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For the Tree


I am so not ready for Christmas!  I used to create Christmas cards all year.....but have been severely lacking in the Christmas spirit this year!  It is now or never, if Christmas cards are going to be mailed this year!  The new Holiday Expressions release is at least helping me get into the holiday spirit!  I created my card with the For the Tree stamp set that was just released and the sketch over at Mojo Monday-


I had ever intention of putting a bow on this card, in place of the flower on the sketch.  Couple of bows in and it just was not working for me!  I really needed some soft crinkly ribbon, which I seemed to have run out of! Sequins to the rescue!  My card is created with minimal supplies!  I often change up my stamp sets to suite my needs and this time was no different, here is the actual stamp set-



I used the original plaid stamp (who doesn't love plaid)....but in keeping with the sketch design, I changed up my other ornaments to circles!  I stamped my images as usual and then used a circle die to create the circle ornaments!  This stamp set has a set of dies that are sold separate.  The die set, Custom Ornament,  was used to cut my main ornament and the topper for all three of my ornaments. Here is the complete die set-


The dies are sold separate, so  you can purchase both or pick and choose to suit your needs!  You will be seeing lots more ornament creations in the near future!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1891 For the Tree Stamp Set
Z3533 Custom Ornament Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6038 Candy Apple Red Cardstock
Z6509 Candy Apple Red Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3519 Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Almost Sold Out!
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Circle Stax Dies-MFT
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon-Retired
Silver Sequins-Ms. Sparkle & Co.

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Holiday
Always Fun Challenges-Monochrome
As You Like It Challenge-Favorite Stitching Style (Anything Stamp or Die related....as I can not sew!)
Art Impressions-Tags or Ornaments
Crafty Friends Challenge-Christmas
Crimbo Crackers-Anything Christmas Goes
Southern Girls-Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge-Anything Christmas Goes

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Holly Jolly Cardmaking Kit


Christmas will be here before you know it!  I love the super cute Holly Jolly Cardmaking Kit!  The stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts are adorable!  The kit comes with supplies and envelopes to create 16 cards.  Here is a look at the kit contents-


You can check out all of the great new holiday products in my online store!  From traditional to cute, we have you covered!

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Days of December


Commemorate your sweetest holiday moments with this year’s Days of December bundle and workshop! We’ve revamped this popular special from last year with new paper, cardstock, and embellishments, so you can create an all-new Everyday Life™ album with one page for each magical day in December. To review all the details about the Days of December bundle and workshop, take a look at the Days of December overview here!


The Days of December bundle is available with or without the stamp set and Thin Cuts.  This special bundle is only available until November 30, 2019 or while supplies last!

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CAS(E) this Sketch #343


I have been so wanting to create with this striped pattern paper from the Mix In Paper Collection!  I have been submersed in  making Fall cards, and have just not had the occasion to create with it. Then I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch...


The moment I saw the sketch, I instantly thought of candles!  I knew my striped paper would be perfect for the background! I inked up my candles with the same colors from the striped paper.  I cut my Celebrate sentiment from the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  I cut the image out three times and adhered them together for more dimension.  A few Julep sequins finish out the card!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Cricut Artbooking Collection (celebrate)
Make a Wish Stamp Set/Dies-MFT (candles)
X9007 Mix In Paper Packet
X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6511 Julep Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6514 Wisteria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3566 Julep Loose Sequins
Stitched Frame Die-Simon Says Stamp

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge-Spots and or Stripes
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Julep
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes
The Paper Girls-Birthday

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Early Holiday Release!


Great news....Close To My Heart is releasing the Holiday Expressions catalog early!  All items will be on my website starting October 15!  This will give you extra time to create your holiday projects!  You can view all of the products here!

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Freshly Made Sketches #406


I hope everyone is getting to enjoy at least a little bit of Fall.  I am already in the single digits at night, so my fall is quickly fading to Winter! I created this fun Fall card with the Autumn Air Stamp of the Month and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches-

My card is created with a combo of Goldrush and Sangria.  I dug deep into the stash to come up with the Goldrush plaid paper!  Willing to bet that paper is pushing twenty years old!  I love paper....problem is I seem to just collect it!  I have decided to share the love and start using it!  My sentiment and leaves are from the current Stamp of the Month, Autumn Air....great for scrapbooks and cards alike! You can add the Stamp of the Month to a qualifying order for only $5!


My sentiment was first inked into Goldrush Ink and then rolled into Sangria Ink.  For my leaves, I sponged Goldrush and Sangria Ink onto cardstock and then stamped my  leaf image with Sangria Ink.  Super quick way to get a multi tone image. I popped up the sentiment panel with foam tape for added dimension.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S1910 Autumn Air Stamp of the Month (Only available in October)
X5962 Goldrush Cardstock
X6034 Sangria Cardstock
Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
Goldrush B&T Paper-Retired
Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sequins-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS-Plaid

Little Red Wagon-Cut it Out
Sweet Stampin-Autumn Colors

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