Monday, May 30, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Gets Sketchy on Memorial Day

It's a sketch challenge at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog this week. And on this Memorial Day, as we celebrate and remember those who gave us our freedoms, I wanted to create a patriotic card.   

Here's the sketch. I made my card with one turn of the sketch so the "image" would be in the top left corner.

Now it's your turn to create your own project with this sketch. Don't forget to use Close to my Heart products on your project and post it at the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog. We have two new sponsors, Michelle Owen and Romaine Rancier, who will be offering some terrific prizes that could be yours.

Special Note:
Remember, we are so blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. As Americans, we are privileged to be able to stand on our individual freedoms. However, Freedom has come with a price. If you are visiting my blog today please take a moment to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom and pray for their families. And... if you know someone who has fought for your freedoms be sure to thank them every time you see them. God Bless you and the USA.

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Fanfare
Cardstock: Pacifica, White Daisy
Ink: Pacifica
Stamps: Pennant Alphabet
Embellishments: Fanfare Designer Brads
Other: Baker's twine, white button

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Button It Up

Share Your Buttons with Your Customers
I was cleaning out my sewing machine drawers and found these (from the 70's) button leftovers. They were Pacific buttons but when the "a" was added the button card became Pacifica buttons. Now, all there was to do was to sew some Pacifica buttons on the button card and design a thank you card for a customer.

 In the same drawer was a left over wood button card. It just was asking for some CTMH wood buttons to embellish a card for a customer. 
CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Bliss, Manifique
Cardstock: Colonial white, Kraft, Pacifica
Stamps: Salutation Seals
Ink: Pacifica
Embellishments: Opaques, Filigree Butterfly, Designer Wood Buttons, Blue Button Assortment
Other: Seam binding Ribbon, Paper Flower, Lace

Monday, May 23, 2011

Layered Labels

Making layered labels is more fun than ever.  You will need the Booksmart Dimensional Elements (Z1223), some scraps of your favorite BTP, a sentiment stamps set, and coordinating embellishments.

This set is made with scraps from Miracle (X7133B) and the Card Chatter-Sympathy stamp set (D1476). These labels are embellished with ribbon, opaques, and dimensional elements from Miracle Irresistables (Z1354).

 This set is made with scraps from Fanfare (X7138B) and the Card Chatter-Birthday stamp set (D1475). These labels are embellished with cut out stars from the Fanfare BTP and the
Fanfare Designer Brads (Z1400).

 To get started pull out your choice of booksmart dimensional elements and separate each piece. Use your Finishing File (Z1091) to file off the nubs.
 Cover each dimensional element with the desired scrap of BTP. Do not cut out the centers.
After your dimensional elements are covered stamp a sentiment on the smaller element and attach to the larger elements to make your layers. Embellish your labels as desired.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's ABC Time at Heart 2 Heart

Tag the Occasion with Anything But a Card
Our Heart 2 Heart challenge this week is to create anything but a card. Be sure to visit Heart 2 heart all week to be inspired with all those ABC projects. 
For my project I made a tin of tags.  Each tag is made with layered dimensional elements and I used the Salutaion Seals for the message on each tag. These tags can be added to cards, scrapbook pages, gift packages, etc.  There is a salutation for every kind of occasion: Birthday, Anniversary, Celebrations, Thinking of you, Thank you.

 Tag collection

Now, it's your turn to create your own project featuring anything but a card! Your projects must include CTMH products, but do not have to be 100% CTMH. If other products are used, a list or description of what was used would be appreciated. Be sure to post your creation to on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog. You could win some fantastic prizes from our May Sponsors, Angel Shifflett and Sharon Holmes.

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Wings
Cardstock: Colonial white, Vineyard Berry
Ink: Black, Olive, Vineyard Berry
Stamps: Salutation Seals, Card Chatter-Sympathy
Embellishments: Booksmart Dimensional Elements, Black Mini Medley, Opaques
Other: Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Black CTMH Marker

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It's Technique Week at H2H

This will be a fun filled week at Heart 2 Heart.  We will be sharing new techniques all week that you won't want to miss.  Be sure to come back as often as you can. We really would like to see your favorite technique so be sure to share.

 My favorite technique is clustering with layering.  The trick to clustering is to combine your items in groups of three. Three is the magic number. Also, when you place your cluster on your card or scrapbook page use  triangle method for placement. Can you find all the triangle placements on my card? Butterfly, sentiment, flower.  Black brad at the top of the tag, black brad on the bow of the sentiment, black opaque in the center of the flower.
These are the items I wanted to cluster on my card. The tag, the flower. and the layered sentiment.  To make layered sentiments choose two shapes from the Booksmart Dimensional Elements. Cover the shapes with your favorite paper and layer together. Stamp a sentiment and add a ribbon. Very easy.
When adding your clustering items to your project start with the largest item. Mine is the tag. Then add the other items to form a visual triangle. 

Now it's your turn to share your favorite technique with us at H2H challenges? Be sure to use some Close To My Heart products in your creation (and of course follow the theme). Entries are open for each week of the month until the end of the month. So round up your CTMH products and share your favorite technique with us. We have two amazing sponsors this month, Angel and Sharon who are giving away some great gifts.

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Wings
Cardstock: Olive, Colonial White
Ink: Black, Vineyard Berry, Olive
Stamps: Universal Backgrounds, Card Chatter-Sympathy
Embellishments: Black Mini Medley, Opaques black, Hemp, Booksmart Dimensional Elements
Other: Seam Binding Ribbon

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fun with Ribbon Flowers

This week at 5-Card night we made some ribbon flowers. We used the "Salutation Seals" (C1461) along with our two CTMH punches for our sentiment on the front of the cards

 To make this crinkled ribbon pom pom cut a 16" piece of crinkled ribbon seam binding. Gather the ribbon on the edge with a running tread and pull up as tight as you can. Glue dot the flower to the center of a bow.
 Four petal satin ribbon flower. Cut two pieces of 1 1/2" wide ribbon 2 3/4" long. Apply mini glue dot in each corner of the ribbon. Fold corners over.  Apply mini glue dot to the center at each end of the ribbon and fold over. Use a running stitch in the center and gather the ribbon tightly.  Sew button in the center of  one petal section. Glue dot the two petal sections to your card.
I used Connie's directions to make this organdy flower. Cut 16" Colonial White organdy ribbon. Use a running stitch on the edge and gather to 3 inches.  Spiral the flower around in a circle and glue dot the layers together.  Attach a Shimmer Brad in the center.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Button It Up with Tic Tac Toe

This week  Heart 2 Heart has a new challenge....buttons, buttons, and buttons!  I love buttons for all my projects, especially the new CTMH buttons in the color assortments. If you love buttons too, be sure to share your special project with us at Heart 2 Heart.

For my project this week I found this CD tin and decided to make a travel Tic Tac Toe game for the family road trip. Inside the tin holds all the pieces for a quiet game for the kids.

 Tic Tac Toe Travel Game
 The CD tin contains the game board, the X buttons and the O buttons

I had forgotten the rules so they are included.  I did not remember that X goes first and that a stalemate is a cat game.  So, we're ready for our road trip.

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Lucky
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive
Ink: Olive, Sunset, Desert Sand
Stamps: A Game, Post Card Travel Series, Just the Ticket, Bingo
Embellishments: Wood buttons, Basic Assortment Buttons, Photo Hangers
Other: CD Tin, Ribbon, safety pin

Now it's your turn: Gather up your CTMH products and share with us some button magic. Snap a picture and link it up to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to be eligible to win a prize and be part of our "Top Ten" for the month of May. Remember to use Close To My Heart products to be eligible to win. Also, you could win some fantastic prizes from our May Sponsors Sharon Holmes of Tucker Lover and Angel Shifflett of Angel's Moments.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with "You & Me"

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with this amazing "You & Me" kit.  It includes directions for making two 2-page layouts, irresistible dimensional elements, an incredible stamp set, Mocha Opaques, and ribbon.
 I made my first 2-page layout with some vintage photos from 1957.  We were celebrating Easter Sunday all decked out with the Easter hat, white gloves, black patent leathers, a special dress and my brother was sporting a bow tie.  Our 1957 ford is in the background.

 I made these two pages pretty much to the plans.  Not too much deviation.
 I made my second 2-page layout with black & white photos of my baby boy in 1972.  He loved investigate everything.  When seeing the chair he decided to climb up all by himself.

 When making this page I had to turn the layout to fit the photos. A slight deviation.

And now for he left overs: With this kit there is not much left over scraps. I was able to make three cards from Originals with the scraps and left over dimensional elements, and opaques.
 Colors & Cubes from Originals
 Sweet & Simple from Originals
 Stage Right from Originals

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Celebrating Mothers

As Mother's Day is approaching Heart 2 Heart is celebrating our Moms. Whether you call her Mama, Ma, Mom, Mother it's that time of the year to celebrate our Mothers. When a child is born a Mother is born and a supernatural Love fills the air. I usually call my mother "Mom" but when I really want to get her attention I call her "Mother!" Then she says "Yes, Daughter" and the conversation begins.
For my card I used Grey Flannel for it's softness and Blush for my Mom's favorite color. I added a flower that reminds me of her paintings (she does water color flowers), a heart for her love and a butterfly that reminds me of new life that she gave me.
The directions to make this easy paper flower can be found Here.
The heart comes from CTMH dimensional elements (Z1278)
The butterfly is the small one from "Fill in the Blank" stamp set (D1465)

Your turn: Gather up your CTMH products and make a treat for your Mom. Snap a picture and link it up to Heart 2 Heart Challenges to be eligible to win a prize and be part of our "Top Ten" for the month of May. Remember to use Close To My Heart products to be eligible to win. Also, you could win some fantastic prizes from our May Sponsors Sharon Holmes of Tucker Lover and Angel Shifflett of Angel's Moments.

CTMH Supplies:
Paper: Bliss, Sweetheart
Cardstock: Colonial White, Grey Wool
Ink: Blush, Grey Flannel,
Stamps: Fill in the Blank, In the Month of May
Embellishments: Pink Collection Ribbon, Basic Assortment buttons, Opaques, Heart Dimensional Elements
Be sure to check out the great work by the design team of which I am now honored to part of for the month of May and June.  You can see their designs for Mothers this week at Heart 2 Heart.