2/20/2018

Close to My Heart Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop! 


    
This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Think Pink 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 love seeing new product?  I know that I do.  I wanted to make a card box and 6 cards for my January Card Club.  So I decided to bring back the card I made for the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and add 5 more.  Then I found a pattern for an easy to make box and Voila! here is my project.

During February, you can celebrate what matters most with a select group of pink and gold items available at 25% off the retail price and three exclusive product bundles available at 30% off the retail price. These bundles include the Bashful—Color of the Year bundle and two bundles with supplies to make the Butterfly Mobile Papercrafting Project. Click here to see this promotion.

I decided to use all of the pinks from this promotion - Raspberry, Blossom, Pixie, and Bashful in my artwork.  I also added some of the gold foil that you can also get for 25% off.  I love the richness of pink and gold together.

Yesterday would have been our Boston Terrier, Beau's, 15th birthday.  Each birthday was special for this dear dog and I was pretty sure each would be his last.  Well his 14th was his last.  Beau died a few months ago and we really miss him.  Our fur babies really hold a big place in my life and my heart.



So I decided to make a rainbow bridge card.  I have tons of friends I could send this card to who would appreciate knowing that I share their feelings about losing a fur baby.  Here are my cards - one for a dog and one for a cat:



I added Black cardstock for the dog and Pewter for the cat.  No stamping needed for these cards.  Just a Bonding Memories Glue Pen and Thin 3D Foam Tape.


I am sharing the Design Space file for these cards so you can make them yourself.  These are 4.25" x 5.5" cards.    The design space file can be found here. 


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 set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 

2/08/2018

In Any CASE ..... with Melinda and Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 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!

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In Any Case with .......... Melinda


and Melissa

This week I am recreating (and sharing all of the details) for the "dear friend" card found on page 18 of the brand new, just released Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book. 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.

After you check out my sweet card, head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her exquisite Sending you Prayers card. Here is my version of the dear friend card.




I just returned from the Close to My Heart Incentive Tour to Thailand and boy, was I ever happy that I chose this very simple card to make for this episode of In Any Case .......

  • Attach a 4.25" gray and white diagonal patterned zip strip 1" from the bottom of the card.  Adhere a 4.25" x 2" piece of black and white fern patterned paper from the Chelsea Gardens paper pack directly above the zip strip
  • I wanted the ferns to be gray so I mixed the dark gray and white from our Watercolor Paints (Z3132) and painted them lightly. I then painted the flowers with the light blue, the smaller butterfly turquoise blue, and the larger butterfly light pink.  No mixing needed!
Tip:  To watercolor, be sure and have a paper towel handy to blot excess water from your brush after you have loaded it with paint. This prevents your painted piece from warping excessively.  I paint the darkest part of my image first and then clean out my brush.  I then get a little water (blotting first) and blend the edge of my watercolor to the edge of the image.  This picks up a little color from the darkest part and leaves a light wash look on the edges of my stamped images.  I can then go back later and add a little more paint to the darkest parts where I want to add shading.

One thing I like about watercoloring is that I can always take a damp brush to smooth out my uneven painting.
  • Cut one of the ferns into two pieces (refer to photo) and place the fern and flowers and shown onto the 3" x 4" piece of  White Daisy Cardstock (1385)Don't adhere the pieces yet - this is only for placement of the sentiment. Stamp the sentiment onto the White Daisy piece using the Archival Black Ink (refer to photo) and then mat the White Daisy cardstock with a 3.25" x 4.25" of Charcoal Cardstock (X5953).
Tip:  The dear friend sentiment is one stamp on one line.  So how do you stamp it on two lines?  Use washi tape to cover the friend, ink up the dear, remove the washi tape and stamp.  Then clean your stamp well, cover up the dear with washi tape, ink up friend, remove the washi tape, and complete stamping.
Tip: Wipe the shimmer brush onto a scrap piece of paper to remove excess shimmer and then careful brush over the watercolored flowers and butterflies.  Since the shimmer brush is liquid, it will move the watercolor paint a bit.
The card diagram is coming soon.

Be sure to visit Melissa's Blog to see what she has CASEd. Tune in again, on February 22nd, for the next episode and be sure to CASE one/all of the artwork we highlight and tag it  #ctmhinanycase on social media. We'll come looking for you and you may be a prize winner! 

1/25/2018

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!

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In Any Case with .......... Melinda



and Melissa



This week I am recreating (and sharing all of the details) for the "Thanks" card found on page 8 of the brand new, just released Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book. 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.


After you check out my sweet card, head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make her very elegant gold heart card. Here is my version of the Thanks card.


First of all, can I tell you how much I love our new Make it From Your Heart Volume 4  How-to Book (9044).  This book features 24 different card patterns and tons of new art.  I love it!  This card pattern is #17 in the book.

 had plans to do some of the cutting for the card using my Cricut Explore.  However, Design Space was being bad so I had to make some changes.  The heart is cut from White Daisy Cardstock (1385) with the Thin Cuts - Basic Heart (Z3317).  I used the Chelsea Gardens - Cardmaking Stamp Set (C1709) to stamp out the beautiful "thanks" using Archival Black Ink (Z3271). I very shakily drew around my heart using my Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen (Z1979)

I used a variety of different paper packs.  The base piece is from the Basics Fundamentals paper pack (Z3353).  The next piece is our Vellum (Z3367).  Then I attached the fern pattern from Chelsea Gardens paper pack (X7230B) to the vellum using my regular adhesive.

Tip:  Do not attach the base piece to the White Daisy card back until you have finished building the card front.  This allows you to easily attach the ribbon.  Attach the fern piece to the vellum before you attach the vellum to the base paper.  Then turn the vellum piece to the backside and add adhesive directly behind the fern piece to hide your adhesive.

The pretty thistle flowered patterned paper found in our Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack (Z3350) was cut using the Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z3169) (pg. 59 #M3D2BA) at 3 inches and popped the  using Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060).

Tip: Did you know that in Cricut Design Space you can type in the image number like the one I listed above and the image will pop up?

Adhere the small rectangular piece of Linen Cardstock (X5946) to the slightly larger rectangular piece of Black Cardstock (1386) and then pop it up as shown using our new 3D Foam dots (Z3342).  Cut our Silver Foil paper (Z3366) with our Thin Cuts - Scallop Border (Z3348) and adhere it to the Black and Linen cardstock piece.  Now you will add the Thistle Ribbon from our Whimsy Ribbon Collection (Z3361) and our White and Gold Twine (Z4014).

Tip: Apply tape to the sides of the back of the card base where the ribbon and twine will touch.  Cut only enough ribbon to attach to the tape in the back and attach the twine below it and wrap around the card twice and adhere to the opposite backside of the card.  This saves on twine and ribbon.  Don't worry about the twine bow yet.

Now you can adhere the card base to the White Daisy card front.  We are almost done!  Cut a tag from Pebble Cardstock (X5955) using our Thin Cuts - Basic Tags (Z3344) and add the cute dark gray heart from the Better Together Complements (Z3357).

Tip:  When Design Space is working, I will cut this heart out of Pewter Cardstock.

The final touch are the black dots from the Black and White Dots (Z3314), tie a bow and adhere it above the tag using our Micro Glue Dots (Z2089).

Here's the card diagram.

Be sure to visit Melissa's Blog to see what she has CASEd. See you again on February 8, 2018 for the next episode of "In Any CASE..."! 

1/16/2018

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 
New Product Blog Hop! 


    
This hop I am following {Michelle Stewart's Blog.}   We have 20 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Seasonal Expressions 1 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 love seeing new product?  I know that I do.  I wanted to make a card box and 6 cards for my January Card Club.  So I decided to bring back the card I made for the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop and add 5 more.  Then I found a pattern for an easy to make box and Voila! here is my project.




This is a super easy card to put together.  They are basically all the same pattern.  At first I drove myself crazy trying to stamp the January SOTM onto a rectangular piece of White Daisy cardstock.  Then I realized that I could stamp on a 4" x 12" strip of cardstock and cut the stamped image with my paper cutter, leaving a 1/4" border around the stamped image.

I colored the border with various colors of Shin Han markers and if they needed a bit more of a mat, I added that as well.  The matted stamped panels were popped up with thin 3D foam tape.

I used one of our new paper packs called Chelsea Gardens (X7230B).  I love the blues and greens in this paper pack and was instantly attracted to it.

All of the stamping is done in Charcoal Ink and the matting was done with Charcoal cardstock. I used a second stamp set and thin cuts from the Chelsea Gardens line called Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts (Z4158).  Sweet Leaf cardstock was used for the leaves. I used the Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems as embellishments.

The box I made is called a Flip Top Box.  The instructions for it can be found here


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. 

1/11/2018

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!

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This week I am recreating (and sharing all of the details) for the "Boy Wonder" card found on page 58 of the brand new, just released Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book. 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.

After you check out my sweet card, head on over to my Partner in CASEing, Melissa Robinson, and check out how to make the Supergirl card. Here is my version of the Boy Wonder card.


I used the Super Boy Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4162) to cut out my Super Boy.  Then I stamped him out with the accompanying My Acrylix stamp using Archival Black Ink (Z3271).

Tip:  I used Archival Black Ink because I watercolored my Super Boy with my Watercolor Paints (Z3132) and our wonderful Paintbrush Set (Z3188) and Archival Black Ink is waterproof.

I let my little boy dry after I finished watercoloring him.

Tip:  I made a boo boo on his left tennis shoe.  I colored outside the line and then I tried to fix it.  The color red is not easily fixed and spread.  Oh NO!!!  I let it dry and painted over it with white watercolor paint and was SO relieved to see that the red was gone.

Here's the card diagram.

This is how I assembled the card.  I centered and adhered the Gray Weave Patterned Paper onto the Sapphire Cardstock (X5957).  I then added tape to the reverse side of the Sapphire Cardstock where the Grey Ribbon will go.  I then took the Light Grey Ribbon (Z4145) and adhered each end of the ribbon to the tape. I do the same with the twine.  Here's a picture.



Tip:  Applying tape to the reverse of your project and attaching your ribbon or twine will allow you to use less ribbon and twine on your project, saving money.  Who doesn't want to save money on their crafting?  The ends of the ribbon/twine will stay in place until you can adhere the panel to the card base, which is your next step.

Now you adhere the pieces of patterned paper, starting with the yellow patterned paper first.  Here's a picture of my project at this step.


I cut a slant from one end of the blue and white strip and the Sapphire pieces of patterned paper. The pieces are overlapping and slanted slightly as pictured.

Now I stamp the "Boy Wonder" sentiment using Cranberry Ink (Z2816) and then pop it up using thin 3D foam tape (Z2060). And I now can add my Super Boy image, also popped up.

Tip: I added 3D foam tape under the parts of the Super Boy image that attach directly to the card base, but I add glue dots to the parts that are attached to the popped up sentiment. This keeps the image level. Since my little boy was watercolored, he is slightly warped so this flattens him out.

Now I tied two knotted pieces of white twine (Z3216) and frayed the edges by unwinding the ends with my scissors. I just pick at them until they unwind. The card is now finished with Stargazer complements and Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems (Z4155).

Other Supplies Used:
Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack (X7230B)
Stargazer Paper Pack (X7229B)
Stargazer Complements (X7229C)

Be sure to visit Melissa's Blog to see what she has CASEd. See you again on January 25, 2018 for the next episode of "In Any CASE..."! 

1/01/2018

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Bloom and Grow

Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



  
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart'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 January Stamp of the Month is entitled Bloom and Grow (S1801) (Set of  15).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




This stamp set is full of large sentiments which will be great for cards or scrapbooks.  I couldn't decide which sentiment to use so I am going to make a card with each of these sentiments as a set.

Here is my first card.



Did you know that we have a brand new catalog that went live today?  I decided to use one of our new paper packs called Chelsea Gardens (X7230B).  I love the blues and greens in this paper pack and was instantly attracted to it.

All of the stamping is done in Charcoal Ink and the matting was done with Charcoal cardstock. I used a second stamp set and thin cuts from the Chelsea Gardens line called Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts (Z4158)Sweet Leaf cardstock was used for the leaves. I used the Chelsea Gardens Dots and Gems as embellishments.


The January 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 January 1 – January 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, {Jennifer Dykstra'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. 

12/06/2017

Close to My Heart You Are Here Cricut Collection Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
 You are Here Cricut Collection Blog Hop! 




This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 12 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Just for Fun 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 that Close to My Heart introduced a new Cricut Collection in August?  It is called You are Here.  Look at All You receive with this collection.





Whether you're traveling abroad, taking a road trip, or enjoying a relaxing staycation, this Cricut® collection is sure to have everything you need to document your journey. From outdoor escapades and family reunions to spa retreats and holiday outings, you'll find shapes and sentiments for every pit stop along the road of life. 

Collection includes the following:
1 – cartridge (700 images: shapes, titles, phrases, and font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
1 – Enchantment cardstock combo pack (two-toned)

View the shapes in the cartridge here.

One of the things I love about our cartridges is that there are 700 images and they can be used for scrapbooking, cardmaking, and all kinds of papercrafting.  This would be an incredible gift for any papercrafter.

I decided to make a card that could be used when maybe someone is having a bad time and you would like them to know that you are thinking of them.


I watercolor washed my background paper, and then I cut out my ship in a variety of papers.  I used our white glitter paper for the white caps on the waves.  And my sun has some shimmer added to it with our Clear Shimmer Brush.  And notice that I used our Silver Foil paper to frame my scene.

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's Blog} and see what she has made.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 

Supplies Used


12/03/2017

December Close to My Heart Blog Hop - A Little Bit of Pun

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Melissa Robinson'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 December Stamp of the Month is entitled A Little Bit of Pun (S1712) (Set of  17).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Isn't this the cutest stamp set?  Great for Valentine Day!  I am going to make some cards for my grandchildren.  They will get a real kick out of the sayings that go with the images.

Here is my card.



Look at the my adorable mermaid.  Can you see the shimmer from the Clear Shimmer Brush?

The emerald dotted paper and the black and white diagonally striped paper comes from the Cats and Bats paper pack.  I also used Black Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock, Cats and Bats dots, the Rose Embossing folder, Thin 3D foam tape, Memento Black Tuxedo Ink Pad, Emerald Ink Pad, Cerulean Blue ShinHan marker, Turquoise ShinHan marker, Artbooking Cricut Collection, and check out our new Vellum paper doily I cut out and placed behind the black cardstock scallop circle.


The December 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 December 1 – December 31, 2017.  


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'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. 

11/23/2017

Would You Like to Get 50% off on Close to My Heart Products?

Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving.  We really had a nice day and now I want to let you know about the Close to My Heart Black Friday Special.


We’re holding a one-day flash sale to celebrate one of the busiest shopping days of the year!

The sale will give you a chance to get a 50% discount on all of our currently available Cut Above Layout Kits. This includes our current kits as well as a selection of layout kits that were previously available. Some of these kits are only available in low quantities, so be sure to place your orders early!

You ask, "What is a Cut Above Layout Kit?"

With our Cut Above layout kits, you get everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen! Each of the layouts can be assembled in 15 minutes or less—they’re that easy!

The layouts may be easy, but they look like they took you hours once they are put together.  These pages are easy enough for a beginning scrapbooker to put together but beautiful enough to look like an expert designed it.  
 
This sale starts at 12:00 am on Friday, November 24th and will end at 11:59 pm on that same day. Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my website during these times. 
 
As an additional bonus, when you buy the Cut Above Layout Kit—The Story Begins kits (Baby Boy or Baby Girl), you are eligible for additional savings. As shown in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, when you purchase one of these kits, you can purchase a My Legacy album of your choice at 30% off! 


That means that during this 1-day only sale, you can purchase these Cut Above Layout Kits at 50% off AND purchase a My Legacy album at 30% off—Talk about incredible savings!

Here are the layouts being offered.  The 50% off price will not be shown until 12:00 am tonight (MST).

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit
Materials to make five coordinating 2-page layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Includes six 12" x 12" Memory Protectors.  (Retail Price - $44.95)

Cut Above® Layout Kit—The Story Begins (Baby Boy)



Cut Above Layout Kit—The Story Begins (Baby Girl)


Materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Also includes 11 top load Memory Protectors™. 
(Retail Price - $59.95)

Slide the coordinating Picture My Life The Story Begins Baby Girl cards (Z3388) or the Picture My Life The Story Begins Baby Boy cards (Z3368) into 12" × 12" divided Memory Protectors and add them to your album for even more pages.

Save 30% on a My Legacy™ album of your choice with the purchase of this kit! (Add your discounted album by clicking the Album Add-on special on the shopping cart page after adding your layout kit.)

Cut Above® Layout Kit—Little One

Materials to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. Also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos. (Retail Price - $14.95)



Materials to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. Also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.  (Retail Price - $14.95)


Materials to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. Also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.  (Retail Price - $14.95)


Materials to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. (Retail Price - $11.95)

Be sure and shop early for best selection.  My website is www.melindaeveritt.ctmh.com

And while you are there, don't forget to check our Just for Fun Promotion - buy a Paper Fundamentals Bundle for 40% off retail price or an individual item from the bundle for 30% off.



Also check out our November Stamp of the Month.  Only $5 with a $50 order.