Saturday, May 13, 2017

The power of the zip strip!

I love the more detailed and intricate designs found on the zip strips of our Close To My Heart papers - these are the top strips that extend past the 12" x 12" of the papers that double as descriptors of the name of the paper and colors included.  They add so many possibilities to a project and are fabulous for cards!  This is a card that I created for my monthly card class that was inspired from a card I saw on Pinterest.  My apologies, for the life of me, I cannot find the original designer.  I used our zip strips from our new exclusive Live Beautifully paper and the partner stamp to create this card.   

2.  Begin by inking and stamping Black Exclusive Ink on the smaller of the two rose stamps in the Live Beautifully Stamp Set.  With the VersaMat underneath for cushioning, firmly stamp the image onto scrap White Daisy cardstock.  Note:  the combination of firmly stamping the image and using the Versa Mat should help gain a clear, complete image.

3.  Ink and stamp the double leaf image with Whisper Exclusive ink on scrap White Daisy cardstock.

4.  Using the fine tip scissors, cut out the rose and leaves leaving a little of the white border showing.
Add 3-d foam to the back of both pieces and set aside.

5.  Cut a mask for the positioning of the sentiment.

6.  Stamp the sentiment with Black Exclusive Ink inside the mask.

7.  Remove the mask and the sentiment is in the correct positioning.

8.  Cut pieces of the Zip Strips and the smaller patterned paper from the Live Beautifully Paper pack.

9.  Cut each strip of paper at an angle and adhere to the card so that they overlap.  Note: the two vertical pieces - the Gold dot piece goes down first, followed by the pink and black chevron - are adhered first.  Next, horizontally adhere the black polka dot strip, then the purple patterned strip and finally the light pink ombre' piece on the top of the previous two pieces.

10.  Adhere the flower and leaves that previously had 3-d foam tape added to the backs.

11.  Add two clusters of Gold Gems in various sizes in a triangle shape - one to the upper left of the rose and the second to the lower right of the sentiment.

You can order all of these products on my website at:  Note: the Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set are only available during the month of May for National Scrapbooking Month.

Happy creating!

Monday, May 8, 2017

No happy!

Introducing our new "No Worries" suite.  Fabulous beachy right?  I love the color combinations and the patterns...not to mention the adorable compliments.  This is a layout that I created using the No Worries paper and I do believe I love it just as much as I love the paper!  Feel free to click on the picture for an enlarged view.

Supplies used:  (X7220B) No Worries Paper pack; (X7220C) No Worries Compliments; (Z3322) No Worries Sequins;  (X5932) Cashmere Cardstock; (X5929) Whisper Cardstock;  (Z3325) Blue Burlap Ribbon;  You can purchase any of these products on my website at:

Missed my Seasonal Expression launch and creating this layout?  "No Worries" (yes, pun intended), you can still purchase the kit for $18.00 in my shop by clicking here.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello Lovely Cards

"Why, Hello Lovely!"  Hello Lovely is one of the paper suites that will be retiring at the end of April. And while it always makes us sad to see favorite suites leave, we know that there is something exciting around the corner to replace it.  But, while Hello Lovely is still available, I wanted to share several cards that I created, and taught in my monthly card class.

These cards were simple to create, yet they shout elegance.  Love it!  The satin ribbon paired with the sequins add just enough sass too.  The hearts were created with our newest Basic Hearts Thin Cuts - which create hearts that can nest inside one another.

These cards are now all included in my card buffet.  I would be happy to bring my buffet to your home for you and your friends to create from while you earn free and discounted Close To My Heart products OR you are welcome to attend a crop and create from the card buffet there as well.  For dates of upcoming crops, visit  the Calendar of Events page here on my blog. 

Supplies used:

For Her Crush Book

Revisiting a favorite layout that for some reason I never posted.  A few years ago, Close To My Heart offered two My Crush 4" x 6" books --one version was "For Her" which you see below, and one version was "For Him".  I fell in love with the "For Her" version right away...I loved the small dainty floral patterns and particularly the Love vellum.  I took the book, un-spiraled it, and then cut my favorite pages to use in this layout.  

