Bring Back My Pack – More Magical

Magical is back!  The much-loved paper packet, Magical, is available while supplies last, as the August and September special. I just adore these lighthearted papers full of stars, stripes, hearts, and polka dots.  Close to My Heart has created the More Magical paper packet and coordinating products to be perfect for use in any crafting featuring amusement parks, adventure, and parties. Just image all the magical projects you can create.

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Our More Magical paper packet has been refreshed with the new upcoming color palette, and includes coordinating cardstock, and stamp set. Our new Bluebird, Candy Apple,
Carolina colors will be featured in both the paper pack and the coordinating cardstock.  Aren’t they amazing! I love that we have a “true red” arriving in September. Through this special, you get a first-hand sneak peak of a few of our new colors.

 

You can purchase a special workshop kit featuring the More Magical paper packet paired with the Dreams stamp set. The products in this workshop include the patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments, and stamp set needed to create four 12″ x 12″ layouts and
eight cards. We have even provided you with a simple, easy-to-follow workshop guide for you to download and use with these exclusive products.

 

Are you already beginning to image all that you can create with these products? Well, you can get a More Magical paper packet FREE during the month of August when you Host a gathering. You can choose to host a gathering with me in your home or through Facebook (no cleaning involved). We are also giving away a free More Magical paper packet to anyone who signs up as a Close To My Heart Consultant in August. Not only will you received the More Magical paper packet FREE, but you will also be receiving the NEW Consultant kit full of Holiday Expressions catalogs and new products.

MagicalMiniAlbumWorkshopAre you ready for something even more magical? As a special offer, through me, I am offering my original Magical Album Workshop Guide FREE to anyone who purchases $50.00 or more (before tax & shipping) on my website during the month of August. This adorable 8″ x 8″ album has been created just for you and your family adventures.  It is the perfect place to display those memorable family photos. You can view a short video of the full album HERE  and see all of the delightful features it has.

I can guarantee that More Magical is going to be a very popular paper pack, so make sure you grab it before it’s gone for good. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Stargazer Workshop

Birthdays – everyone has them and some even enjoy celebrating them.  I truly feel that our Stargazer papers are the perfect patterns for recording birthday memories, so I decided to find a way to showcase these momentous occasions.  My April Club Kits will put you in a jovial spirit as you create a Birthday Blast Layout and four Birthday cards with our Stargazer papers and embellishments.

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The Birthday Blast layout has some amazing details that you will learn how to create at my April Stargazer Workshop. From the multi-layered title to the space themed icons, this layout screams “blast-off”.   You can choose to use this layout to record your birthday memories, or leave off the “Birthday” title and use the layout showcase your fun family photos the space museum.

You will also have the opportunity to create some festive birthday cards to give to your friends and family using PML cards.  Did you know that each of our paper packs contains two sheets of Picture My Life (PML) pages that often go unused?  Did you know that these pages can be cut up to create some adorable cards?  At this workshop, I will be showing you a few ways that you can use those “forgotten” papers to create four bright and cheerful Birthday cards.

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I know that you will enjoy this workshop.  You can learn more about my event on my Stargazer Workshop page, or order the Workshop Guides through my online store.  Remember, the Stargazer products are only available until April 30th, while supplies last. Make sure to visit my website and order your’s before they are gone for good. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Birthday Time Treat Box

Throughout the month of March, I have been showing you various projects using our Birthday Time stamp of the month.  s1803This stamp set h is full of images that you can use for birthdays, school photos, family celebrations, invitations, parties, and so much more.  In my opinion, this stamp set is an incredible deal and defiantly one that you should add to your collection. If you have missed any of my previous projects using this stamp set, you can use the “Search” feature on the right and find more inspiring uses for our stamp of the month.  You can avoid missing any future projects by “Following” my blog, Facebook page, or Instagram posts. 

To continue with the birthday theme this month, I chose to create a delightful little treat box that could be used for any of your upcoming birthday celebrations. These would also be fun to fill with goodies for a movie night, game day, or as a classroom treat. I have included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post for you.

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I was able to find this sweet Popcorn Box SVG and upload it directly into Cricut® Design Space. I resized the box image to 11.5″ wide, changed some of the “Cut” lines to “Score” lines in my Layers Panel, then cut out the image from White Daisy cardstock.  I decorated the outside of the box with our Stargazer paper, a Ruby cardstock Rosette, Stargazer Complements, and the Birthday Time stamp set.

The Birthday Time stamp set is available for purchase on my website through March 31st.  You can purchase it for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying $50.00 purchase.  I will be posting more projects using this stamp set throughout the month, so make sure to visit often.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Birthday Time Stamp Set

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Stargazer Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Ruby Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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Black Memento Ink

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ShinHan™ Golden Yellow Marker

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Stargazer Complements

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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3D Foam Dots

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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3D Foam Dots
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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer

 

 

 

Birthday Time Layout

Birthdays are major events for some, happy days for others, and a way to celebrate another year on earth with your family and friends.  This “One Year Older” layout is a great way to showcase those photos celebrating another year blessed.  Throughout the month of March, I will be posting birthday themed projects using our Birthday Time stamp of the month that you can use as inspiration.  As always, the list of supplies used on this layout can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Wherever I go through my paper scraps, I have found that most of it includes our PML (Picture My Life) papers. These pages have been designed for pocket scrapbooking, but they are also great to use as photos mats, on card fronts, and, as I did, to decorate a scrapbook page.

Here are a few ways that I used my leftover Chelsea Gardens PML cards:
• The Diagonal PML was used as the background for the “One Year Older” title. It wasn’t quite long enough, so I cut it in half and used part above and part below the image.
• I included the Grey Dotted PML in the background.  My background was designed using a hodgepodge of paper scraps including some PML cards and zip-strips –  kind of like a crazy quilt.
• Since the Complements are a dark grey, I needed a way to create some matching paper strips for the “It’s Your Birthday” embellishment.  The dark grey on the “True Story” PML matched perfectly.
• I wanted a place to include journaling, so I cut up the “Lined Butterfly” PML to the size I needed, stamped “Date”, and added it to the layout with some Complements.

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I added a few more embellishments using the Birthday Time stamp set, along with the Basic Banners, Scallop Border and Oval Thin Cuts. (Don’t forget that these Thin Cuts are on sale this month, while supplies last.) 

The Birthday Time stamp set is available for purchase on my website through March 31st.  You can purchase it for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying $50.00 purchase.  I will be posting more projects using this stamp set throughout the month, so make sure to visit often.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Birthday Time Stamp Set

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Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Linen Cardstock

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12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Chelsea Gardens Complements

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Basic Banners Thin Cuts

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Basic Ovals Thin Cuts
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer

 

Birthday Time Blog Hop

Welcome to the Birthday Time Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the March Birthday Time stamp set.26169620_10155292169902686_1017741559139638025_n  We all have birthdays to celebrate, and this set is has been created just for these annual celebrations. 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 Birthday Time stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of March, I will be creating weekly projects using the Birthday Time stamp set so make sure to visit often to see what you can make with this set. This week, I created a gender neutral, primary colored birthday card using Cranberry, Sapphire, and Saffron.

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Step Right Up! Special

Close to My Heart is offering another amazing special that includes an exclusive stamp set, five colors of cardstock, gold foil paper, gold pearls, and red shimmer trim. The Step Right Up! special and the exclusive Showtime Stamp Set is the perfect bundle to to use for your circus, birthday party, or just everyday fun projects.

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You can get this exclusive The Step Right Up! Bundle for only $28.95 USD, but it is only available for a limited time while supplies last. There are no limits to how many Step Right Up! special items can be ordered. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal!  I can’t wait to see what you create!
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Sunny Thoughts Layout

Throughout the month of February, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Sunny Thoughts stamp of the month.  This week, I have created this stunning “You are the Sunshine” layout using a few of the stamped images for the background and the title.   I have also added a free layout guide that you can use to re-create this layout.  As always,  a list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Heather Cardstock,  8″ x 5″ Dot B&T, 9″ x 1½” Linen B&T, ¾” x 3″ Grey Floral B&T, 2″ x 3″ Grey Floral B&T, 1″ x 2½” Leaf B&T, 2¼” x 2½” Leaf B&T, 7½” x 9″ Floral B&T, 7″ x 8½” Striped B&T, 5¾” x 7¾” Glacier Cardstock, 5¼” x 7¼” Heather Cardstock, White Daisy Tag, White Daisy Circle, Heather Circle, Glacier & Heather Cardstock for Flowers

I wanted to add some texture to the layout, so I used the line image from Sunny Thoughts stamp set with Charcoal Ink to create the background.  The circles and flowers were cut out using my Cricut®,  then I stamped the “Sunshine” sentiment onto one of the circles to use as the title.  You can use the measurements above as a cutting guide and the layout grid below for assembly.

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Don’t forget to order your Sunny Thoughts stamp set before February 28th.  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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From the Heart Color Dare Card

It has been almost a month since I last entered the Color My Heart Dare Challenge.  My life was a bit chaotic, so, unfortunately, crafting was not a priority.  I do love the fact that Close to My Heart allows me, as a consultant, to set my own hours so that when “life” changes, I can still have my family be my priority without worry.

