Time is Running Out

There are only a few days left to take advantage of our AMAZING May specials.  If you are like me, you have a few things sitting in your online cart waiting for check-out, but May has been so busy, you haven’t had a moment to finish your purchase. Often times, those items end up selling out on the last week of the month and I would hate for you to miss out and be disappointed. Make sure you take advantage of the Postcard Perfect, Classic Summer Bash, and the chance to get a Cut About Layout Kit® FREE before May 31st.

 

Do you have some Postcard Perfect memories that need scrapbooked?  Maybe you have some pictures of your kids by the pool or the beach or some cheesy Hawaian shirt photos.   Now is the time to take advantage of some awesome savings when you purchase the Postcard Perfect Collection. If you are like me and love it all, you can 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!  Order before May 31st, and I will send you a FREE Layout guide using these amazing products.

 

 

Mason jars are everywhere lately and I’m sure you have seen and used quite a few mason jar stamps. Our exclusive Classic Summer Bash stamp set has the perfect sized jar to “fill” with flowers, fruit, candy, or simple sayings. There are so many wonderful ideas out there on Pinterest. The possibilities with this stamp set are endless. You can get this stamp set for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase on my website, or purchase it by itself for $17.95, but you only have until May 31st to order.

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Take the time to visit my website to view all of the amazing products from our Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. You will not be disappointed. Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves this season.  You can get a copy of this catalog FREE with any online order this month.  You will love all of the papers, stamps, scrapbook kits, card kits, embellishments, and ideas using these products.

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful weather and staying safe this Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

I truly enjoy playing with paper to create original cards and treat boxes.  If you are like me, then this workshop is just for you.  On June 23rd, you will have to opportunity to make FOUR cards and this adorable little Fourth of July Treat Box using our New Fresh Air products.

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The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. To sign-up for this workshop, please email me and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase. 

You can choose to purchase a Basic Kit (two cards & the box), Master Kit (four cards & a box) or just the box itself.  I also have pre-stamped kits available for those who cannot attend and Workshop Guides for my long-distance crafters. The guide for this kit includes a Design Space™ file for this  box created by me that you are welcome to use on all of your future projects. 

You can visit my Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop page to learn more about this workshop and the kits that are available for purchase. 

If you enjoy card making as much as I do, make sure to take the time to visit my website to see all of the amazingly simple Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits that Close to My Heart has to offering including the In My Heart Kit. This kit creates TWELVE cards using our rustic Fresh Air Papers.

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If  workshops are “not your thing”, you are always welcome to come catch-up on your own crafting projects at my June CTMH Crafternoon.  (All proceeds for my CTMH Crafternoon will benefit Operation Smile.)  I hope that you are able to attend one of my workshops in June and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.

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Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
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5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

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7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

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9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.

 

I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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12 x 12 Eggplant Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sweet Leaf Cardstock

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Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Dad is Rad Special

Do you have a “Rad Dad” in your life? We all know and love someone who has made a difference in our lives or the lives of our kids.  I am personally blessed with a wonderful husband who is an amazing father to our kids and many other children who have been “adopted” into our family. Close to My Heart wishes to honor all of those who hold a special place in our hearts, so we are celebrating the dad’s in our lives with our exclusive Dad is Rad workshop bundle.

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This Dad is Rad Workshop Kit features the limited Rad Dad Stamp Set and discounted Dad Is Rad Product Bundle with enough supplies to create one 12″ × 12″ layout, one 12″ × 12″ page, and four cards that can be used for Father’s Day or to share with all the “rad” people you love!  This Dad is Rad product normally sells for  $41.67, but you can get it for a limited time for only $29.95 while supplies last.*(plus tax & shipping)

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I would enjoy spending an evening with you and your friends as we create these  wonderfully designed cards or scrapbook layouts.  Don’t worry about cleaning house, just gather some friends, contact me, and we can schedule a night to create as we honor those amazing men in our lives. You could even earn a FREE stamp set just for hosting this event.

The Dad is Rad Workshop Kit and Stamp set are only available until June 30th or while supplies last. Visit my website to learn more about this kit and download the FREE Workshop Guide.  I can’t wait to see what you create for your “Rad Dad”.

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* Available May 15 – June 30 while supplies last. Shipping assessed on retail value of all items.

