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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Damask Divas Pathfinding Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas' September Blog Hop featuring the Pathfinding paper pack from Close to My Heart!  If you came from visiting Stephanie Davis, The Gypsy Chic, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, you should definitely head over to the Damask Divas blog and start from the beginning of the hop.

Fall is here!  I love everything about Fall in the Midwest -- from the cooler weather to the changing colors of the leaves to the smells and sounds.  So it is no surprise that this month's paper packet is one of my favorites in the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

Before we get to today's layout, I have a quick tip I would like to share with you.  If you are like me and love to create layouts, but don't always have pictures printed or know what pictures you want to use for a layout... don't be afraid to create anyway!  I find creating layouts without the added pressure of fitting the layout to my picture(s) is a relaxing way to stimulate my creative mojo.  When I finish a layout, I just place the layout in a cheap page protector and store them in a 3-ring album (like those used for Picture My Life).  

Another quick tip....in place of photos, I simply grab an unused piece of computer paper and cut to the proper photo size(s) for my layout, write the photo dimensions on the piece, and attach to my layout with a small(!) amount of repositionable adhesive in the upper center of the "fake photo".  Another option is to use a photo mat and write the dimensions directly on the photo mat.  If using this option, make sure you write in the center of the mat so your writing doesn't peek out when you add the photo.

Now onto the real reason you are here... today's layout.  Hope you enjoy!
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Supplies used:
*X7186B - Pathfinding Paper Packet
*X5770 - 12"x12" Glacier Cardstock
*Z2123 - Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
*Z2104 - Barn Red Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
*Z2111 - Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
*Z1790 - Artiste Cricut Collection
*Z2012- Sequins Gold Assortment
*S1408 - Family Is Forever SOTM Stamp Set (available through 9.30.2014)
*9042 - Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2, How-To Program

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 Damask Divas September Blog Hop!   Next up on the hop is Traci Williams.  I hope you'll head on over to her blog as she has a great project lined up for you, too.

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW Cricut Artfully Sent Collection

Close to My Heart & Cricut have done it again!

The recently release Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is a MUST HAVE.  With over 700 images, 400 projects, and 25 themes on one cartridge, this collection is a card maker's dream!!  Artfully Sent has done for card making what Artbooking did for scrapbooking.

With Artfully Sent, you can create pop-up cards, sleeve cards, scene cards, sentiment cards, swing card, pocket cards (as in Picture My Life), envelopes with liners, and SO MUCH MORE!!

Check out this awesome pop-up card!!

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Look at everything included in this collection!

Included in this collection:
*Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge
*3 coordinating exclusive stamp sets --
1 sentiment set, 1 frame set, 1 alphabet
*Full pack of 12x12 White Daisy cardstock

To order this cartridge, please visit my website at http://jddesigns.ctmh.com or contact me today!  I would be happy to help you.