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Friday, June 2, 2017

June Spotlight Collection - No Worries



Are you looking for a fun collection to help document all those fabulous Summer memories??  Whether you enjoy tropical beach time or lakeside getaways, the No Worries collection is perfect for you!  No Worries has a laid-back vibe and a rustic, almost-vintage feel ideal for documenting all the joy Summer has to offer.


To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Stay tuned throughout the month to my blog and my Facebook page for lots of fabulous No Worries! inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhnoworries all month long for all the No Worries fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Hello Foxy

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month June Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Brenda Lapp, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1706 Hello Foxy (pictured below).  This set is only available until June 30th and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.


Sometimes I find myself trying too hard to come up with a card design -- so lately, I have been trying to get back to the basics.  Today's project is definitely an example of that.  I didn't use any patterned paper.  Instead I dry-embossed on our awesome white core cardstock and used my sanding block to rough up the embossing a little.  I also used the sanding block to distress all the edges to expose that white core.


Another trick I wanted to share with you has to do with the layered circles.  See the cocoa circle behind the white circle?  Rather than punching it from another piece of cocoa, I simply punched it from the background layer knowing the negative space would be covered by the peacock embossed layer.




Supplies used:
*Hello Foxy stamp set (May SOTM)
*12" x 12" Cocoa cardstock
*12" x 12" Goldrush cardstock
*12" x 12" Peacock cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Cocoa Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Peacock Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Black Memento ink pad
*Shin Han Marigold marker
*Wood Slats embossing folder
*Sanding Kit

*2" circle punch
2 1/2" circle punch

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month June Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Alyson MayoI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

June Close to My Heart Specials


June Constant Campaign


Looking for a great way to preserve and protect your memories? We’ve got you covered! In June, buy one My Legacy™ album and get a second at 50%-off! Choose from our D-ring and post-bound styles, both of which come in a selection of 9 colors!

For New Consultants: Anyone who signs up as a New Consultant will get a My Legacy album of their choice FREE in their New Consultant Kit!

For Hostesses: Hostesses who host a party that reaches the fourth level of Hostess Rewards or higher qualify for a FREE My Legacy album!

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June Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50 purchase

To order these or any of the other fabulous CTMH products, please visit my online store at jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Michelle Stewart, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

Today we are featuring projects made with the fabulous products from the newly released Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.  If you haven't had a chance to check out this new book, I highly recommend you head over to my website after the hop and check it out.  I will leave a link below.

With Memorial Day coming soon, I used the No Worries collection to create a fun layout perfect for documenting those start-of-Summer photos.  I added the color Ruby to the Cashmere, Sapphire, and White Daisy colors from the collection to give a classic red, white, and blue feel to my layout.  Ruby is the perfect compliment to this fantastic collection.  I also used the No Worries embellishments -- including the complements kraft die cuts, sequins, and burlap ribbon.  Isn't that burlap ribbon fabulous?!?


Supplies used:
*No Worries paper packet
*No Worries - Cardmaking stamp + thin cuts bundle
*No Worries - Scrapbooking stamp set
*12" × 12" Cashmere cardstock
*12" × 12" Ruby cardstock
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Cashmere Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Ruby Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*No Worries complements
*No Worries sequins
*White burlap ribbon
*Foam tape

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Haley DyerI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Melinda Everitt, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's constant campaign celebrates National Scrapbooking Month and in honor of NSM, CTMH has released an exclusive paper packet, stamp set, and Cut Above kit -- all called Live Beautifully.  Today's hop features lots of fantastic inspiration using all of these products.  Enjoy!! 

I used the paper packet and stamp set to make the layout below.  I love the Sea Glass in this collection, and it looks gorgeous with the strong contrast of the black and white floral and watercolor stripe.


Supplies used:
*Live Beautifully paper packet
*Live Beautifully stamp set
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Sea Glass Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Whisper Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Shimmer Brush - clear
*Shimmer Trim - gold
*Gold glitter gems
*Foam tape

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Haley DyerI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 CTMH Annual Inspirations Retiring List


NON-STAMP SETS
Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" × 4"
Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" × 2"
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals
Z3272 Baby Girl Complements
Z3273 Baby Boy Complements
Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
Z3264 Good Life Complements
Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals
Z3265 School K–6 Complements
Z3266 School 7–12 Complements
Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack
Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals
Z3267 All Together Complements
Z3292 Rustic Home Ribbon Pack
Z3294 Memo Fundamentals
Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals
Z3269 You & Me Complements
Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver
Z3193 Picture My Life™ Overlays—White
Z3306 My Boy Complements
Z3308 My Girl Complements
Z3307 Springtime Complements
Z3309 Snapshot Complements
Z3096 Circle Diffuser
Z3097 Square Diffuser
Z3118 Confetti Embossing Folder
Z3119 Confetti Stars Embossing Folder
Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder
Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder
Z3249 Happy Thoughts Embossing Folder
Z3250 Word Search Embossing Folder
Z3256 Thin Cuts—Celebrate
Z3257 Thin Cuts—Love
Z3258 Thin Cuts—Happy
Z3259 Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks
Z3260 Thin Cuts—Hearts
Z3261 Thin Cuts—Stars
Z3270 Instalife™ Album—Blush
Z3282 Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
Z3275 #Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous
Z3279 #Life™ Overlays—Gold
Z3284 #Life™ Overlays—Black
Z3291 #Life™ Cards—Enjoy
Z9978 My Crush® Adventure Calls
Z1966 Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers
Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers
Z2011 Base & Bling Oval Glass Covers
Z2030 Base & Bling Rectangle Glass Covers
Z3151 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3152 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3154 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3155 Base & Bling Rectangle Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3156 Base & Bling Rectangle Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3157 Base & Bling Oval Pendant—Faux Silver
Z3158 Base & Bling Oval Pendant—Faux Gold
Z3159 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Gold
Z3160 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Silver
Z3196 Base & Bling Necklace Cards
Z3276 Base & Bling Royalty Style Sheet
Z3277 Base & Bling Mad for Plaid Style Sheet
Z3280 Base & Bling Watercolor Sheet—Gold
Z3281 Base & Bling Watercolor Sheet—Clear
Z3107 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Gold
Z3108 Base & Bling Ribbon Charm—Faux Gold
Z3109 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Gold
Z3110 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Silver
Z3133 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Silver
Z3134 Base & Bling Ribbon Charm—Faux Silver
Z3140 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3141 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3142 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Gold
Z3143 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Silver
Z3161 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Silver
Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold
Z3031 Shoulder Tote
Z3120 Marker Roll-Up
Z3121 Accessory Roll-Up
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
Z2507 Sea Glass Mini Pigment Pad
Z2713 Sea Glass Reinker
Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment
Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment
Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems
Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots
Z3123 Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles
Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts
Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim
Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim
Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim
Z3093 Fern Thick Twine
Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine
Z3129 Gold Foil Tape
Z3130 Silver Foil Tape
Z3218 Rose Gold Foil Tape
3174 Blending Pen
Z1294 Sanding Kit
Z1471 Ruler
Z1852 Stitch Guide
Z1859 Foam Mat
Z1999 1" Circle Punch
Z3022 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive
Z3023 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive Refill
Z3131 Thumb Notch Punch
9036 Originals Card Confidence Program
9037 Reflections Scrapbook Program
9038 Cherish Scrapbook Program
9039 Imagine Scrapbook Program
9040 Magic Scrapbook Program
9041 Wishes Card Confidence Program
STAMP SETS
C1662 Wise Guy Birthday
C1662F Wise Guy Birthday
C1662S Wise Guy Birthday
C1631 Birthday Princess
B1531 Racecar Birthday
C1612 Shower Flowers
B1547 Wedding Wishes
C1668 Baby Bundle
D1667 Balloon Wishes
B1480 Diploma Day
C1660 Happy For You
C1660F Happy For You
C1660S Happy For You
A1198 Hi Friend
A1198F Hi Friend
A1198S Hi Friend
C1619 So Many Smiles
D1646 Finding the Words
D1646F Finding the Words
D1646S Finding the Words
C1605 Happy to Be Friends
C1605F Happy to Be Friends
C1605S Happy to Be Friends
B1541 Love Your Face
B1543 Get Better
A1180 Safari Ballet
B1533 Circus Birthday
M1064 British Columbia
M1069 Florida
M1071 Hawaii
M1093 New York
M1114 Utah
D1701 Plan On It
D1702 Capture This
D1702F Capture This
D1702S Capture This
D1707 Let's Go
A1195 Lovely Leaves
C1664 Swirly Seashells
B1535 Hooked on You
C1666 Homegrown
D1668 Charming Cascades
A1193 Wreath
M1151 Dandy
D1700 Way To Go
D1660 Ink Blot
C1608 Brushstrokes
A1185 Friendly Wishes
D1711 True Love
M1057 Alabama
M1058 Alaska
M1059 Alberta
M1060 Arizona
M1061 Arkansas
M1062 Australia
M1065 California
M1066 Colorado
M1067 Connecticut
M1068 Delaware
M1070 Georgia
M1072 Idaho
M1073 Illinois
M1074 Indiana
M1075 Iowa
M1076 Kansas
M1077 Kentucky
M1078 Louisiana
M1079 Maine
M1080 Manitoba
M1081 Maryland
M1082 Massachusetts
M1083 Michigan
M1084 Mississippi
M1085 Missouri
M1086 Montana
M1087 Nebraska
M1088 Nevada
M1089 New Brunswick
M1090 New Hampshire
M1091 New Jersey
M1092 New Mexico
M1094 New Zealand
M1095 Newfoundland & Labrador
M1096 North Carolina
M1097 North Dakota
M1098 Northwest Territories
M1099 Nova Scotia
M1100 Nunavut
M1101 Ohio
M1102 Oklahoma
M1103 Ontario
M1104 Oregon
M1105 Pennsylvania
M1106 Prince Edward Island
M1107 Quebec
M1108 Rhode Island
M1109 Saskatchewan
M1110 South Carolina
M1111 South Dakota
M1112 Tennessee
M1113 Texas
M1115 Vermont
M1116 Virginia
M1117 Washington
M1118 West Virginia
M1119 Wisconsin
M1120 Wyoming
M1121 Yukon
M1133 Minnesota


