Sunday, March 10, 2019

"Love Blossoms" Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will see a variety of artwork, showcasing one of our MARCH Specials ---- the "Love Blossoms"  Cardmaking Kit at Close To My Heart.    

If you have come here from Heather'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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This monthly special, is a BEAUTIFULLY designed Cardmaking Workshop kit!  You'll want to make sure to check in with your CTMH Consultant, to learn all the details about this special deal!!  It only lasts until March 31st! 

The stamps in this collection are GORGEOUS & I chose to create a card, using 2 of the stamps....Take a look! 


My card today, was INSPIRED by a card I saw on "The Card Lodge" blog...where she created a very simple card design with one grouping of flowers. 

Here is a look at the double set of STAMPS that are included in our "Love Blossoms" cardmaking kit....or you can purchase this double stamp set by itself too! 


After stamping the flower in Memento ink, I chose to use our Watercolor Pencils to fill in with color.  


Instead of using the "normal" waterbrush to blend my colors together ;) ....I used our CLEAR Shimmer Brush instead!!! 

Check this out! If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the touch of shimmer pen on top of the flowers (that shimmer is SO hard to capture on camera!) 


I then took my white embossing powder & heat set the words on the black cardstock strip.



Clear Sequins, from our loose gold sequin collection, added the final touch to this very simple card design.  


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

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Haley'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 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - The Berry Best & Choose To Shine stamps

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 Joyce Houck's blog you are right on track.


My card today features our "the Berry Best" stamp set & our So Much Happy paper pack.   



This card design came from the "Choose To Shine" Cardmaking Workshops Your Way (WYW) kit.  We had card class these week at my home, and at each class, I ALSO create another card with a different stamp set - BUT--- I use the same paper cuts from the Cardmaking WYW kit!  It's a fun challenge to take on each month! 

Here is a look at the "So Much Happy" paper collection.  What a FUN & Happy paper....AND you'll want to make SURE to talk with your CTMH consultant.  All of our current paper collections that are in our Seasonal Expression 1 Idea book - are BOGO 50% off this month!!  Wahoo!! 


Let's take a look at a few more details of this card. 

I used TWO stamp sets for this card...
1. The "The Berry Best" stamp set is a great set for sure! Take a look at the ADORABLE sayings that are included in this set! 



 

Did you notice all the separate stamp image designs in the berry stamp collection? 

There's a berry stamp...
a stamp that only stamps the leaves....
you can even stamp "seeds" on the strawberries!!

AND...the basket & berries fit PERFECTLY together! 


I ADORE the white & gold skinny ribbon that is INCLUDED in this Cardmaking Kit.  I also used some of the iridescent sequins in our gold sequin pack

2. "Choose to Shine" EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that can ONLY be purchased as part of the Cardmaking Workshop Kit


OH the Possibilities!!  Stitched clouds, stitched circles & that banner...the grass...oh FUN!!  So many possibilities!!

I DID have some fun, creating a longer banner than what came in the "Choose to Shine" stamp set.  Let me share how I created this below...


I wanted a LONGER banner....but LOVED the stitching at the top of the banner stamp...oh what to DO to make it longer??  

I figured out a way...I'm not sure it's the BEST way ;)...but I'll share it with you - and I'd love to hear any way you have to create longer banners...

1. I used 2nd generation CLOVER ink to create this banner.....
and STAMP image onto White Daisy Cardstock


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You end up with a slight "line" in the middle of the longer stamped banner, but once you pair it with the regular size banner...you really don't even notice it AND it gives it a special look! :) 



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 Debi'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

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Stamp Of the Month Blog Hop - This Happened



If you have come here from the talented Becca Whitham's Blog, you are on the right track!!

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

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 MARCH 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 a 4x6 pocket card with this stamp set. It fits PERFECTLY into our 4x6 Flip Flap, a great addition to ANY scrapbook page!   

I do want to challenge myself in the near future, to create a card with this "what seems to be a scrapbooking stamp set". However, I KNEW that this project was already on my mind...and I had to get it OFF my mind, before dreaming up another way to use this stamp set for a card. LOL!!  


Can you guess what paper pack I used for this card???

