Thanks & Giving Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the October Thanks & Giving stamp set.  41943299_10155931686297686_1883490201796345856_nThis stamp set is full of sentiments,  icons, and images designed for all your autumn paper crafting projects. If you have come here from Debi McBains’ 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 Thanks & Giving stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Fall is all about snuggling at home, preparing for cold weather, and taking time for family. The busyness of summer is ending and it’s time to remember, once again, how blessed we are. The Thanks & Giving stamp set reminds me of all those fall feelings – home, full hearts, gatherings, and togetherness. product imageThis week, to express my thankfulness, I decided to create a lovely Sunflower Thank You card using Texture Paste, Watercolors, and our Thanks & Giving Stamp of the Month.

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I really enjoy how this card turned out – something outside of my “normal” designs. Recently, I have been experimenting with our Texture Paste products, and I have been surprised at how easy they are to use and I am blown-away by the results.

To create the Sunflower, I used an image from Flower Market and cut out the stencil from our Stencil Sheets.  When creating stencils in Design Space™,  you have to be able to think ahead at the negative space you are using for the image. It takes a little bit of practice, but the results are always worth it.  I applied the Texture Paste image directly to our Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, then, after it dried, I added color with Watercolor Paints.

I used the Thanks & Giving stamp set to stamp foliage along the base and to create the sentiment which was heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  I added some New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon, which I separated, then assembled the card.  Do you like it? Do you want to give it a go?

Now ‘Hop” on over to Ronda La Duke’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 Thanks & Giving stamp set is only available until October 31st! 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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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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Cardmaking with Central Park continued

Earlier this week, I told you about our amazing Workshop Your Way® Cardmaking Kits.  Each of these kits include supplies to make twelve handmade cards with easy-to-follow instructions and an exclusive acrylic stamp set. As you saw in my previous post, I used the Cheers to You Cardmaking Kit as inspiration for three other cards.  Today, I am going to show you two more cards I created.

 

The card shown above is one of the originally designed images in the product guide. The angled card design, use of  Watercolor Paints, and Central Park products inspired me to create a few more cards than shown in the guide.

Each one of these cards uses that same angled card design, yet each one was used in a different manner to take advantage of the pattern in the Central Park Paper.  I also chose to use Central Park Scrapbooking stamp set for the images on these cards.  This stamp set is full of great images that can be used on a variety of projects.

 

I love how I was able to use a Cardmaking Workshop Your Way® Kit along with the exclusive stamp sets to customize these cards for my workshop. I would really enjoy teaching this workshop to  you and your friends. If you would like to host this workshop, and receive a free stamp set for hosting, please contact me.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Cardmaking with Central Park

Have you ever taken a few minutes to view the Workshop Your Way® Cardmaking Kits on my website? Each of these kits include supplies to make twelve handmade cards with easy-to-follow instructions and an exclusive acrylic stamp set. Did you know that you can use this product guide as inspiration for even MORE card designs? Let me show you how

I decided to use the Cheers to You Cardmaking Kit. I adore that Hot Air Balloon image as well as all the delightful little sentiments that can be used for whatever occasion you are creating for. The card shown above is one of the originally designed images in the product guide.  It is a simple, super-cute card using Watercolor Paints as a background for the Balloon image. This angled card design really inspired me, and, as you will see, prompted me to create three more cards using Watercolor Paints and Central Park paper.

Here is one of the cards I created that is similarly made to the original design with a few additions. On this card, I took advantage of the pattern on the back of the paper included in the kit. By using the Pacifica colored paper along with some Poppy paper scraps from the Central Park Paper Packet, I was able to give this card a more masculine feel.

I used the Balloon on the second card in the project guide as inspiration for adding Watercolor shading to the image. I also enjoyed how it looked on the Glacier cardstock, but wanted to add an additional layer, so I cut the Glacier using our Stitched Circle Thin Cuts, then cut a Pacifica circle using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts.  I LOVE how these two sets of Thin Cuts are designed to work together.

Finally, I used some Pacifica cardstock, the acrylic stamp set, and White Embossing Powder to create a heat embossed sentiment for the card. I really enjoy how this card turned out.  By using the project guide as inspiration, I was able to create a classically designed card with a more masculine feel.

You can use the Cardmaking Workshop Your Way® Kits along with the exclusive stamp sets to customize your cards to your liking. I will be posting the other cards I created throughout the next few weeks, and hope to host a live workshop showing you how to create each one. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Simply Punny Cards

I must admit that when I opened up the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set and saw “Happy Valentine’s Day”, I thought “Just let me get through Christmas”.  Most people like to plan ahead, but me, well, I’m grateful when I remember to celebrate the holidays on the days their supposed to be celebrated.  As I plan my monthly projects,  I like to be able to show you what you can make using our stamp of the month, so this week I created some Simply Punny cards that you can give for just about any occasion. (even Valentine’s Day) As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create these cards at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper, 3″ x 4¼” Cardstock, 3¼” x 4½” White Daisy Cardstock, 2¼” x 2¼” Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock, ¼” x 12″ Silver Glitter Paper

Techniques Used:
•  I used Black Memento Ink to randomly stamp the images onto the 3¼” x 4½” White Daisy Cardstock, then shaded the images using our Watercolor paints.
  After painting the images, I splattered Watercolor onto the White Daisy cardstock background.
  The circles were cut using our Basic Circles Thin cuts, then attached to the card using 3D Foam Tape.

These cards are simple to make and fun to give.  I plan on sending mine out as holiday thank-yous.  Remember, the A Little Bit of Pun acrylic stamp set is only available until December 31st!  Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab 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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A Little Bit of Pun Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sweet Leaf Cardstock

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12 x 12 Thistle Cardstock

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Silver Glitter Paper

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Basic Circles Thin Cuts

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Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Beary Christmas Dots

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Thistle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors
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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog.  Close to My Heart has outdone themselves this year with all of the gorgeous fall and winter holiday products in this2017HEBadge.jpg catalog.   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 products from the New Holiday Expressions catalog.

If you get lost , you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, so naturally, I was drawn to the autumn themed products in the New Holiday Expressions catalog.  My favorite stamp set, so far, has been the Falling For You Cardmaking set with the matching Thin Cuts.  This set is full of possibilities.  You can shade the images with markers or pencils, cut them out and layer them, use them for a background, and more. On this card, I chose to use the stamp set many different ways, including heat embossing the images.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor Paper, 1″ x 6″ Vellum Paper

Techniques Used:
• Since Fall is so full of color, I used our Watercolor paints to create a background on the 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor paper.  HolidayBlogHop_WatercolorBaseWhile is was still partially wet, I stamped the leaf images onto the cardstock using Flaxen & Saffron inks.  This is what mine looked like when I was finished.
• The larger leaf images we created using our Gold & White Embossing Powders. Once the watercolor paints were dry,  I stamped the White Embossed Leaf image first, heat it to set, then stamped the Gold Embossed Leaf image.
• The sentiment was created by taking the phrases and placing them in a line on a 3½” x 2″ Acrylix Block, then stamping them onto the watercolor paper with Black Ink.
• The smaller leaf images were heat embossed with our Gold & White Embossing Powders on the 1″ x 6″ piece of vellum.  I used the matching Thin Cuts to cut out the images, then layered them behind the watercolor paper.

Now “Hop” on over to Lucy A Marino’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!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see all of the amazing Holiday Expressions products.

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Vellum Paper

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Flaxen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Craft Heater

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2 x 3½ 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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White & Bronze Twine

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Bronze Sequins

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Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder

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Watercolor Paints

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White Super Fine Embossing Power

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All Purpose Mat

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3D Foam Tape

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

So Blessed & Grateful Card

I love the creating projects with all of the beautiful tones of fall and our Feel So Blessed stamp of the month makes me want to make even more projects this year.  You will enjoy using the sentiments of gratitude for both cards and scrapbook pages, as well as the simple, yet, elegant images that Close to My Heart chose for this stamp set. This week, I created a easy-to-assemble thank-you card using some of our  products from the NEW Holiday Expressions catalog.

