Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that are pre-cut and easy to assemble. featuring some of our designer papers Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My November Kit of the Month will give you a head start on your Christmas scrapbook pages. It is titled “Ornamental Noel” and features our NEW Beary Christmas papers.
This kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer papers, Cricut® cuts, and white twine. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, add your photos, and you have a completed layout. Did you notice that the ornaments seem to twinkle with glitter? You can use some of our amazing Clear Shimmer Brush to add shine and shimmer to any of your projects.
I truly love how this page came together with the intricate title, the heart and star border, and the simple, shimmery ornaments. You are welcome to order the kit for $12.00* by visiting my online store front. Save by subscribing the the Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout and receive an additional layout guide and Holiday Expressions for FREE with your order. Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab on above to learn more about this monthly subscription.
*Price does not include shipping costs. You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.
This time of the year is busy for me! I spend my weekends hosting workshops, at craft fairs & crops, and teaching at Awana conferences, yet I still find time to work on my gift list for the holidays. This Holiday Notepad Holder was so simple to make using the Christmas Tunes stamp set and Berry Christmas paper pack. Pair this gift with a simple-to-make card from our Merriest Wishes WYW Card Kit and you have the perfect gift to give a co-worker, teacher, or list maker.
Paper Needed: 7⅜” x 5¼” Cardstock (Cranberry), 3″ x 5″ B&T Paper (Berry Christmas), 3¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 3½” x 2½” Kraft Paper
1. Score the 7⅜” x 5¼” Cranberry cardstock base at 3⅛″, 3½” 3⅞″.
2. Fold on the 3½” score line and cut two slits approximately 1” apart. This will be the pen holder.
3. Place a strong adhesive such as our Bonding Memories Glue Pen between the 3½” and 3⅞″ score marks. (Mine shows that I placed it on the back of the holder. Either works). Do not place glue where the pen holder is located.
4. As you adhere the fold be sure to push out the pen holder towards the outside to create the cover and a slot for the pen.
5. Add adhesive to the back of the Notepad and adhere it to the back of the inside of the holder.
6. To decorate the outside, wrap a 4″ piece of White Burlap Ribbon around the base of the 3″ x 5″ Beary Christmas paper, then adhere it to the center of the front of the cover.
7. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Rockin’ Tree” image onto the center of the 3½” x 2½” Kraft cardstock, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat with a Craft Heater to set.
8. Adhere the Kraft cardstock onto the center of the 3¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, then adhere to the front of the cover using Thin 3D Foam Tape for dimension.
9. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add glitter to the star images on the “Rockin’ Tree”.
Since this notepad might end up in someones purse or desk drawer, I kept it simple, but you are welcome to embellish it further with a White Burlap Ribbon bow or Bitty Sparkles.
Remember, the Christmas Tunes Acrylic stamp set is available until October 31st! Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how
you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.
I must admit that it is difficult to keep myself from singing Christmas carols as I create with the Christmas Tunes stamp set. During the month of October, I will be posting weekly projects using this stamp of the month in hopes that you are inspired to create projects of your own. This week, I have created a Christmas themed scrapbook layout with our Enchantment Fundamentals papers using the Snow Globe image as a simple accent. You could easily change the color palette and use this layout to showcase your wintry photos. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Ruby Dots), 1¼” x 12″ B&T Paper (Ruby Stripes), 1″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Ruby Stripes), 4″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Fern Stripes), ¼” x 12″ B&T Paper (Fern Stripes), (2) ¼” x 12″ Silver Glitter Paper, 5¼” x 3¾” Fern Cardstock, (2) 5″ x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, 3″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock , 3″ x 3″ Vellum Paper, 3″ x 9″ White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ x 4″ Ruby Cardstock
• The tree border was created using the Tree Line Border Thin Cuts. I drew a horizontal line 1¼” from the top of the paper then used that line to align the base of the Thin Cut across the paper as I cut out the border. I used this same line when adhering the Silver Glitter Paper strip.
• The Snow Globe was stamped onto White Daisy cardstock using Black Memento Ink. I shaded the base of the image using ShinHan™ Markers by blending Carmine, Warm Grey, and Lavender, then I added glitter to the base using a Clear Shimmer Brush.
• The top of the Snow Globe was created by stamping image onto Vellum Paper. While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled the image with Clear Embossing Powder, then heated the powder with a Craft Gun. I also added glitter to the globe using a Clear Shimmer Brush.
Remember, the Christmas Tunes Acrylic stamp set is available until October 31st! Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.
Welcome to the Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the October Christmas Tunes stamp set. This stamp set is full of sing-songy images that will put you right into the holiday spirit. If you have come here from Emily Sararas’ 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 Christmas Tunes stamp set.
If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.
During the month of October, I will be creating weekly projects using the Christmas Tunes stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created a a simple Christmas card that you can easily duplicate for your holiday card collection. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Ruby Cardstock, 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1¼” x 3¾” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 1″ x 3¾” New England Ivy Cardstock, 4″ x 2½” Ruby Cardstock
1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Ruby cardstock on to the center of the White card base.
2. Using the Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy cardstock, then adhere the cardstock to the center of the Ruby cardstock.
3. Adhere the 1¼” x 3¾” B&T paper horizontally across the center of the White Daisy cardstock.
4. Using the Scallop Border Thin Cuts, create two scalloped borders from the 1″ x 3¾” New England Ivy cardstock. Adhere the borders above and below the B&T paper.
5. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Rockin’ Tree” image onto the center of the 4″ x 2½” Ruby cardstock, then sprinkle with White Embossing Powder. Tap of the extra power, then heat the embossing powder with a Craft Heater until it is melted.
6. Adhere the “Rockin’ Tree” onto the center of the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape for dimension.
7. Add a Bitty Sparkle to the star on the “Rockin’ Tree”. If desired, stamp a sentiment inside the card.
You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-seven other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Christmas Tunes stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.
Now “Hop” on over to Krista Hershberger’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 Christmas Tunes Acrylic stamp set is available until October 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.
Fall has arrived and, as the weather cools, I begin to plan my holiday projects. If you are like me, you have already created a wishlist from the NEW Holiday Expressions catalog, and you are ready to create some amazing creations using our new holiday products. As you browse through the catalog, make sure you take time to view the adorable stamp set on the back cover. This stamp set is very important during the month of October, and it should not be overlooked.
After all, our Punny Pals are on a mission to share as many smiles as possible this month! To promote Operation Smile™ , Close to My Heart has created a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes and built an exclusive card kit that that will sure enough bring a smile to anyone’s day!
Did you know that you can donate to Operation Smile with each order? All you have to do is “round-up” your to the nearest dollar and that money goes direct to Operation Smile. Your round-up donation will go even further during the month of October, because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!
It doesn’t stop there! When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! Visit the “Sales” tab above or the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn more about his AWESOME promotion.
As you plan ahead for the holidays, don’t forget about our Christmas Tunes stamp of the month. This set is a perfect addition to your stamp collection and can be purchased for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase. One look, and I was in the holiday spirit as I hummed the tunes from these images (Can’t you just hear the music now?).
Each week, I will be posting tutorials on my blog featuring this stamp set. Make sure to visit often for inspiration. This stamp set is only available through October 31st. Visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can receive this set for FREE.
May you each be blessed each day as the weather changes. I can’t wait to see what you create this month!
Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog. Close to My Heart has outdone themselves this year with all of the gorgeous fall and winter holiday products in this catalog. If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ 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 products from the New Holiday Expressions catalog.
If you get lost , you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, so naturally, I was drawn to the autumn themed products in the New Holiday Expressions catalog. My favorite stamp set, so far, has been the Falling For You Cardmaking set with the matching Thin Cuts. This set is full of possibilities. You can shade the images with markers or pencils, cut them out and layer them, use them for a background, and more. On this card, I chose to use the stamp set many different ways, including heat embossing the images. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor Paper, 1″ x 6″ Vellum Paper
• Since Fall is so full of color, I used our Watercolor paints to create a background on the 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor paper. While is was still partially wet, I stamped the leaf images onto the cardstock using Flaxen & Saffron inks. This is what mine looked like when I was finished.
• The larger leaf images we created using our Gold & White Embossing Powders. Once the watercolor paints were dry, I stamped the White Embossed Leaf image first, heat it to set, then stamped the Gold Embossed Leaf image.
• The sentiment was created by taking the phrases and placing them in a line on a 3½” x 2″ Acrylix Block, then stamping them onto the watercolor paper with Black Ink.
• The smaller leaf images were heat embossed with our Gold & White Embossing Powders on the 1″ x 6″ piece of vellum. I used the matching Thin Cuts to cut out the images, then layered them behind the watercolor paper.
Now “Hop” on over to Lucy A Marino’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! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see all of the amazing Holiday Expressions products.
I am a fan of quick and simple cards – the ones I can throw together in under ten-minutes. I like cards that appear elegant and classy, yet took minimal effort to make. If you feel as I do, you will adore this autumn thank you card which uses simple images from our Feel So Blessed stamp of the month. This card is all about textures. Texture can add so much to a simple card and bring it to the next level. I have included a few simple techniques you can use to create texture on any card. As always, the list of products I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4¾” x 4″ Tangerine Cardstock, 2″ x 6″ Fern Cardstock, 1½” x 1″ Espresso Cardstock, 1½” x 3¾”” Almond Cardstock
• Embossing Folders are a great way to add texture. I used the Rose Embossing Folder on the Tangerine cardstock, rounded the corners, and cut it into 1″ strips.
• Our Thin Cuts create a soft edges around each of the images. Since my Cricut® was packed away, I needed an alternative way to cut out the leaves. Our Falling For You Cardmaking Thin Cut worked perfectly for this task. (Just because they came with the stamp set, doesn’t mean I always have to use them with the stamps.) After cutting three leaves from Fern cardstock, I used the Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder to add “veins” to the leaves.
• Ribbon is another way to add texture to a project. I used Burlap Ribbon to create a decorative knot and attached it to the bundle of leaves.
• You can use ink to add more depth & texture. I inked all of the edges with Toffee Ink before attaching them to the card.
Don’t forget that the Feel So Blessed stamp of the month is only available until September 30th. Visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00.
It has been almost a month since I last entered the Color My Heart Dare Challenge. My life was a bit chaotic, so, unfortunately, crafting was not a priority. I do love the fact that Close to My Heart allows me, as a consultant, to set my own hours so that when “life” changes, I can still have my family be my priority without worry.
This week, I used the From the Heart stamp set to create a card using Willow, Raspberry, Bashful, Charcoal and White Daisy for the Color My Heart Dare challenge. I love that Close to My Heart has such beautiful products that we can use to make cards like this with very little time or effort. This stamp set is available during the month of September for $29.95 OR pay only $5.00 more and receive the From the Heart Kit to create twelve interactive cards using this stamp set.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (Charcoal), 5″ x 3¾” Cardstock (White Daisy), 4″ x 1¾” Cardstock (Charcoal), 2¾” x 1½” Cardstock (White Daisy), ¾” x 1½” Cardstock (White Daisy)
Since the challenge only allowed two pinks and one green, I had to use these colors in multiple ways. For this card I used the “Second Generation Stamping” technique to add depth to my project. What is Second Generation Stamping? Once a stamp is inked, you can achieve a second generation stamp by stamping the image first onto your desk pad (or other scratch piece of paper) and then onto your cardstock.
• The stem of the largest flower was stamped using Willow ink. I created the “Leaves” by using the Second Generation of Willow. It still allows the stem to show through while using the same color of ink.
• The small cup shaped flowers were first stamped using the Second Generation of Raspberry Ink, then the detailed lines were added using Raspberry ink. Once again, I was able to use the same color, but the Second Generation technique allowed to details to show through.
• The From the Heart stamp set has many choices for layered flowers, and you can use Second Generation stamping to create depth and get more use out of you inks. Below is a little “cheat sheet” I created to show you ways I stamped the larger flower using the Second Generation (2nd) stamping technique.
