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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.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Whimsy Fundamentals Cards

One of the things I love about my CTMH sisters is their willingness to share. Kelly English-Triggs was a presenter at our convention this year, and she shared a card workshop featuring the new Whimsy and Adventure Fundamentals paper collections. I put together three of the cards using Whimsy papers. Of course, I inked all of my paper edges and decorated the inside of my cards as well.

The first card uses a drapery fold as a backdrop for flowers and a sentiment. I used the Shimmer Brush on the flowers, which were cut using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge and layered.



The second card uses three colors (Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, and Pixie) of the same pattern. The tag for the sentiment is popped up with 3-D foam tape.



The final card uses a very subtle combination of the Glacier stripe and Glacier watercolor print papers with Whiper cardstock. 



All of the cards have sentiments from the Happy Heart stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used:
A1192 Happy Heart
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals
X5751 Sorbet Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
Z2782 Whisper Ink Pad
Z2844 Pixie Ink Pad
Z2817 Crystal Blue Ink Pad
X254 White Daisy Value Pack Cards with Envelopes
Z3029 Grey Enamel Gems
Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine
Z3169 Cricut Artbooking Collection
Z3293 Shimmer Brush-Clear
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z2089 Memory Book Micro Glue Dots

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Three Amigos August 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 theme of three continues this month with the challenge of using three folds on our project. I pulled out new products from the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book. If you haven't had the opportunity to look through the idea book yet, you're in for a treat. CTMH introduced a new Color of the Year called Sea Glass. They are right on trend, because I see this color everywhere I go.


I made an easel card with Sea Glass Cardstock as the base. You'll see the three folds in the side view below. I layered Sea Glass Glitter Paper onto White Daisy Cardstock to created the two panels for my card. The adorable cupcake and sentiment are from the new Sweet Birthday stamp set. I heat embossed the cupcake and party hat using Versamark Ink and Gold Embossing Powder. The images are water colored using our ink pads, paint brushes, and lots of water. I squeezed a bit of ink into the lid of the pad, dipped my brush into water, picked up some ink, and painted away. My little cupcake rests on a banner cut from a design included in the Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack.


This is the view from the side. I scored a 4.25 x 12" piece of Sea Glass Cardstock at 1.5", 3", and 6". The overall dimension of the card when folded is 4.25 x 5.5".  If you look closely, you'll see that I inked the edges of the card base, white panels, and glitter paper with the Sea Glass Mini Pigment Ink Pad. The banner and sentiment piece are inked with Smoothie Ink. The banner, cupcake, and sentiment are all popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. 

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

Supplies Used:
B1532 Sweet Birthday
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack
X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Z2507 Sea Glass Mini Pigment Ink Pad
Z2641 Glacier Ink Pad
Z2165 Juniper Ink Pad
Z2196 Smoothie Ink Pad
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Z2066 Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Have a Purr-fect Birthday

The August Stamp of The Month, Purr-fect Halloween, is so cute! I'm not quite ready to make Halloween themed projects, but that cute cat is "purr-fect" for a birthday card.


I stamped the cat onto a scrap of Saffron patterned paper from the Florence paper pack, cut him out, and popped him up on the front of my card. His bow-tie is made out of two of the banner pieces stamped onto Ruby patterned paper and fussy cut. I added a sequin to the center of the bow-tie. The background is a PML card included in the Florence paper pack. I did a little masking for the sentiment. "Have a purr-fect" is from the SOTM set and "Birthday!" is from a new stamp set called Sweet Birthday.


Of course, I had to decorate the inside of the card too! The "#BESTBIRTHDAYEVER" sentiment is included in the Wise Guy Birthday stamp set.


I love that the cat looks like he's sitting in a bed of flowers!

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back tomorrow for the monthly Three Amigos Blog Hop!

Supplies used:
S1608 Purr-fect Halloween SOTM
B1532 Sweet Birthday
C1662 Wise Guy Birthday
X7208B Florence Paper Pack
X5778 Saffron Cardstock
Z2105 Black Ink Pad
Z2649 Peacock Ink Pad
Z2651 Saffron Ink Pad
Z2170 Ruby Ink Pad
Z3213 Florence Sequins
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
X1410 Colonial White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack

Monday, August 1, 2016

2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book is Here!

Hi there! Have you had a chance to look at the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book yet? It's full of gorgeous new Fundamentals Papers, stamp sets, ribbon (YAY!), and embellishments. Here are two cards we created at our annual convention this year using some of the new Enchantment Fundamentals papers, new All The Thanks stamp set, and Enchantment Ribbon Pack. The workshop creates 64 cards from one Fundamentals pack (8 each of 8 designs)! The cards are super easy to make, and the sentiments can be switched up as well. I will share more of the cards as the month progresses.



I added shimmer trim behind the twine on the Sapphire card to make it stand out a bit more.


The new stitched peacock ribbon is one of my faves. Oh, who am I kidding?! They are ALL my faves!


I decorated the insides too.


Thanks for stopping by today. If you have some time, check out the new idea book. You won't be disappointed!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Magical Mini Album

Studio time has been at a premium for me this month. I pulled out my Magical Paper Pack last week to make a mini album to hold a few pictures from convention. I finally finished the album this morning. I shared a similar album a couple years ago.



The base of the album is made using one sheet of 12x12 black cardstock, scored and cut. I found a Sticky Boy (the CTMH mascot) stamp at convention and decided he should adorn the cover of my album. I stamped Sticky Boy and Convention 2016 with black ink and heat embossed it with clear detail embossing powder.


This is the view when the front cover is opened. The buttons on the flaps are punched out of cardstock and sewn on with white twine to reduce the bulk.


The mini album opens up to reveal three sections. The first section is a pocket holding a journaling tag. The middle and right sections open up to reveal more photo spots.


We had so much fun at convention this year! Next year the CTMH convention will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Would you like to join the fun? Visit my website for details about joining my team and the great consultant sign up special going on until July 31st.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used:
X7209B Magical Paper Pack
X7209C Magical Compliments
Z3214 Magical Sequins
C1676 Convention 2016 (Exclusive Stamp Set)
Z2105 Black Ink
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Z2162 Honey Ink
Z2648 Sapphire Ink
Z891 Versamark Ink
Z2088 Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder
Z3216 White Twine
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3197 Black and Gold Ribbon
Z697 Sponge
Z1912 Corner Rounder
Z3131 Thumb Notch Punch
Z2060 3-D Foam Tape
Button Punch (Martha Stewart)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Three Amigos July 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 continuing our theme of three by using three fonts on our projects. Since the three of us recently returned from our convention at Disney World, I pulled out my Magical Paper Packet to make my project. As I flipped through my Idea Book looking for inspiration for three fonts, I stumbled upon the Beyond Awesome stamp set. The sentiment I used contains three different fonts. The design of my card was inspired by one of our convention make and take projects.



I didn't want to leave the inside of the card blank, so I pulled out the Crazy Good stamp set and added a few banners.


I stamped the "Awesome" sentiment using Sapphire Ink and then again using Cranberry Ink. I fussy cut the cranberry Awesome banner and used thin 3-D foam tape to pop it up over the sapphire stamped banner.


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

Supplies Used:
D1661 Crazy Good
C1644 Beyond Awesome
X7209B Magical Paper Pack
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Z2648 Sapphire Ink
Z3214 Magical Sequins
Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape