More Beautiful Charlotte!

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Hello Friends!

Here are a couple more cards made with that gorgeous Charlotte paper collection.  These papers are now retired (sad, I know!), but I’m certain that the designs of these cards can be used with any of the fabulous Close To My Heart papers!  Check out all the new papers HERE!

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In the first card I attempted to make a herringbone background using zip strips.  I stamped the sentiment on a trimmed PML style cut-apart from the paper collection.

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The second card used another of the Charlotte patterned papers accented with Black and Gold Ribbon and Black enamel dots.  I added a layered flower made with the Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp set which I colored with Shin Han alcohol markers.  The birthday sentiment is from the new Birthday Sparkles stamp set.

Now you can dig out your old Charlotte paper and create some “beauties” like these!  Or grab any of the fabulous Close To My Heart papers and make your own versions of these designs!  Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


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.

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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.

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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


Fancy Fold Cards

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A while back I made a Fancy Fold card for one of the Heart 2 Heart Challenges design team projects.  I loved this design so much, so I decided to create three more with three different paper collections.  These will be Congratulations cards for a few of my retiring teacher friends.  Enjoy!

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To purchase any of the items to make these cards, just visit my online shopping site HERE.

Always remember something WOMDERFUL is about to happen!   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.

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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!

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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


Heart 2 Heart Monograms

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Hello Friends!

This week the challenge at Heart 2 Heart is to create a project with a MONOGRAM.  Please visit the H2H blog to see the wonderful monogram projects that the Design Team has created.  You will be sure to find some Close To My Heart inspiration there!

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To create this card, I used the beautiful Charlotte paper collection along with Black and Gold Ribbon and glittery gold circles from the Gold Fundamentals Assortment.  The frame for my monogram is from Artiste and the letter “L” is from Artbooking.  A little layering with Black and Sorbet cardstock finished this simple, yet elegant monogram card.

Now it’s your turn to create a monogram project and link it up at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  We always love to see what everyone makes!

Spread lots of sunshine today!   Laurie

Don’t forget to get your Close To My Heart March specials HERE!

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Springtime Wishes Part 3

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Last week I wrote a couple of blog posts showing ways to use the new Springtime Wishes stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts.  The first post showed a Congrats card using Watercolor pencils to color the stamps.  The next post showed a Best Wishes card using Shin Han markers.  Today I would like to share a Thank You card.

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I used the new Charlotte paper collection by Close To My Heart along with Whisper, Sorbet, and White Daisy cardstock.  I cut several inches off the front panel of my card base and attached one of the decorative cards that are included in the paper pack so that it extended beyond the cut edge of card.  The sentiment is also attached so that it extends past the edge.  I think this gives a nice note of interest to the card design!

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To make the flowers, I first painted some layers of color onto watercolor paper using CTMH Watercolor Paints.  When the paper was dry, I placed the Thin Cuts on it and ran them through the Cuttlebug to quickly and easily cut the shape.  I then stamped the coordinating image in Slate ink and attached them to the card.

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Treasured Puffies were the perfect way to embellish this interesting, yet beautiful card!  Check out the pictures below of the Springtime Wishes stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts.  Those images with a blue outline are the ones that have a matching Thin Cut die.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about the different techniques I used to create these cards.  I really love the versatility and ease of these awesome new products and if I can do it, you can do it too!!  If you would like to try these Thin Cuts or any other Close To My Heart products, please shop HERE.

Be the good in the world today!   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!

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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!

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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