So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Welcome to the So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop!  This week, we will be featuring products  from the Annual Expressions Idea book that are retiring on July 31st.  Many of our stamps, paper packets, tools, inks, and embellishments will no longer be available for purchase, so make sure you fill your wishlist before these products disappear.  JulyOptBadge

This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas. If you have come here from Priscilla Gotham’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.

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


Since we have quite a few products retiring, I have decided to feature just a few of my favorites from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

  • Sea Glass Cardstock – Sea Glass was our Color of the Year and I fell in love with it. This is such a wonderful color that can be used for almost any occasion.  I have mixed it with warm and cool colors and each time it makes the perfect accent.
  • Sea Glass Glitter Paper– Who doesn’t love a little glitter? On this card I used a cut from our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge to make some “Sea Weed”.
  • Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad – Can you tell I just adore Sea Glass? I am excited that we have a NEW Color of the Year arriving and I can’t wait to use it.
  • Blending Pen – I must admit that I was a bit disappointed to see this tool go.  I use my Blending Pen more than I use my markers.  I love that I can use this pen with any of our ink colors to shade images and match my papers exactly.
  • Whimsy Fundamentals – If you search my blog, I used these papers quite a bit this year.  I enjoyed them so much that I used these papers throughout my sons baby album. Close to My Heart does not disappoint. I have seen the new ones and LOVE the patterns.
  • Swirly Sea Shells – This set is such an enjoyable stamp set to useSwirlySeashellsWhimsyCard_Detail for cards and on layouts with vacation, summer, and museum photos. Did you know that you can get this set FREE when you purchase two other stamp sets during our July Stampaganza?
  • Wood Slats Embossing Folder – This embossing folder leaves a nice wood grain impression on your cardstock.
  • Say it All Stamp Set – This set was in retirement and Close to My Heart brought it back for our Stampaganza event. If you missed out the first time, make sure to go to my website and purchase it before it’s gone for good.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the Annual Expressions Idea book.

Now “Hop” on over to Sheila Bennett’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, many of the products in our Annual Expressions Idea book retire on July 31st!

Comment below or contact your CTMH Consultant for a full list of retiring products. 


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Swirly Sea Shells Stamp + Thin Cut

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Whimsy Fundamentals

product imageSea Glass Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Glitter Paper

product imageSay It All Stamp Set

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Flower Market Cricut Collection

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Blending Pen

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Wood Slats Embossing Folder

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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3D Foam Tape

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Sure Cut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors


Hello Foxy Cookie Box

Our June Stamp of the Month has been such fun to create with. Hello Foxy is one of those sets that I KNOW you will not want to miss out on purchasing so be sure to visit my website by June 30th.  This week, I wanted to create something that I could give as a gift, so I made an sweet little cookie box with a fun sentiment inside the lid.  As always, I’ve included a list of the products I used to create this project at the very bottom of this post.


Paper Needed: 9¼” x 5″ Sea Glass Cardstock, (2) 3½” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock,
3³⁄8″ x 3³⁄8″ Blossom Cardstock, 3¼” x 3¼” White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Score the Sea Glass cardstock on the long side at ¾”, 4¼”, 5″, and 8½”. Rotate and score the shorter side at ¾” and 4¼”.
2. Cut into each of the squares and miter the corners as shown.

3.  Using Sea Glass Ink, stamp the “Flower” image all along the edges.
4. Place the Sea Glass cardstock, stamped side up, and place a strong adhesive such as the Bonding Memories Glue on the each tab. Adhere the four tabs to create a ‘box’ and the final two tabs to create a lid.
5. Adhere the two 3½” x 3½” cardstock pieces to the inside of the box and lid to reinforce the box and protect it from butter in the cookie. If desired, stamp the “Thankful” sentiment and “Floral Garland” image onto the piece inside the lid.
6. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Wreath”  and “Hi” images onto the 3¼” x 3¼” White Daisy Cardstock.
7. Use a Blending Pen with Sea Glass, Blossom, Lemon, and Pansy Inks to shade the stamped images.
8. Layer the White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the Blossom cardstock, then adhere to the top of the box. (Check to make sure it’s going the right direction.) Add White Dots to the corners of the White Daisy cardstock.
9. Add a cookie and give to someone you are grateful for in your life.

Remember, the Hello Foxy Acrylic stamp set is available until June 30th !
Contact me or visit my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00!

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Blending Pen

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Pansy Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Ink Pad

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen
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Black and White Dots
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Bone Folder
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
product imageTombow Permanent Adhesive