Monday, March 27, 2017

You Are Tea-rrific

What do you do when you hit a creative slump? To break out of my slump, I grabbed the March SOTM, Tea-rrific, and created a card. I kept the process simple to begin with, choosing the colors and card design. Sea Glass and White Daisy are the feature colors on this card, with touches of Whisper and Ruby.


I added texture to the front of the card using the Wood Slats Embossing Folder, Sea Glass Glitter Paper, heat embossing the sentiment, and popping the teacup with Thin 3-D Foam tape. I stamped the sentiment with the Whisper Mini Pigment Ink Pad and used Clear Superfine Embossing Powder. The patterned paper is from the Dreamin' Big Paper Pack.


I stamped the teacup with Juniper Ink for a subtle tone-on-tone look. I used a Copic marker (BG10 Cool Shadow) to add a bit of shading. To add a light touch of color to the tag, I squeezed ink into the lids of my Whisper and Ruby Ink Pads, spritzed with water, and used the Small Round Waterbrush to gently apply color. I also added a little Whisper "wash" behind the cup.


Coordinating the inside of the card adds a finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used:
S1603 Tea-rrific Stamp of The Month
X7218B Dreamin' Big Paper Packet
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Z2865 Juniper Ink Pad
Z2870 Ruby Ink Pad
Z2872 Whisper Ink Pad
Z2503 Basics Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z3248 Wood Slats Embossing Folder
Z3224 Waterbrush-Small Round
Z3216 White Twine
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1979 Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen
Other: Copic Sketch BG10 Cool Shadow

Friday, March 3, 2017

Three Amigos March 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.

Our projects feature the Dreamin' Big paper pack or coordinating colors this month. Dreamin' Big is my favorite collection in this Seasonal Expressions. The vibrant colors and versatile patterns catch my eye. I made a shaker card following the Originals: Clockwork pattern and using the Circle Thin Cuts, which happen to be on sale this month.



I stamped the lady bugs from the Dreamin' Big- Cardmaking stamp set, colored the spots, head and antennae with my journaling pen, and cut then out with the coordinating Thin Cuts.


I cut apart a 3x3 flip flap to use as the clear front on my shaker panel. Along with the ladybugs, I filled the shaker with retired sequins I had in my stash. Three Black Enamel Dots outline the shaker panel. The sentiment is also from the Dreamin' Big- Cardmaking stamp set.



I added a few more circles to the edges of the inside panel to finish off the card.

Thanks for Hopping by today! Be sure to check out Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created this month. See Lisa's post for information about our coming challenge and a giveaway for March!

Supplies Used:
X7218B Dreamin' Big Paper Packet
Z3303 Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
Z2851 Saffron Ink
Z2852 Poppy Ink
Z2872 Whisper Ink
Z3234 3x3 Flip Flaps
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
Z3314 Black & White Dots
Z1979 Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen
9036 Originals Card Confidence Program
X254 White Daisy Cards and Envelopes Value Pack

Friday, February 3, 2017

Three Amigos February 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.

Our projects this month feature the beautiful Hello Lovely paper pack or featured colors in the pack. I pulled out my Reflections Scrapbook Program book and selected a pattern to showcase one of my favorite family photos. The photograph was taken by my niece, Emilee, owner of Sage Photography in Kansas City.





The pattern I selected is called Bottom Border-Tucked In. I kept my embellishments to a minimum because I wanted the focus to be on the photo. To bring some of the color from the lower patterned paper to the top, I triple matted my photo and created a small cluster of banners.




The title is a PML card included in the paper pack, trimmed down and matted. I inserted the title piece into a flip flap so I could add hidden journaling.




Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to hop over to Lisa's blog and Donna's blog to see what they created this month!

Supplies used:
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Pack
X7216C Hello Lovely Complements
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
X5777 Fern Cardstock
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
Z2172 Whisper Ink
Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon
Z3231 Memory Protectors Flip Flaps 4x6
Z697 Sponge
9037 Reflections Scrapbook Program
Opaque Pearls (Retired)

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