Monday, January 18, 2021

Jan/Feb 2021 NEW PRODUCT Catalog Blog Hop

 



Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring our EXCLUSIVE New PRODUCT from  the Close To My Heart January/February Mini Catalog that was released on January 1, 2021.  

There are so MANY beautiful new items!!  If you'd like to take a look at BOTH of our current Idea Books - please CLICK HERE.   

Now, to continue with this special Blog Hop....

If you have come here from the talented Katy's  Blog, you are on the right path!   If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants by clicking HERE

  
This month we have  Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using these FABULOUS new products.   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!
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It's always FUN to see the Beautiful products CTMH releases every two months...and this new mini catalog is a BEAUTY!
  

There is ONE page in this mini catalog, that REALLY caught my eye! The artwork in these books are AMAZING & I chose to recreate one of the cards shown in this book! 

You'll find this ADORABLE penguin set & card on page 34 -- BUT---what you CAN'T see on these pages, is the GORGEOUS details & products used on this card! 

**Check out the Lovely Penguin Card below** 




 Let's chat about this card design.  There were so many FUN products and Techniques used on this card! 

The products that are the hardest to notice on this card... are the sparkly items. 
2. Stickles Glitter Gluein 2 colors


We, at CTMH, have FIVE Holographic papers to choose from, and for the "skating rink" on this card, I used our Dreamy color. 


The "snow hill" was created with White Daisy cardstock and our Fancy Border Thin Cuts (metal dies)

Next, this penguin was colored with our AMAZING, Spectrum Noir, Tri-Blend markers!  

 
It's amazing what a light grey marker can do, to give him more dimension!

Here is something you DON'T want to do ---please learn from MY Mistake! LOL!!

The heat embossing on this card, was not done very well---and the reason it didn't heat "smoothly"---I FORGOT to use the Anti-Static Pouch on my project!! 



Do you see how the heat embossed words, are almost smudgy?? 

I am AMAZED at the difference in my Heat Embossing projects, when I "remember" to use the Anti-Static Pouch. It may seem like a "small" item...but it makes a HUGE difference!!😍

When you want to heat emboss, just make sure to RUB that Anti-Static pouch over the artwork you want to emboss, PRIOR to stamping your image! 😉You too will notice a HUGE difference if you haven't used this before! 

--->Can you guess what Product was used to create the Background?? 




Yup---you guessed it! Those FABULOUS Distress Oxide inks
I LOVE how they react to water, to create those fun dots in the background! 💗


Here is a look at this ADORABLE stamp set used on this card!  Winter Penguins stamp set is so CUTE!😊



Here's an "overall" look of the rest of the details of this card & the products used!  What a FUN, FUN card to create!! 




----HELPFUL TIP ----When wanting to add Stickles, make SURE to use Intense Black ink when stamping your image. 

Thank you CTMH Art Department for sharing your talent with us!



Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Michelle's Blog to see her beautiful creation!

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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. 





Contact your CTMH Consultant 
(or click here if you need a consultant :)) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of the NEW Jan/Feb 2021 CTMH mini Idea Book!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Friday, January 1, 2021

January SOTM Blog Hop - Every Thank You

 


Welcome to our monthly Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop!!!

If you have come here from the talented Katy's Blog, you are on the right track!!  

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE January 2021 SOTM stamp set called "Every Thank You".

This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can START HERE & work your way around to the many consultants on this “hop”! If you get lost along the way, you’ll find a complete list of PARTICIPATING CONSULTANTS by clicking HERE

This month we have a group of FABULOUS Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items they have created using this month’s stamp set.  So, sit back & enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of each post to see what EVERY consultant has created. ðŸ˜Š
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Here is a look at this month's BEAUTIFUL, EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5....with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in January 2021. (or VIP's get it for FREE)  



I was SO EXCITED to see this stamp set for January! Thank you cards are the kind of cards I create and hand out the most.  I was THRILLED to have a BRAND NEW set of "thanks" words, in many different styles, to craft with!
 
Here is a look at the card I created for today's hop...



I wanted to use as MANY stamp images as possible on my card. To do that, I decided to create my own background for part of the card.

I also began a new technique series on my "Krista's Crafty Papercrafting Group" on Facebook, and we are learning ALL about Distress Oxide inks! I knew I wanted to use these inks in my card creation. 


To create the tri-color background I...
  1.  ...blended the 3 Distress Oxide inks above for the background, with the AMAZING Blending Tool.  
  2. ...then spritzed the dried background with water --letting it dry. I LOVE how water reacts with the Distress Oxide inks! 
  3.  ...used Toffee Ink to stamp the many different thanks wordings.
  4. The Final touch (see next photo) I splattered the background with our Gold Shimmer Brush. 
I wish my photo would capture the beauty of this card! It was a rainy day here in PA, and not a good day for taking photos. The colors didn't show up as vibrant as they are in person. ðŸ˜‰



Our Stitched Thin Cuts (metal dies) are the BEST! 
I used two of our Thin Cuts!! The Stitched Brackets Thin cuts as well as our Fancy Borders Thin Cuts for the heart border. 




I knew I needed a "pop" of color on this card....and I thought of the NEW Sunbeam Holographic paper

I paired that with the Heart Border cut from our Gorgeous Black Ore Paper. 
For the bottom part of the card, I used our lovely NEW Mix-In Paper pack (X9023) from the BRAND NEW Jan/Feb Mini Idea Book!

I finished off the card with our lovely Gold Embellishing Thread
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I hope you are enjoying this blog hop & are getting a lot of creative inspiration for when you create with your OWN Stamp of the month stamp set. 


Now – it’s time to head over and check out Brenda's blog to see what CRAFTY item she has created using this stamp set!

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some GREAT crafting ideas!!  We always love to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to leave a comment below. 

****Remember*****
The January 2021 Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Every Thank You" – is ONLY available until January 31, 2021.




It can be yours at the retail price of $18.95 OR 
pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products OR when you are a VIP Customer --you get this stamp set for FREE!  


Contact your CTMH Consultant to answer any questions you may have. (or click here if you need a consultant )  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - The Jubilee Crew & Jingle Joy Cardmaking kit

  Welcome to our monthly 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 crafty friends have created 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! 

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If you have arrived from Betty's blog you are right on track.


Here are the cards I'm sharing today!




Close To My Heart has some FABULOUS Workshop kits--and this Jingle Joy Cardmaking Kit is no exception!

I LOVE the kits they create, and I also enjoy doing a little "Krista's Crafty" tweak to each of the kits, by using their SAME card designs...but pulling in another stamp set of my choice. ;)  

First ---let's take a look at what comes in the Jingle Joy cardmaking kit & then we'll take a closer look at my cards. 

This kit can be found on your consultant's CTMH website--- I ADORE the Exclusive Stamp set & thin cut bundle that is included in this kit!


Take note that THIS particular kit ---INCLUDES a bottle of Silver Stickles too!! 


Here are the Card designs that CTMH created using this Jingle Joy collection! 

Look how BEAUTIFUL they are! 

We ALWAYS learn a technique in our Cardmaking kits & this time, we learned about using the Distress Oxide inks, as well as using the Stickles! 



 Today, I'm just focusing on the Design of card #2 today. ( I'll be sharing my other card designs over on my Business FB page & my IG accounts. )
 
Let's take a look at the 3 cards I created using the SAME Card #2 design. 

You can see the original card design in the top right of the photo above. 

For my other two cards, I took the SAME cuts of papers, and rearranged or even "trimmed down" some of the pieces to create TWO totally NEW cards! 

I also added in a stamp set of my choice --more details on that set below. 

Here are the inks & the Light Green Tri-Blend marker I used to complete "my version" of my cards. 




I've been having SO MUCH FUN "playing" with the distress oxide inks & I loved that we used them to STAMP with on these cards too!! These inks really DO give a vibrant, bright color when stamped!! 

I LOVED adding extra Stickles to my cards--- notice how you can use those Stickles for a thin "ribbon" on this card here! 


---OR ---

why not use it to add "sparkle & shine" to the large amount of gifts---how fun! 



Here's a look at the ADORABLE "the Jubilee Crew" stamp/thin cut set that I used to create my extra cards.  



These SNOWPEOPLE just "grabbed" me the minute I saw them! So cute!! 

Here's a "bonus card" showcasing my favorite images on this stamp set. 







Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my creation & were inspired to create something of your own. 


Happy Crafting & have a LOVELY evening!!! 

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Now it’s time to Hop on over to 
Joyce G's Blog   and see what BEAUTIFUL, crafty item she has to share with us today! :) 

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 a BEAUTIFUL day!!!


Krista Hershberger

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December 2020 SOTM Blog Hop - Happiness Never Grows Old

 

Welcome to our monthly Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop!!!

If you have come here from the talented Gina's Blog, you are on the right track!!  

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE December 2020 SOTM stamp set called "Happiness Never Grows Old".

This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can START HERE & work your way around to the many consultants on this “hop”! If you get lost along the way, you’ll find a complete list of PARTICIPATING CONSULTANTS by clicking HERE

This month we have a group of FABULOUS Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items they have created using this month’s stamp set.  So, sit back & enjoy your tour as you click on the link at the end of each post to see what EVERY consultant has created. ðŸ˜Š
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Here is a look at this month's BEAUTIFUL, EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5.... (or VIP's get it for FREE) with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in December 2020. 




This month's stamp set is a beauty, with sentiments and floral images for us to use in a variety of ways. Here's my card using this set...



When I first looked at this stamp set ---I thought "background stamping"...and that's exactly what I did! 

That large floral is BEAUTIFUL when colored in (as I'm sure you will see the talent of others in this hop. ) But I love to use these stamps, that are supposed to be colored in, in a different way.  
Background Stamping to the Rescue! 




Our Stitched Thin Cuts (metal dies) are the BEST! 
This card was calling for our lovely set of Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin cuts
They matted together perfectly!


The cluster of gold elements at the bottom was the final touch---gold embellishing thread and gold glitter gems.💓


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I hope you are enjoying this blog hop & are getting a lot of creative inspiration for when you create with your OWN Stamp of the month stamp set. 


Now – it’s time to head over and check out Alyson's blog to see what CRAFTY item she has created using this stamp set!

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some GREAT crafting ideas!!  We always love to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to leave a comment below. 

****Remember*****
The December Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Happiness Never Grows Old" – is ONLY available until December 31, 2020.



It can be yours at the retail price of $18.95 OR 
pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH productsOR when you are a VIP Customer --you get this stamp set for FREE!  


Contact your CTMH Consultant to answer any questions you may have. (or click here if you need a consultant )  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista