Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - O-fish-ally Awesome

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

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE April 2020 SOTM stamp set called "O-fish-ally Awesome".

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 many 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.
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Here is this month's EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5 with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in April 2020. 


I LOVE that we have an EXCLUSIVE stamp set available at a DISCOUNT each & every month!!

April's Stamp set is an ADORABLE one for sure!! There were so many GREAT ideas out there...and I'm sure you've seen some FABULOUS creations on this hop!

Here is the card I created today....


Let's check out the DETAILS of this card. :)

When I first saw this stamp set...my mind thought "background stamping" and "wouldn't this look neat with an emboss resist technique" that's exactly what I did!  

I took a sheet of our White Daisy Cardstock & used my VersaMark ink pad to stamp a LOT of fish all over the paper. 

Next, I took my WHITE embossing powder & sprinkled that all over the fish, shook off the excess...and then used my Heat Tool to set the embossing powder.  

Then...the FUN part!! :)  I used these 3 ink colors below & used a different sponge in each ink pad and started coloring! By going in a circular motion, it was easy to blend all of the colors together. Those white embossed fishes just POPPED when colored with those dark colors!! 



Next, I wanted to add "bubbles" to my fish, as this was another stamp image in this FABULOUS Stamp of the Month collection!
 I pulled out my Liquid Glass, and that was the PERFECT touch to create those see through bubbles!


If you look closely at this larger fish above -- you'll notice he's a bit "shiny" ;) .  After I was finished sponging him with ink...I colored him in with our CLEAR Shimmer brush....so sparkly!

The white glitter -- is our GORGEOUS White Glitter paper.  It comes in a set of 3- 12x12 sheets! Love this product! 

  I also always try and use as MANY stamps from this stamp set as I could! :) 
So....take a look at the "scallop" border ;) ....it is actually the WAVE stamp from this set! Yay!!



To finish up the card I created the center focal point.  

I stamped the fish in Bluebird Ink onto some "extra" paper that I had "Practice sponged" the inks on...then I used our micro-tip scissors to fussy cut out the fish.  He needed some sparkle too ---so out came the Clear shimmer brush, and that gave him the finishing touch. :) 

By using Green Apple & Almond ink, I was able to create a small circle of sea life on the stitched White Daisy circle. 

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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 to check out Lauren'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 April Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”O-fish-ally Awesome” – is ONLY available until April 30, 2020.

It can be yours at the retail price of $18.95 OR pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products this month!!!  





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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

CTMH New PRODUCT Blog Hop- March/April 2020

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!



Today, we will be featuring our EXCLUSIVE New PRODUCT from  the Close To My Heart March/April mini catalog that was released on March 1, 2020.  



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 Kathy'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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Close To My Heart has done it again!!
  
This new mini Book is FILLED with BEAUTIFUL papers, embellishments & products!!

Have you all seen the ADORABLE Operation Smile stamp set called "You Make Me Happy"???πŸ±πŸ¦ŠπŸΆπŸ¦‰

➡️Did you know for EACH set that is purchased --- $7 of this stamp set will go DIRECTLY to the Operation Smile kids??  πŸ’—


I LOVE this little set & had to play with it. 
Here are a couple cards I created. 





 I used the NEW Mix-In papers & the Seas the Day papers. 😊 Look at those LOVELY designs!




  
 Our Thin Cuts are one of the tools I use A LOT in my projects.  For this card, I used the Scallop Stitched Circle



I used Intense Black ink, to stamp the main animal. Then I took our FABULOUS Tri-Blend Alcohol markers to color them in! 



Here is what this ADORABLE stamp set looks like! 
Contact your CTMH Consultant & join us in supporting the Operation Smile kids today!



I hope you enjoyed these cards and were INSPIRED today!! :) 

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to the talented Gina'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 March/April CTMH Idea Book!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Con-GRAD-ulations card

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 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! 

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

A new Idea book arrived at Close To My Heart on March 1st, so there is a LOT of new things to share! 

Here are the cards I wanted to share with you today...



Graduation celebrations are right around the corner, and CTMH has a GRAND new stamp set that is PERFECT for this occasion!  

I actually used 2 stamp sets for these cards...The first stamp set is called "For the Graduate"...


Look at all the FABULOUS images in this set! I know the grad hat, could easily replace the rose & keys on my card design. :) 
There was one more stamp set I used, and this one is called "Yesterday & Today - Cardmaking" Stamp & Thin Cut bundle



This stamp is a BEAUTY & while it's paired up with the Yesterday & Today in this card...take a look at how beautiful that Flower is when stamped in lighter colors! :) 

CTMH had designed similar cards for us as consultants, and I took those card sketches & added other stamp sets to the creation, rather than the ones they suggested. :) 

The neutral tones of the "Yesterday & Today" paper suite, can be used for so many things!

I used my Mink ink, to stamp the corner borders in this card.  






I had to add some shimmer & shine to my card and I didthat by using our FABULOUS Shimmer Brushes!! Yay!! 


I used our BRAND NEW Peach shimmer Brush for the flower & the "strike through" on the 2nd card. 


The Julep Shimmer Brush was the perfect color for the leaves! (Gold shimmer brush, is a great alternative color to keep the card a neutral shade. ) 





Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my cards & were inspired to create some 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

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Family Legacy

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

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE March 2020 SOTM stamp set called "Family Legacy".

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 many 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.
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Here is this month's EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5 with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in March 2020. 


I LOVE that we have an EXCLUSIVE stamp set available at a DISCOUNT each & every month!!

Today I was inspired by a recent Interlocking, Gate-fold card I saw as I was browsing for artwork ideas.
The card looks like it will open the "normal" way at first...but take a look at the photos, further down this post. ;) 



The above photo shows you the card closed...but let's slowly open the card, and check out the details...




 
and now...let's open it all the way! :) 


Let's check out the DETAILS of this card. :)

When I first saw this stamp set...my mind thought "background stamping" and that's exactly what I did!  

The grid paper is one I KNOW I'll be using often ;) ....but it also worked PERFECTLY for a background as I stamped the flourishes onto that grid paper!! (note---I stamped in 2nd generation ink) 

What about the front centerpiece of this card??

Our Stitched RectangleThin Cut, made the perfect "hinge" for the front of the card. I glued the left side of the Espresso CS frame to the left side of the card.....and I glued only the right side the white, solid, "Love" rectangle, to the right front of the card. 



The stitched hearts were cut from Peach cardstock & Gold Foil paper, using our Stitched Heart Thin Cuts.  

The peach heart was too "plain" so I decided I wanted to use the 3 flowers, in the middle of the LARGE cluster of stamped images. :)  

I did some "masking" of my stamps....check out the photo to learn more. :) 




We'll take one more look at the inside of my card.

  I couldn't just leave it "plain", so I used the lighter side of our Almond Cardstock & stamped the ENTIRE, larger image of the flower design on the inside.  

...I wish you could see the SHIMMER of the flowers!!  We have a BRAND NEW Peach Shimmer Brush, and that's what I used to color in the flowers. The Julep Shimmer Brush was used to color in the leaves. 
I also chose to distress the edges of the cardstock by swiping the cardstock across my Espresso ink pad


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The papers used for this card comes from our BRAND NEW " Yesterday & Today" papers. These neutral tones can be used by themselves, or paired up with almost any color!

 

To finish up the card I used, Gold Glitter Gems and our wonderful Gold Embellishing Thread! I love to finish off a card with these extra "sparkles"!


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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. 

In case you haven't heard...TODAY is also the release of our next two-month Idea Book --- March/April 2020!! 
Make sure to check in with your CTMH consultant, & get your FREE copy of this beautiful Idea Book with the first order that you place!!



Now – it’s time to head over to check out Darlys'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 March Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Family Legacy” – is ONLY available until March 31, 2020.

It can be yours at the retail price of $18.95 OR pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products this month!!!  





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