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Guest Artist Roundup - Sept/Oct 2021 - Part 1

​ I recently participated in a card swap with some very talented Close to My Heart consultants, and I was blown away by the creativity that they displayed! I wanted to share some of their art and give some inspiration and a head start on how they created some of the art. I know that the end of the year gets full of different holiday crafts, but they are truly worth a look and I hope that they serve as some inspiration for your day!

The first card is by my very crafty guru (and sister-in-law) Kristina Baldwin of SunnyDay Memories - I love how cute the Santa card is and how it mimics the traditional Santa outfit with the black belt through the middle of the card! I'm always tempted to keep adding touches, so I am impressed with the clean feel of the card. She did use the M1301 Santa stamp which is retiring at the end of October, so it probably won't be available after that, but it's so super cute! I love the Santa and using a white dot for Santa's hat is adorable!

Another fun fall card that was sent by my friend Linda Black. Linda is an expert with the cricut, so I love that she went and kicked it "old school" by using thin cut dies and hand-scoring so that this card pops up & out! It's so fun that the cornucopia sticks over the edges and I like that there's a little tab on the inside - I really like cards that have easels on them so that they can be displayed later. Linda used the A1257 Horn of Plenty stamp which is also retiring at the end of the month, however, this stamp set has a version with a thin cut die (so you don't have to fussy cut the horn) and the stamps will be sold with the thin cut bundle until they are out of stock online.

My last card is made by my crafty friend Robin Charvet, and she sent this fun "reindeer games" card. Robin is so clever - she took a stamp set that is larger and intended for the larger canvas of a scrapbook page and was able to turn it into a delightful stamp. She used the D2056 Farm Fresh Christmas stamp set and made a peek-a-boo card, where the main image hides the interior sentiment, but the interior paper shows thru and is part of the front of the card! I love that she used the deer head as a focal image for the front, and stamped the Reindeer Games sentiment on the inside of the card. And there's plenty of space for a note on the inside. I love it when you use a stamp set that's meant for something else and are able to use it in a completely different way!

Anyhow, I thought you would enjoy being inspired by my crafty friends, as I was, and I love that they shared their beautiful cards with me!


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