20th Anniversary Covid Style

Today marks my 20th wedding anniversary. We have moved lived thru Veterinary School, moving across country, moving to 5 different houses, we have had 8 dogs, 5 cats, one now 8 year old boy and now Covid 19. This is definitely one for the record books. So I figured what better way to celebrate than to use some of the fun stamps that Close to My Heart created.

I random stamped the rolls of TP from the Through Think and Thin stamp set on Carolina cardstock in Carolina ink. I then used the Stitched Rectangle thin cuts. I used the new Tag and Tabs thin cuts to cut the tag. I used it on a portion the Dreamy Holographic paper for the top of the tag. I used an embossing folder to emboss one on the stamped toilet paper rolls. I added a few of the white dots and the ribbon is from my stash. I did use the Mini stapler to attach the ribbon.

Unfortunately we will not be celebrating our anniversary the way we hoped to with a cruse to Hawaii. I guess it will have to wait until 2021….

Happy Crafting!

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Heart 2 Heart ~ National Scrapbooking Month

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This week we are celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with this challenge. You may want to use some of the Blue Skies products Close to My Heart released to celebrate or you may just want to complete a scrapbook layout. Just remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product in you project.

I decided to use the EveryDay Memories Cricut collection I have a confession, I have never used on of the layouts from these collections. I decided to play with the colors to match my photos better. I have to say it was fun to create and I am pleased with the results. I did encounter one issue in that I had 4×6 photos and not 5×7 as the layout was design to hold. I solved this by matting the photos.

I added a few of the Seas the Day gems and some silver embellishing thread.

I really like the pocket for the journaling.

I also decided to share a card I created from the Blue Skies papers and coordinating cardstock. I used the Sentiments by Melissa Esplin stamp for the Hello. The flowers are also part of the Blue Skies Collection with the Beautiful Day Stamp and thin cuts.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until May 31st to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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National Scrapbooking Day

Hello my fellow crafters!! Today is the day we celebrate National Scrapbooking. Close to My Heart is hosting a FREE online FaceBook event today! You can check it out HERE!

While I love scrapbooking, I have also become an avid cardmaker over the last 8 years. I decided to make a couple cards using one of the fantastic bundles that Close to My Heart has created to celebrate. You can find the bundles being offered HERE.

I focused on this bundle to make a couple cards to brighten our mail person and some grocery employees.

Here are the cards I designed.

The one on the left is one of the cards Close to My Heart designed and will be teaching today. The one on the right I designed based off of one of CTMH’s cards. I stamped the delivery truck on Glacier with White Pigment ink. I then printed a small USPS logo and attached to the truck. I used my black marker to color the tires.

Happy Crafting!

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These are My People Blog Hop

Welcome to the These are My People Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring artwork using products from the new April special ~ These are My People. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 18 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I decided that I wanted to do something with my card making abilities during this time of Staying Home. I know that crafting keeps me sane and it does the same for you. I have been able to complete a bunch of layouts and was feeling great about that. But I really wanted to do something for others. My son’s school was collecting notes and pictures to give to essential workers. I decided that I was going to drop off some cards at a Retirement/Assisted living facility here in Arvada, CO. I googled the one closest to me and called. I asked if this would be alright and how many residents did they have. So I had a challenge for myself to make 110 cards to lift others spirits. I got to work. I used the These are my People papers to make 15 of the 110 cards. Here they are in closer detail.

For this card I used the Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts for the sentiment. I used the Let the Good Times Roll stamp set for the sentiment. I inked the edge with Pixie. I added some bling with the Pink Shimmer Trim and Pink Taffeta Stickles.

For this card I used the Joy by Melissa Esplin stamp set for the sentiment. I used my journaling pen to doodle and added a few drops of Pink Taffeta Stickles.

I used the Let the Good Times Roll stamp set for the sentiment and one of the flowers to stamp tone on tone with Pixie. I added some bling with Pink Taffeta Stickles.

For this card I used the Joy by Melissa Esplin stamp set for the sentiment. I also used the Let the Good Times Roll stamp set and added Pink Taffeta Stickles.

With this card I used the Pink Shimmer Trim and Pink Taffeta Stickles. I did use a retired stamp from the Random Acts of Cardness as the sentiment was perfect.

Your next stop is along this hop is BRENDA LAPP’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Easter Banner

With our social distancing and stay at home measures, I have had a lot of time to work in my craft room. I don’t always complete some of the specials when they come out. Not with our Easter Traditions, I completed the Easter Egg Banner.

This special is wonderful as when you purchase either of the banner sets you get eight wooden eggs and the coordinating SVG file to form a banner and cut the shapes. I used the Seasonal mix in papers for eggs and cut using the associated cut files. I then used the bunny from Artfully Sent and some grass are both Cricut Cuts.

Here is a close up of the end eggs.

Happy Crafting!

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Stamptacular Stamp and Thin Cut Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamptacular Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring artwork using products which are part of the Stamptacular Stamp and Thin Cut Sale. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 18 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

One of my favorite stamps is the Remarkable Wreath. I was so excited that they brought it back for this sale!!! You will definitely want to check out this amazing sale as there are some wonderful stamps that have been brought back from the past. Decided to create a card using the Seasonal Mix in papers and the Spruced Up papers. I focused on Sangria and Julep. I used Mink for the base. To stamp the wreath I used Expresso and Sangia. I then added a bit of Glisten Stickles to the center of each of the flowers. I used a sketch I found on Pinterest.

Your next stop is along this hop is BRENDA LAPP’S Blog  so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today. Please share your thought with me before you go.

Happy Crafting!

Oh My Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to the Oh My Heart Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases the OH MY HEART promotion. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELINDA EVERITT’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 8 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

For this card I used the Oh My Heart papers and the Oh My Heart Stamp Set. I also used the Acrylic Hearts and the Soft Pink Shimmer Trim. I also used the new Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts.

For this card I used the Oh My Heart papers and the Oh My Heart Stamp Set. I also used the Say it in Style stamp set for the sentiment. I used the the new Scalloped Thin Cut which I paired with the Basic thin cut circles.

Your next stop is along this hop is Gina Brandstetter’S Blog  so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Cheer Blog Hop!!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our HOLIDAY CHEER Promotion. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from KRISTINE PONTE’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 12 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I used the Digital cuts that are included with the HOLIDAY CHEER special to cut the snow globe out of the Silver Foil Paper. The Sapphire cardstock was embossed with the new Snowflake Embossing Folder. I also used the Holiday Trimming Stamp Set to stamp the Happy Holidays. I used White Pigment ink and then used White Embossing power. I did do this prior to using the snowflake embossing folder. I then wrapped Silver Embellishing Thread around the bottom. I used the Whimsical Holiday stamp set with Bluebird, Carolina and Sapphire inks to stamp the stars and snowflakes. I mixed the blue sequins from the Loose Craft On and Silver Sequins.

I also made up a few of the tag/ornaments as the special intended. I love that there is a variety of options with this special.

I had to make one as an ornament of my son. I love that this can be the perfect gift for a grandparent one just for us to hang on our tree. I picked out some of the red sequins from the Holiday Loose Sequins and mixed with Silver Sequins.

Here is another with the Gold Sequins and Gold Glitter Paper.

Here is one more. I used the Dark Red Marker to color the base then went over it with the Red Shimmer Brush.

Your next stop is along this hop is WENDY KESSLER’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Spooktacular Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spooktacular Blog Hop!!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop. For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our SPOOKTACULAR Promotion. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 8 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I designed this layout to showcase the photos from our Pumpkin Carving carving party. I though I would show you it with out the photos first.

Here it is with our photos.

Here is the left hand page. I used pattern 18 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 3. The pumpkin carving cut is a SVG file from my Silhouette. I used the Spooktacular papers and coordinating Stickers.

Here is the right side.

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE LONCAR’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Heart 2 Heart ~ National Stamping Month

Welcome to another weekly challenge with Heart 2 Heart!

This is a fun challenge!! Close to My Heart has two awesome stamp sets they are offering with this celebration which you can use or simply use any stamp on your project. Remember you do need to use at least one Close to My Heart product.

I have two cards to share with you today. The first is a fall themed one.

I love the images with the Fall stamp set Giving Thanks. So I had fun with Saffron, Sangria, Paprika and Sage inks. I stamped the rest of the images with Espresso Pigment ink and then played with our new Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers. They are so fun and easy to blend!! I also added a bit of the Sangria Ribbon and some Wooden Arrows.

I also designed this winter card using the Dash of Joy Stamp set. I stamped the images in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed them with White Embossing Powder. I cut the Silver Glitter Paper using the Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut. I added a bit of the Silver Embellishing Thread and I piece of Velum to add another layer to the card.. I am so happy that we have Stickles!! I have to admit I have sort of forgot how fun these are to work with. I wanted to add some color besides the Sapphire, Daisy White and Silver. I used the Black Diamond, Christmas Red and Silver Stickles.

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until September 30th to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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