A Gift of Thanks

I have a friend who always sends the nicest thank you notes for presents she receives.  She recently retired from her job so I decided to gift her with a set of thank you notes.

Note card holder
Note card holder

I used cardstock and B&T paper from the Brushed paper pack (retired), B1449 Oodles of Doodles stamp set and Z3024 White Shimmer Trim.

The set included 10 cards in total

 

 

 

 

The note card holder is from a design by Becky Roberts, 2010 12 Days of Christmas

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Nevermore – Not Just For Halloween

Nevermore Paper Pack X7198B

Nevermore, one of the new paper packs featured in our Holiday Expressions 2015 idea book, lends itself easily to Halloween layouts and cards because of the colors and some of its paper patterns, but it’s very versatile and can be used in many different ways.

The colors in this pack will be great in any of your fall designs and also work well for masculine themed designs like this birthday card I recently made for my brother. Masculine Birthday a Card

Inspired by a design I found on Pinterest from classicchristina.blogspot.com, this card was originally made using the now retired Jackson paper pack and I really wanted to use some of our new products.  Along with the beautiful new Eggplant Cardstock, one of Nevermore’s B&T Duos™ designs includes mechanical drawings and since my brother is an engineer I just knew I had to use this paper for his card.  I combined it with papers from the Georgie and Basics Fundamentals Paper Packs, added some bling from the Sequins Silver Assortment and a small bow made from Whisper Thick Twine. I cut the star using CTMH’s Art Philosophy cartridge. The sentiment is from a retired Operation Smile set, Happy Everything, but could easily be swapped out with one of our current stamp sets such as Joyful Birthday B1419.

The Wait is Over

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2015 – 2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book

If you’ve been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) to see more new products from Close To My Heart, the time has finally come.  The new 2015-2016 Annual Inspiration and Holiday Expression idea books are now available for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

In addition to the already introduced Zoe, there are more new paper packs, new workshops, new stamps and more … and some returning favorites too.  Click here to start browsing now.

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2015 Holiday Expressions

Westward Ho – Step/Easel Card Combo

Friends of mine are preparing to pack up and move their family from Kentucky to Oregon so I wanted to make a card for their going away party.  I’ve been noticing a variety of stand-up or dimensional cards recently, both on Pinterest and some of the blogs I follow, and have been wanting to try one myself – this is what I came up with.

Step/Easel Card-Front
Step/Easel Card-Front

I used Cricut Design Space to layout my images and text and Cricut Explore to do the cuts as well as the written text; cartridges used: Old West (Wagon), Outdoor Man (Pine trees), and Country Life (text).  All cardstock was from Close To My Heart and the patterned background paper was from my personal stash.

Here are a couple of additional views:

Step/Easel Card-Flat Open
Step/Easel Card-Flat Open
Step/Easel Card-Side
Step/Easel Card-Side

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s often hard to find the perfect gift for the special mom(s) in your life but you can’t go wrong showing your love and appreciation with a handcrafted card.  I made this one for my sister-in-law this year.

card front
card inside

The inside greeting was cut using Cricut Design Space then assembled and adhered to the inside of the card base.   All materials are Close To My Heart and are, except for the retired Skylark Complement embellishments I used on the card front, currently available.

(1385) White Daisy Cardstock

(X7196B) Blossom Paper Packet

    • Blossom B&T Duos™ Papers
    • Sunset Cardstock, also available separately (X5758)
    • Lagoon Cardstock, also available separately (X5762)

(1245) Olive Cardstock(Z2191) Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

(Z2461) ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker