Spinning Coffee Treats Card

Sometimes the coffee lover in me needs to create an amusing little card like this one, and, while I was designing it, I decided that it should have a spinning cup of coffee.  Life is fun, crazy, and sometimes requires a lot of coffee.☕  I truly enjoyed making this  delightful little card using our Just Treat stamp set along with some of our Hello Pumpkin products. You can see a list of all the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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If you have never made a spinning card, it is actually much simpler that you think. I searched on Pinterest, and found that two Pennies with a few Foam Dots worked perfectly behind the cup of coffee. Since, my blog page doesn’t allow me to upload videos, I will be showing how this card works on my Instagram and Facebook page later today, so that you can see how sweet that little spinning cup looks.

Don’t forget that the Just Treats stamp set is only available through September 30th. You can purchase it for only $5.00 with any $50 purchase. If you don’t have $50.00 worth of crafty goodness to purchase, you can buy it for $18.95 on my website and use it to create this card and many others for the upcoming holidays.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Just Treats Stamp Set

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Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet

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Hello Pumpkin Complements

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Decorative Borders Thin Cuts

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Watercolor Pencils

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Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Stitched Circle Thin Cuts

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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3D Foam Dots

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My Acrylix Block Starter Set

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Boutique Scrapbook Kits

Have you noticed that there are SIX, yes, six Boutique Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way® scrapbook pages in the Holiday Expressions catalog? You may have noticed the change, or you may have been confused by it, but either way, it is something to get excited about.  This is a recent change that Close to My Heart has made to a few of our Workshops Your Way® kits and I am THRILLED about the change.

When you look on pages 28 & 29 of the new catalog, you will see both Boutique Workshops Your Way® kits.  On the left is the “Classic” set of scrapbook pages that you can create when you purchase the Boutique Workshops Your Way® Scrapbook Kit.

Aren’t they beautiful? I just ♥adore♥ our Boutique products. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these three layouts. They reflect our Classic designs and are great for recording your memories, BUT sometimes we all want just a little bit more.  That is why in this season’s catalog, Close to My Heart has created three additional Deluxe Kits.

These Deluxe Workshops Your Way® kits use Texture Paste, Stencils, and that glorious new Sugar Plum Shimmer Brush to add a slash of texture and shimmer to your pages. Depending on your style of scrapbooking, you can create the Classic, the Deluxe, or both sets of scrapbook pages to showcase your photos.

Each set of pages, Classic & Deluxe, do require a full Boutique Workshops Your Way® kit, so you will need to purchase two kits  if you are going to create all six pages.  Close to My Heart has made it easier for you to create the Deluxe pages by giving you a 10% discount on the Boutique Deluxe Bundle. This bundle contains everything you need to add amazing texture to enhance your pages with plenty left over for more projects.

I am so excited by the addition of the Deluxe kits and I know you will be, too.  If you are one who likes to add a little more punch to your pages, then these Deluxe Kits are designed for you, but if you prefer the more Classic look, then you aren’t left out. Close to My Heart has three amazingly designed pages just for you.  Which one will you choose? I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Masculine Color Dare Card

Have you ever had one of those days where no matter how much you try to get something to work, it refuses to cooperate and becomes the bane of your existence?! Well, that is exactly how I felt when I was trying to create a card for this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge.

This week’s theme is a Twisted Tic-Tac-Toe and normally, I would have tossed out the card, cried a little, maybe curled in a ball in the corner, ate a little chocolate, then returned to the drawing board. In all honesty though, I really wanted you to see that sometimes the cards I create don’t exactly turn out how I envisioned them.

After much angst over this design, I am still in a debate with myself over which is the better card. I do like the look of the Nutmeg Argyle pattern on the Pacifica background, and the overall structure of the card isn’t horrible, but I am still torn as to which card has a better overall look.

I would love to hear what you think.  We have until September 20th to enter our creations into this week’s challenge and HOPEFULLY by then I will have decided which one I prefer.  I would love to see your creations entered into this week’s challenge and can’t wait to see what you create!

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Dreams Stamp Set

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Decorative Borders Thin Cuts

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Fern Stitched Ribbon

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Gold Glitter Gems

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My Acrylix Block Starter Set

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Stitched Circle Thin Cuts

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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Tombow Adhesive

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3D Foam Tape

 

 

 

October Kit of the Month

Are you “nuts” for fall? Do you enjoy the cooler weather, changing leaves, and warm autumn tones?  Then this layout is one you will defiantly want to purchase to showcase your awesome autumn photos.  Each month, I design a ready-to-assemble kit for my monthly subscribers, as well as a cutting guide for those who wish to us our designer papers, Cricut® collections, and embellishments to make their own layouts.  For the month of October, I have created this “Nuts for Fall” layout using our delightful Grateful Heart products.  Can you picture your fabulous fall photos displayed on this layout?

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So how does the Kit of the Month club work? Well, all you have to do is go to my Kit of the Month subscription page, sign-up for the Monthly, Six-Month, or Yearly subscription, and the kits are mailed to your door each month.  Yearly subscribers also receive four Seasonal Expressions mailed to them each year and save $2.00 on each additional kit ordered in my online store when it is sent with their monthly order.

You don’t have to be a subscriber to purchase my kits.  You can simply go to my online store, purchase the kits you wish to create, and I will mail them to you. For those that wish to purchase their own supplies, I have Cutting Guides & Cricut Design Space™ files available for purchase. My Workshop Guides include a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos, and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections. (HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive a substantial discount on all kits and guides.)

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You can subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have the October Nuts For Fall Kit delivered directly to your door next month. Yearly subscribers pay only $12.00* per kit and will be receiving a Holiday Expressions with their order. I can’t wait to see what you create with this kit.

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*$12.00 price is for annual subscribers. Shipping costs are in addition to the monthly subscription price. Please visit my Kit of the Month tab for more information 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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* 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.) 

 

Color Dare Create Card

Hello, my friends! As you know, I truly enjoy the weekly challenges from the Color My Heart Dare blog and this week we were challenged to a Tic-Tac-Toe where we were to choose three colors in a row/diagonal from this color palette.

 

 

I chose to use Peacock, Eggplant, and Saffron for my card since this choice of colors felt like it would go together really well and had a nice warm autumn feel. At first, designing the card was quite the challenge.  I knew my color palette and I knew that I wanted to use the Dreams stamp set, but I was baffled at how to put it all together.  I am not sure if I was suffering from lack of sleep or too little coffee, which is why I am so grateful that Close to My Heart has created some amazing idea books that we can look through and be inspired by.

 

 

I so surprised how cute this card turned out!  I love all the textures from the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts and how that white argyle stamp just pops on the Eggplant cardstock. I even added a little Gold Shimmer behind the sentiment just for a little ✨bling✨.

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I would love for you to join in this week’s Color My Heart dare challenge.  You don’t even have to have a blog to join, just simply upload your photo onto their Facebook page and they will add you to the challenge.  They are fun to join and really help push your creative brain to new challenges. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Decorative Borders Thin Cuts

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White & Gold Skinny Ribbon

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Watercolor Pencils

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Gold Glitter Gems

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Gold Shimmer Brush

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Stitched Circle Thin Cuts

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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Sweet Treats Shaker Card

I am loving our new Shaker Card products so much that I just had to create a card for this week’s heARTfully stamping challenge.  I know that it is not winter yet, nor will is be coming anytime soon where I live, but I couldn’t resist using our Just Treats stamp of the month to create an adorable winter card.

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If you have had a chance to look at the new Holiday Expressions, then you probably haven’t seen all of the new Shaker Card products available, OR maybe you saw them and just had no idea what they were.  Today, I am going to give you a quick run down of the new products we carry, along with a few tips that will help you when you make your next shaker card.

Shaker Window Foam & Acetate – How many times have you attempted to make a card only to get frustrated cutting and gluing the acetate to foam tape? Too many for me to count. That is why I ♥LOVE♥ this product.  One quick tip – it has a clear film on one side of the acetate that needs peeled off before adhering it to the foam tape.

 

Shaker Thin Cuts – These are AWESOME! They are designed to cut frames out to fit the Foam & Acetate perfectly plus you can use them to create your own confetti. HOW COOL IS THAT! Since my shaker was behind the Tag I cut, I didn’t need to use these this time.

 

Loose Sequins – These come in a bag of Silver Shapes or a bag of Gold Shapes which match just about any project you are working on.  Quick Tip: Tap your Anti-Static Pouch over the Sequins before sealing them up. The powder won’t show and it will prevent them from clinging to the acetate.

 

So are you ready to try out our new Shaker Card products?! I know you will be tickled how simple and fun they are to use. I can’t wait to see the shaker cards you create!

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Just Treats Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just Treats Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the September Just Treats stamp set.  I am so excited by this stamp set! I ♥LOVE♥40467678_10155888311247686_2148774616384929792_n all the little icons and images designed perfectly for the upcoming holidays. If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ 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 simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Just Treats stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Christmas came to mind when I first glanced at our Just Treats stamps set, and then I thought “Nope! I am not ready for Christmas no matter what the retail stores think“. After taking a second look at the stamp set, and really studying the images and sentiments, I realized that this set is intended for so much more than Christmas.  Take a minute to really study this stamp set and think about all the backgrounds you could make, and borders, and embellishments, and cards and…..your imagination is your only limit.

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I am sure you noticed that beautiful Boutique paper right away.  I adore all the patterns and textures of this paper pack. Most people only notice the pales tones in this collection, but I found that Saffron Pattern paper right away and knew that it would make some wonderful fall projects.  To keep with the fall color scheme, I decided that the Charcoal and Linen pattern papers would complement the Saffron and Candy Apple. Yes, that is a “true” red ink you see there in my sentiment and I added more red to the images with a Red Shimmer Brush. I’m not sure how well you can see it, but I brushed some Clear Shimmer on that Whipped Cream topping. ♥LOVE♥ that sparkle.

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I’ve only mentioned a few of the new products I used on this card, but I am sure you saw many more that you can’t wait to play with. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-one other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Just Treats 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 Holiday Expresions products, so make sure to visit often.

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 crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Just Treats stamp set is only available until September 30th! 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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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!?

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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!

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Love of Crafting Treats

Can you believe that August is almost over? I have been working away in my craft room trying to prepare for upcoming events, when I realized that this adorable stamp set will be gone in a few days. 😢 Honestly, the For the Love of Crafting stamp set is one set I wish was available throughout the year.  I have been able to create so many projects with these sentiments and images.

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Before the month ends, I had to show you one more project I have been working on for a special group of ladies.  These fabulous little treat bags were simple to create using the For the Love of Crafting stamp set and our Close to My Heart products.

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I simply cut out the two tags from White Daisy & Poppy cardstock using images from our You Are Here Cricut™ collection. I brushed light blue watercolor onto both tag backgrounds to match the gift bags.  I then splattered red watercolor and shimmer onto the larger tag.  Once both tags were dry, I stamped each image in Memento Ink and shaded in the word “Glitter” using a Journaling Pen. I then added some more shimmer (of course) to the word “Glitter” to make it really stand out.

 

Add a few Black Dots, some leftover ribbon and twine, with, of course, chocolate, and these treats are all set to give away to some very deserving women.

If you haven’t had a chance to purchase the For the Love of Crafting stamp set, make sure to get a hold of one before August 31st.  Many of our products, like the Poppy Cardstock & Memento Ink, are retiring at the end of the month. You can visit the GOING SOON section of my website to see a full list of the retiring products AND if your order totals $50.00 or more*, you can get the For the Love of Crafting stamp set for ONLY $5.00. 😁 I can’t wait to see what you create with this set!

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*$50.00 in qualifying purchase before tax & shipping