Share a Smile Special in support of Operation Smile

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, we’ve made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available
at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

* Close To My Heart will match round-up donations made in October up to $10,000 USD. Offer available October 1–October 31, 2017 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.

Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342)
1 – Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (set of 13)
32 – 3″ x 3″ white card bases
32 – 3″ x 3″ white envelopes
10 – cardstock sheets (Bashful, Eggplant, Glacier, Lagoon,  New England Ivy, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Thistle, White Daisy, Gold Glitter)
Cutting guide and assembly instructions
Retail Value: $48.69
Discounted Price: $39.95

Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1343)
32 – 3″ x 3″ white card bases
32 – 3″ x 3″ white envelopes

Thin Cuts—Punny Pals (CC1340)
13 metal dies; coordinates with My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set (D1751) Stamp set sold separately.

Operation Smile Punny Pals Stamp Set (D1751)
Set of 36

Happy Day Cardmaking Workshop Your Way

The Workshop Your Way Happy Day Cardmaking Kit includes:
1 – Exclusive workshop stamp set
2 – Falling for You sheets
4 – Cardstock Sheets (2 Espresso, 1 Saffron, 1 White Daisy)
1 – White & Gold Ribbon
12 – White Card Bases & Envelopes

Download Instruction Guide: On my website

With this kit, you will be able to create 12 cards.  You can use the instructions to create them as is or you can change them up to create your own designs.

Additional Supplies needed: 
Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3225 Waterbrush – Medium Round
Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder
Z3318 Thin Cuts – Basic Circles
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

If you are cutting the circles with your Cricut, they are 1″ and 2 1/2″.
* When masking, stamp your mask on a sticky note. This will hold it in place while stamping overtop and you can reposition it to stamp on each card.

How I made my cards:

These first cards are made as designed in the kit and with only items that are included in the kit (except inks and coloring mediums). You can use markers, colored pencils, or watercolors for the coloring. For these cards, I used the Fine Watercolor Brush and Inks (Goldrush, Saffron, and Fern).

For this card, I changed the colors, embossed the cardstock, and used ShinHan markers for the coloring.

These next cards are the same design but as you can see by using different sides of the B&T paper, different stamped images, and changing the ribbon you can give them very different looks. The green twine is from the Enchantment Ribbon Pack. I also combined different coloring mediums on the same card. On the large circle, I used a sponge dauber with Goldrush ink. I preferred this over watercolor because it doesn’t curl the paper. I did use the waterbrush and Saffron ink on the smaller circles. The leaves are done with the waterbrush and Fern ink. I stamped them all on one sheet, watercolored over them going outside the lines, let it dry, then fussy cut them out. The flower is colored with ShinHan markers (Marigold and Golden Yellow).

Christmas Tunes SOTM Blog Hop (Oct 2017)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the October SOTM, Christmas Tunes.

If you have come here from Cat Nowak’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.  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! 

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Christmas Tunes Stamp Set (October SOTM), New England Ivy Ink Pad, Gold Shimmer Brush, New England Ivy Cardstock, Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, Gold Glitter Paper, Gold Shimmer Trim, and Gold Glitter Gems.

The trees on this stamp set are not exact triangles so I cut into the words but I like it better that way. Our new double-sided cardstock is perfect for this card style because it gives the extra color with no added work as shown below. I used the Gold Shimmer Brush in multiple layers to accent the trees.

Now “Hop” on over to Michelle Stewart’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

Falling For You Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way

On November 3, 2017, we will be creating the Falling For You Scrapbooking Workshop.  If you are in Club, this is the time to order.  You need to order by October 6, 2017 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Falling For You Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking Kit includes:
1 – Falling for You paper packet (X7223B)
1 – Falling for You Complements (X7223C)
4 – Cardstock Sheets (2 Pebble, 1 Toffee, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Bronze Sequins (Z4029)
1 – White & Bronze twine (Z4030)

Download Instruction Guide: On my website

With this kit, you will be able to complete three 2-page layouts (shown above).

Additional Picture My Life Layout: To create the Picture My Life layout for this workshop, simply add:
Pocket Plus Memory Protectors Design 1
Pocket Plus Memory Protectors Design 3

Additional Cardmaking Project: (Make 9 cards, 3 of each design, using your remaining workshop materials and just a few extra supplies!)
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2827 Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Coordinating colors for this paper (cardstock and inks): Almond, Charcoal, Espresso, Fern, Goldrush, Linen, Nutmeg, Pewter, Saffron, Toffee

Other coordinating products:
X7223D Falling for You Coordinating Cardstock
X7223C Falling for You Complements (included in workshop)
Z4029 Bronze Sequins (included in workshop)
Z4030 White & Bronze Twine (included in workshop)
Z4041 Falling for You – Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
OR C1686 Falling for You – Cardmaking Stamp Set
Z4044 Falling for You – Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts
OR D1738 Falling for You – Scrapbooking Stamp Set
B1569 A Grateful Heart Stamp Set
B1570 Your Thoughts Here Stamp Set
D1748 Oh Snap! Stamp Set
D1735 Gone Hunting Stamp Set

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
Feel So Blessed (September)
Christmas Tunes (October)
*The Stamp of the Month may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be Christmas Tunes.

The current Constant Campaign is:
From the Heart Card Kit (September)
Share a Smile (October) – Thin Cuts and a card kit that coordinate with the Punny Pals stamp set and supporting Operation Smile
*The Constant Campaign you qualify for may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be Share a Smile.

Organizing Cardstock & Scraps – New & Improved!

After my initial post on how I organize my cardstock and scraps I have had many questions on where to find the organizers and I have had troubles finding them myself.  This brings me to this post because I have come up with a solution that I can’t wait to share with you!

I really like the system that I have…vertical storage, colors divided and tabbed, labels, and a place for scraps within.  The problem was finding the pocket organizers.  Well, do I have an awesome DIY fix for you!!  I still use the Vertical Storage (basically a 12 x 12 plastic file box).  But instead of the pocket folders, which seem to be impossible to find now, I have created my own.

Here’s how:
Start with this 12×12 Envelope from Close to My Heart.

Next you will need 6 x 12 Flip Flaps.  (If you haven’t discovered Flip Flaps yet, they come in many sizes and are a great way to expand your scrapbook layouts.)  You can purchase the envelopes and the Flip Flaps from my website or through your CTMH Consultant if you already have one.

There are a few different ways You can attach the Flip Flap.  You can put it inside the envelope or on the backside. Remove the adhesive strip, fold down if needed, and press firmly.  Done!

Another option (how I did mine) is to cut the top flap of the envelope off, then attach the Flip Flap with the pocket on the inside.

The adhesive strips on the Flip Flaps are amazing for this project. Of course I tried to rip it off!…not impossible but not an easy task. I was pretty tough on it. I put paper in it and even picked it up from the pocket and shook it around. These will hold up well!

Here are all the supplies and tools I used: