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I originally made this card for my October card class with the Falling For You papers – but I wanted to play in this month’s Featured Paper Blog Hop, so I remade it with Beary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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~Celebrate You~

One of the awesome benefits of being a Close To My Heart consultant is that convention attendees get to purchase new product bundles at a sweet discount! These bundles are a great mix of paper, stamps, & embellishments. One of the bundles I purchased this past summer included the Flourishes stamp set.

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The Annual Inspirations artwork shows this set used on a layout. With the large words & flourishes, it is definitely a great fit. But, I thought with the Hello or Celebrate You it would make a great card.

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This card design comes from the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 1 pattern book, Design 21. I decided to use these simple elements to build the card around the Celebrate You sentiment.

The Celebrate You is stamped in Goldrush – I tried, Poppy, New England Ivy, and Sapphire which are in the same Enchantment Palette as these papers, but the Goldrush really just looked the best. Then I framed the sentiment with Fern cardstock and layered the patterned pieces on the card.

I then embellished the sentiment with coordinating Bronze Sequins and add small bits of burlap on the edges. Both the colors and the patterns on this card make it great for anyone. Plus it’s so easy, you can finish it off in no time.

Enjoy!

~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.

 

 

Instant Pot Roast

The other night I had a roast on the menu. Since my Instant Pot is my new best friend in the kitchen, I pulled together a couple of different recipes/ideas to make this quick & tasty dinner. This turned out so delicious & tender! Of course my kids complained, but the adults enjoyed it!

  • 2-3 lb roast
  • 1 Tbsp Beef Soup Base mixed with 1 1/2 C water
  • 4-5 Whole Potatoes – unpeeled
  • 5-6 Carrots cut into chunks
  • Small onion rough cut
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • Salt, Pepper, Granulated Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp flour mixed with cold water

Season the roast with salt, pepper & granulated garlic.

Heat oil in the electric pressure cooker (use the saute button), then brown the roast on all sides – 2-4 minutes per side.

Add the soup base/water mixture, onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots.

Cook on manual 70 minutes, let the pressure drop naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes.

Remove potatoes, carrots, most of the onion, and the roast.

Select the saute button again, add the flour/water mixture and stir until the gravy thickens.

I was a little skeptical about cooking the potatoes and carrots for so long, but I read on a post that leaving the potatoes uncut and unpeeled keeps them from getting mushy. They were perfect with some butter & gravy – mmmm mmm! The carrots were not too mushy either.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

 

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

A Simple Thank You

Here’s another card design from the Scrapbook WYW guide. The design in the guide uses the Jack Card Making Stamp & Thin Cuts set (Z3333)

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I decided  to take this card in a slightly different direction and used the Nature’s Wish set.

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The elegant script goes well with the simplicity of this card.

Pieces used:

  • 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 (I used Juniper cardstock, but the wood grain patterned paper works great, too)
  • 5 1/2 x 2 (grey plaid)
  • 2 1/2 square (ruby slash marks)
  • 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 (whisper cardstock) – dovetailed on left side

I stamped the thank you with Black ink and embellished with black dots and white twine.

Just a reminder, the Jack creative collection will be retiring (along with the other collections in the Seasonal Expressions II idea book) on 31 August. If you are not already working with a CTMH consultant, I would love to help! You can purchase supplies directly from my website, or check out my other pages for upcoming classes or craft days.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Some of the items I used for this card:

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

 

FSE – Fast, Simple, Easy!

With spending 30 years around the Air Force – acronyms are second nature to me! But – I learned a new one the other day – FSE – Fast, Simple, Easy! (PS – I wouldn’t recommend searching this, because the Urban Dictionary DOES NOT translate it the same!)

FSE is usually my goal for cards & layouts  because like all of you – I’m busy! I need to get things done and move on to the next thing on my list. So – here are a couple of FSE birthday wishes…

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This card simply uses a piece of 3″ x 4 1/4″ Prickly Pear (X7221B) patterned paper, topped with a strip of Blue Burlap ribbon (Z3325) .  The stamping is done with Sapphire ink using the Wise Guy Birthday (C1662)  – which is also available in French or Spanish versions! Add some matching embellishments & you’re all done! (This card design is one off the Prickly Pear Scrapbook Workshops Your Way (G1128) extra projects).

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Not only is this card FSE – but it’s also a great way to use up scraps! This card was inspired by a Clean & Simple Stamping sketch challenge.  It is so simple to just punch out a bunch of circles (I used 1″) and then lay them out in off set rows.  I added some Prickly Pear sequins to balance out the left side a bit. The stamping was a little more involved because I wanted the white to show through on the Sapphire cardstock, so I used heat embossing on the Hooked On You Stamp Set (B1535).  It’s crazy how many times I’ve come back to this stamp set to use this Happy Birthday stamp – it’s a great option.

What do you do to keep your card crafting Fast – Simple – Easy. (This takes me back to… We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, Stronger, Faster – ooops! Not exactly crafting related!)

Enjoy!

~Gerri