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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Maker’s Color Dare Card

Convention is over, I am “almost” unpacked, my craft-room is still not finished, and, yet, I am still able to create. I have been amazed by how little I need to make a card and how many things I have found as I have unpacked my collection like the Originals Idea Book from Close to My Heart.  I had this stashed on a shelf in another area of the house and completely forgot that I had it.  Before placing this book on the shelf in my new craft area,  I thumbed through and found a few cards that I wanted to make including one for the weekly Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Challenges.

I used the design on page 35, exchanged the cardstock used for some of our Fresh Air papers, added a stamped image, and “Bob’s your uncle” – I had a completed card.

Paper Needed:  5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 1¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 5½” x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Washi, Scotch, or Post-It Tape on the back of the papers, temporary attach the 5½” x 1¾” Fresh Air paper onto the 5½” x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (They will overlap, so make sure that the width is 4¼”.)
2. Using the Stitch Guide and Piercing & Embossing Tool, punch holes along where the two papers meet. I used the Zig-Zag stitch, but you can use any on the guide. 
3. After adding stitching with a Glacier colored thread, adhere the paper onto the card base.
4. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the sentiment from the We Are Makers stamp set onto the 4″ x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (FYI: This stamp is only available until August 31st.)
5. Adhere the stamped sentiment onto the center of the 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
6. Using Charcoal Ink, stamp the “We Are Born” image onto a scrap of White Daisy cardstock. Cut out the image and adhere to the sentiment using 3D Foam Dots.
7. Cut two 1½” pieces of Glacier & Gold Ribbon, fold in half, and staple onto the Nutmeg cardstock, as shown, using a Mini Stapler.
8. Adhere the Nutmeg cardstock with the sentiment onto the card using 3D Foam Tape.
9. Add two Gold Glitter Gems, and stamp a sentiment inside the card.

I know that the card I made looks nothing like the one in the Originals Idea Book , but the books are designed to inspire and give you a launching pad to begin the creating process.  I hope that you join this week’s challenges. I always love seeing what other people create for these challenges.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.

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As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

Observations:
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.

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My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.

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I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Summer Time Crafting

Summer is just flying by and I seem to be adding more and more to my calendar.  As my son said, “My calendar is beginning to look like a Jackson Pollock painting”.  I am sure you understand exactly what I am talking about.  Unfortunately, for most of us, this means our crafting gets set aside for the summer causing the “miss my crafting blues” .  To prevent this, I have set up a few “Crafternoons” at the local library just for you.

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On June 23rd and July 21st, you can come enjoy some time for yourself to catch-up on crafting, chat with other adults, and have a few hours where you are not saying “no you cannot have another snack”.  I will also be offering a few workshops those days which you are welcome to learn from, but the ultimate goal is for you to have a day of “craft happiness”.

 

Please make sure to RSVP for these events by sending me an email or leaving me a comment below.  Cost for each Crafternoon is $10.00 or FREE with a $30.00 order from my website. All proceeds from these events will benefit Operation Smile.

I hope to see you there!  Have an amazingly, blessed summer. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Father’s Day Card & Gift Box

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and, since I enjoy giving you crafty ideas for holidays, I decided to create this Pinterest inspired “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set.  This fun four-inch card not only has a sweet saying on the outside, but it includes the “I love you a bushel & a peck” sentiment inside.  How great would this be to give to a dad in your life?  You can fill the box with their favorite treat or add some baseball tickets or a few gift cards.

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This “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box was not only designed with you in mind, but I also created it to enter this week’s Color My Heart Dare and heARTful Stamping challenges.  It’s been awhile since I have joined one of these challenges.  My craft-room has been in such a disarray that I haven’t been able to make much of anything, so being able to join these challenges makes my crafty heart happy.  If you would like to recreate this project you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with the instructions for completing the project.

