Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Heartstrings Card

Joyful Stars Blog Hop Badge3_zpsa824a544Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

We're excited to share our creativity with you using PRODUCTS from Close To My Heart!!  

Come on in and  see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!! 

If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 
If you have arrived from my friend & CTMH sister Crystal Davis’ blog you are right on track. 

Seasonl Expression 1_2014-12_Jonah_1932330_10205228381173156_9109760821922040743_nToday I want to share with you a card using NEW Products from our Seasonal Expression 1 mini-book!  If you haven’t seen this beautiful catalog, you’ll want to head over to check it out now by clicking HERE!!  J

This book will ONLY be available for 4 months!  This means you’ll want to make sure to view these goodies before they disappear on March 31, 2015.  J

I was excited to use the BEAUTIFUL new paper pack called Heartstrings.  This paper is perfect for the month of February, but can also be used for many other occasions too!! The rose paper is just beautiful, and the paper with words is so versatile! 

I used CTMH’s Make It From the Heart, volume 2 how-to book for a card sketch to get me started.  I am so thankful for these helpful books!!  

After deciding on Pattern #25, I turned the design 1/4 turn, and created this card!
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I was so excited to see the result of using the NEW Heart 5x7 dry embossing folder on the already designed paper!  I took my sanding block, and sanded just a touch…isn’t that a FUN look?  

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I also decided to use one of my favorite new stamp sets in this mini-book “Happy to be Friends”. 
I see so many possibilities with this stamp set, and love the twigs & flowers that are included in this set!

I stamped the flower 3 times…in 3 different colors!  I used Cranberry, 2nd generation Hollyhock & Lagoon inks, and then did some fussy cutting & started layering the flowers on stop of each other.

The “Love You” was stamped in two inks…first I stamped it in Hollyhock, and stamped off to get the lighter color, and then “dipped” the stamp back into Cranberry ink to get the bottom of Love You in the red ink. 
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I used Whisper ink and sponged the edges of the white daisy cardstock, and added a bit of the white Shimmer Trim - another NEW goodie from this Seasonal Expression1 mini-book!  J


Now it’s time to Hop on over to my friend  Betty Locco’s blog to check out what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us! J 

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, when the Joyful Stars team members will be sharing more artwork using Close To My Heart products!    

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

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Welcome to this Special Blog Hop!
We will be featuring Close To My Heart’s NEWEST Cricut Cartridge, called Artfully Sent.

If you have come here from Tina Lovell's Blog, you are on the right path!

Seasonl Expression 1_2014-12_Jonah_1932330_10205228381173156_9109760821922040743_n The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants by clicking HERE


This month we have approximately 45 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations this month.

 This hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Wahoo!! Here we go!

Today I'm EXCITED to share with you some BEAUTIFUL, 
but QUICK & EASY treat bags!!  

Close To My Heart  has recently released a new line of items called the "Cut Above" items.  These products help you to MAXIMIZE YOUR MINUTES for when you want to create something from the heart, but are running short on time!  

While these treat bags look ADORABLE just how they are, I added a few embellishments to "jazz" them up a bit!

Take a Look!  J  

I added a FEW embellishments to make these bags a bit more FUN!!

I used NEW embellishments from this Seasonal Expression 1 book...
White Shimmer Trim

and I also used some of our other embellishments too..
Enamel White Stars
Teal Shimmer Trim.  

Did you notice the stamp set I used? 
While this set is not the one pictured with the treat bags in this new mini-book, (I haven't been able to purchase that one yet ;)) I DID have this stamp set in my stash!  It is still a current, order-able set & thought it would be the "perfect-fit"!!! 

This set is called Perfect-Fit - Birthday!  I love these sets, and YES - there are more in this same category! Click HERE to see ALL the perfect fit stamp sets!


Here is a closer look at a few of the bags embellishments...it was so EASY to add these extra goodies!!  Having all the embellishments adhesive backed (yes, the shimmer trim is too!) it made it even EASIER & QUICKER to create! 
These white stars are PERFECT for this party bag!

By adding a puffy & some dovetailed shimmer trim, you get a totally NEW look!

The NEW embellishments - white shimmer trim & 2 flower puffies!
These bags are PERFECT for so MANY occassions!! You'll want to make sure to have some on hand, to be able to use them in a flash!! J 

Now "Hop" on over to Paige Dolecki's Blogto see her amazing work!

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!   We LOVE to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to take a moment & leave a comment. J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can receive your own copy of this beautiful mini book with all the NEW goodies inside! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista J

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Simply Inspired - Seasonal Expression 1 Idea Book

blog badge 1795668_10201482122558500_673901691_nWelcome to our
 Simply Inspired
Close To My Heart
Blog Hop!

Join us today, as we share with you beautiful creations featuring  Close To My Heart’s NEWEST mini book, Seasonal Expressions 1.(SE1)

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 If you have come here from Margi’s Blog, you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants by clicking HERE
  Here we go! J
Today I chose to share a set of cards created with our NEW paper pack, Hopscotch
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This paper pack is so FUN, and it makes me happy & smile whenever I see it! J

The colors that coordinate with Hopscotch are…Falxen, Glacier, Indian Corn Blue, Ponderosa Pine, Smoothie & Sunset. Isn’t it beautiful? J  

I also used one of the NEW stamp sets shown in the SE1…it’s called Happy to Be Friends.  
Take a peek at this stamp set. 
I can’t WAIT to use all these sayings and pair these words together to create different phrases!
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  Did you notice the little sparkly bird & butterfly on my cards?  These cuties come from our NEW Embellishments called Puffies!
Puffies include ninety puffy glitter stickers in assorted shapes and 5 different colors.
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I used 2 more NEW products from the SE1 book…can you find them in the picture above?  

Take a look at the Glacier cardstock - I used the Diamond 5x7 Embossing Folder to turn this cardstock into it’s own designer paper.  There are FOUR new embossing folders in this mini-book --which means we now have a GRAND total of 13 BEAUTIFUL embossing designs!!! 

I also used the FUN, NEW Extra Thick Twine!  This twine comes  in 2 colors….Pixie pink or Flaxen- the color I used. 

Now "Hop" on over to our team leader and fabulous creator Dana Kessler’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting idea.

  We LOVE to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to take a moment & leave a comment.

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista J

Monday, December 1, 2014

20% off = $79.20 for the Cricut Cartridge Bundle!! 

It's an AMAZING deal & will only last until tonight at midnight!!! 

Z3017 Artfully Sent Cricut Bundle

Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle

Z1906 Artbooking Cricut Bundle

Z1790 Artiste Cricut Bundle

PLUS - take advantage of the OTHER December deals too!!!

Place a $50 order with CTMH

1. You can purchase UNLIMITED C&D size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations catalog for ONLY $10!!! 

2. Purchase the December Stamp of the Month (SOTM) set 
Cutie Pie for ONLY $5!

 Orders placed must be submitted between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) on Monday, December 1 in order to get the discount on your selected Cricut® collections. 


Blessings to EACH of you!!!

Krista Hershberger J