Sunflowers are so cheerful with their bold, bright golden petals. They are my daughter’s favorite flowers, so we have many happy thoughts and memories connected to them. I have taken pictures of sunflowers in many of our travels, including these from Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington and the outdoor market in Nice, France.
This summer I have been inspired by these beautiful flowers and have been creating a lot of different projects with a sunflower theme. There have been scrapbook pages, gift boxes, cards, banners, treat bags, bulletin boards, and more.
Close to My Heart’s Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge has made it really easy to create cardstock sunflower images in a size range from 1 1/2″ to 10 1/2″. No matter what size sunflower a project needs, the steps are the same. I have had quite a few requests for tips on how to make these sunflowers, so today I am posting the steps I use. I hope it is helpful and that you have lots of fun accenting your paper crafting projects with sunflowers.
Begin by cutting out the flower and scallop cirlce die-cuts from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. I use the <Flower 1> shown on page 21 in the cartridge handbook and the <Circle 2> shown on page .
I use Honey Cardstock for the flower base and cut the flower shapes at 1/4″ graduated sizes for layering. For example, I layer a 3″ flower on top of a 3 1/4″ flower. When you look at a sunflower the petals are full and off set. Making the top flower just a little bit smaller helps to create a little more depth while keeping the petal placement full.
Sunflowers have larger centers than other flowers. A daisy has a much smaller center in proportion to it’s petals than a sunflower does. Because of this I cut the scallop circles a little bit larger to create a more clear sunflower. You will need to experiment a little bit with the size the center needs to be for your flower depending on the overall size of the flower you are making. For example, on the 3 1/4″ flowers I have a 1 1/4″ scallop circles cut our of Chocolate Cardstock for the center. In case you are wondering about why I used a scallop circle instead of a standard smooth edged circle, that is because when you look at the center of a sunflower it has a pretty bumpy texture. Adding the scallop the edge of the center helps to create that look and keep it from being too smooth.
In Step 2 I am adding a little extra color to make the flowers even more vibrant and to create some depth in the petals and centers. If you look at my photographs of real sunflowers shown above, you will see that the petals almost have streaks of darker color where there are soft textures and highlights. There is also more shading as you move toward the center of the flower.
The tool I used to add the color to the flower pieces is a Sponge Dauber. I really like working with these little tools. The fit right on the end of your finger so it almost feels like an extension of your finger instead of holding onto a sponge. Sponge Daubers come in a package of three or packages of 12 and are really cost effective. They can also be washed out and re-used with different colors.
To create petals that have some shading and deeper colors I used a Sponge Dauber in Goldrush Exclusive Inks Pad to swipe color on top of the petals. The Goldrush color is just a shade darker than Honey so you have a little extra contrast. To add the ink sponge the dauber in the ink and then beginning at the center of the flower gently press down and pull the color out toward the ends of each petal, pulling up before you reach the tip of the petal. By starting in the center you automatically end up with more ink there which adds to the deeper colors you see in the middle of sunflowers. I hold the Sponge Dauber at an angle so that it makes a more narrow line.
Again, looking at the sunflower photographs above, you can see that the centers of sunflowers do not look flat at all. They have a lot of texture. I used another Sponge Dauber in Chocolate Exclusive Inks Pad to add some darker spots and a more porous texture to the Chocolate Cardstock. For this I held the sponge a little more flat to the paper. After sponging some darker color on the center I also ink distressed around the edge of the scallop circle to cover any white core edges that may be showing. This will also make the color in the center feel richer and have great contrast on the flower base.
The last step is to put the pieces together. Using your favorite adhesive, (mine is Close To My Heart Bonding Memories), glue the smaller flower shape on top of a larger flower shape. I only put adhesive in the very center of the die-cut flower base so that the petals stay loose. Next glue a center on top of the middle flower, centered.
To finish it off I gently lift the petals of the top flower up toward the Chocolate center. I do not make a hard crease. I keep everything soft, just like real sunflower petals. By pulling those top petals up your flower will have extra depth and feel more dimensional.
That’s about it. Pretty easy, huh? Just a couple of quick easy steps and you can bring beautiful sunflowers to your memory making and memory keeping, classroom decor, and so much more.
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Here are some other project featuring the sunflower theme. If you are new to my blog, take a look around. There are posts with tips about making some of these other projects, too. And…be sure to add your email address to the “Stay Up To Date” box so that you can receive updates, give-away information, new artwork, and creative tips for paper crafting, scrapbooking, and stamping.
I will be posting other ways to use this same flower die-cut for Daisy projects later on. Thanks for visiting my blog today and come visit again for more project inspiration.
Enjoy your creative moments. Michelle
Close To My Heart’s new Annual Inspirations Idea Book has so many fabulous tools for adding creative details to paper crafting, stamping, and scrapbooking projects. Over the next few weeks I would like to highlight some of those products that I have been enjoying as I create.
Today’s Terrific Tool Tidbit is about the Close To My Heart Score Board. It is light weight, portable, versatile, and has a built-in storage spot for the scoring tool so it is always handy. Here’s a quick highlight video so you can see how it is set up to add texture and patterns to your project pieces.
The Score Board is really easy to use and I love being able to create different kinds of patterns and textures on my projects with this great tool. I have incorporated the Score Board into this month’s Scrapbook Workshops and Kits with simple quarter-inch embossed lines to add texture to the pages. The finished pages look like this and the steps are shown below.
Use the scoring tool that comes with the Score Board and made lines all the way across a 12″ x 12″ piece of Kraft Cardstock that are 1/4″ apart. Using the ruler across the top makes it easy to see right where to place the scoring tool and then the grooves on the Score Board guide the tool all the way down the cardstock.
Turn the cardstock over so that that ridges of the scored lines are up and place it on a flat surface. Holding a Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad flat to the page, swipe over the top of the cardstock. The ink makes the raised score lines darker giving the paper extra color contrast and a distressed finish. Then you are all set to incorporate your newly textured and distressed cardstock into your projects.
These pictures show you a little closer view of the texture created by adding the scored lines to the Kraft Cardstock and distressing them on top. For the first scrapbook layout the Kraft Cardstock became the page base and for the second layout I cut the cardstock into pieces to make a border across the bottom of both pages.
Here’s a banner that I made using the same scored Kraft Cardstock that I cut to be the bases for part of the banner pennants. I alternated the Kraft banner pieces with simple pennants I made using the new Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags. I love these new bags. I’ll be sharing many fun ways to use those bags for party treats, decorations, and paper crafting projects later on.
Creating texture and a variety of patterns is so quick and easy with the new Close To My Heart Score Board. You can order a Score Board on my website and enjoy making all kinds of terrific backgrounds and accents on your paper crafting projects. The Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book is full of fabulous resources for your creating. You will find all of the products I have used for the projects shown above when you shop on my website. Just click here to shop now.
Come visit again for more Terrific Tool Tidbits and project ideas. Happy creating!
Using stamp sets with a paper piecing technique can be a fun way to add color and texture to paper crafting projects. It can be a great alternative to coloring in stamp images with markers, pencils, or other mediums. You can see on the card shown above that each piece of the owl has a different Background & Texture Paper or Cardstock so fun prints and patterns coming together in the stamped image instead of just solid colored spaces. The look reminds me a lot of quilting with fabrics where you choose fabrics with different prints that have coordinating colors. Close To My Heart products make it really easy to coordinate colors, textures, and fabulous images for project focal points.
Here are the steps I use for paper piecing stamped images together. I begin by choosing a stamp set that has designs that are open or outline shapes instead of solid images. For this project I chose the Close To My Heart “What A Hoot” Stamp Set because it comes with two outlined owl images, two messages, and lots of accessory pieces. It’s kind of fun to mix and match the other stamp designs included in the set so that they owls can have different eyes, wings, hats, etc.
Next I select a Close To My Heart Paper Pack that has the color palette I want to work with. One of the terrific things about CTMH Paper Packs is that they are put together with a variety of prints and patterns that have coordinating colors. You do not have to take time to try to find matching colors or prints that work together. It’s all done for you.
I remember going fabric shopping with my mom when I was a kid to find just the right pieces for quilts and other sewing projects. We would walk through the fabric store holding up swatches until we found just the right combination of patterns and colors. It was fun, yet very time consuming.
Time seems to be one of those things I never quite have enough of these days. I love being able to grab a package of CTMH paper that has everything already put together with a beautiful variety of coordinating colors so I can get right to the creating part. For This project I chose the “Scaredy Cat” Paper Packet. In this packet you get six 12″x12″ B&T Duos Papers (2 each of 3 double-sided designs) and six 12″x12″ Cardstock Sheets in coordinating solid colors. Lots of options for paper piecing.
Once you have chosen a stamp set and paper you are ready to jump in and start creating. Select paper patterns for the stamped images and make multiple prints of each design on each paper. As you can see in the picture shown below, I stamped the body of the owl in Black Ink on two different B&T Papers. This makes it really easy to cut sections of the stamped images out and layer them together. I used the light, spotted paper as the base and then cut out the face of the owl from the Sunset B&T Paper to layer on top.
You can see where I also stamped two of the party hat images; one on Thistle Cardstock and one on the Sunset B&T Paper. This gave me a Thistle Cardstock base for the hat with a Sunset B&T Paper Jack-o-lantern and pompom for top of the hat.
I followed the same steps for the mask that the owl is wearing. One mask is stamped on Thistle Cardstock and one on Colonial White Cardstock. I cut out the Colonial White eyes and layered them on top of the mask creating the two-toned piece. Adding wings stamped on Thistle Cardstock creates a visual triangle of color around that main focus image.
I stamped the message in Black Ink on a piece of Colonial White Cardstock. The word “Hoot” in the message is also an outline image. Instead of trying to cut out such small, detailed pieced, I colored the letters in with ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. I started with Golden Yellow and highlights spots with the Marigold to blend the words with the papers in the card. If you have not tried these markers yet, they are fabulous. They are easy to blend and have vibrant full colors.
To put the card together I layered Black Cardstock on a Colonial White Card Base with a splash of Honey Cardstock in a circle to make a moon highlight behind the owl. The message is layered on top of Sunset B&T Paper and Thistle Cardstock to keep consistent with the color patterns I had used with in paper piecing the owl together.The only accessories that I added to finish off the card were black squiggle lines made with the Black Journaling Pen and some Black Enamel Stars from the Scaredy Cat Assortment.
Paper piecing is such a fun way to get a completely different look from your stamp sets. Simply change your color scheme and enjoy a fresh creative flair each time to put together a project. Here’s a picture from a project I shared with the same “What A Hoot” Stamp Set a few days ago. This card doesn’t look Halloween at all, however you can see that the paper piecing steps are just the same.
You can read more about this project and the new exclusive CTMH papers that I used to piece it together by visiting this previous blog post. Just click the link below and it will take you right to it.
Do you enjoy owls, fun messages, and lots of creative options? The “What A Hoot” August Stamp Of The Month Set from Close To My Heart is fantastic for piecing together some creative fun for Halloween as well as many other special occasions. The stamps set is only available in August and you can get it for the discounted price of only $5. How awesome is that?
The stamp set retails for $17.95, however if you place a $50 order in August you can get “What A Hoot” for just $5 (a $12.95 savings.) Pick up a new paper pack and try some paper piecing on a new project. Click here to shop on my website and enjoy delivery to your door.
Happy creating! Michelle
I created this card to show how much potential this fun stamp set has. While it is designed to have a Halloween flair, by changing the colors you can use these cute owls for just about anything. I think this card could be a thinking of you card, a baby shower card, a birthday card…just about anything.
This is the “What A Hoot” stamp set from Close To My Heart that is only available in August and it is a hoot to play with. It is a set of 17 images that can be mixed-and -match in different ways to create lots of fun projects.
