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You Are Here Blog Hop

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Welcome to our You Are Here Blog Hop! Today we are showcasing artwork created with Close to My Heart's newest Cricut Collection -You Are Here! If you came from Miss Carrie's Creations Blog you are on the right track! 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.

The You Are Here Cricut Collection comes with 3 exclusive stamp sets and a pack of Adventure Combo Cardstock!  You can get either the digital package (does not include physical cartridge & handbook) for $79.00 or your can purchase the collection with the physical Cartridge for $99.00 (since Provo Craft is retiring the physical cartridges, these are While Supplies Last)
We had a real God story to tell about our move this year and I knew that I needed to document it.  I have not had the time to sit down and do this.  When we decided to do this blog hop I knew it was a great…

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - A Little Bit of Pun

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Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring A Little Bit of Pun, This set has 17 stamps! If you have come here from Brenda Lapp'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.

I thought these stamps would make great little 3x3 Valentine cards!  I kept them very simple - no extra cardstock or papers.  I just stamped them with my Momento ink and used Watercolor pencils to color.  I used a small Waterbrush to blend the watercolor.  Once that dried, I added some Clear Shimmer with our shimmer pen.   I also used a journaling pen to outline the card to give it a finished look.  Each card is stamped with a red heart.  These were so much fun to create!
Products Used: White Daisy Cardstock A Little Bit of Pun - December Stamp of the Month Black Momento Ink Cranberry Ink Watercolo…

Mixing Fundamental Papers

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Today is my youngest daughter's birthday so of course I created her birthday card!   I wanted to use a mix of fundamentals so chose papers from Whimsy and Basics papers.  I based my card design off a design I found on Pinterest created by Denise Tarlington. 


It's really a simple design which made the card very easy!  I used the Thistle and Crystal Blue papers from Whismy and Charcoal designs from Basics.  Basic papers really do go with ANY of our paper packs.  It's my favorite pack out of the four (Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment and Basics).  I cut a few succulents, my daughter's favorite, from our Flower Market Cricut cartrigde.  I used the lighter tone of Thistle for the base and Charcoal cardstock for the outline.  

Since this is a BIRTHDAY card of course I had to add sparkle so I used our Clear Shimmer pen on the succulents.  I can't believe that my camera actually picked up the sparkles!  
I know the sentiment on the front is not really a birthday sentiment b…

Just for Fun Blog Hop

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November is Just for FUN and Close To My Heart has a special on all of our Fundamental papers, complements, and ribbons!!  Save 30% on the individual items or save 40% on these items when bundled together!  Our Fundamental paper packs feature 24 sheets of beautiful 2 sided designs (2 each of 12 designs).  Do you get overwhelmed by so much beauty and not sure what to do?  I hope this special blog hop inspires you and gives you some ideas!
We have 19 participants in this blog hop.  If you came here fromJennifer Dykstra's blogyou are on the right track!  This hop is a big circle so when you get back to me, you will know you have completed the hop! 
I wanted to create a Birthday Layout for my great nieces' birthday.  I love the layout shown on page 36 of our Annual Inspirations so I used that as my starting point and created a 2nd page to go with it.  I used the Pansy and Lagoon papers from the Adventure paper pack to create the pages and added cuts from our Artbooking Cricut Car…

Close to My Heart Christmas Card Blog Hop

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We've got a special blog hop for all the cardmakers out there!  Today we are featuring Christmas cards!  On this hop you will see cards created with our beautiful papers, stamps and more!  If you came from Jennifer Dykstra's blog you are on the right track!  This hop is big circle so when you get back to me you will know you completed the hop!  If you get lost along the way, you can get back on track HERE.

If you have followed me for very long, you know I love creating cards with Picture My Life Cards.  It's a great jump start for creating a card and you can create alot in a short amount of time!  In fact, my annual Christmas Card Workshop features the Picture My Life Beary Christmas cards!  Today, I'm sharing three cards I created using another set of Picture My Life cards - Silver & Gold.

I accented the cards with Red Glitter paper. This first card was very simple to create.  I cut down two of the cards and layered on a piece of gold heart B&T paper from the…

Through the Year - November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Through the Year This set has 24 stamps!  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger'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.




Since Fall is finally arriving here in Middle Tennessee and Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought I would do a "November" page!  I used our beautiful Falling For You paper.  I created a journaling spot using one of the Picture My Life cards that is included on a page in the paper pack.  I stamped "November" and a few leaves.  I stamped the leaves on a piece of B&T paper and cut them out.   The turkey, pumpkins and the word "Thankful" are all from our new You Are Here Cricut Cartridge!  Below is a little closer look!

I used a bit of watercolor paint to …

Share a Smile Blog Hop

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Welcome to this very special Blog Hop!!  Today were are sharing artwork created with this month's special - Share A Smile!   Close to My Heart has a special stamp set that is available all year long called Punny Pals.   When you purchase this stamp set, $7 is donated to Operation Smile!   If you came from Michelle Rowley's blog, you are on the right track!!  This hop is a big circle so if you just joined us, when you get back to me you will have completed the hop.  If you get lost, you can find the complete list of hoppers HERE.



During the month of October, Close To My Heart is offering a special Share A Smile Card Kit that coordinates with this stamp.  The kit includes 10 sheets of cardstock, 32 3x3 cards & Envelopes and Thin Cuts that coordinate with our Punny Pals stamp!  All this for just $39.95.  The Punny Pals stamp set is NOT included with the kit so be sure to add it to your order!




I just got my Punny Pals stamp set and couldn't wait to play with it.  These li…

Birthday Layout with Punny Pals

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My great nephew is turning ONE this month!  When he was born I created an album for him that had a layout for every month of his first year.   So, I wanted to create a special layout for his 1st birthday!  I found out he was having a Clifford themed birthday party.  Since I don't have a Clifford stamp, I grabbed my Punny Pals stamp set which has a cute little dog on it for a good substitute!

I had fun putting this layout together!  I used the Poppy color B&T papers from the Enchantment Fundamentals paper pack and mixed in a little Grey from Basic Fundamentals Paper pack to tone down the brightness of the layout.  I based my layout off of Pattern #36 in the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3.  I just rearranged the photos differently than the layout in the book.

For my title I cut the font from our new You Are Here cricut Cartridge.  Upper and lower case letters creates a layer.  The bottom layer (typed in ALL CAPS) is cut from Poppy Cardstock.  The top layer (lower case) was cut …

October Stamp of the Month - Christmas Tunes

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Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Christmas Tunes. This set has 4 stamps. If you have come here from Wendy Coffman'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.



Oh what a fun stamp set this is!!  I had a retreat a few weeks ago and at the last minute I grabbed this stamp and a leftover pack of the Beary Christmas WYW kit.  I never have time to craft my own things when I have retreats but I thought "just in case.... I'll create something with this!".   When I found some crafting time I pulled out the pack of paper and I realized I only had 2 pieces of paper to work with!!  I found some gold foil leftover from a class I was teaching at the retreat to use.  I was able to create this card with the little bit of supplies I brought.  I really like the …

Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop! We are showcasing many of the new products in our Holiday Expressions that was just released this month! If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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.

Today I'm sharing a card I created for my Thin Cut Swap Group that I'm in.  I chose the Silver & Gold Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut bundle for this swap.  Instead of going with the traditional Christmas colors I decided to use our new color of the year - Bashful with silver embossing.



I used silver embossing everywhere on this card!  Trees, deer, sentiment....  It's almost to hard to see in this picture but I used the border stamp and Bashful pigment ink with Clear embossing powder to create the little border just above the Bashful Glitter paper.…

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

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Welcome to our National Stamping Month Blog Hop! We are showcasing this month's special - From The Heart card kit! If you have come here fromHaley Dyer'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.

This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments.  The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price!  




Even though this kit comes with a beautiful stamp set (which I've already used ALOT) I wanted to showcase this kit in a different way!  Not only can you purchase the kit with everything you need, you c…

September Stamp of the Month - Feel So Blessed

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Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Feel So Blessed. This set has 26 stamps. If you have come here from Haley Dyer'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.


I used the new Falling For You paper pack with this stamp.  The fall theme of the paper fit right in!
I stamped the feathers onto B&T papers and cut them out.  I used the new Nutmeg ink for the sentiments and also for the feathers.  I used the border stamp along the edges of the paper and stamped it in Goldrush.  I accented the card with Bronze Sequins and also used green twine from the new Enchantment Ribbon Pack.
Products Used: White Daisy Cards & Envelopes Value Pack - X254 Falling For You Paper Pack - X7223B Nutmeg Exclusive Ink - Z2830 Goldrush Exclusive Ink - Z2823 Bronze Sequins - Z4029 …

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

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I am SO excited about our new Annual Inspirations catalog which was released on August 1st! Today our SOTM Blog Hoppers are hosting a New Product Blog Hop. This blog hop will showcase some of the new products that have just been released! If you came from Wendy Coffman's blog you are on the right track! Look for the next blog link at the bottom of my post. Keep hopping and when you get back to me you will know you completed the hop!

Today I am showcasing some of the new Fundamental papers, thin cuts and layout from our new Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3!  This has been a long awaited book by many customers AND consultants!  This how to book includes 36 two-page layout patterns for standard photo sizes, as well as artwork inspiration demonstrating how to incorporate additional photos using our Pocket Plus™ and pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors™.


For this layout I chose the Willow and Raspberry papers from the Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack.  The colors were just right for my…

New Annual Inspirations Open House Kick Off

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This past weekend was a busy one for me!  Saturday I held my first Open House since I have moved. It was a great turn out and I really appreciate everyone coming out (even if it WAS just to see where I moved to.  haha).  But, seriously, I had a good time talking to everyone and getting a chance to catch up.  Some ladies I had not seen in a while.  :)

If you missed getting to come by,  I'll give you a little recap of what you missed!  There was alot to see!   I had a lot of new products on display as well as a few current products that will be going SOON!


Top Left - Current Workshop Your Way Kits displayed (on shelf). These will retiring August 31!  On Table I had retired cardstock colors (for sale by the sheet, Retired Paper packs & kits, and pre-made layouts. Top Right - Our Workspace Wonder and new ink carousel. Bottom Left - Current Cut Above Kit samples Bottom Right - School Year Stamp of the Month artwork

Everyone could shop my stash.... lots of stamps, paper (by the she…