Holiday Sparkle & Seasons of Joy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Sparkle & Season’s of Joy Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from both our Holiday Sparkle and Season of Joy collections. 43952017_10155987217317686_8454669368721145856_nYes! Both collections! You are going to be amazed by all the spectacular artwork this week.

If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’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 had such a hard time choosing which product to use this week. Partly because both are such incredible products, but mostly because my fall decorations have been sitting in a box in my living room for two weeks and I cannot even contemplate anything that involves Christmas. Yes, ladies, my life in a nutshell. (The squirrels are forever scattered and chased.) 

So this week, I chose to avoid Christmas, continue to play with fall papers, and use the delightful Love with All the Trimming stamp set to create this cheerful “Lots of Love” card that I plan on sending out for an upcoming anniversary.

The background for this card is a PML in the Hello Pumpkin paper pack. I took advantage of those little stars and hearts that were already there and strategically placed my other items to cover “Happy Halloween”. The remaining embellishments came from the package of Hello Pumpkin Complements.

Remember how I said I wasn’t ready for Christmas? Well, using a stamp set full of Christmas-y sentiments was a bit of a challenge, but I realized that the “with Lots of Love” sentiment paired with those darling little hearts could be used for any occasion .

That sweet sentiment was placed onto a piece of our NEW Seasonal Mix-Ins and shaded with a Black Shimmer Brush.  I enjoy having this additional paper pack to use on my projects and it blends beautifully with all of our other seasonal papers.

product image

I know that many of you may have expected a Christmas-y card or at least something that said “Happy Holidays”, but my brain cannot even think about tidings, or stockings, or figgy pudding for another month. I hope that you still enjoyed my little paper crafting creations, and continue through the blog hop to see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from our Holiday Sparkle and Season of Joy collections.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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 WHAT’S NEW section of my website to see all of the products available for the holiday season.  I can’t wait to see what you create!



Christmas Blessings Special

My daughter tells me that “You can never get enough Christmas!” If it were her choice, we would have Christmas all year long and every gift would be a puppy.  If you are one who is already prepping for Christmas (or thinking that you really should) you will be as excited as I am about this amazing Christmas Blessings Bundle.


For a limited time, we are offering this discounted workshop bundle with an exclusive stamp set that gives you materials to create TWELVE cards, four each of three designs, using the rich, festive colors of Eggplant, Peacock, Sage, and Sugarplum. Silver glitter paper and gems and silver embellishing thread provide the perfect shimmery additions to these cards.

I recommend that you take take advantage of the Christmas Blessing workshop kit at 25% off the retail price! There is an easy-to-follow guide on my website that is available free for you to download so that you can create these all of these spectacular cards.


As an avid Nativity collector, I am LOVING this Christmas Blessings stamp set which you can purchase separately to create some of your own personalized Christmas projects. Wouldn’t these make some amazing scrapbook page titles?!


Many of you may have noticed that one of the cards does require the use of our Season of Joy Cricut™ Collection. Those of you who are Cricut™ users, will adore this new collection full of three-dimensional projects, beautifully designed cards, and delightful titles and icons.


If you are not a Cricut™ user ….well you need to just call me and we need to talk (just kidding)… you can easy exchange that one cut for another stamped image or use one of our new Holiday Thin Cuts in it’s place.

I can’t wait until my order arrives and I can get a head start on some of my Christmas projects.  This Christmas Blessings Bundle and Stamp Set are only available October 15–December 31 while supplies last on my website. ‘Tis the season for things to sell quickly and I would hate for you to miss out on this amazing special. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Color Dare Scary Day Card

You would not believe how excited I was to see how many people participated in our last Color My Heart Dare challenge.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, you must stop by and see all those amazing creations.  I hope you are you ready for another challenge, because this week we are playing with Nectarine, Lagoon, and Clover.


Our home is not one who goes “all-out” for Halloween, so I do not do much paper crafting that showcases the holiday, but our Hello Pumpkin products are ♥so stinkin’ cute♥, I couldn’t resist using them for this week’s challenge. Honestly, this card does not “scream” Halloween, so it’s perfect to give for just about any occasion.  If you wish to recreate this card, you can follow the short tutorial below and see the full list of products I used at the very bottom of this post.


Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 2½” x 5½” Lagoon Cardstock, ½” x 5½” Clover Cardstock, 1¼” x 5½” “Witching Hour” PML, 3″ x 2³⁄ 8 Black B&T Paper, 2 7⁄ 8″ x 2¼” “Trick or Treat” PML, 2½” x 2″ “Scary Good” PML

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a Black Shimmer Brush, splatter Black Shimmer onto the Lagoon Cardstock. Adhere to top of card base.
2. Using White Daisy Ink, stamp the Checked Border across the Clover Cardstock. After ink has set, adhere to card base.
3. After trimming “Witching Hour” PML, adhere to card base.
4. Adhere “Frame” from Hello Pumpkin Complements onto center of card.
5. Adhere “Scary Good” sentiment onto center of “Trick or Treat” PML, then onto Black B&T using Foam Tape for dimension.
6. Embellish card with various Hello Pumpkin Complements.

This card was so simple to make using the Hello Pumpkin PML sheet and matching Complements, and it turned super cute. I hope that you join in this week’s challenge.  Anyone who participates and posts their link in the comments below will receive a ♥handmade card♥ from me using the Hello Pumpkin products.

Remember, you don’t have to have a blog to participate.  Just post your creations using these colors to Facebook, Pinterest, SplitCoast Stampers, or Instagram, list the products used, post your link below, and I’ll send you a handmade card. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you create!


product image
Holiday Borders Stamp Set

product imageHello Pumpkin Paper Packet

product image12″ x 12″ Lagoon Cardstock

product image12″ x 12″ Clover Cardstock

product imageHello Pumpkin Complements

product image
White Daisy Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad

product image
1″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block

product imageBlack Shimmer Brush

product image
3D Foam Tape

X254White Cards & Envelopes

product image
Tombow Adhesive

product imagePaper Trimmer

product imageMicro-Tip Scissors


Hello Pumpkin Scrapbook Pages

By now, you should have had a chance to browse (or drool over) the New Holiday Expressions Idea Book.  You may have noticed the 🤩 adorable🤩 Hello Pumpkin Papers, Complements, Picture My Life Cards, Cardstock, Washi Tape, and Heart & Star Shapes which I have been using for more than just Halloween projects.  Today, I want to show you the amazingly designed Workshop Your Way Scrapbook Kit and give you a few tips for changing these layouts into something new.


This kit includes supplies to create THREE scrapbook layouts and SIX cards with enough leftover to create even more fun projects.  Even though each one is designed for Halloween, you can easily change each layout to celebrate family, birthdays, dances, and more. How simple would it be to make a few changes to this layout and create and adorable Birthday page?


You could flip over the “Halloween Words” paper to the other side, create a new banner to replace “Halloween” with “Birthday” and you have an adorable new layout.

This second layout would make an adorable fall family photos page.  The back of that pumpkins paper is a cute Black Flannel. ♥


Just take off “31”, switch out the “Cobweb” Zip-Strip, add a few different complements and you have a fun layout for your fall memories. (Although, with my kids, “goblins” may have been a great description some days.)

This final layout is just too cute! I love the color palette and the placement of photos. My first thought – PUMPKIN PATCH! 


You could switch out a few of the PML cards for photos, use our Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking stamp set to create a Pumpkins accents, and your are all set! Super easy and Super cute!

Even if Halloween is “not your thing”, you can still take advantage of this adorable Hello Pumpkin Workshop Your Way Scrapbook Kit and create some amazing layouts to record your fall memories. Remember, these Hello Pumpkin products are only available while supplies last, so make sure you purchase them before they are gone.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


My Grateful Heart Scrapbook Kits & Guides

I really truly enjoyed creating layouts with the Grateful Heart papers.  These may not be your typical “Fall” layouts, but they reflect the types of photos my family has each fall and I can’t wait to record my memories on them.


My Grateful Heart Creative Club Scrapbook Workshop uses our New Grateful Heart products from the Holiday Expressions catalog to create three layouts.  Our Grateful Heart paper is so versatile, has a gorgeous color palette, and I only used a half of a pack for all three layouts. I am beyond excited about how each of these pages turned out. Each one is unique to the paper used, and are designed to display your photos and memories beautifully.GratefulHeartCC_ScrapbookLayouts-misscarriescreations

You can purchase these layout kits individually in my online store, or come one one of my Crafternoons and purchase any of my kits to create with me and a few friends.  Each scrapbook kit comes pre-cut and includes all the supplies needed to create each layout. All you need are photos, adhesive, scissors, and a journaling pen.

I will also have Workshop Guides available for purchase in my online store. Each Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, Cricut Design Space™ file, full-color photos, layout grid, and detailed assembly directions. I do ask that if you are a consultant using these guides for you workshop, you do not share copies of the guides of the Design Space™ files without prior permission.

All of the HeARTfully Blessed Creations team members receive a substantial discount on all kits and guides, plus free online tutorials.  This is my way of saying Thank You for being a member of our team.  If you have considered becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant, I would love for you to be a member of this amazing group of ladies.

I will be creating many more projects throughout the month using these charming Grateful Heart products.  Make sure to visit me here or on any of my social media pages each week to see more creations.  You can also  join my VIP Facebook group  and see a few LIVE tutorials using our Close to My Heart products.  I can’t wait to see what you create with Boutique!



October’s Holiday Sparkle Special

Our October✨ Holiday Sparkle Kit ✨ will make you want to spread some card making cheer with our interactive holiday shaker card kits.  This kit contains materials for creating TWELVE 5″ x 7″ festive shaker cards, including printed card bases, die-cut pieces, stickers, sparkly sequins, and simple assembly instructions.


Everything in this kit is pre-cut and ready to assemble with no stamping required, but if you are one that enjoys stamping, you will want to take advantage of the exclusive coordinating stamp set, Love with All the Trimmings. Use this stamp set to add holiday sentiments and small icons to the shaker window, inside of the cards, or to your envelopes for a little extra ✨bling✨.


Save 20% when you get the Holiday Sparkle Bundle, which pairs the card kit with the Love with All the Trimmings stamp set. To add even more✨SPARKLE✨ to your month, Close to My Heart is offering a FREE Holiday Sparkle Kit to October Hostesses and those who become Consultants during the month of October.


The Holiday Sparkle Kit and Love All the Trimming Stamp Set are only available ✨while supplies last✨ through October 31st.  Last month, we sold out of our amazing special, and I expect we will do the same this month, so order early!

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Last Chance for September Savings

As September nears it’s end, the weather is finally cooling off, I am unpacking my flannel, and the pumpkin decorations are getting unpacked.  Before we move into October, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on all of the More Magical, You’ve Got Class, Memories in the Making, and Just Treats September Specials.


One of my favorites was our More Magical Products which I used to create some mini-albums, scrapbook pages, and cards. 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.


I have also enjoyed our You’ve Got Class products which have been designed to help you create an amazing album full of memories. Even though this was designed for your children’s school years, I plan on creating one for my daughter-in-law as she records her memories of teaching. I still have room in my School Album workshops, and would love to see you there.  You are welcome to purchase your own supplies on my website, and come join the fun.


This month, Close to My Heart created a gorgeous Memories in the Making Cut Above Kit and Calendar. It was so popular, that the kits have sold out, but you can still purchase the stamp sets on my website through September 30th.

product image

Last, but defiantly not least, our delightful Just Treats stamp of the month is one that I will be holding onto for future projects. If you haven’t had a chance to purchase this stamp set yet, make sure you grab before September 30th. Remember, ALL stamp of the month sets are available for ONLY $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase from my website.


All of these specials are available, while supplies last, through September 30th. I would hate for you to miss out on getting a few of these products that you have been wanting to purchase.  As the month nears it’s end, supplies will dwindle, so make sure you take advantage of these sales while you can.  I can’t wait to see what you create with More Magical, You’ve Got Class, Memories in the Making, and Just Treats September Specials!


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!




Creating a Stencil in Design Space

This month, Close to My Heart is celebrating National Stamping Month with breathtaking Memories in the Making products. You can use these Cut-Above Kits to create an adorable scrapbook album or use in conjunction with our My Creations Calendar to create a delightful gift anyone would cherish. Of course, I couldn’t just create a simple calendar, I had to play with our NEW Texture Paste products and add a little pizzazz to this kit.


I just adore playing with Texture Paste, but it does involve creating a few Stencils in Design Space™. Today, I am going to show you how I created one of the stencils for this kit in Cricut Design Space™.  (FYI: Those who purchase this kit from me, and take the online Memories in the Making with Texture Paste class, will be receiving the Memories in the Making Stencil Design Space File™ FREE from me this month.) 

Begin by INSERTING your image into the Canvas. Today, I am going to create the Snowflake stencil, so we will insert the Snowflake – #M27F834A from the You Are Here Collection.


I have decided that I want to Snowflake to be 3″ high, so I type 3″ in the HEIGHT box. I am also going to insert a 4″ Square into my Canvas.  This will be a base for my stencil and will need to be a little larger than the Snowflake so that I have room to hold the stencil in place.


Bring the Snowflake to the front using Arrange-Move to Front, then SELECT ALL and ALIGN CENTER.  The Snowflake will be perfectly centered onto the Square.


Select all and choose SLICE. Delete all the unneeded Snowflake images. If you look at the “Stencil” you will see that you still have those little diamonds in the center. These are useless for the Stencil and will need to be removed.


Select your Stencil and choose CONTOUR. Select each of the little diamonds and as they turn grey, they will disappear from your stencil.


Click the X at the top, and you now have your Stencil. When you MAKE IT, you will have to choose “Custom” on your Machine, then choose “Plastic Stencil” in the Custom Materials.  I chose “More Pressure” for mine, but you may not need to.


Now that you know how to create a Stencil in Design Space™, you are ready to play with Texture Paste.  I will be showing how to use Texture Paste on our Memories in the Making Kits in my Online Class on September 25th. You will need to be a member of my VIP group* to join and you will need to have ordered this kit from my website before September 25th to participate. I hope you can join my online class and I can’t wait to see what you create!


* This VIP group has been designed for my customers and HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team. If you are a consultant not on my team, I ask that you not request to join this group unless you plan on purchasing from my website or paying for my online classes.  (I don’t want to be in violation of CTMH rules.) 


Memories In the Making

During the month of September, we have a gorgeous Memories in the Making collection that you can use to create a beautiful, handmade calendar and/or scrapbook pages.  Each of the Memories in the Making Cut Above™ kits come pre-cut and ready to assemble. All you need is adhesive. How awesome is that!?


I personally love the fact that these calendars are designed to be 12″ x 12″ so that once the year is done, I can create an entire album full of memories.  Don’t need a calendar? You can purchase just the Cut Above™ Memories in the Making Kits and create some amazing scrapbook pages.


Here is a quick run-down of ALL of the products that will be included in this special:


I will be posting my own personal calendar pages from this kit using additional products from our New Holiday Expressions. Make sure to visit each week to see what I have added to each of my own personal pages. (There might even be a freebie or two.) I can’t wait to see what you create!