So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Welcome to the So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop!  This week, we will be featuring products  from the Annual Expressions Idea book that are retiring on July 31st.  Many of our stamps, paper packets, tools, inks, and embellishments will no longer be available for purchase, so make sure you fill your wishlist before these products disappear.  JulyOptBadge

This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas. If you have come here from Priscilla Gotham’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: http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

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Since we have quite a few products retiring, I have decided to feature just a few of my favorites from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

  • Sea Glass Cardstock – Sea Glass was our Color of the Year and I fell in love with it. This is such a wonderful color that can be used for almost any occasion.  I have mixed it with warm and cool colors and each time it makes the perfect accent.
  • Sea Glass Glitter Paper– Who doesn’t love a little glitter? On this card I used a cut from our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge to make some “Sea Weed”.
  • Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad – Can you tell I just adore Sea Glass? I am excited that we have a NEW Color of the Year arriving and I can’t wait to use it.
  • Blending Pen – I must admit that I was a bit disappointed to see this tool go.  I use my Blending Pen more than I use my markers.  I love that I can use this pen with any of our ink colors to shade images and match my papers exactly.
  • Whimsy Fundamentals – If you search my blog, I used these papers quite a bit this year.  I enjoyed them so much that I used these papers throughout my sons baby album. Close to My Heart does not disappoint. I have seen the new ones and LOVE the patterns.
  • Swirly Sea Shells – This set is such an enjoyable stamp set to useSwirlySeashellsWhimsyCard_Detail for cards and on layouts with vacation, summer, and museum photos. Did you know that you can get this set FREE when you purchase two other stamp sets during our July Stampaganza?
  • Wood Slats Embossing Folder – This embossing folder leaves a nice wood grain impression on your cardstock.
  • Say it All Stamp Set – This set was in retirement and Close to My Heart brought it back for our Stampaganza event. If you missed out the first time, make sure to go to my website and purchase it before it’s gone for good.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

Now “Hop” on over to Sheila Bennett’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, many of the products in our Annual Expressions Idea book retire on July 31st!

Comment below or contact your CTMH Consultant for a full list of retiring products. 

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Swirly Sea Shells Stamp + Thin Cut

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Whimsy Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Glitter Paper

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Flower Market Cricut Collection

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Blending Pen

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Wood Slats Embossing Folder

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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3D Foam Tape

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Sure Cut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Always Be You Card

This week’s Color My Heart Dare required a bit of creativity using Pixie, Saffron, Whisper, and White Daisy. These are not color tones I usually put together, but I am always up for a challenge. As always, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card at the bottom of this post. alwaysbeyoucard

Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Uptown Fundamentals), 4 5/8″ x 3 ³⁄8″ Cardstock (I used Whisper), 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock (I used Saffron), 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle, 3″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock (stamped images)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper to the  card base.
2. Using an embossing machine, dry emboss the 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. Adhere the Embossed 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock to the center of the 4 5/8″ x 3 ³⁄8″ Cardstock.
3. Lay the 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle onto the 4½” x 3¼” Cardstock to determine where the small hearts will be stamped. (DO NOT ADHERE) Using Pixie Ink, stamp the Tiny Heart image onto the Embossed Cardstock randomly in the center of some of the honeycombs. Add Shimmer to the hearts using a Clear Shimmer Brush.
4. Wrap a 10″ piece of Pixie Twine twice around the base of the layered Cardstock. Adhere the cardstock onto the center of the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
5. Create a Bow with another piece of Pixie Twine and attach to card with a Glue Dot.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Always Be You” sentiment onto the 2½” White Daisy Cardstock Circle. Adhere the Circle to the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape. alwaysbeyou_closeup
7. Using the Dreamin’ Big Thin Cuts, create (2) Large Butterflies from the 3″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock. Using Pixie Ink, stamp two Large Butterfly images onto the cutouts.
8. Cut out the wings and body on one of the Large Butterfly images. Bend the wings up and adhere the  center of the cut image to the center of the full butterfly image using Thin 3D Foam Tape. (This gives the illusion that the butterfly image is “flying”.)
9. Adhere the Butterfly image to to card, as shown, using Thin 3D Foam Tape. Add Shimmer to the wings using a Clear Shimmer Brush.
10. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.

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Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle

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Hello Lovely Cardmaking Acrylic Stamp Set

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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Uptown Fundamentals

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Adventure Ribbon Pack

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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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12″ x 12″ Saffron Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Whisper Cardstock

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylic Block

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3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape


SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Micro Glue Dots

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Micro-Tip Scissors

Black Magic Rose Card

I have always wanted to try “Black Magic”- a technique where you use colored pencils on Black cardstock.  This weeks Color My Heart Dare gave me a reason to try it out for the first time. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.ColorDare229.jpg

The technique was simple, yet, it created a fabulous image. I use White Embossing Powder to heat emboss the Rose image, then, using our Bubblegum and Hydrangea Watercolor pencils, I added two layers of color.  The background was kept simple to showcase the Rose image. I wanted to repeat the shimmer from the silver twine onto the stamped image, so I used our Clear Shimmer Brush Pen to add shimmer on the leaves. It’s a very striking piece of art once finished.  I would love to see anything you have created using the “Black Magic” technique.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” X 4¼” Cardstock (I used Black), 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (I used Raspberry),  4½” x 3½” Cardstock (I used White Daisy),  4″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Pansy), 4″ x 3″ Cardstock for image (I used Black)

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Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack
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Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder
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Clear Shimmer Brush

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Watercolor Pencils

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12″ x 12″ Black Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Raspberry Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Pansy Cardstock

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Simple Chevon Embossing Folder

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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Craft Heater
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
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3L E-Z Dots Adhesive

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Simple Embossed Thank You Card

Thank You cards leave my home often, so each week I create two or three to add to my bin. This card is extremely simple to make, yet the layers of cardstock, dry embossing, and sparkling gems make delightful. By changing the color or the sentiment on this card, you can create it for any occasion.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.
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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (I used Thistle),
5″ x 3¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 5″ x 1¾” Cardstock (I used Thistle), 5″ x 1½” White Daisy Cardstock


Adore You Acrylic Stamp Set
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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack
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12″ x 12″ Thistle Cardstock
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Vine Embossing Folder

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Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Blending Pen

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Clear Sparkles

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3L E-Z Dots Adhesive

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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2″ x 2″ Acrylic Block