Monday, June 26, 2017

Atlantic Hearts 218 - Bold and Bright Get Well Wishes

This week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts is a pretty simple one - 3 layers and a cluster with a sentiment... if you choose to leave it at that. I decided to make a little more of my card than just that. The cluster is more of a grouping of flowers and I moved the sentiment toward the bottom of the centre piece after placing some shimmer trim and twine above it. I also embossed the two back panels of cardstock to give them some added texture. 

I have had this set of dies from Stampin Up for a while but have only used them once before - this was the perfect opportunity to put them to use once again. The bright colours combined with Sea Glass make for a bold and cheery get well card. 



Join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Lemon Cardstock, Pixie Cardstock, Raspberry Cardstock, Sea Glass Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: Say it All (ret.)
Inks: New England Ivy, Lemon, Raspberry, Pixie
Accessories: Botanical Builders Thinlits (not CTMH), Clear Sparkles, Pixie Twine (ret.), Aqua Shimmer Trim, Dots Embossing Folder (ret.), Diamond Embossing Folder (ret.), Corner Rounder, Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Wishes card

I had some extra time a few days ago and decided to do some looking around on Pinterest... I found a gorgeous card that used a die cut that I already owned. The creator of the card is Lisa Addesa of iminhaven.blogspot.com. If you aren't familiar with her blog, she creates beautiful clean and simple styles of cards - well worth checking out! 

Anyways, this is one I found on Pinterest and it is a very close copy of what she did. I loved the idea and the intensity of colour with our CTMH Emerald cardstock in the background. I had to cut the die a few times to cover the opening. 

The sentiment was taken from one of the Cricut bundles - perfect for a simple card like this. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock
Stamps: Sending Smiles
Inks: Emerald
Accessories: Cricut - Basic Shapes, Prickly Pear - Sequins, Foam Tape, Die (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get Well Thoughts for a Friend

A friend of mine is in need of a get well card... not exactly the kind of cards we like to create, but life goes on. 

This one was made using a beautiful die that is all one piece. It required 2 cuts - the first is the purple piece. The second is for the green leaves that were cut from the second die cut and placed on top of the purple base. The pink flowers underneath were cut to fit under the purple open flowers (and that was quite a task!) It is not able to be seen in the photo but the leaves are embossed from the die cut. 

I also added shimmer to the pink pieces of the flowers and that is shown under the complete card. 

The background was created using the Ink Blot stamp set using the three colours that were used to create the floral cluster. The colours in the photograph are not exact to the the colours used on the actual card - I used Pansy, Pixie and Willow. The pink and purple seem to be more on the reddish side in the photo. Nonetheless, I hope this card brightens my friend's day when she receives it :) 



Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Pansy Cardstock, Pixie Cardstock, Willow Cardstock
Stamps: Ink Blot, Sending Smiles (ret.)
Inks: Pansy, Willow, Pixie
Accessories: Die Cut (not CTMH), Purple Hearts Enamel and Glitter Gems, Clear Shimmer Brush, Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson



Monday, June 19, 2017

Heart 2 Heart - Emojis - Say it Your Way!

The theme this week at Heart 2 Heart is EMOJIS! 😍😊😩😳😁😂
How many different emojis have you seen in your texting, writing and messaging with others? They have become so common in society today that just about everyone knows what :) represents now! Of course, it is a happy face emoji - just like this: 😊

I decided to do something different for this challenge! I used emojis alright, but I decided to make a card that will be used when a friend is having a difficult time... You know - one of THOSE days when nothing seems to be going right. We have all had them - everything seems to go wrong. Everything you touch seems to fall apart or get messed up. This card is for one of those days... The inside has a message to remind that friend that I will be there to offer a shoulder during that difficult time... and perhaps even a smiling face (in the form of an emoji, of course...) 


Here is the inside of the card...


Come and join us to celebrate the world of emojis at Heart 2 Heart this week! You need to use at least some Close To My Heart products in your project (and there is a fabulous Emoji stamp set by CTMH available!) You have until the end of June to link up with this or any of the other June challenges. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Whimsy Fundamentals Cardstock (ret.), Enchantment Fundamentals Cardstock (ret.), White Daisy Cardstock, Lemon Cardstock
Stamps: Emojis, Here for You (ret.), Noted (ret.)
Inks: Black, Lemon, Glacier, Whisper
Accessories: Artistry Cartridge, Flower Market Cartridge, Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Foam Tape, Sponges

Enjoy,
Alyson


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop

This blog hop features stamp sets that are retiring as of July 31st from the Annual Inspirations Catalog. There may be some sets that you haven't even considered purchasing... until you see how they can be used in this blog hop. Sometimes when you see different ways that stamps (or any item for that matter) can be used, it can suddenly change your mind and make you say, "I NEED that!" I know that has certainly been the case for me - on many occasions! 
So, enjoy the tour and see how some of our retiring stamp sets can be used! 

You should have arrived here from Darlys Recker's blog.

If you get lost, a complete list of hoppers on this blog hop can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

I saw this awesome card idea on Pinterest and I cannot take credit for the design. The original artist is Yvonne van Bruggen. I CASEd her card idea because it was such a fabulous way to showcase several of our retiring stamps on one project. 

I began by stamping the flowers and greenery that I wanted to use. I stamped far more than I ended up needing. They had to be cut out. 
The next step was to create the background using the Ink Blot stamp set. The sentiment was stamped first. Creating the background is harder than it looks - trying not to make the background overwhelming, yet having enough is a fine line...
When I had it looking the way I waned, I cut the piece on the diagonal and then adhered it to the base. I added the floral cluster and then coloured the gems and added them. 



I hope you enjoyed my project. 

The next blog on this hop is Sheila Bennett's blog.

I am sure she has a fabulous project to share with you. 

You can visit my Consultant website to shop here

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Shower Flowers, Ink Blot, Lovely Leaves, Happy to be Friends
Inks: Black, Raspberry, Tangerine, Lemon, Emerald
Accessories: ShinHan Markers, Thin Foam Tape, Pink Enamel Gems, Magenta Sharpie Marker (not CTMH)


Enjoy,
Alyson

Colour Dare 248 - Foxy Hello

This week's Colour Dare is a kind of masculine combination of colours. For the most part, they are darker colours, with New England Ivy, Sapphire and Desert Sand in there. Glacier is a lighter colour and of course, White Daisy is a bright neutral. We encourage you to use Close To My Heart colours but if you don't have them, use whatever you have that is closest and come and play along! 

I decide to use this month's Stamp of the Month for the focus of my card. I love the floral clusters and the wreath within that stamp set, plus the little fox is just so cute. 



Come and join us at Colour Dare. Be sure to use ALL and ONLY the colours listed above in your project. 
You have until Thursday evening at 10PM EST to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted: 

Paper: No Worries Paper Pack, Sugar Rush Paper Pack (ret.), Enchantment Fundamentals, White Daisy Cardstock, Desert Sand Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock
Stamps: Hello Foxy
Inks: Desert Sand, Sapphire
Accessories: ShinHan Markers, Sharpie Marker (not CTMH), Blue Dot Enamel and Glitter Duos

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Monday, June 12, 2017

Atlantic Hearts 216 - A Beary Special Day

Well, I am finally getting around to using the bear that has captured the hearts of so many people in the Close To My Heart world! This bear is so loved, so used and has been made into a bear that holds a mug, wears a heart on his sleeve, wears a hat and tie as shown here, walks away... you name it! It has even been made into a female bear so as to give the male bear a companion, which is just so adorable :) I LOVE all the possible combinations that can be made with this stamp and die set! 

I chose to keep my bear pretty minimal and give him just a hat and tie as he will be sent to a friend who is celebrating a birthday. The background piece came from the Jack paper pack and is one of the PML pieces. I loved the wood surround so I chose to make a 5x7 card so I could use that piece as it was 4x6 in size. 



Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Jack Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Back Cardstock, Whisper Cardstock
Stamps: Jack Cardmaking 
Inks: Black, Ruby
Accessories: Jack Cardmaking Thin Cuts, Jack Complements, Black and White Dots, White Twine, ShinHan Marker, Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Celebrate with Flowers

A friend of mine is getting married early in the fall but there is a bridal shower coming up for her in a couple of weeks. I have had this Simon Says Stamp set for a while now but haven't done anything with it until now. I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest but am not sure who the artist was (my apologies...) The flowers were stamped, coloured with Wink of Stella Glitter Pens (although the glitter doesn't show here) and then die cut. The ribbon across the bottom took me forever to gather and pleat using glue dots to hold it together. 

A combination of retired paper made a good background for the pink and green colours that I wanted. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Calypso Paper pack (ret.), Brushed Paper Pack (ret.), White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Balloon Wishes, Spring Flowers (SSS)
Inks: Raspberry, Willow, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Spring Flowers Dies (SSS), Wink of Stella Glitter Pens, Sugar Rush Gems (ret.), Green Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


Monday, June 5, 2017

H2H - Fiesta!

The theme at Heart 2 Heart this week is Fiesta! I'm not sure if this time of the year is a time of fiestas in the US or not but I can't think of any particular fiesta celebrations in Canada that are going on at the present time... other than the fact that Canada is celebrating its 150th year as a country this year and that celebration has been going on since January. The actual celebration is July 1st. 

So, I decided to do just a celebratory card - a fun card. I love this llama stamp and the "punny" saying that goes with it. Inside I stamped a birthday greeting for the recipient. 


Join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us your Fiesta projects! You have until the end of June to link up with this project or any of our June challenges. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Prickly Pear Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Prickly Pear Cardmaking
Inks: Emerald, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Artiste Cartridge (ret.), Prickly Pear Cardmaking Die Cuts, Prickly Pear Sequins, ShinHan Markers, Ribbon (not CTMH), Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Friday, June 2, 2017

Colour Dare 246 - Birthday Roses

The colour combination this week at Colour Dare is one that I found a little difficult - but that may be just me. The darker neutrals are not normally my style so I chose to use them as my base colours and focus on the brighter colours for the rest of the card. I have never been a fan of Smoothie and decided to keep it to a bare minimum by simply adding small embellishments in that colour... it's there but not a focal colour, for sure. 

The roses are from a new Altenew stamp that I picked up and I love it! The roses are paired with a CTMH stamp for the sentiment. 



Join us at Colour Dare and show us your project using the colours shown above. You need to use ALL and ONLY the listed colours in your project. 
You have until Thursday at 10PM EST to link up your project. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: No Worries Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Cocoa Cardstock
Stamps: Finding the Words, Bamboo Roses (not CTMH)
Inks: Cocoa, Rich Cocoa Memento Ink (not CTMH)
Accessories: ShinHan Markers, Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Scalloped Punch (ret.), Clear Shimmer Brush, Cocoa Ribbon (ret.)

Enjoy, 
Alyson



Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

 

Welcome to June's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month, we are featuring the stamp set 
"Hello Foxy" - a set of 11 stamps. This is such an adorable set of stamps - There are 3 foxes, 4 any occasion sentiments, a wreath and floral images that can work for just about anything. The bloggers along this blog hop will certainly show you many ways to use this stamp set, so sit back and enjoy the tour. 
You should have arrived here from Jennifer D's blog

If you get lost, a list of all blogs can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

The stamp set looks like this.



I wanted to use the No Worries paper pack to create my card for this blog hop. The colours were perfect for what I had in mind. I based this card off a sketch that I have kept for about 7 years - it is one that I love and know I will use so it has been in my file all this time. 

The wreath was a perfect fit for the centre of the card, along with the large "Hi" in the centre. I wanted to use one of the fox stamps and the single fox sitting on some of the flowers seemed like a good idea. I also wanted it to appear like the fox was holding the single flower in its mouth. There is a close-up of that under the card. 





Just a note - if you decide to machine-stitch on a project, make absolutely sure that there is NO adhesive under the area that is being stitched. It will damage the inside of your machine very quickly and that is either a very expensive repair or it cannot be repaired at all! Stitching is beautiful on paper projects but care must be taken to ensure that adhesive is well out of the way of the needle! 

The next blog on the hop is Jean M's blog
I'm sure she has a wonderful project to share with you.

You can get this stamp set for just $6 this month with a $50 purchase. 

Visit my shopping site here

Remember this stamp set is only available until June 30th! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: No Worries Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Sapphire Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Hello Foxy
Inks: Cashmere Pigment Ink, Whisper Pigment Ink
Accessories: Flower Market Cartridge, Cricut Insert Shapes (not CTMH), ShinHan Markers, Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Thin Foam Tape, No Worries Sequins, Sewing Machine and Dark Blue Thread (not CTMH) 

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Monday, May 29, 2017

AH 214 - Double Z-Fold Card "It's Your Day"

It's such a beautiful time of year with the flowers blooming and a perfect time for the sketch this week at Atlantic Hearts... little flowers in a centre square. You don't have to use flowers but it's that time of year - in my area, anyway. People are just starting to plant for the summer months now that the last frost overnight (hopefully) is behind us. 

I chose to so something a little different for this sketch. The front of my card is where you see the actual sketch (minus the ribbon). I put the sentiment on the right side of my card as it is a double z-fold card and it fit better there. I wanted the front to be a floral focus. 

The black background is one of the papers from the Live Beautifully Paper Pack and the flowers are from the May Stamp of the Month (Love, Laugh, Love). Both of these products are only available during the month of May so if either of them appeal to you, be sure to place your order THIS MONTH as they will not be available after May 31st! 



Join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 
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Due to a number of requests as to how to create this card, I am posting the cutting and scoring details here...

Double Z-Fold Card Instructions
This card will fit in a standard card size envelope :)

Cardstock 1: Cut 41/4" x 11"    Score at 23/4" and 51/2"
Cardstock 2: Cut 31/2" x 81/2"   Score at 21/8" and 41/4"

Patterned Paper 1: Cut 4" x 51/4" and two of 2 1/2" x 4"
Patterned Paper 2: Cut 31/4" x 4" and two of 17/8" x 31/4"

To easily line up the top piece, do all the folding, then butt up the bottom folded edge of the top piece to the folded edge of the bottom piece.
(Personally, I found it much more helpful to look at the finished card to figure out how to assemble it!) Don't adhere anything until you figure out how it goes together...


Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Live Beautifully Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Stamps: Live, Laugh, Love, Sending Smiles, Ink Blot
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Black
Accessories: ShinHan Markers, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy, 
Alyson







Monday, May 22, 2017

Heart 2 Heart - Ribbon

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is ribbon. That is - simply to use ribbon on your project. I love ribbon - I have lots and lots of it. Strangely enough, lately I haven't used much of it on my projects because I really haven't thought much about it with the other embellishment that have been around and ribbon hasn't been used much in many current blogs and projects either. 

For this challenge, I ended up creating two cards. I wasn't really happy with the first card I created but I did leave it at the bottom of this post, along with the details. This is the second card. 

I really wanted to use the Live Beautifully papers and I had to search through my ribbon stash to find two colours of ribbon that would match the papers. I needed three ribbons that were the same width for weaving purposes. I love the pattern on the purple ribbon - it is so delicate and has beautiful roses, just like those on the paper. The thin white strip that separates the paper and the woven section is just a white ribbon piece, folded over three times. A few bitty sparkles were placed around the sentiment but other than the time spent to create the woven section, this card was pretty easy to create. 



The original card that I created is shown below. I decided to pull out various colours and patterns of ribbon to match one of the papers in the Little Dreamer paper pack. Only one of the ribbons is from Close To My Heart - the others are a variety of ribbons that I have had for a while - they have been sitting in my ribbon drawer for quite some time. I chose 5 colours in total, all of which match the circles in the paper at the top. They are simply layered on top of and beside each other. This card didn't take long but since the ribbon had been wound on cardboard, it had some kinks in it. I read somewhere that the best way to remove those kinks without having to get an iron out was to use a small straightening iron - the same type used to straighten hair. I pulled out my old one and it worked perfectly - and so fast! I will definitely be doing that again! 

So, here is my card - with the nice straight ribbon pieces! 


Join us at Heart 2 Heart and show us how you use ribbon in your project. You have until May 31st to link up with this project or any of our other May challenges. 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Card 1
Paper: Live Beautifully Paper Pack, Black Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: Just Be You (Petite Perks) 
Inks: New England Ivy
Accessories: Various Ribbon (not CTMH), Thin Foam Tape, Foam Tape, Bitty Sparkles, Circle Punches - various sizes (not CTMH)

Card 2
Paper: Little Dreamer Pack Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Thistle Cardstock
Stamps: Hi Friend
Inks: Thistle
Accessories: Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Gold Sequins, Thin Foam Tape, Various Ribbon (not CTMH)

Enjoy, 
Alyson


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop


This blog hop features products in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog - that catalog went live as of May 1. It is filled with terrific paper collections, stamps and a few other surprises that you may see on this blog hop. I am sure you will be inspired, amazed and certainly find something that you didn't think you needed to have but now you do as you move along this blog hop! 

You should have arrived here from Darlys Recker's blog

If you get lost, a complete list of hoppers on this blog hop can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

Of all the new paper collections, Prickly Pear is my favourite because of the bold colours. However, living in Canada, we don't see cacti up here, so I decided to do something different with that paper pack and focus on the colours as opposed to the papers. 
I chose to create a folding block card. The background of the last three panels is the Sea Glass striped paper. On the front of the card, although it can be hard to see, is an ombré green sheet that is the background and the lemon patterned sheet is the border. I chose to focus more on the colours within the paper pack for the floral images of the stamp set that I used. 
There was a TON of fussy cutting for this card! I purposely didn't use any foam tape as I wanted the card to sit relatively flat in an envelope for mailing purposes. The shimmer brush didn't show up in the main photos either but a photo at the bottom shows just one flower where it was used. It was used on most of the flowers. 

The first photo shows the card completely open. 



This photo shows the front of the card when it is folded up. 


And the last photo shows just one flower where the Shimmer Brush was used. 



I hope you enjoyed my project. 

The next blog on this hop is Michelle Loncar's blog.

I am sure she has a fabulous project to share with you. 

You can visit my Consultant website to shop here

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Prickly Pear Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Poppy Cardstock
Stamps: Keep Dreaming, Anniversary Cardmaking Kit (WYW), Framework Alphabet
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Artbooking Cartridge, Prickly Pear Sequins, Poppy Thick Twine, ShinHan Markers, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy,
Alyson

Friday, May 19, 2017

Colour Dare 244 - Sending Hugs card

It's an interesting colour combination this week at Colour Dare... One again, there are quite a few colours involved. The Little Dreamer paper pack has two papers that fit two of the colours - Glacier and Thistle - and I chose to use both of those in my card. 

My big issue was figuring out how to add Juniper to my card - that and Glacier just don't work together for me. However, I did add Juniper but in kind of a sneaky way. It certainly isn't obvious but I stamped the Juniper in second generation - on the white piece where the sentiment is located in the form of a cloud stamp and again on the Canary yellow piece as tiny little hearts. It is there - it just isn't terribly obvious. 

I also dug deep into my stash of supplies and found that the retired purple glitter paper happened to be a Thistle colour - that was a bonus! I chose to use some of that for a couple of the glitter hearts. 

This card will be mailed to a friend of mine who is undergoing day surgery - I am hoping that she will be feeling better pretty quickly but hopefully this will help to cheer her up a least a little bit! 



Please join us at Colour Dare and share your project using the colours shown above (ALL and ONLY - silver is optional). You have until Thursday evening at 10pm EST to link up your project. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Little Dreamer Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Canary Cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Purple Glitter Paper (ret.)
Stamps: WYW Anniversary, Sending Love (ret.), Sunshine on a Cloudy Day (ret.)
Inks: Black, Juniper
Accessories: Hearts Thin Cuts, Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Thin Foam Tape

Enjoy, 
Alyson

Monday, May 15, 2017

Atlantic Hearts 212 - Floral Bouquet

The Little Dreamer Paper Pack is all about unicorns and bright colours - I decided to take advantage of the bright colours for the sketch at Atlantic Hearts this week. 

The floral bouquet came from a new stamp set called Keep Dreaming - such a gorgeous set with wonderful flowers and leaves, perfect for colouring. I chose two images and slightly altered the orientation of the stems to fit what I wanted. The three strips down the left side of the sketch become one with the diagonal striped paper and I also grouped the two other lines into one with a piece of ribbon and shimmer trim. 

That shimmer brush never shows up in my photos so below my card, I have a close up that does show at least some of the Gold Shimmer Brush on the flowers! 




Join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us your interpretation of the sketch shown above. You have until Sunday evening to link up your project. 

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Little Dreamer Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, Thistle Cardstock, Glacier Cardstock
Stamps: Keep Dreaming, Little Dreamer Cardmaking Workshop, Sunshine on a Cloudy Day (ret.)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Thistle, Lagoon, Glacier
Accessories: Glacier Thick Twine (ret.), Gold Shimmer Trim, Whimsy Ribbon Pack, ShinHan Markers, Gold Shimmer Pen

Enjoy, 
Alyson




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop


This bog hop features the Close To My Heart May campaign, Live Beautifully. 
There are terrific products available this month - a gorgeous paper pack, a stamp set and a Cut Above kit which is also available as part of an album bundle (both Post Bound and D-ring). Each of these products brings its own unique flavour to this campaign and can be used on its own, paired with the products in this campaign or with our other fabulous products. 

You should have arrived here from Gina Brandstetter's blog

If you get lost, a list of all participants' blogs can be found on Melinda Everitt's blog

I chose to use the Live Beautifully paper pack and stamp set to create the card below. I have held onto this card pattern for some time as I really like it and have used it a few times. It involves several layers. 

I chose to focus on the purple and black papers in this pack. Something that you can't see on the card is the use of the Shimmer Brush. I outlined all of the flowers (the white sections) using that brush. The bottom photo shows a bit of it but it really stands out in person. The sentiment was stamped in three colours. 



I hope you enjoyed my project. 

The next blog on this blog hop is Michelle Loncar's blog
I'm sure she has something wonderful to share with you. 

Any of the Live Beautifully products shown below can be purchased on my Consultant Website. This campaign is while supplies last so be sure to order early!

Products used are all Close To My Heart

Paper: Live Beautifully Paper Pack, White Daisy Cardstock, New England Ivy Cardstock
Stamps: Live Beautifully
Inks: Black, New England Ivy, Eggplant, Pixie, Thistle
Accessories: Art Philosophy Cartridge (ret.), Foam Tape, Thin Foam Tape, Sponge Daubers, Enamel and Glitter Duos - Purple Hearts, Black Journaling Pen, ShinHan Marker, Clear Shimmer Brush

Enjoy, 
Alyson
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The Live Beautifully Products are shown below: 

CC1212B - Paper Pack   $17.75



CC1212C - Stamp Set   $21.25



CC1212A - Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit    $57.00 
This kit provides everything you need to complete 5 gorgeous layouts (except the journaling pen and adhesive). It also comes with 6 Memory Protectors to hold your completed layouts. 
The layouts are shown below: 







You can add the embellishments before adding your photos by adding adhesive to the parts of the embellishments that don't cover the photos. For the stickers that DO cover the photos, adding baby power to the adhesive sections that cover the photos removes the stickiness so the photos can be slid into place while the sticker remains in place. So simple! 

Post-Bound Album Kit (20% off retail value)   $86.95 (retail value is $111) 
- contains a complete Live Beautifully Cut Above kit (see above)
- adhesive
- journaling pen
- Grey Post-Bound My Legacy Album


D-Ring Album Kit (20% off retail value)   $86.95 (retail value is $111)
- contains a complete Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit (see above) 
- adhesive
- journaling pen
- Grey D-Ring My Legacy Album