Welcome to the Core Catalog New Product Hop

How much are you enjoying all the new crafty products brought to you by Close to my Heart?! Last month, our team showcased some lovely creations featuring products from our fall catalog so, 118650131_10157792610207686_8492660088191540016_ntoday, we thought we would feature the annual Core Catalog. After all, there are some amazing items you do not want to miss out on.  If you have come here from Maureen OSullivan’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Simple Hugs slimline card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I decided to keep things simple this week as I featured some of the items from our annual catalog.  If you have not had a chance to view all the wonderful new products in this catalog, you can flip through an online version HERE. As you look through the catalog, pay special attention to the Lovely paper, Fancy Borders, and new Wood Shapes – all items I chose to feature on my Simple Hugs slimline card. 

I started out using the Fancy Borders thin cuts to create that adorable scalloped edge at the top of the card.  I just love the stitched details on these six-inch dies.  All of the borders are open-ended which means that you can make a border in any size you need.  

Both the card base and the Lovely pattern paper were cut using these dies.  Those new Lovely papers and stickers are just so sweet and simple.  The card shows three of the twelve patterns from this pack – the leaves, the strips, and that adorable toffee plaid. I also used a scallop sticker from the Lovely sticker sheet. 

At the top of the card, I added a vellum bow using our Small bow thin cut.  Close to My Heart has two bow dies in the catalog – one large, one small – and each one has matching little “ties” to go behind them. I chose to leave them off of this project and keep the bow soft and simple. 

The sentiment is a wooden cut-out from our Hugs & Hello sentiments pack.  This is just one of MANY wooden icons and sentiments now available.  I personally enjoy the fact that you can leave these bare wood OR use markers, inks, paints, or embossing powder to color them any shade needed for your project.  To match that wood sentiment, I added two little wooden buttons at the base of the card 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and to take a look all the amazing new products in our Annual Core catalog.  If you are like me and need a printed version of the idea book in your hands, you can get one free when you place an order on my website.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Becca Whitham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun project ideas.   

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Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Day Fourteen: An Eclipse Slimline Christmas Card

Have you been enjoying our 31 Days of Christmas video series?? I have been amazed at all the unique projects our team has created and, each day, I am surprised by the cards they have made.  Yes, just like you, I have no idea what each of these lovely ladies are going to make, so I get to enjoy each of the process videos along with you. 

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Today is day fourteen of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I am excited to share what I have made.  I chose to use non-Christmas products with my Cricut to create an Eclipse Slimline Card with a little gift pocket inside.

This year, I have not been able to purchase any of the new Christmas products, so I chose instead to use what I have – some Lovely papers, a few year-round stamps, my Cricut, and our amazing Fancy Border thin cuts.  Many of you have items in your stash that you could use for this type of card and my hope is that you pull out of few of these supplies and give it a try. 

To create the front panel of the card, you will need some letter dies or a cutting machine.  In the video tutorial I show you how I used Design Space to create the front panel and cut it out with my Maker. The wreath image I used for the “O” is not from a Christmas collection, but, in fact, is from our year-round Florals and Flutters stamp set

I stamped the wreath image in Evergreen and Sage inks, then cut it out using the matching thin cuts.  I then added some little red beads, a vellum bow, and a sticker from our Comfort & Joy sticker sheet.  How cute is that little bow? I just love all the little stitched details and how soft it looks. 

The lace on the card was created using our Fancy Borders thin cuts.  I also used one of these borders to create the scallop edge on the inside pocket of the card. 

Those lovely border dies are so much fun to play with and have so many possibly.  I am working on another project right now using these dies. Speaking of lovely — that is the name of the paper I used.  Our Lovely collection is a year-round collection that you can use for any occasion. It is full of beautiful patterns and colors that I know you will enjoy. 

In the video tutorial, I show you how to create the card base, form the pocket and assemble the card.  I hope you enjoy learning how to create this project. 

I truly hope that you have been inspired by our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series and that each of these videos has helped you to get a head-start on your holiday crafting.  If you have missed any of our past videos, you can view them here on my playlist

Each of the products I used are listed below and are available for purchase on my website.  Make sure to check out my NEW VIP PROGRAM and learn how you can get 15% back every time you shop for crafting supplies.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Items I Used Today