Monday, October 15, 2018

Paste-fully Creative - CTMH Technique Blog Hop


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Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop
The theme for the October CTMH Technique Blog Hop is "Paste-fully Creative".  This blog will demonstrate artwork using new CTMH products including  Texture pastes; Opaque paste (Z4245) & Texture paste (Z4246), Palette Knives (Z4247), and Stencil Sheets (Z4244).  You can get 10% discount with the bundle.   I'm excited to see the creative use of texture pastes on this hop.  

If you are coming from Wanda Rogers , you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of  Melissa Robinson's blog.  This month we have 18 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the "Paste-fully Creative" theme. 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 tried to create a stamped image in the paste, and learned the paste needs to dry a bit or you only get wispy peaks.  I did add some Glacier ink - with a water color brush.  The images are from the October Stamp of the Month.  The gingham ribbon is from 
Story by Stacy™ Short Story Workshop Kit—Black & White  (Z4217)

Tutorials/instructions for using texture pastes: all found on Pinterest.
  • FREE FORM TEXTURE
    • https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-use-acrylic-painting-texture-medium-2577368?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons_nip
  • STENCIL:
    • http://www.bumblebeesandbutterflies.com/2014/07/stencil-it-at-country-view-crafts.html
    • http://www.oneluckyday.net/2012/05/work-in-progress.html
  • STAMP INTO PASTE
    • http://andyskinnerorg.blogspot.com/2011/02/altered-box-part-1.html
    • http://andyskinnerorg.blogspot.com/2011/07/texture-stamping-part-2.html?spref=pi
    • https://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2014/09/video-watercolor-texture-paste-stamptember-giveaway.html/comment-page-2#comment-375354
  • COLORING:
    • http://artc.typepad.com/weblog/modeling-paste/
    • https://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2014/09/video-watercolor-texture-paste-stamptember-giveaway.html/comment-page-2#comment-375354
Now hop on over to Kimberly Bower'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.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sew What?! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH "Sew What!?"Blog Hop!
The theme for the September CTMH Technique Blog Hop is "Sew What!?"  This blog will demonstrate artwork using any type of stitching, from faux stitches, hand stitching and machine stitching along with other CTMH products.  
I'm excited to see the creative use of stitching on this hop.  
If you are coming from Marciava Warrell'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 Robinson's blog.  This month we have 13 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the "Sew What!?" theme. 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 just LOVE our new thin cuts with embossed stitching - gives that additional "step-up" of eye entertainment! So that's my "go to" for this technique - also so very quick and easy which fits my busy schedule. This is the first time I'm making the "Wiper card".  I got my instructions  from  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZpouL4jqSs  A YouTube video created by Barb Millekin from "Barb Stamps".

Oh! No!  I just took my photos and discovered the hearts pop up when the card is closed and disappear when it's opened! Going back to the tutorial, I've reversed something - moral of the story, don't try something new when you are "time challenged" and very possibly dyslexic.


I will be editing my card!! 
Now it's working!! Yeah!!


Same Card - Front and Back
The hearts were cut with Thin Cuts - Stitched Hearts.
The Saffron cardstock, Sugarplum CS, Boutique paper, sentiment are from the Workshops Your Way Hugs for you Cardmaking Kit.   I also added Peacock Cardstock for contrast.  The inks used were Saffron and Peacock.
Card Front - flat to mail
Card Front - opened
Card Back - Closed

Card Back opened.

The two base saffron rectangles were cut at 4.25" x 6.75"
scored on one short side at 1" and 1.75".
The mechanism was cut at 2" x 2.75" and scored across the left corner at 1/2" (see photos)

The photo shows a white mechanism - I actually cut and used a Saffron piece that you see in the 3rd photo, it protrudes 1/4th of an inch, I cut that off and added a strip of clear plastic for the hearts.
The trick to getting the card to work properly is to have the card open with the mechanism up, then before gluing the card together fold it shut and check that the mechanism closes (disappears).  
The card is assembled with one scored side on the left (front of the card) and the other on the right side (back of the card).  or vise-versa.  Then glue only the 1-inch panel on each end. So that a scored side is glued to the non-scored side of the other half. 
Once the card was assembled (or may be done first), the front, back, and sides were decorated with 4"x 4.75" and 3/4" x  4" Peacock - 2 each. The polka dot paper was cut at 3.75" x 4.5" and  1/2"  x 3.75", also, -2 each. 
Clear Sparkles were added to the front and some gold glitter paper to the back.  The tiny hearts were cut with the Thin Cuts - Shaker Window and Confetti.
In the end, I like how it works.  
It can even stand upright as shown in the following photo.

Now hop on over to   Kimberly Bower'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.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH "New Product" Blog Hop
We will be featuring art using a variety of our new products that became available ten days ago.  The first of September the brand new  CTMH "Holiday Expressions" went live.  It's bigger and better than ever before.  CTMH products are now available in one seasonal catalog.  Items in this catalog are available from September through December.  
If you came here from Katy Taylor'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 CTMH Consultants sharing their creations using new products recently released in the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. 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! 
  When I saw the new products, the first item on my order list was the Thin Cuts - Shaker Window and Confetti (Z4309) You can coordinate them with the Shaker Window Foam & Acetate (Z4310)   I used paper from the "boutique" paper pack. White glitter paper that I colored peach directly from the ink pad and then added a bow from 3 strands of the white burlap ribbon.  I've been time challenged with the start of school, so the thin cut was a really a quick and easy way to make a fun card.  

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September SOTM - Just Treats

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
         

We will be featuring the September SOTM, 
which is "Just Treats", a set of 22 stamps!!  
I'm loving this stamp set and see LOTS!! of possibilities.   Cannot wait to see the inspiration found on this hop. 
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 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the September 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 needed to create a really quick and easy card, so thought of a "gate-fold" using the friend sentiment.  I used the lovely Boutique Paper and featured colors, Saffron, Peacock, and Glacier.  The paper was cut at 4 1/4" by 11" and scored at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".  Peacock Cardstock was cut at 2 1/2 X 4, Glacier at 2 1/4 X 3 3/4 and the Saffron pattern paper was cut at 2 X 3 1/2 The sentiment shape was found on the Cricut CTMH Artistry Cartridge, and the Peacock shape was cut at 3 1/4" and the white cardstock was cut at 3". 


Now "Hop" on over to Krista Hershberger'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 encouragement.  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!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

You've Got Class Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH "You've Got Class" Blog Hop
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We will be featuring an exclusive product offer that's only available through September.  Preserve the best of your child's school years with the "You've Got Class" collection of products. The workshop kit is designed to commemorate the passage of those formative years.  This special features a paper collection, coordinating cardstock, 2 exclusive stamp sets, thin cuts, sparkles, flip flaps, and instructions for 14 single page layouts
This is what the kit looks like.
If you came here from Miss. Carrie's Creations 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 7 CTMH Consultants sharing their creations using "You've Got Class" inspired art 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 recall about 8 years ago, there were instructions for a "True Fit Folio" mini album.  I couldn't find mine - too many years have passed along with a major move.  I really wanted to use what I have to re-create a mini album.  I placed my order Sunday, Aug. 12; it usually arrives by Friday the same week and this time it isn't arriving until next week Monday.  Bummer!  However, I do have the cardstock, a folio, the School Kids stamp set, thin cuts, and sparkles. So, I searched Pinterest and found a couple different samples for the mini-album and was overwhelmed with the options. It appears that the original instructions are credited to Kelly English-Triggs.  I found the following examples.

Here's my take on the True Fit Filio Mini Album - great for school size photos. 



