Monday, July 28, 2008

Check out the blog candy....

The Cats Wiskers blog is having a celebration for it's 10,000 visitors...they are giving away some nice goodies....Go check it out at

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gatefold Card Folding Instructions....

Gatefold Gift Card Holder
You will need:
Patterned paper
What to do:
Step 1: Cut a 7 x 10 rectangle from main cardstock color of your choice. Score rectangle at 2 ½” and 7 ½” and fold in toward center.
Step 2: Die cut large scalloped rectangle from coordinating cardstock, for inside gift card pocket.
Step 3: For gift card pocket, cut scalloped edge from top of rectangle, attach white brads to top right and left corners and adhere rectangle sides and bottom to inside of card, leaving top unglued.
Step 4: For decorative band, cut 1” x 11” strip from coordinating cardstock and place under card. Fold both ends around to front and glue together. Adhere ribbon to band. Decorate remainder of card as desired.
Finished project size is 5” x 7”

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for the newsletter on the right hand side of the blog to be informed of the newest sales, promotions, specials and information that Close to My Heart has and upcoming classes and tutorial's that are presented in the newsletter. Next month (August) there's a challenge coming for my newsletter recipients.... it should be fun....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

EZ Craft Show dates

Check this out.... I will have some items listed on an online Craft is the information...
just go to I am listed under Creations by Julie
Thanks for looking....

Taking care of your Punches and Decorative Scissors.....

Here is something that I learned before but just recently tried it…. If your decorative scissors or punches become dull and need to be sharpened, you can easily cut or punch aluminum foil and that will sharpen them. If your punches get a little sticky, just punch some wax paper. That will help them to punch easier. Hope this information is of use to you….Hang in there for the next tutorial coming soon….

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

2 Sketches 4 You Challenge....

Here is my take on the challenge, Laura's sketch #3....

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Diagonal Double Pocket Card Instructions

Supplies: one 8 ½ x 11 piece of patterned paper
Paper Scoring tool (bone folder and cutter works great)
Additional cardstock, stamps and embellishments to decorate card front and make inserts.
Step 1: Score the long side of the patterned paper at the 4 ¼” and fold in half. (The 11” side)
Step 2: Turn paper 90 degrees, score short side at 5 ½ " and fold in half. (The 8 1/2” side)
Step 3: Unfold paper. Cut the horizontal fold from the left edge of the paper to the vertical score line.
Step 4: Fold the bottom right corner so the bottom edge meets the edge of the center score.
Step 5: Fold down the top left corner. Leave 1”-1 ½” room from the edge of the folded down corner to the vertical fold.
Step 6: Fold the top left rectangle over to the right hand side.
Step 7: Fold the left bottom rectangle under the folded rectangle on the right bottom.
Step 8: Fold the bottom corner up over the other folded up corner.
Step 9: Add adhesive on the sides of the bottom half and fold it up.
Step 10: Decorate card front and create inserts for the pockets.
NOTE: Here the tags measure 2 ½” x 5” and 1 ¾” x 5”.
Variations: After step six, instead of folding the right side under, fold both lower flaps up.
Fold the left quadrant back. Use adhesive to attach loose ends. Now your card will be able to fold open.