It’s So Sad to Say Good-bye

Spring is coming, plants are budding, and our Seasonal Expressions is retiring. I am eager for a new season, new catalog, and new products, BUT before we get too excited, I wanted to remind you of a few important things you might want to snag (like free project guides) before they disappear at the end of April.

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As the end of April nears, most of these items will start to disappear off the shelves.  If you have had any of these on your wish list, make sure to you order sooner then later.


♥ Paper Packs, Complements, & Coordinating Pocket Cards

I have enjoyed the patterns from all FIVE papers packs this season. The boyish prints in Something Fierce – the vivid colors of I Heart Us – and even the country prints in So Much Happy. My utmost favorite was the Feels Like Home collection.  The farmhouse images, the soft prints, and the french country patterns made my heart sing.

Not only do we have gorgeous papers, we also get matching Stickers, Die Cuts, and Pocket Cards. Each of these complements our papers so well and can be used on just about any project.


Scrapbooking & Card Making Kits

How many of you love kits? I know that when my creative brain needs a rest, kits are my best friend. This season, Close to My Heart “wowed” us with not only Basic Scrapbooking kits, but Deluxe Kits as well.

For those who love making cards, our Cardmaking Kits are a great deal. With each kit you get all the supplies to make TWELVE cards. Which one is your favorite?


Free Workshop & Project Guides

Close to My Heart creates project guides for cards, scrapbook layouts, and home decor items in each catalog.  These are FREE to download and print for future project ideas. I take advantage of these guides each season, and often make pages like my “This Happened” layout where I used the So Much Happy guide for a layout using Something Fierce papers.  You can download each of the guides by going to the Kits section of my website, selecting each kit, and click “Download Guide”.

I also like to download the recipes for all the projects in the current catalog.  YES, THERE ARE RECIPES! You can do this by going to the Catalog on my website, then scrolling down to “Recipes”.


So….are you excited about a new catalog arriving soon? I have already been thumbing through it and am IN LOVE! As a Consultant, I get a sneak peek of everything AND I GET TO ORDER IT one month ahead of time.  This is just one of perks of being a consultant.  (FYI: If you join this month, you get new catalogs, new papers, and some additional freebies.)

Don’t forget that all the items in the catalog will be gone April 30th and many will begin to disappear from my website throughout the month as people snag those last minute items.  I suggest that you purchase what is on your wishlist sooner than later.  I would hate for you to miss out.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Love Blossoms Blog Hop where we will be featuring some delightful projects created using our Love Blossoms stamp set. 53706671_10156302606292686_6126055636904968192_nIf 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 site. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas from some very talented Close to My Heart consultants. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

I will have to admit that I have fallen head-over-heels for the Love Blossoms stamp set. Not only do you get those gorgeous flowers, but the stamp set includes a full sheet of sentiment stamps.  In honor of the upcoming holiday and approaching spring season, I decided to create a this Lucky Friendship card that, I feel, is simply sublime. MissCarriesCreations-LuckyYourMyFriendCard.jpgThe background for this card was created using a Glacier Gingham pattern paper that was stitched with Silver Embellishing Thread.  I did this to match the stitching on the frame and the loop of thread I would be adding to the Rose image. I then stamped the “Lucky” sentiment onto the paper using Pewter Ink and added a White Frame using 3D Foam Tape

Using VersaMark™ Ink, I stamped the Rose onto Vellum and heat embossed the image using White Embossing Powder.  I chose to leave my image opaque, but you could use the background image from the stamp set or ShinHan Markers to add color to the back of vellum and give your card a completely different lookMissCarriesCreations-LuckyYourMyFriendCardSide.jpgAfter cutting out the image, I began to wonder how I was going to attach the flower to the card without the adhesive showing. I realized that quite a few veins in the leaves were pretty thick, and I could hide a small strip of 3D Foam Tape behind each one. I think it worked out perfectly. MissCarriesCreations-LuckyYourMyFriendCardInside

Remember how I told you about those fantastic sentiments that come with the Love Blossoms stamp set? Well, these amazing stamps are designed to “complete” your sentiment inside the card. I love stamp sets that do this for me!

Now ‘Hop” on over to Becca Whitham’s blog to see her artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Love Blossoms Stamp Set is only available while supplies last through March 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to order this delightful set before it’s gone.

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

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Love Blossoms Stamp Set

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