Saturday, December 15, 2018

Love of Color (CTMH Technique Blog Hop)

Close To My Heart introduces an amazing publication called Love of Color.  It provides color combo suggestions for each current Close To My Heart color and gorgeous artwork to inspire your creativity.  We are featuring ideas from this how-to guide to show you what a great resource it is.
(If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Debi next.)
Glacier was my starting color.  In Love of Color, one of the Glacier combos is Glacier, Peacock, Heather, and Linen.  I had this Glacier scrap from the Boutique collection and my Falling Flakes stamp set handy, so I random stamped the flakes in the three darkest colors.  (Stamping "stitching" stamps in Linen really doesn't show well.)  I mounted my snowy piece onto a standard-size piece of Linen paper, also from the Boutique collection.  For my sentiment panel, I inked up Merry Christmas in Glacier and then inked the bottom portion again in Peacock before stamping.  A little silver shimmer trim and sparkles finishes this off and still allows the card to be mailed easily.
My inspiration for this hop was actually this family photo (taken this summer).  I really wanted to make a layout or home decor piece with it, but I don't have time right now with all of the holiday hustle and bustle!  I am planning to use it with the following color combo: Glacier, Sugarplum, Ballerina, Sage, and Pewter (from Love of Color of course).  What do you think?  I see a lot of potential, so this project will "perk" until I have a great idea and time to implement.

If you haven't yet explored Love of Color, talk to your CTMH consultant or go ahead and order a copy for yourself.  I can't wait to see what color each consultant has selected to share along this hop.  I'd love a comment before you dash off to Debi's blog next.

May your holidays be merry, bright, and colorful!

Featured Paper Collection Blog Hop: Oh What Fun

As much as I love traditional holiday color combos, there is something so, well, FUN, about the Oh What Fun collection!  Maybe being the mom of two girls (now almost grown women) plays into my love of a pink and green Christmas?  You are going to get some spectacular ideas with the Oh What Fun collection on this blog hop. (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Carol's blog.  From here, you'll visit Shirley's blog next.)
Do you need a quick gift?  I'm not sure where I got these plastic bags, but I stuffed them with a little hand sanitizer and a yummy truffle.  Creating the topper was easy!  I just measured how wide the bag was, how long the topper needed to be, and then doubled the length.  I kept this easy peasy with the adorable Merry Christmas stamp in Raspberry.  The tree is one of the stickers in the Oh What Fun collection.  The Raspberry twine comes with the Workshop Your Way (and is available separately).

Here is a card I made using the December stamp of the month, Candy Cane Alphabet.  I was trying to extend this pack beyond the Christmas season.
You can read more about this card HERE if you'd like.
Finally, I'm sharing another project I've featured here on the blog, an Oh What Fun holiday layout.  You can learn more about it HERE if interested.

Hopefully you've been inspired to get crafty with the Oh What Fun collection. I'd love a comment before you hop on over to the sensation Shirley's rockin' blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 10, 2018

ABC (Anything but a Card) Holiday Blog Hop

It's time for a fun ABC (Anything But a Card) Holiday blog hop!  You just might get some last minute gift ideas, or some inspiration for your next crafty project.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melinda's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys's blog next.)
My project began with the chipboard monogram letters to spell out JOY.  (I actually scored this set- letters and gold glitter cutout overlays- at a recent CTMH flash sale, but you could easily cut your own.)  I used the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge to cut these lovely poinsettia flowers from Candy Apple and New England Ivy cardstock and 3.5" and 3".

 You can see the Candy Apple cardstock cuts and then how I bent them with my fingers to make them a little more authentic.
Liquid Glass is my go-to adhesive for this type of project!
A gold glitter gem finished off each flower center.
Here are the letters in my window sill.  The "J" doesn't stand well on its own.  I am thinking about adding ribbon to hand each letter in the window or on one of our French doors.

The possibilities with the monogram chipboard letters are endless!  You could easily make a lovely monogram for your home.  Thank you very much for hopping by!  I'd love a comment before you leave to see what Darlys has created!
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H2H Challenges: Shake It Up

Are you ready to shake it up with Heart 2 Heart?!?  You don't have to use our new shaker cards to shake things up, but I certainly did!
This ornament uses the CTMH/Cricut You Are Here cartridge's compass base as the ornament base (cut from Peacock card stock), a shaker window & confetti, silver embossing powder, Charcoal ink, and the Christmas Blessings stamp set.  (Complete details are HERE.)
You can also use shakers on scrapbook layouts.
Oh What Fun layout details can be found HERE.
Be sure to check out all of the H2H Design Team's projects, and help us shake it up this week.  You have all month to play!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Candy Cane Alphabet

If you're getting ready for Christmas then you are going to love the December stamp of the month, Candy Cane Alphabet, for your projects!  You'll see lots of great ideas with this alphabet set along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Brandi's blog.  From here, you'll visit Jean's blog next.)
I wanted to try to use this set for a non-Christmas project.  I think this card would make a cute Valentine or winter birthday/thinking of you card.  What do  you think?  I used the Oh What Fun collection which includes that pretty Raspberry twine.  This card is based on a sketch from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4.

Thanks for hopping by.  I'd love a comment before you leave.  Now visit Jean's Stamping Maui blog to continue the hop.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

H2H Challenges: Sugarplum, Sapphire, and Sage

Heart 2 Heart Challenges has a lovely color challenge to finish November: use Sugarplum, Sapphire, and Sage on a project.
I decided to make a non-traditional Christmas card using Bunches of Love stamp set and the little M-size Merry Christmas stamp.
Following Pattern 4 from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4, I cut the Sapphire piece from the Grateful Heart collection, Sage card stock, and Sugarplum glitter paper.  I stamped the floral image from Bunches of Love with Sapphire ink and then over-stamped the floral centers with Sugarplum and the leaves with Sage.
I decided to stamp the leaves again on scrap White Daisy and then fussy cut them to adhere over the Sage card stock.  Hopefully if you look closely you can see Sugarplum shimmer brush on the flowers and the Sugarplum gems on the berries.

If you visit the H2H blog, you'll find lots of inspiration with this pretty color scheme.  We hope you'll join us before the end of the month!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Featured Paper Collection Blog Hop: 'Tis the Season

Although I'm partial to celebrating one holiday at a time, in the crafting world you have to work ahead of the season.  'Tis the Season is a wonderful, traditional collection to celebrate your holidays! (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Carol's blog.  From here, you'll visit Shirley's blog next.)
My layout is very simple.  It came directly from the 'Tis the Season Workshop Your Way, which made it super fast to create.
Don't you love the gold foil in the Complements?
Now to decide if I'm going to put last year's or this year's pictures on my layout...

Be sure to continue along this blog hop to see some pretty creations with the 'Tis the Season collection.  Visit SHIRLEY next!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Merry Christmas Blessings Blog Hop

It's time to get ready to craft for the holidays, and you're sure to find some incredible ideas along this Merry Christmas Blessings blog hop!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Darlys's blog.  From here you'll visit Krista's blog next.)
My first project is a card using the Christmas Blessings stamp set and Mink card stock for my card base.  I stamped the "O come let us adore him" sentiment in Charcoal and then sprinkled silver embossing powder on top.  After heat-setting, I added the piece of Boutique patterned paper that I had cut an oval with my Cuttlebug and Thin Cuts.  I stamped the holy family with Charcoal ink and then the stars and shepherds with Pewter ink.
A little silver trim and gems finished off this card.  I think that its simplicity helps focus on the true reason for the season!
I also created an ornament with this stamp set, Peacock card stock, Charcoal ink, silver embossing powder, and our shaker windows.  You can read about this project HERE.

Thank you for celebrating some Merry Christmas Blessings along this blog hop!  Please leave a comment before you dash off to Krista's blog!
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shake Things Up (CTMH Technique Blog Hop)

It's time to shake things up with Close To My Heart's fun shaker card products!  Hop through this blog hop to get lots of great ideas for shaking up your work.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Debi's blog next.)
My first project is an ornament (or tag).  I created my base with the You Are Here CTMH/Cricut cartridge (it's the compass base) cut at 3.5" from Peacock card stock. I stamped the Christmas Blessings sentiment and stars with Charcoal ink and then sprinkled silver embossing powder on top.  I heat set the powder to get the pretty silver.
I stamped the shepherds and sheep with Charcoal ink onto the lighter side of Peacock card stock and then fussy cut it out.  I also cut another scalloped circle at 3.25" to cover the foam from the shaker window.
A little twine finished off this ornament!
For my layout, I used the Holiday Sparkle shaker card kit and Oh What Fun collection to create a layout.
You can read more about this project HERE.

Thanks for shaking it up with me!  Now go see what DEBI has created!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Seasonal Trees

The holiday season is upon us, and Close To My Heart has a beautiful, organic stamp of the month set for November!  Follow this hop to see some amazing projects with Seasonal Trees.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jean's blog.  From here you'll visit Carrie's blog next.)  I decided to create a set of 4 cards featuring each season.
First up is winter: the background is Glacier B&T from the Boutique collection.  I stamped the trees in first and second (and even third) generation in Charcoal ink.  I added the bird with Candy Apple ink.  The "snow" is a piece of White Daisy card stock that I tore to give the rough edge.  I layered texture paste onto that piece and then some clear shimmer brush on top of the paste.
Can you see the sequins from our shaker kits?  Use Liquid Glass to attach them to your projects!
My spring card uses the Grateful Heart paper pack with the addition of Sweet Leaf ink.  (The darker leaves are stamped with Fern ink.)
My summer card also uses the Grateful Heart collection plus White/Fern stitched ribbon.
Finally, my fall card is full of color!  I added a Sapphire bird house.  The leaves run the gamut of the Grateful Heart collection colors.
Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope I've inspired you to create with the November stamp of the month, Seasonal Trees.

I'd love a  comment before you leave to go to Carrie's blog next.  Thank you!
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Featured Paper Collection Blog Hop: Grateful Heart

Welcome to the Grateful Heart featured paper collection blog hop!  Grateful Hurt is such a pretty set for fall, and fall is finally here in the mountains of north Georgia.  Be sure to hop through this hop to get lots of great ideas with the Grateful Heart collection. (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Shirley's blog.  From here, you'll visit Michelle next.)

My first two cards use the Grateful Heart Cardmaking stamp set along with the paper collection.  For both, I stamped, colored (with Shin Han Twin Touch markers), and cut out my butterflies before adding them to the card fronts.  The Hello Friend card is embellished with New England Ivy burlap ribbon, and some gold glitter gems accent the Thank You card.
My third card uses the October stamp of the month, Thanks & Giving, with more gold glitter gems and gold shimmer trim.  I colored the wreath with my Shin Han Twin Touch markers again.
Here are two other Grateful Heart projects I've already posted on my blog (but you might have missed).
A layout about our house blessing in July has a pocket page to hold cards.  (Learn more HERE.)
My nephew is a huge Harry Potter fan, so his birthday card uses both the Boutique and Grateful Heart collections.  (Learn more HERE.)

Thank you for visiting my blog!  I'm grateful for everyone who stops by, and I really appreciate your comments.  Continue on the hop by going to Michelle's blog now.


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