Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Craft with Heart Birthday Cards

 Close To My Heart offers two cool subscription crafting options: Craft with Heart Scrapbooking and Craft with Heart Cardmaking.  (You can learn more HERE.)  The only things you need "extra" is adhesive!  I needed some birthday cards this weekend, and these were the perfect way to make some quick and cute cards.

Of course I veered from the instructions a teeny bit.
Instead of the provided black ink, I grabbed my new Blue Belle ink plus the October stamp of the month stamp set for "Happy Birthday!"  In addition to the included Blue Belle sequins, I added mini silver star glitter and embellished with some new Blue Belle glitter gems.

My second card is for a special young man who turned 14 on Sunday!  I can't believe that my nephew is now taller than me (even though I really should be surprised)!  I actually made this one according to the directions.  For the second card (the kit includes materials for 2 each of 12 different cards), I will stamp some stars in the white star shaker window base.

I have to say that the star shaker windows are so easy to put together!  I love them!



I went ahead and made this 3rd birthday card just to have on hand in case.  I used some 3D foam from the leftovers from the star shaker windows to pop up two of the flowers.  I will probably add some gold glitter gems from my stash (not included in the kit) before I give this card away.

Be sure to check out the subscription service (link above) if you'd like to make some easy yet stunning cards- or scrapbook layouts!

Monday, October 19, 2020

H2H Challenges: Christmas Is Coming Early

It is annoying to see the Christmas decorations for sale along with the Halloween goodies, but in the crafting world at least, you have to work ahead.  That's why this week's Heart2Heart challenge is "Christmas Is Coming Early" in an effort to help you get a jump start on your holiday joy.

These two cards were half of the Facebook Live card class I taught recently.  They both use the Comfort & Joy cardmaking workshop stamps and paper with New England Ivy ink.  I am loving the red Liquid Pearls!   Here are close ups of both cards.
I think that I may add a red bow to the wreath.  I like the substitution of black shimmer trim for black cardstock.
Thanks to my friend Joy for the suggestion to adding them to the tree!  You can't tell as well now that I added them but I used a cool technique on the tree.  After inking it up, I used a crumpled tissue to blog and remove some of the ink.  It is really pretty in real life.

Be sure to visit the H2H blog to see the incredible DT inspiration and to join us yourself!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Core Catalog 20-21 Idea Book Blog Hop

In my 20 years as a CTMH consultant/maker, I think that CTMH has released one of its best core Idea Books in my history with this amazing company!  I am so excited about the new products and all of the things that I am going to learn (and get to teach) this year.  This blog hop is focusing on Makers' favorites from the core Idea Book.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Brenda's blog.  From here, you'll visit Alyson's blog next.)  I focused on the Party Time paper/sticker collection plus the yellow acrylic star embellishments for my projects.  All three of my layouts are made with materials and instructions from the Core Idea Book launch (for Makers only).
Here are my pictures from my birthday in late March of this year.  Because I had already used the "Party Time" stickers on my daughter's birthday layout, I tried the negative space/outline and am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I totally changed this layout up from the suggested layout (blues and greens) by using Glacier cardstock for my base and turning the patterned paper over to the more feminine side.


For my daughter's birthday in April, we had a "drive by" due to COVID-19 concerns and sheltering in place.
I love the versatility of this collection!  My baby girl has always loved the color blue, so I could personalize her birthday layout with her favorite color.
Because I had so many pictures, I am using a flip flap to add an interactive element (and more photos).

My third layout is of our older daughter's June birthday.  She has always been pretty in pink, and I could again customize my layout to her favorite color.
Here are the Party Time stickers as they are "supposed" to be used.



I will be using the leftovers from my paper pack, cardstock pack, and stickers to commemorate my husband's July birthday.  (I didn't get all of my pictures printed yet, but they will be coming soon.)

Here's a card I made with the Wishing You Everything stamps & thin cuts, plus I still have enough scraps leftover for a few more projects.

Thank you for letting me share the fun Party Time collection from the 2020-21 CTMH Core Idea Book with you!  I would love a comment before you continue the hop by visiting the incredibly talented Alyson & her blog next.




