Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Close To My Heart released the Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog and Idea Book on May 1, and there is so much fun summer goodness in it!  You're going to get so many great ideas along this blog hop featuring new products from the SE2.  Are you ready?  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Jennifer Dykstra's blog.  From here, you'll visit Gina Brandstetter's blog next.)  I decided to focus on the No Worries Workshop Your Way.
When I saw the "relax" and Adirondack chair in the coordinating No Worries complements, I decided that I needed to make a sign.  (I am slowly trying to decorate our basement with a lake theme since we live on a lake.)  All of the cut out pieces were made with  the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge (sentiments & anchor).  The other pieces are from the complements.
 To make my background, I began by swiping Cashmere pigment ink across the bottom of my 8"x10" canvas panel.  Be sure to swipe the edges also.  Next I did the same thing across the very bottom with Desert Sand ink.
 Then I started at the top swiping Glacier ink (regular dye-based ink and not pigment ink) and then Lagoon, overlapping them and working from lightest to darkest with my colors.
 Finally I added a band of Sapphire to the middle.
WARNING: It took about a week for my canvas to dry!  I probably could have spend up the process, but I didn't have time to work on it then anyway.  I will probably go back and seal the entire piece with mod podge.
To create the nautical knot, I used our new white burlap ribbon (available in the Workshop Your Way or individually) after searching for some instructions.
 Here's a nautical card that I also made using the same basic materials with the addition of silver shimmer trim.  (What?!?  Silver?!?  Learn more HERE.)

Thanks for checking out my Seasonal Expressions 2 No Worries new product showcase.  There is so much to choose from that it was hard to decide what to share!  Please leave a comment before you go visit Gina Brandstetter's blog next.  Thanks!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Little Dreamer Blog Hop

Did you know that each month Close To My Heart features a different paper collection?  This month is Little Dreamer, new in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.  You'll find some fun ideas with this collection along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Julie's blog.  From here you'll visit Gerri's blog next.)
This paper pack with its whimsical unicorns and rainbows is perfect for little girls, so I wanted to show that you could also use it for your big girls.  Mine are 18 and 15 in these pictures from this past year.
All of the embellishments I used are found in the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way.  Not only are they a great way to get a complete coordinated product line for your projects, but they also include instructions to create layouts and cards.  (My layout is a 4-3-2 concept layout: one piece is 4" wide, another is 3" wide, and the other is 2" wide.  The 1/2" piece across the bottom is two of the zip strips from the collection.)
The Thistle glitter letters (and all of the shimmer pieces) are part of the Little Dreamer complements.

Here is a card that I have already posted using Little Dreamer paired with the May stamp of the month, Live Laugh Love.  You can read more about it HERE if you're interested in learning more.

Thank you for hopping by!  Be sure to visit everyone on the hop by going to Gerri's blog next!

I'm linking up my layout to the following challenges:




Remember, to continue the Little Dreamer hop, go visit GERRI'S BLOG next!

Monday, May 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Embellishment Envy

Welcome to the May Close To My Heart Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring our amazing embellishments!  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll click to visit Judy Faye Garner's blog next.)
When I saw the new No Worries collection, I knew that I had to have it!  The scrapbooking Workshop Your Way is always a great bargain because it includes the paper pack, coordinating card stock, coordinating Complements, and several embellishments.  This collection includes the sequins and white burlap ribbon you see on my card.  To cut the "porthole" and anchor, I used the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection.  The anchor was cut at 1-1/2" on sanded Sapphire card stock.  The White Daisy circle was cut at 2" and the Kraft card stock at 2-1/2".  My sentiment is also from the Flower Market collection.
While silver, white, or gold shimmer trim would probably look great with this collection, I wanted a blue to augment the nautical feel.  I grabbed my Marine Blue Shin Han Twin Touch alcohol marker and some silver shimmer trim to create my own custom shimmer trim.  (Those of you who know me know that shimmer trim is my absolute favorite embellishment!)  I cut a piece longer than my card width of 4.25".  Then I held one end down with my finger and used the Marine Blue marker to color the shimmer trim.  I love how it turned out.

Thanks for checking out my card and embellishments.  I try to post to my blog at least once a week, so come back often for new ideas.  Do you have embellishment envy yet?  The great thing about CTMH's embellishments is that they are very reasonably priced.  Please leave me a comment, then click on her name to continue the hop to go see what Judy Faye Garner and the rest of the talented consultants have created!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Close To My Heart has several amazingly beautiful offerings this month in honor of National Scrapbooking Month: the Live Beautifully stamp set, paper pack, and Cut Above layout package.  We are featuring these gorgeous, must-have products on this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Jennifer Dykstra's blog.  From here, you'll visit Gina Brandstetter next.)
 My daughter's dance recital pictures from last year seemed like the perfect match for the gorgeous Live Beautifully paper collection.  (I did add White Daisy card stock page bases.)  Each of the photos was trimmed down to 3.75" x 5.75" to have the borders you see.
 All of the stamping was done with the Live Beautifully stamp set.  My layout is embellished with black shimmer trim and black dots.  I cut my title with the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.
 Next are close ups of our I stamped and cut out the pretty accent flower.  I began by inking up the flower in Pixie, then rolling the stamp edges in Pomegranate, and then rolling the edges again in Eggplant.  After I stamped this image, I highlighted the center of the flower with my gold metallic marker.
 I stamped the same image again by inking up first in Pixie and rolling the edges again in Pomegranate.  I then fussy-cut what I thought would be the next layer of flower petals to give it more dimension.
 My third and fourth layers of petals were stamped with Pixie and cut out.
 The final/fourth layer was just one petal, and I bent it slightly with my finger to give it even more dimension.

Thank you for hopping along the Live Beautifully blog hop.  I'd love a comment before you go see what Gina Brandstetter has created to share and inspire!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Finally, I'm linking my layout up to these challenges:

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Live, Laugh, Love

Welcome to the May stamp of the month blog hop featuring Live, Laugh, Love!  Not only do we have a new stamp of the month today, but the Seasonal Expressions 2 has launched along with the gorgeous National Scrapbooking Month collection, Live Beautifully.  You are going to see so many new, great ideas along this hop!  We will be highlighting the Seasonal Expressions and Live Beautifully in blog hops later this month (5/10 & 5/20), so you're going to want to come back.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Gina's blog.  From here, you will visit Jen Rubio next.)  For this hop, I've created two very different projects with similar techniques.
For both of my projects, I used a waterbrush to color in the flowers of the stamped images.

For my 3"x6" gate-fold card, I paired the Little Dreamer collection with the May stamp of the month.  To color those gorgeous letters, I grabbed my smallest waterbrush and all the inks from Little Dreamer plus Willow for the leaves: Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom, Thistle, Glacier, and Lagoon.  (I ended up NOT using Glacier.)  I tried to work from light to dark colors as much as possible.  The letters were easy to cut out and adhere to the top portion of the card.  All of the embellishments came with the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way collection.

My next project is a scrapbook layout using the May stamp of the month with the gorgeous National Scrapbooking Month paper pack, Live Beautifully.
This picture of my girls cracks me up every time I see it!
To embellish this layout, I added Sea Glass glitter paper and gold dots to the layout.
 Since I only had the one picture to go with the story, I typed up my journaling to include on the second page.

Thank you for hopping by!  Be sure to check out all of the lovely Live, Laugh, Love creations by clicking to go to Jen Rubio's blog next!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Friendship Pleated Card

Pleated paper is just so pretty to me, especially when it's the Hello Lovely paper (only available through the end of the month- and that is TOMORROW!!!).  To create these beautiful pleats, cut a piece of B&T paper 3"x12" and then score in this pattern: +2", +1" and continue until the end.  Then fold, alternation mountain and valley to create your pleats.  You will end up with wider piece than you need for a standard-size card, so place it where you like it best and cut off the excess.
The herbs and sentiment are from the Good Thymes! stamp set (stamped in Fern- 1st & 2nd generation- and Sorbet to match the Hello Lovely paper).  I finished my card with gold shimmer trim, but the Blush shimmer ribbon would have also been a beautiful choice.

Would you like to give this technique a try?  If so I would love to see what you create.  Feel free to link up in the comments!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Caught a Bug? Card

When I saw the lady bug on the CTMH/Artistry cartridge, I knew I had to pair it with the bug paper in the Dreamin' Big paper pack, which is only available until the end of this month (GASP!  How can Sunday be the end of the month already?!?).

This sketch is from the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2.  I used Whisper card stock as my card base, plus pieces from the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way.

I'm linking this card to the Heart2Heart Challenges, All Creatures Great and Small.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Love This (Card)

This card idea came from the cute sketch at Stamp Ink Paper Sketch Challenge #95.  (Unfortunately I missed the challenge deadline.)

Because I used the fun Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack, I am also linking up to the Heart 2 Heart What a Wonderful challenge.  The April stamp of the month, Flock Together, is so much fun to color with our Shin Han Twin Touch markers (after stamping with Momento permanent ink).

I think this card will go to my college daughter as she enters finals to complete her freshman year.  She needs a little encouragement during this stressful time!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet 16 Double-Z Fold Birthday Card

How my baby can be 16 today is beyond me!  To celebrate her birthday, I created this Double-Z fold card just for her with the Sugar Rush collection.  All of the "fancy" cuts were made with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge
You can't help but notice the addition of Sea Glass glitter paper for the "16."
 Can you tell how the Sea Glass washi tape extends across the entire width of the card?
I used the Pomegranate washi tape to "fill in" the heart in the balloon.

If you'd like to make your own Double-Z fold card, just search for directions (& let me know if you can't find them).  It's an easy card to make and is fun with all its layers and dimensions.
 Here she was at 8 months and a little more recently.  Happy Sweet 16, baby girl!  Your Daddy and I love you!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Card

The daffodils may have faded, but this card (that  I sent to my aunt) is still pretty in its own right.
This card features the Dreamin' Big paper packet plus Canary card stock and silver shimmer trim.  the daffodils and watering can were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge. The sentiment is included in the Flower Market collection.  I think the yellow sequins make pretty buds, don't you?

I'm entering this card in the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #299, Spring.  Thanks for letting me know what you think of this quick and easy card. Happy spring!  I hope flowers are blooming wherever you are!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blop Hop: Vellum Makes Everything Better

This month's CTMH Technique blog hop is focusing on vellum, that beautiful sheer paper that (I think) makes your crafts look so fancy.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Tammy next.)  I have three different cards to share with you today.
As you can see, I have two different versions of the same CTMH/Cricut Flower Market calla lily cut.  You will have to look closely to see the pretty striped vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals collection because the White Glitter Paper sort of steals the show.  The first version uses Whisper card stock for the sentiment panel (stamped in Slate with the Happy To Be Friends stamp set) with silver sequins and shimmer trim.
 Here's a close up where you can see the vellum layer better.
 The second version adds Canary ink sponged on the main panel and on the calla lily flower itself.  Gold sequins and shimmer trim complement the yellow.  Fern ink was sponged onto the stem.
 This card uses the same elements plus Slate ribbon from the Rustic Home collection.
My third card has already been featured on my blog, but I LOVE making vellum "mason jars" to hold flowers!  (You can read more about this particular card HERE.)
Thanks for stopping in and checking out my vellum projects.  I hope you'll give this pretty paper a try!  I'd love for you to leave a comment before you hop on to Tammy's blog.  Thanks!

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