6/14/2018

In Any Case...


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

Almost a month after the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog went live on May 1st and I am still reveling in all of the new products. So many wonderful pieces of art to CASE but I chose the vibrant card on page 69 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. So this week I am CASEing the vibrant Big Thank You card. Oh and 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 was so surprised to find this very feminine card was made using the Fresh Air Paper Pack (X7232B). I used a card base from our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254). I used White Daisy cardstock (1385) for the white daisy oval, the 3" x 3" square and the 1.25" x 5.5" strip (at the top) that was embossed with the Rose Embossing Folder (Z3343). I used 2 different stamp sets.  I used Beautiful Friendship - Scrapbooking (D1779) for the flowers and leaves.  The leaves and stems were stamped with Fern Ink and then I rock and rolled the edges into the New England Ivy Ink.  The veins of the leaves were also stamped with New England Ivy.  The pink blossom is inked with Pixie Ink and then rock and rolled with Raspberry.  The yellow flowers were inked with Canary Ink and then rock and rolled with Saffron Ink.

The oval is cut and stamped with the Fresh Air - Cardmaking Stamp Set/Thin Cuts (Z1486). I masked off the "Smile" and inked and stamped the rest of the pictured stamp.  Then I masked the rest of the stamp and stamped the "Smile" with Raspberry Ink.

Can you see the vellum?  It is 3" x 3".  The Fresh Air patterned paper measures 5.5" x 2.25".  I cut the thin strip from the Documented paper pack and it is 1/2" x 5.5".  I adhered Green Burlap ribbon over the thin strip.


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 June 28th, 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! 

6/06/2018

Dad is Rad Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rad Dad/Masculine Themed Blog Hop.


    
This hop I am following {Catherine Nowak's Blog.}   We have 11 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.  

The Dad is Rad is a wonderful promotion that is discounted when you purchase it as a workshop bundle.  The products in this workshop kit include the stamp set and other items to create one 12″ × 12″ layout, one 12″ × 12″ page, and four cards that can be used both for Father's Day or to share with all the “rad” people you love!  Here is a link to the workshop guide.

As a Close to My Heart Consultant, I teach at least 2 card workshops a month.  To save time, I like to teach the cards I make for the blog hops.  I try to teach a couple of techniques to add to my customer's repertoire while helping them make cards that they will use.

I had been thinking of using the "salt technique" for awhile and we haven't made any male birthday cards in awhile so I went rogue and decided to follow the masculine theme.

My ragdoll assistant, Chloe, wanted to show you my card.


My moose in the front of the card (yes it's a moose) didn't photograph very well.  He's calling my name to go back and work with him a bit.

Below is my project when I started it.  I have taken a 5" x 6" piece of watercolor paper (Z3146) and using retired washi tape, have taped it to my All-Purpose Mat (Z2045).  Then I grabbed the largest brush from the Paintbrush Set (Z3188) and liberally applied water to the paper.

Next I added various blues from the Watercolor Paint Set (Z3132) to the top 2/3s of my paper.  I dabbed it onto the paper and even added a tiny bit of magenta.  I have read that if you add multiple colors, you will give your artwork more dimension.

Then I did the same with the bottom 1/3, adding different shades of brown for the ground.

Next I drop Fine Sea Salt onto the wet paper.  I added more water and a little paint here and there until I liked what I saw and I left it to dry.  This doesn't take very long.  I think I did the dishes while I waited.  This is what it looks like.


Once the paper was dry, I rubbed the salt off with my fingers.  If there were any "salt marks" on the paper, I took a damp paint brush and smoothed the mark away.  I added a little bit of paint as needed, but not much.  I didn't want to take away from how the paint moved with the salt.

The trees are stamped using the Fresh Air-Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1783).  I only used the top of the trees, masking the bottom with a post it note, and inking with Charcoal Ink (Z2831).  I stamped the back set of trees with second generation stamping to give depth.

The moose is stamped using Memento Ink and is from the Nature's Wish Stamp Set (D1703). I colored him in with Shin Han Markers - Black, Bronze, and Clay.

I cut the card top to 4" x 5.25" so it would fit on one of our card bases from the White Daisy Value Pack.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Key (B1603) stamp set.  I love the font! Finally, the card top is matted with Charcoal Cardstock (X5953) and the card is finished!

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. 

6/01/2018

June SOTM Blog Hop - A Bushel & a Peck

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog.}   We have 20 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 A Bushel and a Peck (S1806) (Set of  15).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I have been waiting to get my hands on this stamp set, and not so patiently, ever since I saw it in the catalog.  I love, love, love this little girl!  

Take a look at my sweet card.




Close up of the little girl


And I even decorated the inside of the card.

All of my images were stamped with Memento Ink (Z899) because I was using my Shin Han Alcohol Markers to color the images in.  Memento Ink won't bleed with alcohol markers and makes a very crisp image.  When I color with alcohol markers, I take my time.  I have learned that you don't want the image to get too wet, so sometimes even if I am not finished, I will let it dry and come back.  I start with my lightest color and then go to the darker after I put a layer of light color down.  I go back and blend with my lightest color or the Colorless Blending Pen (Z2469).  The Colorless Blending Pen is more like a pen full of bleach.  It lightens your colored image and seems to kind of remove the top layer.  In life, nothing is one color so using at least 3 different colors will add dimension and interest.  I suggest that you play with it and don't give up.  Another tip is that I always stamp two of each image so I can mess one up and not have to restamp.

As far as supplies, I used all of my Shin Han markers except for the blues and purples.  The woodgrain patterned paper comes from our Fresh Air paper pack (X7232B).  The heart patterned paper comes from our Adventure Paper Fundamentals paper pack (Z3351).  And all of the rest of the patterned paper comes from our Central Park paper pack (X7231B).  I make a 4.5" x 6" card base with Poppy cardstock (X5963).  I also used White Daisy (1385) and Lemon Cardstock (X5971).

I cut out the scallops with our Scallop Border die cuts (Z3348) and added Bitty Sparkles (Z1263).  I also used Basic Circles die cuts (Z3318) and the Stitched Circles die cuts (Z4181).  I used lots of Thin 3D Foam tape to pop up the girl and the apples.

I would love to claim the card design but I CASE'd it from MFT Academy.  Such a cute design!

The June 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 June 1 – June 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, {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. 

5/24/2018

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

Almost a month after the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog went live on May 1st and I am still reveling in all of the new products. So many wonderful pieces of art to CASE but I chose the vibrant card on page 69 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. So this week I am CASEing the vibrant Big Thank You card. Oh and 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.



Don't you just love this card? I used a card base from our White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254). The patterned paper comes from two paper packs, Beautiful Friendship (X7233B) and Central Park (X7231B) The red and white polka dot patterned paper comes from Beautiful Friendship and the other two patterned papers come from Central Park. Saffron Cardstock (X5961) was used for the yellow paper and I used White Daisy cardstock (1385) for the white panel beneath the patterned paper and the white heart. I used Black Cardstock (1386) for the Big Thank You overlay.

The Big Thank You overlay is cut using my Cuttlebug and our new Thin Cuts - A Big Thank You (Z4174)

And here are the measurements used in this card.




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

Tip 1:


The patterned paper is adhered to a 3.75" x 5" White Daisy cardstock panel.

Tip 2:

I adhered the overlay to the patterned paper with one of my favorite tools, Bonding Memories Pen (Z553).

And that is it. Adhere the panel to your cardbase and you have a super quick card that is quite eye catching!

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 June 14th, 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! 

5/16/2018

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!

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

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.