Tuesday Tutorial ~ Paper Pumpkin Treats

This past month, I have been posting Flower Tutorials using images from our Cricut® Flower Market Cartridge.  I had originally planned on this week’s tutorial being the Poinsettia, but honestly, I am just not ready for Christmas yet.  I have always wanted to make these cute little pumpkins for the Thanksgiving table, so, this week,  I created this little Paper Pumpkin Treat in Design Space® using images from our Flower Market Cartridge.  I created this tutorial so that you can make these cute little Paper Pumpkin Treats for your Thanksgiving guests.  At the very bottom of this post, you can find a list of the supplies used on this project.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Goldrush Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ Fern Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ Toffee Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

Design Space® and Assembly Instructions: 
1. Insert the Cherry Blossom Twig Wreath – #MD42136 into your Canvas.  DELETE the vine wreath image, then use CONTOUR to remove all but one of the leaves.
2. Turn the LEAF image so that it is upright (vertical) and RESIZE to 1.25″w x 3″h.
3. DUPLICATE the LEAF image five times (six leaves) and position the leaves into a “flower” shape.
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4.  Insert a CIRCLE shape and RESIZE to 1.25″.  Place the Circle into the center of the Leaves, then select WELD.


5. Insert a CIRCLE shape and RESIZE to 0.4″, then DUPLICATE the Circle five times (six circles).  Place each Circle onto the tip of each Leaf, then SELECT ALL and WELD.


6. To create the Stem, insert the Holly – #MFAE002 image into your Canvas, DELETE the Berries, then use CONTOUR to remove all the images except the “Fringe”.  The leaf was created from the Maple Leaf – #MD6F565 image, then RESIZED to 2″.
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NOTE: The Pumpkin itself is about 2″ tall. If you would like to make larger Pumpkins, you can resize all of the images before cutting.

7. To assemble the Paper Pumpkin, place glue onto a small circle at the tip of one of the Leaf shapes, then attach that circle to the circle on the Leaf shape next to it.  Continue around. (If you plan on putting candy in the center, add it before assembling the Pumpkin.)
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8. To create the Stem, use a Quilling Tool to roll up the “Fringe” image, then glue the end closed.  Attach the Leaf to the top of the Pumpkin, then adhere the Stem to the top of the Pumpkin using Liquid Glass. Use the Quilling Tool curl the tips of the Stem.
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I created the tag using the “I am Grateful For You Jar” recipe from our Holiday Expressions catalog, and attached it to the stem with some White and Bronze Twine.  I hope that you take the time to create some of these cute Paper Pumpkin Treats for your Thanksgiving guests.  Please feel free to post what you have created on my Facebook page.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Just for FUN Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just for FUN Blog Hop where we will be showcasing projects created with our fabulous Fundamentals products.  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you are on the right path! FUNBadgeWhen you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas you can using our Fundamentals products.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

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

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

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

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

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

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from nineteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their ideas using Close to My Heart Fundamentals products. Now “Hop” on over to Brandi Robinson’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

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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Tuesday Tutorial – Flower Market Flower

Chocolate Sunflower

Did you  know that you can manipulate some of the images on our Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge to create other flowers?  Throughout the month, I have been posting simple tutorials to create the three-dimensional flowers on our Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge. This week, I am going to show you how create a Chocolate Sunflower using images on cartridge.   As always, I have listed the supplies used on this project at the bottom of this post.

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  1. In Cricut® Design Space, insert the Chrysanthemum – #MFADEB0 image into your canvas. Delete all the images except for the largest flower.  Resize the flower to 6″.
  2. Insert a CIRCLE shape and size the image to 3″. SELECT ALL images and ALIGN CENTER.  (Sunflowers have very large centers.)
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  3. SELECT ALL and choose WELD, then DUPLICATE the image so that you have three flower layers.
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  4. Insert the Holly Wreath with Bow – #MD7AF54 image into your canvas, then DELETE the bow.  Resize the image to 3.5″wide.
  5. Duplicate the image and resize ¼” smaller to 3.25″ w. Duplicate three more times and resize the images to 3.0″w, 2.75″w, and 2.5″w. (You can choose to keep decreasing in size if you wish and skip step six.)
  6. Insert a CIRCLE shape and resize to 3″ for the center of the flower. This is what my Canvas looked like before I began cutting.
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    NOTE: The leaves were created from Leaf – #MD43189 and cut at 3″w.
  7. To assemble the flower, begin by shaping the petals using your finger, flower shaping tools, or a bone folder. If desired, ink the centers of the petals with Nutmeg Ink, then layer so that each one is slightly off-set from the next. Use 3D Foam Tape between each layer for added dimension.
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  8. Adhere the 3″ circle into the center of the flower.
  9. Fold each of the Holly Wreaths in half to create the “Seeds”, then adhere them inside the from the outside towards the center, decreasing in size.  Make sure each the the “Seeds” stay upright when gluing down the next layer.
  10. To create the leaves, cut a triangle shaped slit on the lower part of the leaf, then fold, overlapping the sides of the cut slightly, and glue into place.
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  11. If desired, paint the center of the flower using a Gold Shimmer Brush.

This Sunflower be created with any shade from our beautiful cardstock color palette or cut from Watercolor Paper to create an washed color effect with our Watercolor paints.  Create an entire bouquet of these Sunflowers for your table by attaching each one to a wire stem.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial ~ Flower Market Flower

Chrysanthemum

Our Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge has many three-dimensional flower images included along with all of the other amazing layered images.  Each week, I will be posting a simple tutorial of how to use those flower images to create the flowers show on the cartridge, PLUS how to make other flowers using the images included on the Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge. This week, I am going to show you how to create a Chrysanthemum  that you can use on your upcoming projects.   As always, I have listed the supplies used on this project at the bottom of this post.

Chrysanthemum

  1. In Cricut® Design Space, insert the Chrysanthemum – #MFADEB0 image into your canvas.
  2. Change the color of the flower images to the desired colors. You can do this by choosing the color by clicking the Ink Blot to open the Layers Attributes panel or by going to Color Sync and dragging them all to the same color.
  3. The leaves are created from the Leaf – #MD676A8 image.  I used the CONTOUR option to remove the inner cut-outs, sized the leaves proportionate to the largest flower, then duplicated.  This is what my canvas looked like before cutting my images.
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  4. Once you have cut out the images, you can begin using your Bone Folder to curl the petals.  I use my Bone Folder on the petals as if I were curling ribbon with scissors.  Be gentle to avoid tearing the cardstock.    Since Close to My Heart is two sided cardstock, I choose to alternate the lighter and darker sides of my flowers when curling.
  5. Layer each set of same-size flowers together and adhere in the center.
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  6. Using a 3D Foam Dot, adhere each set of “Flowers” together. This will give it the same bulk and dimension as a true Chrysanthemum.
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  7. Adhere a Gem or paper circle in the center of the flower.
  8. Create a crease in the center of each leaf by folding it in half, then attach to the back of the flower using a 3D Foam Dot.

This can be created with any shade from our beautiful cardstock color palette or cut from White Cardstock and use ink to create an ombre effect.  I often like to search for  images of the flower I am creating for color options. God has created so many beautiful flowers in a variety of colors.  Your imagination is your only limit. I can’t wait to see what you create using this Chrysanthemum.

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Tuesday Tutorial ~ Flower Market Flower

Gerbera Daisy

Our Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge has many three-dimensional flower images included along with all of the other amazing layered images.  Each week, I will be posting a simple tutorial of how to use those flower images to create the flowers show on the cartridge, PLUS how to make other flowers using the images included on the Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge. This week, I am going to show you how to create a Gerbera Daisy that you can use on your upcoming projects.   As always, I have listed the supplies used on this project at the bottom of this post.

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  1. In Cricut® Design Space, insert the Daisy #MFADCF2 image into your canvas.
  2. Change the color of the flower images to the desired colors. You can do this by choosing the color by clicking the Ink Blot to open the Layers Attributes panel or by going to Color Sync and dragging them all to the same color. I chose to make mine all the same color, but you could choose to have the center flowers be a different color than the outer flowers.
  3. The leaves were taken from the Rose #MFAD8CB image, sized proportionate to the largest flower, then duplicated.  This is what my canvas looked like before cutting my images.
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  4. Once you have cut out the images, you can begin using your Bone Folder to curl the petals.  I use my Bone Folder on the petals as if I were curling ribbon with scissors.  Be gentle to avoid tearing the cardstock.  I like to curl my larger flower petals pointing upwards and the smaller flower petals downwards allowing the center to have a little more dimension when I assemble the flower.  Since Close to My Heart is two sided cardstock, you could choose to alternate the lighter and darker sides of your flowers when curling.
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  5. Layer the larger flowers together, off-setting the petals slightly,  and adhere in the center.  Repeat with the smaller flowers by layering the small flowers together, off-setting the petals slightly,  and adhere in the center.  GerberaDaisyLayers
  6. Using a 3D Foam Dot, adhere the two “Flowers” together. For more dimension, use two 3D Foam Dots layered on top of each other like I did here.
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  7. Adhere the circle into the center of the flower, then use the Clear Shimmer Brush to add a glitter effect onto the center circle.
  8. Create a crease in the center of each leaf by folding it in half, then attach to the back of the flower using a 3D Foam Dot.

This can be created with any shade from our beautiful cardstock color palette or cut from White Cardstock and use ink to create an ombre effect.   You could enhance the flower by using watercolors, a sanding block, or a gem in the center.  Your imagination is your only limit. I can’t wait to see what you create using this Gerbera Daisy.

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Tuesday Tutorial ~ Flower Market Flower

Blooming Chrysanthemum

I love making paper flowers using our Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge.  There are quite a few three-dimensional flower images included along with all of the other amazing layered images.  Each week, I will be posting a simple tutorial of how to use those flower images to create the flowers show on the cartridge, PLUS how to make other flowers using the images included on the Flower Market Cricut® Cartridge. This week, I am going to show you how to use the Dandelion image to create a Blooming Chrysanthemum for your fall projects.   As always, I have listed the supplies used on this project at the bottom of this post.

BloomingChrysanthemum

  1. In Cricut® Design Space, insert the Dandelion #MFAD571 image into your canvas.
  2. You are not going to need all of those pieces, so you can DELETE the ones shown by highlighting the image in the Layers Panel and choosing Delete.
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  3. Change the color of the remaining flower images to the same color so that they all cut from one mat. You can do this by choosing the color by clicking the Ink Blot to open the Layers Attributes panel or by going to Color Sync and dragging them all to the same color.
  4. For the center of the flower, I used the center circle from the Daisy #MFADCF2 and sized it proportionate to the center of the smallest flower.
  5. The leaves were taken from the Rose #MFAD8CB image, sized proportionate to the largest flower, and duplicated.  This is what my canvas looked like before cutting my images.
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  6. Once you have cut out the images, you can begin using your quilling tool to curl the petals. Since Close to My Heart is two sided cardstock, I chose to alternate the lighter and darker sides of my flowers when curling.
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  7. Once each of the flowers are curled, layer the flowers from large to small inside of each other and adhere together.
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  8. Adhere the circle into the center of the flower, then use the Gold Shimmer Brush to add a glitter effect inside the flower.
  9. Create a crease in the center of each leaf by folding it in half, then attach to the back of the flower using a 3D Foam Dot.

This can be created with any shade from our beautiful cardstock color palette and set next to a completed Chrysanthemum for a full bouquet.  You could enhance the flower by adding ink to the petals, a gem in the center, or by sanding the leaves.  Your imagination is your only limit. I can’t wait to see what you create using this Blooming Chrysanthemum.

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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 Notepad Cover

There are many ways to thank a teacher, but the best way is to give them things they will use.  Notepads are a necessity to keep track of to-do lists, supplies runs, and doodles. This cute little notepad cover was effortless to make and our School Year stamp of the month created the perfect decoration on the cover.  You can change the patterns and colors to make as many of these back-to-school gifts as you would like.  As always, I have listed the products I used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 8½” x 6″ B&T Paper, 9½” x 6″ Cardstock, 3″ x 5″ B&T Paper, 2¾” x 4¾” Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Score the 9½” x 6″ cardstock at 4″, 4½”, 5″,  and 5½”  on the long side.
2. Fold the cardstock as shown below to create the pen holder for the inside of the notepad cover. SchoolYearNotepadHolder_InsideFolds
3. Stamp the “Frame” image onto the lower right side using Fern ink. If desired, stamp the teachers name inside the frame or write a sweet sentiment of gratitude.
4. Score the 8½” x 6″ B&T paper at 4″ and 4½” on the long side then fold to create an outer cover.
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5. Place adhesive onto the back of the outside cover in the rectangle areas shown. Do not place adhesive where the pen will be.
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6. Attach the cardstock (inside) to the paper (outside) cover making sure the pen holder section is raised.
7. Close the cover and burnish all of the folds with a Bone Folder.
8. Glue in the notepad and sticky pad, then decorate the outside however you wish.
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I created the sentiment on the front cover using the writing font from our Flower Market cartridge in Cricut® Design Space. If you like this clever cover sentiment, you can download the file HERE and change the font or pen color to match your design.  I do not charge for these files, but I do ask that, if you are able,  you consider supporting my business by making a purchase on my website.

Remember that the School Year stamp of the month is available through August 30th. Visit the “Promotions” tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00! 

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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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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