Friday, February 22, 2019

New Post on My New Blog

Hi everyone!  I have recently made the decision to move my blog over to my own domain.  Why?  I wanted to have unlimited storage space for photos of projects and things that I wanted to share with you. 

 I have just added a new post, and I would love for you to stop over and view my Love Blossoms Card.  You can get there by clicking the link, above.

The great thing about this new blog,, is that all of my old blog posts are there as well.  I am even in the process of categorizing everything in an easy to follow manner.

Please stop by!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Oh Snap! Layout for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Oh Snap! I have made a layout from my heart today for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Betty's blog, you are on the right track!  

This layout is built upon so many CTMH Thin Cuts die cuts, and prominently features Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts.  But wait, let's go back to the beginning, I am getting ahead of myself.  

I began with a patterned piece of cardstock from the Feels Like Home paper pack.  I then pulled out a sheet of Linen cardstock, trimmed it down to an 11.5 square, and adhered it to the base.  I randomly stamped in Pebble Ink with the floral stamps from the Love Blossoms Stamp Set. I splattered some Watercolor Paint onto my page too, for added texture.  Next, I pulled out small pieces of Seasons Mix In paper that I had left over from last year.  I used the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts to make the cute little elements on them.  You might notice some of the Decorative Borders more clearly in the close ups below.

CTMH Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts Layout
I adhered down my photo and began to build.  I used all three sizes of Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts, and even put one popped up over my photo.  The other two anchored my Butterflies that were stamped and die cut from my Butterfly Friendship Stamp + Thin Cuts set. I colored the butterflies using my Watercolor Pencils and my Clear Shimmer Brush.
CTMH Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts Layout
I used my Stitched Heart Thin Cuts to make all of the different hearts that you see throughout my layout.  Some little Clear Sparkles dot the layout to help with embellishment.  The title was cut from Gold Glitter Paper, but it was just two words that I typed in CDS and welded together.  The last element that I added was the stamped "my heart", which also came from the Love Blossoms stamp set.
CTMH Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts Layout
I think this picture, above, really highlights the stamped florals from the Love Blossom set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!  Next up on the hop is the talented Marie.  Please visit her blog, NJ Stamping Queen, to see what she has in store for you today!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Rectangle Frames and Stitched Hearts Thin Cut Card How To

Welcome!  Today on the blog I will be showing you how to make a cute set of cards using the Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts from Close To My Heart.  

There is even a brand new, somewhat silly, 
if you get to the bottom of this post!!!

I have paired the cards with our Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts, to replicate a card that I had seen pinned on Pinterest.  (I apologize the the original artist, as I can not find her name, nor the original photo that I sketched.)
Using a few little pieces of CTMH's I Heart Us paper, I created 2 sets of our largest Stitched Rectangle Frame pieces.  I also cut one set out of plain White Daisy Cardstock.  
I proceeded to cut 6 Stitched Hearts out of the White Daisy rectangle.  After using some Thin 3D Foam Tape to adhere some of the elements to each card, I added a sentiment stamped in White Daisy Ink and a few Loose Sequins in Silver.
These are the cards I came up with.

I wanted to make a how to video, but I decided to change up the card set a little by using some of my Heart Happy paper.  (Yup, same pack as I made all four of my layouts with as well as the Gal Pals Forever Shaker Card.). Oh, and I should mention that the sentiments for both sets of cards were also from the Heart Happy Promotion stamp set called 
A Piece of my Heart.  
You can laugh along with me as you see my little momentary bloopers on the video.  I left them in to show you that I am really a disaster when I craft sometimes!  Please like my Facebook page and subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you don't miss any future videos.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

So Much Happy Mini Card Set

So Much Happy.  A vibrant, bright, cheery paper suite featured in CTMH's 2019 Seasonal Expressions 2.

I was at the tail end of a crop on Saturday evening, and didn't want to start a big project.  Let's face it, I don't get very much done at crops.  I am there 99% to spend time with my girlfriends enjoying good conversations and food that I didn't have to cook.  Too funny, right?

