Seasons in Motion Special

Did you happen to see all of the Creativity in Motion projects I created last month? Now I get to make even more of these animated projects with a little holiday flair!  This month, you can celebrate the turn of the seasons with me and save on the new Seasons in Motion special!

The Seasons in Motion special has everything you need for creating festive seasonal artwork, including two brand-new animated stamp sets, animation Thin Cuts, a new stamp set for personalizing pull tabs, and a new selection of holiday-themed 6″ x 6″ patterned paper!

Close to My Heart has expanded their product line by offering to include two new animated seasonal sets—Animated Holiday Cheer and Animated Autumn Air. These sets are the perfect way to bring a little more life to holiday-themed cards or scrapbook pages.


Along with these new stamp sets, there are also some new Animation Window Thin Cuts which are sized perfectly for standard card fronts and are designed specifically to coordinate with the of animated stamps.

You can use these new die in conjunction with the Stitched Rectangle Frames or Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts for custom window construction.


Seasons in Motion also includes the Seasonal Border Tab stamp set, allowing you to create festive, personalized tabs to help bring your animated artwork to life!

For me, the best part of this special is the NEW Holiday Stack. This vibrant paper selection includes some of my favorite seasonal paper patterns, re-sized from their original 12″ x 12″ format to a convenient 6″ x 6″ size!


There are so many ways to save on this month’s special. The Seasons in Motion special includes a variety of bundles and purchasing options so that you can get exactly what you need to create the animated artwork for the holidays.

The Seasons in Motion special will be available from October 22 through December 31, while supplies last. With a wide variety of purchasing options, this special has something for everyone and allows you to select the best fit for you. Place your order today and get ready for some serious holiday crafting fun! Don’t forget to sign up as a VIP and get 15% in rewards on your holiday purchases!!

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Day 21: The Three Trees of Christmas Cards

Are you as amazed as I am with all the Christmas cards created so far?? I am just loving this 31 Days of Christmas card series, and I really hope that we continue the tradition next year. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you will want to make sure you check out each of these lovely ladies channels.

Throughout the month of October, each of us has been posting a new Christmas card idea for you to create. Make sure that you are subscribed to each channel so that you don’t miss out! If you hit the notification bell, you will also be notified each time a video is added.


It is day twenty-one of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I have created three beautiful cards for you to try.  As I was attempting to plan for this month’s series, I knew that I wanted to make some “tree” cards and had intended on purchasing the Winter Scene stamp set, but, unfortunately, my aging brain made an error and I ordered the Autumn scene instead. So…instead of throwing in the towel, I decided to show you how to make some Christmas cards using any of the tree series stamps you might own. 

three christmas cards created using distress oxide inks and stamped tree images

These three cards not only use the Autumn Scene stamp set, they also feature two of our new Distress Oxide Inks – Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone.  I used each of these on my designs, along with some masking techniques, to create winter scenes.

On the first card, I used a simple piece of torn white cardstock to create the snowbanks in the background. This was done after I stamped the trees in Charcoal ink.  I discovered that our dye inks do not work well atop the distress oxide inks, so you will need to make sure you are stamping your inked images before you add the background on this card. 

To create the little bits of silver on the trees and in the snow, I used our Embossing Ink PensThese are just like using VersaMark ink in pen form, allowing you to have control over where you want embossing powder.  I used my pen with Silver Embossing Powder to create little dabs of sparkling snow in this scene.

After adding the sentiment in Scarlet, I started to assemble to card.  The background was designed using dry embossed Glacier cardstock and Comfort & Joy papers.  The Cascading Dots embossing folder reminded me of snow and it combined well with the deep scarlet red papers. 

I had so much fun creating the snow scene on this first card, that I decided to get my moneys worth on an accidental purchase.  I remembered the many beach scenes I had created in the past on some of my cards and decided that I would continue with a few wintry scenes using the Chipped Sapphire Ink. 


For those of you who have been waiting for this video tutorial, you can head on over to YoutUbe and watch me create all three cards.  Once you are done viewing and being inspired, you can continue reading how I made the other two cards. 


