Cyber Monday Sale!


 Close To My Heart is having a sale!  This is the perfect time to add to your collection or pick up some great deals for holiday gifting!  You can find all the sale items here.  The sale starts at 3:00 PM MST on Monday, November 30, 2020.  The sale runs till 11:59 PM MST on December 1, 2020.  

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The Paper Players #519


 Anne Marie is hosting a Tic Tac Toe Challenge at The Paper Players this week! Pick a row and come join us, we would love to see your creations in the gallery!  This is the perfect opportunity to add to your holiday card collection! 



 I went with the top row of Patterned Paper, Die Cut and Embossing. My card was created with pattern papers from the Serenity Collection, dies from the Yuletide Borders and Embossed Snowflakes from the Elegant Snowflakes stamp set. My card design is based on the sketch challenge at MFT.



The touch of gold in the Serenity papers adds so much elegance.  I added to the gold with gold embossed snowflakes and gold sequins.  I inked up my snowflake stamps with Versamark ink onto Vellum paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  In keeping with the gold theme, I cut the Merry Christmas sentiment onto cardstock and then covered the sentiment with Versamark and gold embossed as well. Here is a look at the complete Elegant Snowflakes stamp set, currently one of my favs!



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

  • Z3899 Elegant Snowflakes Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts Bundle
  • X7263B Serenity Paper Packet
  • X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock Pack
  • Z3367 Vellum Paper
  • Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
  • Z2066 Gold Embossing Powder
  • Z3893 Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts
  • Z4260 Stitched Rectangles Thin Cuts
  • Fishtail Stax-MFT
  • Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins


I have also entered my card in the Festive Friday Challenge, using Blue, Snowflakes and Metallics.


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

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Freshly Made Sketches #463


 I am getting tons of mileage out of my scraps from the Comfort & Joy Collection. I so love the mix of prints in this collection.  I decided to go slightly non-traditional and mount my pieces on black cardstock.  The black really sets off the pattern papers.  My card is based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-


My overall card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  My pattern paper strips measure 1" x 4".  My sentiment panel is 2" x 3".  The poinsettia was fussy cut from the same pattern paper and popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension. Liquid Pearls was added to the center as an accent.  An additional 2" x 3" rectangle of black glitter cardstock adds a little bling.  Super simple!




The inside was finished out with a strip of coordinating paper.  My sentiment is from the Craft with Heart cardmaking subscription.  Close To My Heart offers cardmaking and scrapbooking kit subscriptions!  I am a huge fan of the exclusive stamp sets that are included in the Cardmaking Kits.


All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • D1891 For the Tree Stamp Set
  • X7261B Comfort & Joy Pattern Paper
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X6047 Black Cardstock
  • Z3236 Black Glitter Cardstock
  • Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3791 White Opal Liquid Pearls
  • Black Twine-Retired

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
The Card Concept-Holiday Home (Inspired by the color scheme for my clean, layered card!)
The Paper Shelter-A Christmas Card


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Last Call for Quarantine Stamps!


 Last call to add these super cute Quarantine Stamp Sets to your collection.  This Limited Release is only available to purchase through 11:59 PM MST, 11/28/2020.  Save over 30% when you purchase the bundle!  The sale ends tonight!  You can view all of the Black Friday specials here.  If you missed the sale, check back for the Cyber Monday Sale, which will start at 3:00 PM MST on 11/30/2020.

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Exclusive Stamp Release!


 Close To My Heart is releasing exclusive stamp sets in the Black Friday Sale!  These sets are super cute and only available during the sale!  Here is a sneak peek of two of the sets-



The sets are perfect for scrapbooking our current times!  If you have yet to get started on your Christmas cards, there is a Christmas themed set as well.



The stamp sets will be available starting at 3:00 PM MST on November 27.  The sale last until 11:59 PM MST on November 28, 2020. Save up to 50% on select products!  You can find the sale here.

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Black Friday Sale!


 Woot, woot!  It is sale time at Close To My Heart.  We are having a Black Friday Sale, starting today at 3:00 PM MST.  The sale will feature exclusive stamp sets and discounts up to 50%!  You can shop the sale here.

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Beachside Season's Greetings

 


While I am just about guaranteed a White Christmas in my area....I know many of you will rarely have a White Christmas.  If the beach scene is more your pace, then the Beachside Season's Greetings stamp set is for you!

This adorable beach themed set features 15 stamps.  You are sure to get more mileage out of the sea shells in the future.  You can find the set here.


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The Paper Players #518


 Time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! LeAnne is hosting a sketch challenge this week. This sketch is perfect for using up some of your scraps!  I tend to keep any scrap over 1"  in size.....you just never know when you will need them!  Here is a look at the original sketch design-



To create my card, I used a few strips of 1" pattern paper from the Comfort & Joy paper line.  I followed along with the sketch design with fairly random pieces.  I cut an additional poinsettia out of the pattern paper to use as an accent.  I popped up the poinsettia with 3-D foam tape and added some Liquid Pearls to the center. A few bitty sequins finish off the card.  

