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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. January is National Papercrafting Month and Close To My Heart is celebrating with the fantastic new “Year >> Noted” Paper Packet and Kraft Mini Book Special. What a perfect way to begin a new year with some fresh creative inspiration and a wonderful special on exclusive new crafting products.

If you have come here from Melissa Laverty’s Blog, you are headed in the right direction. This blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork featuring “Year >> Noted.” If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating Consultants by clicking here.

 

Today I am sharing a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layout that I made to add to my Sophie’s album. Yes, Sophie is my Yellow Lab and she has her own scrapbook. I often take it to school with me and share Sophie stories with the Grade School children I teach. They love hearing about her adventures and this was a fun way to put together a group of photos highlighting 2014. As always, I had lots of pictures I wanted include, so you will see where I have added  Close To My Heart Flip Flaps for some story extension spots. Flip Flaps are available in a variety of sizes allowing you can customize your pages and expand your story while keeping balance on your scrapbook layout.

 

This is what the layout looks like without the Flip Flaps. You can see in the picture where the pre-printed 4″ x 6″ spots on the Background & Texture Paper create instant photo placement spots. I created larger photo spots by layering mats I cut from additional Kraft Cardstock that overlapped into two smaller spaces.

 

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With Flip Flaps added to the outside of the Memory Protectors, the layout looks like this. I like the way using Flip Flaps allows me to keep the page design clean and simple while still letting me add 11 extra photos. That’s fantastic!

 

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Here are a couple of pictures showing a little more detail so you can see how the Flip Flaps work. First you will see the Memory Protectors with the Flip Flaps in place and no pages inside the protectors to help visualize the with and without. The other photos show you some of the Flip Flaps opened up so you can see how they become interactive parts of the layout.

 

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How cool is that? I have one layout with 16 photographs and space for journaling, too. I am able to tell a bigger story that is all in a condensed space which saves me time and uses my project materials very well. In fact, there was so much paper and stickers left over that I am in process of putting together a gift for a friend using the Kraft Mini Book. That is faster, simpler, and easier for sure.

 

The “Year >> Noted” products are designed to make it quick and easy to put together a Mini Book or 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages that highlight your favorite things. It could be a year-at-a-glance type project featuring pictures from 2014 or even a goal setting book for 2015 that you add to through the new year. However, you really could incorporated many types of themes into this collection with the terrific Background & Texture Papers, Gold Foil Stickers, and C-size Stamp Set that are included with this special.

During the month of January, when you make a $50 purchase you can get the “Year >> Noted” Paper Packet for only $5 and add the Kraft Mini Book for only $5 more. The retail value for these items is over $34 and the creative potential for crafting is priceless.

 

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Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant today to place your order and get “Year >> Noted” while supplies last. If you do not have a Consultant, click here to shop on my website today and give your creativity a jump start into 2015.

 

I’m sure you are ready to see more creative possibilities for the “Year >> Noted” Special. Your next stop is Lynn Como’s Blog where I know you’ll find a lot more inspiration to get you ready to celebrate National Papercrafting Month with this kit. Her projects will delight. Enjoy.

 

Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired Blog Hop and get ready to find your creative groove as we move forward into this new year of memory making and memory keeping.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy creating!

Michelle Snyder

 

 

 

 

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I am excited to welcome you to another Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. This is a very special hop  highlighting fantastic creative possibilities with products from Close To My Heart’s newly released Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.

If you have come here from Brenda Rose’s Blog you are on the right path. This Blog Hop is one big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see new projects with fresh new inspiration from Seasonal Expressions 1. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us. Just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one.

 

Today I am sharing with you a project that combines several new Seasonal Expressions products into one of my favorite new memory keeping wonders, the My Creations Mini Books. Start to finish these little albums are just delightful.

 

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The My Creations Mini Books come in Kraft or Black. They have a sturdy chipboard cover with 10 mini page protectors that are spiral bound and designed to hold 3″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Picture My Life cards or photos.

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Creating a collection of memory highlights is super simple with these Mini Books. You do not need a lot of time or supplies. Just choose a set of Picture My Life Cards to coordinate with your photos or the story you are telling, grab a Corner Rounder and a Black Journaling Pen, and your are all set.

 

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Then you just slide your photographs and Picture My Life Cards into the pockets of the page protectors and you have a complete little album in minutes. It’s easy to revisit and share favorite memories and adventures with these Mini Books. I chose to use the new Hopscotch Picture My Life Cards with my Disneyland pictures in this Mini Book. Here are a few of the pages inside my Mini Book. I love it.

 

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I will be making a lot of these Mini Books. I’m thinking a basket of them in my living room would be so fun. The Mini Books are perfect Christmas gifts for family, friends, teachers, and just about everyone on your list, too. Whether you complete the Mini Book yourself or give a set to someone to create their own book, it is sure to be a treasure.

Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to order My Creations Mini Books in time for sharing these personalized gifts this Christmas. If you do not have a Consultant, click here to shop online where you will find the My Creations Mini Books, Picture My Life Cards, Corner Rounders, Black Journaling Pens, and all of the supplies you need to start creating.

 

Now it’s time to hop on over to Blythe Shupe’s Blog for more fabulously creative possibilities. I know you will enjoy what she has designed to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. It will definitely get you in the mood to create something new.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day of sharing moments and making memories with the people you do life with. Michelle Snyder

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I am so honored to be nominated as a Creative Blogger by my creative friend and fellow CTMH Consultant, Christine Adams. Christine and I were partner teachers for Extravaganza at this year’s Close To My Heart Convention at Disneyland. She is a delight to create with and her work is always an inspiration. She is fantastic at all the little details that make a project stand out and shine. Click on her name above to visit her blog and see some of her handiwork.

This Creative Blogger tour is a terrific opportunity to meet new bloggers, get some fresh ideas, and find more inspirational resources for your creative projects. Part of accepting this Creative Blogger nomination is agreeing to answer a few questions about my creative process. Here are my questions and answers. You’ll find links to two more Creative Bloggers at the end of this post, so read on and enjoy.

 

What am I currently working on?

I am currently working on projects for the holidays. I love Christmas and creating projects for making and keeping memories in this festive time of year. The scrapbook layouts I am designing now will be part of the December Scrapbook Groups that offer next month. I offer scrapbook workshops every month with classes you can attend in the Boise Area or long-distance through workshop kits that I put together and mail out. I always post the next month’s pages on my blog, so come visit again to see what’s creative projects are coming next. Here’s a look at one of the Christmas scrapbook layouts I’m working on now.

 

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What is my signature style?

It is interesting how the things you create seems to have common elements that reflect a sort of style…even when you think you are trying something new. Some of the elements I find consistent in the things I create are clean, simple lines, use of negative space, and creative font combinations. I like adding all of the fun little details with colors, textures, and accessories while still trying to keep a clean simplicity in the projects I design.

 

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How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

I find inspiration all around me. I try to be aware of what is around me as I go for walks in nature, browse through stores, or attending events. I like to look for what I call “points of inspiration.” It’s the little details in things; the textures, lines, colors, patterns, and combinations of those elements that inspire me. Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Points of inspiration are everywhere if you take time to see the details. I enjoy taking inspiration from the things I see and finding ways to create them in my projects.One holiday season I saw a fabulous red, grey, and black plaid hat and it became the point of inspiration for a set of winter scrapbook pages and cards with plaid borders that I wove with cardstock and accented with bold fibers and white snowflake shapes.

 

How does my creative process work?

As I find points of inspiration to incorporate into my projects the creative process kind of becomes like solving a puzzle. When I see colors, textures, and patterns that I want to reproduce in a project I just have to jump in and experiment until I find just the right combination. I kind of give myself permission to think outside the box, try using tools and resources differently, and allow time to get it just right. Sometimes the pieces come together quickly, other times it might take a couple of days. I find that I like to create for a while and then take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes later on. The process is sort of like being on a creative journey to see how all of the parts and pieces come together to design something new.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you will stop by again to see what “points of inspiration” have worked their way into my next creative project.

 

And now, on to nominating some other inspiring bloggers.

I nominate Melanie Brown and Nicole Robinson.

Both of these ladies create wonderful projects and have different kinds of creative styles that are sure to inspire you. Check out their blogs and enjoy some more amazing artwork. Happy creating. Michelle Snyder

 

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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop featuring the newly released Artfully Sent Cricut Collection. This amazing new Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart helps you create personalize cards for holidays, special occasions, and those just because moments in no time at all. I am so excited to share it with you today. You are going to love it.

If you have come here from Debbi Fournier’s Blog you are on the right path for more handmade masterpieces. This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the fantastic project ideas. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us. Just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one.

 

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The “Celebrate” card I chose to share with you today was so quick and easy. The Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge is scaled to make this 5″ x 7″ card so you do not have to figure out any dial sizing. I cut the sentiments overlay out of Silver Glitter Paper, and I layered scraps of Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment behind each letter for a bold pop of color and texture. So simple, yet great color, shimmer, and a festive finished project in minutes.

 

Here are the steps.

 1. Cut the overlay as shown on page 7 of the Artfully Sent booklet. (NOTE: When you cut this card as it is shown, the cartridge is designed to cut the whole card shape out for you. By doing this all you have to do is fold the card in half to have a finished project. I chose to cut the “Celebrate” section off to layer on a separate white base later.)

 

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2. Choose a variety of colors to layer behind the letters. These are small pieces of the Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment that I had left after created some scrapbook pages for fall. I really like texture on the Paper Fundamentals. One side of each paper has a resist type texture and the other a contrast printed texture. I used the resist side for this project. Doing this type of layer is a great way to use up your scraps of paper.

 

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3. Glue colored papers behind the sentiments overlay. Glue those small pieces of cardstock to the back of the overlay. If you are using the card as it was cut, be sure to layer a piece of cardstock over the small cardstock color strips so that they do not show when you open the card.

I chose to cut the overlay down by 1/4″ so that I could layer the overlay piece on the front of a solid white card base. This also created a border to frame the “Celebrate” message.

 

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As you can see, using the Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge from Close To My Heart let me a put together a cute, handmade card in a snap. The Collection even comes with three exclusive stamp sets and a package of White Daisy Cardstock. It is a great way to have beautiful cards at your fingertips. I am excited to for more creative time to try out some of the other 700 designs on this cartridge. There are pop-up cards, pocket cards, and so many more great projects on this cartridge.

Are you ready to see more fabulous ideas on how Artfully Sent can help you with your creative projects? Click this link to hop over to Blythe Shupe’s Blog and enjoy the fantastic project ideas she has created to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. There are just so many possibilities with this latest addition to the CTMH Cricut Cartridge Collections.

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a fabulously creative day. Michelle Snyder

 

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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop celebrating National Stamping Month with artwork featuring an exclusive new stamp set called #30yearsofhappy. This special stamp set has been designed as part of the on-going celebration of the 30-year anniversary of CTMH’s founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton in the the scrapbooking and stamping industry.

This is an exciting year for Close To My Heart as they celebrate 30 years of creative inspiration and the #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set is full of creative possibilities. With 30 different mini images and sentiments the #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set is perfect for oodles of stamping fun.

If you have come here from Margi Gilbertson’s Blog  you are on the right path to enjoy some creative inspiration and fabulous project ideas as we celebrate National Stamping Month. The blog hop is one big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the fantastic project ideas. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy.

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I chose to make a mini-album for a collection of our “selfies” from some of my adventures with my daughter. With cell phone cameras making it so easy to snap quick photos anywhere and everywhere, it has become the day of the “selfies.” My daughter and I take lots of these pictures when we travel or are jut out-and-about. I love them. Sometimes they are silly and quite candid, but I love the way they capture an instant and preserve whatever fun thing we are doing.The #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set was perfect for embellishing a quick album with fun icon and message accents.

