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Spruced Up Thank You


Winter was quick to remind us this morning, that she is still here!  I do love snow....as long as I do not have to go anywhere....which was not the case this morning!  Thankfully the storm was brief.  I am back in the craft room this afternoon with a quick Thank You card for the MFT Sketch Challenge-


I thought the sketch was a perfect time to use the Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set. This card was super easy for me to put together...in part because I had pre-stamped my images.  When I have a stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts, I will often stamp and cut numerous images at once.  I then place the duplicate images in the storage envelope with my stamps and dies.  This makes it super simple to create a new project, without having to reink and stamp the images again.


I layered my foliage and bird for added dimension.  The overall card is still pretty flat to allow for easy mailing.  Too many embellishments, will have you paying the package rate to mail your cards! I trimmed some of the images to fit the circle dies and allowed some to hang over the edge.  I added a bit of silver embellishing thread across the top for a tiny bit of bling. Here is a look at the complete stamp set, which is available with or without the Thin Cut dies.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3633 Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set/Thin Cut Bundle
X7253B Spruced Up Paper Packet
X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Prismacolor Pencils-1052, 1051, 1083, 1090
Circle Stax-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Color Dare-Spruced Up Color Challenge-All, minus gold

Die Cut Divas-New Things (papers, stamps, dies)
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes w/Dies
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-All Spruced Up
The Sisterhood of Crafters-Newly Acquired Stash (paper, stamps & dies)

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Freshly Made Sketches #419


Freshly Made Sketches has a fun sketch this week. I have seriously thought about this card all week, but  have not had time to put it together.  And, it is certainly one of those cards that did not go as planned! I did manage to use up some more of my scraps though!  Which is a huge plus.  My vision for this card was using some large flowers that I had previously hand cut, the vision was great.....the putting to paper, not so much! I could not make it work to my liking, but in the end, I decided less was more!  I was perfectly fine with having white space!  The end result is a CAS thank you card with a pop of color!  Here is the original sketch design-


I created my card with a floral print from the Craft On paper series. My white scallop shape was cut with the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  My flowers were cut from the same Craft On paper.  My sentiment is stamped onto layered fishtail dies from My Favorite Things.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Cricut Artbooking Collection
C1816 Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set
X7245B Craft On Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5974 Raspberry Cardstock
Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Catz-Anything Goes w/Optional Twist of Flower Power
Sweet Stampin-Use Your Scraps
Try it on Tuesday-White Space or Colorful Grunge

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The Paper Players #475


We have a new sketch challenge this week at The Paper Players!  While the sketch features circles, you are welcome to sub in any shape!  Since Valentine's Day is on the horizon, I went with a heart theme. Here is the original sketch design-


I created my heart panel in Cricut Design Space.  I sized a rectangle and then placed six heart shapes inside the rectangle.  I did not even use any Cricut cartridges, just the basic shapes found in Design Space. I am currently on a mission to actually use up my papers vs filing them away (AKA hoarding).  My background paper is from the somewhat Christmas themed Cedar & Pine papers!  I thought the Peach striped background would be perfect for my shaker card.  Close To My Heart calls it Peach, I seriously feel it leans more to the pink side! I created a custom mix of shaker elements to keep with the white/peach  pink theme! The sequins blend way better in person than my photo taking skills! Those holographic sequins catch all kinds of crazy light, they have a pink sheen in person!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Cricut Design Space
C1632 Say It All Stamp Set-Retired
X7251B Cedar & Pine Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6044 Peach Cardstock
Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Pink Sequins-Unknown
White Glass Beads-Crafter's Square
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Festive Friday-Hearts, Pink, Silver
Send a Smile 4 Kids-Valentines

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Country Animals


Have you seen the super cute Country Animals stamp sets?  There are six stamp sets in the series.  You can purchase each stamp set alone, or with a matching Thin Cuts die.  Want them all?  There is a bundle available as well!  Here is a look at the bundle-


You can view all of the Country Animals products here, prices start at just $3.95!

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Flash Sale!


Heads up!  Close To My Heart is having a Flash Sale, starting today at 3:00 PM MST!  Exclusive to the sale stamp sets, cardstock and more!  There is a super cute BBQ stamp set that would be perfect for your masculine cardmaking!  You can view all of the sale items, starting at 3:00 here!

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New Clearance Items!


Just a heads up, new items have been added to the Clearance Section!  I just wanted to point out a few super good deals!  Burlap Ribbon!  Need, I say more?  You can always use more burlap ribbon in the stash!  You can score 5 yards for $3.30!  Enamel Dots?  We always need more of those!  $2.00 for the set of 3!

Cricut Collections-at this price, these are a great value even if you do not own a Cricut!  Each collection includes 3 "D" sized stamp sets!  The stamp sets alone are a great value.  The cartridges include 700 images! Don't have a Cricut in your future, you can easily resell the cartridge!  Have a Cricut Maker?  You can easily add the cartridge to your Design Space!  Whether you are pro Cricut or not, these bundles are a win!  You can view all of the awesome deals here!

Please note, if the links are not working, chances are the items have sold out!

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