The colors featured are Smoothie and Outdoor Denim (now retired) and Peacock before Peacock was one of our colors.  The small floral pattern pulled the darker colors together which I just loved.  This color combination was trending two falls ago as when I saw the colors, I immediately thought of this dress that my daughter had worn on the first day of school.  Perfect right?

If you look closely, at this layout again, you will notice that some of the pictures changed.  Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you!  Once in the page protectors, I also added Flip Flaps: a horizontal 4" x 6" on the left page and a 3" x 4" and 4" x 4" on the right page.  

You will also note, that these pages work either could easily reverse the layouts so that the left page in the right and the right is the left.

If you have the "For Her" book and would like to re-create this layout but no longer have Outdoor Denim CS, you could easily substitute Peacock for a similar look.  You can also purchase this kit with in my shop.  Included in the kit you will find the cardstock needed to create the layout, the complete "For Her" My Crush book -- you will use about 5 pages and will have the left overs for additional projects; bulk embellishments, Poppy Baker's Twine and Coral Shimmer Trim as well as detailed instructions with cutting guides.

Supplies used:  
(Z3088) Coral Shimmer Trim; Z3094 Poppy Baker's Twine; (X5763) Smoothie CS; Coral Sequins (now retired); For Her My Crush Book (now retired); (1385) White Daisy CS;  (X5766) Peacock CS (optional).

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sugar Rush anyone?

I wanted to share a fun project that I have been working on with my daughter Abby. These cute little doughnuts were inspired by my friend Keely!  She, and her daughter, made them for Valentine treats earlier this year.  Abby and I chose to use Sea Glass (because who doesn't love Sea Glass right?) with Juniper sprinkles.  What fun!  

The doughnuts were super simple to make!  You can too by following these simple steps:

1.  Using the Sugar Rush Thin Cuts, cut out the doughnut base (2 for each doughnut) and a scalloped topping from White Daisy cardstock.
2.  Stamp the doughnut bases with Champagne Exclusive Ink.
3.  Choose the doughnut topping and stamp with Sea Glass Exclusive Ink onto the scalloped circle.
4.  For the doughnut with the sprinkles, add the sprinkles stamp with Juniper Exclusive Ink.
5.  Allow ink to dry for a few minutes.
6.  Using 3-d foam tape, adhere the doughnut top to the doughnut base.
7.  Use the Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to the sprinkles as well as the "white icing" that shows through.
8.  Adhere a mint to the bottom doughnut on the non-stamped side with a strong adhesive.  
9.  Adhere the top doughnut to the top of the mint creating a "sandwich".
10.  If desired, cut and stamp, a sentiment and add to the doughnut.

Supplies used:
(1385) White Daisy Cardstock
(Z2813) Sea Glass Exclusive Ink Pad
(Z2865) Juniper Exclusive Ink Pad
(Z2874) Champagne Exclusive Ink Pad
(Z3300) Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle
(Z3293) Shimmer Brush
(Z1151) 3-d Foam Tape

Upcoming event! Some Kind of Wonderful Workshop Your Way!

How fun is this kit?  Love the bright, vivid and playful palette!

Join me for a fun filled scrapbooking workshop using the Some Kind of Wonderful collection.  In this workshop, we will create 3 two-page layouts with left over materials to make cards, or an additional project. You can create the layouts as designed or tweak with your extra materials to showcase your individual style! A colored guide is included.  The class will begin at 9:30 am and will continue until 12:30PM or when you have completed your projects.  A light lunch is provided for participants.  Supply cost is:  $30.00.  Additional ala carte' offerings will be available for those who want to "up-style" their layouts.  To register, e-mail Tonya at: 

This Workshop Your Way Kit includes:

1 – Some Kinda Wonderful paper packet (X7217B)
1 – Some Kinda Wonderful Complements (X7217C)
4 – cardstock sheets (4 White Daisy)
1 – black & white dots (Z3314)
1 – white twine (Z3216)

With the kit, you receive a colored guide to help you create three layouts:

Layout 1:

Layout 2:

Layout 3:

 You will have left over supplies to create these 3 cards (if desired), or you can turn them into another layout or project - the choice is yours!

I hope you can join us for what I am sure will be a "Some Kind of Wonderful" Workshop!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Technique Tuesday featuring our Thin Cuts!

Check out this fun new technique from Gina in Cose To My Heart's Art Department!

Click here!