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

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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product imageWhite Burlap Ribbon

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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

School Year SOTM Blog Hop

2017AugustSOTMWelcome to the School Year Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring the August School Year stamp set, which is perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, or gifts for teachers and friends.  If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’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 School 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 August, I will be creating weekly projects using the  School Year stamp set. This week, I have created a sweet back-to-school gift and I wanted to share with you how you can create a this box using Cricut® Design Space.  I love teaching people how to use their Cricut® machines, so I encourage you to dust off your machine and take the time to follow this quick tutorial. 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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Creating this Box Using Design Space:
1. Insert a Square shape using INSERT SHAPE. Unlock the size to change the SIZE of the box to 4¼” x 5½”. Set the POSITION to X=0″ and Y=0″. (This will help when positioning score lines.)
2. Insert a Score Line using INSERT SHAPE. Set the SIZE of the Score Line at 5½” and the POSITION at X=1″ and Y=0″.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and set the POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=0″.
4. Insert a third Score Line, and ROTATE 90°. Change the  SIZE at 4¼” and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″.
5. DUPLICATE the third Score Line a POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
6. Insert a Score Line, Rotate 90°, then change the Size to 1″ and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″. In the LAYERS PANEL click the Score Circle, then change the Score Line to a Cut Line.
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7. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set the POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
8. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=2.25″
9. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=3.25″
10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH.  This will attach all the Score Lines and Cut Lines to the Rectangle.
11. MAKE IT and you are ready to go.  I was able to make four boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock.  (NOTE: You will need a Cricut® Scoring Tool to create score lines.)

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 School 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 School Year Acrylic stamp set is available until August 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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product image12″ x 12″ Saffron Cardstock

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product imageCricut® Scoring Styus

product imageBlack Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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product imageBone Folder

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Kit of the Month Club

Each month, I offer a scrapbook kit for my long-distance crafters who cannot attend my workshops featuring some of our designer papers. Each kit is mailed directly to you once a month and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My August Kit of the Month is an adventurous layout using our Jack papers and embellishments. If this monthly club is something your are interest in joining, but you still have a few questions, below is a little FAQ for you.

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What does each kit include? Each kit includes everything your need to complete the layout shown.  I include pre-cut cardstock, designer Close to My Heart papers, embellishments, and any Cricut cuts or stamped images featured in the layout.  On my Kit of the Month page, I will include the list of items not included in the layout. For example, this month’s kit includes everything except the White photo mat.

What do I need to buy to complete the kit? In the description, I will include a list of products you will need to complete the kit.  Most of the time you will need basic supplies such as a paper trimmer, scissors, and adhesive.

Are there written or video instructions for each kit? I avoid the camera whenever possible, so the instructions are written for you. 🙂 Each set of Full-Color instructions include a photo of the layout, a layout guide with measurements for placement, and detailed instructions of how to assemble the layout.

What are the subscription options? I have three options available. Each one offers substantial savings and bonuses based on the subscription.

  • MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION$12.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING) 
  • SIX MONTH SUBSCRIPTION$11.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING)  You will also receive the Seasonal Expression Idea Book FREE.
  • TWELVE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION$10.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING) . As an additional bonus, you will receive a FREE additional Layout Guide using the monthly paper pack, and FOUR of the Seasonal Expression Idea Books FREE.

How do I sign-up? You can send me an email at misscarriectmh@gmail.com or complete the Subscription Form to sign-up.  Once I receive your email/form I will send you additional instructions and an invoice through Square.

What if I want to purchase past kits? All kits must be ordered by the 28th of the previous month.  Close to My Heart has a wonderful selection of products that are rotated often, and there is no guarantee that a product will be available to create past kits.  You are always welcome to send me an email to see if I have that kit available.

Is there anything else I need to know? At this time, kits are only available to those residing in the U.S. I do have guides available if you are interested in creating this kit. Most of your questions can be answered by reading the Subscription Terms, but please feel free to email me at anytime or comment below with your questions.

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Paper Bird Watercolor Card

It’s time for the weekly Color My Heart Dare project and this week was quite the challenge for me.  I rarely combine cool and warm colors, yet this week we were required to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with optional Gold. My solution was to create a “cool” look to the color palette by using our Watercolor paints and keeping the accents simple.  Using the Paper Bird stamp set allowed me to create accents with simple, uncomplicated details.  This stamp set is only available during the month of July for our Buy Two Get One FREE Stampagaza event.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Slate Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Script Uptown Fundamental), 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper

Techniques Used:
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The “Paper Bird” image was stamped onto the Uptown Fundamental Vellum using Black Memento Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
•  The “Paper Heart” was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto State Cardstock, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
•  The striped background was created with Watercolor Paints onto the 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper, then was cut 1″ from the bottom after it dried.
•  The edges of the Watercolor paper and Heart Image were distressed with the Edge Distresser.


Many of the products shown here are retiring this month.
If you are interested in purchasing them, please
visit my website before July 31st.

They are available while supplies last. 

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Paper Bird Arcylic Stamp Set

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Uptown Fundamentals 

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12″ x 12″ Slate 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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Ranger Gold Embossing Powder

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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Edge Distresser

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylic Block

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Bonding Memories Glue

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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All Purpose Mat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Craft Heater

Quick & Easy Tag Card

A while back, I bought the Tagged with Love acrylic stamp set and I have been itching  to use it for the Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I was so excited to see that this set was one of the exclusive stamp sets chosen to bring back for our July Stampaganza. This card is simple to make and can be altered to fit any occasion just by choosing one of the other sentiments on the Tagged with Love stamp set.  I also love the fact that this card is a great way to use up some of your leftover paper scraps like I did here with the Prickly Pear papers.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals), 5″ x 3¾” Black Cardstock, 4¾” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, (3) 4″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Prickly Pear), 3″ x 2″ Black Cardstock, 3″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using the Confetti Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 4¾” x 3½” White Daisy cardstock.
2. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the 5″ x 3¾” Black cardstock, then onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” B&T paper.
3. Cut a chevron into the shorter end of each of the 1″ B&T paper strips, then adhere onto the 4¾” x 3½” White Daisy cardstock.
4. Using the Art Philosophy cartridge, cut out the tag shapes from both the White Daisy and Black cardstock.
5. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Chevron Tag” onto the White Daisy tag.
6. Using Raspberry Ink, stamp the “Awesome” sentiment onto the center of the White Daisy tag.
7. Layer the White Daisy tag onto the Black cardstock tag, add a ribbon, then attach to the card with 3D Foam Tape.
8. If desired add a Silver Glitter Paper strip to the tag, and Embellish with Silver Sequins.

DON’T FORGET!
The Tagged with Love acrylic stamp is only available during our

July Buy Two Get One Free Stampaganza.  Get your’s before it’s gone!

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Tagged With Love Stamp Set

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Adventure Fundamentals Paper Packet

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sequins Silver Assortment

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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″ Silver Glitter Paper

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Confetti Embossing Folder

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

     

 

So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Welcome to the So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop!  This week, we will be featuring products  from the Annual Expressions Idea book that are retiring on July 31st.  Many of our stamps, paper packets, tools, inks, and embellishments will no longer be available for purchase, so make sure you fill your wishlist before these products disappear.  JulyOptBadge

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 have come here from Priscilla Gotham’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.

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.

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Since we have quite a few products retiring, I have decided to feature just a few of my favorites from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

  • Sea Glass Cardstock – Sea Glass was our Color of the Year and I fell in love with it. This is such a wonderful color that can be used for almost any occasion.  I have mixed it with warm and cool colors and each time it makes the perfect accent.
  • Sea Glass Glitter Paper– Who doesn’t love a little glitter? On this card I used a cut from our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge to make some “Sea Weed”.
  • Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad – Can you tell I just adore Sea Glass? I am excited that we have a NEW Color of the Year arriving and I can’t wait to use it.
  • Blending Pen – I must admit that I was a bit disappointed to see this tool go.  I use my Blending Pen more than I use my markers.  I love that I can use this pen with any of our ink colors to shade images and match my papers exactly.
  • Whimsy Fundamentals – If you search my blog, I used these papers quite a bit this year.  I enjoyed them so much that I used these papers throughout my sons baby album. Close to My Heart does not disappoint. I have seen the new ones and LOVE the patterns.
  • Swirly Sea Shells – This set is such an enjoyable stamp set to useSwirlySeashellsWhimsyCard_Detail for cards and on layouts with vacation, summer, and museum photos. Did you know that you can get this set FREE when you purchase two other stamp sets during our July Stampaganza?
  • Wood Slats Embossing Folder – This embossing folder leaves a nice wood grain impression on your cardstock.
  • Say it All Stamp Set – This set was in retirement and Close to My Heart brought it back for our Stampaganza event. If you missed out the first time, make sure to go to my website and purchase it before it’s gone for good.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

Now “Hop” on over to Sheila Bennett’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, many of the products in our Annual Expressions Idea book retire on July 31st!

Comment below or contact your CTMH Consultant for a full list of retiring products. 

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Swirly Sea Shells Stamp + Thin Cut

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Glitter Paper

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Blending Pen

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Wood Slats Embossing Folder

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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3D Foam Tape

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Sure Cut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Happy Hexagon Flower Card

I often get asked, “How do you come up with ideas for cards?” Honestly, I truly believe that I am not a creative person.  I love to look online at beautifully created home decor and find that it is a good day when I have the dog toys and dirty socks off the floor and all the dirty dishes somewhere near the sink.  So how do the cards I create come into being?

This week, I wanted to create a card using the Happy Hexagons acrylic stamp set for the Color My Heart Dare challenge. This is usually my starting point.  Most of the time I have chosen a stamp set that I bought and want to used to prove that the money I spent was worth it.  (I hate storing things on a shelf to collect dust.)

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Next step, choose the colors.  This time it was easy – Sorbet, Lemon, Juniper, White Daisy, and Black with optional Gold.  Each week, Color My Heart Dare posts a weekly challenge and I encourage you to join.  I LOVE the fact that Close to My Heart has color families and coordinating color pallets.  Just look through one of our Idea Books for inspiration in color combination.

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I like to use the 60-30-10 rule with my color palette.  The idea is that 60% of your color is your anchor color, 30% is your secondary color, and 10% is your accent color.  For this card, my anchor color is Lemon and the secondary colors are Sorbet and Juniper. The secondary color should support your main color. I chose two colors that are next to yellow, Analogous, on the color wheel. (I highly recommend getting yourself a color wheel). My accent color is Gold. The accent color is like the throw pillows in your bedroom – you don’t need a a bunch because a little goes a long way.

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Now, start putting it all together.  Let go of the perfectionism, quit comparing yourself to others, and just GO FOR IT!  I can’t wait to see what you create.

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Did you know that Close to My Heart brought back some exclusive stamp sets like Happy Hexagons during our July Buy Two Get One FREE Stampaganza event?
Imagine the savings! 

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Happy Hexagons Stamp Set

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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″ Gold Glitter Paper

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Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

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Juniper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lemon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sorbet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Round Sponge

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Gold Glitter Gems

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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3D Foam Tape

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Card & Envelope Value Pack

 

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

product imageSureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Storybook Alphabet Bookmarks

My goal this year has been to use up some of the “randomly acquired items” in my craft room.  I am very good at organizing my paper scraps and making sure all my embellishments are stored by color, shape, and size, but what I am NOT good at doing  is using them. This week’s project allowed me to use some of those “randomly acquired items” to create some effortless bookmarks with scripture and stamped phrases using the Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set.

During the month of July, I will be creating weekly projects using our July Stamp of the Month, Storybook Alphabet. Make sure to stop by each week for more ideas using this set.  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: 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (I used Kraft),  (5) 4″ x 1¾” B&T Paper (I used Prickly Pear)

Assembly Instructions:
To place the Bible verses onto each bookmark, I used the writing feature in Cricut® Design Space.  If you have never used the writing feature, you can view a tutorial HERE.

1. Cut five 6″ x 1¾” bookmarks from the Kraft cardstock. (NOTE: If you are using your Cricut®, create five 6″ x 1¾” rectangles then attach the text to each shape.)
2.  Using Black Ink, stamp the phrases onto each bookmark.

QUICK TIP: Our Acrylic Block have a groove line across the bottom of each block  to help you align your letter stamps.  The Storybook Alphabet set has a few letters, like the “R”, that would go off the edge of the block.  To solve this dilemma, I took a piece of Washi tape and placed it onto my block to create a line for my letters to sit upon. 

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3. Fold each of the 4″ x 1¾” B&T paper strips at 2″ (in half). Using a strong adhesive, attach the folded paper strips to the end to each bookmark, overlapped by about ½”.  I took advantage of our two-sided paper and folded up ends on one of the bookmarks to show off both patterns.
4. Using a hole punch, create a ¼” at the top of each bookmarks in the center. If desired, add an eyelet to each. (I have lots of these because at one time I had to have every shape, color and size available. )
5.  Thread twine through each hole (eyelet), and create a loop to attach.

Let your creativity flow and use up some of those “randomly acquired items” like Base and Bling charms, scraps of ribbon, or bits of string.

Signature

product imageStorybook Alphabet  Stamp Set

product image12″ x 12″ Kraft Cardstock

product imagePrickly Pear Paper Packet

product imageBlack Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

product imageWatercolor Pencils

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

product imageWhimsy Ribbon Pack

product imageRustic Home Ribbon Pack

product imageAdventure Ribbon Pack

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

 

product image2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

product imageSureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Base & Bling