Saturday, October 17, 2020

Wishing You Everything Cards

Here are three fun cards that I made at my virtual card class (via Facebook Live) using the Wishing You Everything stamp set and Thin Cuts (available in the Core Catalog through 8/2021).  I wanted to challenge myself to use these beyond the obvious birthday wishes.

The first card uses the Party Time collection from the Core Catalog with Sapphire and Lagoon inks.  Do you see the yellow acrylic star embellishment?
My last two use the Bloom with Grace collection (available through 10/31) and some of our new markers (with Desert Rose ink and gold thread on the top card and Espresso, Canary, and Desert Rose on the last card).

Thanks for letting me share some cheery cards with you today!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: With All My Love

 Welcome to the October stamp of the month blog hop featuring the beautiful With All My Love stamp set.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Krista's blog.  From here, you'll visit Becca's blog next.)  As soon as I saw this set, I knew I wanted to use it to scrapbook our 25th anniversary.  (I know, can you believe we've hit 25 years?!?)

I used the Lovely paper collection because its softness really makes my photos pop.  (This is the right page of a two-page layout.  Hopefully I'll get the left page ready and posted soon.)
I'll be using a flip flap so that I could include these sweet pictures.  (Props to our daughter for the photo shoot!)
Since it was our silver anniversary, I stamped/heat embossed the heart and all of the floral images with silver embossing powder.  I then used a water brush to paint them with Ballerina, Sage, Evergreen, and NEW color of the year Blue Belle inks.  I stamped the happy anniversary banner twice and cut out using one half on each side.  The silver 25 was cut with my CTMH/Cricut Artbooking collection.  I used silver sequins and glitter gems for embellishments.
I think I'm going to add my journaling with a metallic silver pen.


Thanks for letting me share some of my memories of our special anniversary.  I'd love a comment before you hop on over to Becca's blog to continue the With All My Love stamp of the month hop.  You won't want to miss what she has to share!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


Monday, September 28, 2020

H2H Challenges: Fall Fun

While this card might not scream Fall Fun, I made it for a girlfriend's September birthday.


My new Craft with Heart card subscription box arrived recently, and I was itching to play with it!  I decided to make card #2 as a birthday card instead of a thank you card.  I stamped the "Make" and "a Wish" from the same banner stamp by inking up parts at a time instead of all at once so it would fit in the NEW star shaker window.  I have to say, the star window is way easier to use than the circle windows because it holds its shape so much easier!


Here's a close up of the star shaker window and the gorgeous NEW Blue Belle loose sequins.

This card went to a special friend who recently had a birthday.  If you haven't checked out the scrapbooking and cardmaking Craft with Heart subscriptions before, head to your consultant's website to see how cool (and quick & easy) they are!  I made this card in under 15 minutes, and it packs a lot of punch (if I do say so myself).  (If you don't have a consultant, you can learn more HERE.)

Heart2Heart Challenges has FIVE challenges for the month of September, so join us before they expire on the 30th!  We always love to see your creations.




Thursday, September 10, 2020

September/October 2020 Idea Book New Product Blog Hop

Every two months, Close To My Heart releases a special, seasonal Idea Book supplement to our core line, and I think the September/October edition is going to blow you away!  Hop along to see lots of new product and amazing projects.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Gina's blog.  From here, you'll visit Lauren's blog next.)
Don't you love the NEW Bloom with Grace collection?  I paired it with the Operation Smile Every Bit of Wonderful stamp set (which will be available all year and not exclusive to Sept.-Oct.).  I stamped the sentiment on the French Vanilla panel with NEW Desert Rose ink (which also matches the card stock base).  I stamped the flower in Desert Rose on Canary card stock and then fussy cut it out.  I also stamped the foliage in Fern.  I added gold glitter gems and a heart from the Bloom with Grace wooden cutouts.  This card will be heading to my daughter at UGA soon...  
My second card came together quickly using a Make It From Your Heart sketch.  I used the same materials as the first card plus added in gold shimmer trim.  I'm sending this one to a special teacher bestie who is such an inspiration and friend to me.  (I am finishing up week 4 of both face-to-face and simultaneous online teaching, with Fridays being online days for everyone, so I am especially grateful for my tribe right now!)

Thank you for visiting!  If you like my quick & easy cards, feel free to copy them.  Please leave a comment before hopping to Lauren's blog next!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Saturday, September 5, 2020

First Day of School 2020 Layout

 This year has certainly been a year like no other, and the start back to school was no exception!  My school system had two weeks of pre-planning and started back on August 17.  Families had the option of starting online for the first nine weeks or starting back face-to-face.


My layout uses the July/August Mix-In papers in Smoothie, Peach, Glacier, and Sapphire.  I used three different stamp sets that are now retired.

I'm using a flip flap on each page to be able to add more photos.

I colored the stack of books with markers, and the hand sanitizer is two stamps.

The pink hearts are from the previous catalog's Mix-In collection.
If you look really closely, you'll see that I embellished with silver glitter gems and silver star confetti.  (Squeeze a little liquid glass onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick to transfer glue to the stars and then place).


My adorable assistant doesn't always know when to behaave!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

September is such an incredible month for Close To My Heart!  We have a brand new core catalog that will be available for the next year, the September-October Idea Book is available, and in addition to the stamp of the month, we have an awesome Creativity in Motion special!  This particular blog hop is featuring the September stamp of the month, Here for the Memories.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Krista's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys next.)

This set is incredible for scrapbookers like myself, so I challenged myself to use it on a card instead.  I grabbed the cute NEW Party Time collection.  I decided to make a spinner card to really let the good times roll!  I used a piece of Sapphire thread for my spinner circle.  Here's a little video of my card in motion:

Here's a peek at the "skeleton" of this spinner card in case you want to give one a spin.

In addition to the cute yellow acrylic star, I embellished my card with Lemonade, Lagoon, Candy Apple, and Sapphire shimmer brushes (which are super hard to photograph).

For reference, the star piece measured 4" x 4.75".  (I wish I had slipped a piece of card stock behind it for more dimensions.)  Also, did you notice the stamped twirly arrows?  If I try this card again, I'll stamp them parallel to the star panel instead of the card base.

Thank you for hopping by!  I'd love a comment before you hop on over to Darlys's blog next!

{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, August 24, 2020

Heart2Heart Challenges: Something To Smile About

 This week's Heart2Heart challenge could be interpreted in so many fun, cheerful ways!  I decided to share a layout of a really fun afternoon with friends.

The Timber collection paired very well with photos from a post-Christmas skate party in 2018.  The teens are all high school friends, and the Busses made this family skate party possible.

I embellished my layout with a New England Ivy CTMH/Cricut Christmas tree and gold stickles, shimmer trim, and glitter gems.

The title uses the Simply Said alphabet stamp set in Ruby and New England Ivy.  What do you think of my stickles stars?

Be sure to check out all of the design inspiration on the H2H challenge blog!  You have until the end of the month to join any of our August challenges.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Heart2Heart Challenges: Walk on the Wild Side

Today is my first day back at school (more on that later), so I will REALLY be taking a walk on the wild side with 20 fifth graders in class face-to-face and 3 online learners!  I'm sure my first day photos will appear on the blog later this month (or this year at the rate things are going...) 

For this week's Heart2Heart Challenges theme, I knew that I had to use the You Make Me Happy Operation Smile stamp set and the Timber collection (both only available through the end of this month).

The first card uses a simple wood grain panel, the green and blue plaid with the New England Ivy tree pattern for the scalloped circle (Thin Cuts).  That little sliver is gold shimmer trim that I cut down with my paper trimmer.  After stamping the fox with Espresso ink, I used my watercolor pencils (without water) to color it.  A few little gold glitter gems finished it off.

My second card uses the cool square window pane Thin Cuts die cut.  Because I designed this for a class and was cutting multiple window panes, I used several different patterns then pieced them together in the windows.  The sentiment is also from the You Make Me Happy stamp set.

Be sure to "walk on the wild side" with H2H until the end of the month!

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