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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Three Amigos January 2017 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.

The new year brings new challenges to our hop. This month we are creating a project using the Sugar Rush Paper Pack and/or color palette. I created a double z-fold card using Glacier Cardstock as the base and three patterns from the B&T Duos. Glacier is not a listed color for this paper pack, but it was a better fit for my card.


This was my first attempt at a double z-fold card, and I was surprised at how quickly it came together! The donut whipped up in no time using the thin Cuts. I used the masking technique to stamp both sentiments in two colors.



If you look closely, you can see that I layered the heart design washi tape over the pomegranate washi tape from the Sugar Rush Washi Pack to create an extra little "ribbon" banner. The Sugar Rush Dots add a bit of sparkle to the front as well.


I added the layered washi tape to the inside banner too. I thought about adding more bling, but decided to stamp the little heart trio near the bottom instead.


Thank you for stopping by today! Hop on over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created this month!

Supplies Used:
Z3300 Sugar Rush Cardmaking Bundle
X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Pack
1385 Whit Daisy Cardstock
X5932 Cashmere Cardstock
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
Z2175 Cashmere Ink
Z2641 Glacier Ink
Z2653 Pomegranate Ink
Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots
Z3311 Sugar Rush Washi Pack
Z697 Sponge
Z1204 Bone Folder
Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z3022 3L E-Z Dots Adhesive

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New Products!

Happy New Year! We are starting off the year with new products, a great Stamp Of The Month, and a National Papercrafting Month special you won't want to miss!

The new paper packs in the Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book will knock your socks off! The featured paper pack for January, Sugar Rush, lives up to it's name with yummy designs that can be used for all of your celebrations.

Take a look at the featured artwork for the January SOTM, Adore You. Each Idea Book has a coordinating recipe guide so you can easily duplicate your favorite designs.




Chase away the winter blues with the Welcome Home wreath kit. You can purchase the kit for $18.95 or earn it FREE with a qualifying $60 purchase.



Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check back on January 3rd for the Three Amigos Blog Hop!

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