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.  

You can save up to 40% off on our Fundamentals products during the month of November.  Contact your consultant or visit the Promotions tab on my website
to learn how you can save on these amazing products.
I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Shop Cricut.com for 30% off Materials – excludes new, bulk, and bundle items.

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Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet

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Basics Fundamentals Paper Packet
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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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Cricut Artbooking Collection

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White and Bronze Twine
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Cricut Explore Air 2
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Cricut Flower Market Collection

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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3D Foam Tape

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

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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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Thoughtful Bird Stamp Set

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Beary Christmas Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Cranberry Cardstock

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12 x 12 Black Cardstock

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Gold Foil Paper

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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4 x 5 My Acrylix Block

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Cricut Artbooking Collection

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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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
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Cricut Explore Air 2

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

Christmas Tunes Treats

Who doesn’t love getting sweet treats as a Christmas gift?  These little gift boxes are so simple  and inexpensive to make, that you will want to fill them with sweet treats for your family and friends this Christmas.  The metal tins were purchased in a 3-pack at the local dollar store, decorated with our B&T Christmas papers, then I added the tags I created with the Christmas Tunes stamp set.  Simple…easy…done!

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I know you will want to make some of these fun sweet treat tins so I have included  a Cricut® Design Space file and instructions to create these adorable tags. As always, the products I used for these tags are listed at the very bottom of this post.

Paper Needed: 12″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 4″ Black Cardstock, 6″ x 4″ Almond Cardstock, 6″ x 4″ Linen Cardstock, 2¾” x 3¼” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 2¾” x 2″ B&T Paper (Silver & Gold)

Assembly Instructions For Wreath Tag:
1. Cut out the tags, circle, and sentiments using this Cricut® Design Space File.  (You will need to own Artbooking and Fling Std Font to cut out the images.)
2. Using the Christmas Borders “Snowflakes” background, stamp the images onto the Almond tag using VersaMark Ink, then sprinkle with Clear Embossing Power and use a Craft Heater to emboss.
3. Adhere the Almond tag onto the center of the White Daisy Tag.
4. Adhere the 2¾” x 3¼” Beary Christmas B&T Paper horizontally onto the tag, 1″ from the top of the tag, then place four Red Beary Christmas Dots onto the each of the corners.
5. Adhere the Sentiment onto the bottom right corner of the tag.
6. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Wreath” image onto the White Daisy circle, then adhere to the tag using 3D Foam Tape.
7. Using Cranberry Ink, stamp the “Banner” image onto a scrap of White Daisy cardstock, cut out the image, then adhere to the “Wreath” using 3D Foam Tape.
8. Create a decorative knot with a 6″ piece of White Burlap Ribbon then adhere to the top of the tag.
9. Loop a piece of White Twine through the holes and attach to the treat box then add a To/From sentiment onto the back of the tag.

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The Snow Globe tag was created in the same manner with a few alterations.  I stamped the image using Black Memento Ink, shaded the image with ShinHan markers, and added glitter to the Snow Globe with a Clear Shimmer Brush. Since the base of this tag is black, I use our Chalk Marker to write my To/From sentiment.

Remember, the Christmas Tunes stamp set is only available until October 31st. Visit the Promotions tab on my website to learn how you can purchase this set for only $5.00.  Please post projects you have created using this festive stamp set on my facebook page.  I always LOVE seeing other people’s projects. I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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Christmas Tunes Stamp Set

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Christmas Borders Stamp Set

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Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Beary Christmas Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Black Cardstock

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12 x 12 Linen Cardstock

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Silver & Gold Paper Packet

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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12 x 12 White Daisy Carstock

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Craft Heater

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker

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2″ × 3 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block

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3″ × 3″ My Acrylix® Block

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2″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker

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Beary Christmas Dots

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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White Twine

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Chalk Marker

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3D Foam Tape

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Tweezers

 

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Cricut Air 2 Machine

 

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

September Kit of the Month

Each month, I offer a scrapbook kit featuring some of our designer papers for my long-distance crafters who cannot attend my workshops . Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My September Kit of the Month will give you a head start on your fall scrapbook pages.  It is titled “October Fun” and features our NEW Cats & Bats papers.

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This kit is easy to assemble when you follow the full-color assembly guide and includes cardstock, papers, Cricut® cuts, White Twine and White Enamel Gems.  All you need is adhesive and scissors.  You are welcome to order the kit for $12.00* or for only $10.00* by subscribing the the Kit of the Month Club.  Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab on above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

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

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Hello Foxy Gift Bag

Can you believe that June is already over? Today is the LAST DAY for you to purchase the Hello Foxy stamp set AND the last day to take advantage of the We’ve Got You Covered Album Special and our 25% off Cardstock Sale.  Visit my website to take advantage of these amazing deals before time runs out.

