Sunday, April 8, 2018

Let's Make A Fun Layout!



Welcome!  It was such a delight creating this layout of backyard fun!  The idea for this layout originated from a "Basic Shapes Thin Cuts Monkey Challenge."   That's right! A monkey, created with basic shapes needed to be on the layout.  😃

My monkey, on the lower right corner of the layout, is made with papers from the Basic Fundamentals collection, cut with circles, a heart, and an oval.  These shapes, and so many more, are all available as Thin Cuts to easily be used with your Sizzix or Cuttlebug.  


For the eyes, I used black dots from Black & White Dots package. For this little guy's facial features, they were simply drawn with the black, archival safe, Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen.  To give our monkey dimension, he was assembled with Foam Dots.  I then used the Bashful Shimmer Brush on his ears.  


The three other playful monkeys are cut and stamped using the Punny Pals Thin Cuts and coordinating Stamp Set.  When purchasing this adorable Stamp Set, $7 of every purchase goes directly to Operation Smile.  😘  



Our Willow Cardstock was the perfect pick for my vine.  It is cut using the Flower Market Cricut Collection, and our sentiments are from the You Are Here Cricut Collection.  It was so much fun mixing colors from the Adventure and Enchantment palettes for this playful layout.

Although not shown here, m
y coordinating page also features vines and monkeys with multiple photos of my grandchildren playing, along with the ever important journaling.  Please remember to include this!  It need not be a novel, just what it is that is important about this/these photo(s).  Who tells YOUR story? 😉

Head's up-- each weekend during April, you can take advantage of the Fab Faves weekend sales. These online weekend sales last 24-hours and will feature different items and product bundles at 25% off the retail price.  Items are listed each Friday at 2 PM EDT.  Woo Hoo!  




I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of your papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  💖

Until next time --

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  I enjoy hearing from you! 

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron


Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Off the Edge Die-Cut Card Tutorial

Welcome!  Although the daffodils and hyacinths are in full bloom, snow showers relentlessly continue, making this a great day for card making!  

Here's a fun card I made using the off the edge method with my Sweet Birthday Thin Cut.  If  you want to change up the basic rectangle for some of your cards, just follow the tutorial I've put together for you.  Select your papers and die(s) and let's get started!  



When cutting, just place the die/paper/plate where you want to cut.  As you can see, I've placed a bit of washi tape on the die to hold in place.  A magnetic plate, or even the magnetic mat included with each set of Thin Cuts  also works great. Just make sure you have the paper and die positioned correctly so you don't ruin the magnetic mat.😉


By aligning the area I want to cut, with the pencil line and the edge of the plate, I am able to cut just half of the cupcake.  Using my paper trimmer, I then cut the excess away from my card, as indicated with the pencil lines shown in the above image.  This could also be done with your craft knife or scissors.  



To add color to the front of our card, I lined Willow/White striped paper from the Adventure Fundamentals Collection with my white card base.  Using washi tape I temporarily adhered the cupcake die to this paper and ran it through my trusty  Sizzix Big Kick.  Any part of your die/paper that is not 'sandwiched' with plates when run through your cutting machine, will not cut.  

Next, using Tombow adhesive, I adhered it to the front of my card, aligning it with the previously cut card base cupcake.  I love this vibrant paper!    

Using the new Nutmeg ink, I stamped my cute cupcake, included in the Sweet Birthday bundle; then with New England Ivy ink, I stamped the number 4, sprinkles, "Hooray for You!" and "It's your birthday!"  These sentiments are part of the March Stamp of the Month, Birthday Time.   I also colored in the cute little cupcake with pencils, adding touches bling with my Clear Shimmer Brush and Liquid Glass.

For the inside of the card, I cut a strip of the vibrant and fun Adventure Fundamentals paper and adhered along the right edge.  By the way, all of the current Fundamentals Collections will be retiring July 31, and are available while supplies last.  These are super versatile and just spark the creative juices!  😉



To wrap it up, I cut White Daisy and Willow Cardstock pieces for the inside sentiment, Have a sweet birthday! stamped with New England Ivy.  They are adhered with Foam Dots to give the card a bit of dimension.  This sentiment is also part of the Sweet Birthday set.  

