Thursday, September 7, 2017

Nerd-tastic Graduation Card

Hey readers! My department head finished her PhD this week!!! To celebrate, I made a card for her for our department to sign. I used a retired CTMH paper pack and embellishments. Here's the result:


The sentiment is from a CTMH stamp set that features tags. On the actual stamp, the words are all stacked together, but I used masking tape to cover the parts up to split it. I used a circle punch to create the embellishment spot. I cut the circle using white cardstock and then used a finger dauber to bring some color in. The glasses are leftovers from the embellishments that coordinated with this paper pack.


For the inside, I simply stamped "Congrats!" from the retired CTMH Typed Note stamp set. I wanted to just keep the inside plain, so there was plenty of signing room.

Happy crafting, my artsy friends!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

There Is a Boy Layout

Hello readers! It's been too long! A lot has changed in my world, since my last post. I left CTMH as a consultant, my husband retired from AD, we moved to VA, and I started a new job as a Children's Librarian. All of that has made crafting very hard! However, I am back at it now with a brand new layout!


I created this layout for a picture of my oldest son being a total goofball, which he often is. The photo is a 4x6, and will go on the blue mat. For this layout, I used the Little Man paper pack by Lori Whitlock.


The cardstock, inks, stamps, diecuts, and chipboard are all from several CTMH sets that mixed well with the Little Man paper and theme of the page.


For the cluster embellishment, one of my signature page elements, I used the Words of Truth stamp from Stampin' Up, some retired Outdoor Denim CTMH ink, retired CTMH embellishments, and an embellishment I created myself. The hexagon was made with a scrap piece of an old paper pack that I made using my Epiphany Crafts Hexagon punch and Bubble Caps. I did a quick Google search for Epiphany Crafts, and it turns out they are available in several big box stores now. They began as a small business, and I found them at the Scrapbook Expo in Akron last year. I highly recommend their punches!

Happy Scrapping, My Artsy Friends!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Santa Cards Using Sketch

My oldest son is in preschool this year. I wanted to make his teachers cards that were a little more kid friendly, since they are part of a gift from a 3yr old. I used a sketch from Heart 2 Heart Challenges to create a fun Santa card.


I created this design using the retired White Pines paper pack and a retired Santa stamp set. I added green shimmer trim and used the shimmer brush on the snowflake to add some sparkle.

For more information on Heart 2 Heart Challenges click here.

Happy scrapping, my artsy friends!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Oh Deer Scrapbook Layout

Last year, we used our traditional family Christmas pictures to announce our pregnancy with baby #2. I used the Oh Deer Workshop Your Way kit to scrapbook the day.


All of the photos are 4x6 in size, and there is certainly room to add more, if you have more photos.


For the left page, I added the page title "JOY" using the Complements. I also added an embellishment cluster with a retired stamp, and more Compliments.



For the right page, I added a similar embellishment cluster along with some journaling. The journaling card is part of the Oh Deer paper pack.




Happy scrapping, my artsy friends!

Oh Deer Christmas Cards

For Christmas cards this year, I am really behind!!! Having a second baby can do that, I suppose. I decided to go with a simple design, but with big impact. I used the Oh Deer paper pack, Complements, and Accessories, and added some bling with shimmer trim and retired Paper Fundamentals Complements.I skipped stamping this year, in order to finish quickly. I had to make 12 cards, and here's what I came up.








Unfortunately, I have some bad news. At the end of the year, I will no longer be an active Consultant with Close to My Heart. I will still be maintaining this blog to offer tips and tricks, display my artwork, and offer instructions/ cut guides. I hope you continue to join me!

Happy scrapping, my artsy friends!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Thank You Card

This year for Thanksgiving, we are going to visit my husband's grandparents. I wanted to make a Thank You card to thank them for feeding us and housing us for a few days. Here's what I came up with.


I used a Colonial White card base, and layered Kraft paper and a retired CTMH fall, B&T paper. I also added some bronze shimmer trim to create a dividing line on the card. For the sentiment, I stamped Cocoa ink on Kraft paper using the retired Thanksgiving Wreath stamp set.


For the pumpkin and leaves, I used the retired Thankful Heart stamp set. I stamped all of the items using pigment ink and then heat embossed to give them texture. I then hand colored them all with markers. Finally, I took a quilling tool to curl the edges of the leaves.

I am entering this card in Heart 2 Heart's Get Your Kraft On Challenge.

Happy Scrapping, My Artsy Friends!

Birthday Banner, Bag, and Card

Besides selling CTMH products, I do commissioned work as well. I was commissioned to make a birthday banner, bag, and card for a 2yr old girl's birthday. The theme is sea creatures and mermaids, and the color scheme is purple and teal.




The banner is made with three separate pieces to offer variety in decorating.



The gift bag is made with two sheets of Paper Fundamentals in Gypsy (now retired).



The card is a very simple birthday cake card that I brought in sea creatures to tie it altogether.

I sell this entire set for $30 + shipping. If you are interested in purchasing a birthday kit, please email me at watkinsaprilm@yahoo.com. I accept payment through PayPal only.

Happy Scrapping, My Artsy Friends!