Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Think Pink Blog Hop

Close To My Heart has a cool "Pretty in Pink" promotion this month!  One of my blog hop groups thought it would be a great idea to showcase this special, and I couldn't agree more!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Priscilla's Paperie blog.  From here you'll visit the amazingly talented Alyson next.)
My first card uses the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge to cut out these pretty tulips from Raspberry, Pixie, and Sweet Leaf card stock.  Notice how I used both light and dark sides of the Raspberry and Sweet Leaf card stock.  Since I am using up my stash of Pixie cardstock, I made it "two-toned" by sponging Pixie ink onto the second layer of my center flower and onto the Pixie cardstock of the flower on the left.
For the lightest layer of my center tulip, I brushed Bashful shimmer brush to give it some sparkle.  A piece of Adventure ribbon finished off this simple card.  (Notice how I made "grass" by cutting fringe on a strip of Sweet Leave cardstock.)
My next cards are all a variation on Pattern 9 from the new Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4.  Each card uses Raspberry, Pixie, Bashful, and White Daisy cardstock plus Bashful glitter paper.  The XOXO and heart were both cut from the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.
The Bashful paper is from the Gimme Some Sugar paper pack, and the pretty ribbon is from the Adventure ribbon collection.

Thanks for letting me share these Pretty in Pink projects with you!  I would for you to leave me a comment before heading on to the next blog.  Just click on her name to continue the hop to see Alyson's beautiful creation!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, February 19, 2018

H2H Challenges: Sunny Days

Winter, please go away!  I am so over you.  I would love to see some sunny days, and Sunny Days are the current Heart2Heart Challenge! Today was actually quite lovely, so my whole family went on a walk.  I also made this card recently with my card club members to celebrate a little sunshine in our lives.
Based on a sketch from Make It From Your Heart, this card uses one of my new favorite techniques: splattering a background with a shimmer brush (in this case the gold shimmer brush).  The center medallion and sunshine were cut from the CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I used Canary and Glacier cardstock, plus patterned paper from both the Whimsy Fundamentals and the Chelsea Gardens collection.  Of course gold shimmer needs some gold shimmer trim!

Be sure to check out all of the inspiration at the H2H blog.  All of the February challenges are open until the end of the month, so be sure to join us!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Featured Paper Pack: Make Waves Blog Hop

This month's featured paper pack is Make Waves, an adorable "under the sea" collection!  You're going to love seeing some creative ways to use this collection along this month's hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've arrived from Shirley's blog.  From here, you'll visit Kathleen's blog next.)
For this hop, I challenged myself to use some of the Picture My Life cards on cards instead of scrapbook pages/pocket pages.
This card uses the Southern Sass stamp set paired with two of the different patterned papers and the pink 3"x4" card.  I stamped the sentiment with Pixie ink, distressed the edges with Emerald, and accented it with the pretty Make Waves gems.

For my second card, I cut off about 1/4" off the card and then stamped this Southern Sass sentiment with Pansy ink.  I used the Make Waves shimmer trim on top and below the Emerald patterned paper.
 Again, the flower sequins add nice sparkle and dimension.
My final card only uses PML cards plus shimmer trim and purple Make Waves gems.  (Did you notice the one in the mermaid's hair?)  Even though my girls have outgrown the mermaid phase, this will make a sweet birthday card for a little redhead I know.

Thanks for visiting my blog along the Make Waves blog hop.  Before you head to Kathleen's blog, please leave me a comment.  Then go make some waves!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: In Love with Vellum

Vellum is an elegant, translucent paper that adds class to any project.  It can, however, be a little difficult to work with because of its transparency.  Along this month's technique blog hop, you'll see some beautiful projects and learn some great tips for using this pretty paper.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Darlys's blog next.)
My card uses the Inspired Words stamp set paired with Gimme Some Sugar paper pack and the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4 sketch #9.  To create the rough edge on the top and bottom of my vellum piece, I used my bone folder and my paper trimmer to score the edge.  The sentiment was inked in Bashful and then rolled in Tangerine.  The sentiment is mounted onto Bashful card stock and then Peacock ribbon.  When working with vellum, any adhesive I've ever tried shows through, so I hid my glue dots with the ribbon strip and sentiment.
This Chelsea Gardens card uses the same vellum techniques.  Don't you love how soft the Charcoal square becomes with the layer of vellum on top?

Thanks for visiting!  From here, click on her name to go visit Darlys next.  I would love a comment before you leave!

Monday, February 5, 2018

H2H Challenges: Sketch Challenge with Make It From Your Heart

For the first February challenge, Heart 2 Heart is encouraging you to use any sketch from Close To My Heart's Make It From Your Heart sketch guides.  (We currently have four of them!)  My card uses MIFYH Vol. 4, Sketch 23.
If you'd like to learn more about this card, using the Chelsea Gardens collection, then please click HERE.

Be sure to join us at Heart 2 Heart with your favorite take on your favorite sketch!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Love Letters Monograms

If you missed out on ordering your January Love Letter(s), I may be able to help you out, but only if you contact me this weekend!
Since my "baby" loves the color blue, we decided to use Glacier card stock to cut flowers for her monogram rather than use the pink flowers included in each kit.  She also did not want a name/word banner on her letter.
To create the rose gold flower centers, I used a regular hole punch to cut out pieces from the sticker sheet.  Then I used Liquid Glass to give them dimension.  The Glacier centers are from the Chelsea Gardens collection.
Again, these letters may still be available this weekend while supplies last, but you must contact me!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Sunny Thoughts

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month blog hop featuring the cheerful Sunny Thoughts stamp set! (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Jean's blog.  From here, you'll visit Carol T.'s blog next.)
Of course I had to use a sun CTMH/Cricut cut (from the Artbooking cartridge) to coordinate with the Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  I cut this sunrise at 4" from Canary card stock, and  I stamped the sentiment in Glacier onto the card front, and then splattered gold shimmer brush onto the card front and the Canary sun.
NOTE: Be careful squeezing your shimmer brush to be able to splatter it onto your card front!  I ended up with a huge blog on my sentiment, so that card went in the trash.

My second card front went much better, so I mounted the sun rays onto the pretty Glacier patterned paper from the Chelsea Gardens collection.
I wish you could see the pretty shimmer on this card in person, because it is so difficult to photograph!  You'll notice that I finished the card with a piece of Whimsy Glacier & Gold ribbon.
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}
Thank you for visiting!  I'd love a comment before you visit Carol's blog next!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

National Papercrafting Month Layout Challenge: Bella

Close To My Heart is celebrating National Papercrafting Month in grand style with the Love Letters campaign, and I've joined a Facebook group with lots of fun challenges this weekend in honor of National Papercrafting Month.  The first challenge is a layout challenge based on this sketch: http://bit.ly/npmvclayout2018
These photos of when we "adopted" our 3rd beagle, Bella, fit this sketch challenge well!  I used the Basics Fundamentals paper pack plus Basics card stock.  The gold letters and dots are from last year's National Papercrafting Month wreath special!
The dog tag and puppy were cut from the CTMH/Cricut Artistry cartridge.
The puppy paws were stamped in Toffee from the retired Love My Dog stamp set.  Can you see the red shimmer trim I used for the heart underlay on that sweet puppy?  Speaking of sweet puppies, we are really glad that Bella came into our lives last year!

Monday, January 22, 2018

H2H Challenges: Tool Time

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge is a tool challenge: the shimmer brush!  I have had lots of fun with the new Chelsea Gardens collection and my shimmer brushes.
This card uses the Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking stamp set with a new sketch from the new Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4.  Photographing the shimmer brush is difficult, but hopefully you can see the pretty sparkles in the close ups.
The following cards use the Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking stamp set.

 I loved the addition of the gold shimmer brush on the Happy letters!
 I used both shimmer brushes on the butterfly.

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy these cards.  Grab your shimmer brush and get creating!  You have all month to play long with the H2H blog.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Featured Paper Blog Hop: Chelsea Gardens

Welcome to the gorgeous Chelsea Gardens featured paper blog hop!  You are going to fall in love with this beautiful collection if you haven't already!  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from RaNae's blog.  From here you'll visit Kathleen's blog next.)
My baby card shows a little different side to Chelsea Gardens!  My first cousin's daughter (my flower girl!) just had her first baby, so I made this card for them.  For the card background, I cut the Glacier striped piece to 4-1/4"x5" with the zip strip still on the paper so that it would make a base.
This adorable elephant is on the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge, and I cut the base from Glacier card stock at 2-1/4" and then the top from the pretty patterned paper.  I adhered him with thin 3D foam strips.  Notice how I didn't glue his ear down and folded it out just a little.
The "Welcome Baby" banner was cut at 1-1/2" (base from Glacier card stock and "string" from Pebble card stock).
The pretty gems are also from Chelsea Gardens, and I added the Whimsy Glacier ribbon.

Now here is the card for my first cousin, the first-time grandparents.  It is based on Pattern 5 from the new Make It From You Heart, Vol. 4 card sketch how-to guide.
I used the same patterned paper base (minus the zip strip) and then cut down one of the cards from the collection from 3"x4" to 3"x3" to make the gray frame.  The elephant is obviously the same cut, but at 2-3/4" with the Chelsea Gardens "linen" paper for the elephant.  The sentiment is from the (retired) CTMH/Cricut Artfully Sent collection, stamped in Charcoal.
Thanks for letting me share this twist on Chelsea Gardens.  Here are a few other cards I've made with Chelsea Gardens:
 {You can read more about them HERE.}

I'd love a comment before you go see Kathleen's Chelsea Gardens project!  I'm linking these cards up to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #317 Something New for this new Cricut cut I've never used and to the Heart2Heart Challenge Something New.  Thanks for hopping by!


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