Now you are ready to make your "Off the Edge" card!  Have fun!  Materials to make this and so much more can be found at my website, PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com



Here's a super fun Step Right Up Bundle including the new exclusive stamp set, Showtime.   Isn't this fun? 

Whether it's a birthday party, theme park, or just a day of fun, you can share and preserve those moments with this special and the exclusive Showtime Stamp Set.  This is available through March 31, 2018 or while supplies last.  




The cupcake die/stamp set, Sweet Birthday, and so much more, are included in the awesome March  'Die-Namite'  special.  Just head over to my website, PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com, and click on Promotions.  You'll see all of the awesome dies available for 25%-30% off.  Woo Hoo!  To make this deal even better, some dies are bundled with other dies, and some with coordinating stamp sets.  💖


I am happy to help you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of your papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  

Until next time --

Thank you so much for visiting!  I enjoy hearing from you! 

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron


Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sending Sunny Thoughts Your Way!


Welcome!  Although it is still winter, we have been able to enjoy a nice warm up for a few days, and now an overabundance of rain, so let's think Sunny Thoughts!





I enjoyed designing and making this card for a loved one.  This cheerful card is made with complementary mix of Sapphire and Lemon Cardstock, along with the papers from the ever versatile Whimsy Fundamentals Creative Collection.  





Our encouraging sentiment, "Have a sunny day," is stamped with the Willow Exclusive Ink, as is the leaf pattern stamped along the strip of Sapphire. These stamps are included in the limited edition  "Sunny Thoughts" stamp set.  


Using the awesome Basic (they are not!) Fundamentals Collection, Bashful Cardstock and Glitter Papers, I made this heartwarming birthday card with the same stamp set.  Nutmeg ink, and an earth-toned sequin coordinate beautifully with these papers. 

  Why not send someone some sunny thoughts today?


 Here's a super fun Step Right Up Bundle including the new exclusive stamp set, Showtime.   Isn't this fun? 

Whether it's a birthday party, theme park, or just a day of fun, you can share and preserve those moments with this special and the exclusive Showtime Stamp Set.  This is available through March 31, 2018 or while supplies last.  


Another awesome special occurring during March is the 'Die-Namite' deal!  When you head over to my website, PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com, and click on Promotions, you'll see all of the awesome dies available for 25%-30% off.  Woo Hoo!  To make this deal even better, some dies are bundled with other dies, and some with coordinating stamp sets.  💖


Thank you so much for visiting!  You are appreciated!  

I am happy to help you as you travel along life's journey with all of your papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  Visit me at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com today.  

Until next time --

Thank you so much for visiting!  I enjoy hearing from you! 

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron


Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII



Saturday, February 17, 2018

Easter "Shaker" Card


Welcome! I made this sweet "Hoppy Easter" shaker card with the absolutely adorable "Easter Animals" (C1706) stamp set.  


The base layer of my Easter egg is cut with Bashful cardstock.  The lighter side is shown for my base.  Remember, other than White Daisy and Black, all of the Close to My Heart cardstock now two toned, one side being a shade lighter than the other.  😊

I cut an additional egg shape from a page protector, to make a window for our shaker.  Paper from the Gimme Some Sugar Creative Collection was then cut for the decorative front of the egg.  

Using two layers of foam tape on my base I built an opening area for my Gold Glitter Paper hearts to freely move about between the base and protector/decorative layers.  

Liquid Glass was used to adhere the top decorative layer to the clear protector.  

I love the combination of the Willow, Toffee and Pixie inks with these papers. So appropriate for spring and Easter paper crafts! 

Of course a few strokes with the Clear Shimmer Brush and some Bitty Sparkles give this Easter card an additional touch of bling.  

Before signing off, a quick reminder, throughout February, Close to My Heart is Pretty in Pink with discounts of 25% and 30% on selected items and bundles.  




Also, just announced is this super fun Step Right Up Bundle including the new exclusive stamp set, Showtime.   Whether it's a birthday party, theme park, or just a day of fun, you can share and preserve those moments with this special and the exclusive Showtime Stamp Set.  This is available through March 31, 2018 or while supplies last.  