For the papers and colors in the card shown above, I used the new Paper Fundamentals Whimsey Assortment from Close To My Heart. Paper Fundamentals are available in different color schemes and come in a package of 20 double-sided 12×12 sheets (2 each of 10 designs). One side of each paper has a glossy pattern and the other side has that same pattern in white. I really enjoy the terrific color and texture options these papers bring to the creative process. I used the Whimsey Assortment to pull some soft colors into my card project.
There are three other color schemes available in the Paper Fundamentals. They really are terrific for so many creative projects. You can see all three color packs on my website by clicking here. You can even order them online and have them ship directly to you. Wouldn’t you love a colorful package of inspiration arriving at your front door?
And while you are shopping, remember…
You can order a “What A Hoot” stamp set retails for $17.95 on my website, however you can get the whole set for only $5 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products. It’s a great deal and shopping online is easy. You could pick up some new Paper Fundamentals packs, a couple of other goodies, and get your fabulous owl stamps set for only $5.
Just click here to shop online from the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s full of wonderful things and you can get the “What A Hoot” stamp set, too.
Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. There are so many exciting things about to come your way as Close To My Heart unveils their brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s amazing and today you can see a few of the new products that will be available on August 1, 2014. If you have come here from Bren Yule’s Blog you are on the right path to enjoy the New Product Showcase. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the creative projects. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.
It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy!
The new product I would like to share with you today is the Designer Creations Short Stack Album. This new mini album has a printed kraft hardcover with 10 wire-bound kraft pages inside. The pages are 5″ x 7″ so they are perfect for adding quick photos and journaling.
You can personalize the albums by decorating the front cover and the inside pages. The cover design can be something just for fun or it can be created to coordinate with themed parties, special events, or holidays. These fabulous little albums are also terrific as guest books, party highlight albums, teacher gifts, recipe books, and so much more. For even more photo and journaling options you can add Flips Flaps to the pages to create custom treasures everyone will enjoy. You will love their versatility.
In the photograph below you will see an album I designed to coordinate with a “Mom-To-Bee” Baby Shower. The album can be an instant keepsake from the celebration by adding a photograph and personalize note from each guest.
As I was designing the front cover of this album I could not resist using a couple of other new products, too. The new CTMH Honeycomb Embossing Folder is really fun. If you have tried Embossing Folders you will definitely want to add this texture to your creative resources. I’ll be sharing more ideas with this tool later, but for now, here’s how I added a little more color contrast to the honeycomb texture on the cover of my album.
First, use the Honeycomb Embossing Folder to add the texture on a piece of Honey Cardstock. Then, swipe Honey Ink over the top of the raised honeycomb texture, holding the ink pad flat and gently going over the top of the cardstock. The ink will highlight the embossed image creating a two-toned pattern.
Of course, all of the little details make a difference, and in the New Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book you are going to enjoy so many wonderful new accessories. Here I have used Gold Bling Gems, Gold Sequins, and Chevron Printed Cork Circles. The white daisies and title words are die-cut shapes from the Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges.
As you can see there are many, many exciting things in store for you in the New CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s bursting with fabulous artwork, products, and resources for all of your scrapbooking, paper crafting, stamping, and home decor projects.
Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to get a copy of Annual Inspirations for yourself. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you can visit my website to order a copy of Annual Inspirations, see more project ideas, and shop online. Click here to shop anytime, 24/7 and have boxes of wonderful new things arrive on your doorstep. The New Annual Inspirations book and products will be available beginning August 1.
Now it’s time for you to enjoy more of the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop by visiting Beckie Lehman’s Blog to see the fantastic creative ideas she has prepared to share with you. You are in for a treat as you continue hopping through the New Product Showcase. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs to see lots of new products and artwork.
I just received a special package from Close To My Heart with a travel poster of Hawaii in it. I am so excited! This means that I have earned the next Close To My Heart Incentive Trip and we are going to the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii in February. How awesome is that?! Woohooooo!!!
I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing company, wonderful customers, and an inspiring team. I have to say, this is the best job ever.
I want to thank Close To My Heart for the many opportunities I have had to travel all over the world because of this company… Italy, Spain, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, Eastern/Western/Southern Caribbean, Alaska, and all of the United States. How can I be so lucky? It is a blessing to work where there is room to grow, create, dream, and embrace new adventures.
