Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday (Anything But a Card) Blog Hop

Welcome to our Holiday (Anything But a Card) Blog Hop where we are featuring holiday-themed projects that are NOT a card. On this hop there are approximately 6 Consultants sharing holiday-themed projects created with Close To My Heart products. We do everything we can to keep this hop easy: keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next blogger. Our blog hop is a circle so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Katy Taylor's An Inside to My Heart...one scrap at a time***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

I have been wanting to create a countdown calendar for some time. This hop was the perfect excuse to finally create one.


I started with the frame with a metal insert. Then I looked in the wood section for something to use for my "countdown numbers" and then I looked for magnets. I make sure that they would attach to the background before leaving the store (it would have been just my luck that I miscalculated). I cut twelve circles from 'Tis the Season papers using the 1¼" Stitched Circle Thin Cut. I attached the circles to the wood using Mod Podge; I placed a thin layer, let it dry a little, then added the circle, smoothing bubbles, let it dry a little more then added a layer of Mod Podge to seal it. Before it got too dry, I added the numbers (I cut the numbers from Silver Foil Paper), but I did not apply Mod Podge again because I was afraid it would dull the numbers (I did have to use a bamboo skewer to push down the numbers a few times as they absorbed moisture from the Mod Podge).

It is hard to see in the photo above, but I cut the words from both New England Ivy and Candy Apple and layered them to create a shadow effect.


I was not thinking very well – too little sleep – and became nervous that the numbers would be difficult to pick up to change the "date" so I added loops of Shimmer Trim behind each wood shape. I think they are a nice touch, but if you do something similar, be sure not to pinch the top of the loop too much because the Shimmer Trim will crack like paper that is not scored. When attaching the Shimmer Trim to the back of the wood, in addition to using the adhesive on the back of the trim, I added a Glue Dot to the glittered area to give it a little extra hold. I then used a Glue Dot to hold the magnet.


One of the nice things about this project is storage is built in. All of the numbers fit on the back of the wall hanging.


Before you visit ***Melissa Robinson's My Heartfelt Sentiments***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you do not have a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used on my Consultant website. Before you leave I would be delighted if you left me a comment letting me know what you think of my Countdown Calendar. Thanks for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Melissa Robinson's My Heartfelt Sentiments***.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

CTMH Holiday Expressions 2018 Retiring Stamp Sets

As I posted on Wednesday, Close To My Heart released the Holiday Expressions 2018 retiring list earlier this week.


There are only about 3½ weeks left to order from Holiday Expressions; orders must be submitted by 11:59pm Mountain on Monday, December 31st (that's 1:59am on Tuesday, January 1st for those of us in the Eastern Time Zone).

This is a continuation of the list I started on Wednesday. Wednesday's list included papers, embellishments, tools, albums, etc. Today's list is all about stamp sets. I am posting the stamp sets separately for two reasons: 1) Wednesday's list got fairly long and 2) since stamp sets are produced at the Corporate offices in Utah, they do not sell out. However, when a stamp has a coordinating Thin Cut, I show the bundle; Stamp and Thin Cut bundles can become unavailable.

If you would like to print the retiring list to track what you have and to make notes, it can be downloaded as a PDF here or an Excel file here.

Let's get started showing the retiring stamp sets.

Retiring Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets
Just the Way You Are (A1224)
page 4
Junior Varsity Alphabet (D1807)
page 4
A Thousand Words (C1734)
page 5
Craftermath (B1633)
page 5
Dream Catcher (C1744)
page 6
Creative Soul (D1795)
page 7
Retiring Stamp Sets
Boutique—Cardmaking (C1726)
page 30
Boutique —Scrapbooking (D1793)
page 31
Bunches of Love (D1815)
page 32
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Hello Pumpkin—Cardmaking (C1742)
page 40
Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4239)
page 40
Hello Pumpkin—Scrapbooking (D1806)
page 42
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Grateful Heart—Cardmaking (C1727)
page 50
Grateful Heart—Scrapbooking (D1794)
page 51
Living My Best Life (D1814)
page 52
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'Tis the Season —Cardmaking (C1737)
page 60
'Tis the Season - Scrapbooking (D1801)
page 61
Oh What Fun—Cardmaking (C1746)
page 70
Oh What Fun Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4240)
page 70
Oh What Fun—Scrapbooking (D1803)
page 71
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From the Kitchen (D1810)
page 77
From the Kitchen (D1810)
coordinates with
Cut Above® Recipe Kit—Holiday Kitchen (Z4300),
Cut Above® Recipe Kit—Holiday Kitchen (with Memory Protectors™) (Z4301),
Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen Bundle (Z4302)
Dates to Remember (D1802)
page 81
Quit Being Awesome (B1630)
page 82
Colorful Hooray (B1642)
page 82
You're My Top Pick (D1808)
page 83
So Proud of You (B1629)
page 84
Cheeky Thank You (B1628)
page 84
Birthday Party Hat (C1731)
page 85
Mini Birthday Party Hat (M1210)
page 85
Fabulous Birthday (C1747)
page 86
New Little One (C1739)
page 87
Baby Animal Doodles (C1740)
page 88
Baby Animal Doodles Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4237)
page 88
Snug Backgrounds (B1634)
page 89
The Smallest Things (B1639)
page 89
Watercolor Impressions (D1797)
page 90
My Type of Note (B1631)
page 91
Old-school Text (B1626)
page 91
Stitched Borders (C1748)
page 92
Good Friends Are like Stars (C1732)
page 93
Contagious Courage (C1733)
page 93
Thank You Balloons (B1636)
page 94
Hedge-hugs (B1641)
page 94
Colorful Thank You (B1624)
page 95
With Sympathy (B1637)
page 95
A Little Sunshine (B1625)
page 96
Better with Tacos (B1640)
page 96
Repeatable Backgrounds (D1805)
page 97
Just a Little Something (C1730)
page 98
Love Note (D1809)
page 99
We Are We (B1635)
page 100
I Kind of Like You (A1225)
page 100
You Have My Heart (D1796)
page 101
Meant to Be (C1743)
page 102
Heap of Congrats (M1207)
page 102
Happy New Year (M1208)
page 102
Your Special Day (D1804) - Cricut® Artistry compatible
page 103
Ugly Sweater (C1729)
page 104
Christmas Script (M1209)
page 104
Merry Trimmings (C1745)
page 105
Falling Flakes (A1223)
page 105
Wonder of the Season (B1632)
page 106
Wonder of the Season Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4238)
unavailable – page 106
Making Spirits Bright (B1627)
page 106
Holiday Borders (C1741)
page 107
Christmas Bingo (D1800)
page 108
Christmas Countdown (D1799)
page 109
Retiring International Stamp Sets
Temporada Navideña (B1619)
page 115
Feliz Navidad (B1620)
page 115
Saison de Noel (B1622)
page 115
Joyeux Noel (B1623)
page 115
Happy Christmas (B1621)
online only
Aussie Christmas (B1643)
online only
Fair Dinkum Christmas (C1728)
online only
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A few products from Holiday Expressions 2018 have become unavailable. They are:



Be sure to place your final orders before 11:59pm Mountain on Monday, December 31st.