Made with love and Rustic Home Fundamentals

My brother and sister-in-law recently attended a reunion for her family. As you can imagine lots of pictures were taken in a variety of configurations but there was one picture in particular that I felt deserved some extra attention, and just in time for a birthday gift too.


Once I adhered the patterned strips from Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack, I mixed a touch of yellow with white watercolor paint to create a cream more compatible with the Colonial White cardstock used and then “splattered” to add some additional texture using our medium-flat waterbrush.

After allowing a few minutes for the splatters to dry, I finished embellishing with Thin Cuts and ribbons. Here’s a complete list of materials used:

X5776 Peacock CS (E)
X5775 Sapphire CS (E)
X5778 Saffron CS (E)
X5789 Sea glass CS
1388 Colonial White CS
Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals
Z3282 Rustic Home Ribbon pack
Z3260 Thin Cuts – Hearts
Z3257 Thin Cuts – Love
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3226 Waterbrush – Medium Flat
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Tape runner 
        
        (E) indicates this color is also part of the Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack X5781

To turn it into a birthday gift, I placed it in a memory frame purchased at a local craft store and Voilà “Happy Birthday, Sis”.

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Basically the Best!

A brand new Annual Inspirations means lots of new papers, embellishments, stamps and more. Build your supply of our new Fundamental Paper Collections with the help of this month’s special.

Basically the Best

During the month of August, when you order our Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamental papers, you can choose to get either the Rustic Home or Uptown Fundamentals for FREE! Both of these Basics packs feature foil designs and specialty materials for making your artwork unique. Yep, this deal is basically the best!

Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – August 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT)

Browse our new products or click here to view a PDF version of our new idea book.

A New Year, A New Seasonal Expressions

2016 Seasonal Expression 1

 

Close To My Heart 2016 Seasonal Expressions 1 introduces our new Everyday Life™ product line with album, planner andMy Crush® pages, memory protectors and accessories.

We’ve added plenty of new My Acrylix® Stamp Sets, several compatible with our existing Cricut cartridges and some with matching Thin Cuts available

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There are additions to accessories, Base and Bling, Picture My Life™,  Instalife™ and more.   Also new Workshops Your Way™ Kits and paper packs featuring Charlotte, Penelope and Regatta.

Charlotte X7205B
Charlotte X7205B
Penelope X7207B
Penelope X7207B
Regatta X7206B
Regatta X7206B

All of the above and then some, click here to see and learn more.

 

Simply Fundamental workshop and Album bundle

Simply Fundamental Album bundle
Simply Fundamental Album bundle

Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November!

This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My LegacyTM album bundles, available during November for $71.80 USD each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory ProtectorsTM FREE—a savings of $19.95 USD! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.

Click here to learn more about the featured layouts and cutting diagrams.

A Gift of Thanks

I have a friend who always sends the nicest thank you notes for presents she receives.  She recently retired from her job so I decided to gift her with a set of thank you notes.

Note card holder
Note card holder

I used cardstock and B&T paper from the Brushed paper pack (retired), B1449 Oodles of Doodles stamp set and Z3024 White Shimmer Trim.

The set included 10 cards in total

 

 

 

 

The note card holder is from a design by Becky Roberts, 2010 12 Days of Christmas

Nevermore – Not Just For Halloween

Nevermore Paper Pack X7198B

Nevermore, one of the new paper packs featured in our Holiday Expressions 2015 idea book, lends itself easily to Halloween layouts and cards because of the colors and some of its paper patterns, but it’s very versatile and can be used in many different ways.

The colors in this pack will be great in any of your fall designs and also work well for masculine themed designs like this birthday card I recently made for my brother. Masculine Birthday a Card

Inspired by a design I found on Pinterest from classicchristina.blogspot.com, this card was originally made using the now retired Jackson paper pack and I really wanted to use some of our new products.  Along with the beautiful new Eggplant Cardstock, one of Nevermore’s B&T Duos™ designs includes mechanical drawings and since my brother is an engineer I just knew I had to use this paper for his card.  I combined it with papers from the Georgie and Basics Fundamentals Paper Packs, added some bling from the Sequins Silver Assortment and a small bow made from Whisper Thick Twine. I cut the star using CTMH’s Art Philosophy cartridge. The sentiment is from a retired Operation Smile set, Happy Everything, but could easily be swapped out with one of our current stamp sets such as Joyful Birthday B1419.

The Wait is Over

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2015 – 2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book

If you’ve been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) to see more new products from Close To My Heart, the time has finally come.  The new 2015-2016 Annual Inspiration and Holiday Expression idea books are now available for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

In addition to the already introduced Zoe, there are more new paper packs, new workshops, new stamps and more … and some returning favorites too.  Click here to start browsing now.

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2015 Holiday Expressions

Have you met Zoe?

Zoe Paper Pack X7197B
Zoe Paper Pack X7197B

ZOE 

New idea books go live on September 1st but the folks at CTMH released a few items early to whet our appetites. Zoe is the newest offering in the popular My Reflections™ line of products.

Available in both Paper Pack (X7197B) and
Workshop on the Go® Kit (G1096),

this versatile collection and its coordinating embellishments are sure to become one of your favorites.

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Zoe Workshop on the Go® Kit

Available and shipping now, click here to get yours.