Archives for January 2013

Double Pocket Card

Here is another really cool card technique. This is called a double pocket card.  I designed this one using Close To My Heart’s Whoo’s Your Valentines stamp set.  I used several of the stamps from the set to random stamp the base using blush, hollyhock and ruby.

Whoo's your Valenitne 5 - Version 2

You start with an 8 1/2″ by 11″ base. Score the 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″ and the 11″ side at 5 1/2″.  On the left side cut the score line to the middle.  Fold the top left corner down about 1 1/2″ from the score line. This top piece will then get folder to the right.  The bottom right corner is folded to the score line.

Whoo's your Valenitne 7 - Version 2

Then fold the lower left side over to the right and fold to the score line as shown.

Whoo's your Valenitne 9 - Version 2

The last step is to fold the lower half up to top half as shown.  Glue along seems only so that you have two pockets.

Whoo's your Valenitne 1 - Version 2

I really like this card style as it was so easy and there are so many possibilities.

Side Step Card

There are so many really neat cards designs out there.  I recently stumbled on the side step card design and knew I needed to try one. So with my husbands birthday coming (actually to day), I figure this would be the perfect opportunity.  Here is my interpretation of the side step card.

Mike's Birthday Card 13 - Version 2


I thought this type of card would be something my husband could put on his desk.  So I wanted to make sure to include a photo.  The original side step card design I saw started with an 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2 ” base but I wanted it to be a bit bigger.  So I redesigned it using an 11″ x 7 ‘ base, that way it would accommodate a 3″ x 4″ photo. The base is outdoor denim card stock by CTMH. I then used Basic Grey – Oliver collection for the pattern paper and embellishments.  I did use an aqua blue and deep red card stock which matches the Oliver collection.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the large gear. Then using CTMH Perfect Fit Birthday stamp set, I slightly curved the stamps and used Barn Red CTMH ink. I wanted to be able to put a note to wish a happy birthday so I made a pocket to accommodate a tag using Daisy white card stock.

Mike's Birthday Card 14 - Version 2



Embossed Resist Technique

Check out this really cool technique!  I could not wait to try it.  So I designed one of the Birthday workshop cards useing this technique.

For my card I used my Silhouette to cut out the card base in creme brûlée.  I also used the Silhouette to cut the circle and leaves for the card. I then used the “It’s your day” stamp set to emboss the 3/4 inch colonial white strip with clear embossing powder.  I then took a dauber and applied ink to the strip.  In this design I used one of the retired inks, garden green.   I also used some CTMH creme brulee flowers with white brads in the center. The sentiment is one of the new stamp sets from the new catalog which goes live February 1st, the stamp set is from the Chantilly card workshop on the go.

Resist Circle Card 1 - Version 2

“Happy Valentine’s” Day! Blog Hop

Valentines blog hop - jan sotm

Welcome to our January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We are starting a new year of blog hops for you all featuring Close to My Heart’s Stamp of the Month.

This month Close to My Heart is offering a stamp set called “Happy Valentine’s” throughout the month of January.  This versatile set can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.  (That’s a $17.95 value!)

This set is just so pretty and has 4 different sentiments included!


In this hop, you will see projects featuring this beautiful stamp set from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy  our blog hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create .   If you came from Stephanie’s Blog -The Quilted Scrapper  then you are in the right place!

January 2013 - Valentine's day 2 - Version 2

For this card I took a piece of cream cardstock 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″.  I then scored it at 2 1/8″  from each end.  I used my 2″ scallop punch to create the window in the card.  I stamped one of the rose images so it would show through the window.  I used my Copic markers to color in the rose.  I used blush ink on a dauber to accent the scalloped edge.  Using my Silhouette I created a  2 1/4 ” circle and did an off set on the inside about 1/8″ so it would result in a ring which was cut on slate card stock.   For the bottom strip I used the new Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape (Z1817) which is one of the new items from the Spring/Summer Idea book.  I also used blush card stock 1″ by 4 1/4″ and random stamped the small rose stamp with Slate ink.  I cut the 3″ by .8″ oval using my Silhouette on colonial white card stock and stamped the “happy valentine’s day” in Slate ink.  I inked the oval edge in blush and attached it only tho the left side of the card.

Your next stop on our Valentine’s hop is Donna’s blog – Diary of a Scrapbook Addict  .

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  4. Priscilla ~ Priscilla’s Paperie
  5. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  6. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
  7. Cat ~ CatScrapbooking
  8. Donna ~ Diary of a Scrapbook Addict
  9. Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle

CTMH – Roxybonds Scrappers Team Blog Hop – La Belle Vie

Welcome to Roxybonds Scrappers Team Blog Hop!

Roxybonds Scrappers

This month we will be featuring artwork from the La Belle Vie paper pack.

If you have come from Stephanie’s Blog then you are on the right path, your next stop will be Jen’s Blog.

For this layout my inspiration was my sons birth and butterflies.  I used the Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes. I used the butterflies and using a dauber and Blush ink I added color to the wood. I then used Slate ink and the swirl stamp form Love Life stamp set to create the pattern.  I used that same stamp on the bamboo cardstock with the journaling. I used my Silhouette to cut the title out of Garnet card stock and the outline was also cut using my Silhouette on Slate card stock.

La Belle Vie Layout 1 - Version 2

Now hop on over to Jen’s Blog for your next inspiration.

January Stamp of the Month

With Valentines day right around the corner, wouldn’t it be great to create your own cards, scrapbook pages or paper crafts? Well there are several great products with Close To My Heart that can help you do this.  One is January’s Stamp of the Month, which is only available January 1st to January 31st, 2013.


You can purchase this stamp for $17.95 or if you place an order for $50 you can purchase it for only $5!  Now that is a great deal.  And you can also pick up the Whoo’s Your Valentine kit as well.  This kit is only available until January 31st or while supplies last. The Whoo’s your Valentine kit comes the following items:

  • 12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby)
  •  3 – 12″ × 12″ Cardstock Sheets (White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock)
  • 1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 12 – Treat Tubes with Lids — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)


Just click here to place your order today!

January Birthday Card Workshop

Happy New Year!!! I can not believe we are now in 2013…..where does the time go??

How about starting out your new year with hand made cards? We all need birthday card, so why not come make up to 20 at once?  I will be hosting a birthday card workshop January 15th from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The cost will be $25 and include an appetizer and dessert. Most people should be able to complete at least 15 cards. Here are some of the designs you will be completing.

Pirouette Bday 2 - Version 2Honeycomb 2 - Version 2Hearts card 3 - Version 2

Gifts card 2 - Version 2 (1)Candle card 1 - Version 2Butterfly card 3 - Version 2

Beer mug Bday 2 - Version 2pinwheel Bday 2 - Version 2

Party Hat card 1 - Version 2

football Bday 2 - Version 2elephannt - Version 2

Cupcake 1 - Version 2Avonlea 1 - Version 2












If you would like more information about this workshop or would like to purchase the cards, please contact me  at

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