Advent Calendar

If you are looking for a new Advent Calendar for this holiday season I would like to suggest the one designed by Close to My Heart. If you would like to purchase the kit go HERE.

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Close to My Heart and Cricut have teamed up again for the holiday season. You can get the digital cartridge, Season of Joy*, with over 45 images and projects including several seasonal icons, titles, and sentiments, as well as a collection of 3-D projects that you can create after a few simple cuts on your Cricut® machine.

*Only available for use with Cricut Explore™, Cricut Explore Air™, Cricut Explore Air™ 2, and Cricut Maker™

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The base Advent Calendar kit provides the basic materials you’ll need, but you’ll need a few additional items to complete the project. If you don’t have these items already, make sure to also add them to your order:

  • Cricut® Season of Joy Digital Collection (Z3296)

  • My Acrylix® Snug Background Stamp Set (B1634)

  • Clear Sparkles (Z3274)

  • New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon (Z4170)

Paper of the Month Highlight: Grateful Heart

This month I wanted to highlight the Grateful Heart Paper Pack from Close to My Heart. This speaks to fall cards and layouts but also has some wonderful neutrals that can be used year round. Many of the designs would be ideal for masculine projects…and I know we are always looking for masculine-friendly paper.

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Grateful Heart Paper Collection

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 Great neutrals!

Great neutrals!

 More neutrals…

More neutrals…

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 Definitely neutral.

Definitely neutral.

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 Close up showing off the cute ribbon and cork leaves!

Close up showing off the cute ribbon and cork leaves!

 You can never have enough thank you cards!

You can never have enough thank you cards!

 And I have to add a 2 page layout!

And I have to add a 2 page layout!

          Happy Crafting!

Happy Crafting!

Beautiful Moments - Boutique (Plus "Sweet" Bonus)

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to highlight the Boutique Paper Pack this month. In doing so I am sharing a couple of layouts featuring the Boutique and Seasons Mix-in Paper Pack. In addition, I used the Boutique Complements and Silver Glitter Gems to add the finishing touches to the layouts.

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Here’s a close up of the left side of the layout highlighting the title and journaling items taken from the Boutique Complements.

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Here’s a closer look at the right page in the double layout. You can see I added a bit of bling with the Silver Glitter Gems.

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I created a second double page layout with some of the scraps. This one is a bit more clean and simple…just my style.

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I hope you enjoyed these scrapbook layouts. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at If you’re interested in purchasing any of the items featured about please use the links below.

Boutique Paper Pack

Seasons Mix-in Paper Pack

Boutique Complements

Silver Glitter Gems

I hope you can all take some time to get crafty today!

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More Magical Layout (Even More)

Here are the last two layouts in the More Magical Workshop. I took photos of the process of putting them together. This workshop is only available through the end of the month so you better get it before it’s too late!

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 Love the black dots…looks like Mickey ears!

Love the black dots…looks like Mickey ears!

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 And here’s the third 2-page layout in the workshop.

And here’s the third 2-page layout in the workshop.

 Here the bits and pieces for the fourth 2-page layout.

Here the bits and pieces for the fourth 2-page layout.

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 Here’s the cheater method to attach ribbon on a layout. I just wrap it around the back and use of little clear tape to secure it.

Here’s the cheater method to attach ribbon on a layout. I just wrap it around the back and use of little clear tape to secure it.

 Love the crispness of the sentiments from the stamp set.

Love the crispness of the sentiments from the stamp set.

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 The completed 2 page layout.

The completed 2 page layout.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s series on the More Magical Workshop kit from Close to My Heart. If you’re interested in purchasing the kit click the link below. Remember, it’s only available until the end of September.

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Happy crafting everyone!

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More Magical Layouts

There is a Close to My Heart promotion this month called More Magical. This promotion gives you all the supplies to make 4 - 2 page layouts and 8 cards. I’ve created a couple of the layouts and wanted to share them with you. Check out the photos below and tell me these layouts wouldn’t be perfect for a Disney trip!

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These layouts are adorable. If you want to find out about making them for yourself let me know. Here’s the link to pick up your More Magical Workshop!

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Memories in the Making (Part 2)

Hello Everyone,

I'm back with the rest of the pages from the Memories in the Making Kit from Close to My Heart. I have completed all the layout pages and I wanted to show off the completed album. I hope you enjoy it!

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That's the whole album for 2019. It's quite a deal for a whole year's worth of memories. Here are the links to purchase one of the Memories in the Making Kits!

Memories in the Making - Complete Kit (Calendar)

Memories in the Making - Layout Kit

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Memories in the Making

Today's post showcases a CTMH promotion for September called Memories in the Making. It is a kit that helps you create a calendar or a scrapbook with layouts in preparation for 2019! I'm going to make a scrapbook as I'm more a personal planner kind of person so I'm skipping the calendar. If you scroll down you will find a link to my YouTube video where I show off the products and show you how to make a few pages.

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If you are interested in purchasing either the FULL KIT (calendar with stamps) click HERE. If you are just interested in the LAYOUT KIT click HERE.

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New Holiday Expressions Catalog!


September 1st brings exciting news about a new catalog release from Close to My Heart. The Holiday Expressions Catalog is here and will be available for ordering from September 1 through December 31st. It contains all the holiday crafting fun you are looking for this fall/winter. Check out my walk-thru video below!

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Gift Card Holder


Today's post is a card that holds a gift card I made recently for our son. The goal was to create a card that would open up to display a gift card as a surprise. No real reason other than to send him a small treat. I used the paper and complements called Fresh Air from Close to My Heart (now retired). I just wanted to share a fun idea I found in a video tutorial I received from Crafter's Companion when I purchased a score board. Here's the front of the card.

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Here's the inside of the card without the gift card. Our son loves being outdoors so I thought this paper and stamp set was perfect.

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I've added a few angled views to show you the dimension I achieved and to give you a different perspective.

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Here's a photo showing you where the gift card will sit. As soon as you open up the card the gift card pops up. 

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I hope you enjoyed my project today. Here is a link to another (simpler) gift card holder style that I found on Crafter's Companion's UK website.

If you want to make sure and see future posts, please make sure you subscribe on the home page. Have a wonderful day paper crafters! 

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Happy Birthday to You ("Made from the Heart" with scraps!)

Here's a card I made one afternoon using up some fun scraps I had from a retired paper pack. I'm sure you all know what it's like to hoard those fun bits of paper from a group of papers you will miss. Well, I needed a birthday card and wanted to use those bright and cheerful bits of paper.

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Here's where I got my inspiration for my card. I often turn to sketches to help when I'm in a funk. I use Pinterest, YouTube or other resources like Close To My Heart's Make It From the Heart (Vol. 4). This volume is filled with card sketches and samples. Below you will see what caught my eye for this card.

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One I had a plan of attack I needed to gather my supplies. In this case, I grabbed some scrap paper and my CTMH Basic Banners Thin Cuts and started cutting away.

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Once I had my banners and bits I started playing around with the layout and chose my "zip strip" for the border.

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Now that I knew what I wanted to do with my banners I needed to form the top base to my card and lined it up with the banners.

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Next, I pulled out my Pixie ink pad and a fun birthday stamp from CTMH's Birthday Sparkles and worked on my card's sentiment.

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Now for more layering and I'm on my way to being finished.

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I always try to decorate the inside of my card. I use something from the main card and, in this case, I had some left over banners. I layered them in the top right hand corner and voila!

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Here are the highlights of the card with some of the supplies. Hopefully this project inspired you to look around for inspiration in sketches to make your next card or scrapbook layout.

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Other than my paper scraps and adhesive, here's the basic supplies I used from Close To My Heart:

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Thin Cuts - Basic Banners

Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set

Pixie Ink Pad

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Here's a Thinking of You card that I'm mailing to a friend who recently suffered a loss. One of the best thing about my crafting passion is that I can send something I've made with my own hands to express the love and support I cannot often put into words. This particular card was quick to come together using scraps I had on hand. I started with some black ink and a simple Thinking of You stamp from Close to My Heart.

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Here's a side angle of the card. While this is not a particularly thick card I had added dimension where I could through the use of the Rose Embossing folder and the small pink pearl. You can easily put something like this together in under 5 minutes...easier and quicker than getting in your car and running out to buy a card. This may not be super fancy but it comes from the heart.

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I also like to decorate the inside of my cards to carry the theme from the front. All I need to do now is write my note and pop it in the mail.

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I also love the idea of having a coordinating interior to my envelope. I've come across a Sizzix die set on clearance at Hobby Lobby this weekend and I love how the designer paper pulls it all together. Now I can take my card and envelope value pack to a whole new level.

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Have a wonderful day my crafty friends!

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Isn't this layout a little bit of Paradise? Our son Will is in his final year at the United States Coast Guard Academy (Go Bears!) and he has tremendous opportunities to travel and see some amazing places while working in the US Coast Guard. In these layouts I'm highlighting one of his ports of call...Bermuda. The layout uses a Cut Above Layout Kit (now retired I believe - sorry). These kits come pre-designed and often pre-cut for scrapbook layouts, cards, tags or other projects for a crafter with a need to create but not a lot of time to do it. This is also a great way to start scrapbooking or card making as the challenge of designing is done for you. I will be highlighting additional kits in the coming weeks. While this particular kit may no longer be available you can see other Cut Above Kits HERE.


I hope these layouts bring a smile to your lips this Monday morning. Have a wonderful week crafty friends!

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Gemini Go Unboxing (Video)!

Hello Everyone,

I've created a video of my unboxing of my new Gemini Go I recently purchased on HSN's Craft Day this past week. I'm very excited to get into it and see what I think. I will be sure and post future videos demonstrating the Go.

If you're interested in ordering the Go for yourself, it's only available on HSN for the foreseeable future. HERE's the link to check it out. I have no idea how long they will be in stock so now's your chance!

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There are times when you need to make a card to express sorrow or grief. I had an occasion this week to make such a card. I was able to quickly pull together scraps and put this card together. This card would work either for a feminine or masculine audience.

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Rather than a traditional tutorial, I decided to take a picture of the supplies. Some of the items are no longer available to order from Close to My Heart but I wanted you to see what I was able to use on this card. If the items are still available I have added a link with the name. I used a solid piece of Juniper Cardstock and embossed it and layered in some paper from the Fresh Air Paper Pack. I found an older stamp set that had the appropriate sentiment, stamped it in New England Ivy ink on some White Daisy Cardstock, added it to a die cut rectangle made with New England Ivy Cardstock and popped it on the top of the card with some dimensional adhesive.

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I hope this card inspires you to pull out some scraps and make something lovely for someone.

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Friends, we are about to say goodbye to the Annual Inspirations Catalog to make way for the New Holiday Expressions Idea Book coming out on September 1st. While the new catalog will have a number of wonderful surprises in store for you I know some of you still have items on your wish list from the current catalog that may be going away. If that's the case, now's your chance to place an order before it's gone. 

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You may also still want to pick up a last minute summer items from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. This catalog runs through August 31st or until supplies last. 

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Now's your chance to stock up on anything Bashful you want in your stash. With the new catalog comes a new Color of the Year. Be sure and check these off your list: Bashful Ink, Bashful Ink RefillBashful Glitter Paper, Bashful Cardstock, Bashful Mini Pigment Pad, Bashful Everyday Life Album and the Bashful Shimmer Brush.

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You also don't want to miss out on our Punny Pals Stamp Set. A portion of the purchase price goes to charity (Operation Smile)...and they're just adorable. A new stamp set will launch on September 1st so grab these while you still can!

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Interested in the Small Storage Organizer and the Foam are the links you need to get them before they're all gone!

Small Organizer

Craft Box Foam Insert

Dauber Foam Insert

My Acryix Blocks Foam Insert

Pigment Ink Foam Insert


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If you have any questions about these retiring items don't hesitate to ask! 

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Close to My Heart Retiring Colors!

BIG NEWS! Close to My Heart is retiring 11 colors. The CTMH colors you see below: Bashful (Color of the Year), Blossom, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Flaxen, Juniper, Nutmeg, Pacifica, Poppy, Sorbet, and Tangerine.

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This means we are also saying hello to NEW colors on September 1st with the release of the new catalog. But, in the meantime, if you need more cardstockre-inkers, or ink pads in these retiring colors, be sure to buy them before they sell out!


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