Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Base and Bling Buffet

A month ago I attended a fun evening in Vancouver, Canada with some of my CTMH friends.  We were treated to a "Base and Bling Buffet".  It was a table spread with bowls of charms, bling, pendants and chains to make a necklace.  The amazing thing was how fast and easy these lovely necklaces are to make.  My friend Julie has posted photos of her "Base and Bling Buffet"

Looks like a lot of fun!
More details later.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Everything ABC 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 "R" 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 "Melissa Hegwood- Scrappin' More Mom"  then you're on the right track!

My R’s for this card are “Re-use, Recycle”, “Red Ruby” card stock, and “Retired”.  I’ve seen the dryer sheets and glitter technique used on cards and so decided it was time to give it a try.  I researching the “how-to”, I discovered there are basicially 3 ways to adhere the dryer sheet and glitter.  1)  Glue stick (which I used)  2) Spray adhesive, and 3) Zyron Adhesive.  While the glue is "wet" adhere both the dryer sheet and sprinkle with glitter.  That simple!  Here’s the finished product.  Just remember that some stamps lend themselves to showing through the dryer sheet and the "snowy effect" better than others and that a “wet” adhesive will need permanent ink for stamping to achieve a crisp image.

Finally! I have the photo to show the "dryer and glitter sheet technique".  Great for  a winter scene.  I got home late Sunday, 10 PM, it was an awesome weekend. Then needed to get up and work, I'm still wiped out!   I cannot wait to retire and I will be able to crop, blog and play with paper guilt free.

Sparkle and Shine B&T – Retired
Glitter – Retired
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is " Linda Norman " of "Scrappy Therapy  ".
In case you get lost along the way  Linda's blog has a complete list of participants!

Hope you enjoyed all the "R" inspired fabulous art.  Plan to join us in two weeks for letter "S".

Addendum: 9/6/14
I arrived at Camp Ghormley at 8:30 last night, the internet was down, and I had just driven 5 1/2 hours - 3 hours from Bellingham to I-5 with traffic from "stop and go"  to "parking-lot" with occasional "near normal"/"speed limit" flow - CRAZY!!.  I was tired after the long trip plus a crazy busy week. So I'm working on cards and experimenting with techniques. This is the first one I finished. 
The "R's"  Ruby Red cardstock and ink, Roses, Random, Repeated stamping on a Triple Stamp Card. I found these on You Tube and Pinterest.  

The stamp set I used for the roses and leaves was 
Card Word Puzzle C1494 - Retired
The Sentiment was from Happy Birds - C1600

Check back later for more techniques.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September Special

National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. 

The #30yearsofhappy stamp set is a C-sized stamp set containing 30 mini stamps! The set features mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! 

Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs

Only - two more days to order and get an extra set of page protectors for $3.
Easy order on-line from my web-site
                             darlys.ctmh.com click here                                Scroll down and join the 

CraftyHappy and Friends gathering.

Three More Days - save 30%


Last 3 days to order any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD, and be eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

13 Options Each Have the Following

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs) 

These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.

Our 5 NEW Picture My Life packets

1. Chalk it Up - For Back to School 

  • (click each name for a larger view and to order)

2. Pear and Partrdge - Christmas

3. For Always - Everyday or Wedding

4 .Wanderful - Travel

Picture My Life™ Chantilly Scrapbooking Program

Picture My Life™ Balloon Ride Scrapbooking Program

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Everything ABC 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 "Q" 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 "Lauren Moore"  then you're on the right track!

       When I first thought about making a card with some connection to the letter "Q", I actually felt a bit QUEASY and had serious QUALMS about connecting a card with the letter "Q".  Then I remembered the quilt cards I had done a year ago, but didn't have any left.  They are Quick, Quaint and Quilted.  I even checked if I could make a Queen Anne's lace quilt (researched the lace/quilt and found some possibilities).
Oh, then, I recalled the Quatrefoil Embossing folder and Quick Cards and this is what I created.

A QUICK Card, 
QUARTREFOIL embossed and
 cut from the letter "Q" key on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge

      I made  the card even quicker by using the Cricut Artist cartridge Letter "Q" (pg 41) to make the card (Goldrush CS) and belly-band (Pathfinding B&T). The card was cut at 4 1/4 inches and embossed with the Quartrefoil folder. I added the inside shape (colonial white CS) cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (pg 36-letter ) cut at 1 1/2. Stamped the "Thank You" in chocolate ink and added sparkles colored with the marigold ShinHan marker. The butterfly on the belly-band was stamped on Goldrush Cardstock, fussy-cut, and layered using foam tape over a masked image of the Quick Cards-Butterfly stamped in chocolate on a Colonial white CS shape cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge (pg 48 icon/shift - letter Q) cut at 2 3/4. The edges are all sponged with chocolate ink.

