Bloom & Grow Embossed Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created this monochromatic card using White Embossing Power as an embellishment.  Even though the card was extremely simple to make, the mix of textures and color shades are delightful.  I am very pleased with how this card turned out and am excited to send it off. You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Embossing Powder has a lovely effect, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out and frustrating if you don’t quite know how to use it.  Below you will find a few tips for using Embossing Powder on your projects:

  • VersaMark Ink or Pigment Inks are the best to use for Embossing Powders.  These inks stay wet and sticky which allows the powder to adhere to your projects. I love using our Pigment Inks with Clear Embossing Powder  to create multiple shades of embossed images. I don’t have to multiple shades of embossing powder, just one.
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  • Before stamping your project, use an Anti-Static bag to remove the static from your project. You can purchase one of these online, or create your own using a baby sock filled with cornstarch.  Using this will prevent unwanted embossing powder from sticking to your project. I like to “pounce” mine onto the paper. (Note: These also work great for making adhesive on the back of stickers “unsticky”.)
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  • Always put the lid on your ink BEFORE pouring the Embossing Powder onto your project.  Sometimes your powder ends up in places you don’t want it, and it can destroy an ink pad.  I like to use a “Glitter Tray” when pouring my embossing powder onto my project so that I can pour the powder back into the jar.  I have also seen people store their powder in square plastic containers.
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  • Keep a small, soft brush on hand for removing excess powder. I like to use the smallest brush from our Paintbrush Set, because it is fine enough to get into the little spots that may have filled with powder.
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  • Always use a Craft Heater designed for heat embossing. These are made specifically so that the temperature is high enough to melt the powder.  BE CAREFUL and do not get your fingers or other items close to the heat source – it will burn you.  I like to use my tweezers or a clothes pin to old items as I heat the powder.  I like to hold my Craft Heater behind my project so that I can see the powder melt and make sure that I am not burning my powder.
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  • Practice makes perfect.  Don’t expect every project to turn out exactly how you planned.  It’s okay to have a few mistakes. Keep trying and keep creating. 🙂

Did you know that you could get one of my cards in your mailbox? Every time you place an order on my website, you receive a little happy mail from me.  Make sure to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block 

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Craft Heater

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Paintbrush Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Rose Embossing Folder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 

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Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions One idea book.  26239362_10155292165587686_8529626894750310117_nClose to My Heart has outdone themselves this season.  The products in this book are AMAZING and full of possibilities.   If you have come here from Michele Rowley’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using products from the Seasonal Expressions One idea book. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

We always have the best intentions, but sometimes God has other plans.  I had a beautiful project planned for this blog hop, but, unfortunately, an injured shoulder has made creating difficult. (Crafting with one arm is not easy.)  I was able to create this wonderful layout before the injury occurred, and I felt it still featured some beautiful products from our New Seasonal Expressions.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the New Seasonal Expressions idea book and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the you can receive a FREE COPY of the New Seasonal Expressions idea book when you place an online order before  January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Layout

Throughout the month of January, I have been creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created a gorgeous layout using our Artistry Cricut® Collection and our Fundamentals papers.  I am truly in LOVE with this layout and so excited to share how I created it in Cricut® Design Space. As always, you can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I am often asked how I determine the size of the images when I am creating a layout.  Some people like to sit with a ruler, size and re-size, cut and re-cut, and, after much wasted time and paper, they have a layout.  Well, I am a cheapskate and a lazy crafter.  I like to spend the least amount of time and paper when creating.  So, here are a few tips for creating images for your scrapbook layouts in Cricut® Design Space:

  • I had already designed the space where my flowers were going to go on my layout, so I created those images in Design Space by inserting SHAPES sized to the exact size of the paper on my layout.  I will not be cutting these out on my Cricut®, but simply using the images as a reference for the flower images I will be adding. (NOTE: Before cutting out your final images, HIDE or DELETE these shapes so that they do not cut.)
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  • After looking at the floral IMAGES I owned, I decided on these flowers from our Artistry Collection.  I like choosing images from the same collection or designer because they often have the same “feel” to the design.
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  • I placed my flowers around the photo mat, resized and flipped as needed, then decided on color shades.  Since my layout consists of Charcoal and Glacier, I decided to use the darker side of the Charcoal and White Daisy.  I love using the COLOR SYNC feature for this step.  I can simply drag and drop images into the color slots.
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  • This is what my design looked like once I was finished.  Having those background images helped to make sure the size ratio was on point and gave me a good overall view of what my layout would look like.
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Of course, my finished layout looked a little different.  Once I added the stamped image, I decided that I didn’t like the flowers competing.  Remember, the Bloom and Grow stamp set is only available until January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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12 x 12 Charcoal Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

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Artistry Cricut Collection

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White Pearls

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Basics Fundamental Paper Packet

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Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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Chalk Marker

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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Craft Heater
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4 x 5 My Acrylix Block
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Color Dare Valentine

