Thursday, January 24, 2013

CTMH Buzz and Bumble Bookmarks

CTMH Buzz and Bumble
CTMH Buzz and Bumble Corner Bookmark

I'm so excited about the new Buzz and Bumble collection from Close To My Heart's Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book!   I couldn't wait to get started creating new projects with the Workshops On The Go kit that I received.  This kit will be available to order on February 1, 2013.  Click here to shop!

I'm hostessing a gathering of paper crafting ladies this weekend and I wanted to have a "Create and Take" for us all to do together.  This adorable corner bookmark is a fun and easy way to make sure you never lose your place in your favorite novel.  It has a pocket on the back that slips over a few pages to mark where you left off reading.

Look how cute this looks holding my place in Pride and Prejudice!

CTMH Buzz and Bumble corner bookmark
Buzz and Bumble holds my place!

Here's how I made it using the Workshops on the Go Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit (Item # G1054):

 1.  Cut 3 1/4" square from Sunset cardstock for your base
 2.  Cut 3 1/4" long by 1 1/4" wide piece of coordinating B&T patterned paper from kit
 3.  Cut 2" by 2" square of Colonial White cardstock to stamp your sentiment on
 4.  Cut 2 1/4" square from another piece of coordinating patterned paper; then cut in half from corner to corner to make 2 triangles (you will only use 1)
 5.  Score your Sunset square at 1 5/8" at two of the corners so that they will fold in to make a triangular point on one side
 6.  Stamp image from the Workshop Stamp Set in center of Colonial White Square using Cocoa Ink.  Ink edges of cardstock for dimension
 7.  Turn Sunset base over to front side and adhere the 3 1/4" by 1 1/4" piece of patterned paper along bottom edge
 8.  Adhere 2" by 2" stamped image to pointed top
 9.  Turn Sunset base over to folded side (back) and secure by adhering triangle of patterned paper.  This makes a pocket to slip over your book pages.
 10. Embellish.  I used the sparkles from my kit.

I also decided to make a more traditional style bookmark with the same kit.  Here is my "B Happy" bookmark!

CTMH Buzz and Bumble
CTMH Buzz and Bumble "B Happy" bookmark

For this I did the following:

 1.  Cut a 2" by 6" piece of Colonial White cardstock for the base
 2.  Cut a 4" by 2" piece of B&T patterned paper
 3.  Cut a 2" by 2" piece of coordinating B&T patterned paper
 4.  Cut a 1" by 2" piece of Cocoa card stock
 5.  Cut a 2" by 1/2" piece of Colonial White cardstock
 6.  Cut a 2" by 2" piece of Colonial White card stock
 7.  Cut out a 1" letter B (I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge)
 8.  Ink all edges with Cocoa ink
 9.  Stamp "Happy" in Cocoa and a flower in Goldrush on the smaller piece of Colonial White
10. On the larger piece of Colonial White - Stamp in second generation the bee image using Goldrush and the bee trail in Cocoa
11. Adhere and embellish.  I used a sparkle from the kit in the center of the flower
12. Punch a hole in the top center and decorate with a piece of ribbon 

If you live in the Jacksonville area and would like to meet other paper crafters, I would love to have you join our group.  We get together once a month to Scrapbook, Stamp and Socialize. I always have a project similar to this bookmark for us to do together.  We snack, craft and have a great time together.  Join us!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

CTMH Buzz and Bumble - I'll Tell You What the Buzz is About!

As an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart, I have the coolest perk; I get to order from the new Idea Book a month early!!  So as soon as I acquired my copy of the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book I sat down with a cup of coffee, a pen, a piece of paper and proceeded to create my wishlist!  It was hard to narrow it down, as I really wanted the entire thing, but I was finally able to focus and place a small order. Today it very own Workshops on the Go Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit (Item # G1054)!

I LOVE it!!  To all my friends out there that adore nature, gardening and of course, bees; you will love it, too. The featured shades are Champagne, Cocoa, Creme Brulee and Sunset.  However, the double sided B&T (patterned) papers also coordinate perfectly with Goldrush and Sweet Leaf.  

Here it is - a sneak peek just for my blog readers:

Close To My Heart Buzz and Bumble
CTMH Workshops on the Go - Buzz and Bumble (Item # G1054)

The kit includes all of the following for only $29.95!

1 - My Reflections Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet (Item # X7164B)
1 - My Acrylix Buzz and Bumble Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
2 - Colonial White Cardstock Sheets
1 - Buzz and Bumble Assortment (Z1831)
1 - Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment (Z1753)
1 - Instructional Brochure

For those that have never purchased a Workshop on the Go Kit, let me tell you why it is such a great value.  First off the price; if you purchased all the items separately you would spend more money. Secondly, the stamp set is a one of a kind set that can only be purchased with the WOTG kit and is specially tailored to coordinate with the paper collection.  Just look at these adorable stamps!  I can't wait to use the cute bee followed by the swirly trail showing where he just buzzed by!

CTMH My Acrylix Buzz and Bumble Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)

Included:  An Instructional Brochure, My Acryliz C-size Stamp Set, Buzz and Bumble Assortment, and Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment

CTMH Buzz and Bumble WOTG Kit

In the Instructional Brochure are the "recipes" for two 2 page layouts, as well as an idea for a Neighbor Gift as a Bonus Project using some additional materials. 

You can order this for yourself in just a matter of days!  Don't forget February 1, 2013 is the big day when you will be able to get your hands on all of the new beautiful paper and accessory collections from the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book from Close To My Heart.  

Stay tuned to my blog as I'll be posting examples of how I used my new Buzz and Bumble WOTG!  It's the Bee's Knees!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thanks for Scrapbook, Stamp and Socialize

Last night, I had a wonderful time at the group Scrapbook, Stamp and Socialize.  It was our first time meeting and it was great to make new paper crafting friends.  Molly, Kimberly and Bernadette attended and we had so much fun getting to know each other and making a thank you card together. I'm so grateful that scrapbooking and stamping has given me the opportunity to meet such fantastic women.  I'm amazed how paper and glue bond more than just to each other; they also create a bond between people that share a love for crafting.

The card that we made is yet another example of the versatility of one paper packet.  I was able to use pieces from the Clementine collection to make up card kits that we put together at our meet up.  

Clementine Thank You Card - Karen Care'
CTMH Clementine Thank You Card

Each kit contained the following:  

One 4" x 8" card base cut from White Daisy Cardstock (4" x 4" when folded in half)
One 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of Saddle Cardstock
One 2" x 2" square of Cashmere Cardstock
One 4" x 3/4" piece of dark floral patterned paper
One 4" 1 1/4" piece of light floral patterned paper
Two Antiquated Copper Brads

Card Kit with instructions and supplies

I shared these supplies:

Saddle Ink
Sorbet Ink
"Thanks" from For Every Occasion (Item # D1187)
Star stamp from the Art Philosophy collection


1.  Spray large square with water and crumple into a ball.  Flatten and set aside to dry.
2.  Distress edges of patterned paper with sandpaper.
3.  Sponge edges of all paper and front of card base with Saddle ink.
4.  Stamping in both first and second generation, stamp star image several times with Sorbet ink on small square.
5.  Stamp “Thanks” in Center of small square with Saddle Ink.
6.  Add Antiquated Copper brads to opposite corners of small square.
7.  Assemble card.

Before and After

We are having an open crop on Saturday, 1/26.  If you are a paper crafter in the Jacksonville, FL area, we would love for you to attend.  All levels of scrapbookers, stampers and card makers are welcome!  Click here to sign up now.  Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.  I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Lovely Day in Jacksonville

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
My husband and I are really enjoying exploring our new home town.  Yesterday was a trip to Jacksonville Beach with a walk on the pier and a phenomenal lunch at the 3rd Street Diner.  I'm still full and it has been over 24 hours since we were there.  I had a huge chicken souvlaki sandwich with fries that was so good. But, I didn't stop there; oh no, I had to have dessert.  They had one of those glass dessert towers with spinning shelves that featured all kinds of beautiful pies and cakes.  The chocolate cream pie was screaming my name and I couldn't go home without it.  Accented by a great cup of diner coffee, it was amazing!  

Today we paid a visit to the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens along the banks of the St. Johns River.  What a great facility!  There was art and artifacts from ancient and medieval times all the way through to today. What I loved the most was the extensive collection of early Meissen porcelain.  I love all kinds of china and tea services.  This huge room filled with hand painted teapots, serving dishes and all manner of porcelain was by far my favorite.    There's nothing I like better than an afternoon tea!  

To top off the loveliness of the afternoon, there was an acre and a half of formal gardens to take in.  An Italian garden and an English garden sitting right along the river bank and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Many famous landscape designers have had a part in making them so beautiful.

If you need a quiet and reflective moment away from the busyness of life, I highly recommend an afternoon at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.  Ahhhh, I'm feeling pretty refreshed right now and ready to get started on another paper crafting project.

Have a wonderful and peaceful day!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Close To My Heart Clementine File Folder Mini Album

The post that I did in September, highlighting the file folder mini album has received so much positive feedback, that I decided to make another one; this time using the Clementine collection from Close To My Heart. 

I've been highlighting this paper pack in several of my recent posts as I want to share how many different paper crafting projects that can be made using just one paper packet, a coordinating sticker collection and a coordinating ink pad; just a total of $21.15 in supplies!  

This time, I've used a standard manilla file folder to create an adorable mini album that can be used to document a friendship, a special occasion, or just highlight favorite photos.  Take a look...

Created by:  Karen A. Care'
Close To My Heart (CTMH) Clementine File Folder Mini Album
Created by:  Karen A. Care'
Inside of CTMH Clementine File Folder Mini Album

Created by: Karen A. Care'
Outside of CTMH Clementine File Folder Mini Album
This album is super fun to make and it is a great way to use up extras of papers and stickers, and embellishments that you have on hand.  Here are the instructions:

Step 1:
Open a letter size file folder so the tab is in the top right corner

Step 2:
Fold the bottom of the folder up, so that it matches up with the bottom of the tab and the left curved edges meet up.  This will start to form your pockets.

Step 3:
Fold the right side of the folder so that the long straight edge meets the original fold of the file.  The tab will extend in to the left over the line. 

Step 4:
Measure the distance from the original center fold to the fold that you just made.  This should be approximately 4 ½ inches. Using your paper trimmer, cut off the excess folder about 4 ¼ inches left of the center fold.  The reason I trim it slightly shorter is so there is room to fold it in easily.  Now you have a tri fold folder.  Fold the left side in and then over one more time, so that the tab is in the top right corner.

Step 5:
Decorate and embellish.  You will need:
2½ feet of ribbon that you will adhere to the front left panel (pocket side down) just underneath the tab underneath the paper.
Six 4¼ inch by 7½ inch pieces of patterned paper
Three 4¼ inch by 3¾ inch pieces of patterned paper
Coordinating stickers and embellishments

Your folder may differ slightly, so measure each section first.  I’ve left about 1/8 of an inch short, which gives it a nice border.

Step 6:
To make a decorative finish on your pockets, before adding adhesive, you may want to fold down the left corner into a triangle and cover with a coordinating solid color cardstock.  If you have a circle punch, you can use it to cut out a half circle in the top of the center pocket.

Step 7:
Use a strong adhesive and adhere the left and right sides of your folders to complete your pockets.

Step 8:
Cut 3 tag shapes approximately 3 inches wide by 5½ inches tall.  Embellish to match.

In addition to the Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes stickers, I used a few extra supplies to embellish the album.  All the cut edges of paper were inked using Saddle; the buttons came from the Green Assortment; and the brads are Antiquated Copper.  I tied it all together with Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon the magical ribbon that can be inked in any color to match your project (I used Sorbet). The stars were cut out on my Cricut using Clementine paper and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.

Go right now and make a file folder mini album!!  They are a easy and make a really great gift.