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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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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3D Foam Tape

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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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Bloom Flower Decor

Quite a few of you have been waiting for me to post this project online after viewing it at the NA Convention. Honestly, it was one of my ♥favorite♥ projects to create.  I personally enjoy making home decor from paper and enjoy showing others how to do the same.

I will be teaching an online class on October 3rd, to show you how to make these three-dimensional flowers as well as showing you the materials I used to create this Bloom Home Decor project.

When you sign-up for this class, you will receive a kit in the mail from me with the supplies for creating one flower so that you can create along with me during this online class.  Once you have signed-up and paid for the class (invoiced through Square), I will send you a link to the private Facebook event. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS HERE

If you are a consultant wishing to take this class, there are options for you also. Simply click the link above, and learn how you can participate. HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive all of my online classes free. Join my team and I will will send you the link to the class along with a supply list. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog 41229888_10155907687742686_6330441164742721536_nwhich chock-full of spectacular papers, exclusive stamp sets, workshop kits, new tools, and organizers.  If you have come here from Kimberly Bower’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.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I really hope that you have taken some time to peruse the new Holiday Expressions. If you haven’t, then something must be wrong with you because you are missing out on all the amazing new products that Close to My Heart has created this season. 😉 Two of my favorites are the New Boutique products and the Fancy Tags Thin Cuts which I used to create this Insta-Album.

This album was designed to display an array of photos taken from an Insta-camera (those little tiny Polaroids). By using the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts on a variety of papers from the Boutique collection, I was able to create a fun little album for recording those memorable moments.

This little Insta-album could be created from any paper pack. Wouldn’t it be adorable using our new OH! What Fun products? A perfect way to record some winter memories.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Katy Taylor’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, you receive a FREE Holiday Expressions catalog with your first September order. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the WHAT’S NEW section of my website to see all of the products available in this delightful catalog.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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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Dreams Stamp Set

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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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Tombow Adhesive

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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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Fall Moments

It is finally starting to look like Fall around here! I just returned from my annual Fall Crafting Retreat that I host each year, and noticed and many of the leaves are starting to turn, the weather is cooling, and I am ready for some pumpkin bread.  To get you in the “mood” for fall,  I showing you one of pages I created for this year’s Extravaganza using a few of our amazing new products from the Holiday Expressions.

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The first thing you might notice is that gorgeous paper pattern.  Did you know that the Saffron paper comes from our Boutique collection?

 

Isn’t it just beautiful? I also chose to use Boutique Complements to add a few additional details to the layout. I just love that saying “Live for moments you can’t put into words”. This truly describes how we were feeling as we peered at the spectacular fall shades of trees and bushes against the cool waters of the Rocky Mountains.

 

As you can see I used those little “Washi” sticker strips and the Boutique Cardmaking Stamp Set to add a few more details onto the layout.

 

Don’t you just love those little sticker strips? I have used them for quite a few accents on my cards and layouts, along with our new Thin Cuts. We have TWO new sets for you this season that you will ♥LOVE♥.

 

I am adoring all the new TAGS we have available for you in the Fancy Tags Thin Cuts Bundle. On my layout, I chose to cut one in half and use it as an accent. The stitching on the Circle matched perfectly with the stitching that I created with the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts Bundle on other parts of the layout.

You can view all of these new products along with many others on my website. When you place an order during the month of September, you will receive a FREE Holiday Expressions with your order. It’s defiantly something you want to get your hands on – just keep some tissue near by to catch all the drool. 😉 I can’t wait to see what you create with all these amazing new products!

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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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Cupcakes & Cards with Boutique

It’s time to Create with Miss. Carrie and learn how to make these beautifully designed Boutique cards to give to anyone who needs a little extra TLC.  This month, I am offering two options for my card making class. You can choose to come to my Cupcakes & Card class at the local library, or register and join my FIRST online class through my VIP Facebook group.

Cupcakes & Cards Class: September 22nd at 1:00pm 

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Come enjoy an afternoon of creating cards while you enjoy the company of crafty friends and some yummy cupcakes (GF available by request). At this Boutique Cardmaking classes you will learn Rock-n-Roll Stamping, Heat Embossing with our NEW Tinsel Embossing Power, and Random Background Stamping techniques.

Your kit for the Cupcakes & Cards class will include the following supplies:
• Pre-cut Boutique Pattern Papers
• Pre-Cut Sugarplum, Saffron, & White Daisy cardstock
• Six Card Bases and Envelopes
• Mink Twine & Pre-Cut Sugarplum Glitter Paper
• Use of Sugarplum Shimmer Brush, Embossing Powders, Inks, Stamps & Thin Cuts

Cost for this class is $25.00  ~  Sign-Up Online HERE 

Once you have registered for this class, you will receive an email from me confirming your registration. You are welcome to pay online or pay the day of class. If you have registered for the class, but cannot attend, you will be invoiced for the kit on the day of class.


Online Card Class: September 27th at 1:00pm
Class is available to watch online through October 27th 

(Cupcake not included but may be available at your local bakery. 🙂 )

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BoutiqueCardmaking_AllCards-misscarriescreationsAt this online class, you will learn how to create these twelve cards using Rock-n-Roll Stamping, Heat Embossing with our NEW Tinsel Embossing Power, and Random Background Stamping techniques.

Supplies Needed for Twelve Cards: (Some items are not available until September 1st)
WYW Hugs to You Cardmaking Kit
Boutique Cardmaking Stamp Set (Blocks needed are listed with stamp set)
Sugarplum Glitter Paper (optional)
Thin Cuts Stitched Circles
Thin Cuts Stitched Hearts
Charcoal, Sugarplum, and VersaMark Ink Pads
Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder (or Silver) and Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool (I would also recommend an Anti-Static Pouch)
• Basic Tools – paper cutter, scissors, adhesive, foam tape

Cost for this class is FREE when you order supplies on my website
(Join My Team & All Online Classes are FREE)
Sign-Up Online HERE

Many of these supplies might be ones you may already own. Once you have registered for the class online, you will receive an email from me confirming your registration.  You will need to send me the order number from which you ordered your supplies and I will send you a link to the online class.  (If you are a consultant wishing to take the class, or you live outside the U.S., please email me and we can discuss other options.)


I am so excited to be able to teach both of these classes in September.  I hope you can join me and learn how to create these delightful Boutique cards.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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You’ve Got Class Blog Hop

Welcome to the You’ve Got Class Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from the You’ve Got Class 39521996_10217478329729317_3142872847475539968_n.jpgcollection which features unique papers, exclusive stamp set, and workshop kit all designed preserve the best of your child’s school years.  If you have come here from Katy Taylor’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.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As I put together the You’ve Got Class school album kit, I realized that there was a possibility that I “might” have a few more photos than the album allowed room for.  As a mother of many, I have found myself incredibly behind with my memory keeping, so pocket scrapbooking has become an accepted way to catch-up. That is why I decided to create some matching You’ve Got Class Pocket Cards that can be used in conjunction with the You’ve Got Class kit.

 

Once I complete the album, I had PLENTY of paper and cardstock leftover making it easy to create some additions to my album. These You’ve Got Class Pocket Cards are designed to work in conjunction with our pocket Memory Protectors.

 

I began by cutting some of the papers and cardstock remnants into 3″x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ sizes. I knew I wouldn’t need many since most of my “pockets” would be filled with photos.  Once I had a pile of “bases”, my creative brain took off using the paper scraps along with the You’ve Got Class and School Kits stamp sets to create some adorable additions to my album.

 

Aren’t they just the cutest? I plan on showing my School Album Workshop attendees how to create these at my next class.  Our You’ve Got Class workshop contains enough materials that you can use to create 14 single page scrapbook layouts with enough left over for more pages or pocket cards.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the You’ve Got Class collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’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 You’ve Got Class products and stamp sets are only available until September 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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