March Kit of the Month

Celebrate the coming of spring as you record family memories of Easter, Mother’s Day, and more with my March Kit of the Month.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers and is titled “Family Memories”.  Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our beautiful designer papers.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout.

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My Family Memories kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Bashful Glitter paper, Cricut® die-cuts, and Gimme Some Sugar Cork shapes. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.  Have more photos to display?  You can use our Pocket Plus Memory Protections Design 2 to add some additional photos in the center or add even more photos with our 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps or 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps.  If you have never used these products, write me a comment below and I will show you a few examples of how you can use them.  They are awesome products that help you add even more photos to a layout!

*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

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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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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

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12×12 Heather Cardstock

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Cream Ribbon

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Chelsea Garden Dots

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Cricut® Air 2

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Charcoal Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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1″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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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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Cute and Punny Layout

As I plan my stamp of the month projects, I try to find multiple ways to use the stamp set.  After all, we all like to get as much use out of a stamp that we can.  This week, I decided to  try to create a scrapbook page with our A Little Bit of Pun stamp set, and ended up with this adorable Cute as a Button layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Whimsy Fundamentals), (4) 6″ x 1½” B&T Paper (Whimsy Fundamentals)  6½” x 4½” Thistle Cardstock, 6¼” x 4¼” Canary Cardstock, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper (Whimsy Fundamentals) 2½” x 9″ White Daisy Cardstock,  2¾” x 9¼”  Thistle Cardstock

Techniques Used:
•  I used Black Memento Ink to randomly stamp the images onto the White Daisy Cardstock. Instead of masking the sentiment, I (gasp) cut my stamp.  I can still use it as a complete image later on a block or use it as two separate images.
•  The buttons were shaded Watercolor Pencils. I used a Small Round Waterbrush to make the images look more like they were painted.
CuteAsAButtonPunnyLayout_Title.png  The “Button” in the upper right corner was stamped onto Thistle Fundamental paper, then cut out.  I punched holes with a small hole punch, added White Twine, and created a bow.
  The title was created in Cricut® Design Space using the Artbooking and You Are Here fonts.  When a create a title, I always keep the negative piece of cardstock and use it as template for laying out my letters.

This layout was simple to make, and I truly love how it turned out.   Remember, the A Little Bit of Pun acrylic stamp set is only available until December 31st!  Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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A Little Bit of Pun Stamp Set

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Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Canary Cardstock

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12 x 12 Thistle Cardstock

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Cricut Artbooking Collection

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Cricut® Air2

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Paintbrush Set

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Cricut You Are Here Collection

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Tweezers

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White Twine
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Watercolor Pencils

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block
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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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2 x 2 My Acrylix Block

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

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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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

Feel So Blessed SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the September Feel So Blessed stamp set. I have enjoyed using the sentiments of 2017SeptSOTM.jpggratitude on this stamp set for both cards and scrapbook pages and I know you will, too.   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 Feel So Blessed 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 September, I will be creating weekly projects using the Feel So Blessed  stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created an autumn themed layout with our New Fundamentals papers to express what I am truly grateful for. 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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Paper Needed: (2) 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (Toffee), (15) 3″ x 3″ B&T Paper (Enchantment Fundamentals), 6″ x 8″ Cardstock (Nutmeg), 6″ x 4″ Cardstock (Nutmeg), 6″ x 6″ Cardstock (Toffee), 4″ x 4″ Saffron Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Fern Cardstock, 3″ x 3″ Pomegranate Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Gold Glitter Paper

Techniques Used on the Layout:
The Enchantment Fundamentals squares were adhered to the pages about 1½” from the top of the page.  I did not put paper behind the photo mats (I like to save when I can).

The Leaves were cut from Saffron, Fern, and Pomegranate cardstock using the You Are Here Cricut® cartridge.  I added texture to the leaves using our new Leaves Embossing folder that can be found in our Holiday Expressions catalog.


The Title was cut from Gold Glitter paper using the You Are Here Cricut® cartridge. You can view the Cricut® Design Space file here, but you must own the cartridge in order to cut out the images.  You can purchase this amazing You Are Here Cricut® cartridge bundle from my website.
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 I used Nutmeg Ink to stamp the “For This”, “So Blessed” and number images onto Toffee cardstock.  I used our 3-D Foam Dots to attach the numbers to the journalling strips to create a list of the things I am grateful for.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty-five other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Feel So Blessed 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 Feel So Blessed Acrylic stamp set is available until September 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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Feel So Blessed Stamp Set

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Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Gold Glitter Paper

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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 Nutmeg Cardstock

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12 x 12 Toffee Cardstock

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12 x 12 Pomegranate Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 Fern Cardstock

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1 x 1 My Acrylix Block

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3D Foam Dots

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Leaves Embossing Folder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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Tombow Permanent Adhesive
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Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer
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Microtip Scissors

 

Storybook Vintage Layout

July is almost over and time is running out to purchase this awesome stamp set.  Throughout the month, I have posted some simple projects you can make using the Storybook Alphabet acrylic stamp set.  This week, I have created a vintage layout for my heritage album using some of our Basics Cardstocks and Rustic Home Fundamentals.  The ENTIRE Basics color palette is retiring this month as well as all of our Fundamentals B&T papers. Make sure to visit my website and order your Basics cardstock, inks, and reinkers, as well as your Fundamentals Papers before they are gone FOREVER.

