Monday, April 10, 2017

Blog with Friends: "Starting Fresh"

Welcome to this month's Blog With Friends theme, "Starting Fresh", where there are 11 of us who have generated blog posts of various themes which are sure to inspire a fresh start of some kind.

You will find their titles and links below so be sure to check out all those that generate your interest.

As I was considering the theme and how it applies to my love for papercrafting, I decided that, at this time of the year, flowers experience a fresh start as they bloom and generate beautiful scents (and pollen LOL). I guess there always has to be that little sacrifice that comes with something so beautiful.

I was at a papercrafting retreat last month and was given the box of seeds and gardening gloves that I think would make a perfect gift for anyone - friend, co-worker, neighbor, family member, etc. While a gift is great, the packaging can sure add a little something special and that's exactly what I have done. (The design of this bag is the original creation of a great and creative friend, Pamela Thorn. I simply duplicated her design.) 
This bag front is the result of a design from our exclusive Cricut Collection, "Flower Market". It is truly amazing how quick and easy it is to design and reproduce this artwork, making it look like one spent hours doing so.
Here is a close-up of the poppies that are made with the following cardstock colors: PoppyCranberryFern and Black. The layering of the various colors sure provides for some quality dimension, don't you think? 
This is my favorite adhesive for layering the pieces of the flowers, the Bonding Memories Glue Pen. It has a small-tip that is great for putting glue on these images.
We have three Cricut Collections available at this time. They are exclusive to Close To My Heart and cannot be purchased through anywhere else. If you have any questions about them, please contact me. They are a great value and offer some fabulous options for your papercrafting creations!

Check out the "Blog with Friends" projects that are associated with the theme, "Starting Fresh". They are blogs with various topics and have been provided for you below.


  1. A paper crafting retreat sounds like paradise! I love bookmaking and photography and pretty much all things paper related. Luckily I live in Japan where paper is highly regarded but sadly I don't have much space or time to work with so my stack of beautiful paper is just sitting in a stack waiting for me to create something. That glue pen looks great, i will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing how to make your wonderful bag!

  2. I love how you created a bag to fit the theme of what's inside. Perfect for a teacher's year end gift, I'd think.

  3. You've almost convinced me to start doing this. How cute!!

  4. Gardening gloves and seeds are such an awesome gift! What an adorable packaging idea. I love it.

  5. That bag turned out so pretty! It's just as nice, if not nicer, than the present you would put in it.

  6. So fun! I need to play with our Office Cricut some more this summer when things slow down!