 

 

Fresh Air Scrapbooking Workshop

Do you have a great deal of summer adventures planned?  I know that I will have an abundance photos at the end of the summer, so I am planning ahead with these fun, funky, outdoorsy scrapbook layouts. FreshAirCC_ScrapbookLayoutsSTORE&SMOn June 23rd, you will have a chance to use our rustic Fresh Air products to create six scrapbook layouts that you can use to display your family memories at my Fresh Air Scrapbook Workshop.

At this workshop, you will have multiple options for kits to fit your needs. Each kit will include the supplies needed for you to create six scrapbook layouts for recording those amazing family photos and memories. You will also have the option to purchase individual kits if you desire.

You can view each one of the individual scrapbook layouts that you will be able to create by clicking on the photos below.

The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. 

To sign-up for this workshop, just send me an email  and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits through my online store. For my long-distance friends, I  have workshop guides available that include a cutting guide, assembly instructions and a Cricut Design Space™ file.  You can purchase the layout guides individually, all together, or purchase just the Design Space™ file separately for each layout.

If you are truly enjoying these Fresh Air products, you can also purchase the Fresh Air Workshop You Way Kit and create three additional layouts and have an entire album lined up a ready for all those summer adventure photos.

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I hope to see you at my upcoming workshops and I can’t wait to see what you create with our Fresh Air products and these fun, fresh, outdoorsy layouts!

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Postcard Perfect Memories

I bet every vacation you have ever taken was Postcard Perfect.  (Well, most of them.)  Some of our postcards probably had pictures of exhausted parents, crying children, and the phrase “glad that’s over”,  BUT every single one of them is FULL of memories.  This month, we are celebrating those memories with our Postcard Perfect collection.

There was so much pleasure to be had while creating with the Postcard Perfect Paper Pack, Coordinating Cardstock, and Stamp Set .  I personally enjoyed using them so much that I created THREE layouts – each with enough photos for you to show-off your summer adventure memories.

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On this first layout, I took advantage of the awesome images that are included in the Postcard Perfect paper packet.  The cut-apart page is full of summery, vacation worthy images that you can use on your layouts. I love how many photos I was able to incorporate into this layout. Can’t you just picture a breathtaking tropical get-away?

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On this second layout, I planned on adding some colorful layouts of my kids in the pool, so I kept the background pretty simple. Most poolside photos contain lots of color, and I wanted to make sure they stood out on this layout. Once again, I took advantage of the cut-apart images as well as the spectacular patterned vellum that is included in the paper packet.

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This final layout is one that you have already seen in a recent blog hop. I wanted to take advantage of the incredible images on the Postcard Perfect stamp set.  I was able to create a fun title, some accents, embellishments, and a place for journalling.  I love how this layout could be used for just about any type of family vacation.

I have enjoyed this collection so much that I am giving away a FREE Workshop Guide for these three layouts to anyone who purchases any of the Postcard Perfect products from my website or attends my workshops AND I will be holding a drawing for one Free Workshop Guide for anyone who comments on this post on my Facebook or Instagram page. (You will receive one entry per comment.)

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Remember, the Postcard Perfect Collection is only available until May 31st while supplies last! Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get some amazing Postcard Perfect Products at a 20% discount.  I can’t wait to see what you create to display your Postcard Perfect memories!

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Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!

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And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’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! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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We Are the Makers Stamp Set

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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June Kit of the Month

As you can tell, I am starting to get ready for our summer adventures, and this kit will be perfect for displaying those family photos and memories.  Each month, I create a ready-to-assemble scrapbook kit that you can purchase and have delivered directly to your home.  For the month of June, I have constructed this Outdoor Adventure Kit featuring our New Fresh Air papers just for you to use to record your family’s summer adventure memories.

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The June Kit of the Month is a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our rustic Fresh Air designer papers.  You can have this kit mailed directly to you and have everything you need to complete the layout for your family photos. Sign-up for my annual subscription, and you can save $2.00 a month, and receive a simple, ready-to-assemble kit sent to you each an every month.

My Outdoor Adventure kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Fresh Air papers, a 4″ x 4″ Flip-Flap, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

If you have never used our Flip-Flaps, now is your chance to try one out.  Your June kit will include one Flip-Flap for you to add more photos to your layout. As you can see, on the front of the layout’s Flip-Flap, you have a place to record your adventures and underneath, as you lift the Flip-Flap, you have room for two more photos.  How awesome is that! You are welcome to add more 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Flip-Flaps to your kit for an additional cost. Please let me know which ones you wish to purchase when ordering your kit.

