October Workshops

Are you ready for fall? My October workshops will put you in the mood for some cooler weather, autumn tones, and teach you some new techniques you can use on your upcoming projects.  I have two workshops during the month of October, so please make sure to RSVP by October 6th for each one you wish to attend.

Falling For You Workshop

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We will be making one 2-page 12″ x 12″ layout and two autumn themed cards using the beautiful Falling For You papers and matching accessories.  I will be teaching you how to create a “quilted” scrapbook layout, how to use embossing powers, and using reinkers to create multi-toned stamped images.  If you wish to attend this workshop, you can learn more about the kits available  by visiting the Events page or on my Facebook event page. 

 

Fall Wreath Cricut® Class

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Come learn the basics of using our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge in Design Space as you create this festive fall wreath. Bring your laptop, Cricut® and basic supplies, and  I will walk you through some basic techniques for designing a wreath and creating three-dimensional flowers with your Cricut®.   You will learn how to size, layer, and manipulate the images as well as taking apart images to weld them to text and other images. There are pre-requisites for this class so make sure to visit the Events page or my Facebook event page. 

More Fall Projects

I have also created a Kit of the Month for both September and October that would be perfect for your fall photos. You can visit my Kit of the Month tab in the Kits & Guides tab to learn more about these fun layouts.  These are wonderful kits you can complete at home at your own pace when it fits into your schedule.


If you have any questions about these workshops or suggestions for future workshops, please feel free to contact me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com.  I would love to schedule a date with you and your friends to complete one of these workshops together.  I always love seeing how talented you all are when you create!

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October Kit of the Month

Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit featuring some of our designer papers that are pre-cut and easy to assemble.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My October Kit of the Month will give you a head start on your thanksgiving scrapbook pages.  It is titled “Thankful” and features our NEW Falling for You papers.

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This kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer papers, Cricut® cuts, and burlap ribbon.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, add your photos, and you have a completed layout.  Do you have more than three Thankful photos? You can use some of our amazing Flip Flaps and increase the amount of photos and journaling you can include on your layout.

I truly love how this page came together with the intricate leaf border, the burlap ribbon embellishment, and the simple, yet bold title.  You are welcome to order the kit for $12.00*  by visiting my online store front.  Save by subscribing the the Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout and receive an additional layout guide and Holiday Expressions for FREE with your order.  Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab on above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

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

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the From the Heart products.  These products include a beautiful card kit and stamp set that can be used to make some gorgeous creations.  StampingMonthBadge If you have come here from Vickie ODell’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the From the Heart products.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

During the month of September, I will be creating some simple projects using the From the Heart stamp set so make sure to visit often for more inspiration. As I roamed the internet for ideas, I saw that this stamp set was used often with brightly colored flowers and I wondered what it would look like using simple brown tones.  I decided to step outside the box and use our basic colors which resulted in this fall layout that features our Basics Fundamentals papers and inks.  I truly enjoy how it turned out. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 12″ B&T Paper, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper, ¼” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, ½” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, 6″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), (3) 2″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), 6″ x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ Nutmeg Cardstock

Techniques Used:
• I used all of the brown tones of the Basic Fundamentals paper pack.  You could change this by using all of the grey tones with a Black & White photo.
• After placing down the top and bottom paper and cardstock strips, I used a pencil to draw out the space where my photos and papers would be placed. This helped me to stamp the images on the corners without having to create a mask.  Some of my images where stamped partially inside the drawn rectangle to allow my papers to overlap the stamped images.
• The images were stamped using the From the Heart stamp set with Almond, Toffee, Espresso, and Nutmeg inks.  To create more depth, some of my images are stamped using second generation stamping allowing me to using the inks twice for the same image.


• The small heart was created using Nutmeg cardstock and our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts.  I took apart the White Burlap Ribbon and created two pieces of twine to tie across the heart.
• I always adding a little shine to my layouts, so I placed a strip of Rose Gold Foil tape across the base of the inner rectangle.  After looking at it longer, I might add some Rose Gold gems later.

Now “Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE!

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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Basic Hearts Thin Cuts

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Rose Gold Foil Tape

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Micro Glue Dots

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Ruler

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VersaMat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

Feel So Blessed SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the September Feel So Blessed stamp set. I have enjoyed using the sentiments of 2017SeptSOTM.jpggratitude on this stamp set for both cards and scrapbook pages and I know you will, too.   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 designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Feel So Blessed stamp set.

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

During the month of September, I will be creating weekly projects using the Feel So Blessed  stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created an autumn themed layout with our New Fundamentals papers to express what I am truly grateful for. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.
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Paper Needed: (2) 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (Toffee), (15) 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper (Enchantment Fundamentals), 6″ x 8″ Cardstock (Nutmeg), 6″ x 4″ Cardstock (Nutmeg), 6″ x 6″ Cardstock (Toffee), 4″ x 4″ Saffron Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Fern Cardstock, 3″ x 3″ Pomegranate Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Gold Glitter Paper

Techniques Used on the Layout:
The Enchantment Fundamentals squares were adhered to the pages about 1½” from the top of the page.  I did not put paper behind the photo mats (I like to save when I can).

The Leaves were cut from Saffron, Fern, and Pomegranate cardstock using the You Are Here Cricut® cartridge.  I added texture to the leaves using our new Leaves Embossing folder that can be found in our Holiday Expressions catalog.


The Title was cut from Gold Glitter paper using the You Are Here Cricut® cartridge. You can view the Cricut® Design Space file here, but you must own the cartridge in order to cut out the images.  You can purchase this amazing You Are Here Cricut® cartridge bundle from my website.
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 I used Nutmeg Ink to stamp the “For This”, “So Blessed” and number images onto Toffee cardstock.  I used our 3-D Foam Dots to attach the numbers to the journalling strips to create a list of the things I am grateful for.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-five other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Feel So Blessed stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Krista Hershberger’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Feel So Blessed Acrylic stamp set is available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Gold Glitter Paper

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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You Are Here Cricut Bundle

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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12 x 12 Toffee Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pomegranate Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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3D Foam Dots

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Leaves Embossing Folder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

September Kit of the Month

Each month, I offer a scrapbook kit featuring some of our designer papers for my long-distance crafters who cannot attend my workshops . Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My September Kit of the Month will give you a head start on your fall scrapbook pages.  It is titled “October Fun” and features our NEW Cats & Bats papers.

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This kit is easy to assemble when you follow the full-color assembly guide and includes cardstock, papers, Cricut® cuts, White Twine and White Enamel Gems.  All you need is adhesive and scissors.  You are welcome to order the kit for $12.00* or for only $10.00* by subscribing the the Kit of the Month Club.  Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab on above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

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

School Year Scrapbook Layout

Honestly, I am trying to catch up on my own scrapbooks.  My children are no longer in school, but I am working on recording their memories.  When I saw the School Year stamp of the month, I was excited to use it for this simple, clean layout.  It allowed me to make quick embellishments, have an organized journalling box, and assemble this layout in under 20 minutes.  Since I am so far behind, I will probably copy this layout multiple times using different patterned papers, add a child’s name as the title, and have a page for each of my kids albums completed. BONUS!

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Striped Peacock), 12″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Letters Peacock), 4″ x 4″ B&T Paper (Striped Pomegranate), 5½” x 7½” B&T Paper (Striped Saffron), 2¼” x 4½” B&T Paper (Striped Pomegranate), (3) 4″ x 6″ Cardstock (Saffron), 4″ x 4″ Cardstock (Saffron)

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Since this layout is so simple to create, instead of instructions, I have included a layout guide for you to follow and a few detailed photos of the embellishments I created using the School Year stamp set.  As always, I have included a list of the products I used at the very bottom of this post.

The “Pencil” images were stamped using Black ink onto White Daisy cardstock, then shaded with Watercolor pencils. You could wrap this with twine, add some enamel gems, or change the colors to match your papers.

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This journal box image is perfect for recording those “first day” memories.  The image was stamped onto White Daisy cardstock using Black ink, then adhered to Peacock cardstock.  I added a knotted ribbon for an embellishment.  You could change this by adding enamel gems, star cuts, or stick around the edges.

 

All of my Workshop Guides include layout grids like this one below.  I include measurements, notations, and label the individual cuts to match with the cutting guide.

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Don’t forget! The School Year stamp of the month is available through August 30th.  Visit the “Promotions” tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Enchantment Fundamentals
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Watercolor Pencils

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

 


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 

 

 

Storybook Vintage Layout

July is almost over and time is running out to purchase this awesome stamp set.  Throughout the month, I have posted some simple projects you can make using the Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set.  This week, I have created a vintage layout for my heritage album using some of our Basics Cardstocks and Rustic Home Fundamentals.  The ENTIRE Basics color palette is retiring this month as well as all of our Fundamentals B&T papers. Make sure to visit my website and order your Basics cardstock, inks, and reinkers, as well as your Fundamentals Papers before they are gone FOREVER.

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You can easily make this to a school page for your child by simply changing the color palette to primary colors or by shading in the letters. As always, I have created a list of items used on this layout at the very bottom of this post.

Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cocoa Cardstock, 11½” x 11″ Cashmere Cardstock, 10″ x 5″ Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 7½” x 1″ B&T Paper (Basics Fundamentals), 8″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Basics Fundamentals)

Techniques Used on the Layout:
• The Storybook Alphabet letter stamps were placed randomly onto large 4″ x 5″ My Acrylix blocks, then stamped onto the background cardstock using Cocoa Ink.
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• The edges were sponged with Cocoa Ink.  I also applied some Cocoa Ink with a sponge onto the letter background of the Sweet Leaf and Cashmere cardstock.
• The White Burlap Ribbon was attached using Micro Glue Dots.  The knot was tied separately, then adhered to the page with a Micro Glue Dot.
• The Rustic Fundamentals Vellum was attached using our Bonding Memories Glue Pen.  I applied the glue the full length of the vellum, allowed it to dry until it was tacky, then attached it the tie B&T paper strip.

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The Storybook Alphabet stamp set is available until July 31st.  
Visit my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00. 

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Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set

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Rustic Home Fundamentals

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product imageSureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Kit of the Month Club

Each month, I offer a scrapbook kit for my long-distance crafters who cannot attend my workshops featuring some of our designer papers. Each kit is mailed directly to you once a month and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My August Kit of the Month is an adventurous layout using our Jack papers and embellishments. If this monthly club is something your are interest in joining, but you still have a few questions, below is a little FAQ for you.

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What does each kit include? Each kit includes everything your need to complete the layout shown.  I include pre-cut cardstock, designer Close to My Heart papers, embellishments, and any Cricut cuts or stamped images featured in the layout.  On my Kit of the Month page, I will include the list of items not included in the layout. For example, this month’s kit includes everything except the White photo mat.

What do I need to buy to complete the kit? In the description, I will include a list of products you will need to complete the kit.  Most of the time you will need basic supplies such as a paper trimmer, scissors, and adhesive.

Are there written or video instructions for each kit? I avoid the camera whenever possible, so the instructions are written for you. 🙂 Each set of Full-Color instructions include a photo of the layout, a layout guide with measurements for placement, and detailed instructions of how to assemble the layout.

What are the subscription options? I have three options available. Each one offers substantial savings and bonuses based on the subscription.

  • MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION$12.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING) 
  • SIX MONTH SUBSCRIPTION$11.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING)  You will also receive the Seasonal Expression Idea Book FREE.
  • TWELVE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION$10.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING) . As an additional bonus, you will receive a FREE additional Layout Guide using the monthly paper pack, and FOUR of the Seasonal Expression Idea Books FREE.

How do I sign-up? You can send me an email at misscarriectmh@gmail.com or complete the Subscription Form to sign-up.  Once I receive your email/form I will send you additional instructions and an invoice through Square.

What if I want to purchase past kits? All kits must be ordered by the 28th of the previous month.  Close to My Heart has a wonderful selection of products that are rotated often, and there is no guarantee that a product will be available to create past kits.  You are always welcome to send me an email to see if I have that kit available.

Is there anything else I need to know? At this time, kits are only available to those residing in the U.S. I do have guides available if you are interested in creating this kit. Most of your questions can be answered by reading the Subscription Terms, but please feel free to email me at anytime or comment below with your questions.

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Storybook Puppy Love

For all those fur parents out there, here is an adorable layout you can create using our Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set.  Over three years ago, we decided to adopt a dog that was found starving, sickly, and tattered along the roadside. She was so frightened when she came into our home and often hid whenever someone came into the house. Well, not only was she tattered, but we found out soon that she was pregnant. We made the decision to continue the pregnancy, assuming that nothing would survive, but a few months later we had six healthy puppies and , OF COURSE, we had to keep one.  God had a plan because six months later our two other dogs (ages 16 and 17) passed away.  We are true dog lovers in this home and I felt this layout is a perfect display of our love for those fur babies.

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Remember, the Storybook Alphabet set in available until July 31st.  
Visit my website to and learn how you can purchase the
Stamp of the Month for only $5.00!

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Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Thistle Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Pixie Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Canary Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set

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Paintbrush Set

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12″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Bonding Memories Glue

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Craft Heater

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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

Relax with No Worries Layout

As you know, I enjoy each week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge. They inspire me to try something new with a color palette I would not have likely chosen.  This week, we were challenged to use only Cashmere, Glacier, Lagoon, Sapphire, Whisper and White Daisy inks with the No Worries paper pack, so I chose to make a scrapbook layout for some fun summer vacation photos.

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This layout is one that we will be making in my upcoming No Worries Creative Club Workshop where you will learn how to use our inks to enhance your scrapbook pages. On this layout, I used our White Daisy Exclusive Ink Pad to add foam caps to the waves.  It really added dimension to the layout.  You can find a list of the remaining supplies I used to create this scrapbook page at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to ask questions about the layout, my upcoming workshop, and the products used on this layout. 

If you are one of my long-distance followers, you can purchase the Workshop Guide which includes a link to the Cricut Design Space file so that you can recreate this layout using our inks and sponging techniques.

 

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No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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2″ x 6½” My Acrylic Block