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Jump on It July Blog Hop


Welcome to our Jump on It July Blog Hop!  During the month of July, when you purchase $25 USD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 (pages 5-10) or Seasonal Expressions 2 (pages 4-5) for only $5 USD!  The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.  Visit our July SOTM Blog Hop to see all the creative options this stamp set has to offer.  Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 USD Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 USD of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!  So for this hop we are featuring the variety of Hostess Stamp Sets and the July SOTM available for this campaign.

Once you place the stamp sets you are purchasing in your cart, you will then be able to this list of discounted stamp sets bottom of your cart and you can select them at that time.  Here is a list of stamp sets available for this campaign and the ones that you will see along our Jump on It Blog Hop:
  • S1507 My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful
  • C1614 My Acrylix® Tagged with Love
  • C1613 My Acrylix® Paper Bird
  • B1477 My Acrylix® Exotic Flower
  • D1615 My Acrylix® Sweet As Sugar
  • B1454 My Acrylix® Thanksgiving Wreath
  • C1596 My Acrylix® Happy Hexagons
  • C1587 My Acrylix® Sing Glory
  • B1455 My Acrylix® Be Jolly
  • C1593 My Acrylix® Hats Off
  • A1169 My Acrylix® Well Wishes
  • D1608 My Acrylix® Better with a Friend
  • B1458 My Acrylix® Cuddly Salutations
  • A1163 My Acrylix® Practical Planning

If you have come here from Wendy Coffman’s Blog , 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 on Melinda’s Blog.  This month we have over 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 

Sunburst Card by Wendy Kessler

Colored Flower Card by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Exotic Flower stamp set (Hostess Set), Shinhan Markers (a variety of colors), Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape, Cardstock (White Daisy, Cranberry, and Black), and Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment.

I chose to feature the Hostess Rewards Stamp Set, Exotic Flower.  This is an amazing stamp set and what a great deal for only $5 with this month’s special!  You can see how you can create many different styles with this one stamp.  It also makes a fun (and flat) card as long as you like coloring.  Bonus: Fits the 4.5 x 4.5 Envelopes that are on sale in the “while supplies last” section!  Another way to use this stamp is to cut out the flower portion as I did for the second card.

Now “Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Don’t miss out on this great campaign, Shop now!

Seaside Cardmaking Workshop

Seaside Card by Wendy Kessler

Seaside Card by Wendy Kessler

This workshop will create 10 cards (5 each of 2 designs)

Supplies you will need to complete the Seaside Cardmaking Workshop:
D1616 My Acrylix Have a Happy Day Stamp Set
X7192B Seaside Paper Packet
Z1990 Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon
Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment
X1410 Colonial White Cards & Envelopes
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks Pad
Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks Pad
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks Pad

Basic Workshop supplies: Paper trimmerscissorsspongepiercing and embossing tool kitMy Acrylix blocks for stamping, and adhesives of your choice (which may include Liquid GlassGlue Dots3-D Foam, etc.)

Cutting Guide & Instructions: When you purchase the supplies for this project from my website, you can receive the cutting guide and instructions for FREE.  Contact me after your order to make your request.

Have a Happy Day Stamp Set


Use the happy and fun Have a Happy Day Stamp Set for any occasion!
14-ai-hello-card-cricut-box-thinking-of-you-envSupply list for 3″ x 3″ Hello Card:
Wishes: All Squared Up™
D1616 My Acrylix® Have a Happy Day
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad

Supply list for 3½” x 3½” Happy Day Box:
D1616 My Acrylix® Have a Happy Day
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3½” 3D Object <s> (p. 52)
Art Philosophy
2″ Layer <Square4> (p. 53)

Supply list for 6″ x 4″ Thinking of You Pocket Card:
D1616 My Acrylix® Have a Happy Day
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1243 Goldrush Cardstock
Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment
Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z1957 Base & Bling Free Thinker Charms
Z1815 Mini Clothespins
Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z1998 Chevron Border Punch

Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Water(color) Fun

For this month’s Use Your Stash Blog Hop, you will see lots of coloring using a variety of mediums from watercolors and colored pencils to markers and more.  This hop is a circle; if you have just started simply continue until you make your way back here; if you have already started, you should be coming from Nicole Schuette.

Colored pencils:
Colored Pencil Flower Card by Wendy KesslerMarkers:
Bright Colored Card by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Exotic Flower Stamp Set (Hostess set), Opaque Pearls (retired), colored pencils (retired but the Watercolor Pencils would be a good substitute), Shinhan Markers, and Momento Ink.

This is one of my favorite new stamp sets so I’m probably not using up my stash much but it has been a very long time since I’ve gotten out my colored pencils.   I like the muted colors of the colored pencils just as much as the vibrant look that I get when using markers.  There are lots of options with this stamp set.  You can color it with different mediums and a variety of colors that will always turn out differently.  You can also use the whole stamp set or cut out the the middle flower and just use that.  You can embellish it with pearls, sparkles, glitter glue, etc or leave it plain and flat and it’s still beautiful!

Now hop on over to Priscilla Gotham!

If you get lost along the way, go to Paige Dolecki’s blog for a list of participants.

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Call For Back Up

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Sheila Bennett.


IMG_6816 Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Cardstock (White Daisy, Lagoon, Gypsy), Piece of Cake stamp set, The Party is On stamp set, Teal Shimmer Trim, Chevron Border Punch, ShinHan Markers (Turquoise Blue, Peacock Green, Lavender, Golden Yellow, and Tender Pink), and Memento Ink.

I used the border punch as an accent on this card and then backed it with shimmer trim on the inside of the card.  The Shimmer Trim not only shows through the front of the card to add more color but it is also an accent on the inside of the card when you open it.

Now hop on over to Catherine Nowak!

List of participants:

  1. Debi Barber
  2. Melissa Robinson
  3. Sheila Bennett
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Catherine Nowak
  6. Darlys Recker
  7. Michelle Loncar
  8. Haley Dyer
  9. Tonya Whitehurst
  10. Belinda McLane