Sunday, November 02, 2014

Halloween Cards



I made these Halloween cards using the Close To My Heart Trick or Treat Sweets stamp set. It is an a2 card measuring 5 1/2 x 4 1/4", with the patterned paper layer measuring 5 1/4 x 4". The patterned paper is from my stash and all solid cardstock is recollections. I used a friend's punches to punch the circles and scallop circles. The images were stamped with Close To My Heart's Archival Black Exclusive Ink pad. The bubbles are from Queen & Co.

If you'd like to purchase this stamp set, or any other Close To My Heart product, please visit my website at http://brendahalstead.ctmh.com/.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

1st Birthday Card



I made this card for a friend's daughter's 1st birthday. I used the Create A Friend and Birthday Bash Cricut cartridges. The card is an A2 card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"). All solid cardstock is Recollections, the patterned paper is a retired Close To My Heart paper and the gold glitter cardstock is from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment is from the Stamps of Life candles4birthday stamp set. The pearls are from Queen & Co.

I used my Gypsy to cut the princess at 3" using the Create a Friend Cricut cartridge and cut the 1 at 1 1/2" using the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge. Here are pictures of my Gypsy screen and cutting mat. (You'll notice I cut 2 bodies and that is because I couldn't decide if I was going to use the face the cartridge cuts or stamp a face. I used the one the cartridge cuts.)


Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Birthday Card and Sympathy Card

Hello, and thank you for stopping by my blog! I have two cards I'd like to share.

The first is a birthday card I made for my daughter, who loves owls!

This is an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"). All solid cardstock is Recollections. The patterned cardstocks are from my stash. The patterned cardstock layer on both the front and inside of the card measures 4 x 5 1/4". The green layer on the front measures 3 3/4 x 5", and the green layer on the inside measures 3 1/4 x 4 1/2".

I used the Close To My Heart August 2014 Stamp of the Month (What A Hoot) to make the owl, and used the Card Chatter - Birthday stamp set, which is retired, for the sentiment. I used Close To My Heart's Archival Black Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad (item # 44751) to stamp the owl and sentiment. I added small rhinestones to the owls eyes.

The second card is a sympathy card for a dear friend.



This is also an A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4").  The white cardstock is Close To My Heart White Daisy (item # 1385) and the patterned cardstock was in my stash. The patterned cardstock layer on the front measures 5 1/4 x 4", and the white cardstock layer on the front measures 5 x 3 3/4". I used the Close To My Heart June 2013 Stamp of the Month (A Flowering Bunch) to stamp the flowers and used Close To My Heart's Words of Comfort stamp set, which is retired, for the sentiment. I used Close To My Heart's Archival Black Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad (item # 44751) to stamp the image and sentiment. I added Queen & Co. pearls to the front.

On the inside of the card, I used a strip of the patterned cardstock, which measures 5 1/2 x 1".

I hope you enjoyed my cards. If you would like to purchase Close To My Heart products, please visist my website at http://brendahalstead.ctmh.com/. I'd love to have you as my customer! Also, if you'd like to become a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, visit my website, hover your mouse over What We Do and then click on Be A Consultant from the drop down menu. I'd love to have you on my team!

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Hello Kitty 1st Birthday Card



My granddaughter's 1st birthday party was this past Sunday, and here is the card I made for her.

This is an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"). The base and all solid cardstock is Recollections. The patterned paper is Lucy (a retired Close To My Heart (CTMH) B&T paper pack).

For the front of the card, the patterned paper layer measures 4 x 5 1/4". I used the Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut cartridge to cut Hello Kitty at 3 1/2", I used the Hello Kitty Font Cricut cartridge to cut the number 1 at 2" and I used the Stampin' Up! Bitty Banners stamp set and CTMH Archival Black exclusive ink pad for the sentiment and cut it out using the coordinating die set and my Cuttlebug. I used Recollections glitter on the flower on Hello Kitty's head and the number 1.

For the inside of the card, the patterned paper layer measures 4 x 5 1/4" and the solid layer measures 3 x 4 1/4". I used CTMH's retired Card Chatter - Birthday stamp set and CTMH's Archival Black exclusive ink pad for the sentiment.

If you are interested in purchasing any CTMH products, or sign up to be an Independent Consultant, please visit my website at http://brendahalstead.ctmh.com/.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mickey 2nd Birthday Card




I made this card for my grandson's 2nd birthday. It is an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"). I used Recollections cardstock for the base and all solid cardstock used. The patterned paper is Stampin' Up!. I believe it is the Regal paper collection.

For the front of the card, I cut the patterned paper at 4 x 5 1/4". I cut the solid blue at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4". I used the Micky & Friend Cricut cartridge to cut Mickey Mouse at 3 1/2". I used the Pooh & Friends Cricut cartridge to cut the birthday hat at 1 1/2". I used the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge to cut the number 2 at 1 1/4".

For the inside of the card, I cut the patterned paper at 4 x 5 1/4". I cut the white layer at 3 x 4 1/4". I used the Close To My Heart Card Chatter - Birthday stamp set (which is retired) to stamp the sentiment with CTMH's Ruby exclusive ink. The birthday hat on the inside was cut from the Pooh & Friends Cricut cartridge, but I can't remember what size because I was originally going to use it on Mickey but it was too big.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card!

Hi Card



This is a card I made for a card swap I participated in with my Close To My Heart (CTMH) team members. I cut the base for this card at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" and scored the 8 1/2" at 4 1/4" to make an A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4").

For the front of the card, the patterned paper layer measures 5 1/4 x 4" (I used retired CTMH patterned paper). I inked the edges using CTMH's Blush exclusive ink pad. (I used this color to ink all the edges on this card.) I then used the same cardstock as the base to cut a strip measuring 5 1/4 x 1 1/2", inked the edges and adhered it centering from tope to bottom to the patterned paper layer. I then cut a different patterned paper at 5 1/4" x 1", inked the edges and adhered it centered top to bottom on the solid strip. I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut Bundle cartridge (item #Z1790) to cut the word bubble (on page 65, Accent 2) at 1 3/4" using the same cardstock as the base of the card. I then used the Word Balloons stamp set (which is part of the CTMH Artiste Cricut Bundle) to stamp "hi!" (using the same color of ink as I used on the edges of my papers) on the word balloon and inked the edges. I used pop dots to adhere the word bubble to the center of the strip. I then added bling on each side of the word bubble.

For the inside of the card, I cute the patterned paper layer at 5 1/4" x 4". Ink the edges and adhere to the inside of the card. I cut the cardstock (same as used for the base) at 4 1/4 x 3", inked the edges and adhered to the patterned paper (centering it).

I hope you like my card.

If you are interested in purchasing the CTMH Artiste Cricut Bundle or any other Close To My Heart products, please visit my website at http://brendahalstead.ctmh.com/. Also, if you are interested in joining Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant, I'd love to have you on my team. You can sign up on my website at http://brendahalstead.ctmh.com/. Just hover your mouse over What We Do and then click on Be A Consultant from the dropdown menu.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sympathy Card & Best Friend Card

Here are the latest two cards I made.



This sympathy card is an A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4"). The blue mats are 5 1/4 x 4" and I rounded the corners. The paper is from the Close To My Heart Free To Be Me paper pack that was offered in May. The flower stamp is from Stampin' Up!, which I borrowed from my friend. The sentiments are from the Close To My Heart Words of Comfort stamp set (item # C1524). This stamp set is retiring, so if you are interested in purchasing it, you may do so by visiting my website at http://brendahalstead.ctmh.com/.



This best friend card is also an A2 card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2"). All cardstock is Recollections. The bottom white mat on the front and inside measures 4 1/8 x 5 3/8" and the pink mat measures 4 x 5 1/4. The next layer on the front measures 3 3/4 x 5", and I used the smallest strawberry and stem stamp from The Stamps of Life Club strawberries2stamp stamp set. I then stamped the sentiment and large strawberry and stem from the same The Stamps of Life Club stamp set and used the coordinating die set to cut the large strawberry and stem, as well as the leaf. As you can see, the die cuts and embosses the leaf at the same time. The white mat on the inside of the card measures 3 x 4 1/4", and this sentiment is also from the strawberries2stamp set. All inks used are Close To My Heart.