If you love Close to My Heart products as much as I do, and you want to be able to run your business your way, then joining my team is something I ask you to consider. September is the perfect month to join my team! Sign up as a New Consultant in September and you will receive the From the Heart card kit in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost — that’s an extra $43.90 value, FREE!
Remember, the From the Heart products are available until September 30th! Visit the Promotions tab on my website learn how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE! I can’t wait to see what you create!
I am always in need of thank you cards, and I like to keep them on hand to grab for last minute mailings. This week, I decided to create a thank-you card with autumn tones and floral images using the From the Heart stamp set. This was a very simple project, easy to duplicate, and quick to make multiples of to put in my card stash.
For National Stamping Month, Close to My Heart has created this gorgeous floral stamp set that has over THIRTY-FIVE images. This From the Heart stamp set has been enjoyable to use with it’s layered images and beautiful sentiments, but it is only available through September 30th. Make sure to visit my website to order your’s before it is gone. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for the list of the products used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 5¼” Cardstock (Saffron), 2½” x 5″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 5″ B&T Paper (Enchantment Fundamentals), 1″ x 1″ White Daisy Cardstock
1. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” cardstock to the center of the White card base.
2. Using Fern Ink, stamp the “Stem” images onto the 2½” x 5″ White Daisy cardstock.
3. Using Flaxen Ink, stamp the “Fern” and “Leaf” images onto the White Daisy cardstock.
4. Using Saffron and Goldrush Inks, stamp the “Flower” images onto the White Daisy cardstock.
5. Using Sorbet Ink, stamp the “Large Flower Base” onto the 1″ x 1″ White Daisy cardstock. With Sorbet Ink, stamp the “Large Flower Second Layer” twice so that the Sorbet ink is darker than the first layer.
6. Using Poppy Ink, stamp the “Large Flower Third Layer”, then stamp the centers of the flower with Saffron and Goldrush inks.
7. Cut out the “Large Flower” image and adhere to the largest stem using Thin 3D Foam Dots.
8. Using a corner rounder, round the top corners of the White Daisy cardstock, then, with Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the upper right corner of the White Daisy cardstock.
9. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the top center of the card.
10. Pull apart a few pieces of White Burlap Ribbon, then wrap the “twine” around the B&T paper strip. Adhere the strip to the card below the White Daisy cardstock and create a decorative knot with some more “twine”.
Remember, the From the Heart products are available until September 30th! Visit the Promotions tab on my website learn how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE! I can’t wait to see what you create!
Are you ready for fall? My October workshops will put you in the mood for some cooler weather, autumn tones, and teach you some new techniques you can use on your upcoming projects. I have two workshops during the month of October, so please make sure to RSVP by October 6th for each one you wish to attend.
Falling For You Workshop
We will be making one 2-page 12″ x 12″ layout and two autumn themed cards using the beautiful Falling For You papers and matching accessories. I will be teaching you how to create a “quilted” scrapbook layout, how to use embossing powers, and using reinkers to create multi-toned stamped images. If you wish to attend this workshop, you can learn more about the kits available by visiting the Events page or on my Facebook event page.
Fall Wreath Cricut® Class
Come learn the basics of using our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge in Design Space as you create this festive fall wreath. Bring your laptop, Cricut® and basic supplies, and I will walk you through some basic techniques for designing a wreath and creating three-dimensional flowers with your Cricut®. You will learn how to size, layer, and manipulate the images as well as taking apart images to weld them to text and other images. There are pre-requisites for this class so make sure to visit the Events page or my Facebook event page.
More Fall Projects
I have also created a Kit of the Month for both September and October that would be perfect for your fall photos. You can visit my Kit of the Month tab in the Kits & Guides tab to learn more about these fun layouts. These are wonderful kits you can complete at home at your own pace when it fits into your schedule.
If you have any questions about these workshops or suggestions for future workshops, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I would love to schedule a date with you and your friends to complete one of these workshops together. I always love seeing how talented you all are when you create!