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June will be here in a few days..four to be exact! What’s FREE?  Read to the end of the post to see!

I really can’t believe how fast the time is flying this year.   June’s featured paper kit will be Jackson!  It’s awesome and works well with the upcoming special (check back on June 1 for this).   I actually changed things around to have Jackson this month due to the special and Father’s Day.

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Jackson Papers
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Jackson’s colors are Barn Red, Cocoa, Glacier, and Juniper paired with the neutral, Colonial White.   I love the paper and how masculine it is.  Great for hiking, camping, Scouts (boys or girls), outside, the park, bike racing or riding..I really think the list is endless.  Here are the Workshop On The Go (WOTG) samples from CTMH (mine to come in a few days) 1504-se-wotg-jackson-boy-layout-wm

1504-se-wotg-jackson-sama0ntha-layout-wm 1504-se-wotg-jackson-mountain-layout-wmJune 13 will be the Jackson Workshop On The Go from 12-3.  If you attend the workshop ($35.00), you are able to stay and crop until 9pm Free.  If you’d prefer to crop only, it’s $10.00 which includes a goodie bag, use of all my stamps (all companies), ink pads, Cricut Expressions and Air {bring your own mat}, Cuttlebug, folders, and other tools.  I have on hand, paper by the sheet for sale as well as other CTMH products for cash and carry.

Taste of Summer last days special!!  These papers, CC1038, are totally awesome!!  Don’t miss out on getting them or the matching stamp set, CC1039 Taste of Summer.  The stamp set is designed to work with one of CTMH’s Exclusive Cartridges, Artiste!

Using Design Space?  Purchase the stamp from me and I’ll send you the Design Space file I’ve created for the stamp set for FREE! I have many blog posts this month featuring both the paper and the stamp set, in both cards and layouts – go back and check out them out.  Fun, fun!!

Best deal yet?  Place a $25.00 order between now and May 31, 2015, and I’ll send you a D-sized stamp set from my stash (it will be a surprise!) FREE!!  This is a $21.00 value!! 

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You can’t beat that!  So hurry up and get your orders in!  =)

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The Sweet Taste of Summer Card

With May coming to an end, here’s one of my last cards using Taste of Summer.

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The Sweet Taste of Summer Card
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For this Sweet Taste of Summer card I combined a two different stamp sets, Taste of Summer CC1039 and Ice-Cold Summer B1478, along with the CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Pack for May!

stamp images 72cac1c0-2848-4787-9e67-2d213eb48a92This card was inspired by a scrapbook page I saw done by CTMH and I turned the idea into a card.  I used the fruit stamps to create a random pattern down the front of the card.  Used the Cricut to cut out the tag with Z1970 Artiste.

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The Sweet Taste of Summer Card
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For the glass, I outlined it by hand. Used Whisper for the ice cubes.  Added some prisma glitter for some bling.  Fussy cut the glass and used 3D tape to pop it up.

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The Sweet Taste of Summer Card
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All and all, pretty sweet card to celebrate the start of summer this last weekend!

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Taste of Summer

I’m having so much fun with the Taste of Summer Paper and Stamp Set!  Just can’t get enough of them.  I created this card, more whimsical, with the vine and strawberries.

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It’s a simple layered card.  Stamp the vines in Topiary.  Add a few strawberries using Hollyhock and using the “rock and roll” technique, add a bit of Ruby on the edges with the strawberry top in Topiary.  Doing the same thing, stamp a few strawberries on scrap white and cut out.   Here’s the Taste of Summer Paper (CC1038) and Stamps (CC1039).

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Use the ShinTouch Markers to add the yellow for the seeds.  Then add some Liquid Glass on the seeds to create the texture of the strawberries.

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Cut out some flowers from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  Color the center in with the yellow Touch marker.  Use our glue pen (one of my favorites) over the yellow and dust with prisma glitter!

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Cut the tag from Cricut Artiste Cartridge and stamp it with the “yummy” stamp in Canary. Add a pennant

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Add the sentiment on top, stamping in the black, wiping off the “Berry” with a wet wipe and stamping it.  Then reink the sentiment in Hollyhock and wipe off “You’re” and “Special”, lining up the sentiment and stamping again.  This is the blessing of acrlix stamps – you can see where you are stamping.  You get the two toned sentiment.

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Taste of Summer Card 3d
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Only a few more days to get the National Scrapbooking Month Special from Close To My Heart!  You don’t want to miss out on the Taste of Summer!!

Smiles and Happy Creating!

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Taste of Summer Layout

My second Taste of Summer layout “Orange You Sweet” is from the Close to My Heart  “Make It From Your Heart – Vol 2”  How To books.  Our How To books are great for inspiration.

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Taste of Summer Orange You Sweet Layout
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I took a variety of pictures featuring “Ginger”, our much beloved “Boonie Dog” from Guam.  She had been with our family for 15 years.  Such a hard loss for our family, particularly my husband, and especially for SG.  Creating this layout helped us take our favorite memories and preserve them for years to come.  Now looking at the layout, I’m going to back and cut out “Ginger” from the Cricut and put her name up on the left corner of the left page as part of the title.  I used the Taste of Summer papers and stamp set, the National Scrapbooking Special from Close to My Heart to create this layout.  It’s the 22nd of May and you have 9 more days to get this wonderful paper and stamp set before they are gone!

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Taste of Summer
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I used a few techniques with Liquid Glass covering the inside of the oranges.  I love that the Liquid Glass pulls some of the orange ink and creates the yellow look for the sections of the oranges.  With the Coral Reef sequins, I put a dab of pearl paints in the center to match the orange in the paper.

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Taste of Summer Orange You Sweet Layout
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Taste of Summer Orange You Sweet Layout
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Have I shared how I like to cut things out?  I do but fussy cutting can take so long.  So I love any stamp set which works with the Circut!!  With the Taste of Summer Stamp set, Close to My Heart’s exclusive Artiste Cartridge is it!!

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Taste of Summer Orange You Sweet Layout
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There is so much I like about how this turned out. I really like how the orange in the papers sets off the orange in Ginger’s coat.  The layers on the left side reflect the layers of our lives and how Ginger has been there from the beginning of our marriage.

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Taste of Summer Orange You Sweet Layout Collage
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Taste of Summer

The Taste of Summer papers from Close to My Heart are just so bright and fun.  I created this card for the Come and Play Card Buffet in May.  The bright color and citrus elements truly say summer for me.

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We created the front panel of the card (the background) by embossing the card with white embossing powders.  Once this is set (a minute or two after you are done heating), you take sponge daubers and the Canary, Sunset, and Topiary ink pads to add the color.  Once done, wipe it off the excess ink.

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This makes the white embossed images “pop”.  I love the look!  Add bonus if you have kids or teach kids and do this in front of them, you are “magic”!! I cut the tags from the Cricut Artiste Collection and stamped them with the Taste of Summer Stamp Set (CC1039).  Life is so much easier when you don’t have to fussy cut!

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Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection
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I stamped a few of the oranges with a “rock and roll” technique to get the different colors on the rind.  Always go with your lighter color first.  Then I put a thick coat of Liquid Glass on the oranges, just in the center.  With some colors, Liquid Glass will “pull out the color so test your colors first to make sure it’s what you want.  In this case, I wanted the color to pull out and add to the color of the center.  Let them dry overnight.

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I added some of the zip strips from the top of the paper to layer the pennant and added some lime green baker’s twine I found in the $1.00 bins at Target!  Stamp a sentiment on the inside and add a few Liquid Glass limes!

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Voila!  A fun card with a lot of different techniques involved.

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Taste of Summer Papers and Stamps Card Collage
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Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Thursday and tomorrow is the last day for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with a few gifts.   We’ve had a such a great time doing special things for the teachers of SG’s school!  Flowers on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, pens on Wednesday, special mug on Thursday, and thank you notes on Friday!!  Need a gift?  Grab that Cricut Artiste and cut a few!

14-ai-teacher-appreciation-giftsAdd a few stamps and some cute items like pencils and cards and you’re set.  D1612 Teacher Appreciation is the perfect set for these gifts.  I’ll be keeping this set for many years to come.

Teacher Appreciation Stamp SetYou’re sure to make the teacher’s day!

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National Scrapbooking Month and a Taste of Summer

One of the best things in May is National Scrapbooking Month and a Taste of Summer.  To celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, CTMH brought us these awesome papers called “A Taste of Summer”!  The colors are absolutely amazing!!

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You can see the vibrancy and who doesn’t love fruit!  Enjoy this paper, CC1038, for $8.95 or $11.00 after s/h/t.

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We have a matching stamp set, CC1039 Taste of Summer, with the cutest fruits and sayings on it.  The set is compatible with our exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Artiste!  The set is $17.95 ($21.00 after s/h/t).

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Here’s a cute card I made with both the Taste of Summer Papers and Stamp Set.  I used the FMS 184 as the template to create it.

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This card will be in the upcoming Come and Play Card Buffets!  I used our Pink Glitter Paper, the Cricut Artiste to cut the sentiment tag out, and the “rock and roll” ink technique on the stamps to create the variegated color on the strawberries.  Add some distressing with a sponge on the tag to add depth. I mounted it on black cardstock because it really sets of the vibrancy of the colors in the Taste of Summer paper!   I love working with these colors especially after such a long winter.  They make me smile!

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Sneak Peak!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the new papers and stamps which are coming out in the Seasonal Expressions 2, released live on April 1, 2015. Oh, playing with new product is just SO MUCH FUN!  I’m loving the paper design and colors to celebrate Spring (which I’m really ready for with the threat of more winter weather in our area on Friday). The paper works well with our flower cuts on both the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.  I have a new stamp set swap coming due and and I saw the Monday Mojo sketch and knew immediately that it would work for one of the stamp sets I am doing!

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I used a variety of different stamp sets for this.  One is an older one but a good “Girls Rock – C1538″ plus 2 new sets upcoming.  The background paper is called “Blossom” and I used Lagoon and Smoothie card stock for matting the “Hello Friend Wreath – M1055” stamp.  The leaves are cut from Art Philosophy and the stamp is from “Girls Rock – C1538”.  The center of the flower is stamped with a stamp from “Blossom Card Workshop – D1649” (love this set!)

Blossom Collage  wmI stamped the center of the flower with chocolate ink and added pink Stickles for bling.  I used the same Stickles  on the “Hello Friend Wreath”.  Super fun, super easy to make card!  Will be adding this to the Spring Come and Play Card Buffet!!

Want your own sneak peak?  Now is the time to join my team.  The new consultant kits feature new products to be released on April 1, 2015!  Better yet, you get a wonderful value of $380+ of product during March (ends on March 31, 2015) because you get the kit ($360) and a FREE shoulder tote ($20+) for $99.00!  This is an amazing deal.   You can choose the “Card Maker’s Kit” or the “Scrapbooker’s Kit”.

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Card Maker’s Kit – Season Expressions 2 March 1 – July 31, 2015

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Free when you sign up in March 2015 while supplies last!!

Free when you sign up in April 2015 while supplies last!!

Plus with the “Recruiting on a Roll”, you can get your rolling tote (awesomeness) for FREE (value $150.00) when you place your first $300 worth of orders in your first 40 days with the company!!

Rolling Tote CollageI wish I had the chance to earn a rolling tote for free!  It’s so big, we can zip my daughter up in it!  So join our team and come play with us.

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Cyber Monday Madness with 20% off all CTMH Cricut Collections!!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. 
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GUESS WHAT ELSE?  Cyber Monday falls on December 1, 2014 which is the start of the December Special – “Deal of the Decade”, that will let you  purchase C size (value $13.95) and D- size (value $17.95) stamp sets for only $10 with a qualifying purchase of $50. This is our way of celebrating the ten-year anniversary of our My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps, which have truly been industry-changing! Purchasing a discounted Cricut Cartridge makes you eligible for purchasing as many ‘C’ and ‘D’ sized stamp sets as you’d like for only $10 each! How fun is that??!!
CaptureDo you have loved ones who’d enjoy a Cricut Cartridge under the Christmas Tree? When you Order (2) Discounted Cartridges you will also qualify for $25 in Free Product! (must email me first) so I can enter it in as show!  Going to by 2? Get a special from me for FREE SHIPPING.  =)  Do not place this order through the website – call or email me.  This is good only for tomorrow, Cyber Monday, and until 7:00pm EST.
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In addition to “Deal of the Decade” with C and D stamps for $10, our Seasonal Expressions goes live.  There is so much awesomeness in this!  2 new papers packs, new stamps, and new embellishments. Be watching for new cards, layouts, and more to be posted on this.  None of the stamps in the Seasonal Expressions are included in the Deal of the Decade as they are new.  =)
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