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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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Peacock Cardstock

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12 x 12 Mink Cardstock

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Chelsea Gardens – Scrapbooking Stamp Set

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Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder

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All Purpose Mat

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Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Mink Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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3D Foam Tape

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Celebrate Friends Layout

I know that I am usually on top of things and posting artwork weekly.  I am one who tries to make sure that you have plenty of inspiration each month using our exclusive stamp sets, but life …well…life.  One of the joys of owning my own business is the ability to schedule around “life”.  That may mean that there will be some weeks with very little inspirational artwork and there will be others where you will just become plain sick of me. 😉

This week, I was able to take a little break to play with our Color Your Life stamp of the month and create this “Celebrate Friends” layout.  I am usually one who meticulously  plans out each layout, but, due to my lack of playtime, this page was thrown together into quite the collection of shapes, colors, and textures AND I LIKE IT.  I must say that it was quite freeing to take the Gimme Some Sugar leftovers from random projects and come up with something like this.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Juniper B&T, 3½” x 10″ Juniper Gingham B&T, 1″ x 11″ Pink Floral B&T, (7) 1½” Circles, 2½” Circle, Grey Journal PML (cut out),  Hibiscus Flowers (Flower Market), Bashful Butterfly

Here are a few detailed photos of the layout:

 

This layout went together rather quickly and, now, I must leave my sanctuary to return to life’s demands.  I am blessed that as a Close to My Heart Consultant I am free to have a home business that suits me and allows me to keep my family a priority.

If you have been considering becoming a consultant, April is the perfect month to sign-up.  Not only will you receive an amazing $200 kit and $50 in product credit, but during April you will also receive the next FOUR exclusive stamp of the month stamp sets FREE.  That is over $350 in products for only $75 (USA).  I would love for you to join our HeARTfully Blessed Creations team where you can run your business in a way that suits you best and allows you to keep your family a priority. 

Don’t forget that the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th.  Visit the promotions tab on my website to order your exclusive stamp set along with some of the retiring Gimme Some Sugar products.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Seasonal Expressions Farewell

I always hate when I miss out on something that I had on my wish list or “saved in my cart”.  I always tend to wait until the last minute, completely forget to place my order, and I miss out on some amazing products. Well, my friends, the end of the season is nearing, and Close to My Heart will be retiring another Seasonal Expressions catalog.   I don’t want you miss out on everything that you have “saved in your cart”.

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Many of the items from this catalog have already sold out and supplies are dwindling, so make sure to visit my website before these products are gone for good. Here are a few of the items that will no longer be available on my website after April 30th.

We will also be discontinuing all of the Stamp Sets and Thin Cuts metal dies featured in the Seasonal Expressions One catalog. This includes the Mother’s Day, Wedding, Paper Doll, Super Hero, Easter, and Graduation items.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or come visit me at the Scrap * Stamp *Create crop this weekend to view the products in this catalog and place your order. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Grandma’s House Layout

We all have memories of our Grandma’s house.  For me, it was a place I could run around collecting pine cones, write acrostics, and explore outside. My Grandma’s House layout is perfect for recording all of those precious memories.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers which are perfectly designed for pages just like this.

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You can order a ready-to-assemble kit from my online store which includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Peacock Stitched Ribbon, 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.

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If you already own the supplies, or plan on purchasing them from your local consultant, you can purchase the Workshop Guide. The Workshop Guide will include cutting instructions, a Cricut® Design Space File, photos, and assembly instructions.  You will need to own the Cricut® cartridges used to cut out the images. The Grandma’s House Workshop Guide is available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.

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Spring Banner (Workshop)

I truly enjoy joining weekly challenges, and I love decorating my home for each season. This month, Heart2Heart Challenge is offering a Seasonal Expressions One Cover Challenge to inspire and encourage us to use the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring. What inspired me most was all of the amazing home decorations that the CTMH Creative Team created, and, since I love to decorate my home, I was inspired to create this adorable Spring Banner to hang on my wall.

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My Spring Banner uses designer pattern papers from our Gimme Some Sugar collection, as well as images from our Flower Market collection.  Once I created this Spring Banner, I realized how fun this project would be to create in my monthly workshop.  I haven’t hosted a home decor workshop in a while, so I will be offering this bright, cheerful banner as a workshop in April to all of my customers. You can visit the Spring Banner Workshop page here on my blog to learn more about this workshop.  I also have kits and workshop guides available for sale in my online Holiday Store.

I would love for you to join me in the Heart2Heart Challenge and be inspired by the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring.  There are so many amazing products in this catalog and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Watercolor Color Dare Card

For this week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge, we are required to use Eggplant, Pewter, and Goldrush.  You would think that these colors wouldn’t complement each other, yet, I found many examples in nature where these colors beautifully enhance one another.  For this challenge, I choose to create a simple card where the colors complement each other to create a project full of color and texture. You can find the list of supplies used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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On this card I wanted all of my colors to match, so I chose to create my own watercolor paint.  I simply mixed a few drops of Reinker with a ¼ tsp of water, then carefully shaded the images with a fine paintbrush.  Since I used a water-based ink to stamp the images, I had to extra cautious not to use too much “paint” on my images.  After painting the images, I splattered a little bit of the remaining Goldrush watercolor around the butterfly for added texture.

You can easily recreate this card for any occasion.  I would love to see you join in on this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  You have until March 22nd to create and add your project to the challenge page.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Goldrush Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pewter Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Paintbrush Set

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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Eggplant Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Reinker

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Rose Embossing Folder

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White Twine
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3D Foam Tape
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer
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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

 

April Kit of the Month

We all have a multitude of snapshots of birthday celebrations, so for this month’s Kit of the Month, I have created a kit for you to record those joyous memories.  This kit features our New Stargazer papers and is titled “Birthday Smiles”.  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 Birthday Smiles kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Stargazer papers, Grey Ribbon, Cricut® die-cuts, and Stargazer Dots. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.   You can even add a little bit of shine to your layout, like I did, with our Clear Shimmer Brush.  If you have never used our Shimmer Brushes, Close to My Heart has created a wonderful video showing you how to use each one of them.  They are amazing products that allow you to add shimmer and shine to your projects!

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.

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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