1/20/2019

Heart Happy Blog Hop


    
This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Heart Happy Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

I was looking for an unusual card design on Pinterest and saw a card similar to my card.  I would like to credit the designer but the link went to nowhere and there was no watermark.

So this month we have an awesome special.  Our Valentine Heart Happy Special includes a beautiful paper pack,  a stamp set and two workshops.  One workshop is a 6" x 8" album and the other is a workshop with scrapbooking pages, cards, and tags.

So onto my card.


This card is a 5" x 7' card.  After I folded the card base I cut 1.25" off the top right of the card so that the inside of the card shows behind me hearts.

The hearts are cut using our Thin Cuts - Basic Hearts (Z3317)
and Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts (Z4182).
  Plus I used one of the hearts from our new cut apart sheet that we now offer in our paper packs.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Gina Brandstetter's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

1/12/2019

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop



    
This hop I am following {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

For this hop I chose to make an impossible card using the I Heart Us Paper pack (X7242B).  I found the directions and BONUS the Design Space Files on Jennifer Maker's website.  I made a few changes including adding some matting and am thrilled with my card.

Here is my card.



I used the uber cute stamp set, Under the Feather (B1651).


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Haley Dyer's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

1/10/2019

In Any CASE .... with Melinda & Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

****************************************

In Any Case. . . with Melinda




and Melissa



Good evening! Melissa and I are CASEing artwork from our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog. Do you have one of our new catalogs? If not, let me know if you would like a catalog and I will be sure that you get one. Did you know that if you place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you a free catalog with your order?


This week I chose to CASE the Sending You Comfort card on page 71. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

After you see my post please head over to see what my partner in crime, Melissa Robinson has for you.

I was so super excited when I saw this card. Before I papercrafted I was a quilter. I made many quilts - I handquilted and my quilts were very special to me.

So, now I can quilt using paper. How exciting! I received the Thin Cut - Stitched Square Frames (Z4259) last week and was blown away when I saw that it is not an ordinary square thin cut, but actually cuts a square frame. When I cut the white frame for this card, I hadn't even thought that not only would the frame be stitched, but the square cut out of the middle to make the frame would also be stitched. Here's what I cut to make the white frame surrounding the quilt pieces. You can see the double stitching on the thin cut. I used the mid-sized thin cut for this project.



Now let me show you our new Thin Cuts - Stitched Quilt Shapes (Z4258).
These thin cuts allow you to cut quilt shapes that are "stitched" and you can even add more stitching just like you would on a quilt. I used the larger triangle and the small square for this card.

The paper packs used were I Heart Us (X7242B), the pink dot paper from the Mix-in Paper Pack (X9003), and both the light and dark side of Bluebird cardstock (X5987).

After I cut all the triangles I needed, I took the stitched heart from the stamp set, Quilt Quotes (B1650)
and our Intense Black Ink (Z4189) and stamped the heart on the triangles. These triangles are not adhered yet, just placed side by side.



After I completed the stamping, I adhered the triangles on the White Daisy Cardstock (X6027) square from the inside of the frame. I could have adhered the frame first to the cardbase and then added the triangles, but I wanted to pop up the quilt block with Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060) and that would have been harder. I started with the yellow triangle in the corner.


So I have the quilt square complete and I need to adhere it to my card base. BUT I have to stamp my sentiment on the card base. Does that freak you out? It does me. So, I placed just the frame on my card base like this so I could see where to stamp. By the way, I used a 4.25" x 5.5" card base from our White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254).


The frame wouldn't lie flat without adhesive and it moved easily so I put one of our blocks on it.

Then I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black Ink.


Whatever you do ..... RESIST rocking. I didn't. THREE times!


Yay!! Finally!

Next I adhered the yellow square to the middle of the quilt block. I picked out some small silver sequins from our Loose Sequins - Silver (Z4304) and applied it to each of the stamped hearts using a small dot of Liquid Glass (Z679) as pictured below.



I applied the Thin 3D Foam tape to the frame. The quilt square didn't have to be popped up because of the White Daisy square base.


Tune in again, on January 24th, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner!

1/01/2019

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Card Captions

Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The January Stamp of the Month is entitled Card Captions (S1901) (Set of  26).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Hope this blog post finds you well and recovering from the Holidays.  I am more rested than I was before December and am super excited about the release of our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.


Yes, Close to My Heart is celebrating our 35th year in business.  What an incredible accomplishment!  If you would like to get one of these gems in your hand, please let me know and I will send one your way.  You won't be disappointed.  The artwork is superb and the products are very high quality.  

So, let me tell you how much I love the Card Captions Stamp of the Month.  Who doesn't need a stamp that can be used for all types of cards.  This will be my go to sentiment stamp set.

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she remarked how lately she was needing more sympathy cards.  She said that she doesn't like to think about needing them but when she does, that is the last thing she wants to make.  Card Captions has two Sympathy sentiments and I used one on this card.

I found a variation of this card on Pinterest.  This card design is called The Double Z Joy Fold Card. The card I saw resulted in a square card.  I try to avoid square cards if possible because of the extra postage needed.  My card is 4 ¼“ x 5 ½“ and will fit in one of the envelopes from our White Card and Envelope Value Pack (X254).

For the base of both the larger card and the smaller card that fits on top I have used the light side of our New England Ivy Cardstock (X6011).  The patterned paper is from our new Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B).

The stamped flowers are from the new stamp set, Know That I Care (C1752).  This is a cool stamp set because it adds color to your stamped images.
The good thing is that the stamped color does not fit evenly in the stamped outline image.  Why is this good?  Because if you make a mistake, no one knows!  It is meant to have a watercolor look.  I stamped the outline image first in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then I stamped Sugarplum Ink (Z6500) to add the flower color.  The leaves were actually watercolored with Fern Ink (Z2850) and our Small Round Waterbrush (Z3244).  I made a point of not touching the Charcoal stamped image because it is not waterproof.

The sentiments are stamped using Intense Black Ink (Z4189).  The second sentiment comes from the stamp set, Quilt Quotes (B1650).
I finished off the card with Silver Glitter Gems (Z4191).

Here are the measurements for the card.
New England Ivy Cardstock – Light side - 11” x 4 ¼”
New England Ivy Cardstock – 9 ¼” x 2 ½”
Leaves PP (Large Front) - 2 ½” x 4”
Sugarplum Pluses - 2 ½” x 4”
Flower PP (Back)  - 4” x 5 ¼”
Mink Cardstock (X6010) Stamped Panels – Light side - (Small) 2 ¼“ x 3 ½“  and 2 ¼“ x 2 ½“

Directions
  1. Place 11” x 4 ¼” New England Ivy Cardstock piece LANDSCAPE (long side along top) on trimmer or score board. Score at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”.
  2. Make a crisp fold as shown in the photo. You will have a "Z".
  3. Place 9 ¼” x 2 ½” New England Ivy Cardstock piece LANDSCAPE on trimmer/scoreboard and score at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”.
  4. Make a crisp fold as shown in the photo. You will have a "Z".
  5. Adhere pattern papers as shown.
  6. Stamp the Mink cardstock panels and adhere.
  7. Now to adhere the smaller piece onto the large piece.  Fold smaller card base and adhere to the center of the back of the larger card base.
  8. Fold the larger card base and overlap the front of the smaller card base over the front of the larger card base.  Apply adhesive on the half of the front of the smaller card front that will be attached to the front of the larger card base.  (I hope that makes sense).
  9. The picture above shows the card front not attached yet but being moved into place.
  10. Embellish with Silver Glitter Gems in the center of the flowers or as desired.
The January Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between January 1 – January 31, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Darlys Recker} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website

12/30/2018

Last Day for 2018 Special on Retreats

Yikes!  I forgot to announce here about my 2019 Heart of Dixie Retreats.

We are announcing our themes but the most important thing for me to announce is that if you pay your registration fee by tomorrow, 12/31/2018, you will be able to take advantage of our 2018 Registration fee of $100. 

Starting on January 1st, the registration will go up to $125.

Our Heart of Dixie Retreats are located at the Drury Inn in Southaven, MS.  We start on Friday mornings and go strong until Sunday at 8 pm.

Want more details or ready to register.  You can find more details here.

Our Dates:

March 1 - 3, 2019




April 26 - 28, 2019 (Theme to come)

July 19 - 21, 2019


September 6 - 8, 2019 (Theme to come)

12/10/2018

Holiday Anything But a Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the Anything But A Card  Blog Hop.


    
This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 7 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Holiday Anything But A Card Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

I absolutely love the colors of Christmas.  I was joking with a dear friend that instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, I have had visions of Christmas Craft projects dancing in my head. Cards, boxes, treat bags, and now tags.  And Christmas is fast approaching.

Here is a tag I designed.  I used a card from the Christmas List Picture My Life Cards (X7239E) as the sentiment.  I have fallen in love with punch art, but have substituted my Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges for punches.  I love what I can do with Design Space.  I guarantee that you would not be able to guess which design I used for the hat brim even when I tell you that it came from our Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z3503).  The mustache came from the Cricut Artfully Sent (Z3168) cartridge, which is retired but is still for sale on my website.

Here is the Cricut Design Space file for my Santa.

The tag is cut using out Fancy Tags - Thin Cuts (Z4305) and I finished the tag off using our White and Gold Skinny Ribbon (Z4194).

The googly eyes came from my stash and the pom pom is cut from Silver Glitter paper.  I sponged a little Pixie Ink (Z2844) on Santa's cheeks and nose to make them rosy.  I love that we now have Peach cardstock (X5988) and I used the lighter side for his nose and face.

Here's my Santa tag.



Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Haley Dyer's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

11/16/2018

Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop.


    
This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 15 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

First of all, I have to brag about Close to My Heart.  Our company is so consultant caring that they have set up a wonderful consultant only Facebook group.  There consultants from all over the world share their artwork and business ideas.  I love it when consultants work hard to help other consultants succeed. 

So, with that said, these cards and tags started out with some super cute cards shown on this Facebook group from the ultra generous Jane Molloy, a Close to My Heart Consultant from Australia.

 Jane started off by designing 13 Christmas cards using the Picture My Life - Holiday Style cards (X7238E) and the Oh What Fun Complements (X7238C).  I finished making some of her cards and then had a bunch of cards and complements left over. So, I continued designing.  Here are the cards that I designed or CASE'd (with Jane's approval) and changed a little.

Used in many of the projects was Raspberry Baker's Twine (Z4216) and Silver Glitter Gems (Z4191)
Super easy - a PML card and 2 of our
Oh What Fun Felt Shapes (Z4228).

This tag uses a PML card and a sticker.


Mint Cardstock (X5986)
Thin Cuts - Fancy Tags Z4305),
and a scrap of PML card.

More Fancy tags, PML cards, and
Mint Cardstock
Ballerina Cardstock (X5994),
Complements
 and PML cards

Tag using PML cards and Clover Cardstock (X5995)

Mint Cardstock, PML card,
Complement,
and Felt Shape
Raspberry Cardstock (X6018), PML
card scraps,  Silver Glitter Paper (Z3239),
Felt Shape, and
Thin Cuts - Basic Oval (Z3228)
PML cards, Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799),
Complements,
Thin Cuts - Decorative Borders (Z4241),
Oh What Fun - Scrapbooking (D1803)

PML card, Silver Shimmer Trim,
Raspberry Cardstock,
Felt Shape, Thin Cuts - Fancy Tags
PML cards, Complements,
Thin Cuts - Fancy Tags



As you can see, those PML cards went far.  I got 15 cards and 5 tags from one set of cards, complements and felt shapes.  What a deal!

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Katy Taylor's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

11/08/2018

In Any CASE. . . with Melinda and Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

****************************************

In Any Case. . . with Melinda



and Melissa



Good evening! Melissa and I are CASEing artwork from our Holiday Expressions Catalog. Let me know if you would like a catalog. Did you know that if you place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you a free catalog with your order.


This week I chose to CASE the A Most Happy Holiday card on page 70. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

After you see my post please head over to see what my partner in crime, Melissa Robinson has for you.

This card was super easy and fast to make. I used a 4.25" x 5.5" card base from our White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254).

Here are the measurements for this card. The pretty patterned paper comes from the  Oh What Fun Paper Pack (X7238B).

  1. Clover Cardstock (X5995) - 4.25" x 5.5" 
  2. Diagonal striped pattern paper from Oh What Fun Paper Pack - 4" x 5.25" 
  3.  White Daisy cardstock (X6027) - 3.75" x 5"
  4. Pixie Cardstock (X6016) - .75" x 4.25"
  5. Tree Zip Strip from Oh What Fun Paper Pack - 4.25"
TIPS:
  1. Center the first 3 pieces of paper and adhere them to the card base.
  2. The Pixie Cardstock piece is place .75" from the bottom of the card.  The Zip Strip is adhered above the Pixie cardstock panel.
  3. I popped the Santa and the smallest ornament with Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060).
  4. I used the Oh What Fun - Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4240)
  5. The Santa is stamped two times - 2 separate images.  Once with Raspberry Ink (Z2812) and again with Black Ink (Z2805).  Then I cut them out with the Thin Cuts and my cuttlebug.  I cut the Raspberry Santa Hat and Robe and adhered it to the Santa I stamped in Black.
  6. The ornaments are stamped in Clover Ink (Z6507), Pixie Ink (Z2844), and Raspberry Ink.
  7. The snowflakes are stamped with Lagoon Ink (Z2895) and Mint Ink (Z6503) and I placed a Bitty Sparkle (Z1263) in the center of the Lagoon snowflakes.
  8. And then I stamped "ho! ho! ho! in Black Ink.

The stamped panel is stamped using the Merry Trimmings Stamp Set (C1745) and Lagoon Ink (Z2895).

Tune in again, on November 22nd, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner!

11/01/2018

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Seasonal Trees

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Katy Taylor's blog}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The November Stamp of the Month is entitled Seasonal Trees (S1811) (Set of  22).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Halloween is over and Christmas music is already blaring.  I lived much of my life in Southern California and Florida and I am in full Christmas Card production so I took on the challenge of turning this into a Christmas card.


How do you like my Palm tree Christmas tree?  I stamped it using Versamark ink (Z891) and embossed with our Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066).  I have used both the light side and the dark side of our New England Ivy Cardstock (X6011).  I couldn't resist adding more glitter so I added our Gold Glitter paper (Z3238) and Gold Sequins ribbon (Z4198).  The patterned paper is from Tis' the Season paper pack and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from our Oh What Fun Cardmaking Stamp Set (C1746) and is stamped with New England Ivy Ink (Z2835). I finished it off with 1 Gold Glitter gems (Z3312) in the center of my sequin bow.

The November Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between November 1 – November 30, 2018.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Catherine Nowak} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website.