To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Spotlight Collection -- Little Dreamer



Everything is better with unicorns... especially this month's Spotlight Collection -- Little Dreamer.  This magical collection features a rainbow of bright fun colors and fantabulous patterns.


To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Stay tuned throughout the month to my blog and my Facebook page for lots of fabulous Little Dreamer inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhlittledreamer all month long for all the Little Dreamer fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Live, Laugh, Love


Welcome to the Stamp of the Month May Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Melinda Everitt, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1705 Live, Laugh, Love (pictured below).  This set is only available until May 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.


When I first saw this month's SOTM, my mind was immediately filled with all sorts of fun projects to create, and as I sat down to create something for this hop, all those ideas started "battling" in my head and getting more and more complex.  So in the end, I decided to keep it super simple and make a card for my husband for our anniversary -- which is Saturday.

Do you ever have that problem?  You sit down to start creating and suddenly you feel overwhelmed by design details, paper selection, which embellishments to use, etc.  The project simply takes on a mind of its own, and you don't know what to do next.  What do you do when this happens?  How do you push through the creative block?


Like I said, I chose to keep the card simple.  I selected a simple sketch from a Pinterest board I  have dedicated to card sketches.  I used the gorgeous black and white floral from the Live Beautifully paper packet along with a simple Swiss dot design from the Enchantment Fundamentals.  Our wedding colors were red, white, and black.  Even though I was trying to keep the card a little more masculine, I felt it needed some bling so I used my gold shimmer brush on the sentiment piece before stamping.  The shimmer brush added a perfect layer of sparkle while still allowing me to stamp the "together" sentiment from this month's SOTM.



Supplies used:
*Live, Laugh, Love stamp set (May SOTM)
*Live Beautifully paper packet (NSM exclusive)
*Enchantment Fundamentals
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Shimmer brush - gold
*Foam tape

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month May Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Michelle LoncarI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

NEW Close to My Heart Idea Book / Catalog!!!!


Oh my goodness!  I can't believe this day is finally here.  I've been going crazy since March wanting to share the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book with you all.  It is absolutely fabulous!!!  So many fun and trendy products just waiting to be played with!




To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

May Close to My Heart Specials


May Constant Campaign



   

This year’s National Scrapbooking Month campaign features the Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set, designed to celebrate your beautiful life.  During the month of May, CTMH is offering three exclusive new products: the Live Beautifully paper packet, the My Acrylix® Live Beautifully stamp set, and the Cut Above™ Live Beautifully layout kit, which helps you create five complete scrapbook layouts in half the time! Buy these exclusive products separately, or buy an album bundle with the new Cut Above layout kit to save 20%—you can also just buy it all!

For Customers: Contest especially for Non-Consultants: Win a brand new Cut Above® layout kit from our Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book! In order to be entered into the drawing, you just need to take a picture of one or more of your completed Live Beautifully Cut Above® layouts with your own photos on them and then share your picture on our Close To My Heart Facebook page between May 1­ - May 31, 2017! We can't wait to see what you create!

For Hostesses: Host a party in May that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher, and receive the Cut Above™ Live Beautifully layout kit for FREE! I still have May dates available -- contact me today to book yours!

For new Consultants: Become a Close To My Heart Consultant in May and receive the Cut Above™ Live Beautifully layout kit (CC1212A) for FREE!  If you are interested in joining my Designer Therapy team, I would love to help you get started on your CTMH adventure.

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May Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50 purchase

To order these or any of the other fabulous CTMH products, please visit my online store at jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Get Better Make-and-Take




So it's been said that life imitates art.  Well, last fall, I designed a make-and-take project featuring one of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual Inspiration Idea Book called Get Better.  I love the font, and I love the cheeky sentiment for the inside of the card.  Anyways, the day before the home gathering I designed this card for, I came down with a horrible cold.  It started as a slightly sore throat, but by the time the gathering started, my throat was on fire and my nose was beginning to run.  I felt horrible, but luckily, the gathering was in a large room at a community center, and I was able to "keep a safe distance" from the guests -- who jokingly said they were going to send their make-and-takes to me.  :-)


Supplies used:
*Get Better stamp set
*Swan Lake paper packet (retired)
*12" x 12" Slate cardstock
*12" x 12" Sorbet cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sorbet Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Aqua shimmer trim
*Clear sparkles
*Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen
*Foam tape
*Waterbrush -- small round

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Spotlight Collection -- Some Kinda Wonderful



This month's spotlight collection, Some Kinda Wonderful, just screams fun and happiness!  The bright, vibrant colors and glittery embellishments make me want to play with paper.  CTMH has outdone themselves again with this fantabulous collection!!


To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Stay tuned throughout the month to my blog and my Facebook page for lots of fabulous Some Kinda Wonderful inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhsomekindawonderful all month long for all the Some Kinda Wonderful fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Close to My Heart Specials


April Constant Campaign


This month our innovative new Cut Above™ layout kits are available at 50% off the retail price! That’s an incredible deal on layout kits that make memory keeping incredibly easy. Choose between two designs—Little One and Forever & Always—and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. Add even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards and pocket Memory Protectors included in the kit. You’re going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.

New Consultants: Anyone who signs up in April will receive their choice of either the Little One or the Forever & Always Cut Above™ Layout Kit in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost to them!

Note: Kit retail is $14.95 USD

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April Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50 purchase

To order these or any of the other fabulous CTMH products, please visit my online store at jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thin Cuts Blog Hop


Welcome to the Thin Cuts Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Brenda Lapp, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's bonus hop features the amazingly fabulous Thin Cuts from CTMH -- which are on special this month for 25% off.  If you have never tried these wonderful wafer thin dies, now is the time!  If you have tried them, now is the time to stock up and expand your collection!!

I have a wide variety of Thin Cuts in my personal collection -- for today's project, I chose to feature Sweet Birthday.  If you follow my blog, you know the Sweet Birthday stamp set was my favorite release in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book -- however, my first thought was "No coordinating Cricut / Thin Cuts?? Ugh..."  I bought the stamp set anyways.  :-)

Then, in October, CTMH made my dreams come true.  They released a coordinating Thin Cut set to go along with my favorite Sweet Birthday stamp set.  :-)  Now I use this adorable stamp set and its coordinating Thin Cuts all the time.  I absolutely LOVE the pair!

When creating the layout below, I used a sketch from Even More Scrapping which was coincidentally called "Sweet Friend"  The sketch was fabulous because it called for multiple repeated images across the center -- perfect for the fun party hats.  It also called for a large circle on the left page which I swapped for a cut from the Cricut Artistry collection.

I plan to add pictures from my niece's recent Moana-themed birthday party.  The colors in the Adventure Fundamentals collection coordinate beautifully with the bright, fun colors from her party.  And the 4x6 and 4x3 photo spots will make it a piece of cake to finish this layout (see what I did there?  Piece of cake... Birthday party... I'm so punny!!)


To create the adorable cupcake embellishments, I stamped the image using archival black ink and allowed it to set for a few minutes before coloring the image with the CTMH watercolor pencils.  I mixed two shades of green for the wrapper on the left cupcake and two shades of blue on the right cupcake.  To blend, I used my CTMH clear shimmer brush.  I actually have two of these brushes -- one for regular use and one for blending and other "messy" use.  As for the pink frosting, I colored about a quarter inch around the edge and used the shimmer brush to fade the color towards the face.


I also added some shimmer detail to the party hats -- specifically along the bottom trim, the polka dots, and the top "poof". I just love how the shimmer brush adds a little extra "pop" to a project.


Supplies used:
*Sweet Birthday Thin Cuts
*Sweet Birthday stamp set
*Artistry Cricut collection
*Adventure Fundamentals paper packet
*12" × 12" Lagoon cardstock
*12" × 12" Lemon cardstock
*12" × 12" Raspberry cardstock
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Archival Black stamp pad
*Shimmer Brush - clear
*Watercolor Pencils
*Shimmer Trim - silver
*Sugar Rush dots
*Foam tape

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Thin Cuts Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Jean McNultyI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Damask Divas' Dreamin' Big Blog Hop




Welcome to the Damask Divas' March Blog Hop featuring the Close to My Heart Dreamin' Big paper packet!  The Damask Divas' team is excited to inspire you with fabulous projects from this beautiful collection!  You can see the full hop line-up over on the Damask Divas' blog.

In the beginning of December, CTMH Consultants around the US were able to attend a one-day mini-convention of sorts.  These events are held at locations throughout the US/Canada and offer consultants a sneak peek at upcoming releases as well as the opportunity to create beautiful projects with the new releases.

At December's SE1 launch, we created this fabulous Adventure layout using the Dream' Big collection. I love how this layout showcases the versatility of the Dreamin' Big collection.  At first glance, the collection appears masculine with its color scheme and bug embellishments.  However, the the flowers offer the perfect alternative to the bugs for a softer, more feminine look to this collection.



Supplies used:
*Dreamin' Big paper packet
*Dreamin' Big Complements
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock (for photo mats)

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Want to join me at the next launch event?  Join my Designer Therapy team today, and I will hook you up with all the details.  For more information, click here.

Thank you for visiting me at JD Designs and for hopping with us on the Damask Divas' March Blog Hop!   Next up on the hop is Cheri Rice ParishI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more fabulous Dreamin' Big inspiration.

Until next time, remember to design it with {heart}!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Spotlight Collection - Dreamin' Big



Dreamin' Big is my hands-down favorite collection from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.  From the vibrant, yet subtle color scheme to the fabulous coordinating Complements and sequins, I am in LOVE with this collection.  I hope you'll check it out as I'm sure you'll fall in love, too!



To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Stay tuned throughout the month to my blog and my Facebook page for lots of fabulous Dreamin' Big inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhdreaminbig all month long for all the Dreamin' Big fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Tea-rrific


Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Wendy Kessler, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1703 Tea-rrific (pictured below).  This set is only available until March 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.



For today's project, I decided to pull out my watercolor palette and have some fun.  First I heat-embossed the stacked teacups image using white embossing powder.  Heat embossing provides a slight ridge to contain watercolors when painting.  This is a great way to get a more controlled look.  After setting the embossing powder with a heat gun, I used my round watercolor brushes to apply color to the image.  I love how the white outline pops against the color.

One thing to remember when watercoloring is the color will always dry lighter than it appears when wet.  That said, if I was making this card again, I would have added another layer of watercoloring once the first layer had dried to increase the color saturation and help it pop more against the black cardstock layer and sentiment.

Overall, I enjoyed the techniques used on this card, and I am looking forward to more play time with this stamp set.


Supplies used:
*Tea-rrific stamp set (March SOTM)
*12" x 12" Black cardstock
*12" x 12" Watercolor paper
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*VersaMark ink pad
*Ranger white super fine embossing powder
*Craft heater
*Watercolor paints
*Waterbrush - small round
*Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen
*Bitty Sparkles

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month March Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Alyson MayoI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!