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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Zoe "Kill-a-Kit" process -- Day #3: Sweet Birthday

As many of you know, I tend to pick a paper packet and work it until it's gone.  Typically, I will make the Workshop on the Go and/or Fundamentals layouts and as many more scrapbook layouts as I can until my scraps get too small or too few to make more layouts.  Once I finish the scrapbook layouts, I switch gears and make cards until I officially "kill" the paper packet.  I also try to use up as many of the coordinating embellishments as I can.  When I have completely exhausted all paper from the packet, I will... {GASP!}... throw away the final scraps -- usually there are very few leftovers.  At that time, I take any remaining embellishments (such as stickers, ephemera, etc.), cut them into individual pieces, and put them in a small basket of mixed embellishments if I can see myself using them in the future or into another small container to use for pocket letters or other giveaways.

This week on my blog, I will be featuring my "kill-a-kit" projects for the Zoe collection.  I have loved playing with Zoe, but feel the time has come to give her a rest and enjoy some of the other fabulous collections currently offered by Close to My Heart.  I hope you'll come back each day to see what I've come up with.

For today's projects, I took inspiration from cards shown in the 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  The CTMH Idea Books are among my favorite places to look for inspiration.... right up there with Pinterest, other blogs, and the CTMH How-To Programs.

To color the ribbon on the gift in the second card, I used a fun and simple coloring technique featuring the CTMH Blending Pen and Stamp Pads.  To draw ink from the stamp pad, gently squeeze the closed pad in the center so the pad itself touches the inside cover.  Quickly do this a few times; then open the ink pad, but do not lock the cover under the pad.  Instead set the pad (cover out) on your work surface.  Use the blending pen to pick up the ink from the inside cover and color away!  This technique allows you to color your stamped images without having any markers.  You can also use your reinkers -- as shown in this video from CTMH.

Supplies used:
*Art Philosophy Cricut Collection
*Hello, Life! Cardmaking stamp set (only available through 9.30!)
*Sweeter With You stamp set
*Zoe Paper Packet
*12" x 12" Sorbet cardstock
*12" x 12" Sweet Leaf cardstock
*12" x 12" Glacier cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*White Daisy card bases*Slate Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sorbet Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Bitty Sparkles
*Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles
*Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
*Blending Pen

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

Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog post featuring two more cards created during my Zoe "Kill-a-Kit" process.

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

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