Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop where we will be featuring our You Are Here Cricut Collection.  This cartridge is full of images representing life – daily activities, travel, parenthood, and family.  YouAreHereBadge If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the You Are Here Collection. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

As I finished up my Christmas card list, I realized that I did not create enough cards, so I decided to make this Coffee Lovers Christmas card for my coffee loving friends. I created this in Cricut® Design Space using the Coffee to Go image from our You Are Here cartridge and have included a short tutorial for you to show you how to create the card base. As always, the list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. After inserting the Coffee to Go – #M2845F0F image into your Canvas, RESIZE the image to 5.5″h.
2. UNGROUP the image so that you have two separate images in your Layers Panel, then DELETE the top layer. (I ROTATED the bottom layer 90′ to see it better.)
3. DUPLICATE your image, then FLIP HORIZONTAL.
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4. Move the images until the “lids” touch completely, then SELECT ALL and WELD.
CupWeld5. Insert a SCORE LINE and RESIZE to 4″h. SELECT ALL and ALIGN CENTER.
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6. To attach the Score Line to the image, SELECT ALL then choose ATTACH. (To check that it is attached, choose Make It and see if the score line is attached to the cup.)

I used the Contour and Slice options to create my additional layers, stamped a cute saying inside, and ended up with a pretty cute card.  You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the You Are Here Collection. and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’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 the What We Do tab on my website to learn how you can get this collection for half-price. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Little Bit of Pun Blog Hop

Welcome to the A Little Bit of Pun Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the December A Little Bit of Pun stamp set. DecSOTMBadge This stamp set has ten adorable “punny” little sayings with matching icons that would be perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, and gifts.  If you have come here from Vickie ODell’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of December, I will be creating weekly projects using the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created some adorable Christmas tags you can make for your gifts.

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I created these tags in Cricut® Design Space using images from the Artbooking cartridge. After cutting out the tags, I stamped the images in black ink, shaded each one with our Watercolor Pencils, then decorated the tags with bits of leftover cardstock. The background tags were cut out from papers in our Beary Christmas collection.

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

Now “Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’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 A Little Bit of Pun stamp set is available until December 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Just for FUN Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just for FUN Blog Hop where we will be showcasing projects created with our fabulous Fundamentals products.  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you are on the right path! FUNBadgeWhen 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 you can using our Fundamentals products.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

November is the time to stock-up on our Fundamentals products and save!  Our Fundamentals papers are designed to coordinate with our ink, cardstock, complements, and ribbons. No more running to the store to find the “perfect shade”.  Close to My Heart has done all the work for you so that you can enjoy crafting without worrying if the colors will match. (LOVE THIS!)
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As I decorate my home for Fall, I always enjoy finding new projects to create.  I saw this adorable fall banner online and had to recreate it using our Enchantment and Basic Fundamentals papers with my Cricut® machine.  If you wish to recreate this Blessed Banner for your home, I have included a list of supplies, Cricut® cuts, and a short tutorial below.

Cricut® Images Used:
Banner Page – #M4235A  (4.5″w x 6″h)
Square – #M423C5 (3.75″w x 3.25″w)
Square – #M423C5 (3.5″w x 3.0″w)
Maple Leaf – #MD6F565
Feather Leaf – #MD717F5
Oak Leaf – #MD6F5EF

Inserting text can be tricky in Design Space®, so I have included a quick tutorial to help you add text to your Blessed Banner. 

Inserting and Ungrouping Text in Cricut® Design Space
1. After inserting all of your images into your Canvas, you will choose TEXT in the Design Panel, then type BLESSED in the text box.
2. When you insert text, the Text Edit Bar will drop down to allow you to choose the font you wish to use.  ALL shows all fonts available. SYSTEM shows fonts that on on your computer.  CRICUT shows fonts that are just Cricut® fonts.
3. Use your FILTER to narrow the choices down even more. MY FONTS are ones you own. MULTI-LAYER are layered while SINGLE-LAYER are not. WRITING fonts are for writing. You can choose more then one of these filter options.

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4. Once you have chosen an FONT, you can change the STYLE if you wish.
5. With your TEXT selected, choose ADVANCED then choose UNGROUP TO LETTERS. You will notice that in your Layers Panel, each letter is now it’s own layer. This will allow you to move each letter individually to the banner pieces.
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6. Move each letter and resize as needed.  You can UNLOCK to resize the width and height separately, or keep it locked to make sure that the letter sizes proportionately.
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7. You can still change the font, color, and style after you have UNGROUPED the text.  You will have to change each one individually if you change your mind, or UNDO to REGROUP the text and choose the font again.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from nineteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their ideas using Close to My Heart Fundamentals products. Now “Hop” on over to Brandi Robinson’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.  

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I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Hop where we will be showcasing some amazing cards you can make using Close to My Heart products. ChristmasCardsBadge If you have come here from Jean McNulty’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 you can use to create your Christmas cards this year. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

November is the time to start preparing for the holidays, writing lists, and sending out Christmas cards.   My husband and I send out quite a few cards each year to family, friends, and ministry partners, so I like to keep my designs as simple as possible.

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A few months ago, I created a project using this adorable Thoughtful Bird stamp set and promised to show you more ideas, so I have created this elegant Cardinal Christmas card that you can recreate using the stamp set and Cricut® Design Space.

Paper Needed: 12″ x 6″ Cranberry Cardstock, 5¾” x 5¾” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 2½” x 5¾” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 5″ x 5″ Black Cardstock, 3½” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, 3″ x 4″ Gold Foil Paper

The Thoughtful Bird stamp set set is one of our “multi-layered” stamp sets which allows you to layer three different stamps together to create this beautiful cardinal.  When I first purchased the stamp set, it seemed a bit overwhelming, but after using it a few times I fell in love with the possibilities. I am going to share with you a few tips for using this stamp set.

Tips & Techniques:

  • When you first receive your stamp, find a part of the image that you can use as a reference when you stamp the next layer.  On the bird, I used the eye, wing, and tail as my reference points.
  • Use a larger block than necessary, a stamp positioner, or stamp platform.  These will help you to line up the images when stamping.
  • When choosing the colors, search for images of the bird online.  The photos will help you determine which colors will look “realistic” when creating the bird.  This stamp set requires the ink tones to go from light to dark, so look at the undertone shades of the bird to see what might look best.
  • Use second-generation stamping, multi-stamping, and rock-and-roll stamping techniques to change the shade of your inks.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you mess up the first, second, or third time.  I stamped this Cardinal three times before I decided on the ink colors I wanted to use. Here is how my image came to life:

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I initially stamped the first layer with Cranberry ink, but the shade of red was too close to the Ruby I used in the next layer.  I searched a Cardinal image and found one with a lighter undertone, so I choose to use Smoothie.  Do you see that “eye” hole? This is one of my reference points I used when adding the next layer.

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The second layer was stamped using Ruby ink.  I used the “eye” hole, wing tip, and tail as my reference points when stamping the second layer. This layer was stamped twice for a more intense shade of red.

 

 

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The final layer was the hardest for me to choose.  This layer adds the small details onto the bird image and it is the darkest color.  I initially considered black, but it seemed a little too intense.  Instead, I found that our Nutmeg Ink has a red undertone and blended nicely with the other red tones.

 
I stamped the beak, legs, and Holly branch once the bird was complete.  I love how it turned out! You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their Christmas card ideas using Close to My Heart products.

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Now “Hop” on over to Brandi Robinson’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!  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Through the Year SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Through the Year  Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the November Through the Year stamp set. NovSOTMBadge This stamp set is perfect for planner addicts and paper crafters.   If you have come here from Tracie Cassidy’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Through the Year 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 November, I will be creating weekly projects using the Through the Year stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created a Christmas Gift Card Holder that I  designed in Cricut® Design Space.

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If you have visited my blog in the past, you have noticed that I often take projects like this and design them to cut out on my Cricut®.  This allows me to re-use the project at a later date without needing to figure out the measurements, cuts, and score lines again.  Below, you will find a short tutorial of how I went about creating this Christmas Gift Card Holder in Design Space®.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 10″ x 5″ New England Ivy Cardstock, 2½” x 4″ B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 2″ x 4″ B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), (2) ¾” x 4″ B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), (2) ¼” x 4″ Silver Foil Paper

Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE shape into your Canvas and resize the shape to 9″ x 4″.
2. I wanted a fancier edge so I WELDED a decorative square onto the end of my rectangle.  This is what my Canvas looked like before Welding.
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3. Once Welded, I resized the image to 9.625″ x 4″.  (The original size of the project was 4″ x 9 5⁄8″ so I converted it to decimals.)
4. Inserting Score Lines and Cut Lines can be tricky so it’s best to first place your image onto the 1″ x-axis and 1″ y-axis.  This will help you to place score lines perfectly.
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5. Insert four Score Lines and resize each one to 4″.  If you were doing this by hand, you would score at 1¾”, 4½” , 5¾”, 7″.  Since we have placed the image on the 1″ x-axis, we need to move our Score Lines to 2¾”, 5½” , 6¾”, 8″. You can do this by typing the numbers into the x-axis position box. The y-axis position box will be 1″ for each one.
GiftCard_ScoreLine6. Insert a Circle shape, unlock, and resize to 1″ x 1.75″. Center the Oval over the 6¾” Score Line, using Align Vertical as needed. If you wanted you could SLICE the Oval from the image and DELETE the unwanted images, but this is not needed since it will cut it out either way.
GiftCard_Oval7. Insert another Score Line and resize to 3.5″. Change the Score Line to a Cut Line in the Layers Panel.  Place the Cut Line at 1.25″ x-axis and 6.75 y-axis. (Centered over the Oval.)
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8. SELECT ALL and ATTACH so that all the Score Lines and Cut Line attach to the image.

The gift card holder was decorated using the Beary Christmas paper pack, Silver Foil Paper, and, of course, our Through the Year Stamp of the Month. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Through the Year stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 Through the Year Acrylic stamp set is available until November 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Christmas Tunes SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the October Christmas Tunes stamp set. OctSOTMBadge 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.

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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

Assembly Instructions:
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.

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Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

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 this2017HEBadge.jpg 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.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor Paper, 1″ x 6″ Vellum Paper

Techniques Used:
• Since Fall is so full of color, I used our Watercolor paints to create a background on the 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor paper.  HolidayBlogHop_WatercolorBaseWhile 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.

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National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the From the Heart products.  These products include a beautiful card kit and stamp set that can be used to make some gorgeous creations.  StampingMonthBadge If you have come here from Vickie ODell’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the From the Heart products.

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 September, I will be creating some simple projects using the From the Heart stamp set so make sure to visit often for more inspiration. As I roamed the internet for ideas, I saw that this stamp set was used often with brightly colored flowers and I wondered what it would look like using simple brown tones.  I decided to step outside the box and use our basic colors which resulted in this fall layout that features our Basics Fundamentals papers and inks.  I truly enjoy how it turned out. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 12″ B&T Paper, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper, ¼” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, ½” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, 6″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), (3) 2″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), 6″ x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ Nutmeg Cardstock

Techniques Used:
• I used all of the brown tones of the Basic Fundamentals paper pack.  You could change this by using all of the grey tones with a Black & White photo.
• After placing down the top and bottom paper and cardstock strips, I used a pencil to draw out the space where my photos and papers would be placed. This helped me to stamp the images on the corners without having to create a mask.  Some of my images where stamped partially inside the drawn rectangle to allow my papers to overlap the stamped images.
• The images were stamped using the From the Heart stamp set with Almond, Toffee, Espresso, and Nutmeg inks.  To create more depth, some of my images are stamped using second generation stamping allowing me to using the inks twice for the same image.


• The small heart was created using Nutmeg cardstock and our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts.  I took apart the White Burlap Ribbon and created two pieces of twine to tie across the heart.
• I always adding a little shine to my layouts, so I placed a strip of Rose Gold Foil tape across the base of the inner rectangle.  After looking at it longer, I might add some Rose Gold gems later.

Now “Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE!

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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Basic Hearts Thin Cuts

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Rose Gold Foil Tape

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Micro Glue Dots

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Ruler

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VersaMat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

Feel So Blessed SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the September Feel So Blessed stamp set. I have enjoyed using the sentiments of 2017SeptSOTM.jpggratitude on this stamp set for both cards and scrapbook pages and I know you will, too.   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 Feel So Blessed 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 September, I will be creating weekly projects using the Feel So Blessed  stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created an autumn themed layout with our New Fundamentals papers to express what I am truly grateful for. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.
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Paper Needed: (2) 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (Toffee), (15) 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper (Enchantment Fundamentals), 6″ x 8″ Cardstock (Nutmeg), 6″ x 4″ Cardstock (Nutmeg), 6″ x 6″ Cardstock (Toffee), 4″ x 4″ Saffron Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Fern Cardstock, 3″ x 3″ Pomegranate Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Gold Glitter Paper

Techniques Used on the Layout:
The Enchantment Fundamentals squares were adhered to the pages about 1½” from the top of the page.  I did not put paper behind the photo mats (I like to save when I can).

The Leaves were cut from Saffron, Fern, and Pomegranate cardstock using the You Are Here Cricut® cartridge.  I added texture to the leaves using our new Leaves Embossing folder that can be found in our Holiday Expressions catalog.


The Title was cut from Gold Glitter paper using the You Are Here Cricut® cartridge. You can view the Cricut® Design Space file here, but you must own the cartridge in order to cut out the images.  You can purchase this amazing You Are Here Cricut® cartridge bundle from my website.
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 I used Nutmeg Ink to stamp the “For This”, “So Blessed” and number images onto Toffee cardstock.  I used our 3-D Foam Dots to attach the numbers to the journalling strips to create a list of the things I am grateful for.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-five other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Feel So Blessed 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 Feel So Blessed Acrylic stamp set is available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Gold Glitter Paper

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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You Are Here Cricut Bundle

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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12 x 12 Toffee Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pomegranate Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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3D Foam Dots

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Leaves Embossing Folder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

2017AnnualBadge.jpgWelcome to the New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Annual Inspirations idea book.  If you have come here from Lucy Marino’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.

There are so many amazing new products in our Annual Inspirations that it made it difficult to choose which ones to feature in this blog hop, so I chose just a few of my favorites and created this inspirational wall hanging for my home.

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  • New Basic Fundamentals – Each year, Close to My Heart creates a new set of beautiful fundamentals papers, and this year they also introduced a New Basics color palette with Basics Fundamentals papers that are absolutely breathtaking. The new basics color palette is one that you will defiantly want to purchase in the inks, cardstock, and papers.
  • Step-by-Step Stamp Sets – Our Thoughtful Bird acrylic stamp set is designed to allow you to layer three different stamps together to create this beautiful detailed bird.  Close to My Heart has created a few of these step-by-step stamp sets that I will be using in my future projects. Watch my blog for more project ideas.
  • Color of the Year – This year’s Bashful can be used in so many projects even when you don’t think “pink” is a color you will use. Bashful is a shade that I will surely be using in my fall and winter scrapbook pages (hint hint).
  • Two-Toned Cardstock – Did you know that all of our Cardstock is now dual toned? One side is the original shade and the back is a shade lighter.  This leads to so many more creative possibilities. I am so excited!!
  • Specialty Papers – The Specialty Papers are my absolute favorite – vellum, gold & silver papers, glitter cardstock, and watercolor paper. We have just about everything to make your projects shine.

As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this project at the very bottom of this post. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this inspirational wall hanging project or the products used to create it.

Now “Hop” on over to Kathy Burrows’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 the Products tab my website to view the New Annual Inspirations idea book.

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Thoughtful Bird Stamps + Thin Cuts

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Basics Fundamentals Paper Packet

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Basics Cardstock Combo Pack

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Vellum Paper

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Bashful Glitter Paper

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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3D Foam Dots

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Clear Sparkles

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3D Foam Tape

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Inspire Stamp Set

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Nutmeg Exclusives Inks Stamp Pad

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylix Block

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Bonding Memories Dual Action Glue Pen

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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer