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Monday, August 13, 2018

Customizing a Workshop Your Way: Fresh Air Cards

Our Workshop Your Way Card kits are wonderful for making a dozen cards quickly.  However, they have only 2 designs!  Let's fix this! 

Take the Fresh Air card kit called the In My Heart Cardmaking Kit. 
You receive a stamp set, bronze sequins, 12 card bases & envelopes and plenty of cardstock and patterned paper to make a dozen cards.  (I actually made a 3rd design with my scraps). 

But I wanted a little more variety than these two designs. 

I grabbed Birthday Sparkles (retiring at the end of the month) and use that sentiment as well!  Now I have tons of variety!  I hear making masculine cards is hard for you all.  Guess what?  It doesn't have to be!  

This photo also shows a 3rd design!  Using Make It From Your Heart Vol 4, I found another card design that was simple and used up my scraps.  I did have to dig in my stash for 6 more card bases but I'm a cardmaker.  I always have card bases on hand.  

If you love extending your supplies and getting 50% more from your card kit, let me know!  When you purchase your WYW cardmaking kit from me, I'll send you the instructions to cut the materials for the 6 extra cards.  

Enjoy your cardmaking!  Have a great day!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Welcome to Craft With Heart™

Introducing Craft With Heart™ a new subscription making your scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier!  (That's Close to My Heart's slogan, not mine.)

Imagine getting the supplies for two double page layouts and 3 page protectors delivered to your door each month. 

Here's the ones that are available for September. 

They feature standard photo sizes 3x4 and 4x6 photos.  AND everything is pre-cut.  Put your big paper trimmer away. 

September 2018 Craft with Heart Layout 1

September 2018 Craft with Heart Layout 2
Starting in September you can order the kits to be delivered monthly.  
But RIGHT NOW, you can subscribe for a whole year.  

You'll get a big box with 4 months sent to your door at one time.  And they ship for free and are 20% off!  

I have all 4 months:  September, October, November, & December already.  Check out my unboxing video below or click here. It gives you a preview of all 4 months and the supplies included.  


Want more info?  Go here to see all 16 12x12 pages. 

Two more things! 

  1.  Free photos!  You'll receive a voucher in each box for 30 4x6 prints from Persnicketyprints.com when you get the Annual Subscription.
  2. Free gifts from me!  Every subscriber will receive a free gift from me to help you create amazing layouts  But the 1st two subscribers will receive additional Cut Above kits (pre-cut, no paper trimmer needed) from me!  
Please read the FAQ and ask me questions!  I'd love to complete a year of memories with you!  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Why I have a shimmer brush addiction

Who thinks all water should sparkle?  


Back in May (I'm still catching up) I created this fun card with a turtle in the shimmering blue sea.  

I used a Clear Shimmer Brush that I personally tinted with Peacock & Pacifica Reinkers!  

It got used here for the blue Mason jar and the butterflies.  

 And here!  See the blue plaid teacup?  Shimmer brush! 

Notice the sparkly pink ribbon?  Do we sell pink ribbon?  Nope.  

But we do sell a Bashful pink shimmer brush & white ribbon!

These brushes aren't just for finishing touches.  Use them in place of markers to color your stamped images and your ribbons!  

Grab your favorite darker reinkers. 
I used a mix of Peacock and and Pacifica for my blue shimmer brush and Clover Meadow (similar to Willow but much much older) for a pretty green one.  

I added reinker to clear shimmer brushes that I've used for a year.  They were still half full!  These were my workshop shimmer brushes so they had been used heavily and were still going strong.  Be sure to shake your brushes so the mixing beads rattle before using and enjoy!

Monday, July 30, 2018

There's always time for tea

Happy Monday Friends!  

Here's some beautiful cards to perk you right up today!  

But hold the coffee, they're all about tea.  

The Beautiful Friendship paper pack was very tea themed, it even had a whole sheet of paper with beautiful teacups.  But today, I'm taking that coordinating stamp set Beautiful Friendship - Cardmaking C1720 and using it with other papers featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  

This first card features the lovely Documented paper suite.  Documented does not explain how beautiful this paper is with the purples, pinks and golds mixed with greys.  If you looked at the scrapbooking kit and coordinating stamp set you'd see why it's called Documented.  

I stamped the teacup and sentiment on one of our new stitched Thin Cut Circles.  Don't forget about our rose embossing folder that I introduced nearly a year ago.  It's still available!  

This second card is from the Central Park paper suite.  It's so whimsical with houses, watercolored dots and bright colors.  I stamped the tea cups and then colored them in with our Shin Han markers and various stamps.  It was a lot of fun to make each one unique.  

And I believe this is the LAST of my posts that were destined for the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters blog hop back in May!  Whew, I finally got them posted.  :)  

With joy in my heart and coffee (not tea) in my cup, have a great day!

Friday, July 27, 2018

It's a "Use It Up" Blog Hop!

Hello friends,

Here's a Friday evening post because I'm teaming up with some girlfriends from across North America to present a little blog hop.  Welcome if you're coming to Katy's blog.  You'll be hopping in a circle and seeing it again in a couple hops. 

It's the end of July and just over a month away from a new Catalog.  Our 2017-2018 catalog and Idea Book was extended thru August 31 to make way for 1 GINORMOUS 4 month catalog.  No more looking between 2 catalogs for a while.

Since this was announced, we're learning that a few items and colors are being discontinued after being around for a year or 20+ years.  Cranberry and Crystal Blue are retiring.  They were part of the D.O.T.S. color pallet as far as I know.

My first card features Poppy, Crystal Blue, Pacifica (all retiring) and Lemon.

I've been making a few simple cards lately that use the fun cuts on the Artistry Cricut cartridge that I just haven't had a chance to use before.  I've looked at this kite many times but never made it, so here it is!

My second card is this adorable ice cream cone.  Once again, it's from the Artistry Cricut Cartridge!  These Cricut Bundles are changing in September.  They'll be $10 cheaper... but that's because they're removing the paper pack that's included.  Get it now and get a better deal with the paper!  

This card features Blossom, Flaxen and Poppy (all retiring) and the Basics Fundamentals paper pack that's already sold out.  The strip of glitter paper is very old retired pink glitter paper when we sold 3 shades of a color per pack of glitter paper.  

This card was inspired by Angie's ice cream cone card I saw on her Instagram.   

So now that you've seen my cards where's I'm using it up, please keep hopping to see more!

Please hop on over to Jayma's blog to see her use it up creation.  

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a great weekend!