There’s Nobunny Like You Layout

The Easter Bunny Stamp of the Month can be used to create some fun layouts. This layout does not have the traditional spring colors because I wanted the unique qualities of my children to stand out.  I still wanted to create an Easter feel, so I used a floral border, bunny, and polka-dots to create the theme of spring.   I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (I used Peacock), 11½” x 11¾” Cardstock (I used Champagne), 12″ x 4″ B&T Paper (Peacock Enchantment Fundamentals), 12″ x 3″ B&T Paper (Peacock Enchantment Fundamentals), (2) 12″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Pomegranate Enchantment Fundamentals), (2) 12″ x ½” Cardstock ( Colonial White), 3″ x 3″ Cardstock (Chocolate),  1″ x 3″ B&T Paper (Peacock Enchantment Fundamentals)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The “Title” was created using our 2½” Circle Thin Cuts. (I love that we have circles!) I stamped the words using VersaMark Ink, then heat embossed them with White Embossing Powder.
  • The Flower Border was made by repeatedly stamping the Floral image with Chocolate ink across Colonial White cardstock. This gave it a ribbon look.
  • The Bunny image was stamped with Chocolate Ink onto Desert Sand cardstock, then shaded using Watercolor Pencils. (I used Sorbet, Chocolate, Brown Bag, Star Spangled Blue, and Grey Wool).

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    This layout was simple and easy to make and defiantly shows each of my kids’ personalities. Please feel free to comment with any questions about this layout or the products I used to create it.


Easter Bunny – February Stamp of the Month

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Enchantment Fundamentals

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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12″ x 12″
Peacock Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Champagne Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Chocolate Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Colonial White Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Desert Sand Cardstock

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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White Super Fine Embossing Powder

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Craft Heater

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2″ x 3½” Acrylic Block

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Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots

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Thin 3D Foam Taper

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Micro-Tip Scissors


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Always Be You Card

This week’s Color My Heart Dare required a bit of creativity using Pixie, Saffron, Whisper, and White Daisy. These are not color tones I usually put together, but I am always up for a challenge. As always, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card at the bottom of this post. alwaysbeyoucard

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Uptown Fundamentals), 4 5/8″ x 3 ³⁄8″ Cardstock (I used Whisper), 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock (I used Saffron), 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle, 3″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock (stamped images)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper to the  card base.
2. Using an embossing machine, dry emboss the 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. Adhere the Embossed 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock to the center of the 4 5/8″ x 3 ³⁄8″ Cardstock.
3. Lay the 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle onto the 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock to determine where the small hearts will be stamped. (DO NOT ADHERE) Using Pixie Ink, stamp the Tiny Heart image onto the Embossed Cardstock randomly in the center of some of the honeycombs. Add Shimmer to the hearts using a Clear Shimmer Brush.
4. Wrap a 10″ piece of Pixie Twine twice around the base of the layered Cardstock. Adhere the cardstock onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
5. Create a Bow with another piece of Pixie Twine and attach to card with a Glue Dot.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Always Be You” sentiment onto the 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle. Adhere the Circle to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape. alwaysbeyou_closeup
7. Using the Dreamin’ Big Thin Cuts, create (2) Large Butterflies from the 3″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock. Using Pixie Ink, stamp two Large Butterfly images onto the cutouts.
8. Cut out the wings and body on one of the Large Butterfly images. Bend the wings up and adhere the  center of the cut image to the center of the full butterfly image using Thin 3D Foam Tape. (This gives the illusion that the butterfly image is “flying”.)
9. Adhere the Butterfly image to to card, as shown, using Thin 3D Foam Tape. Add Shimmer to the wings using a Clear Shimmer Brush.
10. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.

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Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle

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Hello Lovely Cardmaking Acrylic Stamp Set

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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Uptown Fundamentals

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Adventure Ribbon Pack

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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12″ x 12″ Saffron Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Whisper Cardstock

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylic Block

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3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Micro Glue Dots

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Micro-Tip Scissors

It’s a Sweet Sale!

In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, we’re holding a one-day flash sale on my website – we’re calling it our Sweet Sale and it starts February 14 at 3:00p MST. Save 30% on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.

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This Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 3:00p MST and will end at that same time on February 15. Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my website during these times. As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.  All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends!

To learn about future sales and events, make sure to sign-up for the Close to My Heart monthly newsletter on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Spring Flowers Bunny Card

The February Stamp of the Month, Easter Bunny, can be used to create some adorable cards for spring or Easter. This week’s card could be made for any occasion by simply changing the sentiment.  I’ll be sharing project ideas each week with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.bunnycardone

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ Cardstock (I used Chocolate), 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (I used Hello Lovely), 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely),
2″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, ¾” x 1½” Cardstock (I used Desert Sand), 1″ x 3¼” White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5³⁄8″ x 4¹⁄8″ cardstock to the center of the card base.
2. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper to the center of the cardstock.
3. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper ½” from the top. Cut a chevron into the bottom of the paper.
4. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the Flowers image onto the 1″ x 3¼” White Daisy Cardstock. Color the flowers using Watercolor Pencils. Cut out the top of the flower images then adhere behind the circle cut on the 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper.
5. Tie a knot 1″ from the left side of a 6″ piece of ribbon. Attach the ribbon below the circle cut on the 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper, wrapping the ends around the back.
6. Using Thin 3D Foam Tape, attach the 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper to the center of the card.
7. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the Girl Bunny image onto the 2″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock. Color the image using Watercolor Pencils. ( I used Desert Sand, Brown Bag, Sorbet, Bubblegum and Ocean). Cut out the Girl Bunny image.
8. Using Thin 3D Foam Tape, attach the Girl Bunny Image to the right side of the circle.
9. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the center of the ¾” x 1½” Cardstock. Round the corners on the right side. Attach the sentiment inside the circle.
10. Add two Gold Glitter Gems to embellish the card. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.


Easter Bunny – February Stamp of the Month

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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Hello Lovely Paper Packet

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12″ x 12
 Desert Sand Cardstock

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12″ x 12″
Chocolate Cardstock

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Watercolor Pencils

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Waterbrush – Small Round

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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Blush Shimmer Ribbon

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Gold Glitter Gems


Black Memento Ink Pad

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Corner Rounder

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Micro-Tip Scissors


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

Black Magic Rose Card

I have always wanted to try “Black Magic”- a technique where you use colored pencils on Black cardstock.  This weeks Color My Heart Dare gave me a reason to try it out for the first time. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.ColorDare229.jpg

The technique was simple, yet, it created a fabulous image. I use White Embossing Powder to heat emboss the Rose image, then, using our Bubblegum and Hydrangea Watercolor pencils, I added two layers of color.  The background was kept simple to showcase the Rose image. I wanted to repeat the shimmer from the silver twine onto the stamped image, so I used our Clear Shimmer Brush Pen to add shimmer on the leaves. It’s a very striking piece of art once finished.  I would love to see anything you have created using the “Black Magic” technique.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” X 4¼” Cardstock (I used Black), 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (I used Raspberry),  4½” x 3½” Cardstock (I used White Daisy),  4″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Pansy), 4″ x 3″ Cardstock for image (I used Black)

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Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack
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Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder
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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Watercolor Pencils

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12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Raspberry Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Pansy Cardstock

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Simple Chevon Embossing Folder

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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Craft Heater
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
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3L E-Z Dots Adhesive

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Valentine Kisses Box

Valentine’s Day allows us to show others how much we care,  and this simple Valentine’s Kisses  Box will allow you to do that without breaking the bank.  By following the instructions below, you can make FOUR of these simple, treat boxes from one sheet of cardstock.  The added bonus to this project is that the True Love stamp set supports Operation Smile.  (Another way to show you care.) At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.

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Paper Needed: 5″ x 4¼” Cardstock (I used Blossom), 1½” x 4½” Cardstock (I used Raspberry), 2½” x 3″ Window Sheet, 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. With the 5″ side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the
5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock at 1¼”, 2½”, and 3¾”.
3. Fold the 5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock in half along the score line, and center a 2″ acrylic block ½” down from the fold. Trace the block and cut out the window. kissboxpicone
4. With the 2½” side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the window sheet at 1¼”. (Note: I use old Cricut mat covers as window sheets.)
5. Fold the window sheet in half along the score line and use a bone folder to create a crease. Using Glue Dots, adhere the window sheet to the inside of the cutout matching the crease with the score line.
6. Using Raspberry Ink, stamp the “XOXO” sentiment onto the right side below the window on the outside of the box.
7. Lay the 5″ x 4¼” cardstock flat so that the inside of the box faces up and the sentiment is at the top (facing down). Using Glue Dots, adhere 5 pieces of candy to the bottom flap inside the box.kissboxpictwo
8. Fold the top over the candy and adhere the bottom flaps of the box together to close.
9. Attach the triangle box to the 1½” x 4½” base.
10. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the Girl image on the White Daisy cardstock.  Color the image with ShinHan markers, then cut out the image.  Attach the image to the front of the box using Thin 3D Foam tape.

