Friday, September 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fabulous Foil

Welcome to the September CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the September CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of our FOIL cardstock.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Janna Gray 's Blog you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melisssa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 10 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new CTMH foil cardstock 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! 

This card was inspired by the card on page 99 of the CTMH Annual Inspirations.  I embossed the gold foil paper and as you can see, it really embosses well. I double stamped the sentiment in emerald ink - first and second generation and added a small flower cluster sponge inked with thistle and emerald.  The ribbon is from the adventure ribbon pack and the flowers from this month's special "From the Heart" stamp set. I used emerald CS for the Cricut cut (Artbooking) doily edge around the circle.

Now, hop on over to Debi McBains' Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CTMH National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH National Stamping Month Blog Hop 


We will be featuring the the CTMH National Stamping Month  exclusive "From the Heart" card kit 
The exclusive From the Heart card kit gives you all the materials you need for creating 12 interactive cards, including an E-size stamp set with heartfelt sentiments and stamps you can layer together for exquisitely artistic cards. Available only during September, this card kit is a must have that will help you create elevated artwork from the heart. The From the Heart card kit can be yours for FREE - when you become a Consultant in Septmember, or when you hoast a qualifying party. 

If you came here from Brenda Lapp'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: HERE

This month we have 15 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the exclusive From the Heart card kit 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 decided to combine the SOTM "Feel so Blessed" with the "From the Heart" Kit.  Lots of different stamps fit with the base cards as well as using the "From the Heart" stamp set with other not so interactive cards.
I love the gold embossing and decided the last minute to add some gold from the shimmer brush to the center of the flowers.  Well, I shook the pen and then noticed an obvious splatter on the sentiment, so I deliberately splattered more to make it look "intentional"  haha - well, I do know someone who will enjoy the extra bling - the card isn't a total loss. Lesson learned: protect your work when prepping the shimmer pen!
I also used thistle ink, bashful and fern on the top of the card.  
Inside the card I used watercolor with Gold Glitter Gems.  
Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Friday, September 1, 2017

September SOTM Blog Hop (Feel So Blessed)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is 
"Feel So Blessed", a set of 26 stamps.  
If you came here from Jean McNulty'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: HERE.  
This month we have approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the September SOTM and other great CTMH products.  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 feathers so went with a feather "bouquet".
The left feather was curved prior to stamping - only with the acrylic stamps is that possible.
Stamped the feather with memento tuxedo black and sponge daubed Peacock and Fern.
Gold embossed the center feather and the sentiment, "Thanks".
Distressed the edges of the tag with a scissors and inked it with Peacock.
Wrapped the tag with the gold and emerald? ribbon from Adventure ribbon pack
Go figure! it was there and the blending of peacock and fern looked OK to me.
I planned to use the twine from Enchantment - it wasn't to be found!
So many options.  So much fun!
Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog  to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  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!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Annual Inspirations 
New Product Blog Hop
We will be featuring the new products found in the CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book that came out the first of August. If you came here from Priscilla Gotham'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: HERE

This month we have  approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new Annual Inspirations 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 on! 
Here we go!  
Card 1

card 2

Card 3
New Products used are in bold  all items used have the page number for the Annual Inspirations Idea Book;  Whimsy Fundamental Paper Pack (pg 34) flower pattern in Sorbet and Thistle and reverse sides Juniper?  Crystal Blue? Bashful pearls (pg 108) [blends well with sorbet]. Whimsy Ribbon Pack (pg 109 & 35) - Thistle, Juniper with gold and twine plus the light brown ribbon with gold down the center on card #3 from the Basic Ribbon Pack - Mink?  Not exactly sure which color, I'm on vacation and just have limited supplies. I stamped and inked white card stock to add variety to the starburst design using Thistle, Juniper, & Sorbet and the stampset used was "In the Background" (pg 98).  Sentiments used are - "Create" (pg 66) from "We Are Makers" - card # 1, and "Give Thanks" (pg 67) from "Inspired Words" - card # 2. Card #2 also has a Gold Bow clip (pg 108), a thin cut Heart border (pg 96) cut from the bashful glitter paper (pg 107) and inked with sorbet. Both card 1 & 2 also have gold glitter gems (pg 108).  The flowers are cut from the fundamentals paper, spritzed with water, wrinkled and pinch/pleated into a 3-D shape and inked. 

Now "Hop" on over to Haley Dyer's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Crazy About Cardstock

Welcome to the August CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the August CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of our new two-toned cardstock.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Janna Gray 's Blog you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melisssa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 10 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new CTMH two-toned cardstock 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! 
(Click on the card for a closer look.)
I hope you like what I've done using "Bashful", this year's color of the year. All our cardstock now has the original color from our palette on one side, while the reverse side has a lighter tone of that same color, giving us greater flexibility as we create. Since I'm on vacation and
forgot most of the cardstock and papers I planned to pack, I was limited with this one color and used both sides to create lots of texture. I love monochromatic, though didn't have the bashful ink with me so used our new Espresso ink. The "Love" sentiment is from the stamp set "What Matters Most" and is found on pg. 68 of our new Idea Book. Both sides of the sentiment are embellished with the new Bashful colored Pearls that come in three sizes. Using the new Thin Cuts - Hearts Borders and our new cardstock provides two choices - a light or a darker shade of the same color, plus a little sparkle from some glitter paper like the new Bashful glitter paper  also adds additional texture. Here are all the color combos found in our new Idea Book starting on pg. 102.
Whimsy Color Palette

Whimsy Color Palette

Adventure Color Palette

Adventure Color Palette

Enchantment Color Palette

Enchantment Color Palette

Basics Color Palette

Basics Color Palette


Now, hop on over to Debi McBains' Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August SOTM Blog Hop - School Year

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

We will be featuring the August SOTM, which is "School Year", a set of stamps.  If you came here from Jean McNulty'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: HERE.  This month we have approximately 21 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!
Now "Hop" on over to Wendy Coffman's blog  to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting 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!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye

 
 Welcome to the CTMH blog hop "So Hard to Say Goodbye"
We will be featuring CTMH products that are soon to retire.  If you came here from Alyson Mayo'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: HERE

This month we have  approximately 19 Close To My Heart consultants sharing their creations using the soon to be retired 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!  

Saying goodbye to the Thin Cuts  "Celebrate" (Z3256)  and the stamp set Charming Cascades (D1668).
Now "Hop" on over to Priscilla Gotham's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here).

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fun with Stencils

Welcome to the July CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the July CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of "stencils".  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas produced using "stencils" that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Judy Faye's Blog you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melisssa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 9 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using "stencils" 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 created a stencil using an overlay from the Cricut Cartridge Artbooking, then sponged sorbet and used sorbet to stamp the sentiment "It's Your Day" from the Jack Cardmaking Stamp set C1678.  I cut an oval that matched the oval of the overlay and used foam tape to pop it up.
REALLY FAST and so SIMPLE!!
You don't need to waste the  overlay. 
I just flipped it over and used it to make a second card.
Now, hop on over to Danielle Wagner to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Welcome to the July CTMH Stampaganza 
Blast from the Past  Blog Hop
For the July CTMH Stampaganza  Blog Hop, we will feature the use of available stamps sets from the Stampaganza CTMH Special.  Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any current stamp set, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza! When you add three sets to your order, we will automatically make the least expensive set FREE in your shopping cart. Check your cart at any time to see how many free sets you have! 
 I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas  produced using Stampaganza Stamps that we will find on this  hop.  If you are coming from Vickie ODell you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at Melinda's blog. This month we have approximately 11 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using "blast from the past" stamp sets available only this month 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! 

For my Stampaganza CTMH Special, I chose to use "Say it All" (C1632), "Friend" (A1142), "You Only Live Once" (B1434), and "Paper Bird" (C1613) to make a card for my BFF.
Top image is my second "re-do".  I stamped Tangerine with rock-n-roll Sorbet on white daisy vs. Sorbet stamped on Sorbet cardstock in an effort to soften the look.  I also rearranged the flowers, butterfly and message so it was a better "fit" and added more "forget-me-not" flowers. On the second redo, I used the Sorbet butterfly so the lone flower didn't look so much like an orphan. 


Re-do # 2
Re-do # 1

No Worries paper, Lagoon and White Daisy
Sorbet and Lagoon Flowers.
Now, hop on over to Priscilla Gotham
to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  
Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  
I hope you enjoy the Hop! Contact your consultant or shop here to enjoy the savings on stamp sets. SHOP here for Stampaganza
As part of our Stampaganza special, we also have special offers for new Consultants and hostesses! Check out the New Consultant offer here, and the hostess offer here

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July SOTM Blog Hop - Storybook Alphabet

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 


We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is "Storybook Alphabet", a set of 26 stamps.  If you came here from Brenda Lapp'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: HERE.  This month we have approximately 16 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the July 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!

Lagoon, dauber inked over white embossed letters.  
Popped up with foam tape
Hand written "you".
Pinterest  inspired
Take one & take two
 Added black shimmer trim - silver might be better,
but I'm at convention and only have black.
Second generation stamped thanks for the background.
White embossed thanks with pomegranate, raspberry,
thistle and lagoon sponge dauber inked.

Now "Hop" on over to Judy Faye Garner's blog  to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Remember, the July SOTM is only available until July 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop
We will be featuring the CTMH stamp sets that will be retiring at the end of July.  If you came here from Brenda Lapp'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: HERE

This month we have  approximately 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the soon to be retired CTMH stamp sets 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!  
Soon to be retired
Diploma Day  B1480
Canary Yellow and Black 
at the bottom are some canary stars stamped with
Charming Cascasdes D1668 - also soon to be retired.
With a little black shimmer ribbon for contrast.
I thought it needed something around the edge and added scribbles - I like wild but need a little more practice with controlling that idea!
 

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!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Shake It Up

Welcome to the June CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the June CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of "shakers".  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas produced using "shakers" that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Annemarie Julian
you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 5 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using "shakers" 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 created a 75th anniversary card that I needed for a couple we've know most of our married life which this year was our 50th. I discovered the color for 75 is "white diamond" so I used the clear shimmer brush on white daisy and for the "confetti" I folded the White Shimmer trim on itself, colored some of it with thistle ink and then punched stars.

This view shows the glitter from the shimmer brush.

I found instructions on pinterest for the shaker card.
 click here for instructions
Here's another Idea I found, though didn't use.
silica packages - dye them with reinkers to use in shaker cards  (Oct 22, 2013)
Color the Gel with Reinkers

Now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar
to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  
Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  
I hope you enjoy the Hop!