8/01/2020

August Stamp of the Month - Floral Celebration

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 




    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 18 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 August Stamp of the Month is entitled  Floral Celebration  (S2008) (Set of  20).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





I have been holding Facebook Lives on my customer group every Monday - Friday and teaching various techniques and projects.  Last week I taught "making your own patterned paper" using the August Stamp of the Month, Floral Celebration.

I made both of the "patterned papers" used in my cards on this live.

I took some of the stamps in this set and dedicating one color to each, stamped randomly on a piece of White Daisy Cardstock.

I used lighter colors for the larger stamps and the darker or more vibrant colors for the smaller flowers.  Plus I second generation stamped some of the flowers.  Second generation stamping is when you stamp the image a second time without reinking it.


Here are my cards:


I used these inks for this card:  Thistle Ink, Glacier Ink, Peacock Ink, Sweet Leaf Ink, and Black Ink.  I added the 3 dots with our  Black 0.05 mm Journaling Pen.



I used these inks for this card:  Peach Ink, Smoothie Ink, Candy Apple Ink, Julep Ink, and Black Ink.  Once again I added the 3 dots with our  Black 0.05 mm Journaling Pen.

To finish these cards off, I stamped the sentiments with Archival Black Ink and heat embossed using our Clear Embossing Powder.  I wanted the embossing to stand out so I added more embossing powder using our fantastic embossing pens and more clear embossing powder.

The cards are matted with Thistle Cardstock (card #1) and Smoothie Cardstock (card #2) and then matted again with Black Cardstock.

Hard to see but I added some Diamond Stickles in the middle of the large flowers.

The August 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 August 1 – August 31, 2020.  


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 Stewart} 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.

7/01/2020

July Stamp of the Month - For My Beautiful Friend Blog Hop

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 





    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 18 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 July Stamp of the Month is entitled  For My Beautiful Friend  (S2007) (Set of  20).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





I love a good stamp set that has some beautiful sentiments.  I decided to feature them as well as some of the smaller stamps in my card.


Here is my card:



The patterned paper that you see on the front of the card is from the new Mix-in Paper Pack from our new July/August catalog.  This catalog went live today.




I found this cool card technique called a quarter fold card.  It can hold a gift card, and who doesn't need a card that holds a gift card?  I will be making a Facebook Live tomorrow at 2 pm (CT) on my customer group showing how to make this card and you are invited to join me!

The base is made with Toffee Cardstock.  I used the Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts to cut the sentiment on the front of the card.  It was cut from New England Ivy Cardstock and White Daisy Cardstock.

The inside was cut with Stitched Rectangles Thin Cuts. I used Wisteria, Toffee, and Peach Ink for stamping.  The images were colored with a Clear Shimmer brush, a Julep Shimmer Brush, and a Wisteria Shimmer Brush  The front sentiment panel was popped up with Thin 3D foam tape.





The July 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 July 1 – July 31, 2020.  


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, {Alyson Mayo} 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.

6/20/2020

Brushed Blog Hop

Welcome to the Brushed Blog Hop ! 


This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our These are Brushed Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Our popular Brushed paper suite is back! With a re-imagined color scheme and a brand-new sticker
sheet, the Brushed collection is great addition to any project. The Brushed collection is available from
June 1 through July 31, but only while supplies last!

In addition to the Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

















and the Brushed Coordinating Cardstock pack,


we’re also offering two exclusive stamp sets from the past as part of the Bring Back My Pack—Brushed special! With the My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set (D1627)

and the My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship stamp set, you’ll be ready for non-stop crafting fun!



For even more creative options, we’re offering the Brushed Product Bundle (CC6204) at a 20% discount!

I am working on a scrapbooking page with lots of flip flaps but it is not ready yet so I will show you two cards I have made using Brushed.

The first card I made used the Dahlia fold.  Since quarantining started, I have been teaching different techniques on Facebook Lives on my Close to My Heart Customer Facebook Page and I demoed the Dahlia Fold on Wednesday.

I used the Brushed paper to make this super cute card:



This card is so easy to make.  Here is one tutorial.  

This is a great way to use scraps.  I cut a large circle and a card mat with our  Green Apple Cardstock..  I embossed the White Daisy cardstock panel with our retired Circle Embossing Folder.  The sentiment is stamped with Black Ink with the Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set.  I placed a sequin and a Sparkle in the middle of my flower.

And here is my second card:



Oh my gosh this was a fun card to make.  I have thoroughly enjoyed looking up new folds and techniques!  This card is called a Kite Card.  It is folded to look like a kite.  I used the Brushed paper pack, Silver Foil paper, Mink Twine and the sentiment is stamped with Black Ink using the Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set.

I cut the bows on my Cricut using Pixie and Canary cardstocks.

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 Stewart} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

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

6/05/2020

Legendary Father's Day/Let's Stay Home Blog Hop

Welcome to the Legendary Father's Day/Let's Stay Home Blog Hop! 

    
This hop I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Legendary Father's Day/Let's Stay Home Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

I will be showing you artwork using the On Repeat Stamp Set.  It is one of the three different Let's Stay Home Stamp Sets.  I fell in love with the dog and the cat with the masks.

This past week another Close to My Heart consultant posted a card on our Consultant's Facebook group using the Center Stage technique and I couldn't wait to try it.  Here's a link to the instructions for this technique.

This technique is SO easy once you know the secret of creating the spotlight.

Here is my card:





I stamped all of the images and the sentiment with our Intense Black Ink Pad onto our White Daisy Cardstock.  Then I colored in the images in with our Spectrum Noir Tri Blend Markers. I used these markers: Dark Red Blend; Brown Grey Blend; Tan Blend; Citrus Green Blend; Orange Blend; Ice Blue Blend; and Earth Brown Blend.  

The spotlight was created with sponging Pewter Ink on the sides and bottom of the panel.  And then all I did was add some Christmas Red Stickles on the viruses.  

The panel is matted with Nectarine Cardstock and again matted with Black Cardstock.

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} and see what she has made with the products from the newest catalog.

You can purchase these products as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website.

6/01/2020

June Stamp of the Month - Garden Tags

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 





    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 21 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 June Stamp of the Month is entitled Garden Tags (S2006) (Set of  8).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





Boy has Close to My Heart hit this Stamp of the Month out of the ballpark!  I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

I love when an idea for a card works out well.  I had so much fun making this card.  I can't wait for you to see it.


Here is my card:



I took a 4.25" x 12" piece of our Kraft paper and scored it at 3", 6" and 9".  I  couldn't decide which tag to stamp so I stamped and colored all of them with our Watercolor pencils. The tags are stamped on French Vanilla Cardstock with Archival Black Ink.

 The background paper that you can barely see is my favorite of the Stitched Together Paper Pack. I love the sentiments font from the You Make Me happy (D1920) Operation Smile stamp set, so I used that as well.  I wanted to add more color so I used Lemonade, Glacier Peach, and Sweet Leaf Cardstocks.


I did not use a waterbrush to blend the watercolor pencils.  It either not blended or I added some shimmer with a Clear Shimmer brush.  The panels and tags are popped up with Thin 3D foam tape.



The tags are topped with a Gold and White Twine (Z4014)  tie and I added Gold Glitter Gems to the front of each panel.

The June 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 June 1 – June 30, 2020.  


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 Stewart} 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.

5/10/2020

May/June New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the May/June New Product
Blog Hop! 




    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our May/June New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Did you know we have a new catalog?  Here it is.


Let me show you a few products I used from the new catalog.

Since I have been stuck in the house staying safe, I have been trying to stay connected with other crafters and showing them how to use Close to My Heart products through Facebook Lives on my customer page. I love teaching and this keeps the doldrums away a bit.

One of the techniques I taught last week was the Watercolor Salt technique.  I have done it before but wanted to show my ladies how to do this fun technique.

All you need is Watercolor Paper (Z4243), Watercolor Paints (Z3132), and salt.  For this one I used Kosher salt but wished I had chosen finer salt.  This was a two part tutorial since it needed to dry overnight.  Here;s the first part


Let me show you the Watercolor Salt Technique.
Posted by Melinda Everitt on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

After letting my card dry overnight, here is the second part of the Facebook Live tutorial.


2nd part of Watercolor Salt technique.
Posted by Melinda Everitt on Thursday, May 7, 2020


I was a little disappointed with the initial look of the card front but I don't just throw a card away so I grabbed my Medium Waterbrush (Z3225) and softened some of the hard edges of the salt granules.

 Let me show you how I softened my Watercolor Salt card.

Posted by Melinda Everitt on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Here is my card:




Once I finished with the background, I stamped the trees from the Aurora - Scrapbooking  Stamp Set (Z3711)  in New England Ivy Ink (Z2835) and Fern Ink (Z2850).  Some of the trees are stamped second generation to add some dimension.

Then I added the pine tree boughs and the sentiment from the Tender Thoughts (B1707) Stamp Set in Espresso Ink.  

I matted the card front with Espresso Cardstock (X5951).  I scissor distressed the cardstock before I adhered it to the French Vanilla Cardstock (X6046) card base.

The strip below the card front is a zip strip from the Aurora Paper Pack (X7256B).  The heart is from the Wooden Buttons Assortment (Z3668).  I colored the button with our Julep Shimmer Brush (Z3508) and threaded our Gold Embellishing Thread (Z4054) through the button holes.

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 Stewart} and see what she has made with the products from the newest catalog.

You can purchase these products as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website.

5/05/2020

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop - Blue Skies

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Month  - Blue Skies Blog Hop ! 


This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our These are National Scrapbooking Month - Blue Skies Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Blue Skies is the name of the National Scrapbooking Month Close to My Heart Promotion.  I love the bright colors and the stamp set with Thin cuts is fantastic! This is an incredible  new and exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products, only available for the month of May and while supplies last. The sunny and bright Blue Skies collection may just be our best National Scrapbooking Month offering, yet!

 Look at these gorgeous patterned papers.



And here is the special UV coated cardstock that goes with this special.


And lets not forget the stamp sets and thin cuts that are also offered with this promotion.






And lets not forget the super cute Cut Above Kit.



 I wanted to use the various UV coated cardstock and the patterned paper in my artwork this month.  All of the stamped images minus the sentiment come from the stamp set/thin cut set.

Here is my card:


Supplies Used
CC5206 Blue Skies Paper Packet
CC5212 Blue Skies Coordinating Cardstock Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X254 White Cards and Envelopes
CC5202 Beautiful Day Stamp + Thin Cuts
D1283 Say it in Style
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread
Z2848 Sapphire Stamp Pad
Z6513 Green Apple Stamp Pad
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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, {Krista Hershberger} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

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

5/01/2020

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Celebrate Today

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 





    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak'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 May Stamp of the Month is entitled Time to Celebrate (S2005) (Set of  28).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





Such a beautiful font.  And the sentiments can be used over and over again.


Here is my card:



Do you recognize my little fox?  It is from the You Make Me happy (D1920) Operation Smile stamp set.  I love this stamp set and I love that $7 of the price of this stamp goes to Operation Smile, a wonderful charity that travels to various countries offering free surgeries for cleft palates.

When I first purchased this stamp set, I stamped all of the images and sat down and colored them with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers. I have picked them up since then and used them in my cards.  Today's  card features my adorable fox.

And I just had to use the hey there sentiment from the May Stamp of the Month stamped in Black ink directly onto the patterned paper.

How do you like my scallops made with our Dreamy Holographic Paper (Z3665)?  I cut them with our retired stitched scallops.  The patterned paper is from our new Mix-In Paper Pack (X9015) and the heart paper is a zip strip from that paper pack.

I colored one of our new Wood Buttons (Z3668) with our Peach Shimmer Brush (Z3661) and then adhered a Gold and White Twine (Z4014)  bow to the front of the heart wooden button.

The TriBlend Markers used were: Orange Blend (Z2480), Fair Skin Blend (Z2476), Coral Blend (Z2481), Dull Green Blend (Z2486), and Light Green Blend (Z2485).

The May 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 May 1 – May 31, 2020.  


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} 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.

4/12/2020

These are My People Blog Hop

Welcome to the These are My People
Blog Hop! 



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

Remember when I told you that I was madly in love with the new Operation Smile Stamp Set, You Make Me Happy (D1920)I told you that I would be using it again! Look at the adorable critters on this stamp set. With every purchase of this stamp set, $7 are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile™.


And they are so much fun to color with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers!

Here is my card:





My days have changed in the weeks that we have been staying at home.  All of my events have been canceled and I so miss my peeps.  But it has given me a whole lot more time to rediscover Pinterest.  I had forgotten all about the different tutorials and I am having a ball trying all of the different card patterns.

My card is a Joy Fold card.  It is actually a very simple card to make that looks a little harder than it actually is.   The smaller card is adhered to the larger card.  Super duper easy! And I used the fresh colors of the These are My People patterned paper.

Here are the measurements to make this card:
Black Cardstock - 4.25" x 8.5", scored at 3" on long side
Raspberry Cardstock - 3" x 8", scored at 4" on long side
Striped These are My People Patterned Paper - 4" x 5.25"
Blue These are My People Patterned Paper - 2.75" x 4"
Pink These are My People Patterned Paper - 2.75" x 3.75"
White Cardstock (inside of card) - 2.75" x 3.75"
My kitty is stamped on a 2.25" circle with the white glitter paper circle - 2.5"

So, let me tell you how I colored my sweet little kitty.



The kitty and sentiment were stamped with Archival Black Ink Pad (Z3271).  I used just two Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers on this image, TriBlend Ice Grey (Z2474) and the Bright Pink (Z2495).  I also used the Colorless Blender (Z2499).  The first thing I did was to color the kitty in the lightest shade of the Ice Grey marker.  I added the rouge to the kitty's cheeks with the lightest of the Bright Pink marker and then I drew in the kitty's stripes with the medium shade of the Ice Grey marker.  I then went back over the entire kitty to soften the lines I just drew in and blend in the rouge.  I added some pink to my kitty's ears and then softened it with the Colorless Blender.  The heart below the kitty was colored with the darkest shade of the Bright Pink.


I adhered the kitty to the White Glitter Paper Circle with Thin 3D Foam Tape.  In the inside of the card, the leaves are colored with the lighter and medium shades of the Light Green Blend (Z2485). The flowers are colored with the Bright Pink Marker (Z2495) and the Pale Pink Marker (Z2496)  

I finished the card off with White and Gold Twine (Z4014) and the white dots from the Black and White Dots (Z3314) assortment.

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} 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.