Monday, August 31, 2009

Cute Card Tote

This cute little project is another find from a SU consultant’s website. I was unable to trace back to the original post, so if you know who I need to give credit to, please let me know!


The tote is made of cardstock and is secured closed with velcro. The front and back each have a pocket that holds 2 cards, and the inside pocket holds the envelopes. The notepad is attached with velcro so it can be replaced. I think I will add a loop of cardstock to hold a pen, too.


I love these pocket cards! The are so simple and easy to make. The pocket is secured only at the top by the ribbon.


The insert leaves lots of room to write a note, or even add a small photo. I would love to get something like this in the mail!


supplies used (all CTMH, unless noted):

  • Boom-Di-Ada Level 2 paper pack
  • Cottage Floral stamp set
  • Picture Perfect stamp set
  • (the sentiments are from a stamp set available to consultants only, but any circular sentiment would work)
  • sparkles—clear
  • designer ribbon rounds—hollyhock & ric rac collection
  • grosgrain ribbon—colonial white

colors: buttercup, hollyhock, olive, sweet leaf,

size: approx. 7” x 6” (closed); cards are standard 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”

idea from: a very creative SU demo—sorry I don’t know who you are!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Butterfly Wall Hanging


This is the project I entered for the July consultant artwork contest that CTMH holds each month. The winners were posted today, and unfortunately, I was not among them. What’s worse, is that I had to send in the original and I don’t get it back (I knew that going in—but it sure is easier to take when you win) I guess I’ll have to make myself another one!


supplies used (all CTMH, unless noted):

  • Perfect Day Level 2 paper pack
  • Key to My Heart paper pack (previous special promo)
  • Treetops stamp set
  • Sparkles—clear
  • Grosgrain ribbon—cocoa
  • Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart)

colors: cocoa, juniper, sorbet, tulip, colonial white

size: approx. 9” x 11”

idea from: my original design (though I’m sure I’ve seen similar ideas elsewhere)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Another Purse Gift

This delightful little purse was inspired by a project on a SU demo’s blog I saw ages ago……but I have no idea who it was. If you know who originally posted this type of project, please let me know so I can give proper credit! I was also greatly inspired by my ever-so-talented CTMH sister, Lisa Stenz!

EDITED TO ADD: I found it!! Here is the original tutorial for this project: Jan’s Stamps, Paper, Scissors


I love this little project and all the surprises it holds inside!


I love the inserts! You could add pictures or extra journaling….


supplies used (all CTMH, unless noted):

  • Bella Level 2 paper pack
  • Endless Friendship stamp set
  • Thank You stamp set
  • Journaling Jots stamp set
  • Sparkles—clear
  • Grosgrain ribbon—colonial white
  • Designer Ribbon Rounds—hollyhock
  • Connections Club—metal token
  • standard A2 envelopes (from my stash)
  • velcro dots (from my stash)

colors: hollyhock, creme brulee, olive, smokey plum, colonial white

size: approx. 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”

idea from: an unknown SU demonstrator & CTMH consultant Lisa Stenz

note: the flap for this purse was cut with my Cricut using the Storybook cartridge at 2 different sizes

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wow! A Rare Layout!

I am so bad about sitting down and creating layouts. I think it is because I am so “meticulous” and it takes me forever to complete one. Of course, the fact that I am overwhelmed with just about every product Close to My Heart sells wouldn’t be part of the problem, would it???? That’s why I was thrilled when CTMH offered the Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit as the special a few months ago—I do better when I limit my supplies and I love getting an idea from somewhere else and putting my own twist on it.

And for once, I actually got the special ahead of time and made up a sample for my customers. They loved it, and I did sell quite a few of these kits the month they were offered. Of course, it’s taken me until now to post it here, but better late than never, right??? Now I just need to make the other layouts from the kit!


supplies used (all CTMH, unless noted):

  • Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit
  • I Am stamp set from above kit
  • Sans Alphabet stamp set
  • Journaling Jots stamp set
  • Tiny Typewriter stamp set
  • Bigger brads—key lime
  • Mini-Medleys—Autumn Garden
  • Clear Sparkles

colors: blush, hollyhock, sweet leaf, twilight

size: 12”x12” two-page layout

idea from: Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit guide

note: My pictures were not the same size as suggested in the guide, so I added the decorative border underneath the photos. Then to balance that out, I added the extra narrow pink strips. I also changed my background cardstock from white daisy to sweet leaf and added a few extra embellishments.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another Father’s Day Card

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, here is the card I made for Mel this year. I was so excited to get this stamp set in one of the Mystery Boxes I ordered in June. It has been on my wish list for some time now. I went back to an old Idea Book to get inspiration for this card, and I am very happy with how it turned out!


Of course, Emily had to add her own touch to the inside. The little love notes from her made Daddy smile!


supplies used (all CTMH, unless noted):

  • Back Country Level 2 paper pack
  • Vintage Father’s Day stamp set
  • Checklist stamp set
  • Tiny Typewriter stamp set
  • Picture Perfect stamp set
  • Designer Ribbon Rounds—outdoor denim
  • Bigger Brads—outdoor denim
  • hemp—white

colors: outdoor denim, olive, barn red, bamboo, colonial white

size: 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”

idea from: inspired by a card in a previous CTMH Idea Book