Thank you so much for visiting!  You are appreciated!  I am happy to help you as you travel along life's journey with all of your papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  Visit me at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com today.  

Until next time --

Thank you so much for visiting!  I enjoy hearing from you! 

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,


Gayle Piron



Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII

Monday, February 5, 2018

Where Are YOUR Photos?

Who Tells Your Story?



Welcome!  Reminiscing of days gone by and thinking of future dreams while paging through memory albums is a wonderful way to connect with loved ones.  The gift of life is an ongoing journey, with limited time. So the BIG question here is -- Where are YOUR photos?  



It is incredibly easy to take so many photos with our phones and digital cameras, it can easily lead to photo overload!  We take photos of loved ones, places, occasions, and things because they mean something to us.  

These photos should be enjoyed!  Let's take a little time each week to cull through the photos sitting in our digital devices, envelopes and boxes, and edit, crop, or oh my, delete some!  When completed regularly, it only takes a few minutes. Then, once you have your precious memories printed, they are ready to be added to pages of life's album.  😊





The above layout showcases some of the wonderful people dear to me in many ways. They are part of my life's journey, not only as an Independent Consultant with Close to My Heart, but more importantly, as true friends.  

I love offering workshops, clubs and gatherings.  It is such a joy to be among such wonderful people.  Many new friendships are forged, and long time friendships, strengthen.  It is an awesome experience to encourage others to 

celebrate relationships through discovering their creativity.  Through papercrafting we are able to preserve and share the moments that matter most with one another. 😊

The layouts included in today's post, include papers from the versatile Whimsy  and Basic Fundamentals Creative Collections along with Bashful and Basic Cardstock.  My die cuts are made using the You Are Here Cricut Collection. 

I am happy to help you as you travel along life's journey with all of your papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  Visit me at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com today.  

Look around, and see life as a springboard for your creative genius.  Let's get our photos in albums!

Throughout February, Close to My Heart is Pretty in Pink with discounts of 25% and 30% on selected items and bundles. 
Woo Hoo!  It's a great time to stock up on pinks and gold!      

Thank you so much for visiting!  You are appreciated! 

Until next time --

Thank you so much for visiting!  I enjoy hearing from you! 

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,


Gayle Piron



Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII




Monday, January 29, 2018

Cute "Punny Pals" Valentine's Cards


Welcome!  Making these cute little Valentine cards certainly warms my heart on this cold winter day! I do hope they bring a smile to their recipients.  😊

I used the delightful "Punny Pals" Thin Cuts and Stamp Set (sold separately) to make these cute little 3 x 3 inch cards.  It was fun to mix and match different materials.  This little project comes together oh so quickly and easily.  

I used Bashful Cardstock  (25% off during February!) for my heart backgrounds, and Gold Glitter Paper for small hearts and banners.  Both the Cardstock and Glitter Papers cut smoothly and easily.  Gold Glitter Gems and Twine also add a finishing touch.  

Using the coordinating Punny Pals Thin Cuts is super easy.  I cut my animal shapes with my trusty Big Kick.  A Cuttlebug or any other similar die cutting machine would work. 
After they were cut, using Archival Black Ink, I stamped my images and the corresponding punny sayings on White Cardstock.  It was fun to color these images and add a touch of sparkle with strokes from my Clear Shimmer Brush.  

Basics used include a variety of adhesives, including Bonding Memories, Tombow, and 3-D Foam Tape, as well as my Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors. 

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, why not make some cute cards? They will warm your heart, and make your recipients smile.  💗

You will help someone smile when you purchase this Punny Pals stamp set, as $7 of each set sold is donated to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.  Get yours today at Papercraftingwithgayle.ctmh.com and smile!  😊

Enjoy!

All materials used (and so much more) are available from me at Papercraftingwithgayle.ctmh.com.  

Thank you so much for visiting!  You are appreciated! 

Until next time --

Thank you so much for visiting!  I enjoy hearing from you! 

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Gayle Piron

Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII