Beautiful Charlotte Paper!

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I know I say this all the time about Close To My Heart paper, BUT…one of my very favorite collections is CHARLOTTE!  This paper retired with the first Seasonal Expression last spring, but I had a little left over and decided to play with it again last week.  I think this paper is perfect for making projects for weddings and anniversaries.


The first card is made entirely with the Charlotte Complements on a background of subtle floral pattern paper.  I loved the sentiment on the right side and then just layered different arrows, a heart and a flower to accent.


This card has one of the PML style cut-aparts as the focal point on the black and white background.  I added a zip strip on the side and then layered on some flowers.  I used the Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp set to create the flowers.  They are colored with our Shin Han alcohol markers.

Stop back again tomorrow to see two more cards made with the beautiful Charlotte paper collection by Close To My Heart.  So sad it is retired, but so happy I have a little bit left!    Laurie

Celebrating Love at BBTB2!

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Happy Monday!  This week the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to create a project with LOVE in mind–namely Anniversaries and Weddings.  I was asked to make a wedding card with the bride and groom’s monograms on the front and this is the result.  The paper is from an old My Mind’s Eye collection and the frame is from Cindy Loo.  The monogram letters are from Artbooking by Close To My Heart.  I love the contrast of the rustic wood grain paper and the glitter stripes and letters!


Stop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out the other design team projects–you’ll be sure to find some inspiration!  And we always love it when you share your projects with us!  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!    Laurie


Thank you for shopping HERE for all of your Close To My Heart products!

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More Thin Cuts Fun!

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Yesterday I shared some cards that I made with the Hearts and Stars Thin Cuts by Close To My Heart.  Today I have some cards made with the word Thin Cuts–Happy, Celebrate and Love.  They cut so easily with any die cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or Big Shot.  The most challenging thing about them is applying adhesive since the cuts are pretty thin, but I used my Bonding Memories Glue Pen and it worked just fine.


I used the chevron woodgrain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals collection for the background of my card.  The “Happy” was cut from Poppy cardstock and adhered to a banner shape in Peacock.  The “birthday” sentiment was stamped in Poppy ink and  I added a bow of Poppy twine as the only embellishment.



The background for these cards is the gold embossed vellum from the Uptown Fundamental collection.  It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the polka dots are actually shiny gold embossed circles.  This time I cut the Thin Cuts from gold and black glitter paper and added the Black and Gold Ribbon to give it a sophisticated look.  I think these would be great for a wedding or anniversary card.  Plus they are big enough to be the title on a scrapbook page–love that!!

Get your own Thin Cuts by shopping at my CTMH website HERE–you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having an awesome day!   Laurie


Charlotte Wedding Card

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Since the Close To My Heart Charlotte paper collection will be retiring soon (April 30), I wanted to make a few more projects with this gorgeous paper.  I had a customer wanting some wedding cards, so what better paper to use?  This card was so easy to make since all the papers in the Charlotte collection go together beautifully.


The heart overlay came from the Artistry cartridge by Close To My Heart and the sentiment is a CTMH stamp.  I think it made a simple, yet elegant card and I hope my customer loves it as much as I do!  My mind is just full of other project to make with this fabulous paper!


Besides Charlotte, two other paper collections are also retiring April 30–Regatta and Penelope.  You only have a few more days to snag these products!  Simply go to my online shopping site HERE, join the April Gathering and click away!

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Have a wonderful weekend and don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!   Laurie

Springtime Wishes Part 2

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Yesterday I shared a card I made with the Springtime Wishes stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts.  Today I have another card with another way to use these great new products from Close To My Heart.  Instead of cutting around your stamped images, you simply run the Thin Cuts and paper through a Cuttlebug or other die cutting machine and voila, a perfect cut!


Again I used the beautiful Charlotte paper along with Sorbet cardstock and Slate ink to stamp the sentiments.  For this card I colored the flowers with my Shin Han markers in several colors.  I am still not very good at blending with these alcohol markers, but I’m getting better!


To make the card design a little more interesting, I cut about 1 inch off the front of the card base. Then I attached the flowers so that they hung off the edge of the card.  I added some retired sparkles to the centers of the flowers and on the sentiments.  I think this will make a great wedding card!

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Thin Cuts are really great, especially for crafters who don’t have a Cricut or if you want to save the hassle of getting out a bigger machine, mats and programming a Cricut.  The blue lines around the images on the stamp set indicate that they have a matching Thin Cut.

Come back in a couple of days to see one more project that I made with the Springtime Wishes stamp set and Thin Cuts!  Or better yet, sign up at the right for an email notification whenever there is a new Crafty Sisters Creations post so you won’t miss a thing!

Thanks for stopping by today and have an amazing day!   Laurie

Pop Up Cards Part 2

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In my last post I shared a few pop up cards from the Artfully Sent cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Today I have a few more!  The first card is a flowery, frilly birthday card that I made with some old paper and cardstock I found in my craft room.

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I love the elegance of this wedding card!  I used the Close To My Heart stamp set The Happy Couple for my sentiments and some shimmery metallic paper for the accents.  Dimensional foam helps to make them really pop off the page.

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Aren’t these baby cards sweet?  I used Close To My Heart cardstock and the cuts all came out great!  I added a little bling, ribbon, twine and a charm and these were a snap to make!

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Artfully Sent is one of those cartridges that can be a little confusing to use, but don’t give up!  Just jump right in a play around with the different keys and options and before you know it, you will be creating beautiful cards!

Remember to leave a little glitter wherever you go!    Laurie

Artfully Sent Pop Up Cards

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Hello, Crafty Friends!

I recently played with the pop up cards on my Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart.  Here are a few of the cards I made.  Instead of the suggested 5″x 7″ card size, I made mine 6.5″x 5″ so they would fit in my A7 sized envelopes.  On the first card I used some shimmer paper from my stash along with stamps by Close To My Heart.

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On the front of the get well card, I used various cuts from the Cricut subscription on my Explore along with some older Echo Park paper.

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This birthday card was made with Imaginece paper and cutouts.

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Don’t be afraid to use the pop up card feature on the Artfully Sent cartridge–it’s lots of fun with endless possibilities!

Be sure to share your smile today!   Laurie