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Life is Tweet - June Stamp of the Month

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Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "Life is Tweet", a set of 15stamps.  If you have come here from Judy Burger's Blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE
We have over 50 consultants participating in the hop. Following the hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post and it will hop you right over to the next blog!


I decided to make some Clean and Simple cards with this cute stamp!  I used the Value Pack of White Cards & Envelopes (X254).   These are so handy to have on hand.  I can quickly make a card and have the envelope right there to mail it right away!

Here is a close up view of one of my cards.   I used Smoothie and Sweet Leaf for the colors in my cards.   I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out the shape of the flower …

What Makes Close To My Heart Acrylix Stamps the BEST?

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Here we are 2 days away from one of Close To My Heart's BIGGEST promotions!  It is something that every loyal fan of Close to My Heart Acrylix stamps looks forward to!  It's STAMPAGANZA!  In plain stamping language STAMPAGANZA means Buy 2 stamps and get 1 FREE!  What a deal!



When I first discovered Close To My Heart I was a plain and simple scrapbooker.   I only created layouts and I didn't use stamps!  To me, stamps were too cumbersome to store and I did NOT have the storage space to 'collect' stamps that I would use only once or twice.  I would NEVER get into stamping!  Well, I learned to never say "NEVER"!.   Now, not only do I create scrapbooking layouts, I create cards, 3D items and more.  AND I love to stamp!

So, what makes Close To My Heart's stamps the best?
Here are just a few reasons....  (Artwork credit: Close to My Heart Artists)

My Acrylix stamps are ready to use right out of the package—no cutting out, mounting, or applying stickers requi…

A Birthday Wish for You!

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There were 3 designs from the Dotty For You paper pack that I haven't had a chance to use yet.  On Sunday. I pulled one of those designs to make this card.  I love the design on this paper because it is from one of my favorite stamp sets - Card Word Puzzle (C1494).  The papers in the Dotty For You pack were hand designed by Close To My Heart's artists.  This particular piece was designed using the flower from the Card Word Puzzle stamp.   I used the Sketchbook Saturday Challenge sketch for this card!




The only stamping I did on this card was the sentiment! The Card Word Puzzle stamp has a variety of words  that you can put together create your own personal sentiment.   I sponged Lagoon ink onto the Color Ready Seam Binding  Ribbon (Z1732) so that it would perfectly match my card!   Since this is a Birthday card I'm entering it into Crazy 4 Challenges this week.  They are looking for Birthday Cards!  




For my flower, I cut out three flowers from the paper, cutting each flower …

Dynamic Duo

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Close To My Heart's Dotty For You special is winding down!  There are only 10 days left to take advantage of this awesome deal!  I will be sharing more cards this week using this fabulous $5 pack of paper!  (More details on this pack at the end of this post!)

I love it when I discover new blog challenges that excite me!  Two that I recently discovered are the new Dynamic Duo Challenge blog and The Paper Players.  Each week Dynamic Duos features two colors to use in a card, layout or other project.   I LOVE the colors for this week.   It's called Black Tie and they used Black and a yellow.

Over at the Paper Players the challenge is to create something with Polka Dots!  Here is a card I created that works for both of these challenges.


I pulled out my Fashionista (D1504) stamp set that I have not used in a while.  It was one of the very first stamps I purchased as soon as Close To My Heart's 2012 Spring Summer Idea book came out.   I used the Buttercup  dotted pattern from th…

A Graduation Card

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Time for Graduation!!  Last week our local university held their graduation and today over 6 area High Schools held their graduations!  Here is a graduation card I made using the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping Blog.  I turned the sketch and made a horizontal card.


I don't have any specific graduation stamps so I improvised with a set that I thought would be perfect for a graduation card!  The sentiment, "imagine the possibilities" is fom the upcoming June Stamp of the Month.  I used a background stamp from a past Stamp of the Month, "You Are", to create the lines accross the cranberry cardstock. 

I created a graduation cap using a square tag and a big brad from the Pacifica Mini Medley Collection (Z1698).  The gold tassel is embroidery floss.  I covered the Dimensional Element Numbers with Cranberry Carstock.

I am entering this card into 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge.   Their challenge is to make a graduation card.  If you are looking for more Graduation Car…

Silver Embossed Wedding Card

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I needed to created a wedding card for my daughter's friend.  Using the sketch from Pals Paper Arts this week and my Card Word Puzzle (C1494)  stamp, I created this silver embossed card.   I randomly stamped the flower using Versa Mark ink on to a piece of White Daisy cardstock.   Then I embossed the flowers with Silver Embossing Powder.   I stamped and embossed three more flowers that I would cut out separately.  You can't really see on the picture below but the lower flower on the right is 'popped' out using the flowers I cut out and layered.



Here is a closer look at my layered flower.  It gives a little bit of dimension to the card.


Since I didn't have any silver ribbon to use for this card, I pulled out my Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732).  I love this ribbon because I can get any color I need just by sponging the ink onto the ribbon.  Viola! I have silver ribbon!  I used Grey Wool ink (Z2125) to get this color.  It perfectly matches the Grey Wool cardst…

Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers! I am so thankful for my mom.  She has always been there for me.  She supports everything I do and always encourages me when I'm down.

I made a special Mother's Day card for my mom.   She loves to work in her yard (which is BEAUTIFUL BTW) and she loves birds.  I thought that the colors of Buttercup and Juniper, along with the bird made the perfect card for my mom.


I used dotted Buttercup paper from the special Dotty For You paper pack.  (This special ends May 31st!)  The bird and vine were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.   I stamped "Happy" with the Polka Dot Alphabet (D1469) and "Mother's Day" is from a retired set.  The Polka Dot Alphabet stamp is perfect with the dotted paper! I added two resin flowers from the Bouquet Assortment (Z1694). I used the sketch from the Sketchbook Saturday Challenge (#59) and the colors were inspired by a brand new blog challenge - Dynamic Duos.   Be sure to check out t…

Mother's Day Card with Dotty For You

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I'm back!  Finally finished with the softball season at school.  Well, almost. I still have a lot of paperwork to do but at least I don't have to spend hours up at the field.   The team had a great season and I'm sort of sad to see it end but I'm ready to get back to a somewhat normal life.  

I sat down tonight to see what challenges I've been missing.  This week over at Heart 2 Heart the challenge is to make a Mother's Day card.  That is something I need to get done!  Also, over at the 4 Crafty Chicks, the challenge was to make a card using a stamp for the sentiment only.  So, I incorporated those two challenges along with the sketch from Skipping Stones Sketch #127.

Here is my card!  I used the Dotty For You paper from Close To My Heart. This Buttercup and Grey Wool pattern stripe was a piece I had not used yet.


I used CTMH's Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon with Grey Wool ink to match my paper.  I scrunched a piece after dying  the ribbon and used my craf…

Taking a Short Break to Wrap up a Season!

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I'm sorry my posts have been sporadic as of late.  We have reached the last few weeks of my daughter's High School Softball season.   Our school is hosting the District Tournament.   Hosting a successful tournament requires a lot of work from all the parents so that means I've been spending many nights at the ball field from beginning to end! Since I'm their Booster Club Treasurer I'm usually the first one there with money for concession and gate.  Then, I stay through the end to collect and total up before leaving. I had one free night last week and I had intended to spend some time catching up on some creative things.  But, I was so exhausted I just couldn't get myself into my scraproom!


We had games Friday & Saturday so I knew there were a few things I absolutely HAD to get done today.  Those came first before I would allow myself any 'play' time for challenges that I love to participate in.   But alas, I ran out of time.   The final Championshi…