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March Stamp of the Month - Floral Happiness

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WOW!  This month just FLEW by!  Or maybe it's because February is short a couple of days.  Anyway, here we are with another brand new Stamp of the Month!  This month the Stamp of the Month Blog Hoppers are showcasing Floral Happiness.  The stamp is a great Base and Shape set that includes 16 stamps!

If you have come here from Michelle John's blog you are on the right track! This hop is a big circle so if you are just starting, when you go all the way through and get back to me, you have completed the circle!   I've got 3 cards to share with you today.   The first card I created with a bit of Later Sk8r paper to show you that this paper doesn't have to be ALL BOY!!


I used a sketch from Jeanette's How To Book- Originals (9036). (Now Available in Soft Cover for $14.95!) For this card I used Slate Cardstock as my base.  I scuffed it up a bit with some sanding to blend with the 'rough' look of the Later Sk8r paper (X7167B).  Next I 2nd generation stamped the ba…

No Fear for Clean and Simple

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Clean and Simple cards are actually a little difficult for me!  I have to really hold myself back from adding lots of embellishments.  I try though.... maybe one of these days I'll get the CLEAN and SIMPLE part down.   
Here is my attempt today:
Today's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is create a Clean and Simple Card, while over at CAS-ual Friday their challenge was to add a little bit of silver to a clean and simple card.  So, I thought I'd might as well use the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping and create something for all three!
For this card I used a bit of paper from the Later Sk8r (X7167B) paper pack and some silver paper from the Black and Grey Glitter Paper (Z1829).  I used the Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut a couple gears in the silver paper.  I have to say, this glitter paper cuts like butter on my cricut! And, I really like that it doesn't leave glitter everywhere!  The background stamp and "No Fear" is from the stamp set that is exclusive to the Lat…

Frame Flair for Mojo Monday

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This is one of those cards that just 'came' to me one morning as I was waking up!  Have you ever had that happen? The Mojo Monday sketch came out on Monday and I didn't really have much time to create something. Then, on Wednesday morning as I was coming out of my dream state an idea for this sketch just came to me!  It was all I could think about all morning but I didn't have a chance to put my idea to cardstock and stamps until this afternoon. (Barely getting it posted in time!)

My actual card is pretty close to what I had 'created' in my dream state.
Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:
I love the idea of the different pattern circles.   I had the perfect circle frames I wanted to try out on my card - Frame Flair (D1546)


I stamped the frames in Outdoor Denim and Twilight ink.  This stamp perfectly coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge - <circle 4>.  I cut the inner circles at 1 3/4" on Chantilly paper using two different patterns.    My …

A BIG WOOHOO TO MANDY!

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My very good friend and long time customer Mandy LaCroix was published in this month's issue of Paper Craft's Magazine!   I was so excited for her.  When I became a Close To My Heart Consultant back in 2006 Mandy was one of my first customers.  

I came to know Mandy at work because we worked together in the same group.  Mandy was and still is big scrapbooker but a few years ago I encouraged her to start making cards.  Each morning when we would get to work we'd discuss what challenges were posted that day.  The morning usually started with "OH - did you see....... or Have your checked........"  I encouraged Mandy to start a blog to show off her work.  So she started Scrappity-Doo-Da (what a cute name!) She has won many challenges.  BTW..... We share a list of blogs we check each day.  Sometimes we'll discover a new challenge and we'll add it to our check list.

Mandy and I no longer work together, but we talk weekly - sometimes SEVERAL times a week.  And w…

Buttons and Bows Baby Card

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It's been a REALLY long time since I've created a baby card. When I saw the challenge on The Paper Players to create a baby card with buttons and bows I thought it sounded fun!  I have the new Chantilly textiles and have been anxious to do something with one of the fabrics.  So, I pulled out the Buttercup pattern paper from the Chantilly paper pack and the pear print fabric from the textiles.

