Thursday, August 15, 2019

Technique Hop - "Sparkle & Shine!"

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Sparkle and shine-Technique Hop! What does this mean? 

Artwork made with a variety of embellishments including sequins, Shimmer Brush pens, glitter paper and more! 

This month there will be 16 Close To My Heart Consultants showing you their different ideas using these items on their projects to bling it up!!!!!!!

If you have come here from Catherine Nowak you are on the right track.
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 Melissa Robinson's blog.

You can follow along by clicking on the link at the end of the post on each post. This will enable you to move smoothly along to the next blog post.

I decided to make a birthday card for the camping loving guy or girl! 






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Silver Glitter Paper
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I used the Silver Glitter Paper and cut the frame with the Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts shown in the first picture. I love how this silver glitter paper looks with the Charcoal background. Charcoal is such a neutral color I decided to brighten up the card with some brighter colors.

So, I removed the center of the frame and re-cut the frame with the White Daisy Cardstock. I used the Carolina stamp pad and blended the ink on this piece. Using the Bluebird stamp pad and the stencil I cut from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cut and the Stencil Sheet, I blended just a few holes for some texture. I used the  ShinHahn markers to color the camper and doodled with a white gel pen. The background paper is from the paper pack called Into The Wild. 

Stamp set is called:Happy Trails+Thin Cuts (and the Thin Cuts are still available till Aug. 31)
Other colors used: Sapphire and Ruby

You can still purchase the Into the Wild paper pack untill August 31 here

Or, contact your Close To My Heart consultant to find out how to purchase this and the other products mentioned.

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Now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar to see her inspirational project! Be sure and visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great and fun crafting ideas!
Please, leave a comment on the Blogs and let us know what you think and thank you for stopping in!



Thursday, August 1, 2019

From Me To You~August Stamp of the Month



How is everybody's summer going so far? It sounds like quite a few of the schools are starting back in session already! We had the 4 younger people last week all week but, pretty much spent it at home. Jim had an accident about three weeks ago with his Cushman and broke his leg along with a huge open wound that needs to heal so, we just enjoyed the grandkids. All the family was at our house the weekend before for our annual family camping. They decided their Dad did not need to go camping so they all came home. We spent a really nice time together in spite of the heat and humidity. Took the kids up to the lake in Warsaw one afternoon to cool off.

Apparently, I failed again to sign up for the August Stamp of the Month blog hop! So, I will share my creations anyway.

As you know every month we offer a special Stamp of the Month that you can purchase only in the month it is scheduled in. This stamp set is really a versatile one with 38 different sentiments. You can make a lot of different themed cards from this one stamp set. 



Both of these cards were made from ideas on Pinterest (PaperArtsy Blog). I used the August Stamp of the Month for the sentiments and for the card above I used the Craft On Card making stamp set for the flowers. The complementary Thin Cuts made cutting these flowers so easy! I paper pieced the leaves on the large flower and added Nuvo Crystal Drops on the centers of the tiny blue hearts. I cut the tiny tag with the tag Thin Cuts.



Both cards are made using the color scheme and papers from the Craft On paper pack. This card I used the three flower cuts from a Cricut Cartridge but I don't know which one because I had it saved from another project. The center of the flower was cut from two different sizes of the same cut. I wrinkled them and pinched the leaves to make them stand up.
I used my makeup brushes to blend colors on the big flower using the colors of Rasberry, Pixie and Canary. I used the Pixie and Sapphire Pigment Inks on the Pewter background cardstock. I stamped with the Intense Black, and the White Daisy Permanent Ink. I used the Stamp set from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge set Playful Patterns. The circles are from a retired stamp set. The stem and doodling was done with the journal pen and a white gel pen. 


GPCT 10 Pieces Professional [High Quality] Soft [Oval-Shaped] Vegan Makeup Brushes Set- Foundation Powder/Blush Brush/Eye Shadow/Concealer/Lip/Eyeliner Toothbrush Curve Tools- Face/Eyes (Black/Gold)
These are wonderful for blending colors on your paper. I purchased them from Amazon. 




Craft On Paper Packet
Craft On Paper Pack





Monday, July 15, 2019

Technique Hop - "Mix It Up!"

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Hey! It's another Technique Blog Hop and this time we are featuring projects made from the Mix-Ins paper pack, mixing papers from different paper packs or and mixing the Mix-Ins with a paper pack. Many different ways of using up those extra papers that are left over. This technique can also be used for any theme or project including cards, scrapbook pages, gifts and decor.

This month there will be 12 Consultants sharing their ideas on the different ways to mix your papers. We hope you enjoy their beautiful creations as you hop through.

If you have come here from Catherine Nowak you are on the right track. 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 Melissa Robinson's blog.

Follow along by clicking on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

Let's get started!
I wanted to make something different than cards or scrapbook pages this time so I jumped on Pinterest and found several different ideas for these.