For my final Hello Foxy project, I have created a charming gift bag and tag that you can make using the Hello Foxy stamp set with our Close to My Heart products.  At the very bottom of this post you will find the list of products I used to create this project.

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Paper Needed: 6″ x 6″ B&T Paper (I used Prickly Pear), 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock,
2″ x ½” B&T Paper (I used a Prickly Pear Zip-Strip)

Assembly Instructions: 
1. Score the B&T paper at 1″.  (This is going to be your bottom flap, so make sure it is scored at the bottom of the paper so that your pattern isn’t all wonky.)
2. Rotate  the B&T paper so the the base of the bag is at the top, and score up to the previous score line at 1¾”, 2¾”, and 4½”, then score at 5½” the full length of the paper.
3. Fold and burnish the two full-length score lines using a Bone Folder.
4. Along the 1″ score line, cut each of the score lines up to the 1″ score line, then cut off the smallest tab at the end.
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5. Apply a strong adhesive, such as Bonding Memories Glue, to the full length tab on the right then adhere to the other side, creating a tube.
6. Fold the bottom tabs in, making sure the open end will face towards the seam, then apply a strong adhesive to the tabs to create the bottom of the bag.
7. Pinch the top of the bag closed, then use a hole punch to create two holes to string the Emerald Ribbon through. (You can also used a small binder clip to close it.)
8. Cut the tag using the Artbooking Cartridge in Cricut Design Space  at 2″ x 3″ on White Daisy Cardstock.
9.  Create a mask for the center of the tag, then, using Sea Glass Ink, sponge the top and bottom of the tag.
10.  Using Black Ink, stamp the “Fox”, “Flower” and sentiment onto the white portion of the tag, approximately ½” above the Sea Glass Ink.  Shade in the images using Watercolor Pencils. (I used Autumn Terracotta, Brown Bag, Holiday Red, Sunflower, and Ocean.)
11. Adhere the Poppy Zip-Strip across the bottom of the tag above the Sea Glass Ink.
12. Loop Poppy Twine through the hole of the tag then attach to the bag.

Remember, the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th!
Contact me 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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Bonding Memories Glue

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Relax with No Worries Layout

As you know, I enjoy each week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge. They inspire me to try something new with a color palette I would not have likely chosen.  This week, we were challenged to use only Cashmere, Glacier, Lagoon, Sapphire, Whisper and White Daisy inks with the No Worries paper pack, so I chose to make a scrapbook layout for some fun summer vacation photos.

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This layout is one that we will be making in my upcoming No Worries Creative Club Workshop where you will learn how to use our inks to enhance your scrapbook pages. On this layout, I used our White Daisy Exclusive Ink Pad to add foam caps to the waves.  It really added dimension to the layout.  You can find a list of the remaining supplies I used to create this scrapbook page at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to ask questions about the layout, my upcoming workshop, and the products used on this layout. 

If you are one of my long-distance followers, you can purchase the Workshop Guide which includes a link to the Cricut Design Space file so that you can recreate this layout using our inks and sponging techniques.

 

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No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Happy Together Layout

Last week, I used the the Flock Together Stamp of the Month to create part of this layout that will feature my family playing in the river.  On this week’s project, I used the stamps to create parts of the title and add a fun embellishment to the page.  You can use this simple, rustic layout for any type of outdoor photos.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Colonial White Cardstock, 12″ x 6″  B&T Paper (I used Enchantment Fundamentals),  12″ x ¾″ B&T Paper (I used Rustic Home Fundamentals), (4) 3″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Chocolate)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The ‘Wood’ border was created by using a scallop border punch on a 12″ x ¾″ piece of Rustic Home Fundamentals B&T paper.
  • The ribbon around the border is a piece of jute ribbon from the Rustic Fundamentals Ribbon pack.  I cut the piece of ribbon in half to make it thinner, wrapped it around to the back the page, then created a knot.
  • The title was created by combining fonts from the Artbooking and Artiste Cricut cartridges, then cutting them out from the Enchantment Fundamentals B&T paper.
  • The hearts in the title were stamped using Fern ink and the Flock Together Stamp Set.
  • The tabs on to the upper right side of the page were cut from 2″ x 1″ pieces of Enchantment Fundamentals and Rustic Fundamentals B&T paper.  I rounded the corners using a corner rounder to create the look of a tabs which will be perfect to label the photo’s date or location.
  • The “Love This” embellishment was created using the Flock Together stamp set and Desert Sand Ink.  I used a 1″ circle punch to cut the image from Colonial White Cardstock. To make the saying stand out, I used a Clay ShinHan Marker to trace the letters.

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Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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ShinHan Twin Touch Clay Marker

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Memory Book Mini Glue Dots
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Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Thin 3D Foam Tape