Bring Back My Pack Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bring Pack My Pack Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from the More Magical  collection.  MoreMagicalKit_misscarriescreationsDuring the month of August, we’ve brought back the popular Magical Paper Pack and coordinating products, which are suited for visits to amusement parks, parties, and other adventures. If you have come here from Lauren Moore’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.

I just adoremini albums. They are a delight to create, are huge time savers, and perfect for showcasing “themed” photos.  Years ago when Magical first arrived, I created a simple mini-album to showcase my “theme park” photos and, this year, when Magical returned, I was delightfully challenged to create another.  Instead of making one that could fit inside a book, I made this 4″ x 12″ album from the supplies found inside the More Magical Workshop Kit. Each page uses a variety of paper, stamped images, and a few extras.

Isn’t it just the cutest? I take great pleasure in how it turned out and I especially love the fact that it holds over 36, yes, thirty-six photos.

I plan on showcasing all of the pages in a short video on my various social media pages and in my private Facebook group I created for my VIP customers and team members this week.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the More Magical collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the More Magical products and stamp set are only available until September 30th! 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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Going.. Going.. Gone

It feels like our Annual Expressions and Seasonal Expression catalogs just recently arrived full of fresh, new, desired products. Yet, as the seasons change, so will our products and we will make way for the new Holiday Expressions.  I must admit, there are a few  products from these catalogs that I will miss.  Thank goodness you still have a few more weeks to go before they are gone for good.  Here were a few of my favorites this year.

WELL LOVED COLORS
Several of our colors will be retiring at the end of August.  These are all colors I have enjoyed using and plan on continuing to create with.  If you plan to do the same, make sure you snag the cardstock, ink pads, and re-inkers before they are gone.

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WELL LOVED PAPERS
Our paper is such an amazing product to create with. Each year, there are new patterns with a variety of possibilities.  For me, our Enchantment Fundamentals and Fresh Air paper packs were some of my favorites.

WELL LOVED STAMP SETS
Sadly, we have to see all of our current stamp sets go and, unfortunately, my most “loved” set, “We Are Makers” will be among them.  I have used this stamp set for so many projects and will be holding onto it for more in the future.


WELL LOVED KITCHEN TRADITIONS COOKBOOK 

If you haven’t taken the time to check it out, you need to make sure you take a look at the Kitchen Traditions Cookbook kits. I created one of these books for our son and new daughter that is full of family recipes with room for other’s they collect along the way.

WELL LOVED PUNNY PALS
The Punny Pals set was one of the most adorable stamps created to benefit Operation Smile.  When you purchase this stamp set, we will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

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You still have a few more weeks to get a hold of these well loved products and others that will be retiring August 31st. You can visit the GOING SOON section of my website to view all the products that will no longer be available in a few weeks or, better yet, check out the CLEARANCE section for even more well loved products that you can purchase at a discount. I can’t wait to see 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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You’ve Got Class School Album

How many of you have a stack of school photos with great intentions and hopes to scrapbook them? Well, my friends, here is an A+ project just for you. Close to My Heart has created a way for you to preserve your child’s K–12 school progress with the You’ve Got Class Kit. This unique project even includes special folders made for preserving standout schoolwork and other memorabilia. What a great way to preserve the highlights from each school year in one scrapbook!

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Our You’ve Got Class special features an exclusive paper packet, coordinating cardstock, and stamp set.  Each one is school themed and designed to create some extraordinary paper crafting projects.

We also have a special You’ve Got Class workshop kit that you can purchase at a 25% discount.  This kit includes the patterned paper, cardstock, True Fit folios, and embellishments needed to create fourteen 12″ x 12″ single pages, one title page and a page for each grade from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  We are bringing back True Fit™ folios just for this special workshop. These 12″ x 12″ White Daisy file folders allow you to store all your school-related memorabilia and fit inside your Memory Protectors™ in your album.

This kit would pair perfectly with our Pocket Memory Protectors™. You could easily add a few of these after each main page, add the year’s photos, a few embellishments and PML cards, and you have an album full of memories.

So, now that Close to My Heart has provided the kit, I am going to provide the time. I have designed four workshops just for you to be able to complete this entire album.  Each workshop will provide you with a pre-cut kit, stamps & inks, and time set aside that allows you to complete a few pages for your child’s album.   I can’t wait to see what you create!

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For the Love of Crafting Blog Hop

Welcome to the For Love of Crafting Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the August For the Love of Crafting stamp set.  It’s has been over two months since I have last participated in a blog hop and I am so glad I was able to sign-up for this one. I ♥LOVE♥30711091_10155576344187686_8291532271368366588_n this stamp set and I know you will too. 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. 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 For the Love of Crafting stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

The project you see below is similar to one I made for the NA Convention this year. I had quite a few people ask me how to make this little ditty, so I decided it would be the perfect project for this blog hop.  As an added bonus, I am including the instructions in a PDF file FREE for you to download and use.

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The Mini-Stamp Holder I created for the Extravaganza used products from our upcoming Holiday Expressions catalog, however, since I couldn’t show those off yet, I chose to use our lovely Documented papers to create another one.  (I know – you were hoping for a sneak peek.) These Mini-Stamp Holders would make a wonderful gift to give to your paper-crafting friends with an M-Size stamp set of your choice, but they also wonderfully designed to hold individual bags of candy. Those individual M&Ms and Skittles that come out in the fall fit perfectly in these. Hmmm..stamps or chocolate? Hard decision. 

If you would like to recreate this Mini-Stamp Holder, you can access the instructions HERE. I only ask that you do not alter or sell these instructions without prior permission. Please feel free to link people to my blog if they wish to also make this fun project. 🙂

I can’t wait to create more projects with this amazing stamp set! You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-eight other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s For the Love of Crafting stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using this stamp set and our Expressions Two products, so make sure to visit often.

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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 crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the For the Love of Crating stamp set is only available until August 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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Bring Back My Pack – More Magical

Magical is back!  The much-loved paper packet, Magical, is available while supplies last, as the August and September special. I just adore these lighthearted papers full of stars, stripes, hearts, and polka dots.  Close to My Heart has created the More Magical paper packet and coordinating products to be perfect for use in any crafting featuring amusement parks, adventure, and parties. Just image all the magical projects you can create.

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Our More Magical paper packet has been refreshed with the new upcoming color palette, and includes coordinating cardstock, and stamp set. Our new Bluebird, Candy Apple,
Carolina colors will be featured in both the paper pack and the coordinating cardstock.  Aren’t they amazing! I love that we have a “true red” arriving in September. Through this special, you get a first-hand sneak peak of a few of our new colors.

You can purchase a special workshop kit featuring the More Magical paper packet paired with the Dreams stamp set. The products in this workshop include the patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments, and stamp set needed to create four 12″ x 12″ layouts and
eight cards. We have even provided you with a simple, easy-to-follow workshop guide for you to download and use with these exclusive products.

Are you already beginning to image all that you can create with these products? Well, you can get a More Magical paper packet FREE during the month of August when you Host a gathering. You can choose to host a gathering with me in your home or through Facebook (no cleaning involved). We are also giving away a free More Magical paper packet to anyone who signs up as a Close To My Heart Consultant in August. Not only will you received the More Magical paper packet FREE, but you will also be receiving the NEW Consultant kit full of Holiday Expressions catalogs and new products.

MagicalMiniAlbumWorkshopAre you ready for something even more magical? As a special offer, through me, I am offering my original Magical Album Workshop Guide FREE to anyone who purchases $50.00 or more (before tax & shipping) on my website during the month of August. This adorable 8″ x 8″ album has been created just for you and your family adventures.  It is the perfect place to display those memorable family photos. You can view a short video of the full album HERE  and see all of the delightful features it has.

I can guarantee that More Magical is going to be a very popular paper pack, so make sure you grab it before it’s gone for good. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Last Chance – BTGO Stampaganza

There are only a few days left to take advantage of our amazing Stampaganza specials. During the month of July, you can buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any current stamp sets or from an exclusive collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!

These exclusive Solo Stamps are only available during the month of July.  I personally enjoy using these for scrapbook titles, cards, and gifts.  We also have many other wonderful stamp sets to chose from and many of them are retiring in August.  Now is the perfect time to stock up on those stamp sets you have been craving. Visit the Stamps page on my website to see all the wonderful images and sentiments you have to choose from.

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Our Stampaganza will end on July 31st and you will no longer be able to purchase those Solo Stamp sets. I am sure there are quite a few of our acrylic stamp sets on your wish list. Make sure to take advantage of our Stampaganza sale while you still can.   I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here’s to You

Life is about celebrating special occasions! To celebrate those special moments, we are offering breathtaking Here’s to You products which are designed to help you create something special for the next wedding or special occasion on your calendar. Close to My Heart is offering four exclusive stamp sets and workshop kits that have been specially designed for making elegant cards and layouts. I personally cannot wait to use a few of these stamps for some wedding Thank-You cards that I will be creating in a few weeks.  

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Our delightful Here’s to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making seven hand-stamped cards and the single page scrapbook layout that can be used for weddings and many other occasions. Each kit includes all four exclusive stamp sets, ten sheets of Two-Toned cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Vellum, White Pearls, and seven White Cards & Envelopes. You can even purchase a kit that includes our beautiful Rose Embossing Folder to add texture to each of the projects you create.

 

 

These B-size stamps are available individually for $9.95 each, but, by purchasing them in the kit, you save almost $20.00.  What an unbelievable deal! Close to My Heart has even provided and easy to follow Workshop Guide for you along with a downloadable Cricut Design Space™ file  to cut out each of the delicately designed images for the cards and layout.

You can get the whole Here’s to You product collection July 15 through August 31 while supplies last. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Using A Big Thank You Thin Cuts

This week,  I am taking a break from the Cricut®. This is partially due to the fact that I cannot get to my machine because of the pile of Convention creations blocking my path, but mostly, it is because I have realized that many of you do not use Design Space™ and I hate the idea of you feeling left out each week.  So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, we are going to play with metal dies, specifically the New A Big Thank You Thin Cut.

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This Thin Cut is a 3¾” x 5″ metal die that creates a wonderfully designed image perfect for making quick cards and gifts. Our Thin Cuts are well designed, sturdy, and cut through cardstock, glitter paper, and watercolor paper with very little effort.  Are the hamster wheels in your brain beginning to turn?  Let’s dust off those cobwebs, and let me show you a few other ways to create with this Thin Cut.

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This Thin Cut can hold it’s own, but can really pop with some inking techniques.  You can do this by using our Exclusive Inks on the background of the card, or like I did, add ink to the image itself.  Feeling a little intimidated? I will be teaching a online class soon showing you how to create this background. (Watch my Facebook page for details.)

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Whether you cut the image from paper or use paper for a background, this image does well when you add a little bit of pattern to it.  I chose to use our Central Park Paper as the background for one of the cards. How cute would this image be cut from the Pink Polka-Dotted paper in this pack? (off to make another card…)

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Even though this Thin Cut is one complete image, you can still add a little “Bling” and make it really stand out using our Shimmer Brushes, Embossing Powder, Glitter Paper, or Foil Paper.  As you can see, I created two inset hearts for my cards. One was cut from Poppy Cardstock that was shaded with a Clear Shimmer Brush.  The other heart was inked with VersaMark Ink, and sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder that was set with a Craft Heater. (This look could be replicated by using Silver Foil Paper instead.)

INSET THE IMAGE
After cutting out one of the images from Black Cardstock, I saved the negative pieces and used them to inset the cutout into the cardstock on my second card.  This took a little patience, some Tweezers, and tape, but it turned out wonderfully.  You could choose to inset the whole image, a portion of the image, or just the frame. (Oh! I can hear those rusty wheels starting to spin.)

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I know this Tuesday Tutorial was a little different than ones I have written in the past, but I was really feeling sorry for those non-Cricuters.  If you are loving how simply you can create a card with our A Big Thank You Thin Cut, you should also consider purchasing the It’s Your Day Thin Cut which is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more.  This Thin Cut would also make a wonderful title for a scrapbook page. (WOW! I think I smell smoke coming from those hamster wheels.) I can’t wait to see what you create!

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