Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard To Say Goodbye - Blog Hop - Retiring items

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring items from Close To My Heart, that are going to be So Hard To Say Goodbye  to on July 31, 2017....that's ONLY 2 weeks away!! :) 

There are so MANY beautiful items that will be leaving us, it was hard to pick just one to share I included a couple different things on this layout.  If you'd like to take a look at all items that are leaving us click on the "Going Soon!" words on your consultant's website.   

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

If you have come here from Kirsten'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

We have  19 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!

There are SO MANY favorite stamp sets of mine,  that will be leaving us at the end of this month.  Let's take a look at this layout, and I'll share a few stamp sets that I used in this creation today. 
Just click on this photo to enlarge & see details ;) 

I created this layout, using one of my very FAVORITE stamp sets from this past season, Swirly Seashells.  

This stamp set comes as an individual stamp (which makes it part of July's STAMPAGANZA sale) OR as a bundle pack which includes the stamp set & the coordinating Thin Cut metal get to choose! :) 

Earlier this year, I had an all day crop.  Each time, at this particular crop, I create a quick "make n take" for those in attendance.  

I always to my best to teach them something new, & have them create something that will be an addition to their scrapbook pages, we don't usually create an entire page since they only have about a 15 minute time slot to create in.  

Here is the border piece we created....

We showcased the following items as we created this border & most of these items we used, are retiring at the end of this month!! 

These items are retiring: 
Swirly Seashells stamp set & thin cuts
Way To Go stamp set (dotted border) 
Fundamentals Rustic Home Basics
Sea Glass Cardstock
Thin Cuts- happy
Blender Pen
Sea Glass re-inker
Swirly Seashells stamp set
Desert Sand Cardstock
Desert Sand ink & reinker

 to see the entire list of items that are retiring.

These are the items we used to create the layout, that will be staying: 
Gold Shimmer Pen
Gold Glitter Gems
Spray Pen 
Watercolor Pencils

It was a LOT of fun to color the seashells & if you notice in the photo, I put some Sea Glass re-inker onto one of our acrylix blocks...this made my ink palette. :) 

Next I took my Blending Pen (or Waterbrush would work too) and "picked up the color" (sea glass re-inker) onto my brush, and painted my seashell with it! 

Here is a close up of two different ways to color these seashells with these colors...
The shell on the RIGHT - was colored with the sea glass reinker & blender pen and then I used my Desert Sand watercolor pencil, and blended the pencil marks together with my Gold Shimmer Brush, and got the "watercolor-gold shimmer" look. 

Hopefully this was a helpful tip for YOU too! :) :) 

While I have shared this card below, on my blog before...I thought I'd quick showcase this card again because it uses this same stamp set!!  I LOVE how these shells turn out when they are heat embossed in gold!!  
If you'd like to re-read the details on creating this card, please CLICK HERE


I hope you enjoyed this project , and were INSPIRED today!! :) 
Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Wendy's  Blog to see her amazing work!

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 make sure to get these items off of your wish list that are LEAVING us so very soon!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!



  1. The shells look great on this layout and make great vacation pages!

  2. Love, love both the layout and the cards. Great colors and the gold creates such an elegant effect.

  3. This is a beautiful layout and card. I love them both!

  4. Such pretty sea shells! Both projects are lovely.

  5. Lovely layout and card, Krista! Thanks for the photos detailing your expert coloring techniques.
    :) Marie


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