Last Call for July Specials!


Last call for July Specials! Not sure where the summer has gone too, but Fall will be here before you know it!  If you live in the southern states, I am sure it can not get here quick enough!  July 31 is the last day to take advantage of the bundle savings on the gorgeous Brushed Collection.  You can view all of the Collection here.

Today is also the last day to order the July Stamp of the Month, For My Beautiful Friend.  You can add this stamp to a qualifying order for only $5!  You can check out the details here.

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Simple Florals


Crazy how time flies!  We are almost into August, which means the last month of the current catalog!  The time is now to add your must haves to your collection. Have you seen the Simple Florals stamp set?  I just love the versatile images in this set.  You can easily mix and match the flowers and leaves to create gorgeous projects!  The background stamps are the perfect touch to finish off your project.  This set is available with or without Thin Cuts.  Here is a look at the complete set-

You can find the complete Close To My Heart collection of products here.

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CAS Colours & Sketches #380


It is time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week they are having a color challenge!  The featured colors are Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron.  You can use any variation of these colors.  I went with Sky by Close To My Heart and a few Copic markers for the coral and mint colors.

I created my card based on the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.  More often than not...you will find MFT dies on my creations!


To create my card, I started with a stitched die cut panel of White Daisy cardstock.  I used a circle die to create a template out of copy paper for the circle.  I then used a cloud die to create a my cloud background with Sky ink.  The unicorn was stamped in Intense Black ink and then colored with Copics.  I added some bling with a clear shimmer brush.  Since I had colored the mane and tail with Copics, I found it easier to just color my banners to match vs. searching for the perfect cardstock.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3706 Unicorn Dreams Stamp & Thin Cut Bundle
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Sky Cardstock-Retired
Sky Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Stitched Rectangle Die-Simon Says Stamp
Circle Die-MFT
Fishtail Die-MFT
Cloud Die-MFT
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cut It Up-Create Your Own Background
Dragonfly Dreams-No Pattern Paper
Little Red Wagon-Fantasy
Sweet Stampin-Clean & Simple
The Fairy & The Unicorn-Anything Goes

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Tic Tac Toe Challenge #73


It has been awhile since I have created a shaker card.  I wanted a birthday card that really popped, so a shaker card it became!  I based my card on the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, going with the top row of Sequins, Chevron and Violet.


To create my card, I started with a panel of White Daisy cardstock and dry embossed with a Chevron embossing folder.  I then went over the panel with an anti-static powder to help keep my sequins free moving.  I adhered 3-D foam tape around the edges.  A few sequins were adhered directly to the panel with Liquid Glass to help keep all of the sequins falling to the bottom of the card. I then added in a mix of silver sequins and silver stars.  A piece of acetate was cut to size, and anti-static powder applied to the inside.  The acetate was applied on top of the 3-D foam tape to create the shaker base.  I then added my die cut images onto the top with Liquid Glass adhesive.  I random stamped my die cut balloon with a star stamp for added texture. A  baker's twine bow and die cut frame finishes it off.


The card was actually super simple to make, with a huge impact! The most time consuming part was making sure I put my tape on straight to hold the acetate in place!  Shaker cards are soo much fun, I should really make them more often!

All supplies by Close To My Heart except where noted:
Craft with Heart Card Subscription Stamp Set-Star
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Pansy Cardstock-Retired
Pansy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Z4159 Block Number Thin Cuts
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
Balloon, Happy Birthday Dies-MFT
Baker's Twine-American Crafts
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Z2900 Silver Star Confetti
Z679 Liquid Glass Adhesive

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
AAA Birthday-3-D
Crafty Friends Challenge-Happy Birthday
Get Creative Challenges-Birthday
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-Favorite Crafting Tool (Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts!)
Simon Says Stamp-For a Child (they might be 25, but still my child!)
The Artsy Stamper-Birthday

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The Paper Players #500


The Paper Players has reached a milestone event!  Their 500th challenge!  In celebration, Jaydee is hosting a CAS challenge with a Celebration theme!  Please come join us in the celebration!


I created my card with big and bold sentiment stamp from the Sweetest Birthday Wishes stamp set. You will not find this stamp in the current catalog, but it can still be purchased in the Online Only section of my website.  There are tons of items, not featured in the catalog, that are available in the Online Only Section!  Be sure and check it out before you place your next order!  Here is a look at the complete set-


To create my card, I stamped my image in Intense Black ink and then colored with Copics. I wanted to make my cupcake pop...while still keeping the card on the CAS side.  I covered my icing in Diamond Stickles to mimic the edible glitter you see so often on cupcakes.


My card is based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  The overall card size is 5"x 5".  The white panel is 4" x 4".  Here is the original sketch design.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1890 Sweetest Birthday Wishes
CC6201 Brushed Paper Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5984 Pixie Cardstock
X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Stitched Square Die-MFT
Fishtail Die-MFT
Z3563 Diamond Stickles
Z4059 Crafty Loose Sequins
Copic Markers

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Seize the Birthday-Non-Neutral Card Base
Simon Says Stamp-For a Child

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

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Heartfelt Thank You!


I sometimes feel that I don't say it often enough....Thank you, to all of you for your continued support!  I made up a fun batch of thank you cards with the Craft with Heart card subscription. If you have yet to hear about Craft with Heart, it is a fun subscription service that is available for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  You just need your favorite adhesive to complete the projects.  Mini ink pads are even included!  You can check out all the details here.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday-Stitching
Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown-Polka Dots

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Christmas in July!


Heads up!  A Flash Sale is starting today at 3:00 PM MT!  The sale will feature exclusive holiday stamp sets and great discounts on new and retired items!  Be there early for the best selection! The sale runs through 11:59 PM MT on Sunday! You can find all of the Close To My Heart products here.

The Happiest Place


Have you checked out the limited edition Happiest Place Collection?  This super fun collection is only available for a limited time and includes a full suite of products to choose from!  There is a fun collection of foil accented cardstock and stickers, pattern papers, exclusive stamp set and Thin Cut bundles, album kits, acrylic shapes and svg files!  Save 20% when you purchase the bundle!


This collection is only available while supplies last....and the foil accented cardstock is sure to be a very popular item!  You can view all available items here.

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Little Buddies


Have you seen the super cute Little Buddies stamp set?  They coordinate perfectly with the Multi-Square and Mulit-Circle Windows Thin Cuts. The set features 21 stamps-

You can see all of the new Close To My Heart products here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

CAS Colours & Sketches #379


I remember as a kid, always being awestruck by the pink birds at the zoo!  At the time, which was too long ago to mention....the zoo had a huge exhibit of them just as you entered.  It was always my thing to run and see the flamingos!  So pretty!  Which is in part, why I had to have the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set when it came out! Such a fun set, available with or without Thin Cuts! It was the first set that came to mind with the new sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches-


For what might be the first time ever.....I actually inked up every stamp in the set!  I am so bad about purchasing a stamp set and maybe only using one or two stamps out of the set.  This set goes together so perfectly that I inked up all the images for this card!  Here is a look at the complete set-

To create my card, I stamped my flamingo in Intense Black ink and then added color with Copics.  My leaves were stamped in Fern ink.  The floral image was stamped in second generation Smoothie ink and then color added to the center with a Copic marker.  The waves were stamped in Lagoon ink and then Lagoon ink was sponged on to create water.  My flamingo had the whole walking on water look, so I sponged on Lagoon ink to the lower legs to give them the appearance of being in the water.  Super simple and the whole design came together quickly, thanks to the coordinating Thin Cuts dies.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3743 Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5985 Smoothie Cardstock
Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copics R02, R32, RV10
Stitched Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp
Oval Dies-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts-Something Beginning with B (Bird)
Heart 2 Heart-Just Add Water
Papercraft Business Challenge-Ocean/Water Theme
Stamping Sensations-All Creatures Great and Small
The Card Concept-Tropical Scene for a Clean/Layered Style
Time Out Challenges-Days Gone By
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Mojo Monday #541


I have totally been missing out on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenges!  As soon as I made some free time today, I inked up a few new stamps to play along.  My sunflower and sentiment are from the new Joyful Sunflower stamp set.  The set is available with or without Thin Cut dies.


Sunflowers are certain to bring a dose of sunshine with them!  This set has endless possibilities and you can get a ton of mileage out of the shape and fence dies!  I created my card by inking my sunflower image in Intense Black ink and coloring with Copics.  I then die cut the image and popped it up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  I stamped the background for my sentiment with Almond ink and applied the sentiment on top with Intense Black ink.  A strip of burlap adds some great texture to the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3740 Joyful Sunflower with Thin Cuts
X7259B Timber Paper Packet (woodgrain)
X9017 Mix In Paper Packet (green print)
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2827 Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
Stitched Square Die-MFT
Burlap-DCWV
Copic Markers-Y15, Y17, E15, E18, YG63, YG93, YG99

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Art Impressions-Rustic Roundup
Colour Crazy Challenge-Anything Colored Goes
Crafting Happiness-Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania-Anything Goes
Heart 2 Heart-Sunny Days
Penny Black & More-In the Garden
Polkadoodles-Anything Goes

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The Paper Players #499


Happy Sunday everyone!  It is time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  LeAnne is hosting a color challenge this week.  The featured colors are Smokey Slate, So Saffron and Seaside Spray.


In the future, I might want to turn the lights on in my craft room when pulling my colors!  At the time I created my card, Mink, Sunkiss Yellow and Glacier appeared to be a good match.  In the end, Mink was perfect.....while Sunkiss Yellow and Glacier seems to be in a totally different hue!  While I might have slightly failed in the color challenge, the colors still totally work for a baby card!  My card was created based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-


I promise the sketch is included in my card, I just added a few things on top of it!  To create my card, I cut cardstock to match the sketch and then dry embossed the whole panel after cutting with a stitched panel die.  A few stitched frames were added on top to showcase my sweet elephant stamp.  I struggled with my sentiment placement, so added a tab on the side for my congrats.  The elephant was colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with Gamsol.  A few sequins finish off the design.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3376 Sweet Baby Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts-Retired
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5978 Glacier Cardstock
X5947 Mink Cardstock
Sunkiss Yellow Cardstock-Retired
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sunkiss Yellow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Retired
Stitched Rectangle Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
Z3726 Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Baker's Twine-Retired
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness-Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon-Embossing

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
The Paper Players Design Team
Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for Everything!


Just in case I have not mentioned it lately....Thanks for everything to all of you!  I greatly appreciate everyone for supporting my craft business!  I made up another batch of thank you cards with the Craft with Heart Cardmaking subscription.  I love the great mix of colors and you can easily customize the products to suit your own personal needs!  The kits come with supplies to create 24 cards, plus an exclusive stamp set, ink pad and block to get your started.  The exclusive stamp sets are a must have for me!  Here is the current set-


To create my card, I rolled the edges of my flowers and leaves against my piercing tool to give them a 3-D effect prior to adhering with Liquid Glass adhesive. You can find out all the details on the scrapbooking and cardmaking subscriptions here!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z679 Liquid Glass

I have entered  my card in the following challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage-Add a Flower
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

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Southern Girls Anything Goes


A new Anything Goes Challenge is up for Southern Girls!  We have three sponsors this week, Krafter's Cart, All Dressed Up and Neat & Tangled.   I created my card with the Jam Jars digi stamp by All Dressed Up. This started out as a digi of three jars.  I cropped out the other two and sized the one jar to fit an A2 sized card.  My image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  My sentiment is from the Life is a Journey stamp set and is stamped in Intense Black ink.  In case you missed the set when it was first released, here is the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Jam Jars by All Dressed Up
C1818 Life is a Journey Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol
Stitched Rectangle Frame-Simon Says Stamp
Z3314 Black & White Enamel Dots

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug-Anything Goes
Color My Heart Color Dare-Purple, Blue and Green (It seems I have been playing longer, but the first challenge entry I can locate is Challenge #245 in May of 2017, Congrats on reaching 400 Challenges!)
Creative Moments-Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams-No Pattern Paper

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CAS Colours & Sketches #378


Super excited to announce that I am the Guest Designer this month over at CAS Colours & Sketches!  They alternate challenges each week between colors and sketches.  This week, we are having a color challenge.  The featured colors are Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point.

