Sunday, January 15, 2017

Crazy for Complements! (CTMH Technique Blog Hop)

The CTMH Technique Blog Hop group is Crazy for Complements, and you will be, too!  Complements are beautiful artwork and embellishments to take your crafty projects to the next level.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Judy Faye's blog.  You'll visit Darlys's blog next.)
My Sophomore Year layout uses not one but TWO sets of Complements: the NEW Hello Lovely Complements paired with the School 7-12 Complements.  You'll see how I paired them up in the close ups below.  I used quite a collection of products to show off my beautiful daughter's 10th grade school picture.  I started with Kraft bases to which I added 11"x11" squares of the gold polka dot vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals paper collection.  The gold and white band across the bottom is also from that paper pack.  The pale pink paper is from the Hello Lovely paper suite, which the black mattes are from the retired Swan Lake paper.
 The star is from the School complements and the ribbon, flower sticker, and gold arrow 3-D sticker are from Hello Lovely.
 Here is the right page.
 The School chipboard heart nestled inside the 3-D Hello Lovely heart, well, beautifully!
 The chipboard pieces are from the School Complements, but the sticker and ribbon are Hello Lovely.
 The gold glitter gems are also part of the Hello Lovely collection and can be purchased in a small pack or they come with the Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way.

Thanks for letting me show you how well different Complements can work together and for showing off my beautiful daughter.  Be sure to go see how crazy DARLYS is for Complements!  (Be sure to leave some compliments along the way too!)


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

No, you're not seeing double!  I am participating in a second Seasonal Expressions 1 blog hop with another group of talented Close To My Heart consultants.  You're going to love new ideas with lots of new products!  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Erika's blog.  From here, you will visit Melissa next.)
My daughter and her friends are turning 16, so I wanted to make a fun card for the most recent birthday girl.  The Sugar Rush paper suite features this cute patterned paper with ice cream on one side and doughnuts on the other.  I made the party "table" with the ice cream side: On the Sea Glass card stock base, I pleated a 12" strip across the bottom.  The table top is a strip that I folded in half lengthwise to give it more dimension.
This pretty cake and stand were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  I added a strip of aqua and a strip of white Shimmer Trim to dress up the cake.  The 16 "candles" are also cut with the Flower Market cartridge.  I used my clear Shimmer Brush to add a little sparkle to the candles.  Finally, I made the party pennant with the journaling pen and silver sequins.

Thanks for hopping by!  I would love a comment before you head off to check out Melissa's beautiful Seasonal Expressions 1 project.



Monday, January 9, 2017

H2H Challenges: Season of White

When my teammate suggested the "Season of White" challenge for the Heart2Heart blog, I thought that I would create a white card of some sort, but of course that isn't what happened at all.  Inspiration struck when we were hit with our first snowstorm of the year, a literal blanket of white!  I quickly sent off my pictures to our local Walmart for developing so that I could scrapbook them right away.
My photos dictated my color palette of Pacifica, Crystal Blue, and White Daisy.  I pulled our card stock in all three colors, then grabbed my Whimsy and Adventure Fundamentals packs to see what kind of patterned paper I had in my color scheme.  I love using the two different polka dot patterns from the two paper packs, which inspired me to stamp the "snowfall" polka dots from the Charming Cascades stamp set in Pacifica on the Pacifica card stock.
I knew that I just had to use my new white glitter paper on this snowy layout.  I fell in love with the snowflake border from the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge (cut four times at 11-1/2").  The "snow" pennant and snowflakes were all cut from that one Cricut key.
The rest of the pennants were cut by hand.  The "love" sentiment is actually one of the patterns of the Whimsy Fundamentals.  To add a little sparkle and pizzazz, I embellished my layout with Sparkles and Blue Enamel gems.
Here's a close-up of the cool glitter paper snowflake border:
Be sure to visit the H2H blog to see the different interpretations of the Season of White challenge.  I hope you'll play along with us this month!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Did you spend some of your New Year's holiday checking out the new Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions idea book?  One of the perks of being a consultant is a preview period, so you'll get lots of great ideas with new products along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Terrie's blog.  You'll click on her name to go to Jennifer's blog next.)
When I first saw the Seasonal Expressions idea book, I fell in love with the Hello Lovely paper suite!  I automatically ordered the Workshop Your Way because you get the paper pack, complements, and two different embellishments all at a great price.  The Hello Lovely WYW includes gold glitter gems and beautiful Blush ribbon.  I also had to get the new Good Thymes! stamp set in honor of my new essential oil business.  (Feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more.)  My cards use Fern and Sorbet ink, and I grabbed my trusty holiday five-card workshop (using sketches from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2) and got to work.  To color my herbs, I just grabbed my medium round waterbrush and my Fern ink.

If you'd like to skip the close-ups of the five cards, feel free to leave a comment and then hop on to Jennifer's blog next.  Otherwise, here are the details...
These cards have the addition of coral shimmer trim.


 These cards both use the masking technique.

Thanks for visiting!  You're going to love all the great ideas you'll find with the new Seasonal Expressions blog hop.  Please leave a comment before hopping on to Jennifer's blog!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome Home Wreath Kit

Close To My Heart has a beautiful project available this month that papercrafters of all styles and abilities will love!

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

If you buy or earn your kit through me, you're invited to a free workshop on 1/28 to put them together.  If you don't have liquid glass, it is absolutely the best adhesive for this project (and so many others).

Other items you might like to personalize your wreath are:



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H2H Challenges: Silver & Gold

Heart 2 Heart Challenges is ringing in 2017 with a Silver and Gold challenge!  Pictures from my daughter's recent Fall Ball seemed like the perfect starting point for this challenge.
You may wonder why her Fall Ball pictures have a Christmas tree in the background and snowflakes on the layout.  They changed the date twice so it ended up being the first weekend in December instead of the original October date.  To meet the silver and gold challenge element, I used gold paper  and vellum from the Uptown Fundamentals.  The silver glitter die cut pieces are from the just-retired City Sidewalks Complements.  The other gold and silver embellishments are retired pieces leftover in my stash.

My title stamp set is also retired, but we offer several pretty ones to choose from now too.

Be sure to visit the Heart2Heart blog to see our entire design team's projects.  We hope you will join us in 2017, so why not start today?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Adore You

Happy New Year!  Close To My Heart has a beautiful stamp of the month for January called Adore You.  Start your year right with lots of ideas with this pretty set.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Terrie's blog.  You'll click on her name to go to Jennifer's blog next.)
For my card, I chose some pretty new Adventure colors that you probably wouldn't think of at first glance with this set.  I used Pacifica, Lagoon, and new Emerald.  All of the patterned paper is from the Adventure Fundamentals collection.  I used a sketch from the retired Lollydoodle collection.  Each square measures 1.25".  I used some Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots & Green Triangles for my embellishments.

Please let me know what you think of my card before leaving to visit Jennifer's blog for the next adorable project!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, December 12, 2016

H2H Challenges: Oh, Deer!

The final 2016 Heart 2 Heart Challenge is to use the beautiful Oh, Deer collection.  I created this five-card workshop based on five of the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 2  card sketches.
In addition to the Oh, Deer Workshop Your Way collection, I added Aqua, Gold, and Silver shimmer trim, Sea Glass glitter paper, and red epoxy gems.  I incorporated Sea Glass, Desert Sand, and Ruby inks on my cards.
 This snowflake (above) and holly (below) were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.
 Don't the red gems make great holly berries?
 The kraft star pieces are part of the Oh, Deer complements, which are included in the Oh, Deer Workshop Your Way or you can purchase separately.
 This Merry Christmas stamp (and swirl flourish) are only $2.95!
The bell is one of the Oh, Deer complements pieces.

Be sure to check out what ALL of of the 2016 Heart 2 Heart Designers have created with this beautiful paper pack.  Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Thoughtful Flowers

The Close To My Heart December stamp of the month is a lovely floral set that would make a great gift for year-round use- either projects made with the set or the stamp set itself!  You'll get lots of great ideas as you hop through this blog hop. (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Corinna's blog and you'll visit Sheila Bennett next.)
With all the pretty flowers, I knew that I wanted to feature one or two of the flowers and random stamp my background, so I selected this card sketch from Make It From My Heart, Vol. 1.   I chose the analogous color scheme from the Whimsy Fundamentals of Smoothie, Sorbet, and Canary with Sweet Leaf accents.  (Analogous colors are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.)
To create the focal flower, I first stamped it in Sweet Leaf on the White Daisy square and then I stamped it again on Smoothie B&T in Smoothie ink.  After fancy cutting out the flower, I adhered it onto the base.  The sentiment banner was cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  I tested my ink choices on scrap Sweet Leaf and liked how Smoothie popped on the Sweet Leaf.

Thanks for participating this month's blog hop!  Please leave a comment before continuing on to Sheila's blog and the rest of the hop!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Braces: Before & After LO

After two years and eight months (but who's counting?), our younger daughter finally got her braces off!  Here is the layout that I made to celebrate.
This layout shows how you can pair Picture My Life cards (pocket scrapbooking) with traditional scrapbooking.  In this case, I used the Swan Lake Workshop Your Way collection.  The photo mat with the gold diamonds and the Picture Perfect card are both from the gold watercolor PML set.  You can actually add watercolor or ink over these and the gold (or clear in the clear set) will resist the color.
To make the "gorgeous" sentiment stand out, I traced the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cut with my gold marker.  Other embellishments include the gorgeous gold foil tape and gold sequins.
Can you tell what stamp set I used to random stamp the background of the White Daisy piece and the pennants on the right page?
It's the November stamp of the month, New Year's Cheer! It's only available for one more day, so get yours today.

Monday, November 28, 2016

H2H Challenges: City Sidewalks

Are you singing the classic Christmas carol?  I can't help it!  I am super excited about the holiday season this year, and at Heart 2 Heart Challenges we want to help you get the season off to the right start.  You have to bust out your City Sidewalks paper collection and get to work!
My card is based on a sketch from the Make It From Your House, Vol. 1.  The cute washi tape comes with the City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way.  I used my cute Merry Christmas stamp set (a STEAL at $2.95) and added a blue epoxy gem.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!  Be sure to check out all of the H2H Designers' work this week.  You have until this weekend to link up to this final November challenge.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

CTMH/Cricut Flower Market Blog Hop

The CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection is so much fun!  (And for CyberMonday only, CTMH is offering a deal on Cricut collections!)  Of course it's full of flowers, but it has so many other awesome Cricut cuts too.  My stamp of the month blog hop group wanted to showcase this versatile collection for you.  {If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Jennifer D.'s blog and you'll visit Brenda next.)  I have two different cards to share with you.
My brother and sister-in-law recently moved into their new home, so I made this card for them with pieces of the Enchantment and Rustic Fundamentals.  Doesn't it match their home well?  We are so excited for them!
My daughters, my cousins, and the homeowners
My next card features the Oh, Deer paper pack and one of the lovely tree cuts on the Flower Market cartridge.  The star and white & gold twine are part of the Oh, Deer Workshop Your Way collection.
I like how simple this card is, but then I decided to fancy it up a bit with the addition of white enamel gems.
What do you think?  Do you like the plain card or the "ornament" card better?  Feel free to leave me a comment before you head off.  Thanks for hopping by!  Now go see what BRENDA made!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Here are a few more of my favorite CTMH/Cricut Flower Market projects!


Be sure to visit BRENDA now!

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