Christmas Tunes SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Tunes Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the October Christmas Tunes stamp set. OctSOTMBadge This stamp set is full of sing-songy images that will put you right into the holiday spirit.  If you have come here from Emily Sararas’ 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 Christmas Tunes stamp set.

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 October, I will be creating weekly projects using the Christmas Tunes stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created a a simple Christmas card that you can easily duplicate for your holiday card collection.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Ruby Cardstock, 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1¼” x 3¾” B&T Paper (Beary Christmas), 1″ x 3¾” New England Ivy Cardstock, 4″ x 2½” Ruby Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Ruby cardstock on to the center of the White card base.
2. Using the Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy cardstock, then adhere the cardstock to the center of the Ruby cardstock.
3. Adhere the 1¼” x 3¾” B&T paper horizontally across the center of the White Daisy cardstock.
4.  Using the Scallop Border Thin Cuts, create two scalloped borders from the 1″ x 3¾” New England Ivy cardstock.  Adhere the borders above and below the B&T paper.
5. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Rockin’ Tree” image onto the center of the 4″ x 2½” Ruby cardstock, then sprinkle with White Embossing Powder.  Tap of the extra power,  then heat the embossing powder with a Craft Heater until it is melted.
6. Adhere the “Rockin’ Tree” onto the center of the card using Thin 3D Foam Tape for dimension.
7. Add a Bitty Sparkle to the star on the “Rockin’ Tree”.  If desired, stamp a sentiment inside the card.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-seven other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Christmas Tunes stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Krista Hershberger’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 Christmas Tunes Acrylic stamp set is available until October 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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Christmas Tunes Stamp Set

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Beary Christmas 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 New England Ivy Cardstock

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VersaMark Ink

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Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder

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White Embossing Powder

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Craft Heater

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
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Bitty Sparkles

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylix Block

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All Purpose Mat
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

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Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Holiday Expressions catalog.  Close to My Heart has outdone themselves this year with all of the gorgeous fall and winter holiday products in this2017HEBadge.jpg catalog.   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 designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the products from the New Holiday Expressions catalog.

If you get lost , you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, so naturally, I was drawn to the autumn themed products in the New Holiday Expressions catalog.  My favorite stamp set, so far, has been the Falling For You Cardmaking set with the matching Thin Cuts.  This set is full of possibilities.  You can shade the images with markers or pencils, cut them out and layer them, use them for a background, and more. On this card, I chose to use the stamp set many different ways, including heat embossing the images.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor Paper, 1″ x 6″ Vellum Paper

Techniques Used:
• Since Fall is so full of color, I used our Watercolor paints to create a background on the 4½” x 3¼” Watercolor paper.  HolidayBlogHop_WatercolorBaseWhile is was still partially wet, I stamped the leaf images onto the cardstock using Flaxen & Saffron inks.  This is what mine looked like when I was finished.
• The larger leaf images we created using our Gold & White Embossing Powders. Once the watercolor paints were dry,  I stamped the White Embossed Leaf image first, heat it to set, then stamped the Gold Embossed Leaf image.
• The sentiment was created by taking the phrases and placing them in a line on a 3½” x 2″ Acrylix Block, then stamping them onto the watercolor paper with Black Ink.
• The smaller leaf images were heat embossed with our Gold & White Embossing Powders on the 1″ x 6″ piece of vellum.  I used the matching Thin Cuts to cut out the images, then layered them behind the watercolor paper.

Now “Hop” on over to Lucy A Marino’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!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see all of the amazing Holiday Expressions products.

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Vellum Paper

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Flaxen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Craft Heater

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2 x 3½ My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner
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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block
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White & Bronze Twine

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Bronze Sequins

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Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder

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Watercolor Paints

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White Super Fine Embossing Power

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All Purpose Mat

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3D Foam Tape

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

Autumn Thank You Card

I am a fan of quick and simple cards – the ones I can throw together in under ten-minutes.   I like cards that appear elegant and classy, yet took minimal effort to make.  If you feel as I do, you will adore this autumn thank you card which uses simple images from our Feel So Blessed stamp of the month. This card is all about textures. Texture can add so much to a simple card and bring it to the next level.  I have included a few simple techniques you can use to create texture on any card. As always, the list of products I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 4¾” x 4″ Tangerine Cardstock, 2″ x 6″ Fern Cardstock, 1½” x 1″ Espresso Cardstock, 1½” x 3¾”” Almond Cardstock

Techniques Used:
• Embossing Folders are a great way to add texture. I used the Rose Embossing Folder on the Tangerine cardstock, rounded the corners, and cut it into 1″ strips.
• Our Thin Cuts create a soft edges around each of the images. Since my Cricut® was packed away, I needed an alternative way to cut out the leaves. Our Falling For You Cardmaking Thin Cut worked perfectly for this task.  (Just because they came with the stamp set, doesn’t mean I always have to use them with the stamps.) After cutting three leaves from Fern cardstock, I used the Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder to add “veins” to the leaves.
• Ribbon is another way to add texture to a project.  I used Burlap Ribbon to create a decorative knot  and attached it to the bundle of leaves.
• You can use ink to add more depth & texture.  I inked all of the edges with Toffee Ink before attaching them to the card.

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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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Falling For You Cardmaking + Thin Cuts

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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12 x 12 Tangerine Cardstock

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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White Card & Envelope Value Pack

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder

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Rose Embossing Folder

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Corner Rounder
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Micro Glue Dots
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors
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Thin 3D Foam Tape

 

Thank You From the Heart

I am always in need of thank you cards, and I like to keep them on hand to grab for last minute mailings.  This week, I decided to create a thank-you card with autumn tones and floral images using the From the Heart stamp set.  This was a very simple project, easy to duplicate, and quick to make multiples of to put in my card stash.

For National Stamping Month, Close to My Heart has created this gorgeous floral stamp set that has over THIRTY-FIVE images.  This From the Heart stamp set has been enjoyable to use with it’s layered images and beautiful sentiments, but it is only available through September 30th. Make sure to visit my website to order your’s before it is gone. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for the list of the products used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4″ x 5¼” Cardstock (Saffron), 2½” x 5″ White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 5″ B&T Paper (Enchantment Fundamentals), 1″ x 1″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” cardstock to the center of the White card base.
2. Using Fern Ink, stamp the “Stem” images onto the 2½” x 5″ White Daisy cardstock.
3. Using Flaxen Ink, stamp the “Fern” and “Leaf” images onto the White Daisy cardstock.
4. Using Saffron and Goldrush Inks, stamp the “Flower” images onto the White Daisy cardstock.
5. Using Sorbet Ink, stamp the “Large Flower Base” onto the 1″ x 1″ White Daisy cardstock. With Sorbet Ink, stamp the “Large Flower Second Layer” twice so that the Sorbet ink is darker than the first layer.
6. Using Poppy Ink, stamp the “Large Flower Third Layer”, then stamp the centers of the flower with Saffron and Goldrush inks.
7. Cut out the “Large Flower” image and adhere to the largest stem using Thin 3D Foam Dots.
8. Using a corner rounder, round the top corners of the White Daisy cardstock, then, with Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the upper right corner of the White Daisy cardstock.
9. Adhere the White Daisy cardstock onto the top center of the card.
10. Pull apart a few pieces of White Burlap Ribbon, then wrap the “twine” around the B&T paper strip. Adhere the strip to the card below the White Daisy cardstock and create a decorative knot with some more “twine”.

Remember, the From the Heart products are available until September 30th!  Visit the Promotions tab on my website learn how you can get this card kit and stamp set for FREE! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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VersaMat

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sorbet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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White Card & Envelope Value Pack
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Flaxen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Micro Glue Dots
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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Stamp Cleaner

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

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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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Cats & Bats Paper Packet

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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You Are Here Cricut Bundle

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pomegranate Cardstock

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12 x 12 Colonial White Cardstock

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder

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Leaves Embossing Folder


Splash of Color Stamp Set
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Gold Shimmer Trim
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors
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Basics Ribbon Pack

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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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber

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Basic Hearts Thin Cuts

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

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Rose Gold Foil Tape

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Micro Glue Dots

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Ruler

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VersaMat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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NonStick MicroTip Scissors

So Blessed & Grateful Card

I love the creating projects with all of the beautiful tones of fall and our Feel So Blessed stamp of the month makes me want to make even more projects this year.  You will enjoy using the sentiments of gratitude for both cards and scrapbook pages, as well as the simple, yet, elegant images that Close to My Heart chose for this stamp set. This week, I created a easy-to-assemble thank-you card using some of our  products from the NEW Holiday Expressions catalog.

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Paper Needed: 11″ x 4¼” Cardstock (Almond),  5½” x 4¼” Cardstock (Almond), 1¾” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Cats & Bats),  1¼” x 4¼” Cardstock (Fern)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fold the 11″ x 4¼” cardstock in half lengthwise at 5½” to create the card base, then using a Corner Rounder, round the corners of the card base. Set aside.
2. Using a Corner Rounder, round the two bottom corners of the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock. Using Watercolor Paints, splatter warm brown onto the  cardstock. Let dry.
3. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp a “Feather” image onto the lower right side of the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock.
4. Create a mask from a sticky note to cover the stamped image, then stamp the second “Feather” image using Nutmeg Ink.MaskedFeather
5. Shade both “Feather” images using Watercolor Pencils and a Small Round Watercolor Brush. (I used Olive and Autumn Terracotta).
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Grateful” sentiment to the left of the feather images.
7. Create an ombre look by placing Goldrush Ink on half of the “Everything” sentiment and Saffron Ink on the other half.  Stamp the image onto the card below “Grateful”.
8. Adhere the 1¾” x 4¼” B&T paper strip horizontally across the top of the card.
9. Using the Leaves Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 1¼” x 4¼” cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the card horizontally in the center of the B&T paper strip.
10. Gently pull apart a 6″ piece of White Burlap Ribbon into separate strands.  Wrap three stands BurlapRibbonRippingaround the 1¼” x 4¼” cardstock and attach to the back with tape.  Use two of the remaining strands to create a decorative knot on the left side of the card. Trim as needed.
11. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” cardstock to the card base.
12. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.

 

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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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Cats & Bats Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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Watercolor Paints

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Watercolor Pencils

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Small Round Watercolor Brush

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

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Corner Rounder

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Leaves Embossing Folder

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

School Year Notepad Cover

There are many ways to thank a teacher, but the best way is to give them things they will use.  Notepads are a necessity to keep track of to-do lists, supplies runs, and doodles. This cute little notepad cover was effortless to make and our School Year stamp of the month created the perfect decoration on the cover.  You can change the patterns and colors to make as many of these back-to-school gifts as you would like.  As always, I have listed the products I used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 8½” x 6″ B&T Paper, 9½” x 6″ Cardstock, 3″ x 5″ B&T Paper, 2¾” x 4¾” Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Score the 9½” x 6″ cardstock at 4″, 4½”, 5″,  and 5½”  on the long side.
2. Fold the cardstock as shown below to create the pen holder for the inside of the notepad cover. SchoolYearNotepadHolder_InsideFolds
3. Stamp the “Frame” image onto the lower right side using Fern ink. If desired, stamp the teachers name inside the frame or write a sweet sentiment of gratitude.
4. Score the 8½” x 6″ B&T paper at 4″ and 4½” on the long side then fold to create an outer cover.
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5. Place adhesive onto the back of the outside cover in the rectangle areas shown. Do not place adhesive where the pen will be.
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6. Attach the cardstock (inside) to the paper (outside) cover making sure the pen holder section is raised.
7. Close the cover and burnish all of the folds with a Bone Folder.
8. Glue in the notepad and sticky pad, then decorate the outside however you wish.
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I created the sentiment on the front cover using the writing font from our Flower Market cartridge in Cricut® Design Space. If you like this clever cover sentiment, you can download the file HERE and change the font or pen color to match your design.  I do not charge for these files, but I do ask that, if you are able,  you consider supporting my business by making a purchase on my website.

Remember that the School Year stamp of the month is available through August 30th. Visit the “Promotions” tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00! 

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Enchantment Fundamentals
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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Watercolor Pencils

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White Burlap Ribbon

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block
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Glue Dots Micro Dots
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

 
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Bone Folder

 

Happy Heart Gift Card

I love that Close to My Heart has a line of masculine papers because I have used the Jack paper pack for many of my projects including this multi-layered thank-you card. Sadly, these papers and their accessories are only available until August 30th, so be sure to purchase them before they retire.

I created this card for the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenge which required the use of Ruby, Slate, Sapphire, Willow, White Daisy, Black with optional Silver. I will admit that the Willow color was a bit of a challenge for me on this card, but I was able to find some twine in my stash that had both Ruby and Willow allowing me to “tie” everything together and create a clean looking card.  As always, I have created a list of the products used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere a piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock to the card base.
2. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ B&T paper to the center of the Sapphire cardstock.
3. Using an Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 2″ x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock, then adhere to the front of the card horizontally approximately 1″ from the bottom. HappyHeartGiftCard
4. With the long side at the top, score the other piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock at 2¾”. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise then adhere to the center of the card.
5. Adhere the three ¾” squares to the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock as shown.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the White Daisy circle, then adhere the White Daisy circle to the center of the Sapphire circle.
7. Adhere the circles to the left side of the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper allowing the sides of the circles to hang over the edge slightly. Trim the circles so they are flush with the edge of the paper.
8. Adhere the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper to the center of the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock. Add the Twine Bow and Silver Gems to the sentiment.
9. Using a 1″ circle punch, create a notch in the top of the 2½” x 2½” Slate cardstock. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Heart” image below the notch.  Wrap Twine twice around the cardstock and secure to the back.
10. Adhere to the inside of the folded Sapphire cardstock to create a gift card holder.
11. If desired, stamp a sentiment inside the card.

Don’t forget! The Jack papers and accessories are available for a
few more weeks while supplies last.  Make sure to visit my website to
order your products before August 30th. 

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product imageHappy Heart Acrylic Stamp Set

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Jack Paper Packet

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12″ x 12″ Sapphire Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Slate Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylix Block

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

product imageCricut Artistry Collection

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Tombow Permanant Adhesive

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Micro Dots Glue Dots

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Bone Folder

product imageBonding Memories Glue Pen

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

School Year SOTM Blog Hop

2017AugustSOTMWelcome to the School Year Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring the August School Year stamp set, which is perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, or gifts for teachers and friends.  If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’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 School Year stamp set.

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 August, I will be creating weekly projects using the  School Year stamp set. This week, I have created a sweet back-to-school gift and I wanted to share with you how you can create a this box using Cricut® Design Space.  I love teaching people how to use their Cricut® machines, so I encourage you to dust off your machine and take the time to follow this quick tutorial. As always, I’ve included a list of the products used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.

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Creating this Box Using Design Space:
1. Insert a Square shape using INSERT SHAPE. Unlock the size to change the SIZE of the box to 4¼” x 5½”. Set the POSITION to X=0″ and Y=0″. (This will help when positioning score lines.)
2. Insert a Score Line using INSERT SHAPE. Set the SIZE of the Score Line at 5½” and the POSITION at X=1″ and Y=0″.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and set the POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=0″.
4. Insert a third Score Line, and ROTATE 90°. Change the  SIZE at 4¼” and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″.
5. DUPLICATE the third Score Line a POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
6. Insert a Score Line, Rotate 90°, then change the Size to 1″ and the POSITION at X=0 and Y=2.25″. In the LAYERS PANEL click the Score Circle, then change the Score Line to a Cut Line.
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7. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set the POSITION at X=0 and Y=3.25″.
8. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=2.25″
9. DUPLICATE the Cut Line, and set POSITION at X=3.25″ and Y=3.25″
10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH.  This will attach all the Score Lines and Cut Lines to the Rectangle.
11. MAKE IT and you are ready to go.  I was able to make four boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock.  (NOTE: You will need a Cricut® Scoring Tool to create score lines.)

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s School Year stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 School Year Acrylic stamp set is available until August 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

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product imageSchool Year Stamp Set

product image12″ x 12″ Ruby Cardstock

product image12″ x 12″ Saffron Cardstock

product image12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

product imageCricut® Scoring Styus

product imageBlack Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

product image2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

product image2″ x 3½” My Acrylix Block

product imageWatercolor Pencils

product imageBroad Tip Glue Pen

product imageWhite Burlap Ribbon

product imageTombow Permanent Adhesive

product imageBone Folder

product imageMicroTip Scissors

product imageWhite Twine