School Year Scrapbook Layout

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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School Year SOTM Blog Hop

2017AugustSOTMWelcome to the School Year Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring the August School Year stamp set, which is perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, or gifts for teachers and friends.  If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’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 School Year stamp set.

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

During the month of August, I will be creating weekly projects using the  School Year stamp set. This week, I have created a sweet back-to-school gift and I wanted to share with you how you can create a this box using Cricut® Design Space.  I love teaching people how to use their Cricut® machines, so I encourage you to dust off your machine and take the time to follow this quick tutorial. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Creating this Box Using Design Space:
1. Insert a Square shape using INSERT SHAPE. Unlock the size to change the SIZE of the box to 4¼” x 5½”. Set the POSITION to X=0″ and Y=0″. (This will help when positioning score lines.)
2. Insert a Score Line using INSERT SHAPE. Set the SIZE of the Score Line at 5½” and the POSITION at X=1″ and Y=0″.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and set the POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=0″.
4. Insert a third Score Line, and ROTATE 90°. Change the  SIZE at 4¼” and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″.
5. DUPLICATE the third Score Line a POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
6. Insert a Score Line, Rotate 90°, then change the Size to 1″ and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″. In the LAYERS PANEL click the Score Circle, then change the Score Line to a Cut Line.
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7. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set the POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
8. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=2.25″
9. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=3.25″
10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH.  This will attach all the Score Lines and Cut Lines to the Rectangle.
11. MAKE IT and you are ready to go.  I was able to make four boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock.  (NOTE: You will need a Cricut® Scoring Tool to create score lines.)

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

Now “Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 School Year Acrylic stamp set is available until August 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Storybook Scrap Card

If you are like me, you have a pile of paper scraps that are never quite large enough to use on a project, but you save them just in case you need them.  Since I have made it a goal to start using up my supplies, I took out all off my Prickly Pear paper scraps and created some Thank You cards using our Storybook Alphabet stamp of the month.  These layered and crisscrossed cards are perfect for using up paper scraps and zip-strips.

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Paper Needed: 11″ x 8½” Sapphire Cardstock,  ¾” B&T Paper Strips (Prickly Pear), 1¼ x 5½” B&T Paper (Prickly Pear), 1″ x 5½” White Daisy Cardstock

Tips for Creating this Card: 
•  Choose four patterns for each card, then arrange the pattern how you would like it to appear on the card.  I chose either warm or cool color palettes.
•  Start from the bottom left corner and work your way up and across to create the desired pattern  I used our Bonding Memories Glue to prevent the smaller pieces from falling off, then trimmed all the ends once I had assembled the pattern.
•  The sentiment was stamped with Black Ink, then shaded with Watercolor Pencils.

Your imagination is your only limit. Create a variety of patterns and designs using this technique on your cards and scrapbook pages. I encourage you to use up some of your supplies this week, and post some of your creations on my Facebook page.  I can’t wait to see what you create.

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The Storybook Alphabet stamp set is available until July 31st.  
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Storybook Alphabet Bookmarks

My goal this year has been to use up some of the “randomly acquired items” in my craft room.  I am very good at organizing my paper scraps and making sure all my embellishments are stored by color, shape, and size, but what I am NOT good at doing  is using them. This week’s project allowed me to use some of those “randomly acquired items” to create some effortless bookmarks with scripture and stamped phrases using the Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set.

During the month of July, I will be creating weekly projects using our July Stamp of the Month, Storybook Alphabet. Make sure to stop by each week for more ideas using this set.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (I used Kraft),  (5) 4″ x 1¾” B&T Paper (I used Prickly Pear)

Assembly Instructions:
To place the Bible verses onto each bookmark, I used the writing feature in Cricut® Design Space.  If you have never used the writing feature, you can view a tutorial HERE.

1. Cut five 6″ x 1¾” bookmarks from the Kraft cardstock. (NOTE: If you are using your Cricut®, create five 6″ x 1¾” rectangles then attach the text to each shape.)
2.  Using Black Ink, stamp the phrases onto each bookmark.

QUICK TIP: Our Acrylic Block have a groove line across the bottom of each block  to help you align your letter stamps.  The Storybook Alphabet set has a few letters, like the “R”, that would go off the edge of the block.  To solve this dilemma, I took a piece of Washi tape and placed it onto my block to create a line for my letters to sit upon. 

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3. Fold each of the 4″ x 1¾” B&T paper strips at 2″ (in half). Using a strong adhesive, attach the folded paper strips to the end to each bookmark, overlapped by about ½”.  I took advantage of our two-sided paper and folded up ends on one of the bookmarks to show off both patterns.
4. Using a hole punch, create a ¼” at the top of each bookmarks in the center. If desired, add an eyelet to each. (I have lots of these because at one time I had to have every shape, color and size available. )
5.  Thread twine through each hole (eyelet), and create a loop to attach.

Let your creativity flow and use up some of those “randomly acquired items” like Base and Bling charms, scraps of ribbon, or bits of string.

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Hello Foxy Gift Bag

Can you believe that June is already over? Today is the LAST DAY for you to purchase the Hello Foxy stamp set AND the last day to take advantage of the We’ve Got You Covered Album Special and our 25% off Cardstock Sale.  Visit my website to take advantage of these amazing deals before time runs out.

For my final Hello Foxy project, I have created a charming gift bag and tag that you can make using the Hello Foxy stamp set with our Close to My Heart products.  At the very bottom of this post you will find the list of products I used to create this project.

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Paper Needed: 6″ x 6″ B&T Paper (I used Prickly Pear), 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock,
2″ x ½” B&T Paper (I used a Prickly Pear Zip-Strip)

Assembly Instructions: 
1. Score the B&T paper at 1″.  (This is going to be your bottom flap, so make sure it is scored at the bottom of the paper so that your pattern isn’t all wonky.)
2. Rotate  the B&T paper so the the base of the bag is at the top, and score up to the previous score line at 1¾”, 2¾”, and 4½”, then score at 5½” the full length of the paper.
3. Fold and burnish the two full-length score lines using a Bone Folder.
4. Along the 1″ score line, cut each of the score lines up to the 1″ score line, then cut off the smallest tab at the end.
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5. Apply a strong adhesive, such as Bonding Memories Glue, to the full length tab on the right then adhere to the other side, creating a tube.
6. Fold the bottom tabs in, making sure the open end will face towards the seam, then apply a strong adhesive to the tabs to create the bottom of the bag.
7. Pinch the top of the bag closed, then use a hole punch to create two holes to string the Emerald Ribbon through. (You can also used a small binder clip to close it.)
8. Cut the tag using the Artbooking Cartridge in Cricut Design Space  at 2″ x 3″ on White Daisy Cardstock.
9.  Create a mask for the center of the tag, then, using Sea Glass Ink, sponge the top and bottom of the tag.
10.  Using Black Ink, stamp the “Fox”, “Flower” and sentiment onto the white portion of the tag, approximately ½” above the Sea Glass Ink.  Shade in the images using Watercolor Pencils. (I used Autumn Terracotta, Brown Bag, Holiday Red, Sunflower, and Ocean.)
11. Adhere the Poppy Zip-Strip across the bottom of the tag above the Sea Glass Ink.
12. Loop Poppy Twine through the hole of the tag then attach to the bag.

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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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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Hello Foxy Fence Card

The June Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy,  has three cute little foxes, adorable little flowers, a wreath and  sentiments.  This week, I used the floral Wreath image with our Rustic Home Fundamentals to create a gender neutral card that can be given for just about any occasion.  During the month of June, I will be creating weekly projects using the Hello Foxy stamp set, so be sure to visit often.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, (7) 5″ x ½” B&T Paper (I used Rustic Fundamentals Woodgrain), (2) 4¼” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Rustic Fundamentals Woodgrain),  5″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock (for stamped image)

Assembly Instructions:
1. To create the inked background, use a sponge to apply Sweet Leaf Ink to the bottom third of the card base, then, using Glacier ink, sponge color on the top two-thirds of the card base.   NOTE: I prefer to use sticky notes with the full-adhesive on the back to create a mask. I laid the card base flat on my work surface, then masked the edges.
FoxyFenceBackground.jpg2. Create a “Fence Picket” by trimming the tops of each of the seven 5″ x ½” B&T paper strips.  Using a sponge, apply Desert Sand ink to the edges.
3. Adhere the “Fence Pickets” vertically, evenly spaced, onto the card base.
4. Using a sponge, apply Desert Sand ink to the edges of the two 4¼” x ½” B&T paper strips.  Adhere these paper strips horizontally to create the “Fence Railings”. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the right side of the bottom “Fence Railing”.
5. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Wreath” image onto the White Daisy cardstock. Using Watercolor Pencils, shade the “Wreath” image.  (I used Dutch Blue, Spring Iris, Honey, Clover Meadow, and Citrus Leaf.)
6. Cut out the “Wreath” image and adhere it to the “Fence” using Thin 3D Foam Tape. NOTE: I used our Circle Thin Cuts to cut out the center circle. 
7. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Sitting Fox” image onto the White Daisy cardstock. Using Watercolor Pencils, shade the “Sitting Fox” image.  (I used Brown Bag and Autumn Terracotta.)
8. Cut out the “Sitting Fox” image then adhere to the bottom left side of the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
9.  If desired, add a Jute Bow and stamp a sentiment inside the card.

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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Hello Foxy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hello Foxy Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the June Hello Foxy stamp set, which is one of the most adorable sets I have seen this summer. 2017JuneSOTM This acrylic stamp set has three cute little foxes, fun little flowers, a wreath and all occasion sentiments.  It is a must-have for your collection.   If you have come here from Sheila Bennett’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.

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

During the month of June, I will be creating weekly projects using the Hello Foxy stamp set. This week, I used inks to create a simple background for one of the cute little Fox images and made a quick card that can be used for any occasion by simply changing the sentiment.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 6″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Crystal Blue Cardstock,  5¾” x 5¾” Whisper Cardstock, 5½” x 5½” White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock (for stamped image)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Score the 12″ x 6″ White Daisy cardstock at 6″ to create a card base.
2. To create the inked background, begin by creating a mask with a 3¾” circle cutout.  NOTE: I prefer to use sticky notes with the full-adhesive on the back for masks.  I taped four together, cut out the circle, then transferred them to the center of the 5½” x 5½” White Daisy cardstock.
3. Using a sponge, apply Sweet Leaf Ink to the bottom third of the circle, then, using Glacier ink, sponge color on the top two-thirds of the circle.  Remove the mask to reveal an inked circle background.
4. Using Fern Ink, stamp the “Flower” image onto the bottom center of the circle, then stamp two “Flower Garland” images on either side to create an extended garland. NOTE: If you do not want the flowers off the edge of the circle, you can leave the mask on while stamping. I did create a mask for the center flower before stamping the “Flower Garland”.
5. Using Watercolor Pencils, shade the Garland image. I used Citrus Leaf and Sorbet.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment above the Garland image.
7. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Sitting Fox” image onto the 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock.
8.  Using Watercolor Pencils, shade the “Sitting Fox” image.  I used Brown Bag and Autumn Terracotta.
9. Cut out the “Sitting Fox” image then adhere to the card above the sentiment.
10.  Adhere the 5½” x 5½” White Daisy cardstock to the center of the 5¾” x 5¾” Whisper cardstock, then adhere to the 6″ x 6″ Crystal Blue cardstock. Adhere the cardstock layers to the front of the card base.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Hello Foxy Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Jen Rubio’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 Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th !  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

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Live Beautifully Mother’s Day Card

