Happy V-OWL-entine’s Day!

Happy V-OWL-entine’s Day!
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I’m doing something new – I’ve joined a “Blog Hop!”  No, it’s not a sock hop and no poodle skirt is required.  This post is part of a chain of blog posts written by creative members of our Playing With Paper creative team.

With that, I’d like to welcome you to the “My Favorite {CTMH} Things” Blog Hop!

Today our Playing With Paper team is sharing artwork featuring some of our favorite products from Close to My Heart. If you have come here from Rachel’s blog, then you are on the right path.

For this blog post, I have created a special “V-OWL-entine’s” card for you.  I just love owls, and I’m happy that is has become easier to access adorable owl artwork and craft supplies over the last five years as they’ve become more popular.  The two CTMH products that inspired me for this Valentine are the Limited Edition “Whooo’s Your Valentine Constant Campaign” stamp set and decorative My Reflections “Chantilly” paper, which will be available for purchase from the new catalog starting February 1st!

Happy V-OWL-entine's Day!

Happy V-OWL-entine’s Day!

I’ve been looking at Cricut Magazine and Cards Magazine a lot, and this card was inspired by the design on the cover of the February 2013 Cards Magazine.

Here’s a tip: When using My Acrylix stamps, drop the stamp face down on your craft mat and stick the My Acrylix block onto it to grab it.  Now your stamp will be relaxed, straight and not wavy like the sentiment in my card above.  Another tip would be not to make cards when you have the flu, but I digress! 😉

If you already have the Limited Edition CTMH Whooo’s Your Valentine kit, you have the most important parts for this card because all of the stamps I used were from the stamp set in that kit.  If not, you have until January 31st, 2013 (or while supplies last) to order your $40 kit for just $10!  Visit my blog post “Whooo’s Your Valentine” to learn how.

This is how to make the card: Start with a sheet of 12″ x 12″ White Daisy CTMH cardstock and cut yourself a 5.5″ x 11″ chunk, then fold it in half to make a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base. I used the Rule of Thirds in this card, so you’ll want to cut a piece of Chantilly paper to 3.75″ across by 3.25″ and a piece of Cotton Candy cardstock to 3.75″ x almost 2″. Stamp three little hearts on the left side of the pink cardstock and stamp the Valentine’s Day sentiment next to it, using your Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks stamp pad. Then, tape the two pieces of paper together on the back, overlapping the papers slightly and nip the four corners with a 1/4″ Corner Chomper or something similar. After that, use a sanding block to distress the edges of the pink cardstock and reveal its white inner core.

The next step is to cut the lacy decorative element from White Daisy cardstock with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. I selected “Fit to Length” and dialed 4.5″ on my Cricut and then cut off the extra piece I didn’t need. Carefully adhere the decorative cardstock and the Cranberry grosgrain ribbon to the card where you see the seam of the two papers meet. Now, it’s time to adhere the card to the card base!

After attaching the front of the card to the base, pull some extra ribbon off the spool and form an “M” and then cross one loop over the other for a beautiful bow. Snip off the excess ribbon and attach with mini Glue Dots.


Ink up your larger owl stamp in Outdoor Denim and stamp onto White Daisy cardstock. Trim with precision Micro-Tip Scissors. Ink the “xoxoxoxo” round border with Cotton Candy ink and stamp next to the cut-out owl. Use a circle punch to cut this out, or cut out a 1.5″ circle with your Artiste Cricut cartridge before stamping onto the cut shape. Punch out a tiny Dimensional Elements heart and tap it onto your Cotton Candy ink pad to saturate it. Make sure and coat the side edges and then set it aside and allow the ink to spread into the chipboard. Once it’s dry, attach a light layer of Liquid Glass. It would be really pretty with some Prisma Glitter sprinkled onto it before it dries!

For dimension, use two-sided foam tape to layer the owl, xoxoxoxo circle, heart, crochet flower and a pretty stick pin.

Outdoor Denim Owl

Outdoor Denim Owl

…and that’s how to make a card like this one I made for a friend.

Now hop on over to Brittany’s blog to see some more Valentine ideas using some of our favorite CTMH things, and thanks so much for reading my blog!

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

11 Responses »

  1. Love this! I love how amazing your pictures are! I love that you made the owl that color! It brings out the colors in the pattern paper’s design.

    • Thank you, Brittany! My sweetie made me a photo light box for my card photo-shoots, so I give him all the credit.

  2. This is so cute! Thanks for the tip (reminding me) on how to stamp sentiments, I always fail to do that. So glad you were able to participate and managed to create a pretty card in spite of the flu. Get well soon!

  3. Oh my word, so glad you’ve joined our team: I’m inspired. And I can’t wait to try out this card recipe with other Close To My Heart stamps/papers too:)

    • Thanks, Rachel! I’m happy to be part of such a team of creative artists. I’m inspired today from all the fresh new ideas I’ve seen on our blog hop journey.

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