Monday, October 16, 2017

Share a Smile Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Share A Smile Blog Hop
We will be featuring the the CTMH Share a Smile card kit.
The exclusive Share the Smile card kit gives you all the materials you need for creating 
32 Adorable cards using the "Punny Pals Stamp Set" and matching Thin Cuts. 
Available only during October. 
With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. 

If you came here from Michelle Loncar's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE

This month we have approximately 19 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the exclusive From the Heart card kit and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on!  Here we go!  



Now "Hop" on over to Brenda Lapp's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Terrific Tags

Welcome to the October CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the October CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of tags, Thin Cuts, Tag Kits or any product designed for tags. I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Melissa's blog you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melisssa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 9 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new CTMH Thin Cuts or Tag Kits along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.
Here we go! 
There are several options for tags in both the Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions. I couldn't decide and only quit when I needed to get some sleep.
So I started with the Cut Above Tag kit Annual Inspirations pg 31 I'm at a water color class at the North Casades Institute so naturally I needed to color in the flowers and and used the tag make a card.
The sentiment is from "Many Congratulations"


The I've always liked the Box Fold Card and thought it would be great to make a card that looked like a gift. I used the Whimsy Paper and ribbon pack. Also used the Thin Cuts - Basic Tags found in the Annual Inspirations page 96.


This card folds like a box and works great with our double sided papers. 
 I will post instructions if anyone is interest. 
There are a lot of stamps that fit on the Tag Thin Cuts.
For the Box Card, I used "The Thought That Counts" Holiday Expressions Pg. 55



I also used, "Season of Sweetness" Pg 40 on the Holiday Expressions. You don't only have to use stamps designed for the tag Thin Cuts - other stamps also fit, such as, "Pince of Peace" pg 56 in the Holiday Expressions. Last but not least, I used the stamp set from our "Share a Smile" special of the month. $7 of each stamp set purchased goes for Operation Smile, helping children around the world providing corrective surgery for cleft lip and pallette. There are 13 adorable critters with 23 "Punny" messages.






Now, hop on over to Debi McBain's Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October SOTM Blog Hop - Christmas Tunes

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


We will be featuring October's SOTM, which is "Christmas Tunes", a set of stamps.  If you came here from Tracie Cassidy's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE.  This month we have approximately 26 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the October SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  Here we go!

I love the new Beary Christmas Paper Packet.  
I masked the tree stamp and first stamped it in fern 
and then used cranberry for "Christmas". 
All stars were colored with the Golden Yellow ShinHan markers. 
 Random sparkles were also colored yellow with the markers. 
Bitty sparkles were added to the some of the stars on the tree 
and one regular Sparkle was added to the top star.     
The twine is from the Enchantment Ribbon Pack.
The tree was backed with Fern CS and lifted with foam tape. 
The wreath was stamped in Fern ink and instead of the banner I added 
The holly leaves were colored with Fern using the watercolor brush 
and the Bitty Sparkles, colored them with Lavender ShinHan markers, 
were  added as Holly berry clusters. 
The wreath is framed with layers of Thistle and Gold Foil Paper
O Holy Night was stamped by masking the banner and adjusting the curve, 
three gold sequins with a thistle colored sparkle in the center 
were added to balance out the sentiment. 
The wreath is stamped in Fern and the banner was stamped in Thistle
A thin layer of  gold was added with the Gold Shimmer Brush
The holly leaves were colored with Fern using the watercolor brush 
and the Holly berry clusters were water colored with Thistle ink. 
The wreath is framed with layers of  Gold and Thistle card stock. 
The bottom panel is a layer of Thistle Card Stock and Gold CS 
topped with the Thistle ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack. 

Now "Hop" on over to Janna Gray's blog  to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Remember, the October SOTM is only available until October 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Friday, September 22, 2017

CTMH Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Holiday Expressions 
New Product Blog Hop

We will be featuring the new products found in the CTMH Holiday Expressions Idea Book that came out the first of September and is valid through December. If you came here from Jean McNulty's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE

This month we have  approximately 23 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new Holiday Expressions products and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on! 
Here we go!  
Falling for You  Paper packet
Leaves Embossing Folder
Gold cardstock
Fern cardstock
Charcoal cardstock
Black Momento Ink
Charcoal Ink
Workshop Your Way  Kind thoughts cardmaking kit
Watercolor
Enchantment twine(New England Ivy)

Now "Hop" on over to Priscilla Gotham's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Friday, September 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fabulous Foil

Welcome to the September CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the September CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of our FOIL cardstock.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Janna Gray 's Blog you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melisssa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 10 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new CTMH foil cardstock along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.
Here we go! 

This card was inspired by the card on page 99 of the CTMH Annual Inspirations.  I embossed the gold foil paper and as you can see, it really embosses well. I double stamped the sentiment in emerald ink - first and second generation and added a small flower cluster sponge inked with thistle and emerald.  The ribbon is from the adventure ribbon pack and the flowers from this month's special "From the Heart" stamp set. I used emerald CS for the Cricut cut (Artbooking) doily edge around the circle.

