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.}

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!


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