Monday, August 15, 2016

New Fundamental Papers are anything but Basic!

Today's post comes from a recent "Make It From Your Heart" blog post by the CTMH Home Office.  I wanted to make SURE you saw this gorgeous artwork - and thought I'd take a moment to post it on my personal blog too! ;)  
Take a look at this BEAUTIFUL artwork, created by the very talented & my fellow CTMH Consultant, Executive Director Karen Pedersen.  She has created these pieces of artwork by combining our NEWEST papers - Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics Fundamentals.
And right now, during August 2016,  when you buy the Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals, you’ll qualify to get the Uptown Fundamentals or the Rustic Home Fundamentals from our Basics collection for FREE
That means you can save money on brand new products that you can use to create amazing artwork pieces like these:
Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking
Our Basics Fundamentals, which include the Uptown Fundamentals and the Rustic Home Fundamentals you can get for free this month, are called basics because they feature neutral colors. This means they work in perfect harmony with any of our colors.
Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking
Our Rustic Home Fundamentals feature soft browns and greys, with textures that remind us of home, like these wooden slats:
Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking
Our Uptown Fundamentals feature black, grey, and gold patterns for a chic, modern look. Pair them with bright colors, like Karen did here, or with more muted colors for an entirely different look.
Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking
Isn’t this artwork incredible? Thank you so much, Karen, for letting us share your beautiful artwork with our CTMH family! Winking smile 
Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking
Would you like to join us in our “Basically the Best” August paper special?
Click on this photo below to see all the beautiful papers you can receive this month & choose which one you’d like for FREE!!
2016-8-cc-basically-best - free fundamentals with purchase of 3- picmonkey
Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Joyful Stars Blog Hop–Whimsy Fundamentals

Welcome 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 Nancy's blog you are right on track.

Today I wanted to showcase some of our NEW Fundamentals papers!!   Here’s a close up look at the WHIMSY collection.
(make sure you check with your CTMH consultant to ask her about THIS MONTH’s special!)
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With the release of the BRAND NEW 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations this past week, there are LOADS of new goodies for you to see!!

Here is the card I created for today…
2016 Whimsy Fundamentals - bday balloon card DSC_2472
There are so many FUN, new products used on this card!!

I used 3 stamp sets on this card – Birthday Sparkle, Happy for You & Way to Go. You can check out the images of these stamps at the bottom of this post.

Let’s take a closer look…
2016 Whimsy fundamentals birthdy balloon card - cu words  DSC_2476
I also used TWO of our new 5x7 embossing folders!! 

The sweet Leaf green cardstock was embossed with the Word Search folder, while the sorbet cardstock I used the Chevron.

I was DELIGHTED to learn that with a smaller strip of paper – the chevron can also be turned into just “plain” diagonal lines!!  Yay!!!
2016 Whimsy birthdy sparkles - fundamentals - cu balloons DSC_2477To incorporate MORE of the designs from the Whimsy Fundamental collection, I stamped and cut out one of the heart balloons too! 

The only stamp that is used from the “Way To Go” stamp set, is that ADORABLE heart banner on the left hand side of the card. 

Here is a list of the NEW PRODUCTS that I used on this card. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were inspired to ready to go CREATE something on your own! J

2016-2017 annual inspirations idea book - AINow it’s time to Hop on over to, my friend & team member, Nickie’s  blog and see 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 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

New Product Blog Hop - 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations at CTMH

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring our EXCLUSIVE New PRODUCT from  the Close To My Heart Annual Inspriations hIdea Book that was released on August 1, 2016!  

There are so MANY beautiful new items!!  If you'd like to take a look at the online Annual Inspirations Idea Book - please CLICK HERE.   

Now, to continue with this special Blog Hop....
If you have come here from Jen'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  25 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!

Today, I created these cards as a make n take at my recent "Kickoff Catalog Celebration" event.     

So...why am I showing you 3 cards?  Because each card is a tad bit - let's take a closer look at these goodies.  

OR - if you'd like to move along on the hop - head on over to Donna's  Blog to see her amazing work!
DETAILS on the cards above.....

The stamp sets I used on these cards are the August Stamp of the Month(SOTM) - Purr-fect halloween AND I used all THREE stamp sets that are included in the NEW Flower Market cricut bundle!!!  Check out these LOVELY, exclusive stamp sets!

I also wanted to incorporate something we learned at Convention.  We were reminded again, that with ANY ribbon, sequin, button, etc....that is WHITE - it can be colored with our ShinHan alcohol markers!!!!  

So here is the collection of the Enchantment Ribbon pack that I used on the card.  I ADORE our new packs of ribbon!!!  This pack consists of 4 rolls of ribbon, 1 roll of baker's twine and they all have 3 yds each.  They coordinate with our NEW Enchantment Fundamentals & Complements. 

Do you SEE the dotted ribbon in this pack?

Yup - you got it....I COLORED the BACKSIDE of my white dotted ribbon with the ShinHan alcohol markers.  I used the "Barely Beige" & "Sap Green" to get a peach ribbon & a green dotted ribbon!!! 

The striped ribbon (shown on the middle card above) is one of the "original" ribbons in the pack shown above. 

If you look at the EMBOSSED background on the card above &'ll also notice we have NEW 5x7 Embossing Folders!!!  

The 4 new designs are BEAUTIFUL, and you can see 2 of the designs I used in these cards - the Chevron & Wood Slats.  

Next, let's take a close up look of the acorns that were cut on with the NEW Flower Market Cricut Collection.  Oh MY!!!  Close To My Heart has done it AGAIN!!!!  

It amazes me how they can CONTINUE to come out with AMAZING cartridges that include 700 designs on them!!!  Wahoo!!!  And if you think that this cartridge is just "flowers" as per it's may want to rethink that opinion. :)  

CLICK HERE to see the shape index of the cuts on this cartridge - we are patiently awaiting Cricut to upload the new handbook for this Cricut collection. 

How did I use the "background stamps" you see them?  I stamped designs on my 2 acorns!!  Another fabulous way to use background stamps!! 

I hope you enjoyed these cards , and now it's time to "Hop" on over to Donna's  Blog to 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. 

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book!!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!