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Friday, December 2, 2016

December Spotlight Collection - Oh Deer!



Winter is upon us!  Oh Deer is a subtle, rustic collection perfect for documenting your Fall, Winter, and holiday memories.  Its muted color palette is great for creating a soft, almost romantic feel in  your papercrafting.



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 Oh Deer! inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhohdeer all month long for all the Oh Deer! fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Thoughtful Flowers


Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Terrie Shortsleeve, 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 S1612 Thoughtful Flowers (pictured below).  This set is only available until December 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.

I'll admit when I first saw this set, I fell in love with it, but when I saw it didn't have coordinating Cricut cuts or Thin Cuts, I may have grumbled a little lot.  But as those beautiful flowers sat on my desk begging to be stamped, I gave in and grabbed my scissors.  And let me tell you, all that fussy cutting was definitely worth it.  These flowers are simply gorgeous!

Note -- I scraplifted the idea for this card from Pinterest.
I went back to try to find the original post, but could not
find it or the original designer.
Supplies used:
*Thoughtful Flowers stamp set (December SOTM)
*12" x 12" New England Ivy cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Desert Sand Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*New England Ivy Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Ruby Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Simple Chevron embossing folder
*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 December 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}!

December Close to My Heart Specials


December Constant Campaign


So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!


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December 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}!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cricut Flower Market Blog Hop


Welcome to the Cricut Flower Market Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Gina Brandstetter, 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. 

CTMH released its 6th exclusive Cricut collection -- Flower Market -- in August, and it is FABULOUS!  The SOTM blog hop team has come together for this hop to provide you with endless inspiration for this great new cartridge.

Personally, I fell in love with Flower Market when I saw all the non-floral cuts on the cartridge.  I mean, with a name like Flower Market, great floral cuts are a given, but leave it to CTMH to add lots of non-floral cuts to make a well-rounded collection for papercrafters of all styles!

The inspiration for my project that I am sharing today came from a layout I recently saw online from one of my other favorite papercrafting companies -- after Close to My Heart, of course.  They shared a similar layout using one of their new lines, and I knew I wanted to scraplift it using Oh Deer!.  And the winter-themed cuts on the Flower Market "A" key created a perfect title and accents for the layout.


Supplies used:
*Flower Market Cricut collection
*Oh Deer! paper packet
*12" × 12" Cocoa Cardstock
*12" × 12" Ruby Cardstock
*Sea Glass glitter paper
*White glitter paper
*Scallop border punch (retired)
*Clear sparkles
*Bitty Sparkles

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


Before you go, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Close to My Heart's AWESOME Cyber Monday special.  When you spend $30 on retail-priced product, you can buy one of our Cricut® collections at 30% off!  The sale starts Monday, November 28, at 12 AM MST / 2 AM EST.  May I suggest the Flower Market collection?  *wink, wink*

Thank you for visiting me at jd designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Cricut Flower Market 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, November 6, 2016

Happy, Happy Christmas Blog Hop



Welcome to the Happy, Happy Christmas Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Gina Brandstetter, 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's hop features alternative projects using the products included in this month's Happy Happy Christmas special.  These special bundles contain everything you need to create five 2-page scrapbooking layouts, with enough left over to keep your holiday crafting going!

I always take an insane amount of pictures during the Christmas season.  I could probably make a complete scrapbook just for Christmas every year.  When I saw all the leftover pieces after creating the layouts in the HHC special, I knew I wanted to put together more layouts.

To create the layout below, I found a sketch from one of my new favorite blogs -- a 4x6 sketch blog.  Once I found the sketch I wanted to use, the layout came together quite easily.  I love how the Happy Happy Christmas My Crush pages and Picture My Life cards coordinate together and are so versatile!  Thanks CTMH for encouraging us to think outside the box with these great products!


-- NOTE --
the kraft paper is actually my desk pad, not a part of the layout.

Supplies used:
*Happy Happy Christmas My Crush
*Happy Happy Christmas Picture My Life cards
*12" x 12" Whisper cardstock
*City Sidewalks complements
*Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen

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 January 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, November 2, 2016

November Spotlight Collection - City Sidewalks



♫♫ City sidewalks, busy sidewalks.
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas. ♫♫

Combining traditional holiday colors of Cranberry and Willow with non-traditional colors of Lagoon and Peacock, City Sidewalks is a fun, whimsical collection perfect for your Christmas and Winter papercrafting.



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 City Sidewalks inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhcitysidewalks all month long for all the City Sidewalks fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- New Year's Cheer



Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!




If you came from visiting Priscilla Gotham, 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 S1611 New Year's Cheer (pictured below).  This set is only available until November 30th and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.



It is easy to look at this stamp set and immediately think of lots of New Year's projects, but the elegance and glam of the set are wonderful for other occassions as well... like weddings, celebrations, glam birthdays, Great Gatsby-themed projects, etc.  I decided to make an glamorous celebration-themed card.  The gold glitter paper really steps up the glam effect.  What do you think?


Supplies used:
* New Year's Cheer stamp set (November SOTM)
*12" x 12" Black cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Gold glitter paper
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen
*Red enamel gems

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 November Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Brenda LappI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

November Close to My Heart Specials

November Constant Campaign


The Happy, Happy Christmas Campaign features a workshop designed to help you have a happy, happy Christmas! We have made this workshop to help you create not only a beautiful Christmas album, just in time for the holiday season, but also to give you the materials to create four additional items that would make beautiful holiday gifts! It’s like getting five amazing projects all in one workshop!

During November, save over 10% off the retail value when you purchase one of the 12″ × 12″ album bundles (CC1179 and CC1180) for only $69.95 each! This bundle includes an exclusive guide to walk you through the steps of assembling five beautiful 2-page layouts. Add on additional items to make additional projects with your leftover materials, too! 

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November 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}!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Yuletide Joy


Yes, today is Halloween and yes, I am sharing a Christmas card.  While I wish everyone a very happy and spooky Halloween, I just couldn't resist sharing one last card made with this month's fabulous stamp of the month set, Yuletide Joy.  For only a few more hours, you can get this exclusive set for only $5 with a $50 purchase.


Supplies used:
*Yuletide Joy stamp set
*Art Philosophy Cricut collection (retired)
*City Sidewalks paper packet
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*12" x 12" Peacock cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Peacock Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Willow Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Red enamel gems

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}!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sweet Birthday: now with coordinating THIN CUTS!!! ♥♥


Last week, CTMH released the new 2017 planner pages and bundles.  And in a surprise move, they also released 4 new thin cuts sets -- which coordinate with stamp sets in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  Previously, they had said the sets in the A.I. would not have coordinating thin cuts, but surprise -- they did!  You can now order thin cuts to coordinate with four AI sets -- Wreath, Sweet Birthday, Swirly Seashells, and School Kids.  These thin cuts are only available while supplies last so don't wait to get yours!  They can be found in my online store under the Monthly Specials section.


When I first saw the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book back in July, I immediately fell in love with the adorable cupcake in the new Sweet Birthday stamp set.  It was the first set I purchased from the new AI.  However, as much as I love this set, I did not look forward to fussy cutting the cupcake every time I used the set.  So to be honest, it sat on my desk for over a month before I used it for the first time.  And when I finally did, I grumbled NSFW thoughts the entire time I was cutting the cupcake.  To say, I was excited when CTMH announced the new thin cuts would be an understatement.  I ordered mine right away and am impatiently stalking the FedEx guy.  Prepare yourself to see lots more Sweet Birthday projects because once those little dies get here, I plan to break them in well!  :-)



Supplies used:
*Sweet Birthday stamp set
*Whimsy Fundamentals
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Pixie Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Smoothie Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Black Memento ink pad
*Water brush - medium round
*Silver shimmer trim
*Clear sparkles

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}!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas Magic


I am absolutely loving this month's stamp of the month, Yuletide Joy.  Every year in October, CTMH has a Christmas-themed SOTM, and every year, the sets get better and better.  This year is my most favorite yet.  This fun set is only available through the end of the month -- so be sure to get yours while you still can!


Supplies used:
*Yuletide Joy stamp set
*Oh Deer! paper packet
*12" x 12" Cocoa cardstock
*12" x 12" Desert Sand cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Cocoa Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Desert Sand Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*White and gold twine
*Bitty sparkles

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}!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Wasted Time & Birthday Wishes


Over the summer, my baby sister needed to make a scrapbook layout for a friend's 21st birthday "shot book".  I had never heard of this before, but I guess it's a thing now.  Wow... just say that makes me feel/sound old!  LoL.  Anyways, my sis asked if I could help her.  Ummm... is the sky blue??  OF COURSE, I COULD HELP HER!!

So we set out to create a masterpiece.  My sister wanted to use a song lyric for the title and what better than Keith Urban's Wasted Time to go along with this fun picture of the girls at the beach in the summer and, of course, a 21st birthday?!?  We pulled paper from my non-CTMH stash (::GASP::), but jazzed it all up with some fun CTMH embellishments -- Calypso washi, green shimmer trim, and clear sparkles.  Of course, we used the clear sparkles!  Girls need their bling, right?


Here's a picture of my sister with the finished layout.  Today is actually her birthday.  Not her 21st as she's already passed that momentous occasion, but still her birthday!  :-)  Happy Birthday, baby sis!!



Until next time, design with {heart}!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October Spotlight Collection - Swan Lake



Swan Lake is sure to become an instant favorite, if it hasn't already. Featuring a fantastic color palette of Poppy, Glacier, Peacock, Goldrush, Fern, Canary, Whisper, Slate, and Black, the B&T patterns in this collection are gorgeous!  And the swans... wow... so on-trend!


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 Swan Lake inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhswanlake all month long for all the Swan Lake fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Yuletide Joy


Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Lela, 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 S1610 Yuletide Joy (pictured below).  This set is only available until October 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.




For today's hop, I wanted to do a simple, yet elegant Christmas card that would be relatively easy to produce in mass.  I love how the Oh Deer! paper gives a rustic feel to this card while the star stamp from the Yuletide Joy set adds an elegant touch.  If you really wanted to jazz up the card, you could heat emboss the star image in silver instead of stamping it in Whisper.



Supplies used:
*Yuletide Joy stamp set
*Art Philosophy Cricut collection (retired)
*Oh Deer! paper packet
*12" x 12" Slate cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Sea Glass glitter paper
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Whisper Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*ShinHan Touch Twin Turquoise Blue marker
*ShinHan Touch Twin Pastel Green marker
*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 October 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}!