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 


  1. Krista - this is such a fun layout. Great job on the leaves.

  2. Very creative layout! Love your details.

  3. Fabulous layout using my very favorite paper. The embossed leaves look great on the layout - thanks for the tip on embossing a long strip.

  4. I hope that when you add photos, there is one of you with your camera! It would go perfect with your layout.


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