5/16/2018

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop



    
This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Picture My Life Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

As Consultant's Close to My Heart designs workshops for us to teach and to use at our gatherings.  I used the Beautiful Friendship workshop a couple of weeks ago and my customers LOVED it.  So, I decided to teach it again but this time I added our wonderful Flip Flaps for some added dimension.

Here is my layout.







The stamp set used is the Beautiful Friendship - Scrapbooking stamp set. I also used the Beautiful Friendship paper pack and the gorgeous Beautiful Friendship Bows.

This layout is stunning and so easy to put together.

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, {Brandi Robinson'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. 

5/10/2018

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!

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In Any Case with ... Melinda




and Melissa

Did you know that we have a new catalog? The Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog went live on May 1st and I am loving all of the new products. So much to choose from but I fell in love with the beautiful card on page 61 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. So this week I will CASE the beautiful Faith, Hope, Life card. What do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

Want to see this pretty card in the catalog but you don't have a copy of our new catalog? You will receive one free with your first order placed on my website or you can see it here online, or let me know you want one and I will be happy to drop one in the mail to you.

Here is my CASE'd card.



I used a card base from our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254). The patterned paper comes from two paper packs, Documented (X7234B) and Central Park (X7231B) The lined patterned paper and the black pennant comes from Documented, the pink polka dot comes from Central Park. I used White Daisy cardstock (1385) for the white panel and the "Believe" circle. The flower was cut from our Watercolor paper (Z3146).

I am not one to sew on cards so I made holes with our retired ruler (sorry) and our Paper Piercer from our Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit (Z2046). I think it adds a little "oomph" to the card.

The flower and the Believe circle were die cut and then stamped using Ribbon Warrior Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4184). Here is what comes in this set.
And here is a diagram of the card that you can use to make your card.
Graph pattern paper - 4.25" x 5.5"
Smoothie cardstock - 3.75" x 5"
Pink Polka Dot pattern paper - 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
White Daisy cardstock - 3" x 4"
Black zip strip - 1.5"

So, here are a few tips for making this card.

Tip 1:


I made a light wash of color - very light - on the White Daisy Cardstock panel. I let it dry thoroughly before I stamped the words on it. You can see that I only painted a small part of the cardstock.

Tip 2: Once you stamp and cut out the flower, mix the two colors below evenly with lots of water and paint the stems and leaves of the flower.




Tip 3: The daffodil is easy to paint. I just used all 3 yellows, then added a little bit of orange, which I blended in with the medium yellow.




Be sure and use Thin 3 D Foam Tape (Z2060) to pop up the stamped panel and the flower to add some dimension to the card.

Now please head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her cute little cards. I know I am going to head over there!

Tune in again, on May 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! 

5/01/2018

May Stamp of the Month - Summer Bash

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Melissa's Robinson's.}   We have 24 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 May Stamp of the Month is entitled Classic Summer Bash (S1805) (Set of  25).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Isn't this an adorable stamp set?  When I saw this stamp set, I couldn't get the saying I used on the card out of my head.  I really believe that our attitude means everything for the way we feel and the actions we take.  I couldn't find a stamp with this saying on it so I used Print and Cut on my Cricut and cut it out.  

Here is my card.


The jar is stamped with Archival Black Ink (Z3271) and then cut out of White Daisy cardstock (1385).  I adhered it to the cardstock and then stamped the mouth of the jar a second time and popped it up with Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060) over the straw that I had stamped with Pansy Ink (Z2804). The lemons are stamped with Canary Ink.  I sponged a little bit of the Canary Ink (Z2843) in the jar around the lemon slices and then added some shimmer with our Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293).  The word "Lemonade" was inked up with Canary ink and then I inked up top and bottom with Willow Ink (Z2807) and stamped.

The May Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 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 May 1 – May 31, 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, {Michelle Loncar} 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. 

4/26/2018

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 7 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

Unfortunately I need to replenish the Sympathy cards in my stash, so I chose to CASE the simple and elegant card on page 64 of the Annual Expressions catalog. What do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

Want to see this pretty card in the catalog but you don't have a copy of our new catalog? You will receive one free with your first order placed on my website or you can see it here online, or let me know you want one and I will be happy to drop one in the mail to you.

Here is my CASE'd card..



The first thing I needed to do was to cut a 5" x 7" card base out of White Daisy cardstock (1385). To do that, I cut a piece of 7" x 10" of White Daisy cardstock and then score the long end at 5".

Then I cut a 5" x 7" piece of the patterned paper with the Thistle crosses from the Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack (Z3350) and adhered it to the front of my card base.

Here is a diagram of the card that you can use to make your card.


Products used are Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985), Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack (Z3352), Pebble Cardstock (X5955), Eggplant Cardstock (X5956), Eggplant Ink Stamp Pad (Z2847), Fern Ink Stamp Pad (Z2850), VersaMark Ink Pad (Z891), Gold Pearls (Z3371), Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066), and the Heartfelt Thoughts Stamp Set (C1661) pictured below.


I heat embossed one of the sentiments on the card below the stamped panel. I love, love, love the Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder. It embosses so smoothly and even if you aren't good at embossing, you can emboss with this powder and get a beautiful result.

So, here are a few tips for stamping the panel for this card.

Tip 1:


Cut the "Thinking of You" sentiment into two pieces. Sure, you can mask the stamp, but why not make it easy on yourself and just cut it. You can still use it as if it wasn't cut, so you aren't hurting anything by cutting it.

Tip 2: Arrange the stamps on your Versamat (Z1279) (the most wonderful stamping pad invented) as shown above. Then, remove the wreath and pick up the rest of the stamps on one block. The ribbon and the sentiment are all stamped in Eggplant Ink so why not stamp it all at once?





Tip 3: Place the wreath on a different block and you will stamp it with Fern Ink after the ribbon and sentiment are stamped as pictured below.




Be sure and use Thin 3 D Foam Tape (Z2060) to pop up the stamped panel and add some dimension to the card.

Now please head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her cute little cards. I know I am going to head over there!

Tune in again, on May 10th, 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! 

4/20/2018

Check Out Our Picture My Life Blog Hop




    
This hop I am following {Wendy Kessler's Blog.}   We have 18 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Picture My Life Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

I am making a super cute card kit using the Picture My Life™ Cards—Be-YOU-tiful cards (Z4149).  There is no stamping done on these cards.  Just Picture My Life cards, some additional cardstock or Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238), and various embellishments.



Here are my first four cards.










Easy Peasy and so pretty.  Keep on the lookout for my upcoming kit.  Having so much fun putting this together.

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'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. 

4/12/2018

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 7 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


This month Close to My Heart is featuring the Gimme Sugar Paper Suite, so I chose to CASE the beautiful layout on page 49 of the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. What do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

Want to see this pretty layout in the catalog but you don't have a copy of our new catalog? You will receive one free with your first order placed on my website or you can see it here online, or let me know you want one and I will be happy to drop one in the mail to you.

Here is my CASE'd layout..



This layout has so many interesting parts and many do not become apparent until you start assembling your supplies. The base is watercolor splattered White Daisy cardstock (1385). The splattering is super easy. I mixed two of the pinks from our Watercolor Paints (Z3132) in a well of the lid and added some extra water.
Then I chose the medium brush from our Paintbrush Set (Z3188), loaded it up with paint and holding it about 18 inches above the cardstock, tapped the middle of the brush on my other hand. Watch out because the paint can fly to other projects as well! I added more paint to the brush and splattered until I was satisfied. I set the paper aside to dry, which doesn't take long.

The next step is to adhere the background pieces. And here are the measurements.





The pattern pieces and zip strips are from our Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack (X7228B). The gold pieces are our Gold Glitter paper (Z3238). The dark pieces are Peacock cardstock (X5958), the pinkish pieces are Smoothie cardstock (X5985), and the white strip above the wood grain patterned paper is stamped flowers using our Gimme Some Sugar - Scrapbooking (D1758) Stamp Set and Tangerine Ink (Z2809).

After I adhered the strips (starting at the bottom of the base page between 2.5" and 9.5"), I adhered two .25" x 12" pieces of Bashful cardstock ((X5941) on each side of the pieced background.

Now I am ready to assemble the rest of the layout. I cut out circles using our Basic Circles Thin Cuts (Z3318). The OH MY Stars is stamped on a large White Daisy circle with Peacock Ink (Z2849). By the way, all of the stamps used in this layout are from the Gimme Some Sugar - Scrapbooking Stamp Set. Circles were cut from the PML cards on the PML sheet in the Gimme Some Sugar paper pack.

The roses were stamped using Bashful Ink (Z2819) for the base and Pixie Ink (Z2844) for the detail. The little flowers were stamped with Bashful Ink. The leaves were stamped with Juniper Ink (Z2865). And do you see the stars? They were second generation stamped with Tangerine Ink. Second generation stamping is when you ink your stamp with ink and stamp on a piece of scratch paper before you stamp on your cardstock piece. It gives you a lighter colored stamped image.

The Gimme Some Sugar paper suite has the most adorable embellishments, Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes (Z4153). They are made out of cork and are in flower and heart shapes. I have scattered them across my layout.

Of course, I liberally used Thin 3 D Foam Tape (Z2060) to add some dimension to my layout. And I finished the layout with a Peacock Stitched Ribbon (Z4144) Bow.

The photos for this layout are portrait 3" x 4" matted with 3 1/8" x 4 1/8" Smoothie cardstock and then matted again with 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" White Daisy Cardstock.

Now please head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her cute little cards. I know I am going to head over there!

Tune in again, on April 26th, 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! 

4/05/2018

Fab Favorites

Close to My Heart is having a sale every Friday in April at 1 pm (CT).  It will last for 24 hours.  Friday, April 6th, is the first one.



25% off selected products and exclusive bundles.

Just click on this link after 1 pm tomorrow to see our first sale.  https://melindaeveritt.closetomyheart.com

Hope your favorites are on sale!

4/01/2018

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Color Your Life

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}   We have 22 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 April Stamp of the Month is entitled Color Your Life (S1804) (Set of  12).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I really, really, REALLY wanted to make this into a card but was very stumped as to what I wanted to say.  I mean, who wants a card that says be Kind (even when they could use the reminder).  LOL  I even thought of taking the letters separately and making new words with them but after sleeping on it and going to my spiritual meeting today, I decided to make a special card for people who are going through trials in their life and could use more than a thinking of you card.

Here is my card.


As usual, my creative process went one direction and ended up in an entirely different place.  I was watching a video on the faux bleaching technique and pulled out some of my reinkers, Spray Pens (Z1380), and my All-purpose mats (Z2405).  I filled each of my Spray Pens with 10 drops of reinker and then added water until the spritz bottle was half full.

I had 6 different colors and came out and sprayed randomly onto my White Daisy cardstock (1385).  I let it dry and that made the sentiment panel of my card.  I will be posting a video this week showing how much fun it is to create backgrounds for your cards using reinkers and our Spray pens.

I am kind of chuckling now that the name of the stamp set is Color Your Life.  I managed to make quite a few colorful backgrounds and thoroughly enjoyed the process.

Something to remember is that these backgrounds take a little bit of time to dry and are a little bit warped.  I always use plenty of adhesive to tape the panel down to the mat that is backing it and that seems to straighten it out.  I also start off with a larger White Daisy panel that I need and cut it down to the size I want.


The sentiment is stamped with our Archival Black Ink (Z3271) and I doodled around the edge with our LePen Journaling Pen (Z1979).  I even colored in some of the doodles on the stamped image because I wanted it to "POP".  Then I assembled the card into a 4 1/4" x 9 1/2" card.  The background paper used is from our Whimsy Paper Fundamentals (Z3350) and I added a strip of Black Glitter Paper (Z3236).

The April Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 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 April 1 – April 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, {Cat 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. 

3/22/2018

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 7 pm CST, 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


This week I chose to CASE the GORGEOUS card on page 45 of the Annual Inspirations catalog. What do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

Want to see this pretty card in the catalog but you don't have a copy of our new catalog? You will receive one free with your first order placed on my website or you can see it here online, or let me know you want one and I will be happy to drop one in the mail to you.

Here is my pretty card.



I decided to change it up a bit though and instead of stamping and embossing on White Daisy cardstock, as they did in the catalog, I stamped and embossed on our Vellum paper (Z3367). Did you know that you can emboss on Vellum paper (Z3367)? It embosses beautifully with no burning. So pretty and delicate.

I adhered a 3.25" x 4.5" piece of Bashful cardstock ((X5941) to the center of a 4" x 5.25" piece of the linen colored burlap patterned paper from our Basics Fundamental Paper Packet (Z3353). I then adhered a piece of the "loving" ribbon for our Basics Ribbon Pack (Z3364) 2 inches from the bottom. I tied a piece of knotted ribbon on the side. Now I could adhere this to a card base from our incredibly low priced (with great quality) White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254) as shown.

The sentiment is stamped on a 3" x 4.25" piece of our White Daisy cardstock (1385) with Black Ink (Z2805) using our stamp set, Happily Ever After (D1747).



I popped up the White Daisy sentiment panel with Thin 3 D Foam Tape (Z2060). I absolutely love our Complements and the Art Department used our Better Together Complements (Z3357), but I chose to cut our Silver Foil Paper (Z3366) into small flowers and use them instead. Here is the Cricut Design Space file for you to use. You will need to have our Cricut Flower Market (Z3285) and Artiste to cut this file.


I recorded a short video to explain the embossing and coloring onto the Vellum paper. Watch this short video to see my technique for coloring on Vellum and some tips I have for embossing.




Products used in the video include: Versamark Ink Pad (Z891), Watercolor Pencils (new colors coming soon!), Paintbrush set (Z3188), Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2067), and Craft Heater (Z555).


To embellish my flowers, I added a small white gem in each of their middles from the Grey Enamel Gems Pack (Z3089).

Now please head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her cute little cards. I know I am going to head over there!

Tune in again, on April 12th, 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! 

3/16/2018

Step Right Up

Welcome to the Step Right Up! Blog Hop! 



    
This hop I am following {Kirsten Desorcy's Blog.}   We have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Srep Right Up! Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Close to My Heart has released a special promotion called Step Right Up! Step Right Up and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer that is sure to delight crafters of all ages! Introducing the limited-time My Acrylix® Showtime stamp set, featuring fun, playful, circus-themed icons and sentiments that will be the perfect fit for birthday celebrations, theme park visits, or any fun-filled adventure.



This stamp is available on its own or as part of the Step Right Up bundle that pairs the stamp with 12 paper sheets—including 10 cardstock sheets in 5 colors and gold foil paper — gold pearls, and red shimmer trim. Best of all, this bundle is available at a sensational discount! Order yours today before this deal leaves town!  Click here to see this promotion.  This deal leaves town on March 31st.

I love to make different kinds of cards.  The Bridge Fold card is the latest rage and I thought it would pair well with this festive stamp set.  I used all of the different colors of cardstock from the promotion and added some Cricut cuts from our Artistry cartridge collection and our latest cartridge, You are Here.

Here is the Design Space file so you can cut this card for yourself.




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, {Melissa Robinson's Blog} 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.