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You can easily make this to a school page for your child by simply changing the color palette to primary colors or by shading in the letters. As always, I have created a list of items used on this layout at the very bottom of this post.

Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cocoa Cardstock, 11½” x 11″ Cashmere Cardstock, 10″ x 5″ Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 7½” x 1″ B&T Paper (Basics Fundamentals), 8″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Basics Fundamentals)

Techniques Used on the Layout:
• The Storybook Alphabet letter stamps were placed randomly onto large 4″ x 5″ My Acrylix blocks, then stamped onto the background cardstock using Cocoa Ink.
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• The edges were sponged with Cocoa Ink.  I also applied some Cocoa Ink with a sponge onto the letter background of the Sweet Leaf and Cashmere cardstock.
• The White Burlap Ribbon was attached using Micro Glue Dots.  The knot was tied separately, then adhered to the page with a Micro Glue Dot.
• The Rustic Fundamentals Vellum was attached using our Bonding Memories Glue Pen.  I applied the glue the full length of the vellum, allowed it to dry until it was tacky, then attached it the tie B&T paper strip.

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The Storybook Alphabet stamp set is available until July 31st.  
Visit my website to learn how you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00. 

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Storybook Alphabet Stamp Set

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Rustic Home Fundamentals

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Kit of the Month Club

Each month, I offer a scrapbook kit for my long-distance crafters who cannot attend my workshops featuring some of our designer papers. Each kit is mailed directly to you once a month and includes everything you need to complete the layout. My August Kit of the Month is an adventurous layout using our Jack papers and embellishments. If this monthly club is something your are interest in joining, but you still have a few questions, below is a little FAQ for you.

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What does each kit include? Each kit includes everything your need to complete the layout shown.  I include pre-cut cardstock, designer Close to My Heart papers, embellishments, and any Cricut cuts or stamped images featured in the layout.  On my Kit of the Month page, I will include the list of items not included in the layout. For example, this month’s kit includes everything except the White photo mat.

What do I need to buy to complete the kit? In the description, I will include a list of products you will need to complete the kit.  Most of the time you will need basic supplies such as a paper trimmer, scissors, and adhesive.

Are there written or video instructions for each kit? I avoid the camera whenever possible, so the instructions are written for you. 🙂 Each set of Full-Color instructions include a photo of the layout, a layout guide with measurements for placement, and detailed instructions of how to assemble the layout.

What are the subscription options? I have three options available. Each one offers substantial savings and bonuses based on the subscription.

  • MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION$12.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING) 
  • SIX MONTH SUBSCRIPTION$11.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING)  You will also receive the Seasonal Expression Idea Book FREE.
  • TWELVE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION$10.00 PER MONTH (PLUS TAX & SHIPPING) . As an additional bonus, you will receive a FREE additional Layout Guide using the monthly paper pack, and FOUR of the Seasonal Expression Idea Books FREE.

How do I sign-up? You can send me an email at misscarriectmh@gmail.com or complete the Subscription Form to sign-up.  Once I receive your email/form I will send you additional instructions and an invoice through Square.

What if I want to purchase past kits? All kits must be ordered by the 28th of the previous month.  Close to My Heart has a wonderful selection of products that are rotated often, and there is no guarantee that a product will be available to create past kits.  You are always welcome to send me an email to see if I have that kit available.

Is there anything else I need to know? At this time, kits are only available to those residing in the U.S. I do have guides available if you are interested in creating this kit. Most of your questions can be answered by reading the Subscription Terms, but please feel free to email me at anytime or comment below with your questions.

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Relax with No Worries Layout

As you know, I enjoy each week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge. They inspire me to try something new with a color palette I would not have likely chosen.  This week, we were challenged to use only Cashmere, Glacier, Lagoon, Sapphire, Whisper and White Daisy inks with the No Worries paper pack, so I chose to make a scrapbook layout for some fun summer vacation photos.

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This layout is one that we will be making in my upcoming No Worries Creative Club Workshop where you will learn how to use our inks to enhance your scrapbook pages. On this layout, I used our White Daisy Exclusive Ink Pad to add foam caps to the waves.  It really added dimension to the layout.  You can find a list of the remaining supplies I used to create this scrapbook page at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to ask questions about the layout, my upcoming workshop, and the products used on this layout. 

If you are one of my long-distance followers, you can purchase the Workshop Guide which includes a link to the Cricut Design Space file so that you can recreate this layout using our inks and sponging techniques.

 

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No Worries Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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White Daisy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
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