I will be continuing to add details, color the stamped images, add flip-flaps and inserts, etc.  It's a work in progress.
Now "Hop" on over to Kimberly Bower's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants on their blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Please leave a comment, we love your encouragement.  Remember, this special is only available through September 30 while supplies last.  To get any of the products you seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here.)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Purposeful Plastic - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop
The theme for the August CTMH Technique Blog Hop is "Purposeful Plastic".  This blog will demonstrate artwork using CTMH products such as Flip Flaps and Pocket Plus Pages.  I'm excited to see the creative use of plastic 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 Robinson's blog.  This month we have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the "Purposeful Plastic" theme. 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!  
One reason I participate in these hops is all the great art I find from my fellow CTMH consultants!!  It's sharing ideas and techniques that I find so very therapeutic in a hectic, stressful life that I fully acknowledge I'm the responsible party because I say "yes" and "want to do it all!"  This summer, I've been a bit over-scheduled - still working at school FT+;  I spent three awesome days working with the WA state OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) setting cut-scores for the alternate testing for students with an IEP (Individual Education Plan), and even took on a summer project working with 11 Head Start students who receive special education services.  In less than 2 weeks, we start faculty meetings and school starts after Labor Day.  I'm crafting with kids 2 days next week and finishing the Head Start Project.  I rely on a lot of "self-talk" to survive: "BREATH!!!"

For my project, I first thought - I'll use an overlay - it's plastic!  Long story short... I don't know where they are!! (groan), and don't have time to search.  So....... who says I cannot create my own overlay? and use it on a SHAKER CARD!!  The flip flap plastic is really sturdy and worked great!  Here's my Purposeful Plastic Project.  I hope you like it as much as I had fun creating it.

I used documented paper and compliments for this really quick card.
Of course you need to use "StazOn" ink to stamp on plastic - my black was so old it had dried up - but I did have brown. - doesn't show so very well.  - I'm thinking white with the eggplant behind it would be great!  The "confetti is a combination of bashful glitter hearts and "Silica Gel"  found in packing items - states "DO NOT EAT" THROW AWAY!  doesn't say, "do not use in shaker cards".
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Now hop on over to Michelle Johns' 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.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Here's to You Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH "Here's to You" Blog Hop
We will be featuring an exclusive product offer that's only available through August.  This special features a workshop kit inspired by life's special occasions!  To celebrate these moments, the Here's to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts.  The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create one 12"x 12" page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions! 
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 approximately 15 CTMH Consultants sharing their creations using "Here's to You" inspired art 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! 
  This workshop has a lot to offer.  I hope this card shows some of the possibilities.  I love the Rose embossing folder - and Juniper paper.  I took the paper, stamp, pearls, and velum, cricut cut the leaves and made this card from Pattern #9 in Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4
This workshop uses the Cricut® Artistry Collection, which features designs in a wide variety of themes that can be used for any and every occasion. The necessary Cricut® shapes to complete this workshop are available as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, Here’s to You Workshop 
There are two kits you can order, 
CC7190 with the Z3343 Rose Embossing Folder and 
CC7191  without the embossing folder. 
Both kits contain the following supplies.
B1596 My Acrylix® Wishing You Joy Stamp Set 
B1597 My Acrylix® To You Stamp Set 
B1599 My Acrylix® Flourishing Friendship Stamp Set 
B1600 My Acrylix® Sending Sunshine Stamp Set 
X5941 Bashful Cardstock (1 sheet) 
X5978 Glacier Cardstock (1 sheet) 
X5979 Juniper Cardstock (1 sheet) 
X5968 Lagoon Cardstock (1 sheet) 
X5946 Linen Cardstock (2 sheets) 
X5967 Pacifica Cardstock (1 sheet) 
1385 White Daisy Cardstock (2 sheets) 
Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper (1 sheet) 
Z3367 Vellum Paper (1 sheet) 
Z3370 White Pearls 
X254 White Cards & Envelopes
(7 cards and 7 envelopes) 
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! Please leave a comment, we love your encouragement.  Remember, this special is only available through August 31.  To get any of the products you seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August SOTM - For the Love of Crafting

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

We will be featuring the August SOTM, 
which is "For the Love of Crafting", a set of 9 stamps.  
If you came here from Tracey Pierce'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 27 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!
I used the "Documented" paper pack.  I love the Eggplant color and included some Eggplant Card Stock, Glitter paper, Gold glitter GEMS, Eggplant ribbon, and a piece of the documented zip strip.  I black embossed the typewriter to make it look like metal and added the message from the SOTM. The card was made using pattern # 17 from the How-To-Pattern Book, "Make It From the Heart Vol. 4" which provides 24 patterns to create beautiful one-of-a-kind cards for any occasion.  I'm loving this stamp set and see LOTS!! of possibilities. Cannot wait to see the inspiration found on this hop. 

Now "Hop" on over to Vickie ODell'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 encouragement.  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 15, 2018

Magically Masked - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop
The theme for the July CTMH Technique Blog Hop is "Magically Masked".  There are a variety of masking techniques and I'm excited to see the creative application of this technique that we will find on this hop inspired by the "Magically Masked" theme .  

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 Robinson's blog.  This month we have 10 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the "Magically Masked" theme. 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'm loving our July SOTM house and balloons; I just need to add a sentiment like "Enjoy the Adventure"!  I'm traveling and couldn't finish this before I left and packed it half finished to complete it on time. It's hard to work with limited supplies and missing supplies that I thought I packed, but I love seeing what others do and love the creative challenge to join others in a theme and see all the different results.  If you aren't participating, think of joining us in the future. 
There are so many different ways and reasons to mask.
For my card I actually used three "Masks".
1.  I stamped the two balloons from the July SOTM and the stamped it again on scrap computer paper to make the "cut out" mask to cover and protect the first two balloons and then stamped more balloons, moving the scrap cutout balloons as needed to get a cluster of balloons.  SOOOOO much faster to create a balloon cluster that fussy cutting them like I did in the SOTM post.
2. After coloring the balloons, using the color pallet for the Central Park paper, Glacier, Poppy, Willow, Bashful, and Lemon, I covered  the balloons with liquid glass to "mask" the balloons when I  inked the clouds. After inking over the liquid glass, quickly wipe the ink off the balloons before it dries.
(You can also use rubber cement or a masking liquid over the balloons.  After you've inked the clouds cover them with rubber cement or masking fluid, let it dry, do your stamping and then it is easily removed by simply rubbing it off with your finder or a dry cloth. Clear embossing powder is another medium that works to mask the balloons so you can ink the clouds, after inking the clouds you can actually remove the heat embossed "mask" by covering it with computer paper and ironing it.  The clear embossing melts and is absorbed by the computer paper, leaving the original matte watercolor look.
3.  You can also mask with painter's tape, sticky notes, or washi tape to create straight lines.  I used sticky notes over the border dot stamps which was also from the July SOTM.
The final masking was, again, a cut/torn computer paper mask for the clouds, I didn't have my sponge daubers, so sponged the clouds with a paper napkin using Glacier Ink - the result isn't what I wanted, but I think it turned out fine. 

I enjoy Jennifer McGuire's U-tube instructional videos.
Here is a link to one of her videos on masking. 

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.  I hope you enjoy the hop.

Friday, July 6, 2018

CTMH Stampaganza Blog

Welcome to the CTMH Stampaganza Blog Hop!
We will be featuring our special for July, Stampaganza;
 buy any two stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!  
[NOTE:  for each order, the free stamp set(s) will be the lowest valued stamp set(s).  
Buy 3 D size and 3 B size and the two free stamp sets will be the B size stamp sets.]
Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July!  For even more savings, Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers! MORE savings!!

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  approximately 12 CTMH Consultants sharing their creations using Stampaganza inspired art 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!  
For my 5 X 7 card, I used pattern # 14 (with some changes)  Make it From Your Heart Volume 4.  I also used the July featured paper Central ParkPacifica ink, and New England Ivy burlap ribbon that I pulled apart into 6 strands cut at 8 inches, three down the card and the remaining three for the bow.  The flowers were colored with our water brush and ink.
As you can see, each stamp set has an assortment of words and images that would work great on the pages of 
Story by Stacy™ mini album kits (Apple red. polka dots and stripes). 

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa Robinson's blog  to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Please leave a comment, we love your encouragement.  Remember, this special is only available though July 31.  To get any of the products you seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here.)