Kiss Page

Pin Flags Technique

Make a darling accent from your paper scraps by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin from the Bling assortment (Z1466) to form a small pin flag.

Surf Page

Stitch a Frame

Use dark thread and stitch around your layout’s focal elements to ground your page.

Sweet Life Page

Making Embellishments Stand Out

Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos® papers, like this chevron pattern.

R Card

Helping Adjacent Patterns Pop

To help two adjacent patterns stand out individually, separate them with a solid color in between.

Simple Pleasures Card

Creating a Bohemian Look

Combine several paper patterns and colors to create a trendy bohemian chic look.

Jen Box

Creating Visual Transitions

Carry the neutral foundation color, in this case Grey Wool, onto the other elements of your art piece to help the eye easily transition between elements, like the colorful chevron box top and the sides of the box.


Good Luck Card

Neutral Inks for a Clean Look

To create a card with a clean, crisp look, use the dominant neutral color to stamp your sentiment.
Yo-yo Accent

Create a trendy yo-yo element by accordion-folding a long strip of cardstock every 1/4", adhering the two ends together to make a circle, stitching the center with thread all the way around, and pulling the ends of the thread taut to create a yo-yo. Secure the center with a button to keep your yo-yo flat.

Kylie Banner

Paper Ribbons

Create your own ribbon from your favorite B&T paper. Cut a strip of paper a little less than three times the length you want your ribbon to be. Mark or score your strip in segments as follows: 1/2", 1", 1/2", 1", 1/2", etc. Starting at a 1/2" scored end, make two folds going away from you, then two folds coming toward you, then repeat until your ribbon is complete.
Ribbon Accents

Thread a long ribbon through the banner holes and then add some flair by tying small bows or knots to the ribbon in between each pennant using baker’s twine or Waxy Flax.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Adhesive Springs...again

This is the card that I made Parker for his birthday.  Just wanted to show you those great 'Adhesive Springs' in action, again!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Superman Decoration_Adhesive Springs

I have a new favorite product....ADHESIVE SPRINGS!  So far, I've blown through two packs of these babies.  6 springs for just $2.95...makes them hard to resist!
We are in charge of bringing the snacks to Parker's soccer game today, and since we just celebrated his birthday...I thought the cake pops would be a good idea!  I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out...pops & decoration.  I am sure that they'll be a couple of kids that will just throw my hard work to the side to get at the cake pops....and I have no doubt that I'll catch a few eye rolls, from the parents, about the "over the top-ness" of it all.  BUT Parker loves them...so that is all that matters, right?


Superhero Paper Packet X7152B
Super Power My Acrylix Stamp C1485
Adhesive Springs Z1725

Notes: The according fold "flower" is a 1 1/2" x 12" strip that I scored at 1/4" intervals.  You can use Liquid Glass to set this, but I used my hot glue gun b/c it takes a lot less time.  I set the "flower" on a 1 1/4" circle, put a good amount of hot glue in the middle of the circle and then only needed to hold down the 'flower' for about 30 seconds. The ribbons on the bottom are Cranberry cardstock cut at 1" x 3"...those are set with glue dots.  I then hot glued one end of the Adhesive Spring to the 'flower' and the other to the back of the super guy.  As far as the super guy's coloring, I shaded him in using Moonstruck, Cranberry, and Sunny Yellow ink & my blending pen.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Perfect Pair!

Create cute banners for any occasion or for any loved one quickly and easily using Close To My Heart's new My Creations® mini banner and our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge. It's a perfect pair of coordinating products!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit

Our My Originals® Sweet Surprises card kit makes it easy to create unique and whimsical cards! Just fill the clear plastic treat cups with whatever tickles your fancy, pop on the adhesive chipboard and cardstock images, and tie the card closed with the included grosgrain ribbon. Watch the video and find out just how simple it really is!

My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit

Fill these cards with treats for a sweet surprise!
10 – 5¾" × 5¼" Tri-Fold Kraft Card Bases
10 – Kraft Envelope Boxes
10 – Clear Adhesive-Backed Treat Cups
10 – Dimensional Elements Sentiments
1 – 12" x 12" Printed Dimensional Elements Sheet
2 – 12" x 12" Printed Adhesive Sheets
2 yds. – ½" White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon
Featured Colors: Smoothie, Sunset, Lagoon, Pear, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee, Colonial White
$19.95 (Z1731)....That's just $2.00 per card!!!!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!

One week from today...Yippee!

Starting April 17th,  this beautiful kit is yours for just $5, when you spend a min of $35 in CTMH products (before tax/ship).  

You'll go crazy for Close To My Heart's new Dotty for You paper packet, available only during our National Scrapbooking Month campaign. You can get it for just $5 with a qualifying purchase or for free when you join Close To My Heart or host a qualifying Gathering. You'll love the awesome artwork samples shown in this video—they're spot on!

Love Your Layout _ Spring!

Spring is HERE! Use Studio J® to capture this beautiful time of year with fresh colors and simple techniques that come together in minutes! Watch this Love Your Layout video for instructions that will show you how to make this darling layout. They'll show you a clever way to add your title and also play with the stitching tool! Log in to Studio J and start saving those memories!

Love Your Layout - April!

This month's Love Your Layout installment is celebrating the sunshine. Watch the video to find out how to make another fabulous layout in Studio J®, using the Pemberley kit. Learn how to add wow to your photos and discover other techniques that will make your layouts shine!