5/30/2022

Hope & Kindness Artwork

 


For National Scrapbooking Month, Close to My Heart has released a gorgeous paper suite called Hope & Kindness.  Don't you just love the title?  I do.


with an accompanying stamp set + thin cuts 

 and a very elegant set of doily thin cuts that you MUST have in your craft stash.  
I finished putting the Scrapbooking workshop that one of our Makers designed for this promotion and had a lot of scraps left so I decided to make some cards with them.  Here they are:


This card used leftover patterned paper, cardstock, and a PML card from the PML card sheet from Hope & Kindness.  I added a die cut from the promotion and 4 stickers. And check out the Platinum Stickles in the middle of the flowers.  Easy peasy, but very pretty.


With this card, I was just playing.  I used the large doily thin cut and cut a 4" x 6" PML card.  It didn't fit but I just wanted the center to fit so I could make a Shaker Card.  I used a large circle Thin Cut to cut the part of the doily I wanted and then cut the center out with our largest Circles Thin Cuts.  Then I made a shaker with our Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts and Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate.  Then I over-filled it with our Bright Bitty Beads. I added our Rose Gold Shimmer Trim.  The background paper is the Cardstock from the Hope & Kindness paper suite.  Isn't this cool?


My last card is a 4" x 6" PML card that was too pretty not to use.  I stamped "heart" and "with all my" with Harbour Ink onto the Sage Cardstock from this promotion.  The rest of the card is just a few flowers I fussy cut from the pattern paper and popped up with foam tape plus the die cuts and the beautiful doily I cut using the Fancy Doily thin cuts and White Daisy Cardstock. I also added some Platinum Stickles. 

So, run, do not walk, and get the Hope & Kindness Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Workshops.  They are truly gorgeous and you will not be unhappy with your purchases. Or save 20% and get the entire Hope & Kindness product line!!

And please go check the rest of our Consultant Artwork at our Facebook group.  You can purchase this promotion as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website.


4/25/2022

Wild Berry Blast Blog Hop

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, My Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 9 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Wild Berry Blast Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

One of our favorite aspects of our Close To My Heart color palette is the Color of the Year! To celebrate our love for our current Color of the Year, Wild Berry, we’ve put together an incredible special full of Wild Berry-coordinated products! Some of these products are familiar and are available in our Core Products catalog, others are exclusive and can only be purchased through the Wild Berry Blast special.

At the forefront of the exclusive products is the Wild Berry Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and the Wild Berry Coordinating Cardstock. This specialized paper selection features holographic and foil accents, along with some fun UV-coated patterns on the stickers and specialty cardstock. Wild Berry Blast also includes a selection of exclusive chipboard die-cuts and its very own stamp set! All of these exclusive products are available individually, or you can get them together in the Wild Berry Blast Product Bundle at a 20% discount!

In addition to the exclusive Wild Berry Blast products, we’ve also got some incredible deals on existing Wild Berry products, including the Wild Berry cardstock, glitter paper, dots, sequins, and so much more! With deals up to 20%-off on the familiar Wild Berry products you love, Wild Berry Blast is guaranteed to be an unforgettable celebration of the 2021–2022 Color of the Year!

The items and deals included in the Wild Berry Blast special are available from April 1–30 while supplies last. 

Normally I am not a "pink person" but when I saw the beautiful cardstock and the adorable patterned paper, I was hooked.


I couldn't wait to work with it.  I made 3 different cards:



Each of my cards use the Wild Berry Blast Cardstock and the Wild Berry Blast Patterned Paper with Stickers.  I used the stickers for my sentiments in each of these cards to make it fast and easy to put together.  I also used the Sunburst Die to make the background.  I intended to make only one card, but I had so many pieces cut that I made two more.  I still have more pieces I can make with more leftover pieces.  I also added Wild Berry Glitter Gems to each of my cards.


In this card I balanced the Wild Berry with some Gold Glitter Paper.  This makes for a very elegant card.



With this card I added some Ballerina Glitter Paper and Nectarine Cardstock.  The flowers are cut out using our Layered Flowers Thin Cuts.  These are my all-time favorite flower die cuts.








And finally, I added our Silver Foil Paper to go with the Silver Embossed Cardstock from the Wild Berry Blast Cardstock.  I also added Silver Embellishing Thread.
Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Katy Taylor of ScrappinKaty} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

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


4/17/2022

National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop

     



    

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, My Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

National Scrapbooking Day is one of my favorite "Scrapbooking Holidays".  Close to My Heart knows how to do it well and is offering 5 different Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Workshops and will be holding a big celebration on May 6th and 7th on their Facebook page.  Join them as they put these fabulous workshops together and do giveaways.  This is a great way to pick up some tips and learn some new techniques.

In this blog hop we will show you how to use some of these products in different pieces of artwork.  I needed some little treat pouches for an event I am holding and I just adore the stamp set images in A Toast to You Cardmaking Workshop Kit.


Here are my treat pouches:




Let me tell you about my treat pouch.  It is called a diaper fold treat pouch.  They take a 6" x 6" piece of double sided paper.  Woo hoo!!  I looked on my website and found that a retired product was still available on my website.  It is a bundle of 6" x 6" pieces of double sided paper called our Bright Bundle - win, win!!

I stamped the cute taco and sentiment with Intense Black Ink and then colored it with these TriBlend Markers:  Citrus Green Blend; Coral Blend; Coral Shades; Gold Brown Blend; and Gold Yellow Blend.

I matted the stamped images with scraps and I doodled around the edges with a Black Journaling Pen.

The National Scrapbooking Day Promotion is available until May 31, 2022 or while supplies last and can be purchased 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, 
{Darlys Recker} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

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





4/01/2022

April SOTM Blog Hop - Message in A Bottle

    

    

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

The April Stamp of the Month is entitled Message in a Bottle  (S2204) (Set of  21).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:


  
Such a pretty stamp set.  It just begged to be colored in with our TriBlend Markers.  I wanted each of my bottles to be a different color like some of the old bottles I have seen in thrift stores.

Here is my card:




I "washed" the background with our Gold Shimmer Brush.  It makes it very sparkly.  I colored the stars in the middle bottle with the Sundance Shimmer Brush and the circle in that same bottle with the Raspberry Shimmer Brush.  I also added Platinum Stickles to that middle bottle.

The corks are stamped with Toffee Ink, and the table grain is added with our Black Journaling Pen.

I used the black word patterned paper from our March-April Mix In Paper Pack.

The April Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  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 April 1 – April 30, 2022.  

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, of Creations 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.

2/01/2022

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Here's the Story

   


    

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 February Stamp of the Month is entitled Here's the Story  (S2202) (Set of  26).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:


  
I wanted to make a card for my daughter-in-law using this stamp set.  My son is in the Navy and has orders to go to Cuba for 18 months.  They have 3 boys and my son is a very active father.  His presence will be greatly missed.  I want to remind my daughter-in-law that she is not alone and I would love to help.

Here is my card:



I love these kind of cards that use scraps.  I cut 3/4" strips from the As You Grow Paper Pack and placed the strips as I liked on this card front.  The pieced panel was adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape. I love dimension to add some interest to my artwork.  

The sentiment and the outline is from the February Stamp of the Month and is stamped in Harbour Ink onto White Daisy Cardstock.  You will see stickers from the As Your Grow Paper Pack with Stickers.  I colored a wooden flower from the Wood Flower Embellishments with Mulberry Shimmer Brush and I applied a Silver Glitter Gem in the middle of the flower.  Then sentiment is adhered onto Harbour Glitter Paper.

The February Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  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 February 1 – February 28, 2022.  

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

1/18/2022

January/February New Product Blog Hop

 

Hi There!  I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 13 Close to My Heart Makers participating in our January/February New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  


So, now let me show you my layout:




I used the Sweet as Honey Paper Pack with Stickers along with our Black Glitter Paper to make this layout.  I matted my photos and the center panel with our Solid Core Black Cardstock.  I applied ink with a honeycomb stencil I made on my Cricut.   I added some Gold Glitter Gems, and , of course, I just had to add dimension with our Thin 3D Foam Tape.





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, whose blog is CatScrapbooking,} and see what she has made.

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

1/08/2022

Smitten Blog Hop

 



Hi There!  I am following {Melissa Robinson's blog, Heartfelt Sentiments}   We have 7 Close to My Heart Makers participating in our Smitten Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

So let me first tell you about this wonderful promotion.  Get an early start on your Valentine’s Day celebrations with the Smitten collection! This adorable Valentine’s Day-themed collection incorporates a fun variety of vibrant colors and designs, all of which are reflected in a new paper packet, sticker sheet, stamp set, and Thin Cuts metal dies. Smitten makes a wonderful base for all your Valentine’s Day projects.

Smitten’s cheery paper packet, sticker selection, stamps, and Thin Cuts are all showcased in the Smitten Product Bundle and the Smitten Workshop Kit, both of which are available at a 20% discount! The Smitten Workshop Kit includes all the materials you’ll need to create twelve slimline cards, two scrapbook layouts, and a variety of cute treat holders. The instructions for this workshop will be available for download on my Maker website. The Smitten Product Bundle includes the Smitten Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, the Smitten Coordinating Cardstock, and the Smitten Stamp + Thin Cuts, so you get all the Smitten products you need to design and create your own projects, all at a discount!

We will also be hosting virtual crafting events for the Smitten Workshop on January 27 and January 31 on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page, via Facebook live. During the January 27 event, we’ll work through the cutting guides for the entire workshop and create the scrapbook layouts and cards. On January 31, we’re turning the event into a special CTMH Kids Crafts event with Close To My Heart President, Monica Wihongi’s daughter, Maya! During this kid’s event, Maya will be teaching viewers how to create the fun treat holders that round out this workshop.

The Smitten suite will be available from December 1 through February 28, while supplies last.

So, now let me show you my layout:




My layout base is the Ballerina Cardstock from the Smitten Cardstock Paper Pack.  I used the Smitten Patterned Paper Pack + Stickers.  I grabbed a sheet of Nectarine Cardstock to bring in the Nectarine in this pattern.  I embellished with the Capri Shimmer Trim and the white dots from the Black and White Dots Pack.  I also doodled with our Black .05 Journaling Pen.  And, of course, I wanted to add dimension with our Thin 3D Foam Tape.

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, {Kim Loewen} and see what she has made.

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





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.