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Cloud Nine Blog Hop

Welcome to our Cloud Nine Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit which is the special for this month.  If you have come here from
Michelle Loncar, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

Love You Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all included in the Cloud Nine Card Kit (scraps of papers, Shimmer Trim, and Durables Triangle Studs).  I also used the Artiste Cricut cartridge (not included in the Cloud Nine Card Kit) that coordinates with the Cloud Nine Stamp Set.

This layout came together quickly but simply using the scraps that I had left after making the cards from the kit.  To create a full 12×12 sheet, I overlapped the scraps and glued them together (Goldrush and Lagoon cardstock make the base for this layout).  The 12×12 Versamat works GREAT for this!  Or you could use a sheet of cheap (paper you don’t like) paper as a base.  Another trick I did for this layout was the patterned border that runs down the center of the page; it is actually two pieces of paper and the matted photo covers the gap that is left in the middle.

After finishing the cards as outlined in the kit and this one-page layout, I have used up all the paper but still have about 1/2 a sheet of studs, a LOT of Washi Tape, a LOT of Shimmer Trim, and the stamp set to use for many more projects!

**When using this stamp set for future projects be sure to use Real Dial Size!

Now “Hop” on over to my friend Haley Dyer to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great ideas for getting the most out of this card kit! Remember, the Cloud Nine Kit is only available until January 31 or while supplies last!  Full details here.

Celebrate National Paper Crafting Month

Close To My Heart is celebrating National Papercrafting Month with the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit—now available to you for a delightful deal! Watch the video and get excited to order your own before January melts away.

There are two ways to get the adorable Cloud Nine cardmaking kit: Purchase it for just $15 (retail value $46) with a minimum qualifying order of $35 during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month.  Or get it FREE when you enroll as a new Consultant in January and submit total personal sales of $300 or more*.

Create 10 cute cards (2 each of 5 designs) using three sneak-peek accessories from the upcoming Idea Book, a new D-size stamp set, and exclusive papers.
Cloud Nine Card Kit Contents
1 – My Acrylix™ Cloud Nine Stamp Set (D-size)
1 – Cloud Nine B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Lagoon Cardstock Sheet
1 – Honey Cardstock Sheet
1 – 9″ x 9½” White Daisy Die-Cuts Sheet
1 Roll – Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape†
1 Roll – Teal Shimmer Trim†
1 Package – Durables Triangle Studs†
10 – Card Bases & Envelopes
1 – Instructional Brochure
Featured colors: Lagoon, Sunset, Honey, White Daisy
†new product in Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book

*New Consultant’s total qualifying sales must be remitted no later than June 30, 2014, and the free kit will automatically ship with the Consultant’s order that achieves the minimum sales, or, if that order is a customer’s OBA order, it will ship with the next order going to the Consultant’s address. Orders must be Consultant-placed and the listed shipping address must correspond to an address listed on the Consultant’s profile in their online Personal Business Assistant.

*Offer valid January 1–31, 2014. Additional criteria may apply. Tax is based on the price paid for the promotional item. Shipping/handling based on the full retail price of the card kit ($46).

Come back on January 3 for a Cloud Nine Blog Hop where you can see more uses for this card kit than just making the specifically designed cards!

This was a very quick and easy card kit!  Below are the pics of the cards as I made them, most are the same as the kit specifies.  Note that there are both gold and silver Durables Triangle Studs.  I didn’t realize this until I was working on the last card and I needed more gold.  On some cards it doesn’t matter but if if there is Washi Tape used on the card you are going to want to use the gold studs.

Cloud Nine Card 1 by Wendy KesslerCard 1 – Thanks
I changed this to a Happy Birthday card since I use so many of those.  I was lazy and didn’t want to mask the Happy Birthday stamp so I tried using a sponge dauber to ink the stamp.  It worked for the most part but I had a couple smudges around the edge…thus my added swirls that I made with a marker to camouflage my flaw.

Cloud Nine Card 2 by Wendy KesslerCard 2 – Hip Hip Hooray
Both times when I stamped the mustache I thought I was “off” and it turned out perfectly.  Focus on lining up the center when you stamp this one.  Also, if you want this to look exactly like the picture, you will need to attach the Washi Tape first and layer the B&T Paper overtop.  I just centered my B&T Paper and lined up the Washi Tape along the top and bottom so you can see the difference in my picture.

Cloud Nine Card 3 by Wendy KesslerCard 3 – Just Because

Cloud Nine Card 4 by Wendy KesslerCard 4 – Happy Birthday

Cloud Nine Card 5 by Wendy KesslerCard 5 – Love You
A note on this one: for the big heart you only need to get good ink coverage around the edge because the center of the heart will be covered.  And make sure you stamp the smaller heart and sponge the larger one so they layer correctly.

**As a last note, when using the stamp set with the Artiste Cricut cartridge for future projects, you need to use Real Dial Size.

Sparkle & Shine Card Workshop

Here are some cards that you can make with the new Sparkle & Shine papers!  Click here for the Sparkle & Shine Card Workshop Guide.  See the supply list below to purchase any supplies that you do not already own.  When you are finished with your holiday cards, mix it up and create the cards again using different papers and stamps to make cards for other occasions!

Supply List:
C1567 My Acrylix® Santa Claus Stamp Set $13.95
X7176B Sparkle & Shine Paper Packet $9.95
Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks® Pad $5.25
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim $4.95
Z1812 Sparkles Clear Flourishes—Small $4.95
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment $2.95
Z1473 White Daisy Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes $5.95
Z697 Sponge $1.25
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection $99.00

Frosted Artwork

L3-Frosted at

4½”x 4½” Trees of Christmas Card
Wishes: All Squared Up™ 

D1554 My Acrylix® Christmas Village
X7175B Frosted Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2404 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z2401 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z1857 Mini-Medley Accents Rosewood Collection
3174 Blending Pen
Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection: 2½” <Square4> (p. 53)

5½” x 4¼” House and Rose Card
D1554 My Acrylix® Christmas Village
X7175B Frosted Paper Packet
Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2406 Crème Brulee Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z2404 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z2401 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z1837 Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1890 Frosted Assortment
3174 Blending Pen
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection:
3¾” Accent 4 <h> (p. 56)
1½” Accent 1 <Noel> (p. 79)
1″ Accent 1 <Noel> (cut 2, p. 79)
1½” Shift+Accent 1 <HoHoHo> (p. 79)
1″ Shift+Accent 1 <HoHoHo> (cut 2, p. 79)

5½” x 4¼” Two Houses Card
D1554 My Acrylix® Christmas Village
B1424 My Acrylix® Classy Doily
X7175B Frosted Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2406 Crème Brulee Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z2404 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z2401 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks® Marker Set
Z1857 Mini-Medley Accents Rosewood Collection
Z1701 Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment
Z1853 Aqua Dots
3174 Blending Pen 

Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit

Laughing Lola cards by Wendy Kessler

These are the cards you can make with the Laughing Lola Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Kit.

I always like closeups so here are additional pictures of each card individually:

Cheer Up Card by Wendy Kessler

Thinking of You Laughing Lola Card by Wendy Kessler

You Can Never Have Too Much Happy Card using Laughing Lola by Wendy Kessler

In addition to your basic supplies, you will these additional supplies to complete your kit: Black ink, Crystal Blue ink, Outdoor Denim ink, Pear ink, and Artiste Cricut Collection.