All Creatures Great and Small

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At Heart 2 Heart this week the challenge is All Creatures Great and Small.  I decided to pull out a stamp set called Circus Birthday (B1533) from the Annual Inspirations catalog that I had never used.  It has some very cute creatures that I think fit this challenge perfectly!

I used the Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection to make this cute birthday card for a child, or a child at heart!  The cute little tiger image is colored with Shin Han markers.  I love how the black cardstock really sets off the vibrant colors of this paper collection.  Bet you just can’t help but smile!

Please stop over to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog and see the other projects made by the Design Team about All Creatures Great and Small.  Then link up your own artwork for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!   Laurie

Wonderful Thin Cuts!

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I LOVE Thin Cuts!  And I’m so happy they are on sale this month at Close To My Heart!  That’s right, all Thin Cuts are 25% off only this month, so don’t miss out on your chance to snag a few of these awesome goodies!

I thought it would be fun to try some variations on using those fabulous Thin Cuts besides just cutting and using the images.  Every time you cut, there is also a negative space cut and that’s what I concentrated on for these cards.


For this card, I used the Thin Cuts in the traditional way by cutting the “thanks” from Pomegranate cardstock and adhered it to layers of cardstock and Sugar Rush paper.

For the second card, I used the negative cut that was left over from the first card.  I prepared a multicolored panel to place behind the word by coloring diagonal stripes with my Shin Han markers (see below).  I then double matted the sentiment and adhered it to the card front along with some banner shapes.

There are lots of other ways you could decorate the panel behind the negative Thin Cut space.  Watercolors, water color pencils, pattern paper or plain cardstock would make a nice background feature.

It’s certainly fun to play around with Thin Cuts!  Tomorrow I’ll show you another way I used Thin Cuts as a colorful, dramatic feature so stop by again to check it out.  If you would like to order any of the Thin Cuts and coordinating stamp sets, please SHOP HERE.  Thank you very much!    Laurie

For the Girls at Heart 2 Heart!

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This week at Heart 2 Heart, the theme is FOR THE GIRLS!  This was a bit difficult for me since I usually create projects with my two boys and grandson in mind.  So I had to put on my “girly-girl” hat and start crafting!

I chose Calypso paper, which will be retiring at the end of August, and a stamp set called Birthday Princess to create my card.  I stamped the cute little princess onto some oval die cuts, colored it with Shin Han markers and added a little shine from the new CTMH Shimmer Brush.  I created the background by layering some Calypso zip strips and pink Shimmer Trim.


Check out the other design team projects at Heart 2 Heart and then get your own “girly-girl” craft on!  We love to see what you share with us!

Make it a great day!!  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.


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

August Stamp of the Month

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Have you seen the August Stamp of the Month called Purr-fect Halloween?  It is so cute and so versatile!  While it really is purr-fect for Halloween, it certainly can be used for much more.  Take a look at a couple of cards I made with this awesome stamp set.  The first one is for Halloween and the second is a Birthday card.



You can get your own Purr-fect Halloween stamp set for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase.  You can see the online version of the Annual Inspirations HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Something AWESOME is waiting for you just around the corner!   Laurie


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More Florence Cards

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Yesterday I shared a couple of cards I made with the beautiful Florence paper by Close To My Heart.  Well, just like eating potato chips, it’s hard for me to stop with just one!  So here are some more!  I found a tutorial for these vertical Z fold cards on Splitcoast Stampers (via Pinterest) and wanted to give this technique a try.  What do you think?



Again I used the CTMH “A Bunch of Love” stamp set and Thin Cuts to make the floral image on the front of each card.  I colored the images with my Shin Han markers and mounted them on a fancy shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  This cartridge will be retiring soon, so if you do not own it yet, don’t delay!  They are on a “while supplies last” basis.



Here are pictures of the cards when fully open.  There is a sentiment and a space to write a message on the inside.


When closed, the front section of the card is tucked under a flower that is popped up with dimensional foam.  They stand nicely on their own for display.  A sprinkle of Florence sequins added a bit of bling to each card.

If you would like directions for these cards, just let me know.  And if you would like any of the supplies I used, shop HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and make it an AWESOME day!    Laurie



Florence Cards and A Bunch of Love

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I absolutely LOVE the Florence paper collection by Close To My Heart!  It has such rich, vibrant colors that make me very happy!  There is a stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts called “A Bunch of Love” that goes so well with Florence.  Take a look at the cards I made—


The top card is embellished with Rose Gold foil tape and the Florence multicolored sequins.  I colored the image with my Shin Han markers.  On the second card I heat embossed the stamped image in gold before coloring with the Shin Han markers.  I used the regular Gold foil tape and gold sequins to match the gold embossing.


The Florence paper collection and matching embellishments are only available for one more month, so don’t wait until they’re gone to order yours!  Shop HERE for all your Close To My Heart products.

Thanks for stopping by today–you are AWESOME!!   Laurie