Beary Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Beary Christmas creative collection with various projects from talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Kathleen’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start with our Blog Hop hostess, Carol. Next check out the great post at Ramona’s Art Buffet!

I originally made this card for my October card class with the Falling For You papers – but I wanted to play in this month’s Featured Paper Blog Hop, so I remade it with Beary Christmas! This is such a quick and easy card featuring the October Stamp of the Month – Christmas Tunes.

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I stamped the wreath in New England Ivy, then added the bow and ribbon in Cranberry. I stamped the O Holy Night ribbon on a scrap of White Daisy and then fussy cut it so I could pop it up with 3D Thin Foam tape. Then, I added a couple of Bitty Sparkles for an extra touch.


Here’s another option where I colored in the holly berries and leaves with Shin Han Touch Twin markers (I used Vivid Green & Carmine). On this one, I also used the Beary Christmas dots in silver (they are bigger than the Bitty Sparkles, so they were a better bet to cover up the smudge I left there!).


The card measurements –

  • 4 x 5 1/4″ diagonal stripe
  • 3 3/4 x 4 1/4″ green plaid (or New England Ivy cardstock)
  • 3 1/2 x 4″ White Daisy for stamping plus a scrap for the ribbon.
  • 4 1/4″ piece of holly zip strip.

Here’s the same card again in my original Falling For You design.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to go see what amazing artwork Ramona has in store for you! Enjoy the rest of your hop!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used in making this card. If you aren’t currently working with a CTMH consultant, feel free to contact me or shop directly on my CTMH site – gerri.closetomyheart.com.

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Featured Paper Blog Hop

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Falling For You or Cats & Bats Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Haley’s blog then you are on the right track, if not you can start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. Don’t forget to check out Kathleen’s  blog for more fun.

Last year I fell in love with the Birthday Sparkles (B1537) and All the Thanks (B1536) stamp sets because they were interchangeable.  I could create one card and switch it up between Happy Birthday or Thank You! This year, CTMH has added to these little gems with Sending Prayers (B1563)

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While looking at the Annual Inspirations I found a card made with this stamp set and some of the Fundamentals lines. I decided to use this basic design for a card with the Cats & Bats papers.

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I really liked the dark and light Emerald polka dot paper, as well as the geometric lines on white. So, I paired these with one of the black patterned papers and two octagons cut on the Cricut (Emerald is 2.5″ and the White Daisy is 2 .25″) – these can be found in the basic shapes.

I offset the two octagons for a little visual variety, then finished it off with a few of the green Cats & Bats dots (Z4028) and some silver shimmer trim (Z1799)

Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to go see what amazing artwork Kathleen has in store for you!

Enjoy the rest of your hop!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used in making this card. If you aren’t currently working with a CTMH consultant, feel free to contact me or shop directly on my CTMH site – gerri.closetomyheart.com.

 

Jack Blog Hop

Welcome to our Jack Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Jack creative collection with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Claudia’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. When you’re through here, be sure to check out Debi’s blog.

CIMG0017When I saw these papers, I was so excited to get ‘BOY’ stuff! I know some people are against gender identification in cards/scrapbooks/life – but my reality is I have two boys and there is a lot of flowery, frilly papers & embellishments out there! I can often find enough neutrality to make it work, but it was nice to just match pictures and colors and not worry about those flowers or rainbows and how they went (or didn’t) with our rough and tumble life.

See!? When your brother covers you with muddy hand prints, pink flowers just don’t fit the mood!

Just in time to play with these fun outdoor papers, CTMH released the You Are Here Cricut Collection – FULL of more outdoor fun & a perfect complement for my layouts this month. This layout was one that consultants received at the Spring idea book launch event (just one of many great perks of being a consultant!!).

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The original layout used a title from the Jack Complements, but I thought these pictures were perfect for the ‘Wild At Heart’ title from the You Are Here collection. I cut this from the new two-toned Ruby cardstock – I love the added dimension this adds without having to buy an additional product!

The ‘Gone Exploring’ stamp is from the one of the three stamp sets that come with the collection along with the Combo pack of Enchantment cardstock.

