Friday, May 31, 2013

Project Inspirations: A Different Spin

Sewing circles on fabric

Ever made circles on layered fabric?

Fun and easy with a thumbtack and tape... I found this great tutorial site by Terri Stegmiller


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Machine Embroidery - Bumble Bee Hand Towel

Machine Embroidery

The cute hand towel has been purchased at a local variety store and then brought home and machine embroidered to match my laundry room.  It was created on my Husqvarna sewing machine.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fish Purse

Fish Purse

Pattern used is from Ghee's 981 Fancy Fish Handbag pattern.  The fabrics used were hand dyed by my mom, Lydia.  Eyes are antique glass buttons handed down to mom and I.   Mouth is made out of clutch and clasp, chain attached for handle.  Love this creation made by mom and I on one of our yearly beach trips to the Oregon coast.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Selvage Edge Pin Cushion

Don't throw away your selvage edges... create fabric with them on muslin.  You can then make various projects out of the "fabric" such as this pin cushion.  Off set the selvages as you layer them one at a time and sew directly onto muslin fabric.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Teddy Bear Parade - Sunglasses

Here is a fun idea for the make shift sunglasses you receive after having your eyes dilated at the eye doctor.  I have attached the sunglasses with glue dots.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bean Bag Fabric Chickens

Got Fabric Scraps... sew up these adorable bean bag fabric chickens in a snap!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fabric Covered Tin Boxes

What to do with breath mint tins?

Cover the tin in a themed fabric and give as a gift.  Use fabric glue to attach embellishments to match.  I used a brooch on mine for an accent.  At an American Sewing Guild meeting we used the idea from the Quilting Arts Magazine, Fabric Art Techniques For Beautiful Quick Gifts.


Candle Birthday Card

Candle Birthday Card created by my mom, Lydia.  She saw the idea in a Close To My Heart catalog.  Once a season has ended, hang on to your catalogs for the ideas.  Just change up the papers, stamps and inks to what is current.  Thanks mom!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

June Dream Pop Workshops - Final days of Dream Pop Paper Pack Availability!

ONLY 27% of the Dream Pop Paper Packs available.  Order today so you do not miss out!  If you are planning to attend a workshop, please e-mail me asap.  I will be placing my final order for the paper tomorrow, May 24 so as to not miss out myself.

June Dream Pop Workshop

In honor of National scrapbooking month, Close To My Heart has created the gorgeous “dream Pop” paper packet which is bursting with sweet summer flavors that you will find delectable! From May 1 to May 31, while supplies last, get this special paper packet for only $10 for every $35 spent in a qualifying order. The dream Pop paper packet, valued at $19.95 retail, is only available as part of this campaign to those orders which qualify.

This cheerful, limited-time only paper packet deserves a workshop all its own! Below are images for2 two-page layouts, 4 cards, and a set of 6 decorated treat tubes, all using the dream Pop paper packet and the may stamp of the month set, Pinwheel.  The cards and treat tubes are perfect for year-round gifting.  The layouts have been modified to include photo mats for each photo so you will leave the workshop with a project that looks finished and complete, even if the photos haven’t been added yet.  So, what are you waiting for?  Register for one of the June Dream Pop workshops today and get started with your own dream Pop creations!

Cost $15 (includes supplies)

Place a $50 product order, including the Dream Pop Paper Packet, by May 31 and your workshop is FREE! See suggested coordinating products for the June workshops below. You will need to bring along your Dream Pop Paper Packet for the workshop.

Please call or e-mail to register for a workshop before May 29, as I will need to order workshop supplies before the constant campaign ends on May 31 at or 503-881-6683.

Friday, June 14 10:00 am-1:00 pm (2 page scrapbook layout, 1 card and 3 treat tubes)

Monday, June 17 6:00 pm-9:00 pm (2 page scrapbook layout, 1 card and 3 treat tubes)

Tuesday, June 25 6:00 pm-9:00 pm (2 page scrapbook layout, 1 card and 3 treat tubes) repeat

A True Thank You - Relief for Oklahoma

Relief for Oklahoma

The tornado in Oklahoma has had a devastating effect and Close To My Heart wants to help. To aid relief efforts, Close To My Heart is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You ($2.95 retail), available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross. Help us provide relief to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado by purchasing the A True Thank You stamp set (M1029).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Using Circle Punches in Packed with Punch - Close To My Heart YouTube video

Packed with Punch

Published on May 13, 2013
Learn how you can use Close to My Heart circle punches to create beautiful artwork. It's a great way to pack some punch into your papercrafting!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Feliz Cumpleanos - Memory Keepers designer page kit

Feliz Cumpleanos - Happy Birthday!

Love this Spanish happy birthday page from Memory Keepers.  Page embellishments and ideas included.


Cricut Paper Doll Teen Scene - Graduation Cards

Congratulations Graduate!

It is once again that wonderful time of year, families are gathering to celebrate kindergarten, 8th grade, high school and college graduations.

These two graduations cards have been created with the Cricut Paper Doll Teen Scene, glitter embellishments and Close To My Heart stamps sentiments.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Hugs & Kisses - Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day - Middle School Art

Mom had done it again... here is a Mother's Day card she created for the middle school art students to make for their moms.  An oldie but goodies stamp "Hugs & Kisses".


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dream Pop Workshop Shopping List

Suggested Coordinating Products
1385 White daisy cardstock $14.50
Z2162 honey exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2193 cotton candy exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2195 lagoon exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2190 gypsy exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2116 cranberry exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2191 sunset exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2118 desert sand exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z2173 slate exclusive inks® Pad $5.25
Z1823 my creations™ clear treat tubes $5.95
Z1799 silver shimmer trim $4.95
Z1844 color-ready trinkets Wooden shapes $6.95
Z1825 Keyboard Kraft alphabet $4.95
Z1807 Pink glitter gems $3.95
Z1777 color-ready canvas alphabet $6.95
Z1817 slate Polka-dot Washi tape $4.95
Z1701 Baker’s twine Neutral assortment $4.95
Z1752 sparkles clear assortment $2.95
Z534 micro-tip scissors $9.95
Z1294 sanding Kit $3.50
Z1790 cricut® artiste collection $99.00

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mother's Day Card - Heat Embossing

Remember embossing?

Here is an oldie but goodie Mother's Day card using heat embossing for the message.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Marker Magic

Published on May 6, 2013
Coloring has never been so fun! Learn how to use Close To My Heart's alcohol-based marker sets to magically create smooth, even coverage on your colored images.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

National Scrapbooking Month is May

Close To My Heart is in full swing to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, lots of fun challenges, exclusive products and inspiration to get you motivated this month.

Here is a challenge from Jeanette Lynton -

Our DREAM POP paper packet (available May 1- May 31 with a $35 CTMH product purchase)

Dream Pop
May 2013 National Scrapbooking Month Constant Campaign
Get the exclusive paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35!
In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail)! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing! Also, consider hosting this month: Hostesses receive one paper packet free with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more.
*Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013, while supplies last. Qualifying purchases must be current, retail-priced product.
Dates: Offer valid May 1–31, 2013.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

National Scrapbooking Month 2013 with Close To My Heart

Published on May 1, 2013
Close To My Heart is celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with a unique paper packet at a bargain price. Watch the video to get your creative juices flowing!