Monday, March 11, 2019

Create Cards with Fun Stamping Techniques!



Welcome!  Ice cream is good any time of the year--right!?!  So, as we continue our roller coaster weather season, I created this bright and cheerful card.  Our color palette creates a happy reminder that spring and summer are just around the corner. 

The sentiments remind the recipient to take and enjoy life one step (scoop) at a time.  😊  This stamp set would also be fantastic on your scrapbook pages!  



The stamps I used are included in the One Scoop at a Time Cardmaking Workshop Your Way Kit.  This a super fun theme of ice cream and pineapple!  Yum!  Oh, yes, it brings thoughts of warm, carefree days!!!  😊

When I stamped my ice cream, I used both the 'Second Generation' and the 'Rock n Roll' techniques.  Both are easy peasy!  

In a nutshell, you'll stamp the Raspberry ink on a piece of scrap paper, then again on your cardstock, without re-inking.  Hence, the technique term, second generation.  😉



After you have your second generation scoop, re-ink your stamp by gently rolling the bottom and/or side, and stamp over the top of your second generation scoop.  

Along with the Raspberry ink, I also used Almond for the cone and Pewter for Enjoy Life and banner outline.  


With the clear polymer stamp on your clear My Acrylix block, there is no problem in realigning your images.  Woo Hoo!  These techniques add a nice highlighted effect to your artwork. 

I'll also be demonstrating these techniques in my Virtual Classroom.  You can access this with your purchase of this kit at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com. I hope to see you soon!💝


The pinstripe and polka dot pattern papers are from the Something Fierce Creative Collection.  To show you some of the versatility in this collection, I've shown you previously my Blessed layout and layout with my bison pics.  Even my Impossible Card has a bit of Something Fierce!  😉  


 💝 I love how the art of papercrafting allows us to discover our creativity!  Are you ready to join me?  Throughout this 35th anniversary of Close to My Heart, there are and will be awesome specials for the papercrafting hobbyist, cardmaker, scrapbooker, and those who would like to join me as an Independent Consultant!   

Did you know that you can still earn Hostess Rewards even if you are not local?  Yep, we can have an on-line event or club!  Just let me know!
   
So many ways to create!  There is so much goodness and beautiful new product available in the new Idea Book. With your order at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com you will receive a FREE copy of this inspirational Idea Book, while supplies last!  💝 Remember, some items are only available on-line at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Your creative possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!  💝😊

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  💖

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,




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


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

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Who Tells Your Story?



Welcome! We made it into March, and it's snowing again!  Yes, it is winter, yet peaks of daffodil leaves are popping up all around!  Yay! 😊 When the roads are not ice covered it's nice to get out and explore!  When they are, create! 
If you do not tell your story, who will?  A wonderful gift to give loved ones is time.  When those special moments have come and gone, how joyful it is to page through memory books and reminiscence.  💝

So, on this snowy winter day, I've selected a few photos from last summer.  😎


Little day trips are such a fun way to see and discover things that we often miss that are so near.  Whether going off alone or with others, near or far, these outings are worth noting. I created this layout with a visit we had last autumn to a nearby state park in mind. 


On this particular visit, we enjoyed our walk/easy hike through the area, noting the beautiful surroundings and flora, history, and amazingly, the bison.  They were actually in view!!! There were mature ones and calves--in view--close to the fence.  Wow!  Previous visits, whether with the whole family or not we NEVER saw any of the resident bison, so this page truly deserves an AWESOME title!  



This layout is created using the super fun Something Fierce Paper Collection along with its coordinating Complements and  Cardstock.   During March, when you purchase one paper pack, you can purchase another at 1/2 off!  Woo Hoo!  

Flip Flaps were also used so I could add additional photos and the story of our visit.  Your story is important, so be certain to include it with your photos and treasured memories.  💝

The incredibly versatile You Are Here Cricut collection was used to quickly cut the compass, explore and journey sentiments.  This collection has hundreds of images and three sets of coordinating stamps!  You'll use this over and over again!  The stamps fit into shapes you can cut with this collection.  Woo Hoo!


I love how the art of papercrafting allows us to discover our creativity!  Are you ready to join me?  Throughout this 35th anniversary of Close to My Heart, there are and will be awesome specials for the papercrafting hobbyist, cardmaker, scrapbooker, and those who would like to join me as an Independent Consultant!   Did you know that you can still earn Hostess Rewards even if you are not local?  Yep, we can have an on-line event or club!  Just let me know!
   
So many ways to create!  There is so much goodness and beautiful new product available in the new Idea Book. With your first order at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com you will receive a FREE copy of this inspirational Idea Book, while supplies last!  💝 Remember, some items are only available on-line at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Your creative possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!  💝😊

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  💖

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,




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


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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Let's Make an "Impossible Card!"


Welcome!  I'm so glad you are here!  

I created this Celebrate/Explore Impossible Card in honor of my sweet grand-daughter's celebration of her new field of vision with new glasses. 💝😎 
My sentiments and glasses are cut quickly using the Artbooking and You Are Here Cricut collections, available at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com. 💖

Looking at my Template, you can see I've created it for an A2 size card (4.25 x 5.5).  Pieces 2-5 are for your overlay papers.  You may wish to draw a light pencil line across the horizontal center of your base.  This provides you with a stopping point when you make your cuts.   It can easily be altered to create whatever size you'd like, as the process is the same.  

When you take a quick look at this template, you might think, hmmm ... the openings of the finished card aren't the same as the cut lines of the paper shown.  So, as you can see, from my first photo, it really is not impossible.  Well, here's how!  

