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A bear in the woods

This bear, especially in the hat!  What a cutie!  I love that he can be stamped to show him holding something within his paws.  He goes so well with these colors and patterns from the Jack collection. 
 

Outdoor Scrapbooks


Even though my favorite kits are usually the travel and ocean/beach related ones, Jack is actually my favorite one from this Seasonal Expressions.
Spending most of my teens in the 90s, flannel has a significant place in my heart. I wore it to school, to summer camp, to keep warm at home.

 I met my husband and have always known him with a mustache. He looks weird to me without one. This kit has some awesome mustache images.
And who doesn't love the outdoor images? Muscles the Lumberjack, mountains, trees, lots of great things. Can't wait to scrapbook some of my summer camp photos!

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You Don't Know Jack!


Ever play that game, You Don't Know Jack?  It is a great quiz game to test your knowledge, and your quick thinking.  This month's feature artwork is from the Jack collection, but doesn't look like the game at all.  The colors are more earthy than the game, which tended to be bright colors and graphics.  The Jack collection does indeed contain some humorous images, like muscle-y lumberjacks, and pot-bellied bears.  And it also contains some really fun camping and outdoors images to go with the awesome flannel paper.

 

Color Color Everywhere!


I have three new color news items to share.   The Basics color palette was completely cleared out and we have 10 brand new colors.


On top of that, all of our new cardstock is now double-sided, meaning one side is the same color as our inks, and the other side is a lighter shade of the same color. That means we actually have over 80 colors.


Lastly, the color of the year is called Bashful, a beautiful subtle pink color.

Puppy Obedience School


School starts this month in many states, and along with it all kinds of photograph opportunities for you school age kids. This month's SOTM can help you keep track of all the journaling you need for your scrapbook pages. The "Back to School" stamp can help you mark all of your child's books for the new year.  
Are you the parents of any furbabies?  Document their first and last day of Puppy school and how much they've grown during their obedience training.  I love the wooden frame stamp for framing photos or journaling.

SOTM: School Year

New Annual Inspirations Catalog

Annual Inspirations

The new annual catalog is now available and includes loads of new papers and scrapbooking kits, card kits, and doodads. I can't wait to start crafting with these new items and all the great ideas from the new book.  You can download a copy HERE, or contact me for a copy.

Do you like to party?


Do you have friends?  People you like to hang out with, and maybe sip some wine and eat some cheese?  This is an easy way to spend time with friends catching up while learning how to make a card.  Friends who aren't crafty?  No problem!  Small projects where you learn a new technique make it easy to learn and most enjoyable, all while nibbling that extra brownie and grooving to some music.

Warehouse Sale!


Get your hands on savings every week!

Who doesn't like a warehouse sale!?  Great values on great products.  Head on over to my shopping site and check out the bundles every week.  Yes, they update them every week and you'll find new things you forgot about.
 
Every Tuesday during the month of August we will unveil a fresh set of retired Close To My Heart products and product bundles at a 50% discount! For this sale only, we’ll also only charge shipping and handling on the price paid instead of on the retail value of the items, the way we normally do. These items will only be available during the week they are launched while supplies last, so you’ll need to act fast!

Papel Picado


Ever heard of Papel Picado?  I bet you've seen the Mexican folk art.  Papel picado or "perforated paper" is a decorative craft made out of paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs.  Create your own version with the Fiesta Time stamp set.  And then decorate your party with papel picado in beautiful banners of paper designs.

STUCK on You

Cacti are the theme this month with the Prickly Pear stamp and scrapbooking kits. Two Thin Cut/stamp sets are available to help with all things prickly.  Cacti occur in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Most cacti live in habitats subject to at least some drought, and many live in extremely dry environments.  Their spines are modified leaves provide protection from herbivores, camouflage, and assist in water conservation.  Cacti are pretty cool plants to give as gifts and why not create a cacti card to go with it?

 

Llamas are another part of this kit's images.  They are related to camels, and usually easy to tell the difference from their humped cousins.  But can you tell the difference between llamas and alpacas?  According to modernfarmer, six things are different.
  1. Their ears: Alpacas have short spear-shaped ears, while llamas have much longer, banana-shaped ears.
  2. Their size: Alpacas generally weigh around 150 pounds, while llamas can get as heavy as 400 pounds. At the shoulder, an average alpaca stands between 34 and 36 inches, while a llama generally ranges between 42 and 46 inches.
  3. Their faces: Llamas have a longer face; an alpaca’s face is a bit more blunt, giving them a “smooshed in” look.
  4. Their purpose: For more than 5,000 years alpacas have been bred for fiber (and in Peru for meat as well), while llamas have been bred for the same amount of time as pack animals and meat.
  5. Their hair: The alpaca produces a much finer fiber than the llama. The alpaca also produces more fleece than its larger cousin and in a much greater variety of colors. Llamas also generally do not have as much hair on their head and face as alpacas do.
  6. Their dispositions: Alpacas are very much herd animals, while llamas are more independent minded. Alpacas also tend to be a bit more skittish than llamas, which are often used as guard animals for alpacas, sheep, and other small livestock.

Check out the cool plants and animals in the Prickly Pear collection.

