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.)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July SOTM - Highlight Reel

WELCOME TO THE JULY SOTM BLOG HOP 


We will be featuring July's SOTM, 
which is "Highlight Reel", a set of 23! stamps.  
If you came here from Brenda Lapp'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 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the July 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!

To create my card, I used Central Park paper and the SOTM.The circle was cut using the largest "Stitched Circle Thin Cuts"  
The CTMH featured paper for July is Central Park #ctmhcentralpark

Now "Hop" on over to  Haley Dyer'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 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!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mini is Marvelous - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

WELCOME to - Mini is Marvelous!
For the June CTMH Technique Blog Hop, the theme for our artwork is "Mini is Marvelous".  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop inspired by the "Mini" theme .  

If you are coming from Danielle Wagner'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 "Mini" 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 decided to make quick "mini" cards - 3 X 3 
I love the "window" fold - really quick and easy.
Paper Packet: Fresh Air
Ink Colors: Nutmeg, Toffee, New England Ivy
Card Stock: Glacier, New England Ivy, Nutmeg, Toffee
Stamp Sets Used
Operation Smile ~ Punny Pals (fundraiser)
Quotable Words
Inspired Words
 Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop (just used the leaf - second generation)
MINI STAMPS - I used Thinking of You
"M" size MINI Stamps ($2.95)

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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rad Dad - Masculine Themed Optional Hop

Welcome to the RAD DAD 

     Masculine Themed CTMH Blog Hop

We will be featuring the CTMH Exclusive Product Offering: "Dad is Rad!" as well as other Masculine Theme CTMH art work. 
To celebrate the dads in your life, the Dad Is Rad exclusive product offering features the limited Rad Dad stamp set (D1811) and discounted Dad Is Rad Workshop Bundle (CC51810)Besides the stamp set, the bundle includes 11 cardstock sheets (1 Almond, 1 Crystal blue, 1 Juniper, 1 Sapphire, 2 Toffee, 4 White Daisy, 1 gold glitter), 1 White Burlap Ribbon (Z3323), 1 Gold Bows (S3380) and 4 white cards & envelopes.  Instructions are available for download when you order. 
There is enough product to create one 12" x 12"  layout, one 12" x 12" page, and four cards that can be used both for Father's Day, or to share with all the "rad" people you love!

 If you came here from Krista Hershberger'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 11 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using CTMH products creating masculine themes art work. 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!  

Here's is what I created using the card stock included in the workshop bundle.  I also used Artistry Cricut Cartridge available with the cartridge (Z3167) or digital (Z3190) to create the Rad Dad image for the card.
1/2 inch strips of almond and toffee, using both sides I really have 4 colors! - glitter paper for the cricut image "My Dad is RAD"  weaving strips of paper is a great way to use scraps.  I also added a little splash of toffee. 
Stamp set "Splash of Color" (D1733)
TWO MORE CARDS

I used Toffee ink to dye the burlap ribbon.

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)

Friday, June 1, 2018

June SOTM - A Bushel & a Peck

WELCOME TO THE JUNE SOTM BLOG HOP 
                                           A Bushel & a Peck

  
We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is "A Bushel & a Peck", a set of  15! stamps.  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 June 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!

 
 Water color pencil
Nutmeg ink
Pomegranate paper
A touch of color from Picture Perfect 
(limited edition and no longer available.)  
I hope you got some of this lovely paper last month 
- though any flowers will do!! 

Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Johns'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 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!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Lovely Layers

WELCOME to - Lovely Layers
For the May CTMH Technique Blog Hop,
we will feature artwork using "LOVELY LAYERS". 
I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  
If you are coming from Katy Taylor'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 LAYERS. 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 card, I layered the ink splatter (splash of color D1733)
with a strip of cardstock (Peacock CS X5958),
I also used ink layers on the flowers and leaves (Beautiful You Z3384),

Now hop on over to Marciava Warrell'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, May 6, 2018

National Scrapbooking Month - Postcard Perfect Optional Hop

Welcome to Postcard Perfect
We will be featuring our special for May, celebrating National Scrapbooking month with a gorgeous suite of papercrafting products "Postcard Perfect" a collection of coordinating Postcard Perfect products, including a paper packet, stamp set, coordinating cardstock pack, and Cut Above layout kits.   You can also earn a FREE postcard Perfect Cut Above Layout Kit by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month.  
If you came here from Catherine Nowak'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 CTMH Consultants sharing their creations using Postcard Perfect  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've been wanting to make this "Star Effects Standup Card" and thought the Postcard Perfect paper would be.... PERFECT!  You can use any sentiment,  I thought "count your blessings" was from the Flower Market stamp set, - but it's retired (D1705) I found I had "Love" (D1728) so added that also and updated this post!    
I'm enjoying a weekend with friends on a beach near Seabrook, WA.  I took off work for a 4 day weekend,  packed the Postcard Perfect papers, ink and some stamps... and then found that I left some supplies at home - over four hours away.   1) forgot the stamp set so fussy cut the flowers  and 2) added a touch of gold with the Shimmer Brush. (didn't have sequins or sparkles.) 
Here's a tutorial for the Star Card.
The base (black card stock) was cut at 5 X 6 - folded in 1/2 and then cut from the fold to the outside edge into a triangular base.
Slits to hold the insert were cut at 2 inches from the bottom corner and cut 3/4 inches deep (I made a small wedge).
Keep the two Triangles pieces that were cut from the 5X6 paper and decorate them with patterned paper triangles cut from a 4 3/4 X 5 3/4 rectangle cut in 1/2 the shorter width and then cut into 4 triangles, and decorate. These pieces are then glued into a "V" - see the photo. decorate as desired.
This card is mailed flat and will need instructions to set it up once opened. 
You can write a personal message on the back.

Save 20% I when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!   (CC5185)

D-size stamp set 
(CC5184)


Coordinating  Cardstock

(CC5183)





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Postcard Perfect Paper Pack 
(CC5181)









Now "Hop" on over to Krista Hershberger'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)