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True Love – Operation Smile Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″  Blossom Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Raspberry Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad


Black Memento Ink Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Micro Glue Dots

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ShinHan Colorless Blender Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Pastel Peach Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Mahogany Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Barely Beige Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Tender Pink Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Cherry Pink Marker

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Bone Folder


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Bonding Memories Glue

 
SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 

Valentine Chocolates Box

Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away, and it’s time to start creating. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting some quick and easy gifts you can make for your family, friends, and co-workers. This Valentine Chocolates Box  idea came from Splitcoaststampers and it is a fun project to make for Valentine’s Day. (These would also make cute wedding favors.) At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 8″ Cardstock (I used Sea Glass), 2″ x 8¼” B&T Paper (I used Hello Lovely), ½” x 2¼” B&T Paper ( I used a Hello Lovely Zip-Strip), 2″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using the scoring blade on the paper cutter, score the short side of your cardstock
at 1″ and 3¼”.
2. Rotate the cardstock 90°. Using the scoring blade on the paper cutter, score the long side at 2″, 3″, 5″ and 6″.
3. To create your box flap, cut off the outer strips 3″ up on one end.
4. Fold up each of the score lines and use a bone folder to crease score lines.
5. Cut to the the 1″ score lines on both sides.
6. Apply adhesive to the back of to the 1″ tabs and fold up to attach the tabs to the bottom tabs creating the base of the box.
7. Apply adhesive to both 1″ x 2″ strips next to the box flap, fold over, and bring the sides together to form the box.


8. Trim to top flap to 1″. Using a scallop border punch or scallop scissors, create the scallop edge on the top flap. Adhere the the ½” x 2¼” B&T Paper onto the flap.
9. Wrap the 2″ x 8¼” B&T Paper around the box front and back. It will overlap a little.
10. Using the Thin Cuts, cut out one Wavy Banner and a Heart from the 2″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock.
11. Using Sea Glass Ink, stamp the Dotted Heart image onto the Heart cut-out. .Using Black ink, stamp the smaller Heart Outline image inside the Dotted Heart.
12. Using Black Ink, stamp the Banner image and sentiment onto the White Daisy Cardstock. (Note: Bend the sentiment to the shape of the banner before applying ink.)
13. Adhere the Banner to the bottom of the box front.
14. To create the closure, apply 3D Foam Tape to the bottom half of the stamped Heart image. Attach the heart above the banner, in the center of the box. The flap will tuck behind the heart to hold the box closed.

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Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle

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Hello Lovely Paper Packet
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock
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12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Cardstock

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 3½ My Acrylic Block
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1″ x 1″ My Acrylic Block

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

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Bonding Memories Glue

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Bone Folder


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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3D Foam Tape

3L EZ Dots Adhesive

There’s Nobunny Like You Card

The February Stamp of the Month, Easter Bunny, is the most adorable stamp set I have seen. This week’s card could be made for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or as a way to encourage a friend. I’ll be sharing project ideas each week with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.BunnyCardTwo.jpg

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (I used Blossom),
3½” x 3½” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely), 2¾” x 2¾” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely), 1¼” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, 1½” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock to the center of the card base.
2. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 3½” x 3½” B&T Paper. (Save the circle for another project.)
3. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 2¾” x 2¾” B&T Paper. (Keep this circle.)
4. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the Boy Bunny image onto the 1½” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock. Shade the image using ShinHan Markers. Cut out the Boy Bunny image.
5. Layer the 2½” B&T Circle, the Boy Bunny image, and the 3½” B&T Square with the circle cut-out onto center of the card ¼” from the top of the cardstock. (I used Thin 3D Foam tape to adhere the Boy Bunny image and 3D Foam Tape to adhere the 3½” B&T Square.)
6. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the center of the 1¼” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock. Cut a chevron onto each end of the cardstock. Using Thin 3D Foam Tape, attach the sentiment to the card below the 3½” B&T Square.
7. Add three Pink Enamel Gems to embellish the card.
8. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.