It’s time to join the Color My Heart Dare Challenge! This week’s challenge is to use all and only Glacier, Charcoal, Bashful and (optional) Silver. I chose to create this whimsical Valentine’s Day card using some paper from the Chelsea Gardens and Gimme Some Sugar paper collections.  You can find a list of all of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Glacier Cardstock, 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper (Chelsea Gardens)

Cricut Images: Pine Tree – #MD6794B, Heart – #M4289B, Banner – #M39162

Techniques Used on this Card:
• The border on the Glacier base was created using a ruler and our Chalk Marker.
• A PML Card from the Gimme Some Sugar collection was used to create the “Heart Trees”.  The outlines on the “Heart Trees”  were made using the “Write” feature in Cricut® Design Space.
• The sentiment was created on the Glacier cardstock banner using a font called “Elephant”, then a banner cut from Charcoal cardstock was layered behind.

I had so much fun creating this Valentine’s Day card.  Sometimes you just need to step  “out-of-the-box” and make something new. I hope you join me in the Color My Heart Dare weekly challenge.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Charcoal Cardstock

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Chalk Marker

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Bashful Pearls
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Cricut Explore® Candy Shop Pen Set
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 
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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Tuesday Tutorial

Cricut® Valentine Treasure 

During the month of December, I took time off from the Tuesday Tutorials to focus on family and the holidays.  Now that the New Year is here, I am excited to show you some more weekly tutorials.  I truly enjoy being able to show you how to create projects and gifts you can give to using your Cricut® machine and our Close to My Heart Cricut® Collections.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to show you how to make this charming Valentine Treasure using images from our Flower Market Collection.   This holds a single Treasure candy that you can also decorate with patterned paper. As always, a list of products used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert the Special Delivery Tag – #MD402A2 and the Royal Crown – #MD4218A images into your canvas. Delete all the images except the “Tag” shape and “Crown Front”.
2. I wanted a fancier topper for my treat holder, so need to WELD the two images together.  Position the “Crown Front” over the top of the tag and resize as needed. SELECT ALL and WELD the two images together.

3. The candy I used measures 1³⁄8″ x 1″, so I am going to size the “Front” of the holder to 1.75″w and 2.75″h. UNLOCK the image and type in the measurement in the Edit Bar.
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4. DUPLICATE the image to create the “Back” of the holder. Choose FLIP the FLIP VERTICAL to make the “Back” of the holder upside-down.
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5. Insert a SQUARE shape and resize the SQUARE to 1.6″w x 1″h. (This needs to be the exact same width as the bottom of the “Front”.)
6. Position the “Front”, “Base” and “Back” as shown, then SELECT ALL and ALIGN CENTER HORIZONTALLY.
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7. Move the images until all the edges touch, then SELECT ALL and WELD. (I used the Zoom feature for this step.)
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8. If needed, ROTATE the image 90′ so that is looks like the image above, and POSITION the image at X=0 and Y=1.
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9. INSERT a SCORE LINE then change the HEIGHT to 1.6″ and the POSITION to X=2.75 and Y=1.  DUPLICATE the SCORE LINE and change the POSITION to X=3.75 and Y=1.
10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH the Score Lines to the image.
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I added a Heart Border from the Artbooking Collection and circles for the stamped image.  The treat holder is folded on the score lines, the treasure added inside, then held together with a brad and a ribbon on top. This Valentine Treasure can be made using any stamp set you own.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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12 x 12 Ruby Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Silver Glitter Paper

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Artbooking Cricut Collection

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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Cricut® Air 2

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3D Foam Dots

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Bloom & Grow Wedding Favor

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created some delightful little wedding favor labels that attach to vellum seed envelopes.  These would be also be perfect for a baby shower, bridal shower, or a Valentine’s Day gift.  You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Here are a few tips for using the writing feature in Cricut® Design Space:

  • Use the FILTER feature in the Text Edit Bar to find fonts that you own and will work with the writing feature.
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  • You can use some System Fonts as Writing fonts.  Once you have typed the letters in the text box, go to your Layers Panel and choose the “Cut (scissors)” icon, then change the layer to a WRITE Layer in the Layer Attributes panel.  Your font will become outlined with some fonts, as mine was, but the finished size was so small it filled itself in as it wrote.CricutText_LayerPanel
  • You can pick multiple pen colors in one project. While the text is selected, click on the INK BLOT and choose the Pen Color desired. As your machine writes, it will prompt you to change pen colors.CricutText_PenColor

Remember, the Bloom and Grow stamp set is only available until January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Fern Thick Twine

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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Cricut® Air 2

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12 x 12 Vellum Paper

Cricut Explore® Candy Shop Pen Set
Sour Apple Cricut® Pen

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive 

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Happy Crafty New Year!

It’s that time again when we let go of the old to bring in the new and Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves with our NEW Seasonal Expressions One products. 07314fd5-9851-47ae-ada4-92b2f6bd6631Let us welcome the beautiful, floral Chelsea Gardens, whimsical Make Waves, adventurous Stargazer, and yummy Gimme Some Sugar products.  These products in this catalog are sure to please and the artwork created by the amazing CTMH Creative team is awe inspiring.  Did you know that you can get recipes for each project created in this catalog?  Here is a direct link that will give you the recipe for each project featured.   You can also receive a FREE COPY of the Seasonal Expressions One when you attend one of my January events or when you place an order on my website.

Did you know that January is also National Papercrafting Month?  Close to My Heart have created a gorgeous paper crafting kit featuring monogrammed letters  that is perfect for adorning any wall in your home. Our Love Letters comes as part of a kit containing the sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing your final artwork piece. These versatile letters can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE

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You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant! Close to My Heart has even created a wonderful video showing you how to assemble this kit.  It is so simple and easy to make.  Visit my blog throughout the month or the CTMH NPM Love Letters page for more ideas using this kit.

I am extremely excited about my upcoming workshops and kits that will feature these amazingly beautiful Seasonal Expressions One products.  Make sure to visit my EVENTS CALENDAR to view my upcoming workshops.   As always, I have created kits and guides that you can also purchase.  Visit my KITS & GUIDES tab above to see what I have available for purchase this month, or choose a FREE GUIDE when you make a $30.00 purchase from my website.

Don’t forget to check our our fabulous Bloom and Grow stamp of the month which you can get for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase. I will be creating projects each week using this stamp set, so make sure to visit often for more ideas.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is full of blessings.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom and Grow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bloom and Grow Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the January Bloom and Grow stamp set.  26167481_10155239007122934_8617182034008090924_n.jpgThis stamp set is full of gorgeous images and sentiments that would be perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, and gifts.  If you have come here from Michele Rowley’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Bloom and Grow stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of January, I will be creating weekly projects using the Bloom and Grow stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I am featuring a card that you can come create at my January Chelsea Gardens Workshop.

I created this card with our NEW Chelsea Gardens papers. Have you seen the New Expressions One catalog yet? These papers are gorgeous!  You can learn how to make this card at my monthly Creative Club Workshop or by purchasing the guide in my online store.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Bloom and Grow stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Bloom and Grow stamp set is available until January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Year of Memories

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? It been a wonderful year of memories, crafting, and friendships.  One year ago, I chose to start this blog and I am so so grateful for all of you who have chosen to follow my crazy crafty mess.  I truly enjoy sharing my creations with each one of you.

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As our year comes to an end, we say goodbye to many of our seasonal products as well as our Through the Year calendar kit.  I created one of these calendars for my mother-in-law and loved it so much that I am making one for myself.  I am so excited to be able to transfer each of these pages into a full-size album once the year is done.  You can also choose to use this as a perpetual calendar to keep track of family birthdays, anniversaries, and more.

Sadly, this kit retires December 31st, along with all of the products from our Holiday Expressions catalog.  Our seasonal thin cuts, embossing folders, stamp sets, papers, complements, and more will be gone forever.  Make sure to visit my website to download the project guides, card guides, scrapbook layout guides, and recipes before midnight December 31st. 

Thank you again for a wonderful year of crafty memories.  I have so much planned for next year and can’t wait to share it with each one of you.  As always, I can’t wait to see what you create my friend!

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Punny & Smart Valentine Treat

Even though Valentine’s Day is over a month away, there are many people who like to plan ahead and create.  This week, I was playing around in Cricut® Design Space and decided to use the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set to create a sweet Valentine treat.  At the very bottom of this post, you will find a list of the supplies I used to make these cards.
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Each month, I teach people how to use their Cricut® machines to create simple paper crafting projects.  I love watching people excited to learn something new, and enjoy seeing them take what they have learned an apply it to future projects.  This month, I will be teaching a Cricut® Design Space Basics class for those who recently purchased an Explore machine (or have had one sitting in a box for a while).  My hope is that you are able to learn how to use your machine with the Design Space program and create something amazing.

The cards I created above, use images from our Artistry cartridge.  I was able to manipulate the images, then add score, cut, and sliced images to create these adorable little valentines.  After the images were cut, I used our A Little Bit of Pun stamp set to add those adorably “punny” sayings, a “to/from” on the back, and a “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment.
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If you would like to make these adorable little cards, you can purchase the Cricut® Design Space file from me in my online Holiday Store or receive the file FREE with any purchase of $30.00 or more on my website(You will need to own the Artistry cartridge to cut out the card and the sun shape.)

This layout was simple to make, and I truly love how it turned out.   Remember, the A Little Bit of Pun acrylic stamp set is only available until December 31st!  Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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ShinHan Twin Tough Markers
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Marvy® Journaling Pen
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12 x 12 Canary Cardstock
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12 x 12 Thistle Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pixie Cardstock
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12 x 12 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
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12 x 12 Blossom Cardstock
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Black Memento Ink Pad
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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock
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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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12 x 12 Crystal Blue Cardstock
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Microtip Scissors

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