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It's National Stamping Month!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's National Stamping Month!

It's September and it's National Stamping Month.
This year Close To My Heart has out-done themselves in this year's September Exclusive!
Gold Foil Cards!  They pop up to be an easel stand when opened.  If you know me, you know I love "engineered" cards and they are amazing.  And Well Engineered.

And stamps!  Our Double D set is really and E sized stamp set and one half has large heartfelt sentiments and simple flowers.  And then the other... if you are a happy stamper and love to mix and match and play, this one is for you!  If you love to mix colors, do second generation stamping and lots of details, you'll love this one.  There's stems, leaves and layers and layers of petals for you to create amazing flowers.

The best part is that you can buy as little... or as much of any part of this set!

The bundle, 12 cards and envelopes ready for you to fold and put together with the whole E sized stamp set is just $34.95

The stamps are $29.95

The 12 foil cards, complete with all the papers and envelopes are $13.95.  

The best value is to order the bundle and an extra pack of cards to keep creating.

How about using them for Christmas?

As promised, they fold flat for mailing!

Or use them with this month's amazing Stamp of the Month which is $5 with a $50 order!

Be sure to check my Clearance Section of my website this month too!  There's recently added items that are up to 75% off!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fidget Spinner Card

With fidget spinners being all the rage, I just *had* to make a fidget penny spinner!

This is the card I created for my son's birthday last week. I used the long retired Confetti Wishes blue paper and the new Willow Cardstock to give a Seahawks vibe!  

Creating in birthday - stealth mode, I didn't create a video, but a slideshow from still shots I took so he wouldn't hear me talking.  If I say "fidget," his ears perk up.

I used Sway, a Microsoft Office product, for this slideshow.  It was pretty simple to create but it appears that you'll need to manually click through it.  It will take a few seconds to load.  I'd love to know how it plays.  I actually thought it would export to an MP4 so I could upload it to a video.  

This is the link to the Design Space file that contains the slot.  The Fidget Spinner piece is an SVG file.  I cannot share this file if it contains the spinner because it's an uploaded SVG.  Use Detach prior to resizing.  Then click Attach again.  I didn't use Slice because I wanted the ability to adjust the size of the spinner hole.

This is the link to the Fidget Spinner SVG.  I sized it at 2.4" tall.  I also duplicated it and used the Hide Contour feature to hide all the inner circles on the black layer.

In reality, you can also use your paper trimmer to cut a rectangular slot with your paper trimmer.  Just make it about 1/16" taller than your foam dot.

Other penny spinners I've created:  This was a Stamp of the Month from May 2013!

And a round spinner with last year's Penelope paper

This is the link to the round slot.

All of these cards were designed using 3/8" 3D foam dots.  I used these dots.  They're 3/8" and 1/8" thick.  Some dots are super thick and make for a very bulky card.

You'll need plenty of 3D foam for making the layers.  DO NOT use the thin foam or you penny won't spin freely.  It's wonderful for cards, just not these cards.

I will be hosting a class making 3 of these cards, 2 slots & 1 circle style at my house on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30.  I will also have kits and a video tutorial.  See my full list of classes here.  When you register, you can let me know if you have a preference on your spinner.  (Do they all need to be fidget spinners?)

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Foxy Hello

Happy June 1st!

Today I'm sharing with you a stationery folder I created using the new June Stamp of the month, Hello Foxy.

My kit is called A Foxy Hello because I don't want you to think that this is a romantic card kit.  
This stamp is just $5 with a $50 order this month.  Or $17.95 purchased on its own.  

I'm having a Crafter Afternoon on Sunday, June 25th at 3pm.  
Participants will create the folder and these 8 cards.  

I used my favorite colors, Cranberry and Lagoon to accent these cards.

This card folder and the cards were designed by Cassie Ingersoll using another stamp set this winter. She's a sister CTMH consultant in New South Wales, Australia!  If you are part of Naomi's Connected Hearts team, you'll find the instructions in the Connected Hearts Facebook Group in the files.  

To complete these cards I use our Shin Han Markers, Gold Sequins, Journaling Pen and Extra Thin 3D foam tape to complete the cards.   All images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink because this is the best ink for working with alcohol markers.  

When you attend my workshop, you'll get a Journaling Pen & a full pack of Extra Thin 3D Foam tape in your kit.  

When you attend this workshop, you'll be able to any of my sentiment stamps to customize this kit to your needs.  
This card used the Cherry Pink instead of Carmine.  Both will work! 

Foxy Hello Card Kit - $20 
All pre-cut kits include the following
Extra supplies needed to complete this project (if not attending workshop)
  • Shin Han Markers Carmine (red), Leaf Green, Vivid Green, Golden Yellow, Marigold, Turquoise Blue.  Tender Pink and Pastel Peach are optional as they're used minimally.
  • Hello Foxy Stamp Set S1706
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

I blended Marigold with Pastel Peach for the foxes.  I also used Pastel Peach on the fox face.

There's three ways to get this kit
  1. Attend my workshop on June 25th. Cost is $20, RSVP with Payment by June 18.
  2. Request a pre-stamped kit, local pick up or shipped $22, shipping $6.
  3. Place a $55 order on my website that includes S1706 Hello Foxy and Extra Thin 3D foam tape. You can receive the paper portion + sequins of this kit for $10 shipped.  (Journaling pen and 3D Foam Tape will not be included.  Kit will be unstamped) 

Message me to receive a PayPal invoice or my address to send a check.  Kits will be shipped the week of June 26 if your order is placed by June 18th.  Kits ordered in June after the 18th will be shipped by July 15th.

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Going Green

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Welcome!  I'm actually doing a mini blog hop today.  You may have arrived from Amie's blog.  If not, you can see her post on the way back around the circle.

This month's blog hop with the "Blog Hops with Heart theme is green!  I think everyone participating today is featuring a different green which is so fun.

My green is Juniper.  It's a medium, dusty green that goes with so many colors.

Today's card is created with the new Jack papers that debuted earlier this month.

I love having masculine and woodsy papers of this sort.  Living in the Pacific Northwest nearly all of our vacations and family times are spent outside are woodsy.  Even if they are at the beach.

The Bear is just adorable.  And he comes with thin cut dies so there's no fussy cutting required!  AND his paws are separate stamps so he can hold practically anything.

I'm featuring this card in my June Card Kit and Workshop because there's Father's Day sentiments with this stamp set too!  (The workshop is next Friday at my home if you're near Everett, WA.) More details here for kits and the workshop.

This Double Z fold card is really simple to create.  It looks much harder.  It's the same as the Donut Z fold I created earlier this year, I just put the strip at the bottom of the card.  I have a full tutorial and video here.

And there's a coffee mug.  Stay tuned for coffee themed cards... Soon, I promise.

You can hop on over to Shelly's blog.

Or visit each stop individually.

Lalia  (that's me!)

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poo Emoji Card "Oh C..."

Yesterday morning I saw a trailer for "The Emoji Movie" that's coming out this summer.  Of course Poo is one of the characters in it.

I've known that the Artistry Cricut Cartridge has a shape that looks an awful like Poo so I hopped on Cricut Design Space, pulled up the Hot Chocolate cup (with whipped cream that looks like Poo) and went to work.

Now I've been trying to not say C-R-A-P so much lately so that's NOT what the inside of the card says.  

The outside of the card is stamped with the Ink Blot stamp in Tangerine.  It's a little more "pretty" looking in real life than I'm seeing it on my monitor.  This stamp is disappearing after a fun 2 years with CTMH as of July 31.  Grab it now!  

The inside of the card uses our Retired Sugar Rush paper and stamp. But GUESS WHAT???
There's still more of the Sugar Rush Stamp & Thin Cuts left in stock.  104 of them left as a few minutes ago.  Go... now!

Oh Cupcake!  
Donut know how I forgot your birthday!  

All of this card was created using the CTMH Artistry Cricut Bundle except for the cupcake wrapper which is from Art Philosophy.  I welded and designed it in Cricut Design Space 3 (beta).  This new update is fantastic for working with fonts.  

So go!  
Grab your Sugar Rush Stamp Set & Thin Cuts now.  My son thinks these dies are the coolest ever because one is shaped like a Pokeball from Pokemon!

When you place an order , you can opt in to receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog.  There's tons of amazing goodness coming!  If I don't post here, you'll see it on my Instagram or Facebook Page.  

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a wonderful day!