Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Swiss Dots!

I am in love with the new Z4232 Swiss Dot embossing folder from Close To My Heart. The folder measures 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" so it's perfect for creating 5" x 7" cards as well as the standard size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" which seems to be the preferred size for cards. It may be a bit difficult to see the stitched line that separates the dotted area from the blank area but this feature makes this embossing folder even more versatile as you can adjust the size of each area by trimming one end of your cardstock or both.
 Here are three cards I recently made with this awesome folder.
Just above the striped b&w strip is where the stitched line is but I know you can't see it in the photo. You also probably can't tell but the sentiment is embossed in gold to coordinate with the ribbon. I also used the Z3316 Gold Shimmer Brush on the butterfly but I'm afraid that's not really visible either. Sorry!
Again the stitched line is just above the b&w striped piece and I think you can see it better in this photo. The sentiment is stamped on an oval cut with the Z4187 Stitched Ovals thin cuts dies. The strip of hearts is cut from a set of thin cuts dies no longer available and not wanting to waste the tiny hearts cut from it, I added them to the top part of the card.
This card, I think, is my favorite of the three. It's very simple but looks so elegant, don't you think? Just below the stitched line, I added a scalloped border made using a die from the Z4241 Decorative Borders thin cuts. The circles were cut with Z3318 Basic Circles and Z4181 Stitched Circles. The sentiment and the small leaf images, which were stamped with Z2825 Mink ink, are both from older stamp sets that are no longer available.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you like my cards. If you have any questions, please give me a shout. To shop for these and other great products from Close To My Heart, click here.

Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sponging and Droplet Technique

Hello all!

Recently the Close To My Heart blog shared a sponging and droplet technique that I really liked so thought I'd try it for myself. You can see the blog post here. Here's a card I made using this technique. You may have to enlarge the photo to see the droplets but they are there.

The raised circles were created using the Z4245 Texture Paste through a stencil I made with one of the Cricut images from the Z3500 Artistry cartridge. The large stamped circles and small dots are from D1784 Colorful Texture stamp set, the smaller circles were created using the end of a waterbrush tapped onto an ink pad then pressed onto the card and the sentiments are from S1901 Card Captions, which was January's stamp of the month. Tied a pretty ribbon around it and it was done.
Hope you like my card and it inspires you to use the Sponging and Droplet technique for yourself.

Happy scrampin'!

Friday, February 1, 2019

CTMH February 2019 Specials


The February stamp of the month set is now available for purchase at $18.95 + shipping & tax OR for just $5.00 with your additional $50 order. This set is only available for the month of February. Remember, there are only 28 days this month and that time will go fast so get yours here before you forget!

There's another special available beginning today and is available until March 31, 2019..Love Blossoms Cardmaking Workshop.

What better way to express appreciation and love than with handmade cards? Create the beautiful cards shown here using the exclusive Love Blossoms stamp set and workshop bundle. Not only will you get a set of 12 cards, but you’ll also have fun using stamps and embossing folders to decorate them. Get a 20% discount when you purchase the Love Blossoms Workshop Kit or the Love Blossoms Workshop Kit + Embossing Folder. Earn a FREE Love Blossoms stamp set by hosting a qualifying party this month! Learn more »
And don't forget, the Heart Happy Special is still available until February 28, 2019 in two options - as a scrapbooking + card kit and as a 6x8 album workshop kit. Either one will be perfect for showcasing your life events.

Happy scrampin'!

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