Sunday, December 9, 2018

Joyful Stars blog hop - Tis the Season Scrapbooking

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 Joyce Gough's blog you are right on track.

Do you know how FABULOUS our Workshop Your Way (WYW) kits are at Close To My Heart??
Today, we are going to take a look at one of our beautiful kits!

Each paper suite on our Idea Books (catalogs) have a scrapbooking workshop kit we call "Workshops Your Way" (WYW). 

TODAY, we'll be taking a look at the "Tis the Season" kit and the beautiful pages you can create with the purchase of this kit! 

Here are the contents of this kit...

1 – ‘Tis the Season Paper Packet (X7239B)
1 – ‘Tis the Season Complements (X7239C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Candy Apple, 2 Linen, 1 White Daisy)
1 – ‘Tis the Season Buttons (Z4227)
1 – ‘Tis the Season Snowflakes (Z4226)
photo placeholders
printed instructions

Each month, I host a Scrapbooking Class using a WYW kit....and, I try and put my own "spin" to the layouts of each kit.  

Here are the layouts as CTMH designed them, so pretty! 

With this particular WYW kit, some of my ladies, weren't crazy about the thick snowflakes that CTMH had added to the pages. 
SO... I improvised & used our AMAZING Winter Flurries Thin Cuts instead!! 

Other items I added to my pages...
Gold Shimmer Trim
Gold Flecked Gems
White Glitter paper

I'll share each of the layouts below...the CTMH version & then my -FUN!!!

Layout 1
Tis the Season - WYW - layout 1 by CTMH

Tis the Season - layout 1 - Krista's version
I changed out a few cardstock colors, as well as adding that gold shimmer trim...and those gold flecked gems finished off the Thin Cut snowflakes! 

Layout 2

Tis the Season - WYW - layout 2 by CTMH
Tis the Season - layout 2 - Krista's version

Adding the gold Shimmer Trim to the top of the page, added just what I was looking for. 

I wish you could see the sparkle & shine the white glitter paper & gold foil embellishments give!!

Layout 3

Tis the Season - WYW - layout 3 by CTMH
Tis the Season - layout 3 - Krista's version
I added another photo well on my layout & also chose to use the "JOY" glitter letters from my Tis the Season Complements pack! 
It was fun to cut the Snowflake in half...putting one piece on the outer edge of each page! 

Layout 4
This is a layout I often create "on my own"...but this time, I looked at our Deluxe WYW kit & took one of the layout designs from that kit....

Tis the Season - Deluxe WYW -  by CTMH

Tis the Season - layout 4 - Krista's version

I hadn't used colored Cardstock for my base page in a little I pulled out my coordinating cardstock from my Tis the Season cardstock pack & decided to use the Fern Cardstock.  It's AMAZING how this changes the look of the entire layout!!

What BEAUTIFUL pages these turned out to be....all ready for my photos!!

If you enjoy Creating & having the ideas already created for you....I highly suggest you give one of CTMH's WYW kits a try!!  They are always beautiful pages & you can even change things around a bit if their design isn't quite like you like.    

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 Joyce Houck's Blog and see what BEAUTIFUL, crafty item she has to share with us today! :) 

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Close To My Heart - 2018 Retiring List

This is the LAST month for the Holiday Expressions (HE) Idea book!!How fast 4 months flies by!
All of the...
Paper Suites
✅-Stamp Sets (but the 2 Story by Stacy stamps & some Alphabets)
Some embellishments
some thin cuts will be LEAVING us!!🙁
Check out the LIST of ITEMS in the photos below ---- as to WHAT items are staying....and WHAT is retiring. Some of these items have already disappeared!! (but I may have it in my personal shoot me a message if it's already gone! ;) )

Let me know if I can help in anyway...and you can find all these items on my website -

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!

Krista Hershberger
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
Celebrating 12 years with Close To My Heart!
The perfect place for ALL of your Scrapbooking, Stamping, & Papercrafting Needs!

PHONE/TEXT: 610-587-9116
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hinged Christmas Card- Tis the Season

A week or so ago - I shared a "sneak peek" at a card I was making for my home party that night. Then, remember the SNOW storm that came to my area?? Yup - that 6" postponed the party until tonight!
So today is the day I am EXCITED to share this card design with you!

To begin creating this card, I was looking through my stamp sets...and realized I hadn't yet used the Tis the Season - Scrapbooking stamp set!! Well, I decided to change that, and started brainstorming on how this "scrapbooking" stamp, could be used on a CARD design.

Well, I came across this card design was from my friend & fellow consultant, Tina Lovell. What a talented lady she is! I loved the card design she used for a card she made in the past, so I took her design & changed it into a Christmas card!
It's always FUN to change up a card's function in opening...and I was determined to create something different for my cardmakers tonight....because some of them are close to "expert" level & I love to learn new things from them! Tonight, I'm hoping that I can teach them something too!
One "fun part" about this card....notice the RED ribbon...Do we HAVE red ribbon with gold running through it???

No----- we don't have red ribbon :)
....HOWEVER....anything this is WHITE, can be made colored with our ShinHan Alcohol markers! Wahoo!! LOVE this feature of our markers!

And look at those BEAUTIFUL sprigs!! Yes...these are from my FAVORITE product in this Holiday Expression Idea book - the Decorative Border Thin Cuts (metal dies) I am AMAZED at how much I use these cut designs!! Love - LOVE them!!

And let's take a look at the inside of this hinge card design....

How NEAT is that?!?!!!!!
Do you see how this opens?? With our sturdy, but BEAUTIFUL designer paper, creating this card was a snap!

The branch of leaves was from the Tis the Season- Scrapbooking stamp, ( I used New England Ivy ink to stamp it) and this was just the touch that the writing section inside needed!

Tina shared with me to cut the paper at 7 1/4 in length....
Next to cut the "triangle - that's not really a triangle piece - LOL!!
the left side is 1 3/4" tall
the RIGHT side is 5" tall.

I just played around with it, until I got the cut I liked, using my paper trimmer to cut these diagonal lines. :) I didn't realize how much I'd like this card....I should have taken pictures of my creating along the way! :)
The words on the front & the inside of the card, all came from the October Special stamp set - Love with all the Trimmings.
This stamp set can STILL be purchased as part of the Holiday Sparkle cardmaking kit - HURRY - it is a While Supplies Last item!!

I hope this inspired YOU to create & maybe even gave you a few ideas too!
If you'd like to recreate a similar card, I've listed the card ingredients below.

Products used in this card...
D1801 Tis the Season - Scrapbooking stamp
D Love with All the Trimmings stamp
X7239B - Tis the Season Paper pack
X7239D Tis the Season Coordinating Cardstock
X6028 Black Cardstock
Z4241 Decorative Border thin cuts
Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper
Z2448 ShinHan marker - Carmine
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z4194 White & Gold Skinny Ribbon
Z3090 Red Enamel Gems

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!

Krista Hershberger
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
Celebrating 12 years with Close To My Heart!
The perfect place for ALL of your Scrapbooking, Stamping, & Papercrafting Needs!

PHONE/TEXT: 610-587-9116
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Merry Christmas Projects - Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will see a variety of artwork, showcasing Holiday Artwork using our BEAUTIFUL products here at Close To My Heart!     

If you have come here from  Haley'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 many  Close To My Heart Consultants that will be 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!

I ADORE creating Winter/Christmas cards, and had so much fun using our Thin Cut - Winter Flurries (metal dies) to create this card!  

You can see I used all THREE of the metal die snowflakes on my card! 

I designed this card around our BEAUTIFUL, NEW "Color of the Year" - Sugarplum. 

If ONLY you could see this card in person!! There are so many FUN details taking place! :)  

I'm going to try and show you a few of these details...

FIRST.....take a peek at the background of this card....

I used the stamp set named "Merry Trimmings" to create the background of my card. 
I inked up the LARGE stamp in this set in VersaMark ink...and then heat embossed the clear powder to create a subtle, but pretty background. 

NEXT, I used the stamp set "Falling Flakes" and inked up the medium size snowflake in Sugarplum ink.  I wasn't sure how well this snowflake would stamp on TOP of the already heat embossed background....but it was the PERFECT touch!!  The snowflake shone through & you still were able to see the clear embossed background too! :) 

Now...let's look at the snowflake part of the card...

The Sugarplum glitter snowflakes weren't showing up enough on the white background of my I pulled out my SHIMMER Brush (using Sugarplum of course ;) ) and shaded in the area behind each glitter snowflake.  I then added a SILVER Glitter Gem to the center of each snowflake. 

For the sentiment of my card....

I used our Oval Thin Cuts (metal dies) .  
I LOVE how our stitched shapes nestle so nice inside our Basic shapes! :) 
The light snowflake behind the words Merry Christmas, was inked in 2nd generation Sugarplum, to get the lighter color tone. 

To finish off this card, I added some silver embellishing thread to the bottom of the card & behind the oval wording. :) 

I hope you enjoy this card.  Here is the list of CTMH products I used on this card in case you'd like to recreate something similiar... 

C1745 Merry Trimmings
C1746 Oh What Fun- Cardmaking
A1223 Falling Flakes
X5989 Sugarplum Cardstock
Z6028 Black Cardstock
Z4188 Sugarplum Glitter Paper
X254 White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
Z4187 Stitched Oval Thin Cuts
Z3328 Basic Oval Thin Cuts
Z4236 Winter Flurries Thin Cuts
Z891 Versamark ink
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems
Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape
Z3342 3-D foam Dots

Inks used: Sugarplum, Black


Make sure to ask your consultant for ALL the details regarding the many options you have to have some Crafty, Holiday fun with fabulous Close To My Heart items!! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you were INSPIRED today!! :) 

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to   Michelle's  Blog and 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 :)) 
to help you with any of the products listed above. :)  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!