Be Happy Gratitude Layout

signature-transparentI created this layout as part of my S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure samples and I focused on the Gratitude sentiment in the stamp set using “Be Happy” from the Adventure Compliments for the title.


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I used the Enchantment Fundamental Paper Pack, the Adventure Compliments, and the Enchantment Ribbon Pack.  I used the following inks: Goldrush, Saffron, New England Ivy, Pomegranate, and Chocolate.  (links to products at the end of the post).

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I love the new Fundamental Compliments.  There is so much in each packet.  The above hearts, “Be Happy” are glitter and chipboard.  Great dimension and bling.  Look at how much you get in each pack, not to mention that the different materials used:


Here’s the right page:

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I used the ribbon from the Enchantment Ribbon Collection to create the seam.

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The pumpkins and leaves are cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy collection which is retired (I have 2 left) so if you have it, this makes things a little quicker.  I stamped the pumpkin in Goldrush.  I used our watercolor pencils to add dimension and shading, then going over it with Shimmer Brush.  The leaves are stamped with Saffron and Pomegranate, then using tissue, “sponged” with Saffron, New England Ivy, and Pomegranate.

We liked this layout so much, we duplicated it to create a class for September and for Harbor Scrapbooking’s PA event.  The layouts will look different (and each layout will be different) because we do not have bulk paper for the Fundamental Packs.  Because I know some peeps will want it to match, we created 4 different ways to have your kit made.  All the stamping and cutting is done for you.  With pictures, you’ll be able to assemble the pages.  You’ll need to distress the images as you desire and add the Shimmer Brush.

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Gratitude Layout Class

If you are unable to attend the event on the 10th (CropTastic) and 22-25 (Harbor Scrapbooking), I’m happy to create it for you and mail it out.  Shipping will be added to the costs.  You can contact me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!






Blessed Beyond Measure with Muse

I’m totally in love with S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure, the September Stamp Of The Month (SOM).  I’m created dozens of cards with it as well as layouts.  Here’s a card that is a mixed inspiration from one of my friend Karen Pederson’s creations and the Muse Challenge.

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Here’s the Muse Challenge:


My pumpkin is cut out of the Cricut using the Art Philosophy Cartridge (retired now but I have two left).  I stamped him in Tangerine which is a wonderful new color.  It’s very rich and vibrant.  It’s also one of the colors available in our new ink pad design (magnetic lids need I say more).  I then colored over the top of it with our watercolor pencils to get the shading.  The stem is done with  Smooch from Clearsnap.  Instead of going over the top with a watercolor brush I used the Shimmer Brush!

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Close To My Heart now our own version of Wink of Stella called “Shimmer Brush”.  I’m beyond estatic about this because I go through Clear Wink enough that I was buying it by the case!

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There are two great things about our Shimmer Brush.  First, the size if it.  It’s it larger than Wink of Stella which means you have more shimmer!  Is there every enough shimmer?  I think not.  Next is the price point compared to Wink Of Stella.    Wink of Stella is $6.49 on to  $6.99 on Simon Says Stamps (one of my favorite online stores)and $7.88 on Amazon.  CTMH Shimmer Brush is $4.95, which is a fantastic price point for more product!  Don’t miss out on this deal.

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I used our “Hello and Thanks” Thin Cut dies to create the “Thanks” cut out in black cardstock.

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You can also see that I used some Silver Silk which I got from Fun Stampers Journey to create the splatter background.  Black Shimmer Trim added on the edge of the background and texture paper from Jeepers Creepers (my featured Paper Kit of the month).   Before putting on the pumpkin, I stamped the leaves and outline of the berries in Willow and Chocolate inks.  Then I stamped the berries in Raspberry ink.  I put Liquid Glass over the berries to make them stand out.  Then I put the pumpkin down with 3D foam tape.    I love the way it turned out.

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my creations and  corner of the internet.  I hope you are inspired to create as I was from Muse challenge and my friend’s artwork.  Have a blessed day!






Create Kindness in September

Celebrate National Stamping Month with Create Kindness!

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Celebrate National Stamping Month this September with hand stamped cards designed to help create a little more kindness in the world. The Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies needed to create 24 beautiful handmade cards that you can use to brighten someone’s day! The kit can be yours for only $46.95—a 15% savings off the retail value!

Thanks to the pre-printed card bases, these cards come together in no time, leaving you more time to do something thoughtful for someone. Watch Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month of September to see what we’ve created with this card kit as well as the acts of kindness it has inspired! This exclusive kit will only be available in the month of September while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early.

As a special bonus, the exclusive stamp sets and pre-printed card bases with envelopes are also available for separate purchase, but only in the month of September while supplies last!   I made my cards a little differently by adding a black mat to the circle and coloring them in.  Now with the new coloring fad, sending them to a friend how LOVES to color would make that person’s day, right?!

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When you purchase your kit/class through me, you’ll get 24 black circles for mats FREE.  Don’t live close?  No worries, I’ll mail them to you.  I used watercolor pencils and paints to doing my coloring.  I used our wonderful new Shimmer Brush (think Wink of Stella but a better price point of $4.95!) over the top of the watercolor pencils and I love the look!

Two Classes:

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September 10, 2016 – 12-3pm at my house

Create Kindness 9/10/16

September 24, 2016 at the Harbor Scrapbooking PA Weekend Crop!

Create Kindness HS 9/22-25/16

Gratitude Layout Class for Harbor Scrapbooking  PA Crop – September 22-25, 2016

I’ve provided you an elegant layout to celebrate the things in your life for which you feel grateful for.  This is the first layout I made:

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I created this layout for the class (designed for mass production).

IMG_5174 wmThis layout features of September Stamp of the Month – SOM S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure.  I love it!!   You have four different options for this class.  You can add additional product to your class and this will determine what your layout will look like.  The base layout look will change for the background and texture papers as they are the Enchanted Fundamental Paper Packs (I love them!) when you purchase the first three options.  Purchase the last option and your layout can look like my first layout.  All the papers are cut for you and all the images are stamped.  You distress and assemble.

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September 7th is the last day to order this kit for the Harbor Scrapbooking Crop.  Live afar or just want to get this layout, you are welcome to order your kit and we’ll get it cut for you.  Additional costs apply for shipping

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September Stamp of the Month (SOM) – S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure


This stamp set is super cute and carries an important message usable year round.  This is a set of 19 stamps celebrating fall with the leaves and pumpkins.  The message is letting those you value and are blessed with, just how important they are.  You can use these stamps to celebrate your own reasons for being blessed or having an attitude of gratitude or you can pass the message forward.  Don’t miss out on this awesome stamp set!


S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure, set of 19

Recommended Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000)
1″ × 3½” (Y1002)
2″ × 2″ (Y1003)
2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set that is exclusive and available for one month only, for $17.95.  Better yet, you can get it for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products. Just think, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing saving $12.95 with your $50.00 purchase.

Paper Kit of the Month:  Jeeper Creepers


Next month is my child’s favorite event – Halloween – because it means dress up time!  This paper can be used for Halloween, Autumn, Fall, and more.  I love that CTMH creates paper that has multiple uses!

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Open House Chocolate Party – September 17, 2016 – 12-6pm

RSVP NOW to get your Free Annual Inspiration and Holiday Expressions and Special Create and Take Kit which will include a card, base and bling project, and Flower Market Poppy!!  Last day to RSVP is September 10, 2016.  RSVP NOW

DROP IN and check out all the new product from the Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions!  Crop Season starts the next weekend and I’m fully stocked.  Check out the new albums, Flip Flaps, Memory Protectors, Paper Kits, Ink Pads and more!

  • Free Create and Take – try out making a Cut Above Tag or Card and a 3×3 Create Kindness Card
  • Cash and Carry Shopping (cash, check, and credit accepted)
  • Door Prizes – earn tickets into the door prizes by RSVPing, bringing friends, coming, purchasing, doing the create and take, and more!
  • Bring a canned good for the Bowie Pantry – help a family feed their family – get a ticket for each item you bring
  • Check out the chocolate!  Need I say more?
  • Free Annual Inspiration with a $75.00 cash and carry purchase (or it’s FREE with your RSVP)

Now available!

The new colors in the Adventure Palette are available in the new stamp pads (which are amazing) along with the color of the year, Sea Glass.  I did a Facebook live in my VIP Customer Group showing them off.  Be sure to check it out.  I love the new magnetic lids and how easy they are to open.

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Our amazing faux leather albums are back in wonderful colors and the price point is awesome – $29.95 when you order!!  I love that you can get them in both post bound and D-Ring to match your scrapbooking style.  What a great solution for having a quality product to display the amazing layouts or pocket scrapbook pages you create to tell your story or document your family events!

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All albums

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