It's our paper collection that is our FEATURED paper collection in March at CTMH.  The name of it is "So Much Happy".  Look at those GORGEOUS COLORS!!


Let's take a look at some of the details of this card. 
Here is a break down of how I started creating this 4x6 card.

1. The Playful Scallops Embossing folder is PERFECT for this set. 
AND...check out the border stamp I stamped in Candy Apple!! :)



2. I wanted to have the "notebook" look on this card....so out came our Decorative Border Thin Cuts!! (one of my FAVORITE items in our catalog!) 
Look at the "ripped" notebook edge this metal die created!! 


3. I stamped the "take note" stamp in Lagoon, but then took my ShinHan alcohol marker, and colored in the "note" with the Carmine color. 
The heart was a stamp, that I stamped in Candy Apple Ink onto Candy Apple cardstock.  



4. Those empty arrows needed something ;).....
our MINT Shimmer Brush came to the rescue!!



5. The finishing touches!! 
I used our sequin ribbon, and gold sequins from our Loose Sequin pack, to add the sparkle to this card. 
Oh...and we can't forget the sparkly Black Shimmer Trim!! I ADORE that this shimmer trim is adhesive backed!  


Here is a list of all of the products I used...just in case I missed sharing that detail with you!! 

Items used to create this 4x6 flip flap....
Make It from Your Heart, vol 4, patt #15

S1903    This Happened
X7241B  So Much Happy paper
Z4231    Playful Scallops Embossing Folder
Z4241    Decorative Border Thin Cuts
Z4182    Stitched Hearts thin cuts
Z1809    Black Shimmer Trim
Z4012    Black Shimmer RIBBON
Z4198    Gold Sequin Ribbon
Z4235   Loose Gold Sequins
Z4225   Mint Shimmer Brush
Z2448   Carmine ShinHan marker
Z3342   3-D foam Dots

Inks used: Candy Apple, Lagoon & Sapphire

Cardstock: Candy Apple, Peach, Mint & White Daisy

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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 March Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”This Happened” – is ONLY available until March 31, 2019.

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thin Cuts Blog Hop - CTMH metal dies

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 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 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 TWO different Thin Cut sets in today's card. :) 

Take a look! 


My card today, was INSPIRED by many different things/people today.

1. Gail Gross, is a fellow CTMH sister, and she created a card with a background like this....and I took her design & then created my own. 

2. Our "Love of Color" how-to program. 
The colors for this card, came from this AMAZINGLY (is that a word?) helpful book!  I looked up the CAROLINA color page.....and saw that they suggested that Peacock & Sage would be colors to coordinate with this blue. 
I took it one step farther, and also brought in our Ballerina pink color. 


The THIN CUTS (or metal dies) that I used on this card were...

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

For THIS card,  I used the largest frame (which you'll see is the SAGE color) 

and the other frame I used was the medium one.  This time...I didn't use the "frame", but rather used the solid stitched inside piece instead.  

This allowed me to stamp my words on the inside frame & still have that BEAUTIFUL stitched look!! 


We've had these stitched heart thin cuts for a little bit at Close To My Heart, and they are a "go-to" image for me!  

Whether you use cardstock, glitter paper OR designer paper when cutting them out, they are SURE to add that "extra touch" needed on whatever craft you are creating!   


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I also used THREE different stamp sets on this card & I LOVE how each has it's own purpose on this card design :) 

Let me share these 3 stamp sets with you, in the order they will be retiring. 

1. Stamp one - will leave us on Feb 28th 

Heartfelt Sentiments - February Stamp of the Month
This stamp set is ONLY $5 with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase!
I LOVE That we have a monthly stamp set ON SALE!!
https://kristah.closetomyheart.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=178

Another card I was inspired to create ---- and I used the Stitched Hearts on this card too! :) 


2. Stamp two - will leave us on March 31st

Love Blossoms stamp set
You'll want to take a moment, and contact your CTMH Consultant....because THIS stamp set that is an EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you won't find in our current catalog!!

There is a WORKSHOP KIT that creates this set of 12 cards....and it uses this BEAUTIFUL stamp set above, to create them!!



3. Stamp number THREE will leave us on April 30th. 

"A Birthday in Watercolor" 


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