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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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.

ThanksABushelCardPaper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ B&T (Green Fresh Air), 4¾” x 3½” B&T (Burlap Fresh Air), 2½” x 2½” B&T (Green Fresh Air), 1½” x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock scraps

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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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

Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

I truly enjoy playing with paper to create original cards and treat boxes.  If you are like me, then this workshop is just for you.  On June 23rd, you will have to opportunity to make FOUR cards and this adorable little Fourth of July Treat Box using our New Fresh Air products.

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The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. To sign-up for this workshop, please email me and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase. 

You can choose to purchase a Basic Kit (two cards & the box), Master Kit (four cards & a box) or just the box itself.  I also have pre-stamped kits available for those who cannot attend and Workshop Guides for my long-distance crafters. The guide for this kit includes a Design Space™ file for this  box created by me that you are welcome to use on all of your future projects. 

You can visit my Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop page to learn more about this workshop and the kits that are available for purchase. 

If you enjoy card making as much as I do, make sure to take the time to visit my website to see all of the amazingly simple Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits that Close to My Heart has to offering including the In My Heart Kit. This kit creates TWELVE cards using our rustic Fresh Air Papers.

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If  workshops are “not your thing”, you are always welcome to come catch-up on your own crafting projects at my June CTMH Crafternoon.  (All proceeds for my CTMH Crafternoon will benefit Operation Smile.)  I hope that you are able to attend one of my workshops in June and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, 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.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!

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And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’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! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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We Are the Makers Stamp Set

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White Twine

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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3D Foam Dots

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Tweezers

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Adhesive Runner

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop

I am always amazed at all the new products that Close to My Heart creates for our Seasonal Expressions catalogs.   This month, we are featuring this adorable Beautiful Friendship collection full of fun florals, polka-dots, and tea images.  On May 19th, you can come play with this amazing collection of papers as we create a Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and Beau-Tea-ful Card.

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The cost for this kit is only $7.00 and includes everything you need to create both the card and the gift.  You will have the option to make additional Tea-riffic gifts using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection. If you would learn more about this workshop and the kits available you can contact me or visit my Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop Page.

The deadline to register for this event is Friday, May 13th.  If you plan on attending this event, you are also welcome to come to my CTMH Crafternoon where you can spend some quality time catching up on your projects, talking with friends, and enjoying time away from life’s demands for only $10.  To sign-up for this workshop or the CTMH Crafternoon, please email me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits or guides through my online store.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops.  Each person will receive a FREE copy of the Seasonal Expressions Two catalog and a special treat from me.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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My Weird Scrapbooking Life

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I have decided to try to post more scrapbook pages.  As I created this layout, I realized that I have some really weird scrapbook habits. So, in honor of a month dedicated to scrapbooking, I have decided to share my top ten habits of “weirdness” with you.  (Maybe you can ease my mind into believing that some of these habits aren’t so weird.) 

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER ONE
I love scouring the internet for inspiration and challenges.  This week’s online search led me to two challenges.  I adore the Raspberry, Mink and Juniper combination for this week’s Color My Heart Dare, and I really wanted to challenge myself to use Vellum as instructed in the Heart2Heart Challenge(These challenges are so fun – this time I was blessed with the Diamond Award from Color My Heart Dare and the May Darling Award from Heart2Heart.)

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER TWO
I don’t glue everything down all at once.  In fact, I am known to have a huge pile of randomness that I have thrown onto the page, rearrange, THEN when I am finally satisfied – I snap a photo of it on my phone for reference. By taking a photo, I have something to refer to when my life calls me elsewhere or when my ever aging brain forgets where I placed that stamped rose.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER THREE
I change my mind a lot.  Originally, I had placed the stamped vellum raspberry rose overlay on top of raspberry cardstock, but after looking at the fundamentals paper, I decided to go with white cardstock instead. Which leads me to weird habit four…

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FOUR
I look at all the items I have chosen for additional inspiration.  The background paper has raspberry roses on white – I matched those with a heat embossed velum raspberry rose on top of white cardstock.  The Thin Cut Hearts have stitching which I matched by adding stitching to the page.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER FIVE
I eat chocolate while scrapbooking and sometimes have to use a white pen to cover up the random chocolate stain on a layout.  My scrapbook desk holds two tins  – one with chocolate and one with dog treats. I don’t dare mix them up. 🙂

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SIX
I save most of my scraps and Cricut® mistakes.  On this layout, the vellum roses were cut from scraps, the cardstock roses were cut from scraps, the leaves were stamped on scraps, and the title was a mistake made and used.  I even cut my little hearts from the raspberry roses I had intended on using.

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WEIRD HABIT NUMBER SEVEN
I use a lot of foam tape. I need to by this stuff in 100 foot rolls.  I love the dimension that using both Thin 3D Foam Tape and 3D Foam Tape as well as our Foam Dots gives to a project.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER EIGHT
I don’t post many layouts with photos.  In all honesty, I like to keep my family life private and protected.  Although, I do seem to have (and post) more pictures of my dog than my kids and her little attitude would prevent most people from taking her.

WEIRD HABIT NUMBER NINE
I like to use a variety of shapes, colors, and textures on my projects.  I have been learning quite a bit lately about color application and how to “match” tones and shades.  I love mixing lines with floral and scripts. I am careful to make sure that each has something to add to the layout and doesn’t take away from the photos.  I am also a big fan of texture.  It adds dimension and sophistication to a project, but a little can go a long way.

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I make A TON of mistakes.  That white pen thing with the chocolate is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been known to leave a coffee ring on a project then cover it with a flower or clean a stamp and mist the ink all over the page – great opportunity to try my hand at splatter painting. I have been know to pull a piece of paper up only to tear it then just call it “added texture”.

So, maybe some of these aren’t so weird, but, to me and my little brain monsters, they seen awful strange some days.  I do hope that you take a little bit of time during National Scrapbooking Month to express your “weirdness” and breathe in the paper goodness of crafting.  Make sure to take the time to visit my website and see all that Close to My Heart is offering to celebrate a month dedicated to scrapbooking.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Celebrate You Card

For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I assembled a bright, spring Tulip that you could create using our Cricut Flower Market Collection.  In the photo with the Tulip, was this fun, easy-to-make card that I produced using our exclusive Color Your Life stamp of the month.  You can easily replicate this card for any occasion, with the Re-Inkers of your choice, using the cutting guide and directions below as a guide.  I have also listed the supplies used at the very bottom of this post. CelebrateYouCard.jpg

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil Paper, 3¾” x 5″ White Daisy Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper (“You”)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fill your Spray Pen ¾-full with Isopropyl Alcohol or Water and add 5-7 drops of Re-Inker. (I chose to fill one using Sorbet and one using Tangerine.)
2. Place your White Daisy cardstock onto the All Purpose Mat (or a well prepared area – it will get messy) and carefully spray the cardstock using the mix in the Spray Pens.  The closer your are, the denser the coverage.
3. Allow the inks to dry completely.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Celebrate and be” sentiment, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder, and heat using a craft gun.
5. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 5¼” Gold Foil paper, then onto the center of the card base.
6. Using a Cuttlebug, or embossing machine of choice, cut out “You” from Gold Foil Paper using the “Thankful for You” Thin Cuts.  Adhere to the card.
7. Add Gold Glitter Gems and a sentiment inside the card if you like.

When playing with your Spray Pens, it’s always good to have some scraps of White cardstock nearby.  After spraying the petals on my Tulip, I had some left-over mix in my Spray Pens, so instead of wasting it,  I used it to create the background for this card.  You never know what you might possibly end up with. 

Remember, the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th. You can order it on my website for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I have created a few projects this month using this stamp set, and, I must say, it is one that I am beginning to warm up to. I can’t wait to see what you create with the April stamp of the month!

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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 Gold Foil Paper

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Tangerine Exclusive Inks Reiinker

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Sorbet Exclusive Inks Re-inker

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Craft Heater

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Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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White Cards & Envelopes

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VersaMark Ink Pad
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All Purpose Mat

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit
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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!

Step Right Up! Blog Hop

Welcome to the Step Right Up! Blog Hop where we will be featuring the products from our Step Right Up! bundle which is available at an incredible discount during the month of March.28279433_10155452571632686_5089506462683724812_n If you have come here from Darlys Recker’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 Step Right Up! bundle. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

Can you believe that I have never been to the Circus? When I first saw the Showtime stamp set I honestly thought, “I have never been to the circus. What use would I have of this set?”.  After receiving the set and examining it some, I realized that this set could be used for birthday parties, dance photos, county fairs, carnivals, talent shows, marching band, parades, theme park vacations, rodeos, and more.  This stamp set is so versatile and well worth the purchase.

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Along with the Showtime stamp set, you can purchase the Step Right Up! bundle which includes a wonderful assortment of primary cardstock, Gold Foil paper, Red Shimmer Trim and Gold Pearls.  All of which can be used for any of your paper crafting projects.

This layout was so simple and fun to make that I would like to share a few of the techniques I used to create these pages:

  • The banners were designed by first drawing the lines with a black Journaling Pen, then, using Cranberry, Sapphire, Black, and Saffron ink, stamping each of the pennants along those lines.
  • For the title, I used Pebble ink to stamp the Ferris Wheel in the center of the title block, stamped “Showtime” in Black ink, then stamped it again, without reinking, to create the shadow.
  • To create the Ferris Wheel embellishment, I stamped the image using Black ink, then used a Basic Circle Thin Cut to cutout the circle.  The “Chairs” were shaded using a Marine Blue ShinHan Marker.
  • The journaling block was created using a Basic Banner Thin Cut. I partially cut the banner, then moved the Thin Cut to the opposite side and partially cut the banner again to create the shape.  The treats and star were stamped using Black Ink and shaded with Shinhan Markers.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from eleven other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Step Right Up! bundle as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Kirsten Desorcy’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, our Step Right Up! Bundle and Showtime Stamp Set are available until March 31st, while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Monthly Specials” page on my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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