Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop where we will be featuring current Pink products in honor of our Pretty in Pink sale where, 27332604_10155364862062686_7272491772750859537_nduring 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.

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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 availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sunny Thoughts Layout

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.

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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.

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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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Love Letter Tips & Tricks

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.

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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.

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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 FREEWhen 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!

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Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions One idea book.  26239362_10155292165587686_8529626894750310117_nClose 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.

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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 availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Gratitude Treat Holders

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.

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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 misscarriectmh@gmail.com 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

Assembly Instructions:
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.
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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.

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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October Kit of the Month

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

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This kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer papers, Cricut® cuts, and burlap ribbon.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, add your photos, and you have a completed layout.  Do you have more than three Thankful photos? You can use some of our amazing Flip Flaps and increase the amount of photos and journaling you can include on your layout.

I truly love how this page came together with the intricate leaf border, the burlap ribbon embellishment, and the simple, yet bold title.  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.

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the From the Heart products.  These products include a beautiful card kit and stamp set that can be used to make some gorgeous creations.  StampingMonthBadge 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 From the Heart products.

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 September, I will be creating some simple projects using the From the Heart stamp set so make sure to visit often for more inspiration. As I roamed the internet for ideas, I saw that this stamp set was used often with brightly colored flowers and I wondered what it would look like using simple brown tones.  I decided to step outside the box and use our basic colors which resulted in this fall layout that features our Basics Fundamentals papers and inks.  I truly enjoy how it turned out. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this layout at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 12″ B&T Paper, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper, ¼” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, ½” x 12 Espresso Cardstock, 6″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), (3) 2″ x 2″ B&T Paper (Basic Fundamentals), 6″ x 4″ Espresso Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ Nutmeg Cardstock

Techniques Used:
• I used all of the brown tones of the Basic Fundamentals paper pack.  You could change this by using all of the grey tones with a Black & White photo.
• After placing down the top and bottom paper and cardstock strips, I used a pencil to draw out the space where my photos and papers would be placed. This helped me to stamp the images on the corners without having to create a mask.  Some of my images where stamped partially inside the drawn rectangle to allow my papers to overlap the stamped images.
• The images were stamped using the From the Heart stamp set with Almond, Toffee, Espresso, and Nutmeg inks.  To create more depth, some of my images are stamped using second generation stamping allowing me to using the inks twice for the same image.


• The small heart was created using Nutmeg cardstock and our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts.  I took apart the White Burlap Ribbon and created two pieces of twine to tie across the heart.
• I always adding a little shine to my layouts, so I placed a strip of Rose Gold Foil tape across the base of the inner rectangle.  After looking at it longer, I might add some Rose Gold gems later.

Now “Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE!

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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Happy Together Layout

Last week, I used the the Flock Together Stamp of the Month to create part of this layout that will feature my family playing in the river.  On this week’s project, I used the stamps to create parts of the title and add a fun embellishment to the page.  You can use this simple, rustic layout for any type of outdoor photos.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Colonial White Cardstock, 12″ x 6″  B&T Paper (I used Enchantment Fundamentals),  12″ x ¾″ B&T Paper (I used Rustic Home Fundamentals), (4) 3″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Chocolate)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The ‘Wood’ border was created by using a scallop border punch on a 12″ x ¾″ piece of Rustic Home Fundamentals B&T paper.
  • The ribbon around the border is a piece of jute ribbon from the Rustic Fundamentals Ribbon pack.  I cut the piece of ribbon in half to make it thinner, wrapped it around to the back the page, then created a knot.
  • The title was created by combining fonts from the Artbooking and Artiste Cricut cartridges, then cutting them out from the Enchantment Fundamentals B&T paper.
  • The hearts in the title were stamped using Fern ink and the Flock Together Stamp Set.
  • The tabs on to the upper right side of the page were cut from 2″ x 1″ pieces of Enchantment Fundamentals and Rustic Fundamentals B&T paper.  I rounded the corners using a corner rounder to create the look of a tabs which will be perfect to label the photo’s date or location.
  • The “Love This” embellishment was created using the Flock Together stamp set and Desert Sand Ink.  I used a 1″ circle punch to cut the image from Colonial White Cardstock. To make the saying stand out, I used a Clay ShinHan Marker to trace the letters.

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Flock Together Layout

The Flock Together Stamp of the Month can be used to create some fun scrapbook layouts. On this week’s project, I used the stamps to create a cute illustration at the bottom of the page to represent my family playing in the river.  The layout is simple and rustic and can be used for any type of outdoor photos.   I’ll be sharing the second half of this layout next week,  so be sure to visit.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Colonial White Cardstock, 12″ x 6″  B&T Paper (I used Enchantment Fundamentals),  12″ x ¾″ B&T Paper (I used Rustic Home Fundamentals), 7½” x 5½” Cardstock (I used Chocolate)

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

  • The illustration was created using the Flock Together stamp set.  I stamped the larger birds using Chocolate Ink, the baby birds using Desert Sand Ink, and the “River” using Sapphire ink.
  • The ‘Wood’ border was created by using a scallop border punch on a 12″ x ¾″ piece of Rustic Home Fundamentals.
  • The ribbon around the photo mat is a piece of jute ribbon from the Rustic Fundamentals Ribbon pack.  I cut the piece of ribbon in half to make it thinner, wrapped it around a 7¼” x 5¼” piece of Colonial White cardstock, then tied a knot.
  • The journalling strips are cut at ½” then placed randomly to the right of the photo.
  • The tab on to the left of the photo mat is a 3″ x ¾″ piece of Enchantment Fundamentals B&T paper.  I rounded the corners using a corner rounder to create the look of a tab which will be perfect to label the photo’s date or location.

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Memory Book Mini Glue Dots

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