 

My next layout shows more camping fun (if you haven’t seen a lot of my blog – my family does a lot of camping & backpacking – we LOVE being outdoors!). This layout is a variation of the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2, Pattern 8.

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The Camping Life stamp set added some fun extras on this page – the S’mores, mountains, compass – they all went so perfectly with these pictures!

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I wanted to combine these crossed arrows and the ‘I woke up this cute’ badge, but the arrows weren’t long enough, so I cut the arrows in the middle, then used 3D foam tape on the banner. This allowed me to slide the pieces of the arrows underneath hiding the fact that it’s cut in half.

 

 

 

Next I have a more current layout (this is actually the most recent thing I have ever scrapbooked – I’m mostly working back in 2004 right now, with the exception of a few things like the above layouts from 2010!)

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This was just a basic layout that I put together without a pattern. I love how well the subdued background of this tree ring paper went with these pictures. Don’t be fooled though, I don’t just have one Wild Child – they are both wild – I’ll duplicate this layout with pictures showcasing my other son & his cliff jumping antics.

I used the Jack Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit for these layouts and still have paper left over for cards or more layouts. I love that these Workshops Your Way kits are such a great value. With the Jack kit, you get the paper packet, extra cardstock (1 Juniper, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy), Complements, Black & White Dots, and Whisper Thick Twine. Because I didn’t follow the WYW guide for my layouts, I added extra White Daisy cardstock for bases on the first 2 layouts.

That’s all I have for you this morning – but next check out Debi’s and see what fun she has for us!

Enjoy hopping!

~Gerri

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Prickly Pear Blog Hop

Welcome to our Prickly Pear Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Prickly Pear Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Kathleen’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the Prickly Pear Blog Hop beginning with our hostess Carol. Next check out Haley’s blog.

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This cute card was so quick & easy! I started with a pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 How-To-Book. This is pattern #23.

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Using the Prickly Pear paper packet, I cut the following pieces:

  • 5 x 1 3/4 (cactus print)
  • 5 x 1/2 (green print with x’s)
  • 5 x 2 (yellow diamond pattern)
  • 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (green ombre – this is the reverse side of the yellow diamonds)
  • 2 1/4 square of White Daisy plus scraps for die cutting.

For the stamping, I used Sorbet, Smoothie and Tangerine ink stamp pads along with the Happy Heart Stamp Set and the Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts bundle (Z3338).

  • Stamp “Thanks from the bottom of my heart” with Sorbet
  • Using the Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Set
  • Stamp the small, solid flower randomly near the top in Smoothie and Tangerine
  • Cut 2 of the largest flower using the Thin Cuts dies and stamp one with Smoothie and one with Sorbet.

Put it all together –

  • Adhere the 5″ strips to the card as shown in the picture
  • Layer the White Daisy stamped square on top of the green ombre square
  • Adhere the layered squares 3/4″ from the bottom of the card and 1 1/4″ from the right edge.
  • Add Blue Burlap ribbon to either side of the square (alternatively, you could run a single piece of ribbon across the full width of the card and then use 3D foam tape to raise the square above the ribbon).
  • Layer the die cut flowers in the top, right corner of the stamped square. I used 3D foam tape for added dimension.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to head over to Haley’s blog next and keep progressing through the blog hop to check out all the amazingly talented ladies that are sharing their creations today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Little Dreamer Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Little Dreamer Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our new Seasonal Expressions II catalog with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Haley’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. Next check out Elly’s blog for more fun.

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I really love the bright colors of the Little Dreamer paper packet, but I wanted to take it beyond the cute unicorns and rainbows. I’ve had the Happy for You stamp set for some time and really like the versatility of it. This stamp set has sentiments for retirements, adoption, new job, new house – along with the normal birthday & wedding.

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I really thought the line balloon images of the stamp set would work great with the patterned papers of Little Dreamer. And what could be better than a cloud filled sky background for those balloons!

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I also used the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Thin Cuts to cut the banners below the balloons.  I love when I can ‘multi-purpose’ something like this Thin Cut die with other stamps!

Last I added some of the Little Dreamer Glitter Gems to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping in!  Be sure to check out Elly’s blog next!