Here's a list of all items used.
Thank You - from Banner Wishes - B1438
Quick Cards-Butterfly A1120 - retired
Pathfinding Paper Packet - X7186B
Quatrefoil embossing folder - Z1926
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge -Z1686
Artiste Cricut cartridge - Z1790
Artbooking Cricut cartridge - Z1906
Goldrush Card Stock - 1243
Colonial White - 1388
Chocolate ink - Z2111
Sparkles - Z1752
ShinHan marker - Z2457
Sponge - Z697
Scissors - Z1836
Foam tape - Z1151

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is " Linda Norman " of "Scrappy Therapy  ".
In case you get lost along the way  Linda's blog has a complete list of participants!

Hope you enjoyed all the "Q" inspired fabulous art.  Please check back;  I'm feeling inspired to create some more quilt cards and will add them to this blog ASAP.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The 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, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their P 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 "Melissa Hegwood"  then you're on the right track!

Front Cover

Inside - pocket on the left, waterfall photo

I signed up for this blog hop minutes after I watched a tutorial on a Water Fall Mini Album by My Sisters Scrappers.  It's a great tutorial, very easy to follow.  But not ONE "P" to work with.... I knew I had to make the album, and trusted there would be at least one "P" in the project .. ah, ha!! There it was, Project.  So I decided to make the album and just still need to find the family photos of the most precious people in my life - ah ha, "P"-photos and Precious People #2 & #3. I was on a roll.
I did use some retired paper and stamp sets.
Laughing Lola Paper packet - retired
Circle of Love D1348 - retired
Peacock and feather
Enjoy the Little Thinks B1451 - retired
small flower
Placed in the inside pockets
Lagoon Washi Tape - retired
Bitty Sparkles Z1263
Thistle Ink
Black Ink
Lagoon Ink
Lagoon Sequins from the Lollydoodle Card Workshop on the Go - retired.

 I actually think the total number of P's for this project is now 10.
  • People, the reason I scrap and paper craft
  • Patterned Paper (B&T), the hardest part of a project is deciding which paper to use.
  • Peacock!  remember the peacock paper and stamps we had way back when??
  • Projects, I love crafting with paper and have so many projects to do on my bucket list, I'll need at least 40 years - so I'll be over 100 years old before I've completed all my projects.
  • Picture My Life - Laughing Lola tags for journaling
  • Pockets - inside the cover
  • Purple - Shimmer trim and Glitter Gems,Laughing Lola and our new Thistle Ink
  • Paisley - Laughing Lola
  • Photos - to remember the fun we've had.
  • Phun! OK......... you know what I mean!
Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is " Linda Norman " of "Scrappy Therapy  ".

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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop - Day 7

It is AUGUST!  Do you know what that means?  That means that the brand new Close to My Heart Annual Inspirations has been released!  There are so many new products this year.  I have decided to join a fantabulous blog hop which showcases new product!  You can browse the work of many consultants from this hop.  CTMH Independent Consultants will be uploading from August 1 through August 7, so check back often for new ideas.

Day 7 
We're over 100 participants!  Whoo Hooo!!!

I've created a quick 5X7 pinwheel birthday card with "Chalk It Up"  squares matted with lagoon cardstock and backed with black cardstock .  The birthday sentiment is from Banner Wishes.   The center of the pinwheel is a black epoxy bubble.

Hope you've enjoyed the variety of art included in this new product blog hop.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop - Day 6

I hope you have been enjoying the new product blog hop.

After Convention, I attended a team meeting at Julie Reynold's home.  We took apart the My Crush books and cut up the papers to make cards.  There were some amazing, creative and cute cards, though, so far I only have three.

I also added some embellishments and black and white daisy card stock on the first sample. The books are easy to open and remove the pages without damaging them as Tresa Black showed us during Extravaganza at Convention.  One suggested use of the empty cover was to create a card holder by adding pockets to hold the cards.  It could then be given as a gift package of assorted cards.

This photo shows the card to be more green than lagoon, it is more blue in real life.  
I'll try to photo it in daylight tomorrow.

Click here to see all the other creative ideas using our new Annual Inspirations Products

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the New Annual Inspirations Blog Hop 
For seven days, there will be new posts for paper crafting with the new CTMH products

For this post I chose to do a Sunburst (Starburst) Thanksgiving Card.

All items are CTMH and currently available in the new Idea Book

The papers I used in this card shows all 6 patterns; 3 double sided.
Pathfinding Paper Packet X7186B
Thankful Heart stamp set B1463
Autumn Terracotta ink Z2101
Chocolate ink Z2111
Olive ink Z2137
Colonial White Card Stock 1388
The Card is cut from the
Artiste Cricuit Cartridge Z1790 Pg. 73

I got my info from YouTube and Pinterest. 
There are several tutorials.  
I like the narrower 1" X 3" or 4" rectangle 
some others use a 1 1/2" width,
the length depends on the orientation of
the center point to wide edge of the ray.
Check out the Pinterest photos
Just cut the rectangle on the diagonal corner to corner
This tutorial is short and easy. 
Some Pinterest info

Hope this helps

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop - Day 2

Card in a Box
I've been wanting to create a "card in a box" for some time.  
Today it happened.  
I found several ideas and posted them on my Pinterest board. including a cutting template.
The You Tube video tutorial I used was from frenchiestamps.com. The card is 5.5"X4.25"

For this box I used

All CTMH items from the new Annual Inspirations

*Chalk it Up Paper Packet - X7184B
*Chalk it Up Assortment - Z3009
Sorbet Card Stock - X5751 
Lagoon Card Stock - X5762  
Sorbet Ink - Z2164
Black Ink - Z2105 
*Teal Glitter Paper - Z1991 
*Your Own Kind of Wonderful - D1627 
Cricut Art Philosophy - Z1686 
Sparkles Black and Grey - Z1754
The Happy Birthday Stamp D1497
from the Art Philosophy collection

I like making layered flowers, cutting a variety of shapes and sizes, ink them, spritz with water, squish into a "spit wad", carefully unfold and refold/wrinkle/squish as needed. let it dry then reink if needed, glue together and add a center pearl or sparkle.
I do think the teal butterfly need a couple black/grey sparkles. - tomorrow's another day...
I might find some more time to play.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Hope you Enjoy all the new art 
show casing our new products.

Chalk it up Card

All items for this card are from 
the new Annual Inspirations

New items have an asterisk

*Chalk it Up Paper Packet - X7184B
Sorbet Card Stock - X5751 
White Daisy Card Stock - 1388 
Lagoon Card Stock - X5762  
Lagoon Ink - Z2195 
Sorbet Ink - Z2164
Black Ink - Z2105 
*Teal Glitter Paper - Z1991 
*Sequins Gold - Z2012 
*Black Striped Twill - Z1998 
Baker’s Twine Cashmere - Z1921
*Your Own Kind of Wonderful - D1627 
Cricut Artbooking - Z1906
Cricut Art Philosophy - Z1686 
Liquid Glass - Z679

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Special

Be sure to scroll down to see all 13 options.
Pear and Partridge - Christmas
Chalk it up - School
Seaside - Beach

Drum roll please! It's the reveal of our new CTMH Annual Inspirations


Just a few of my favorite things.

1.  The new cricuit cartridgeArtfully Sent
(not yet available, hopefully in September)

This collection offers hundreds of card options in standard 5" × 7" and 4¼" × 5½" card sizes in a variety of themes. In addition, you will find sleeve cards perfect for housing photos or gift cards and pocket cards that work perfectly in pocket-style memory keeping or as accents. 

2.  Picture my Life

The Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program is a fresh option for quick and beautiful memory keeping. The program includes several individual programs, each one featuring a beautiful assortment of designed cards and a cover page to complement your photos. Each program is based on the gorgeous designs of some of our most popular paper packets. They feature themes from childhood to friendship to travel, but because we have ensured sufficient variety in design and style of each, you can easily apply the cards to other themes. 

Each program includes 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors™. There are 3 each of Design 3 (Z1950), 3 each of Design 4 (Z1951), 3 each of Design 5 (Z1952), and 1 Side Load (Z1968). On one side of each card is space for journaling, and on the other you’ll find artistic sentiments and icons. Also, unique to Picture My Life, included with each program is a 12" × 12" double-sided cover page that adds a finished and cohesive look to your project with its featured high-quality design.

(especially the cardmaking workshops)

Stay tuned for photos and details.