Saturday, June 3, 2017

Three Amigos June 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

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. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month we are sharing projects using the No Worries paper pack (papers or featured colors) from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. The featured colors are cashmere, glacier, lagoon, sapphire, whisper, and white daisy.
The colors in this paper pack are perfect for a masculine card. I paired the herringbone basket-weave patterned paper with cashmere, sapphire, and white daisy cardstocks. I heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder, spattered it with cashmere ink, and popped up the "are really really" banner. I enhanced the visual texture of the patterned paper with white and blue burlap ribbon and blue enamel dots.


I added a few finishing touches to the inside and stamped a sentiment from the Workshops Your Way Let's Party stamp set.




Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
G1132 Workshops Your Way Let's Party Cardmaking Kit (stamp set)
G1134 Workshops Your Way Father's Day Cardmaking Kit (stamp set)
X7220B No Worries Paper Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5932 Cashmere Cardstock
X5775 Sapphire Cardstock
Z2175 Cashmere Ink
Z2648 Sapphire Ink
Z891 Versamark Ink
Z2088 Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos- Blue Dots
Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon
Z3325 Blue Burlap Ribbon
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Get Ready For A One Day Flash Sale



CTMH is so excited for the arrival of summer that they're celebrating with a one-day flash sale! You can save 30% on selected products and product bundles from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Books. The sale will begin on my website today, June 1st at 5:00pm EDT (2:00pm PDT; 3:00pm MDT; 4:00pm CDT) and will end at that same time tomorrow, June 2nd.




You'll also find a great deal on our My Legacy Albums. Purchase an album this month and get a second for 1/2 off.



On top of that, when you spend $50, you can purchase the adorable Stamp Of The Month, Hello Foxy, for $5.




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Three Amigos May 2017 Blog Hop Challenge

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. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month we are sharing projects using the Little Dreamer paper pack (papers or featured colors) from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. The featured colors are black, blossom, emerald, glacier, lagoon, lemon, tangerine, thistle, and white daisy.


I decided to make a card using a few of the featured colors (black, tangerine, thistle, and white daisy). I made a card base from thistle cardstock and lined the inside with tangerine cardstock.  I stamped flowers from the Keep Dreaming Stamp Set with black Momento ink along the bottom of a piece of white daisy cardstock using the masking technique. Then I trimmed the bottom edge, following the lines of the flower petals. I stamped and fussy cut four extra flowers. Using tangerine and thistle inks, and a couple sponge daubers, I added a touch of color to the center of each flower. The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles Stamp Set, which is part of the Flower Market Cricut Bundle.


Three of the extra flowers are popped up using thin 3-D foam tape for a little added dimension. The centers are adorned with clear sparkles.


I added the fourth extra flower to the inside of the card to finish it off.


Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
D1708 Sending Smiles (Cricut Flower Market Bundle)
D1720 Keep Dreaming
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5769 Thistle Cardstock
X5786 Tangerine Cardstock
Z2640 Thistle Ink
Z2809 Tangerine Ink
Z899 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles- Clear
Z3274 Sparkles- Clear
Z726 Sponge Daubers
Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Birthday

Hello, I'm so happy you stopped by today! Quilt patterns are a great source of inspiration for creating backgrounds on cards. I put together this card using zip strip pieces and scraps from the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack.



I added my "quilt" pieces to a black cardstock base, which made them look even more vibrant. Since the background has so much pattern going on, I kept the sentiment piece simple. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on a black pennant shape to play off of the black an white in the card. The white enamel dots mimic the white dot pattern in one of my quilt strips. I backed the black pennant with a piece of the raspberry patterned paper to make it stand out from the backdrop. The sentiment piece is adhered with dimensional foam as well.


Don't forget to decorate the inside of your cards too!

Edited to add:
I should have included my process for making the background. I drew the design on grid paper to create a template to follow. I used my clear ruler to space each piece 1/8" apart. I found it easiest to place the long blue piece toward the bottom right corner first. Hope this helps!



Have you played along with the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge yet? The challenge is simple, just create something using the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack, or any of the colors featured in that pack. I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies used:
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack
A1189 Short & Sweet Sentiments
C1662 Wise Guy Birthday
1386 Black Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2105 Black Ink
Z2172 Whisper Ink
Z891 Versamark Ink 
Z2068 Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z3314 Black & White Dots
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Monday, April 3, 2017

Three Amigos April 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. When you finish hopping, be sure to check out the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge!

This month, the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack (papers or color palette) will be the focus of our projects. I used the feature paper, and accented it with Pacifica and Black.



My daughter deserves the credit for the design of this card. We sat down together to create one day (yay!), and she cut around the hills and added a sentiment to the top left corner of her card. I loved how it was simple but with impact! I stamped my sentiment with the Black Mini Pigment Ink Pad and heat embossed with black embossing powder (you could use clear detail embossing powder too). I put liquid glass on the black areas of the "hills" to coordinate with the shine of the sentiment.


Photographing the shine was a bit of a challenge. I tried to add bling and ribbon to the front, but everything detracted from the simplicity of it. I opted to put some black and gold ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon Pack behind the front panel instead. The panel is popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape on a Pacifica Cardstock base.


I finished off the inside of the card with a few more "hills" and used a journaling pen to draw a border.

Thanks for hopping by today! Hop over to Lisa's Blog and Donna's Blog to see what they created for you, then over to the Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge. We hope you play along!

Supplies Used:
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet
X5759 Pacifica Cardstock
1385 White Daisy CS
C1674 Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Stamp Set
Z2503 Basics Mini Pigment Ink Pads Set
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z1979 Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen
Z555 Craft Heater
Other: Black Embossing Powder (retired)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hello Thin Cuts

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon wood veneer sheets on clearance at Target. I purchased them with the intention of giving them to my daughter to create with. As we were chatting on FaceTime, we were curious if they would cut with our Thin Cuts. I grabbed the Hello Thin Cut to give it a try. They cut the veneer beautifully!


I cut three more of the "hello" from Desert Sand Cardstock, then glued and stacked them. I stamped the wreath with Cocoa ink, colored the leaves with Shin Han Markers, and cut the image with the coordinating Thin Cut. I used papers from the Adventure Fundamentals and the Dreamin' Big Paper Pack.


The banner is popped up with Thin 3-D Foam Tape. I added a few Gold Glitter Gems for sparkle. I kept the inside simple, using a strip of the veneer to tie into the Thin Cut sentiment on the front.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
A1193 Wreath
CC1157 Wreath Thin Cuts
X7218B Dreamin' Big Paper Packet
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
1273 Desert Sand Cardstock
Z2814 Cocoa Ink
Z2457 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker YR24 Marigold
Z2463 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker GY235 Sap Green
Z2453 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker P83 Lavender
Z2450 Shin Han Touch Twin Marker R5 Cherry Pink
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape


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