Saturday, July 16, 2016

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, then you're on the right track!  If you get lost, Catherine has a list of all the participants for letter O
I cannot wait to see all the O inspired expressions of creativity. 

For my "O" I used the O-key on the 
I used the Magical Paper Pack for the page, overlays, titles, paper clip icon, and the layers behind the photo mats.  I also used the Magical sequins and Compliments for the arrow and chevrons.
 When I cut the title, Always and forever, it didn't show very well so I cut the shadow in Sapphire, just by stretching it a little larger. 

These pages are really so fast and easy.  A fun way to create a mini album.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is 
Lauren Moore of CTMH Craftings,  Maybe for letter P you would like to join us!?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Picture My Life Fun!

For the July CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the creative ways that we can use the "Picture My Life" Scrapbooking Programs.   So, I'm excited to see the variety of applications and interpretations that others in their genius moments of inspirations will use these cards.   If you are coming from  Wendy Kessler's blog , you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants on Melissa Robinson's blog right HERE.  This month we have approximately 10 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using one or more technique to use the PML cards 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 this first card, I took the gold card from PML Beautiful You Scrapbooking Progam.  The inside is blank for a hand written message.  I first created a heavy watercolor "wash" and applied crumpled saran wrap for the fun, unpredictable effect, added some blue and purple sequins with sparkles in the center.  The sequins were the silver sequins that I painted with ShinHan markers.  The sequins do not color as well as the sparkles.  I am not a patient person, so this technique was a challenge for me since I needed to patiently wait for the paint dry a bit before removing the saran wrap, I took a baby wipe to remove some residual paint covering the gold.  I backed the water colored card with eggplant card stock and put it on a white daisy card - used a corner rounder on all the layers to match the PLM card.  In the current Seasonal Expressions 2 CTMH catalog there are two sets of PML cards specifically designed for water coloring; there's Gold and Clear.  These look like they would be a lot of fun and are only available until July 31.

This second card was created with a water color wash on water color paper and covered with the black, "enjoy this" overlay.  After I applied a generous layer of watercolor, I sprinkled the very wet water color with sea salt and let it dry. Each time, the effect is unique, but will create random clusters of water color puddles.  I used paper from the Magical paper pack to back the message and added sequins also from the Magical assortment.  To adhere the clear overlay and hide the adhesive, I used small glue dots hidden behind the sequins.  That created a secure attachment. 
I created another "saran wrap" water color to use, but didn't have time to create the card.

Now, hop on over to see what kind of fabulous art Catherine Nowak has created.  Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  Enjoy the Hop!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Color my Heart - Color Dare # 200

Color My Heart is a Close to My Heart challenge blog that gives weekly color dare challenges. 
There is still time to play along in this week's challenge. 
Color Dare #200 using Sapphire, Ruby and Colonial White 
Close To My Heart colors: 

Here's my SOTM card with Ruby, Sapphire, and Colonial White

I first embossed the Sapphire CS with the Confetti Stars folder  and then sanded the stars to show the white core of our paper. I tried to use as many stamps from the CTMH July SOTM as possible. and cut the shapes according to the stamp sheet instructions using Cricut Artistry, pg 47,14,43, & 2 for the tags and then used  and Artiste pg.47 Accent 1 for the notebook page..  For contrast, I used a rectangle of the Sapphire Fundamentals and of the Ruby, then used the chevron punch (retired), and backed it with red glitter paper.  I also added the white thick twine died with ruby ink, some random bitty sparkles, 2 staples, and red gems.  Birthday Boy was cut from the red glitter paper using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge  font and fusing the letters.


Diamond Award Winner for Challenge #200 will be able to select a future color combination...you can challenge our design team...so make it fun.
AND

Don't Miss Out on the Opportunity to 
Win a CTMH Paper Pack, of your choice,  click HERE for more information.
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

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!
Catherine also has a list of participants for letter N
I cannot wait to see all the N inspired expressions of creativity. 

For my "N" I used the N-key on the 
pg 36
  
After cutting the BUG in glacier, I backed it with silver glitter paper, and the black shadow.  Then added silver sequins and sparkles.  The background paper looks like a sunset and is from the 
May National Scrapbooking "Happy Times" paper pack.
The sentiment is from Spring Critters (retired). and surrounded with Coral Reef Sequins, currently on clearance, while supply lasts.

