Through the Year

Hello & Happy Thursday! I can’t believe that here in the US, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in just two short weeks! Holy crow – guess I need to get a turkey (lol – my brain didn’t make that connection until just now!). Today I’d like to share with you the November Stamp of the Month – Through the Year.

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This stamp set is perfect for some Year in Review layouts (I don’t think I would be able to get a full year in review on just 2 double paged 12 x 12s!) I love what CTMH has done with this —>

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Here’s a (partial) year in review layout –

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You can use this set on your desk calendar to add birthday and other fun reminders.  I think these next pictures show my favorite use for this stamp set – AND it gives you a sneak peak of the December monthly special!

This calendar set will be available next month. Since it uses the November Stamp of the Month – the kit will be available with or without the stamp set. However, next month the stamp set will be at full retail ($17.95) instead of the Stamp of the Month discount (just $5 with a $50 purchase).

You can find all the products used in these pictures on my website – gerri.closetomyheart.com – you won’t find the calendar kit until 1 December – but there’s lots more fun to be found over there!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Feel So Blessed SOTM

 

I usually use the Stamp of the Month to create one card in my card class. This isn’t always easy – but this month’s Stamp of the Month is so great I used it twice!

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This is such a perfect time of year to remember what you’re thankful for (seriously – the kids are back in school!!!) As we’re coming to the close of another year and with Thanksgiving upon us it really is a great opportunity to think about gratitude. But the great thing about gratitude is sharing it!

Whether you’re creating a layout….

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Or a mini-album…..

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Or spreading some love with cards

This stamp set is sure to meet your needs. These two cards are made with the Cats & Bats creative collection (see – it’s not just for Halloween!), but if you search #CTMHfeelsoblessed – you’ll see lots of great artwork using our other featured collection for this month – Falling For You (we’ll be playing with that next month).

This set is only available through the end of September. You can get yours at gerri.closetomyheart.com for $17.95 or pick up a few crafting goodies while you’re there (check out the September From the Heart Kit and Workshops Your Way kits) and get this fantastic set for just $5 with a $50 order.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

School Year SOTM

It’s that time of year again – the kids are heading back to school. We have the perfect stamp set for your back to school crafting needs!

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I love that this set touches on both the first & last day of school (I have visions of one day creating a layout showing pictures of my boys’ on their first & last days).

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This set is also great for teacher gifts and cards.

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I’m thinking maybe this card is better suited for parents than kids! I used a design from the Miss You cardmaking Workshops Your Way kit. The background piece and ink are Peacock and the hearts are stamped in Ruby.  The patterned B&T paper is from the Jack collection. Here are the dimensions for the pieces:

  • Peacock cardstock – 3 x 5
  • Ruby diagonal plaid – 3 x 4 1/4
  • Whisper cardstock (retired) – 2 1/4 x 3 1/4
  • White Daisy cardstock – 2 x 3

Here’s a great layout from the CTMH artists

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If you’re sending your kids back to school – I hope you take some time to enjoy the last few weeks you have with them before they start a new chapter!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

Storybook Alphabet

Back in the day – I never seemed to have too many alpha sticker sets.  These days, I find I never seem to have too many alpha stamp sets! The July Stamp of the Month is adding another option to my stash! Storybook Alphabet is great for layout titling or making cards.

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These letters are just under 1″ tall and have designs – flowers, hearts, dots, leaves. You can color these with markers, water colors or colored pencils or leave as they are – they look great either way.

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This card design came from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern book (watch for Volume 3 in August!!). This is an quick, easy & cute card anyone can make.

  • Cut four 1 1/4 x 4″ strips and dovetail the bottom of each.
  • Layer each piece with a piece of ribbon (I used Blue Burlap) before attaching to the card base (You can also add a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece to create a background if you’d like)
  • Use four 1 1/8″ squares in White Daisy to stamp the letters H, O, P, E – LOVE works too!
  • Mat the stamped letters with 1 1/4″ squares in the darker color.
  • Attach the squares with a bit of 3D foam tape (this adds dimension and helps prevent unevenness over the burlap).
  • Add an embellishment to the lower portion for balance (I added a little sentiment banner – but you could easily add a bow or other embellishment)

Another option is to create a solid piece for the stamped word – then you could include a longer word like THANKS or LOVE U.

Hope you’re having an amazing week!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Products used (these can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com):

 

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I tend to shy away from stamps that I need to color in because that takes extra time.  But recently I’ve been adding these to my collection and just using basic techniques to color.  Some of the techniques I’ve used to keep my coloring quick and easy include:

Watercolor Pencils  – Ink Stamp Pads – Watercolors – Colored Pencils – Water Brushes

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This stamp set looks great even without coloring!

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For this picture, I used Momento Black Ink and then used water colors and a water brush to color in just some of the flowers & leaves. To keep everything balanced, I focused on one color or type of flower across all the letters.

Here’s some great artwork from our home office –

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Since this is a Stamp of the Month – it’s only available during May 2017! You can get yours for just $5 with any $50 order from gerri.closetomyheart.com – or if you prefer you can order it separately for $17.95.  Don’t forget to add your copy of the Seasonal Expressions II idea book that just became available this month!  AND – check out the Live Beautifully collection – it is also only available during May!!

Enjoy!

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Here are some of the other products I used for my artwork – You can find all this and more at gerri.closetomyheart.com

Flock Together

OK – spill it – how many of you are old enough to remember The Partridge Family?  A bunch of singing kids – brightly painted bus – ring a bell?  Well – I’m old enough – and this Stamp of the Month reminds me of that show – with a little bit of The Turtles thrown in (So Happy Together)!

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Don’t worry if you don’t have a house full of singing kids or a bright bus – this stamp set is great for other layouts, too. How cute would pictures of your flock be in this layout?

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How about some cards?

This is another versatile set for fun paper crafts. With 11 images you can mix & match for just what you need. This set is only available in April 2017.  It’s a $17.95 stamp set – but with any $50 order – you can get it for just $5 – what a steal!! Check it out at gerri.closetomyheart.com

 

You’re Tea-rrific!

The March Stamp of the Month is just in time to create some Mother’s Day fun or just to let someone know you care.  The teacup images are great to use with a sentiment inside or color them in with water colors, Shin Han markers, or colored pencils.  With hearts & flowers, this is the perfect girl friends stamp set.

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Here are some fun ways to use the set:

 

 

 

The card on the left was an easy make – I just used three 1 1/2 inch strips, evenly spaced on a Colonial White card.  The I stamped the tea cup in Cocoa and Poppy on a 3 X 2 3/4 piece of Colonial white and the additional sentiment on a 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 piece.  I distressed the edges by sponging with Poppy ink.  Then backed them with Poppy (3 1/4 x 3 and 1 7/8 x 1 5/8).  Embellish as you prefer.

As the SOTM, this set is only available through March 31, 2017.  You can get this stamp set for the regular price of $17.95 – or spend $50 and get it for just $5.

Here are some things you can purchase to get the stamp set for $5 AND be ready to make some fun cards –

Dreamin’ Big paper packet ($9.95)

Card Value Pack (14.95)

3L E-Z Dots Adhesive tape runner (7.95)

Acrylic block 2 x 3 ½ (8.95)

Ink Stamp Pad (7.95) (Juniper, Poppy, Glacier, Sorbet & Slate go great with these papers)

Dreamin’ Big Sequins (3.95) – add a little bling!

You can order directly on my CTMH web site (gerri.closetomyheart.com) or if you’re local – just give me a call (801-920-4681)!