Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CTMH Minis Family History Album #1

I am in love with this layout!  The inspiration for this came from Close To My Heart's (CTMH) Reflection Scrapbook Program book.  This book is filled with layouts, examples, and companion layout suggestions.  An amazing reference book for scrapbookers. 

When I saw this layout, I knew it would be perfect for my current project.  I am making a Mini Family History Album for my son who is going on TREK this summer.  I am creating a layout for each pioneer ancestor who came to Utah between 1847-1900.  There are a lot!  I hope I can get this project done in time!! :).  I am excited, though.  It has been a work of love on many different levels.

I used the following CTMH products: Ariana paper packet, the Skylark embellishment pack (flower), Holly Hock Dye ink, Slate Dye ink, Bonding Memories Glue Pen, White Daisy Cardstock, pop up foam tape and the Skylark Scrapbooking Workshop stamp set (D1591).

By the way, this is one of the 2 layouts we will be completing at my Family History Workshop tomorrow night.  If you would like to join me, send me an e-mail at dariscreativecorner@gmail.com. 

Hope you have a great day! -Dari

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CTMH Father's Day box card

I am really excited about this!  I have fallen in love with these box cards.  They are simple to make and yet look so amazing!  We will be making these at my Mom & Me workshop this Friday.  If you want the directions to make the box, you can find my photo tutorial on my previous post.

For this box I used the following CTMH (Close To My Heart) products:
Skylark paper packet
White daisy cardstock
Bonding Glue Stick
Skylark embellishments (triangle)
My Hero Hostess Rewards Stamp Set
Take Note Stamp Set (Cricut Bundle-Artbooking)
Slate Dye Ink
Lagoon Dye Ink
Desert Sand Dye Ink
Foam Tape
Liquid Glass

If you would like to purchase any of these, there is a link to my CTMH website on the right.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions, drop me a line. 

You CAN achieve when you BELIEVE!- Dari

Monday, May 12, 2014

CTMH Mother's Day box cards

Hello! Hello!  I have been super excited to share these on my blog, but I didn't want two special people to accidentally discover them.  Now that they have received them, I decided to share them online.  I first ran across the idea on the Close To My Heart facebook page.  I watched a couple of You Tube videos.  They are a lot easier to create than I ever thought possible.  I am sharing a picture tutorial with you.   It does not include the flowers inside.  For the flowers, I cut out flowers with my Cricut, layered them, and glued them onto a toothpick using Close To My Heart's Liquid Glass.  Worked perfectly!  Just adhered at different heights.  Glued other embellishments on at different heights to create the dimension.  If you have any questions, ask away!

I began with an 8 1/2" x 12" piece of cardstock.

Score the paper along the 12" side at the following measurements:  2 3/4"      5 1/2"     8 1/4"   and 11". I used a pencil above just so you can see. 

Then, turn the paper so the 12" length is vertical.  Cut 2" off edge. Reserve this piece for later.

Along the short side (6 1/2"), score 2 3/4" from the edge.  This score should go perpendicular to the other score lines.  Once again I used a pencil so you could see it better.

Using a pair of scissors, cut along the shorter lengths up to the horizontal line.
Here you can see the cuts to the horizontal line.  On the end with one inch, simply cut past the horizontal line on an angle as shown above. 

Fold the longer panels together to form a box and the shorter panels downward (outward) to form the flaps for the box.

Apply glue to the tab and adhere the tab onto the inside of the box.  I used Close To My Heart's Bonding Glue Pen.

I am sorry the next few pictures are upside down.  I am having technical difficulties!  I will have to update this tutorial when I have a few spare minutes (lol). 
Place the edge with the 1" section into your trimmer and slide it to the 4 3/4" measurement.  Cut. You can discard the longer piece.

Turn the 4 3/4" x 2" rectangle and place in trimmer as shown above.  Cut it in half, which is at 1".

Fold the 1" tabs inwards.

Apply glue or adhesive of choice to the tabs. Line the tabs up to the edge in box and press into place.  Decorate inside as desired!

To decorate the box with panels as shown below, you will need to cut:
3 rectangles 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
3 rectangles 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
2 rectangles 2 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Glue them onto the box.  The longest ones go on the panel you will use as the backdrop for your card.  One on the inside and one on the outside.  This also stabilizes that side.

When you flatten the card, it will look like the above photo or  the bottom photo. 
Pretty cool, huh?  I hope you enjoy making your own!
Wishing you a happy day! -Dari

Friday, May 9, 2014

Close To My Heart Workshops May 2014

presented by: Dari Thacker

·         Card Kit-Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m. Come join me as we create a set of Sympathy cards. The cost for the kit and the workshop will be $15.  This includes the materials to complete 8 cards and an evening of fun with others.
        Mom & Me!- Friday, May 23rd at 4:30 p.m. Schedule a date with your child and make a Father’s Day gift together for a Dad, Grandpa, or other influential man in your life. The cost for this workshop will be $10.  If you would like to bring two children, the cost is $15.
         Family History- Wednesday, May 28th at 6 p.m.  Get closer to your ancestors by starting a mini genealogy scrapbook album featuring pictures and stories of your beloved progenitors.  This will be an ongoing workshop for the next six months.  During each workshop we will complete 2 layouts (a masculine and a feminine).  The cost for this workshop is $12. 

Call me 801-628-6892 to reserve your spot!  Each workshop is limited to 8. If you would like to do this but cannot due to distance, leave a comment, and I will put one together for you and ship it to you.  The shipping will be added to the price.

I will post pics of the projects as soon as I can!

Thanks for stopping by. -Dari

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Close To My Heart "Live In The Moment" Wood Block Tutorial

I am SUPER excited to share this with you!  I have booked my first two gatherings for my new business as a CTMH consultant, and this is the project we will be doing at both of them!  My Princess wanted to do this project, too, but she would not paint her block pink nor did she want the sentiment I had in mind.  So, as you can see, there are two versions of this.  I love how creative she already is at her young age of 4.  Poor thing!  I don't think she has a chance.  She has been immersed in creativity her whole life.  (Secretly, I think it's a wonderful thing).

Anyway, for these two gatherings, I created a Word Document Step by Step Tutorial for this project.  I am posting it here so you can use it, too.

If you like what you see, you can visit my store at dariscreativecorner.ctmh.com.

Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL day! -Dari

Thursday, May 1, 2014

You're A Star CTMH card

I am SO excited!  My consultant kit was delivered yesterday.  My Princess and I had lots of fun going through everything.  Then, at about the same time, both of our creative juices started flowing.  She wanted to create something, and I had inspiration for my card for this month's Card Swap.  The theme for May is either Birthday or Father's Day.  I think this one fits both bills:)

Wew!  Not sure where to start with this one. Here goes my written tutorial:

1) I used a light blue cardstock for the base and cut my 8.5 x 11 inch sheet in half so I had two pieces measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches and folded them in half. Set one aside for another card.

2)Then, from the CTMH (Close To My Heart) Skylark Paper Collection, I used the light green paper with the floral background and the birds and cut a rectangle measuring 5.25 x 4 inches (1/4 smaller than the measurement of my folded base).  

3) From this, I cut the rectangle along the longer edge at 3.5 inches.  I flipped the smaller newly formed rectangle over (green and white diamonds above). 

4) Before gluing these rectangles onto my base, I distressed the edges with the CTMH Desert Sand dye ink pad and curled two corners using my CTMH scissors (which are the sharpest pair of papercrafting scissors I've ever used!).  I also distressed the curled edges a little more, then I adhered them with CTMH's Broad Tip Glue Pen (also very impressed with).  Things don't move with this glue! 

5) Anyway, from a piece of white cardstock, I cut a 1.75x2.5 inch rectangle, distressed the edges with the Desert Sand ink and stamped the "You're a Star" sentiment on it.  To do this, I used the stamp from the Take Note set (Artbooking Cricut Bundle).  I inked "You're a" with the Slate dye ink pad and the "Star" from the Lagoon dye inkpad.  Make sure that you ink from the edge of the ink pad so that you don't ink the entire stamp with one color.

6) Using my Cricut, I cut two 1 in. circles and one .75 inch circle from white cardstock.  I used the same stamp set as mentioned above.  On the smaller circle, I stamped "go" with the desert sand ink, the star with the slate ink and distressed this as well, and the "cool" from the lagoon ink.

7) Out of a sheet of chocolate colored cardstock, I cut a 2.25 x 3 inch rectangle, a 1 x 1.5 inch rectangle, a 1 x 2 inch rectangle, and a 1 x 2.5 inch rectangle.  Then, I pulled out my Cuttlebug and embossed these four rectangles with a circle/bubble texture mat.

8) Using my white pigment ink pad, I distressed and inked all of these rectangles.

9) Using my Broad Tip Glue Pen, I attached all of the the chocolate rectangles as shown above. Using the glue pen, I adhered the star circle as well.  The sentiment pieces were all attached using double sided foam pop ups.

Wah Lah!  Hope you understand my directions and hope you enjoy this card! Here's to a wonderful day! -Dari