Easter Bunny – February Stamp of the Month

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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12″ x 12″
Blossom Cardstock

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Hello Lovely Paper Packet

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Pink Enamel Gems


Black Memento Ink Pad

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2″ x 3½” Acrylic Block

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3D Foam Tape

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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ShinHan Twin Touch Warm Grey 7 Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Warm Grey 4 Marker


ShinHan Twin Touch Barely Beige Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Pastel Peach Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Clay Marker

ShinHan Twin Touch Colorless Blender  Marker

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Micro-Tip Scissors


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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Pint Size Valentine Treat

This Valentine Treat container was created for the weekly  Color My Heart Dare challenge. These four-inch containers can be filled with a special gift to give for Valentine’s Day.  The added bonus: these containers are currently on Clearance along with over 100 other items on my website.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.PintSizeValentineTreat.jpg

Paper Needed: 12″ x 5″ B&T Paper (I used Lagoon Adventure Fundamentals), 2½” x 4″ B&T Paper (I used Lagoon Adventure Fundamentals), 2¼” x 3½” B&T Paper (I used Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals), 1¾” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ White Daisy Cricut Rose, 12″ x ½” B&T Paper (I used Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals),
2″ x ½” B&T Paper (I used Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Wrap the 12″ x 5″ B&T Paper around the cup, trimming as needed. (NOTE: I created a pattern for covering the outside of the cup.  Email me for a PDF of the pattern.) 
2. Cut a chevron into one of the shorter ends of the 2½” x 4″ B&T Paper and the
2¼” x 3½”B&T Paper. Layer the two pieces and adhere together.
3. Cut a chevron onto the shorter end of the  1¾” x 3″ White Daisy cardstock . Using the second generation stamping technique, stamp the Heart image onto the right side of the cardstock with Lagoon Ink.
4. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the Heart image.
5. Wrap a piece of Pink Twine twice around the 1¾” x 3″ White Daisy cardstock, just to the left of the stamped image. Tie a knot and trim the ends. (Note: The Piercing & Embossing tool helps to separate the strings on the twine for a frayed look.)
6. Attach the 1¾” x 3″ White Daisy cardstock to the layered B&T papers. Adhere the layered label to the front of the Pint Size Cup.
6. Using the Cricut, cut a 2″ Rose from the White Daisy cardstock. I used a Accent 2 on page 54 of the Artiste Cartridge.
7. With a sponge, apply ink the the edges of the Rose cutout. Using a Quilling tool, roll the rose and adhere the petals to the base. ( I used Liquid Glass.) Once the adhesive has dried, adhere the Rose to the upper left side of the label.
8. Wrap the 12″ x ½” B&T Paper around the rim of the lid.
It will not be long enough so you will need to fill the gap with the 2″ x ½” B&T Paper.
9. Fill the treat container with candy, granola, snack mix, toys, nail polish, etc. and give it as a gift to brighten someone’s day.

 

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True Love – Operation Smile Stamp Set

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Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack

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Party Favors Bundle

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Adventure Ribbon Pack


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Piercing & Embossing Tool

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Round Sponge

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Quilling Tool

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Liquid Glass

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Memory Book Glue Dots

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Micro-Tip Scissors


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

Today is the day!

February is the best time to sign up as a Close to My Heart Consultant. This month,  in addition to the normal benefits of signing up, you will also receive the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets FREE—an additional $53.85 in retail value! We also have a special offer this month for Former Consultants.

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During the month of February, you could receive over $300 in products. When you become a Close to My Heart Consultant you receive  a New Consultant Kit full of product valued at over $200, a FREE Consultant website, 22% commission, $50 in Select Product credit, and the opportunity for other exciting incentives, like trips, crafting products, and more!

As a special offer this month, Former Close To My Heart Consultants, can choose a
no-kit sign-up option that will let you become a Consultant again without paying for another New Consultant Kit! Sign up for just $50 and you’ll still receive the $50 in Select Product Credit PLUS the three Stamp of the Month sets!

Visit my website to learn more about this amazing opportunity! Contact me if you have any questions about becoming a consultant, a hostess, or a creative club host.