Wednesday, January 22, 2020

National Papercrafting Month: All Around Creativity

Close To My Heart is offering not 4 but FIVE versions (the 5th one just announced!) of a really pretty home decor project, All Around Creativity, through the end of February.  Here's my version:
I added the Sangria card stock, ribbon, ink, and adhesive, but everything else came right out of the kit.
I ended up only using one small flower (edges sponged with Sangria).  I added a Sangria hole punch circle to the center and then added Liquid Glass to give it some shine.  I did use every single piece of greenery.  (Some of the single leaves are attached to the back and just peek through.)
My letters are cut at 2-1/2" from the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  The heart is from Flower Market, and I've already forgotten what size it was.  (My first one was too big, but I'll use it for something else.)

If you'd like to see the other options or order a kit for yourself, please visit my website HERE (only available through the end of February). Thanks for letting me share my take on this project with you.  Mine is already hanging on our wall!  If you order one and need any help, just let me know!  I recommend Liquid Glass to adhere everything.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

More Everyday Magic, January's Stamp of the Month

Here is a quick card that I made as a thank you using the January stamp of the month, Everyday Magic, paired with the Celebrate Today paper pack.
To ink the sentiment, I inked up the entire stamp with Mint, then the bottom 2/3 in Lagoon, and finally the bottom 1/3 in Bluebird.  (Looking at it now against the floral background, I think next time I'll try Lemonade, Lagoon, and Bluebird since there's so much yellow on the floral print.)  No matter what, I think it's a pretty cheerful card that will brighten the recipients' day.

The next set of cards were all made by my teammates.  Unfortunately, I can't give credit to the original artists because most are unsigned, but I wanted to share their fabulous ideas with you instead of keeping them to myself.

This lovely set of sentiments is only available until the end of the month!  Get yours before time's up!

Monday, January 20, 2020

H2H Challenges: Spruced Up

Not going to lie, Spruced Up is a big hit in my opinion!  It was super easy for me to participate in this week's Heart2Heart challenge!
Here are pictures of my daughter, husband, and I hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail early last yaer.
Here is the view from Neel's Gap/Mountain Crossing plus the Spruced Up Cardmaking stamp set and Thin Cuts.
The chickadee was stamped in Black, and the evergreen sprigs are stamped in Espresso and New England Ivy.
Because I had so many photos of the hike, I ended up creating a collage with three of them to maximize the space on my layout.

I also used flip flaps to incorporate all of my pictures.

Be sure to visit the H2H blog to see how our designers interpreted the Spruced up challenge and participate yourself!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Product Blog Hop: January-February 2020

Is your new year off to a great start?  I'm really excited about all of the possibilities of 2020!  If you haven't yet browsed the CTMH January-February Idea Book, what are you waiting for?  Some of my consultant friends and I have joined together to showcase some of our favorites from this special edition.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Darlys's blog.  From here, you'll visit Danielle next.)
The Spruced Up collection captured my heart immediately!  Here are our pictures from selecting our Christmas tree this year (2019).
The instructions make the layouts come together so quickly! 

 I used Liquid Glass to adhere all of the wooden pieces.

All of these gorgeous wooden pieces are included in the collection.

 Because I wanted to include 5 instead of 3 photos, I added pictures with flip flaps.

Thank you for hopping by!  Please leave a comment before hopping off to Danielle's blog to continue the circle of new products and fabulous creations.
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Terrific Treats

Even though the holidays are behind us, we always have events to celebrate, right?  Or how about just brightening a friend or co-worker's day?  Join me and fellow consultants on this "Terrific Treats" blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Darlys's blog.  From here, you'll visit Cat's blog next.)
My first pocket had the floral on the outside, so you see more of the stripes.  (The black heart band is one of the zip strips, trimmed to fit.)  My second try used the stripes on the outside and shows more of the floral (with a pretty white ribbon bow).
This fun little pocket is made of a 6"x6" piece of patterned paper from the Celebrate Today collection.  To make, fold in half on the diagonal to make a triangle.  Then fold the left side over to the right (parallel to the bottom), and then the right wide over to the left (also parallel).  Then fold down the front top flap.
This pocket has a delicious Andes mints tucked into it.  You could easily add a little note too.
My third one uses a 9"x9" square of Spruced Up B&T and some Sangria ribbon.  (I forgot to take a picture before adding this delicious tea bag, but you can see what it looks like before, below.)
The left version started with a 9"x9" square and measures about 5"x6.5".  The second one started with a 6"x6" square and measures about 3.5"x4.25".

Thank you for hopping by!  Please leave a comment before hopping off to Cat's blog to continue the circle of new products and fabulous creations.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Everyday Magic

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it's 2020 already?!?  Close To My Heart is kicking off the new year with a lovely stamp of the month, Everyday Magic, paired with the new Spruced Up collection.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Alyson's blog. From here you'll visit Brandi next!)
This stamp of the month has many lovely sentiments, and I chose an uplifting one for this card.  I inked the sentiment in Julep and then rolled the bottom edge in Sangria before stamping.  The pretty flourish is stamped in Espresso.  The sentiment mat is Sangria B&T and Julep glitter paper with Sangria ribbon as an accent.
Which sentiment will you use first?  Aren't they all fabulous?

Remember today and always that you are all kinds of amazing!  Please leave a comment before visiting Brandi next!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


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