Using the sketch from Retro Sketches I created this 6x6 card:

RECIPE: Chantilly Paper (X7163B) Chantilly Textile (Z1819) Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732) Stamp: New Arrival (C1501) Clear Buttons (retired) Pear Ink Black Ink Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
I used the pear fabric on the edge of the buttercup pattern paper.  For those of you that don't like to sew, I didn't use my sewing machine!  I wanted to show how easy it is to add fabric without sewing! First I cut a strip of fabric 3/4" wide.  Next, I used my ATG tape to add adhesive near the edge of the buttercup pattern.  

Things Were BUZZin' at My Spring Summer Open House

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Thank you to everyone that took a little time out of a VERY COLD day to stop by my open house!  I hope everyone had fun looking at the new products and browsing the new Close to My Heart Spring Summer Idea Book!

Everyone that stopped by got one of these cute little goodie bags!  (sorry for the wrinkles! I forgot to take a picture BEFORE filling!)

This goodie bag is one of our new products - the My Creations Small Paper Pouch (Z1827). This paper bag measures 3x4 and is perfect little party treats! You get 20 little bags for just $2.95. I used the new Honeycomb stamp set (C1537) to stamp on the front. Want to see what treats were in my bag?

Bit O' Honey candy, 2 brown flower buttons and an Acrylic Flower, also a coupon to redeem for FREE product!  I used the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge to cut the tag for my coupon and stamped it with the set that is included with the Buzz & Bumble WOTG kit.


Every guest had a chance to win door prizes!  Here are the door prizes and the winners…

New Product Blog Hop! - Claire and the Kraft Container

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Close To My Heart's Spring Summer Idea Book was released February 1.  Have you had a chance to look at it?  If all the new products have your head spinning (like it did mine!) then you will love the inspiration you will get from this New Product Blog Hop!  This hop should give you many great ideas on how you can use some of the new products.  I guarantee you will be inspired!

So, grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, and a pen and paper to write down your wish list and hop on! It's going to be a fun ride!  If you came here from Michele Loncar's blog you are on the right track! This hop is a big circle so when you get back to me, you have been all the way around!
I love EVERYTHING about this new Idea book so deciding what I would share has been a difficult choice!  But after much debate, I've decided to share the new My Creations Kraft Container featuring the Claire paper.   These kraft containers are made of chipboard and stand 5 3/4" tall.  They are 3&q…

Organizing Cardstock Scraps

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Are you like me?  You hang onto each and every little piece of cardstock scrap?  Even those 1/2" strips because they would be perfect for cards?  Yes, I do that.  I've searched and searched for the perfect container to organize my scraps.  A couple of years ago, I had the perfect expanding file that held all of my scraps sorted by color.  Until the day I broke the clasp off while loading it into my car for a crop night.  After that I could never close it and it was hard to tote around.

I needed something close to my table where I do all of my creating.  Close.... like right at my feet under my table. I did not want to have to constantly get up to find a piece of cardstock.  I was unable to find another file like the one I had so I finally opted for another 'similar' accordion file at an office supply store. After transferring all my cardstock scraps to the new file, I quickly realized that this was not my perfect solution.  The file got so packed with my treasured lit…

For Always with Chantilly Birthday Card

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My oldest daughter turns 23 on Saturday.  She is now a beautiful young lady living on her own.   We got her a Kuerig for her birthday and she was so excited!  I never thought I'd see the day my 'little girl' would be excited about a coffee maker!  WOW where did all the time go?

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch to create her birthday card.  I knew all along that I would use our new For Always (X7165B) paper for her birthday card but I wanted to add a little color and thought this pink piece from the Chantilly (X7163B) paper pack was a great fit for the sketch and For Always.

I used several new products on this card.   Stamp is Perfect Fit - Frames 2 (D1536) and the little cake in the center is from the new Perfect Fit - Birthday (B1417) stamp.  The birthday cake is mounted onto a circle punched from our new Black Glitter (Z1829) paper.  I cut the 'perfect' shape for the frame with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790).   I added a bit of sparkle flourish fr…