Now, hop on over to Debi McBains' Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CTMH National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH National Stamping Month Blog Hop 


We will be featuring the the CTMH National Stamping Month  exclusive "From the Heart" card kit 
The exclusive From the Heart card kit gives you all the materials you need for creating 12 interactive cards, including an E-size stamp set with heartfelt sentiments and stamps you can layer together for exquisitely artistic cards. Available only during September, this card kit is a must have that will help you create elevated artwork from the heart. The From the Heart card kit can be yours for FREE - when you become a Consultant in Septmember, or when you hoast a qualifying party. 

If you came here from Brenda Lapp's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE

This month we have 15 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the exclusive From the Heart card kit and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on!  Here we go!  

I decided to combine the SOTM "Feel so Blessed" with the "From the Heart" Kit.  Lots of different stamps fit with the base cards as well as using the "From the Heart" stamp set with other not so interactive cards.
I love the gold embossing and decided the last minute to add some gold from the shimmer brush to the center of the flowers.  Well, I shook the pen and then noticed an obvious splatter on the sentiment, so I deliberately splattered more to make it look "intentional"  haha - well, I do know someone who will enjoy the extra bling - the card isn't a total loss. Lesson learned: protect your work when prepping the shimmer pen!
I also used thistle ink, bashful and fern on the top of the card.  
Inside the card I used watercolor with Gold Glitter Gems.  
Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Friday, September 1, 2017

September SOTM Blog Hop (Feel So Blessed)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is 
"Feel So Blessed", a set of 26 stamps.  
If you came here from Jean McNulty's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  
If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE.  
This month we have approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the September SOTM and other great CTMH products.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  Here we go!

I love feathers so went with a feather "bouquet".
The left feather was curved prior to stamping - only with the acrylic stamps is that possible.
Stamped the feather with memento tuxedo black and sponge daubed Peacock and Fern.
Gold embossed the center feather and the sentiment, "Thanks".
Distressed the edges of the tag with a scissors and inked it with Peacock.
Wrapped the tag with the gold and emerald? ribbon from Adventure ribbon pack
Go figure! it was there and the blending of peacock and fern looked OK to me.
I planned to use the twine from Enchantment - it wasn't to be found!
So many options.  So much fun!
Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog  to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Remember, the September SOTM is only available until September 30!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Annual Inspirations 
New Product Blog Hop
We will be featuring the new products found in the CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book that came out the first of August. If you came here from Priscilla Gotham's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE

This month we have  approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new Annual Inspirations products and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on! 
Here we go!  
Card 1

card 2

Card 3
New Products used are in bold  all items used have the page number for the Annual Inspirations Idea Book;  Whimsy Fundamental Paper Pack (pg 34) flower pattern in Sorbet and Thistle and reverse sides Juniper?  Crystal Blue? Bashful pearls (pg 108) [blends well with sorbet]. Whimsy Ribbon Pack (pg 109 & 35) - Thistle, Juniper with gold and twine plus the light brown ribbon with gold down the center on card #3 from the Basic Ribbon Pack - Mink?  Not exactly sure which color, I'm on vacation and just have limited supplies. I stamped and inked white card stock to add variety to the starburst design using Thistle, Juniper, & Sorbet and the stampset used was "In the Background" (pg 98).  Sentiments used are - "Create" (pg 66) from "We Are Makers" - card # 1, and "Give Thanks" (pg 67) from "Inspired Words" - card # 2. Card #2 also has a Gold Bow clip (pg 108), a thin cut Heart border (pg 96) cut from the bashful glitter paper (pg 107) and inked with sorbet. Both card 1 & 2 also have gold glitter gems (pg 108).  The flowers are cut from the fundamentals paper, spritzed with water, wrinkled and pinch/pleated into a 3-D shape and inked. 

Now "Hop" on over to Haley Dyer's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Crazy About Cardstock

Welcome to the August CTMH Technique Blog Hop
For the August CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of our new two-toned cardstock.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this  hop.  
 If you are coming from Janna Gray 's Blog you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melisssa Robinson's blog. This month we have approximately 10 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new CTMH two-toned cardstock along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.
Here we go! 
(Click on the card for a closer look.)
I hope you like what I've done using "Bashful", this year's color of the year. All our cardstock now has the original color from our palette on one side, while the reverse side has a lighter tone of that same color, giving us greater flexibility as we create. Since I'm on vacation and
forgot most of the cardstock and papers I planned to pack, I was limited with this one color and used both sides to create lots of texture. I love monochromatic, though didn't have the bashful ink with me so used our new Espresso ink. The "Love" sentiment is from the stamp set "What Matters Most" and is found on pg. 68 of our new Idea Book. Both sides of the sentiment are embellished with the new Bashful colored Pearls that come in three sizes. Using the new Thin Cuts - Hearts Borders and our new cardstock provides two choices - a light or a darker shade of the same color, plus a little sparkle from some glitter paper like the new Bashful glitter paper  also adds additional texture. Here are all the color combos found in our new Idea Book starting on pg. 102.
Whimsy Color Palette

Whimsy Color Palette

Adventure Color Palette

Adventure Color Palette

Enchantment Color Palette

Enchantment Color Palette

Basics Color Palette

Basics Color Palette


Now, hop on over to Debi McBains' Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August SOTM Blog Hop - School Year

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

We will be featuring the August SOTM, which is "School Year", a set of stamps.  If you came here from Jean McNulty's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE.  This month we have approximately 21 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the August SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  Here we go!
Now "Hop" on over to Wendy Coffman's blog  to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Remember, the August SOTM is only available until August 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!