October Kit of the Month

Are you “nuts” for fall? Do you enjoy the cooler weather, changing leaves, and warm autumn tones?  Then this layout is one you will defiantly want to purchase to showcase your awesome autumn photos.  Each month, I design a ready-to-assemble kit for my monthly subscribers, as well as a cutting guide for those who wish to us our designer papers, Cricut® collections, and embellishments to make their own layouts.  For the month of October, I have created this “Nuts for Fall” layout using our delightful Grateful Heart products.  Can you picture your fabulous fall photos displayed on this layout?

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So how does the Kit of the Month club work? Well, all you have to do is go to my Kit of the Month subscription page, sign-up for the Monthly, Six-Month, or Yearly subscription, and the kits are mailed to your door each month.  Yearly subscribers also receive four Seasonal Expressions mailed to them each year and save $2.00 on each additional kit ordered in my online store when it is sent with their monthly order.

You don’t have to be a subscriber to purchase my kits.  You can simply go to my online store, purchase the kits you wish to create, and I will mail them to you. For those that wish to purchase their own supplies, I have Cutting Guides & Cricut Design Space™ files available for purchase. My Workshop Guides include a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos, and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections. (HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive a substantial discount on all kits and guides.)

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You can subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have the October Nuts For Fall Kit delivered directly to your door next month. Yearly subscribers pay only $12.00* per kit and will be receiving a Holiday Expressions with their order. I can’t wait to see what you create with this kit.

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*$12.00 price is for annual subscribers. Shipping costs are in addition to the monthly subscription price. Please visit my Kit of the Month tab for more information 

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September Kit of the Month

This week, you are getting a little sneak peek of a few of our upcoming products that are being showcased in my September Kit of the Month.  Each month, I design a kit for my Kit of the Month subscribers that is easy-to-assemble and ready for filling with photos.  For the month of September, I have created this “Blessed” layout using a few of our new upcoming products that will be available in the upcoming Holiday Expressions catalog.

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The Boutique paper pack was the one I was blessed with to use for the Convention Extravaganza.  As a presenter at Convention, I was able to create some beautiful projects using Boutique products and, I have enjoyed the paper pack so much, that I have continued to create even more to share with you during the month of September.

 

Don’t you just love all the little details on this layout? I really ♥LOVE♥ that sparkle.  My September Kit of the Month layout allows room for four 4″x 6″ photos, but all of my kits are easily modifiable to the photos you have.  I designed this layout to allow you add more photos with the use of our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors.  You can use either Design 4 or Design 2  to make room for even more memories.

 

You can subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have the September Blessed Kit delivered directly to your door next month. Yearly subscribers pay only $12.00* per kit and receive additional perks each month.  Workshop Guides will be available shortly in my online store.  The Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this kit.

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*$12.00 price is for annual subscribers. Shipping costs are in addition to the monthly subscription price. Please visit my Kit of the Month tab for more information 

Scrapbook Your Summer Memories

If you are like me, your summer gets super busy and you have very little time to scrapbook.  You try to cram as much as you can into your summer vacation, take lots of amazing photos, and never take the time to scrapbook the memories.  My summers are blessed, but I don’t always have the time to get all my photos onto a page. This is why, I adore our Workshop Your Way Kits and I am especially enjoying the Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit for my summer photos.  If you have never taken the time to test out these kits, here are a few reasons to give them a try.

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SAVE TIME SHOPPING FOR SUPPLIES 
I enjoy shopping as much as any paper hoarder, but when life gets busy I don’t have as much time to search for papers, matching cardstock, stickers, or ribbon.  Close to My Heart has done all the work for you.  Each kit has beautifully designed color-coordinating, paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and embellishments created with you in mind.

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STUNNINGLY DESIGNED EYE-CATCHING LAYOUTS
We all have an artist in us that can create wonderfully designed layouts, but some days I just don’t have the time or energy – especially in the summer.  With each of these kits, you get three stunning layouts, multiple card designs, and you don’t have to do any planning, designing, or use many brain cells. Close to My Heart even includes an easy-to-follow cutting and assembly guide.

 


OPTION TO ADD EVEN MORE PHOTOS
How many photos did you take of this year’s camping trip? Honestly, I don’t know that I have the time to create that many pages, so I love that these kits have the option to add Pocket Plus pages to each layout. These Memory Protectors fit perfectly between your pages and allow you to add additional photos and journalling without compromising the design of your layout.

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LEFTOVER SUPPLIES!!! 
Yes, you read that correctly.  Even if you choose to create the card designs shown in the assembly guide, you will still have paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and enough embellishments leftover to create more projects.

 

 

This summer, I encourage you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and that lounging area in your backyard, and less time scrapbooking all of the memories you are making by purchasing a few of our Workshop Your Way Kits. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Not a scrapbooker?  We have some adorable kits for card-makers, as well. Check them out on my website!

Fresh Air Scrapbooking Workshop

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. FreshAirCC_ScrapbookLayoutsSTORE&SMOn 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.

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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!

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Stargazer Workshop

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.

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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.

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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!

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Step Right Up! Blog Hop

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.28279433_10155452571632686_5089506462683724812_n 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.

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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 availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Birthday Time Treat Box

Throughout the month of March, I have been showing you various projects using our Birthday Time stamp of the month.  s1803This 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.

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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!

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Birthday Time Stamp Set

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Stargazer Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Ruby Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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Black Memento Ink

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ShinHan™ Golden Yellow Marker

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Stargazer Complements

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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What’s Important to You?

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.  

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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.

 

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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 misscarriectmh@gmail.com for a complete list of the supplies needed.

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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!

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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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Sunny Thoughts Stamp Set

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