Friday, November 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Good Tidings 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 Joyce Gough's blog you are right on track.

Today I thought I'd share a non-traditional Christmas card with you. Take a look at this card below! 

 
(click on the photo to enlarge it) 


This card was fun to create & my color combo was inspired by our NEW Color Combo book called "Love of Color".  I LOVE this book, and how fun it is to try out new color combos!  You'll want to check out the Love of Color book by clicking HERE


I used our beautiful Christmas papers, called "Oh What Fun"...and what a FUN pack of patterned paper is in this collection! I ADORE these bright colors, for a different twist to the Christmas season! (they make GREAT birthday papers too!) 


I also used 3 stamp sets to create this card design.  The first stamp is called "Tis the Season - scrapbooking" stamp....take a look...



The 2nd stamp set used was the "Wonder of the Season" stamp set.  
Do you SEE all the possibilities with this stamp set? 

And the 3rd stamp, you can hardly see where I used it on the card...but I DID use this "Watercolor Impressions" stamp set. 



Let's take a close up look at the card....the tag, is where I stamped the Watercolor Impression using the Linen ink.  When you see this card in person, you do really notice this stamp! :) 



The flower was colored with TWO of our new colors of Shimmer Brushes.  I used Sugarplum & mint.  The gold sparkle in the middle of the poinsettia, were the perfect touch to create this flower! 


Also, I have been having fun tying our MINK Twine into bows!  All I did was "double up" the twine, and tie the bow like I would my shoelace.  Ta-da! It's as easy as that! 

And check out the black & white striped Washi tape --- that's from the Hello Pumpkin collection (not halloween at all!) 



Here is the page in the Love of Color book, where I receive the inspiration....pretty close to the original design - but yes so different too!




One of my FAVORITE new products, is our Metal die cuts we call "Thin Cuts".. We now have a "Fancy Tags" thin cut bundle!!  

This set is LOADED with 10 different tags, & you can see that some of them have stitched edges too! :) 




Here is my "recipe" of the items I used to create the card above...enjoy!


D1801    Tis the Season Scrapbooking stamp
D1797    Watercolor Impressions stamp
Z4238     Wonder of the Season
X7238B  Oh What Fun paper
                Eggplant cardstock
9045       Love of Color
9044       Make It From Your Heart vol 4, patt #10
Z4305     Fancy Tags Thin Cuts
Z4214     Hello Pumpkin washi tape
Z4188     Sugarplum Glitter paper
Z4210     Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
Z4225     Mint Shimmer Brush
Z4221     Mink Twine
Z4191     Silver Glitter Gems

Inks:        Linen, Eggplant & Memento



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 Houck'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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Seasonal Trees



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

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE November SOTM stamp set called "Seasonal Trees".

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 your $50 CTMH purchase in NOVEMBER 2018. 

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 card with this stamp set.   

I didn't have a lot of time to "play"...so I created the first thing that came to mind, and it's quite simple.  I look forward to playing some more with this stamp set VERY soon! :)  


Because I was short on time....I picked up my Make It From Your Heart vol 4 AND my NEW "Love of Color" color combo book. I am SO THANKFUL for these books, and how time saving they are!! 


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


It's the paper collection with the BRIGHTEST colors in our Idea Book this time. We call it "Oh What Fun".  I love the tones in this paper pack...isn't this collection beautiful?!?!!


I'm not sure how well the photo captures this...but let's give it a try.  A SIMPLE way to add some dots to any background....our Shimmer Brushes! 
  OH the possibilities!

I wanted a "sparkly" snow background, and I took the shimmer brush....tapped it on my finger above my paper & ta-da...I made shimmer flecks of snow! 





I also ADORE the NEW Silver Thread....and twirled a bit around my finger & used a glue dot to hold it in place! ;)  The perfect sparkle & shine! 

Items used to create this card....
9045 Love of Color - page 82 (Pewter)
9044 Make It From Your Heart - vol 4, patt 4
X7238B Oh What Fun paper pack
X6024 Thistle Cardstock
Z3501 Flower Market Digital Cricut Collection (stamped words)
Z4225 Mint Shimmer Brush
Z4145 Light Grey Ribbon (clearance section!) 
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

Inks used: Pewter, Thistle & Lagoon 

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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 Kathy'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 November Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Seasonal Trees” – is ONLY available until November 30, 2018.

