Saturday, January 31, 2015

Feb 2015 SOTM Blog Hop - A Happy Hello


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

If you have come here from
you are on the right track!!

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE February SOTM stamp set called “A Happy Hello”.  

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This blog hop is a great big circle, so if you can start here & work your way around this circle!  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find a complete list of PARTICIPATING CONSULTANTS by clicking HERE

This month we have OVER 65 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 the post to see what EACH consultant has created!!
These flower stamps reminded me of spring…so off I went to create a card!J

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This card does open from the side rather than the bottom- something different from my normal routine card.

If you look close at the top of the card (the kraft color) you will notice I used our dotted embossing folder to create some more texture to this card design. 

I chose not to use any paper packs with this card, (I just used cardstock) HOWEVER I did use the ink colors from the Brushed paper collection.

Recently, I saw a card that used the “stencil” type effect, and wanted to create that as well!  So, I found a leftover shape on my desk that was cut from our Cricut cartridge & used that for my stencil as I sponged ink around the words on this card!

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I took my sponge, and in a circular motion….filled in the background with the flaxen ink color. You can see I also kept the stencil in place when I inked my flowers too!  That allowed for a clear space for my words.

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Here is a close up of the few embellishments I used on this card - golden butterfly puffies (only available til March 31!!) and the bitty sparkles from the Black & Grey Sparkle collection.

Here is the list of products I used on this card in case you'd like to create one of your own!  J 

Feb 2015 SOTM card
S1502                      A Happy Hello
Z1924                Dotted Embossing Folder
Z1929                Topiary Diagonal Ribbon
Z3038               Puffies – Junebugs
Z1754                Black & Grey Sparkles
Cardstocks used:  Kraft, White Daisy, Black & Sunset
Inks used:           Cranberry, Pixie, Sunset, Flaxen & Black

Now head on over to  Michele Rowley's Blog to see  what she has created using this stamp set!  J

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  We always love to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to leave a comment. J

****Remember, the February SOTM
~ A Happy Hello~
is only available until January 31st! J

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH items

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) to see how you can receive these EXCLUSIVE items for ONLY $5 each!!!  

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Just a FEW more days…for Jan 2015 CTMH specials!

There are only a few more days left, for you to join in & get these FABULOUS January deals!!
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When you purchase $50 in CTMH products at my website ( you will AUTOMATICALLY qualify for these GREAT Close To My Heart Goodies!!!

January Stamp of the Month (SOTM)
Get this stamp set for ONLY $5 with your $50 purchase!!! 

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The PERFECT stamp set to use for Valentine’s Day & for many occasions throughout the year!! (wedding, anniversary, hello, & more!)

I LOVE this adorable 3 x 4 3/4” card that my team mate, Martha Anne, sent to me!  How CUTE!!

Year>>Noted Special!
In honor of National Papercrafting month, we are celebrating by offering this AMAZING deal, and ADORABLE kit!!


After placing your $50 order on my website…you will be asked - would you like the $5 kit OR the $10 kit???

The $10 kit INCLUDES the adorable mini album + the paper and the stamp set.  The mini album cost by itself - $9.95…so it’s a REALLY GREAT deal!!!

However - you can chose to get this kit for ONLY $5 (without the kraft mini-album)

Here’s an inside look at the mini album…there are (5) 4x6 pages (front & back= 10) and (5) sets of pages that hold 2-4x3 items.

My friend, Gina Brandstetter, did a great job in filling her mini-album with the Year-Noted special kit!

I chose to create 2 sets of 12x12 layouts with this paper pack…take a peek!
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I was inspired by fellow consultant, Michelle Snyder (thanks Michelle!) for this first layout. 

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The gold foil stickers are a fun inclusion in this kit, but I had to bring in and add some gold dotted washi tape too!!

I used the Artbooking cartridge to get my 3” numbers of 2015.

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I also love the stamp set that is included in this kit (the $5 OR $10) Here is one of the journaling cards I created.

I also created a 2nd layout using CTMH’s Make It From Your Heart booklet #1, pattern 13. This layout lets plenty of room for pictures, and was a great layout to use up some of the scraps in this kit!

To create both of these layouts, I added 2 sheets of White Daisy cardstock (my 2nd set of base pages), one sheet of Desert Sand cardstock & some Gold washi tape.
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There’s ONE more January deal…

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With ANY SIZE order, you will be prompted to add TWO free books to your cart if this is your 1st time ordering since this offer was released!!! 

