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.


Skylark Hop B


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




  • So, so pretty, my friend!

  • Love all the details and these b&w photos go so well with Skylark!

  • I just love your scrapbook layouts so much Michelle. Thanks for sharing how to use embossed elements on them! xoxo

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  • Awesome Layout!! Love all the details.

  • You always do the most amazing scrapbook pages Michelle! I love your style.

  • Brenda says:

    Oh Michelle! So, very pretty!

  • Krista :) says:

    Beautiful Michelle…and you used my favorite paper pack (at the moment)! Love your mixture of our embossing folders!

  • Lynn Darda says:

    I love the embossed, inked Kraft! I cannot wait to try that. It almost looks like embossed metal, love it. TFS

  • A beautiful layout. Love it all.

  • Blythe Shupe says:

    Michelle, you always do such gorgeous work. I LOVE this layout. I very well may be scraplifting!

  • Anita Autore says:

    Stunning! I love the way you used the ink.

  • Dana Kessler says:

    Love the contrast of the dark ink over the embossing! Great layouts and beautiful pictures!!

  • Lisa Stenz says:

    Your layout is so pretty Michelle. I love how you inked the embossing! *Ü*

  • bren yule says:

    You always go above and beyond all expectations in your beautiful creations! Love all the details! Simply stunning!

  • Karen Scott says:

    This is awesome Michelle!

  • Love your style Michelle! There are so many wonderful aspects to this gorgeous layout.

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