Crafting is a Messy Business

I love my Close to My Heart crafting business. I enjoy teaching new techniques, meeting new people, going to events, and the things I create.  Each month, I create workshops that I teach to groups at individual homes and the local library.  I create kits for selling at local crops and to long-distance paper crafters. I have fun going to people homes and teaching people how to create with Close to My Heart products.  I do all these things because I LOVE my business, but it can get MESSY.  Rarely to I share anything personal, but this is what my space looks like while creating.  Can you relate???? 🙂

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The OCD person in me is crawling as I look at it, but it is OH, SO WORTH IT!!   This glorious mess resulted in a Prickly Pear Workshop full of cards and layouts.  I love this small business where I can create such fun kits to share with each of you.   If paper crafting brings you as much joy as it brings me, I would love to talk to you about having a Card Making Party or becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant.   This business truly brings me joy! After all, just look at what this mess created.

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Live, Laugh, Love with Watercolor

I love the look of watercolors, and though I have not perfected this medium, I do love that it is very forgiving.   This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge gave me the freedom to experiment with my  watercolor palette and use lots of colors on the flowers from the Live, Laugh, Love Stamp of the Month.  This stamp set is available for purchase until May 31st , so make sure to get your’s before it is gone.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.MaySOTM_WatercolorCard

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” Watercolor Paper

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Flower” images vertically onto the left side of the Watercolor paperMaySOTM_WatercolorCardMASK. NOTE: I stamped the center flower first, created a mask with a sticky note, then stamped the remaining flowers. 
2. Create a mask to cover the stamped flower images, then splatter a variety of Watercolor paint colors onto the right side of the Watercolor paper.  Allow the paint to dry before continuing.
3. Remove the mask, and use Watercolor paints to shade in the flower images. NOTE: I used a Clear Shimmer Brush on my flower images after the paint dried. 
4. Once the images have dried, add Bitty Sparkles to the center of the flower images.
5. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp a sentiment onto the Watercolor paper.
6.  Adhere the Watercolor paper to the front of the Card Base, then stamp a sentiment inside the card.

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Live, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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All-Purpose Mat

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Bitty Sparkles

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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

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Micro-Tip Scissors


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block


3L EZ Dots Adhesive

Laugh Together Layout

I typically stick with very simple, muted layouts.  This probably stems from the fact that I am a mother of multiple boys, but this week I decided to make a lively scrapbook page for my only daughter.   For the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenge, I  use a variety of bright colors from the Whimsy Fundamentals along with the Live, Laugh, Love stamp set.  This stamp set is available for purchase for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase from my website.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (I used Juniper), 11½” x 11¾” Cardstock (I used White Daisy), 7″ x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), 7″ x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), 7″ x ¼” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), 1½” x 1½” B&T Paper (I used Canary), 4½” x 3″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier), 1¼” x 2¾” B&T Paper (I used Canary), ¼” x 3¾” B&T Paper (I used Juniper), ¼” x 3¼” B&T Paper (I used Canary), ¼” x 3″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier), 2½” Circle B&T Paper (I used Thistle), White Daisy Cardstock for Stamped Images

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Techniques Used on this Layout: 

  • I have a added a layout guide to show paper placement. If you click on the this link, you can see a larger photo with measurements.  All my scrapbook guides that I sell have photos like this to show placement and measurement.
  • The “Flower” images on the bottom left corner were done using theLaughTogetherLayout_Flower.jpg Live, Laugh. Love stamp set. I used Black Memento Ink to stamp the images, then used a Blending Pen with Glacier, Thistle, Canary, and Juniper ink to shade the images.
  • The layered “Flower & Leaf” images were created using the Live, Laugh. Love stamp set. I used Black Memento Ink to stamp the flowers, then used a Blending Pen with Thistle, Canary, and Juniper ink to shade the images. I cut out the flowers and leaves, layered them on top of each other, then adhered them to the layout with Thin 3D Foam Tape.
  • The “Laugh” title was created using the Live, Laugh. Love stamp set. I brushed Purple Watercolor paint onto some Watercolor Paper, then, after it was dry, stamped the “Laugh” image  using Black Memento Ink. I shaded in the flowers with a Silver Metallic Marker, then cut out each individual letter so that I could have the staggered look to my title.LaughTogetherLayout_Title.jpg

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this layout, the guide or the products used.

