Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creative Blogger Nomination

I am honored to be nominated as a Creative Blogger by my dear friend and fellow CTMH Consultant, Gina Brandstetter! 

Gina and I_resize 800_DSC_0994Gina & I met through Close To My Heart when we were both chosen as one of 9 winners at our Spa Getaway 4 years ago!  What an AMAZING time we had (along with 7 other CTMH consultants & Monica & Kristine), and the friendships that were created those days still stand strong!  I am so thankful for CTMH and the MANY friendships being a consultant has brought into my life!!

Please make sure to head to Gina’s blog and check out her inspiring work!!  If she hadn’t nominated me…I would have nominated her! LOL! I go to her blog often to see what items she has been creating.

When nominated as a Creative Blogger - that means I need to answer some HARD questions…or maybe not hard - but they REALLY made me think - LOL!!  Well - here we go!!  J
Here are my 4 questions I need to answer before I pass along my nominations…

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1. What am I working on right now? 
Right now, I am working on a make n take project for my upcoming Crop this weekend!  I’ve had this mini project ready for a while, but worked on incorporating this piece into a 2 page layout. 

Here’s a sneak peek…
(more details will be on my blog in the near future)

2. How long does it take me to create a project? Do you really want to know? LOL!!J It can take me “days” to get my final piece just the way I like it.  I work on it, and then will often let it sit overnight & see what I think about it in the morning again.  

When I am creating more frequently in my week - the “process” doesn’t seem to take quite as long,and I may complete my project in just a few hours!  So - it really depends on the project, & the time frame I have to create it.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? 
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Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge~ CTMH's 4th AMAZING Cricut Collection Bundle!
This is SO HARD!!!  Can I just say everything CTMH related? J (yes…I know Gina said this too - but it was my feeling EXACTLY!!)
I really enjoy ALL of our products & since our most recent Idea Book was just released on August 1st - I’m STILL creating with a LOT of new goodies!! 

What I have been using in my creating a lot - is the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge that was just released at CTMH in September!!  The possibilities are endless with this cartridge, and I’m trying to make myself think “outside the box” and create NON-card type items with this cartridge. Although so far, I’ve been having fun creating cards with this AMAZING cartridge!!

4. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?  GREAT question - and one I often ask fellow CTMH consultants! LOL!!  When I need to be inspired, I will look through our CTMH Idea Book, Pinterest, or fellow consultants blogs.  Sometimes I just need a “nudge” and when I see a certain technique I’d like to use…I take that & then head to my stash.  I pull out the stamp set I’d like to work with, decide on what colors/paper pack to use and last, but not least, I go to my CTMH How-To-Book shelf & decide what pattern I’d like to create. 

Another way I know I HAVE to create…is to join a Blog Hop or sketch challenge.  This means I HAVE to create…and am often excited & pleased with my creating results!  I encourage you to give these a try too!!
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5. What is my signature style?  Hmmm, do I have a style?  I’m not sure!! I know I do enjoy detail…and “fussy cutting” of images (although, now with CTMH Cricut cut shapes- so many stamp sets are compatible that I don’t do much cutting anymore!! Yay!) I also like to use embellishments & 3D Foam tape - I call myself the “Pop Queen” …because I LOVE dimension on my projects!! 

I LOVE to create, and I believe that Jesus has blessed me with this gift!!  I try & use this gift in a way I can minister & serve others….I really enjoy creating and so often it is my therapy.  It’s amazing how a little bit of creating & stamping can send my headache away. J
I hope you enjoyed reading how my creating takes place….and now I have nominated  two more bloggers that have inspired me!! 

I nominate Aaron Brown, and Lynn Como!!  Wahoo!!! 

They are both WONDERFUL artists and I look forward to checking out their blogs EACH WEEK to see what amazing creations they have created!! 

I KNOW you will be inspired by their amazing artwork too…so head on over to see their current creations!  J

Aaron - Booth #32
Lynn - Lynn Como
Have a WONDERFUL day!!  Krista J

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Card - Chalk It Up paper

Each year, our month of October is filled with many things!!  One of those is celebrating our oldest son’s birthday month, just 4 days after my birthday!

I always enjoy creating a special card for each of my children…a new card, something that I’ve never created for someone else.  They look forward to seeing what I create - however they do joke that it’s usually a couple days after their birthday until they can actually keep the card. J

Why is this, you may ask???  I’m often creating the finishing touches on the card right before the gift giving time.  We give them their gift…and I include the card, and then ask them, “Could I please have your card back so I can take pictures of it for my blog?”.   J
Or course, they are fine with this…but it’s just a different aspect than most birthday cards. LOL!!

Here is Isaac’s 17th birthday card for this  year. Happy Birthday_chalkitup_Isaac 17_DSC_0983
This year, I chose to use the Chalk It Up Paper line.  I love the neutral colors that seem to coordinate with anything!!  J

Take a peek at the designs in this paper collection

and NOW - take a look at the Chalk It Up coordinating embellishments!! 

These foam, adhesive backed shapes are so  USEFUL and so FUN to use!!

I used 3 stamp sets in creating this card (the perks of being a consultant! LOL!!)

All THREE of these stamp sets have so many images on that can be used for ALL occasions!!! 
Here We Go - the arrow…

All the Details - the plus background

and Perfect Fit- Birthday…the birthday saying

I used the NEW color Flaxen for the stamping of the arrow & the 2nd generation stamping of the plus signs in the background.

I wasn’t sure this new color would be one that I would use often - but with it’s yellow-brownish tones, I find myself pulling it out quite often!! 

