It's time for a technique challenge with some brackets, and no, we're not talking March Madness! (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Wendy's blog, and from here you'll click on her name to continue on to Alyson's blog.) For my cards, I used the Stitched Scalloped Thin Cuts with the Serenity collection.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Blissful Brackets Technique Blog Hop
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Operation Smile Every Bit of Wonderful Blog Hop
Close To My Heart is proud to support Operation Smile, a charitable organization that provides cleft palate surgeries for children in need. (You can learn more HERE.) Did you know that you could round up your order and give your change to Operation Smile? It only takes $240 to change a child's life! This year, the Operation Smile stamp set is Every Bit of Wonderful, and $7 from its sales go to Operation Smile. Join me on this blog hop to show off this pretty set. (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog. From here, you'll visit Becca's blog next.
On a 3.75"x5" White Daisy cardstock panel, I random stamped floral images in Sapphire to cover the cardstock. I cut the sentiment brackets with my new Simple Brackets Thin Cuts and both the Blue Belle glitter paper and Sapphire cardstock layers with the Fancy Borders die cuts. The sentiment is stamped in Sapphire.
Thanks for letting me share these two card ideas with you. Every CTMH fan needs this stamp set in their collection! Please leave a comment before you hop to the next blog. You won't want to miss the beautiful project that BECCA has on her blog for you!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Happiness Never Grows Old
Welcome to the December stamp of the month featuring Happiness Never Grows Old! You will love the beautiful floral designs and sentiments in this set, so hop along to get lots of great ideas. (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog. From here, you'll visit Becca's blog next.
If you're a regular visitor, then you'll know that I don't love to color, so I wanted to show off this beautiful set without coloring it (although I will be challenging myself with some coloring techniques later this month). Toile was my inspiration. All three of my cards feature our color of the year, Blue Belle.
Thank you for letting me share these cards with you. I know you're going to see some fabulously creative ideas with this set, and hopefully I've shown you that simple can also be pretty (if I do say so myself). I'd love a comment before you visit the incredibly talented Becca next!
Friday, November 27, 2020
November Stamp of the Month Side Stair Step Card
This card was a lot of fun to make! You definitely want to have a paper trimmer to make it. (I taught this side stair step card to my VIP Facebook group.)
Monday, November 23, 2020
Heart2Heart Challenges: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
This final November Heart2Heart Challenge, Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, can be interpreted in so many different ways! I decided to showcase a few little treat holders for some fun little gift-giving inspiration.
My first project was totally CASEd from my talented DT member Katy Taylor's hot chocolate card/treat holder. I used the Serenity paper pack with the November stamp of the month, You Warm My Heart, plus a little Cricut Blue Belle glitter snowflake.
My second treat holder starts with a 6"x6" square that is folded into this fun little "cup." (You can find more details/instructions HERE.) I used the retired (but available while supplies last on my website) Comfort & Joy paper for the cups plus the candy cane stamp from the November stamp of the month.
Please check out all of the DT inspiration and consider joining us for any of our November challenges before the month ends at H2H Challenges!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
November/December New Product Blog Hop
Close To My Heart just gets better and better! I've been a Maker now for 20 years, and I am so impressed with our November/December Idea Book! For this hop, I am focusing on the Jingle Joy paper and scrapbooking stamp set (and Thin Cuts). If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog. From here, you'll visit the talented Brandi next.
Hopefully this card looks like a Christmas tree complete with ornaments and lots of Stickles sparkles! I even flicked Evergreen shimmer brush onto my Evergreen "tree." I cut the tree pieces with the incredible Fancy Borders Thin Cuts.
Here are more cards that I've made to get a jump start on the holiday season:
I also had fun teaching this pretty layout:
Thanks for letting me share some Jingle Joy with you! Please leave a comment before hopping on over to Brandi's blog.
Monday, November 16, 2020
H2H Challenges: Card Creations
This week we've got a challenge that most papercrafters should be able to make: cards!
These adorably pun-ny stamps are only available to CTMH Makers, and I am giving each of my new VIP customers one as a thank you. (If you don't already have a Maker and would like to know more, please contact me.) I used the same techniques as I did on yesterday's post, so click HERE if you'd like to learn a little more about the distress oxide ink technique I used. The cards measure 3"x3".
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Inky Fingers Technique Blog Hop
This month's technique blog hop is all about getting inky, which you know that I love, so I decided it was time to try the (new to CTMH) distress oxide inks. They are really cool! (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Michelle's blog. From here, you'll visit Lauren next.) Both card sets use the only two distress oxide inks that I have (for now), Candied Apple and Mowed Lawn, with a splattering technique.
Monday, November 9, 2020
H2H Challenges: Blue Belle
Have you seen Close To My Heart's new color of the year, Blue Belle? It such a pretty blue! This week's Heart2Heart Challenge is to use this pretty new color on your project.
My card uses a Blue Belle cardstock base and then a piece of our gorgeous Woodgrain paper (from the Core Catalog so available all the way through August 2021!) that I sponged with Blue Belle ink. I also flicked some Charcoal shimmer brush onto the corners to add more sparkle. The snowflakes were cut on Blue Belle glitter paper with my CTMH/Cricut You Are Here collection. (The large one is 2" and the smaller one is 1.25". NOTE: Set "multi-cut" and cut those snowflakes twice! Trust me!) The sentiment, from the November stamp of the month, You Warm My Heart, was stamped onto a piece of Mink cardstock with Blue Bell ink, and I had to add a few Blue Belle glitter gems.
Thanks for letting me share my card with you! You can watch my card class video where I taught this card plus three more on my Facebook page. Join me if you don't already have a CTMH Maker (consultant).
Please leave a comment, and be sure to check out all of the H2H Blue Belle DT projects and our participants' submissions.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Holiday Cards Blog Hop
Are you ready for the festivities of the holiday season? I for one am glad to have something to look forward to in this crazy year. You'll get lots of holiday card ideas along this special blog hop. (If you're already hopping you should have arrived from Michelle's blog, and from here you'll visit Brandi's blog next.)
For my cards, I used the NEW Jingle Joy collection with the Jingle Joy Scrapbooking stamp set & coordinating Thin Cuts. I used Clover, Raspberry, Black, and NEW Flamingo inks on my cards.
One of the many cool things about being a CTMH Maker (formerly known as consultant) is that you get products and workshops in advance, and these cards are all from the preview of this new collection. CTMH makes it so easy now to make fabulous artwork. Of course I always have to add my own little twist, but I have learned over the years that their ideas really work!
For this card, the center Flamingo tree was stamped on its Thin Cut and then added to the card front. I trimmed down a piece of zip strip to mimic washi tape at the top, and then decided to add Black Liquid Pearl "stitches" to further enhance this simple card.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: You Warm My Heart
Welcome to the November stamp of the month blog hop, featuring the cozy You Warm My Heart stamp set! (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Pam's blog. From here, you'll visit Michelle's blog next.) I decided to create a little holiday gift card that I could tuck a tea bag into because I love a good cup of tea.
Michelle's blog for more great ideas with the November stamp of the month, You Warm My Heart!