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Close to My Heart has exceptional quality papercrafting supplies and programs designed to help you make the most of your creativity. Shopping on my website will enter you into a monthly drawing for $25 of Hostess Rewards, if the combined monthly sales goes over $150. You can view the current Catalog/Idea Book as well as the seasonal supplemental catalog on my blog as well. Please email me with an questions or comments. Carol

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Quick peek at new CTMH products available August 1, 2015

CTMH is making one paper pack and all that goes with it available to purchase on August 1.  The name of the paperpack is Zoe. I have already put together the Workshop On the Go, but I'm not allowed to post it to my blog until Aug. 1.  Sorry, I promised you it would be posted this week, but just a few days more to wait.

I can, however, show you little snippets of it, which I am doing here.   You will be able to see some of the Artistry Cricut shapes, coordinating stamps from the WOTG, and other stamps.  If you look carefully, you can see a cricut phrase too. There are also some 3D acrylic compliments.

Enjoy this sneak peek and come back on August 1 to see the complete layout.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Triple layered stamping and sneak peek

I am going to be teaching a Make-N-Take project at a crop next week.  This is the card technique I'm planning on teaching.  You layer 3 sized of cardstock so that your stamping overlaps all three layers at once. I learned this technique from Dawn O (Triple time stamping by Dawn O.on her youtube video).

After you have done all your stamping, you take the 3 layers apart and mat each one on a complimentary color of cardstock.  I used Chocolate because it is may favorite color and it goes with practically everything.

My card base is chocolate also.  Inside the card, I stamped the same three stamps as I did on the front of the card.

To put my sentiment on, I used the coming August Stamp of the Month and stamped the outline shape, cut it out, and then stamped Happy Birthday on it.  I added clear bling sparkles (Not pictured.)

White layers are:  bottom layer and inside of card  4"x5.25", middle layer 3.25"x4.5", top layer 2"x3.25"

Chocolate layers are card base 8.5"x5.5", middle layer mat 3.25"x4.5", top layer mat 2.25"x3.5"
Stamps used are:  D1482 Love Life, D1651 Wavy Blooms, and S1508 Framed Aug Stamp of the month.

Colors used are Sweet Leaf, Cashmere, and Hollyhock

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scrapbooking Class Layout

This is my layout for the class I am teaching this Wednesday at Lantana Middle School Adult Ed.

I made this layout using the CTMH How-to book, Make it From the Heart Vol II.  The design is Layout 02 on page 8-9.  I used an older paper that I had enough of for the students in the class.  Colors in this layout are Buttercup, Lagoon, Gypsy, and Black.

All supplies used are from Close to My Heart execpt Tonic Dies Weaving Laurel, Elizabeth Crafts flower die, and a small flower punch.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blossom Workshop on the Go Cardmaking kit

The Blossom card kit comes with everything you need except ink and adhesive to make 15 cards in three styles.  These two cards I made sitting in my hotel room in the evening this week.  

I'm in the state Capitol as a teacher/lobbyist this week so my evenings are free.   What do I do?   Make cards!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wedding mini album for a colleague

Once same sex marriages became legal in Florida, I knew it wasn't long before my friend married his true love.  They were married last week and I created this little mini album for them.

All products used CTMH except the Vellum Quotes and liquid glue.
Most of the products I used are already retired and no longer available, but I wanted these products and the blue color was specifically requested.

For the cover, I used my Silhouette to cut out the names attached to the blue oval. I typed the text and attached it to the oval path.  I learned how to do this by watching videos by CleverSomeday on YouTube. Her videos can be found here.  I also created an offset to place behind the names.  The date was cut on the same mat with the other items.
The first page has a Vellum quote that can be left as is or placed over a photo. I left it for the couple to decide.  Once they do, I'll help them finish the page.

The next two pages are the left and right side inside the album.  They have places for a photo on each page.

The last page has a Vellum quote with a torn edge that can be placed on top of another photo.
The front and back cover are cut from black chipboard. I don't remember where that came from.  It is lightweight chipboard.  I punced holes that line up with the 6" page protectors and tied it all together with black Tulle.  I wanted a binding system that can be expanded for more pages if desired.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine cards

 First card was made using the old CTMH Smitten My Originals Cardmaking Kit.  These kits came with preprinted card bases and a coordinating sheet of MyStickease.  I layered the I Love You onto a cranberry rectangle and layered both onto some black cardstock.  I also ran some black cardstock through the Hearts Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.  Then I sanded off the raised heart edges with some emery boards.  I added gold Glitter Gems and raised the I Love You with 3D Foam Tape.

Again, this was a preprinted card base from the same cardmaking kit.  I added a strip of black cardstock that was run through the Hearts embossing folder and sanded off the hearts. I added the strip of Gold Shimmer Trip.  Then I added the 3 Hearts.

All products are from Close to My Heart.  Some products are no longer available.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Class Information

Carol Horton

Close to My Heart

Independent Consultant
cell phone 561-762-7635

Want to scrapbook your photos? Want to learn new techniques? Would you like to have hand made cards ready for any occasion that comes along?  Consider joining one of my cardmaking or scrapbooking classes and enjoy an evening out creating beautiful artwork.

School District of Palm Beach County Adult Education

8-Week Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Class
    Monday 6-8:30          Lantana MS
     Wednesday 6-8:30   Lantana MS

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Valentine Card

This card was made using CTMH Black, White Daisy, and Cranberry cardstock.  The stamp is from the D1560 Happy Time stamp set.  It was embossed using White embossing powder.

The hearts were cut using a Simon Says Stamp Heart die. The black background was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some really cool ornaments I'm going to make with my Firsties.

I created some ornaments using clear glass ornaments purchased from Michaels.  First I used a technique from a YouTube video by Ranger.   They sprayed alcohol inks into the ornaments and then shot some canned air to move the ink around inside the ornament.  I left them to dry and they looked cool, but I really wanted to do the insides with glitter.  After drying a couple of days (which isn't necessary because alcohol inks dry almost instantly)  I added another technique.   I poured some Mop n Glo into the ornament and made sure the entire inside was covered.  I quickly poured out the excess.  A very tiny amount of the colored ink was reliquified, but not enough to make a difference.  

After about a minute or two, I poured in some white glitter and shook it around covering the opening with a paper towel.  These are some of the ornaments drying.