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.

5/03/2021

National Scrapbooking Month Promotion - You Are Enough Blog Hop

 




This month I am following {Megan Lawrence's blog, Crop, Craft, Create}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this 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 is celebrating National Scrapbooking Month in May with the You Are Enough special! This gorgeous, gemstone-inspired special comes with all-new papers, stamps, Thin Cuts metal dies, workshop kits, and more!  

There are workshops designed for this promotion - scrapbooking, cardmaking , and an album.  You can buy the products separately or get an awesome deal with the bundles.

Instructions for all the projects as well as the different products and projects can be found on my website.  

I am loving the card workshop and especially like that with stamping I can change the sentiments.  For my cards I love to make boxes, so I decided to design a box using the scraps from the cardmaking workshop (plus I added a Picture My Life card).  This would make a wonderful gift filled with these beautiful cards.



 Here is my box:




The butterflies were made using the smaller butterfly thin cuts from this promotion.  I decorated the box with them.  The top layer is patterned paper and I cut Sapphire Glitter Paper for the bottom layer.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Melissa Robinson}and see what she has made with one of the National Scrapbooking Day Bundles.  

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

5/01/2021

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Flowers for You

    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's 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 May Stamp of the Month is entitled Flowers for You  (S2105) (Set of  14).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:


Yes, we have another flower stamp, but this one is different.  You can use the long bottom image on a scrapbooking page or card and the flowers in the circle are so pretty stamped, embossed, or using distress oxide inks.  I have done them all and they are truly beautiful.  I have chosen one to show you in this hop.

Here is my card:



The image was stamped with our Intense Black Ink.  I originally wanted to color it in with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers, but once I backed the image with Black Glitter paper, I knew that I wanted to leave the image uncolored because the black and white image was so striking against these patterned papers from our March/April Mix-in paper pack.  The stamped image is adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape. I stamped one of  the images from this stamp set and added the Black dots from the Black and White Dots.  

The Mayy 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 May 1 – May 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, 
{Brandi Robinson} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

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

4/20/2021

National Scrapbooking Day Celebration Blog Hop

  



This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 12 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this 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 is going all out for National Scrapbooking Day with an incredible special! The National Scrapbooking Day Celebration special will be one of our biggest celebrations ever, and with five exclusive workshop kits, it’s not difficult to see why! Make sure to join us on April 30 and May 1 for a two-day live crafting extravaganza on the CTMH Facebook Group! 

Instructions for all 5 kits, 2 scrapbooking, 2 cardmaking, and 1 small album can be found on my website.  The stamp sets in these kits are exclusive to the bundles.

I decided to use the Party Girl Stamp Set.  It is a gorgeous stamp set.  I am learning how to color with our alcohol markers so this stamp set is a perfect stamp set for this.



It even has a little dog and cat!  So, here is my card:



So hard to photograph that beautiful Rose Gold metallic blotched design on the cardstock from the Party Girl paper pack.  I paper pieced the pretty girl's dress then I added a little shimmer to her petticoat with our Clear Shimmer Brush.

I used a variety of our Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers to color my pretty girl in.  Here's the markers I used:  Fair Skin; Tan Blend; Earth Brown Blend; Gold Brown Blend; Pale Pink Blend; Dark Red Blend; Earth Brown Shades; Gold Yellow Blend; Alpine Green Blend; Pale Pink Shades; Dark Red Shades; and the Blender.

The girl is gorgeous enough so I don't need to add any extra embellishments - just a few mats and a sentiment.  

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}and see what she has made with one of the National Scrapbooking Day Bundles.  

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





4/12/2021

Close to My Heart Stamptacular Blog Hop

 


This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog}   We have 20 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Hold onto your hats, because this year’s Stamptacular sale is here! During this month-long stamp extravaganza, you can save 35% on selected stamps and up to 50% on Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles. 

Stamping is a huge part of who we are here at Close To My Heart, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to show our amazing selection of stamp sets a little more love. Our stamps are the best quality sets of their kind on the market.

All Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles are only available while supplies last and may run out before the Stamptacular special is over.

Last Fall I purchased the instructions for the Gnome Slider Cards from Janice Gilhooley, one of our very talented Close to My Heart Consultants.  

When Close to My Heart Released our Kitchen Gnomes Stamp set, I just had to design some new Slider Cards using this adorable stamp set (which is one of the Stamptacular Stamp Sets on sale).




So, here is my card:




I random stamped the card front, using Avocado Ink, with some of the small stamps in this set.  The heart is popped up with Thin 3D Foam Tape and then I added a little shimmer with our Clear Shimmer Brush.

Then, using our Black Journaling Pen, I doodled around the edges of the card front. 

Look what happens when I pulled the "Pull Me!" tab.


My sweet gnome pops up!!



I used the small decorative stamp to stamp the bowls I cut from the Eat, Play, Love Cricut Collection.

I loved coloring the sweet gnome with my TriBlend Markers.  I have been taking classes on using alcohol markers and I am really happy with how my sweet gnome came out.

Here's the TriBlend colors I used:

Stamptacular is on for the entire month of April, but it is while supplies last. 

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.