After the first card was complete, I started on the Berry Christmas Tree card. On this second card, I masked off two inches of space using some full-adhesive sticky notes then added the Distress Oxide ink around the edges.  I wanted the look of a glowing light in the background, so I avoided adding too much ink to the center. 

After my discovery with dye inks, I decided to try pigment ink instead.  This worked beautifully to create some tree branch silhouettes on the background. I stamped each of the bent tree images onto the card with the Black Pigment, then sprinkled each with clear embossing powder and heat set the images. 

To add the snow, I again used those Embossing Ink Pens.  I brushed the ink onto the branches and used White Embossing Powder to create the look of fallen snow.  After stamping the sentiment, I decided to bring in a little Christmas cheer with red berries. 

You might have noticed that I am really enjoying these Bitty Beads this season.  I have always used items like this on my projects, but usually add the embellishment after taking the photographs for my website.  Now that we carry these beads, I can show them off. 

After the beads were adhered to the card with Liquid Glass, I set the card aside and began working on the third card.  This time I cut out a stitched square using our Stitched Square thin cuts, masked off the scene and began inking with both the Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone distress oxide inks. 

The trees were heat embossed like the second card, except, this time, I added leaves.  The Autumn Scene stamp comes with leaf images so that you can add multicolor leaves on your fall trees, but I wanted some leaf silhouettes on my trees so I also stamped them with the Black Pigment ink. 

If you wanted to, you could add some silver snow or white snow to these trees like I did on the first two cards, or even add a few berries.  I chose to leave mine as is for a simple silent winter scene. 

All of the sentiments on these cards have been retired.  I haven’t been able to purchase any new Christmas stamps this year, but, like most of you, I had quite a few in my stash.  If you are needed a few Christmas sayings, we do have some new sentiments on my website AND the new Christmas catalog is arriving in November so you will have access to even more! Don’t forget to join as a VIP so that you get 15% back in rewards on all your Christmas craft supply purchase. 

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you are looking forward to more Christmas card ideas in the remaining weeks. If you have missed any of the videos in our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series, you can view the entire playlist here.   I have one more Christmas card to add to the series on October 28th and I have big Cricut-ing plans for this one.  I hope that you are making each one of these along with me.   

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Welcome to the Core Catalog New Product Hop

How much are you enjoying all the new crafty products brought to you by Close to my Heart?! Last month, our team showcased some lovely creations featuring products from our fall catalog so, 118650131_10157792610207686_8492660088191540016_ntoday, we thought we would feature the annual Core Catalog. After all, there are some amazing items you do not want to miss out on.  If you have come here from Maureen OSullivan’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Simple Hugs slimline card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I decided to keep things simple this week as I featured some of the items from our annual catalog.  If you have not had a chance to view all the wonderful new products in this catalog, you can flip through an online version HERE. As you look through the catalog, pay special attention to the Lovely paper, Fancy Borders, and new Wood Shapes – all items I chose to feature on my Simple Hugs slimline card. 

I started out using the Fancy Borders thin cuts to create that adorable scalloped edge at the top of the card.  I just love the stitched details on these six-inch dies.  All of the borders are open-ended which means that you can make a border in any size you need.  

Both the card base and the Lovely pattern paper were cut using these dies.  Those new Lovely papers and stickers are just so sweet and simple.  The card shows three of the twelve patterns from this pack – the leaves, the strips, and that adorable toffee plaid. I also used a scallop sticker from the Lovely sticker sheet. 

At the top of the card, I added a vellum bow using our Small bow thin cut.  Close to My Heart has two bow dies in the catalog – one large, one small – and each one has matching little “ties” to go behind them. I chose to leave them off of this project and keep the bow soft and simple. 

The sentiment is a wooden cut-out from our Hugs & Hello sentiments pack.  This is just one of MANY wooden icons and sentiments now available.  I personally enjoy the fact that you can leave these bare wood OR use markers, inks, paints, or embossing powder to color them any shade needed for your project.  To match that wood sentiment, I added two little wooden buttons at the base of the card 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and to take a look all the amazing new products in our Annual Core catalog.  If you are like me and need a printed version of the idea book in your hands, you can get one free when you place an order on my website.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Becca Whitham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun project ideas.   

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