Saturday, February 17, 2018

Featured Paper Pack: Make Waves Blog Hop

This month's featured paper pack is Make Waves, an adorable "under the sea" collection!  You're going to love seeing some creative ways to use this collection along this month's hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Shirley's blog.  From here, you'll visit Kathleen's blog next.)
For this hop, I challenged myself to use some of the Picture My Life cards on cards instead of scrapbook pages/pocket pages.
This card uses the Southern Sass stamp set paired with two of the different patterned papers and the pink 3"x4" card.  I stamped the sentiment with Pixie ink, distressed the edges with Emerald, and accented it with the pretty Make Waves gems.

For my second card, I cut off about 1/4" off the card and then stamped this Southern Sass sentiment with Pansy ink.  I used the Make Waves shimmer trim on top and below the Emerald patterned paper.
 Again, the flower sequins add nice sparkle and dimension.
My final card only uses PML cards plus shimmer trim and purple Make Waves gems.  (Did you notice the one in the mermaid's hair?)  Even though my girls have outgrown the mermaid phase, this will make a sweet birthday card for a little redhead I know.

Thanks for visiting my blog along the Make Waves blog hop.  Before you head to Kathleen's blog, please leave me a comment.  Then go make some waves!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: In Love with Vellum

Vellum is an elegant, translucent paper that adds class to any project.  It can, however, be a little difficult to work with because of its transparency.  Along this month's technique blog hop, you'll see some beautiful projects and learn some great tips for using this pretty paper.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys's blog next.)
My card uses the Inspired Words stamp set paired with Gimme Some Sugar paper pack and the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4 sketch #9.  To create the rough edge on the top and bottom of my vellum piece, I used my bone folder and my paper trimmer to score the edge.  The sentiment was inked in Bashful and then rolled in Tangerine.  The sentiment is mounted onto Bashful card stock and then Peacock ribbon.  When working with vellum, any adhesive I've ever tried shows through, so I hid my glue dots with the ribbon strip and sentiment.
This Chelsea Gardens card uses the same vellum techniques.  Don't you love how soft the Charcoal square becomes with the layer of vellum on top?

Thanks for visiting!  From here, click on her name to go visit Darlys next.  I would love a comment before you leave!

Monday, February 5, 2018

H2H Challenges: Sketch Challenge with Make It From Your Heart

For the first February challenge, Heart 2 Heart is encouraging you to use any sketch from Close To My Heart's Make It From Your Heart sketch guides.  (We currently have four of them!)  My card uses MIFYH Vol. 4, Sketch 23.
If you'd like to learn more about this card, using the Chelsea Gardens collection, then please click HERE.

Be sure to join us at Heart 2 Heart with your favorite take on your favorite sketch!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Love Letters Monograms

If you missed out on ordering your January Love Letter(s), I may be able to help you out, but only if you contact me this weekend!
Since my "baby" loves the color blue, we decided to use Glacier card stock to cut flowers for her monogram rather than use the pink flowers included in each kit.  She also did not want a name/word banner on her letter.
To create the rose gold flower centers, I used a regular hole punch to cut out pieces from the sticker sheet.  Then I used Liquid Glass to give them dimension.  The Glacier centers are from the Chelsea Gardens collection.
Again, these letters may still be available this weekend while supplies last, but you must contact me!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Sunny Thoughts

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring the cheerful Sunny Thoughts stamp set! (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jean's blog.  From here, you'll visit Carol T.'s blog next.)
Of course I had to use a sun CTMH/Cricut cut (from the Artbooking cartridge) to coordinate with the Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  I cut this sunrise at 4" from Canary card stock, and  I stamped the sentiment in Glacier onto the card front, and then splattered gold shimmer brush onto the card front and the Canary sun.
NOTE: Be careful squeezing your shimmer brush to be able to splatter it onto your card front!  I ended up with a huge blog on my sentiment, so that card went in the trash.

My second card front went much better, so I mounted the sun rays onto the pretty Glacier patterned paper from the Chelsea Gardens collection.
I wish you could see the pretty shimmer on this card in person, because it is so difficult to photograph!  You'll notice that I finished the card with a piece of Whimsy Glacier & Gold ribbon.
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}
Thank you for visiting!  I'd love a comment before you visit Carol's blog next!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

National Papercrafting Month Layout Challenge: Bella

Close To My Heart is celebrating National Papercrafting Month in grand style with the Love Letters campaign, and I've joined a Facebook group with lots of fun challenges this weekend in honor of National Papercrafting Month.  The first challenge is a layout challenge based on this sketch:
These photos of when we "adopted" our 3rd beagle, Bella, fit this sketch challenge well!  I used the Basics Fundamentals paper pack plus Basics card stock.  The gold letters and dots are from last year's National Papercrafting Month wreath special!
The dog tag and puppy were cut from the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.
The puppy paws were stamped in Toffee from the retired Love My Dog stamp set.  Can you see the red shimmer trim I used for the heart underlay on that sweet puppy?  Speaking of sweet puppies, we are really glad that Bella came into our lives last year!

Monday, January 22, 2018

H2H Challenges: Tool Time

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is a tool challenge: the shimmer brush!  I have had lots of fun with the new Chelsea Gardens collection and my shimmer brushes.
This card uses the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set with a new sketch from the new Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4.  Photographing the shimmer brush is difficult, but hopefully you can see the pretty sparkles in the close ups.
The following cards use the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp set.

 I loved the addition of the gold shimmer brush on the Happy letters!
 I used both shimmer brushes on the butterfly.

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy these cards.  Grab your shimmer brush and get creating!  You have all month to play long with the H2H blog.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Featured Paper Blog Hop: Chelsea Gardens

Welcome to the gorgeous Chelsea Gardens featured paper blog hop!  You are going to fall in love with this beautiful collection if you haven't already!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from RaNae's blog.  From here you'll visit Kathleen's blog next.)
My baby card shows a little different side to Chelsea Gardens!  My first cousin's daughter (my flower girl!) just had her first baby, so I made this card for them.  For the card background, I cut the Glacier striped piece to 4-1/4"x5" with the zip strip still on the paper so that it would make a base.
This adorable elephant is on the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge, and I cut the base from Glacier card stock at 2-1/4" and then the top from the pretty patterned paper.  I adhered him with thin 3D foam strips.  Notice how I didn't glue his ear down and folded it out just a little.
The "Welcome Baby" banner was cut at 1-1/2" (base from Glacier card stock and "string" from Pebble card stock).
The pretty gems are also from Chelsea Gardens, and I added the Whimsy Glacier ribbon.

Now here is the card for my first cousin, the first-time grandparents.  It is based on Pattern 5 from the new Make It From You Heart, Vol. 4 card sketch how-to guide.
I used the same patterned paper base (minus the zip strip) and then cut down one of the cards from the collection from 3"x4" to 3"x3" to make the gray frame.  The elephant is obviously the same cut, but at 2-3/4" with the Chelsea Gardens "linen" paper for the elephant.  The sentiment is from the (retired) CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent collection, stamped in Charcoal.
Thanks for letting me share this twist on Chelsea Gardens.  Here are a few other cards I've made with Chelsea Gardens:
 {You can read more about them HERE.}

I'd love a comment before you go see Kathleen's Chelsea Gardens project!  I'm linking these cards up to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #317 Something New for this new Cricut cut I've never used and to the Heart2Heart Challenge Something New.  Thanks for hopping by!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January Stamp of the Month: Bloom & Grow Good Thymes Card

When I saw these tulips for sale, I had to get them for my dear sister (in part because she used tulips like these in her wedding, and her anniversary is next month).  Of course I had to make a little card to go with it, and the January stamp of the month, Bloom & Grow, had the perfect sentiment.
I grabbed a little 3"x3" card base, Eggplant and Fern inks, and Enchanted Fundamentals scraps, and my Originals how-to guide for the sketch pattern.  I stamped the "Thymes" in Fern on scrap and then cut out.  I stamped the entire sentiment in Eggplant onto the 1-3/4" square which I then matted onto 2" Fern card stock. A little foam tape pops the "Thymes" portion of the sentiment.
I decided to add the little heart after second generation stamping it with Eggplant ink.  Isn't the Eggplant and gold ribbon (Enchantment collection) a lovely touch?

I hope the flowers and card brightens her days!  Remember, the January stamp of the month is only available until the end of this month.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

The new Seasonal Expressions 1 is my absolute favorite that I've seen from Close To My Heart in a long time!  I am hoping that you will love it as much as I do!  You'll see so many fabulous projects (and new product) along this Seasonal Expressions blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jean McNulty's Stampin Maui blog.  From here, you'll visit Krista's blog next.)
I fell in love with the Chelsea Gardens collection as soon as I saw it!  Today I am featuring four cards I made with this paper pack, dots & gems, ribbon, the Scrapbooking stamp set, and the NEW Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4 card sketch how-to guide.  (Yes, I used the scrapbooking set for cards!  Also, you're not crazy- I typed four but you only see three.  Hang on until the end!  I really made four cards!)  For this card set, I stuck with the colors from the Chelsea Gardens collection: Glacier, Juniper, Sweet Leaf, Fern, and Charcoal.
This first card is Pattern 1 from the new Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4 card sketch how-to guide. 
Here's a tip to be successful with this card: Use a post it note or two to mark the imaginary line at 3" from the top.  Also, you can see how I stamped the leaves directly on the card base, inking them up first in Sweet Leaf and then rolling the edges in Fern.  I stamped the flower in Glacier with the edge rolled in Juniper on scrap paper (the center is Charcoal) and then fussy cut it out to adhere to the card front.  What you can't see is the gorgeous shimmer brush sparkles on the flower itself.
My second card is Pattern 23 from MIFYH 4.  The base mat is actually one of the Picture My Life cards from the paper collection cut down to size following the sketch instructions.  The Fern leaves on the right were stamped directly on that beautiful patterned paper.  The one on the left was stamped on scrap and cut out, as was the flower using the same techniques as the first card.
This close up helps show off the shimmer brush.  If you look even closer, you can tell that the black enamel gem has a bit of sparkle to it too.
My third card uses the MIFYH 4 Pattern 12.  What do you do when you need a piece that is just a little too small for your word?  Stamp it first on a larger piece, then use your trimmer to trim it down, stopping at the letter(s) that hang below the line.  Then use your scissors to trim around that letter!

I stamped the pretty scroll banner in Glacier and then the "Perfect" sentiment in Juniper to match "Together."  It was super easy to cut out and attach with foam tape.

My fourth and final card also uses the Chelsea Gardens collection and MIFYH 4 exclusively but looks nothing like the first three!
I used the beautiful gray papers from this collection to a make this card based on Pattern 20.  The dotted bottom border is a stamp from the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking set.  I used one of the flower centers to randomly stamp some of the polka dots in Charcoal.  I decided to combine two of the sentiments on the Sweet Leaf banner, so it's a little longer than the sketch.  I used a few of the Chelsea Garden dots to complete this card.  Don't you love those neutral patterned papers and how well grays and Sweet Leaf go together?

Finally, here's a peek at another Chelsea Gardens project I'll be featuring later this week.  Be sure to come back often!

Thanks so much for taking the time to scroll through my entire post!  I hope I've inspired you to check out the beautiful Chelsea Gardens collection.  You're going to fall in love with the Seasonal Expressions 1 2018.  Now go see what KRISTA has created!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


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