Just for FUN Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just for FUN Blog Hop where we will be showcasing projects created with our fabulous Fundamentals products.  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you are on the right path! FUNBadgeWhen 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 you can using our Fundamentals products.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

November is the time to stock-up on our Fundamentals products and save!  Our Fundamentals papers are designed to coordinate with our ink, cardstock, complements, and ribbons. No more running to the store to find the “perfect shade”.  Close to My Heart has done all the work for you so that you can enjoy crafting without worrying if the colors will match. (LOVE THIS!)
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As I decorate my home for Fall, I always enjoy finding new projects to create.  I saw this adorable fall banner online and had to recreate it using our Enchantment and Basic Fundamentals papers with my Cricut® machine.  If you wish to recreate this Blessed Banner for your home, I have included a list of supplies, Cricut® cuts, and a short tutorial below.

Cricut® Images Used:
Banner Page – #M4235A  (4.5″w x 6″h)
Square – #M423C5 (3.75″w x 3.25″w)
Square – #M423C5 (3.5″w x 3.0″w)
Maple Leaf – #MD6F565
Feather Leaf – #MD717F5
Oak Leaf – #MD6F5EF

Inserting text can be tricky in Design Space®, so I have included a quick tutorial to help you add text to your Blessed Banner. 

Inserting and Ungrouping Text in Cricut® Design Space
1. After inserting all of your images into your Canvas, you will choose TEXT in the Design Panel, then type BLESSED in the text box.
2. When you insert text, the Text Edit Bar will drop down to allow you to choose the font you wish to use.  ALL shows all fonts available. SYSTEM shows fonts that on on your computer.  CRICUT shows fonts that are just Cricut® fonts.
3. Use your FILTER to narrow the choices down even more. MY FONTS are ones you own. MULTI-LAYER are layered while SINGLE-LAYER are not. WRITING fonts are for writing. You can choose more then one of these filter options.

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4. Once you have chosen an FONT, you can change the STYLE if you wish.
5. With your TEXT selected, choose ADVANCED then choose UNGROUP TO LETTERS. You will notice that in your Layers Panel, each letter is now it’s own layer. This will allow you to move each letter individually to the banner pieces.
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6. Move each letter and resize as needed.  You can UNLOCK to resize the width and height separately, or keep it locked to make sure that the letter sizes proportionately.
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7. You can still change the font, color, and style after you have UNGROUPED the text.  You will have to change each one individually if you change your mind, or UNDO to REGROUP the text and choose the font again.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from nineteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their ideas using Close to My Heart Fundamentals products. Now “Hop” on over to Brandi 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.  

You can save up to 40% off on our Fundamentals products during the month of November.  Contact your consultant or visit the Promotions tab on my website
to learn how you can save on these amazing products.
I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Shop Cricut.com for 30% off Materials – excludes new, bulk, and bundle items.

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Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet

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Basics Fundamentals Paper Packet
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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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Cricut Artbooking Collection

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White and Bronze Twine
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Cricut Explore Air 2
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Wood Slats Embossing Folder

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Cricut Flower Market Collection

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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Microtip Scissors
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3D Foam Tape

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

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November is Full of FUN

I love our Fundamentals! Did you know that our Fundamentals papers are designed to coordinated perfectly with our complements, cardstock, inks, and ribbon? This makes my crafting time so much easier when everything coordinates perfectly. No running to the store to search for that perfect color match – Close to My Heart has already done it for me.  If you love our Fundamentals as much as I do, you will LOVE the discounts during this month’s Fundamentals sale.

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During the month of November,  individual Fundamentals products are 30% off the retail price.  This is an amazing deal, but if you are like me you want more than just the papers and Close to My Heart knows we want more than just the paper. 🙂  This month, YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE when you purchase a Fundamentals bundle containing the Fundamental paper packet, Complements, AND ribbon, at 40% off the retail price! This is AWESOME!! 🙂 November is the perfect time to stock up on Fundamentals paper packets, Complements, and ribbon.

November is also the perfect time to begin thinking of Christmas gifts.  Do you have a planner addict in your life?  Our Through the Year stamp of the month is the perfect set for them. Do you know someone who creates yearly scrapbooks? This stamp set is the perfect complement to their journaling.  Are you in need on some Christmas gift ideas? (Sneek Peek Here) Close To My Heart has designed a calendar kit using this stamp set.  Come to any of my November Workshops and I will have a sample of this calendar to show you.  You will fall in love with this kit!

Don’t forget to RSVP for my upcoming November workshops.  Thank you again for being such wonderful customers.  Without you, I would not enjoy what I do.  Please take the time to visit my facebook page, comment, and post your latest creations.  I always love seeing what you create!

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National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the From the Heart products.  These products include a beautiful card kit and stamp set that can be used to make some gorgeous creations.  StampingMonthBadge If you have come here from Vickie ODell’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 From the Heart products.

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 September, I will be creating some simple projects using the From the Heart stamp set so make sure to visit often for more inspiration. As I roamed the internet for ideas, I saw that this stamp set was used often with brightly colored flowers and I wondered what it would look like using simple brown tones.  I decided to step outside the box and use our basic colors which resulted in this fall layout that features our Basics Fundamentals papers and inks.  I truly enjoy how it turned out. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 12″ B&T Paper, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper, ¼” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, ½” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, 6″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), (3) 2″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), 6″ x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ Nutmeg Cardstock

Techniques Used:
• I used all of the brown tones of the Basic Fundamentals paper pack.  You could change this by using all of the grey tones with a Black & White photo.
• After placing down the top and bottom paper and cardstock strips, I used a pencil to draw out the space where my photos and papers would be placed. This helped me to stamp the images on the corners without having to create a mask.  Some of my images where stamped partially inside the drawn rectangle to allow my papers to overlap the stamped images.
• The images were stamped using the From the Heart stamp set with Almond, Toffee, Espresso, and Nutmeg inks.  To create more depth, some of my images are stamped using second generation stamping allowing me to using the inks twice for the same image.


• The small heart was created using Nutmeg cardstock and our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts.  I took apart the White Burlap Ribbon and created two pieces of twine to tie across the heart.
• I always adding a little shine to my layouts, so I placed a strip of Rose Gold Foil tape across the base of the inner rectangle.  After looking at it longer, I might add some Rose Gold gems later.

Now “Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE!

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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Basic Hearts Thin Cuts

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1 x 1 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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Rose Gold Foil Tape

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Micro Glue Dots

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Ruler

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VersaMat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

2017AnnualBadge.jpgWelcome to the New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Annual Inspirations idea book.  If you have come here from Lucy Marino’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.

There are so many amazing new products in our Annual Inspirations that it made it difficult to choose which ones to feature in this blog hop, so I chose just a few of my favorites and created this inspirational wall hanging for my home.

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  • New Basic Fundamentals – Each year, Close to My Heart creates a new set of beautiful fundamentals papers, and this year they also introduced a New Basics color palette with Basics Fundamentals papers that are absolutely breathtaking. The new basics color palette is one that you will defiantly want to purchase in the inks, cardstock, and papers.
  • Step-by-Step Stamp Sets – Our Thoughtful Bird acrylic stamp set is designed to allow you to layer three different stamps together to create this beautiful detailed bird.  Close to My Heart has created a few of these step-by-step stamp sets that I will be using in my future projects. Watch my blog for more project ideas.
  • Color of the Year – This year’s Bashful can be used in so many projects even when you don’t think “pink” is a color you will use. Bashful is a shade that I will surely be using in my fall and winter scrapbook pages (hint hint).
  • Two-Toned Cardstock – Did you know that all of our Cardstock is now dual toned? One side is the original shade and the back is a shade lighter.  This leads to so many more creative possibilities. I am so excited!!
  • Specialty Papers – The Specialty Papers are my absolute favorite – vellum, gold & silver papers, glitter cardstock, and watercolor paper. We have just about everything to make your projects shine.

As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this project at the very bottom of this post. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this inspirational wall hanging project or the products used to create it.

Now “Hop” on over to Kathy Burrows’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 the Products tab my website to view the New Annual Inspirations idea book.

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Thoughtful Bird Stamps + Thin Cuts

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Basics Fundamentals Paper Packet

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Basics Cardstock Combo Pack

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Vellum Paper

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Bashful Glitter Paper

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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3D Foam Dots

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Clear Sparkles

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3D Foam Tape

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Inspire Stamp Set

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Nutmeg Exclusives Inks Stamp Pad

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylix Block

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Bonding Memories Dual Action Glue Pen

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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer