Happy Birthday!

It’s a Birthday Card.  Haven’t shown one in a bit and we have such great birthday stamps!  We are getting to the end of June and of the Florence Cards!

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This card features the Florence paper pack, along with the Bunch of Love Stamp and Thin Cut dies.   I like having the dies when I’m making a card or two.  So easy to pull out the set and dies, whip out a card and you’re done.  No fussy cutting or computers!  I still prefer my Circut for mass production.  =)

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Use the water color pencils to color in, going over them with a wet brush to smooth out lines.  We have awesome water color paints, brushes, and you can use your reinkers to get the same look!  Awesomeness to have a variety of avenues to get a water color look.

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Add some sequins and white shimmer take and you have a great card!  Who doesn’t have a birthday around the corner to give this card to? Thanks Jen L for the great inspiration.  I love my CTMH sisters.  It’s such a great community for support and inspiration.

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The 3rd Workshop Your Way layout with the Florence Collection is called Brilliant.

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Use White Daisy cardstock as the base.  The white background really sets off the colors in the Florence papers, don’t you agree?  I feel the warmth of the colors coming out.

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Using the Florence Compliments (included on the WYW collection), you use “Brilliant” to create the title and clusters of embellishments.   I don’t think I highlight the importance of putting the different elements in the Compliments together to create “clusters” in different areas of your layouts (or any crafting project).  There are different textures and background materials used in the compliments to give you variety which works well for clustering.

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Try to have at least three clusters, spread between the two pages of the layout.  When I add pictures to the layout, I’ll add more clustering.

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You will still be able to create more with the left over paper after the three layouts.  More to come on this!  Some of the cards you’ve seen posted this month are easily made with the scraps.  Tomorrow’s card will show you a great use for your scraps.

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I have to tell you, we’ve created some amazing things at Convention!!  I’m so excited to have so much to share when the new Annual Inspiration is released!!  I love learning and if you watch my Instagram account, you’ll see some of the fun things we are learning!  Speaking of Convention, I have my customer appreciation which ends tomorrow (Sunday).

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Don’t forget about the Flash Sale!  Be sure to check it out.  Ends on Monday at 5PM EDT.

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Florence Mini Album and Flash Sale starts

Here’s a Florence mini album using the My Creations Kraft 3 Ring Album (all products used are provided at the end of the post):

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Don’t you just love the way it turned out.  I took a zillion pictures!!  The clusters of the Florence Compliments, Florence Sequins, and the Rose Gold Foil Tape just make this album stand out.

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See how cute those are?  I have to admit when we first came out with the compliments I was a little unsure of them.  I really like creating the clusters and the added versatility of the product because it can be used for all crafts – scrapbooking, cardmaking, and paper crafting.  It’s not limited and this is really nice.

On the front, there is a little pocket with some inserts.  If it’s used as a gift, you can add a few notes to your friend.  If you are personally using it, note what’s inside the album when it’s on display.

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You can see the Rose Gold Foil Tape just adds the perfect touch to the album cover.   When the book is opened, it looks like this.

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Another larger pocket on the inside cover.   In the Florence Paper Pack, you’ll see that you get one sheet of Picture My Life cards.  That sheet is cut up and the cards are used as inserts into the pocket on the cover of the album and in this pocket.  You can use the page protects designed for the Everyday Life Calendar in this album!

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The back of the album is simple.

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I think this Florence Mini Album turned out spectacular and I have to thank my friend April Smith for the wonderful inspiration.

Flash Sale will start today at 5:00pm EDT!!  Don’t forget to get online and check out the bundles and deals:

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Florence WYW 2nd Layout and don’t forget

Here’s the 2nd layout with the Florence WYW.  The more I play with this paper, the more I enjoy the earthly tones of the paper and I just love the Rose Gold Foil Tape!

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Here’s the left page of the layout

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And here’s the right page.

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The Florence Compliments and Florence Sequins along with the Rose Gold Foil tape, just add so much to this layout.  To me the “Rose Gold” is copper.  My dream is a kitchen full of the copper pans.  To me, copper is warm and inviting.  When you add the copper accents from the Florence Compliments, I feel like the 2nd layout changes and becomes warm and inviting.

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This picture does not show it so much.  “Genuine” is from the Florence Compliments:

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The Compliments come in the WYW now.  This one is a little better for showing the foil tape and copper tones in the the Compliments:

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Don’t forget the 2nd Flash Sale ends at 5pm EDT!!  Be sure to check out the Flash Sale bundles and take advantage of the great deals.  Do your Christmas shopping NOW!

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Florence Easel Card

I host a swap every new Idea Book we get and this Florence Easel Card comes from the swap. One of my long term swappers, Cindy H created this card. I just love it.  A list of supplies can be found at the bottom of the post.

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It opens like this:

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Pretty neat, right?  The stamp set is Noted D1686 (see below) and the image work with the Cricut Cartridge Artistry.  Makes your life faster simpler and easier when you don’t have to fussy cut.

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The flowers are amazing.  They are cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection which is retiring! Cindy H Card 1a wm

Distress the edges of the flowers with sponge daubers to add shading and dimension.  It really makes a difference. The sequins and rose gold foiled tape add the finishing touches and bling.  I really in love with the rose foiled tape!!

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L also love that Cindy added the post-it notes as the bottom the easel.  This Florence Easel Card then can be used by the phone and the post notes replaced when used.  It becomes a part of the home decor. I love being able to share with you artwork from other talented ladies on my Swap Team.

Don’t forget to check out the Friday Flash Sale going on – Great Deals. Check out the Deals in this Post or:

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Florence WYW Layout 1

The more I play with Florence, the more I like it!  This is the first layout from the Florence WYW (Workshops Your Way).

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The Florence WYW kit comes with the Florence Paper Pack, Florence Assortment, Florence  Sequins, and the Rose Gold Foil Trim for $26.95 (before s/h/t.  $31.00 cash/carry).

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The left page looks like this:

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The “Unique” title is from the page of Picture My Life cards.  We all know someone who is unique in their own right so this layout will work for just about anyone.  Right page like this:

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I really love copper.  It’s my favorite metal.  I’d have all copper cookware if we had unlimited cash resources!!  Florence initially did not speak to me but the copper accents, which is what the rose gold looks like to me, sure did. The Rose Gold foil tape and the Florence Compliments rock for copper:

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Here’s a close ups of the elements of the pages:

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Using the PML cards as a title and being able to spread out the Florence Compliments to finish off the page allows for a fairly quick and easy layout.  No stamping required.  The Florence sequins add the bit of bling you need.

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When you purchase the WYW’s from my website or home store, you’ll get a copy of the WYW cutting guide and directions, in color, FREE.  You can download from my shopping website here.  I’m a person who likes the cutting guide on hand, not the computer. So rather than print them yourself, get your WYW from me and get the colored copy free (on nice paper).

Don’t forget tomorrow is the Friday Flash Sale from CTMH!  Check at 5pm EDT.  Thanks for stopping by.


FLASH SALE with Close To My Heart

Flash Sale – June Constant Campaign


News flash! During the month of June, we’re offering great deals on bundles of discounted Close To My Heart products every weekend! Check my Online Business Address (OBA) each Friday during June to find a new set of bundles. There will be lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quick, because they’re only available through the following Monday while supplies last! Bundles will be available at various discount levels and price points throughout the month, so check every weekend to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!

June Stamp of the Month (SOM) S1606 The Long Way Home:

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Featured Paper Packs for June:  Urban and Florence

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With a $50.00 order, you’ll receive a surprise random stamp set valued from $6.95 to $17.95, from my surplus stamps.

With every $100 order, you’ll be entered into the quarterly drawing to win $100.00 of free product (April – June 2016, drawing July 3) Void where prohibited.


Please Check my Calendar and FB Page to see events!!

More artwork coming on Urban, Florence, and the June SOM The Long Road Home coming soon.

Retirements and Timelines:

There have been some announced retirements and timelines which are important for everyone to know about.

  • Annual Inspiration.  This retires July 31, 2016, NOT August 31, 2016 as noted on the inside of the idea book.
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 will be live until August 31, 2016, having a one month overlap With the new Annual Inspirations 2016-17 which will go live August 1, 2016.  EVERYTHING in the Seasonal Expressions will be unavailable after August 31, 2016.  There are always a few things that stay but stamps, die cuts, assortments, compliments, and papers are for sure gone.
  • Stamps, oh my.   16-retiring-stamp-sets
  • Stamps not retiring: 16-stamp-sets-not-retiring
  • Annual Inspiration Retirement List: 16-ai-retiring-items-list 
  • In reference to the AI Retirement List, there are three Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artfully Sent are retiring along with most of the Idea Book!  If you don’t have them, they have 700 images on each one of them, a combo pack of cardstock to start cutting (value $14.50), 3 stamp sets which work with images on the cartridge (value $53.85).  That leave the cartridge at $31.65!  You can’t find another Cricut cartridge for $32.00 with 700 images let alone getting the awesome package that CTMH has put together for you.  Don’t have yours?  Get it today!!

So don’t miss out on the Flash Sale with fantastic priced bundles or getting the product on your wish lists!  There’s only 2 months left for the Annual Inspiration and 3 on the SE2!!

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