Sadly, I only have one card to share this month (pout). I realized on the Friday before card club that I had committed myself to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR things for Sunday! I had to choose between card club, Grove City’s annual Soggy Doggy, watching the US Men’s National Soccer team practice, and seeing my friends Curtis and Wendy graduate from Franklin University. Only two of those are once in a life time events. Good thing I like Curtis and Wendy!
Since I didn’t go to card club, the only card I have to share is my own. That’s alright because I’m really excited about my card! I am excited because I made it all from scraps!
Let’s start at the beginning. I was prepping for a Close to My Heart party where the make and take was going to be these adorable little baskets made out of Close to My Heart’s Pemberly paper:
The basket was made with the exclusive Close to My Heart Philosophy cartridge while the sentiment mat and rose were made with the new Close to My Heart Artist cartridge which has over 700 items! It is FABULOUS! Trust me, I promise my roses got better with practice. This was my first one, thus the irregular center . . . but I digress . . . As I pulled the baskets from my Cricut mat, I was left with some great scraps. I had 2 inch by 12 inch strips of paper and several half circles from the basket handles. I also had the identification strips from the card stock. (Close to My Heart has stopped stamping their signature directly on the paper and have added identification strips which have complimentary patterns on the other side.)
I just loved the half circles and knew I needed to do something with them. I couldn’t just throw them away.
Our theme for September was baker’s twine, and Close to My Heart makes several great colors that coordinate perfectly with their paper. I chose the yellow and white baker’s twine and lined it along the top and bottom of the dark blue trim. I made sure to wrap both from the front all the way to the inside of the card.
For the sentiment and embellishments, I used a Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month called Friendship Bouquet. I stamped the sentiment along the lower, right front of the card.
For the embellishments, I stamped several of the small sun flowers and leaves; I then spent a great deal of time fussy cutting them. As I sat cutting 12 sunflowers and 18 leaves, I couldn’t help but think, “I wish I had a Zing.” All I would have had to do is stamp one of each image, scan it into Make the Cut, print it, and have the Zing do the rest.
I colored the sunflowers and leaves with Close to My Heart markers and pop dotted one of the flowers.
Despite the calluses from all the cutting, I am very happy with how my card turned out. I was able to use my scraps and create a beautiful card using nothing but Close to My Heart products.
If you would like to join us for the next card club on Sunday, October 7th, simply contact any member of the Create and Craft team or call Red Letter Journal at 614-539-3900.