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 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Holiday Sparkle - Season of Joy Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will see a variety of artwork, showcasing our "Season of Joy" Cricut cartridge digital collection AND/OR our "Holiday Sparkle" cardmaking kit October Special!!    

If you have come here from my talented & crafty friend Gina'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 the October special & decided to re-create a few cards from the Holiday Sparkle cardmaking kit that is available ONLY in October 2018! 

Let's take a look at the 2 cards I created....and then we'll talk more about what's all included in this kit. 

Here are the cards I created....

I ADORE snowflakes & wanted to add some more glitter & sparkle to my card design....so out came some glitter paper, shimmer trim & the new Winter Flurries Thin Cuts (metal dies) to create the cards shown above.  

Take a look at this close up....those "blue looking" sequins - they are ACTUALLY iridescent in color!!! But because of the blue card base - the sequins turned the color blue! 


The words "Warm Wishes" come from an EXCLUSIVE stamp set that is also included in the Discounted Cardmaking kit!!! Take a look at all the beautiful sayings in this set!!


I also used the Shaker Card Thin Cuts, to create a Glacier Cardstock stitched circle (even though there is a white stitched circle frame included in the kit ;) ) .  
This Thin Cut set is so FUN!!  Do you see the other metal die from this set, that I used on my card???


Yes - you guessed it!!!....I used the heart confetti with some Raspberry cardstock & added it to the sequins inside of the Shaker part of the card!! :) 

Now, let's take a look at the second card - you can see I used the single snowflakes stamps..... from the stamp set above.  

The border of snowflakes to the left of the card, comes from another stamp set called "Holiday Borders"...I just couldn't pass it up, as the snowflakes matched so perfectly!! :) :

Just a note...I put a few too many sequins inside the shaker part, before I closed it....I am AMAZED at how little of the sequins you use in each shaker box!! :)  
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The "Holiday Sparkle" cardmaking kit is a pre-printed, Cut Above kit (that means everything is included)  to create 12 - 5x7 Christmas cards! 

Here are the 2 card designs created by CTMH.  
All the images you see on the card, are either punch out die cut shapes or stickers!  The kit ALSO INCLUDES, the foam & acetate windows needed to create the shaker part of the card PLUS the bag of loose sequins too!!  All you will need to put these 12 card designs together is your adhesive! :) 

You can EVEN CHOOSE to decorate the included envelopes with the stickers!! 

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Make sure to ask your consultant for ALL the details regarding these two EXCLUSIVE Close To My Heart items!! 



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

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Miss Carrie's Creations 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 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Joyful Stars blog hop - Boutique Christmas Joy

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 Gough's blog you are right on track.

Here we are in October already, and guess what??  I had my first Christmas Cardmaking class the last Saturday in September!  

So...today, we'll take a look at a Christmas card that I created - WITHOUT using any Christmas stamp sets! :) 

Here is my Christmas Joy card.... :) 
(click on the photo to enlarge it) 


This card was is fairly simple to create, but oh what FUN, to create it using all NON-Christmas stamp sets! 


I did use one of our NEW Christmas papers....this is our "Tis the Season" paper collection...


But I also used 2 new stamp sets to create this card design.  The first stamp is called "Boutique cardmaking" stamp....take a look...
The 2nd stamp set used was the "Boutique - Scrapbooking" stamp set.  Check out the photo to see these beautiful stamp images. :) 

Let's take a close up look at the card....You'll notice that I used the word "joy" from the one set..and then used the heart & the wreath leaves from the 2nd stamp set.   



Bitty Sparkles around the wreath add a bit of sparkle to the card.



To create the wreath - I used New England Ivy ink, and stamped the "swag" of leaves...and kept stamping with out reinking the image.  Take a look at the photo - and you'll notice there are 2 colors of ink (although I really just "stamped off" to get the lighter shade!  It's all from the New England Ivy ink pad!) 

One of my FAVORITE new products, is our Metal die cuts we call "Thin Cuts".. We now have a "Decorated Borders" thin cut bundle!!  

This set is LOADED with stitches, cuts & you can see the die set in the photo below! :) 




Now, take a look at this next photo....can you see the 2 Thin Cut metal dies that I used on the White Daisy cardstock?? :) 

Yes - you got it!!  I used the double stitched imprint...and the small scallop border!!
I can't WAIT to use these dies even more...there are so many possibilities!!




The strip of strips behind sentiment...came from one of our ZIP Strips! :) 
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 Houck'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