All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • D1891 For the Tree Stamp Set
  • X7261B Comfort & Joy Pattern Paper
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3791 White Opal Liquid Pearls
  • Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
  • Black Twine-Retired

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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New Clearance Items!


 

RUN, don't walk!  New items have been added to the clearance rack and they are moving fast.  Score some great deals!  Stamp and Thin Cut bundles starting at $10.00.  You can view the full selection here

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The Jubilee Crew


 I love the super cute whimsical creatures in the Jubilee Crew stamp set.  They are perfect for scene building.  My favorite part of the set is the mixed font sentiments, a must have for my Christmas collection.  Here is a look at the complete set.


The set is available with Thin Cuts or without.  You can view the full Close To My Heart product line here

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Elegant Snowflakes



Who doesn't love gorgeous snowflakes?  OK, maybe if you have to drive to work in them....but otherwise...LOVE!  I have two stamp obsessions....horses and snowflakes.  It is so hard for me to pass up either category!  So, when Close To My Heart came out with the new Elegant Snowflakes stamp set, it had my name all over it!  I have only just begun to use the set....so many more projects are on their way!  Here is a look at the complete set-

Simply stunning, right?  I once again created my card with the Serenity Picture My Life cards. I just love the Toffee snowflake print against the Sapphire background.  My card features two of the PML cards and my sentiment is from the current Craft with Heart card subscription. My top snowflake panel is popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  A burlap twine bow and a few sequins finish it off.

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

  • Z3899 Elegant Snowflakes Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts
  • X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
  • X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock
  • Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3676 Blue Belle Loose Sequins
  • Burlap Twine-Unknown


I have entered my card in the following challenges:


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Snowflake Wishes


 Super simple Snowflake Wishes!  Another creation with the Serenity Picture My Life cards.  If you love the Serenity papers, you need the Picture My Life cards.  Twenty-four double sided cards come in a pack.  You can get so much more mileage out of your paper packs, by mixing in the cards.  Here is a sample of some of the designs included-

My card was created with two of the PML cards.  I started with a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel of Sapphire cardstock.  The Blue Belle print reminds me of falling snow, which was the perfect backdrop for my Snowflake Wishes sentiment.  I created a fun shaker by adding Blue Belle Sequins.  The Stitched Rectangle Frames is the perfect size frame, no special cutting required.  

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock
Z3676 Blue Belle Sequins
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Clear Acetate (Recycled from product packaging)

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Jingle Belles-DoYou See What I See?
Send a Smile 4 Kids-Happy Holidays
Simon Says Stamp-Happy Holidays

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Serenity Wreath


 

Have I mentioned how much I love the Serenity Collection?  From the gorgeous colors to the exclusive designs, it was love at first sight! The Serenity Cardmaking Stamp set is a must have addition to your stamp collection.  This set is available with or without Thin Cuts.  Seriously, you really need the Thin Cuts though!  The Thin Cuts die actually allows you to cut a 3-D image for your designs.  Once you stamp your wreath, you can left up the individual petals to add extra dimension to your project!  Genius!  Here is a look at the complete set-


This wreath will totally work for holiday cards as well.  Changing up the colors will give you a totally different look.  I will have Christmas creations posted soon!


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52 Christmas Card Throwdown


 Everywhere I look, people are counting down to Christmas!  Can we please get to Thanksgiving first?  I seriously have to get through one holiday before I can go to the next.  With that said, I do enjoy creating Christmas cards all year long.  Possibly a contradiction, but I think creating cards vs all out decorating are two different things! This have been a crazy year, so I am slightly behind on the Christmas card making.  Which brings me to another CAS card featuring the Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts.  I just love this set!  This version features Candy Apple Red and Evergreen.  I chose my colors based on the color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.



My card is super simple to create and is a great way to use up some scraps.  I cut two of the borders in White Daisy cardstock and then alternated squares of Candy Apple and Evergreen cardstock underneath.  I added borders along the edges as well.  Great use of the scrap pile!  My sentiment was cut in Candy Apple.  A few strands of Silver Embellishing Thread and Bitty Sequins finish off the card. In case you missed the Yuletide Borders set previously, here is the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • Z3893 Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock
  • X6030 Evergreen Cardstock
  • Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenge-Christmas/Winter
Heart 2 Heart-Card Creations
Simon Says Stamp-Happy Holidays
Try It on Tuesday-Traditional Christmas Colors

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Merry Little Christmas

 

Dress up your Christmas tree this year with some awesome 3-D ornaments from the Merry Little Christmas special! With three different ornament options and coordinating digital art files for each, you can create personalized 3-D ornaments for the tree, mantle, or a festive centerpiece! These sturdy wood ornaments are easy to put together and with the coordinating digital art files, you can create your own overlays to fit your ornaments perfectly! 

The Merry Little Christmas special also includes a fun selection of wooden tags. One set is specifically Christmas-themed, and one set is more generic, allowing for a wider range of uses. These tags also come with their own digital art files, so you can customize those with your own designs as well!

Bundle savings are available at 10% off!  You can view all of the options here.

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The Paper Players #517


 Happy Sunday!  How is everyone coming on their holiday cards?  I am a wee bit behind! We are having a CAS Holiday Challenge at The Paper Players. This is the perfect time to get going on your holiday cardmaking! I have a huge love for white on white Christmas cards...but a huge dislike for attempting to photograph the same!  Adding in a pop of silver glitter seems to aggravate my lack of photography skills!  I am a night time crafter, so natural daylight is just not possible! I promise, the card really pops in person!



To create my card, I first embossed a panel of White Daisy cardstock with a snowflake embossing folder.  I then added the house border and Merry Christmas sentiment from the Yuletide Borders Collection.  The panel was then cut with the Stitched Rectangle Frames.  The panel was matted with Silver Glitter paper for added sparkle. In case you missed the set, the Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts are the perfect addition to your holiday crafting.  Here is the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
Z3893 Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
Snowflake Embossing Folder-Retired

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge-Anything Christmas Goes w/optional use glitter
Creative Knockouts-Snow Much Fun

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
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Global Design Project #266


 I so love the mix of blue tones in the Serenity Paper Collection.  These papers are so versatile that they will work for any occasion. My card is based on the sketch challenge at Global Design Project-


My card is created with a few prints from the Serenity Paper Collection.  For the tag shape, I trimmed down a Picture My Life Card.  While these cards are created for scrapbookers, they are an awesome find for cardmakers!  You get 24 double sided cards in each pack, here is a look at some of the designs-

I popped up my trimmed card with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  My sentiment was stamped in Sapphire Ink and trimmed down to a rectangle.  I added bitty sequins and hearts from the Blue Belle sequins.  The sequin packs come with a variety of colors and shapes.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
S2010 With All My Love Stamp Set-Retired (sentiment)
X7263B Serenity Paper Pack
X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock
X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
Z3676 Blue Belle Loose Sequins

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday-All About Occasions
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

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Serenity Thanks


 Super simple card, created with the Thanks Thin Cut and Serenity Picture My Life cards.  I am a huge fan of the Picture My Life cards.  The cards are produced for PML scrapbooking, but I get tons of mileage out of them in cardmaking.  The unique prints and quotes coordinate beautifully with the Serenity Paper Pack.  The cards are double sided as well!  Here is a look at a few of the cards included in the set-

The larger cards in the set measure 4" x 6".  I trimmed my design down to fit a standard A2 sized card.  My thanks sentiment was cut in Sapphire and Blue Belle.  A few Blue Belle sequins finish it off.  Super simple and easy to mail!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • Z3684 Thanks Thin Cut
  • X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
  • X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock
  • Z3676 Blue Belle Sequins

 

I have entered my card in the following challenges:

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Freshly Made Sketches #461

 

 I just can't get enough of the gorgeous Serenity papers! This is such a stunning paper pack.  The papers were a perfect choice for the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches-

The hardest part about creating my card, was choosing which patterns to go with! I decided to go with Blue Belle and Sapphire with a fun mix of embellishment stickers.  Here is a look at the complete pack-

The gold accents in this paper are stunning!  I  layered a few gold leaves directly onto my panel.  My flower image was popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  My sentiment is from the current Craft with Heart subscription.


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

  • X7263S Serenity Paper Pack w/ Sticker Sheet
  • X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock Pack
  • Craft with Heart Cardmaking Stamp Set
  • Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
  • Stitched Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp


 I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

 

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The Color Throwdown #619


 I was super excited to see the Sneak Peek of The Color Throwdown Challenge.   This is one of my favorite color combos for creating Christmas cards.  I just love the red and aqua combination  paired with white with a touch of silver.  So crisp and clean! 

 

My biggest challenge was decided which of my new products to use!  Since we are having blizzard conditions here today, snowflakes it is!  My card is super simple and is created with the new Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts by Close To My Heart. This adorable set comes with six metal dies and the borders measure 5 3/4" long.  I trimmed my snowflake border to 5 1/2" to create my card.  Here is a look at the complete set-

To create my card, I started with a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" base of Glacier cardstock.  I cut two of the snowflake borders in White Daisy cardstock. The Merry Christmas sentiment was cut in Candy Apple cardstock. I added 1 1/8" inch squares of Candy Apple cardstock behind every other snowflake. The snowflake borders were trimmed to 5 1/2" for a standard size card.  They were adhered to the Glacier cardstock base, with silver embellishing thread used as an accent. A few Bitty Sparkles finish off the card.  Super simple and easy to mass produce if you wish!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • Z3893 Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X5978 Glacier Cardstock
  • X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock
  • Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

 

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:

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Jingle Joy Cardmaking


 

If you have yet to decide on your holiday card design...the Jingle Joy Cardmaking Kit just might be for you!  The kit includes supplies to create 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  The present stamps can easily be used through out the year for your birthday cards as well.  Bonus, a bottle of Silver Stickles is included for easy embellishments.  Here is a look at the complete kit-



You can find the kit here.

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Jingle Joy

 


Embrace the joy of the season with this fun filled paper collection, featuring whimsical designs, bright colors, die cuts and everything you need for your holiday crafting. 

You can view the entire Jingle Joy collection here.

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