Ok…are you ready for one of my favorite new Close To My Heart products? It’s the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit. It’s simply fabulous! In fact I love the colors, Picture My Life cards, and festive images so much that I couldn’t just use it for scrapbooking. I turned this scrapbook kit into a Card Workshop with 20 different cards. It was so much fun! I’m excited to share these cards with you today, and you can even get a workshop to make some yourself. Yay!

I guess before I get too carried away, I should tell you what the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit is all about. Cut Above Kits are a great option for making fabulous layouts in a flash. Everything comes in the bag, ready to assemble, and including Memory Protectors to put your pages in your album right away. In fact, it’s literally 15-minute scrapbooking. These Cut Above Kits come with supplies to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. The Kit also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.

 

 

 

 

Using these pieces, I followed the instructions for the layouts and made the pages shown below with photos from my 50th birthday party. I still need to add my journaling, but I just love how fun and festive the pages look using the parts and pieces that come in this Cut Above Kit! They are a perfect backdrop to my birthday photos with special friends.

 

 

 

 

 

As I was putting my pages together, the die-cuts, stickers, and Picture My Life cards were just inviting me to keep creating. So, I got a second Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit and transformed it into 20 different cards. All together, the 20 cards turned out like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think? Aren’t they bold, bright, and full of festive fun? I think these cards will be some fabulous happy mail to send to family and friends. If you look closely at the scrapbook layout above and the cards, you can see where title pieces became card messages and scrapbook die-cuts became card accents.

I made all 20 cards without adding any additional paper. I only used the Background & Texture Paper and Picture My Life Cards that came in the original Kit. Of course, I did add card bases and envelopes, which I pulled from Close To My Hearts’ White Cards and Envelope Value Pack, but that’s it for paper.

I wanted to have a variety of sentiments, so I did add a few other messages using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts and Stamp Sets. This let me create a variety of birthday, thank you, thinking of you, and just because type cards. These are the three stamp sets I used, but you could choose other sentiments to fit the types of card message you need, too.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is list of the supplies I used to make these cards. 

  • Z3330 Cut Above Layout Kit – Party Time
  • X254 White Cards and Envelopes (Quantity 20)
  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Your choice of stamp sets for messages. Stamp sets shown here include:
    • – B1536 All the Thanks
    • – B1537 Birthday Sparkles
    • – A1198 Hi Friend
  • Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
  • My Acrylix Blocks to fit choice of messages

 

 

You can have some fun making cards out of this Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit, too. Here’s how…

  1. Attend a Workshop in the Boise area. Workshop Kits are $20, plus tax and shipping. They come with everything pre-cut and ready to put together. (See upcoming dates below.)
  2. Purchase a Workshop Guide for $10 complete with cutting guide, assembly instructions, project tips, and photographs of the cards to follow along.
  3. Receive a FREE Workshop Guide when you place an order of $25 on my website. Simply shop online at www.michelle.closetomyheart.com and then email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing to let me know you would like to receive the Party Time Card Workshop Guide.
  4. Join my Team in May and receive the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit…AND…the Workshop Guide for FREE. I make all of my Workshop Guides available to the CTMH Consultants who are part of my Creative Hearts Team, so you have lots of resources available.

 


Note: My Workshop Guides do include a Consultant Release Form, so if you are a Close To My Heart Consultant and would like to share this workshop with your customers, you totally can, when you have a copy of the Workshop Guide for yourself. 


Upcoming Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, May 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm

 

 

 

To purchase a Workshop Kit, Workshop Guide, attend a local Workshop,

or to join my Creative Hearts Team,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Be watching for more fun projects featuring new products from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. There’s lots of great creative resources in that new book I’m super excited to try out. Yay!

 

 

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Yesterday I shared the scrapbook pages that I designed with the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Complements, Blush Shimmer Ribbon, and Accessories. I had so much fun creating with this beautiful paper, that I decided to use a lot of the scraps that I had left over from making those pages to create a set of cards. I thought you might enjoy seeing some other ways to use your Hello Lovely paper, too. I like creating handmade cards, because they add such a personal touch to the notes I send to family and friends. And really, who doesn’t love receiving happy mail?

Here are the twelve cards that I made. They use different compositions and paper combinations. Having so many mix-and-match possibilities in the Hello Lovely Paper Packet is fantastic! I love that everything coordinates and makes creating a breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the Close To My Heart White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack for the bases, because they are such an amazing deal. It is only about .30 cents per card base and envelope. That’s very affordable!