The first thing that came to mind was the flower images in the A Million Little Things stamp set.  I just love the style of the drawings in this set and the sentiments are perfect for the times.  Here is a look at the complete set-

To create my card, I started by die cutting a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper with a Stitched Rectangle die.  I then stamped my images in Black pigment ink and clear embossed.  Color was added with Kuretake watercolors.  A few "splatters" were added with Nuvo drops. The finished project is super simple with a great pop of color! 

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1925 A Million Little Things Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Distress Watercolor Paper-Ranger
Z8000 Black Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Kuretake Watercolors
Stitched Rectangle Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp 

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Place to Start-Flowers 
Cuttlebug Mania-Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges-No Designer Paper
Penny Black-In the Garden
Simon Says Stamp-Bright & Cheerful

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The Paper Players #498


Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is recovering from the July 4th festivities! Ann is hosting a new challenge for us this week at The Paper Players, Fun and Fancy Folds.  This was truly a challenge for me....as you will rarely see me venture pass your basic card shapes.  While I love adding layers to my cards....they are usually all featured on one side!  I hope you will accept the challenge and come join us!


Since Fun and Fancy Folds are not in my normal tool box of toys....I ventured out to Google to see what caught my eye.  While, I love many of the free standing fun folding designs.....I do actually mail  my cards and don't want them to appear possibly confusing to the recipient.  I went with a design featured on Michelle's blog at Owl Star Stampers.  I went with this style of card, because it is super simple and allows me to add as many layers as I please!  Now, to the next challenging part....photographing said card!


The card actually opens from the right and the left.  I inked up the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and paired it with the Brushed Paper Collection.  The fun mix of pinks and greens was perfect for a tropical scene.  I stamped my flamingo in Intense Black ink and added color with Copics.  The flamingo was popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  I stamped my greenery frame with Fern ink, slightly overlapping the images.  I added in water at the bottom with Lagoon ink, sponging on additional ink to soften my stamped waves.  Here is a look at the complete stamp set-
This set is available with or without Thin Cut dies....I highly recommend the Thin Cuts...especially for those flamingo legs!  The card opens up to additional layers on the inside.  There is also plenty of room to add a gift card.


My inside sentiment is from the exclusive stamp set featured in the Craft with Heart cardmaking subscriptions.  The sentiment was perfect to coordinate with my You are Fabulous sentiment on the front.  We certainly need more fabulous people to spread some world kindness at the moment!


My favorite part about this card, it folds up to a standard A2 sized card!  No special envelopes or postage needed!  The base layer is 4 1/4" by 8 1/2", scored at 3".  The inner base is 3" x 8", scored at 4".  You can easily downsize the measurements to add as many layers as you would like.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3743 Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts
Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription (inside sentiment)
CC6201 Brushed Paper Pack
CC6203 Brushed Coordinating Cardstock Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4059 Crafty Loose Sequins
Copics R02, R32, RV10

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cut It Up Challenges-Summer Color Palete-Turquoise, Hot Pink Coral, Yellow, Bright Green
Simon Says Stamp-Bright & Cheerful
Sweet Stampin-Holiday Destinations

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches #442


If you have an outdoor enthusiast in your life, the Timber Collection is for you!  Needless to say, I "needed" the whole collection! We are truly in the outdoors in Wyoming. I created my card with the new Timber Cardmaking Collection.  I seriously had to have this collection for the exclusive stamp set that is included!  Here is a look at the complete set-

The set comes with supplies and instructions to create 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs....but feel free to branch out and create your own!  I used the diamond shaped die to cut out three shapes to go along with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

For my sentiment, I first inked the stamp in New England Ivy ink and then rolled the edges into Ruby ink.  The coordinating die makes the perfect outline!  My card felt a little too plain on a white background, so I dry embossed with the Stitched Circles Embossing folder and added a Stitched Frame in New England Ivy to pull it all together.  The Stitched Frames are on the retiring list and are only available while supplies last! A few clear sequins for bubbles finish off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
G1210 Timber Cardmaking Collection
X9017 Mix In Paper Packet
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Retired
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenges-For the Men
Creative Crafting Uncles-Fishing
Krafty Chicks-Stamp Act

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