Sharing the Joy while Making Flowers

As many of you know, the Share the Joy special is ending on July 31stand, if you are like me, you might have a pile of circles leftover after using this Thin Cut.  This die appears to be created for card making, and I did use it for quite a few cards like my Fourth of July card, BUT, I also found a way to create a scrapbook border using the same die.

I have honestly enjoyed playing with the Share the Joy collection, but amongst all of the projects lies a “little” pile of circles crying out to be used. So, what do I do? I use them to make flowers.MissCarriesCreations_MamaBearCardSM.jpg

Yes, flowers. These adorable folded gems seemed like the perfect solution for using up my ever-growing pile of circles. They are simple to make and can be layered in a variety of ways to create simple, origami-isk flowers. Here is how it is done:


Fold each circle, as shown, then place them side-by-side in a half-circle or full circle shape. Add a brad, button, or wooden shape in the middle and you have a flower. I kept my card super-simple. I plan on sending it to a new mommy friend who is currently enjoying the “joys” of pregnancy. MissCarriesCreations_MamaBearCardDetail

After creating the flowers, I assembled them onto some True Love paper, added some printed text from the Into the Wild Collection, then a bit of Burlap Ribbon and gems.  I even found a sentiment to used from the Bear Hug stamp of the month. (FYI: This stamp set will also be gone on July 31st.)

I hope that this card has helped you to find a way to use up your pile of circles (or chads as some like to call them) and that it inspires you to create something new.   Don’t forget, the Share the Joy Thin Cuts & Stamp sets will retire July 31st, as well as the Bear Hugs stamp set. If they are one your wish list, make sure you order them before they disappear.

▶▶▶ If you are a part of my VIP Group, your order will place you into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate. 

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!!




Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One New Product Blog Hop where we will 49899790_10156181123647686_321959965507977216_nbe featuring a multitude of Close to My Heart products from our INCREDIBLE Seasonal Expressions catalog.  If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of projects you can make from the New Seasonal Expressions.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Who knew that it would be so difficult to make a decision on what to create for this Blog Hop. There are SO MANY unbelievably wonderful items to choose from.😍 I decided that it would be best to focus on the featured paper pack of the month -the adorable Something Fierce collection – and tell you about some of the new products I used to create this precious Cute-a-Saurus Card.


NEW Larger Complements

If you have been a consumer (or collector) of Close to My Heart products for a while, you may remember that our complements were once 6″ x 12″ which allowed for larger stickers, die cuts, and borders.  Close to My Heart has brought back the large complements and I am relishing these seasonal designs – especially the sweet stickers I used on this card. How cute are those stars, hearts, and borders?!

NEW Cut-Apart Pages

This past year, Close to My Heart added Picture My Life pages to their paper packs, and, while these were super cute, many people didn’t use them, so the decision was made to add Cut-Apart-Pages instead.  I personally think that it is a wonderful idea and, as you can see on my card, gives you even more images to create with.

In each paper pack you will receive TWO of these new Cut-Apart-Pages with a patterned design on the back.  This gives you a choice to use the patterned paper, the images, or both when creating. For those of you who did use the Picture My Life cards, don’t panic. We now have a set of cards to match each of our paper collections that you can purchase separately for your pocket albums.

There are so many more products I used on this card – some  new and some carried over –  that you will find in the New Seasonal Expressions. If you have not had a chance to see the New Catalog, you are missing out.  The products in our Seasonal Expressions are mind-blowing and in-line with all of the current trends. (yep, dinosaurs are a trend right now)  If you would like to see the full catalog, you can visit the “Products” tab of your consultant’s website or view it online here.

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Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’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. Remember, everyone who places an online order receives a ♥FREE Seasonal Expressions catalog♥.   Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to see to everything this catalog has to offer.    I can’t wait to see what you create!