Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions 2017 - 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 Holiday Expressions that was released on September 1, 2017.  

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

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

If you have come here from the talented,  Michele'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  23 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!

We have some BEAUTIFUL, new Christmas papers in the NEW Holiday Expressions book & today I chose to use the Silver & Gold paper collection in this card.  

Take a look....

I used the coordinating stamp set to create this card -  Silver & Gold - Cardmaking & I was excited how it turned out.  Let's take a look at this BEAUTIFUL paper pack & stamp set below. 

The Silver & Gold paper pack is a bit different than our other collections.  Included in this paper pack are 2 each of 5 double-sided paper designs PLUS 2 each of 2 single-sided GOLD FOIL designs.  (the hearts & stripes are gold foil). 

The Silver & Gold Coordinating Cardstock pack, includes a special "EXTRA" too!!  There are still 12 sheets of paper/cardstock in this pack.....HOWEVER, with the Silver & Gold - you are getting 9 sheets of Cardstock PLUS 3 sheets of Gold Glitter paper! :) 

The Silver & Gold Stamp set, is a BEAUTIFUL one!  One of my FAVORITE things about this stamp set, is that it has a COORDINATING set of "Thin Cuts" (our metal dies).  This makes it SO EASY to create a card AND....I always cut extra shapes & return them to my stamp envelope to that they will be ready to use for a future card I may need to create. :) 

As I thought more about this card, I decided I was going to pull out my heat embossing supplies to create this card.

If you look at the stamp set, you'll notice that the string & the bow are stamped images!!  I also added one of our NEW gold & white pearls to the top of the FUN!! 

After creating these ornaments, I wanted to use MORE of the stamps that were included in this stamp set.....but I wasn't sure how to do that at first. 

THEN - I decided to create my own dotted background & to also create some of my own designer paper, by stamping the word "Christmas" multiple times.  

The beautiful GOLD ribbon, in our Fundamentals Basics Ribbon collection, was the perfect touch to finish it off! 

I hope you enjoyed this card, and were INSPIRED today!! :) 
Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Kathy's  Blog to see her beautiful creation!


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 Holiday Expressions mini-Idea Book!!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Happy Day WYW card kit

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! 

If you have arrived from my team leader, Joyce's blog you are right on track.

In case you HAVEN'T heard, you'll want to check with your Close To My Heart Consultant ...because the NEWEST release of our Holiday Expression  Idea Book was released on September 1st!!  

It's BEAUTIFUL, & has loads of NEW PRODUCTS! :) :) If you click on the photo of the Idea Book, you can view the online version of this fabulous book! :) 

Today I wanted to show you something "NEW" from the Holiday book, so let's take a look at one of the Cardmaking Kits that are included in this new book.   

Here are the 2 card designs you can create with the Happy Day WYW Cardmaking beautiful! 

I ADORE these cards kits, and the BEST thing about these kits....they INCLUDE an Exclusive Stamp set!!  

Here is a picture of the entire kit...

This kit creates 12 cards/envelopes and is ONLY $26.95 
(and this includes a stamp set you will use for other projects!)

Here is a list of the items included in the kit....
Kit contents:
1 – exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 – Falling for You sheets
4 — cardstock sheets (2 Espresso, 1 Saffron, 1 White Daisy)
1 – white & gold ribbon (Z3189)
12 – white card bases and envelopes

We also have a set of "additional items" used in the card designs.  Most often, these may be items you already have on hand.  In this case, we used our watercolor paints to color in the stamped flower images on these cards.

Additional supplies needed:
Archival Black Exclusive Ink™ Stamp Pad (Z3271)
Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
Waterbrush—Medium Round (Z3225)
Leaves Embossing Folder (Z4031)
Thin Cuts—Basic Circles (Z3318)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

Did you take notice of the NEW embossing folder above??  In the Holiday Expressions mini --book we have the BEAUTIFUL Leaves Embossing Folder!!  Lovely for this time of year!!

I don't consider myself a very good watercolor painter - but I had so much fun & I was happy that my painting didn't turn out too bad on my cards! :)   

The beautiful White & Gold Ribbon is INCLUDED in the cardmaking kit!! AND...I had another thought after I made these....I think GOLD shimmer trim would add a FUN touch to these cards too!!

  That's all for today....thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were inspired to go CREATE something on your own! :) 


Now it’s time to Hop on over to my friendBetty's  blog and see what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us!

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, September 1, 2017

September Stamp of the Month - Blog Hop- Feel So Blessed

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

If you have come here from Miss Carrie's Creations, you are on the right track!!

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE September SOTM stamp set called "Feel So Blessed". 

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 25 Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items 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.

Here is this months EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5 with your $50 CTMH purchase in September!!

Look at this BEAUTIFUL collection...and I ADORE the fonts in this stamp many useful, everyday sayings!

As I was thinking about "what" to create, using this stamp set I like to set goals for myself.  So my creating goals were to...
1. Use both of the FEATURED paper packs for the month of September.
2. Stamp a background pattern, somewhere on the card. 

Here is the card I created for this month's hop.  

The original design for this card, came from our last year's Annual Inspiration Idea book...the "thanks" card is found on page 19.  I love to use past catalogs for inspiration whenever I can! :) 

Since this month, September 2017, we have TWO featured paper collections at CTMH....I used TWO paper packs! :)  

Check out these 2 NEW collections that were just RELEASED TODAY!! 

Cats & Bats
Falling For You

(click on the photos above, to make them larger) 
These papers will be current until Dec 31, 2017 OR While Supplies Last...whichever one comes first ;). 

Let's talk a few more details about this card....
I wanted to do some type of background stamping.  I found this dotted designer paper in the Falling For You collection, & thought I could add some more design to this paper. It's amazing how much it adds, by stamping a few of the stems of leaves! 
 Ta-da...a "new" B&T paper!
I also wanted to use a few NEW products, that were just released today!!  

Can you find these new products???  

The Bronze sequins & the White & Bronze twine :)  So pretty!

AND...of course, a little bit of shimmer goes a LONG way ;)...out came the gold shimmer brush to give my feather a bit of sparkle!!

Cardstock colors used: Almond & Espresso
Inks used: Espresso & Fern


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 Wendy's blog to see what CRAFTY items 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. 

The September Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Feel So Blessed” – is ONLY available until September 30, 2017.

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products this month!!!  I have a few more cards to share using this stamp set, so feel FREE to come back to my blog, to see what OTHER goodies I've created throughout the next couple weeks. :) 

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!!!