10/16/2018

Holiday Sparkle/Seasons of Joy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Sparkle/Seasons of Joy Blog Hop.


    
This hop I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Holiday Sparkle/Season of Joy Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Halloween is just around the corner.  I have such great memories of when I was a child, trick or treating with my friends.  I was such a clumsy child that I tripped up and down the curbs, my mother holding my arm so I wouldn't fall.  But the fun and anticipation of receiving candy from the neighbors and the Halloween designs on the store windows made it such a special time for a young child.

So, I love Halloween.  I like the colors, the pumpkins, the costumes, and the witches.  I wanted to share that with my customers so I have been busy putting a workshop together to make some Halloween projects.  And I used a Christmas Cricut cartridge to do it!

The first project came from the Season of Joy Digital Cricut cartridge (Z3296).  You have got to have this cartridge.  FYI, Cricut is only producing digital cartridges now.  Your Expressions is obsolete and Cricut is no longer supporting it.  This has nothing to do with Close to My Heart; it is Cricut's decision.  So, when the fantastic Christmas sales start, scoop up a Cricut Explore and start creating.  Let me know if you are having problems with it.  I love my Explore.

So, back to the cartridge.  Here's a sample of the images on this cartridge.  Don't you LOVE them?



There are also 3 D images like these:







And here is a girl elf that, by changing a few colors,


She became a witch!!!

Another consultant, Julie Carriere, designed the witch above, but I wanted a more expressive face, so I designed the face!  Her features are purely shapes - half circles, circles, and the eyebrows are parentheses.  Isn't that fun?  Amazing with just a few changes, the Christmas elf became a witch.

The treat bag below was designed by Kelly Baxter, another talented Close to My Heart consultant.  As a consultant, we have access to some fantastic Facebook groups brimming full of artwork.  Kelly shared the picture of her treat bag and I knew my customers would like it.  I had to adapt it a little because the bag I used it smaller.  I am posting it here because I want you to see the varied uses of this cartridge.

The legs and feet are the Christmas elf legs and with a change in color and slicing the balls of the shoes, I have made witches legs.  I love that the Cricut Explore allows me to to this.  The fringe on the witch's dress was made using our Decorative Borders Thin Cuts - also my  favorite!



So the supplies used were:

Season of Joy Digital Cricut cartridge (Z3296)
Hello Pumpkin Paper Pack (X7236B)
Black Cardstock (X6028)
Black Glitter Paper (Z3236)
Toffee Cardstock (X6025)
Goldrush Ink (Z2823)
Saffron Cardstock (X6020)
Sage Cardstock (X5993)
Ballerina Cardstock (X5994)
Pansy Cardstock (X6012)
Goldrush Cardstock (X6005)
Toffee Ink (Z2828)
Black Shimmer Ribbon (Z4012)
Fancy Tags Thin Cuts (Z4305)
Decorative Borders Thin Cuts (Z4241)
Willow Cardstock (X6026)
Nectarine Cardstock (X5996)
Clear Sparkles (Z3274)
Hello Pumpkin Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1806)
Intense Black Ink (Z4189)

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, {Kimberly Bower'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. 

10/11/2018

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 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! And the new Holiday Expressions Catalog is live now! What a big bunch of gorgeous products! Let me know if you would like one or if you would like to place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you one with your order.



The weather has finally turned cooler here in Memphis and I am in the mood for Christmas. I wasn't prepared for how I would love this pretty pink and green Christmas card. This week I chose to CASE the Oh What Fun Christmas card on page 65. 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.

May I say that I am totally in love with our new Fancy Tags (Z4305) - Thin Cuts? These are a MUST HAVE! Some of the tags are stitched and really make your card extra special.



It also uses the Oh What Fun Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4240) to stamp and cut the tree and stamp the sentiment. I stamped with Clover Ink ((Z6507). Look at this adorable Santa Claus! Can't wait to use him.



This card is 5.5" x 4.25" and I used one of the White Card and Envelopes Value pack (X254) (which is such a great deal!).

Here are the measurements for this card. All of the patterned paper comes from the  Oh What Fun Paper Pack (X7238B)

  • 5.5" x 4.25" of clover patterned paper for the base
  • The White Daisy cardstock is next measuring 3.75" x 3.75"
  • 3.5" x 3.5" Green and white patterned paper
  • The tag is cut out of the pink dotted patterned paper
  • The tree is stamped onto white daisy, thin cut, and then popped up with Thin 3D Foam tape (Z2060)
  • I used a 1" x 4.25" piece of Raspberry Cardstock about 1/4" from the bottom of the card and then added .25" x 4.25" of the striped zip strip
  • Then I stamped "Merry Christmas) onto a .5" x 3.25" of White Daisy cardstock, dovetailed the ends, and popped it up with Thin 3D foam tape as shown
  • I tied a bow with the pretty Raspberry Baker's Twine (Z4216) and adhered it to the  card with Glue Dots - Micro Dots (Z2089)
  • Final step is to add the sparkly Silver Glitter Gems (Z4191)

This card is really festive in person so I hope you decide to make one as well.  It is a very simple pattern.

Tune in again, on October 25th, 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!

10/01/2018

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 23 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 October Stamp of the Month is entitled Thanks and Giving (S1810) (Set of  16).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:



Fall is in the air.  I felt like digging into the Grateful Heart paper pack and using lots of gold embossing powder.  Here's my card.


I stamped the beautiful flower bough from the October Stamp of the Month onto White Daisy Cardstock (X6027) using Versamark ink (Z891) and embossed with our Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066).  The frame is from the Grateful Heart - Scrapbooking stamp set (D1794) and is also embossed with gold embossing powder.  Then I used our watercolor paint set (Z3132) and our small round waterbrush (Z3224) to lightly add color.  The "blessed" sentiment comes from the Grateful Heart - Cardmaking stamp set (C1727) and is stamped with New England Ivy Ink (Z2835).

I couldn't resist so I stamped the heart from the October Stamp of the Month and, yes, it is also embossed with gold embossing powder.  I embellished with a New England Burlap Ribbon (Z4170) bow and 3 Gold Glitter gems (Z3312).

The October 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 October 1 – October 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, {Vickie ODell} 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. 

9/13/2018

In Any Case. . . with Melinda and Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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In Any Case with ... Melinda



and Melissa



Good evening! And the new Holiday Expressions Catalog is live now! What a big bunch of gorgeous products! Let me know if you would like one or if you would like to place an order on my website, Close to My Heart will send you one with your order.



I just love getting a new catalog with a ton of new artwork to choose from. I chose to CASE the Fabulous card on page 86. 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 always need birthday cards and this saying from Fabulous Birthday (C1747) is adorable! This card is 5.5" x 4.25" and I used one of the card bases and envelopes from our value pack (which is such a great deal!). I took a patterned paper from Oh What Fun Paper Pack (X7238B) measuring 5.5" x 4.25". The White Daisy cardstock is next measuring 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". The Peach cardstock (X5988) strip measures 4.25" x 1.25", and then the White Daisy circle is cut using the next to the largest circle from our Basic Circles Thin Cut Set (Z3318). The Smoothie cardstock circle (X6022) is cut with the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts Set (Z4181).

This card was a surprise to me. I didn't realize that it used the Opaque Matte Texture paste (Z4245) that is a new addition to our catalog. I also didn't realize that it was colored using our Peach reinker. It was also supposed to be colored with our Mint reinker, but I didn't have that yet so I painted over the peach texture paste with the Mint Glitter Brush. Do you realize how much fun this was? I got to cut a stencil using the new Stencil Sheets (Z4244) and my Cricut Artistry Collection (Z3500). So easy.

So here's some tips.

  • I mixed the reinker with the texture paste on a tupperware lid. Add a little at a time because you want it to be pastel.
  • I used washi tape to adhere the stencil to the White Daisy cardstock so it would not move while I was applying the texture paste
  • I applied the texture paste with one of our palette knives (Z4247) and spread it over the stencil like I was frosting a cake - I gave it a thin coat
  • Once I had covered the stencil, I removed the washi tape and washed the stencil so I can use it again
  • It took about 30 minutes for the texture paste to dry hard
  • The Silver Tinsel embossing powder (Z4248) embossed just like our silver embossing powder - you can see it melt
  • I used our Anti-Static Pouch (Z4220) before I embossed the image
  • The Silver Embossing Thread (Z4213) is wrapped over the Thin 3D foam tape and then popped up on the Peach cardstock strip

I finished off the card with our new Silver Glitter Gems (Z4191).

Here are the additional supplies I used for this project..
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)

Tune in again, on September 27th, 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!

9/10/2018

Close to My Heart Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions 
New Product Blog Hop! 

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

Did you hear that our latest catalog, Holiday Expressions was released on September 1st.  I am over the moon with the best catalog I have seen.  So many products, so little time.

Right away I jumped on the Shaker and Confetti Thin Cuts (Z4309)




 and Shaker Window Foam and Acetate (Z4310).  The Window foam is foam tape that is formed in a circle for you to make the shaker with.  It is continuous so none of your goodies escape, making a shaker card very easy to put together.


In the next few months I will be making a lot of these cards.  Have I told you I loved them?

I used the Boutique Paper Pack (X7235B) and the Fabulous Birthday Stamp Set (C1747).  Here is my card.


I stamped the cupcake with Charcoal Ink (Z2831), the frosting is Ballerina (Z6501), the sprinkles are Sugarplum (Z6500), the candle is Glacier Ink (Z2841), and the flame is Saffron Ink (Z2851).

And check out the Silver Sequins - Loose (Z4304).  There are sequins and teeny stars.  Turns your cards into really WOWZAS!

Just a few tips.  Static is not your friend with this card.  Static causes your sequins to clump and not move.  So it was fantastic that Close to My Heart also included the Anti-static Pouch (Z4220) in this catalog. The way I get rid of static is probably overkill, but so be it.  I take the non-scratch film off the acetate window and wash the window with soapy water, rinse and dry (I used an anti-static cloth - don't laugh at me).  Then I cut the circle out using the thin cuts and stamped it.  I ran the anti-static pouch over the circle.  Then I took out the sequins, and yes, I pounced the anti-static pouch on them as well.  

I applied the foam circle to the stamped circle and poured some table salt on the stamped circle and swirled it around, making sure to touch the exposed foam circle.  Then I poured the sequins in the recess, pounced a little anti-static powder on the inside of the acetate window and placed it on the foam circle.  Then I applied Liquid Glass (Z679) around the edge of the acetate window and applied the charcoal circle on top of this.  

My card shakes pretty well now and the sequins aren't sticking together so I am pretty thrilled with the end result.  Hope you like it too! 


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Michelle Loncar} and see what she has made.

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

9/01/2018

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Just Treats

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Catherine Nowak'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 September Stamp of the Month is entitled Just Treats (S1809) (Set of  22).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





I absolutely LOVE techniques.  I saw a video showing Jill Broadbent from Close to My Heart trying some different watercolor type techniques.  This technique doesn't use watercolor paints but it is a ton of fun to make.  Here is a video showing the background technique.



Once the background dried, I was really in the mood to play with the new Shaker Thin Cuts (Z4309)


and Shaker Window Foam and Acetate (Z4310).  And don't forget the two different packs of Loose Sequins - Silver (Z4304) and Gold (Z4235).

These are all from our new catalog that went live today.  So many new products, so little time.



So I made two different cards using the Just Treats Stamp Set.  Here they are.  The first one is very feminine and I love the colors.


I cut out a few black glitter hearts with the Shaker window thin cuts.  This is honestly the best product we have put out in a very long time.  So easy to use.  I am loving it! The black and white strip at the bottom is actually stamped with the stamp in this stamp set using the best quick drying black ink, Intense Black (Z4189) and the two gems on either side are the new Sugarplum Glitter Gems (Z4192).  The black circle surrounding the shaker window is from our Halloween paper pack called Hello Pumpkin Paper Pack (X7236B).

The next card's background was made using the same reinker colors in the card above.  It was just applied to Tangerine Cardstock (retired) instead of White Daisy Cardstock (X6027).  What a difference, huh?


I decided to make a Halloween card.  I used some die cuts from our Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (Z3299).  Gotta have some bling so I matted the background piece I made with our Black Glitter Paper (Z3236).

Supplies Used (coming soon)
Shaving Cream
Skewer
Raspberry Reinker (Z2712)
Thistle Reinker (Z2740)
Tangerine Reinker
Black Reinker (Z2205)
Pansy Cardstock (X6012)
Charcoal Cardstock (X5999)
Black Cardstock (X6028)
Ballerina Cardstock (X5944)
Marigold ShinHan Marker (Z2457)
Peony ShinHan Marker (Z2462)

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.  This stamp set is only available between September 1 – September 30, 2018.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Vickie ODell} 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. 

8/23/2018

In Any Case... with Melinda and Melissa


Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 8 pm CT, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.
As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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

In Any Case with ... Melinda



and Melissa



Good evening! This is the last week for our Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalogs. These have been really good catalogs but the new Holiday Expressions is fantastic!

So this is my last project from the Annual Inspirations catalog and I am CASEing the pocket card made with our You are Here Cricut Collection. I am going to share my entire project with you so you are getting a bonus! Oh and what do I mean by CASE? Copy and Share EVERYTHING!

Melissa is on vacation this week but will return for the next In Any Case ...............


Scroll down to see my version of the Picture My Life Card I CASEd from the catalog. While you are scrolling, please look at my pages.


Base pages.


Left base page and first page of Flip Flap pages.


Close up of first flip flap page.


Close up of second flip flap page.


Oops!!! There it is.


Last flip flap page and right base pagel

No stamping in this project but lots of Cricut Cuts from our Flower Market Cricut Collection (Z3290) and our You are Here Cricut Collection (Z3389).

This project uses our Memory Protectors (Design 2) (4113) to make what I am referring to flip flap pages.  This type of page creates a whole bunch of WOW!!! because it just keeps flipping and you can add tons more pictures.

I am selling this particular project in kit form for $28 plus shipping.  Contact me at mkgmt@aol.com if you would like to purchase one and I will figure out the shipping cost.  I only have a few left.

Here are the additional supplies I used for this project..
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)

Tune in again, on September 13th, 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!

8/06/2018

Here's To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here's to You Blog Hop.


    
This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 15 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Here's to You Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The Here’s to You special features a workshop kit inspired by one of life’s special occasions, a wedding. To celebrate these moments, the Here’s to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create one 12" x 12" page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions!

I love the workshop that is featured with this promotion but I wanted to show you how you can use it for different occasions.

I like to surf through blogs and Facebook groups to find cards and other artwork ideas that I can share with my customers.  I found this card design on a Facebook group and knew it would be perfect with these stamp sets.

Let me give you some basic instructions to make it.  Take a 5.5" x 11" piece of Willow Cardstock (X5970)  and score it 4.25", 7", and 9.75".  I cut the patterned paper from the Central Park Paper Pack  (X7231B) at .25" smaller than the panel. so I have 2 pieces that are 1" x 5.25", 1 at 4.25" x 5.5", and another at 2.5" x 5.25".  I also cut a piece of White Daisy Cardstock (1385) at 2.5" x 5.25".  The front Willow Cardstock panel is 3" x 4.25".  The patterned paper is 2 7/8" x 4 1/8".  The front panel is adhered to the thin front panel of the card.

I stamped the front sentiment in Pacifica Ink (Z2892).



And I stamped the inside sentiment in Glacier Ink (Z2841).



I added a few Central Park Sequins (Z4178).  This was a very easy card to make.



Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Gina Brandstetter's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

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

8/01/2018

For the Love of Crafting - August SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 

    
This month I am following {Kimberly Bower's blog}   We have 27 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 August Stamp of the Month is entitled For the Love of Crafting (S1808) (Set of  9).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





Since I am a crafter I really, really LOVE these stamps!  I cannot use them all on one project so I will be pulling them out again and again.

One of my fellow Close to My Heart Consultants, Naomi Smith, showed me how to make a slider card.  It is super easy but makes a special card that can hold a gift card if you'd like.  Combined with the August SOTM, and you have a card that you could give to your favorite crafter and enclose a gift card they could use to purchase their favorite Close to My Heart products!

First I want to show you a short video showing the card in action.



I like to assemble scrapbooking kits.  I used the Picture My Life - Love Us cards (X7234E) in this kit but I had some left over so I decorated my card with a few of the leftovers.  This is my slider card closed.



And here it is when you pull the slider up.


Supplies Used
Linen Cardstock (X5946) 
Charcoal Cardstock (X5953)
Bashful Cardstock (X5941)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Blossom Stamp Pad (Z2810)
Charcoal Stamp Pad (Z2831)
Stitched Hearts Die Cut (Z4182)
August Stamp of the Month (S1808)

The August 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 August 1 – August 31, 2018.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Michelle 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.