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Live, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Juniper Cardstock

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Whimsy Ribbon Pack

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Thistle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Juniper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Thin Cuts Basic Circles

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Watercolor Paper

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 6½” My Acrylic Block

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Corner Rounder

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Metallics Markers
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Watercolor Paints
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Bitty Sparkles
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Paintbrush Set
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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Thin 3D Foam Tape

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive
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Tweezers

 

Quick & Easy Floral Card

Sometimes you need a last minute card and it can be difficult to find a design that doesn’t take tons of time or try your patience.  The whimsical flowers in the Live, Laugh, Love Stamp of the Month are perfect for this kind of card making project. This week, I joined the Color My Heart Dare Challenge and found the bright colors to be a perfect addition to my quick & simple card.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 2¼” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals), 2” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Lagoon Adventure Fundamentals), 1¾” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock (for stamped images)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Blossom Ink, randomly stamp the “Flower” image onto the White Card Base.
2. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the right side of the 1¾” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock. Wrap the Pink Twine around the bottom of the White Daisy cardstock and secure to the back.
3. Layer the 1¾” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock onto the center of the 2” x 4¼” B&T paper, then onto the center of the 2¼” x 4¼” B&T paper.  Place the layered paper onto the card as shown.
4. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Four Petal Flower” image onto the 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock.  Create a mask of the flower, then stamp the “Leaf” images using Black Ink.
5. Using a Blending Pen, shade in the “Four Petal Flower” image with Raspberry ink.
6. Using a Blending Pen, shade in the “Leaf” images with Lagoon ink.
NOTE: A Blending Pen is the perfect tool to use if you want your images to match your papers.  Just add ink to the well of an ink pad, dip the end of the Blending Pen into the ink, then shade the images just like you are using a marker. 
7. Cut out the stamped images and attach to the left of the sentiment using Thin 3D Foam Tape. Adhere a large Black Dot to the center of the “Four Petal Flower”.
8. If desired, add a sentiment to the inside of the card.

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Live, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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Adventure Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Adventure Ribbon Pack

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Happy to Be Friends Acrylic Stamp Set

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Blending Pen

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Black & White Dots

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive

 

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the Live Beautifully collection, which is designed to celebrate the beauty of life. Close to my Heart 2017MayCC.jpghas designed many breathtaking products for National Scrapbooking Month using the Live Beautifully collection that you are sure to love.   If you have come here from Brenda Lapp’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.

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 May, you will be able to see many  projects using the Live Beautifully collection. This week, I used the beautiful Rose patterned paper to create a vintage looking border on my layout.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock, 11½” x 11¼” Whisper Cardstock,  12″ x 6″ B&T Paper (I used the Rose),  6½” x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Script), 3″ x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Pale Pink Ombre),  ½” x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Pink Deco), 7½” x 5½” B&T Paper (I used the Black & White Dots)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The Rose B&T paper border was cut with scissors around various flowers and leaves just like you would do if you were going to create a Découpage.
  • The journalling is on the tag insert. I created a taLiveBeautifullyHeritageLayout_Tagg from various scraps, then looped some White Twine through a hole.
  • The title was created on the Cricut® using the Harrington text.
    QUICK TIP FOR PERFECT TITLE PLACEMENT:  Create the text in Design Space® and arrange them on the canvas exactly how you plan to space them on your page.  Use the attach feature to ‘ATTACH’ the word to the canvas. This will cut them in the exact spot you placed them.  After the letters are cut out, keep the background to use as a mask for letter placement and your title will look perfect. LiveBeautifullyHeritageLayout_Title

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

Now “Hop” on over to Priscilla Gotham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Live Beautifully products are available until May 31st while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see how you can get these breathtaking products!

Learn more about each Live Beautifully product available. 

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White Twine

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Live Beautifully Mother’s Day Card

Close to My Heart has outdone themselves for National Scrapbooking Month. The Live Beautifully collection has an awe-inspiring paper pack and acrylic stamp set that I used to create some beautiful Mother’s Day cards.  This week, I joined the Live Beautifully Color Dare challenge with this gorgeous basket weave card. During the month of May, Color My Heart Dare has challenged paper crafters to use this breathtaking Live Beautifully collection.  If you wish to create this card, I have  included a list of the products I used to at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 8½” x 5½” Sea Glass Cardstock, 3¼” x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Black Rose), 1¼” x 5¼” B&T Paper (I used Gold Rose), ½” x 5¼” B&T Paper (I used Gold Zip-Strip), 1¼” x 4” B&T Paper (I used Pink Ombre), 3″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fold the 8½” x 5½” Sea Glass Cardstock at 4¼” to create the card base.
2. Place a template over the folded edge with slash marks facing down, secure it in place, then cut on all lines.   NOTE: I recreated the template in Cricut® Design Space so that I could use it again in the future.
3. Cut the bottom triangle off and set it aside. DO NOT THROW THIS AWAY.
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4. Open the card and lay it flat with the outside of the card facing up. Working on the outside of the card, fold every other triangle down, and tuck it under the one below.
5. Adhere the triangle cut from the bottom of the card to the top and tuck the end under.
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6. Adhere the 3¼” x 5½” B&T paper to the front of the card.
7. Cut chevrons into the shorter ends of the 1¼” x 5¼” B&T paper and the ½” x 5¼” B&T paper, then adhere to the card as shown.
8. Cut a chevron into the shorter end of the 1¼” x 4” B&T paper. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment, then adhere the paper strip to the card.
9.  Using Pixie Ink, stamp the “Rose” image onto the White Daisy cardstock.  To create the shaded look, I used the Bubblegum and Sorbet Watercolor pencils on the stamped image.
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10. Using Sea Glass Ink, stamp the “Leaves” image onto the White Daisy cardstock. I shaded the leaves using the Ocean Watercolor pencil.
11.  Adhere the “Leaves” and “Rose” images to the card using a Glue Pen and Thin 3D Foam Tape.
12.  Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.

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Live Beautifully Paper Pack

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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2″ x 3½ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

product imageThin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Live, Laugh, Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring May’s Stamp of the
Month, Live, Laugh, Love, which is designed with spring in mind. This set is full of2017MaySOTM whimsical flowers and words that can be used for multiple paper crafting projects.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’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.

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 May, I will be featuring  projects using the Live, Laugh, Love stamp set. This week, the floral “LOVE” sentiment  inspired me to create a softly shaded wedding card.  AS always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals),  (2) 1″ x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), (2) 2″ x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock, 5½”x 5¼” Acetate (I used a cover from a discarded Cricut® mat)

Assembly Instructions:
1.  With the 5¼” side at the top, score the Acetate at 4¼”.
2.  Using a strong adhesive, adhere the (2) 1″ x 4¼” B&T paper strips horizontally along the top, to the left of the score line, onto the front and back of the acetate.
3. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp “Together” horizontally onto one of the 2″ x 4¼” B&T paper strips.
4. Using a strong adhesive, adhere the (2) 2″ x 4¼” B&T paper strips horizontally along the bottom, to the left of the score line, onto the front and back of the acetate making sure that the stamped sentiment is on the front of the card. Set aside to dry completely.
5. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp “LOVE” onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock approximately 1½” from the top.  Shade in the flowers using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Waterbrush. I used Crystal Blue, Citrus Leaf, Sorbet, and Sunny Yellow. NOTE: I find that it works best to use the pencils more like a palette.
6.  You should have a 1″ strip of Acetate on the right side of the card. Using a strong adhesive, adhere the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock to the Acetate to create the inside of the card, then adhere the, 5½” x 4¼” B&T paper to create the back of the card. Once dry, close the card using a Bone Folder to burnish the fold.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Striped Flower” and two “Leaf” images onto the 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock. Shade in the images using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Waterbrush. I used Citrus Leaf, Sorbet, Honey, and Sunny Yellow. Cut out the images and adhere to the card using Thin 3D Foam tape.
8.  If desired, use a Corner Rounder on each of the corners of the card.  Add three small White Dots onto the card as shown.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from approximately twenty Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Priscilla Gotham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Live, Laugh, Love stamp of the month is only available until May 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Small Round Waterbrush

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Black & White Dots

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 6½” My Acrylic Block

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Corner Rounder

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

product imageThin 3D Foam Tape

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