Monday, October 16, 2017

Share a Smile Blog Hop

Close To My Heart has a wonderful promotion this month!  Did you know that CTMH is a great supporter of the Operation Smile charity?  (Feel free to read more HERE.)  This year, we have the adorable Punny Pals stamp set to support OS: $7 from every purchase goes to this wonderful charity.  To help Operation Smile even more, this month only CTMH is offering an adorable card kit to go along with this set: card stock, card bases and envelopes, and THIN CUTS to make cutting them out super easy!  Join me and my fellow blog hop consultants in sharing this set and special offer with you.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jean's blog.  From here you'll visit my talented Heart2Heart Challenges teammate Alyson Mayo next.)
I have two 3"x3" cards for you using the Punny Pals stamp set.
The first uses pieces of the Basics and Whimsy Fundamentals to create this monkey card.  I colored this cute fellow with colored pencils.  To create the sentiment, I first inked it up in Canary and then re-inked the I'm and about you with Nutmeg ink prior to stamping.  A little white & gold ribbon finished it off.

My second card uses the Adventure Fundamentals and card stock (Blossom & Willow).  All of the shapes were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge. Here's a quick tutorial on how I waterbrushed the cute pig.
First stamp the pig with Archival Black ink onto the White Daisy card stock heart.
Then squeeze your closed ink pad lid & base to transfer ink to the inside of the lid.  Use your waterbrush to pick up color.  Then color the top half of the pig.  (I actually turned him upside down so that his chin would be darker than his head, trying to have a little perspective and realistic light.)
Then I turned him right side up to color from the neck down.
I used Raspberry with my waterbrush to color the inside of his ears and snout plus his little spots.
Finally I colored his bow tie with Willow ink and my waterbrush.  (Clean your waterbrush by wiping it on a paper towel and squeezing more water through the brush tip until it runs clean.

Thank you for hopping through! I hope my cards have shared a smile or two!  After leaving me a comment, go visit ALYSON next.
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H2H Challenges: Under the Weather

All of the Heart2Heart Challenges are open for the entire month once they are issued (so all the October challenges are open through 10/31) and this one, Under the Weather, especially touches my heart right now.  My principal announced a few short weeks ago that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is having a lumpectomy today and then will start radiation soon.  I made this card for her.  She is such a fighter and is in excellent spirits!
I used the hurricane relief stamp set, Stronger Together, for the sentiment, and my CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge for the banner.  The background is a gorgeous piece of Raspberry B&T that I paired with Emerald B&T (both from the Adventure Fundamentals), Emerald card stock, and Adventure ribbon.  To achieve the two-toned sentiment, I inked up most of the stamp with Raspberry ink and the very bottom with Emerald.  (Our clear My Acrylix makes it easy!)  A pair of White Dots finished off this card.

If you're of the praying sort, please keep my principal in your prayers!  She has a great attitude and plans to kick cancer to the curb!  Thank you so much! Be sure to visit the H2H blog to see what our Design Team came up with for the Under the Weather challenge and all the October challenges.  Won't you join us?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hey, Pumpkin! Card

It is hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner!  The leaves here are starting to change, but it's been unseasonably warm (not that I'm complaining).  I wanted to make a card that could be used for fall or Halloween.
I grabbed the Cats & Bats paper collection and found this pretty pumpkin on my CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.  (There's also a cute jack o'lantern if you wanted more of a Halloween card.)  Can you tell that the pumpkin stem uses the lighter side of the Willow card stock?  I love that our card stock is now two-toned: the original shade and a lighter version on the back!  This sketch is from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1.  Only the center panel screams Halloween.  To finish off the card, I used black & gold ribbon and black dots.

I'm linking this card up to both the Three Amigos challenge 4, Cats & Bats, and the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #311, Pumpkins.

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Terrific Tags

This month's Technique Blog Hop is focusing on the terrific tags that Close To My Heart offers.   (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Annemarie's blog.  From here, you'll visit Judy Faye next.)  We currently have two tag kits available, plus it is really easy to make your own if you don't have a kit.  That's what I chose to do today!
My tag is actually a wall hanging!  I was inspired by wooden door tags that I saw on Pinterest.  For mine, I used the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge and the Falling for You Workshop Your Way (with a few additional materials).  To begin, I cut a photo mat that looks like a tag to me.  Be sure to set this cartridge on "real dial size" before you cut!  Mine is 9-3/4". 
Then I cut the "give thanks" sentiment twice: once on the Fern B&T (at 3") and again on the Goldrush B&T.  I carefully cut the "thanks" portion out of the Goldrush piece to layer on top of the Fern piece.  Next I painted over the "thanks" with my gold shimmer pen twice to make it sparkle.  (That shimmer pen is really difficult to photograph, but hopefully you can see a bit of its sparkle.)
The pretty pumpkin patch image is from one of the Picture My Life cards from the Falling for You collection that I fussy cut and added to the bottom of the tag.  All of the kraft pieces are from that collection.  (I added one of the kraft leaves into the pumpkin patch.)  I also only glued the pumpkin/acorn portion of that piece and curled the outside leaves up off the project a bit.  It adds some dimension that was very difficult to photograph.  Finally, I did add the gold shimmer trim behind the kraft border piece, the gold glitter dots, and the pretty gold ribbon (from the Basics ribbon collection).  I love how this turned out, and it is going to stay on our coat closet door in our entryway through Thanksgiving.

