Thanks Amigos!

Have you visited the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge yet?  I’m Guest Designing for the month of September so I’m here to hound you again!  Get linked up people!!!

The Falling for You papers are so fun to work with now that the weather has turned a bit chilly – everything feels like leaves and pumpkins!

Seaglass was a tough act to follow but Close to My Heart’s Color of the Year Bashful has taken a front row on my craft desk.  I’ve actually got tired of hopping up and getting it so I gave it along with the matching glitter paper a place of it’s own.

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If you order during the month of September it’s likely you’ll find this card in your bag (or mailbox if you order directly from my webpage.)  It’s one of my favorite sizes 4.75 X 3 –  I can get 4 out of one sheet of cardstock.  That rich yummy brown is Espresso one of the new additions to our recently redesigned basics palette.  It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the arrow under the sentiment is stamped in Bashful – both of these stamps are from the September Stamp of the Month Feel So Blessed.

Do you like little cards?  Leave me a comment and I’ll drop a card in the mail to you.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and make sure you visit the Three Amigos Blog Hop.

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Don’t Miss the School Year

I haven’t had a whole lot of time to share this month so I sat down at my desk today and stamped my heart away.  Actually I stamped a bunch of pencils.  I’m sure you can’t notice on my card, but nothing was measured just eye-balled and random stamped it helps that our clear acrylic blocks and clear stamps will let you line things up.

I can’t believe how fast August has rushed by and there are just a few days left to pick up the stamp of the month School Year.

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This set of 9 is good for the first day, the last day and all the between days of school.  There’s also stamps that don’t really have a school theme.  If you hurry, you can get it for just $5 with a qualifying order.

Hope you enjoy your last days of summer!

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Joyful Stars Blog Hop- Christmas in July

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Welcome to the July Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  If you’ve come from my friend Debi Brile’s blog you are on the right path.  If you’re starting here that’s ok too, we’re a circular hop so if you keep following the posts you’ll end up right back where you started full of terrific ideas to use your Close to My Heart products.

Are you ready?  Let’s get started.

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I decided to bring you a little Christmas in July, since that’s exactly how I feel after coming home from the Close to My Heart Convention in Salt Lake City. Now if the Fed Ex guy would just hurry with my convention bundles it would be like Christmas!

The Storybook Alphabet, July’s Stamp of the Month, is perfect for just about anything you want to do with it from titles on scrapbook layouts to a name tag or in this case spreading a little JOY!  Make sure you get your’s ordered before month’s end, it’s just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.  July is also Stampganza so when you purchase two stamp sets the third is free – see Christmas in July!

The Fundamental papers are one of my favorites from the Annual Inspirations and I’m excited that they’ll be sticking around with a bit of a make-over in the new AI debuting August 1st.

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite Alphabet set is from the current catalog.  Now it’s time to hop over to Joyce’s Blog I know you’re gonna love what you see there.

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Friends with Heart 2 Heart

This week the challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to use background (random) stamping.  I’m a huge fan of random stamping so I couldn’t resist linking up a project again this week.

I have a friend that is crazy about lady bugs and I’ve been wanting a reason to play with the Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Stamp Set so I could use the little lady bug.  I started by random stamping a 6X6 piece of white daisy card with the lady bug and dashed line.  I knew I wanted to use the Friends Banner from Flower market so I started looking for a card sketch that fit my needs.


 

This is just a small 4.75 X 3 inch card, but I had lots of fun putting it together.  I finished my card with a white dot added to the center of the flower on the banner and a piece of white twine which I tied around the top of the card.  When you’re stuck for an idea take a look at a challenge blog and see where it takes you.

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Have you got your June Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been so in love with a stamp set, but Ice Cream Dreams captured my heart as soon as I got the idea book almost a year ago.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t ink it before it’s release because I knew I’d want to share all these cute creations.

I have three grandkids getting ready to start their summer vacation from school so I made them each a card and put a gift card for Baskin & Robbins so they could treat themselves to a successful year of school behind them.

You might have noticed that I’ve been missing from the Color Dare Challenge for a couple of weeks and I’m happy to say I’m back playing today.  The colors are those of the Jackson Paper Packet – Barn Red, Juniper, Glacier, Cocoa & Colonial White.  This card is a slight 4.75 X 3 and made with the Jackson papers.  My Fudgecicle is made using the retired CTMH Alcohol Markers in both shades of Barn Red.  I’m so glad I don’t ever get rid of things because it was just the perfect color.  The stick was Juniper and although it appeared dried up I got enough color out of it for the stick.

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This next card is for our little Princess graduating from Kindergarten.  I haven’t seen her for a couple of years, but know that she loves bling and sparkle as much as her grandma does.  I used retired papers from the Dream Pop collection and I colored the truck with the Shin Han Markers…it seemed pretty whimsical and just the look I was going for.  I still wanted more bling so I added rhinestones to the tire centers and then decided to cut the canopy out of some Teal Glitter paper – that was a challenge as you can’t stamp on it very well.

My final card is for our sweet Miss B! I sure miss her being underfoot, but I’ve managed to send her at least one card a week since she went to live with her dad.  I know that she’s saving them so I went a little extra special on her card.  Shame on grandma!!!  I thought the Spin Card (which are retiring boo-hoo) would fascinate her.  I used some Chalk It Up papers and Teal Shimmer Trim on the front and popped up the sentiment with some thin 3D foam tape.  One side of the spinner has the Sundae and the other side has that cute Puppy.  Miss B has done very well in 4th grade and I’m so proud of all her accomplishments after not being in school since a few weeks in the 1st grade.

  

I think it’s really important to celebrate our grandkids accomplishments even though we don’t see them on a regular basis so they know how much they are loved.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to get your Ice Cream Dreams stamp ordered you only have until the end of June!114

Seaside by Request

I spent the better part of my day putting together a layout for the Stamp of the Month swap coming up on May 1st and ordering pictures from Studio J to go on that layout along with planning a birthday layout for Miss B and ordering pictures for that I am about to go cross eyed from looking at pictures on the computer, but then I got a phone call that I hadn’t posted a card today which made the guilt set in.

You’d think the caller thought I was hitting the coconut tequila or something!  It really does make a yummy drink and since I was thinking about the beach…

Since the Seaside Scrapbook Workshop On the Go was within reach I decided I could whip out one little card and I think I even got everything straight, LOL!

This is just a 4.75 X 3 inch card, perfect to stick on a package for a summer birthday or maybe to write some romantic note in to my DH for a fantastic weekend at the beach and how much I appreciate him.

I matched the ink to the paper, Pear, Smoothie and Desert Sand tied on a piece of hemp and stuck on some Aqua Dots.  Card done and posted to blog…now onto that Coconut Tequila!

Thanks for stopping by!

You’re the Bomb – A Special SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the “You’re the Bomb” Blog Hop!  We are featuring Close to My Heart’s “You’re The Bomb” My Acrylix Stamp Set.  If you have come here from Donna Digby’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 all around.

We are the consultants that bring you the monthly Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Hop and this time we have 20 consultants bringing you fabulous ideas to use with “You’re the Bomb”.  This stamp set is a special stamp set for Operation Smile and $3.00 from each set sold will be donated to Operation Smile by Close to My Heart. Blog Hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

Here we go!

I LOVE this stamp set…I’ve used it for scrapbooking and card making!

I had two ideas running around in my head…my first card was inspired by this one I saw on Pinterest.

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I started by running the Kraft Cardstock through the Big Shot with the new Arrow Embossing Folder I then cut my circles and heart from the Retired Free to Be Me B & T (gotta use up this stash that’s out of control).  I then stamped the bomb and colored it in with Shinhan markers.  I used the thin foam tape to pop up both the heart and the sentiment.

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For my second card I wanted something completely different.  This is a small card just 3 X 4.75.  I started by stamping all of the words randomly in Whisper Ink on a 3 X 3 piece of White Daisy cardstock which I then layered onto a piece of Slate from the Basics Paper Fundamentals.  I had a scrap of Lagoon cardstock close at hand so I decided it would be my accent color (I think I want a wall this color),  I haven’t used the Cuddly Salutations Stamp set much, but thought the cute bird with the thanks bubble would be a fun addition.  I used thin 3D Foam Tape just under the bubble to get a little dimension.

DSCN1765For the inside I started by just stamping the sentiment, but it looked too plain so I cut a quick circle from the cricut and stamped YOU’RE in Slate Ink and placed a little flag under it cut from the last of my lagoon scrap.

You can also see some of my additional artwork here and here.

Now “Hop” on over to Gina Brandstetter’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, this stamp is only available through the end of March you can place your order for it here or contact your Close to My Heart Consultant.