Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September SOTM Blog Hop - Paper Garden

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 
We will be featuring September's SOTM
which is Paper Garden, a set of 10 stamps.
If you have come here from Catherine Nowak, 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 39 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the September 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 one! Here we go!  



I've used the Pinwheel Fold card to show the September Stamp of the Month and the Evermore paper. The outer flowers were cut with the Cricut cartridge and stamped in Sunset ink.  The inside flowers were inked with Eggplant as was the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Perfect Picture (D1681) from our new Cricut Cartridge, Artistry, the frame was cut from the cartridge.  The belly-band was cut with the Cricut.  The leaves were stamped with fern ink on fern paper, cut with the Cricut cartridge Artiste, sanded and then veins were dry embossed and the leaves folded and curled to create a 3-D effect. Along with the leaves, I added strands of the extra thick gray twine.  I also added strips of silver shimmer trim next to the sentiment and around the frame some Bitty Sparkles.
Using the Bulk Evernote paper - same folds.

The flowers are inked with Eggplant and the center of the 
front flower was covered with Liquid Glass and inked with the Marigold SinHan marker.
For instructions: check Cathrine Nowacks August SOTM blog
http://catscrapbooking.com/2015/08/01/august-stamp-of-the-month-hop-framed/ - Thank You Cathrine!

Now "Hop" on over to Jean McNulty's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other creative inspiration! Comments are appreciated to encourage our creative endeavors.
I really do read them.


 Remember, the September SOTM is only available until September 30!  Contact your CTMH consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount! Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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, stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "R" element will be featured in their post.
If you came from Lauren's Blog, then you're on the right track. In case you get lost along the way...go to Scrappy Therapy.  She has the list of all the participants. 

This “R” is for the Real Life (B1431) stamp set, Rainbow Random stamping, Red Rossette, plus; "R" is for Recker! my last name!  The Everything ABC's blog hop Really Rocks!  Frequently, I'm clueless what to do; however, giving it some thought...I get inspired. I find that getting creative is Really  Relaxing.  This time I finally used a stamp set I've neglected for a couple years, Reel Life.  This stamp set will never Retire since it has a Cricut cut. WhooHooo!  


Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop
 is also the beginning, Linda Norman of Scrappy Therapy
 Be sure to leave comments. We really read them all. 
I hope you enjoy the inspiration!  

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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, stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "Q" element will be featured in their post.
If you came from Catherine's Blog, then you're on the right track. In case you get lost along the way...go to Scrappy Therapy.  She has the list of all the participants. 

This “Q” is for Quaint Quilt cards.  I'll see how many I can get made.  This is the herringbone faux quilt card.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt7zg32ieHo


Will add more by 6 AM.  Well that did not work well.  I have such great intentions, though also have been sleep deprived.  I sat for a minute and fell asleep all night in the recliner.  I'll post on FB if I get more done. 


Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop
 Be sure to leave comments.  
I hope you enjoy the inspiration!  

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop
For this hop we have 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations featuring CTMH's exclusive Artistry Cricut Bundle including three coordinating stamp sets and a pack of vibrant  new colors. If you have come here from  Paige Dolecki'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.
(Opps!  I just realized that the photo mat I used was also Zoe paper and looks like it's part of the card.  The card base is the  White Daisy and the checkered brown pattern isn't part of the card.  Sorry for the confusion.)
I'm loving Artistry and Zoe.  It's hard to decide what to do.... so many choices.  I like the flower cluster (background pg. 39), I layered it, blinged it,and added the stamped sentiment "Enjoy" and the small flower cluster from the coordinating stamp set D1681.  These were stamped on the shape found on pg. 11.  I had one already cut from stamping the SOTM in white daisy and cut another slightly larger from Sorbet CS.
CTMH Products used.
Z3167 Artistry Cricut Cartridge
X7197B Zoe paper packet
X5751 Sorbet Cardstock
X5772 Canary Cardstock
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z1752 Clear Sparkles
Z3123 GreenTriangles

Now "hop" on over to Gina Brandstetter to see her work!  Be sure to visit all th e consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!






Saturday, August 1, 2015

CTMH August SOTM Blog Hop - Framed


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

 
We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is Framed, a set of 12 stamps.  If you have come here from Tamytha Jenkins, 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 47 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the August 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 one! Here we go!  

I decided to use the starburst pattern to show the six different papers in the Zoe paper pack. I also used  the "Thinking of You" sentiment from this stamp set. It seems that I never have a sympathy card when I need one, I think this will work great. The inside of the card is blank for a personal message. 




Now "Hop" on over to Alyson Mayo'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! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until August 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!  Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.







Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter P

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop
for this hop, we will be featuring the letter "P".  This may be the name of a paper, stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "P" element will be featured in their post.
If you came from Catherine's Blog, then you're on the right track.

This “P” is for Pennant  Banner for a very special Person, my first born granddaughter,  who leaves tomorrow for an adventure half way around the world.  She will be working as an Au Pair for a French family living on Reunion Island 500 miles East of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.  This is the perfect experience for a "gap year" between high school and college.  The Pennant was constructed from the Paper Pack Wanderful (bulk). I also used the  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the letters for  "Bon Voyage" and the pennants.  I also used the new Artistry Cricut Cart. for some of the icons; camera, phone, and suitcase.  Othere icons were found on the Creative Memories Circut Cart. "Traveler"; globe, arrows, airplane, passport, sandels.   Since she's heading to a tropical island,  I found as many tropical island/travel icons that I could find.  Oh the Places she will go!  I was going to use some Picture my life cards on the back to send personal messages; Just ran out of time - the story of my life - time challenged. 






This is a short blog hop with 4 participants. It's been a busy summer!  Linda of Scrappy Therapy is the start of the hop and has the list for each participant. So if you started in the middle of the hop, she is your next stop. Be sure to leave comments. 
 I hope you enjoy the inspiration.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter O

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop

For this hop, we will be featuring the letter "O".  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "O" element will be featured in their post.  
If you came from Wendy Kessler's Blog then you're on the right track.  
In case you get lost along the way...go to Scrappy Therapy

For my "O" creation I use the Ombre technique.  I found a heart overlay from Artbooking that was cut too small for a previous project and decided I would use it to make a card.  I just took a sponge and Hollyhock ink and sponged the  overlay creating a darker hue on the bottom working it to be lighter on top. If I had started with a lighter cardstock the contrast would be even better.  I also took pink glitter gems and applied them from light to dark. I started with clear sparkles, though now think I need to take a pink ShinHan marker to lightly color them. The cut-out hearts and zipstrip are from the Heartstrings paper packet (retired).


All products are CTMH.
 Heartstrings Paper Packet (retired)

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop

 Be sure to leave comments.  
I hope you enjoy the inspiration! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jump on It July Blog Hop

For this hop we have 31 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations featuring 
the CTMH's exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets, 
from the special for July   
(See the list at the end of this blog). 

If you came here from Gina'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. 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! If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog. Here we go! 
For this month only, to help you celebrate life, you can get the stamp of the month for FREE with a qualifying purchase of $25 in current, retail priced stamps.  A super sweet deal!  OR you can get any of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in 
Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 
or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5.   
That is a possible savings of up to $17.95 USD 

July Stamp of the Month
The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.  Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on!  


For this hop, I used the Hostess stamp set, Paper Bird (C1613)

 I love the words stamped on the bird, heart and butterfly.  To show each stamp, I used gold embossing powder and posted them on a pop-up card made using the Circut cartridge Artfully Sent pg. 11.  I backed the tree limb with the brown Jackson paper and used the Blossoms (bulk) for the band on the front of the card backed with lagoon, and the reverse side of Blossom was used inside the card.  I also added some gold glitter paper to outline the cutout items and to create additional trim.  

Card Front
Card inside

Now hop on over and see what creative inspiration
Lauren  has for us. 

These are the hostess stamps
that can be ordered for only $5.

