12/01/2021

December Stamp of the Month - Owl Love You Forever Blog Hop

  

    

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 10 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 Owl Love You  (S2112) (Set of  9).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:



Oh my goodness!!  I am a child of the 60's (and 70's) and this stamp set reminded me of my teens in California.  I was a hippie and proud of it and I loved all the colors used in our posters and clothes.  I embraced my hippiehood and sat down happily to make this card.  

Here is my card:



Look how vibrant the colors are with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers!  I would love to tell you what colors I used, but as you can see, I used practically all of them.  Then I added some of our shimmer brushes over the TriBlend Markers.  You just can't get too much glitter and shimmer.

I used White Daisy Cardstock and our new Black Core Cardstock to make this card. And yes, that is Gold Glitter Paper.  I think it really caused the stamped panel to POP!! I then added gold stars from our Gold Star Confetti adhered with our new Quickie Glue Pen.  The speckles you see are actually tiny droplets of our new Gilt Gloss Spray.  I grabbed a small paint brush and splattered the Gilt paint onto the stamped panel after I was finished coloring.

The images were stamped with our Black Archival Ink and then heat embossed with our Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder.

The stamped panel was adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape. I love dimension to add some interest to my artwork.  Plus the 3D Foam Tape adheres well to the glitter paper.  Win-win.

The December 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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between December 1 – December 31, 2021.  

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, 
{Haley Dyer, The Inky Scrapper} 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.

11/29/2021

Deck the Palms Blog Hop

   


Hi There!  I am following {Cat Nowak's blog, CatScrapbooking}   We have 9 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Deck the Palms Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Oh my goodness!!  I so needed this special.  The colors are so uplifting and cheerful!  And who doesn't need a pink flamingo?


Add some tropical flair to your artwork with the new Deck the Palms paper suite! Whether you live in a tropical locale or just dream of an island paradise, Deck the Palms is for you. This brand-new collection features its own paper packet, sticker sheet, accessories, stamps, and Thin Cuts.

Since the Deck the Palms collection will be available during the 2021 Christmas season, the paper packet includes double-sided patterned sheets with more generic tropical themes and some Christmas-inspired designs for greater crafting versatility. Similarly, the accessories available through the Deck the Palms special also include Christmas and generic options, and the stamps and Thin Cuts available through the special also incorporate similar themes. For even more creative fun, the Deck the Palms suite includes an additional sticker sheet and a stand-alone card front Thin Cuts set!

All the products available through the Deck the Palms special can be purchased individually, but they are also available in the Deck the Palms Product Bundle at a 20% discount! We’ve also put together THREE exclusive workshop kits, all of which are also available at 20% discounts! To help keep the crafting fun going, Close to My Heart is offering two virtual events—one featuring the cardmaking kit, and another featuring both scrapbooking kits!

I absolutely adore the thin cuts from this promotion so sat down yesterday and cut a bunch out of different types of paper and instead of making 1 card, I made 3 cards.  So much fun!!

Here are my cards:






All of the images were stamped with Intense Black Ink and colored in with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers.  I used Pale Pink Blend, Pale Pink Shades, Magenta Blend, Pink Violet Blend, Coral Shades, Green Turquoise Blend, Alpine Green Blend, Ice Grey Blend, Citrus Blend, and Gold Yellow Blend.

I have really fallen in love with the Deck the Palms Card Front Thin Cuts.


I have used these thin cuts on all of my cards.  I have learned to not throw pieces away and I was delighted that the "inside piece" of the frond thin cut worked better on my Flamingo card than the fronds that I intended to use.


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, {Haley Dyer, the Inky Scrapper} and see what she has made.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website.

11/05/2021

Holiday Cards Blog Hop

  

Hi There!  I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, My Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 12 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Holiday Cards Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

It is that time of the year again.  Have you made your Holiday Cards yet? If not, I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful inspiration you will find in our blog hop.

I am totally in love with our new stamp set called If Snowflakes Were Kisses Stamp + Thin Cuts.

I just had to use it and I paired it with the Wonderland Paper Pack.  Such beautiful colors and comes together into such a pretty card.



I made a special slimline card using  a brand new product called our Square Windows Slimline Thin Cuts.

Here is my card:



All of the images were stamped with Intense Black Ink and colored in with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers, Aqua Blue, Red Brown, Burnt Orange and Lavender .

I don't know whether you can see, but I randomly stamped snowflakes with Wisteria and Glacier Ink.  I took my Clear Shimmer Brush and tapped a little dot in the middle of each snowflake.

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} and see what she has made.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website.

10/20/2021

Close to My Heart Thin Cuts Blog Hop

 

Hi There!  I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, My Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 11 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.  

I want to feature a brand new product called our Cupcake Card Thin Cuts



Look at all of the dies you receive with this thin cut!!  It totally has everything you need to make adorable Cupcake Cards.

Here is what I made:


A friend of mine came over and we made these three cupcakes.  I love how you can change up the colors and they always look so good!!

Do you see the sprinkles on the cupcakes?  They are made by cutting out the sprinkles from scraps.  I cut out the frosting and kept all of the little pieces to use on other cupcakes.  I used a variety of cardstock on these cupcakes.

The sentiment comes from our All-star Birthday Stamp Set.




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, {Haley Dyer, the Inky Scrapper} and see what she has  made with products from our September/October Catalog.

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

9/17/2021

September/October New Product Blog Hop

 



Hi There!  I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 15 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our September/October Catalog New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

We had a blog hop last week featuring the annual CTMH 21-22 Core Catalog and now we want to show you some artwork we have designed featuring the September/October Catalog.  So much goodness indeed.

The September/October catalog is featuring Fall and Christmas paper suites.  I had some ideas of what I would like to make with our Pumpkin Spice paper suite and at the last moment switched to our Christmas paper suite, Holly & Ivy.

I have fallen in love with one of our cute new stamp sets, Peace and Love Stamp + Thin Cuts.  Have you ever seen a stamp set that you just can't wait to get your hands on?  This is that stamp set for me.  Check it out.

Look what I made:

I made a Christmas Angel shaker card using our new Curved Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts 

and the Curved Rectangle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate.  I filled the shaker portion with Iridescent Flower Confetti - it reminds me of snow!  I cut the frame out of our Silver Glitter Paper.

Check out my sweet angel.  You can't see it in the picture but the wings are glittery.  I applied Moon Dust Stickles™ Glitter Gel.



So let me tell you what products I used in making this card.

I used the Holly & Ivy Paper Pack

the little bow comes from the Holly & Ivy Cardmaking Kit, Wild Berry Glitter Gems, Intense Black Ink Pad, Evergreen Ink Pad, Evergreen Cardstock, Sage Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock, Value Pack Card Bases and Envelopes, and these TriBlend Markers - Dark Red Blend, Dark Red Shades, Antique Pink Blend, Pale Pink Shades, Pale Pink Blend, Earth Brown Blend, Red Brown Blend, Brown Grey Blend, Coral Blend, Fair Skin Blend, and Blender.

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} and see what she has  made with products from our September/October Catalog.

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


9/10/2021

CTMH Core Catalog Blog Hop

 


Hi There!  I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our 21-22 CTMH Core Catalog Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

It's the time of the year that I love - Close to My Heart has released not just one catalog.  It has released two catalogs.  Along with the 2 month, September/October Catalog, the annual 21-22 Core Catalog was released with all of the products that will be around for a full year.  In this blog hop we are featuring products from this Core Catalog.

I am so in love with the new products.  We have a bunch of thin cuts that will make crafting so easy!  I decided to use the Purse Card Thin Cuts for my project.


Look at all of the pieces that comes with that thin cut!!  Close to My Heart has thought of everything!!  Now let me show you what I made.



I cut the main part of the purse out of the Love Story Paper Packet.  


I didn't use the stickers in this project but will in an upcoming piece of artwork.  These papers pair well with any color and since I just cannot get enough of our new Color of the Year, Wild Berry, I thought that color would just pop with the Black and White of this collection.

The other products used in this project are Wild Berry Cardstock, Wild Berry Glitter Paper, Gold Foil Paper for the buckle, Gold Embellishing Thread to attach the little tag, one Gold Glitter GemBlack Ink, and the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Embroidered Card Front Stamp Set.

Let me show you the inside of the card:


I almost forgot to tell you that I used our new Gift Card Tabs Thin Cuts to easily make the notches that hold the gift card inside the purse.  Plus I added a spot on the back of the purse to write a short note and sign the card.



That's it for my cute little purse.  It was SO easy and quick to make.  I hope you like it!.

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 products from our Core Catalog.

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





9/01/2021

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Grateful for this Life

 


    

This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 13 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 September Stamp of the Month is entitled Grateful for this Life  (S2109) (Set of  16).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:



I so love a good stamp set that will work for both Scrapbookers and Cardmakers.  Can you not see this used in titles or under your pictures?

Well let me show you how to use it for a card. Here is my card:



The new catalogs are here!


I could not wait to use some of the new supplies and colors.

The first product I grabbed was our new Card Front Stencil Pack 3.  I applied Shortbread Ink through the stencil to our new Shortbread cardstock with my Mini Ink Blending Tools.  I stamped "Gratitude" with Paprika Ink. Also used is our yummy Pumpkin Spice Paper Pack, Harbour Cardstock, Harbour Glitter Paper, Slimline Card Base, and sequins and beads from our new Autumn Sequins.   The stamped panel was adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape


The September 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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between September 1 – September 30, 2021.  

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.

8/28/2021

The Boo Crew Blog Hop

 


Hi There!  I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, My Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 6 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Boo Crew Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  


Let me tell you about the Boo Crew promotion that Close to My Heart is currently offering until October 31st.  This Halloween-themed suite includes a brand-new paper packet, sticker sheet, coordinated accessories, and new stamp sets and Thin Cuts!

All the items included in the Boo Crew suite are available individually, but you can also get all of these crafting essentials in the Boo Crew Product Bundle (CC8217), which is available at a 20% discount! This bundle includes the Boo Crew Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet (CC8211), the Boo Crew Coordinating Cardstock (CC8213), Boo Crew Sequins (CC8214), and a Boo Crew Stamp + Thin Cuts set (CC8216).

Along with all these fun items, the Boo Crew special also includes the Boo Crew Workshop Kit, allowing you to make three 12" x 12" two-page layouts and a variety of fun treat holders! Whether you want to document new Halloween memories or moments of Halloween’s past, you’ve got everything you need for non-stop creativity! This workshop kit is available at a 20% discount. Printed instructions for this workshop can be downloaded on my CTMH website.

I decided to make a spooky card for this blog hop.  Here is my card:



I just love this stamp set.  You have a build-a-ghost stamp.  So cute!!  So I  absolutely had to make some ghosts.
I cut the haunted house with my Cricut.  It originally came from our Cricut Collection that makes cards.  I did some slicing and dicing and kept just the house and the Spootacular sentiment, which I turned into a shaker box.  Do you see the little ghosts in my shaker box?  I used the ghost sequins - I just took the adhesive off the back of them and now they can fly free!!



The Spooktacular is cut from our new Wild Berry Glitter Paper, which you can purchase on September 1st.  So pretty!!  Along with the ghost sequins I also put Bright Bitty Beads which match with the colors in this collection.

I stamped with our Black Ink and our Wild Berry Ink.  I colored the band on the ghost's top hat with my Raspberry Shimmer Brush.  Then I finished the card off with Black Dots.

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 at Catscrapbooking} 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.

7/18/2021

July/August New Product Blog Hop

Hi There!  I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our July/August New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  


Have you taken a look at the new catalog?  The artwork is honestly gorgeous and just begs to be scraplifted.  Why invent the wheel?  So I decided to do just that.  Check out this artwork on page 26.


I have used 3 of these pieces of artwork and made cards with them.  I will show you one I used for a card I especially enjoyed making.  Here is my card:



I have an admission to make - I absolutely hate the Baby Shark song.  The song is like a Brain worm that despite being very catchy, won't leave my brain once I hear it.  BUT, my grandson who just turned 4 absolutely loves this song, and being a great grandma, I made him this card.  

As I made this card I had to sing the Baby Shark Card Song - Baby Shark a doodle doo do do baby ............. well I am sure you know the rest.  I used the Z3966 Jawsome Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts and it was so fun to play with. Check out the "bite" taken out of the backing for the shaker card.  Isn't that fun?

I used a Cricut cut to cut the waves for the card.  My lighting was a bit wonky and I want to assure you that the cardstock I used was: X6037 Bluebird Cardstock;  X6039 Carolina Cardstock1385 White Daisy CardstockX6047 Black Cardstock; and Z5946 Linen Cardstock.  For the waves I used the light side of Carolina on the front wave and the dark side for the back wave.  I love that our cardstock has a darker and a lighter side.  Gives me more choices!

The shark was stamped with Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad so that I could color him with a Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend Marker.  The little sharks above the wave were stamped with Z2825 Mink Stamp Pad.

I made the shaker part of the card with Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts and the 
Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + AcetateI put the Z3676 Blue Belle Loose Sequins inside the shaker window.  The circle frame was cut from X5947 Mink Cardstock
and I used Z3561 Black Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue to make the dots on the circle frame.

I attached the waves to the Linen Cardstock and then ran it through my die cutting machine using the X6246 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts so I could add the stitching to the outside of the panel.

The shark was added to the shaker with Z2089 Glue Dots Micro DotsAnd I adhered the card front to a card base from 
X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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.

7/01/2021

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Strong Roots

 


    
This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's My Heartfelt Sentiments blog}   We have 17 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 Strong Roots  (S2107) (Set of  11).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:



Look at this beautiful stamp set.  So much you can do with it.  Heat emboss it with gold embossing powder, color with our TriBlend markers or watercolor pencils, or just stamp it with ink on cardstock.  It will be so elegant.

I decided to try something different.  Here is my card:



First I made a stencil using one of the houses from our Cricut collection called You are Here.  I adjusted it to fit on a 4" x 5" piece of cardstock, though the stencil is actually 5" x 5.5".  I make the stencil bigger than the piece I am sponging onto so that I can start my sponging on the stencil.  I "attach" the 4" x 5" piece of cardstock to the stencil with washi tape (from behind) so it doesn't move.  The lighting is not great in my picture but you can get the idea of what I mean.


After I adhered the stencil to the white daisy cardstock I was sponging onto, I grabbed one of my Mini Ink Blending Tools and applied Toffee Ink along the bottom.  Referring to the images on the stamp, I added New England Ivy Ink, then Pewter Ink, then Carolina Ink, and then Bluebird Ink where I thought they would go when I stamped the images.  Then I stamped the house and the extra tree as pictured with our Black Ink.  I went back and "touched up" a little with the appropriate inks.  These are all sponged in with the Blending Tool.  Then I removed the washi tape and slightly moved the stencil and drew around the stencil with my Black Journaling Pen.  I offset the stencil again and drew a second line.  The sentiment was then stamped and the stamped panel was adhered 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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between July 1 – July 31, 2021.  

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 at Show and Tell with Michelle} 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.