For the base of the album I used the Close To My Heart Hip Pics Album. It has a sturdy kraft chipboard cover with 16 spiral-bound pocket pages. The album comes ready to decorate and slip photos into the pockets for simple storytelling. It’s so quick and easy. I used 18 different designs stamp images from the #30daysofhappy Stamp Set in this album. Below are pictures of some of the pages so you can get a feel for how it all came together.

 

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You can see where I have sponged Dimensional Elements in Honey, Cranberry, and Lagoon to have bright colored accent pieces. Then I stamped black images from the #30daysofhappy Stamp Set on top of those accessories for a really crisp contrast. On some of the pages I stamped images directly to the pages, alternating images stamped in the bright ink colors and images stamped in black. I used Topiary Striped Washi Tape for borders and another splash of quick color. A simple outline frames the picture window and is made with the same Black Journaling Pen that I used to add notes about the pictures. I printed my photos in black and white to give some continuity to the pages.

These little albums are terrific for special little keepsakes, teacher gifts, birthday party activities, and so many other treasures. I keep them simple, no pressure, casual journaling, and picture highlights of memory making moments. (They even fit in your purse or backpack so they are terrific little brag books for Grandma’s, too.)

 

Here is a list of supplies that I used to make the album.

 

 

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You can join in our celebration during

National Stamping Month.

Get the #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set FREE

when you order $30 of current retail-priced

Close To My Heart stamps in September.

 

Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to see the wide variety of CTMH stamps sets available and place an order today so you can get your #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set FREE. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you can visit my website to view all current CTMH stamps and order at your convenience. Just click here to visit my website and shop online.

 

Are you ready for more creative projects to expand the possibilities for this great stamp set? Hop on over to Melissa Laverty’s Blog and enjoy the delightful artwork she has created to share with you. The sky’s the limit for this stamp set so be sure you continue hopping through the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop and visit all of the Consultant blogs for lots of project inspiration.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a fabulous National Stamping Month.

Michelle Snyder

 

 

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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. There are so many exciting things about to come your way as Close To My Heart unveils their brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s amazing and today you can see a few of the new products that will be available on August 1, 2014. If you have come here from Bren Yule’s Blog you are on the right path to enjoy the New Product Showcase. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the creative projects. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy!

 

The new product I would like to share with you today is the Designer Creations Short Stack Album. This new mini album has a printed kraft hardcover with 10 wire-bound kraft pages inside. The pages are 5″ x 7″ so they are perfect for adding quick photos and journaling.

 

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You can personalize the albums by decorating the front cover and the inside pages. The cover design can be something just for fun or it can be created to coordinate with themed parties, special events, or holidays. These fabulous little albums are also terrific as guest books, party highlight albums, teacher gifts, recipe books, and so much more. For even more photo and journaling options you can add Flips Flaps to the pages to create custom treasures everyone will enjoy. You will love their versatility.

In the photograph below you will see an album I designed to coordinate with a “Mom-To-Bee” Baby Shower. The album can be an instant keepsake from the celebration by adding a photograph and personalize note from each guest.

 

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As I was designing the front cover of this album I could not resist using a couple of other new products, too. The new CTMH Honeycomb Embossing Folder is really fun. If you have tried Embossing Folders you will definitely want to add this texture to your creative resources. I’ll be sharing more ideas with this tool later, but for now, here’s how I added a little more color contrast to the honeycomb texture on the cover of my album.

First, use the Honeycomb Embossing Folder to add the texture on a piece of Honey Cardstock. Then, swipe Honey Ink over the top of the raised honeycomb texture, holding the ink pad flat and gently going over the top of the cardstock. The ink will highlight the embossed image creating a two-toned pattern.

 

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Of course, all of the little details make a difference, and in the New Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book you are going to enjoy so many wonderful new accessories. Here I have used Gold Bling Gems, Gold Sequins, and Chevron Printed Cork Circles. The white daisies and title words are die-cut shapes from the Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges.

 

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As you can see there are many, many exciting things in store for you in the New CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s bursting with fabulous artwork, products, and resources for all of your scrapbooking, paper crafting, stamping, and home decor projects.

 

Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to get a copy of Annual Inspirations for yourself. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you can visit my website to order a copy of Annual Inspirations, see more project ideas, and shop online. Click here to shop  anytime, 24/7 and have boxes of wonderful new things arrive on your doorstep. The New Annual Inspirations book and products will be available beginning August 1.

 

Now it’s time for you to enjoy more of the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop by visiting Beckie Lehman’s Blog  to see the fantastic creative ideas she has prepared to share with you. You are in for a treat as you continue hopping through the New Product Showcase. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs to see lots of new products and artwork.

Michelle Snyder

 

 

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Welcome to the CTMH Simply Inspired Blog Hop where we are celebrating National Scrapbook Month with a special look at the limited edition new paper packet from Close To My Heart called, “Free To Be Me. “ Are you ready to see lots of ideas on turning a delightful new paper collection into beautiful new projects? Then you have come to the right place.

If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog you are headed in the right direction. If this is your first stop, enjoy, and then click the link at the bottom to visit the next blog for more creative inspiration. The blog hop is a big circle, so you can work your way around through all of the fabulous artwork for lots of ideas on how you can use the “Free To Be Me” paper pack for some crafting and scrapbooking fun. If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating Close To My Heart Consultants by clicking here.

 

The “Free To Be Me” collection features exclusive Background & Texture papers, coordinating printed cardstocks, and fantastic vellum papers, all in a brand new color palette. There is even a vellum paper in the pack with gold foil polka-dots printed on it. It’s a super cool collection that made it a lot of fun to go from paper pack to completed scrapbook pages. Here’s the paper as it comes in the pack…and…here’s the scrapbook page I made from it. Let’s take a closer look.

 

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I chose to scrapbook some photographs from a visit to Disneyland with Close To My Heart friends several years ago. The photos I chose for this layout were from a  very magical Disney day with friends that had gathered from all over the country for a Close To My Heart Regional Celebration that was being help at the Disneyland Resort. Of course, while we were there we took a day to play, too. When I saw the “Free To Be Me” paper pack I immediately thought of pictures from “It’s A Small World” at Disneyland. I had to pull out pictures of our super fun Disney day and get creating. Here’s how the layout started out.

 

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I wanted to keep the composition very simple, however, I had a lot of pictures I wanted to include in the story of that day. The easy solution, of course, is Close To My Heart Flip Flaps. They come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for adding story expansion areas on a layout. I love being able to tell more of our story and still keep the layout uncluttered.

I added Flip Flaps to the front of the Memory Protector for each of the photo spots on the left page of the layout. The Flip Flap goes over the photo placements that are actually on the scrapbook page so visually you only see one photo in each spot. I do this with the pages inside the Memory Protector, however I have pulled the page out here so you can see how the Flip Flaps are attached to the front of the Memory Protector.

 

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Once I slip the actual scrapbook page back inside the Memory Protector it looks like this. You can see how the Flip Flaps fold out to hold more photographs or even to create additional journaling spaces. To make the longer fold out section I attached two 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps together so that they fold out for even more storytelling options.

 

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When both pages are inside the Memory Protectors and the Flip Flaps are closed, it looks like this. The layout stays simple yet has interactive pieces that open up to share even more memory keeping highlights. If you have not tried Flip Flaps I would highly recommend them. Just choose the size that works best for your pages, peel off the adhesive strip, and stick them into place. So, so easy.

 

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I am looking forward to creating more pages and more projects with the “Free To Be Me” paper pack. It is a fabulously fun and versatile collection that lends itself to many different types of projects and themes. You can get this Close To My Heart exclusive for only $5 with a $50 purchase. The thing to remember is that you can only get the “Free To Be Me” paper pack in May, so contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to order your exclusive paper pack today. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you click here to shop online.

 

Now it’s time  should head over Blythe Shupe’s Blog for more creative inspiration and a completely different project. You will love what she has designed to share with you, so hop on over and enjoy. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the CTMH Simply Inspired Blog Hop to learn more tips and techniques for creating with the “Free To Be Me” paper pack.

Happy National Scrapbook Month. Have a wonderful time making and keeping memories this month.

Michelle Snyder

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Happy Spring and welcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop.  This month’s blog hop features the beautiful Close To My Heart Skylark Paper Packet and Collection which includes a variety of fantastic products designed to coordinate together. You’re going to love it. Get ready to enjoy some fantastic artwork and fresh new project ideas.

If you have come here from Brenda Rose’s Blog  you are headed in the right direction. The blog hop is a big circle, so if this is your first stop you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork. If you get lost along the way, you can find the compete list of participating Close To My Heart Consultants by clicking here.

 

The project I would like to share with you today uses the Skylark Paper Packet along with a gift card die-cut from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection. It seems you can get gift cards to just about everywhere these days, and they are often a convenient way to give a gift that’s easy to mail. Having a personalized card to put the gift card in makes it a little more special to give and to receive.

Making your own gift card holders is simple with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Combine this terrific die-cut shape with the fantastic colors and patterns in the Skylark paper makes creating personalized gift card holders a snap for the many special occasions coming up this spring. Whether you need a little something for an Easter Basket, Mother’s Day, Graduation, birthdays, an appreciation gift for a co-worker, or even a little thank you for your child’s teacher at school, this project will help you share special occasions with a very personal touch.

Here’s the front of the card I made. It looks like a standard card from the outside, but when you open it up…it has a super surprise inside.

 

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With the gift card holder popping up there in the middle it looks like I’ve done something tricky, but no. Look how easy it is to make your own personalized gift card holder.

 

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Step 1: Using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridege, cut out the gift card at 5.25″

Step 2: Fold on the score lines indicated by small cuts made in the card base while being cut on the Cricut.

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Step 3: Run a small line of adhesive along the outside edges of the center gift card slot making a pocket for the card.

Step 4: Decorate the front cover to use on it’s own, or glue the gift card holder into a standard sized card base for a full-size card. (The finished card shown in the first photograph, has the gift card holder cut from Kraft Cardstock that comes in the Skylark Paper Packet. Then I glued that inside a regular card base and decorate the outside of the larger card.)

Super simple, isn’t it?

 

Something else to note is that even decorating the inside and outside of the card was no problem thanks to the coordinating stamps that come with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection. Every CTMH Cricut Collection comes with three stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements that all coordinate. (See picture below.)

That means I can cut the project pieces from the Artiste cartridge, then stamp on top of them with one of the stamp sets, and if I want to even layer that on a matching chipboard shape. Everything is sized, scaled, and comes together to make creating even faster.

 

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So far, I have combined the Skylark Collection and CTMH Cricut Collections for creating scrapbook layouts, gift bags, cards, party favors, and of course, gift card holders. It’s a limitless combination. You can get all of these collections as part of an incredibly great special during the month of April, too. Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant for information. This is one special you don’t want to miss…seriously, it’s AMAZING!

 

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Now off to more delightful artwork and creative inspiration at Debbi Fournier’s Blog. You will love what she has designed to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired Blog Hop to learn more about project possibilities with the Skylark Paper Packet and Collection. There are beautiful things ahead.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy some creative moments.

Michelle Snyder

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Welcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop featuring the new Close To My Heart Embossing Folders. If you have come here from Brenda Rose’s Blog, you are headed in the right direction. The blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork created to share heaps of different ways to use Embossing Folders in your papercrafting and scrapbooking projects. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating Consultants by clicking here.

I am so excited about all of the possibilities for using Close To My Heart Embossing Folders. You are going to love all of the project ideas and inspiration waiting for you with each “hop” today. It’s easy to make your way from one project to the next, just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy!