S1507 My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful
C1614 My Acrylix® Tagged with Love
C1613 My Acrylix® Paper Bird
B1477 My Acrylix® Exotic Flower
D1615 My Acrylix® Sweet As Sugar
B1454 My Acrylix® Thanksgiving Wreath
C1596 My Acrylix® Happy Hexagons
C1587 My Acrylix® Sing Glory
B1455 My Acrylix® Be Jolly
C1593 My Acrylix® Hats Off
A1169 My Acrylix® Well Wishes
D1608 My Acrylix® Better with a Friend
B1458 My Acrylix® Cuddly Salutations
A1163 My Acrylix® Practical Planning
This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!
Contact me for more details.

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Simple Shadows - Pg. 102

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!


This month there are 9 of us highlighting the “Simple Shadows Technique " found on Page 102 of the 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.


If you are coming from Catherine's Blog
you are on the right track!

I'm just back from the Annual CTMH Convention and excited about all the new ideas I saw.  Eager to experiment and try all kinds of new techniques.  The technique I observed on several art pieces was this "Simple Shadows" technique by offsetting a die cut with a contrasting paper to create a shadow and make it "POP".  I had also used it on previous artwork and was eager to play with shadows on more projects.


Artfully Sent pocket card (pg 29) layered 
on a Daisy white 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card.
The LOVE was cut from Smoothie CS and a hint of a shadow was created  by cutting a same size black pocket card and layering it slightly offset for a hint of a shadow without using foam tape.


Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Melissa David's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Monday, July 6, 2015

CTMH Operation Smile Blog Hop - - Happy Everything




Welcome to the CTMH Operation Smile Blog Hop
For this hop we have 31 Close To My Heart Consultants 
sharing their creations featuring CTMH 's exclusive Operation Smile Stamp Set,  
Happy Everything, a set of 13 stamps.  

You can change the life of a child with just one stamp set.  When you purchase the D-size Happy Everything stamp set at full retail price from now through August 2015, Close to My Heart will donate $3* of the proceeds to Operation Smile. 
Since it's founding in 1982, Operation Smile has performed over 220,000 surgical procedures to correct facial deformities in children.  It only take an hour for volunteer medical teams to perform these life-altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.
* Donation is $3USD. Stamps purchased in US states AL and MA excluded from donation due to legal requirements.


If you came here from Paige Dolecki 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. 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!  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.  

Card in a Box 
They take time, but I'm getting the hang of it and it's getting easier.
I used the tutorial from Splitcoaststampers
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/popupboxcard/

Card closes for mailing
Open views front and side.
Brushed paper pack X7190B
Hollyhock  ink Z2128
Black ink Z2105
Carmine ShinHan marker Z2448
Clear Assortment Sparkles Z1752
Pink Glitter Gems Z1807
Brown and Tan Glitter Paper Z1830
Artiste Cricut Cartridge Pg.71 Z1790

Card in a Box created for a combination 
Retirement/75th Birthday Celebration
Using the Stamps from Happy Everything
I love this stamp set!


Box Closed for mailing

Front and side views

Another card I made using this stamp set was posted in the June Technique Blog hop

Blossom Paper Packet

Now "Hop" on over to Lisa Plummer  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 stamp set is only available until August 31. 


Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter N

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop 
For this hop, we will be featuring the letter "N".  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "N" element 
will be featured in their post.  If you came from
then you're on the right track. 

For my "N" creation I had trouble deciding 
A. Nautical?
B. Nursery?
                                       C. "N" key on the Cricut Cartridges?

I actually ended by creating Nothing New by replicating a Nautical card with the Seaside papers from the Current Idea Book page 127 and using some "N" products found in the CTMH Annual Inspirations.  I like how all the New items are listed with an "N" and the Cricut items have a "C" along with the name of the associated cartridge. Both very helpful when looking at the huge selection of CTMH crafting items.
(Wishes: N-chanting N-closure, Wishes: Framework)
This card is found on page 127 of the 2014-2015 
CTMH Idea Book- good through August 2015.  
All items are CTMH.
I added the Neutral metallic  Baker's Twine
Current Not New items:
"New" Items from the current Idea book

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop
In case you get lost along the way...

I hope you N-joy the N-spiration!