Saturday, November 17, 2018

FREE Thanksgiving Printables from CTMH...

taken from the ctmh blog...

Free Thanksgiving Printables!

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For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving includes a large feast with friends and family, an extended weekend, probably some football, and quite possibly a last look at “normal” life before Christmas decorations cover every nook and cranny of the world. This wonderfully busy holiday is, somehow, already here—just one week away! As hostesses of the festivities, it is our job to make sure that people are fed, happy, and generally having a good time. Doing all of these things while keeping everyone mindful of what they have to be grateful for is no easy feat. And then, because we are also the family historians, or memory keepers, we will want to scrapbook the whole experience afterward.
Challenge accepted!
Since we can’t come over to each of your homes to assist in meal preparation (or the aftermath!), we came up with a printable to help with the gratitude portion of the holiday.
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(Download printable cards, here.)
As your guests arrive, or whenever it naturally fits during your celebrations, ask each of them to fill out one of these cards. During a designated time, a lot of people like doing this sort of thing before dinner, have everyone share their thoughts. Make sure to keep the cards so that later you can use them to scrapbook about your evening.
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Another fun way to use these printables is within your own family. Have each family member complete one of the cards and then create a banner to display in your home as a reminder of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.
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Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it is not too late to add some personal touches to your plans! For additional free Thanksgiving printables, including conversation starters and thank you cards, make sure to revisit our post from a couple of years ago, here.
What are some ways that you keep the spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving? Let’s help each other out—the more ideas we share the better! 🙂

Friday, November 16, 2018

ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS Blog Hop...

Thank you for joining us for a CHRISTMAS BLESSING - ALL THING CHRISTMAS Blog Hop featuring anything and everything CHRISTMAS.

We have a short list of participants this month so it will be fast and FULL of inspiration!

If you've come for the very friendly and talented, Melinda, you're on the right track...keep on hopping 'till you get back to where you started! If you're starting here, WELCOME!

I decided to make a one-page layout using 'Tis the Season and our NEW Cricut Collection - Season of Joy...I love how it turned out!


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I used my Red Shimmer Brush to add some sparkle to the bulbs and as I was opening it, I kinda squeezed so it got on my layout...BUT I just took that as opportunity to add some splatter!


Thanks for hopping by! Please hop on over to Gina's Blog where I'm sure you'll find something to make you SMILE!


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop...

HAPPY mid-November!!! It's almost Thanksgiving here in the US and less than 6 weeks away from Christmas...I'm getting so EXCITED!

This month's Technique Blog Hop is a FUN one...we want to SHAKE IT UP!

There are only 21 CTMH Consultants participating this month so it will be FAST and FULL of inspiration so grab a cup of your favorite drink and settle in for a bit!

Our blog hop is a round-robbin so get in where you fit in then hop around 'till you see all 21 consultants. If you've come from Valerie's Blog, you're on the right track...if you started here, WELCOME!

Now, for my card...I've had this card base lying on my craft table for almost a week. It was random stamped using the foliage from this month's SOTM, Seasonal Trees. I purposely left a 'hole' in the center thinking I would stamp a sentiment or use one of our Thin Cuts - Stitched Circles BUT I decided use it for this SHAKE THINGS UP Blog Hop...I LOVE how it turned out!


Here's a better view of the THANK YOU...I cut apart the chipboard sentiment from the Grateful Heart Complements and put the YOU in the shaker and adhered the THANK to the wood-grain stamped (image from Grateful Heart Cardmaking set. The pretty butterfly is from the Grateful Heart Complements as well. My Shaker Window is filled with confetti from the Thin Cuts and some Loose Gold Sequins...

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To decorate the inside, I kept it pretty simple - piece of B&T and a part of one of the zip-strips that comes with the Grateful Heart Paper Packet...


Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to continue hopping by visiting Shirley's Blog where I'm sure she will have something that puts a SMILE on your face!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed...

Isn't this blue watercolor butterfly GORGEOUS on this otherwise monochromatic card!

I made it for the H2H Spotlight Challenge...

I hope you'll visit the H2H Blog and check out the other SPOTLIGHT inspiration...and play along with us before the end of the month!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

31 Memories to Capture this December...

taken from ctmh's blog...

31 Memories to Capture This December

From photos to journaling and everything in between, it’s no secret that at Close To My Heart we love and value all things to do with memory keeping. One approach that is especially popular this type of year is the photo-a-day method, where you take a photo every day based on a specific prompt for that day. With all of the magical moments that inevitably happen around the holidays, December is a perfect time to take on this style!
Days of December first page #ctmhdaysofdecember #minialbum #photoadayTo help you fully embrace this memory keeping method, we’ve had a beautiful 6″ x 8″ pocket-scrapbooking album designed especially for the upcoming season. With room for photos and journaling on every page, The Days of December album is specifically designed to capture each day of the month, from the first through the thirty-first.
Our goal with this album is to take the work out of memory keeping so that you are completely prepared to enjoy the memory making part of the season. In addition to providing instructions to create the entire album (check out all of the completed layouts here), we thought we could help you fill its pages as well! Here are 31 prompts we’ve come up with to inspire your journaling and photography this December.
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Use these prompts in order, one per day, or switch them up to make the list work for you! Whatever you do, enjoy the moments, make your memories, and then look back on them in a beautiful album time and time again.