Paper Needed for Card: 8″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, (2) 4″ x 4″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock Scraps

Card Assembly Instrucions:
1. To create the card base, fold the 8″ x 4″ White Daisy cardstock in half lengthwise and burnish the fold with a Bone Folder.
2. Adhere one of the 4″ x 4″ pieces of Nutmeg cardstock onto the front of the card base.
3. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a 3″ square from the center of the other 4″ x 4″ piece of Nutmeg cardstock. If desired, shade the edges of the “Frame” using a Sponge Dauber and Nutmeg Ink. Using Foam Tape, adhere the “Frame” onto the card.
4. Using Glacier Ink, stamp the “Buffalo Check” from the Documented Scrapbooking stamp set onto the 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Adhere this across the base of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. (You can choose to use B&T paper instead.)
5. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the “You’re the Apple of My Eye” sentiment onto the upper left corner of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Small Hearts” below the sentiment. (If you don’t own the Documented stamp set, the Leaf would look cute as an alternative to the hearts.)
6. Adhere the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the card.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Apple Basket” and “Apple” onto scraps of White Daisy cardstock.
8. Shade the “Apple Basket” and “Apples” using ShinHan™ Markers.  Cut out the images and add them to the card using Foam Tape.
9. Stamp a sentiment inside the card, if you desire.

The Apple of My Eye Treat Box was create using a box image that I uploaded into Cricut Design Space™ and it decorated in much the same way that I did the card. You can find instructions for uploading the box image in this Tuesday Tutorial. Don’t forget that the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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Documented Scrapbooking Stamp Set

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Black Memento Ink

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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New England Ivy Twine

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Foam Tape

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Fresh Air Shapes

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glacier & Gold Ribbon

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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MicroTip Scissors

Thanks A Bushel Card

If you are like me, you always have a need for Thank-You cards, so, this week, I created a few using the adorable images and a sentiment from our exclusive A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. I love sending happy mail to customers, especially homemade cards, but each one needs to be quick to make as well as fun to receive.   This card defiantly “fits the bill” – quick to create, easy to assemble, and ready to send.  If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with a few techniques to help you complete a few thank- cards to add to your collection.

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Techniques Used:
• The circle was created using a 2¼” Stitched Circle Thin Cut cut in half.
• The background on the Espresso cardstock was created by randomly stamping the “Blowing Leaf” image onto the Espresso cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, then it was sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heat applied with a Craft Heater.
• Three stands of New England Ivy Twine was wrapped around the shorter ends of the Espresso cardstock.
• Color was added to the apples using ShinHan™ markers. Each of the apples was shaded fully with Cherry Pink, then I used Carmine to add shadows and a Colorless Blender to add light reflections. I shaded the “Leaves” with Sap Green.
• I used the Bronze and Clay ShinHan™ markers to shade the “Basket” then used Sap Green and Pastel Green to finish the details.

How cute would this look if you made the apples bright green? Or added a stitched border? Your imagination is your only limitation. I hope you take some time to create a few Thank-You cards using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set. This exclusive stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.

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A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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VersaMark™ Ink Pad

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Ranger™ White Embossing Powder

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Fresh Air Shapes

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Marvy® Uchida® Journaling Pen

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Craft Heater

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All-Purpose Mat

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Thin Cuts Stitched Circles

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Black Memento Ink

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glue Dots

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New England Ivy Twine

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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MicroTip Scissors

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3D Foam Dots
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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dad is Rad Special

Do you have a “Rad Dad” in your life? We all know and love someone who has made a difference in our lives or the lives of our kids.  I am personally blessed with a wonderful husband who is an amazing father to our kids and many other children who have been “adopted” into our family. Close to My Heart wishes to honor all of those who hold a special place in our hearts, so we are celebrating the dad’s in our lives with our exclusive Dad is Rad workshop bundle.

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This Dad is Rad Workshop Kit features the limited Rad Dad Stamp Set and discounted Dad Is Rad Product Bundle with enough supplies to create one 12″ × 12″ layout, one 12″ × 12″ page, and four cards that can be used for Father’s Day or to share with all the “rad” people you love!  This Dad is Rad product normally sells for  $41.67, but you can get it for a limited time for only $29.95 while supplies last.*(plus tax & shipping)

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I would enjoy spending an evening with you and your friends as we create these  wonderfully designed cards or scrapbook layouts.  Don’t worry about cleaning house, just gather some friends, contact me, and we can schedule a night to create as we honor those amazing men in our lives. You could even earn a FREE stamp set just for hosting this event.

The Dad is Rad Workshop Kit and Stamp set are only available until June 30th or while supplies last. Visit my website to learn more about this kit and download the FREE Workshop Guide.  I can’t wait to see what you create for your “Rad Dad”.

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* Available May 15 – June 30 while supplies last. Shipping assessed on retail value of all items.

 

 

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

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

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

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

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

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

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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We Are the Makers Stamp Set

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Adhesive Runner

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop

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

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

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

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

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