Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CTMH Holiday Sparkle/Seasons of Joy Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH 
"Holiday Sparkle & Season of Joy Blog Hop" 
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If you came here from Alyson Mayo 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 14 CTMH Consultants sharing their creations using "Holiday Sparkle" & "Season of Joy" 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 decided to use the Holiday Sparkle card kit to create alternate cards using materials from the kit.
CARD #1
The design is Pattern 17, pg, 38-39 from the CTMH Make It from Your Heart Vol. 4.  I used the "boutique" pocket card page for the sentiments.  Card 1 - "Choose Joy" and Card 2 - "your kind heart makes mine happy".   The background paper is also from the boutique paper pack (X7235B), including pocket cards and peacock cardstock.  Card #1 has the white and gold ribbon. (Z3189)
CARD #2
 Card #3
For card #3, the sentiment sticker and sequins are from the Holiday Sparkle kit.  The paper is "boutique".  The double "skirt" is cut at 10" long x 5" high and scored at 1" - 1/2" - 2.5' - 3" etc.
We are featuring two exclusive products.
Here are the details for the two specials.
1. The Holiday Sparkle Card Kit
Quick and Easy Shaker Cards to Liven Up the Holiday!
Shake things up this holiday season with the Holiday Sparkle Cut Above® card kit! This kit contains materials for creating 12 festive shaker cards, including printed card bases, die-cut pieces, stickers, sparkly sequins, and simple assembly instructions.
Get a 20% discount when you get the Holiday Sparkle Bundle (CC101810), which pairs the card kit with the My Acrylix® Love with All the Trimmings stamp set, specially designed to further customize the insides of your cards. The Holiday Sparkle Card Kit is only available through October 31.


The stamp set, Love with All the Trimmings,  (CC10188) is a set of 25 stamps.  

You can also receive this delightful card kit FREE when you sign up as a Consultant or host a qualifying party.

2. The Circuit ® Season of Joy 
Digital Collection (Z3296)

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with dynamic cut designs. This collection features over 45 images and projects including several seasonal icons, titles, and sentiments, as well as a collection of 3-D projects that you can create after a few simple cuts 
on your Cricut® machine.

Now "Hop" on over to Haley Dyer'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. To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here.)

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 Michelle Loncar, 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 16 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 watercolor 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.)