Using CTMH Cardstock to Create a Silhouette Border

How often do you create sports themed layouts? I haven’t up until this point- because any sports my children were involved in (mostly swimming), required me to be with them, and I wasn’t able to snap pictures. That’s only because they were so young. Now that they’re school age, a whole new world will open up to them- and I’m so excited to explore their interests with them!

Skating and soccer werethe first sports we began with. I’ll have to look for pictures of skating…I know one lives on my Facebook. I’ll have to print it the next time I need more pictures. None of us enjoyed soccer. It was more than likely that they were young, but I think my children thrive more in sports that challenge them selves individually, not in a team. They love their gymnastics and swimming. Miss A keeps asking if she can try Tae Kwon Do. I’ve sort of been putting it off, but I think we should explore it. They have a keen interest in music, too. This year (grade 2) enables them to join choir, if they want (Miss M does!), and we’re contemplating piano lessons in the fall for both twins. There is lots going on!

Back when my kids started playing sports, an idea dawned on me that I’ve been sitting on for quite some time. It was to create a mini album of all the sports they are involved in. Or at least, every year of sports they’re involved in. I did begin it, but only have like 1 picture in it. I do believe I’ve run out of the paper I’d originally started to use in it, so when I get back to it, I’ll have to complete it using something else! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the mini album at the moment. Sorry!

At some point during their sports (usually their first lesson, if I remember), I take pictures of them. Swimming is the easiest to get pictures of. Gymnastics is the hardest. (Parents generally aren’t allowed in the gym while the kids have class. They have a showcase at the end of their session where they show off everything they’ve learned. I love it, but it makes picture taking interesting!) There’s also more changes coming to our gymnastics program for this upcoming season…I can’t wait to see what we all decide to offer! (I’m on the board, so I’m privy to the deets, LOL). There’s more to look forward to.

I picked up the purple hues in the twins’ soccer jersey’s and pulled it into the rest of my layout. I didn’t have a shade of purple that deep, so instead settled for CTMH Thistle. The Fundamentals in the background matches it perfectly. And, if you notice, for a pop of additional color, I used a strip of sponged card stock I had hanging around on my desk. I also matted the soccer ball onto a piece of it and adhered it to the layout with a pop dot.

*Tip: instead of using paper to create a flat border with a punch, why not create a border using words or shapes? In Cricut Design Space, I added the word ‘soccer’ twice- one in a large font, and the other in a smaller font. I hid the larger soccer word from cutting so that I would only cut the smaller one first. Once I got to the cutting stage, I changed the amount of times I cut the smaller word (in this case two times) and then adhered it evenly on the background. To give the border a ‘there, but not quite’ look, keep it the same color tone as the background. I love the white on white effect! After deleting the smaller soccer word, I cut the larger one from Navy Blue Recollections cardstock, which picks up the color of the soccer net in the background of the pictures.

Products Used:

*-CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals paper packet (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

*-CTMH Thistle Cardstock X5976

-CTMH My Acrylix C1547 For Always Stamp set (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Ink Z2805

*Have I told you about the new card stock at CTMH? Its now double-sided! One side is a shade slightly lighter than the original color! Here’s a peek:

This is the new Whimsy Cardstock Paper Packet. Look at all that deliciousness! This is available to purchase on my website right now! Visit my website here. The new Whimsy Fundamentals Paper packet coordinates with it, as well!

There’s more where that came from. Head on over to my website and check it all out. There’s sure to be something you’ll love.


DIY Envelope Tutorial

Hello, friends! 

As promised, I will share a quick and simple tutorial today for making your own envelopes!

To start, you’ll need one sheet of 12×12 cardstock or patterned paper and glue. I like using CTMH Liquid Glass for a strong bond, but you can use whichever glue you have on hand or like to use.

Decide which side of the patterned paper you would like to face outwards (in this case it’s the floral pattern), then make two folds approximately 1- 1.5inches from each side (fold inwards, towards the centre of the paper). 
A trick I like to use is placing my letter in the bottom centre of the patterned paper, and fold each side around it. I use this trick to also roughly guesstimate the bottom fold (next step).

Apply glue to the bottom portions of each 1-inch fold, then fold paper upwards (pictured below). The bottom fold should be approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. This will become the bottom of your envelope. (Place your letter inside, for reference). 

This is how your envelope should look now. Next, you’ll want to fold the top edge of the patterned paper envelope approximately 0.5- 1 inch inwards, and again nearer the top of your letter (approximately 2-3 inches from the top edge fold).
*Note: I say approximately, because I haven’t measured exactly each of my folds. I’ve created my envelopes strictly by feel and by my naked eye.

Measurements will be different, dependent on what size paper your letter is written on. I currently use standard loose-leaf paper, which I assume measures 8.5×11 inches. My envelopes were created around this standard size, folded in three). 

*Another Note: before gluing any corners, mock up your envelope to avoid making any mistakes. I always make all my folds first, and then go back and glue where appropriate.  

(Top edge folded down, 0.5-1 inch from top edge); glue the thicker, corner portions. Here’s how it should look completed (below):

(I flipped the envelope over, so the front is facing outwards.) The backside of your envelope will have a clean edge where you’ll adhere it closed with glue. This is unlike a standard card envelope that has the V-shaped flap. 

Lastly, decorate to your hearts desire! I’ll sometimes add washi tape to the back fold after I’ve glued it closed for a little more pizzazz. That’s not necessary.  Do whatever feels right!

I hope today’s tutorial made sense and was clearer than a load of mud to you! If not, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to clarify it!

Snail Mail Saturday

Hello friends, it’s once again snail mail Saturday! It was a slow mail week here- I didn’t get any happy mail at all! Boo! 😣😭 Hopefully next week. I can count on a letter from a pal in Germany to arrive late next week; hopefully I’ll have more than just hers.

So, since I don’t have any new incoming or outgoing mail, I’ll share some of my favorite snail mail pins- I may or may not also want to try some of these, too!

 DIY MARBLING using shaving cream and food coloring. This looks so fun! 

This glassine bag (envelope?) has inspired me to create my own envelope using wax paper or parchment paper. I’m not sure it’ll work (or withstand being mailed), but I’d still like to try! Maybe I can hand deliver it instead…

Acrylic painting is another fab idea for decorating your envies- and it’s another one I’d love to try my hand at. I think making your own envelope using thicker weight cardstock is probably best for this idea…

I hope that’s inspired you like it has me! 

I also feel the need to apologize: I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d share a tutorial to create your own envelopes and I’ve neglected doing that. I know I’ve got some tutorials posted but I can’t find them all at the moment. (There’s one in particular I am thinking of, but I can’t find it on any of my Pinterest boards). I will- in the near future- share it. Promise!

Each of these pins can be found on my Pinterest. Search for Pocket Mail/Snail Mail Inspiration. Enjoy!

Watercolor Technique with Faber-Castell Gelatos

Hi everyone, happy Monday!

I mentioned recently that I would share the process I use to create a watercolor effect using Faber-Castell Gelatos. 

My kids are home sick today so unfortunately I won’t have a photo or video tutorial ready for you. (What are your thoughts on video tutorials…would you like to see them occasionally on my blog??)

Here are the materials you’ll need to create this effect:
– Faber-Castell Gelatos  (one or more colors)
– craft mat
– spray bottle set to a fine mist
– blow dryer, heat tool or good, old fashioned time
– watercolor paper, cardstock or patterned paper
– wipes, kleenex or paper towel

The process:

Choose which color, or colors, gelatos you want to use, and scribble directly on your craft mat. A little bit goes a long way. You dont need much! The areas you color can be close together or far apart, or you can also use one color at a time. Play around with it- don’t be afraid to experiment!

Using your spray bottle, spray directly on the areas of the craft mat you colored on. Note: a tiny bit of water goes a long ways. Less is more! I bought a cheap dollar store water bottle, so it doesn’t mist very well. I’ve learned to spray very, very little water. Too much will saturate your paper making it look less nice.

Using my pointer finger, I next blend the color with the water. I find that if you skip this step, the water and color don’t mix very well. I’ve set aside many sheets of “ruined” cardstock to eventually cover up with paper or pictures because I wasn’t happy with the end result. I’m just trying to save you the hassle!

If you used several different colors at once, you can blend them together a bit, creating a kaleidoscope of color. Here’s an example:


As you can see, I used celery green (which looks yellow in the picture above) and pink gelatos here. Mixed together, you’ll also see a touch of orange.

Delicious, amirite?!

(You’ll see this layout again in a future post!!)

So, now you’ve colored on the craft mat, sprayed that area with a teensy bit of water, and blended that with your fingertip or a paintbrush (if you don’t want to get dirty).

Next, take your watercolor paper, cardstock or patterned paper, and place it over your watercolors on the craft mat. Position it roughly where you’d like it to appear on your paper. Gently rub your hand or fingers over the paper, or slide the paper around a bit, then lift off the craft mat.

Let any excess water run off the page or blot it with paper towel. Using your heat tool, dry your paper off, or set it aside to dry on its own. I’m not patient enough for that, so I use my embossing heat gun to finish it more quickly.

Voila! You should now have a watercolor background on your paper- the first layer of many on a delicious mixed media- or not- layout!

To clean your craft mat (because water and color will be left behind), simply wipe with paper towel, kleenex, wipes or whatever else you might have lying around.

Do you have any other helpful tips or techniques for using Gelatos? I’d love to hear- leave a comment with your tried and true tips. I’d love to learn more!

Thanks for tuning in today! I’ll be back again soon to share another layout with you- this one featuring lots of washi tape! See you then!

One Layer Stamped Card Tutorial


Happy Pi Day, fellow nerds!

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that I’d share the directions for creating the one layer stamped card I made recently. I thought today would be a good time to do that!


(In case you needed a reminder, here’s the card I’m referring to. It’ll also save you the hassle of scrolling down to find it in the next post). 😀

To begin, you’ll need to gather your supplies. That would be: cardstock, ink (4 varying shades, three of which should be light, medium and medium dark)- the last one should be darkest; stamping blocks, stamp and some washi tape.

I’ll explain what that’s for in just a moment.

1. Trim your cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. (8.5×11 works perfectly- just trim it in half). Score and fold in half length-wise.

Here’s where the washi tape comes in.

2. Mask off the top and bottom portion of your greeting card with the washi tape. Make sure it’s long enough on either side of the card to stick to your work surface; it’ll hold your card in place while stamping.

The washi tape works well for this project because it won’t damage your cardstock like traditional tape can do. It’s repositionable and does not attach permanently.

3. Once your stamp is mounted to your stamping block, ensure your buffer is placed underneath the area you’ll be stamping, then cover the stamp with the lightest ink you chose first. Firmly press onto your cardstock and lift straight up. Repeat, placing the stamp at varying heights until your card is filled.

4. Thoroughly clean your stamp using stamp cleaner.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 using the medium and medium dark inks you’ve chosen, cleaning thoroughly between each layer. Remember to alternate the height each time you stamp so you don’t cover up too much of the previous layer.

6. Using your last (and darkest) ink, stamp your message onto the card.

7. Gently and carefully remove the washi tape, then admire your handiwork.

Presto, you’re done!

If you’re interested in creating this card, and you liked the colors I used to create it, head on over to my website. All the products you need to create this project are available to purchase there, including stamp spray, cleaning pad and stamping blocks.

Shop in your jammies, naked or anytime you want! The shop is always open! Convenience is always the best option!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I hope it inspired you to give it a try!

See you again real soon!

An Exercise in Positivity

It was a great day for exercising my one little word, positivity, yesterday. We had growing concerns that our kitty was diabetic- or, at the very least, something was amiss. He peed a number of times around the house; I caught him in the act once, and he filled his litter unreasonably fast on a regular basis. I shouldn’t have to completely empty and refill it after two mere days.
My husband brought kitty to the vet on Monday, and the vet quickly ruled out diabetes. Fewf. But then what could it be? Drinking more water, because we’re cutting back on how much he eats, and so there’s a higher volume of output?
It turns out, in kitty’s old age, his renal function has become unsatisfactory. It’s slowly failing. Luckily, we caught it early, and can give him medication to help improve his quality of life. It’ll mean a total diet change, as well. Not only have we cut back on his consumption, he also needs to eat food thats low in protein. The good news is that he could have a few more years for us to pester and annoy love and enjoy him. Here’s hoping!

As promised on Monday, here’s a small tutorial using the water droplet technique- it’s really easy and fun! First, gather the materials you’ll need: card stock, acrylic stamping block, ink(s), stamp spritzer or spray bottle, scrubbing pad (for cleaning stamping block), stamps.


In the first step, fill your acrylic stamping block with ink. If you’re using multiple colors, like I’ve done, start with the lightest first, then move to the darkest.


