Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop

I am always amazed at all the new products that Close to My Heart creates for our Seasonal Expressions catalogs.   This month, we are featuring this adorable Beautiful Friendship collection full of fun florals, polka-dots, and tea images.  On May 19th, you can come play with this amazing collection of papers as we create a Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and Beau-Tea-ful Card.

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The cost for this kit is only $7.00 and includes everything you need to create both the card and the gift.  You will have the option to make additional Tea-riffic gifts using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection. If you would learn more about this workshop and the kits available you can contact me or visit my Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop Page.

The deadline to register for this event is Friday, May 13th.  If you plan on attending this event, you are also welcome to come to my CTMH Crafternoon where you can spend some quality time catching up on your projects, talking with friends, and enjoying time away from life’s demands for only $10.  To sign-up for this workshop or the CTMH Crafternoon, please email me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits or guides through my online store.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops.  Each person will receive a FREE copy of the Seasonal Expressions Two catalog and a special treat from me.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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May Kit of the Month

Usually, I have this posted and ready for you to view by the 15th of each month, but my order for the new supplies took a little longer than expected and, when it did arrive, I had to sadly watch it sit unopened until I could escape life to play.  It was well worth the wait, because the May Kit of the month has turned out lovelier than expected.  This kit features our New Beautiful Friendship papers and is titled “Happy Place”.

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Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our beautiful designer papers.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout.

My Happy Place kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Beautiful Friendship papers, White Ribbon, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

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I also have workshop cutting guides available for each of my Kit of the Month layouts.  These guides are available in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.  I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

Mother’s Day Bouquet Card

April Showers bring May flowers … and planning days for May celebrations.  On days full of snow and rain, I am able to spend time in my craft room planning for the upcoming holidays without feeling guilty that I should be working on my never-ending yard.  This week, I attempted to create a Mother’s Day card using the colors for this week’s Color My Heart Dare – Lagoon, Mink, Peacock and Silver – which, to me, seemed like very non-traditional Mother’s Day colors. I choose to make a layered Flower Bouquet using various stamped images and, I must say, it turned out better than I had hoped.  You can find the list of supplies I used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 4″ Dotted Velum (Postcard Perfect),
2½” x 4″ Mink Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock scraps

Here are some of the techniques I used to create this card:

  • I used the second-generation stamping technique on the large flowers so that the Lagoon and Mink Inks appeared lighter. After stamping, I used a Watercolor Pencil to add shading to the flowers, then brushed it with a Clear Shimmer Brush.
  • The images were all cut out by hand and layered onto the card using Thin Foam Dots and 3D Foam Tape.  By using two different types of adhesive, I was able to get a multi-layered look on the card.
  • I used White Embossing Powder on the sentiment and Silver Embossing Powder for some of the leaves.

Don’t forget that the Color Your Life and the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp sets are only available through April 30th.  I hope you take the time to try to create a few Mother’s Day cards this year and, while you are at it, join in on the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenges.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Color Your Life Stamp Set

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Celebrate You Card

For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I assembled a bright, spring Tulip that you could create using our Cricut Flower Market Collection.  In the photo with the Tulip, was this fun, easy-to-make card that I produced using our exclusive Color Your Life stamp of the month.  You can easily replicate this card for any occasion, with the Re-Inkers of your choice, using the cutting guide and directions below as a guide.  I have also listed the supplies used at the very bottom of this post. CelebrateYouCard.jpg

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil Paper, 3¾” x 5″ White Daisy Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper (“You”)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fill your Spray Pen ¾-full with Isopropyl Alcohol or Water and add 5-7 drops of Re-Inker. (I chose to fill one using Sorbet and one using Tangerine.)
2. Place your White Daisy cardstock onto the All Purpose Mat (or a well prepared area – it will get messy) and carefully spray the cardstock using the mix in the Spray Pens.  The closer your are, the denser the coverage.
3. Allow the inks to dry completely.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Celebrate and be” sentiment, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder, and heat using a craft gun.
5. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil paper, then onto the center of the card base.
6. Using a Cuttlebug, or embossing machine of choice, cut out “You” from Gold Foil Paper using the “Thankful for You” Thin Cuts.  Adhere to the card.
7. Add Gold Glitter Gems and a sentiment inside the card if you like.

When playing with your Spray Pens, it’s always good to have some scraps of White cardstock nearby.  After spraying the petals on my Tulip, I had some left-over mix in my Spray Pens, so instead of wasting it,  I used it to create the background for this card.  You never know what you might possibly end up with. 

Remember, the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th. You can order it on my website for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I have created a few projects this month using this stamp set, and, I must say, it is one that I am beginning to warm up to. I can’t wait to see what you create with the April stamp of the month!

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12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

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Tuesday Tutorial

Spring has FINALLY arrived at my house, the Tulips are opening, and I am truly enjoying the stunning color popping up in my yard. Along with the seasonal change outdoors, the decorations in my home also change, and I begin scouring the internet for projects I can create. This week, I came across a Tulip Tutorial and realized that it was something I could make using images from our Flower Market Collection. Not only was I able to create this beautiful Tulip, but I was also able to make a simple, matching card to give for Mother’s Day. As always, you can find the list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert Tulip Flower – #MD6FE71 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE all images except the egg-shaped center.
2. Resize the image to 1.25″w x 2″h. Change Color to White, then DUPLICATE five(5) times so that you have six petals total. (You will need to Unlock to resize.)

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3. Insert Holly – #MFAE002 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE the Berries.
4. Select the remaining image, choose CONTOUR and hide all of the images except the “Pine Needles”. Select the “x” to return to the Canvas.

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5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 1.75″w x 1.75″h. Change Color to Mango. (You will need to Unlock to resize.)

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6. Insert Surf Board – #MD6F2D0 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE the top layer and resize to 1.5″w x 5.5″h. Change Color to Sage and DUPLICATE.

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7. Insert a Circle Shape, resize to 1″ and change Color to White.
8. Cut out the images from White Daisy, Sorbet, and Sweet Leaf Cardstock.

To create the bright, multi-colored petals, I mixed Alcohol and Re-inkers in a Spray Pen, then sprayed it onto the Petals and Circle. This can be a bit messy, so I recommend you use our All-Purpose Mat for this step. It cleans up so well afterwards and has plenty of room for spaying. (NOTE: I used the leftover mix to create a base for the card.)

The “Stamen” was rolled up using a Quilling Tool, attached it to the wrapped wooden skewer, then I attached the flower petals onto the circle bottom of the circle.

I folded my Leaves in the center, then inked the edges and the fold using a sponge. They were then attached to the “Stem”. (Glue Dots or Liquid Glass would work well for this.)

This Tulips can be made into any color using our Re-inkers and Spray Pens. Your imagination is your only limit. I can’t wait to see what you create for spring!

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Cricut Inspirational Shadowbox Workshop

Whether you plan to inspire others or need a little inspiration yourself, this Inspirational Shadowbox will make the perfect gift for Graduation, Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, or for your craft room. In May, I will be teaching a Cricut® workshop where you will learn many of the techniques used to create this Inspirational Shadowbox.

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I enjoy teaching people how to use their Explore Cricut® Machines with Design Space to create various paper crafting and home decor projects.  In my opinion, if you have invested the money into such an amazing tool, you might as well invest some time into learning how to use it.

This class will be an intermediate level class for those who have some knowledge of Design Space or for those who have taken a Basics Class from me.  Here are a few of the techniques I will be teaching in May:

  • Creating a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using various images from our Flower Market Collection
  • How to take an image from the internet and upload it into Design Space, then turn it into a cut image for your project
  • How to cut and apply Vinyl to a project as well as how to reverse certain images
  • Adding depth to shadow box images using sponging techniques with ink

I would love for you to attend one of my Cricut® Workshops.  I always have fun teaching these classes and truly enjoy seeing people learn something new.  I do have workshop guides available for purchase in my online store for my long distance crafters.  I would love to see what you are creating with your Cricut® machine and  I can’t wait to see what you create in this workshop!

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* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

What’s Important to You?

You are unique, special, God made, one-of-a-kind!  Have you ever considered recording what makes you….you?  I am so excited to offer you this limited time The Important Thing album bundle created by Close to My Heart that allows you to highlight and record what is important to you.  

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Based on a journaling model inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important
Book, this bundle empowers you to create a custom album highlighting the Important Things in your life!   You can create a meaningful mini-album using this limited-time product bundle to showcase your kids, your pets, your hobbies, your love, and your passions.  I personally think this would be a AMAZING project to create with your kids or grandkids to showcase and record what is personally important to them in their current stage of life. 🙂

The Important Thing Album Bundle contains the paper, cardstock, Flip Flaps™, and Memory Protectors™ needed to assemble the album.  Close to My Heart has even created a wonderful worksheet designed to help record and compile thoughts as you create this album for yourself, your children, or a loved one.

 

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This kit has been wonderfully designed and is available until April 30th, for only $16.95, while supplies last.  You will need a few additional supplies to complete the album as pictured in the instruction guide.  Please email me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com for a complete list of the supplies needed.

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Make sure that you take the time to record what is important to you so that future generations can see what makes you who you are.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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March Creative Club

Spend a afternoon of crafting fun as you look forward to the coming of spring.   At my March Creative Club, you are welcome to come enjoy a few hours of crafting to catch up on some of your winter projects and have the option to purchase some of my Gimme Some Sugar Kits that you can create.  I have reserved a room large enough for a few crafters, and will have snacks, drinks, and a drawing for Close to My Heart products.* Bring a friend who has never attended a Creative Club event and receive a FREE Petite Perks stamps set from me.  

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Space is limited, so please register early. You do not need to purchase one of the kits to attend the crafting event.  You have the option to pay $10 to attend for the afternoon, or come for Free with the purchase of one of my kits listed HERE.  I also have kits and guides available for purchase in my online store.

I have various Creative Club kits available that you can create at this event. 

Record your family memories on this  bright, spring layout using the cheerful papers from our Gimme Some Sugar Collection. Have more photos to display?  I will have some of our Pocket Plus Memory Protections Design 2 available for purchase, as well as some of our 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps or 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps that I will show you how to use to add additional photos to your layout.

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I will also have an Easter Card kit with a delightful Easter Treat Box kit available for purchase.  You can purchase the card kit separately or combine it with the Spring Scrapbook Layout Kit and save.

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Visit the “March Creative Club” page in my “EVENTS” tab to learn more about this event, the other kits I have for you, as well as how my long-distance crafters can order the kits and workshop guides.

You do not need to purchase a kit to attend this event.  I have reserved a room large enough for your crafting needs, will provide some snacks and drinks, and a few tools for you to use. There will also be a drawing for a few Close to My Heart products.* Space is limited, so please register early. 

To register for this event, please email me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com
before March 15th.  

Happy crafting my friends!  I can’t wait to see what you create.

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*Drawing for Close to My Heart products will take place if (5) five or more people attend the event. 

 

March Kit of the Month

Celebrate the coming of spring as you record family memories of Easter, Mother’s Day, and more with my March Kit of the Month.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers and is titled “Family Memories”.  Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our beautiful designer papers.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout.

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My Family Memories kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Bashful Glitter paper, Cricut® die-cuts, and Gimme Some Sugar Cork shapes. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.  Have more photos to display?  You can use our Pocket Plus Memory Protections Design 2 to add some additional photos in the center or add even more photos with our 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps or 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps.  If you have never used these products, write me a comment below and I will show you a few examples of how you can use them.  They are awesome products that help you add even more photos to a layout!

*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

Love Letter Tips & Tricks

This month’s Love Letter’s Kit is a wonderfully designed kit that includes a sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing.  For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I wanted to show you a few ideas for displaying your Love Letter, as well as a few tips and tricks for creating.

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I simply adore it the Welcome Sign I designed for my craft room door. I was able to attach the chipboard letter to a frame my husband created and added few of the paper flowers from the kit that would match the decor in my craft room. The “established” wedding gift uses a shadow box, Love Letter Kit, and some vinyl for a simple, yet elegant home decoration.  Since I was unsure of the couples future decor, I choose to use the grey flowers and the succulents from the kit to decorate the sign.

Both of these projects were simple to create and are a great way to display the Love Letter kit. You can choose to hang your Love Letter kit as is or add it to a frame or shadow box.  There is an awesome Facebook page that you can visit full of display ideas.

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I am excited by the fact that this kit comes with more flowers, succulents, and letters than you could possibly need. I used the leftovers to create these cute little pots of flowers.  You can use those leftovers on cards, scrapbook pages and more. Close to My Heart posted some great ideas for those leftovers this past week.

These amazing Love Letter kits can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREEWhen your Love Letter Kit(s) arrives, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you as you assemble your artwork:

  • Each kit comes with a simple set of instructions to follow.  You can also view the amazing video Close to My Heart has created showing how to assemble the kit.
  • The paper is best adhered down to the chipboard with a tape runner or a thin layer of glue that covers the entire chipboard letter.  This will prevent any “glue-lines” from showing through the decorative paper.
  • You can choose to add stamped images or additional patterned paper to your letter design.  On my Welcome Sign, I chose to randomly stamp grey dragonflies onto the white portion of the letter to give it a more individualized look.
  • If you want to change the color of the flowers, you can sponge them with ink, paint them with watercolors, or add glitter like I did with our Shimmer Brushes.
  • Use a sponge dauber to ink the edges of each petal and add even more dimension.  You can use a matching ink or use a grey or brown ink for a rustic/vintage feel.
  • To make the flowers even more three dimensional, use a 3D Foam Dot between every other layer of petals/leaves.
  • Our quilling tool is a must have for this project.  This will help to create the bent flower petals, rolled succulent centers, and curled leaf tips.
  • Use some of your left-over embellishments for the flower centers. I used Black and White Dots on the centers of my flowers. (I glued on my embellishments.) The heart on the wedding gift came from some of my left-over Chelsea Gardens Complements.
  • Make sure to use a good adhesive so that your creation does not come apart while on display.  I used both liquid adhesive and hot glue on my projects.
  • This kit comes with three banners and plenty of letters for you to use.  I found it best to begin in the center of the word(s), and using our tweezers (extremely helpful), add the letters to slowly  working my way out from the middle.  I used foam tape under my banners to give them more dimension.

You are only limited by your imagination on this project.  Our Love Letters kits are worth purchasing for yourself or to give as a gift, but they are only available while supplies last until January 31st.  You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant!

Make sure to visit the promotions tab on my website to order your Love Letters kits before the are gone.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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