October Kit of the Month

Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit featuring some of our designer papers that are pre-cut and easy to assemble.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My October Kit of the Month will give you a head start on your thanksgiving scrapbook pages.  It is titled “Thankful” and features our NEW Falling for You papers.

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This kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer papers, Cricut® cuts, and burlap ribbon.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, add your photos, and you have a completed layout.  Do you have more than three Thankful photos? You can use some of our amazing Flip Flaps and increase the amount of photos and journaling you can include on your layout.

I truly love how this page came together with the intricate leaf border, the burlap ribbon embellishment, and the simple, yet bold title.  You are welcome to order the kit for $12.00*  by visiting my online store front.  Save by subscribing the the Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout and receive an additional layout guide and Holiday Expressions for FREE with your order.  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.

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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.

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 image12″ x 12″ Kraft Cardstock

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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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product imageHappy Heart Acrylic Stamp Set

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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

product imageBonding Memories Glue Pen

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Hello Foxy Baby Layout

The June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy,  has three cute little foxes and I found them to be perfect for creating a page for my son’s baby album.  I have been using our Whimsy Fundamentals papers for his album and this page will be a wonderful addition.  I designed this entire layout using  Cricut® Design Space, so, to make your lives easier, I am sharing the file with you!    Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a link to the file.  You will need to own the Close to My Heart Cartridges I used in order to cut out the file. As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12” x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier Diagonal Stripe), 1″ x 8″ B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe),  11¼” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark), 11½” x ½” Canary Cardstock, 11¼” x ¼” Sea Glass Glitter Paper, 11¼” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe), 6½” x 4½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark)

Techniques Used:

  • The background was created by spattering Light Blue Watercolor Paint onto the 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock.
  • This layout was created using Cricut® Design Space.  You can find the file here.  You must own the Artistry Cricut® Cartridge and Art Philosophy Cricut® Cartridge in order to be able to cut out the images.
  • The “Fox” image is from the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set. The image was stamped using Black Ink then shaded with Watercolor Pencils.

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!

product imageHello Foxy Acrylic Stamp Set

product image12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock Whimsy Fundamentals
product image12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Glitter Paper

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12″ x 12″ Canary Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Black Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Cricut® Artistry Collection

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Watercolor Pencils

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

Flock Together Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s Stamp of theSOTM+April+2017 Month, Flock Together, which is full of cute sayings, adorable birds, and a fun wavy border.  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.

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 April, I will be featuring  projects using the Flock Together stamp set. This week, the sweet “We are Blessed” sentiment  inspired me to create an adorable Baby Announcement card. At the very bottom of this post,  I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), 4¾” x 3½” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), 4½” x 3¼” White Daisy Cardstock

Techniques Used on this Card:

  • The ‘Mother Bird” was stamped using Peacock ink, then color was added using our Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen. AprilSOTM_BabyAnnouncementINSIDE
  • The ‘Baby Bird’ was stamped using Crystal Blue ink, then color was added using our Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen.
  • The inside of the card was created using the writing fonts from our Artistry and Flower Market Cricut cartridges. I used the writing feature in Design Space with Black and Blueberry pens. The ‘Heart” image was stamped using Peacock ink.

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

Now “Hop” on over to Marie Flayer’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Flock Together stamp of the month is only available until April 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

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Flock Together Acrylic Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Artistry Cricut Collection

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Flower Market Collection

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Whimsy Ribbon Pack

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Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie  Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Blending Pen

product imageWatercolor Pencils

product imageThin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Our family has a tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day every year with food, family, and friends.  I am sending you a little bit of Irish blessings today.  May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true, and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.

Today, I created a simple Irish blessings card.  You can make one of these using your own stamp set, or like I did, use the Cricut machine to write for you. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Flaxen Cardstock,  5¼” x 4″ B&T Hello Lovely Paper, 5″ x 3″ New England Ivy Cardstock, 4¾” x 2¾” Fern Cardstock, 4½”” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock

Techniques used while creating this project:

  • The border on the White Daisy cardstock was created by welding the Artbooking Wave Border onto a rectangle in Cricut Design Space.  You could create the same effect using a border punch.
  • The Irish saying was created by combining writing fonts from the Close to My Hear Cricut Artistry and Flower Market Cricut cartridges. I created the text in Design Space, changed it to a writing style, then attached it to the White Daisy cardstock to create the quote.

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Hello Lovely Paper Packet
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12″ x 12″ Fern Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ New England Ivy 

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12″ x 12″ Flaxen Cardstock

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Black Shimmer Ribbon
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

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Bonding Memories Glue


Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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3D Foam Tape

3L EZ Dots Adhesive
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4¼ x 5½White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack