Thanks & Giving Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the October Thanks & Giving stamp set.  41943299_10155931686297686_1883490201796345856_nThis stamp set is full of sentiments,  icons, and images designed for all your autumn paper crafting projects. If you have come here from Debi McBains’ 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 simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Thanks & Giving stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Fall is all about snuggling at home, preparing for cold weather, and taking time for family. The busyness of summer is ending and it’s time to remember, once again, how blessed we are. The Thanks & Giving stamp set reminds me of all those fall feelings – home, full hearts, gatherings, and togetherness. product imageThis week, to express my thankfulness, I decided to create a lovely Sunflower Thank You card using Texture Paste, Watercolors, and our Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month.

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I really enjoy how this card turned out – something outside of my “normal” designs. Recently, I have been experimenting with our Texture Paste products, and I have been surprised at how easy they are to use and I am blown-away by the results.

To create the Sunflower, I used an image from Flower Market and cut out the stencil from our Stencil Sheets.  When creating stencils in Design Space™,  you have to be able to think ahead at the negative space you are using for the image. It takes a little bit of practice, but the results are always worth it.  I applied the Texture Paste image directly to our Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, then, after it dried, I added color with Watercolor Paints.

I used the Thanks & Giving stamp set to stamp foliage along the base and to create the sentiment which was heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I added some New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon, which I separated, then assembled the card.  Do you like it? Do you want to give it a go?

Now ‘Hop” on over to Ronda La Duke’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Thanks & Giving stamp set is only available until October 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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An Exciting Color My Heart Dare Announcement

As many of you know, I enjoy participating in each week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge.  Today, I am excited to announce that I have decided to venture out of my comfort zone and join the Color My Heart Dare Design Team. As a Design Team Member, I get to provide inspiration for some of our Color Dare Challenges. My first challenge for you as a Design Team member is a Boutique Paper Pack Tic-Tac-Toe.

 

 

You would think that by now, I might be tired of playing with the Boutique paper pack, but, in all honesty, it has been one of my favorites to create with.  This week, I decided to design a card using primarily Peacock, Peach, and Glacier, with a few of the other colors from the board added in.

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This card allowed me to use up a few of my scraps, leftover PML cards, and the Boutique Scrapbooking stamp set (which I ♥love♥). Though it is simple, I really enjoy how this card turned out and I can’t wait to send it off to a few of my friends.

Here are a some techniques I used to create this card:
• The sentiment came from the Boutique Scrapbooking stamp set and was stamped using Intense Black Ink onto one of the PML cards that was trimmed down to 3¼” x 3″. Don’t you just ADORE this sentiment.
• The Peacock Scallop Trim was created using our new Decorative Borders Thin Cuts dies (another favorite♥ of mine).
• The small plastic heart is not a Boutique product, but one of the new Hello Pumpkin Shapes. Isn’t it just the cutest? AND it has adhesive backing making it so easy to apply to any project you make.
• That little flower was cut from Peach cardstock using our Flower Market collection. Our new Peach color really works well with Peacock – a great color combination for fall.
Mink Twine was used to create a faux “Leaf” and Silver Glitter Gems were added for a little bling (we all need a little bling).

 You don’t need a blog. You don’t need to use the CTMH colors (just something close). You get to share your love of paper crafting and could win some fun prizes.

Joining the Color My Heart Dare Challenge is so simple and I encourage you to join in this week.  If you don’t have a blog, you can simply add your photo onto the Color My Heart Dare Facebook page.  Please let me know if you decide to join this week, and I will send you a personal Thank You card just for joining. I can’t wait to see what you create for the Color My Heart Dare Challenge.

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Bloom Flower Decor

Quite a few of you have been waiting for me to post this project online after viewing it at the NA Convention. Honestly, it was one of my ♥favorite♥ projects to create.  I personally enjoy making home decor from paper and enjoy showing others how to do the same.

 

I will be teaching an online class on October 3rd, to show you how to make these three-dimensional flowers as well as showing you the materials I used to create this Bloom Home Decor project.

 

When you sign-up for this class, you will receive a kit in the mail from me with the supplies for creating one flower so that you can create along with me during this online class.  Once you have signed-up and paid for the class (invoiced through Square), I will send you a link to the private Facebook event. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS HERE

If you are a consultant wishing to take this class, there are options for you also. Simply click the link above, and learn how you can participate. HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive all of my online classes free. Join my team and I will will send you the link to the class along with a supply list. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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The Challenges of Documented

It’s depressing really, that such a beautiful paper pack has been set aside for the last four months crying to be turned into a card, or layout, or even a simple tag. Oh, dear Documented. How sorry I am that my summer got away from me and I haven’t taken the time to use the intriguing parchment full of doors, nor have I layered with your bricks. I have lacked the time to use up all of your glorious complements. Oh, dear Documented. Today is the day we finally play.

 

Documented was one you may have found intriguing and, maybe like me, you set it aside hoping for inspiration.  I made a goal to use up these papers before the season ended so  I decided to seek inspiration in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. By “forcing” myself to use up these papers, I was able to come up with a glorious layout full of texture and shine.

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This layout involved layering various paper patterns from the Documented pack onto that glorious brick background. I added some stitching, Flower Market Flowers, a few stickers, some Silver Glitter paper and ended up with what you see here.  I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out the way that it did, but all the patterns and colors of the Documented paper pack really play well together.

I will suggest that when using Documented that you keep your color palette simple or you will feel a bit overwhelmed.  Since the Color My Heart Dare required the use of only Peacock, Linen, Eggplant, and Silver, I was able to keep my color choices to a minimum and really make those paper patterns shine.

I hope you take a little time to play with Documented before it retires. You should also join in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. I always love seeing what you create!

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Here’s To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here’s To You Blog Hop where we will be featuring various products from the Here’s to You collection.  37748551_10155804471867686_1511386334193778688_nThe products in this collection are designed to help you celebrate the everyday moments in your life.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’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 the Here’s To You products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As a member of the “live in the middle of nowhere” club, I often do not get my packages in a timely fashion. Even though I had ordered my “Here’s To You” Workshop kit weeks ago for this blog hop, it has still not arrived. Since I choose to “celebrate joy in all things”, I decided to create a layout using components I had on hand that come in the workshop kit to create this layout.

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The Here’s to You Workshop kit comes with four Stamp sets, a variety of Cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, White Pearls, and the Rose Embossing Folder.  As I searched for ideas for this blog hop, I read one of the quotes hanging in my craft room – “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” So that is what I did.  I didn’t have the stamps, but I used what I had to create this layout. It is perfect for celebrating any joyous occasion in your life.

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

Once my Here’s to You kit arrives, I plan on replacing the 3″x 4″ photo with the “I wish you all the joy” stamped image from the kit. Many of the products I used on this layout will be retiring at the end of August, so make sure you snag them along with the Here’s to You workshop kit before they are gone.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Here’s to You collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’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 Here’s to You Workshop Kit and stamp sets are only available until August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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You Are My Sunshine Shadowbox

If you have ever spent time with me in my craft-room, you will learn quickly how much I enjoy using my Cricut® machine. I not only use it for scrapbook pages and cards, but I often use it to create some home decor items for family and friends.  You may recognize this week’s project from a Cricut® class that I taught last fall.  This You Are My Sunshine shadowbox was designed specifically for my daughter, at her request, after she saw the class sample I made.

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This home decor piece began with a simple 10-inch shadowbox I purchased from a craft store.  My daughter had already chosen the sentiment. I uploaded the quote into Design Space™, resized it, mirrored it, cut it from vinyl, and applied it directly to the inside of the glass.  She had requested that the flowers be made from Saffron, White, and Black cardstock so I chose to create the background using a beautiful leaf paper from our Fresh Air pack.  I love the contrast of the Juniper and Glacier against the Saffron flowers.  The Wreath image was cut from our Flower Market collection at 8.5″, inked, and added to the background paper using Foam Dots, then the completed flowers were applied to the wreath. (You can find a tutorial of the flowers here.)

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I was delighted with the way it turned out and elated to find out that my daughter immediately hung this onto her wall.  You can easily replicate this design using any sentiment or vinyl color of your choice.  You could even choose to use another type of flower from our Flower Market collection. There are so many to choose from. If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this Cricut® collection, you can view the entire shape index HERE on my website.  There are some beautiful floral images and wreaths that you could use on this project. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Life is a Beautiful Adventure Layout

Have you seen all of the Central Park paper creations that are appearing on social media lately? I will admit, when I first saw this paper packet, I wasn’t too keen on the color combinations.  The Poppy, Lemon, Pacifica, Bashful, Mink, Glacier, and Willow color palette made me feel like I was walking down the midway at the state fair. Yet, as I created this Life is a Beautiful Adventure Layout Kit, I began to fall in love with all of the possibilities.

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One of the color combinations I have enjoyed is the Poppy, Pacifica, Glacier and Mink combo (with a little bit of Lemon). I created this layout kit specifically for some photos I had.  You are welcome to purchase this layout kit or the guide in my online store, but before you do, I want to show you a few ways that you can alter this layout to fit your needs.

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Just because you purchased the guide or kit from me, does not mean you need to copy this layout exactly like I made it. Adding a little texture is a great way to make it “your own”.  When I added the photos, I chose to use a Sponge Dauber and apply White Daisy Ink to the clouds.  You could also use Glacier or Mink to create the same type of look or add even more texture with an Embossing Folder.
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TITLE CHANGE UP
I truly enjoy how this title turned out, and it’s perfect for the kits I create, but it didn’t quite fit the photos I chose. Mine had quite a bit of Poppy coloring to them, so I chose to use the Central Park Alphabet Stickers to match my photos.
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IF ALL ELSE FAILS, 
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Who doesn’t like a little more bling? When I completed the layout, I wanted a little more coloring to the Hot Air Balloon so I choose to add some of the negative pieces from the Cricut® cuts and a few Lemon colored Central Park Sequins. Not only did I change up the balloon, I just had to add that little heart from the Central Park Alphabet Stickers.

 

There are so many other ways that you can change up this layout to make it your own.  You could change the 4″ x 6″ photos to (2) 3″ x 4″ photos or replace the PML cards with photos. Here is what my layout looks like completed.  Can you spot any other differences?

 

If you would like to recreate this layout, you can purchase the Life is a Beautiful Adventure Kit or Guide in my online store.  Each Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, Design Space™ file, full-color photos, and assembly instructions. I will be posting a few more projects throughout the next few weeks using the Central Park products. After all, it’s really beginning to grow on me.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Craft Room Labels

Cricut Design Space™ has an amazing feature called “Print Then Cut” which it is wonderful to use when making labels.  As I move into my new crafty space, my OCD brain is finding the need to make sure everything has a label. I am also one who wanted all of this stuff moved and organized yesterday, so my labels need to be quick, easy, and of course, cute. Today, I am going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature in Design Space™ to create some labels.

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DESIGN SPACE INSTRUCTIONS: (Before you begin, Calibrate your Cricut® machine.)
1. Insert the label image you wish to use for your background. I chose Floral Label – #M4165FC from our Artistry Collection.
2. Design and Resize the Label as desired.
3. INSERT TEXT and type your description into the text box. Choose the FONT & RESIZE as needed onto the label.

 


4. If desired, insert any images you wish to use to decorate your label. I used a Dandelion Image from our Flower Market Collection. (The black lines around the image will disappear when turned into a print image.)
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5. SELECT ALL and choose FLATTEN. If you look at the layers panel, your images have turned into a Print Image.
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6. Choose MAKE IT. You will see a preview of the image with a rectangle outline added (cut sensor marking). Click CONTINUE.
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7. Choose CONTINUE and choose SEND TO PRINTER.  Choose your Printer then choose Print. (The image bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. It is recommended to leave this on for best cut results, but you can turn the bleed off. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process.)

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8. After printing, place the paper onto the upper left corner of your mat making sure there are no wrinkles in the paper, then send through your Cricut® machine.

It’s this just AWESOME! I love that I could quickly make all the labels I needed for my embellishments and save the file for later use. (Make sure to save one image that is not Flattened to edit later.) If you have not used the Print Then Cut feature, I hope that you give it a try today. While you are at it, Shop and Save at this week’s Cricut Sale! Machines, Materials, Tools & More.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.

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Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
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5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

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7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

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9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.

 

I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Crocus Flower

Our Flower Market Collection has some beautiful two dimensional and three-dimensional flowers, yet I could not find a Crocus to create for spring.  After playing with some of the images on the cartridge, I discovered a way to create one for this week’s tutorial. You can find a list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Cricut Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Lilac Flower (#MD38897) image into your canvas.
2. DUPLICATE two times, then resize two images to 3″h and one image to 2″h.
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3. Insert the Holly (#MFAE002) image into your canvas.
4. DELETE the Berries. Using CONTOUR, remove all images except the “Pine Needles”.
5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 2.5″w x .66″h.
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6. Change all images to desired colors and cut out the images.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a sponge and ink of choice, ink the edges of each of the “Petals”.
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2. Use a Bone Folder to curl the tips of each of the “Petals” up, then layer the “Flowers” from largest to smallest, rotating each slightly.  If desired used 3D Foam Tape between each layer to add dimension. (DO NOT block the hole in the flowers.)
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3. To create the “Stamen” use a Quilling Tool to roll the “Pine Needles” from largest to smallest into a tube shape and glue in place.
4. Use the Quilling Tool to curl each of the “Pine Needles” down.


5. Insert the completed “Stamen” into the center of the completed Crocus Flower and glue into place.
6. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to each of the petals.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial and that you take the time to create with your Cricut® this week.  If you enjoy the Flower Market Collection as much as I do, you can purchase it on my website, OR host an online Facebook party or in-home gathering to purchase the collection at 50% off the retail price*.  Contact me today and start earning free Close to My Heart Products and 50% off our Cricut Collections. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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