If you already received these books from me, why not add them to your cart anyway (they’re FREE!) and pass them along to a friend or family member that you know will enjoy them as much as you do!  Smile 

Feel free to head on over to my website to place your JANUARY order, and PLEASE contact me if you have any questions! Smile 

Blessings to you for a beautiful day!
Krista Hershberger J

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine’s Day Waterfall card

Good day to each of you! I’m excited to share with you today some cards created by my fellow, CTMH consultants! 

I recently was a part of a swap - where we created 3 cards using either our NEW Heartstrings or Hopscotch paper pack…and then we would receive 3 cards in return!!

Here are the cards I created for the swap…
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you can CLICK HERE to read the details in creating them.

Swaps are the PERFECT way to get a sampling of NEW goodies, and see many new ideas from my designing friends!

Today, I wanted to show you a Waterfall Card that fellow consultant Evon Fuerst created. 

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It was so neat to see her card when it arrived…I haven’t made a waterfall card in such a long time!!

Maybe this is the first time you have seen this type of card?

It’s an interactive card, and can be used in many different ways, for many different occasions! 

Let’s take a peek at what happens when you start to pull the tab at the bottom that has the pixie colored extra thick twine…
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See how she created a different square for each part of the pulled tab?  There is a total of 4 squares that are filled.

Can you see the possibilities?  This card was created with Valentine’s Day in mind, however…why not create a birthday card, or maybe a card with animals for a child’s get well card? 

Since it’s Thursday today - why don’t we do a “Throwback Thursday” using CTMH products. J

Here is a waterfall card I created….long, LONG ago! (or so it seems)
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When I did a search in my CTMH files for a waterfall card, this card appeared…this was one of my favorite stamp sets!!

Here is the inside view...
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Also during my file search….another picture of a waterfall card appeared…and it was actually created last month!!

This card uses our Confetti Wishes paper pack & the Dec SOTM stamp set “Cutie Pie”.  I did not mark down the consultants name who created this…so please let me know if it’s you!
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So, are you headed to your craft room to create your own Waterfall card?

  I hope so…and I would LOVE to see your creations! J  
Feel free to comment below OR why not join my CTMH Business facebookpage! 

Please feel free to post any of your Creations on that FB page!  I love to see what everyone is creating in their craft rooms! J

Blessings to you for a beautiful day!
Krista Hershberger J

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Valentine’s Day

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Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog 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 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 my friend & upline Joyce Houck’s blog you are right on track.  Since we are already in the month of January…I thought it may be fun to show you samples of Valentine cards I created recently!  J

February will be here very soon!! 

Here are the 3 Valentine’s Cards I created….
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Now - one of these cards may look familiar  J….yes, I showcased the middle card LAST month here at the Joyful Stars Blog Hop. (to see details on this card - CLICK HERE)

Today, Let’s talk about the details on the other two cards.  

Happy Valentine’s Day card
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I had so much fun with this card!! The card design that inspired me was pattern #25 in our Make It From Your Heart - vol. 2 booklet. (take a peek at this pattern, and you can see the few changes I made J )

I used 3 of the NEW stamp sets in our Seasonal Expression mini-book!  Let’s look at the 3 stamp sets… 

1. The stamp set from Heartstrings WOTG card kit (G1090)
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2. C1608 Brushstrokes

3. D1635 Assorted Edges

Heartstrings_valentinescards_happy vday-CU_DSC_1616I had FUN using the border stamps to create my OWN background paper!  I stamped the circle/dotted border in Lagoon ink, on top of Lagoon cardstock!

I also REALLY like the adorable heart/arrow border that is included in the Heartstrings WOTG stamp set!!! By stamping it in Cranberry…it added a finishing touch to the middle of the card.

Let’s take a look at the 2nd card…

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I used the SAME stamp sets as listed above…BUT I also used our FABULOUS spray pens as part of the background!!!

By mixing whisper re-inker & water  and putting it into the spray pen, you get a beautiful “spotted” background!!  Here is a closer look!


To create all of these cards, I used the BEAUTIFUL new paper pack called Heartstrings

This paper is perfect for the month of February, but can also be used for many other occasions too!! The rose paper is just beautiful, and the paper with words is so versatile! 

I didn’t talk about the embellishments - but they show themselves well…there’s no NEED to talk! LOL! 

The NEW White shimmer Trim, Heartstrings Assortment , Pixie Extra thick Twine & the Stuck On You - Puffies added the perfect touche to finish these cards!!

**Please note that MANY of these items are ONLY available until March 31, 2015 OR while supplies last!!  So talk to your CTMH consultant today & make sure you add these cuties to your creating needs!  J

Now it’s time to Hop on over to my friend & CTMH sister Betty Locco’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