Monday, October 16, 2017

Share a Smile - Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring our amazing October Special called  "Share A Smile" from the Close To My Heart.  

In October 2017, we are celebrating the amazing organization Operation Smile! 

You can learn more about it, after the artwork shown in this post. :)  Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see how YOU can help these beautiful children!

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

If you have come here from,  Emily'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  20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using these FABULOUS items.   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!

This stamp set of "Punny Pals" is so ADORABLE & I love that for each stamp set purchased, $7 will go DIRECTLY to the Operation Smile children! :)  

I created a few "simple" cards today I needed a LOT of these cards to send out thank yous to a bunch of friends that helped me out in my time of need. :) 

Take a look....

I chose to use our Whimsy Fundamentals papers.  I had a lot of small pieces leftover from a previous project, and this was a PERFECT way to use up these scraps! :)  

Take a look at the Punny Pals Stamp set....

Which animal is YOUR favorite?  

I was having a hard time choosing which animal I would use on my cards, UNTIL I read the saying "You're TOAD-ally awesome"...and I knew I'd be using the frog- because I was sending these as thank you's to some TOAD-ally awesome ladies!! 

I love how our Shin-Han markers blend so well, and decided to use those to color in my frog, after I stamped the image with Memento ink. 

Since I was trying to use up my scraps...I didn't have a lot of one kind of paper, so...out came the many different colors of scraps to try and use on this card! 

I was pretty excited at how they looked...and was happy to see the variety that the different colors brought to my cards! :) 

I created 25-30 of these cards, so again - it was great to have a simple but FUN card to create!  The Kraft cardstock made a GREAT background & I finished the cards up with the black enamel dots from our Black & White dots collection. 

As I was finishing creating these cards, my "Punny Pals" Thin-cut (metal dies) arrived! :)  Yup...these Thin -cut dies match this stamp set & allow you to create BEAUTIFUL pieces without having to fussy cut these adorable creatures!  Learn more about these thin-cuts below -- becase these COORDINATING dies are ONLY available during October 2017! ;) 

I hope you enjoyed this card, and were INSPIRED today!! :) 
Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Melissa'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. 

Now...let's take a moment to learn a bit more about what's all involved in this month's special....

There are many ways you can help out...and some EXCLUSIVE products that are ONLY available this month as we raise awareness & funds for Operation Smile! 

For nearly a decade, CTMH has partnered with Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries repairing cleft lips & Palates in children around the world.  In an effort to collection funds for this charitable group, we at CTMH...annually dedicate the proceeds of one of our stamp sets to their efforts!  Look at this year's stamp set! :)   

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile. 

And, for this month only, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for the delightful animal shapes.

We’ve also put together the Share a Smile Card Kitalso available this month only, that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create these endearing cards shown above!!

Share a Smile cardmaking Kit - ONLY available in October 2017!!
It creates (32) 3x3 cards!!
In addition to the Punny Pals stamp set, coordinating thin cuts, and Share a Smile card kit, we have t-shirts available all year round whose proceeds also go toward Operation Smile.
And, if you place an order with us you have the option to round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will match all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!
I hope this allows you to see the MANY ways YOU can be apart of the Operation Smile organization.  

Feel free contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant :)) 
so that you can get in on these October specials!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Joyful Stars blog Hop - Life Together page

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 friend, Andrea's blog you are right on track.

Today, I'll be showcasing the 1 page make n take that I created for my September all-day crop! :)  Let's take a look! 

I was VERY excited with how this page turned out, & YES...I will be creating a 2nd page for it ;)....I just haven't taken the time to create that yet! ;)  The pattern design came from our NEW Make It From Your Heart - vol 3 collection!!  This is pattern #13. 

At this year's Sept All-Day Crop, this page was a FREE make n take for those that attended! :)  It's always a FUN day of creating together, and what a FUN, added BONUS this page added to their day! :)  

As I was creating, I wanted to use new products from Close To My Heart - because our crop was my DEBUTING event of the NEW Holiday Expressions mini -book.  
What FUN!!!

The first NEW goodie I wanted to use...was the BEAUTIFUL stamp set called "Oh Snap!".  Take a look....

Oh this stamp set just caught my many fun images in this stamp set!!  I just HAD to use, that adorable after stamping it in our NEW Nutmeg color, I decided it needed some sparkle, to make that flash shine :)  So...out came the gold foil paper AND the Gold Shimmer Brush!

Next, I wanted a title for the page.  I REALLY liked our new "Together" thin cut I cut that out of NUTMEG cardstock. I continued to look at the title, I REALIZED that the word "life" in the stamp set -had a VERY similar font to the thin cut die!! Why not create the title "life together"?  Oh WOW!!  Yay for a brainstorm!! LOL!! ;) 

Did you take notice of the embossed leaves at the bottom of the photo?  I used our  BEAUTIFUL, NEW, Leaves Embossing Folder!!  It's perfect for this time of year!  

If you click on the picture & zoom in....let me share another tip with you regarding these leaves :) :) 

I was DETERMINED to emboss my leaves, & that they remained facing upright....and the leaves wouldn't turn & be impressed sideways.  

Hmmm, I had to think awhile HOW was I going to do this with our 5x7 embossing folder?? 

(I included this photo, to help you see what I mean ;) )

 I LOVE that there is a slit in the top of all of our 5x7 folders, allowing us to create a 4x 12 strip of embossed paper if we'd like....but the way the leaf images were placed on this embossing folder...I could emboss the horizontal strip with the leaves going sideways.  

So...I got to thinking....why not cut a 10" long strip of paper - and fold it in half and run it through the embossing machine???  

I did this....and then inked up the leaves with our NEW Almond ink color!  The ink color really helped to blend it together, so you don't notice the "impressing" and "depressing" of the 2 different  embossed images! :)  

When you look at this close up photo - you CAN see the difference, but looking at the layout once again, it blends right together & no one will know that they are different. :)  Oh the FUN of creating!!! 

Other items I used in this project, and didn't list above...
Falling for You paper collection
Cats & Bats paper collection
Gold Shimmer Trim
September Stamp of the Month
Splash of Color stamp set
Fern, Almond & Nutmeg inks

  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 friendJoyce'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 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gone Hunting birthday card

Hello to you! Do you ever need a card, and need it quickly?

Well, that was my dilemma for the day & I had to create something quick so I could get it sent out to our oldest son who is living in Colorado.  His birthday is right around the corner!!

Isaac loves being outdoors, and just finished a hunting trip with his dad (my hubby) as they went hunting for elk.  Well – CTMH did VERY well with the masculine stamp sets this season….so I pulled out TWO stamp sets for the card I created.

Here is the finished card…
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The NEW stamp set that I used is called “Gone Hunting”…check out these FABULOUS D-size stamp set!!

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This stamp set is from our current Holiday Expressions mini-book…and will ONLY be available until Dec 31, 2017 OR While supplies last!! 

hunting for words ceee0a1c-4187-46a5-9f78-b83ccb59e19cI also used the “other” outdoor stamp set, that is shown in the 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Idea book

Take a look at the “Hunting for Words” stamp set….I pulled the words – happy birthday – from this set, as it fit PERFECT next to the elk on my card.

I wanted to use more than just the elk image on the card, so I pulled in some paper from our Falling For You collection & also stamped some of the gun images in Almond ink, as part of the background.
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AND…in case you didn’t think you could use PEARLS on a guy card Winking smile, think again! LOL!!

I hope you enjoyed my card today & hopefully, it’s generated some ideas for you to create some artwork of your own!!

Have a wonderful day & Happy Crafting!
Krista Hershberger 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Stamp of the Month - Christmas Tunes

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 October SOTM stamp set called "Christmas Tunes". 

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 26 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 October!!

Christmas time is coming & this is a WONDERFUL month to start preparing...AND....our ADORABLE Stamp of the Month can help do that!! 

Take a look at the card I created for this month's blog hop....  

I wish you could see this in person...the sparkle & shine "make" the card!!  

When I think of Christmas cards, I often like to do something "non-traditional"...and that's what I chose to do today, with the Sapphire & Silver Foil cardstocks.  

Do you want to guess where the silver foil, dotted, background came from? 

I used our BRAND NEW Picture My Life (PML) - Silver & Gold collection!!  It's a BEAUTIFUL collection & comes with 18-4x6 and 18-4x3 cards where half of them are silver or gold foil decorated! 

I used the WHITE embossing powder for the wreath & O holy night & matted the Sapphire 3 1/4" square with our NEW silver foil paper, and then "popped" it all with our 3D foam tape.   

The sparkly & shiny Glitter gems on the banner, came from the "Beary Christmas Dots" collection & there is a touch of Silver Shimmer Trim near the bottom of the card.  


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 Michele'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 October Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Christmas Tunes” – is ONLY available until October 31, 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!!!