The Spot #143


 

Saying good-bye to the Serenity Collection is bittersweet. I have so enjoyed this paper collection.  The gorgeous blue tones coordinate so well together.  This collection is retiring December 31, 2020! I had a little crafting time today to work on my much needed Thanks card stash!  My card is created based on the sketch challenge at The Spot-



In lieu of the circle, I fussy cut a Serenity Picture My Life card.  I couldn't let this collection retire without using this gorgeous cluster of flowers. After fussy cutting the image out, I applied with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.



It is hard to tell in the photo, I added a litter shimmer to the center of the flowers with a Clear Shimmer Brush.  A few sequins finish it off.  My sentiment is from the soon to come January Stamp of the Month, Every Thank You-



All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • S2101 Every Thank You Stamp Set (Available January 1, 2021)
  • X7263B Serenity Paper Packet
  • X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock Pack
  • X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
  • Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3676 Blue Belle Loose Sequins
  • Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Krafty Chicks-Anything Goes
MFT- Color Challenge

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Last Call for VIP Bonus


 Today is the last day to earn a bonus $25 credit when you sign up to be a VIP member!  VIP members receive 15% credit on orders, ability to get the Stamp of the Month for FREE and exclusive products throughout the year!  You can view all the details here!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Introducing Lovely


 With all the holiday crafting, I have yet to have time to introduce the Lovely Collection.  This gorgeous suite of papers is showcased in the Core Catalog.  The paper collections in the Core Catalog feature more prints.  The Lovely Collection includes 12 sheets of  12" x 12" paper, 2 each of 6 double sided designs.  The pages also have a coordinating zip strip, which is perfect for added borders to your projects. You can purchase the collection with or without the coordinating sticker sheet.  Here is a look at the complete pack-



Coordinating cardstock packs and stamp sets are also available.  You can view the full Lovely line up here.


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Bring Back My Pack-Blossom


 

Enjoy a blast from the past with one of our most popular paper packs from the past-Blossom.  Blossom has been revamped with a coordinating sticker sheet and stamp sets.  This gorgeous suite of products is only available until February 28 or while supplies last.



Purchase the bundle of products and save 20% off the retail price.  Items are available individually as well.  You can view the full Blossom line up here.


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Last Call for Serenity


 

Last call for Serenity, this collection retires on December 31!  This card was super easy to create and came together within minutes.  I started with a Picture My Life card and trimmed it down to 4" x 5 1/2".  I then added a Stitched Rectangle Frame in Sapphire.  A touch of color was added to the leaves with a Copic marker.  A few Blue Belle sequins finish off the card.


This is just a sampling of the cards included in the PML sets.  The full set includes 24 double sided cards.  While the cards are created for scrapbooking, they are perfect for creating cards as well!


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

  • X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
  • X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
  • Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts
  • B41 Copic Marker
  • Z3676 Blue Belle Sequins
  • Z679 Liquid Glass

I have entered my card in the following challenges:

AAA Cards-Made In Minutes
Crafter's Castle-Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Goes


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Craft with Heart Birthday


 

I so love the Craft with Heart cardmaking subscriptions.  You get a new box of supplies delivered to you every quarter. The kit comes with supplies to create 24 cards, including ink, stamping block and an exclusive stamp set.  Being totally honest, I signed up for the kits just to get my hands on the exclusive stamp set.  The card supplies are a bonus for me!  Here is a look at the stamp set included in the September-December Card Kit-



One can never have too many sentiment stamps! When you first sign up for the subscription, you can pick the kit you want to start with.  A new kit is coming out in January, so your time is  limited to get the Sept/Dec kit.  There is also a scrapbooking kit available featuring 12x12 layouts.



I popped up my die cuts with 3-D foam for added dimension and added a few sequins for a touch of bling.  


All supplies by Close To My Heart:


I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge-Anything Goes
Creative Moments-Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter-Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown-Anything Goes

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Stamping Pals #10


 Last call for the Serenity Collection.  This gorgeous collection is retiring December 31! This has been one of my favorite collections this year, so sad to see it go!  The collection was the perfect pairing for the sketch challenge at Stamping Pals-



I mixed in the Serenity PML Cards with a sneak peak of the January Stamp of the Month, Every Thank You! The subtle Blue Belle print on the bottom of my card and the fussy cut wreath are from the PML cards.  My sentiment is from the upcoming January Stamp of the Month.



My wreath is mounted with 3-D foam tape for added dimension  A strip of Blue Belle Glitter paper and Blue Belle sequins adds a little bling. The banner sentiment was the perfect size to add to the wreath!


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

  • S2101 Every Thank You Stamp Set (available 1/1/2021)
  • X7263D Serenity Picture My Life Cards
  • X7263C Serenity Coordinating Cardstock Pack
  • Z3676 Blue Belle Sequins
  • Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z679 Liquid Glass
  • Stitched Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Allsorts-Sparkle & Shine
Krafty Chicks-Any Occasion
Simon Says Stamp-Sparkle & Shine

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MFT Sketch Challenge #521


 

We survived Christmas in my household and I was finally able to get in a little crafting time!  I hope many of you received new crafting goodies this holiday season. I still had a few houses on my desk from the Craft with Heart subscription program and decided they would be perfect for the sketch challenge at MFT.



I started with a card base from the Craft with Heart kit and added a few snow drifts with the Snow Drifts die from MFT.  My houses were applied with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  A few ornaments were added to the trees with Liquid Pearls. The sentiment is from the same Craft with Heart kit.  Super easy card to create and I am on my way to working on next year's cards!


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

  • Craft with Heart Subscription Kit
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Snow Drift Dienamics-MFT
  • Rogue Liquid Pearls-Ranger
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape


I have also entered my card in the following challenges:


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Boxing Week Sale


 Stay tuned for amazing savings on Close To My Heart products!  Boxing Week sale starts on December 26, 2020 and runs through December 31, 2020.  New items added daily at 12:00 AM MST, each selection of items is only available for 24 hours or while supplies last!  You can view all of the sale items when the sale starts here.

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Perfect Match


Celebrate the love in your life with the adorable Perfect Match Collection!  This exclusive suite has everything you need to create stunning Valentine's Day cards, scrapbook layouts and more! The Perfect Match Collection features new paper designs, stickers, coordinating stamps and heart accents.  Purchase the bundle of products and save 20%!

You can view all the available products here.  There will be a Facebook live event February 4-5 creating projects with the Workshop Kit.  



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Craft with Heart Shaker Card


 Shaker cards are perfect for sending some birthday cheer.  Regardless of age,  everyone loves a shaker card.  Close To My Heart makes creating shaker cards easy! They carry shaker window kits in a variety of shapes, ready for you to embellish.  The kits take the guesswork out of designing your shaker window, just add your choice of shaker material and embellishments.  You can find all of the designs here

To create my card, I started with a base from the Craft with Heart subscription and added my shaker window.  The number 22 was die cut and Blue Belle sequins were added to the shaker.  The happy birthday was die cut as well.  A few stars and additional sequins finish off the card. 

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Craft with Heart subscription
Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam & Acetate
Z4159 Block Number Thin Cuts
Indian Corn Blue Cardstock-Retired
Z3676 Blue Belle Sequins
Happy Birthday Dies-MFT

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Bastel-traum.ch-Shaker/Interactive Cards
Die Cut Divas-Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday-Anything Goes

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O Holy Night


 Are you still working on your Christmas cards?  I admit, I still have a few to go!  I was able to create this gorgeous layered card with the help of the Cricut Complete Creativity Collection.  The Close To My Heart Cricut Collections have many layered options as well as complete scrapbook layouts.  You only need to select your cardstock colors and cut!  The images are super easy to assemble.  Here is just a sampling of the projects included in the Cricut Complete Creativity Collection.



After cutting out my images, I wanted to add a little more pop.  I applied a Shimmer Mist to my Sapphire background prior to assembling my layers.  The star was cut with gold glitter paper.  The Close To My Heart glitter papers cut super smooth in the Cricut. The completed project is 5" x 7" in size.


All supplies by Close To My, except where noted:

  • Cricut Complete Creativity Collection
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X6047 Black Cardstock
  • X5954 Pewter Cardstock
  • X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
  • Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist-Tattered Angels

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Bitten by the Bug-Die-lirious Holiday Season
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge-Christmas, the last stretch
Crimbo Crackers-Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas-Anything Goes
DL Art-Any Winter Holiday
Double Trouble Challenges-Die-lirious Holiday Season
Try It on Tuesday-Christmas Sparkle

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The Paper Players #521


 So excited for the new challenge at The Paper Players!  Claire is hosting a color challenge this week.  We want to see  your creations with Silver, Black and White.  Lately, I have been drawn to creating Christmas cards in black.  Not my normal tone, but they are so elegant and the black really makes your colors pop.




 My card was created with the new Elegant Snowflakes stamp set.  I inked up almost every stamp in the set!



The hardest part of my card, was deciding which snowflakes would be white and which silver!  I laid out my card and inked up my snowflakes and sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed in white.  I added in more snowflakes and embossed in silver. When I created this card in my mind, I imagined white paint splatters around my snowflakes. The reality is, I could not find my white paint anywhere!  I still wanted the look, so I added bitty sequins in silver and white dots with Liquid Pearls.  My panel was die cut and popped up with 3-D foam tape for more dimension. I so love the end result!


All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • Z3899 Elegant Snowflakes Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts
  • X6047 Black Cardstock
  • Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
  • Z2068 White Embossing Powder
  • Z2067 Silver Embossing Powder
  • Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
  • Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
  • Z3791 White Opal Liquid Pearls
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape


I have entered my card in the following challenges:

Inkspirational-Snow

Little Red Wagon-Snow Day
Sweet Stampin-Let It Snow

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

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From Our Home to Yours


 I have failed in my mission to complete Christmas cards all year long.  In years past, I have created Christmas cards on a regular basis...resulting in most of them being ready to go come Christmas.  Blame it on 2020, but I have yet to get my Christmas cards in the mail.  My goal is Monday.  To help speed up the process, I am utilizing the Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription.



The cardmaking subscriptions come with an exclusive stamp set, supplies to create 24 cards with coordinating envelops, stamping block and a mini ink pad.  You can easily make the cards for all occasions by using the sentiments included in the stamp set. To give the card more dimension, the houses are popped up with 3-D foam and ornaments added with Liquid Pearls.


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


I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Heart 2 Heart-Peace on Earth
Krafty Chicks-Christmas
Simon Says Stamp-Let It Snow
Winter Wonderland-Anything Christmas Goes

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You are my Sunshine



 We can all use a little more sunshine! I had a special request for a sunshine card, so I pulled out a mix of retired and current items to create with.  My pattern papers are from the long retired Tommy paper pack.  The rays were hand cut and sponged with Honey ink.  The center of the sun was embossed to add more texture. The clouds were applied with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  The sentiment is from the still available Joyful Sunflower stamp set.  Here is a look at the full set-



The inside was finished out with a birthday sentiment from the Melisa Esplin Sentiments stamp set.



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

  • D1866 Sentiments by Melisa Esplin Stamp Set
  • D1932 Joyful Sunflower Stamp Set
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Honey Cardstock-Retired
  • Tommy Paper Pack-Retired
  • Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Fishtail Dies-MFT
  • Cloud Dies-MFT
  • Swirl Embossing Folder-Sizzix

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Creative Knockouts-Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas-Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges-Create Your Own Background
Simon Says Stamp-Favorite Technique (Adding texture w/embossing)
Watercooler Wednesday-All About Occasions
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

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Need Cardstock?


 My love for Close To My Heart products started over twenty years ago.  I was always frustrated with not having just the right shade of paper, ink or embellishments for my projects.  When I found Close To My Heart, it was love at first sight!  No longer was I frustrated in my attempts to have matching products.  The papers, inks, embellishments are all made to coordinate together!  Projects come together with ease with the great selection of products.  


Just a sampling of the Blue Belle coordinating items.  Coordinating pattern papers are also available.  Take the guesswork out of your projects by adding Close To My Heart products to your crafting collection. You an view the full collection here

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The Paper Players #520


 Joanne is hosting a theme challenge this week at The Paper Players!  Our new theme is It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! You are running out of time to get your holiday cards out in the mail!



Creating a Christmas wreath with the Serenity Cardmaking Stamp Set has been high on my to do list. While the majority of my Serenity Christmas creations have been in the blue tones, I decided to go with the traditional red and green. I love the 3-D effects of the wreath set, such a unique feature!  Here is a close up of the leaf details-



I am normally a stamp and then die cut person.  With this set, I highly recommend die cutting and then stamping. After stamping your image, you can lift up the leaf petals for a 3-D effect.  I hole punched circles out of glitter paper for a little added bling.  My bow is popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  The sentiment is from the Craft with Heart cardmaking subscription.  Here is a look at the complete Serenity Cardmaking Stamp Set-



My 3-D wreath is mounted onto a panel of White Daisy cardstock cut with the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut. The panel is backed with Candy Apple cardstock. Super easy card to mass produce!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:

  • Z3905 Serenity Cardmaking Stamp Set w/ Thin Cuts
  • Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription Stamp Set
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • X6030 Evergreen Cardstock
  • X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock
  • Z3839 Scarlet Glitter Paper
  • Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z6512 Evergreen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z3681 Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut Die

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Color My Heart Color Dare-Traditional Christmas Colors
Cut It Up-Christmas
Inkspirational-Photo Challenge


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

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December SOTM-Happiness Never Grows Old


 I am super excited to share the December Stamp of the Month with you!  Isn't this set so gorgeous?  From the stunning florals to the lovely sentiments, Happiness Never Grows Old is a must have for your collection.

The set features 11 stamps.  You can add this set to your qualifying order for only $5 in the month of December!  Sign up to be a VIP, and you can earn the set for free!  If you have not yet enrolled in the VIP Program, you can get a $25 product credit if you enroll by December 31!  You can find all the details here.


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