It’s Tea Time at Heart 2 Heart!

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Hello Friends!

It’s Tea Time this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  It’s the perfect challenge to spotlight the March Stamp of the Month called “Tea-riffic”.  I decided to pair it up with the cute Sugar Rush paper collection and then wanted to make something different than a regular card.  So I looked on You Tube for some tutorials on making a tea bag holder–there sure are lots of them!!  What do you think?

Along with the Tea-riffic Stamp of the Month, I used the Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle (includes stamps and coordinating Thin Cuts both–25% off this month) for the cute donut that keeps the teabag holder closed.

The tea bag holder is made so that it can stand up by itself.  I have a friend who loves to drink tea and I think this will make the perfect little birthday treat for her!

Please stop by Heart 2 Heart Challenges and check out the other Tea Time projects that the design team created this week.  Then link up your own projects so we can all be inspired!

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Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the paper crafting world today!   Laurie


Silver and Gold at Heart 2 Heart

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Happy New Year, Friends!

Welcome back to a new year of awesome challenges at Heart 2 Heart!  For this first week in January, the challenge is to use Gold or Silver on a project.  I chose to use the Uptown Fundamentals paper pack and the January Stamp of the Month to create an elegant black and gold all occasion card.

I stamped an image from the January Stamp of the Month (see below) and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  The image is mounted on a black mat trimmed with Gold Foil tape.  I finished it off with a bow made from black and gold ribbon.

Now it’s your turn to create with Silver and Gold!  Please link up your project at Heart 2 Heart–we love to see your artwork!

 


December Stamp of the Month

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Hello, Friends!

Take a look at Thoughtful Flowers, the December Stamp of the Month!   Beautiful flowers and beautiful sentiments make an all around beautiful stamp set!

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I especially love the sentiments since they are a bit different than those you usually find on a sympathy card, so I had to make one of those too!  I used the gray toned linen paper from the Rustic Fundamentals collection, turning the gold stripe over to silver and adding some silver sequins to the flowers.

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And finally, here is a card made by one of the artists at the CTMH Home Office.  The flower stamps were used to create the background for the card which really sets off the sentiment on the black banner.

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You can get your own Thoughtful Flowers SOTM for only $5.00 when you purchase $50.00 of Close To My Heart products.  Or you can purchase the set for the full retail value of $17.95.   Shop HERE!!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


More November Stamp of the Month Cards

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Yesterday I shared a few cards that I made with the November Stamp of the Month called New Year’s Wishes that were NOT related to New Year’s events.  While writing that blog post, I thought of another way to use the snowflake stamps on that set and here is the result.  A random stamped and heat embossed background and sentiment in non traditional holiday colors!

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Since one of the latest challenges at Heart 2 Heart was to create a holiday project using non-traditional colors (no red or green), I decided to link up this card to share.  Check out their blog and the other great projects!

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Take a look at the sketch above from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  The next card I made using the November Stamp of the Month was based on this sketch so I am entering it in their challenge.  I was pretty ambivalent about the colors while I was making this card, but it turned out to be one of my favs!  Check out my previous blog post for more ideas on using the SOTM for non New Year’s creations and visit Atlantic Hearts for even more creative inspiration!

 

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I used the gray side of the Uptown Fundamentals paper along with Slate ink, Whisper cardstock and the Slate polka dot ribbon that coordinates with the Uptown papers.  Won’t it make a great wedding or anniversary card?  Just change up the sentiment on the inside to fit your occasion!

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Thanks for stopping by!  If you need any Close To My Heart products, including the awesome November Stamp of the Month, you can SHOP HERE!   Laurie

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November Stamp of the Month

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Hello Friends!

Today I’d like to showcase the November Stamp of the Month called “New Year’s Cheer.” Scroll down to see a photo of the stamp set.  Of course this stamp has many images and sentiments that are just perfect for cards and layouts relating to New Year’s events.  But I wanted to show you how this stamp is NOT just for New Year’s!  Remember you can purchase this stamp set for only $5.00 with any $50.00 Close To My Heart purchase.

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First I made a birthday card with Jeepers Creepers paper.  I heat embossed some of the images with white embossing powder and added some white enamel stars.  I think it makes quite a classy and colorful card for a special birthday greeting!

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Next I made a wedding card with this same New Year’s Wishes Stamp of the Month.  I used the gray side of the patterned paper in the Uptown Fundamentals collection.  Adding a sentiment stamped in Slate ink, a strip of Whisper cardstock and the coordinating Slate polka dot ribbon created a surprisingly nice monochromatic color design for my card!

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Finally, I made another birthday card with this same stamp set.  I used Swan Lake paper, a Picture My Life style card from the Swan Lake paper pack and the banner stamps to create a festive birthday greeting.

I hope you can now look at the November Stamp of the Month and see that it is much more than just a New Year’s themed stamp!  I actually thought of another way to use this stamp as I was writing this post–I’ll try to make it and share tomorrow!

Until then, thanks for stopping by and make it a wonderful day!   Laurie

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Happy Happy Christmas!!

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Hello Friends!

During the month of November, Close To My Heart has a wonderful special called Happy Happy Christmas!  It is a complete bundle that has everything you’ll need to make a fabulous Christmas album with 5 two page layouts PLUS several optional home décor items and a mini album.  Check out the details below!

1611-cc-happy-happy-christmas-promo1 When you order the Happy Happy Christmas bundle for $69.95 (retail $83.65), you will receive the directions and supplies to make all five of these beautiful layouts, plus 10 page protectors, plus a full sized red D-ring or post bound album.

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Here is the complete list of items included in the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle

  • Z2505 My Legacy™ D-Ring Album—Red or Z3505 My Legacy™ Post-bound Album—Red
  • 4110 Memory Protectors™—Top Load (10 Pack)
  • Z4020 My Crush® Happy, Happy Christmas
  • Z4019 Picture My Life™ Happy, Happy Christmas Cards
  • X7213C City Sidewalks Complements
  • X7214D Oh Deer! Coordinating Cardstock
  • White Daisy Cardstock (12 sheets)

 Now take a look at the additional goodies you can make with the leftover supplies!

planner-cover1Add the Sea Glass Everyday Life Album and a variety of page protectors for $35.80 and make an additional mini album–great for a Christmas gift!

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If you purchase the 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray for only $12.35, you can make another fabulous project with your leftover supplies! z1750-display-tray1

Then there is the 12 x 12 Display Case for only $14.00 where you can use even more of the supplies in the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle!

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And finally, purchase this Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard for $17.40 and make this beautiful and versatile home décor project!

Wouldn’t these all make great gifts for the special people on your list this Christmas?  A handmade gift with photos of loved ones would be appreciated by everyone!  I sure have plans for mine!!

And along with your purchase of the Happy Happy Christmas Bundle, you qualify to purchase the November Stamp of the Month for only $5.00–that’s a win win situation!!

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Home Décor With Flower Market

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I recently made this decorative page to display in my Close To My Heart Shadow Box.  The background paper is the woodgrain print from the Rustic Home paper collection.  All the other cuts came from the brand new Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment is from the September Stamp of the Month called Blessed Beyond Measure.

I’m planning to offer this to my customers as a home décor workshop this Fall.  I have several Shadow Boxes (now retired) and have plans to make seasonal pages to display in the Shadow box throughout the year.  I’m excited to get to work on the Halloween themed page next!

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 Check out the September promotion from Close To My Heart!  Sharing kindness is always the right thing to do!   Do something awesome today!!  Laurie

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