Sunday, June 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - True Love Get Well Soon

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 Betty's blog you are right on track.


I ADORE one of our current paper packs named True Love.  The colors are "mine" :) and I love the stripes included in these patterns too!  I will be sharing 2 cards with you today...To get started....let's take a look at these two cards below. 
  


I think one of the "hardest" things in any creating...is coming up with the pattern or design.  Well I have to say...."Never Fear.....Close to My Heart is here!" :)  

I LOVE the many ways CTMH makes this deciding faster, simpler, easier!!  
Today's cards, were card designs from a current Workshops Your Way (WYW) cardmaking kit. 

Take a look at the original card ...and how CTMH art department designed it...


I took CTMH's original design...and just turned my pieces around to create a different look! 
Do you see the similarities of their card...to my 2 cards??? 

I love, LOVE our WYW kits!!! Another perk to these card kits (besides getting NEW card patterns) is the EXCLUSIVE stamp set that is included in this kit!!

Take a look at the "Thinking of You" (True Love) Cardmaking WYW kit....


This stamp set is a GREAT one, that will be used again and again.

Let's take a few close up looks. ;) 




I used the "splatter" re-inker technique to get the eggplant colored dots in the background. 
How FUN to create your own background...and get a different design each and every time!! :) 

The flowers were stamped in Eggplant ink, and then colored in with our Sugarplum Shimmer Brush....so pretty!! 

I also decided to add gold Shimmer Trim to this card....I love a little sparkle & shine! 


Here's a close up look at the second card design....

I colored the flowers, the same way as I did for the first one.  
For that adorable tissue box...I stamped the tissue box onto the card base....and then stamped it again onto Sugarplum Cardstock (which is included in the kit) and cut out the box part.  

This tissue box, comes from the NEW "Get Well Soon" stamp set....How cute!! 

The Eggplant colored scalloped border, comes from the EXCLUSIVE stamp set included in the Workshops Your Way cardmaking kit!! 



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 Joyce'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 BEAUTIFUL day!!!


Krista Hershberger

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - It's Your Day To Sparkle


If you have come here from my talented friend Gina's Blog, you are on the right track!!
This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE June SOTM stamp set called "It's Your Day To Sparkle".

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 months EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5 with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in JUNE 2019. 

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

What a FUN set, and I can't wait to see what my CTMH sisters create with this stamp set! :) I'm sure you saw some beautiful work already in this hop. :)    

Today, I chose to create this card design using this stamp set.
Let's check it out!   


I was inspired by a recent card I saw, where the vellum was used as part of the "opening " part of the card!! What fun!! I ADORE our Decorative Border Thin cuts that I used to cut our vellum...that stitched edging has so much appeal! 

Take a look at this BEAUTIFUL paper collection that I took my colors from.  This paper collection is called "True Love. I only used one sheet of patterned paper (the sapphire blue in the background) but used the cardstock colors in this collection to finish out the card! 

Let's take a look at some of the details of this card. 

There are SO MANY new Thin Cuts (metal dies) in our Seasonal Expression 2 (SE2) catalog, that was released on May 1st, and this is Lace Border is a popular one!! It is back ordered until the end of July!  I knew a lot of you already had this border & could use it to recreate this card if you chose.

 
I "fussy cut" out the flower out of the Cake!!  I love to use as many stamps as I can from one particular stamp set! :) 
I colored the flowers with TWO of our shimmer brushes....Mint & Sugarplum.  I wish you could see the shine on these flowers!! 


Another fun technique, I hadn't done in a while....creating my own background. I used the "make a wish" wording of the June SOTM, and created a subtle background for part of my "patterned" paper. :)  


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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 Lauren's blog to see what CRAFTY item(s) 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 June Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”It's Your Day to Sparkle” – is ONLY available until June 30, 2019.

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 many have. (or click here if you need a consultant )  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista

Monday, May 20, 2019

Seasonal Expressions 2 - NEW Product Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!


Today, we will be featuring our EXCLUSIVE New PRODUCT from  the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expression 2 that was released on May 1, 2019.  



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

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

If you have come here from Terry'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!!
  
The NEW Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book is just FILLED with BEAUTIFUL papers, embellishments & products!! It was hard to choose what items to create with, but I decided to use the rugged "Into the Wild" collection. ;) 

Here is the card I wanted to share with you today...

The"Into the Wild" papers are a FAVORITE this time around! 

The ruggedness, the grays, blues & greens.....they are so "handsome!" :)  Take a peek at this beautiful collection....


For the card design...I started by using our Make It From Your Heart vol 4 How-To book. While I did change up the design a bit....it is amazing how these GREAT pattern books are so helpful in getting the ideas rolling in my head! :) 

  I decided to stamp the mountain with Charcoal ink, on top of the Fancy tag that I cut in Mink CS.

Also...do you see the New England Ivy scalloped circle?
This circle is actually a TAG cut from this same Thin Cut collection!!!


  While these "Fancy Tags" aren't NEW items from the Idea Book....these are definitely a STAPLE item in my craft area at all times!! 
In case you have noticed them before, check out this AMAZING set!!




Let's talk about the Wooden Shapes on this card.  

I used a solid tree...but as I was making multiples of this card design, I did try using an "open" tree too!!  I'll include both pictures below...and you can decide which one you like better. :) 

Solid Tree Shape

Open Tree Shape


These wood shapes are so FUN & there are a LOT of different designs that come in one bag!! :) 

The NEW stamp set I used on my card. 
 It's called "The Scenic Route"...take a peek...
You probably notice the RED LINES on this stamp set....who knows what this "extra" addition means? 

Yes...you got it!! Anytime you see the red lines on a stamp set, you know that one of Close To My Heart's EXCLUSIVE Cricut collections coordinate with this stamp set!!  In this case...the Artbooking Cricut collection will coordinate with many shapes in this set. 

If you'd like to recreate this card on your own...I've included the "recipe" of the list of items I used for my card. :) 

4 ¼ x 5 ½ Love This Place card
MIFYH volume 4, pattern #20
D1853 The Scenic Route
Z4305 Fancy Tags Thin Cuts
Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon
Z4078 Into the Wild Wood Shapes
Z4235 Loose Gold Sequins
Xacto knife
Inks: Fern, Sapphire, Charcoal
Cardstock: NE Ivy, Mink & White Daisy


I hope you enjoyed this card, and were INSPIRED today!! :) 

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Jessica'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 Seasonal Expression 2 Idea Book!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Make the Cut - Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will see a variety of artwork, showcasing our FABULOUS "Thin Cuts" as we call them at Close To My Heart....or maybe you know them as METAL DIES.    

If you have come here from Valerie'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 that will be 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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I ADORE our Thin Cuts, here at Close To My Heart, and it was hard to choose just one to use for this hop...so I used THREE different Thin Cut sets in today's card. :) 

Take a look! 


Who is READY to go camping this summer? 
While our family may not be a camping family...we DO enjoy nature & being outdoors.  This BRAND NEW Stamp set & Thin Cut bundle is called "Happy  Trails". Take a look at the FIRST Thin Cut collection we used in today's card. 


Z4068  Happy Trails Thin Cut bundle

I ADORE these Thin Cut/Stamp set bundles that we carry at Close To My Heart!!  What a PERFECT MATCH!!  Thin Cut shapes that MATCH & Coordinate with our beautiful clear acrylic stamps...can you say A-M-A-Z-I-N-G?!?!!!!  


Let's take a look at the rest of the details of this card! 

Rectangle Stitched Frames Thin Cuts

These Stitched Frames are FABULOUS...and did you know???
ONE frame will cut TWO different pieces???

For THIS card,  I used the largest stitched frame (which is the multi blue color around outside edge of card) 

and the second part, or the INSIDE of this same frame, is the LINEN colored Cardstock...which I stamped the trees onto. 

So...how did I do this???
I did cut these frames TWICE...once to get the Sapphire (blue) outside frame and the second time I cut the "inside" frame piece with Linen Cardstock.  
 
I now have some "extra" insides & frames from this stitched Thin Cuts, that I'll be able to use in another creation! :) 

And YES....in case you didn't catch it above... ;) ....I DID stamp those tiny trees onto that Linen CS paper.  It's a subtle affect, but I really like how it turned out!! 


This set of AMAZING Thin Cut Tags have been around for a little bit...and they are a STAPLE in my Crafting supplies!   

Do you see the TAG that the camper is placed on top of??? 

THIS tag was cut from one of the TEN tags included in this Thin Cut set! (see photo below) 

I chose to cut my tag from a patterned designed paper to add a bit more color to the card...  


If you take a "close up look"....you'll see that I did need to pull out my Xacto Knife in this creation too!! 

 I "had" to make sure that SOME of the grass, was in front of the camper image...and not all placed behind it. ;)   

If you look closely, (click on the photo to see a close up image)  you may notice the gold "shimmer" on the bottom part of the camper.  
I used our GOLD Shimmer Brush to add some sparkle to this camper design! 



Another one of my FAVORITE new items in our Brand New Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book...is this BEAUTY of a paper pack .  Take a look! 



This paper collection can be used for SO MANY Occassions!!  I can't wait to continue to create with this collection!!  

Here's a final close up of my card...."Enjoy each day".  
This is a GREAT reminder for me!!  Let's all be reminded to take time to ENJOY each day that we are gifted with!! What a blessing it is to be alive here on this beautiful eart our Lord God created! :) 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you were INSPIRED today!! :) 

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Catherine's Blog and 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 :)) 
to help you with any of the products listed above. :)  




Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista