Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CTMH April SOTM Bloghop -Typed Note

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

 We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is "Typed Note", a set of 19 stamps.  
If you have come here from Jacquelin Green'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 60 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 one! Here we go!

I love this stamp set.  I remember those days before I had my  own personal computer, it was so time consuming to edit a document!  I forget how awesome computers are until I think about how easy it is now to edit documents on a computer: delete, cut and paste, short cut keys, spell check, save as, the list goes on.   And now I can use the computer to create Cricut projects.

Here's my April SOTM "Just a quick Note" card.  It could easily be any of the other typed messages found in this stamp set.


The Yuletide Carol Paper pack (X7187B) is one of my favorite paper packs.  I inked the edges for a more antiqued look. The typewriter and message are popped up with 3-D foam tape (Z1151) and I embossed the typewriter with the clear embossing powder (Z2088) to make the typewriter look like metal.  To add some embellishments, I cut a short strip of Black Striped Twill (Z1988), layered it with the Yuletide paper and topped it with 3 Silver Sequins (Z2013) with a clear Sparkle (Z1752 in the center of each sequin.  I also cut a strip of the black Shimmer Trim (Z1809) in half, lengthwise, and layered it along the edge of  the twill ribbon over the Yuletide paper.  Around the edge of the card, I drew a simple doodle line with dots using our Journaling Pen (Z1979) 

Now "Hop" on over to Jeanie Burch'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 April SOTM is only available until April 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter G

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "G". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "G" element will be featured in their post.  If you came from  Marie Goetz - Marie's Paper Crafting and Such then you're on the, right track!

For my "G" project, 
I chose the Gap card 
with Gold embossing, 
Gold Glitter paper 
and Gold Glitter Gems. 

The Gap card is cut with a see through gap.  The gap can be connected with any shape or figure of your choice.  I used an Easter egg and acetate to hold the pieces together, the acetate was cut from a flip flap.  I've seen Gap cards without the acetate, also.  While creating this card, it was fun to play with the embossed Easter egg.  I was thinking I could create a cloisonne looking egg with our Shin Han markers, it just wasn't working.  I'm at a crop retreat for Friday night and Sat. and so got lots of help, :-) suggestions,and comments, "yes, that works, or no, how about.....?!"  What great friends to inspire me.  A special, "Thanks a bunch" to Debi G. who helped solve mechanical problems - such as, if you only use one egg you need acetate to hold the other side.Great advice, such as "I like the egg with white and just the gold embossing, no color"  Yes, I agree, I like it too.  :-)
She always inspires, affirms, and encourages me.  Debi, THANK YOU!



 G's in this gate -fold card:  made with glitz and glam using generous amounts of liquid glass and gold glitter, and gems. I was going for a graduation gift card for a girl geek but the
goal to make an Easter card prevailed.
I'm glad if this post gives you a good grin.

I just make a gate fold card using the new "Jackson" paper that comes out April 1.  I started with a traditional gate fold and then added tabs.  This card could be a Fathers's Day card.
D1616 Have a Happy Day stamp set
Z3039 Glacier Extra thick twine
Z3041 Ocean side sequins
Z1751 Sparkles Clear 
Shin Han marker to color the sparkles blue.


Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Lisa Plummer of Flaunt Your Creativity.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Blank Canvas

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! 


Welcome to March's CTMH technique blog hop. This month we are highlighting the “Blank Canvas” Technique found on page 32 of the Close to My Heart's Annual Inspirations Idea Book focusing on crafting on our 6x6 canvas!  For the entire hop list go to Melissa Robinson.  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 Di Crawford's Blog, you're are on the right track!

A couple years ago, I created a 4 panel, entirely CTMH, home decor canvas project. But for this challenge, I was thinking about doing a "She Art" project that I first saw posted on FB by my upline, Julie Reynolds.  She had created the project at the fall CTMH leadership training.  I also found more inspiration posted on the CTMH blog, Meaningful Mixed Media. The originator of the "She Art" is Christy Tomlinson.

First, I'm posting my original 4 panel project using the retired CTMH For Always paper.  The letters were cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Z1686


Here's my She Art creation, a reflection of who I am, not yet finished, a work of art, continually changing.  This is a really fun, creative project.  It's more than just a project, the process itself is as meaningful as the finished art.



I finally was able to attach the picture.  Not sure why it insisted on turning upside down when it looked right side up.  Enjoying the process and will be making some changes and additions soon.
I'm eager to see the other creative inspiration that will evolve from this technique hop.
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! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter F

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "F". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "F" element will be featured in their post.
If you came from Marie Goetz - Marie's Paper Crafting and Such then you're on the right track!





For my letter "F" inspired card, I created a Fun, Fancy-Fold Card Featuring a Frog embellished with a Filigree butterfly.  I used the diamond CTMH embossing folder Z3020.  The base of the card was Flaxen paper X5771 cut at 12 X 4 and scored at 2,4,8, & 10. The butterfly was cut from the Art Philosophy (Z1686) cricut cart. pg 55 The solid butterfly was cut  from the gold glitter paper Z1830 and the filigree from black CS (1386).  The frog was cut using the circle and oval shapes pgs 21 and 22. The large circle was 1 3/4 inches, the smaller was 1 1/2.  The  pear green circle for the eyes was cut at 1 in. and the white from 1/2 inch.  The black "pupil" was punched with a cropadile and covered with liquid glass. . The body circle and oval legs were embossed with the dot embossing folder.(Z1924) The frog was inked on the edges and over the dot "warts" with Olive ink Z2137.  The diamond embossed paper was inked in Pixie Z2644.  The patterned paper is Brushed X7190B and the "hello" greeting is from M1048

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Pam Trostle of Pam's Crafty Creations 

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tri-ShutterCard Tutorial


 This tutorial makes this card look so easy.
I especially enjoy unique cards and hope you do to.   
If you have other unique cards.  Please feel free to share.  
Check back later to see what new inspiration and creativity has occurred. 
Feel free to comment and post your creative inspirations for this card.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March Specials

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to do it! During the month of March, new Consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26 USD / $29 CAD) in their New Consultant Kit. Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 USD / $109 CAD and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $290 USD / $320 CAD! Additionally, new Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 USD / $164.95 CAD) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling)! These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so hurry on over and join today!
Dates: Offer valid March 1, 2015–March 31, 2015. 
 Link to Recruiting on a Roll



CONTENTS OF THE CARDMAKER’S NEW CONSULTANT KIT INCLUDE:

  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (qty. 15)
  • Close To My Heart Cardstock Color Sampler (W471)
  • Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1133)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1130)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1135)
  • Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2031, qty. 5)
  • Workshops on the Go® Blossom Cardmaking Kit (G1095)
  • Jackson B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack (BULK367)
  • Oceanside Sequins (Z3041)
  • Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
  • Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2162)
  • Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2196)
  • Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2197)
  • Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad (44751)
  • My Acrylix™ Dizzy Circles (C1610)
  • My Acrylix™ Wavy Blooms (D1651)
  • My Acrylix™ Finding the Words (D1646)
  • 1" × 3½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1002)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker (Z2452)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker (Z2450)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker (Z2463)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697), Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • VersaMark™ Ink Pad Tsukineko™ (Z891)
  • Watercolor Pencils (3505)
  • Cello Bags (W1152, qty. 25)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)



CONTENTS OF THE SCRAPBOOKER’S NEW CONSULTANT KIT INCLUDE:

  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (qty. 15)
  • Close To My Heart Cardstock Color Sampler (W471)
  • Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1133)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1130)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1135)
  • Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2031, qty. 5)
  • Workshops on the Go® Jackson Scrapbooking Kit (G1094)
  • Blossom B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack (BULK368)
  • Coral Reef Sequins (Z3042)
  • Blossom Assortment (Z3072)
  • Glacier Extra Thick Twine (Z3039)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape (Z1920)
  • Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928)
  • Barn Red Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2104)
  • Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2165)
  • Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2114)
  • Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2641)
  • Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program (Z3068)
  • My Acrylix™ Documenting Moments (D1647)
  • My Acrylix™ The Authentic Life (D1644)
  • My Acrylix™ Instalife (C1615)
  • 2" × 3½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1009)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1010)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006)
  • Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979)
  • My Legacy™ Black Post-Bound Album (Z2094)
  • Memory Protectors™ Sample Pack (W134, qty. 2)
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Cello Bags (W1152, qty. 25)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)

The Cardmaker’s or Scrapbooker;s New Consultant Kit has what you need to start your business right, including a huge supply of Close To My Heart products perfect for creating beautiful cards/scrapbook layouts and pages, all for only $99 USD/$109 CAD!

Whether you love creativity, community, business, or all three, you are welcome here! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The kit of your choice can be yours free* through the Straight To The Top program. Ask me how!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CTMH March SOTM Blog Hop - Choose Happy


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  
We will be featuring the March SOTM, which is "Choose Happy", a set of 14 stamps.  



 If you have come here from Shalana Glass'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 53 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 one! Here we go!



I love the CTMH cricut cartridges - all four of them.
I'm using them more frequently and love what I can do with each cartridge.  This card is a quickie.  I used Artist p 41.  It's cut at 4x4.  I used Hopscotch paper and Flaxen inked with cocoa. I stamped the image on a shape cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I forget the page number. The flower is made from 3 layers of random cut circles, spritzed with water, crinkled into "spit" wads, opened, and pinched into "petals"; after they dried, the edges were inked with Indian Corn Blue.  The bling is from the gems gold assortment.


Now "Hop" on over to Brenda Lapp'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 SOTM is only available until March 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter E

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!


For this hop we will be featuring the letter "E". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "E" element will be featured in their post.
If you came from Marie Goetz - Marie's Paper Crafting and Such then you're on the right track!

For my letter "E" creation I used the retired Emporium paper, the "E" sized alphabet stamp set and our new embossing folders, elemental paper, embelishments including, elegant lace, heat embossed Eiffel Tower, plus envelopes with hidden journaling, show casing examples of various distressing This layout was an endeavor of love in which I attempted to expand my techniques while having high expectations of creating an eye-popping layout for my grand daughter's Easter-break French class trip to Paris last year. Since I'm essentially a card maker the results are equally extra-special and epic.  Of course I endorse the the CTMH stamp sets and used the extra-ordinary Eiffel Tower from the Amour stamp set (D1632). I hope you enjoy this hop, I enthusiastically encourage you to explore the entire hop making encouraging comments along the way. We actually read each and every comment and thank you for taking the time to enrich our experience. 

This layout actually has 12 photos with 8 more hidden under the flip flaps -4x4 and 3x4 sizes.  

The  end of January I attended a local retreat weekend crop retreat put on by the Firs' Conference Center of Bellingham, WA.  They do an amazing job of providing a relaxing, entertaining weekend.  They always have a theme and this year was a Weekend escape to Paris.  One night they put on a skit and had a photo op corner.  Jennifer dressed as a French kiss.  It was a hoot!.  I created a  Studio J Layout and tried to capture it with my phone to post the Eiffel Tower with Emporium paper.
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Janna Gray - The Creative Princess.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Making Messes

  
As a teacher I endorse this article I got from my friend Tresa Black.  As I learn the art of cardmaking and scrapbooking, I find that the more I do, my own creativity blooms. I love the approach to just dig in and get your hands inky.  I admit, I do get ideas from Pinterest and blog hops, though the best techniques have evolved, when I had a "mistake" and needed to dig deep and create a solution to "fix" the "mistake".   Over the years, I've always had the philosophy, "If I've made a mess, it must have resulted from having some fun, the bigger the mess = more fun.  Hmmmm, pottery looks messy - that might just be my next FUN adventure!

If you’re looking to improve your skills, do some research and learn from others, but don’t spend all your time on Pinterest and youtube… get your hands inky and don’t be afraid to make a mess!
potters-wheel
I recently ran across this story, which sums up my beliefs perfectly….

A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.
To the first half, she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the semester, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best.”
To the other half she said, “You will spend your semester making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the semester, you’ll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition.”

The first half of the class threw themselves into their research, planning, and design. Then they set about creating their one, perfect pot for the competition.
The second half of the class immediately grabbed fistfulls of clay and started churning out pots. They made big ones, small ones, simple ones and intricate ones. Their muscles ached for weeks as they gained the strength needed to throw so many pots.
At the end of the class, both halves were invited to enter their most perfect pot into the competition. Once the votes were counted, all of the best pots came from the students that were tasked with quantity. The practice they gained made them significantly better potters than the planners on a quest for a single, perfect pot.
In life, the best way to learn a skill, is to make lots of pots.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February CTMH Special -Album Allure

Some albums are Ruby and others Lagoon; 

they’re all buy one get one half off

—a treat just for you!  Six choices.

During the month of February*, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price. That is a savings of over $17 USD! These albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts. This offer is only available while supplies last, so make certain to get your order in early to ensure you can choose the styles and colors you love. They’re going fast and are built to last; so don’t delay—place your order today!
Contact me for more details.

  
Lagoon  D-Ring                                    Ruby Floral D-Ring                    Black D-Ring
Lagoon  Post-Bound                             Ruby Floral Post-Bound             Black Post-Bound

I have purchased them and love the coated canvas that's easy to wipe clean just in case the album becomes soiled from the many hands enjoying the memories recorded inside.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Music to the Eyes Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! 

This month there are 15 CTMH consultants highlighting the “Music to the Eyes” Technique found on page 34 of the Close to My Heart's Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  For the entire hop list go to Sheila's Stamping Stuff . 
Jazz up your pages with a journaling pen and your creative hand! 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 Nowak's  Blog, you are on the right track! 

 I find using the pen intimidating.  I even shy away from journaling with a pen.  It just seems so permanent and unforgiving when it isn't all straight and even.  This was a stretch for me and I do like the results.  I especially like the doodling around the edge of the butterflies.  I attended the regional "Rediscover CTMH" last spring and we made the small album.  We had instructions to outline the edges of photo wells, the chevron strips and I liked the effect so I tried to create some of the same on this card. The clear sparkles didn't seem to coordinate with the sequins so I colored them with a Shinhan marker.  I have a sample below to show how they turn out with some added color.
I used Seaside paper X7192B, Artfully Sent Z3017 for the butterflies, Shinhan Marker Golden Yellow Z2452, Marvey Journaling Pen Z1979, Teal Shimmer Trim Z1918, Sparkles Clear Z1752, Sequins Z2012, Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape Z2004 and Sunset Chevron Washi Tape Z2005.

This was a fun challenge, I know I will be doing more doodling and journaling to embellish layouts and cards. I'm eager to see the other creative inspiration that will evolve from this technique hop.
Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Tonya Whitehurst'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!  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter "D"

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!  


For this hop we will be featuring the letter "D". This may be the nameof a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter haschosen as their "D" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy 

If you came from Shelly Nemitz - Just One Pretty Piece then you're on the right track!

This week we feature the letter "D". 
I love distressing and recently have been challenged to doodle and I immediately thought, "Yes!  I've seen some great cards created with the stamp set 
"Doodle Design" A1170  
and I've never used it,
 now is the time!"

So here is the card that has been inspired by the letter "D". 
distressed, dry embossed, and doodled.



Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is  Marie Goetz - Marie's Papercrafting and Such.  In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

I hope you've enjoyed all the creative inspiration on this blog-hop. Be sure to leave a comment. Plan to join us for letter "E" in two weeks.