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Paper Needed: 11″ x 4¼” Cardstock (Almond),  5½” x 4¼” Cardstock (Almond), 1¾” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Cats & Bats),  1¼” x 4¼” Cardstock (Fern)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fold the 11″ x 4¼” cardstock in half lengthwise at 5½” to create the card base, then using a Corner Rounder, round the corners of the card base. Set aside.
2. Using a Corner Rounder, round the two bottom corners of the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock. Using Watercolor Paints, splatter warm brown onto the  cardstock. Let dry.
3. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp a “Feather” image onto the lower right side of the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock.
4. Create a mask from a sticky note to cover the stamped image, then stamp the second “Feather” image using Nutmeg Ink.MaskedFeather
5. Shade both “Feather” images using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Watercolor Brush. (I used Olive and Autumn Terracotta).
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Grateful” sentiment to the left of the feather images.
7. Create an ombre look by placing Goldrush Ink on half of the “Everything” sentiment and Saffron Ink on the other half.  Stamp the image onto the card below “Grateful”.
8. Adhere the 1¾” x 4¼” B&T paper strip horizontally across the top of the card.
9. Using the Leaves Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 1¼” x 4¼” cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the card horizontally in the center of the B&T paper strip.
10. Gently pull apart a 6″ piece of White Burlap Ribbon into separate strands.  Wrap three stands BurlapRibbonRippingaround the 1¼” x 4¼” cardstock and attach to the back with tape.  Use two of the remaining strands to create a decorative knot on the left side of the card. Trim as needed.
11. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock to the card base.
12. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.

 

Don’t forget that the Feel So Blessed stamp of the month is only available until September 30th.  Visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Cats & Bats Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Watercolor Pencils

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Small Round Watercolor Brush

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Corner Rounder

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Leaves Embossing Folder

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

Paper Bird Watercolor Card

It’s time for the weekly Color My Heart Dare project and this week was quite the challenge for me.  I rarely combine cool and warm colors, yet this week we were required to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with optional Gold. My solution was to create a “cool” look to the color palette by using our Watercolor paints and keeping the accents simple.  Using the Paper Bird stamp set allowed me to create accents with simple, uncomplicated details.  This stamp set is only available during the month of July for our Buy Two Get One FREE Stampagaza event.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Slate Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Script Uptown Fundamental), 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper

Techniques Used:
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The “Paper Bird” image was stamped onto the Uptown Fundamental Vellum using Black Memento Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
•  The “Paper Heart” was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto State Cardstock, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
•  The striped background was created with Watercolor Paints onto the 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper, then was cut 1″ from the bottom after it dried.
•  The edges of the Watercolor paper and Heart Image were distressed with the Edge Distresser.


Many of the products shown here are retiring this month.
If you are interested in purchasing them, please
visit my website before July 31st.

They are available while supplies last. 

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Paper Bird Arcylic Stamp Set

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Uptown Fundamentals 

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12″ x 12″ Slate Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Ranger Gold Embossing Powder

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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Edge Distresser

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylic Block

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Bonding Memories Glue

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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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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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Craft Heater

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

Hello Foxy Baby Layout

The June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy,  has three cute little foxes and I found them to be perfect for creating a page for my son’s baby album.  I have been using our Whimsy Fundamentals papers for his album and this page will be a wonderful addition.  I designed this entire layout using  Cricut® Design Space, so, to make your lives easier, I am sharing the file with you!    Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a link to the file.  You will need to own the Close to My Heart Cartridges I used in order to cut out the file. As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12” x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (I used Glacier Diagonal Stripe), 1″ x 8″ B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe),  11¼” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark), 11½” x ½” Canary Cardstock, 11¼” x ¼” Sea Glass Glitter Paper, 11¼” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Canary Stripe), 6½” x 4½” B&T Paper (I used Crystal Blue Hashmark)

Techniques Used:

  • The background was created by spattering Light Blue Watercolor Paint onto the 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock.
  • This layout was created using Cricut® Design Space.  You can find the file here.  You must own the Artistry Cricut® Cartridge and Art Philosophy Cricut® Cartridge in order to be able to cut out the images.
  • The “Fox” image is from the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set. The image was stamped using Black Ink then shaded with Watercolor Pencils.

Remember, the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th !  Contact me or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

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12″ x 12″ Canary Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Black Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Cricut® Artistry Collection

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Watercolor Pencils

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