Friday, April 20, 2018

CTMH Picture My Life Blog Hop


We will be featuring CTMH Picture My Life Cards 

 If you came here from Alyson Mayo's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a complete circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the entire 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 CTMH Picture My Life Cards 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!  
Last week I posted a card box with mini cards, gift tags and bookmarks.  It was just a quick attempt, but I liked where it was going and decided to create more for a "Make and Take" workshop.  So here goes "take two" on Picture My Life Cards.
The box is made using our Thin Cuts (Z4150). 
The paper for this month is Gimme Some Sugar (X7228B)
I also love Chelsea Gardens, apparently so did everyone else, the paper packet is no longer available, however, for a workshop I will use the bulk. and the PML cards from Gimme Some Sugar -  Another lesson; when you see what you like, get it immediately or it might not be available when you get "a round tuit!"  Look Mom!! no stamping!  I love fussy cutting and used the PML for background and embellishments.


Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Johns' blog to see her creative work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Please, leave a comment, we love the encouragement.  To get any of the products you seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Creative with Cards

WELCOME TO CREATIVE WITH CARDS
For the April CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature artwork inspired by our Picture My Life Cards. I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  
If you are coming from Debi McBain's blog, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 12 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using Picture My Life 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!
I used the Picture My Life Cards-Be-YOU-tiful (Z4149)  That are used for the The Important Thing Everyday Life Album. These cards are lovely and versatile. I made the thin cuts gift box (Z4150) with the Gimme Some Sugar Paper and filled it with thin cuts tags (Z3344), mini cards, and bookmarks with Bashful and Juniper cardstock and decorated them with paper/flowers/sentiments from the PML Cards.

Now hop on over to Michelle Loncar's 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.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April SOTM Blog Hop - Color Your Life

WELCOME TO THE APRIL SOTM BLOG HOP - COLOR YOUR LIFE
We will be featuring April's SOTM, 
which is "Color Your Life", a set of 12 stamps.  
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 22 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the April 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 used the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4  (9044)
pg 6 and 7 pattern # 1.
Gimme Some Sugar paper (X7228B)
Juniper CS (X5979) and ribbon (retired)
Nutmeg Card Stock (Z2830)
Blush Shimmer Ribbon (Z3313)
(photo looks more like gold??) 
White embossing power (Z2068)
In the Background stamp (D1750)
for 2 of the banners
The leaf pattern is a perfect match for the letter E

I thought this card is perfect for EASTER!  
Celebrating Life in Christ through His death and resurrection. 

A favorite song by Bill Gather has these words;  
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.
My husband sang this song at my mother's funeral and our 
first born grandaughter's baptism.  It's a family favorite. 

Now "Hop" on over to Brenda Lapp's blog  to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Please leave a comment, we love your feedback. 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!

Friday, March 16, 2018

CTMH Step Right Up Blog Hop

WELCOME TO THE CTMH STEP RIGHT UP BLOG HOP
We will be featuring products found in our 
STEP RIGHT UP! March Special

The Showtime stamp set (D1789) and Step Right Up bundle (CC2184) are only available through March 31 at 10:59 PST and only while supplies last. 
If you haven't ordered yours already, there's no time to lose!
The Step Right Up bundle pairs the circus-themed Showtime stamp set with 12 paper sheets (including two sheets of gold foil paper and two each of five colors of cardstock), gold pearls, and red shimmer trim for a truly sensational collection of products.  This exclusive, limited-time offer is the perfect fit for birthday celebrations, theme park visits, or any fun-filled adventure. 

 If you came here from Krista Hershberger'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 11 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Step Right Up 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!  

 I used the Showtime Stamp set
Sapphire cardstock
Black cardstock
Saffron cardstock
Cranberry cardstock and 
Gold Foil Paper (Z3365)
Small gold pearls (Z3371)
Red shimmer trim (Z8848)
I inked the Showtime stamp in Saffron then rolled the bottom 
in Sapphire ink and the top in Cranberry ink 
to get the three tone effect.

