My Favorite Color with the Love of Color

One of my favorite colors in the fall is Flannel. Yes, I said flannel. Unfortunately, I sometimes look like a lost lumberjack who should be wielding a bloody ax, but it is still one of my cozy, comfy favorites in the fall.  Hence, the need to create this layout. I wanted a reason to use some of these Hello Pumpkin papers, and display my love flannel.


Our Hello Pumpkin collection has these delightful paper patterns of Black Flannel and Tangerine Gingham that I wanted to use for the background, but I didn’t want it to look “holloween-ish” so I struggled a little on how to put these two together. Thank goodness for Close to My Heart’s Love of Color Idea Book! All I had to do was look up “Tangerine” and, TA-DA, a usable color palette of Sapphire, Fern, Canary, Charcoal, and Tangerine.

As you can see in this layout, I chose to use Pacifica instead of Sapphire to lighten my layout just a bit, but, even after I exchanged a few of the colors for others in the suggested palette, it still came together nicely. By using the Love of Color Idea Book, I was able to have a springboard to begin creating.


Our Love of Color Book is defiantly a must have in your library. If you haven’t had a chance to look through the Love of Color Idea Book, you should come to one of my events. I always tote it along for ideas and would love to show you how wonderfully designed this book is. Not only is is chock-full of color palette suggestions, but it is also packed with idea upon idea for layouts, cards, home decor, and more.

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My “Favorite Color is Flannel” Layout will be available in my online store as a kit to purchase, but I will not be providing a guide for sale at this time. Unfortunately, there has not been a need for my guides in quite a while, so I am backing off on creating them.  If you wish to continue purchasing my guides, please let me know because if there is no need for them, sadly, they will be no longer be available.

UPDATE: Due to the amount of requests for this guide – it has been created and is available for purchase in my online store. Thank you to all those who had such kind words and have been kind enough to purchase my guides. 

To all my flannel loving friends, may your closet be full of your favorite patterns and colors, and may you stay cozy and warm this winter.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Hello Pumpkin Thank You Card

Aren’t you just loving the Hello Pumpkin products Close to My Heart created this season? Who knew that the bright Tangerine, Lagoon, Mint, and Black would be such a FUN color combination. This week, I am working on Thank You cards, and I decided to create a simple “Thank You Pumpkin” card for the Three Amigos Autumn/Halloween challenge.

HelloPumpkinThankYou-misscarriescreationsThis card was a very simple one to make using the Hello Pumpkin Papers and Cardmaking stamp set. If you wish to recreate this card, you can find the full list of products I used at the very bottom of this post.


The card started out with a simple piece of Lagoon cardstock that I splattered with Black Shimmer. After using a Small Circle Thin Cut to cut out the circles from the Black B&T paper, I traced the circles onto White Daisy cardstock, then stamped each of the Pumpkin images using Nectarine and Black Inks.


Once assembled, I wrapped Silver Embellishing Thread around the paper, and attached it to the Lagoon background. The little tag was cut out using a Fancy Tag Thin Cut, the Thank You sentiment was stamped, then attached to the card using Foam Tape. Add a few Silver Glitter Gems, and the card is complete.

How easy was that?! A simple fall card that anyone would love. Thank you again for visiting my blog and supporting my home business. I truly enjoy sharing these paper crafting projects with you each week and I can’t wait to see what you create!



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Hello Pumpkin Stamp Set

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Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Lagoon Cardstock

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Fancy Tags Thin Cuts

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Shimmer Brush

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Nectarine Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Silver Glitter Gems

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My Acrylix Block Starter Set

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Silver Embellishing Thread

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3D Foam Tape

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Tombow Adhesive

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Holiday Sparkle & Seasons of Joy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Sparkle & Season’s of Joy Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from both our Holiday Sparkle and Season of Joy collections. 43952017_10155987217317686_8454669368721145856_nYes! Both collections! You are going to be amazed by all the spectacular artwork this week.

If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’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.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I had such a hard time choosing which product to use this week. Partly because both are such incredible products, but mostly because my fall decorations have been sitting in a box in my living room for two weeks and I cannot even contemplate anything that involves Christmas. Yes, ladies, my life in a nutshell. (The squirrels are forever scattered and chased.) 

So this week, I chose to avoid Christmas, continue to play with fall papers, and use the delightful Love with All the Trimming stamp set to create this cheerful “Lots of Love” card that I plan on sending out for an upcoming anniversary.



The background for this card is a PML in the Hello Pumpkin paper pack. I took advantage of those little stars and hearts that were already there and strategically placed my other items to cover “Happy Halloween”. The remaining embellishments came from the package of Hello Pumpkin Complements.



Remember how I said I wasn’t ready for Christmas? Well, using a stamp set full of Christmas-y sentiments was a bit of a challenge, but I realized that the “with Lots of Love” sentiment paired with those darling little hearts could be used for any occasion .



That sweet sentiment was placed onto a piece of our NEW Seasonal Mix-Ins and shaded with a Black Shimmer Brush.  I enjoy having this additional paper pack to use on my projects and it blends beautifully with all of our other seasonal papers.

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I know that many of you may have expected a Christmas-y card or at least something that said “Happy Holidays”, but my brain cannot even think about tidings, or stockings, or figgy pudding for another month. I hope that you still enjoyed my little paper crafting creations, and continue through the blog hop to see more ideas from a few other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from our Holiday Sparkle and Season of Joy collections.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’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. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the WHAT’S NEW section of my website to see all of the products available for the holiday season.  I can’t wait to see what you create!