Welcome to the Doodled Borders Blog Hop

I am so happy to be able to join this month’s stamp of the month blog hop with my fellow Makers. Each month, we show you a variety of ways to use these exclusive stamp sets, and, this month, we are showing you how to use these adorable doodled images on your projects.

What is a blog hop? 136957575_10225564649602260_5947054056233782743_n Well, if you have come here from Kimberly Loewen’s blog, then you are in the right place.  As you travel from blog to blog, you will be inspired by projects created by our talented team.  When you are finished viewing my Doodled Border Valentine tutorial, you can click the link at the end to “hop” on over to the next creation.  If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


As a cardmaker, I like having a quick, simple pattern that I can make last-minute. If you are like me, you are going to enjoy the video tutorial I created showing you how to make these three cards using the Doodled Border stamp set

The original card with the bow was inspired by a few cards I found on Pinterest that used washi tape and ribbon.  I decided to take that pattern and adapt it to these border stamp images.

The first card was stamped using Scarlet ink with those adorable doodled hearts. I added a sentiment along the top border then embellished the card with a small bow.  

The bow was cut out using our Small Bow thin cuts, then dry embossed using a swiss dot embossing folder.  Adding those whimsical polka-dots matched the doodle hearts so well. 

The second card was stamped in the same manner as the first. This time, instead of the hearts, I used the little asterisks border to match the flower on the front of the card. 

I used Scarlet ink to match the Blue Belle flower sticker and gems, then added a simple wooden sentiment. Those wooden sentiments are some of my favorites to use on cards. 

The third and final card has more of a masculine feel. I designed this as a Valentine for my son. I used Espresso ink with a few of the large borders to create the background then added some die cuts I had leftover in my stash. 

Each card was created using the same technique, yet, they each look so uniquely different because of the colors used and the embellishments added. You could easily change the look of your cards by selecting a different color palette, die cut, or sentiment.

If you would like to learn how to make some of these Doodled Borders cards, you can view my video tutorial. I show you how to ensure that your borders are stamped straight across the card, and I share a few tips to help you as you create.

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I hope that these cards inspired you to try something new with the Doodled Borders stamp set.  Now head on over to Megan Lawrence’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. 

Don’t forget! The Doodled Borders stamp set is only available until February 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or for only $5.00  with a qualifying purchase.

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)

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.   

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