Happy Birthday_chalkitup_Isaac 17_cuarrow_DSC_0983To add some more details with the stamped arrow…I added some of our (CTMH’s)
-Teal Shimmer Trim
-Black stars (from Scaredy Cat embellishments)
-Aqua Dots
- Chalk It Up foam adhesives

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Now - off to your OWN creating space …WAHOO!!!  
What will YOU create today??

Blessings to EACH of you!!

Krista Hershberger J

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Start Creating in Studio J NOW! :)

Wahoo!!  J

I just found out some AMAZING News that I wanted to share with you ASAP!!!  

Ok...who's READY???
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Start working on your STUDIO J projects NOW...

so that you can take advantage of the GREAT deal taking place the ENTIRE month of November!!!J 

****This special is for 1st time Studio J users...& for those that are seasoned Studio J scrappers!!*****
Wahoo!!  J

Starting November 1st - each 2 page Studio J layout is 
ONLY $5 !

As always...I appreciate the GREAT shipping price with Studio J!!!  Minimum Studio J order is (4) 2-page layouts...but you can order up to (50) 2 page layouts with the shipping price staying the same at ONLY $5.95 per order!!!!

Click here to get started CREATING your layouts!!

...AND...that's not all!!!!

 November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®,

and that means it’s your lucky month!

Check out these 5 WAYS you can

during Nov. 2014!!!

1. $5 layouts!   All Studio J 2 page layouts are just $5- retail value $6.95!! J 
2. FREE    in every 5th Studio J order that's received!!  A SURPRISE accessory will be placed in the shipping box!! J 

3. Golden Tickets!   Five "golden tickets" will be put in random boxes throughout the month. 
     What can you reimburse this ticket for?? 
One of CTMH's NEW D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

4. Facebook Contest!   After you create your layout in Studio J, use the FREE jpeg (that come with ALL 2 page creations) & hashtag your BEST layouts in Facebook as #ctmhlucky5. 
FIVE winners will be selected for their entries based on artistry & creativity & THEY will receive a New D-ring album & page protectors TOO!!

5. Instagram Contest!   Same details as Facebook contest...but in Instagram!!  Make sure to hashtag #ctmhlucky5!!  FIVE more winners of these GORGEOUS New albums!!! J 
Let the FUN begin!!  J 

OK...let's add ONE more item of  GOOD NEWS!!

On November 1st,
5 new kits will be added to Studio J® !!!!!!
Confetti Wishes, Scaredy Cat, Pathfinding, Seaside, and Snowhaven.

These kits will only feature classic Studio J features and will not have Level 3 alphabets created, as there are many other titling and journaling fonts available for use in Studio J.

Whether you are a 1st time user or a Seasoned Studio J scrapper...

to CREATE in Studio J!!

*****It's not just for scrapbooking....
Here are a few OTHER ways to use Studio J!!!

(thanks to fellow consultants for sharing their artwork!)

For the next few items…you can create these by clicking the “CREATE Your Own Custom Layout” & choose the “No Limits” layout option!!!
Christmas Cards
(8)4x8 cards + (2) 4"x4" photos

Create a 6x6 album...
just cut them apart when they arrive!
Create your own Picture My Life (PML) cards!

PRINT your pictures in ALL sizes!!!
Choose "Start with Express Collections"
& choose "Photo Collections" to print  2x2, 3x3, 4x3, 5x7...and the list goes on!!!
OR...use the "No Limits" layout  design to create photo sizes of YOUR choice!!

Of course, being able to print MULTIPLE copies of a layout is wonderful
!!!  Maybe you've created a Heritage book, & siblings needs copies, OR you are created books for your children & the same layouts can go in each book!!

These ideas are just to get your started...

Happy Creating & please give me a shout if I can be of assistance!!!
Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop- Sing Glory card

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

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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 the talented Nancy Brown’s blog you are right on track. 

I’m excited to share with you a recent Christmas Card I created!! 
Take a peek ~ then I’ll share some details regarding this card! J
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1. The stamp set
I used an EXCLUSIVE stamp set only available for those who “host a party” with CTMH.
AND…the best part - it’s ONLY $8!!!
Do I really have to host a party to get this set?J
Nope J…. ANYONE, who places a $150 order
(individually or with a few friends) is a HOSTESS!!

Contact your CTMH consultant for ALL the details!!J
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2. Did you use Christmas Paper for this card? 
No!!  This is the FUN PART!!!J
You can turn ANY paper pack into “your” paper pack!! 

This is CTMH’s Confetti Wishes paper pack…and I incorporated our NEW purple glitter paper to change the look & be able to use it for my Christmas Card! 
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3. Dry Embossing - Sing Glory_christmas card day 2014_angel cuDid you notice the bottom of this card? 

I ran the Pacifica colored cardstock through the Cuttlebug using our dot 5x7 embossing folder.

When it was finished…I swiped the raised dots over my Whisper ink pad.

4. Sparkles - Yes - I love to add a bit of bling!  J
Sing Glory_christmas card day 2014_holly_cuThe bitty sparkles add a special touch to the angel….but take a look at the purple sparkles that I used for my holly berries.

CTMH does not carry purple sparkles, so…I took our ShinHan Alcohol markers & COLORED the clear sparkles & made them purple!!

The opportunities are endless - color sequins, enamel stars, sparkles…alcohol markers do not come off & are a permanent color!!

May you be INSPIRED & head to your creating area to create some of your OWN CRAFTY goodies!! J

Now it’s time to Hop on over to my friend  Stephanie Huber’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
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