Another N card is my SOTM Card 

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is 
Lauren Moore of CTMH Craftings,  Maybe for letter O you would like to join us!?

Friday, July 1, 2016

July SOTM Blog Hop - From the Notebook

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is "From the Notebook", a set of 24 stamps.  If you have come here from  Haley Dyer ~ The Inky Scrapper, 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 17 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 on! Here we go!
I tried to use as many stamps from the set as possible. and cut the shapes with artistry according to the stamp sheet instructions.  I also took  the challenge #200 for Color My Heart  and used Ruby, Sapphire, and Colonial White.  I ran the Sapphire CS through the Cuttle Bug with the confetti stars embossing folder and then sanded the the stars to show the white core of our paper.  I used the chevron punch (retired) on the ruby fundamentals paper, backed it with red glitter paper, and cut the same size rectangle in sapphire, and Cricut Artistry, pg 47,14,43, & 2 for the tags and then used  and Artiste pg.47 Accent 1 for the notebook page. I also added thick twine, bitty sparkles, staples, and red enamel gems.

This stamp set had me stumped.  I see a LOT of potential for layouts, but I make cards.  Then I recalled a layered card I had see and problem solved! So sorry, I have no idea who inspired this card.  I actually think it was a cluster on a layout that I saw and decided it would work as a card.  Presto! have a birthday card for my 14 year old grandson.

Now "Hop" on over to Alyson Mayo of Create with Alyson 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 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!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - letter M




Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter M.  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their M element 
will be featured in their post.
If you came from 
then you're on the right track!
I cannot wait to see all the M inspired expressions of creativity. 
For my "M" I used Mini-M-size stamp sets.  

For the first card, I used "Party Balloon" M1140.  I used  Calypso paper on a kraft card stock base with white sequins, sparkles, and teal (on sale) and white shimmer trim.  I also used the stamp set that comes with Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Collection and added bitty sparkles

Card #1

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Card # 2
I used 3/4 inch strips of Florence, cut them diagonally and created a sunburst effect.  Added the sentiment on a mat of the florence paper.  This is a great way to showcase the five different double sided papers,  I have all five patterns and repeated one strip.
Card # 3
This card is a "Gate Fold" card 
with the sentiment from Victorian Gratitute (B1131)
  This card is quite versatile.  
So easy and any sentiment can be added.  
Card # 4
For this card I dove tailed four 3/4 inch stripes with different lengths added 3 sparkles and a narrow strip of coral shimmer trim.  Stamped the Sentiment directly on the white daisy card.  (Feel Better M1123).
Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is 
Catherine Nowak of Cat Scapbooking, who also has the list of participants for the letter M. Maybe for letter N you would like to join us!?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Color Your World


For the June CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature "coloring" . There are quite a few stamp sets in SE2 that allow for  coloring which is very popular right now, as you now.  So I'm excited to see the variety of coloring techniques we will find on this  hop.  Will it be water colors, watercolor pencils, coloring with ink pads, reinkers, ShinHan markers, or even paper piecing (that adds color, too).  It's really a lot of fun and the results can be quite amazing.  If you are coming from Melissa Robinson, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants on her blog right HERE.  This month we have approximately 11 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using one or more technique to add some color 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!  
First, I created my background on Daisy White paper by inking a 2X2 block, spritzing it with water and random stamping in Poppy, Peacock and Saffron, the colors of  the Florence Paper Pack.  I then stamped and colored flowers from Ornate Blossoms (D1687) and Hawaiian Hibiscus (B1527). and fussy cut them.  BTW, the Ornate Blossoms has a Thin Cut (which unfortunately I didn't have with me when I made this card.) After coloring the ornate blossoms with the water color pencils and using the small round water brush (Z3224) to create the painted look. To complete the card, I added Florence zip strips, coral shimmer trim, and 
Florence sequins with sparkles in the center.

This design also work well upside 
down leaving room for a sentiment



Now, hop on over to Wendy Kessler's blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  Enjoy the Hop!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - letter L

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter L.  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their L element 
will be featured in their post.
If you came from 
then you're on the right track!
I cannot wait to see all the L inspired expressions of creativity. 
For my "L" I used Cricut cut Letters, Stamp sets starting with L - Look to light (B 1428), Love Bandit and Looking Sharp from Animal Greetings (D1679) our fundraiser for Operation Smile.  When you purchase this stamp set, 
you donate $7 to Operations Smile.



Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is 
Catherine Nowak of Cat Scapbooking, who also has the list of participants for the letter L. Maybe for letter M you would like to join us!?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June SOTM Blog Hop - The Long Way Home


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is "A Long Way Home", a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo of Create with Alyson, 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 29 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!


The Long Way Home combined with Smarty Pants (C1649)

I've been wanting to make one of these folding hat
graduation cards for some time.  I found this YouTube tutorial and Cricut Design Space file by our very own CTMH Joy Tracey of  Obsessedwithscrappin.

Now "Hop" on over to Haley Dryer of The Inky Scrapper 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 June SOTM is only available until June 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop - letter K

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter K.  
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  
Whatever the crafter has chosen as their K element 
will be featured in their post.
then you're on the right track!
I cannot wait to see all the K inspired expressions of creativity. 
My K is our grandson Kaydon. So I decided to make a kid card for Kaydon for a kid who's "out of this world".
I will be embellishing and completing the inside later today.  Just needed something REALLY FAST! and Circut Key "K" was the solution.

Check back later today.  
I'm exploring other options to add color, 
just needed this really fast for 7 AM this morning.....
Life is just so busy this time of the year.  
Plus Kaydon came to visit!
I do have some time this afternoon to PLAY!  5/25/16 up-date
This update is in limbo.
Kaydon didn't leave until late afternoon and life just seems to happen, keeping me from playing.  I REALLY need to retire, though it looks like I'll be working one more year part-time.
 - will help me make the fun time purchases.  
I will need to make sure that I'm not ending up working FT with a PT salary.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC's blog hop is Catherine Nowak , who also has the list of participants; sadly only three of us for the letter K. Maybe for letter L you would like to join us!?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Let’s Interact

For the May CTMH Technique Blog Hop,  our focus is using an interactive element.  It really is a lot of fun and the results can be quite entertaining.  If you are coming from Melissa Robinson, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants on her blog right HERE.  This month we have approximately 11 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using one or more interactive technique along with a variety of our great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the of the post on each blog to move to the next one.  Here we go!  

I love our Cricut Cartridges for FAST and EASY 
cards, embellishments, and more.
For this Fast and Easy interactive card, I used LOVE from the Artfully Sent Cartridge pg 35,  The pop-up heart is from the same page.  They are cut from Sorbet paper and backed with our new HAPPY TIMES paper that is only available during the month of May.  I added a bow using our white and gold ribbon.  The interactive element of this card is a pocket inside the card that can be for an additional surprise message or a gift card, I'm using a gift card .  I used the same white ribbon and a glue dot to pull out the gift card.  The pocket was made with more of the Happy Times Ombre paper, stamped with flowers from the coordinating stamp set with the Happy Times sentiment plus some of our new Florence sequins.  I left the inside of the card plain so that I could write a personal message.  The zip strips and more white ribbon inside the card add a final touch that says, 
"This card was made for you with love."
Gift card pocket


Now, hop on over to Wendy Kessler's blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  Enjoy the Hop!

Friday, May 6, 2016

National Scrapbooking Month- Happy Times Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH National Scrapbooking Month- Happy Times Blog Hop!   We will be featuring this month's Constant Campaign, Happy Times Paper, a set of 12 patterned papers whichs which you can get free with a $60 order.  It also has a matching stamp set.  If you came here from Jennifer Dykstra of jd designs 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, the list of participants can be found HERE

This month we have approximately 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Happy Times Paper Pack and matching stamp set along with 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!


Happy Times paper with the May Stamp of the Month. some Glacier think twine staples, sparkles, white ribbon, gold squins.

Now "Hop" on over to Priscilla Gotham of Priscilla's Paperie 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, only available  May 2016. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get these products!