It just takes a flip of one side to make it stand.😉  Easy peasy!  After one side is flipped, square it up and use your bone folder to sharpen your newly directed folds.  The canary 'bridge' represents template piece 5.  It's purpose it to stabilize our card, and can be made in various sizes or shapes.  

I used White Daisy cardstock for my base (template 1).  Canary and Smoothie cardstock papers, as well as Bluebird papers from the super fun Something Fierce collection are also incorporated.  A touch of bling is provided by using a couple of Sparkles.  💖

Do you know someone who might enjoy receiving Happy Mail?  Creating and sending cards is a wonderful, heartfelt way to celebrate our relationships with family and friends!  Have fun creating your not so Impossible Card!😊

I love how the art of papercrafting allows us to discover our creativity!  Are you ready to join me?  Throughout this 35th anniversary of Close to My Heart, there are and will be awesome specials for the papercrafting hobbyist, cardmaker, scrapbooker, and those who would like to join me as an Independent Consultant!   Did you know that you can still earn Hostess Rewards even if you are not local?  Yep, we can have an on-line event or club!  Just let me know!
   
So many ways to create!  There is so much goodness and beautiful new product available in the new Idea Book. With your first order at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com you will receive a FREE copy of this inspirational Idea Book, while supplies last!  💝 Remember, some items are only available on-line at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Your creative possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!  💝😊

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  💖

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,




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

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








Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Heart Happy Love Layout & More


Welcome!  On this blustery and frosty winter day, I decided to create and share a layout that warms my heart.  My single page layout, featuring my grandchildren 💖, is made with the exclusive, limited edition Heart Happy Creative Collection.  When I create a single page layout, I'll often frame and display it in our home before moving it into our scrapbooks. 😘

The color palette is super fun!  It includes many of my favorites -- Ballerina, Candy Apple, Pixie, Raspberry, Mint, Sapphire and White Daisy. 😊  Did you notice how my grandchildren's attire is right in line with these colors?!?  Woo Hoo!  My beautiful granddaughter is wearing bright raspberry, and my handsome grandsons are sporting sapphire attire with a touch of white daisy, and one with the candy apple red.  (I'm sure my daughter had no idea I'd have a creative collection made just for them when she sent the pics of the kiddos!  LOL!  Even the gorgeous poinsettia and Caribbean Sea are sporting complementary colors!) 


One of the awesome features of this collection is the "cut-apart" sheet option.  This is new this year, and I'm loving it!  You receive two of these sheets in each paper collection, with the reverse side being a complementary pattern. 💝

As you can see in my layout, I am using three of these cut-outs.  For the triple hearts and LOVE title cut-aparts, I've matted with Mint, Sapphire and White Daisy cardstock, as I did with the stars of my layout.  The "stitched" scallop border with Pixie trim, pulls all of the other pinks together throughout the page.  Everything is built on the subtle XOXOXO patterned Mint paper.  

My journaling card and mini heart accents are from the coordinating Stickers.  Easy peasy!  This page was such a joy to create and came together quickly with this collection.  

Here's a quick card I created with one of the Heart Happy cut-apart designs, zip strips, coordinating sapphire cardstock and a piece of leftover Something Fierce paper, shown in last week's  Blessed layout.
A trio of White Dots quickly finishes off my card.😊

I love how the art of papercrafting allows us to discover our creativity!  Are you ready to join me?  Throughout this 35th anniversary of Close to My Heart, there are and will be awesome specials for the papercrafting hobbyist, cardmaker, scrapbooker, and those who would like to join me as an Independent Consultant!   Did you know that you can still earn Hostess Rewards even if you are not local?  Yep, we can have an on-line event or club.  Just let me know!
   
So many ways to create!  There is so much goodness and beautiful new product available in the new Idea Book. With your first order at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com you will receive a FREE copy of this inspirational Idea Book, while supplies last!  💝 Remember, some items are only available on-line at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Your creative possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!  💝😊

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  💖

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,




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

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Blessed Two-Page Layout


Welcome!  I'm so glad you've stopped by!  It is an incredibly blustery day today, with winds blowing in from the north, keeping our temps around 10 and the 'wind chill' below zero.  So on this wintry snowy day, here's a layout I made, that, when photos are added, will warm the heart.  

One of the fun things about my Blessed layout, is how it takes the dinosaur themed Something Fierce creative collection, into a totally different direction!

Wow!  What versatility! Love it!

My layout uses the reverse side of the adorable dinosaur pattern -- to a very pretty Ballerina/White Daisy seersucker, pinstripe print. 😊   

This is paired with the fun confetti/polka dot patterned paper.  Delightful!  I prepared double-layer mats for my photos using Ballerina and White Daisy cardstock, tied with a complementary twine.  

Our flowers, vase and title are easily cut using the Artbooking, Flower Market, and You are Here Cricut collections.  Our white-core Ballerina, Pewter and Sage Cardstock cuts like a dream!  

Along with a touch of bling from the sparkly Glitter Gems, I added a couple of the Something Fierce Complements to finish up my layout.  One is ready for the all important journaling.  😉


Join me for local or on-line workshops.  With your purchase of all of the components used to create this workshop, from me at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com, you will receive, via e-mail, a cutting guide for this layout. 💝 

I love how the art of papercrafting allows us to discover our creativity!  Are you ready to join me?
   
So many ways to create!  A limited time special, for the 35th Anniversary of Close to My Heart, is that all of the Alphabet Stamp Sets on pages 109 and 110 of the Idea Book are 35% off through January 31! 😊 Woo Hoo! 

There is so much goodness and beautiful new product available in the new Idea Book. With your first order at
PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com you will receive a FREE copy of this inspirational Idea Book, while supplies last!  💝 Remember, some items are only available on-line at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Your creative possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!  💝😊

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  💖

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,




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

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