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Celebrating 100 YEARS with Grandma

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I come from a family history of longevity.  Yesterday, we celebrated my Grandma's 100th birthday!! (Her actual birthday is really tomorrow - Monday, June 19th).  My Great Grandma (Grandma's mother) lived to 105 so it was no surprise to us that my grandma would strive to do the same!  So of course, we had to throw her big a party!!   Family from all around came by to wish her a Happy Birthday.



I wanted to do something special for my Grandma and give her something she would enjoy - looking at pictures from the past and reading everyone's birthday wishes!   I took an idea from fellow consultant Karen Pedersen.  Karen shared a guest registry she created for her son's wedding that was an album with layouts that the guests could sign. What a beautiful gift. So, I took Karen's idea and created a similar type album on a smaller scale.   I created 8x8 layouts and included pictures of Grandma through the years.  We had a special table set up, where I placed a couple of layo…

Retiring Stamps Blog Hop!

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Today our SOTM Blog Hoppers are sharing some artwork created with their favorite stamp sets from our Annual Inspirations catalog which will be retiring August 31st. If you landed here from Michelle Loncar's Blog you are on the right track!  Look for the link at the bottom of my post that will take you to the next blog!

I have several stamp sets from our Annual Inspirations that I love to use over and over.  It was difficult trying to decide which one to feature for this blog hop. But I finally decided on So Many Smiles.  I have used this stamp for cards and layouts!  For this layout I pulled out a few pages from the Enchantment Fundamentals and used the lined notebook page from Memo Fundamentals papers as my base page.  I cut a 5x7 frame from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and rather than using it as a frame for the picture, I just used it as part of the page elements.

I stamped cascading circles from So Many Smiles with Sapphire, Ruby and Saffron inks. 





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So Many Smiles…

Let's Party!

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Today I'm going to share with you one of our Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits - Let's Party!  I love these kits because you get everything you need to make 12 cards (just add your ink).

This kit includes 12 cards and envelopes, Burlap Ribbon, sequins, paper and cardstock, and an exclusive stamp set that you will see ONLY in this kit!  There are even FREE instructions that guide you through the cutting and assembly of the cards that can be downloaded from my shopping website.


These are the cards that you can create when you use the instruction guide:


I like to create a few of the cards as shown in the guide. Then I like to venture out on my own and see what kind of design I can come up using the stamp and leftover supplies.  Here are two cards I created using the supplies in this kit.

I love the background stamping I did with Happy Birthday.  I used the Masking Technique to get this look. First, I stamped Happy Birthday on the White Daisy Cardstock.  Then, I stamped "Happy Bi…

We've Got You Covered - Buy 1 Get One Half Price Albums!

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During the month of June, Close To My Heart is offering a Buy 1 Get 1 half price album special! If you have previously purchased one of our My Legacy Album in the last year, then you KNOW how beautiful they are!

We have two types of albums to choose from: D-ring and post-bound. Both feature sturdy interiors, top quality hardware, and beautiful faux leather exteriors in a variety of colors. Our albums are built to keep your memories safe and on display for years to come. 


What is the difference between Post Bound and D-Ring?

The Post-bound albums display layouts seamlessly with no gap between the pages for a professional, polished look. It works best with our spine expanders, our traditional Memory Protectors™ with lay-flat seams, and our new Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors. A hidden binding system with handles for loosening and tightening posts makes adding pages to the album easier. 


The D-ring album is the queen of versatility. Use it with any of our Memory Protectors, including the pock…

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Hello Foxy

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Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Hello Foxy. This set has 11 stamps. If you have come here from Michele Rowley'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.


What a cute stamp set!!  Aren't these little foxes just adorable. For my card, I used Kraft paper and I stamped the images with Chocolate ink. I colored the images with my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. Because I was coloring directly on the kraft cardstock, this gives the colors a more subtle look. I used our Gold Shimmer brush on the green leaves.

I tucked Blush Shimmer Ribbon behind the crochet ribbon.  This is layered on top of a piece of copper foil accent vellum from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack.  My final touch was gold glitter gems.  
Products Used: Colonial White Cards & Envelopes X1410 K…