Friday, February 13, 2015

The Buckle Boutique blings out a Love Notes card box

For Valentine's Day, why say "I love you" with a simple card, when a set of love cards in a gorgeous box can be hers? 
I made this Card Box for Love Notes, covering one of Close To My Heart's Journaling Cards Box with CTMH's Yuletide Carol paper.  Yuletide?  Yes, right -- I think the roses on the pretty ruby paper is much better suited to Valentine's Day. Lovely, aren't they? 
Topping off the hinged opening is a strip of fancy Gold Rectangle Dazzling Diamond self-adhesive sticker sheets from The Buckle Boutique. I simply trimmed the row using standard scissors, peeled off the sticker back, and adhered it to the box. The scissors cut through the resin very easily, for when I needed to trim them on a slant for the box sides. 
Now, while I intend to write a love note for my sweetie (hubby John) to put inside of the box for Valentine's Day (shhhh, don't tell), I also made a set of four cards that could be used within the box if that's more your style. 

Let's take a look at these romantic cards. All are size A2 (4.25" wide x 5.5" high) to fit perfectly in the Journaling Card Box:

For this card, I used a CTMH Colonial White card base and topped it with a layer of CTMH Ruby cardstock, and then a layer of tan damask print paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack.  I tied a pretty beige grosgrain ribbon around the height of the card (securing under the Yuletide Carol layer). Before tying the bow, I cut an intricate die cut called "Celtic Heart" from Cheery Lynn Designs; I topped the bow with a romantic mulberry-paper red rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Love is definitely in the air with this pretty, detailed Valentine.
Starting with a card base from CTMH White Daisy cardstock, I embossed/cut the beautiful pattern and heart opening using a die from Sizzix.  The word "love" was cut from a piece of CTMH Slate cardstock, using a word pattern available from the Silhouette Online Store, and my Silhouette Cameo. The pretty leaf flourish was also cut using the Cameo and an SOS file, from CTMH Topiary cardstock, and topped with a mulberry-paper red rose from WOC.   

Again, for this card, I started with a CTMH White Daisy cardstock base, and topped the card with a piece of CTMH Ruby cardstock that I embossed using a ProvoCraft Cuttlebug hearts folder, and my Cheery Lynn Designs "Crossover" embossing machine.  For the stamped roses, I used a CTMH floral stamp and the rock-n-roll technique to apply ink to the image before stamping.  The "I Love You Because" stamp is also from CTMH, using CTMH Exclusive Ink in Black.  The leaves were cut using a file from the Silhouette Online Store, and CTMH Topiary cardstock.

Finally, for this simple card, I topped a CTMH White Daisy card base with a piece of Yuletide Carol paper that I had trimmed into a pennant shape.  I then cut the word "Love" using a Silhouette Online Store word pattern; I cut it twice -- once in CTMH Slate, and the other in CTMH White Daisy, for a unique effect.  The adhesive epoxy hearts are also from CTMH. 

For some specific products links, see here:

Here is the link to the Yuletide Carol Paper.

Here is a link to the Journaling Card Box.

The Buckle Boutique:
Here is the link to the Gold Rectangle Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheet.
The Buckle Boutique’s Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Organizing Tip: Keep Your Bling in An Album

Assuming you're just like me -- a craft hoarder as much as a crafter -- you're always looking for a sweet technique for organizing your papercrafting supplies.  Today, I am going to show you one way that I organize my bling/gems.

I have adhesive bling in every color, shape and size. Some are rhinestone or clear, some are pearlescent.

I have taken one of Close To My Heart's gorgeous new D-Ring Albums and I have dedicated it to storing my bling. This is the new turquoise chevron pattern, which happens to match CTMH's new Rolling Tote and Shoulder Tote.

I filled the album with CTMH's Memory Protectors (Designs 1-5) which have pocket dividers in various sizes.  I insert sheets of the bling into the pockets, and arrange the sheets by color, starting with clear, through ROYBGIV (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet) to brown and black.  

Now, of course, I have plenty of these gems -- so soon this album will bulge. To keep the binder closed and the embellishments in place, I made a ribbon belt. This gray -- matching the Rolling Tote and Shoulder Bag as well -- is the retired Satin Polka Dot ribbon also from CTMH.  I affixed an adorable blinged buckle from The Buckle Boutique. This buckle splits in the middle with a hook and eye clasp.  Perfect! 

For more information, on purchasing the beautiful new turquoise chevron album from Close To My Heart, please visit my CTMH site at, or see the CTMH Chevron Album 

If you'd like to buy some buckle bling for your own album belt, here are links to The Buckle Boutique:

The Buckle Boutique’s Website . . . click HERE
The Buckle Boutique Blog . . . . click HERE
Facebook Page . . . click HERE
Twitter Page . . . click HERE
Pinterest Page . . . click HERE

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,