Five Minute Find: Wood Shapes & Sentiments

If you are a member of my private facebook group, you get to enjoy a few live tutorials each month. This past week, I shared one of my favorite finds – Wood Shapes and Sentiments. Since many of you are not members of the group, I have decided to scale down the hour-long video to a quick five-minute recap and show you EIGHT ways you can add color to your wood shapes.

The two cards you see here are projects I created with my facebook group. I not only shared the cardmaking process, but I also showed how to add color to our wood shapes and sentiments.

In the Core Catalog and on my website, you will find a wide variety of wood shapes available. Don’t be deceived by the size in the catalog – they are much larger and much more detailed in person.


On my instagram and facebook page, I posted a little video of some of the projects I have made using our wood shapes and sentiments. I use these little gems on cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor pieces. They are so versatile and can be shaded to match your projects. After posting that video, I decided that would share with you a few ways that you can use them on your creations.

In my group, I shared the full card making process showing ways to shade the images. On the shutter card, I used two heard shapes and an arrow.

To add some color to the wood shapes on the first card, I used our Metallic Markers, Stickles, and ReInkers. The larger heart was first shaded with the Metallic Marker to give it a deep vibrant color then it was painted with Stickles to add some shimmer and shine.

On the smaller heart, I used our Carolina Blue ReInkers. I used the ink in full strength to give it deep staining. If you want a lighter tone, you can add water to the ink before applying it to the wood. I have also added reinkers to paint to create a chalk paint stain. You can view that technique here on my Spring Tags project.

The other elements used on this card are our In This Together papers and stickers, our Stitched Hexagon Thin Cuts dies, some little dots, and thread.

On the second card, I used Liquid Pearls and Gloss Spray to shade the wood flower shapes. When you are using the Gloss Spray, make sure that you are using an all-purpose mat or a surface that you can clean easily. These sprays can cause a bit of a mess if you aren’t careful.

After using the Gloss Spray, make sure to clean the nozzle. If the paint dries on the tip, it will be difficult to clean the next time you use it on a project.

The pink glossy flowers on this card are covered with two coats of Liquid Pearls that I painted onto the wood. I love how shimmery and soft these shapes look.

I also added a wood button to this card which I chose to keep plain bare wood. To embellish the button, I added some thread to match the quilt-like theme of the card.

In the video, I also share how to use Liquid Glass with paper to add more color and patterns to your wood shapes. As I said, this video has been scaled down to a quick Five Minute Find for you to be inspired by. To see the full hour-long process video, you will need to request to join my private facebook group (this group is not for consultants).


I hope that today’s Five Minute Find video inspired you to try something new and gave you a few ideas for using wood shapes on your paper crafting projects.

I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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Welcome to the Scandinavian Folk Art Blog Hop

Our team of Makers have some wonderful projects to inspire you using the Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings stamp set. Each month, we show you a variety of ways to use the monthly stamp sets, and, this month, we are showing you how to use these folk art images on your projects.

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What is a blog hop? This is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Kim Loewen’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Stenciled Scandinavian cards video tutorial, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I want to be completely honest with you — I almost didn’t purchase this stamp set. When I saw it in the catalog I didn’t think I would ever use it. Boy, was I wrong! The images remind me of some of the stamps from years past, and I found some great ideas for projects in our old idea books. I am so glad I ordered it so that I could share with you how easy these cards are to make.

Both of these cards use stenciled images and heat embossing techniques. In my video, I show you how to assemble each card and share some simple cardmaking tips you can use on your projects. I wanted to keep the designs bright, simple, and unique like a tole-painted image.


The first card uses a color combination that I customarily save for Christmas. I have been taking a class on Color Theory and wanted to try a complementary combination that is not normally in my area of interest.

The patterns on this card are from our Mix-Ins paper pack which also sports the combination of candy apple, fern, and almond. A stenciled background was added using a Cricut cut image I shaded with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. To be truthful, I am still not sure if I like this mix of colors, but it was a fun experiment to try.

The second card is more within my color range. The mix of Peacock, Candy Apple, and Kraft colors can be found throughout my home.

On this card, I also used a stenciled image I cut from our stencil film on my Cricut. The hearts were added using Opaque Texture Paste then “aged” with Toffee ink. I love the row of flowers across the top and that white embossing powder makes them really stand out on the peacock cardstock.

On each of the cards, I added a little stitching to give them a handmade vintage-like feel. I would love to know which design you like best.



If you would like to create a set of these cards or learn how to create a stenciled background for your projects, I have made a tutorial for you to watch. I hope that it inspires you to try something new.  

Now head on over to Krista Hershberger’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  Don’t forget! The Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings stamp set is only available during the month of April. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or at a discounted price of $5.00 with a qualifying order.

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Tuesday Tips: Page Planning for Crops

Recently, I attended my first scrapbooking retreat “for fun”. I made a promise to myself this year that I would attend some events where I wasn’t a vendor or a host. The last time I did this was almost 20 years ago, which meant that I had to figure out a new way to pack to create scrapbook pages without taking my entire craft space. Today, I am going to share with you how I preplanned my page kits for my first crop.


I am overly-organized in my craft space and, to be honest, I get overwhelmed with too much “stuff”. I knew that I would feel the same way if I overpacked for the retreat, so I decided that page kit planning would be the best alternative.

Close to My Heart has some amazing plastic envelopes that work perfectly for page kit planning. They come in two sizes – 12″ and 6″ – and are extremely affordable, reusable, and durable.

In the catalog, these plastic envelopes are labeled as 12″ and 6″ envelopes, but their true measurements are 13″ square and 6-1/2″ square, so there is plenty of room to add memory protectors to your page kits.

Throughout the video, I walk you through my page planning process. I start with the photos and use them to help me chose the pattern papers, cardstock colors, and embellishments for my kit.

Now there is no way that I am going to use all the papers and cardstock pieces I picked for this kit, but it is much easier for me to have a small selection of pieces to choose from than it is to pack my plastic paper organizer bins.

To make the process easier, I took note of the colors on each of the pattern paper zip strips to help me choose the cardstock colors. Every current Close to My Heart paper has a product strip with a list of coordinating colors. I was able to reference these product strips and my Love of Color books to help me choose some colors to match the pattern papers and photos.

After I had chosen my papers and cardstock colors, I choose few embellishments for the kit. I will be bringing my diecut books to the retreat, so I won’t need to sort through those, but I will need to add some 12″ sticker sheets and other themed embellishments.

After everything has been added to the page kit from my craft space, I just need to place it inside the envelope and it’s ready to pack. These envelopes fit perfectly inside our travel case paper insert and our large plastic tub organizers.

These kits are compact, easy to travel with, and simple to create. All you need to do is pull out the kit you want to work on and make your scrapbook page.


For those who would like to see the full scrapbook layout process, I have created a quick Tuesday Tip video for you. I hope that it helps you the next time you pack for a crop or retreat.

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I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Tip. Each month, I will be adding a few new Tuesday Tips to help you in your craft space. If there are any specific topics you wish for me to share, feel free to request those in the comments below.

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