CTMH So Much Happy Card

I knew I needed to complete at least one thing in my 12 hours there.  I set to work to make a set of 3x3 mini cards.  Each card base began as a 3x6 piece of patterned cardstock.  It is topped with a 2.5x2.5 piece of the reverse side of the same paper as the base.  
Using my I Heart Us Cardmaking stamp set and my ShinHan markers, I colored the cute little flowers.  Fussy cutting is not my favorite, but I powered through using my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors.  Once I had stuck on the little flowers to their respective card bases, I realized that I needed a little bling, which came in the form of Gold Shimmer Trim.  
The sentiments from the I Heart Us Cardmaking stamp set were just too big, so, I went with sentiments from my Butterfly Friendship stamp set instead.  Here are some close up photos of the I Heart Us mini cards.

CTMH So Much Happy Card 1

CTMH So Much Happy Card 2

CTMH So Much Happy Card 3

CTMH So Much Happy Card 4

If you would like to see the entire So Much Happy paper suite, please feel free to HERE.  Thank you for checking out my I Heart Us Mini Card Set!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Heart Happy Scrapbook Layouts

Heart Happy Scrapbook Layouts that will make your heart VERY happy!  You might have caught a glimpse of the four scrapbook layouts that I created with my Heart Happy bundle from Close To My Heart.
Today I wanted to share those pages in full.  

If you would like to make these layouts for yourself, I am offering a Workshop Cutting Guide and you can find out more by clicking on this highlighted link!

So, without further delay, here are my four layouts in all of their glory!  No little glimpses, because I wanted you to see all of the easy these would be to complete with all of their straight lines.

CTMH Heart Happy Layout

CTMH Heart Happy Layout

CTMH Heart Happy Layout

CTMH Heart Happy Layout

To create my Heart Happy Scrapbook Layouts, I used the Heart Happy Bundle without the stamp set, 2 additional White Daisy sheets of cardstock and some Foam Tape.  That's all of the consumable supplies.  Easy.  You will also need a paper trimmer and Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors to fussy cut the flowers in the page directly above this paragraph.
Remember, the link to the Workshop and Cutting Guide can be found at the top of this post, and I have even created a bonus Heart Happy card with my remaining pieces that you can see by clicking on the pink highlighted words above.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Heart Happy Gal Pals Forever Shaker Card

Instead of cleaning up where my paper crafting bomb seems to have exploded, I decided to make it worse today!  Yes, I should have been organizing and putting away my supplies.  I had picked up my Heart Happy leftovers to to just that, but got side tracked by a few of the sticker embellishments left after making my four Heart Happy layouts.
CTMH Heart Happy Card
CTMH Heart Happy Card

Using my Basic Hearts Thin Cuts, my Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts, a piece of a Flip Flap and some Gold Loose Sequins, I set to work making my very own shaker element.  I used two of the hearts, concentrically  to make the paper overlay for the outside of my shaker window.  The sky is the limit with shaker cards, really.  Did you know that you can even die cut a piece of a Flip Flap instead of using acetate to make the perfect clear layer for your shaker card?
After adding my heart lollipop sticker to the edge of the shaker, I embellished with some loops of Gold Sequin Ribbon, and a bow of White and Gold Skinny Ribbon. My stamp set was nowhere to be found, so I went with a sticker sentiment. A few teensy scraps of Heart Happy paper here and there, and even a little heart cut from the Stitched Hearts Thin Cuts gave the card just the right touch of clutter that I was going for!  

Close To My Heart Craft With Heart Subscription Special

Just a few more days until time runs out on the bonus offer for new annual subscribers for the Craft With Heart Subscription from Close To My Heart.
In the following video, I will show you my completed layouts for January - April of 2019, along with explaining the special bonus you'll receive.
If you would like to try out the Craft With Heart Subscription on an annual, trip-annual or monthly basis, feel free to click here to visit my website to learn more!  Thanks for looking.  I love my layouts and hope that you will love them too!
Remember, each 2 paged layout along with CTMH Memory Protectors, can be yours for only$7.18 with an annual subscription!
Here is just one of my layouts that cost me just $7.18!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Feels Like Home And Budding Peony Card

Welcome to GIRLplusPAPER and my entry for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge number 507.
These challenges can really jumpstart your creativity if you need a little push.
Today I am sharing a card made with Close To My Heart’s Feels Like Home paper paired with the Budding Peony Stamp and Thin Cuts set.

You might also notice that I used Close To My Heart's Stitched Rectangular Frames Thin Cuts to create the bottom two layers of my card.  I then drew in my stitches using a LePen.
After stamping the peony with Intense Black Ink, I used my favorite Watercolor Pencils along with my handy dandy Clear Shimmer Brush to shade my flower and leaves.  Look carefully and you might see that the peony sits upon two Thin Cut Circles, one from the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts, and another from the Basic Circles Thing Cut set.  And that little piece of Sugarplum Glitter paper...that was made with our Decorative Borders Thin Cuts!
To embellish my card even more, I glued down some tiny sequins from my Silver Loose Sequins pack, and added some Silver Embellishing Thread.
Thank you, Mojo Monday, for another inspiring sketch!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

How to Make a CTMH Budding Peony Shaker Card

Are you interested in how to make your own version of my Budding Peony Shaker Card?  This video will show you how I made mine!
Here are the links to some of the important supplies that I used to create my Budding Peony Shaker Card.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Craft With Heart Subscription Bonus!!!

I have recently just received and completed my second shipment of CTMH's new subscription service, Craft With Heart.  I opted for the annual option, where I get three shipments of 4 months worth of layouts at a time.  I love my subscription, but now, CTMH has made it even better!

Now through January 31st, you will receive a bonus kit along with your annual enrollment.  
The Family Ties Cut Above Kit features 3 double layouts along with Memory Protectors!
An annual Craft With Heart Subscription breaks down to only $14.36 per month, which includes 4 pages, and Memory Protectors!
Here is a look at the January through April pages.

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January Craft With Heart 

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February Craft With Heart

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March Craft With Heart

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April Craft With Heart
Would you like to see my completed layouts?  I have done a video walkthrough to show the little embellishment that I put on mine, and you can watch it by hopping over to this Craft With Heart blog post.
I am just so excited to share this A-MAZ-ING offer with all of you!!!  To find out more, simply click on any of the Craft With Heart links throughout this post.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Heart Happy Layouts and Workshop Cutting Guide

Close To My Heart's "Heart Happy"
Available only while supplies last, or February 28, 2019, whichever comes first.
It truly made my own heart happy, with its striking color palette that includes Sapphire, Raspberry, Mint and Ballerina, to name a few of the colors.
I knew that I wanted to make beautiful, yet easy to accomplish layouts with this bundle of goodness.  I wanted these layouts to be achievable for my scrapbookers without Cricut or Thin Cuts, and I am delighted with how they turned out.  To make these layouts, you will need The Heart Happy Workshop Kit without the Stamp Set (but for a few dollars more, why not just get the set?) as well as two sheets of White Daisy Cardstock if you chose to add the additional photo mats above those included in the kit. 

Keep scrolling past these layout photos for details on how you can make your own!

Now, onto how to get the Workshop Cutting Guide to make your own set of these oh, so easy but oh, so pretty layouts.

I designed this Workshop Cutting Guide that I would like to offer to anyone that purchases $20 in product from my CTMH website,  The products purchased can include any items at all, even clearance, just as long as they add up to $20. This offer is available for any customer or fellow consultant to take advantage of.  And if you are a fellow consultant, you will be free to use my cutting guides for your very own, in-person workshops.  

I will email the workshop to you within 24 hours (and usually much sooner) of your $20 product purchase is complete.

I am also offering an option ONLY for my friends OUTSIDE of the United States, since you can't purchase from my website, sadly.  Please note that this option is not for those in the United States, and I will need to reverse your payment if you live in the US and try to use the button.

$10 USD