Close to My Heart has outdone themselves for National Scrapbooking Month. The Live Beautifully collection has an awe-inspiring paper pack and acrylic stamp set that I used to create some beautiful Mother’s Day cards.  This week, I joined the Live Beautifully Color Dare challenge with this gorgeous basket weave card. During the month of May, Color My Heart Dare has challenged paper crafters to use this breathtaking Live Beautifully collection.  If you wish to create this card, I have  included a list of the products I used to at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 8½” x 5½” Sea Glass Cardstock, 3¼” x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Black Rose), 1¼” x 5¼” B&T Paper (I used Gold Rose), ½” x 5¼” B&T Paper (I used Gold Zip-Strip), 1¼” x 4” B&T Paper (I used Pink Ombre), 3″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fold the 8½” x 5½” Sea Glass Cardstock at 4¼” to create the card base.
2. Place a template over the folded edge with slash marks facing down, secure it in place, then cut on all lines.   NOTE: I recreated the template in Cricut® Design Space so that I could use it again in the future.
3. Cut the bottom triangle off and set it aside. DO NOT THROW THIS AWAY.
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4. Open the card and lay it flat with the outside of the card facing up. Working on the outside of the card, fold every other triangle down, and tuck it under the one below.
5. Adhere the triangle cut from the bottom of the card to the top and tuck the end under.
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6. Adhere the 3¼” x 5½” B&T paper to the front of the card.
7. Cut chevrons into the shorter ends of the 1¼” x 5¼” B&T paper and the ½” x 5¼” B&T paper, then adhere to the card as shown.
8. Cut a chevron into the shorter end of the 1¼” x 4” B&T paper. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment, then adhere the paper strip to the card.
9.  Using Pixie Ink, stamp the “Rose” image onto the White Daisy cardstock.  To create the shaded look, I used the Bubblegum and Sorbet Watercolor pencils on the stamped image.
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10. Using Sea Glass Ink, stamp the “Leaves” image onto the White Daisy cardstock. I shaded the leaves using the Ocean Watercolor pencil.
11.  Adhere the “Leaves” and “Rose” images to the card using a Glue Pen and Thin 3D Foam Tape.
12.  Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.

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Live, Laugh, Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring May’s Stamp of the
Month, Live, Laugh, Love, which is designed with spring in mind. This set is full of2017MaySOTM whimsical flowers and words that can be used for multiple paper crafting projects.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’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.

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

During the month of May, I will be featuring  projects using the Live, Laugh, Love stamp set. This week, the floral “LOVE” sentiment  inspired me to create a softly shaded wedding card.  AS always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals),  (2) 1″ x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), (2) 2″ x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Whimsy Fundamentals), 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock, 5½”x 5¼” Acetate (I used a cover from a discarded Cricut® mat)

Assembly Instructions:
1.  With the 5¼” side at the top, score the Acetate at 4¼”.
2.  Using a strong adhesive, adhere the (2) 1″ x 4¼” B&T paper strips horizontally along the top, to the left of the score line, onto the front and back of the acetate.
3. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp “Together” horizontally onto one of the 2″ x 4¼” B&T paper strips.
4. Using a strong adhesive, adhere the (2) 2″ x 4¼” B&T paper strips horizontally along the bottom, to the left of the score line, onto the front and back of the acetate making sure that the stamped sentiment is on the front of the card. Set aside to dry completely.
5. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp “LOVE” onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock approximately 1½” from the top.  Shade in the flowers using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Waterbrush. I used Crystal Blue, Citrus Leaf, Sorbet, and Sunny Yellow. NOTE: I find that it works best to use the pencils more like a palette.
6.  You should have a 1″ strip of Acetate on the right side of the card. Using a strong adhesive, adhere the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock to the Acetate to create the inside of the card, then adhere the, 5½” x 4¼” B&T paper to create the back of the card. Once dry, close the card using a Bone Folder to burnish the fold.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Striped Flower” and two “Leaf” images onto the 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock. Shade in the images using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Waterbrush. I used Citrus Leaf, Sorbet, Honey, and Sunny Yellow. Cut out the images and adhere to the card using Thin 3D Foam tape.
8.  If desired, use a Corner Rounder on each of the corners of the card.  Add three small White Dots onto the card as shown.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from approximately twenty Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Stamp of the Month and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Priscilla Gotham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Live, Laugh, Love stamp of the month is only available until May 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

product imageLive, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

product imageWatercolor Pencils

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Small Round Waterbrush

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Black & White Dots

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 6½” My Acrylic Block

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Corner Rounder

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Micro-Tip Scissors

product imageBone Folder

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

product imageThin 3D Foam Tape

product image Tombow Permanent Adhesive