This week, I used the From the Heart stamp set to create a card using Willow, Raspberry, Bashful, Charcoal and White Daisy for the Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I love that Close to My Heart has such beautiful products that we can use to make cards like this with very little time or effort.  This stamp set is available during the month of September for  $29.95 OR pay only $5.00 more and receive the From the Heart Kit to create twelve interactive cards using this stamp set.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (Charcoal), 5″ x 3¾” Cardstock (White Daisy), 4″ x 1¾” Cardstock (Charcoal), 2¾” x 1½” Cardstock (White Daisy), ¾” x 1½” Cardstock (White Daisy)

Stamping Techniques:
Since the challenge only allowed two pinks and one green, I had to use these colors in multiple ways.  For this card I used the “Second Generation Stamping” technique to add depth to my project. What is Second Generation Stamping? Once a stamp is inked, you can achieve a second generation stamp by stamping the image first onto your desk pad (or other scratch piece of paper) and then onto your cardstock.

• The stem of the largest flower was stamped using Willow ink.  I created the “Leaves” by using the Second Generation of Willow. It still allows the stem to show through while using the same color of ink.
• The small cup shaped flowers were first stamped using the Second Generation of Raspberry Ink, then the detailed lines were added using Raspberry ink. Once again, I was able to use the same color, but the Second Generation technique allowed to details to show through.
• The From the Heart stamp set has many choices for layered flowers, and you can use Second Generation stamping to create depth and get more use out of you inks.  Below is a little “cheat sheet” I created to show you ways I stamped the larger flower using the Second Generation (2nd) stamping technique.

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If you love Close to My Heart products as much as I do, and you want to be able to run your business your way, then joining my team is something I ask you to consider. September is the perfect month to join my team! Sign up as a New Consultant in September and you will receive the From the Heart card kit in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost — that’s an extra $43.90 value, FREE!

Remember, the From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Visit the Promotions tab on my website learn how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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White Card & Envelope Value Pack

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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VersaMat

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Bashful Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Cleaner

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Micro Glue Dots
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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
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Rose Embossing Folder

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Sweet Birthday Cupcake Card

I love using our Thin Cuts to create paper crafting projects. Thin Cuts are easy to use, versatile, and currently 25% off  and you can get this set FREE by signing up to be a Close to My Heart Consultant during the month of March. This week I created an adorable birthday card using the Sweet Birthday stamp set and matching Thin Cuts.  You can order these as a bundle during our Cut It Out campaign.  I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month using our Thin Cuts,  so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 5½” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 4½” x  ½” B&T Paper (I used a Sugar Rush Zip Strip), 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush), 3″ x 2″ B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush), 5½” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush),  5½” x ¾” B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush), 2¼”  x 1¼” B&T Paper (I used Sugar Rush) 2″ x 1″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a pencil, draw a line at horizontally 1¾”  from the top of the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock.
2. Place the “Cupcake” Thin Cut onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock.

3. Using a Cuttle Bug (or equivalent), cut out the “Cupcake” image up to the 1¾” line.
4. Remove the remaining cardstock around the “Cupcake”creating a straight edge on the 1¾” line.
5. Using a Bone Folder and ruler, create a score line along the longer side of the 5½” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock at ½”. Fold the ½” up and attach to the back of “Cupcake” cardstock, lining up the edges, to create a card. Use a strong adhesive such as Bonding Glue or B&B Tape to keep the card from coming apart. CupcakeCardStepThree
6. Cut Chevrons into the shorter ends of the 4½” x  ½” B&T Paper. Adhere to the top of the card, centering it under the “Cupcake” cutout.
7. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Cupcake” image onto the 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper. Place the “Cupcake” Thin Cut onto the image, then use the Cuttle Bug (or equivalent) to cut out the “Cupcake” from the B&T paper.
8. Using Pomegrante Ink, stamp “Sprinkles” onto the frosting of the cupcake image. Adhere the “Cupcake” cutout onto the card.
9. Using Black Ink, stamp the bottom half of the “Cupcake” image onto the 3″ x 2″ B&T Paper. Place the “Cupcake” Thin Cut onto the image, then use the Cuttle Bug (or equivalent) to cut out the “Cupcake” from the B&T paper. Trim off the excess and layer over the previously placed B&T paper. NOTE: I used an Ocean Watercolor Pencil with the Small Round Waterbrush to add color to the dots. 
10. Adhere the 5½” x ¾” B&T Paper along the bottom of the card.  Place a 5½” strip of Sugar Rush Washi Tape along the top of the 5½” x ¾” B&T Paper.
11. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the 2″ x 1″ White Daisy Cardstock. Adhere the sentiment onto the center of the 2¼”  x 1¼” B&T Paper, then adhere to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
12. Add Sugar Rush Dots onto the Cupcake. If desired, stamp a sentiment or image inside the card. NOTE: I used Sugar Rush Washi Tape to cover the inside flap. 

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Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Sugar Rush Paper Pack

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Sugar Rush Washi Tape

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Sugar Rush Dots

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Watercolor Pencils 

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Small Round Waterbrush

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Micro-Tip Scissors


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3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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