4/01/2019

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 18 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The April Stamp of the Month is entitled Love So Sweet (S1904) (Set of  18).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I didn't expect to love this stamp set so much.  I looked at it and saw another butterfly stamp set. But I am loving this stamp set so much with the flowers and the leaves and the beautiful sentiments.

I had not used Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B) much this catalog cycle so I decided to use it in my card.  I just love the pairing of the mauve (Sugarplum)  with the Charcoal, the Linen, and Fern.

Here's my card:





This is my all time favorite card size - 4.5" x 6" card.  The base is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009).  I wanted to emboss the sentiment but wanted it to be in gray so I inked the stamp set with Versamark (Z891) and before stamping inked it in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then stamped it. I used our Clear Embossing Powder (Z2088) and our Heat Gun (Z4252) to emboss the beautiful butterfly.

Then I colored the image with my wonderful Watercolor Pencils (Z4242) and then "painted" the image with the Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293). The sentiment also can be found in this stamp set and is also stamped with Charcoal Ink.

The image is matted with Fern Cardstock (X6003) and then the light side of Charcoal Cardstock (X599).

This card is a slider card.  I actually cut the circle from the base of the card using our Shaker card frame.  I was hoping to use the center as is but it was just too big to allow free movement of the butterfly.  So I took a circle from our Stitched Circles Die Cuts (Z4181) and cut the center circle a little smaller.  I added a small Silver Glitter Gem (Z4191) to the butterfly and voila - it is complete!

The April Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between April 1 – April 30, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website

3/14/2019

In Any Case .... with Melinda & Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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In Any Case. . . with Melinda

and Melissa


Good evening! Melissa and I are CASEing artwork from our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog. Do you have one of our new catalogs? If not, let me know if you would like a catalog and I will be sure that you get one. Did you know that if you place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you a free catalog with your order.

This week I chose to CASE the I'm So Sorry card on page 119. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

After you see my post please head over to see what my partner in crime, Melissa Robinson has for you.

I am making an all occasion card kit for my customers and this card fits in perfectly. In this card kit I am using the Picture My Life™ Cards—So Much Happy (X7241E) and the So Much Happy Complements (X7241C). I also used a piece of patterned paper from the So Much Happy Paper Packet (X7242B). I finished the card off with gold sequins from our Loose Sequins - Gold (Z4235) and a ribbon bow using the White & Gold Skinny Ribbon (Z4194). Oh! And I also used the stitched scallops die cuts from the Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders (Z4241) set.





Tune in again, on March 28th, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner!

2/20/2019

Thin Cuts Blog Hop


    
This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Thin Cuts Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

This hop we are featuring our product line of Thin Cuts.  Close to My Heart has Thin Cuts that are stand alone and they also offer some with accompanying stamp sets.  I have chosen to feature both types in my artwork for this hop.

And here is my card.


I hope that you can see all of the thin cuts I have used.  I have been busy.

First I cut the Lagoon patterned paper from So Much Happy (X7241B) with our Thin Cuts - Stitched Rectangle Frames (Z4260).  I am loving all of our stitched Thin Cuts.  They give such a finished look.

Then I took the light gray patterned paper from the So Much Happy paper pack and adhered Lagoon (X6007) and Blueberry cardstock (X5987) and Silver Glitter Paper (Z3239) that had been cut with the scallop border die from the Thin Cuts - Decorative Borders (Z4241).  This is one time that I used the negative of the cut so that it would look like waves.  I then ran the paper with the waves through my cuttlebug with the medium size of the Stitched Rectangle Frames.  I then used both the frame and the rectangle.  This was matted on the light side of Mint cardstock (X5986).

The sun is cut from yellow patterned paper also found in So Much Happy.  I used the Thin Cuts - Stitched Circles (Z4181).

The boat comes from the stamp set/thin cuts set, Cruisin' to Adventure (Z4261).  This is an absolutely adorable set.  I stamped the boat using our Intense Black Ink (Z4189) and colored it with our watercolor pencils (Z4242) and I even used our Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293) to add some sparkle to the cloud. The card is finished off with a few of our I Heart Us Sequins (Z4270).


Now the inside of the card is where all of the magic happens.  This is a wiper card.

One of our Australasian Close to My Heart Consultants, Jennie Hunt-Weymuth, has a wonderful tutorial and Cricut Design Space file for this card on her blog.  Be sure to check it out.

Here's a video showing the inside of my card.



Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Michelle Stewart's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

2/14/2019

In Any Case . . . with Melinda and Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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In Any Case. . . with Melinda

and Melissa



Good evening! Melissa and I are CASEing artwork from our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog. Do you have one of our new catalogs? If not, let me know if you would like a catalog and I will be sure that you get one. Did you know that if you place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you a free catalog with your order.


This week I chose to CASE the Just Chillin' card on page 4. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING! But this time I copied the main elements of the card and of course, the cute Got Snow? (C1764) Stamp Set. The Got Snow? Stamp Set is a Hostess Rewards stamp set. Usually you can only get it by using Hostess Rewards credit from holding a gathering but in the month of February, you will receive for FREE this stamp set as well as the 4 other Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog by joining Close to My Heart as a consultant.




This stamp set is so cute, I would run, not walk to join Close to My Heart in February. Let me know if you would like more information. I would love to have you join my team.

After you see my post please head over to see what my partner in crime, Melissa Robinson has for you.

I teach monthly card classes and I love to use the cards I feature here in my classes. I turned the Got Snow? card into a birthday card. The card in the catalog used papers from 3 different paper packs. I love the papers in I Heart Us (X7242B) and chose to use papers just from that paper pack. Here's my card.



Inside of card.



Measurements for the Card
4.25" x 5.5"         Lined Patterned Paper
3" x 4.5"              Bluebird Cardstock (X5987)
2 7/8" x 3 3/8"    Rainbow Patterned Paper
1" x 3 3/8"          Blue Patterned Paper


The adorable bear is stamped with our Intense Black Ink (Z4189) onto the largest circle from the Thin Cuts - Stitched Circle (Z4181) while the Yay! is stamped with Thistle Ink (Z2840) onto the smallest stitched circle. I used Bluebird Ink (Z6508) to stamp the snowflake on the smallest circle from the Thin Cuts - Basic Circle (Z3318)


The inside is also stamped with the cute little penguin and is colored in with our Shin Han markers and our new Watercolor Pencils.  The stamp set, Something Fierce - Cardmaking (C1749), was also used to make this a Happy Birthday card.

Other Supplies Used
White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254)
White Ribbon (Z4196)
I Heart Us Sequins (Z4270)

Tune in again, on February 28th, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner!

2/01/2019

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Brenda Lapp's blog}   We have 22 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The February Stamp of the Month is entitled Heartfelt Sentiments (S1902) (Set of  9).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




This is a gorgeous stamp set and you definitely need it.  This stamp set would be great for scrapbooking, artwork or cardmaking.  I love the sentiment as well as the whimsical font and flower borders.

I have been itching to use the white clapboard patterned paper from our new Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B).  And I love the mellow colors in this paper pack.

Here's my card:



Since this sentiment is so large, and I was unwilling to cut any flowers off, this card is a 5" x 7" card.  The base is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009).  I wanted to emboss the sentiment but wanted it to be in gray so I inked the stamp set with Versamark (Z891) and before stamping inked it in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then stamped it.

Then I colored the image with the Small Round Waterbrush (Z3244) and reinkers.  I used Ballerina (Z7501), Sugarplum (Z7500), Fern (Z2750), New England Ivy (Z2250), and Charcoal (Z2731).

The image is matted with the dark side of Charcoal Cardstock (X599) and then I added a slightly smaller piece of Charcoal Cardstock and used the lighter side.  I just love our 2 sided cardstock, one side darker and the other lighter.

The pennants are made using the zip strips from the patterned papers in Feels Like Home.  I didn't add any embellishments because I didn't want to take attention from the sentiment.

The February Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between February 1 – February 28, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website

1/24/2019

In Any Case ....with Melinda & Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

****************************************

In Any Case. . . with Melinda

and Melissa



Good evening! Melissa and I are CASEing artwork from our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog. Do you have one of our new catalogs? If not, let me know if you would like a catalog and I will be sure that you get one. Did you know that if you place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you a free catalog with your order.


This week I chose to CASE the Congrats card on page 148. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

After you see my post please head over to see what my partner in crime, Melissa Robinson has for you.

Have you heard about Close to My Heart's Stamp of the Month program? Each month we offer a special stamp that is only available that month. I am using the January Stamp of the Month called Card Captions (S1901).



Who doesn't need a stamp with all of these different sentiments? I love the different fonts and sizes.

I decided to show you how you can take a card that you like and change it up a bit with different colors and papers to make it your own. Here's my card.





I have changed this card up so that I can use it in my Valentine card classes. Once again I used my Thin Cuts - Stitched Square Frames (Z4259). This is turning into one of my favorite new products.





These thin cuts allow you to cut quilt shapes that are "stitched" and you can even add more stitching just like you would on a quilt. I used the larger triangle and the small square for this card.

The paper packs used were from the Mix-in Paper Pack (X9003), and the dark side of Raspberry cardstock (X6018). I also cut a heart with our Black Glitter paper (Z3236) using our Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts (Z4182).


Inks used were Raspberry Ink (Z2812) and our Intense Black Ink (Z4189).


Oh, and I forgot to tell you about how I made the Raspberry Colored dots on my 4.25" x 5.5" card base from our White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254).

I cut a stencil with my Cricut using our Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z3503) with Grafix Stencil Sheets ((Z4244). I then applied ink using a Sponge Dauber (Z726). I love how easy it was to make a reusable stencil and add just a little interest to your background.

Tune in again, on February 14th, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner!

1/20/2019

Heart Happy Blog Hop


    
This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Heart Happy Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

I was looking for an unusual card design on Pinterest and saw a card similar to my card.  I would like to credit the designer but the link went to nowhere and there was no watermark.

So this month we have an awesome special.  Our Valentine Heart Happy Special includes a beautiful paper pack,  a stamp set and two workshops.  One workshop is a 6" x 8" album and the other is a workshop with scrapbooking pages, cards, and tags.

So onto my card.


This card is a 5" x 7' card.  After I folded the card base I cut 1.25" off the top right of the card so that the inside of the card shows behind me hearts.

The hearts are cut using our Thin Cuts - Basic Hearts (Z3317)
and Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts (Z4182).
  Plus I used one of the hearts from our new cut apart sheet that we now offer in our paper packs.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Gina Brandstetter's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

1/12/2019

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop



    
This hop I am following {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

For this hop I chose to make an impossible card using the I Heart Us Paper pack (X7242B).  I found the directions and BONUS the Design Space Files on Jennifer Maker's website.  I made a few changes including adding some matting and am thrilled with my card.

Here is my card.



I used the uber cute stamp set, Under the Feather (B1651).


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Haley Dyer's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

1/10/2019

In Any CASE .... with Melinda & Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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In Any Case. . . with Melinda




and Melissa



Good evening! Melissa and I are CASEing artwork from our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog. Do you have one of our new catalogs? If not, let me know if you would like a catalog and I will be sure that you get one. Did you know that if you place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you a free catalog with your order?


This week I chose to CASE the Sending You Comfort card on page 71. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

After you see my post please head over to see what my partner in crime, Melissa Robinson has for you.

I was so super excited when I saw this card. Before I papercrafted I was a quilter. I made many quilts - I handquilted and my quilts were very special to me.

So, now I can quilt using paper. How exciting! I received the Thin Cut - Stitched Square Frames (Z4259) last week and was blown away when I saw that it is not an ordinary square thin cut, but actually cuts a square frame. When I cut the white frame for this card, I hadn't even thought that not only would the frame be stitched, but the square cut out of the middle to make the frame would also be stitched. Here's what I cut to make the white frame surrounding the quilt pieces. You can see the double stitching on the thin cut. I used the mid-sized thin cut for this project.



Now let me show you our new Thin Cuts - Stitched Quilt Shapes (Z4258).
These thin cuts allow you to cut quilt shapes that are "stitched" and you can even add more stitching just like you would on a quilt. I used the larger triangle and the small square for this card.

The paper packs used were I Heart Us (X7242B), the pink dot paper from the Mix-in Paper Pack (X9003), and both the light and dark side of Bluebird cardstock (X5987).

After I cut all the triangles I needed, I took the stitched heart from the stamp set, Quilt Quotes (B1650)
and our Intense Black Ink (Z4189) and stamped the heart on the triangles. These triangles are not adhered yet, just placed side by side.



After I completed the stamping, I adhered the triangles on the White Daisy Cardstock (X6027) square from the inside of the frame. I could have adhered the frame first to the cardbase and then added the triangles, but I wanted to pop up the quilt block with Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060) and that would have been harder. I started with the yellow triangle in the corner.


So I have the quilt square complete and I need to adhere it to my card base. BUT I have to stamp my sentiment on the card base. Does that freak you out? It does me. So, I placed just the frame on my card base like this so I could see where to stamp. By the way, I used a 4.25" x 5.5" card base from our White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254).


The frame wouldn't lie flat without adhesive and it moved easily so I put one of our blocks on it.

Then I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black Ink.


Whatever you do ..... RESIST rocking. I didn't. THREE times!


Yay!! Finally!

Next I adhered the yellow square to the middle of the quilt block. I picked out some small silver sequins from our Loose Sequins - Silver (Z4304) and applied it to each of the stamped hearts using a small dot of Liquid Glass (Z679) as pictured below.



I applied the Thin 3D Foam tape to the frame. The quilt square didn't have to be popped up because of the White Daisy square base.


Tune in again, on January 24th, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner!

1/01/2019

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Card Captions

Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The January Stamp of the Month is entitled Card Captions (S1901) (Set of  26).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Hope this blog post finds you well and recovering from the Holidays.  I am more rested than I was before December and am super excited about the release of our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.


Yes, Close to My Heart is celebrating our 35th year in business.  What an incredible accomplishment!  If you would like to get one of these gems in your hand, please let me know and I will send one your way.  You won't be disappointed.  The artwork is superb and the products are very high quality.  

So, let me tell you how much I love the Card Captions Stamp of the Month.  Who doesn't need a stamp that can be used for all types of cards.  This will be my go to sentiment stamp set.

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she remarked how lately she was needing more sympathy cards.  She said that she doesn't like to think about needing them but when she does, that is the last thing she wants to make.  Card Captions has two Sympathy sentiments and I used one on this card.

I found a variation of this card on Pinterest.  This card design is called The Double Z Joy Fold Card. The card I saw resulted in a square card.  I try to avoid square cards if possible because of the extra postage needed.  My card is 4 ¼“ x 5 ½“ and will fit in one of the envelopes from our White Card and Envelope Value Pack (X254).

For the base of both the larger card and the smaller card that fits on top I have used the light side of our New England Ivy Cardstock (X6011).  The patterned paper is from our new Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B).

The stamped flowers are from the new stamp set, Know That I Care (C1752).  This is a cool stamp set because it adds color to your stamped images.
The good thing is that the stamped color does not fit evenly in the stamped outline image.  Why is this good?  Because if you make a mistake, no one knows!  It is meant to have a watercolor look.  I stamped the outline image first in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then I stamped Sugarplum Ink (Z6500) to add the flower color.  The leaves were actually watercolored with Fern Ink (Z2850) and our Small Round Waterbrush (Z3244).  I made a point of not touching the Charcoal stamped image because it is not waterproof.

The sentiments are stamped using Intense Black Ink (Z4189).  The second sentiment comes from the stamp set, Quilt Quotes (B1650).
I finished off the card with Silver Glitter Gems (Z4191).

Here are the measurements for the card.
New England Ivy Cardstock – Light side - 11” x 4 ¼”
New England Ivy Cardstock – 9 ¼” x 2 ½”
Leaves PP (Large Front) - 2 ½” x 4”
Sugarplum Pluses - 2 ½” x 4”
Flower PP (Back)  - 4” x 5 ¼”
Mink Cardstock (X6010) Stamped Panels – Light side - (Small) 2 ¼“ x 3 ½“  and 2 ¼“ x 2 ½“

Directions
  1. Place 11” x 4 ¼” New England Ivy Cardstock piece LANDSCAPE (long side along top) on trimmer or score board. Score at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”.
  2. Make a crisp fold as shown in the photo. You will have a "Z".
  3. Place 9 ¼” x 2 ½” New England Ivy Cardstock piece LANDSCAPE on trimmer/scoreboard and score at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”.
  4. Make a crisp fold as shown in the photo. You will have a "Z".
  5. Adhere pattern papers as shown.
  6. Stamp the Mink cardstock panels and adhere.
  7. Now to adhere the smaller piece onto the large piece.  Fold smaller card base and adhere to the center of the back of the larger card base.
  8. Fold the larger card base and overlap the front of the smaller card base over the front of the larger card base.  Apply adhesive on the half of the front of the smaller card front that will be attached to the front of the larger card base.  (I hope that makes sense).
  9. The picture above shows the card front not attached yet but being moved into place.
  10. Embellish with Silver Glitter Gems in the center of the flowers or as desired.
The January Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between January 1 – January 31, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Darlys Recker} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website