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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Three Amigos December 2016 Blog Hop


Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog hop.  We are three Close to My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping and would like to share our creative ideas with you.  On the 3rd of each month we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project.  There are only three stops on this hop so it will only take a few minutes to hop through.

This month we are using three embellishments on our projects. Lisa has been trying to get me to enter challenges for ages now, so this month I am linking my card to the Glitter & Bling challenge at Between The Folds Weekly Challenges.



This card has been dancing around in my head for a while now. Once I sat down to make it, it came together quite quickly. I knew I wanted to use the shimmery champagne ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon Pack and some Bitty Sparkles for two of my embellishments, but had a hard time deciding on a third. I finally chose the white Enamel Gems (they are included in the Grey Enamel Gems package). I cut the snowflakes from White and Sea Glass Glitter Papers using the Snowflakes Thin Cuts.



Cashmere isn't one of the coordinating colors listed with the Oh Deer! paper pack, but after trying Bamboo and Desert Sand, i found that it gave the card the feel I was looking for. Did you notice something I didn't do to my card? If you know me well, you know that I ink the edges of everything! I wanted to keep this card simple and clean, so I ditched the ink this time. I'm happy with the result!


Here's a detail shot of the shimmer and bling. I love the Glitter Paper!

Go try the challenge at Between The Folds Weekly Callenges. Let me know if you do, so I can see what you made. Before you take off, make sure you hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created this month!

Supplies Used:
X7241B Oh Deer! Paper Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5932 Cashmere Cardstock
Z3237 White Glitter Paper
Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems
Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Friday, December 2, 2016

Just a Few Projects

If you are anything like me, you look through the idea book and want to recreate the artwork inside. Close To My Heart has an amazing art department! Each Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Seasonal Expressions has a list of all of the supplies used for each piece of art. They even include Cricut cut sizes when a CTMH cartridge was used. How cool is that?!? You can find the recipes under each idea book and save the PDF file for future reference.

Today I am sharing a few projects I made in September and October, but didn't get around to sharing. Two of them are Halloween themed, but I want to show how you I made the basic designs with just a few minor changes.




I surprised some of my scrapbooking friends in September by showing up at the monthly crop. I miss that crop and all of my scrapping friends like you wouldn't believe! While I was there, we chose a card from the Idea Book to recreate. Take a look at the heart balloon card on page 15. I didn't have the Whimsy Fundamentals with me, so we made the card using Adventure Fundamentals.The only things we changed about the card are the colors and the sentiment.


You'll find this layout on page 10 of the Holiday Expressions. I happened to be looking through some photos of my oldest daughter and immediately knew this picture would be perfect for this layout design. I used the flowers from the Sugar Skull stamp set, but decided the cat and sentiment from the August SOTM were a better fit. I embossed the sentiment and hat with black embossing powder, and the cat with silver embossing powder. The cat and the hat are cut out from patterned paper included in the Jeepers Creepers paper Pack.




I made cards to mail to my girls at college this year too. The design is part of the Workshops Your Way kit. Instead of using the white card bases, I chose to make bases from Black Cardstock instead. I matted the sentiment piece in black and cut it with a banner notch. I also decorated the insides and the envelopes. They loved them, which proves they are never too old for handmade cards and a package full of candy!

I hope you try recreating some of the artwork in our idea books too!

Supplies Used:
Balloon Love card:
C1660 Happy For You
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
X5790 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
Z2805 Black Ink Pad
Z2810 Blossom Ink Pad
Z2812 Raspberry Ink Pad
Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack
Z3285 Flower Market Cricut Collection (Sentiment Stamp Set)
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Jeepers Creepers Layout:
D1698 Sugar Skull
S1608 Purr-fect Halloween SOTM (Retired)
X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Pack
1386 Black Cardstock
X5790 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
Z4009 Jeepers Creepers Assortment
Z2013 Silver Sequins
Z2457 Marigold YR24 Shin Han Marker
Z2452 Golden Yellow Y222 Shin Han Marker
Z2454 Leaf Green GY234 Shin Han Marker
Z2450 Cherry Pink R5 Shin Han Marker
Z891 Tsukineko VersaMark Pad
Z2067 Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Black Embossing Powder (retired)

Jeepers Creepers Cards:
Z4006 Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle
X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Pack
1386 Black Cardstock
X5786 Tangerine Cardstock
Z2805 Black Ink Pad
Z2086 Emerald Ink Pad
Z2087 Willow Ink Pad
Z2809 Tangerine Ink Pad
Z2812 Raspberry Ink Pad
Z4010 Jeepers Creepers Washi Pack
X254 White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
Z1979 Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Specials

I'm not sure what I did to bump the Black Friday sale post to today. Blogger is acting a little finicky for me this morning. Here are the specials for December.


So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!


The December SOTM, Thoughtful Flowers is available to purchase at regular price,
or you can get it for $5 with a $50 purchase!

I'm hoping to share a card I made a little later today. My daughter still has my camera, so I'm relying on my phone camera right now.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Scrapping!

Black Friday: Surprise Stash

Love getting a great deal on crafting supplies to add to your stash? For Black Friday this year, you’ll have the opportunity to get amazing crafting supplies at an amazing price with Close To My Heart! For 24 hours only, we’ll feature themed mystery boxes filled with retired Close To My Heart products, all at a major discount! These mystery boxes will have five different price points ranging from $35 to $150, with some mystery boxes being offered at 50% off the retail value! All mystery boxes will be available beginning November 25, 2016 at 12:00 am (MST) while supplies last—so grab a box for your stash before they’re gone!


http://paper-menagerie.closetomyheart.com/ctmh/promotions/campaigns/1611-black-friday-surprise-stash.aspx


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Three Amigos November 2016 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog hop.  We are three Close to My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping and would like to share our creative ideas with you.  On the 3rd of each month we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project.  There are only three stops on this hop so it will only take a few minutes to hop through.

Our challenge for November is to create a layout with three photos. The hardest part of this layout was deciding which papers I wanted to use with my photos. After pulling out nearly every current paper I own, I finally settled on the black and white polka dot print from the Uptown Fundamentals, the birch bark print from Oh Deer!, and two zip strips from Swan Lake. The gold foil on some of the embellishments kept reflecting the light. The close up of each page will show the embellishment clusters better.



I kept my embellishments to a minimum on this layout, using Swan Lake Compliments and Grey Enamel Gems. The white space below my feature photo will contain my journaling. 


Recognize the embellishment cluster on this page? I copied it from a Swan Lake layout in the Holiday Expressions. I used Gold Glitter Paper for the word love to tie in with the gold foil accents, cutting it with the Love Thin Cuts.


Thanks for hopping by! Hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created for you.

Supplies Used:
X7212B Swan Lake Paper Pack
X7214B Oh Deer! Paper Pack
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals
1272 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
1385 Cranberry Cardstock
Z2172 Whisper Ink
X7212C Swan Lake Compliments
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems
Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper
Z3257 Love Thin Cuts




Monday, October 3, 2016

Three Amigos October 2016 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog hop.  We are three Close to My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping and would like to share our creative ideas with you.  On the 3rd of each month we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project.  There are only three stops on this hop so it will only take a few minutes to hop through.

This month's challenge is to use three textures on our project. I put together a single page layout using the Swan Lake Paper Pack and added texture with the Swan Lake and All Together Complements. I incorporated a little bit of Black Glitter Paper, embossed vellum, and some white Enamel Gems from the grey assortment.




I trimmed down a Picture My Life Overlay to fit over my photo. The sentiment on the card set the theme for the layout.




I used the Hearts Thin Cuts again this month to cut the Ruby heart for my layout. The "Together" copper foil vellum piece came from the All Together Complements. I stamped the names and "#SELFIE" on vellum with copper pigment ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. The All Together Complements also include kraft embellishments, so I used Kraft Cardstock to mat my photo.




Thanks for hopping by! Hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created for you.

Supplies Used:
B1539 Pen Pal Alphabet
D1707 Let's Go
X7212B Swan Lake Paper Pack
X7212C Swan Lake Complements
Z3267 All Together Complements
X5927 Ruby Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
Z3236 Black Glitter Paper
Z2170 Ruby Ink
Z2172 Whisper Ink
Z3283 PML Overlays-White Frames
Z3260 Hearts Thin Cuts
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems
Z1979 Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen
Z2088 Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Other: Brilliance Cosmic Copper Pigment Ink Pad, Vellum

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Three Amigos September 2016 Blog Hop



Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog hop.  We are three Close to My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping and would like to share our creative ideas with you.  On the 3rd of each month we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project.  There are only three stops on this hop so it will only take a few minutes to hop through.

This month we are featuring three techniques on our projects. My nephew is getting married today, so I thought I would share the wedding card I made for him and his new bride. I incorporated dry embossing, heat embossing, and direct-to-paper ink distressing into my card.



The top portion of the card features our Sea Glass cardstock embossed with the Confetti Embossing Folder. I used the Shimmer Brush to add sparkle to each of the embossed dots, but the camera didn't pick up the shimmery effect. The sentiment from the Wedding Wishes stamp set is heat embossed on the wood patterned paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals Collection. I added crochet ribbon from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack. The hearts are cut from Sea Glass Glitter Paper using the new Hearts Thin Cuts.  I wanted the hearts to have a little dimension, so I cut three extra layers from Sea Glass cardstock and adhered them together.






I used the Mini Sea Glass Pigment Ink Pad to stamp the inside sentiment.
Thanks for hopping by! Hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created for you.