Oh, Canada!

Did you know that Canada celebrated 150 year of Canadian Confederation on July 1, 2017?  In 1867, Canada was created with British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick and then split into provinces.  Happy Canada Day!


One of the sneak peeks of the new 2017-18 Idea Books is in an exclusive product bundle that you can purchase during the month of July at 20% off the retail price! This bundle includes the brand new Canadian-themed digital Cricut® collection as well as a Canada 150 stamp set and 12 sheets of cardstock.

Cacti vs Cactuses



One of those age-old questions, is it cacti or cactuses? Apparently, you can use either! Cacti is the Latin plural of cactus, and some writers use it in English. Cactuses is the English plural. Both are found in the dictionary.  Check out these cute cacti in the Prickly Pear papers.


The Prickly Pear set of papers and goodies has way more than cacti images.  Have you seen the llama?  Goodness, llamas are everywhere these days. Almost as prolific as the baby goats in pajamas.  And all in cute fun!  It also includes great sayings to Celebrate the good times and happy days.


The following three 2-page layouts are part of the Workshop this month.  I LOVE how you can use kits that seem sometimes super specific to a theme, and use them for something else.  None of the following layouts are about living in the southwest, where cacti typically grow.  Easy instructions HERE help you put these layouts together.




Illuminated Letters

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 Before the invention of printing, copies of books had to be handwritten. A scribe would obtain a book to copy and painstakingly write out every word, in ink with a quill pen. The manuscript can be decorated with initials, borders, and miniature illustrations. This month's stamp set make it easy to create illuminated letters to recreate illuminated manuscript documents like you see below.


Or take several of the letters and create bold titles or greetings like the layout above or cards.  This cute title page with the banners starts a mini-album from a travel album full of Adventures.



Storybook Alphabet
SOTM: Storybook Alphabet

Embrace a Cactus!



Prickly Pear is a new Reflections collection full of vibrant colors and images that evoke the southwest. Anyone remember that llama commercial from Geico? I'm not sure what it is about llamas that make me giggle, but they are pretty amazing animals. And we have a stamp for that! Two matching Thin Cut/Stamp sets help you to decorate your paper projects.

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Prickly Pear is also a new Workshop Your Way, so you can get the paper packet, complements, and goodies all in one collection. Get yours today!

Free Stamps!

Get your hands on some retired stamp sets and earn free ones too!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin!  If you love to stamp and had your eye on a few sets, Stampganza is the best way to get tons of free sets.  If you've been wanting to try stamping, get a few different kinds to try your hand at it.

The Details:
Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any stamp set in the current idea book, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza! Check on my online shop or on Facebook for an image of all the retired stamps that are back JUST for this month!

CTMH Retiring Colors

 
The Basics Color Palette is retiring, so make sure to get your hands on the goodies of the following colors: Slate, Whisper, Cocoa, Chocolate, Saddle, Cashmere, Champagne, Desert Sand, and Bamboo. Some of these colors have been around forever, so get the supplies you need.  This includes cardstock, ink pads, and reinkers. We have 10 new colors to replace them, so check those out next month! 

Sea Glass and Colonial White are also retiring. We have a new Color of the Year to debut next month. Black is sticking around, but is being moved out of a palette to join White Daisy on its own.

No Worries Cards


I really love the color combos for the No Worries My Reflections paper and goodies.  I see the images and it transports me to the beach, relaxed with my toes in the sand.  The matching stamp sets are great for a variety of subjects, including retirement, living life, and wishing someone good luck. Start with these card ideas from CTMH, or create your own and share on my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/inkysquid.ctmh/


Hello Foxy!



This month's Stamp of the Month reminds me of my great aunt. She LOVED foxes. She worked at a school in the east called Foxcroft and many of her household items had foxes on them. She was a big part of my growing up experience in Ohio, including being my high school guidance counselor! She taught me a lot about crafting, including sewing clothes and quilts, and making handmade chocolates. I am "Thankful For You", Aunt Norma!

SOTM: Hello Foxy

We've Got You Covered!


Love our Faux Leather My Legacy Albums?  You are in luck!  During June, when you buy one My Legacy™ album, you can get a second at 50% off! Choose from our D-ring and post-bound styles, both of which come in a selection of colors! Get your hands on this deal early, because all albums will be available while supplies last.

No Worries Sand Jars


I've been collecting small shells from the beaches where I live since I moved away from my childhood home.  I have a plain glass container, big enough to display these shells.  My husband and I headed out to the beach a few years ago, and he got so determined to bring home his own sea shell display.  Ours are plain glass jars, but the ideas for using the No Worries Reflections line of paper and goodies make a great way to decorate the jars.  Check out these cute ideas for collecting sand and sea shells from the beach! 


No Worries Layouts


Carl Hiaasen said the first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind. Well, this month's kit has me jumping for joy because its "No Worries" attitude will have you headed to the beach in search of those palm trees, just in time for the start of hurricane season on JUNE 1!


No Worries is a new Reflections collection full of soothing, relaxing colors. Got some photos relaxing at the beach? This kit is perfect for them. Great new stamp sets and Thin Cuts of palm trees and sand umbrellas add that extra pop on your pages and cards.