Once the surface is covered in ink, give it a quick spray with your stamp cleaner (spritzer) or spray bottle. Ensure your spray bottle nozzle is set to a fine mist. (In the picture below, my stamp block has just been sprayed with my stamp cleaner.)


Stamp onto your card stock like a regular stamp! Stamp in any pattern you like, using as many or as little colors as you please; repeat steps 1 to 3 for every successive color (with cleaning in between).


Set aside to dry. Once your ink and card stock is dry, you’re ready to stamp on top, if you so desire. Choose a complimentary ink, or stick with an ink you just used. Fill stamp as usual and stamp away, in any pattern you choose. I chose something that reflects my one little word and theme for 2015: positive. The adjective that particularly caught my eye was grateful. This will be going into my gratitude journal next week!



(For a little extra oomph, ink your stamp in multiple colors for an ombre look, like I did here!)
And, to sign off, I’ll leave you with last weeks’ gratitude journal entries:


A Good Mix

Wow, things have been busy around here! A friend is quite sick, so between getting my kids to school and their sports, I’ve been helping her out by taking her to appointments. When I’m not doing that, I’m babysitting another friends kids so she can get appointments out of the way. She’s got a trip coming up, just like I do. (Two days and counting…) I’ve been beat the last two days, especially!
I have two projects to share with you- the first is a card I made for my friend. I looked up gate fold card tutorials on Pinterest and after floundering for a bit, finally came up with this:


It isn’t easy to see in the picture, but I used my Close to My Heart Liquid Glass to bling up the focal flower.
Here’s a little secret- the flowers that appear very faint– I stamped on the reverse side of the card stock then flipped it over to create a shadow. (Its on the thinner side). It works, though!
Here’s the second project I made:


I used a sketch to create this page


Sadly, SBE (or Scrapbooks Etc.) is no longer with us, but you can still find this sketch on my Pinterest boards, such as To Scraplift. (You can find me by searching using my given name,  Alison Krogsgaard). I’ll also be adding it to my Fave Sketches board.
I used a bottle cap for embellishing the top left corner of my layout, and used a CM sticker for the title work. The little tag underneath the main part of my title was stamped using SU, then fussy cut. (It’s hard to see- squint and you’ll see it- but it says “always” on it).
I used Lollydoodle (CTMH) and a bit of Carta Bella for a good mixture!

Lollydoodle Card Tutorial

I thought I’d share with you- step by step- the card we made at my Open House on Saturday. If you don’t have the products I mention/use, no fear! Use what you have on hand, or if you MUST have what you see in the pictures (because you can’t live without it, naturally), don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I can hook you up! Oh- also, if you’re not a paper crafter and have no desire to pick it up, but DO like the card a lot, I have 5 on hand that are available for purchase.

To start, the paper I used is from the Lolly doodle collection. I love the floral look and feel to the patterned paper- and I love that the B & T duos perform double duty. Since the paper is double-sided, I utilized both sides of the paper on this project. (B & T duos is CTMH’s definition of double sided paper).

You will need:
-paper trimmer
-border punch
-patterned paper, 12×12 sheet
-cardstock, 12×12 sheet
-acrylic or wood mounted stamps

First, trim your 12×12 sheet of card stock to a 6×12 sheet. Fold in half to make a 6×6 card. Fold becomes the top of the card.

Secondly, measure and trim 2 inches off the bottom front of the card.


You’ll use the discarded piece to punch a border then re-attach to the front, bottom inside, leaving a quarter-inch scalloped border along the bottom. (Refer to picture below).


Cut your 12×12 patterned paper into a 6×6 square. Adhere on the inside of the card, so the desired pattern faces out.


Trim 0.5, 1 and 1.5 inch wide strips from coordinating patterned paper (or the same patterned paper you chose to adhere inside the card). Adhere 0.5 inch strip to the bottom front of card, just above the scalloped border.

Adhere the 1 inch strip to the center of the larger strip, then adhere 1/4 inch from the top front of the card.


Stamp sentiment/image above bottom border and add rhinestones to embellish.


Don’t forget- if you like this card and want to re-create it using the products I did, please contact me. You can also find this particular pattern- and many others- in the Close To My Heart Originals inspiration book by Jeanette R. Lynton (also the founder of Close to My Heart)!

These cards are also available for sale- $5.50 each or $25 for the set of 5.