In Any Case ...with Melinda and Melissa

Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!


In Any Case with ... Melinda

and Melissa

Did you know that we have a new catalog? The Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog went live on May 1st and I am loving all of the new products. So much to choose from but I fell in love with the beautiful card on page 61 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. So this week I will CASE the beautiful Faith, Hope, Life card. What do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

Want to see this pretty card in the catalog but you don't have a copy of our new catalog? You will receive one free with your first order placed on my website or you can see it here online, or let me know you want one and I will be happy to drop one in the mail to you.

Here is my CASE'd card.

I used a card base from our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254). The patterned paper comes from two paper packs, Documented (X7234B) and Central Park (X7231B) The lined patterned paper and the black pennant comes from Documented, the pink polka dot comes from Central Park. I used White Daisy cardstock (1385) for the white panel and the "Believe" circle. The flower was cut from our Watercolor paper (Z3146).

I am not one to sew on cards so I made holes with our retired ruler (sorry) and our Paper Piercer from our Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit (Z2046). I think it adds a little "oomph" to the card.

The flower and the Believe circle were die cut and then stamped using Ribbon Warrior Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4184). Here is what comes in this set.
And here is a diagram of the card that you can use to make your card.
Graph pattern paper - 4.25" x 5.5"
Smoothie cardstock - 3.75" x 5"
Pink Polka Dot pattern paper - 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
White Daisy cardstock - 3" x 4"
Black zip strip - 1.5"

So, here are a few tips for making this card.

Tip 1:

I made a light wash of color - very light - on the White Daisy Cardstock panel. I let it dry thoroughly before I stamped the words on it. You can see that I only painted a small part of the cardstock.

Tip 2: Once you stamp and cut out the flower, mix the two colors below evenly with lots of water and paint the stems and leaves of the flower.

Tip 3: The daffodil is easy to paint. I just used all 3 yellows, then added a little bit of orange, which I blended in with the medium yellow.

Be sure and use Thin 3 D Foam Tape (Z2060) to pop up the stamped panel and the flower to add some dimension to the card.

Now please head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her cute little cards. I know I am going to head over there!

Tune in again, on May 24th, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner! 


  1. VERY nice Melinda! I love your little bit of color and watercoloring.


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