Saturday, September 24, 2016

Whimsy ~ Card Display Board September 2016

Coffee Cup - Gift Card Holder ~ Whimsy Fundamentals
She has an SVG file I wasn’t able to use so I questimated and simply glued the edges and bottom of 2 layers of patterned paper with the "lids" cut off and the gift card insert is the white daisy coffee cup cut short so it would fit..

 

           Card Front                                              Gift card holder insert

White Daisy CS cut with the Artistry Circut Cartridge (pg. 5) @ 5 ½ inches – and cutting off 1/2” from the bottom so it would fit   Add an “envelope” to hold the gift card: cut patterned paper 3 ¼ X 3 ¾. Use a 1” circle punch to create the dip to be able to pull out the card.  Fold under ½ inch on the bottom and sides, miter the corners and glue the folded tabs to the middle of the cup. I trimmed ~ ½ “ from the bottom so it would insert completely.  Draw a line to show the edges of the lid – Marvy - LePen (Z1979) The White Daisy cup card holder is inserted into a “Cup” created from two cuts of Whimsy patterned paper – one that is 1/8” wider and another that is ½ “ wider.  The lid portion of the colored cups are cut off, each side of the widest paper is folded back ¼ “ to create tabs that are glued onto the sides of the other patterned paper, and the bottom is also glued leaving the top open to insert the “White Daisy Cup” holding the Gift Card. 

The coffee cup sleeve is cut from Kraft CS (Z1375) cut slightly wider so that I could create a realistic look byusing the lined embossing folder.  A “crimper” would also work. Before crimping/embossing, stamp with “Thanks So Much” from “All the Thanks” (B1536)  Put it all together. Pull up the lid and out comes the gift card.


3 x 3 card ~ Whimsy Fundamentals

White daisy base cut at 6”X3” and folded in half. First layer, Smoothie CS cut at 2 7/8” and inked around the edges with Smoothie ink.  Second layer, Whimsy diagonal pink cut at 2 3/4”, distress the edges, and using the “Way to Go” (D1700) stamp, add the hearts, wavy stamp, stamp inside the wavy lines and stamp the solid circles using Smoothie. The white and gold ribbon (Z3189) is died with diluted Smoothie ink – just squeeze the lid with the ink pad closed and ink adheres to the inside of the lid, open, add a little water to the ink on the lid and you have “water colors”.  The sentiment -“This card is a paper hug” from “True Love” (D1711) is stamped on a white CS chevron cut tab, inked around the edges and popped up with foam tape The shimmer brush was used on the hearts, and the wavy lines, and the row of round shapes was embossed with clear embossing powder.

 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card ~ Whimsy Fundamentals       


                                                                                
Blue Love paper strip with one row of LOVE (length cut at 5”) inked around the edge with Crystal blue, glued to a 3 ¾” X 5” white daisy CS, also inked around the edges. The banner base was cut from the Whimsy blue striped paper using the new Cricut Cartridge, Flower Market, pg.14. The top layer is cut from Sea Glass glitter paper. The friends banner is adhered to the card over ½” strips of Whimsy patterned paper and ribbon with a knotted strip of the blue love ribbon covering the middle strip.  The strip above the bottom Love strip was created using a background stamp from the Flower Market Cricut Collection.  

Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter T

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter "T".  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "element"
 will be featured in their post.
If you came from Lauren Moore's blog, you're on the right track! The blog is a circle of three, you can view the links to each at the bottom of Catherine's blog.
I'm eager to see what the other ABC inspired crafters have dreamed up for their "T". My "T" is for the "T" key on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. 
It's been a lot of fun exploring the pages of this new cartridge
- 700 images: Shapes, layers, banners, borders, titles, & font!

Flower Market letter "T" Page 15 
Sea Glass CS and Glitter paper."Be Strong"- Title & Container
Hibiscus Flowers pg. 30 Smoothie CS and ink
Flower centers Canary CS with Clear Sparkles.
Rustic Home Ribbon & Whimsy Ribbon

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is Catherine Nowak of CatScrapbooking.  I hope you've enjoyed these "T" creations and consider joining us for the "U" hop - we would love to have U-hop with us.  And don't forget, Please leave a comment, I really do read them, so would love to get some feedback and encouragement .  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop!  

We will be featuring art from our new Holiday Expressions catalog that went live the first of September. If you came here from Michelle Loncar's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:   http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using NEW CTMH products and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Holiday Expressions celebrates the Holidays for the next four months; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  This is a busy time of the year and to have coordinated stamps, papers, embellishments, the new Cricut "City Sidewalks" Digital Collection and the CTMH Cricut Cartridge Flower Market, life is flowing the in the fast lane: quick and easy cards and layouts at our fingertips.  The choices of paper packs are fun, fabulous and  flexible - think outside the box.  
We have a choice of 4 paper collections that will be showcased each month: Jeeper Creepers - September, Swan Lake - October City Sidewalks - November,  Oh Deer - December!  However, for this blog hop, you will see all four paper collections displayed..  I really cannot decide which paper is a favorite, however, I must say I'm partial to the browns, fern, juniper, sea glass combination of the "Oh Deer!" collection.  I also love the speed of using the new Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection designed to compliment City Sidewalks for quick and easy Christmas projects. 
So many choices! 

This card shows the many designs of Oh Deer!
The stars are from the "Oh Deer" Compliments!

I'm sending this to my brother who is having some medical problems.  
He loves the outdoors; their home is in a woods where there are deer visiting on a regular basis.


Now "Hop" on over to Jacuelin Green's Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun inspirations! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get these new items and other items that catch your fancy!

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Flower Power

Welcome to the September Technique Blog Hop
For the September CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature "Flower Market", the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge.  So I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas produced that we will find on this  hop.   If you are coming from Melissa Robinson of My Heartfelt Sentiments, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants on Melissa's blog right HERE.  This month we have approximately 7 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.  Here we go!  I've been wanting to create a card using the bicycle. So here's my creation from Flower Market - letter "S" pg. 22.


The card is 5X7 ~ White Daisy
The black ribbon is from Uptown Ribbon Pack and 
the lacy ribbon is from Rustic Home
for the bike I used my favorite glitter paper ~Sea Glass 
I cut the bike at 2 1/2 inches and the flowers were cut at 1 inch. 
(from canary CS and the darker shade was inked with Saffron).
The sentiment is from Heartfelt Thoughts C1661

I've also posted a couple other "Flower Market" cards on previous hops.
1.  The baby buggy from pg. posted for the CTMH New Product Blog Hop 
 2. The teapot was used for a card for the Everything ABC's Blog Hop - letter R using the "R" key pg 
3.  I will also be posting another card using the "T" key for the Everything ABC's - letter T hop that goes live on Saturday, 9/24/16 at 7 AM PST.

to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  
Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  
Enjoy the Hop!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter S

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter "S".  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "element"
 will be featured in their post.
then you're on the right track! The blog is a complete circle, if you started here you can work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of Catherine's blog.
I cannot wait to see all the "S" inspired expressions of creativity. My "S" is for the September Stamp of the Month. One of my all time favorites!  Every month Close to My Heart promotes a special D size stamp set that you can get for $5 when you order $50 in Close To My Heart products.  The SOTM for September is "Blessed Beyond Measure" a set of 19 stamps. I feel so very blessed and grateful for God's love and grace - He is forever faithful.  

I Used Desert Sand to random stamp "Blessed" in 3 generations.  The leaves are cut with the Artbooking CTMH cartridge Pg. 72 at 2" and 1 1/2", watercolored, stamped, crumpled and covered with Shimmer using our new Shimmer Brush.  I also used our new poppy colored ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack and the jute ribbon from Rustic Home Ribbon Pack.  The bow was created by pulling apart the jute ribbon.  I love this card and hope it will soon be a blessing to a friend.  I enjoy making cards, though slow to send them, so I'm now acknowledging my hording tendencies and publicly committing to sending a card or two each week. 

I also used this stamp set in two other blog hops.
For the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog hop, I created this card.
For the CTMH Technique Blog Hop, I created a small one page mini album with pockets, I've since added a couple small flip flaps creating even more room for additional comments/photos.

Cover
(Paper from the retired Florence Paper Pack)
Gold Ribbon from our new Uptown Ribbon Pack

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is Lauren Moore of CTMH Craftings.  I hope you've enjoyed the inspiring creations along the way.  I really do read the comments, so would love to get some feedback and encouragement .  
Maybe for letter "T" you would like to join us?  If you are interested in checking out the monthly SOTM you can find them each month on my CTMH website HERE.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH National Stamping Month Blog Hop!   
We will be featuring this month's Constant Campaign, 
Create Happiness. 

Celebrate National Stamping Month this September by making hand-stamped cards to create a little more kindness in the world!  Our Create Kindness card kit contains all of the supplies you'll need to create 24 beautiful handmade cards, with sentiments perfect for brightening someone's day!
If you came here from Haley Dyer ~ The Inky Scrapper you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, the list of participants can be found HERE

This month we have approximately 22 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Create Kindness Card Kit along with other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I decided to use the card kit to make a gift card holder - "card within a card".  The card base is Kraft paper, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.  The 3X3 card envelope from the kit was decorated and used to hold the gift card and glued inside the card.  For the front of the card, I had fun cutting apart the premade 3X3 cards creating a geometric design.   The scalloped edge was created using a corner rounder,  and the scalloped circle and oval were cut using the retired Art Philosophy cricut cart.   The green ribbon is from the whimsy ribbon pack. The scalloped green circle and oval were cut from the new willow green paper found in the Adventure fundamental collection.


 
The "Have a Happy Day" and oval stamp are from the "True Love" stamp set. $7 from the sale of this stamp is donated to Operation Smile providing surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates in children.  

Now "Hop" on over to Jacquelin Green of Paper Goodness to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, this special is only available September 2016. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get the Create Kindness Card Kit!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September SOTM Blog Hop (Blessed Beyond Measure)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 
 We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is "Blessed Beyond Measure", a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Melinda Everitt, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE

This month we have  approximately 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on! Here we go!


I like Poppy, so inked the Whimsy Sorbet patterned paper with Poppy ink.  The paper used for the smaller leaf and the 5 smaller leaves is from the Saffron paper from the Enchantment Fundamentals.. The leaves were "Cricut cut" using Artbooking according to the instructions found on the Blessed Beyond Measure carrier sheet instructions.  I added gold sequins with clear sparkles, a strip of gold shimmer trim, Rustic Home jute ribbon, and a strip of the Whimsey Sorbet paper with more Poppy ink and stamped with a pattern from the Flower Market Stamp background stamp set (chocolate). The 5 smaller leaves also have a texture stamped in chocolate.  The "paint strokes" are Stamped in Poppy - 3 generations using the Brushstrokes (C1608) stamp set. 

Now "Hop" on over to Jean McNulty  see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the September SOTM is only available until August September 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter R

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter "R".  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "element"
 will be featured in their post.
If you came from Catherine Nowack's blog,
then you're on the right track!  It's a busy time with summer vacations and the start of school for many of us and so for the letter "R" we were are posting only 3 links. 
Maybe for letter "S" you would like to join us!?
Catherine Nowack ~ Catscrapbooking
Darlys Recker ~ Crafty Happy
Lauren Moore ~ CTMH Craftings
I hope you enjoy the "R" inspired expressions of creativity. 
My letter "R" inspiration is from the letter "R" on our new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. Loving this cartridge!
I also often use Ribbons on my cards.

For this card I used the "R" key on the Flower Market Cricut cartridge pg. 14.  The tea pot (icon) and flowers (flowers 1) were cut at 1 3/4 the banner (title) at 2 1/4.  I used sea glass glitter paper, sea glass cardstock for the tea pot and the patterned paper from Whimsey (Juniper inked with sea glass - mini pigment pad) for the flowers, banner and "ribbon strip".  I also used the retired glacier thick twine for additional ribbon and topped the flowers with  clear sparkles.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is Lauren Moore of CTMH Craftings.  I hope you've enjoyed the inspiring creations along the way and encourage us with some comments.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Color Dare #207--Yellows Challenge

Oh OH! I thought this challenge closed Thursday night at midnight. It helps to read all directions.  Hmmm....novel thought!  I'll check tomorrow and get the NEW challenge done EARLY!!  Currently, I'm looking into joining more challenges since I will be working only 3 days a week this year. Giving me a partial retirement.  Wahoo!!!

Welcome back to another Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.

The challenge is to use the specified Close to My Heart colors to create something that you like.  If you don't have the CTMH colors yet you may substitute similar colors so you can still join in on the fun!  This week the challenge is to use all and only these featured colors: Saffron, Canary, White Daisy and Gold.

I love monochromatic so this was fun for me.

I used white daisy and stamped it with the background stamps from the new CTMH Flower Market Cricut Bundle using the leaves stamped in saffron one white daisy, dots stamped in canary on white daisy, and stripes stamped in saffron on saffron.  I also cut strips from the new fundamentals Whimsey canary and Enchantment saffron patterned paper.  The flower is 3 hand-cut "circles" using canary CS stamped with saffron, inked with the leaves texture, crumpled and distress-inked the edges.

Monday, August 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Passionate about Pockets

Welcome to the August Technique Blog Hop
For the August CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature "Pockets" Flip Flaps, the new Pocket Plus and any other type of pockets.  So I'm excited to see the variety of pocketing techniques we will find on this  hop.   If you are coming from Haley Dyer, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants on Melissa's blog right HERE.  This month we have approximately 8 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using one or more technique to add pockets along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.  Here we go!  
My Florence Mini-Album with 6 pockets, and soon to have many more with the addition of Flip Flaps. (I'm currently out of state, working with limited resources while I travel with my hubby.)
The base of the mini album was made with one page of the  Florence Paper Pack.  
Opening one page, you can see it has been expanded to 5 - 3X3 pages that can hold messages, photos, images and pockets as the lower 3X3 illustrates.  This is a work in progress and I'm curious to see how many 3X3 pages and will get by adding pockets and Flip Flaps  I also used the Florence Pocket zip strips and ready made pocket pages, cut to fit the mini album.  Our new Annual Inspirations book has an entire sections on pocket scrapbooking! Picture My Life watercolor cards, overlays and tabbed journaling cards.
For 12 X 12 layouts there are also Memory Protectors Pockets Plus.  My oh MY!  the choices and combinations are endless.


Now, hop on over to Jenifer Benner's blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  Enjoy the Hop!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter Q

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter "Q".  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "element"
 will be featured in their post.
If you came from Danielle Wagner's blog,
then you're on the right track! The blog is a complete circle, if you started here you can work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of Catherine's blog.
I cannot wait to see all the "Q" inspired expressions of creativity. 
My letter "Q" inspiration is from the letter "Q" on our new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
I'm really enjoying the new Flower Market cricut cartridge,  Not only does it have tons of flowers, but also containers to use with them.  I used the jar cut from the velum, inked the edges, added water color for water in the jar and  White twine colored with Glacier ink (I'm traveling and didn't have Sea Glass with me - opps!)  I backed the jar with White Daisy and the White Daisy with the new Rustic Home Fundamentals and a touch of  Sea Glass glitter paper.   

For this month's CTMH Annual Inspirations New Product blog, I also used the Q key on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge for a Baby Card.
Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is Lauren Moore of CTMH Craftings.  I hope you've enjoyed the inspiring creations along the way and encourage us with some comments.  
Maybe for letter "R" you would like to join us!?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

CTMH Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Annual Inspriations New Product Blog Hop!  We will be featuring art from our new annual catalogue that went live the first of  August.  If you have come here from 
Sheila Bennett's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using NEW CTMH products and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

This 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card is made using our new color Sea Glass, which is featured for only one year.  I used the Sea Glass cardstock embossed with the new Wood Slats embossing folder.  I used the new Cricut Cartridge Flower Market to cut the baby buggy in the Sea Glass glitter paper at 3 inches, daisy white CS cut at 3 1/2 inches and again seaglass cut at 3 1/2. I used the Sea Glass patterned paper from Whimsy fundamentals to create the accordion top to the baby buggy and the lace edge was cut from the same paper using Art Philosophy which is only available this month while supplies last.  The Banner is from the You and Me Compliments.  I couldn't find the Congrats stamp so hand wrote the sentiment.  The bow is from the White twine died with the new Sea Glass mini pigment ink pad.

Now "Hop" on over to Vicki ODell's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get these new items and other items that catch your fancy!