Close To My Heart also has some terrific options for sentiments that you can use for card making. On this set of cards, I used a variety of stamped images and Thin Cuts to add the messages. There are two stamp sets that I use often for birthday and thank you cards. They are the “All the Thanks” Stamp Set (B1536) and the “Birthday Sparkles” Stamp Set (B1537). Each set has four messages with various fonts and shapes.

 

 

 

 

I really had fun using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts with these cards, too. With four graduated sizes of circles in the Basic Circles Thin Cuts set, it is easy to layer messages on the cards. For a bolder, more colorful look, I especially love using Thin Cuts to make message die-cuts out of coordinating cardstock. The Hello &  Thanks, and Happy Birthday are two of my favorites because they are so versatile and useful.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have not used Thin Cuts before, it’s really easy. You use an embossing machine to cut out these die-cut shapes. It’s the same type of machine that you use with Embossing Folders. In the example below, I just set the “Hello” Thin Cuts on Sorbet Cardstock, ran it through my embossing machine, and out pops the die-cut shape ready to add to my card front. Sometimes I even use the left over scrap pieces with the negative space for project.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the “Hello” message was cut out, I attached the die-cut to the card front using a Bonding Memories Glue Pen. This type of adhesive has a smaller tip that works well with the narrow shapes of these letters. The card below shows what the message looks like on a completed card. That full color die-cut messages is pretty terrific, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we are talking about these cards, I also wanted to be sure to show you one way I like to use the Basic Circles Thin Cuts. For the next card, I took one of the pre-printed Picture My Life cards from the Hello Lovely Paper Packet and cut the flower cluster into a circle by using the largest Thin Cuts circle. It’s so quick and easy. I could see exactly how I wanted to line it up and be sure the circle would be just right around the floral cluster. (By the way, this technique also works terrific on photographs to cut them into perfect circles with the subject right where you want it.)

 

 

 

 

 

Once I had that flower cluster cut into a circle, I could just layer it onto the front of the card you see below. I loved the way it came together. Having that beautiful full-color image on the front in a circle rather than just another square, makes a difference. I add a little Blush Shimmer Ribbon and a few Gold Gems to finish it off. I did not put a sentiment on the front of this card. I liked it just the way it was. Sometimes I like having cards on hand that do not have a set message on the front, so that I can use them for any occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, if you know me, you know I like to mix-and-match supplies and get the most out of a great composition at the same time. The card shown below is the exact same composition as the card shown above. Take a look. Can you see the similarities? The difference is that I cut the large Thin Cuts circle out of White Daisy Cardstock instead of the pre-printed Picture My Life Card, and then use the “Hello” Thin Cuts to add nice message in the middle. I think having the white circle behind the message creates a terrific spotlight effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty great, isn’t it?I sure appreciate how easy Close To My Heart makes it to enjoy some creative time. By using Close To My Heart products everything coordinates and works well together, making creating projects faster, simpler, and easier.

If you have enjoyed these cards and might like to make a set of your own, I do have Workshop Kits available to make all twelve cards. You can attend a Pick-A-Project Workshop Day here in Boise, or get a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll have everything pre-cut for you to put together at home.

 

Hello Lovely Card Workshop – $20

(plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • 12 White Daisy Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Hello Lovely Paper, pre-cut for each card
  • A variety of stamped messages to personalize your cards
  • Pre-cut Thin Cuts messages to personalize our cards
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Gold Glitter Gems

 

Other Products Used On These Cards:

  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

 

Boise Area Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm

 

If you would like to be able to use some of these great Thin Cuts at home for other projects, this is a great time to purchase some of those. In March you can enjoy a

25% discount on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts.

The sale even includes the Thin Cuts that come in a bundle with coordinating Stamp Sets. That’s fantastic! If you would like to see all of the Thin Cuts options available and shop online, just click here.

 

 

To order a Hello Lovely Card Workshop Kit, simply email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope that these cards give you some creative inspiration and ideas on how you can enjoy making your own beautiful cards and making someone’s day by sharing some Happy Mail with others. Happy paper crafting!

 

 

 

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Hello, friends.

I am so excited to share something new especially for my scrapbooking and papercrafting friends. I have recently created a VIP Facebook Group just for you! I can hardly wait for you to be a part of the fun we are going to have.

 

 

In Michelle’s CTMH VIP Group you will enjoy creative inspiration, learn more about Close To My Heart products, find tips and techniques, be first to know about upcoming classes, workshops, and events, and get in on exclusive specials and give-aways. Yes, there are give-aways! In fact I just gave away a new Sugar Rush Paper Packet, so you are going to want to jump in. There are more coming! I’m even going to do occasional Facebook Live videos and having some special online events. This is closed group, just for my customers, so I can share a some extra special VIP treatment with you. It’s going to be great fun!

