Base & Bling Videos

The expanded Base & Bling line from Close To My Heart is more sophisticated than ever. With four distinct styles of classy, customizable elements, you’re sure to find the perfect bling for your unique personality.

Who doesn’t love elegant, affordable, custom-made bling? With countless options from Close To My Heart’s expanded Base & Bling line, you can create unique, sophisticated wearable crafts in just minutes.

Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Fabulous Fabric

This hop is a circle; if you have just started simply continue until you make your way back here; if you have already started, you should be coming from Nikki DeWitt.

This was an extremely difficult hop topic for me but I just can’t pass up a good scrapbooking challenge!  Here’s what I did with my fabric:

Fabric Flower by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Sarita TextilesIvy Lane Paper Packet, Liquid Glass, Basic Grey Magnetic Mat,

First, I had to find some fabric.  I knew it was in my stash somewhere but it’s not something I use regularly (hence, Use Your Stash!).  I found some that was leftover from the Necklace Kit (retired, but part of the Sarita Textiles).  I wanted to use it with some of the newer paper so I went to my current scraps where I chose a scrap of Ivy Lane.  Any liquid adhesive that dries clear will work for this project (my favorite is Liquid Glass).  I “drew” the outline of my flower directly onto my paper with the Liquid Glass.  I cut 1 1/4″ strips of fabric, folded in half hotdog style, and twisted.  I adhered this twisted fabric onto the line of glue and used my magnetic mat to hold in place as I worked.
Because I was lazy, rather than cutting off the excess fabric that I had left, I just squished it together and used it for the center of my flower (didn’t turn out too shabby! LOL!)
My plans for this were a card but now that it’s finished, I am thinking a scrapbook page element.  I’m going to just leave it until I decide.  It can either be a card front or added to a page.

Now hop on over to Shirley Ross!

List of participants:

  1. Judy Faye Garner
  2. Nikki DeWitt
  3. Wendy Kessler
  4. Shirley Ross
  5. Joy McHargue
  6. Terry Morrow

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Scribble Sensational – Video

At the height of the scribble trend, these super cute images from the Oodles of Doodles stamp set are all you need to re-create the look.  Watch this video to learn how to stamp the scribble them add your sentiment or message over the top.  It’s so easy a child can do it!

Featured items used in this video:
B1449 My Acrylix Oodles of Doodles Stamp set
A1150 My Acrylix Charming Chevrons Stamp Set
Z1909 Sparkles Chevron Shapes

Ivy Lane Workshop On the Go Cardmaking Kit


The Ivy Lane Workshop On the Go Cardmaking Kit is not in our club rotation so if you are in club and would like this one you should add it to one of your orders or substitute it for a different workshop.

The Ivy Lane Workshop On the Go Cardmaking Kit includes:
My Acrylix Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (D-size) (exclusive)
2 – Ivy Lane B&T Duos Papers (from the Ivy Lane Paper Packet)
4 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Cocoa, 2 Colonial White, 1 Hollyhock)
15 – Colonial White Cards & Envelopes
1 – Sequin Dot Assortment (24 each of 4 colors) (exclusive)
1 – Gold Shimmer Trim (exclusive)
1 – Instructional Brochure

Basic Workshop on the Go supplies: All Workshops On the Go Kits use some or all basic supply items which I recommend you bring with you.  These items include a paper trimmerscissorsspongepiercing tool/matMy Acrylix blocks for stamping, and adhesives of your choice (which may include Liquid GlassGlue Dots3-D Foam, etc.)

Additional Supplies required to complete:
Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks Pad
Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks Pad
Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Pad
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks Pad (you may want to substitute Olive Ink, see my notes below)
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection

Mine are a little different:

Ivy Lane Card Kit by Wendy Kessler

This kit provides supplies and instructions to create a total of 15 cards (5 each of these three designs): 

Ivy Lane Card 1 by Wendy Kessler

Ivy Lane Card 2 by Wendy Kessler


The instructions call for Pear ink but I didn’t think that looked right so I changed it on this card and used Olive Ink instead.  You can see the difference from card 1 (used Pear on the sentiment) and card 2 (used Olive on the flower).  If I could do it again, I would use Olive on both but with all that masking already done I really didn’t want to redo it. :-)

Ivy Lane Card 3 by Wendy Kessler

I altered this last design by using the B&T paper for the banner on the bottom and the Inspiration Flourishes Stamp Set.  Don’t be afraid to change up the cards like this to make them suit your own personal needs!