A Year of Memories

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? It been a wonderful year of memories, crafting, and friendships.  One year ago, I chose to start this blog and I am so so grateful for all of you who have chosen to follow my crazy crafty mess.  I truly enjoy sharing my creations with each one of you.

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As our year comes to an end, we say goodbye to many of our seasonal products as well as our Through the Year calendar kit.  I created one of these calendars for my mother-in-law and loved it so much that I am making one for myself.  I am so excited to be able to transfer each of these pages into a full-size album once the year is done.  You can also choose to use this as a perpetual calendar to keep track of family birthdays, anniversaries, and more.

Sadly, this kit retires December 31st, along with all of the products from our Holiday Expressions catalog.  Our seasonal thin cuts, embossing folders, stamp sets, papers, complements, and more will be gone forever.  Make sure to visit my website to download the project guides, card guides, scrapbook layout guides, and recipes before midnight December 31st. 

Thank you again for a wonderful year of crafty memories.  I have so much planned for next year and can’t wait to share it with each one of you.  As always, I can’t wait to see what you create my friend!

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Favorite Christmas Card

Sometimes you create a Christmas card you put so much love and effort into it, you don’t want to give it away.  That is the way I felt about this card.  I truly enjoy how it came about and love the end result so much that I had to share it with others.  This week, I have posted this card onto both the Color Dare – December Holiday Link Party and the Heart2Heart Christmas Critters Challenge.

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This card was designed using our Beary Christmas papers, Gold Foil Paper, and some Cricut® cuts, then stamped using Thoughtful Bird stamp set. I have used this stamp set before in a few projects.  It takes a little getting used to, but it worth the purchase.  You can use the SEARCH feature to find more projects using this stamp set.  I plan on making more throughout the year. 🙂

Even though this card was one I fell in love with, I did choose to give it away to someone special.  I can’t wait to try to make another project using the Thoughtful Bird stamp set and I would love to see any projects you have made.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop where we will be featuring our You Are Here Cricut Collection.  This cartridge is full of images representing life – daily activities, travel, parenthood, and family.  YouAreHereBadge If you have come here from Darlys Recker’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 You Are Here Collection. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

As I finished up my Christmas card list, I realized that I did not create enough cards, so I decided to make this Coffee Lovers Christmas card for my coffee loving friends. I created this in Cricut® Design Space using the Coffee to Go image from our You Are Here cartridge and have included a short tutorial for you to show you how to create the card base. As always, the list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. After inserting the Coffee to Go – #M2845F0F image into your Canvas, RESIZE the image to 5.5″h.
2. UNGROUP the image so that you have two separate images in your Layers Panel, then DELETE the top layer. (I ROTATED the bottom layer 90′ to see it better.)
3. DUPLICATE your image, then FLIP HORIZONTAL.
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4. Move the images until the “lids” touch completely, then SELECT ALL and WELD.
CupWeld5. Insert a SCORE LINE and RESIZE to 4″h. SELECT ALL and ALIGN CENTER.
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6. To attach the Score Line to the image, SELECT ALL then choose ATTACH. (To check that it is attached, choose Make It and see if the score line is attached to the cup.)

I used the Contour and Slice options to create my additional layers, stamped a cute saying inside, and ended up with a pretty cute card.  You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the You Are Here Collection. and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’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 What We Do tab on my website to learn how you can get this collection for half-price. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Little Bit of Pun Blog Hop

Welcome to the A Little Bit of Pun Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the December A Little Bit of Pun stamp set. DecSOTMBadge This stamp set has ten adorable “punny” little sayings with matching icons that would be perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, and gifts.  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 A Little Bit of Pun 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 December, I will be creating weekly projects using the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created some adorable Christmas tags you can make for your gifts.

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I created these tags in Cricut® Design Space using images from the Artbooking cartridge. After cutting out the tags, I stamped the images in black ink, shaded each one with our Watercolor Pencils, then decorated the tags with bits of leftover cardstock. The background tags were cut out from papers in our Beary Christmas collection.

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

Now “Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’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 A Little Bit of Pun stamp set is available until December 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Hop where we will be showcasing some amazing cards you can make using Close to My Heart products. ChristmasCardsBadge If you have come here from Jean McNulty’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 you can use to create your Christmas cards this year. 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 start preparing for the holidays, writing lists, and sending out Christmas cards.   My husband and I send out quite a few cards each year to family, friends, and ministry partners, so I like to keep my designs as simple as possible.

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A few months ago, I created a project using this adorable Thoughtful Bird stamp set and promised to show you more ideas, so I have created this elegant Cardinal Christmas card that you can recreate using the stamp set and Cricut® Design Space.

Paper Needed: 12″ x 6″ Cranberry Cardstock, 5¾” x 5¾” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 2½” x 5¾” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 5″ x 5″ Black Cardstock, 3½” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, 3″ x 4″ Gold Foil Paper

The Thoughtful Bird stamp set set is one of our “multi-layered” stamp sets which allows you to layer three different stamps together to create this beautiful cardinal.  When I first purchased the stamp set, it seemed a bit overwhelming, but after using it a few times I fell in love with the possibilities. I am going to share with you a few tips for using this stamp set.

Tips & Techniques:

  • When you first receive your stamp, find a part of the image that you can use as a reference when you stamp the next layer.  On the bird, I used the eye, wing, and tail as my reference points.
  • Use a larger block than necessary, a stamp positioner, or stamp platform.  These will help you to line up the images when stamping.
  • When choosing the colors, search for images of the bird online.  The photos will help you determine which colors will look “realistic” when creating the bird.  This stamp set requires the ink tones to go from light to dark, so look at the undertone shades of the bird to see what might look best.
  • Use second-generation stamping, multi-stamping, and rock-and-roll stamping techniques to change the shade of your inks.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you mess up the first, second, or third time.  I stamped this Cardinal three times before I decided on the ink colors I wanted to use. Here is how my image came to life:

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I initially stamped the first layer with Cranberry ink, but the shade of red was too close to the Ruby I used in the next layer.  I searched a Cardinal image and found one with a lighter undertone, so I choose to use Smoothie.  Do you see that “eye” hole? This is one of my reference points I used when adding the next layer.

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The second layer was stamped using Ruby ink.  I used the “eye” hole, wing tip, and tail as my reference points when stamping the second layer. This layer was stamped twice for a more intense shade of red.

 

 

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The final layer was the hardest for me to choose.  This layer adds the small details onto the bird image and it is the darkest color.  I initially considered black, but it seemed a little too intense.  Instead, I found that our Nutmeg Ink has a red undertone and blended nicely with the other red tones.

 
I stamped the beak, legs, and Holly branch once the bird was complete.  I love how it turned out! You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their Christmas card ideas using Close to My Heart products.

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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!  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Through the Year SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Through the Year  Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the November Through the Year stamp set. NovSOTMBadge This stamp set is perfect for planner addicts and paper crafters.   If you have come here from Tracie Cassidy’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 Through the 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 November, I will be creating weekly projects using the Through the Year stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created a Christmas Gift Card Holder that I  designed in Cricut® Design Space.

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If you have visited my blog in the past, you have noticed that I often take projects like this and design them to cut out on my Cricut®.  This allows me to re-use the project at a later date without needing to figure out the measurements, cuts, and score lines again.  Below, you will find a short tutorial of how I went about creating this Christmas Gift Card Holder in Design Space®.  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: 10″ x 5″ New England Ivy Cardstock, 2½” x 4″ B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 2″ x 4″ B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), (2) ¾” x 4″ B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), (2) ¼” x 4″ Silver Foil Paper

Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE shape into your Canvas and resize the shape to 9″ x 4″.
2. I wanted a fancier edge so I WELDED a decorative square onto the end of my rectangle.  This is what my Canvas looked like before Welding.
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3. Once Welded, I resized the image to 9.625″ x 4″.  (The original size of the project was 4″ x 9 5⁄8″ so I converted it to decimals.)
4. Inserting Score Lines and Cut Lines can be tricky so it’s best to first place your image onto the 1″ x-axis and 1″ y-axis.  This will help you to place score lines perfectly.
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5. Insert four Score Lines and resize each one to 4″.  If you were doing this by hand, you would score at 1¾”, 4½” , 5¾”, 7″.  Since we have placed the image on the 1″ x-axis, we need to move our Score Lines to 2¾”, 5½” , 6¾”, 8″. You can do this by typing the numbers into the x-axis position box. The y-axis position box will be 1″ for each one.
GiftCard_ScoreLine6. Insert a Circle shape, unlock, and resize to 1″ x 1.75″. Center the Oval over the 6¾” Score Line, using Align Vertical as needed. If you wanted you could SLICE the Oval from the image and DELETE the unwanted images, but this is not needed since it will cut it out either way.
GiftCard_Oval7. Insert another Score Line and resize to 3.5″. Change the Score Line to a Cut Line in the Layers Panel.  Place the Cut Line at 1.25″ x-axis and 6.75 y-axis. (Centered over the Oval.)
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8. SELECT ALL and ATTACH so that all the Score Lines and Cut Line attach to the image.

The gift card holder was decorated using the Beary Christmas paper pack, Silver Foil Paper, and, of course, our Through the Year Stamp of the Month. 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 Through the 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 Through the Year Acrylic stamp set is available until November 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. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Christmas Tunes Treats

Who doesn’t love getting sweet treats as a Christmas gift?  These little gift boxes are so simple  and inexpensive to make, that you will want to fill them with sweet treats for your family and friends this Christmas.  The metal tins were purchased in a 3-pack at the local dollar store, decorated with our B&T Christmas papers, then I added the tags I created with the Christmas Tunes stamp set.  Simple…easy…done!

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I know you will want to make some of these fun sweet treat tins so I have included  a Cricut® Design Space file and instructions to create these adorable tags. As always, the products I used for these tags are listed at the very bottom of this post.

Paper Needed: 12″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 4″ Black Cardstock, 6″ x 4″ Almond Cardstock, 6″ x 4″ Linen Cardstock, 2¾” x 3¼” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 2¾” x 2″ B&T Paper (Silver & Gold)

Assembly Instructions For Wreath Tag:
1. Cut out the tags, circle, and sentiments using this Cricut® Design Space File.  (You will need to own Artbooking and Fling Std Font to cut out the images.)
2. Using the Christmas Borders “Snowflakes” background, stamp the images onto the Almond tag using VersaMark Ink, then sprinkle with Clear Embossing Power and use a Craft Heater to emboss.
3. Adhere the Almond tag onto the center of the White Daisy Tag.
4. Adhere the 2¾” x 3¼” Beary Christmas B&T Paper horizontally onto the tag, 1″ from the top of the tag, then place four Red Beary Christmas Dots onto the each of the corners.
5. Adhere the Sentiment onto the bottom right corner of the tag.
6. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Wreath” image onto the White Daisy circle, then adhere to the tag using 3D Foam Tape.
7. Using Cranberry Ink, stamp the “Banner” image onto a scrap of White Daisy cardstock, cut out the image, then adhere to the “Wreath” using 3D Foam Tape.
8. Create a decorative knot with a 6″ piece of White Burlap Ribbon then adhere to the top of the tag.
9. Loop a piece of White Twine through the holes and attach to the treat box then add a To/From sentiment onto the back of the tag.

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The Snow Globe tag was created in the same manner with a few alterations.  I stamped the image using Black Memento Ink, shaded the image with ShinHan markers, and added glitter to the Snow Globe with a Clear Shimmer Brush. Since the base of this tag is black, I use our Chalk Marker to write my To/From sentiment.

Remember, the Christmas Tunes stamp set is only available until October 31st. Visit the Promotions tab on my website to learn how you can purchase this set for only $5.00.  Please post projects you have created using this festive stamp set on my facebook page.  I always LOVE seeing other people’s projects. I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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Christmas Workshops Galore!

Can you believe that Christmas is less that ten weeks away!! If you are like me, your holiday to-do list seems to grown larger each year.  In November, I am offering a few workshops to help you cross off some items from that ever-growing list.

My Crafty Christmas Workshop will provide you with gifts you can give family, friends, teachers, co-workers, neighbors, and more.  Get a head start on your gift giving by coming to this workshop to make these amazing gifts.

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If you take tons of holiday photos, like I do, then you will love my Beary Christmas Workshop Layout.  This layout can hold even more photos by using our Flip-Flaps.

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AND if you love sending homemade Christmas cards, then you will adore the cards we will be making at my Beary Christmas Workshop .  These three cards are so simple to make, yet, elegant enough to send to anyone on your list.

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I always have lots to offer you at my events.  I love teaching you new techniques that you can go home and use on your future projects.  Please make sure to check my EVENTS tab often or sign-up for my monthly newsletter to view all of my upcoming events.

I can’t wait to see what you create this week!

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November Kit of the Month

Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that are pre-cut and easy to assemble. featuring some of our designer papers  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My November Kit of the Month will give you a head start on your Christmas scrapbook pages.  It is titled “Ornamental Noel” and features our NEW Beary Christmas papers.

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This kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer papers, Cricut® cuts, and white twine.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, add your photos, and you have a completed layout.  Did you notice that the ornaments seem to twinkle with glitter?  You can use some of our amazing Clear Shimmer Brush to add shine and shimmer to any of your projects.

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I truly love how this page came together with the intricate title, the heart and star border, and the simple, shimmery ornaments.  You are welcome to order the kit for $12.00*  by visiting my online store front.  Save by subscribing the the Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout and receive an additional layout guide and Holiday Expressions for FREE with your order.  Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab on above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.