I hope you like my twist on a traditional tag project.  Please leave a comment before you go!  I really appreciate your feedback. Now go see what Terrific Tag project Judy Faye has!  (Just click on her name to visit her blog.)  Be sure to give thanks always!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Christmas Tunes

Yes, the calendar only says October 1, but in the crafting world, you have to work ahead of the holidays.  For that reason especially, you are going to love the October stamp of the month, Christmas Tunes.  I can't wait for all the great ideas along this blog hop!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jean's blog.  From here, you'll visit Michelle next.)
Because this set is perfect for Christmas, I decided to make a card with each of the four main images.  I used the Beary Christmas paper pack and dots, waterbrush, and White Daisy cards and envelopes for each of my cards.
 This first one is almost exactly like the "stample" in the Holiday Expressions.  I stamped the image with Archival Black ink onto the White Daisy panel and onto a piece of scrap Glacier cardstock to make the base.  If you look closely, you can see how I used the waterbrush with Glacier ink to add a little shading to the snow globe and then went back over the inside of the globe with the shimmer brush.  I added a piece of Whimsy Glacier ribbon to complete this card.
The second card uses the beautiful wreath stamped in New England Ivy with the banner in Cranberry.  Coloring the holly berries and leaves goes very quickly!
 My third card was a little more challenging.  The colors aren't as vibrant as I would have liked, but it was quick to make.  (I added Tangerine to this card.)
 The fourth card is very similar to the card in the Holiday Expressions.  One thing that was difficult to photograph is how I added sparkle to the white stripes with my shimmer brush.
It was my goal to make a set of cards that could easily be replicated and "mass produced" for the holidays.   After leaving a comment, hop on to Michelle's blog to continue!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

From the Heart Bashful Card

The From the Heart card kit special offer is only available until the end of the month, while supplies last.  I made this pretty card (if I do say so myself!) using Bashful cardstock as my base (with the darker actual shade on the outside and the lighter side on the inside).
After stamping the card sentiment in Charcoal on the center panel, I stamped it again on both sides of scrap Bashful cardstock and on Juniper cardstock.  I fussy cut the whole flower out of the darker side and the lighter side on the front section.  (I added the yellow with a marker.)
The Charcoal mat is from the Basics Fundamentals and the Juniper piece is from the Whimsy Fundamentals.  I added white shimmer trim and our new pink pearls to finish the card.  I  hope you like it!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Have you seen all of the holiday goodness of the current Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions?  You are going to be wowed by all of the talented artists highlighting their favorites from the Holiday Expressions.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Priscilla's blog.  From here'll visit Gina's blog next.)
One thing I love to do is use your products in unexpected ways.  This Christmas card uses the new Prince of Peace stamp set, and I paired it with the autumnal Falling for You paper and a sketch from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.  To make this card extra festive, I used red glitter paper, gold shimmer trim, and the Beary Christmas dots.
To stamp the candle, I first used washi tape to mask off the holly leaves and berries (although next time I will probably skip this step and just ink them up in Charcoal).  Then I inked up the candle flame in Saffron and the candle body in Charcoal.  Pull off the washi tape, huff on the stamp, and press onto your project.  The next step (after cleaning the stamp) was to ink up the holly (only) in Fern and then stamp.  I used my waterbrush to color the leaves with Fern ink and then used some of the small red Beary Christmas dots for the berries.  Finally, I painted the candle flame with my gold shimmer pen.  It adds such depth and richness!

Here are a few more projects (previously posted) with the Falling for You collection.
Feel So Blessed layout
Falling For You wall hanging

Feel So Blessed feather card
Thank you for hopping on the Holiday Expressions blog hop!  I'd love for you to leave a comment before you continue on to Gina's blog.  Thank you!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September Stamp of the Month and Color Dare 261

When I saw the Color My Heart Color Dare 261, I knew that I wanted to try it with the feather from the beautiful Close To My Heart September stamp of the month, Feel So Blessed.

This color challenge was indeed a challenge, but I like how my card turned out.  I ended up using Saffron ink on Saffron card stock for the first feather, Nutmeg ink on the Nutmeg B&T from the Falling For You collection, Toffee ink on Almond card stock, Toffee ink on the pale Almond B&T from the Basics Fundamentals, and Toffee ink on the speckled B&T from Falling For You.
Cutting out the feathers didn't take any time at all!  (It probably took longer to decide how to arrange them on the card!)  Look carefully to see how I added gold shimmer to the Saffron feather.
To complete the card, I cut a band using the lighter side of the Saffron card stock and then layers a piece of the same Nutmeg patterned paper as the feather and then the gold shimmer trim.  The bronze & white twine is from the Falling For You collection.  I like the mix of textures that pieces added.
Remember, you can only get this stamp set through the end of September!  Be sure to check out both of the Color Dare challenges.