 

I am ready for spring and love the colors in the new Close To My Heart Skylark Paper Packet. It has cool, crisp colors combined with Kraft paper which seemed perfect creating lots of texture to go with these pictures of my son and daughter-in-law enjoying a quiet day in the country.

 

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I used the Dot Embossing Folder and the Damask Embossing Folder in this scrapbook layout. I really like the size of the polka-dots you can create with the Dot Embossing Folder. You can see the dot texture I have added on the Sweet Leaf Cardstock border across the bottom of both pages and on the accent strip in the top left-hand corner. You will also notice that I was able to continue that dot pattern all the way across a 12-inch piece of cardstock to make those border strips stretch across the whole page. The Close To My Heart Embossing Folders are designed to let you repeat patterns on larger pieces of paper than just the 5″x7″ folder size. I love that.

 

Embossing Folders Skylark B

 

Hop Left B

 

In addition to adding texture with the Damask Embossing Folder I chose to ink distress on top of the Kraft cardstock once embossed pattern had been added to the paper. The ink highlights the damask pattern and creates a completely different look making the paper two-toned along with the raised texture. You can see examples of this technique on the title banner, two of the photo mats, and accent pieces on this layout.

 

Hop Right B

 

There are so many different ways to add texture and pattern to your projects using embossing folders, and with five new designs you are going to love having so many options at your fingertips. You can actually get free Embossing Folders in February from Close To My Heart through the Embossing Is Boss Special. Simply order two packages of cardstock (single color packs or combo packs) and you will receive one embossing folder of your choice free.

Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for more information on how you can get these great tools free this month. If you do not have a Close To My Heart Consultant of your own, click here for the Embossing Is Boss Special.

Now…Are you ready for more creative ways to use Close To My Heart Embossing Folders? You will love what comes next at Melissa Laverty’s Blog. She has a fantastic project to share with you, so hop on over and enjoy. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired Blog Hop to learn many more ways to create projects with embossed patterns.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy creating!

Michelle Snyder

 

 

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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. What an exciting day for some creative inspiration! The new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book  is here, and it’s fabulous! This blog hop focuses on project ideas featuring new Close To My Heart products to spark your creativity and give you a peek at the exciting possibilities waiting for you in this beautiful new Idea Book.

If you are coming from Lisa Stenz’s Blog, you are on the right path. This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy!

 

The new product I’m excited to share with you today is the Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit. It is a super cheerful kit with bright colors, a delightful stamp set, exclusive accessories, and complete instructions. I completed the 15 cards in the kit in no time, and after many long winter days, I am excited to send out some colorful “happy mail” to friends with the great cards I made from this kit. While I love the cards from this kit, the thing I really want to share with you today is a peak at some possibilities for other ways to use the stamp set and accessories that are left after completing the cards.

So… here are the cards.

 

Lollydoodle Card Workshop

 

And…here are some other possibilities.

 

Lollydoodle Layout

 

The stamp set that comes in the Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit is fantastic. It is so versatile and can be used to create lots of different  backgrounds, borders, frames, and focal points. This scrapbook layout came together with a little inspiration from the super cute owl stamp image and the fun colors. I added some White Daisy Cardstock for the page bases and the Keyboard Kraft Alphabet letters for some of the titles and journaling to the papers I had left after making the cards. The Sequence Dots and Shimmer Trim that you see on this layout are all extra supplies from the cardmaking kit.

 

Lollydoodle Layout Title

 

Lollydoodle Layout Right

 

I really enjoyed making these cards and scrapbook pages with the Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit. You can see this Workshop On The Go pack on page 75 of the Spring/Summer Idea Book. I think you are going to love the new things you will find in the Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book.

 

Are you ready for more creative inspiration? Denise Anderson-Turley has another project to share with you so hop on over to her blog and enjoy getting another glimpse of exciting new things.

 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit all of the Consultant in the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop to see oodles of different ways you can enjoy making and keeping memories with the incredible products available in the the Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book.

 

 

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