Are your ready to plan some outdoor adventures with your family? I know I am!  You are welcome to visit my online store and order this kit for $12.00* or subscribe to my Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout plus receive an additional layout guide** and a Seasonal Expressions catalog each quarter FREE with your kit. Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

I also have workshop cutting guides available for each of my Kit of the Month layouts.  These guides are available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.  I can’t wait see what you create with this Outdoor Adventure layout kit!

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*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

Classic Summer Layout

Have you ever tried using a PageMaps sketch as inspiration for your layouts? This year, to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day,  Scrapbook & Cards Today challenged it’s readers to create a layout using this NSD PageMaps Sketch.  As you know, I always love a challenge.

I also like to inspire you to use stamped images to enhance your scrapbook pages, so for this “Fresh Summer Lemonade” layout I chose to use both the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets.  This layout reminded me of the days when my children would set up a lemonade stand for the neighborhood.  I am not sure if the lemonade was very tasty, but everyone was always a good sport and supported their efforts.

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You can find the complete list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post. 

Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Bashful Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ Dotted Vellum (Postcard Perfect), 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (Beautiful Friendship)

Techniques Used on This Layout:
1. To create the stitching around the page, I used a Ruler with our Piercing & Embossing Tool to create the holes, then used Pink thread for the border.
2. The “Jute Twine” was created by pulling apart the White Burlap Ribbon into individual threads.  Three of the threads were wrapped around the B&T paper. The three remaining threads were used to create the bow.
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3. The Lemon & Flower border was created with images from the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets. After cutting out the images, they were placed onto the page using Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots.
4. The “Tags” were stamped using Smoothie Ink.  I added the paper strip from a piece of the “True Story” PML card, punched a hole, and added threads of White Burlap Ribbon.
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5. The “Straw” was stamped using Pixie ink, then I re-stamped the rim of the “Jar” along the top, and added the “Straw” to the “Jar”.
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These exclusive, summer-themed stamp sets and the Postcard Perfect products that I used on my layout are only available during the month of May.  You can purchase each of these by visiting the Promotions Tab on my website, but they are only available while supplies last so make sure you grab them before they are gone. I would love to see what you create using this sketch or these exclusive stamp sets.  Feel free to post your work on my Facebook page for all to see.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Classic Summer Bash Stamp Set

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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Postcard Perfect Cardstock

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Postcard Perfect Stamp Set

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Tweezers

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Corner Rounder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Piercing & Embossing Tool

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Thin 3D Foam Dots
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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
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Don’t Forget to RSVP

This month, I have some amazing workshops planned for you as well as a Crafternoon of Fun.  You only have a few days left, though, to reserve your spot and kits for each of these May Workshops. I know that your lives get busy, so here is a quick reminder of what I have planned for you in the next few weeks.

BeautifulFriendshipCC-LayoutsSTOREAt my Beautiful Friendship Workshop on May 19th, you can come and create six amazing pages using our adorable Beautiful Friendship collection.  If you cannot attend, you can order a kit from me and I will ship it to you at an additional cost.  Workshop guides are also available for purchase or FREE with a $30 order from my website. 

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You will also have the opportunity to create this splendid little Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and card.  Each kit is ready-to-assemble and includes everything you need to make these projects.  I will be providing you with the inks and stamps needed, and you will have the option to purchase additional Tea-riffic Teabag Holders using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection.

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, I am also offering a Postcard Perfect Album Workshop on May 26th, where you can come and create albums to preserve those “Postcard Perfect” memories.

 

For all of my card making friends, I am offering a  Postcard Perfect Card Making Workshop where you can come create ten adorable cards using the Postcard Perfect collection of products.

You will need to reserve your place at these workshops BEFORE May 12th.  All you need to do is send me an email to misscarriectmh@gmail.com and let me know that you wish to attend the Beautiful Friendship Workshop, the Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop , and/or the Postcard Perfect WorkshopsSpace and kits are limited. 

While you are at it, make sure to take some time for yourself and catch-up on some of your crafting projects at my CTMH Crafternoon on May 19th. You will have plenty of room to work, access to FREE WiFi at the library, plenty of outlets for your electronics, and receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog.  You are welcome to bring snacks and covered drinks to this event.  There is room for 15 people, so please feel free to bring a friend or two to this event.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops!  I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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