Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop

Close To My Heart's Fundamentals collections are the core of our paper collection.  They are available all year long, and you're going to see lots of great ways to use them on this hop.
(If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Cat's blog and you'll visit Maureen from here.)
Ever since I got my Cricut Flower Market collection, I have wanted to play with some of the fun cuts!  I was thinking spring (and inspired by the late Debbie Reynolds) to create this cheerful "Singing in the Rain" card.  All of the patterned paper is from the Adventure Fundamentals collection (in Lagoon, Lemon, and Willow) on a Lagoon card stock base.  My "rain" was stamped with the Charming Cascades stamp set.  I used a piece of Adventure Fundamentals ribbon, blue glitter gems, and gold and green shimmer trip for embellishments.

Thanks for hopping by!  You've got to give our Fundamentals a try if you haven't already.  Now continue the hop and skip on over to see what Maureen has created!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Fun with Folds

The CTMH Technique Blog Hop group has a quick, fun hop for you this month!  Learn some fun folds and try something new!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Annemarie's blog.  From here, you'll visit Belinda next.)
Rather than have my card itself make a cool fold, I added a fun folded element!  This hot air balloon would be cute just with a heart balloon, but I made it 3D with 5 identical hearts (cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge).  They were cut from the same sheet of Blossom/Raspberry paper from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.  I folded each heart in half, alternating which side was showing.  Then I glued them all together to create the hot air "balloon."
Before I adhered the heart "balloon" to the card, I added the Blossom baker's twine from the Adventure ribbon collection.  To make the balloon's basket, I just cut a 3/4" by 1" piece at an angle on each side.  The adorable washi tape is from the Sugar Rush collection.  My sky background is a piece of Crystal Blue card stock, and the sentiment is from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection stamp set.

This card was an easy Valentine to make and mail to my daughter off at college.  This idea is super cute as a balloon too!  Of course you could use a circle or an actual hot air balloon shape to get the same 3D effect.

Please let me know what you think before you head off to Belinda's blog!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello Lovely Blog Hop

With the Seasonal Expressions 1 launch (Jan.-April 2017), Close To My Heart introduced new paper suites.  Today we're featuring the Hello Lovely collection on this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Julie's blog.  From here, you'll hop to Brenda's blog next.)
 Here is the card that I made for a friend's birthday.  All the cuts were made with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge (key Q).  All of the embellishments are included in the Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way pack (paper, ribbon, and gems).  The vellum (jar) is from the Uptown Fundamentals paper collection.

Here are a few other cards that I have made with the Hello Lovely collection.
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Thanks for hopping by!  I'd love a comment before you hop to Brenda's blog next!

Monday, February 6, 2017

H2H Challenges: Hello Lovely

This week Heart 2 Heart Challenges wants to see your creations with the Hello Lovely collection.  I decided to use some of the preprinted cards on actual cards instead of on a layout.
The card on the left uses a 3"x4" card with Sorbet chevrons.  I used a piece of B&T on the card base, stamped my sentiment from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set (including the cut out flowers) and then embellished with Aqua shimmer trim and gold glitter dots.
 The second card starts with a preprinted 4"x6" card that I then added the matted stamped saying (also from Happy to Be Friends) and some more Aqua shimmer trim and gold glitter duos.
Because there are soooo many lovely things you can make with this paper suite, be sure to visit the H2H blog for tons of great ideas.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Easter Bunny

How is it February already?!?  Close To My Heart is thinking spring with the adorable February stamp of the month, Easter Bunny.  You will see lots of great ideas for this cute stamp set along this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Brenda's blog.  To continue the hop, click on her name to go to Carol next!)

I decided to create a sweet, simple card.  To begin, I stamped the mama bunny in Slate pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder so that watercoloring would be easy.  I colored her with a water brush and Whisper, Sea Glass, and Sorbet inks to match the Hello Lovely paper pack.  I finished off the card with the sentiment stamp in Fern ink on the Sea Glass card stock and Coral shimmer trim.  I tried adding different embellishments but never liked them so I kept it simple.

Be sure to visit everyone on our blog hop to get great ideas with this stamp set!  Thanks for leaving me a comment before you head off to Carol's blog!
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Monday, January 23, 2017

H2H Challenges: Round & Round

OK, I'll admit that when I first saw the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Round and Round, the song by 80s hairband Ratt started running through my head!  Since finding pictures of my big hair days was maybe too painful and difficult at the moment, I settled on the adorable bicycle cut on the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  I have been wanting to use this cut since I got the cartridge!
My card uses the Hello Lovely collection.  To begin, I cut the bicycle base in Whisper card stock, then Black for the wheel/seat layer, Sea Glass for the bicycle body, and the Sorbet for the basket.  I used a strip of the pretty Hello Lovely B&T and a zip strip to create the "road" for my bike.  The sentiment comes from the Flower Market stamp set (stamped in Sorbet) and then embellished with a gold glitter gem (also from the Hello Lovely collection) and Aqua shimmer trim.  The sweet Blush ribbon can also be found in the Hello Lovely collection.

Be sure to see how all of the H2H designers interpreted the Round & Round challenge, and join us for any of the January challenges before the month ends.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Crazy for Complements! (CTMH Technique Blog Hop)

The CTMH Technique Blog Hop group is Crazy for Complements, and you will be, too!  Complements are beautiful artwork and embellishments to take your crafty projects to the next level.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Judy Faye's blog.  You'll visit Darlys's blog next.)
My Sophomore Year layout uses not one but TWO sets of Complements: the NEW Hello Lovely Complements paired with the School 7-12 Complements.  You'll see how I paired them up in the close ups below.  I used quite a collection of products to show off my beautiful daughter's 10th grade school picture.  I started with Kraft bases to which I added 11"x11" squares of the gold polka dot vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals paper collection.  The gold and white band across the bottom is also from that paper pack.  The pale pink paper is from the Hello Lovely paper suite, which the black mattes are from the retired Swan Lake paper.
 The star is from the School complements and the ribbon, flower sticker, and gold arrow 3-D sticker are from Hello Lovely.
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 The School chipboard heart nestled inside the 3-D Hello Lovely heart, well, beautifully!
 The chipboard pieces are from the School Complements, but the sticker and ribbon are Hello Lovely.
 The gold glitter gems are also part of the Hello Lovely collection and can be purchased in a small pack or they come with the Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way.

Thanks for letting me show you how well different Complements can work together and for showing off my beautiful daughter.  Be sure to go see how crazy DARLYS is for Complements!  (Be sure to leave some compliments along the way too!)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

No, you're not seeing double!  I am participating in a second Seasonal Expressions 1 blog hop with another group of talented Close To My Heart consultants.  You're going to love new ideas with lots of new products!  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Erika's blog.  From here, you will visit Melissa next.)
My daughter and her friends are turning 16, so I wanted to make a fun card for the most recent birthday girl.  The Sugar Rush paper suite features this cute patterned paper with ice cream on one side and doughnuts on the other.  I made the party "table" with the ice cream side: On the Sea Glass card stock base, I pleated a 12" strip across the bottom.  The table top is a strip that I folded in half lengthwise to give it more dimension.
This pretty cake and stand were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  I added a strip of aqua and a strip of white Shimmer Trim to dress up the cake.  The 16 "candles" are also cut with the Flower Market cartridge.  I used my clear Shimmer Brush to add a little sparkle to the candles.  Finally, I made the party pennant with the journaling pen and silver sequins.

Thanks for hopping by!  I would love a comment before you head off to check out Melissa's beautiful Seasonal Expressions 1 project.

Monday, January 9, 2017

H2H Challenges: Season of White

When my teammate suggested the "Season of White" challenge for the Heart2Heart blog, I thought that I would create a white card of some sort, but of course that isn't what happened at all.  Inspiration struck when we were hit with our first snowstorm of the year, a literal blanket of white!  I quickly sent off my pictures to our local Walmart for developing so that I could scrapbook them right away.
My photos dictated my color palette of Pacifica, Crystal Blue, and White Daisy.  I pulled our card stock in all three colors, then grabbed my Whimsy and Adventure Fundamentals packs to see what kind of patterned paper I had in my color scheme.  I love using the two different polka dot patterns from the two paper packs, which inspired me to stamp the "snowfall" polka dots from the Charming Cascades stamp set in Pacifica on the Pacifica card stock.
I knew that I just had to use my new white glitter paper on this snowy layout.  I fell in love with the snowflake border from the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge (cut four times at 11-1/2").  The "snow" pennant and snowflakes were all cut from that one Cricut key.
The rest of the pennants were cut by hand.  The "love" sentiment is actually one of the patterns of the Whimsy Fundamentals.  To add a little sparkle and pizzazz, I embellished my layout with Sparkles and Blue Enamel gems.
Here's a close-up of the cool glitter paper snowflake border:
Be sure to visit the H2H blog to see the different interpretations of the Season of White challenge.  I hope you'll play along with us this month!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Did you spend some of your New Year's holiday checking out the new Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions idea book?  One of the perks of being a consultant is a preview period, so you'll get lots of great ideas with new products along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Terrie's blog.  You'll click on her name to go to Jennifer's blog next.)
When I first saw the Seasonal Expressions idea book, I fell in love with the Hello Lovely paper suite!  I automatically ordered the Workshop Your Way because you get the paper pack, complements, and two different embellishments all at a great price.  The Hello Lovely WYW includes gold glitter gems and beautiful Blush ribbon.  I also had to get the new Good Thymes! stamp set in honor of my new essential oil business.  (Feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more.)  My cards use Fern and Sorbet ink, and I grabbed my trusty holiday five-card workshop (using sketches from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2) and got to work.  To color my herbs, I just grabbed my medium round waterbrush and my Fern ink.

If you'd like to skip the close-ups of the five cards, feel free to leave a comment and then hop on to Jennifer's blog next.  Otherwise, here are the details...
These cards have the addition of coral shimmer trim.

 These cards both use the masking technique.

Thanks for visiting!  You're going to love all the great ideas you'll find with the new Seasonal Expressions blog hop.  Please leave a comment before hopping on to Jennifer's blog!
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome Home Wreath Kit

Close To My Heart has a beautiful project available this month that papercrafters of all styles and abilities will love!

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

If you buy or earn your kit through me, you're invited to a free workshop on 1/28 to put them together.  If you don't have liquid glass, it is absolutely the best adhesive for this project (and so many others).

Other items you might like to personalize your wreath are:


H2H Challenges: Silver & Gold

Heart 2 Heart Challenges is ringing in 2017 with a Silver and Gold challenge!  Pictures from my daughter's recent Fall Ball seemed like the perfect starting point for this challenge.
You may wonder why her Fall Ball pictures have a Christmas tree in the background and snowflakes on the layout.  They changed the date twice so it ended up being the first weekend in December instead of the original October date.  To meet the silver and gold challenge element, I used gold paper  and vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals.  The silver glitter die cut pieces are from the just-retired City Sidewalks Complements.  The other gold and silver embellishments are retired pieces leftover in my stash.

My title stamp set is also retired, but we offer several pretty ones to choose from now too.

Be sure to visit the Heart2Heart blog to see our entire design team's projects.  We hope you will join us in 2017, so why not start today?


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