Friday, March 17, 2017

So Lucky Card

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  When I created my Marker Madness card, I went ahead and made a St. Patrick's Day card for my college daughter using the same marker technique: adding dimension to die cuts.
To begin, I used this pretty shamrock bouquet cut from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge on Willow card stock.  I then added color with two different ShinHan Touch markers (Leaf Green and Pastel Green) to add interest and depth.
To make my card, I added a panel of Pansy B&T (from the Adventure collection) and a panel of White Daisy that I stamped with Willow ink in first and second generation.  The "so lucky" sentiment is part of one of the three stamp sets that comes with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection.  In order for that piece to stand out a bit, I inked the edges in Willow ink.  The Canary horseshoe was cut with the same Cricut key as the shamrock.

To finish the card, I used a piece of Pansy ribbon from the Adventure ribbon collection and three gold sequins.

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Marker Madness

Close To My Heart offers a beautiful selection of alcohol markers in a rainbow of colors plus some specialty markers (chalk and metallics, anyone?).  This month's technique blog hop is focusing on our markers.  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys next.)  I don't consider myself a coloring expert, so I decided to try to use them in a different way.
This card front of the pretty Canary daffodil with Willow foliage on a Glacier base was cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  (You're not crazy if you're thinking you don't see any markers here.  You're not.)  I wanted to show how you can take a rather flat die cut and jazz it up with some marker highlights.
 Here is my finished card.  I added veins and texture with easily with the fine tip of our ShinHan Twin Touch alcohol markers.  For the daffodil's "cup," I colored the smaller piece again to add dimension.
To create the background panel, I colored the Glacier card stock with Turquoise Blue stripes from left to right.  I then flicked some rubbing alcohol on the panel to create the "raindrops."
 To finish off the card, I matted my original piece onto a piece of Lagoon Adventure 5"x7" B&T and then added an Adventure ribbon bow and sequins from the Dreamin' Big collection.

As you can see, markers aren't just for coloring in lined images.  Try adding a little extra depth, dimension, and texture to your next project.  Thanks for sharing in my marker madness today!  Now go see what craftiness Darlys has in store for us!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop

Welcome to the Dreamin' Big blog hop!  A lovely group of CTMH consultants are highlighting this spring-y paper collection for you today.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Darlene's blog.  Visit Carol's blog next!)

This layout is based on a PageMaps sketch that I found.  I used the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way paired with the Tea-rriffic March stamp of the month set.  All of the embellishments are from the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way collection.  (When I add my pictures, I will probably also add some of the Whisper twine included in the collection.)
The lacy doily cuts were made with the retired CTMH/Cricut Artiste cartridge.  On this left page, I used one of the 4"x6" journaling cards from the collection.  On the right page, I cut one of the 3"x4" cards down to 3"x3".
To color the tea cup stack and flower, I used my thin waterbrush and ink from this palette: Sorbet, Poppy, Saffron, and Juniper (after stamping with Archival Black ink).  The larger tea cup is paper pieced with a Complements sticker flower on top.

Thanks for hopping by!  Please leave a comment before clicking on over to Carol's blog!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Tea-rrific

The March Close To My Heart stamp of the month is my cup of tea!  This adorable set truly is Tea-rriffic, and I can't wait to see all the great ideas shared along this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Alyson's blog, and you will head to Jean's blog next.)
This card came together quickly using the Tea-rriffic set and the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way collection.  I stamped the tea cup stack with black archival ink and then used my small waterbrush and Glacier, Canary, Sorbet, and Poppy inks to paint the cups.  The waterbrush is super easy to use and will be featured in my upcoming Tea-rriffic card workshop.

All of the embellishments came with the Dreamin' Big Workshop Your Way: Whisper twine and these pretty sequins (along with Complements that I haven't used yet).  Using one of these kits is a great way to have a variety of papers and embellishments that go together beautifully.

Thanks for hopping by!  Brew yourself a cup of tea and then go see Jean's sweet project to continue the hop.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fundamentals Creative Collection Blog Hop

Close To My Heart's Fundamentals collections are the core of our paper collection.  They are available all year long, and you're going to see lots of great ways to use them on this hop.
(If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Cat's blog and you'll visit Maureen from here.)
Ever since I got my Cricut Flower Market collection, I have wanted to play with some of the fun cuts!  I was thinking spring (and inspired by the late Debbie Reynolds) to create this cheerful "Singing in the Rain" card.  All of the patterned paper is from the Adventure Fundamentals collection (in Lagoon, Lemon, and Willow) on a Lagoon card stock base.  My "rain" was stamped with the Charming Cascades stamp set.  I used a piece of Adventure Fundamentals ribbon, blue glitter gems, and gold and green shimmer trip for embellishments.

Thanks for hopping by!  You've got to give our Fundamentals a try if you haven't already.  Now continue the hop and skip on over to see what Maureen has created!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Fun with Folds

The CTMH Technique Blog Hop group has a quick, fun hop for you this month!  Learn some fun folds and try something new!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Annemarie's blog.  From here, you'll visit Belinda next.)
Rather than have my card itself make a cool fold, I added a fun folded element!  This hot air balloon would be cute just with a heart balloon, but I made it 3D with 5 identical hearts (cut with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge).  They were cut from the same sheet of Blossom/Raspberry paper from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack.  I folded each heart in half, alternating which side was showing.  Then I glued them all together to create the hot air "balloon."
Before I adhered the heart "balloon" to the card, I added the Blossom baker's twine from the Adventure ribbon collection.  To make the balloon's basket, I just cut a 3/4" by 1" piece at an angle on each side.  The adorable washi tape is from the Sugar Rush collection.  My sky background is a piece of Crystal Blue card stock, and the sentiment is from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection stamp set.

This card was an easy Valentine to make and mail to my daughter off at college.  This idea is super cute as a balloon too!  Of course you could use a circle or an actual hot air balloon shape to get the same 3D effect.

Please let me know what you think before you head off to Belinda's blog!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello Lovely Blog Hop

With the Seasonal Expressions 1 launch (Jan.-April 2017), Close To My Heart introduced new paper suites.  Today we're featuring the Hello Lovely collection on this blog hop.  (If you're already hopping, then you've arrived from Julie's blog.  From here, you'll hop to Brenda's blog next.)
 Here is the card that I made for a friend's birthday.  All the cuts were made with the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge (key Q).  All of the embellishments are included in the Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way pack (paper, ribbon, and gems).  The vellum (jar) is from the Uptown Fundamentals paper collection.

Here are a few other cards that I have made with the Hello Lovely collection.
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Thanks for hopping by!  I'd love a comment before you hop to Brenda's blog next!

Monday, February 6, 2017

H2H Challenges: Hello Lovely

This week Heart 2 Heart Challenges wants to see your creations with the Hello Lovely collection.  I decided to use some of the preprinted cards on actual cards instead of on a layout.
The card on the left uses a 3"x4" card with Sorbet chevrons.  I used a piece of B&T on the card base, stamped my sentiment from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set (including the cut out flowers) and then embellished with Aqua shimmer trim and gold glitter dots.
 The second card starts with a preprinted 4"x6" card that I then added the matted stamped saying (also from Happy to Be Friends) and some more Aqua shimmer trim and gold glitter duos.
Because there are soooo many lovely things you can make with this paper suite, be sure to visit the H2H blog for tons of great ideas.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Easter Bunny

How is it February already?!?  Close To My Heart is thinking spring with the adorable February stamp of the month, Easter Bunny.  You will see lots of great ideas for this cute stamp set along this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Brenda's blog.  To continue the hop, click on her name to go to Carol next!)

I decided to create a sweet, simple card.  To begin, I stamped the mama bunny in Slate pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder so that watercoloring would be easy.  I colored her with a water brush and Whisper, Sea Glass, and Sorbet inks to match the Hello Lovely paper pack.  I finished off the card with the sentiment stamp in Fern ink on the Sea Glass card stock and Coral shimmer trim.  I tried adding different embellishments but never liked them so I kept it simple.

Be sure to visit everyone on our blog hop to get great ideas with this stamp set!  Thanks for leaving me a comment before you head off to Carol's blog!
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Monday, January 23, 2017

H2H Challenges: Round & Round

OK, I'll admit that when I first saw the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Round and Round, the song by 80s hairband Ratt started running through my head!  Since finding pictures of my big hair days was maybe too painful and difficult at the moment, I settled on the adorable bicycle cut on the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  I have been wanting to use this cut since I got the cartridge!
My card uses the Hello Lovely collection.  To begin, I cut the bicycle base in Whisper card stock, then Black for the wheel/seat layer, Sea Glass for the bicycle body, and the Sorbet for the basket.  I used a strip of the pretty Hello Lovely B&T and a zip strip to create the "road" for my bike.  The sentiment comes from the Flower Market stamp set (stamped in Sorbet) and then embellished with a gold glitter gem (also from the Hello Lovely collection) and Aqua shimmer trim.  The sweet Blush ribbon can also be found in the Hello Lovely collection.

Be sure to see how all of the H2H designers interpreted the Round & Round challenge, and join us for any of the January challenges before the month ends.

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.
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 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.


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