Monday, September 18, 2017

H2H Challenges: Talk Like a Pirate Day

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is to celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on Tuesday, 9/19 (and until the end of the month on the blog!).
I decided to go with maybe more of a nautical theme than a pirate one.  My card is base on this sketch from Sweet Wednesday Sketches, Bugaboo Sketch 121.  I added a 4"x5.25" panel of Lagoon B&T and then used pieces of the Basics Fundamentals to add more color.  I used the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.  (The brown pieces were cut at 2.75" and the Lagoon cardstock mat at 3".)  I finished it off with a burlap ribbon and some adorable sequins (from the Falling for You collection).   The sentiment is stamped in Espresso (from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market set) to match the center medallion.

See you soon! Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out what all the H2H designers have in store for you this week.  Aaargh!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Featured Paper Blog Hop: Falling For You

Welcome to our featured paper blog hop showcasing the fall-themed collections of the Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions: Cats & Bats or Falling for You!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Brenda's blog.  From here, you'll visit Gerri's blog next.)  I decided to make a wall hanging using the Falling for You Workshops Your Way kit.
I grabbed one of our Memory Protectors Design 5 because I wanted to use the "Count Your Blessings" 4"x6" card on this wall hanging.  I cut various pieces of the Falling for You paper pack to fit the openings (4"x6" and4"x3") and then added the Complements artwork, bronze & white twine, and bronze sequins (all included in the Workshops Your Way collection).  I will add some Fern ribbon to the top to hang this on my wall (and of course some pictures too!)

Here's a scrapbook layout I made with the Falling for You collection and the September stamp of the month, Feel So Blessed.  You can find more about this layout HERE.
Thanks for hopping by!  Both of the featured collections are available until the end of 2017.  Now, hop on to Gerri's blog next!

Friday, September 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Fabulous Foil

This month's Technique Blog Hop group is highlighting our fabulous foil.  (If you've already started hopping, then you've probably arrived from Sarah's blog.  From here you'll visit Cat's blog next.)  Of course I had to show off our gorgeous National Stamping Month From the Heart card kit and stamp set!  It is only available this month, while supplies last.
Here is the gorgeous card, closed. (Can you see the gold shimmer I added to the flowers with the gold shimmer brush?)
 When you pull on the insert, the front panel folds up to reveal a pretty sentiment stamped on the inside.

Here is the inside of the card.
To create this card, I used the From the Heart card kit and stamp set, stamped in Toffee, Saffron, Goldrush, Almond, and Fern.  I did add gold shimmer trim and glitter dots to this set.

Thanks for hopping by!  If you haven't grabbed your From the Heart card kit and/or stamp set, be sure to before the month's out.  Now visit Cat's blog next!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is offering a beautiful kit (or just pieces of this kit!) for September, AKA National Stamping Month!  You're going to see some beautiful, creative ways to use all or part of this set (which consists of a beautiful stamp set and interactive card bases) along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog.  From here, you'll visit Gina next.)
My layout began with the beautiful new scrappbooking Workshops Your Way, Falling for You, and the From the Heart stamp set.  I selected a sketch from the NEW Make It from Your Heart, Vol. 3, pattern 25.
I love the Workshops Your Way because they include coordinating embellishments.  I did add Fern cardstock to complete my layout.  Scroll down for a tutorial on how I used the large stamps from this special stamp set on my layout and colored with a waterbrush.
On the right page, I used one of the journaling squares from the collection in the bottom right corner.

If you'd like to skip the tutorial, go on to Gina's blog next.
I really wanted to use the large flowers from the sentiment stamps on my layout but didn't think any of the sentiments fit for a scrapbook page.  There's an easy way to mask the parts that you don't want to use.  Grab some washi tape and cover the parts you don't want to stamp.
Next, ink up your stamp.  (I chose Charcoal to go with the Falling for You palette.)  Then pull the washi tape off carefully.  (Caution: You may get inky!)  Huff on your stamp (blow some of your hot breath on it) to reactivate the ink and then stamp directly onto your project.
 Voila!  I decided to color my images with the waterbrush.  I began with Saffron and turned my layout over so that I painted from the bottom of the flower toward the top so that the bottoms would be a bit darker.
To add more dimension to the flowers, I added some Golrush ink with the waterbrush.
Finally, I colored the berries with Nutmeg and the leaves with Fern.
I ended up adding some of the solid stamps to fill out the clusters and of course added those pretty bronze sequins.
 These flowers colored with Saffron and Goldrush.
Here's a close up of this finished cluster.

Thanks for reading this all the way to the end.  I would love a comment before you hop on over to Gina's blog!
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I'm also linking this up to the Three Amigos Blog Hop challenge #6: Falling for You.


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