Christmas Blessings

Have you started your holiday cardmaking?  If not, the clock is ticking!  I am a bit behind in my holiday crafting, so you can expect to start seeing multiple Christmas cards.  Today, I am doing a remake of the Craft with Heart card subscription. If you are not familiar with Craft with Heart, it is a subscription where you receive regular deliveries of cardmaking or scrapbooking supplies.  The only thing you need to add to the kit is adhesive. The kits are great for beginner and experienced crafters alike.  The card kit includes contents to create 24 cards, 2 each of 12 designs.  You all know that I rarely create the same card twice.  Mass production is just not my thing, unless it is a special request.  The card kits are perfect for me to create the sample card and then branch out with the contents to create card two.  All I added to card two, shown above, was a little bit of cardstock and a few sequins.  I based the card on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

The card kits come with pre-printed card bases.  For my second take on the card design, I simply cut the card base and use the printed base just like you would pattern papers. I added in French Vanilla and New England Ivy cardstock to go along with the sketch design.  If you are more comfortable following along with step by step instructions (the kit  includes color instructions), here is how the card is intended to be created-

 


Both are great cards, the top version is just more my style.  Love my layers! Two Christmas cards down....and countless more to go! If you are interested in the Craft with Heart program, here is samples of the current card kit-

 

 

Each kit contains an exclusive stamp set, so you can easily change out the sentiments.  A  mini block and stamp pad are also included!  Here is a look at the current stamp set-



All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription
  • X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock 
  • X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
  • Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3696 Wood Panel Embossing Folder
  • Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

 

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Comfort & Joy

 

Now is the perfect time to get started on your holiday cards! I am seriously behind on my holiday cardmaking.  I usually try and make Christmas cards all year long....and that just has not happened this year.  The Comfort & Joy Cardmaking Workshop Kit is a great way to get started!

The kit includes materials and instructions to complete 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. You even get Liquid Pearls included to use for embellishments.  You can see all the details here

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The Paper Players #513

It's Clean and Simple week at The Paper Players!  Laurie is hosting and we would like to see your creations with cookies, cupcakes or cake! I could so go for a cupcake right now and can't wait to see what you create!

 

 

 I went with super simple and created my card with the Party Time Paper Packet. The coordinating sticker sheet is great for creating quick cards.  My love for Close To My Heart started many years ago with their coordinating products.  The color coordinating makes life in the craft room soo much easier.  The cardstock, pattern papers, inks, embellishments all color coordinate.  No endless searching for just the right color of cardstock to go along with your pattern papers!  

My card was created with the fun polka dot print with a pop of Raspberry.  I popped up the coordinating cupcake sticker with 3-D foam tape for added dimension. The scalloped frame die keeps it all on the clean side.  My sentiment is from the current Stamp of the Month, With All My Love


This is the first time this set has seen some ink!  Now that it has made it to the craft table, you are sure to see more creations with it!  This set can be added to a qualifying order for only $5 during the month of October.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • S2010 With All My Love Stamp Set
  • X8016 Party Time Paper Packet w/Sticker Sheet
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X5974 Raspberry Cardstock
  • Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame Die-Lawn Fawn


I have entered my card in the following challenges:


Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

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Moments Like These

Get ready to welcome in the new year by creating a beautiful calendar with the Moments like These special! With a stunning Cut Above® kit, an exclusive stamp set, and multiple purchasing options, Moments like These is the perfect way to prepare for 2021! I don't know about you....but 2021 can not get here fast enough for me!

Items can be purchased individually or save 30% when you purchase the bundle.  You can view all of the options here.  Limited time availability, while supplies last.

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Stitched Florals


 One can never have too many floral stamps! The Stitched Florals stamp set is super cute! You can go with the ready made bouquet or easily create your own with the single stamps.  This set is available with or without Thin Cuts dies.  Here is a look at the complete set-

So easy to create stunning projects with this set!  Get yours before they are gone.  The bundle can be found here or the stamp set alone here.

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MFT Sketch Challenge #511


 I am always torn.....craft or clean?  I mean my first choice is craft.....but I "sometimes" think I should really be cleaning instead!  I get so much more satisfaction with crafting though!  Nothing worse than spending hours cleaning and 15 minutes later you can't even tell!  I can thank the many two legged and four legged children! So, jumping on with a quick card today....then off to clean!  Sigh!  My card is based on the sketch challenge at MFT.


 Super simple to create.  I used a few scrap pieces of Got Candy paper and the new Happy Halloween Web stamp set.  I inked up my web image in Intense Black ink.  While it is hard to tell in the photo, the spider is popped up on 3-D foam tape, which gives him much more dimension!  The spider is from the fun sequin mix in the Got Candy line up. The Happy Halloween stamp set is the perfect size for creating cards or scrapbooks, here is the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • A1238 Happy Halloween Web Stamp Set 
  • CC8201 Got Candy Paper Packet
  • CC8203 Got Candy Coordinating Cardstock
  • CC8205 Got Candy Loose Sequins
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Stitched Panel Die-MFT

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:


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Freshly Made Sketches #456

Getting my sunflower fix for the day!  I wouldn't say that yellow is my color...but I love how sunflowers pop!  A quick and simple card for the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

I created my card with a lot of help from the Bloom with Grace papers!  Can you tell this sunflower print is my absolute favorite!  It is just so cheerful.  The sunflowers pair well with the sentiments from the A Million Little Things stamp set. While this set is on the retired list, a few sets remain in the Online Only section of my website.  The Online Only section is a treasure trove of items that are not featured in any of the current print catalogs!  Here is a look at the complete set-



To create my card, I inked my sentiment in Intense Black ink.  I added in a few ink spots with Fern ink.  I am totally not a messy stamper (unless of course you are looking at the craft room), so adding ink with stamps is totally my thing! While being totally honest....I probably need a new blade in my trimmer and my white edges were not super sharp.  No worries, I just went along with the edges with my scissors to add a texture to the whole panel!  No paper was wasted in the creating of this card!  My sunflower is part of the sticker sheet that is available with the paper packet.  I added a  little burlap twine and popped up the sunflower with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • D1925 A Million Little Things Stamp Set
  • X7260S Bloom with Grace Paper Packet w/Sticker Sheet
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X5960 Fern Cardstock
  • Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad 
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Burlap Ribbon-Retired
  • Fishtail Die-MFT


I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

 

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The Paper Players #512


 I so love Fall....too bad it only lasts a couple of days in Wyoming!  At least that is what it seems like.  Once the leave start falling, the snow is sure to start flying!  Ann is hosting a color challenge this week at The Paper Players, which is perfect for your Fall creations. 

 

 

You might have to look closely, but I did use all four colors on my pumpkin scene! My pumpkins are colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with Gamsol.  I used a mix of the Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze for the pumpkins and a mix of Mossy Meadow and Cinnamon Cider for the pumpkin stems. My card is created with one of my favorite Fall sets, Autumn Blessings.  In case you missed out on this set in the past, it is still available in the Online Only section of my website. Here is a look at the complete set-

To create my card, I started with a panel of Colonial White cardstock.  I first die cut the panel with a stitched cover die.  I then stamped the vine image in New England Ivy ink.  My sentiment was stamped in Paprika ink.  I stamped my row of pumpkins in Intense Black on a separate piece of cardstock and then die cut the image. The pumpkin were colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  The image was then applied with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  Who else got new toys in Stamptember?  The thin rectangle border is from a new to me Frames die set by Simon Says Stamp.  I so  love the look.  I am sure I should have been able to recreate the look with the many rectangle dies I already owned....but I have no patience.  This is coming from a person who can not hang a picture straight on the wall....which sometimes carries over into my crafting!  With that said, it took me longer to apply the border than to create the whole card! A few bitty sequins finishes off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • Z3532 Autumn Blessings Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts
  • Colonial White Cardstock-Retired
  • X6033 Paprika Cardstock
  • Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Gamsol
  • CC8205 Got Candy? Loose Sequins
  • Stitched Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp
  • Frames Die Set-Simon Says Stamp


I have entered my card in the following challenges:

 
Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

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Stand Tall

Stand tall and find the sun.....or the craft room, whatever works best for you!  Life has so gotten in the way of my crafting the past few months....it seems the hits from 2020 just keep coming.  Today, I have found the sun, shining through into my craft room!  Super simple card with a great message for the times, based on the sketch challenge at Fusion Card Challenges.

