This card was a lot of fun to make! You definitely want to have a paper trimmer to make it. (I taught this side stair step card to my VIP Facebook group.)
Friday, November 27, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
This final November Heart2Heart Challenge, Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, can be interpreted in so many different ways! I decided to showcase a few little treat holders for some fun little gift-giving inspiration.
My first project was totally CASEd from my talented DT member Katy Taylor's hot chocolate card/treat holder. I used the Serenity paper pack with the November stamp of the month, You Warm My Heart, plus a little Cricut Blue Belle glitter snowflake.
My second treat holder starts with a 6"x6" square that is folded into this fun little "cup." (You can find more details/instructions HERE.) I used the retired (but available while supplies last on my website) Comfort & Joy paper for the cups plus the candy cane stamp from the November stamp of the month.
Please check out all of the DT inspiration and consider joining us for any of our November challenges before the month ends at H2H Challenges!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Close To My Heart just gets better and better! I've been a Maker now for 20 years, and I am so impressed with our November/December Idea Book! For this hop, I am focusing on the Jingle Joy paper and scrapbooking stamp set (and Thin Cuts). If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog. From here, you'll visit the talented Brandi next.
Hopefully this card looks like a Christmas tree complete with ornaments and lots of Stickles sparkles! I even flicked Evergreen shimmer brush onto my Evergreen "tree." I cut the tree pieces with the incredible Fancy Borders Thin Cuts.
Here are more cards that I've made to get a jump start on the holiday season:
I also had fun teaching this pretty layout:
Thanks for letting me share some Jingle Joy with you! Please leave a comment before hopping on over to Brandi's blog.
Monday, November 16, 2020
This week we've got a challenge that most papercrafters should be able to make: cards!
These adorably pun-ny stamps are only available to CTMH Makers, and I am giving each of my new VIP customers one as a thank you. (If you don't already have a Maker and would like to know more, please contact me.) I used the same techniques as I did on yesterday's post, so click HERE if you'd like to learn a little more about the distress oxide ink technique I used. The cards measure 3"x3".
Sunday, November 15, 2020
This month's technique blog hop is all about getting inky, which you know that I love, so I decided it was time to try the (new to CTMH) distress oxide inks. They are really cool! (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog. From here, you'll visit Lauren next.) Both card sets use the only two distress oxide inks that I have (for now), Candied Apple and Mowed Lawn, with a splattering technique.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Have you seen Close To My Heart's new color of the year, Blue Belle? It such a pretty blue! This week's Heart2Heart Challenge is to use this pretty new color on your project.
My card uses a Blue Belle cardstock base and then a piece of our gorgeous Woodgrain paper (from the Core Catalog so available all the way through August 2021!) that I sponged with Blue Belle ink. I also flicked some Charcoal shimmer brush onto the corners to add more sparkle. The snowflakes were cut on Blue Belle glitter paper with my CTMH/Cricut You Are Here collection. (The large one is 2" and the smaller one is 1.25". NOTE: Set "multi-cut" and cut those snowflakes twice! Trust me!) The sentiment, from the November stamp of the month, You Warm My Heart, was stamped onto a piece of Mink cardstock with Blue Bell ink, and I had to add a few Blue Belle glitter gems.
Thanks for letting me share my card with you! You can watch my card class video where I taught this card plus three more on my Facebook page. Join me if you don't already have a CTMH Maker (consultant).
Please leave a comment, and be sure to check out all of the H2H Blue Belle DT projects and our participants' submissions.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Are you ready for the festivities of the holiday season? I for one am glad to have something to look forward to in this crazy year. You'll get lots of holiday card ideas along this special blog hop. (If you're already hopping you should have arrived from Michelle's blog, and from here you'll visit Brandi's blog next.)
For my cards, I used the NEW Jingle Joy collection with the Jingle Joy Scrapbooking stamp set & coordinating Thin Cuts. I used Clover, Raspberry, Black, and NEW Flamingo inks on my cards.
One of the many cool things about being a CTMH Maker (formerly known as consultant) is that you get products and workshops in advance, and these cards are all from the preview of this new collection. CTMH makes it so easy now to make fabulous artwork. Of course I always have to add my own little twist, but I have learned over the years that their ideas really work!
For this card, the center Flamingo tree was stamped on its Thin Cut and then added to the card front. I trimmed down a piece of zip strip to mimic washi tape at the top, and then decided to add Black Liquid Pearl "stitches" to further enhance this simple card.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Welcome to the November stamp of the month blog hop, featuring the cozy You Warm My Heart stamp set! (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Pam's blog. From here, you'll visit Michelle's blog next.) I decided to create a little holiday gift card that I could tuck a tea bag into because I love a good cup of tea.
Michelle's blog for more great ideas with the November stamp of the month, You Warm My Heart!
Friday, October 30, 2020
When I saw the beautiful Comfort & Joy collection, I hoped that I could use it beyond Christmas. Here's a layout I just made from my very first University of Georgia football game (last year). Before you bash my team, just know that our daughter started her undergrad degree there last year and is now a member of the Redcoats marching band (and my dad went to Georgia Tech). Go, Dawgs!
What do you think? Not just for Christmas?
I added Scarlet glitter paper and tried out some cool techniques. Can you see red stripe above my photo? I played with our new Candy Apple distress oxide inks. As you can see in the photo below, I applied ink directly to my Black cardstock then flicked black, red, and clear shimmer brushes onto the base page. Here's what it looked like after it dried:
When I started building my pages, I realized that I needed some of this same technique on the right page. Look at how bright the distress oxide ink is on the black cardstock before it dries!
Here's the completed right page. My title and football were cut with my CTMH/Cricut Artbooking and Artistry cartridges.
Here's another tip: use 1/2" strips of cardstock as journaling strips that you adhere directly on your photos. You can add to your story without detracting from photos!
Thursday, October 29, 2020
The Bloom with Grace scrapbooking workshop is absolutely beautiful, and I am so pleased with how my Thanksgiving 2019 pictures look with this collection! (There is no shame in being a year- or more- behind in your scrapbooking! Scrapbook what YOU love!)