Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Sophisticated Thank You Card, in Sangria

The reasons for which I am eternally grateful, and thankful on a daily basis, are too many to count. While I try to always thank the person who holds the door open for me, who helps me with a retreat, or just makes my day better, I have not been as good about expressing thank in the way I do best: with a card.

I'm trying to better with that. So I've made a few of these cards to keep handy in my stash to send to those who just brighten my day in some way:

This card was mostly scrap-lifted from a design on Close To My Heart's Creative Insider, plans that help consultants come up with projects for their workshops. I made a few modifications to it -- really, not enough to call my own -- but let's talk about it.

First, using CTMH's "A Thousand Thanks" (C1625) stamp set and Eggplant Exclusive Ink Stamp pad (Z2647), I stamped the words "Thank You" at the top of my cut Daisy White card piece. 

Next, I lined up all of those itty-bitty lines of expressions for stamping. Here, I'll let you in on a secret discovery I recently made. You're going to hate me and love me at the same time for telling you about this tool:

I used a stamp positioning tool called a "MISTI", which stands for the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented. OK, not so humble, but maybe right. It's changed how I stamp and made my life so much easier!

This is what MISTI looks like: It is the size of your Galaxy Samsung Tablet, but it has a magnetic bottom, a layer of foam, positioning grids on the bottom and on the lid. To work a MISTI, you arrange your stamps (stamping side down, or exposed) along the lines of the grid so you can center the lines as well as keep them straight. 

What I do is put my A2 card onto the MISTI and decide where I want my stamps to be on the card, generally. I put the lid down on top of the stamps, and the lid will left up the acrylic to be generally where you want them. Then you can rearrange them to be straight/centered, etc.   You ink up the stamps right on the acrylic lid and fold (hinges) the lid down onto your paper. 

Miss a bit of inking? You can re-ink and re-strike, with nearly perfect alignment most of the time. Have several cards to make at a time of the same design?  Just insert a new A2 paper, reink and drop the lid. Easy-peasy. Here is a video that the makers of MISTI have on their website: 

MISTI is not inexpensive: $50 base price, and you'll need add-ons like magnets, grid paper, and cleaner. You can buy it from the inventor/manufacturer, My Sweet Petunia, at the link provided. Trust me on this one: This is my favorite tool of 2015 so far!

Back to the card:  I lined up the 3 sentiments on the MISTI and finished off the white card using Eggplant. Then I decided to stamp the word FRIEND using Versamark (glue) pad, and sprinkled the stamped word with Princess Gold embossing powder. I then heat set the embossed word, waving my warmed CTMH Craft Heater tool about 3/4" above the word until the embossing powder melted to a nice shine.

I used Bazzill Gold Foil paper ( to line the sentiment (white) paper, then layered that atop a banner-trimmed piece of Eggplant paper. I topped the Eggplant piece with a strip of CTMH Sangria paper that I love, and topped that with a piece of CTMH Gold Shimmer trim. The accents are Bling Assortment in Gold from CTMH as well.   

Voila! Done!  Such a sophisticated card, on trend and heartfelt. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Another Custom Order -- Pop-Up Wedding Card

How I do love making pop-up cards, and it seems that these are the cards that sell consistently the best, and for the most amount of money compared to the time it takes to make one. Also, customers love that pop-ups lend themselves to a lot of customization, whether in colors, names, and other accents.

Here is a custom order I received this week from customer Pam (who had ordered previously).  This is a military (Marine) dress wedding, so Pam's instructions to me were to make it "red, white and blue, of course."  

I used a white base for the box, and as I traditionally do in a wedding card, I decorated the back/inside of the box with a highly reflective silver foil cardstock by Bazzil. It's hard to see the detail on the groom's uniform here, but he has on the single epaulette of a First Lieutenant, royal blue jacket with gold buttons, white belt over it, and lighter blue slacks trimmed in a red stripe. 

I used Close To My Heart's new "La Vie En Rose" beautiful rose-filled paper for the outside of the box, trimmed in silver shimmer trim. On the inside of the box, I decided to accent in stars. The white overlays are embossed using CTMH's newest embossing folder called "Star Confetti". Each "arm" of the box was trimmed in a quote from the paper zip-strip. 

On the back of the card, I made a slide-in card/envelope for the giver's check to the wedding couple.  These cards truly pack a punch -- beautiful to give and a keepsake to receive. Have you tried making one yourself, yet?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CTMH Consultants' NEVERMORE Blog Hop: September 1

It's my pleasure to participate in the Close To My Heart Consultants' NEVERMORE Blog Hop.  Nevermore is one of eight total papers being unveiled by CTMH today, September first.  Six of the papers are in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, and two special holiday papers -- Nevermore and White Pines -- are included in the all-new Holiday Expressions Idea Book.

Here's the card I made for this Hop:

Nevermore has three double-sided Halloween-inspired designer papers.  The one that caught my eye in particular was this patterned pumpkin print shown in the background of this card that I made for the Hop.  Wondering how I got
those comical spiders for the card?  They're actually floral cuts (stamens) in the new Artistry Cricut cartridge, cut in black and turned on their heels, quite literally.  A circle cut to size tops for their heads.  I gave each arachnid a set of eyes -- two of the smaller have sparkly gems and the larger has watchful googly eyes. The EEK! sentiment -- also cut in the Artistry cartridge -- is inked and mounted on a CTMH Adhesive spring for a little more play.

Don't miss the other ghoulish projects made especially for this hop by five other CTMH Consultants from throughout the country.  Your next stop is with TONYA, whose project is sure to delight.  

UPDATE:  We have been very privileged to have this card and our September Hop featured on the Facebook page of our Corporate Home Office of Close To My Heart. What an honor!  But somehow during the month, Tonya's post got lost. So please skip ahead to Alexandria, using the link below -- and visit the others too with fantastic ways to use the Nevermore paper suite.