Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Holiday Sparkle - Season of Joy Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will see a variety of artwork, showcasing our "Season of Joy" Cricut cartridge digital collection AND/OR our "Holiday Sparkle" cardmaking kit October Special!!    

If you have come here from my talented & crafty friend Gina'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  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 the October special & decided to re-create a few cards from the Holiday Sparkle cardmaking kit that is available ONLY in October 2018! 

Let's take a look at the 2 cards I created....and then we'll talk more about what's all included in this kit. 

Here are the cards I created....

I ADORE snowflakes & wanted to add some more glitter & sparkle to my card design....so out came some glitter paper, shimmer trim & the new Winter Flurries Thin Cuts (metal dies) to create the cards shown above.  

Take a look at this close up....those "blue looking" sequins - they are ACTUALLY iridescent in color!!! But because of the blue card base - the sequins turned the color blue! 

The words "Warm Wishes" come from an EXCLUSIVE stamp set that is also included in the Discounted Cardmaking kit!!! Take a look at all the beautiful sayings in this set!!

I also used the Shaker Card Thin Cuts, to create a Glacier Cardstock stitched circle (even though there is a white stitched circle frame included in the kit ;) ) .  
This Thin Cut set is so FUN!!  Do you see the other metal die from this set, that I used on my card???

Yes - you guessed it!!!....I used the heart confetti with some Raspberry cardstock & added it to the sequins inside of the Shaker part of the card!! :) 

Now, let's take a look at the second card - you can see I used the single snowflakes stamps..... from the stamp set above.  

The border of snowflakes to the left of the card, comes from another stamp set called "Holiday Borders"...I just couldn't pass it up, as the snowflakes matched so perfectly!! :) :

Just a note...I put a few too many sequins inside the shaker part, before I closed it....I am AMAZED at how little of the sequins you use in each shaker box!! :)  
The "Holiday Sparkle" cardmaking kit is a pre-printed, Cut Above kit (that means everything is included)  to create 12 - 5x7 Christmas cards! 

Here are the 2 card designs created by CTMH.  
All the images you see on the card, are either punch out die cut shapes or stickers!  The kit ALSO INCLUDES, the foam & acetate windows needed to create the shaker part of the card PLUS the bag of loose sequins too!!  All you will need to put these 12 card designs together is your adhesive! :) 

You can EVEN CHOOSE to decorate the included envelopes with the stickers!! 


Make sure to ask your consultant for ALL the details regarding these two EXCLUSIVE 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 Miss Carrie's Creations 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!!!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Joyful Stars blog hop - Boutique Christmas Joy

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.

Here we are in October already, and guess what??  I had my first Christmas Cardmaking class the last Saturday in September!  

So...today, we'll take a look at a Christmas card that I created - WITHOUT using any Christmas stamp sets! :) 

Here is my Christmas Joy card.... :) 
(click on the photo to enlarge it) 

This card was is fairly simple to create, but oh what FUN, to create it using all NON-Christmas stamp sets! 

I did use one of our NEW Christmas papers....this is our "Tis the Season" paper collection...

But I also used 2 new stamp sets to create this card design.  The first stamp is called "Boutique cardmaking" stamp....take a look...
The 2nd stamp set used was the "Boutique - Scrapbooking" stamp set.  Check out the photo to see these beautiful stamp images. :) 

Let's take a close up look at the card....You'll notice that I used the word "joy" from the one set..and then used the heart & the wreath leaves from the 2nd stamp set.   

Bitty Sparkles around the wreath add a bit of sparkle to the card.

To create the wreath - I used New England Ivy ink, and stamped the "swag" of leaves...and kept stamping with out reinking the image.  Take a look at the photo - and you'll notice there are 2 colors of ink (although I really just "stamped off" to get the lighter shade!  It's all from the New England Ivy ink pad!) 

One of my FAVORITE new products, is our Metal die cuts we call "Thin Cuts".. We now have a "Decorated Borders" thin cut bundle!!  

This set is LOADED with stitches, cuts & you can see the die set in the photo below! :) 

Now, take a look at this next photo....can you see the 2 Thin Cut metal dies that I used on the White Daisy cardstock?? :) 

Yes - you got it!!  I used the double stitched imprint...and the small scallop border!!
I can't WAIT to use these dies even more...there are so many possibilities!!

The strip of strips behind sentiment...came from one of our ZIP Strips! :) 
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

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Thanks & Giving

If you have come here from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track!!

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE October SOTM stamp set called "Thanks & Giving".

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 many Close To My Heart Consultants that will be sharing items they have created 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 2018. 

I LOVE that we have an EXCLUSIVE stamp set available at a DISCOUNT each & every month!!

Look at this BEAUTIFUL stamp set...and what a FABULOUS price point! :)   

I chose to create a card with this stamp set...take a look :)  

I was inspired by a 2 fellow consultant and the CTMH Art Department for this card! :)  (thank you Brenda Rose, Becca Whitman & our Fabulous art department) AND....would you like to know where the card design came from??

Take a look to the card on the right....

while the card I created above- is NOT the same as this card design, :)  it IS where my card design idea originated from!!  This card comes from our FABULOUS cardmaking Workshop kit called "Hugs for You".  EACH of our WYW kits, found in our Holiday Expressions Idea Book INCLUDE directions & card or scrapbooking sketches!! 

I also chose to use the BEAUTIFUL, fall toned paper pack, named "Grateful Heart".  I love the tones in this paper pack...isn't it beautiful?!?!!

Let's take a closer look at the Grateful Heart papers...and then we'll talk about my card creation. 

One of my FAVORITE new products are the NEWEST Thin Cut sets (metal dies)....take a look at our Decorative Border Thin Cuts.  OH the possibilities!
So I was determined to use them in this card design. :) 
Let's take a close up look at this card....

I used the notebook paper edge, the double stitched die to create a border around the outside as well as adding them to the White Daisy "notebook" paper too!

The circle - was created by using our STITCHED Circle Thin Cuts (metal dies)...and it was the perfect addition to add more "stitching" to this card! :) 

For the birdhouse, I used paper from our 6 pack of paper called "Seasons Mix-In".  What a WONDERFUL pack of papers that coordinate with everyone of our paper packs in the Holiday Expression book!! 

Here's a peek at these paper designs...

The row of hearts comes from one of the Grateful Heart paper pack "zip strips"....if you aren't familiar with zip strips...all CTMH papers, have this FABULOUS 1/2" strip at the top of our paper collections!! 

On one side, the coordinating colors are listed, and the other side is a beautiful pattern design that you can use on any of your creations! :)

You may have noticed the indented "x's" at the bottom of the card.  Those are created with the Decorative Border Thin Cuts too :) 

To finish off the card, I stamped the leaf branch with New England Ivy ink onto fern cardstock, then just trimmed it out. 
The final touch was adding the Gold Glitter Gems & adding a piece of white & gold skinny ribbon.  


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 check out Kathy's blog to see what CRAFTY item(s) 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) –
 ”Thanks & Giving” – is ONLY available until October 30, 2018.

It can be yours at the retail price of $17.95 OR pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products this month!!!  

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!!!