School Year Latte Card

Do you remember the excitement of going to purchase school supplies? You roamed the aisles breathing in all the colors and textures. You were so excited to bring it all home, put it in your pack, and take it to school.  As I pull out my New Basics Ink Pads, I am as excited as I was picking out school supplies years ago.  I am breathing in all the delicious colors in the new palette – Espresso, Almond, Toffee and Nutmeg.  These are just a few of the new basics that Close to My Heart has blessed us with this year.

On this week’s School Year stamp of the month project, I choose to use Almond and Nutmeg to create a whimsical card from our Artistry Cricut® cartridge. This card was fun to make and can be given to any teacher friend in your life. You can even add a small gift card as a thank you gift. As always, I have created a list of all the products used at the bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″x 6″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Kraft Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Almond Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. To create the card base in Cricut® Design Space, you will use the “Coffee Mug” (#M40FC2A) image from the Artistry cartridge.  Duplicate the image four times. (Each will measure 4.25″ x 5.5″).
2. Rotate two of the images until the inner edges meet, then weld the two images together and cut from White Daisy cardstock to create the card base.
3. Cut the remaining “Coffee Mug” images from White Daisy and Kraft cardstock. Adhere the Kraft “Coffee Mug” onto the front of the card.
4. Trim the White Daisy “Coffee Mug” so just the lid portion remains. Using Almond ink, stamp the “Heart” images across to the middle of the “Lid”,  then adhere to the card.
5. Cut the “Cup Sleeve” from Almond cardstock. If desired, use an embossing folder to create texture. (I used our retired Striped embossing folder.)
6. Before adhering the “Cup Sleeve” to the card, wrap with White Burlap Ribbon creating a small knot on the right side. Adhere the “Cup Sleeve” to the card.
7. Using Nutmeg ink, stamp the “Frame” image onto White Daisy cardstock, then stamp the sentiment onto the center of the frame using Black ink.  Cut out the frame image and adhere to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
8. Add a gift card or sentiment to the card and give it to someone who makes a difference in the lives of children.

The School Year stamp of the month is available until August 30th.
Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab my website to learn how you can
get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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White Card & Envelope Pack

Happy Heart Gift Card

I love that Close to My Heart has a line of masculine papers because I have used the Jack paper pack for many of my projects including this multi-layered thank-you card. Sadly, these papers and their accessories are only available until August 30th, so be sure to purchase them before they retire.

I created this card for the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenge which required the use of Ruby, Slate, Sapphire, Willow, White Daisy, Black with optional Silver. I will admit that the Willow color was a bit of a challenge for me on this card, but I was able to find some twine in my stash that had both Ruby and Willow allowing me to “tie” everything together and create a clean looking card.  As always, I have created a list of the products used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

HappyHeartsGiftCard_Both.jpg Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Card Base, (2) 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Plaid Slate), 2″ x 4¼” Sapphire Cardstock, 4″ x 2½” B&T Paper (Plaid Ruby), (3) ¾” x ¾” Sapphire Cardstock, 2¾” Sapphire Cardstock Circle, 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle, 2½” x 2½” Slate Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere a piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock to the card base.
2. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ B&T paper to the center of the Sapphire cardstock.
3. Using an Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 2″ x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock, then adhere to the front of the card horizontally approximately 1″ from the bottom. HappyHeartGiftCard
4. With the long side at the top, score the other piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock at 2¾”. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise then adhere to the center of the card.
5. Adhere the three ¾” squares to the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock as shown.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the White Daisy circle, then adhere the White Daisy circle to the center of the Sapphire circle.
7. Adhere the circles to the left side of the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper allowing the sides of the circles to hang over the edge slightly. Trim the circles so they are flush with the edge of the paper.
8. Adhere the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper to the center of the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock. Add the Twine Bow and Silver Gems to the sentiment.
9. Using a 1″ circle punch, create a notch in the top of the 2½” x 2½” Slate cardstock. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Heart” image below the notch.  Wrap Twine twice around the cardstock and secure to the back.
10. Adhere to the inside of the folded Sapphire cardstock to create a gift card holder.
11. If desired, stamp a sentiment inside the card.

Don’t forget! The Jack papers and accessories are available for a
few more weeks while supplies last.  Make sure to visit my website to
order your products before August 30th. 

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Jack Paper Packet

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12″ x 12″ Sapphire Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Slate Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylix Block

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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Tombow Permanant Adhesive

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Micro Dots Glue Dots

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Bone Folder

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Storybook Scrap Card

If you are like me, you have a pile of paper scraps that are never quite large enough to use on a project, but you save them just in case you need them.  Since I have made it a goal to start using up my supplies, I took out all off my Prickly Pear paper scraps and created some Thank You cards using our Storybook Alphabet stamp of the month.  These layered and crisscrossed cards are perfect for using up paper scraps and zip-strips.

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Paper Needed: 11″ x 8½” Sapphire Cardstock,  ¾” B&T Paper Strips (Prickly Pear), 1¼ x 5½” B&T Paper (Prickly Pear), 1″ x 5½” White Daisy Cardstock

Tips for Creating this Card: 
•  Choose four patterns for each card, then arrange the pattern how you would like it to appear on the card.  I chose either warm or cool color palettes.
•  Start from the bottom left corner and work your way up and across to create the desired pattern  I used our Bonding Memories Glue to prevent the smaller pieces from falling off, then trimmed all the ends once I had assembled the pattern.
•  The sentiment was stamped with Black Ink, then shaded with Watercolor Pencils.

Your imagination is your only limit. Create a variety of patterns and designs using this technique on your cards and scrapbook pages. I encourage you to use up some of your supplies this week, and post some of your creations on my Facebook page.  I can’t wait to see what you create.

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The Storybook Alphabet stamp set is available until July 31st.  
Visit my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00. 

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Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set

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Prickly Pear Paper Packet

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product imageSureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

product imageMicro-Tip Scissors

product imageBonding Memories Glue Pen

 

Hello Foxy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hello Foxy Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the June Hello Foxy stamp set, which is one of the most adorable sets I have seen this summer. 2017JuneSOTM This acrylic stamp set has three cute little foxes, fun little flowers, a wreath and all occasion sentiments.  It is a must-have for your collection.   If you have come here from Sheila Bennett’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 June, I will be creating weekly projects using the Hello Foxy stamp set. This week, I used inks to create a simple background for one of the cute little Fox images and made a quick card that can be used for any occasion by simply changing the sentiment.  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 6″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Crystal Blue Cardstock,  5¾” x 5¾” Whisper Cardstock, 5½” x 5½” White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock (for stamped image)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Score the 12″ x 6″ White Daisy cardstock at 6″ to create a card base.
2. To create the inked background, begin by creating a mask with a 3¾” circle cutout.  NOTE: I prefer to use sticky notes with the full-adhesive on the back for masks.  I taped four together, cut out the circle, then transferred them to the center of the 5½” x 5½” White Daisy cardstock.
3. Using a sponge, apply Sweet Leaf Ink to the bottom third of the circle, then, using Glacier ink, sponge color on the top two-thirds of the circle.  Remove the mask to reveal an inked circle background.
4. Using Fern Ink, stamp the “Flower” image onto the bottom center of the circle, then stamp two “Flower Garland” images on either side to create an extended garland. NOTE: If you do not want the flowers off the edge of the circle, you can leave the mask on while stamping. I did create a mask for the center flower before stamping the “Flower Garland”.
5. Using Watercolor Pencils, shade the Garland image. I used Citrus Leaf and Sorbet.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment above the Garland image.
7. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Sitting Fox” image onto the 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock.
8.  Using Watercolor Pencils, shade the “Sitting Fox” image.  I used Brown Bag and Autumn Terracotta.
9. Cut out the “Sitting Fox” image then adhere to the card above the sentiment.
10.  Adhere the 5½” x 5½” White Daisy cardstock to the center of the 5¾” x 5¾” Whisper cardstock, then adhere to the 6″ x 6″ Crystal Blue cardstock. Adhere the cardstock layers to the front of the card base.

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

Now “Hop” on over to Jen Rubio’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 Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th !  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

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Watercolor Pencils

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Black Exclusive Inks Ink Pad

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Round Sponge
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Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Ink Pad

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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