Together is the Best Place to Be

This month’s stamp of the month seems to touch my heart with memories of my grandparents feeding the quail on their small farm in Eastern Washington.  It also reminds me of their togetherness – they were married for 65 years.

I was inspired by the card in the Annual Expressions and decided to give welding images a bit of a spin with my new Cricut Explore Air.

The Hello Lovely papers paired with Desert Sand, Fern and Sea Glass for an elegant look.  The sentiment was stamped in Versa Mark and then embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  I used a sentiment from the Cricut Flower Market collection to recognize an upcoming anniversary.

Don’t forget that the stamp of the month Flock Together is only available through the end of April so get your’s before they are gone.

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Flower Market Key 44

Good Morning!  Who’s ready for some daffodils?  Well you can find them on Key 44 of the Cricut Flower Market Cartridge from Close to My Heart.

I love the fun cuts that can be layered on the Flower Market cartridge and all of the cuts on this card come from one key – #44. I thought the bright cheery colors of the Adventure paper paired with the woodgrain from the Rustic Home Fundamentals would deliver a smile to the recipient.

You can see more from this key on this video from Close to My Hearts Corporate You Tube channel.

Thanks for stopping by…let me know what your favorite key from the Flower Market Cartridge is by leaving me a comment.

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Joyful Stars Blog Hop – Sugar Rush

joyful-stars-blog-hop-badgeWelcome to January’s Joyful Stars blog hop.  If you’ve arrived here from Nickie’s blog you are on the right path.  If you started here, that’s fine too – we’re a circular hop so if you follow the links at the end of each post you’ll end up right back where you started.

I am in love, love, love with the new Sugar Rush paper packet.  It has the perfect blends of brights and pastels.

I also love finding a card for inspiration and then giving it some twists and turns and making it my own.  This card was inspired by one from consultant Karen Pedersen (you can see her card here).  The January stamp of the month, Adore You, has the perfect blend of hearts, flowers and the absolute best choices of sentiments all for just $5 US with a qualifying purchase.

If you’d like to purchase any of the Close to My Heart items I’ve featured I’d be happy to help (you can click here to go to my business page) or you can contact your own Close to My Heart Consultant.

I’d love it if you’d take a minute to leave me a comment and then hop on over to Michelle’s blog where I’m sure you’ll find delightful artwork.

Thanks again for stopping by.

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A Jar of Cheer

I remember rows of  Mason Jars in my grandma’s pantry when I was a child…now they are probably used more for decoration than for preserving fruit.  I was excited to find a “jar” as one of the containers on our new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

This fun little 4.5 X 4.5 card is made with Kraft Cardstock and the band is from the City Sidewalks paper packet.  The White panel has been embossed with the Snowflakes Embossing folder.  All the elements from the jar were cut from the Cricut Flower Market Collection.  I love the two toned holly leaves.  I’ve used them on a couple of cards – you’ll see another one soon!

Thank you for stopping by…you can always find all the supplies that I used to make my card by visiting my webpage at www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com.  So that you don’t miss any of my other upcoming City Sidewalks artwork make sure you click on the follow me button on the sidebar of my blog.

PINK! – Color Dare #215

Happy Friday and welcome to another week of the Color My Heart Color Dare.  This week we are featuring  the colors: Cotton Candy, Pixie and White Daisy.

Pink is definitely my color!  I had thought about going with a floral theme so I started by pulling out the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.

I ended up with an elephant!  The polka-dot patterned paper is from the new Whimsy Paper Fundamentals, I layered it with Pixie cardstock and a white daisy panel which I stamped with a B&T stamp from the Flower Market coordinating stamp set.  I then layered my little elephant cut from Pixie and Cotton Candy papers.  The entire panel is then popped up with some 3D foam tape.  I finished off the card with some bakers twine from the new Adventure pallete.  Since we all know I’m a bit bow challenged I just tied it in a knot and split the ends.

OK, now it’s YOUR turn!  The full details on how to join the fun is in the sidebar of our homepage.  Each color dare is open until 9:00 CDT on Thursday!

While at the homepage – check out what the other design team members have created and leave them a little love (comments make our day)!

Leave me a message telling me what your favorite image from the Flower Market cartridge is.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

 

Jump on it July – July Constant Campaign

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Welcome to the Jump on it July Constant Campaign Blog Hop – we are the Close to My Heart consultants that bring you the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  This month we are featuring the Hostess Rewards Stamp sets found in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  If you’ve come here from Kathy Burrows’ blog you are on the right track, if you’re just starting here don’t worry we are a great big circle and if you click the links at the end of each page you’ll eventually end up right back where you started.  .  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html

It wasn’t hard for me to decide which Hostess Stamp Set to use because getting to purchase the exclusive hostess stamp sets without having to book a party is like Christmas in July!  I chose to create my artwork with the Be Jolly set, 4 magnificent sentiment stamps perfect for the inside or outside of your Christmas Cards.

After spending 4 days at the Close to My Heart Convention in Disneyland, I was missing my crafting time.  Not that I didn’t get some there (that artwork will be coming soon) but it’s just not the same as spreading out and making your own inky mess.  I knew I wanted to do a square card and rarely do I reinvent the wheel so I reached for my Wishes book and used the All Squared Up pattern.  If you haven’t added our How To Program Books to your collection stop everything right now and go buy them.  Honestly you will ask yourself how you survived without them.

I wanted to keep my cards simple so I stuck with a traditional Christmas palette of Topiary and Ruby in both cardstock and ink.  I did spruce them up a bit with a touch of glitter paper behind the Art Philosophy Cut sentiment and a few Clear Sparkles.  For a bit more I added either a cricut cut holly or tree to the inside.

Now hop on over to Paige’s blog and see what she has to share…I’m sure it’s absolutely amazing!  Be sure you visit all the other consultants blogs to get some fun ideas and remember the Jump on it July campaign only runs through the end of July!

Seasonal Expressions 2 – SOTM Blog Hop

April brings a brand new mini catalog to ogle, so with that brings a special hop hosted by the same talented group that bring you the SOTM Blog Hop!

If you came from Melinda Everitt’s blog you are on the right path…hopping is easy you just click on the links at the end of the post to hop on over to the next participant. Let’s get started.

I was overwhelmed when it came to choices from the Seasonal Expressions 2 which product I wanted to showcase in this hop.  I finally decided to let my heart do the speaking for me.  I am featuring the new Operation Smile stamp set Happy Everything!

 When you can change the life of a child by purchasing just one stamp set how can you go wrong?  With each purchase of Happy Everything, Close to My Heart will donate $3.00 to Operation Smile, but that’s not the only way that you can help.  We also give you the opportunity to round up your order – pennies add up to dollars and dollars add up to surgeries.  Since it’s founding in 1982 Operation Smile has performed 220,000 surgeries to transform facial deformities in children.  What difference are you willing to make?   This stamp set features some fabulous sentiments along with the cutest little bee for a mere $17.95.

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I had so much fun designing this card and wanted to focus on the hexagon shapes as accents.  First I embossed the honey paper with the hexagon embossing folder and took my sanding block to it.  I love our white core cardstock!  I then punched the hexagon shapes into the white card stock and then stamped the bee with his little buzzing trail in black.  To brighten up the front I stamped the sentiment in Honey ink and then colored in the bee with my Shin Han marker.  I added a touch of glitter glue to the wings popped it all up with some 3D foam tape, stamped the inside for the finishing touch and tada I was done!

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Now you can hop over to Chris Lothian’s Creative Capers to see what she has created.

Thanks again for stopping by.  You can order your Happy Everything stamp from my webpage or from your local consultant and don’t forget to take a look at the daily grab bag specials too!