In addition to a working with a great company, I am so thankful for my loyal customers and my Creative Hearts Team who have continued to support me and my Close To My Heart business for 21 years. All of you make what I do absolutely delightful. Thank you for sharing in my journey and for all of your encouragement along the way. I love making and keeping memories with you.
In October we start working toward the next Close To My Heart Cruise… it’s to the Eastern Caribbean. If you would like to be a part of something fantastic like Close To My Heart, I would be happy to share with you how you can be a member of my team, enjoy creating, and travel with me to the next destination. I’d love to have you come along.
Are you enjoying these long, sunshine filled summer days? With backyard get togethers, pool time, vacations, days at the beach or the lake and so many other fun activities there are lots of photos being taken right now. Are you ready for scrapbook pages to help you preserve those memories, too?
This month there are two Scrapbook Group Workshop Kits available to help you add all of your summer memory making to your albums where you can enjoy them year round. I have been having so much fun creating these summertime scrapbook layouts and I am excited to share them with you today.
I love Sunflowers and they always make me think of later summer. For these pages I have used Close To My Heart Cardstock in Honey, Pacific, Outdoor Denim, Chocolate, Kraft, and White Daisy. I like to create with solid cardstocks now and then because you can add texture and pattern with other tools and accessories. The stripes on the Kraft cardstock are made by scoring the paper with lines 1/4″ apart and then ink distressing with Chocolate Ink over the top of the scored lines. I find it easiest to lay the paper down on a flat surface and then just gently swipe the ink pad over the top, holding the ink pad flat (parallel to the paper).
The Sunflowers are cut from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Both the flower petals and the centers are from die-cut shapes on this terrific cartridge. The title pieces are a combination of die-cuts that come from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. “Summer” is from a title cut and “days” is spelled out with the font from that cartridge. (Visit my blog next week for step-by-step instructions on creating sunflowers.)
Of course a little Burlap Ribbon is just the right accessory to pair with sunflowers. It has great texture and adds some country charm to that late summer color pallet as we move into harvest time. I love the natural fibers. I will also be adding a few brand new accessories to these pages when the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book goes live on August 1. Watch for those fun things just around the corner.
These pages are kind of my flashback to when I was a kid in the mid-1970′s and “OP” (Ocean Pacific) was the new brand for sporting the look of summer. All those great colors, waves, palm trees, and beach motifs were so much fun and they were a perfect point of inspiration for this year’s summer scrapbooking.
Again, I have just used solid cardstock for these pages in Close To My Heart Pacifica, Sky, Creme Brulee, Sunset, Cranberry, Topiary, and White Daisy. Both of these layouts were really easy to make because the feature die-cut shapes from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. The themed keys on this cartridge make designing beautiful pages so simple. I have combined a couple of those theme specific die-cuts with a few other page overlays and icons. You can see in the picture below where all of the die-cut shapes for the first Endless Summer layout came from one key. You can find it on page 67 in the booklet that comes with the cartridge.
The die-cut shapes create great theme development and color accents to the pages all by themselves, so the only other accessory I added was White Brads. So simple.
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Each workshop kit features two complete layouts (four pages) and at only $20 each. If you just can’t decide which one you like best, you can do both. Both sets are cost effective and time efficient to make it easy for you to scrapbook your summer activities. They also make great gift sets.
If you live in the Boise Area there are two Scrapbook Group Workshop dates you can choose from to come and make your pages here. If you live out of the area or would like to create the pages at home I can put a Workshop To Go Kit together for you.
You can also purchase all of these supplies on my website and enjoy the convenience of shopping online any time you like. If you do not have the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges, those are definitely something to invest in for your crafting resources at home. Each cartridge has 700 different die-cut shapes that can be paired and altered to make so many fabulous things. Wait until you see the daisy projects I will be sharing soon using the same Cricut shapes as the sunflower die-cuts. Enjoy shopping online 24/7 and have fabulous crafting products delivered to your door. It’s awesome.