Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop!  We will be featuring all new product from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book!

If you have come here from Michelle Johns’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! 

For today’s blog hop, I decided to show you how easy it is to use Picture My Life cards to make cards. There is a sheet of these Picture My Life cards included in each paper packet. I made a card from each set, except I didn’t have Central Park so I used the Picture My Life Birthday Cheer cards instead. I always seem to have some of these leftover when I am finished with the paper so this is a great way to make use out of them.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, White Ribbon, Bashful Ink, Sponge Dauber, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Sapphire Cardstock, and White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Fresh Air Paper Packet, New England Ivy Cardstock, Espresso Cardstock, Bronze Sequins, and White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Picture My Life Birthday Cheer Cards, Gold Shimmer Brush, Red Shimmer Trim, Colorful Texture Stamp Set, Black Ink, and White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Documented Paper Packet, Gold Glitter Gems, Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen, Stitched Circles Thin Cuts, White & Gold Ribbon, Black Cardstock, Pewter Cardstock, 3-D Foam Tape, and White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

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!

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter D. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “D” element will be featured in their post.


If you came from Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper then you’re on the right track!

Dance Display Tray by Wendy Kessler

For my “D” I chose DANCE and DISPLAY TRAY.  I have been putting this project off for way too long.  In fact, I think I was going to do it for the letter D blog hop last year!  It came together very quickly.  I used a combination of dance pictures (professional ones, personal ones, and some cut from Memory Mates).  My original plan was to use Mod Podge for adhering everything but I decided to just go with glue dots instead.  It was much faster, less messy, and I plan to store it in an enclosed cabinet so it shouldn’t get too dusty.  I think a key to making these display trays really stand out is to add embellishments to the top layer of the tray to make it more 3-dimensional.  I was happy that I had the pin to add to the corner as well.  The dance title on the bottom would have hung off the edge except that I plan to stand the tray up instead of hanging it (good thing I put this all together before I stuck on that title piece!).

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Donna Long – Hints of Happiness with Donna.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

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 Sheila Bennett.



Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Caprice Paper Packet (retired), Caprice Level 1 Stickease (retired), Recollections Floral Embellishments, Color Me Crazy Large Flower, and unknown button.

I can’t say I’ve been hoarding this paper, I just haven’t gotten around to using it.  I think the paper and pictures go together as far as my feelings towards them – they just needed to get scrapped.  They weren’t a special event or extra pretty paper, just every day things that I want to include to show a reflection of real life.

Now hop on over to Janet McCormick!

Today I’ve got another entry in the New Product Blog Hop.  I’m on a roll!

Life is Sweet Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment, Ariana Paper Packet (zip strips), Ivy Lane Paper Packet (zip strips), Glitter Shimmer Trim and Sequin Dot Assortment (from the Ivy Lane Cardmaking Workshop Kit), Ivy Lane Assortment, Ivy Lane Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set, Inspiration Flourishes Stamp Set, Cashmere Cardstock, Inks (Smokey Plum and Olive), Scallop Border Punch, and Cricut Artiste Collection.

I was inspired by this sketch which is great for using zip strips!  And the Ariana and Ivy Lane strips go well together.  (Zip Strips are the added part of 12×12 B&T sheets, usually with product info on one side and CTMH utilizes these by making the opposite side decorative.)  The Paper Fundamentals was the perfect foundation.  Again, I used leftovers from the Workshop on the Go Kits.

Welcome to this month’s blog hop!  This time around we are using the spray pen and hope you find lots of inspiration for this technique.  If you have already started the hop, you will be coming from Michelle.

Easter Layout by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Unknown Paper Packet (retired), Sweet Leaf Ribbon (retired),
Colonial White Cardstock, Hollyhock CardstockCreate-a-Shade Paint, Spray Pen, Hollyhock Reinker, Cricut Artiste Collection, Just Blooms Paper Shapes – Petals (retired), and Colonial White Brads.  Sketch from Sketch Savvy.

I used the spray pen in a very simple way but it is my favorite.  I used it to spray the background paper of my layout.  This is a great way to add a touch of color and pattern without using patterned paper.  I also sprayed the Just Bloom Flowers, some lighter and some darker for variety.  For my mixture, I filled the pen with water up to the 7th line, then added reinker up to the next line, and added 4 drops of the Create-a-Shade Paint.  I always add the Create-a-Shade Paint because I like the extra little sparkle that it adds.

Hop on over and see what Sheila had created for you next!

Here are a list of all the participants:
1. Debi
2. Judy Faye
3. Theresa
4. Shirley
5. Michelle
6. Wendy
7. Sheila