It’s a Pet-Pourri at the Heart2Heart Challenge

If you’re like me, you probably have phone full of pet photos and a stack of pet-shaped stamps.  87504779_10157306730953089_7096549616794992640_nWell, my friend, it’s time to dig all of those out of your stash, and start creating for our Pet-Pourri challengeβ™₯.  Our Design Team has created quite a few pet-loving projects for you to enjoy at the Heart2Heart challenge blog.  Before I show you what I made this week,  I want to remind you that this challenge is open all month long.  Just make sure to link your project before April 30th

Remember how I said that I have a phone full of pet photos?  My kids will vouch for the fact that there are more photos of this sweet fur baby than there are of the humans. 🀣 Now that the kids are grown and not around as much, this little pup gets most of my attention, which would account for all the photos of her.  These are some I took of her last summer when we took her fishing. 

Our little miss is quite the character.β™₯  She was fascinated with the crayfish in the mud and equally curious with the fish wiggling at the end of the chain. When I decided to start recording these memories, I was searching for a new technique to try and, wouldn’t you know it, SG Scrap Squad was doing a challenge this weekend. 

The inspiration for that starburst, came from a sketch they published for the challenge from the November 2015 issue.  I chose to create mine from some These are My People papers & a few patterns from our Mix-Ins

After creating the starburst and adding the photos, I began looking for embellishments.  I knew that I had a crayfish (lobster) from an older collection, some fish from the Seas the Day stickers, and some elements from These Are My People – what I didn’t know was how I was going to pull all those pieces togetherβ™₯.  

I decided to grab some Kraft paper and add it behind the starburst then frame the photo in Sapphire Blue. This matched both the crayfish and the sentiment stickers. 

To tie the whole layout together, I added that large torn paper sticker from the These Are My People sticker sheet.  To me it looked like water, making it the perfect addition to the layout.  I added a few elements to the top of the page for the title and the layout was complete. 

I hope that you were inspired by this Sweet Furry Fisherman layoutβ™₯ and that you plan to join us for our Pet-Pourri challenge at Heart2Heart.  

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Create a Stencil for Your Swimming Scrapbook Layout

A Creative Design Team Video Collab

Welcome to another Creative Design Team Video Collab! This month, our team was challenged to create something with stencilsβ™₯ and you are going to be amazed at the projects we came up with.  When you have finished watching my video tutorial, you can click on the next video in the hop.  A complete list of the Creative Design Team & their creations can be found here on my blog


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I truly enjoyed showing you how I used the stencil I created in Cricut Design Space along with some of our Seas The Day products to create my Swimming Lessons layout.  Even though these memories are from many years ago, I am happy to see them on a pageβ™₯ and ready to share in my family albums.

As you saw in the video, I created the wave background using a stencil that I created in Cricut Design Space.  After cutting it out from our Stencil Sheets, I inked the waves in Mint & Glacier Ink. Once the background was assembled, I began embellishing the layout with Seas the Day Stickers. 

To finish the layout, I dug through some of my stash and found some red round paper clips. If you have loved Close to My Heart as long as I have, you probably recognize these.  The clips were used to create a simple whimsical border on the layout.  I love how it turned out! 


I hope you take a few minutes to β€œhop” through all of our Creative Design Team Designs. Each one of these talented ladies did an amazing job with their projects.β™₯  You are going to learn SOO MUCH from each one of their tutorials. 

Remember, the entire list of Creative Design Team Designers can be found here on my blog, or in the description of my video.  While you are watching, make sure to take a few minutes to subscribe to each channel and hit that notification button so that you will be notified when we upload a new Creative Design Team video collab. 

I hope you learned something new and were inspired to dust of your Cricut and create something using a stencil today. 

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It’s a Cardstock Carnival!!

Right now is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite cardstock colors!  With many of us staying safe at home and spending more time crafting, cardstock is one of those most used items.  This month, you can enjoy out-of-this-world deals on our exclusive two-toned cardstock bundles and individual colors.

Our two-toned cardstock coordinates perfectly with all our paper packetsβ™₯ and is a staple for any avid crafter.  Available in all of our exclusive colors, our cardstock is a crafting essential that you can never have too much of!  We’ve put together a few exclusive bundles with similar colors so it’s easy to expand your stash of cardstock.

Save 20% on all individual cardstock packs, 30% on exclusive combo packs, and 40% on the exclusive Cardstock Carnival bundle, available only through this sale!

As a thank you to all of you who are taking advantage of this sale, I am offering a special gift to anyone who places an order of $60 or more (before tax & shipping)  on my website – 6a35d326-2cdd-43cd-bff9-2ca153f56c89 A FREE CARDSTOCK SAMPLE PACK!  This little gem comes with a sample of every color of two-toned cardstock we carry, held together on a binder ring. Each one is labeled for you to refer to as you are creating.  Now you can match each of your papers perfectly without having to pull out all of your cardstock colors.  This sampler pack cannot be ordered on my website, is only available through me, and will be sent to you once you have placed your order along with a handmade card. I am extremely grateful for each of you have continued to support me.β™₯ 

The discounts in the Cardstock Carnival special do not apply to cardstock packs associated with paper suites or other specials or the Custom Cardstock Pack options. This Cardstock Carnival special is only available from April 1 through April 30. With discounts between 20–40% on cardstock bundles and select individual colors, feel free to go on a shopping spree!  

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