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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}!

March Close to My Heart Specials



March Constant Campaign


Thin Cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!

This sale also includes four Thin Cuts bundles not previously offered—the Swirly Seashells, Sweet Birthday, Wreath, and School Kids Thin Cuts are now available in bundles with their coordinating stamp sets! This special pricing is only available during the month of March while supplies last, so get your orders in early.

To see all the fabulous Thin Cuts included in this special, simply visit my website at jddesigns.ctmh.com and click the Monthly Specials option on the shopping menu.

And to sweeten the deal, any new consultants who join my Designer Therapy team during March will receive the Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts bundle (CC1220) FREE in their New Consultant Kit, while supplies last!


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March 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, February 16, 2017

Fundamentals Creative Collections



Have you checked out our fabulous CTMH Fundamentals line yet??

This product line includes a variety of paper, complements, and ribbons in our core color palettes.  With versatile, monochromatic patterns in our exclusive colors, the papers and embellishments are perfect to pair with cardstocks and other patterned papers.  To view the Fundamentals collection products, click here.

For today's project, I challenged myself to create "girly" cards.  As a boy mom, I tend to lean towards the darker, more rustic colors and designs -- so using pink and purple together was definitely a challenge for me.  To help me, I pulled out an old 6"x6" One Sheet Wonder pattern and a simple stamp set.  Overall, I am pleased with how the cards turned out.






Supplies used:
*Adventure Fundamentals
*12" x 12" Pansy cardstock
*12" x 12" Whisper cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Hi Friend stamp set
*Blossom Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Pansy Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Whisper Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*VersaMark Ink Pad
*Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder
*Craft Heater
*Confetti Embossing Folder
*Simple Chevron embossing folder
*Adventure ribbon pack
*Black & white dots

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}!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Spotlight Collection - Hello Lovely



Love is in the air!  This month's spotlight collection is Hello Lovely.  This gorgeous collection is filled with subtle romantic undertones and will be fantastic for all your Valentine's Day crafting.  Be sure to stock up on your favorites now as this collection is only available through the end of April and come wedding season, you are going to wish you had more Hello Lovely in your stash.  ♥


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 Hello Lovely inspiration.  And be sure to follow #ctmhhellolovely all month long for all the Hello Lovely fun!

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Damask Divas Hello Lovely Blog Hop



Welcome to the Damask Divas' February Blog Hop featuring the Close to My Heart Hello Lovely 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.

When I first say the Hello Lovely collection back in December, I fell in love -- which is so strange for me because as a #boymom, I normally tend to shy away from romantic floral collections.  But something about this gorgeous collection just called out to me and I couldn't wait to play with it!

Today's project is part of a new series I am planning to do in 2017 -- called Good, Better, Best.  In the series, I will show how to create simple, basic or "Good" projects... and then how to jazz them up through stamping, Cricut-ing, and embellishing to make them "Better" and "Best" projects.

To take the layout below from "Good" to "Better", I inked the edges of all the cut paper pieces with Chocolate ink.  This helps them to "pop" off the page.  I double-cut and layered the "happy" title to give it some pop as well.  I also used foam tape to pop-up the small banner/phrase on the upper-right square and curled up the edges of the lace doilies to add some dimension to the page.  The dimension may be hard to see in the picture, but is fabulous in person.

  I would love if you would subscribe to my blog and "like" my Facebook page to see how this layout is transformed from Better to Best.



Supplies used:
*Hello Lovely paper packet
*12" × 12" Kraft Cardstock
*12" × 12" New England Ivy Cardstock
*12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock
*Journaling Prompts stamp set
*Chocolate Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Thin Cuts - Happy

*White lace paper doily from SpiegelMom Scraps

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' February Blog Hop!   Next up on the hop is Angela SteinhoffI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more fabulous Hello Lovely inspiration.

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

February Close to My Heart Specials


February Constant Campaign



 New Consultants who join Close To My Heart in February will get the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE! That’s an additional $53.85 in retail value added to the already incredible value of the New Consultant Kit!

For our former Close To My Heart Consultants, we will also offer a lower-priced, no-kit enrollment option that will allow former Consultants to sign up for just $50! They will still receive $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on products of their choice, meaning they basically get to sign up for free! PLUS they’ll get the February, March, and April Stamp of the Month sets for FREE!

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February 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}!

Friday, January 6, 2017

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Haley Dyer, 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. 

This hop features product from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book (pictured below).  The products in this book are available from now until April 30th.


For today's project, I wanted to spend some time with my favorite collection from SE1 -- Dreamin' Big.  This new collection is fabulous!  I absolutely love the color pallette.  Dreamin' Big offers a fun mix of flowers and bugs which makes it great for masculine or feminine projects!


Supplies used:
*Dreamin' Big paper packet
*12" x 12" Black cardstock
*12" x 12" Poppy cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Dreamin' Big complements
*Dreamin' Big sequins
*Whisper thick baker's twine

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 CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product 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}!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Damask Divas Sugar Rush Blog Hop




Welcome to the Damask Divas' January Blog Hop featuring the Close to My Heart Sugar Rush 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.



Supplies used:
*Sugar Rush paper packet
*12" x 12" Canary cardstock
*12" x 12" Sea Glass cardstock
*12" x 12" Whisper cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Artistry Cricut collection
*Sugar Rush dots
*Sugar Rush washi pack
*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 Damask Divas' January Blog Hop!   Next up on the hop is Jessica WilsonI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more fabulous Sugar Rush inspiration.

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Adore You



Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Haley Dyer, 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 S1701 Adore You (pictured below).  This set is only available until January 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.



For today's project, I decided to combine the January SOTM with the newly released Hello Lovely paper collection.  This beautiful collection has a soft romantic feel with gorgeous colors and patterns -- and goes perfectly with this month's stamp set.


Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Clear Shimmer Brush, CTMH has added a new color to the Shimmer Brush family -- GOLD!  The new gold brush gave the perfect finishing touch to my project.  I used it to color in the heart image and add accents to the floral spray along the side.  Unfortunately, the above picture doesn't do the gold shimmer justice so I've included a close-up below taken at a better angle to allow the light to catch the shimmer.


Supplies used:
*Adore You stamp set (January SOTM)
*Hello Lovely paper packet
*12" x 12" Fern 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
*Fern Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*New England Ivy Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sea Glass Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sorbet Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Black Archival Ink stamp pad
*Small round water brush
*Gold shimmer pen
*Blush shimmer ribbon
*Grey enamel 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 Stamp of the Month January 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}!

January Close to My Heart Specials



January Constant Campaign


Every January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it! This January, we’ll be celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home.

Here are all the ways you can get your wreath kit:

Customers: Purchase the Welcome Home wreath kit outright for $18.95 with no qualifying purchase, OR earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase.

Hostesses: Earn a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit when you host a Gathering that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.

New Consultants: Receive a FREE Welcome Home wreath kit in your New Consultant Kit when you sign up to become a new Consultant in January.

Campaign Dates: January 1, 2017 (9:00 am MST) – January 31, 2017 (11:59 pm MST)


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January 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}!