Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

Fall is here and our  group has been busy creating some wonderful creations for you featuring products from the new September/October catalog. 118688680_10157792610047686_3570181646909527190_nThis seasonal idea book is full of delightful papers, new shades of cardstock, stickers, stamps, and dies all rolled up in a beautiful bundle of inspiration.  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Fall Joy Slimline Card, 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.


The colors of autumn are some of my favorites to work with especially when it involves skeletonized leaves. When I first saw the Textured Leaves stamps and dies in the new catalog, I knew I had to have them and made plans right away to create a slimline card. 

This is only the second slimline card I have created.  I am not normally one to follow trends, but the size of these Textured Leaves required a larger card and the 8.5″ x 3.5″ base was ideal for this design. 

Each one of the leaf images was heat embossed onto cardstock to give some texture to the design.  I chose a few of our new colors – Sundance & Cinnamon – and paired them with Almond, Espresso, and Paprika. 

After the leaves were cut out, I used a few of our Distress Oxide Inks on the edges to create some color variation. Those new inks are just delightful! Each one blends beautifully and dries to a soft chalky color.  I have already created one project with them and I can’t wait to create more. 

The papers and stickers on this card are also new to our collection.  The background papers are from our Woodgrain and Mix-In paper packs which coupled beautifully with the Sunflower stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection.  Don’t these paper designs just make you want to create??

Once the leaves were layered, the stitching was added, and the sentiment chosen, I felt like it needed a something more.  I realized that I had spoiled myself with some Copper Ore paper and knew that it would be a wonderful addition to the card. 

Those Flower Market twigs were cut on my Cricut Maker using the Metallic Poster-board setting, then tucked under each of the leaves on the card.   I only wish the photo did justice to the beauty of this paper. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to create something fun for fall and to take a look all the amazing new products in our September/October 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 Janet J Royer’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 Fall Collection.  

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.

Welcome to the September SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using our Stamp of the Month entitled Here for the Memories.118602165_10157782161227686_898844977529488597_n This stamp set is perfect for celebrating National Stamping Month!  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my Fall Crop Gift Bag, 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


This weekend, I am hosing a Labor Day retreat in the Rocky Mountains and, when I saw the September stamp set, I knew that it would be ideal for creating some gift bags to treat the ladies who are attending. After all, who wouldn’t want a beautiful monogram stamp with some coveted hand-sanitizer at their weekend crop??

The bag was a Hobby Lobby purchase that I stamped using Sapphire and Espresso Ink then splattered with a Toffee Shimmer Brush.  It was a bit difficult to stamp onto this bag and a few of the images appear uneven and faded, so the addition of some random arrows and splatter added to the worn look of the design. 

Since this is a fall retreat, I chose to add a few leaves that were cut using our Leaves Thin Cuts dies. These new dies are so much bigger that I thought they would be and they are essential for your upcoming fall projects. I can’t wait to create with them again. 

I cut out each one of the leaves from White Daisy cardstock then shaded the each one by blending some red, yellow, green, and orange Distress Oxide inks. These inks are a new product I have never used before and I am HOOKED.  Unfortunately, we are out of stock on the website and hope to have a few in the warehouse soon. 

After creating the leaves, I designed a tag with a heat embossed sentiment on a Sapphire cardstock circle. The phrase was stamped onto the circle using VersaMark Ink, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder, then heat set with a heat tool. 

To embellish the gift bag, I added some burlap ribbon from my stash, a little jute twine and a wooden button.  I think that this bag is simply adorable and I hope that the ladies at my retreat do also. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to create a few gifts for your friends during National Stamping Month. Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’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, the Here for the Memories Stamp Set set is only available until September 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00♥.

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.


Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Creating a Farm House Scrapbook Layout with Craft with Heart

Close to My Heart has an amazing Scrapbook Subscription program called Craft with Heart, and, this week, I decided that it was time to starting showing you how I use these layout kits.  Before I share the process video of my First Farm House layout, I want to explain a little bit more about these monthly kits that are mailed to you each month. 

Each kit comes to you with everything you need to create two 2-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts including the memory protectors.  It is ready to assemble, easy to make, and only requires adhesive and a journalling pen. The layout I am sharing with you arrived last fall, and, as you will see, I was able to use the Craft with Heart kit to create a memorable page of our First Farm House. 

Here is the fun part.  This layout was not originally designed to look like this. If you look at the photos below, you will see that I used all of the elements in the kit, but in a way that fit my photos best. Since the kits each month are designed to match our current paper packets, I was able to add more elements to my page using some of my Hawthorn paper scraps.

I just love how each of the elements in the kit – stickers and die cuts – enhanced the design of my layout.  By simply moving a few of them to another part of the page, I was able to create my own individual piece of art for my memories. 

There are so many other little things that I did to make this page my own personal creation that I want to share with you, so I have created a process video for you to view and enjoy.  In this video you will be able to see how I used the original design to help me create this layout and you will also learn how I chose to add my own personal touch to the pages. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s creation and are excited to try something new.  If you would like to learn more about having Craft with Heart scrapbook kits delivered to your door, simply visit the Subsciption page on my website and scroll down to the Craft with Heart scrapbook kits to see all of the amazing options available. 

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.

Here is a list of the supplies I used on this project