Saturday, December 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Frosted Christmas 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, Joyce's blog you are right on track.

Today, we'll take a look at a Christmas card, as this season quickly approaches! Let's take a look! 

This card design was taken from our Make It From Your Heart, vol 1 addition- and is pattern #29...however you'll notice I did change up the pattern a little bit. :) 

I was excited at how "easy" this card was to create, but so happy with the results!  I actually used 3 stamp sets in this creation...let's learn more about it!! :) 

Here is a closer look at the front of the card...

The beautiful "Frosted Christmas" stamp set, has been a popular one this year! I love the colors of purple & blues for my Christmas cards, and used Eggplant ink to stamp the Merry Christmas.  
 

The silver glitter paper, was added as my mat...and the card base was stamped with our "In the Background" stamp set in Glacier Blue ink!  I loved how the dots looked like falling snow! :) 

Take a closer look at this snowflake I cut from our Cricut cartridge.  See the pearl in the middle?  This pearl was white when I first started creating this card! :) 

I ADORE our ShinHan alcohol markers & LOVE that they can help me color my embellishments to whatever color I need!  In this case, I colored my white pearl with my Turquoise Blue ShinHan...and ta-da...it turned into a Glacier blue, that matched the border above it!   


Now...take a look at the eggplant cardstock strip at the bottom of the card.  Do you see the stamped snowflakes?  


This border stamp set is a PERFECT stamp set for the Christmas season - BUT...that gift border has me thinking I could use that particular stamp ALL  year long!! :) 

  Check out the "Christmas Borders" stamp...and make sure to check in with your CTMH consultant to see what other items will be leaving us soon!  This stamp set will RETIRE on Dec 31, 2017!!  


I'm also entering this card into the Color My Heart Color Dare :)

That's all for today....thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were inspired to go CREATE something on your own! :) 

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Now it’s time to Hop on over to my friend Betty's  blog and see what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us!

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - A Little Bit of Pun


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

If you have come here from Darlys' Blog, you are on the right track!!

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE December SOTM stamp set called "A Little Bit of Pun". 

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 20 Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items 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 months EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5 with your $50 CTMH purchase in December.


This stamp set is being released....just in time for the upcoming Valentine's celebration - however...these cute icons can be used for OTHER fun creations too!!  



Here is the card I created for today. 


I used our BEAUTIFUL Basics Fundamentals paper collection & some of our "Color of the Year" - Bashful cardstock. 

Is this card design familiar to you? It's from one of our current WYW Cardmaking kits in our Holiday Expression mini-book.  

I used 2 sets of Thin Cuts for this card...our Banner Thin Cuts & Circle Thin Cuts.  Love how easy it makes this! 
And take note of the left side of the card - I embossed the Bashful Cardstock with our 5x7 Buffalo Plaid Embossing Folder. I just adore the dimension embossing folders bring to our cards! 
  

Take a look at the scallop edging that is stamped on the circle.  This stamp comes from the Kind Thoughts WYW Cardmaking kit. This stamp set can ONLY be purchased with the entire kit....and it's a beautiful stamp that I know I'll use quite often!  
For the stamped white hearts, I used our White Daisy pigment ink to make them "pop" on the card, and then added some gold glitter gems to tie it all together. 
Here is a close up of the cupcake...yes, it's "fussy cut" (using a scissors & cutting around the cupcake by hand)....but take notice of the FUN shimmer on the cupcake.  Our Shimmer Brush adds so much sparkle, shine & design to our creations!!  If you haven't used these amazing brushes, talk to you your CTMH consultant! :)   
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I hope you are enjoying this blog hop & are getting LOTS of ideas for when you create with your OWN Stamp of the month stamp set. Happy Crafting to each of you! 

Now – it’s time to head over to check out Jennifer's blog to see what CRAFTY items 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) –
 ”A Little Bit of Pun” – is ONLY available until December 31, 2017.

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products this month!!!  I have a few more cards to share using this stamp set, so feel FREE to come back to my blog, to see what OTHER goodies I've created throughout the next couple weeks. :) 

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

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just for Fun - Fundamentals Product line - BLOG Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!



Today, we will be featuring our amazing November Special called  "Just for Fun" which showcases our BEAUTIFUL Fundamental Collection at Close To My Heart.  

These paper collections are BEAUTIFUL & what's better you can receive them for UP TO 40% off this month!!  Wahoo!!



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

If you have come here from,  Michelle'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  20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using these FABULOUS items.   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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Today lets take a look at this layout ...


I chose to use our Basics Fundamentals papers and pair it with our "Color of the Year"....Bashful :)  (see details on the Fundamentals SALE below) 

I also used the fabulous You Are Here Cricut collection...if you haven't heard the news....Provo Craft has decided to DISCONTINUE all physical Cricut cartridges!!  So that means from now on - ONLY digital cartridges...and that means our Exclusive, CTMH cartridges are on a while supplies last basis.  Learn more by clicking HERE!




Let's take a closer look at this layout....


The "Rest & Relax" wording were found on page 19 of this cartridge book & the feathers were from page 42.  If you'd like to view ALL 700 images of this cartridge - CLICK HERE...it is an AMAZING collection once again!!

For the title, I cut it out in Black Cardstock & then was able to cut just the "Relax" in our Bashful GLITTER paper...such a beautiful touch!!

You can see this page is VERY simple...but pretty.  The basics Fundamentals have that effect...so subtle, yet BEAUTIFUL!!  

Here's a close up of just the words....

On the other side of the page, I cut some simple images again (book- pg. 42...coffee cup- page 47) 

Did you notice the CLEAR overlays?? These are made for your pocket scrapbooking - however, they are GREAT for regular scrapbook pages (or even card fronts) too!!  This clear "transparency" with the rose design will be an extra touch to a photo that is placed behind it. :) 

To finish up this layout, I added a few of our Bashful colored pearls, & the beautiful gray/gold ribbon from the Basic Fundamentals Ribbon collection. 

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So..that SALE I mentioned earlier...you won't WANT to miss out!!
ALL of our FUNDAMENTALS collections are on SALE!!  Whether you decide to get a 30% discount on individual items OR...when you choose the BUNDLE of items - you will get a whopping 40% off!!!  Wahooo!!!!


  Make sure to talk with your CTMH Consultant to get all the details!!  If you don't have a current consultant - feel free to contact me by clicking here.  

That's all for today....thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were inspired to go CREATE something on your own! :) 


Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Alyson'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. 

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Feel free contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant :)) 
so that you can get in on these October specials!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!



Today, we will be featuring BEAUTIFUL Christmas Cards....all using the Gorgeous, Quality products that Close To My Heart carries.   


If you have come here from,  Michelle'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  20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using these FABULOUS items.   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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I adore the Christmas stamp set "Prince of Peace" as it reminds me about the REAL meaning of the Christmas season!  I also love to do "non-traditional" colors for Christmas cards :)....so out came my Sapphire & Eggplant shades of CS as I planned this card design. 

Here's my card for todays hop...  


I had fun creating this simple, re-creatable card.  (is that a word?? LOL!) 
The gray designed paper on the front left of the card, came from our BEAUTIFUL Silver & Gold paper collection. 

Let's take a closer look...

Did you notice the Sapphire CS mat on the front, was embossed with one of our newest 5x7 Embossing Folders??  This embossed design is called Buffalo Plaid.

I wanted to include some "subtle" sparkle (if there is such a thing ;) ) ...and after cutting the Star from our beautiful White Glitter paper, using our Basic Stars thin Cut collection...I wanted just a "touch" more glitter.  


Can you see it??   I added clear glitter, with my Shimmer Brush, on the oval ring of stars!!  Yay!!! It worked! :) 

Next I wanted to create a simple inside...and I wanted this card to have a different fold than "normal"...yes, I know - craziness - but I must say it's quite FUN to change things up! :) This is what I came up with for the inside!!



I tied in the white glitter paper, but cutting our wonderful Tree Border from our Thin Cuts.  AND...then I looked at my stamp sets again, and realized how fitting it would be to use the "Hallelujah" stamp set for my inside sentiment. :)  

Also, I'm not sure how well you can see it in these photos, but I chose to use the lighter side of my Eggplant colored Cardstock to stamp my sentiment on.  I ADORE that our Cardstock at CTMH has TWO-COLORS...the regular color on 1st side & a lighter shade of that color on the backside!! Wahoo!!!

Here are the 2 stamp sets I used on this card.  If you are looking for a Christmas stamp set, these may just be what you are looking for!! 

 D1734 Prince of Peace stamp set

 B1567 Hallelujah stamp set



I hope you enjoyed this card, and were INSPIRED today!! :) 
Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Alyson'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. 


Feel free contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant :)) 
so that you can see more of the BEAUTIFUL, Christmas products we carry here at Close To My Heart! :) 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista