An Exciting Color My Heart Dare Announcement

As many of you know, I enjoy participating in each week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge.  Today, I am excited to announce that I have decided to venture out of my comfort zone and join the Color My Heart Dare Design Team. As a Design Team Member, I get to provide inspiration for some of our Color Dare Challenges. My first challenge for you as a Design Team member is a Boutique Paper Pack Tic-Tac-Toe.



You would think that by now, I might be tired of playing with the Boutique paper pack, but, in all honesty, it has been one of my favorites to create with.  This week, I decided to design a card using primarily Peacock, Peach, and Glacier, with a few of the other colors from the board added in.


This card allowed me to use up a few of my scraps, leftover PML cards, and the Boutique Scrapbooking stamp set (which I ♥love♥). Though it is simple, I really enjoy how this card turned out and I can’t wait to send it off to a few of my friends.

Here are a some techniques I used to create this card:
• The sentiment came from the Boutique Scrapbooking stamp set and was stamped using Intense Black Ink onto one of the PML cards that was trimmed down to 3¼” x 3″. Don’t you just ADORE this sentiment.
• The Peacock Scallop Trim was created using our new Decorative Borders Thin Cuts dies (another favorite♥ of mine).
• The small plastic heart is not a Boutique product, but one of the new Hello Pumpkin Shapes. Isn’t it just the cutest? AND it has adhesive backing making it so easy to apply to any project you make.
• That little flower was cut from Peach cardstock using our Flower Market collection. Our new Peach color really works well with Peacock – a great color combination for fall.
Mink Twine was used to create a faux “Leaf” and Silver Glitter Gems were added for a little bling (we all need a little bling).

 You don’t need a blog. You don’t need to use the CTMH colors (just something close). You get to share your love of paper crafting and could win some fun prizes.

Joining the Color My Heart Dare Challenge is so simple and I encourage you to join in this week.  If you don’t have a blog, you can simply add your photo onto the Color My Heart Dare Facebook page.  Please let me know if you decide to join this week, and I will send you a personal Thank You card just for joining. I can’t wait to see what you create for the Color My Heart Dare Challenge.



Happy Heart Layout

I hope you have enjoyed all of the Boutique creations I have shown you throughout the month.  As we near the end of September, I wanted to make sure that I posted one of my most favorite layouts I made using our Boutique products.  This is one that truly makes my heart happy.


This fall, we were blessed to see our son marry a wonderful woman who God designed perfectly for him.  It made my heart so happy to see his joy and I wanted to be able to scrapbook all that I felt.


Our Boutique papers not only matched their wedding colors, but they made the perfect backdrop for these engagement photos. I was able to use the Boutique Cardmaking Stamp Set along with our Sugarplum Ink to create the perfect title which I cut out using our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts.


I added some Sugarplum Glitter paper, a few Boutique Complements, some adorable Sugarplum Gems, and the layout was complete. This is the one of the many layouts I was able to showcase at Convention this year, and I plan on completing a second page once I finished deciding which photos I want to use. (There are so many to choose from.)

Make sure to visit my Facebook, Instagram or VIP Group to see even more projects I created using Boutique. I hope you have been inspired this month. Make sure to snag a few of those Boutique products on my website and, please, send me a photo or two of what you have made. I can’t wait to see what you create with Boutique.


Boutique Scrapbook Kits

Have you noticed that there are SIX, yes, six Boutique Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way® scrapbook pages in the Holiday Expressions catalog? You may have noticed the change, or you may have been confused by it, but either way, it is something to get excited about.  This is a recent change that Close to My Heart has made to a few of our Workshops Your Way® kits and I am THRILLED about the change.


When you look on pages 28 & 29 of the new catalog, you will see both Boutique Workshops Your Way® kits.  On the left is the “Classic” set of scrapbook pages that you can create when you purchase the Boutique Workshops Your Way® Scrapbook Kit.


Aren’t they beautiful? I just ♥adore♥ our Boutique products. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these three layouts. They reflect our Classic designs and are great for recording your memories, BUT sometimes we all want just a little bit more.  That is why in this season’s catalog, Close to My Heart has created three additional Deluxe Kits.


These Deluxe Workshops Your Way® kits use Texture Paste, Stencils, and that glorious new Sugar Plum Shimmer Brush to add a slash of texture and shimmer to your pages. Depending on your style of scrapbooking, you can create the Classic, the Deluxe, or both sets of scrapbook pages to showcase your photos.

Each set of pages, Classic & Deluxe, do require a full Boutique Workshops Your Way® kit, so you will need to purchase two kits  if you are going to create all six pages.  Close to My Heart has made it easier for you to create the Deluxe pages by giving you a 10% discount on the Boutique Deluxe Bundle. This bundle contains everything you need to add amazing texture to enhance your pages with plenty left over for more projects.


I am so excited by the addition of the Deluxe kits and I know you will be, too.  If you are one who likes to add a little more punch to your pages, then these Deluxe Kits are designed for you, but if you prefer the more Classic look, then you aren’t left out. Close to My Heart has three amazingly designed pages just for you.  Which one will you choose? I can’t wait to see what you create!


Bloom Flower Decor

Quite a few of you have been waiting for me to post this project online after viewing it at the NA Convention. Honestly, it was one of my ♥favorite♥ projects to create.  I personally enjoy making home decor from paper and enjoy showing others how to do the same.


I will be teaching an online class on October 3rd, to show you how to make these three-dimensional flowers as well as showing you the materials I used to create this Bloom Home Decor project.


When you sign-up for this class, you will receive a kit in the mail from me with the supplies for creating one flower so that you can create along with me during this online class.  Once you have signed-up and paid for the class (invoiced through Square), I will send you a link to the private Facebook event. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS HERE

If you are a consultant wishing to take this class, there are options for you also. Simply click the link above, and learn how you can participate. HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive all of my online classes free. Join my team and I will will send you the link to the class along with a supply list. I can’t wait to see what you create!




Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog 41229888_10155907687742686_6330441164742721536_nwhich chock-full of spectacular papers, exclusive stamp sets, workshop kits, new tools, and organizers.  If you have come here from Kimberly Bower’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.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I really hope that you have taken some time to peruse the new Holiday Expressions. If you haven’t, then something must be wrong with you because you are missing out on all the amazing new products that Close to My Heart has created this season. 😉 Two of my favorites are the New Boutique products and the Fancy Tags Thin Cuts which I used to create this Insta-Album.


This album was designed to display an array of photos taken from an Insta-camera (those little tiny Polaroids). By using the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts on a variety of papers from the Boutique collection, I was able to create a fun little album for recording those memorable moments.


This little Insta-album could be created from any paper pack. Wouldn’t it be adorable using our new OH! What Fun products? A perfect way to record some winter memories.


You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Katy Taylor’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, you receive a FREE Holiday Expressions catalog with your first September order. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the WHAT’S NEW section of my website to see all of the products available in this delightful catalog.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Sweet Treats Shaker Card

I am loving our new Shaker Card products so much that I just had to create a card for this week’s heARTfully stamping challenge.  I know that it is not winter yet, nor will is be coming anytime soon where I live, but I couldn’t resist using our Just Treats stamp of the month to create an adorable winter card.


If you have had a chance to look at the new Holiday Expressions, then you probably haven’t seen all of the new Shaker Card products available, OR maybe you saw them and just had no idea what they were.  Today, I am going to give you a quick run down of the new products we carry, along with a few tips that will help you when you make your next shaker card.

Shaker Window Foam & Acetate – How many times have you attempted to make a card only to get frustrated cutting and gluing the acetate to foam tape? Too many for me to count. That is why I ♥LOVE♥ this product.  One quick tip – it has a clear film on one side of the acetate that needs peeled off before adhering it to the foam tape.


Shaker Thin Cuts – These are AWESOME! They are designed to cut frames out to fit the Foam & Acetate perfectly plus you can use them to create your own confetti. HOW COOL IS THAT! Since my shaker was behind the Tag I cut, I didn’t need to use these this time.


Loose Sequins – These come in a bag of Silver Shapes or a bag of Gold Shapes which match just about any project you are working on.  Quick Tip: Tap your Anti-Static Pouch over the Sequins before sealing them up. The powder won’t show and it will prevent them from clinging to the acetate.


So are you ready to try out our new Shaker Card products?! I know you will be tickled how simple and fun they are to use. I can’t wait to see the shaker cards you create!


Fall Moments

It is finally starting to look like Fall around here! I just returned from my annual Fall Crafting Retreat that I host each year, and noticed and many of the leaves are starting to turn, the weather is cooling, and I am ready for some pumpkin bread.  To get you in the “mood” for fall,  I showing you one of pages I created for this year’s Extravaganza using a few of our amazing new products from the Holiday Expressions.


The first thing you might notice is that gorgeous paper pattern.  Did you know that the Saffron paper comes from our Boutique collection?


Isn’t it just beautiful? I also chose to use Boutique Complements to add a few additional details to the layout. I just love that saying “Live for moments you can’t put into words”. This truly describes how we were feeling as we peered at the spectacular fall shades of trees and bushes against the cool waters of the Rocky Mountains.


As you can see I used those little “Washi” sticker strips and the Boutique Cardmaking Stamp Set to add a few more details onto the layout.


Don’t you just love those little sticker strips? I have used them for quite a few accents on my cards and layouts, along with our new Thin Cuts. We have TWO new sets for you this season that you will ♥LOVE♥.


I am adoring all the new TAGS we have available for you in the Fancy Tags Thin Cuts Bundle. On my layout, I chose to cut one in half and use it as an accent. The stitching on the Circle matched perfectly with the stitching that I created with the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts Bundle on other parts of the layout.

You can view all of these new products along with many others on my website. When you place an order during the month of September, you will receive a FREE Holiday Expressions with your order. It’s defiantly something you want to get your hands on – just keep some tissue near by to catch all the drool. 😉 I can’t wait to see what you create with all these amazing new products!


Just Treats Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just Treats Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the September Just Treats stamp set.  I am so excited by this stamp set! I ♥LOVE♥40467678_10155888311247686_2148774616384929792_n all the little icons and images designed perfectly for the upcoming holidays. If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ 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 simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Just Treats stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Christmas came to mind when I first glanced at our Just Treats stamps set, and then I thought “Nope! I am not ready for Christmas no matter what the retail stores think“. After taking a second look at the stamp set, and really studying the images and sentiments, I realized that this set is intended for so much more than Christmas.  Take a minute to really study this stamp set and think about all the backgrounds you could make, and borders, and embellishments, and cards and…..your imagination is your only limit.

product imageWell, with the fall air rolling in and the mix of spices rising from my coffee, I decided to use this stamp set to create a Fall Thank You card for my ☕coffee☕ loving friends.  This card not only uses the Just Treats stamps set, but it used quite a few other products from our New Holiday Expressions. How many can you spot?


I am sure you noticed that beautiful Boutique paper right away.  I adore all the patterns and textures of this paper pack. Most people only notice the pales tones in this collection, but I found that Saffron Pattern paper right away and knew that it would make some wonderful fall projects.  To keep with the fall color scheme, I decided that the Charcoal and Linen pattern papers would complement the Saffron and Candy Apple. Yes, that is a “true” red ink you see there in my sentiment and I added more red to the images with a Red Shimmer Brush. I’m not sure how well you can see it, but I brushed some Clear Shimmer on that Whipped Cream topping. ♥LOVE♥ that sparkle.


I’ve only mentioned a few of the new products I used on this card, but I am sure you saw many more that you can’t wait to play with. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-one other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Just Treats stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using this stamp set and our Holiday Expresions products, so make sure to visit often.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Just Treats stamp set is only available until September 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Boutique Scrapbook Workshop

Each month I create kits and guides using our delightful paper packs, and since next month’s paper pack has not yet been revealed, I am giving you just a few sneak peeks of my scrapbook kits and guides for the month of September.



My Boutique Creative Club Scrapbook Workshop uses our New Boutique papers from the Holiday Expressions catalog to create three layouts.  The Boutique paper pack is full of texture and color, making it one that was a joy to create with. I am beyond excited about how each of these pages turned out. Each one is unique to the paper used, and are designed to display your photos and memories beautifully.


You can purchase these layout kits individually in my online store, or come one one of my Crafternoons and purchase any of my kits to create with me and a few friends.  Each scrapbook kit comes pre-cut and includes all the supplies needed to create each layout. All you need are photos, adhesive, scissors, and a journaling pen.

I will also have Workshop Guides available for purchase in my online store. Each Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, Cricut Design Space™ file, full-color photos, layout grid, and detailed assembly directions. I do ask that if you are a consultant using these guides for you workshop, you do not share copies of the guides of the Design Space™ files without prior permission.

All of the HeARTfully Blessed Creations team members receive a substantial discount on all kits and guides, plus free online tutorials.  This is my way of saying Thank You for being a member of our team.  If you have considered becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant, I would love for you to be a member of this amazing group of ladies.

I will be creating many more projects throughout the month using this delightful Boutique paper.  Make sure to visit me here or on any of my social media pages each week to see more creations.  You can also  join my VIP Facebook group  and see a few LIVE tutorials using our Close to My Heart products.  I can’t wait to see what you create with Boutique!





Creating a Larger Border in Design Space

A few weeks back, I was able to give a quick tutorial on Creating a Border in Cricut Design Space™.  I did have a few people comment that, although it was a wonderful tutorial, it did not show how to create a larger border for a page. So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to walk you through creating a border that can go across the length of your scrapbook layout.


Many of our Cricut Collections are full of amazing borders like the Wave Border that I am using for this project. (I especially enjoy the borders in our Artbooking and Artistry  collections.)   I am going to begin by inserting the Wave Border(#M46FC2) I chose from our Artbooking Collection into my Canvas.


I want this Wave Border to be .75″ high x 12″ wide so that it will go across the full length of my page. Watch what happens if I unlock the image and resize it to .75″ x 12″.


It becomes distorted and warped – Not something I want to put on my page. Instead, I am going to change the height to .75″ without unlocking the image. By keeping the image “locked” it will stay proportionate.


The image is only 5.455″ wide, which is too small for my 12″ scrapbook page, so I am going to Duplicate the image THREE times to begin making the Border larger.


Depending on the Border you are using, you can either overlap one of the repeating designs or line up the ends side-by-side. Some Borders have a more finished look if you overlap. (TIP: Use ALIGN to make sure it it aligned at the top or bottom.)


I decided that with this Wave Border the side-by-side looked just fine, so I select both images and chose WELD. Now you can see that the image is one complete image, but it is short of the 12″ I need to make it across the page.


 Now, here is where we get a little technical.  If you have worked with an Explore Machine in Design Space™ in the past, you know that you cannot cut an image that is larger than 11.5″ unless you plan on manipulating your paper on a mat or using a larger mat.  I am not going to teach you how to do either of these today, I am just going to show you how to work with the allotted 11.5″ you are given. 

Remember that third Wave Border you created?  Since our current Border is already 10.899″, I am only going to need about 2″ of this additional Border. Just like in the previous Tutorial, I am going to slice out the portion I need using a Square Shape.



I FLIP my sliced image (for a more finished look), and I have the two pieces I need to create a 12″ Border. Make sure to check that your Border is still 12″ with the additional piece. You may have to “assemble” the Border on your Canvas, then Group the images to see the finished length.  If the finished length is over 12″, you can Resize the images as a group to the finished size needed.


When you add the cut images to your scrapbook page, they will overlap, but as you can see on this layout I created, the overlap is hardly noticeable.


Like I said, you could create one large image and manipulate your paper or use a larger mat, but I have found the overlapping of the image turns out just fine. I hope you take the time this week to play in Design Space™ and create a few scrapbook page borders.  I can’t wait to see what you create.

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