Monday, April 16, 2012

Dotty For You! Blog Hop!

Welcome to our special "Dotty For You!" Blog Hop!  We are celebrating NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING MONTH IN MAY with the oh-so-cute Dotty for You paper packet.  If you have come here from Michelle Loncar's Blog, Show and Tell with Michelle, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Helen's Blog, Hooked on Stamping

This month we have 38 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the "Dotty For You!" paper pack and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

For my 2-page layout, I used the Grand Finale layout from Close To My Heart's Imagine book.  I love how easy these books make it to make a fabulous layout quickly and easily.  I also used the licorice opaques to add a little black bling to each of the little pinwheel flowers.  I added a quick little tutorial on how to make these cute flowers.
Click Here to skip the tutorial and move on to Sheri's Blog

 These little pinwheel flowers are pretty easy to make.  First of all you need a thin strip of paper.  Keep in mind that however wide your paper is, your pinwheel will be twice that width. 
 My strip ended up being about 1/2" x 10 1/2 long.  I use the Martha Stewart scoreboard to score it every 1/4".
 After it's scored, you fold it accordion style so it ends up looking like this.
 The next step is to adhere it to itself, making sure you overlap the two ends together.  You may need to cut off one fold to do this.
 When this is done you should have a nice accordion folded circle.
 Before you actually hot glue your pinwheel down, it makes it easier if you play with it a little to get it to cooperate.  As I tell the girls, you have to be tougher than the paper.  It can be a little tricky to get the sides to fold in on themselves into your circle.
 Once you've got your paper trained to go down nicely, then you can put your hot glue down and put your little pinwheel into the glue.  You have to hold the pinwheel down in a circle shape till the hot glue sets a little.  Make sure you don't stick your finger into the little blob of glue that pops up.  Ouch!  I know from experience.
 Once the glue cools down a little, but not completely, you can pull the little glue blob off with your fingers so it will be easier later to put some bling in the middle.
 This is what your back should look like when you're done.
And this will be your front!  I added the black opaques to the middle to cover up the glue, but you can add anything you like, like letters, flowers, stickers, or ribbon, just use your imagination.

There are three ways to get this exclusive "Dotty for You" paper packet, valued at $19.95*:
• Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, and add the "Dotty for You" paper packet for just $5.
• Host a Gathering with a sales total of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile® donations) between April 17 and May 31 and receive a "Dotty for You" paper packet FREE.
• Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a "Dotty for You" paper packet FREE.
Get your "Dotty for You" paper packet today!

Now "Hop" on over to Sheri Ballantyne's Blog, Sheri Says Just Scrap It! to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the "Dotty For You!" paper pack is only available till May 31st!  Contact me by email at to see how you can get this stunning paper pack for just $5 or even FREE!


  1. Very Cute layout. The tutorial is wonderful. TFS.

  2. Lovely layout Karen...and great flower tutorial :)

  3. That for the pinwheel tutorial. I need to be brave and try it. :) Beautiful layout, too!

  4. Perfect summer layout! Very nice.

  5. Such a fun layout! I love your perfect pinwheels.

  6. Great layout! and love the tutorial!! Thank you

  7. I just love the look of this layout. It is so Santa Fe to me!!

  8. The flowers are great for this layout!

  9. ll of you are going to be missed, hope you don't stray too far and we'll be seeing more of you. :D

  10. Love these pinwheel flowers - thanks for sharing!

  11. Great layout and wonderful tutorial!