Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the time of year to remember the many things I am thankful for.  J That list could be huge, but God has been teaching me recently to be thankful for not only for the good things...but ALL things (good or bad) He has allowed in my life.  Wow - that's hard - but oh so true! It's during those "hard" times that I tend to experience growth, and I get to choose whether to draw closer to Him to carry me through, or to wallow in my own misery without Him. 

As I think about the MANY good things God has blessed me with...all of YOU come to mind!! J

I want to THANK YOU for your friendship....for following this blog, for your comments, for ordering workshops, for sharing a little bit of you with me!  I have gained so much as I've become a part of the crafting world, and that is the FRIENDSHIPS that have formed!!  I am forever grateful to each one of you & treasure our likeness with our joy of crafting!  J

May you & your family have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!!  

Krista Hershberger J

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chalk It UP and Artfully Sent

I enjoy being a vendor at many crops throughout the year & am so blessed to have made so many friends because of these FUN crops!  I always look forward to these days together!

A recent crop I was at, was near the Downingtown area, at East Brandywine Baptist Church…OH - what a FUN day we had together!! J

I always prepare a make n take item for them to create during the day…something they can create in about 15 minutes or so. 

It’s always fun to think of what NEW technique I can share with them at each event!!

For this year’s fall crop, I showcased our NEW Artfully Sent cartridge, liquid glass, metallic markers, Chalk It Up papers & more…

Take a peek!! J
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The 4x3 Smile card, was cut directly from our Artfully Sent cartridge…so EASY!!

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The paper pack we used is a favorite of many - Chalk It Up!!
Did you notice the swirl strip at the bottom of the Smile card?  

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I LOVE these “extra” 1/2 inch strips that we call a “zip-strip”.  Zip strips can be used in so many ways!! I LOVE using these!

By adding liquid glass to a stamped image, it gives it more dimension & creates a life-like look!! 

I love to add liquid glass to the veins of the flower petals(see picture)…and then I also used “glass” to make some of the stars pop that are printed on the Chalk It Up paper design. 

Liquid Glass can be used as an embellishment, but it also makes a wonderful, strong glue as well!!

The other items we used to create this make n’ take were

**Metallic markers…we traced the word “Smile”

***Teal Shimmer Trim

***Gold Sequins

***Chalk It Up asst. (puffy heart)

***Gold Washi Tape

I will often create a 2 page workshop using the make n take item we created at the crop. 

For this set of pages, I used our Make It From Your Heart, vol. 2, pattern 14 to create the layout below. chalk It UP_2pg kit_EB_DSC_0997
This turned out to be a FUN, but quick layout!! 

If you are interested, I do have a few of these 2 page kits still available for purchase.

The items in this kit are all pre-stamped, and ready for you to put together! J 

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The 2 page kit is $10 plus shipping, or if you are local, you are welcome to pick it up.

To complete this layout, you would need…

1. adhesive (3D foam is always fun)

2. Optional - liquid glass if you’d like to add some more dimension to other parts of this layout. 

Everything else is included in the kit!!!
Also included are instructions on how to put these pages together. 

Here are a few more close up shots from the 2 page Chalk It Up kit.
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Now - it’s time for YOU to head to your crafty area & create something crafty today!  
Thanks for stopping by! J

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s the Little Things- gift bag

2014-11 Its the little thingsTime is quickly running out….November 2014 will end in just 10 more days!!

Don’t miss out on Close To My Heart’s WONDERFUL specials this month!!!
Let’s take a look at one of November’s specials. 

You can receive this FABULOUS stamp set called “It’s the Little Things” at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay ONLY $5 with a $50 CTMH order!!

Its the Little Things_hostess bag_artisteI created a gift bag for one of my home party hostesses this month & thought I’d share this with you today since it uses this stamp set!! 

As an extra “thank you” for my 1st time hostesses, I create them a gift bag that is similar to this one shown here. 

This bag is created from Close To My Heart’s Artiste cartridge, If you need favors, 3d items, a beautiful alphabet and a Cricut cartridge that has 700 IMAGES (not sizes) ….you’ll want to CLICK HERE and check out ALL the different shapes/cuts are available on this AMAZING Cricut Cartridge by CTMH!!

What you can’t see in this picture, are all the goodies inside!! J In each hostess bag I include a 1x1 block, 1” ink pad, a few small stamps & a collection of Cricut cuts as a “thank you” for allowing me to come share CTMH with them & their friends!

So - how did I create this bag??  J
It was quite easy, actually - my Cricut did most of the work!!

I used the 3D Object (bag) on the “Noel” key of the Artiste booklet.  I set the size to cut at 5 1/4” & let the Cricut machine do it’s job!! LOL!!
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I used a designer paper from the Yuletide paper pack for the bag itself,
but then pulled in colors from the Wanderful collection for the flowers that were stamped with our EXCLUSIVE November SOTM set - It’s the Little Things. 

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Did you notice the purple strip at the bottom of the bag??? That is a zip-strip that I cut off the top of our Wanderful paper pack!! 

I LOVE the EXTRAS that CTMH includes with so many of their items!!

Here is a close up of the flowers…I love the bright colors of these flowers, and when paired up with the subtle, neutral paper of the Yuletide paper…it just works together so well!
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For a pop of color, I used the Gypsy purple Paper Fundamentals for the flap of the bag.  
If you haven’t tried this amazing, designer cardstock…you’ll want to make sure to check it out!! 

Have a wonderful evening!! J

Krista Hershberger J

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Joyful Stars Blog Hop- Christmas & Artfully Sent

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 know it seems EARLY - but Christmas IS right around the corner!!, I thought I would share a Christmas Card that was created in 10 minutes - Cricut cutting included! 

I used our NEW Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge!  J
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I found this card on Key "Env 10" - the SENTIMENT function key - page 48. 
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I set my dial at 7” to create a 5x7 card and cut TWO cards out of the white daisy cardstock.

I used the one card as it was…but the 2nd white daisy cardstock card, I cut off the back of the card…and cut out the angel & peace inside to create a rectangle frame.

Next, I ran the rectangle frame through my Cuttlebug machine using the “Quatrefoil” 5x7 embossing folder.  Then I glued that embossed card front directly on top on the other one...ta-da!!  An embossed "frame" for the front of this card!

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Any guesses on what I used to color in the word “Peace”? 

 I used our GOLD metallic marker from our metallic marker pack!! 

I LOVE these metallic markers - they come in a TWO Pack for ONLY $4.95!!  

I have used both the silver & gold metallic markers, again & again since I’ve created this card!!  I can hardly believe I haven’t used these beautiful markers before!! 

Next, I need to add some SHIMMER & SHINE to this I used a piece of our GREEN Glitter paper to put behind the angel.

I wanted to cover up the backside of the glitter paper, so that means I need an inside pretty piece of paper…and started looking through the Artfully Sent booklet.

I FOUND it - exactly what I was looking for !! A scallop edged cardbase!!  

Instead of cutting this Sweet Leaf cardstock at the suggested 7” size, I downsized it to 6 3/4” so that part of the white base card would show through.  Take a look at how the inside of this card turned out.
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By using the inside pieces (or negative pieces that I was going to throw away) from this card below…
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I was able to continue the Christmas theme inside the angel card by adding a shepherd, lamb & star. 
I stamped a Christmas Bible verse.  This came from the “Mary & Babe” stamp set and completed this very EASY, but beautiful Christmas Card!! 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

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Artfully Sent Blog Hop- Baby Card

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 Jacquelin Green’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


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 chose to share with you a simple BABY card that was created from the D key of the Artfully Sent Cricut collection.
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I am really enjoying the Sentiment Function Key of this AMAZING Cricut cartridge!!! 

Key D

You can receive 2 cards from this 1 function key…one a 5x7 card and the other a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card!!  

 LOOK at all the options on this D key of the Artfully Sent cartridge!!! There are 8 different card options…but of course you can use these Cricut cut items on projects, pages & more!

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On today’s card, I cut the card base from Pacifica cardstock.  Cutting your cards from this cartridge is so QUICK & EASY!!!

Look at the BEAUTIFUL scroll border & the wording at the bottom of the card!!
 I stamped the Hearts (from the retired,hostess stamp set “Doodle Signs” ) and added some 3D foam tape to make them “pop”!
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Next, I took the NEW Flaxen colored cardstock, and ran that through my Cuttlebug using CTMH’s beautiful CHEVRON 5x7 embossing folder. If you haven’t tried out our WONDERFUL Embossing folders - you’ll want to make sure you do!!  They can emboss a 4x12 piece of cardstock!!  Yes, it can be 12 inches long!!

Then, I pulled out our Chevron Border Punch (another FAVORITE new product!) & punched the border design in Glacier cardstock, and backed it with a scrap of our Brown/Tan Glitter paper. 

I tied it off with our NEW Slate diagonal ribbon…I use this ribbon often because you can’t BEAT the $3.95 price for 5 yards of ribbon! J

Now "Hop" on over to my dear friend, and fabulous creator Gina Brandstetter’s Blog to see her 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 this AMAZING Cricut collection at 3 different prices!  It’s the PERFECT gift for the upcoming Christmas Season!

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