7/01/2019

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Bear Hugs

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 16 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 Bear's Hug (S1907) (Set of  17).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Another Close to My Heart made a teepee card and I was curious about how to make it.  I found this pin on Pinterest and decided to make one with this cute bear. They are super easy and take scraps to make.

Here's my card:





Let me tell you how I stamped the bear.  I inked him up in Almond Ink (Z2827) and sponged Toffee Ink (Z2828) and then added a little Expresso Ink (Z2829) around the edges using a Sponge Dauber (Z726).  Because our stamps are clear I was able to add more color where I wanted by sponging darker ink onto the stamp and stamping again.

The base of the card is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009) and the patterned paper comes from Into the Wild Paper Pack (X7247B).

The sentiments and hearts are stamped with Sapphire Ink (Z2848), Charcoal Ink (Z2831), and Ruby Ink (Z2870).

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, 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, {Brenda Lapp} 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

6/01/2019

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

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart'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 June Stamp of the Month is entitled It's Your Day to Sparkle (S1906) (Set of  29).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




This stamp of the month could not have come at a better time for me.  My younger daughter is getting married in July so I used it to make her a wedding card.  Let me tell you, it's the first time I have been early making a family card.  My family has come to love my cards and look forward to each one of a kind creation and I know my daughter and new son-in-law will feel the love with this card.

Here's my card:



This card is a square 6" x 6" card.  I made the base out of our color of the year, Sugarplum cardstock.  I used the lighter color on the ourside.  The images are stamped with Intense Black Ink (Z4189).  If you look at the top photo, you will see that I lightly colored the cake with the medium pink from our Watercolor Pencils (Z4242)  I blended the pencils with the Waterbrush - Small Round (Z3324).  The roses are colored using our Shimmer Brush - Sugarplum (Z4210) and the leaves are colored with our Shimmer Brush - Mint (Z4225).

The image is matted with patterned paper from our True Love paper pack and then I had to bling it up with our Sugarplum Glitter paper (Z4188).

The square panel was cut using our Stitched Squares (Z4259).  I ink distressed the edges of the card with Pewter Ink (Z2832) using a Sponge Dauber (Z726).

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, 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, {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

5/20/2019

2019 Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Don't you just love a new catalog?  I know that I do.

Currently I am getting ready for my summer crops and retreats.  Our next retreat has a theme of Fun in the Sun and it will be held in Paducah, KY in June.  (Please contact me if you would like more information.)  

We have the cutest Stamp Set and Thin cut called Fun in the Sun (Z4070) and I decided to use it for some baskets that I will be filling with goodies and giving to my croppers.

Here it is.




These are super easy and I wanted to include the link to where I found the directions (on Pinterest).  The products I used were the new Craft On Paper Pack (X7245B), Blue Bird Cardstock (X5987), White Ribbon (Z4196), Intense Black Ink (Z4189), Mini Stapler (Z2027), and various Shin Han Markers.


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} and see what she has made with new catalog products.

Check out all of the new products on my website

5/01/2019

May Stamp of the Month - To My Bestie

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Jessica Kaiser'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 To My Bestie (S1905) (Set of  19).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Yay!!  The start of a new catalog brings lots of new products.  So many that I had a hard choice to make on what I wanted to use.  In fact, the hardest choice was not using it all!

Here's our new catalog.  Close to My Heart is celebrating 35 years in business!!  How exciting!  Let me know if you want me to mail you a catalog.  I am sending them out this week.



Here's my card:


This is my all time favorite card size - 4.5" x 6" card.  I believe I said that before, but it's true.  I was going for a soft feeling with this card.  I wanted the artwork to speak for itself.  The base is made with White Daisy Cardstock (X6027).  The girls and the sentiment are stamped with Heather Ink (Z2826) and colored the image with our Watercolor Pencils (Z4242)  I blended the pencils with the Waterbrush - Small Round (Z3324).

The image is matted with Fern Cardstock (X6003) and all of the patterned paper comes from one of our new paper packs, Sweet Girl (X7246B).

The rectangles are cut using our Stitched Rectangles (Z4260).  The flowers are stamped with Sapphire Ink using the Craft On—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4069) and topped with a gold shimmer gem.  The hearts are also cut with the same thin cuts.  I added a White Burlap Ribbon (Z3323) bow.

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, 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, {Wendy Kessler} 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

4/25/2019

Zoe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bring Back My Pack - Zoe 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 13 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Zoe 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 decided to bring the Zoe paper pack back just for a little while.  They brightened it up with new colors and added a 12" x 12" sticker sheet.  I am LOVING the new paper pack.

We wanted to show you some artwork using Zoe, past and present.  I decided to bring back one of my favorite projects from 2015.  It is a waterfall album.  Here it is.


And here is the inside.




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, {Miss Carrie's Creations} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this paper collection on my website

4/01/2019

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the April 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 April Stamp of the Month is entitled Love So Sweet (S1904) (Set of  18).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I didn't expect to love this stamp set so much.  I looked at it and saw another butterfly stamp set. But I am loving this stamp set so much with the flowers and the leaves and the beautiful sentiments.

I had not used Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B) much this catalog cycle so I decided to use it in my card.  I just love the pairing of the mauve (Sugarplum)  with the Charcoal, the Linen, and Fern.

Here's my card:





This is my all time favorite card size - 4.5" x 6" card.  The base is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009).  I wanted to emboss the sentiment but wanted it to be in gray so I inked the stamp set with Versamark (Z891) and before stamping inked it in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then stamped it. I used our Clear Embossing Powder (Z2088) and our Heat Gun (Z4252) to emboss the beautiful butterfly.

Then I colored the image with my wonderful Watercolor Pencils (Z4242) and then "painted" the image with the Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293). The sentiment also can be found in this stamp set and is also stamped with Charcoal Ink.

The image is matted with Fern Cardstock (X6003) and then the light side of Charcoal Cardstock (X599).

This card is a slider card.  I actually cut the circle from the base of the card using our Shaker card frame.  I was hoping to use the center as is but it was just too big to allow free movement of the butterfly.  So I took a circle from our Stitched Circles Die Cuts (Z4181) and cut the center circle a little smaller.  I added a small Silver Glitter Gem (Z4191) to the butterfly and voila - it is complete!

The April 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 April 1 – April 30, 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, {Wendy Kessler} 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

3/14/2019

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!

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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 I'm So Sorry card on page 119. 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 am making an all occasion card kit for my customers and this card fits in perfectly. In this card kit I am using the Picture My Life™ Cards—So Much Happy (X7241E) and the So Much Happy Complements (X7241C). I also used a piece of patterned paper from the So Much Happy Paper Packet (X7242B). I finished the card off with gold sequins from our Loose Sequins - Gold (Z4235) and a ribbon bow using the White & Gold Skinny Ribbon (Z4194). Oh! And I also used the stitched scallops die cuts from the Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders (Z4241) set.





Tune in again, on March 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!

2/20/2019

Thin Cuts Blog Hop


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

This hop we are featuring our product line of Thin Cuts.  Close to My Heart has Thin Cuts that are stand alone and they also offer some with accompanying stamp sets.  I have chosen to feature both types in my artwork for this hop.

And here is my card.


I hope that you can see all of the thin cuts I have used.  I have been busy.

First I cut the Lagoon patterned paper from So Much Happy (X7241B) with our Thin Cuts - Stitched Rectangle Frames (Z4260).  I am loving all of our stitched Thin Cuts.  They give such a finished look.

Then I took the light gray patterned paper from the So Much Happy paper pack and adhered Lagoon (X6007) and Blueberry cardstock (X5987) and Silver Glitter Paper (Z3239) that had been cut with the scallop border die from the Thin Cuts - Decorative Borders (Z4241).  This is one time that I used the negative of the cut so that it would look like waves.  I then ran the paper with the waves through my cuttlebug with the medium size of the Stitched Rectangle Frames.  I then used both the frame and the rectangle.  This was matted on the light side of Mint cardstock (X5986).

The sun is cut from yellow patterned paper also found in So Much Happy.  I used the Thin Cuts - Stitched Circles (Z4181).

The boat comes from the stamp set/thin cuts set, Cruisin' to Adventure (Z4261).  This is an absolutely adorable set.  I stamped the boat using our Intense Black Ink (Z4189) and colored it with our watercolor pencils (Z4242) and I even used our Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293) to add some sparkle to the cloud. The card is finished off with a few of our I Heart Us Sequins (Z4270).


Now the inside of the card is where all of the magic happens.  This is a wiper card.

One of our Australasian Close to My Heart Consultants, Jennie Hunt-Weymuth, has a wonderful tutorial and Cricut Design Space file for this card on her blog.  Be sure to check it out.

Here's a video showing the inside of my card.



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'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. 

2/14/2019

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 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 Just Chillin' card on page 4. Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING! But this time I copied the main elements of the card and of course, the cute Got Snow? (C1764) Stamp Set. The Got Snow? Stamp Set is a Hostess Rewards stamp set. Usually you can only get it by using Hostess Rewards credit from holding a gathering but in the month of February, you will receive for FREE this stamp set as well as the 4 other Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog by joining Close to My Heart as a consultant.




This stamp set is so cute, I would run, not walk to join Close to My Heart in February. Let me know if you would like more information. I would love to have you join my team.

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

I teach monthly card classes and I love to use the cards I feature here in my classes. I turned the Got Snow? card into a birthday card. The card in the catalog used papers from 3 different paper packs. I love the papers in I Heart Us (X7242B) and chose to use papers just from that paper pack. Here's my card.



Inside of card.



Measurements for the Card
4.25" x 5.5"         Lined Patterned Paper
3" x 4.5"              Bluebird Cardstock (X5987)
2 7/8" x 3 3/8"    Rainbow Patterned Paper
1" x 3 3/8"          Blue Patterned Paper


The adorable bear is stamped with our Intense Black Ink (Z4189) onto the largest circle from the Thin Cuts - Stitched Circle (Z4181) while the Yay! is stamped with Thistle Ink (Z2840) onto the smallest stitched circle. I used Bluebird Ink (Z6508) to stamp the snowflake on the smallest circle from the Thin Cuts - Basic Circle (Z3318)


The inside is also stamped with the cute little penguin and is colored in with our Shin Han markers and our new Watercolor Pencils.  The stamp set, Something Fierce - Cardmaking (C1749), was also used to make this a Happy Birthday card.

Other Supplies Used
White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254)
White Ribbon (Z4196)
I Heart Us Sequins (Z4270)

Tune in again, on February 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!

2/01/2019

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Brenda Lapp'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 February Stamp of the Month is entitled Heartfelt Sentiments (S1902) (Set of  9).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




This is a gorgeous stamp set and you definitely need it.  This stamp set would be great for scrapbooking, artwork or cardmaking.  I love the sentiment as well as the whimsical font and flower borders.

I have been itching to use the white clapboard patterned paper from our new Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B).  And I love the mellow colors in this paper pack.

Here's my card:



Since this sentiment is so large, and I was unwilling to cut any flowers off, this card is a 5" x 7" card.  The base is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009).  I wanted to emboss the sentiment but wanted it to be in gray so I inked the stamp set with Versamark (Z891) and before stamping inked it in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then stamped it.

Then I colored the image with the Small Round Waterbrush (Z3244) and reinkers.  I used Ballerina (Z7501), Sugarplum (Z7500), Fern (Z2750), New England Ivy (Z2250), and Charcoal (Z2731).

The image is matted with the dark side of Charcoal Cardstock (X599) and then I added a slightly smaller piece of Charcoal Cardstock and used the lighter side.  I just love our 2 sided cardstock, one side darker and the other lighter.

The pennants are made using the zip strips from the patterned papers in Feels Like Home.  I didn't add any embellishments because I didn't want to take attention from the sentiment.

The February 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 February 1 – February 28, 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, {Wendy Kessler} 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

1/24/2019

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 Congrats card on page 148. 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.

Have you heard about Close to My Heart's Stamp of the Month program? Each month we offer a special stamp that is only available that month. I am using the January Stamp of the Month called Card Captions (S1901).



Who doesn't need a stamp with all of these different sentiments? I love the different fonts and sizes.

I decided to show you how you can take a card that you like and change it up a bit with different colors and papers to make it your own. Here's my card.





I have changed this card up so that I can use it in my Valentine card classes. Once again I used my Thin Cuts - Stitched Square Frames (Z4259). This is turning into one of my favorite new products.





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 from the Mix-in Paper Pack (X9003), and the dark side of Raspberry cardstock (X6018). I also cut a heart with our Black Glitter paper (Z3236) using our Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts (Z4182).


Inks used were Raspberry Ink (Z2812) and our Intense Black Ink (Z4189).


Oh, and I forgot to tell you about how I made the Raspberry Colored dots on my 4.25" x 5.5" card base from our White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254).

I cut a stencil with my Cricut using our Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z3503) with Grafix Stencil Sheets ((Z4244). I then applied ink using a Sponge Dauber (Z726). I love how easy it was to make a reusable stencil and add just a little interest to your background.

Tune in again, on February 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!