Welcome to the Creativity in Motion Blog Hop

It’s National Stamping Month and we are celebrating with Creativity in Motion. 118698173_10157792632757686_706124891864027141_nThis animated stamp collection has been paired with some bright six-inch papers, tab dies, and fun animation sheets – all of which our team will be featuring today.  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 Simple Butterfly Box tutorial, 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.


For the past three months, I have been creating quite a few animated projects using the Creativity in Motion collection, so, today, I decided to go a little rogue and feature the Bright Paper stack instead. I chose to create a simple little box using those bright six-inch papers, the Border Tab dies, and the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. 

I even had time to create a little video tutorial for you, but before you scroll down to the video link, I want to tell you about this adorable little box. 

As you can see, it was created primarily from the papers in the Bright Paper stack which is a collection of six-inch papers made from some of our favorite patterns scaled down to fit the smaller size.  In the video, I show you how to make this box using a single sheet of this paper. 

All of the tags, tabs, and embellishments were also created using those adorable little papers.  The back of the box has a pull-out insert that was created using some polka-dot paper, white cardstock, and cut with one of the Border Tab thin cut dies. 

Those fun little Border Tabs are designed to help “move or pull” the animated images on your Creativity in Motion Projects, but I have found that they also make great tag toppers, hidden journaling tabs, and box tops.  There is even a little stamp set designed to go with the tabs that you can get at a discount when you buy the Border Tab Bundle

The butterfly image is one of the lenticular stamp images in the collection that is designed to “move” with the animation sheets. This one was leftover from the butterfly layout I created earlier in the month and it fit perfectly with this design. 

Alright…..enough yammering. Time to show you how you can make one of these boxes using some Creativity in Motion products.  This process video will walk you through step-by-step so that you can create a simple little box using some six-inch pattern papers. 

Once you have finished making your little boxes, you can fill them with post-it notes, a fancy pen, pampering goodies, and, of course, coffee & chocolate. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use a few of your Creativity in Motion products. If you haven’t ordered any yet, make sure to stop by my website or talk to your consultant to learn how you can save 20% on the bundle during the month of September. 

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 using products from the Creativity in Motion collection.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Simple Sunflower Tag Card

For the Heart2Heart Challenge

Hello, my friends! I hope that you are doing well and ready for another Heart2Heart challenge. This week, our Design Team was asked to use Tags – one of my favorites to make – so I am pulling out the June stamp of the month again to create something to inspire you.  Before I show you my Simple Sunflower Tag card, I want to remind you how to join our monthly challenges. 

When you join our monthly challenges, we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product AND that you are sharing original work when you link your photo to the blog post.  You can read the complete set of rules HERE


When I first saw our Garden Tags stamp set, the gardener in me leapt with joy.  I just adore those rustic, vintage-like images that have been placed perfectly to align with our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts.  Last week, I used this stamp set to create two old-world tags and, this week, I am using two of the images to create a Simple Sunflower card. 

Don’t you just love this? I was able to design a delightful little tag as a focal point atop other images from the same stamp set.  The background is a stark contrast to the bright sunflowers and all I had to do to create it was mask off the top & bottom of one of the stamps.

Once the background was stamped, I cut it out using our Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I had debated hand stitching the background onto the card, but I think I like the simple look of the embossed stitching on this project. 

The Sunflowers themselves were shaded using our TriBlend Markers.  In quite a few gardens here, we have a sunflower with a slight coral tint that darkens as it fades. I tried the emulate this by blending the Light Yellow with Coral shades.

One of my favorite things about creating tags is getting to chose the ribbon, thread, and twine to match it.  I have quite the collection in my craft space.  For this card, I chose to stick with yellow & black.  If you have been collecting Close to My Heart goodies for as long as I have, you probably recognize the ribbon and the waxy flax. 

Once all the layers were complete, they were assembled using Foam Tape.  I am loving the simplicity of this card.  There are so many possible designs you could create using the Garden Tags stamp set


I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you would consider joining us for the Heart2Heart Tags challenge.  If you do, make sure that you link your project to the blog before June 30th. 

By the way, if you are enjoying the Garden Tags stamp set as much as I am, you will want to grab it before the end of June. This is one of our exclusive $5.00 Stamp of the Month sets the you will want to get your hands on before it’s gone. 

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A Challenge to Try Something New at Heart2Heart

Happy New Year, friend!  With the new year comes new goals, new promises, and hope for the future. If one of your goals is to try something new, then we would love for you to join our first January challenge at Heart2Heart

One of my crafting goals for the new year is to look at my supplies in a new way. Not only will this help me get through my growing crafting stash, but it will also stretch me to find unique ways to use them and share those with you. Today, I have decided to explore a few new approaches to Liquid Glass  and I am going to share with you how I made use of it on my Winder Songbird Card. 

From the photograph it is hard to see where I used Liquid glass. After all, it is a clear, quick drying liquid that is usually used as an adhesive. What people forget is that Liquid Glass is also great at adding a glaze-like glossy accent to your project. On my card, I added some texture to the background paper by drawing some squares onto the pattern and adding little dots to the tips of my snowflakes.

Since the Liquid Glass has very little dry time, I was able to put the rest of this card together quickly using some pine bough Cricut die-cuts that were heat embossed,  a single stamped bird image, and a sentiment that was stamped atop a partial tag. 

Why heat emboss the pine boughs? There are a few reasons.  First, I accidentally cut FIFTY of these in the wrong color of green for some kits, so I inked them in Espresso to change to color. Second, heat embossing adds texture and stiffens thin die-cuts making them easier to bend and mold. 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and give Liquid Glass a second look.  If you decide to try something new this week, please share it with us at the Heart2Heart Challenge. We always enjoy seeing your creations and are often inspired by you. 

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.