Saturday, April 21, 2018

Featured Paper Blog Hop: Gimme Some Sugar

The April featured paper blog hop is showcasing the Gimme Some Sugar collection!  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Kara's blog.  From here, you'll visit Shirley's blog next.)  I have had so much fun with this paper pack!
This layout my daughter's budding cooking skills (with complete details HERE).

Gimme Some Sugar and March's stamp of the month Birthday Bash (more details HERE).

This card features vellum and the pretty Peacock-trimmed white ribbon (with more details HERE).

Gimme Some Sugar paired with the Be-YOU-tiful Picture My Life cards (ABOVE and BELOW).

Hopefully my projects help show how versatile the Gimme Some Sugar collection is!  I'd love a comment before you hop on over to visit Shirley's blog next!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Picture My Life Hop

Pocket scrapbooking is such a cool concept that Close To My Heart is offering Picture My Life cards in all of its paper collections, plus you can buy packs of cards (and coordinating page protectors).  You're going to find lots of great ideas for using Picture My Life cards on this blog hop!  (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Jen's blog.  From here, you'll visit Melissa's blog next.)
My first project will go an in 8"x10" picture frame and will be given to some friends who have an adorable, almost-seven-year-old daughter.  This PML card from the Be-YOU-tiful set suits her so much!  I paired it with pieces of the Gimme Some Sugar collection, Peacock card stock (to offset Norah's gorgeous red hair) and pink pearls in honor of her June birthday.
This PML Be-YOU-tiful project is a 6"x8" sign (using a My Everyday Life page protector) that is hanging in my closet.  (Read all about it HERE.)
My final project is a set of cards using the PML cards from the Make Waves collection and the Southern Sass stamp set.  (Read more about this set HERE.)

Picture My Life cards are so versatile!  Use them in any of your papercrafting projects!  I'd love for you to leave a comment before you hop on over to Melissa's blog next!  Thank you!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Creative with Cards

Are you familiar with pocket scrapbooking and/or Close To My Heart's Picture My Life cards?  The cards are sold sets of 4"x6" and 3"x4" cards that you can incorporate into your scrapbooking or really any type of papercrafting project.  You also now get two sheets of cards in every paper pack (that you cut apart yourself.)  You're going to see lots of creative ways to use these fun pieces of ready-made art along this month's technique blog hop.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Debi's blog next.)
I decided to use this sentiment card from the Be-YOU-tiful Picture My Life collection to make a sign for my closet.  The pretty white stripes are actually one of the clear Picture My Life Overlays- White Frames.  To hold the clear overlay on the project, I added the white gems on three of the corners and then used a glue dot underneath each one.  (The fourth corner got a cutout from the Gimme Some Sugar paper).  I layered the sentiment panel onto a mat and base of Gimme Some Sugar paper.
I strategically made this project to measure 6"x8" to fit into an Everyday Life page protector "frame."  A little Juniper twine from the Whimsy ribbon collection lets this "picture" hang from a command hook.

I hope you like my little project.  I'd love to know what you think before you head off to see how DEBI is getting Creative with Cards!  (Just click on her name to hop on over.)  Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, April 2, 2018

H2H Challenges: Birthday Bash

No fooling, the first April Heart2Heart Challenge is Birthday Bash!  You don't have to have the March stamp of the month to join this challenge.  (By the way, did you know that your consultant can order a previous month's special through the 5th of the following month while supplies last?)
I made this stair card to celebrate a special friend's 60th birthday.  I used March stamp of the month, Birthday Bash, paired with the Gimme Some Sugar collection.
Here is a side view of this card and its elements.
These balloons were cut with the CTMH/Cricut Artistry collection with Juniper cardstock and Bashful glitter paper.
More Bashful glitter paper...
The gold shimmer brush really makes Tangerine ink POP!
If you look closely, you can see how the gold shimmer brush highlights "happy" in the Peacock sentiment.
Because this card wasn't a "typical" size, I created an envelope with matching B&T paper.

Be sure to check out all of the H2H Designers' "Birthday Bash" inspiration and join us!  You have all month to join any of the April challenges!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Color Your Life

Welcome to the April stamp of the month, Color My Life, blog hop! (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Brenda's blog.  From here you'll head to Krista's blog for another great project.  Continue hopping from consultant to consultant for lots of great ideas!)
My project is an 8x10 sign that I am going to post in my classroom.  It is inspired by the book Wonder that I read with my 4th graders at the beginning of the year (and we were fortunate to get to go see the movie together!).  If you haven't read this book, then I highly encourage you to do so!  Because the main character, Auggie, is a huge fan of outer space, I chose to use the Star Gazer collection for my project with the April stamp of the month.
I used Pacifica ink to stamp "have" with a rainbow technique of first and second generation.  I stamped "courage" and "kind" with Archival Black so that I could color them more easily.  The arrow is stamped with Pewter ink.  I stamped "and be" with Canary and Poppy inks.
To color "courage," I first used my waterbrush and Pacifica inks to lightly watercolor each letter.  I then filled in the details with my Marina Shin-Han Twin Touch marker and Sapphire ink with my waterbrush.  For "kind" I used the same techniques with Canary and Poppy inks and Golden Yellow, Marigold, and Carmine Shin-Han Twin Touch markers.  I finished off this sign with Stargazer gems, Whisper thick twine, and blue burlap ribbon.

Thanks for hopping by!  Please leave a comment before heading off to Krista's blog to continue the hop!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}

Monday, March 19, 2018

H2H Challenges: Rainbows

This week's Heart2Heart Challenge is rainbows!  I decided to try a softer take using the Whimsy collection.
From top to bottom, the colors (from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection) are Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Glacier, and Thistle.  I used the Whimsy ribbon on the bottom half of the card and added gold and silver shimmer trim.  (What?!?  Silver?!?  Yes, after coloring it with my Tender Pink marker it matches Pixie well.  I maybe should have added a band on the Sorbet piece also.)

To stamp my sentiment (from D1740, Inspired Words), I inked up the first line with Sweet Leaf, the rest of the stamp with Crystal Blue, and the very bottom line with Thistle.  I matted it on a piece of gold glitter paper.

Be sure to visit the H2H blog to see our design team's inspiration and to share your own rainbow project.  You have all month to play along with this and each of our March challenges!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here is the card I mailed to our daughter in college.  The shamrock bunch and vase are both cut from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market collection.  I love how our cardstock is now two-toned!  It is easy to reverse the cut of your image so that you don't have to flip your cardstock on your Cricut mat. 

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Featured Paper Blog Hop: Stargazer

This month's featured paper collection is STARGAZER.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Kathleen's blog.  From here you'll visit Julie's blog next.)
My 9-year-old nephew needed a birthday card recently, so here is what he helped me make!  We used the CTMH/Crict Artistry collection for the fun sentiment.  He loved the shimmer trim strips.  (The stars are retired but a great fit for a fun birthday card.)
While I usually prefer sharing layouts with photos, this Stargazer layout is still "generic" enough for me to decide what photos and stamping to add later.

Thank you for visiting!  Be sure to check out all the great ways that you can the Stargazer collection on this blog hop.  After leaving me a comment, please visit Julie's blog next.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop: Purposeful Patterns

Close To My Heart has recently released two new how-to sketch guides, Make It From Your Heart Vol. 3 for scrappers and Vol. 4 for card makers.  This month's technique blog hop is featuring creations made with CTMH's awesome how-to books.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melissa's blog.  From here, you'll visit Debi next.)
My projects feature the Gimme Some Sugar collection.  I paired my photos with the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 3 sketch 5 and the Cut Above Kitchen Traditions bundle stamp set.
On the left page, I cut down one of the Picture My Life cards from the paper pack to fit the sketch and shared a photo from our church youth fundraiser Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
On the right page, I stamped my title in Peacock with Bashful accents.  The pretty cork shapes are part of the Gimme Some Sugar collection.  (BTW, Macey made THE BEST snickerdoodles I have ever eaten!)
Here is a layout using the same Gimme Some Sugar collection paired with the March stamp of the month, Birthday Time, celebrating my birthday last year.  This sketch is based on the MIFYH, Vol. 3I, sketch 3.  You can find out more HERE.

If you' re not using our purposeful patterns, what are you waiting for?  Continue on the hop after leaving me a comment by visiting Debi's blog next!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Scrapbook 2018: January Layout

This year, I am offering a special series to my customers to create a "year-in-review" scrapbook with a layout for each month, title page, etc.  We are meeting once a month, and I am excited to have completed my January 2018 layout!
We used the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 3 for the sketch.  My January color palette is White Daisy, Glacier, and Peacock.  We are using the month series stamps (retired, but special offer last year) to customize each layout.  We used both the Enchantment Fundamentals and Chelsea Gardens plus card stock for this layout.
Silver glitter dots and shimmer trim were a great compliment for these frosty, wintry colors.
Thanks for letting me share with you.  I have one spot left if anyone local would like to join this monthly group.

Monday, March 5, 2018

H2H Challenges: Seasonal Expressions 1 Cover Challenge

The first March Heart 2 Heart challenge is using the Seasonal Expressions 1 cover as your inspiration.
The Chelsea Gardens collection on the cover is my favorite from this Idea Book, and I have enjoyed creating many projects with it, but today I am featuring something a little different.
These pots of succulents never need watering!  Guests as my open house last month each made their own mini pot to take home.
The succulents were cut from the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market cartridge with Sweet Leaf, Fern, and Juniper card stock. 
Once cut, I sponged the edges either with the same ink or a contrasting ink. (I really ended up loving Pomegranate sponged onto a Fern succulent!)
Everything is stuck together with Liquid Glass.  (Just remember that this stuff will hold anything but dries shiny and wet-looking.)
I bought the moss in the craft section of my local big box store, and the terracotta pots came from the garden center.

Thanks for letting me share a fun home decor project with you that you can literally make, place where you like, and practically forget about having to care for it!  Be sure to see all of the inspiration from the H2H designers, and join us this month!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Stamp of the Month: Birthday Time

It's my birthday month, and Close To My Heart has an adorable celebratory stamp of the month, Birthday Time!  Join me and my group of CTMH consultant bloggers as we celebrate with a Birthday Time blog hop.  Hopping is easy- just follow the links for great ideas. (If you're already hopping, then you've probably arrived from Brandi's blog.  From here you'll continue the hop by going to Michelle's blog next.  When you get back to me, you'll know you've completed the entire hop!)
I created two projects already with this adorable, celebratory stamp set, paired with the Gimme Some Sugar collection.  First is a layout from my birthday last year.  I used the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 3 Pattern 3 to showcase my four pictures.  I did add in gold shimmer trim.
On the left page, I stamped images with Juniper and Tangerine inks. In addition to the cork shapes from the Gimme Some Sugar collection, I added gold shimmer trim and glitter dots.
On the right page, I stamped images in Juniper, Bashful, and Pixie.  My journaling box is matted on one of the PML cards that comes with this paper pack.
My next project is an M-fold card.  I started with a base of Bashful card stock (5.5"x11") that I scored at 1-1/4", 4", and 6-3/4".  I cut the pretty Gimme Some Sugar papers to fit on each panel.  The sentiment banner measures 1-3/4" for the White Daisy stamped piece and 2" for the Juniper base.  Can you see how I used my Pink Shimmer Brush on the "happy" portion?
Here is the inside of the card, stretched open.

Thank you for helping me celebrate the Birthday Time stamp of the month and my birthday!  I'd love a comment before you leave.  Now go see how MICHELLE is celebrating with Birthday Time!
{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


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