Friday, May 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop A Bit of Blot



Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month there are 12 of us highlighting the “A Bit of Blot” crafting technique found on page 55 of the 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 Nowack's Blog, you are on the right track!


Jackson Paper - X7195B
Jackson Compliments - X7195C
Random blot stamps with 1 inch block
Barn Red - Z2104
Glacier - Z2641
Juniper - Z2165

Boardwalk Washi Tape - Z3066
Glacier Thick Twine - Z3039
Triangle Studs - Z1928

WARNING: When inking a block to blot stamp, be sure to ink the side of the block
without the guideline that's etched into the block.  It will show in the stamped image.

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Melissa'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, May 9, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter J

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter J. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their J element will be featured in their post.

If you came from Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings  then you're on the right track!

   Thinking about "J's"!   
What begins with "J"?
 Jaylyn, , Journaling, Studio J, Juniper
and "J" sentiments, "Joy", "Just because", and "Just saying".

Jaylyn, my grandaughter, Studio J and Journaling 
 - just so very quick and easy using the Express Collections.
 
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Linda Norman of Scrappy Therapy.  She also has a complete list of participants in case you get lost along the way!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and "Happy Hopping"!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  

For this hop we have 36 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations
featuring CTMH 's exclusive mouthwatering Taste of Summer paper packet, and a coordinating D-sized stamp set "Taste of Summer".
If you came here from Jenny Gilbert'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! Here we go!  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.

Taste of Summer paper packet is available for only $8.95 USD! Featuring bold, vibrant colors, this exclusive paper packet is perfect to pair with your sweet summery memories, and provides 
delicious designs for your layouts, cards, and more! 
 I decided to create a couple starburst cards that show a sampling of all the papers;
 6 double sided patterns.

Top card: Happy Birthday is from Holiday Tags D1560
I used the zip strip on both cards - perfect for a border.
The stamped flowers and leaves are from Lovely Birthday B1462
stamped in Smoothie Z2196 and Clover Meadow - retired
I added liquid glass centers to the stamped flowers  and a gold gem
to the large water spritzed, crinkled and inked flower.
Bottom card: The Cricut Artiste( pg 33) was used to cut the sentiment tag and
the frame (Holiday Tags D1560) was stamped in Gypsy ink Z2190.
 "Just Because" is from last month's SOTM Type Set.
This card has gold sequins topped with Sparkles Clear Z1752.
The clear Sparkles are colored with the Lavendar ShinHan marker.
The green leaves are the same as the first card.

 Plus, as a special bonus, during the month of May you can also purchase the exclusive Taste of Summer bonus D-size stamp set for $17.95 USD / $19.75 CAD. Make sure to follow along with our blog, Instagram account, and Facebook page throughout the month and check out the hashtag #ctmhtos to see this stamp set in action! This paper packet is only available during May while supplies last, so get your order in early. No matter where you are or what the weather may be, you deserve a little taste of summer in your life!




Now "Hop" on over to Pricsilla Gotham'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 May 3!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CTMH May SOTM - Just Sayin

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 


 We will be featuring May's SOTM, which is "Just Sayin", 
a set of 14 stamps.  


 I hope you have enjoyed the artwork so far. 
There are 50 consultants participating in this hop.
 If you have come here from Katie Hessel, 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.


I've been intriqued with the Bokeh technique and have been playing with it. I made the left card following the instructions by Keenan Kreations.  The right card I spritzed with clear water for a different effect.
 I like the video tutorial by Keenan Kreations

The card is made with White Daisy. Somehow it looks pink.  I think it was due to poor lighting. The left card was inked in the blues, stamped in Pacifica, the circles are Daisy White.  I did the same on the right hand card with the addition of spritzing it with plain water.  I made a circle template using cardstock and a variety of circle punches.  I plan to make a more permanent template using an acetate sheet and the cricut.  Then it will be washable and when using it you can see through and manage the placement of the circles more accurately.  When stamping, create interest by using a variety of shapes placed at various distances, with different intensities.  Return to some circles and reink them, a brighter circle will appear closer.

Materials used.
White shimmer trim Z3024
Blue shimmer trim Z3025
Pacifica ink Z2192
Daisy White pigment ink Z2163
Sky ink -retired (Glacier Z2641would be a good alternate)
Crystal Blue ink Z2117
Round sponge cut into wedges Z697
Finger dauber for the circles Z726

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

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter I



 

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop! 

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "I". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "I" element will be featured in their post.
If you came from Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings
then you're on the right track!
Everything "I"...... I'm stumped! "Incredible"
Ideas?? I'm just thinking... Intriqued by Bokeh Inspired cards.  
Inspired!!! All cards with "I" -  I'm thinking of you, I love you..... to infinity.

Second Inspiration for an "I" element is Instant Cards.  
Creating "Picture my Life" cards is Incredibly easy!
Imagine that!
Picture My Life Chantilly Scrapbooking Program Z1949

Added a little Stardust Glitz - retired

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog hop is

In case you get lost along the way... go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and Happy Hopping!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CTMH April technique - Embossing is back


Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! 

This month there are 11 of us highlighting the Embossing is Back TechniqueThis 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 used the gold embossing powder to print my grandson's feet and hands
to create a visual to illustrate the Micah 6:8 Bible verse.
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
And to walk humbly with your God."

I must give credit to Pinterest where I found this idea.
Though, I cannot find the source; it appears that the original post no longer exists.

 CTMH products used: Lagoon and Black CS with Gold embossing powder.  Plus the Plantin School house and Stone Script fonts.Cricut cut letters were"welded" using Cricut Craft Room.  Still working on getting a decent photo and having the words "pop".  I think it needs a white outline.  Any other suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Di Crawford'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, April 11, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - Letter H




Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter H. This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their H element will be featured in their post.

If you came from Stephanie Feist  of The Quilted Scrapper then you're on the right track!

For the letter "H" I've chosen both the words "Happy" and "Hello".  First, I'm Crafty Happy. As I was happily working on a card, I kept finding so many stamp sets with the word "Hello",  so that actually became the first card that I completed.  I used the "H" colors;  Hollyhock (Z2128),  Honey (Z2162) and the retired color Heavenly Blue (Z2126).  I was surprised to discover those colors actually worked well with the Hopscotch paper: another "H"
 

Hello Stamps 
Have a Happy Day Everyday D1616
Rain or shine D1634
This Moment S1501
Finding t he Words D1646
Just to Say...D1629
Lollydoodle workshop D1585
Hopscotch workshop - D1638
Just Sayin' - S1505

. This was my first atttempt using the Bokeh technique.  It's a bubble/blurred effect used in photography and recently I've seen in popping up in cards and layouts.  It looks a bit like our Brushed paper.

 I first saw a card by Marie Fox on Face Book on the CTMH Artwork group site.
Here are photos of Maries' art showing the technique and her Happy Mother's Day card.
  

 Mary Ellen has a great tutorial on her blog - Create with M.E.  I like her technique, though you need water color paper and I'm at a retreat without water color paper. I did use her suggestion to make different size circle templates and sponge white ink over the colors. I also used the dauber to cover the paper with a rainbow of the following colors; Honey, Heavenly Blue, Hollyhock.  I was hoping for more purple and green, but didn't get much.  Then I used the template and White Daisy to color in the light circles.  I'm afraid I wasn't patient enough to let the White Daisy pigment ink dry before stamping it.

Wendy Cranford also has a tutorial on her blog post which I found to be informative and helpful.
Check it  out here "Three Ways To Bokeh".
Third tutorial - also watercolor by Stamp Away with Me - Wplus9 Design Studio.
 August 2014 Release Week - Bokeh Made Easy
Fourth tutorial - Paula at Stampinantics

This technique is a lot of fun and I finished my "Happy" card.  Though wishing I had a better camera.  I actually had too much happiness and couldn't use all the stamps I had planned, even though I made a 5 X 7 Step Ladder Card

Open View


Upright Card

Bokeh Technique
Materials used
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop
is Tonya Whitehurst of "With All My Heart & Soul" Blog.

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 "I" in two weeks.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop! 

 We will be featuring products from
 the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book 
that came out April 1.  
Some items are time sensitive, 
these products have a clock icon 
and are only available through August 31.

If you have come here from Pam Trostle'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 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new products from the CTMH Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book 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!

One of the new paper packs in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book is Blossom.

 I love, love, love this versatile paper pack 
and have already seen some amazing art created with this paper pack. 
Come back soon to my blog, I'm about to create many more projects with this paper.
Here's a small sample using the paper to create a basic card.

BLOSSOM


Shin Han marker (Z2465) to color the sparkles blue.

JACKSON PAPER PACK
I've always enjoyed the gate fold card and saw one made using tabs on each side of the gates. I also love the new "Jackson" paper found in our new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book, so combining the gate fold card with this paper pack, I think I have a perfect combination.

To create this card, I started with a traditional gate fold and then added chevron tabs on the top and bottom, adhered to the right "gate" and a rectangle tab on the left "gate".   This card could easily be a Fathers's Day card or masculine birthday card.
Products used ~ NEW PRODUCTS


Shin Han marker (Z2465) to color the sparkles blue.
Stop back by this month and be sure to check out additional projects I will be displaying from the new Seasonal 2 catalog.
Now keep hopping to see 
the amazing creation inspired