You Are Awesome Card

Do you know someone who is just amazingly awesome? I believe that it is good to recognize those who have blessed you with their friendship, willingness to listen, and ability to tolerate you.  This week, I created a card that you can give those awesome people using the a sentiment and little girl image from our A Bushel & a Peck stamp set.  Isn’t this just adorable?!  I love the combination of Glacier and Bashful together. If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ B&T (Blue Leaf Fresh Air), 4¾” x 3¼” Glacier Cardstock, 4¼” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T (Pink Beautiful Freindship), White Daisy Cardstock for stamped image

Techniques & Tips Just for You:
• The Glacier cardstock was embossed using a small dots embossing folder.
• I curved the sentiment and placed it onto a block before stamping it onto the B&T paper with Black Ink.
• Here is a list of the ShinHan™ markers used:  Mahogany, Bronze, Clay, Light Orange, Pastel Peach, Tender Pink, Cerulean Blue Light, Turquoise Blue, Colorless Blender

I hope you take some time to create a few of these cards to give to those who are willing to put up with your nonsense. 😉  Remember, this exclusive  A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.

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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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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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Black Memento Ink

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glacier & Gold Ribbon

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Glue Dots

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3D Foam Dots

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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MicroTip Scissors

 
     
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July Kit of the Month

Long, lazy afternoons, picnics at the park, a glass of sweet tea, and very little crafting time – that’s how most of our summer days are spent.   We take lots of pictures, but have minuscule amount of time to create a way to record those memories.  When my kids were younger, I often turned to scrapbook kits as a way to save time (and conserve energy) because most of my days were spent keeping seven or more children from causing mayhem in the neighborhood.  That is why I now create these kits for each of you.  I want you to be able to have a simple way to record your story with uncomplicated, painless, ready-to-assemble kits that are easily modifiable to the photos you have.

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My July Kit of the Month was created to record your memories of those summer days spent picnicking at the park. This layout allows room for three 3″x 4″ photos and three 4″ x 4″ photos, but can easily be modified to hold 4″ x 6″ photos instead.  I have designed this layout to hold even more photos by using our 4″ x 12″ Memory Protector. This “half-page” insert holds four additional photos and fits directly between the two pages, aligning perfectly with the background.

You can order this July Summer Picnic Kit of the Month or the Workshop Guide in my online store.  The Workshop Guide includes 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.

If you enjoy my kits, why not subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have one of my kits delivered directly to your door each month. Yearly subscribers pay only $10.00* per kit and receive additional perks each month. This month, they will have the option to add one of the 4″ x 12″ Memory Protectors to their kit.

Well, my friends, I pray your sweet tea is always ice cold, your porch is always welcoming, and your days are full of memories.  I can’t wait to see what you create this summer.

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Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.

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As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

Observations:
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.

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My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.

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I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. 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

Thanks A Bushel Card

If you are like me, you always have a need for Thank-You cards, so, this week, I created a few using the adorable images and a sentiment from our exclusive A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. I love sending happy mail to customers, especially homemade cards, but each one needs to be quick to make as well as fun to receive.   This card defiantly “fits the bill” – quick to create, easy to assemble, and ready to send.  If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with a few techniques to help you complete a few thank- cards to add to your collection.

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Techniques Used:
• The circle was created using a 2¼” Stitched Circle Thin Cut cut in half.
• The background on the Espresso cardstock was created by randomly stamping the “Blowing Leaf” image onto the Espresso cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, then it was sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heat applied with a Craft Heater.
• Three stands of New England Ivy Twine was wrapped around the shorter ends of the Espresso cardstock.
• Color was added to the apples using ShinHan™ markers. Each of the apples was shaded fully with Cherry Pink, then I used Carmine to add shadows and a Colorless Blender to add light reflections. I shaded the “Leaves” with Sap Green.
• I used the Bronze and Clay ShinHan™ markers to shade the “Basket” then used Sap Green and Pastel Green to finish the details.

How cute would this look if you made the apples bright green? Or added a stitched border? Your imagination is your only limitation. I hope you take some time to create a few Thank-You cards using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. This exclusive stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.

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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 Espresso Cardstock

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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VersaMark™ Ink Pad

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Ranger™ White Embossing Powder

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Fresh Air Shapes

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Marvy® Uchida® Journaling Pen

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Craft Heater

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All-Purpose Mat

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Thin Cuts Stitched Circles

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Black Memento Ink

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glue Dots

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New England Ivy Twine

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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MicroTip Scissors

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3D Foam Dots
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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Craft Room Labels

Cricut Design Space™ has an amazing feature called “Print Then Cut” which it is wonderful to use when making labels.  As I move into my new crafty space, my OCD brain is finding the need to make sure everything has a label. I am also one who wanted all of this stuff moved and organized yesterday, so my labels need to be quick, easy, and of course, cute. Today, I am going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature in Design Space™ to create some labels.

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DESIGN SPACE INSTRUCTIONS: (Before you begin, Calibrate your Cricut® machine.)
1. Insert the label image you wish to use for your background. I chose Floral Label – #M4165FC from our Artistry Collection.
2. Design and Resize the Label as desired.
3. INSERT TEXT and type your description into the text box. Choose the FONT & RESIZE as needed onto the label.

 


4. If desired, insert any images you wish to use to decorate your label. I used a Dandelion Image from our Flower Market Collection. (The black lines around the image will disappear when turned into a print image.)
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5. SELECT ALL and choose FLATTEN. If you look at the layers panel, your images have turned into a Print Image.
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6. Choose MAKE IT. You will see a preview of the image with a rectangle outline added (cut sensor marking). Click CONTINUE.
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7. Choose CONTINUE and choose SEND TO PRINTER.  Choose your Printer then choose Print. (The image bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. It is recommended to leave this on for best cut results, but you can turn the bleed off. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process.)

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8. After printing, place the paper onto the upper left corner of your mat making sure there are no wrinkles in the paper, then send through your Cricut® machine.

It’s this just AWESOME! I love that I could quickly make all the labels I needed for my embellishments and save the file for later use. (Make sure to save one image that is not Flattened to edit later.) If you have not used the Print Then Cut feature, I hope that you give it a try today. While you are at it, Shop and Save at this week’s Cricut Sale! Machines, Materials, Tools & More.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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.

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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Dad is Rad Special

Do you have a “Rad Dad” in your life? We all know and love someone who has made a difference in our lives or the lives of our kids.  I am personally blessed with a wonderful husband who is an amazing father to our kids and many other children who have been “adopted” into our family. Close to My Heart wishes to honor all of those who hold a special place in our hearts, so we are celebrating the dad’s in our lives with our exclusive Dad is Rad workshop bundle.

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This Dad is Rad Workshop Kit features the limited Rad Dad Stamp Set and discounted Dad Is Rad Product Bundle with enough supplies to create one 12″ × 12″ layout, one 12″ × 12″ page, and four cards that can be used for Father’s Day or to share with all the “rad” people you love!  This Dad is Rad product normally sells for  $41.67, but you can get it for a limited time for only $29.95 while supplies last.*(plus tax & shipping)

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I would enjoy spending an evening with you and your friends as we create these  wonderfully designed cards or scrapbook layouts.  Don’t worry about cleaning house, just gather some friends, contact me, and we can schedule a night to create as we honor those amazing men in our lives. You could even earn a FREE stamp set just for hosting this event.

The Dad is Rad Workshop Kit and Stamp set are only available until June 30th or while supplies last. Visit my website to learn more about this kit and download the FREE Workshop Guide.  I can’t wait to see what you create for your “Rad Dad”.

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* Available May 15 – June 30 while supplies last. Shipping assessed on retail value of all items.

 

 

June Kit of the Month

As you can tell, I am starting to get ready for our summer adventures, and this kit will be perfect for displaying those family photos and memories.  Each month, I create a ready-to-assemble scrapbook kit that you can purchase and have delivered directly to your home.  For the month of June, I have constructed this Outdoor Adventure Kit featuring our New Fresh Air papers just for you to use to record your family’s summer adventure memories.

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The June Kit of the Month is a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our rustic Fresh Air designer papers.  You can have this kit mailed directly to you and have everything you need to complete the layout for your family photos. Sign-up for my annual subscription, and you can save $2.00 a month, and receive a simple, ready-to-assemble kit sent to you each an every month.

My Outdoor Adventure kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Fresh Air papers, a 4″ x 4″ Flip-Flap, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

If you have never used our Flip-Flaps, now is your chance to try one out.  Your June kit will include one Flip-Flap for you to add more photos to your layout. As you can see, on the front of the layout’s Flip-Flap, you have a place to record your adventures and underneath, as you lift the Flip-Flap, you have room for two more photos.  How awesome is that! You are welcome to add more 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Flip-Flaps to your kit for an additional cost. Please let me know which ones you wish to purchase when ordering your kit.

Are your ready to plan some outdoor adventures with your family? I know I am!  You are welcome to visit my online store and order this kit for $12.00* or subscribe to my Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout plus receive an additional layout guide** and a Seasonal Expressions catalog each quarter FREE with your kit. Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

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

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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.

Classic Summer Layout

Have you ever tried using a PageMaps sketch as inspiration for your layouts? This year, to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day,  Scrapbook & Cards Today challenged it’s readers to create a layout using this NSD PageMaps Sketch.  As you know, I always love a challenge.

I also like to inspire you to use stamped images to enhance your scrapbook pages, so for this “Fresh Summer Lemonade” layout I chose to use both the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets.  This layout reminded me of the days when my children would set up a lemonade stand for the neighborhood.  I am not sure if the lemonade was very tasty, but everyone was always a good sport and supported their efforts.

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You can find the complete list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post. 

Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Bashful Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ Dotted Vellum (Postcard Perfect), 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (Beautiful Friendship)

Techniques Used on This Layout:
1. To create the stitching around the page, I used a Ruler with our Piercing & Embossing Tool to create the holes, then used Pink thread for the border.
2. The “Jute Twine” was created by pulling apart the White Burlap Ribbon into individual threads.  Three of the threads were wrapped around the B&T paper. The three remaining threads were used to create the bow.
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3. The Lemon & Flower border was created with images from the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets. After cutting out the images, they were placed onto the page using Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots.
4. The “Tags” were stamped using Smoothie Ink.  I added the paper strip from a piece of the “True Story” PML card, punched a hole, and added threads of White Burlap Ribbon.
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5. The “Straw” was stamped using Pixie ink, then I re-stamped the rim of the “Jar” along the top, and added the “Straw” to the “Jar”.
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These exclusive, summer-themed stamp sets and the Postcard Perfect products that I used on my layout are only available during the month of May.  You can purchase each of these by visiting the Promotions Tab on my website, but they are only available while supplies last so make sure you grab them before they are gone. I would love to see what you create using this sketch or these exclusive stamp sets.  Feel free to post your work on my Facebook page for all to see.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Classic Summer Bash Stamp Set

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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Postcard Perfect Cardstock

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Postcard Perfect Paper Packet

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Postcard Perfect Stamp Set

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Tweezers

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Corner Rounder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Piercing & Embossing Tool

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Thin 3D Foam Dots
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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
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