I primarily went with the sketch for my entry, though  you could totally find sunflowers on the farm! My gorgeous sunflower panel is actually a Picture My Life card.  While these cards are intended for scrapbooking, I often keep them in my stash for some quick cardmaking! This set of cards is from the Bloom with Grace Collection.  You get 24 double sided cards in each pack.  Here is a sample of the some of the designs that are included-

The panel came in a 4"x6" size to go along with the Picture My Life albums.  I simply trimmed the panel to fit my A2 card base and added in a few banners and bitty sequins.  

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • X7260D Bloom with Grace Picture My Life Cards
  • X5960 Fern Cardstock
  • X5982 Canary Cardstock
  • Burlap-DCWV
  • Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins 
  • Z4151 Title Banners Thin Cuts
  • Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts-Retired

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

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The Paper Players #511

 

Happy Fall! Time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  Claire is hosting a Theme Challenge this week, we want to see your creations with Fall Critters.  While I collect many stamps...the horse category is  my favorite.  Horses have even managed to get their very own stamp drawer!  This cute little stamp is by CD Stamps, which sadly is no longer in business. They had a complete line of these horse stamps, affectionately named Charlie. I have had this stamp for many years, but this is the first time it is seeing ink!  My card is based on the sketch challenge at The Spot Challenges-

To create my card, I inked up my horse stamp in Intense Black ink and then added color with Prismacolor pencils.  To achieve the fall leaves look, I seriously just scribbled on various colors and then blended them out with Gamsol.  I started out coloring each individual leaf and was not getting the desired results.  Scribbling was much more fun and gave the leaves more of a natural look! I matted the oval in Saffron and Paprika cardstock. In keeping with the fall theme, I added a bit of burlap.  For added texture, I embossed my panel with the Wood Panel embossing folder. The sentiment was popped up with 3-D foam tape.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • Charlie Autumn Horse Stamp-Retired
  • B1685 Autumn Blessings Stamp Set-Sentiment
  • X7249B Hawthorn Paper Pack-Retired
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X5951 Espresso Cardstock
  • X5961 Saffron Cardstock 
  • X6033 Paprika Cardstock
  • Burlap Cardstock-DCWV
  • Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad 
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Prismacolor Pencils-1033, 943, 1034, 924, 945, 935, 949
  • Gamsol
  • Z3696 Wood Panel Embossing Folder
  • Oval Dies-MFT

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenge:

Color My Heart Color Dare-Color Challenge


Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

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CAS(E) this Sketch #392

 

I so love the sunflower print in the Bloom with Grace papers!  This is one of those papers that I want to hoard away to insure I have plenty for future use!  The paper totally makes the card all by itself.  My card is based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch-



I pretty  much followed the sketch to a T.  It is a super easy and versatile sketch to work with.  I started my card by embossing a piece of White Daisy cardstock with the new Wood Panel Embossing Folder.  My sentiment was stamped in Fern ink and mounted with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  A few twine pieces finish off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription-Thanks sentiment 
  • X7260B Bloom with Grace Paper Packet
  • X7260C Bloom with Grace Coordinating Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3696 Wood Panel Embossing Folder
  • Burlap Twine-Unknown
  • Fishtail Dies-MFT

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

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New VIP Customer Program


Close To My Heart has a new program to reward YOU as the customer! Our new VIP program offers you great discounts and the opportunity to get free stamps!  Added perks will include exclusive products and specials just for our VIP members.  You can check out all the details here.  Sign up prior to December 31 and receive a bonus $25 spending credit!

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October SOTM-With All My Love


 Fall is in the air!  October is an exciting time at Close To My Heart! For starters, we have a gorgeous new Stamp of the Month.  The With All My Love stamp set features 16 stamps. The floral images and versatile sentiments are perfect for your crafting needs.



Would you like to add this stamp to your Close To My Heart purchase for FREE?  Close To My Heart has just announced a new customer VIP program.  One of the many perks, is you can receive one stamp of the month FREE with your order of $50 or more.  You can view all of the VIP program details here.  This set is also still available for only $5 with a qualifying purchase in October.

You can view the full line of  Close To My Heart products here.

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The Paper Players #510

It is time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! Joanne is hosting a sketch challenge this week.  With October just around the corner, it was the perfect time to add to my Halloween card stash! This sketch is definitely for those that love multiple layers!  Fairly certain I added in a few extras with my stitched frames.  Here is the original sketch design-

I created my card with the Got Candy? collection.  This super fun collection is only available until October 31.  This set is perfect for your Halloween themed creations.  You can save 20% when you purchase the bundle of products.  Here is a look at the complete set (items also available separately)-

The sequin mix is so fun!  It includes spider, pumpkins, ghosts and a mix of sequins!  I already had a bit going on with my card, so I just went with a few bitty sequins from the mix.  My card features two of the pattern papers, cardstock and a jack o lantern from the included sticker sheet.  I applied the jack o lantern with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • CC8206 Got Candy? Bundle
  • Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
  • Fishtail Dies-MFT
  • Stitched Die-MFT


 I have entered my card in the following challenges:

 
Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch #387

Can you guys believe next week is October?  This year is just flying by!  My kids are almost all over the trick or treat phase....but all are still lovers of candy.  I fell in love with the super cute Got Candy? special! I often send out Halloween cards and sadly I still have numerous years of Halloween pics to get scrapbooked.  Here is a look at the complete collection-

You can purchase the items in the collection separately or save 20% when you purchase the bundle!  This special is only valid until October 31! You can view the full line up here.  I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


My card was super simple to create. I went with the candy themed paper and a few coordinating strips of cardstock to match the sketch.  My sentiment was inked in Intense Black ink.  A few bitty sequins were added for a touch of bling. 

All supplies by Close To My Heart except where noted:

  • CC8206 Got Candy? Bundle
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
  • Stitched Scallop Die-MFT
  • Z679 Liquid Glass

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

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Bloom with Grace


 I so love all of the sunflower themed items in the new catalog!  I have been a under the weather for the past two months and have not been able to showcase the new products. Thankfully, I have finally found the solution to my issues and am back in the craft room!  I have missed out on playing along with my favorite sketch challenges.  When I first saw the sketch challenge at Fusion Card Challenge, I knew it was a Bloom with Grace card in the making!  My card is based on the sketch challenge, I simply flipped the sketch to fit my sentiment.


My card is super simple.  I started with the gorgeous sunflower pattern paper from the Bloom with Grace Collection and then added cardstock strips and a print strip on the side. A twine bow finishes off the card.  The thanks is a new layered die, which features two dies.  The letters and a shadow die.  My shadow is cut from vellum and the letters are from the Wood Grain paper pack.  The great mix of wood tones goes perfectly with the sunflowers.  Here is a look at the complete pack-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
X7260B Bloom with Grace Paper Packet
X7260C Bloom with Grace Coordinating Cardstock
X8017 Wood Grain Paper Pack
Z3367 Vellum Paper
Z3684 Thanks Thin Cut Die
Twine-Automotive Section at Dollar Tree (You just never know where you will find craft supplies!)

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner-Fall Colors
Cut it Up-Happy Fall w/at least 3 layers
Cuttlebug Mania-Anything Goes
Heart 2 Heart-Wood You Rather?
Paper Funday Challenge-Anything Goes w/optional Fall Twist

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The Paper Players #509


Time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  LeAnne is hosting a Clean and Simple Pets Challenge this week. I pulled out some old favorites to play along.



My cute little Scottie dog is from the A Bowwow stamp set, which goes way back.  The stamp's cuteness earned it a spot in my stamp collection.  I basically have two stamp collections....one that is a revolving door of new products and those old favorites.  The new stamps are often getting the most ink...so it was time to play with some of the old favorites.  My card is super simple.  I inked up my stamps with Intense Black ink and then added in color with Primascolor pencils.  I blended out some of the pencils with Gamsol.  I kept the blending on the coarse side to mimic the coat of the dog.  I couldn't resist adding a tiny bit of bling to the color.  Plaid and Scotties always seem to go together, so I added in some color with paper from the long retired Cruisin line. 


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

  • A1126 A Bowwow Stamp Set-Retired
  • Cruisin Paper Pack-Retired
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X6047 Black Cardstock
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Gamsol
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles


I have entered my card in the following challenges:


Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:

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