Now "Hop" on over to Miss. Carrie's Creations 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 seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Purposeful Patterns

WELCOME TO THE CTMH PURPOSEFUL PATTERNS TECHNIQUE BLOG HOP

For the March CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature artwork inspired by one of our newest 
How-to Pattern Books, 
Make It From Your Heart,
Volume III (layouts) 
or Volume IV (cards). 
I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  

If you are coming from Debi McBain's blog, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using patterns found in the Make It From Your Heart books, 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!
It was tough to decide which pattern to use; 
I went with Vol. 4 pg. 30-31 Pattern 13.
I used the Scallop Border Thin Cut, Stargazer Paper Packet, cut the left strip showing the telescopes and moved the 2 x 3 1/2 dovetail piece a bit farther to the right to show the telescopes.  Fussy cut some pieces from Stargazer paper packet; rocket, astronaut, and planets.  I forgot that for our Die-namite special I had purchased the Stargazer Cardmaking Stamp + thin cuts.  
I could have saved the time I spent doing the fussy cutting!

Stargazer paper packet
Now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar's 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, March 6, 2018

CTMH Die - Namite Blog Hop

WELCOME TO THE CTMH DIE-NAMITE BLOG HOP

We will be featuring our special for March using thin cut dies which are currently on sale. This month only, save 25% on all available Thin Cuts, and 30% on select bundles of Thin Cuts dies.  You can also earn a FREE Thin Cuts die by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month. 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 14 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Thin Cuts dies 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 decided to create a card using a technique I've seen and never used before. I found the following tutorial;
Partial die cuts technique by Jennifer McGuire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx93Rj4IRDQ

I used "No Worries" Thin cuts
and scallop borders
 close-up
 inside


Now "Hop" on over to Wendy Kessler'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 seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March SOTM Blog Hop - Birthday Time

Welcome to the CTMH SOTM Blog Hop

     


We will be featuring March's SOTM, 
which is "Birthday Time", a set of 26 stamps.  
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 26 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the March 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 special fold cards and found this tutorial for the "Bridge Fold Card"  by Jeanie Stark.  It folds flat into a A2 envelope and unfolds to stand for displaying.  I needed a birthday card for my 4 year old great grandson!  Perfect stamp set!!  
So here's what I created. 
Top photo card standing open
Bottom photo folded to mail
I used the following products

Now "Hop" on over to Jen Rubio's blog  to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Please leave a comment, we love your feedback. Remember, the March 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!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CTMH Think Pink Blog Hop

We will be featuring all pink products found in our Pretty in Pink February Special. If you came here from Vickie ODell'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 pink 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!  
The card was made with Bashful CS as the base, Raspberry trim, and Bashful Glitter paper. I used white embossing on vellum to stamp the flowers from the "Treat for You" stamp set and raspberry ink to color some of the flowers with a blending pen.
Pink pearls and sparkles finish the card.
On an earlier blog I also used all pink with "Love" (What Matters Most stamp set)
stamped in Espresso ink.
Crazy about Cardstock showing our double sided - two toned cardstock.

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 seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - In Love with Vellum

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop - In Love with Vellum
For the February CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature artwork incorporating Vellum paper.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  If you are coming from Haley Dyer's Blog, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 8 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using Vellum 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!
Matching Giftbag and Card
Gold embossed butterflies and flowers colored with our watercolor pencils (currently unavailable). The watercolor pencils were blended with the  blending pen  (1/2 price). Paper used was Make Waves and stamped "Thank You" from the Feb. Stamp of the Month in pansy ink. Gold Embossed butterflies and "thanks" are from Chelsea Gardens- cardmaking stamps. The flowers are from Many Congratulations. C1693. The card also has a layer of embossed vellum placed over the pansy pocket plus card - I used the confetti embossing folder, which is
still available on our consultant web sites at a 50% discount. ($4.50)
The vellum was secured under the zipstrip, sentiment, under the white embossing on the card and the corners under the gold glitter gems (@ 25% discount 
The giftbag was cut from a 12X12 sheet from the Make Waves paper packet
 It was scored at 1/2 inch, 3 inches, 6 1/4 inches, 8 3/4 inches.  On the bottom edge I scored at 2 1/2 and cut from the bottom up to the scored lines to create the box. First glued the long edge along the 1/2 inch fold and glued it inside the opposite open 12 inch edge.  Folded the inside bottom short ends and glued the one 2 1/2 X 3 1/4 flap to create to bottom of the bag. After enclosing the gift, I pleated the top and folded and glued it shut.  I might have punched holes and used ribbon or used staples, 
 however, didn't have them available. 

Now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar's 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!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February SOTM Blog Hop - Sunny Thoughts



We will be featuring February's SOTM, 
which is "Sunny Thoughts", a set of 13 stamps.  
If you came here from Vickie ODell'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 February 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 didn't have time to make the card prior to leaving for a conference in Naperville, Illinois.  Grabbed some supplies and forgot my scissors!  OH NO!! time for some creative thinking - of course, I can make a card without "fancy cutting" even if that's what I had planned to do.  I thought of some ideas I read on Karen Morris's FB post following the sell-out of Chelsea Gardens Thin Cuts.  The FB thread is a challenge to think positively, being creative to use the lovely stamp set without the thin cuts.  
What DID we do BTC (before thin cuts!)?
I chose to use the STOM - sans thin cuts or fancy cutting.
I checked the designs found in the new
 Make it from Your Heart: Volume 4 (patterns 15).  
Instead of vertical stripes, I decided to make them horizontal.
I clustered 5 of the flower stamps on one acrylic block and random stamped a rectangle (5 1/2 X 2 1/2).  The rectangle was stamped with Nutmeg ink on the light side of the Nutmeg Card Stock .  I cut the rectangle into 1/2" and 1 3/4" strips.  A 5/8th strip of Nutmeg CS was stamped with the leaf border and a 5/8th strip of White CS was stamped several times with the polka dot border strip, then the flower was added. A strip of Blush Ribbon and gold glitter tape cut into narrow strips finished the pattern.  The "Hello" message was stamped on white CS inside the "Monogram Crest" one of our Hostess rewards stamps. (A1217)  The flowers were colored with our water color pencils, (Bubble Gum, Brown Bag and Citrus Leaf)

Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Please leave a comment, we love your feedback. Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28!  
Contact your CTMH Consultant 
(or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our 
Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

We will be featuring the new products found in the CTMH Seasonal Expression 1 Idea Book that came out the first of January and is valid through April. If you came here from Brandi Robinson'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 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new Seasonal Expressions 1 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!  
For this hop, I'm repeating a second version of a starburst card that's similar to the one I posted yesterday on the CTMH Techniques Hop.  For this starburst card I used a technique by LeeAnn Greff that I found on YouTube. 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQG1wv8n0vA
This card uses a very quick and easy cutting method to create the triangles without waste. Instead of a tedious method of cutting small rectangles into triangles,  I took a rectangle the perfect size for the card (3 x 4) used two papers from Chelsea, layered them, found the center of the bottom edge and cut the triangles using a paper cutter and making sure the center point was on the cutting track.  Besides the Chelsea Gardens paper I also used the butterfly strip of leaves, and sentiment from the Chelsea Gardens Complements.


I also used Chelsea Gardens to make cards  for two other blogs.  Here are links to those blogs.
CTMH Technique Blog Hop 1/15/18
 
January SOTM Blog Hop  - Bloom & Grow
01/01/18




Now "Hop" on over to Katy Taylor'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)

Monday, January 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Blushing Backgrounds

WELCOME!
For the January CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of background stamps.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  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 at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 13 Close to My Heart consultants sharing their creations using the current CTMH background stamps 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!
In The Background Essentials (D1750) was used to make a patterned paper for a starburst card. In the past, I found cutting instruction that were tedious, such as cutting rectangles on a diagonal to create triangles, these are then glued into a starburst pattern on a large rectangle overlapping the edges of your card and then needs to be trimmed which wastes some of your paper.  No more need to trim, plus, save time cutting the triangle!!  I found two clever, fast, no-waste cut versions on YouTube.
#1. I didn't have time to complete was by (LeeAnn Greff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQG1wv8n0vA)

I used a template version of the starburst card on YouTube created by Wendy Cranford (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZgDndQFxiA).This tutorial shows how to make a template that's reusable and the exposed cardstock is sponged.  I took it one step farther.  After creating an ombre sponge effect using Juniper ink, I then added the background stamping to the remaining white triangles
The butterfly is from Chelsea Gardens and flowers were also stamped with the background stamp.


Now hop on over to Michelle Johns 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!