 

Here’s a little sneak peek of my February Sugar Rush Scrapbook Workshop that I posted in the group a couple of days ago. As part of Michelle’s CTMH VIP Group, you will get first looks at what I’m designing and what’s coming next. There are lots of fun things coming!

 

 

 

 

You can join the group by going to Michelle’s CTMH VIP Group  on Facebook and clicking the “Join” button.

 

Feel free to invite your friends who might enjoy some creative inspiration, learning new DIY tips, and a place to connect with other people who enjoy scrapbooking and papercrafting. I am looking forward to sharing some creative moments with all of you. If you like scrapbooking, card making, or papercrafting of any kind, you will enjoy being a part of this Group.

 

If you have questions or need help joining the group, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

Note: While I love connecting and sharing ideas with other CTMH Consultants, this VIP group is specifically for my customers and their friends only. Thank you for understanding. 

 

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Yesterday I shared some projects featuring the Close To My Heart All About The Gold 12″ x 12″ overlays, glitter paper, and festive ribbons used to add extra sparkle to holiday scrapbook pages and cards. Those projects used a fantastic color combination of Pixie, Sea Glass, Whisper, White Daisy, and Gold for something fresh and different for the Christmas or winter crafting. They looked a something like this.

 

 

 

One of the great things about yesterday’s projects is that after making all of those projects, there was still half of a package of All About The Gold overlays and half of a package of Uptown Ribbon left over. Today I am excited to share projects you can make with the other half of those products, along with a completely different color combination. Are you ready? Here they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How’s that for a complete contrast to the first set of scrapbook layouts and cards? These projects work from a color base of Cranberry, Black, White Daisy, and Gold, while still featuring the All About The Gold overlays, Uptown Ribbon, and this time Red Glitter Paper. Don’t you love the bold contrast of the colors with the sparkle and shine of the gold and glitter accents?I have to give a shout out to my daughter, again, for her creativity in putting together such a classic holiday collection. Simply stunning.

 

 

 

 

You will also notice that there are no snowmen on this set of layouts and cards. Instead, we used the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle to coordinate with the sort of nostalgic look the colors bring to the projects. I love it. The stamp designs and die-cuts in this set really pair well with the colors here.

 

 

 

Having a matching set of Thin Cuts and stamp images makes creating beautiful things so easy. There is no detail cutting around stamp images, simply use an embossing machine to pop out the die-cuts and print the stamp image on top. No need for scissors at all. Here’s a closer look at some of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t those gold overlay stripes terrific? In the photos above, you can see where the All About The Gold overlay stripes are used on their own in some places and even layered on top of a piece of the Red Glitter Paper. There are just so many possibilities for using them.

The card shown above is also a great example of using the stamps in a variety of ways. Notice that some of the trees and the message are stamped directly on the card base, and another tree and snowflakes are stamped on Thin Cuts die-cut shapes. Add a little Thin 3-D Foam Tape on the back of the stamped die-cut shapes and you bring some terrific dimension to the card. It’s so easy.

 

I hope that you enjoyed a little more inspiration today for adding sparkle and shine to Christmas and winter scrapbook layouts and cards. It’s amazing how much a couple of new products can do. If these projects look like something you might enjoy, I do have Workshop Kits available for them. The Workshop Kits come with the papers pre-cut and instructions to make all four scrapbook pages and all five cards. There are two Workshop Kits to choose from. The difference between the two is that one kit includes a set of the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle, so that you can stamp and create to your hearts content at home.

 

 

Woodland Wishes Workshop Kit A – $34 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Pre-cut Cardstock in Black, White Daisy, and Red Glitter Paper
  • Pre-cut All About The Gold overlays (full package)
  • Uptown Ribbon (full package)
  • 5 White Card Bases and Envelopes

 

Woodland Wishes Workshop Kit B – $60 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Everything in Workshop Kit A, plus…
  • Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle (Retail $26.95)

 

Other Supplies Use For These Projects: 

  • Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • My Acrylix Blocks 1″ x 1″ (Y1000), 2″ x 2″ (Y1003), 2″ x 3 1/2″ (Y1009)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you would like to make both today’s projects and yesterday’s projects, you can order both Workshop Kits and save a bunch. Since both Workshop Kits only use half of the overlays and ribbon, you can add a second Workshop Kit A package for only $10 and a Workshop Kit B package for $36.95. That’s a savings of $24 when you order a Workshop Kit B for Cozy Christmas and a Workshop Kit B for Woodland Wishes.

 

 

To order a Workshop Kit, contact me at 

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. 

 

 

If you have not tried the All About The Gold overlays, yet, I highly recommend them. It’s fantastic how simple they are to use and the way they can add so much to your projects. In addition to order a Workshop Kit from me, you can also find the All About The Gold overlays and all of the products used on today’s projects when you shop online through my website. Just click here.

 

 

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” for adding some extra sparkle to scrapbook layouts, cards, and paper crafting, right? (Yes, it’s true, I’m still singing Christmas songs.) It’s snowing outside at my house today, and I must say that while I’m enjoying the beautiful wintery view outside my window, I’m glad to be warm and cozy creating fun things, inside. It seems there are things that just make the holidays a little brighter, like shiny silver and gold accents, sparkling glitter, and glistening snowflakes. Today I have some Close To My Heart products to share with you that make it easy to add some sparkle to your holiday and winter scrapbook pages, while still keeping the creating simple.

This time every year, my daughter and I go looking about at our favorite stores, just to find new inspiration that we can incorporate into scrapbooks, cards, and paper crafting projects. It could be a color combination, a mixture of textures, or just about anything. Before Holiday Extravaganza, we made another trek out and about and came home ready to try some new things. The projects I have for you today are actually the scrapbook layouts and cards that my daughter designed after one of these outings. With her permission, I’m sharing them with you today, in hopes that they might be a point of inspiration for your holiday crafting, too.

 

Let’s take a look at the finished scrapbook pages and cards first, and then I’ll tell you about the supplies that are used to make them. It’s a little hard to see the extra gold and sparkle in the photographs, but you can click on the picture to make it bigger. In person these layouts and cards pack a bunch of shimmer and shine.

 

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What do you think? I love unique color combination. Let’s take a look at some of the special Close To My Heart products used for these beautiful creations. In addition to Pixie, White Daisy, and Whisper Cardstock, there is All About The Gold overlays, Uptown Ribbon, and Sea Glass Glitter Paper.

 

 

 

 

The All About The Gold 12″ x 12″ overlays often get mistaken for white Background & Texture Paper with gold foil print when you look at the picture of the package in the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Instead, the overlays are clear with gold foil patterns printed on them. That means you can layer any color or style of paper behind the overlay to create your own specialty paper look. In the photo below you can see where I’m lifting up the corner of an overlay on one of the layouts. There is Whisper Cardstock under the overlay, so the color shows through with the bold gold dots on top. Amazing!

 

 

 

 

Isn’t that fantastic. Now, if you scroll up to the layouts and cards again, look for all the places where you see different patterns of paper. These are all the places where the All About The Gold overlays have been used. Sometimes they are just layered over the White Daisy Cardstock, but other places they are layered on top of colored cardstocks and even over Glitter Paper. The possibilities are endless. You just have to try a package of these overlays. You will love them.

 

You might also be wondering about the snowflakes and super cute snowmen on the projects. Those are made with Close To My Heart Snowflake Thin Cuts and the Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts & Stamp Bundle. That fantastic snowman comes in a set with stamp designs and matching Thin Cuts to actually build a snowman while you are warm and cozy inside instead of in the cold snow outside.

 

 

You can stamp them on cardstock or use the Thin Cuts to quickly cut out the pieces with an embossing machine. With so many different pieces included in the set, you can add different hats, a scarf, the button eyes, carrot nose, and the whole deal. Here’s a closer look at a couple of the snowmen on these projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s adorable, right? Sad thing is, like all snowmen, he is only here for a short time. The Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts &  Stamp Set Bundle that you use to make this snowman will be retiring December 31, 2016. The good news is that you can order this set now to have at home and be able to build a snowman anytime you want. Click here to shop online.

 

If you would like to make a set of these scrapbook pages and cards, I do have Workshop Kits available. The Workshop Kits come with papers pre-cut and instructions to make the four scrapbook pages and five cards. There are two Workshop Kits to choose from, one includes the Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle, in case you do not have that already. To order a Workshop Kit, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

Cozy Christmas Workshop Kit A – $34 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Pre-cut Cardstock in Pixie, Whisper, White Daisy, and Sea Glass Glitter Paper
  • Pre-cut All About The Gold overlays (full package)
  • Uptown Ribbon (full package)
  • 5 White Card Bases and Envelopes

 

Cozy Christmas Workshop Kit B – $60 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Everything in Workshop Kit A, plus…
  • Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle (Retail $26.95)

 

Other Supplies Use For These Projects: 

  • Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2813 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • My Acrylix Blocks 1″ x 1″ (Y1000), 2″ x 2″ (Y1003), 3″ x 3″ (Y1006), 2″ x 3 1/2″ (Y1009)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to order your Workshop Kit

and enjoy some creative time and building a snowman inside,

where it’s warm and cozy.

 

 

 

NOTE: Making all of these scrapbook pages and cards only use half of the package of All About The Gold Overlays and half of the Uptown Ribbon. That means you have lots left over for other projects. Visit my blog again tomorrow to see more pictures and information about a second set of scrapbook pages and cards with lots of holiday sparkle. It’s a completely different color combination and so classic.

Here’s a little peek. 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the products used for these projects can be found on my blog. Click here to shop online.

 

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Can you believe October has already come and gone? It was a very busy month here, but it’s one of my favorites. Every October, since 1994 I host a Close To My Heart Holiday Extravaganza to share DIY project ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas festivities. For weeks before Holiday extravaganza I create new projects, so that I can share as many new ideas for gift giving, decorating, gift wrap and tags, table settings, card making, mini albums, stocking stuffers, and scrapbooking as I can. It’s my favorite event of the year, complete with Christmas trees, lights, Candy Cane Cookies, and holiday music. I invite my Close To My Heart customers, family, and friends to come enjoy their first Christmas party of the year to kick off the season, and we have so much fun.

 

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Here is just a sprinkling of some of the projects at Holiday Extravaganza this year.

 

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Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing many of these projects with you here on my blog. There will be Workshops in the Boise area that you can attend to enjoy some creative time here making your projects.  For those of you who live long distance, watch for Workshop Kits and Workshop Guides that will be available for many of the project shared at Holiday Extravaganza this year. I am really excited to keep the merriment going and share some projects to help with your holiday celebrations, too.

 

All of these projects feature Close To My Heart products. You can shop for your crafting and scrapbooking supplies online 24/7 at michelle.closetomyheart.com.

 

 

Thanks for visiting my blog, today. If you have any questions, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. Watch for more creative inspiration for the holidays coming very soon.

 

 

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Words are powerful things. Doesn’t it make you feel terrific to hear someone say,  “You are amazing” or “Great job today.” Positive messages and encouraging words that build people up are really important, and sometimes are not shared often enough. That’s why I really like this new stamp set from Close To My Heart. It’s called, “Beyond Awesome.” It’s full of fun ways to remind someone how that they are amazing.

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Aren’t those great stamp designs?  There are 11 different stamp images in this set that you can mix together in a variety of combinations to make cards that will be an encouragement to your family and friends. And, adding the “Birthday” message in the group makes this set even more versatile. Who would like to “Have an AWESOME birthday?” I could not resist using this set to create some new cards. Here’s how they turned out.

 

 

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Does the color scheme look familiar? It might. The papers are Close To My Heart Cardstocks in Honey, Lagoon, Poppy, Black, Slate, and White Daisy, with a little bit of black & white Background & Texture paper from the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet.  It is the same combination of papers that I used for the “Life In Pictures” scrapbook layout that I shared with you a few days ago. I really like these colors together. If  you missed that post, you can click here to go right to it. Here is a picture of that layout, just so you can see how the colors and papers look in both projects.

 

 

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The accessories I used are White Twine and Sparkles Clear Assortment. I wanted to keep them simple and let the great colors and designs in the cards shine through. You will notice in the detail pictures below that the Lagoon Cardstock has raised polka-dots on it. I added those with the Close To My Heart Dot Embossing Folder. It’s a simple way to add some subtle texture to your papers.

 

 

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The “Beyond Awesome” Stamp Set is new and part of the great products you can find in the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book that just came out this month. If you have not seen it, I would be happy to get a copy to you, or you can view the book page-by-page on my website. Just click here.

 

You can also order a “Beyond Awesome Stamp Set” to have in your own creative resources at home when you shop on my website, or by contacting me directly at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. Click here to go right to that stamp set on my website. The cardstocks, inks, and accessories are all there, too.

 

As you go about your day today, I hope you will look for places that you can share an encouraging word. Be the “awesome” in someone’s day and discover that it makes you feel pretty awesome, too.

Make it a great day, and remember…

 

 

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If you have any questions about making these cards, please contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutsharing.com.

 

 

 

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While it is National Scrapbooking Month, the “Happy Times” Paper Packet that Close To My Heart designed to celebrate this month is fabulous all kinds of creating. With a stunning combination of gold foil prints, wood grain textures, and cheerful floral patterns they make you happy just creating with them. For my project today, I designed a twelve card workshop featuring the “Happy Times” Paper Packet and Happy Times Stamp Set. I really enjoyed making these cards. Not only did creating them make me happy, but I think they will also be some fabulous happy mail that I can share to brighten someone’s day. I think you will enjoy them, too. Here’s a picture of all twelve cards. The papers are gorgeous, right?

 

 

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The way I designed these cards, you can make all twelve cards from half of a package of Happy Time Paper, so there is plenty of paper left over for making a second set or other types of projects. I compiled all of the project pieces into a cutting guide that can be used over and over with other papers to make completely different looking cards, too.

 

Just in case you have not had a chance to see the “Happy Times” Paper Packet and Stamp Set yet, they look like this. It’s a little hard to see the fabulous details in the photo, especially for the gold foil prints, but there are some close up pictures of some of the cards shown below are a little easier to see.

 

Happy Times Image

Happy Times Stamp Set

 

 

The stamp set comes with 18 different images. I especially like that the flowers, stems, and leaves are all individual stamp designs. This makes it quick and easy to use them with different colors of ink and not have to do any masking when you make the prints. Faster, Simpler, and Easier for sure. The Close To My Heart ink colors I’ve used for these cards are Canary, Fern, Pomegranate, and Smoothie (in second generation).

I chose several Close To My Heart accessories to embellish the cards, White & Gold Ribbon, Gold Sequins Assortment, Pink Enamel Gems, and a gold Metallics Marker. The Gold Sequins and Pink Enamel Gems are both adhesive-backed so they are super quick to add. To attach the White & Gold Ribbon I used Micro Glue Dots which are perfect size for this type of narrow ribbon.

 

 

Happy Times Accessories Collage

 

Metallic Markers Crop

The Metallics Marker is a really fun option for adding details with borders and dots around the card fronts and messages, because it coordinates perfectly with the gold foil in the papers, ribbon, and sequins. You get both gold and silver in a set and they are a terrific value at only $4.95.  In the pictures below you can see a little more of the details from four of the cards.

 

 

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I just love the colors and textures. So cheerful. There are several ways you can enjoy making these cards, too. Take a look at the options below are remember that the “Happy Times” Paper Packet and Stamp Set are only available in May.

 

Option 1: Order a Pre-Cut Workshop Kit – $25 (plus tax and shipping)

The Workshop Kits come with everything pre-cut, pre-stamped, and ready to assemble to make a set of twelve cards with envelopes. The Workshop Kit includes accessories to make the cards just as you see them above. Once I receive your order, I will email a set of full-color instructions with pictures and tips for putting the cards together to you, so you are all ready to put your cards together when your supplies arrive.

 

Option 2: Order the supplies on my website

When you order the supplies to make these cards from my website, I will email you a complete Happy Times Card Workshop Guide with color photos, cutting guide, tips for stamping, and assembly instructions. The cutting guide can be re-used with other papers for unlimited crafting options. Once you have ordered your supplies, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com and I will send you the Workshop Guide.

You can shop on my website by clicking here.

 

Here are the supplies I used…

  • CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet ($14.95 or FREE with a $60 order)
  • CC1064 Happy Times Stamp Set ($17.95)
  • Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon ($5.95)
  • Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment ($3.95)
  • Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems ($2.95)
  • Z1768 Metallic Markers ($4.95)
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes ($14.95 – pkg of 50)
  • Z2089 Micro Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Ink Pads – Canary, Fern, Pomegranate, Smoothie ($6.95 each)

 

Option 3: Attend a Card Workshop – $25 or $37 kits available (plus tax and shipping)

If you live in the Boise area, you can attend a workshop where you will make this full set of cards. This can be a fun option for enjoying some creative time with friends. It’s easy, you know you have time set aside for it, and you leave with completed projects. There are a couple of dates to choose from.

  • Friday, May 13 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM
  • Friday, May 20 at 6:30 PM

 

 

To register to attend a Workshop or to purchase a Workshop Kit, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

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Happy times are something to create and celebrate. I hope that you will enjoy creating and sharing a little happiness this month with this “Happy Times” Paper. I also have a scrapbook workshop available, too. The details are in my blog post from May 2. You can click here to link directly to it. Enjoy your creative moments.

 

 

 

 

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Watercolors are my favorite paint medium. I love the beautiful, translucent colors and the fluid way they blend together. There are so many wonderful things you can do with watercolor paints. So…I have been creating some simple cards and using watercolors to make quick backgrounds and custom Shimmer Trim to match. I’m using the Close To My Heart Watercolor Paints, Brush Set, and Watercolor Paper.

 

 

Watercolor Collage

 

 

For the cards I’m sharing today, I wanted a black and white base that I could add lots of different colors to, so I’m working with the Background & Texture Paper that comes in the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet. This paper pack has five different black and white prints that can be mixed and matched for lots of options. Here are pictures of just a couple of the cards to show you some examples.

 

 

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You can see I am using one technique and just incorporating it into different compositions. I started with a 3 1/2″ square piece of Watercolor Paper and could change out the paint colors to make lots of color combinations. The Watercolor Paints have 36 colors in the palette, so there are so many options.

 

Here are the simple steps to making the matching watercolor background and Shimmer Trim accents.

 

Step 1: Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper the size you need for your project. Load your paint brush with a good deal of clean water and your choice of paint color. Paint a simple wash of color over the paper. The more water you have on your brush, the lighter and more translucent the paint color will be. More water also makes the colors move around the paper a little easier. Keep in mind that watercolors usually dry about 50% lighter, so use enough paint pigment to have the color intensity you want. Set the painted paper aside to dry.

 

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Step 2: Cut a strip of White Shimmer Trim for your project. Using the same color of paint that you used on the paper for the background, brush the color over the Shimmer Trim. The Shimmer Trim will become whatever color paint you use. If the color is lighter than you like, try adding more paint layers without more water. Set aside to dry.

 

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Step 3: Once the paper is dry, stamp images on top of the painted background. I prefer to use the Memento Black Ink for the stamping, because it is a real solid black that is a little more archival. This ink is also great if you will be adding any more paint to the project, because is won’t smear.

 

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Step 4: Complete the card by layering La Vie En Rose Black and White Background & Texture papers and Black Cardstock, with the stamped image and the Shimmer Trim, onto the front of a card base. I like to use Close To My Heart Value Cards & Envelopes. They come in a package of 50 cards and envelopes, and end up only being .30 cents each. That’s perfect for affordable card making, and I like that the card base and the envelop match.

 

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For the these cards I used a Black Journaling Pen to make the thin border framing the stamped image. These pens work great over watercolored areas, too. I also did some layering with Thin 3-D Foam Tape to add some dimension to the card fronts without getting them too thick.

 

The stamp set I used on these cards is the “Share the Love” Stamp Set. If you do not have this one yet, you can still get one through the end of February, 2016. The typewriter, camera, and telephone in this set are great classic designs. Pair them with the variety of messages in the set and these designs are terrific for thoughtful cards for just about anyone.

 

 

Share The Love Stamp Set

 

Not only is this a really fun group of stamp designs, but this set is a special offer this month as part of Close To My Hearts’ campaign to help raise funds for Operation Smile. For every “Share the Love” Stamp Set purchased in February, Close To My Heart is sending $7 to help Operation Smile provide cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children around the world. Purchasing the stamp set is a great way we can make a difference for children needing a little help.

 

You can purchase a “Share the Love” Stamp Set on my website, along with all of the supplies I used to make these cards today. Just click here to enjoy shopping online. If you do not have any watercolor paints, you’ll find them in my online shopping area, too. If you do have some paints at home, you might like to grab a set of the Value Cards & Envelopes, along with some White Shimmer Trim and set some time aside to have fun making cards with easy watercolor painted backgrounds and matching Shimmer Trim accents.

 

Questions? Contact me at

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

Enjoy creating something today and share the moment by sending out a handcrafted card along with an encouraging word.

 

 

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I was thinking about sending some happy mail the other day and it came to mind that for me, happy mail is kind of a doubly awesome thing. Creating happy mail fills my cup and sending happy mail lets me fill someone else’s cup at the same time. It’s a definite win-win. Have you received or sent some happy mail recently? It’s so much more exciting to find fun things in your mailbox, isn’t it?

I have designed a card workshop that has been really helpful for me creating and sending happy mail. If you would like a quick resource for making a bunch of cards easily, I think you will like today’s project. At the end of this post there are a couple of options available for you to access the cutting diagrams and workshop instructions, so you can enjoy making cards like these at home. But first, here’s a little about the project parts and pieces. I think you’ll enjoy the final projects and the creative process.

 

I just cannot get enough of the Close To My Heart Fundamental Papers. Creating with these colorful cardstocks with fun patterns and two-sided textures is just a joyful thing. If you have had not opportunity to create projects with these papers yet, you should give them a try. The Fundamental Papers are available in four different color palettes. For the cards I’m sharing today I used the Adventure color group. You can see how vivid the colors are. To view all four palettes available in Fundamental Papers, click here.

 

Fundamentals Paper Adventure

I like to have some cards on hand so it’s easy to pop something in the mail or be ready for a special occasion. As I was designing this particular workshop, I specifically wanted something I could reuse in different ways. I started by choosing 5 card compositions from Close To My Heart How-To Books, and I compiled them all into one cutting diagram. The cutting diagram let’s you make 10 cards, two of each of the five compositions at one time. It is super simple to personalize cards for every occasion by just switching the papers, colors and messages as you go.

There are two sheets of ten different colors available in the Fundamental Papers. All ten colors look fantastic together, so I just pick four colors, plug them into the cutting diagram, and have some fun. Depending on the colors you put together you could have cards that work well with different seasons, or are more masculine, or are great for children…or you can make a little bit of everything. Here are examples of three different color schemes I put together. In these pictures I kept all of the messages and accessories the same so that you could see how the compositions are the identical, but the finished cards look different.

 

 

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Here’s a little closer view. You can see where sometimes I have the printed texture side up and other times I have the tone-on-tone embossed texture side up. There are just so many possibilities with this paper. Are don’t the colors just shout happy?

 

 

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One of the things I like about using this card workshop is that I can get a lot of cards put together with a variety of messages, so that I am prepared for any occasion that I might need a card for. Sometimes I actually just make all of the bases so that they only thing left to finish them up is adding a message. This way I can choose the message that best fits what I want to say. Close To My Heart has individual message stamps in the “M-Size” designs that you can choose from to personalize projects. Here are just a few of the message options that are available in these great little stamps. They all fit on a 2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block, so they are really a versatile size.

 

 

M-Size Stamps Collage

 

 

Looking at the photos shown above, you will also notice that I have added some splashes of color behind the messages, as well. For these quick color bursts, I used some of my favorite go to stamp designs from the  Brushstrokes Stamp Set. This stamp set is fantastic for all kinds of crafting. The images might look like random swashes, but you will be amazed at what you can make with these designs… flowers? …birthday cakes? It’s true. You can see both and more in some other projects I have used these designs for in some previous posts. Just click here and here to link directly to them.

Brushstrokes Are you ready to make some cards? You can add some joy to your day using this card workshop and share a little joy with family and friends with your cards, too. There are three options for getting a set of the workshop instructions, so you are all set to enjoy creating and giving cards.

 

  1. Attend A Workshop – If you are in the Boise Area, you can choose a workshop kit and a workshop date to come and make a set of cards here in a class format. I pre-cut a set of cards and show you tips on putting them all together. You will have everything you need to make 20 or 50 cards depending on the package you choose. All packages include the reusable cutting diagram and instructions for creating more cards later on. It’s kind of nice to come to a workshop because you know you have time set aside in your schedule and you get to leave with completed projects.
  2. Order A Workshop Kit To Go – With this option I still pre-cut a set of cards for you and prepare the parts and pieces just as if you were attending a workshop in person. You just choose the workshop kit that you would like and I will mail the workshop kit directly to you, so you can create cards at home. It’s easy.
  3. Place An Order On My Website – The workshop kits I am preparing use the Fundamental Paper in the Adventure colors like you see show in the projects above. If you would like a different color scheme, this might be a good option for you. When you visit my website and place a minimum $25 order, including a package of Fundamental Paper in your choice of color groups, I will email you a copy of the workshop cutting diagram and instructions for you to use at home. This way you can choose your color group and other items based on what you need for your projects. You can check the list of products I used to make my cards to be sure you have what you need. If you already have card bases at home, but you would like the Brushstrokes Stamp Set or Thin 3-D Foam Tape, then you can order the things that would help you put your cards together. To shop online, go to www.michelle.ctmh.com.

 

If you have any questions about the workshop options, you can contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

I’m happy to help you find the right workshop kit for you.

 

 

Here is a list of Workshop Packages and Workshop Dates.

 

Workshop Package A – $39.00 (plus tax and shipping)
  • X3125 Fundamental Paper Package – Adventure colors
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack (half package – qty. 25)
  • Your choice of two “M-size” message stamps
  • Black Enamel Stars, White Cardstock
  • Cutting diagram and instruction sheets
 
Workshop Package B – $53.00
(plus tax and shipping)
  • Includes all of Workshop Package A, PLUS…
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack 14.95 (full package – qty. 50)
  • Your choice of two additional “M-size” message stamps
Other supplies used for these cards:
  • C1608 Brushstrokes Stamp Set ($13.95)
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($6.95)
  • Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in coordinating Adventure Colors ($6.95 each)
  • My Acrylix Blocks: Y1002 (1 x 3 1/2), Y1003 (2 x 2)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

 

 

Workshop Dates:
  • Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 30 at 1:00 PM

 

Remember, if the dates do not fit with your schedule, or you do not live in the Boise area, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll send it all to you.

 

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com 

to reserve a spot at a workshop or order a workshop kit.

 

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