Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring some unique creations using products from the NEW July/August catalog.  You are going to love all the delightful paper collections, stamps, and dies this season, and we can’t wait to share the projects we made for you. 103941396_10157579617277686_8314914916051615048_o If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Gnomie Christmas in July cards, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog 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.


As I thumbed through the catalog in June, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the adorable Gnome Matter stamp set and thin cuts to create some Christmas cards.  Yes, you read that right.  To get a head start on Christmas this year,  I have been creating Christmas cards with my friends every other month. Our goal is to have plenty before the holidays hit.   

Aren’t these just to cutest? Each card has a little Gnome that has been dressed in holiday garb sitting next to a Cricut cut tree.  I honestly had way too much fun making these and I can’t wait to make some more. 

Our new Timber paper collection is filled with designs of woodland images and plaid which are perfect motifs for Christmas cards.  I used the matching coordinating cardstock to cut frames, backgrounds, and accents for each one of my designs. 

After creating each of the backgrounds for my cards, I cut some trees using our new Timber Cricut collection. This season we have also added a Summer Vibes Cricut collection and TWO NEW Happiest Place SVG collections to the mix. 

This Cricut collection is designed to match the Timber papers and stickers and it allows you to cut out your own images in any size or color you want. (love that!)

Each one of those delightful little gnomes was shaded using our TriBlend Markers. If you’ve not played with these new markers yet, you really need to give them a try. (Here is a video tutorial for you).

As I was designing these Christmas cards, I decided to also add the little hedgehog image to one of my cards.  Isn’t he adorable?  Even though these stamps & dies are designed for summer projects, I honestly think they look too stinkin’ cute for Christmas, too

I can’t wait to share these designs with my friends. We are going to have so much fun creating these Christmas cards in July. 


Now ‘Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 ideas using products from the new idea book. 

Remember, the papers, stamps, and dies are only available until August 31st, while supplies last.  I guarantee that the Gnome Matter stamp set is going to be popular and sell out quickly, so you will want to snag a set for yourself sooner than later.

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Sweet Cone Flower Card

These past few weeks, I have been in a bit of a creative rut so I decided to start searching the internet for some paper crafting challenges.  Challenges inspire me and give me a jumping off point when I have no ideas of my own.  I am not one to search Pinterest because I have found it to be the eternal time sucking rabbit hole with my attention deficit brain.  Instead, I chose three challenges which I combined into one simple card. 


The colors for this card are a little outside my comfort zone, but I like how the Color Throwdown challenged me with this combination.  The stamped flower image from A Million Little Things, was shaded using our TriBlend Markers

I used a combination of blue, purple, greens, and tan to create the cone flower, then stamped some splatter using Carolina Ink.  I love the simplicity of these flower images – they call to my gardening soul.

One of the challenges I joined also spoke to the gardener in me. I was inspired by the words in this quote at Time Out Challenges.  I felt like this card speaks to the all the gardeners out there “who make our souls bloom”.

After I was finished shading the image, I roughed up the edges, wrapped some twine around the base, and backed it in some Sapphire cardstock.

I chose to keep the background of the card white, but felt like it needed a little texture, so I pulled out my score board and created a grid pattern on the card base.  This is a very simple technique that creates a striking backdrop on any card. 

When I was finished, I realized that the design for the card matched the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge perfectly.  I moved the sentiment to a different location, but the design was perfect for this stamped image and I really like how this card turned out.  I can honestly say that these challenges have started to help my creative brain start working again.  


If you have been in a bit of a creative rut lately, I challenge you to do what I did and join a few online challenges.  For me, they provide the inspiration I need and make my creative gears turn.  Maybe they will do the same for you. 

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A Simple Sunflower Tag Card

For the Heart2Heart Challenge

Hello, my friends! I hope that you are doing well and ready for another Heart2Heart challenge. This week, our Design Team was asked to use Tags – one of my favorites to make – so I am pulling out the June stamp of the month again to create something to inspire you.  Before I show you my Simple Sunflower Tag card, I want to remind you how to join our monthly challenges. 

When you join our monthly challenges, we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product AND that you are sharing original work when you link your photo to the blog post.  You can read the complete set of rules HERE


When I first saw our Garden Tags stamp set, the gardener in me leapt with joy.  I just adore those rustic, vintage-like images that have been placed perfectly to align with our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts.  Last week, I used this stamp set to create two old-world tags and, this week, I am using two of the images to create a Simple Sunflower card. 

Don’t you just love this? I was able to design a delightful little tag as a focal point atop other images from the same stamp set.  The background is a stark contrast to the bright sunflowers and all I had to do to create it was mask off the top & bottom of one of the stamps.

Once the background was stamped, I cut it out using our Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I had debated hand stitching the background onto the card, but I think I like the simple look of the embossed stitching on this project. 

The Sunflowers themselves were shaded using our TriBlend Markers.  In quite a few gardens here, we have a sunflower with a slight coral tint that darkens as it fades. I tried the emulate this by blending the Light Yellow with Coral shades.

One of my favorite things about creating tags is getting to chose the ribbon, thread, and twine to match it.  I have quite the collection in my craft space.  For this card, I chose to stick with yellow & black.  If you have been collecting Close to My Heart goodies for as long as I have, you probably recognize the ribbon and the waxy flax. 

Once all the layers were complete, they were assembled using Foam Tape.  I am loving the simplicity of this card.  There are so many possible designs you could create using the Garden Tags stamp set


I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you would consider joining us for the Heart2Heart Tags challenge.  If you do, make sure that you link your project to the blog before June 30th. 

By the way, if you are enjoying the Garden Tags stamp set as much as I am, you will want to grab it before the end of June. This is one of our exclusive $5.00 Stamp of the Month sets the you will want to get your hands on before it’s gone. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.