National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the From the Heart products.  These products include a beautiful card kit and stamp set that can be used to make some gorgeous creations.  StampingMonthBadge 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 using the From the Heart products.

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 September, I will be creating some simple projects using the From the Heart stamp set so make sure to visit often for more inspiration. As I roamed the internet for ideas, I saw that this stamp set was used often with brightly colored flowers and I wondered what it would look like using simple brown tones.  I decided to step outside the box and use our basic colors which resulted in this fall layout that features our Basics Fundamentals papers and inks.  I truly enjoy how it turned out. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 12″ B&T Paper, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper, ¼” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, ½” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, 6″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), (3) 2″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), 6″ x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ Nutmeg Cardstock

Techniques Used:
• I used all of the brown tones of the Basic Fundamentals paper pack.  You could change this by using all of the grey tones with a Black & White photo.
• After placing down the top and bottom paper and cardstock strips, I used a pencil to draw out the space where my photos and papers would be placed. This helped me to stamp the images on the corners without having to create a mask.  Some of my images where stamped partially inside the drawn rectangle to allow my papers to overlap the stamped images.
• The images were stamped using the From the Heart stamp set with Almond, Toffee, Espresso, and Nutmeg inks.  To create more depth, some of my images are stamped using second generation stamping allowing me to using the inks twice for the same image.


• The small heart was created using Nutmeg cardstock and our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts.  I took apart the White Burlap Ribbon and created two pieces of twine to tie across the heart.
• I always adding a little shine to my layouts, so I placed a strip of Rose Gold Foil tape across the base of the inner rectangle.  After looking at it longer, I might add some Rose Gold gems later.

Now “Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE!

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product imageBasics Fundamentals Paper Packet

product image12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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Basic Hearts Thin Cuts

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Rose Gold Foil Tape

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Micro Glue Dots

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Ruler

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VersaMat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

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National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the Live Beautifully collection, which is designed to celebrate the beauty of life. Close to my Heart 2017MayCC.jpghas designed many breathtaking products for National Scrapbooking Month using the Live Beautifully collection that you are sure to love.   If you have come here from Brenda Lapp’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 May, you will be able to see many  projects using the Live Beautifully collection. This week, I used the beautiful Rose patterned paper to create a vintage looking border on my layout.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock, 11½” x 11¼” Whisper Cardstock,  12″ x 6″ B&T Paper (I used the Rose),  6½” x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Script), 3″ x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Pale Pink Ombre),  ½” x 9″ B&T Paper (I used the Pink Deco), 7½” x 5½” B&T Paper (I used the Black & White Dots)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The Rose B&T paper border was cut with scissors around various flowers and leaves just like you would do if you were going to create a Découpage.
  • The journalling is on the tag insert. I created a taLiveBeautifullyHeritageLayout_Tagg from various scraps, then looped some White Twine through a hole.
  • The title was created on the Cricut® using the Harrington text.
    QUICK TIP FOR PERFECT TITLE PLACEMENT:  Create the text in Design Space® and arrange them on the canvas exactly how you plan to space them on your page.  Use the attach feature to ‘ATTACH’ the word to the canvas. This will cut them in the exact spot you placed them.  After the letters are cut out, keep the background to use as a mask for letter placement and your title will look perfect. LiveBeautifullyHeritageLayout_Title

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 Live Beautifully products and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Priscilla Gotham’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 Live Beautifully products are available until May 31st while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see how you can get these breathtaking products!

Learn more about each Live Beautifully product available. 

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product image12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock product image12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock product image12″ x 12″ Whisper Cardstock

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White Twine

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

product imageNon-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
product imageTombow Permanent Adhesive

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