Yay! Summer Layout

Recently Close to My Heart posted a beautiful ombre layout using the Fresh Air-Cardmaking Thin Cuts. (If you didn’t see it, you need to check out their Instagram posts.  It was absolutely beautiful!)  I was so enamored by this layout, I began to wonder if there were other backgrounds that I could create using these Thin Cuts. I began to search various quilt patterns online and fell in love with a diamond background that I chose to replicate on this Yay! Summer layout.

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I was able to use up some of my Central Park Paper scraps to cut out each of the diamonds. Two of these Diamond shapes were cut out of Poppy cardstock, then dry embossed with a Simple Chevron Embossing folder.  I really like the texture it added. After I attached the White Daisy cardstock onto the Pacifica cardstock, I drew a grid with a pencil and laid out my diamond background.

The rest of the design involved adding a few leftover Central Park Complements, a PML Sun cut with a Stitched Circle Thin Cut, and a few more items from the PML papers.  This layout was so simple to create, yet it has such an amazing impact.  I personally plan on using this layout for a Fourth of July photo.  This layout makes such an incredible impact, that I decided to enter it into this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge and Heart2Heart Lovely Layers Challenge.

Make sure to visit my website to view all of the Central Park products we have available for you.  The Central Park products I used on this layout are available, while supplies last, through August 31st, so make sure you snag them before they are gone. 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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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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Convention Highlights

It had been almost a month since the North American Convention and my brain is finally beginning  to wrap itself around all the new products, the artwork, and the amazing people I met.  Some of you even took the time to come introduce yourself as one of my “followers”.  (You would not believe how honored I felt.)  I feel especially blessed to have met these five amazingly talented ladies who presented at the Extravaganza with me.

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Each one of us was blessed with the opportunity to use the new upcoming Holiday Expressions products to create some stunning artwork.  Each one has a unique style, awesome talent, and presented some great ideas for using each of the new papers. I would love if you took the time to check out their blogs. They are each uniquely talented and full of great inspiration.

And who made this all happen? The delightful Jill Broadbent, who is extremely talented in her own right. I can’t imagine all the work that went into making this happen, and I speak for all five of us when I say that we are beyond grateful at the opportunity we had to present at this year’s Convention.

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Our Seasonal Expression Idea Book arrives September 1st, but, if you come to my August Workshops, you will have a chance to see one in person and take a peek at a few of the new products.

Can’t wait to get your hands the new products? You will have the amazing opportunity to purchase these on August 1st!  If you become a Close to My Heart Consultant, you will have a chance to purchase these spectacular holiday products a whole month before any of my other customers.

When you become a Consultant, your New Consultant kit will arrive right away and include the Seasonal Expressions, amazing products, and $50 in CTMH Cash to purchase the spectacular holiday products.  Beginning August 1, the New Consultant Kit  contain new product from the  Holiday Expressions idea book, five copies of the new Holiday Expressions idea books, AND one copy of the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book. All of these benefits and more can be your’s for only $75.00 (plus tax & shipping).

New Book ♥ New Products ♥ $50 CTMH Cash ♥ Commission on Sales & Purchases
♥ It’s a no-brainier, my friends. ♥ 

I would love for you to join the HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team. As a team member you can join our Facebook group and enjoy free training, receive discounts on my kits & guides, and attend my future online workshops.

I hope you take the time to check out those amazing blogs, and I look forward to showing you all of the new products in our Holiday Expressions.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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June is STAMP-endous

Stampaganza is back! During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we’ve brought back just for July!

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I am so excited that Close to My Heart has brought back their popular Solos stamp sets which can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers.  I will be creating a few projects with these sets during the month of July,  but while you wait, you can find a plethora of inspiration on Pinterest using these adorable stamps.

 

There are so many amazingly talented crafters out there who have used these stamp sets to create layouts, cards, gifts boxes and more.  If you are a lover of our Idea Books, you will also find quite a few ideas using these stamps in our “older” idea books or past catalogs.

To learn more about the Stampaganza Special and Bundles and how you can get THREE FREE solo stamp sets, visit my FAQ page or come talk with me at one of my July events. There are no limits to how many special items can be ordered, and there are no limits to the numbers of stamp sets you can purchase. All items in the monthly special are only available through July 31st, 2018. Because stamp sets are made in-house, this special is not considered “while supplies last.”

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Father’s Day Card & Gift Box

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and, since I enjoy giving you crafty ideas for holidays, I decided to create this Pinterest inspired “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set.  This fun four-inch card not only has a sweet saying on the outside, but it includes the “I love you a bushel & a peck” sentiment inside.  How great would this be to give to a dad in your life?  You can fill the box with their favorite treat or add some baseball tickets or a few gift cards.

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This “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box was not only designed with you in mind, but I also created it to enter this week’s Color My Heart Dare and heARTful Stamping challenges.  It’s been awhile since I have joined one of these challenges.  My craft-room has been in such a disarray that I haven’t been able to make much of anything, so being able to join these challenges makes my crafty heart happy.  If you would like to recreate this project you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with the instructions for completing the project.

Paper Needed for Card: 8″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, (2) 4″ x 4″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock Scraps

Card Assembly Instrucions:
1. To create the card base, fold the 8″ x 4″ White Daisy cardstock in half lengthwise and burnish the fold with a Bone Folder.
2. Adhere one of the 4″ x 4″ pieces of Nutmeg cardstock onto the front of the card base.
3. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a 3″ square from the center of the other 4″ x 4″ piece of Nutmeg cardstock. If desired, shade the edges of the “Frame” using a Sponge Dauber and Nutmeg Ink. Using Foam Tape, adhere the “Frame” onto the card.
4. Using Glacier Ink, stamp the “Buffalo Check” from the Documented Scrapbooking stamp set onto the 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Adhere this across the base of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. (You can choose to use B&T paper instead.)
5. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the “You’re the Apple of My Eye” sentiment onto the upper left corner of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Small Hearts” below the sentiment. (If you don’t own the Documented stamp set, the Leaf would look cute as an alternative to the hearts.)
6. Adhere the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the card.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Apple Basket” and “Apple” onto scraps of White Daisy cardstock.
8. Shade the “Apple Basket” and “Apples” using ShinHan™ Markers.  Cut out the images and add them to the card using Foam Tape.
9. Stamp a sentiment inside the card, if you desire.

The Apple of My Eye Treat Box was create using a box image that I uploaded into Cricut Design Space™ and it decorated in much the same way that I did the card. You can find instructions for uploading the box image in this Tuesday Tutorial. Don’t forget that the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Stamps
A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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Documented Scrapbooking Stamp Set

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Black Memento Ink

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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New England Ivy Twine

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Foam Tape

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Fresh Air Shapes

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glacier & Gold Ribbon

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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MicroTip Scissors

Time is Running Out

There are only a few days left to take advantage of our AMAZING May specials.  If you are like me, you have a few things sitting in your online cart waiting for check-out, but May has been so busy, you haven’t had a moment to finish your purchase. Often times, those items end up selling out on the last week of the month and I would hate for you to miss out and be disappointed. Make sure you take advantage of the Postcard Perfect, Classic Summer Bash, and the chance to get a Cut About Layout Kit® FREE before May 31st.

 

Do you have some Postcard Perfect memories that need scrapbooked?  Maybe you have some pictures of your kids by the pool or the beach or some cheesy Hawaian shirt photos.   Now is the time to take advantage of some awesome savings when you purchase the Postcard Perfect Collection. If you are like me and love it all, you can 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!  Order before May 31st, and I will send you a FREE Layout guide using these amazing products.

 

 

Mason jars are everywhere lately and I’m sure you have seen and used quite a few mason jar stamps. Our exclusive Classic Summer Bash stamp set has the perfect sized jar to “fill” with flowers, fruit, candy, or simple sayings. There are so many wonderful ideas out there on Pinterest. The possibilities with this stamp set are endless. You can get this stamp set for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase on my website, or purchase it by itself for $17.95, but you only have until May 31st to order.

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Take the time to visit my website to view all of the amazing products from our Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. You will not be disappointed. Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves this season.  You can get a copy of this catalog FREE with any online order this month.  You will love all of the papers, stamps, scrapbook kits, card kits, embellishments, and ideas using these products.

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful weather and staying safe this Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

I truly enjoy playing with paper to create original cards and treat boxes.  If you are like me, then this workshop is just for you.  On June 23rd, you will have to opportunity to make FOUR cards and this adorable little Fourth of July Treat Box using our New Fresh Air products.

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The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. To sign-up for this workshop, please email me and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase. 

You can choose to purchase a Basic Kit (two cards & the box), Master Kit (four cards & a box) or just the box itself.  I also have pre-stamped kits available for those who cannot attend and Workshop Guides for my long-distance crafters. The guide for this kit includes a Design Space™ file for this  box created by me that you are welcome to use on all of your future projects. 

You can visit my Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop page to learn more about this workshop and the kits that are available for purchase. 

If you enjoy card making as much as I do, make sure to take the time to visit my website to see all of the amazingly simple Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits that Close to My Heart has to offering including the In My Heart Kit. This kit creates TWELVE cards using our rustic Fresh Air Papers.

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If  workshops are “not your thing”, you are always welcome to come catch-up on your own crafting projects at my June CTMH Crafternoon.  (All proceeds for my CTMH Crafternoon will benefit Operation Smile.)  I hope that you are able to attend one of my workshops in June and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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