Sparkle and Shine Holiday Cards

Now that Halloween is but a sweet memory and crisp weather has arrived, I’m in the mood for the holidays!  November’s cardmaking workshop features the new Sparkle and Shine paper pack with elegant stripes in ruby red and silver. We’ll make three each of the holiday cards shown, with 1 or 2 each of the specialty flip cards for a total of 15 cards:

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We’ll meet on Thursday morning, November 14th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we enjoy creating these beautiful cards. For those that can’t make it on a weekday, I’ll repeat the class the following weekend.

Workshop is limited to 10 participants. RSVP by November 7th so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Thursday November 14th at 9am, or

Sunday, November 24th at 2pm

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 15 cards with envelopes

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Frosty Holiday Cards

So many of us are eager to get started on our holiday cards that I thought I’d do two sets of holiday cards, one in October and one in November. October’s cardmaking workshop features the Frosty paper pack with subtle colors of gray, frosty turquoise, whisper and Kraft and just a pop of color in blush and ruby. I have two versions of the cards shown below. The second set is designed for the holidays and the first set are gorgeous seasonal winter cards. We’ll make 5 each of the three cards. You can choose either set, or even mix and match!

We’ll make 2 each of five fancy fold cards like those shown below:

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We’ll meet on Thursday morning, October 17th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we enjoy creating these beautiful cards. For those that can’t make it on a weekday, I’ll repeat the class on Sunday, October 20th.

Workshop is limited to 10 participants. RSVP by October 10th so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Thursday October 17th at 9am, or

Sunday, October 20th at 2pm

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 15 cards with envelopes

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

A Potpourri of Cards

Welcome back from summer!

September’s cardmaking class includes two each of the five cards shown here plus two bonus gift tags.

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This class uses each of the new papers in the Fall/Winter Idea Book and many of the new accessories. The cost is $20 and I’ll be holding the class on Thurs, Sept 19th, 9am at my house and again on Sunday, Sept 22nd at 2pm.  Class size limited to 8. RSVP by Sept 12th to reserve your spot. Bring a friend for half off on your workshop fee.  Hope you can make it!

Later in September I’ll hold the first of 6 scrapbooking workshops, making 8-10 pages from each of the 6 new paper packs. September’s paper is Babycakes, but the layouts are not limited to baby photos! Stay tuned for more info on the September Babycakes Scrapbooking Workshop.

Would you like to earn $24, $40, $60 or more in CTMH products, plus a half price item? Then join one of my Hostess Clubs forming now. There is no information to actually host an event at your house, instead you are invited to my house for fun, food and cameraderie during any of my workshops (not required though) and all orders placed that month will earn you Hostess Credits for free Close To My Heart papers, inks, blocks, stamp sets, cardstock or even digital layouts as well as potentially a half price item (great for that new Cricut Cartridge!). In return you agree to place a $25 order yourself each month.

See you soon!

Potpourri Card Workshop

When: Thursday September 19th at 9am

or Sunday, September 22nd at 2pm

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 10 cards with envelopes plus 2 gift tags

RSVP: mariefarson@juno.com or 571-276-5405 by Sept 12th

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Fancy Folds Cards, Part 2

Summertime’s for fun, and what’s more fun than receiving a card in the mail from someone you love?  How about receiving a neat, home-made, interactive card!

July’s cardmaking workshop features five, fun, fancy fold cards including a trifold card, window shade card, flower pot card, lever card and a joy fold card. We will make a total of 10 cards, 2 each of 5 cards plus a bonus post-it note holder, using the Claire, Chantilly and Flirty papers and stamp sets including the new patriotic “Home of the Brave” set, “A True Thank You” set funding Oklahoma Tornado Relief,  the May and June Stamps of the month: “Pinwheels” and “A Flowering Bunch”, and the popular “Fabulous  You” stamp set.

We’ll make 2 each of five fancy fold cards like those shown below:

Patriotic tri-fold card

Patriotic tri-fold card

Window shade card closed

Window shade card closed

Window shade raised

Window shade raised

Window shade card opened

Window shade card opened

Flower pot card

Flower pot card

Flower pot card opened

Flower pot card opened

Lever card closed

Lever card closed

Lever card open

Lever card open

Joy fold card

Joy fold card

Joy fold card open

Joy fold card open

Post-it note holder

Post-it note holder

We’ll meet on Thursday morning, July 11th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we play with some fun folding techniques used in creating these cards.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by Monday, July 8th so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Thursday July 11th at 9am

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 10 cards with envelopes plus bonus project

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Let’s Get Patriotic!

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Patriotic Brave

Show your support of troops and country with new patriotic stamp sets — available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013! As a show of our support, Close To My Heart will donate $3 from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the United States, or $3 from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Strong and Free stamp set to the Canadian Hero Fund, which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military troops by providing post-secondary education in Canada. Show your support today—stamp style!

You can purchase these Patriotic Stamp sets here.

Fun, Fancy and Father’s Day Cards

June’s cardmaking workshop features fun, fancy fold cards including a Father’s Day card, Kraft shaker cards, matchbook cards, swing cards, window cards, quilted cards, napkin fold cards and a side step card. We will make a total of 12 cards, 2 each of 5 cards plus 2 bonus cards, using a variety of papers and stamp set including the new Puns of Praise set, Paper Doll set, and the Perfect Fit – Dad set.

We’ll make 2 each of five fancy fold cards like those shown below:

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swing card 1

plus matchbook and shaker cards like these:

Kraft card with treat cup

Fathers Day sidestep

 

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We’ll meet on Thursday morning, June 6th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we play with some fun folding techniques used in creating these cards.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by Monday, June 3rd so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Thursday June 6th at 9am

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 12 cards with envelopes

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Buzz and Bumble Bee Cards

April showers bring May flowers and flowers bring bumble bees!  May’s cardmaking workshop features the Buzz and Bumble paper in warm creme brulee, sunset and cocoa, with bumble bee and honeycomb accents.

We’ll make 2 each of the five friendship and thank you cards shown below:

 

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We’ll meet on Thursday morning, May 9th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we play with some fun stamping techniques used in creating these cards.

In addition, we’ll make one of these classy tea dispensers, great for Mother’s Day or just as a nice Thank You gift (plus they are just plain fun to make!)….

 

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Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by Monday, May 6th so that I may have your materials prepared for you.

When: Thursday May 9th at 9am

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 10 cards with envelopes and a tea dispenser

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

Elegant Birthday Cards

April’s cardmaking workshop features the For Always paper in classic black and white, with a pop of purple color. These elegant cards are perfect for those special people in your life…

We’ll make 5 each of the three designs shown below:

We’ll meet on Thursday morning, April 11th, for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we play with some fun stamping techniques used in creating these cards.

 

Plus we will be trying out a new technique and making a bonus “chalkboard” card:

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For a more thorough description of this cool technique, please see my previous post on chalkboard cards.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by Monday, April 1st so that I may have your papers prepared for you.

When: Thursday April 11th at 9am

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 15 cards with envelopes.

RSVP: 703-790-3497

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $20.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $23.00 – mailed to you first class

It’s in the Bag

It's in the Bag

CTMH’s new pigment inks are perfect for stamping on these adorable muslin bags. They make perfect little gift bags for hostess gifts, jewelry, soaps, perfumes, etc. Want to give it a try?

Muslin Bag Workshop

Thursday, March 21st at 9am, and
Saturday, March 23rd at 2pm
$15 for 6 bags with gift tags and goodies

RSVP by March 19th
Limited to 8 participants

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Chalkboard Cards

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Wow, I am loving this chalkboard technique!

Close To My Heart’s March Stamp of the Month, “Home Sweet Home” is tailor made for chalkboard cards and I couldn’t help but try my hand at one.  I used the black and white For Always papers, with a pop of Ruby Red in the matt for the card on the above.   Other stamp sets I used include: D1377 Around the Block, D1542 For a Friend, D1506 Family Love and S1207 Live Out Loud.

After wiping the black cardstock with “cornstarch-in-a-baby-sock” (home-made embossing buddy), I positioned all the stamp images on a 4″x6″  block until I had them in the pattern I wanted. I stamped them all together with Versamark and used white embossing powder.  Leaving all the stamps in their same position on the block, I inked them up with white pigment ink and overstamped them onto the black cardstock, shifting them slightly to give a shadow effect. Then I traced an outline around the words using a white watercolor pencil. Finally I smudged a bit of white pigment ink onto the card at various spots using a kleenex to give a “chalk dust” impression to the card.

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The chalkboard card above is a birthday card, made with the Chantilly paper and stamp images from: D1547 For Always, D1475 Card Chatter Birthday, C1474 Ten Things and B1332 Good Times. I used a similar technique, adding in additional colored lines and filling in the font on “Congrats” with pink watercolor pencil.

I love the way the both turned out and can’t wait to try a few more cards like them.

For those of you signed up for my Chantilly Cards class on March 7th or the For Always Card class in April, I’ll have materials on hand for making these chalkboard cards as a bonus in addition to the 15 card class cards.  So, if you want to try your hand at experimenting with the chalkboard technique, come and join us!

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