Have you ever made and sent Loaded Envelopes! This one is made from one 12" x 12" piece of White Daisy. You can get instructions from here on Pinterest

I added several pockets for what ever you want to put in them like chocolate (a girls best friend), coffee or tea bags, scrapbooking or card making products to send to a friend. If you go to Pinterest, you will find a lot of ideas for what to put in and on these.  You can add photos if you like also.  


On the back are two flaps with little pockets and three bigger pockets on the main body of the envelope. 


One of the things that made this so easy and fun to put together is the Stickers and Chipboard from the Craft On Paper Pack I added to finish this project. I also used some of the cut outs included in the paper pack.

For the mixing I used pieces from the Craft On paper pack, the Mix-In paper pack, and from the True Love paper pack. It's really a fun challenge and easy to do. 

First, I used our How To Book: Love of Color to get some ideas. I knew I wanted to use the Craft On paper pack as the main theme but, needed a little help with color choice to add to it. 
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This is a great tool and one of my favorite How To Books of all our How To books. If you noticed in the Idea Books, on the first introduction page for each paper pack at the bottom is a list of the colors used in each paper pack. The next page is the photos of each patterned paper. Of course, it is better to grab them out of the package and lay them out side by side to get a full real life view. But, this will give you an overview. The list of colors helps you know which one is which.




I chose the Craft On paper pack as the base for my color scheme, the colors I used were the Carolina stripes, small flower background, the solid rasberry (even though it has crosses I consider it more solid). I wanted a Sapphire so I used the solid Sapphire from the True Love. It has a slight design also. To add some texture and a little accent, I used the Black and White heart design and the solid Ballerina with the white flowers for the background. Then, just mix and match. Hope this makes sense. 

Now "Hop"on over to Michelle to see her works of art! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great and fun crafting ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (Click Here) to get the products I used for this project!


Leave a comment on each blog and let us know what you think also. Have fun Hopping!



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bear Hugs July Stamp of the Month- Day 2

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Here is another project I made with this adorable July Stamp of the Month! Click on the link for the instructions and kudos to Pam Callaghan for her project.



Ideas For Scrapbookers



All product used is Close To My Heart except the Post It Notes.

I decorated a little 3 x 3" Post It Note Cover. This would make a really cute gift for a Mom or friends whether they are moms to human kids or fur babies.

The background is sponged with the Bluebird and the Carolina stamp pad colors on a piece of Water Color Paper. I used a stencil and sponged dots on the background and then added some lighter blue over that. I sprayed one squirt of water on the whole thing and it made the wonderful water marks to finish. Stamped the hearts with the Intense Black stamp pad.



I stamped the bear with the Expresso Ink Pad and added darks and lights with the Shin Hahn alcohol markers and gel pens. Stamp the flowers with the Intense Black Ink Pad and used the Shin Hahn alcohol markers to color them in. The sentiment is stamped on the banner and both I used the Expresso Ink Pad. 

Have fun with this and show us on my Facebook page what yours looks like.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Bear Hugs~ July Stamp of the Month

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Well, I missed the blog-hop this month but, I made a card and will post it anyway. This is such a cute card. I just love Bear Hugs, don't you? I love giving em too so watch out if your not a hugger ya better run! Hee hee hee!

This stamp set features 17 different stamp designs. 




This card is another version of a Z-Fold card I found on Pinterest and was card-lifted from Amanda Bates. 

The paper is Close To My Heart's beautiful paper pack called Sweet Girl
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I think the Into The Wild paper pack would look great with this Stamp Set also. 


The background is cut with our exclusive new Thin Cuts that is available with two stamp sets and another banner thin cut included until July 31. Click on the image below for more information. Spoiler alert: There is another set coming in September with square openings and Christmas and Fall themes for the stamp sets! Get this one ASAP because once it's gone it's gone. 

Share the Joy Stamps + Thin Cuts (CC61916)

I stamped the bear with Toffee and shaded on the stamp with a sponge using the Expresso. I also added more Expresso directly to the edges of the bear and making shadows on the bear with a sponge and a chalking tool. Then, I fussy cut the bear and a couple flowers and popped them off the page with pop dots. I masked the bear (before putting the fussy cut down) and stamped the flowers across the bottom.

 The flowers, hearts, and butterfly are stamped with the Close To My Heart Intense Black stamp pad and colored in with Close To My Heart's Shin Hahn markers. I also colored in the Bear's baby, face, ears and paws with lighter browns using the Shin Hahn markers.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

June SOTM Blog Hop - It's Your Day to Sparkle

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Hey! Can you believe it's June already? We have been having a very wet 
spring so maybe June will bring some dry weather. 

Meanwhile, there is 20 Consultants posting in this Blog Hop featuring the June Stamp of the Month~It's Your Day to Sparkle. It has several different uses including Weddings, Anniversaries and even birthdays. Hope you enjoy the different ideas as you hop through.  

If you have come here from Brenda Lapp you are on the right track. 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 Melinda Everitt.

Follow along by clicking on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! 

First of all, I used the June Paper Pack of the month- True Love and the colors this paper pack was based on for all the projects you see here.

I decided to make a two page layout and two cards. The layout background was stamped with the new background stamp set using Mint and Sage stamp pads. The hearts are stamped with the Ballerina Stamp pad. 

Left Side of Layout
 The flowers are water colored using the Ballerina, Sugar Plum, New England Ivy stamp pads. The Cake is Sugar Plum and Pewter. Stamp with the Black Memento first so the lines don't smear. The Layout design came from our Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3.- Pattern 19 (page 42 and 43)


Right Side of Layout

 This card is made from the Make It From Your Heart - Vol. 4 Pattern 13 on page 30 and 31 with a little bit of tweaking. The circle and scalloped circle are cut from Thin Cuts. I stamped the Happy Birthday with Canary Stamp Pad on Canary Card stock for a background. Very simple card that could be used for a guy. 


This card was made from the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4- Pattern 9 (page 22 and 23).


 I embossed the background on this card with the new embossing folder Flower Garden. The Squares are the stitched thin cuts. I stamped the corner of the cake on a White Daisy so I could watercolor and fussy cut just the flowers and adhere them to the corner with foam tape. The congratulations and sign are stamped separate and fussy cut and adhered with foam tape. I used the Sugar Plum Shimmer Brush to all the flowers on everything for the darker shade after water coloring them with the Ballerina Stamp pad.

Now "Hop"on over to Haley Dyer to see her works of art! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (Click Here) to get the products I used for this project!


Leave a comment on each blog and let us know what you think also. Have fun Hopping!

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Timeless Textures

Item Number: D1852
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Flower Garden Embossing Folder

Item Number: Z4056

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Thin Cuts—Fancy Tags

Item Number: Z4305
  
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Thin Cuts—Basic Circles

Item Number: Z3318

 


Monday, May 20, 2019

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop





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Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop! All of the beautiful creations you see will be featuring the different creative ways you can use the new Close To My Heart's Products. If you have come here from Brenda Lapp 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 Melinda Everett's
For this blog hop we have 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations featuring the different ways to use our new products in the beautiful Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book 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 this card I wanted to focus on how fast and easy it is to make a card using our Complements. We have Complements to match every paper pack and this one goes with the Sweet Girl set. One sheet is chip board weight and the other sheet is stickers. I used the colors Ballerina, Sapphire and Pewter for the stamp inks and for the card stocks background and the lace.

I used the new lace thin cut to cut the lace embellishment and the scalloped pink piece is from the Complements. I embossed the White Daisy background with the new Subway Tile Embossing Folder. Unfortunately, this Thin Cut is on back order right now but will be available again early July.

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Sweet Girl Complements

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Subway Tile Embossing Folder


Now "Hop"on over to Krista Hershberger's  to see her works of art! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (Click Here) to get the products I used for this project!

Leave a comment on each blog also. Have fun Hopping!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Technique Hop - "Make the Cut!"

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Welcome to our Make the Cut! Blog Hop! All of the beautiful creations you see will be featuring the different creative ways you can use Close To My Heart's Thin Cuts or Die Cuts from our Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges. If you have come here from Catherine Nowak 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 Melissa Robinson's Blog.

For this blog hop we have 10 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations featuring the different ways to cut and decorate the dies 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!


 This card was cut with our new My Cup of Tea thin cut and stamp set, and the circle behind it is cut with the circle of the Shaker Thin Cut. 

The flower on the front was stamped from the May Stamp of the Month- To My Bestie. I colored them in with the water color brushes and the ink from our stamp pads to better match the paper I used which is the new Sweet Girl paper pack. 
This paper pack lends itself well to anything Baby Girl but I also wanted to show how the paper can also be used for adult female and even boys or men's cards and scrapbook pages.




Happy Trails is the stamp set and die cuts set that I used here. Paper is still from the Sweet Girl paper pack. I used the stitched circle thin cuts and the
    regular circle thin cut to cut the two circles for the sentiment. 

 

This card is still using the same Sweet Girl paper pack. I cut the flowers and leaves from the new Stitched Flower Thin Cuts. I used Sugar Plum card stock for the flowers, Fern for the leaves and Saffron for the flower center. I used Thistle to distress the edges of the flower, New England Ivy for the edges of the leaves and the Saffron for the center.  If you spritz the card stock with water it becomes more pliable and you can mold it and shape it into a more ruffled flower. I put a piece of the foam tape behind the yellow center after I used a flower tool to round the middle to make it look more rounded.

The Lace Border is another new Thin Cut. I had trouble with the new Doiley Thin Cut being stuck in the thin cut so, I used a piece of wax paper and it came right out. I used this same technique to cut the lace border and it came right out very easily. Layer the chosen paper or card stock first then the wax paper and then the thin cut and sandwich all between your acrylix cutting pads and run it through. 

I really like this Sweet Girl paper pack. Very pretty soft colors!

Now "Hop"on over to Michelle Loncar to see her works of art! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant ( or click here ) to get the products I used for this project!