Do you have a great deal of summer adventures planned? I know that I will have an abundance photos at the end of the summer, so I am planning ahead with these fun, funky, outdoorsy scrapbook layouts. On June 23rd, you will have a chance to use our rustic Fresh Air products to create six scrapbook layouts that you can use to display your family memories at my Fresh Air Scrapbook Workshop.
At this workshop, you will have multiple options for kits to fit your needs. Each kit will include the supplies needed for you to create six scrapbook layouts for recording those amazing family photos and memories. You will also have the option to purchase individual kits if you desire.
You can view each one of the individual scrapbook layouts that you will be able to create by clicking on the photos below.
The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th.
To sign-up for this workshop, just send me an email and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase. If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits through my online store. For my long-distance friends, I have workshop guides available that include a cutting guide, assembly instructions and a Cricut Design Space™ file. You can purchase the layout guides individually, all together, or purchase just the Design Space™ file separately for each layout.
If you are truly enjoying these Fresh Air products, you can also purchase the Fresh Air Workshop You Way Kit and create three additional layouts and have an entire album lined up a ready for all those summer adventure photos.
I hope to see you at my upcoming workshops and I can’t wait to see what you create with our Fresh Air products and these fun, fresh, outdoorsy layouts!
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.
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.
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!
Welcome to the Step Right Up! Blog Hop where we will be featuring the products from our Step Right Up! bundle which is available at an incredible discount during the month of March. 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 Step Right Up! bundle. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
Can you believe that I have never been to the Circus? When I first saw the Showtime stamp set I honestly thought, “I have never been to the circus. What use would I have of this set?”. After receiving the set and examining it some, I realized that this set could be used for birthday parties, dance photos, county fairs, carnivals, talent shows, marching band, parades, theme park vacations, rodeos, and more. This stamp set is so versatile and well worth the purchase.
Along with the Showtime stamp set, you can purchase the Step Right Up! bundle which includes a wonderful assortment of primary cardstock, Gold Foil paper, Red Shimmer Trim and Gold Pearls. All of which can be used for any of your paper crafting projects.
This layout was so simple and fun to make that I would like to share a few of the techniques I used to create these pages:
- The banners were designed by first drawing the lines with a black Journaling Pen, then, using Cranberry, Sapphire, Black, and Saffron ink, stamping each of the pennants along those lines.
- For the title, I used Pebble ink to stamp the Ferris Wheel in the center of the title block, stamped “Showtime” in Black ink, then stamped it again, without reinking, to create the shadow.
- To create the Ferris Wheel embellishment, I stamped the image using Black ink, then used a Basic Circle Thin Cut to cutout the circle. The “Chairs” were shaded using a Marine Blue ShinHan Marker.
- The journaling block was created using a Basic Banner Thin Cut. I partially cut the banner, then moved the Thin Cut to the opposite side and partially cut the banner again to create the shape. The treats and star were stamped using Black Ink and shaded with Shinhan Markers.
You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from eleven other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Step Right Up! bundle as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.
Now “Hop” on over to Kirsten Desorcy’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, our Step Right Up! Bundle and Showtime Stamp Set are available until March 31st, while supplies last! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Monthly Specials” page on my website to view all of the amazing products available. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Throughout the month of March, I have been showing you various projects using our Birthday Time stamp of the month. This 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.
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!
You are unique, special, God made, one-of-a-kind! Have you ever considered recording what makes you….you? I am so excited to offer you this limited time The Important Thing album bundle created by Close to My Heart that allows you to highlight and record what is important to you.
Based on a journaling model inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important
Book, this bundle empowers you to create a custom album highlighting the Important Things in your life! You can create a meaningful mini-album using this limited-time product bundle to showcase your kids, your pets, your hobbies, your love, and your passions. I personally think this would be a AMAZING project to create with your kids or grandkids to showcase and record what is personally important to them in their current stage of life. 🙂
The Important Thing Album Bundle contains the paper, cardstock, Flip Flaps™, and Memory Protectors™ needed to assemble the album. Close to My Heart has even created a wonderful worksheet designed to help record and compile thoughts as you create this album for yourself, your children, or a loved one.
This kit has been wonderfully designed and is available until April 30th, for only $16.95, while supplies last. You will need a few additional supplies to complete the album as pictured in the instruction guide. Please email me at email@example.com for a complete list of the supplies needed.
Make sure that you take the time to record what is important to you so that future generations can see what makes you who you are. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop where we will be featuring current Pink products in honor of our Pretty in Pink sale where, during the month of February, you can save up to 30% on many of our inks, papers, kits, embellishments, and limited edition bundles. If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’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 some of our Pink products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
I currently have an obsession with Pinwheels. You can see them in my March kit as well as in some of my projects I will be featuring over the next month. When I saw the Gimme Some Sugar papers, the patterns reminded me of a quilt my grandmother made, so I decided to try to create a “Quilted” Pinwheel and I am really delighted with how it turned out.
I created the Pinwheel background using the pink paper patterns from our Gimme Some Sugar
collection. The 5″ and 3½” squares were cut in half, then adhered to Bashful cardstock that was then placed onto the Wooden B&T Gimme Some Sugar paper. Both the photo mat and the Scalloped Border
were cut from Bashful cardstock
, as well as the Poppy flower. This Poppy is the same one used on our adorable Butterfly Mobile. Did you know that the pattern for this Butterfly Mobile
is FREE during the month of February?
You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products that are Pink as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.
Now “Hop” on over to Wendy Kessler’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, our Pretty in Pink sale lasts until February 28th! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to view all of the amazing products available. I can’t wait to see what you create!
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.
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.
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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This month’s Love Letter’s Kit is a wonderfully designed kit that includes a sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing. For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I wanted to show you a few ideas for displaying your Love Letter, as well as a few tips and tricks for creating.
I simply adore it the Welcome Sign I designed for my craft room door. I was able to attach the chipboard letter to a frame my husband created and added few of the paper flowers from the kit that would match the decor in my craft room. The “established” wedding gift uses a shadow box, Love Letter Kit, and some vinyl for a simple, yet elegant home decoration. Since I was unsure of the couples future decor, I choose to use the grey flowers and the succulents from the kit to decorate the sign.
Both of these projects were simple to create and are a great way to display the Love Letter kit. You can choose to hang your Love Letter kit as is or add it to a frame or shadow box. There is an awesome Facebook page that you can visit full of display ideas.
I am excited by the fact that this kit comes with more flowers, succulents, and letters than you could possibly need. I used the leftovers to create these cute little pots of flowers. You can use those leftovers on cards, scrapbook pages and more. Close to My Heart posted some great ideas for those leftovers this past week.
These amazing Love Letter kits can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE! When your Love Letter Kit(s) arrives, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you as you assemble your artwork:
- Each kit comes with a simple set of instructions to follow. You can also view the amazing video Close to My Heart has created showing how to assemble the kit.
- The paper is best adhered down to the chipboard with a tape runner or a thin layer of glue that covers the entire chipboard letter. This will prevent any “glue-lines” from showing through the decorative paper.
- You can choose to add stamped images or additional patterned paper to your letter design. On my Welcome Sign, I chose to randomly stamp grey dragonflies onto the white portion of the letter to give it a more individualized look.
- If you want to change the color of the flowers, you can sponge them with ink, paint them with watercolors, or add glitter like I did with our Shimmer Brushes.
- Use a sponge dauber to ink the edges of each petal and add even more dimension. You can use a matching ink or use a grey or brown ink for a rustic/vintage feel.
- To make the flowers even more three dimensional, use a 3D Foam Dot between every other layer of petals/leaves.
- Our quilling tool is a must have for this project. This will help to create the bent flower petals, rolled succulent centers, and curled leaf tips.
- Use some of your left-over embellishments for the flower centers. I used Black and White Dots on the centers of my flowers. (I glued on my embellishments.) The heart on the wedding gift came from some of my left-over Chelsea Gardens Complements.
- Make sure to use a good adhesive so that your creation does not come apart while on display. I used both liquid adhesive and hot glue on my projects.
- This kit comes with three banners and plenty of letters for you to use. I found it best to begin in the center of the word(s), and using our tweezers (extremely helpful), add the letters to slowly working my way out from the middle. I used foam tape under my banners to give them more dimension.
You are only limited by your imagination on this project. Our Love Letters kits are worth purchasing for yourself or to give as a gift, but they are only available while supplies last until January 31st. You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant!
Make sure to visit the promotions tab on my website to order your Love Letters kits before the are gone. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions One idea book. Close to My Heart has outdone themselves this season. The products in this book are AMAZING and full of possibilities. If you have come here from Michele Rowley’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 products from the Seasonal Expressions One idea book. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
We always have the best intentions, but sometimes God has other plans. I had a beautiful project planned for this blog hop, but, unfortunately, an injured shoulder has made creating difficult. (Crafting with one arm is not easy.) I was able to create this wonderful layout before the injury occurred, and I felt it still featured some beautiful products from our New Seasonal Expressions.
I created the Discover Joy layout with our NEW Chelsea Gardens papers. These papers are absolutely gorgeous! I found inspiration from our Consultant Creative Insider design. Did you know that as a Close to My Heart Consultant
you have access to additional designs and projects? This is just one of the many wonderful incentives we get as consultants.
This layout is will be available for purchase in my online store along with the cutting guide
. Each of my cutting guides include a Cricut® Design Space file so that you can re-create the cuts for your layout.
You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the New Seasonal Expressions idea book and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.
Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’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 you can receive a FREE COPY of the New Seasonal Expressions idea book when you place an online order before January 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to view all of the amazing products available. I can’t wait to see what you create!
I love giving gifts to my workshop and retreat attendees. It’s my way of saying “thank you” for taking the time to support me and my business. This week, I have been working on creating some gifts my upcoming retreat that didn’t require too much time or money, and, since most of us are limited on both of these, I thought I would share what I created using our Feel So Blessed stamp set and Cats & Bats paper packet.
You will notice that the paper I used looks a little different from the one shown in the Holiday Expressions catalog. As a consultant, I have access to “bulk” papers which allows me to purchase a package of one paper design that I can use to make multiple projects. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how you can have access to these bulk packets.
Paper Needed: 6″ x 6″ B&T Paper (Cats & Bats), 3″ x 4″ Cardstock (Colonial White/Almond), 4″ x 4″ Pomegranate, 2″ x 3″ Saffron, 2″ x 3″ Fern
1. Place a strip of glue or double sided tape along one side of the 6″ x 6″ B&T paper. Twist your paper until it resembles a cone shape and press in place to seal.
2. Using the Your Are Here Cricut® cartridge cut out the “Tag” image and “Leaf” images. (You can access my Cricut® Design Space file here, but you must own the cartridge to cut out the images. You can purchase the Your Are Here Cricut® bundle on my website.)
3. Using Goldrush Ink, stamp the splattered background onto the tag.
4. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the “Thankful” sentiment onto the tag, then stamp the “Heart” image using Goldrush Ink.
5. Using Gold Ribbon, Gold Glitter Paper, or Gold Shimmer Trim, create a “Ribbon” at the top of the tag and staple in place using a Mini-Stapler.
6. Using the Buffalo Plaid and Leaf Embossing Folder, dry emboss the “Leaf” images.
7. Adhere all of the layers to the front of the cone using a strong adhesive.
8. Fill icing bags with the treat of your choice, tie a ribbon on the end, and trim as needed. These fit perfectly inside of the cones.
Don’t forget that the Feel So Blessed stamp of the month is only available until September 30th. Visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00.