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
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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!!!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Good Tidings Christmas card

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.

Today I thought I'd share a non-traditional Christmas card with you. Take a look at this card below! 

(click on the photo to enlarge it) 

This card was fun to create & my color combo was inspired by our NEW Color Combo book called "Love of Color".  I LOVE this book, and how fun it is to try out new color combos!  You'll want to check out the Love of Color book by clicking HERE

I used our beautiful Christmas papers, called "Oh What Fun"...and what a FUN pack of patterned paper is in this collection! I ADORE these bright colors, for a different twist to the Christmas season! (they make GREAT birthday papers too!) 

I also used 3 stamp sets to create this card design.  The first stamp is called "Tis the Season - scrapbooking" stamp....take a look...

The 2nd stamp set used was the "Wonder of the Season" stamp set.  
Do you SEE all the possibilities with this stamp set? 

And the 3rd stamp, you can hardly see where I used it on the card...but I DID use this "Watercolor Impressions" stamp set. 

Let's take a close up look at the card....the tag, is where I stamped the Watercolor Impression using the Linen ink.  When you see this card in person, you do really notice this stamp! :) 

The flower was colored with TWO of our new colors of Shimmer Brushes.  I used Sugarplum & mint.  The gold sparkle in the middle of the poinsettia, were the perfect touch to create this flower! 

Also, I have been having fun tying our MINK Twine into bows!  All I did was "double up" the twine, and tie the bow like I would my shoelace.  Ta-da! It's as easy as that! 

And check out the black & white striped Washi tape --- that's from the Hello Pumpkin collection (not halloween at all!) 

Here is the page in the Love of Color book, where I receive the inspiration....pretty close to the original design - but yes so different too!

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

This set is LOADED with 10 different tags, & you can see that some of them have stitched edges too! :) 

Here is my "recipe" of the items I used to create the card above...enjoy!

D1801    Tis the Season Scrapbooking stamp
D1797    Watercolor Impressions stamp
Z4238     Wonder of the Season
X7238B  Oh What Fun paper
                Eggplant cardstock
9045       Love of Color
9044       Make It From Your Heart vol 4, patt #10
Z4305     Fancy Tags Thin Cuts
Z4214     Hello Pumpkin washi tape
Z4188     Sugarplum Glitter paper
Z4210     Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
Z4225     Mint Shimmer Brush
Z4221     Mink Twine
Z4191     Silver Glitter Gems

Inks:        Linen, Eggplant & Memento

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Seasonal Trees

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

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE November SOTM stamp set called "Seasonal Trees".

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 NOVEMBER 2018. 

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

What a FUN set, and I can't wait to see what my CTMH sisters create with this stamp set! :) I'm sure you saw some beautiful work already in this hop. :)    

Today, I chose to create a card with this stamp set.   

I didn't have a lot of time to "play" I created the first thing that came to mind, and it's quite simple.  I look forward to playing some more with this stamp set VERY soon! :)  

Because I was short on time....I picked up my Make It From Your Heart vol 4 AND my NEW "Love of Color" color combo book. I am SO THANKFUL for these books, and how time saving they are!! 

Can you guess what paper pack I used for this card???

It's the paper collection with the BRIGHTEST colors in our Idea Book this time. We call it "Oh What Fun".  I love the tones in this paper pack...isn't this collection beautiful?!?!!

I'm not sure how well the photo captures this...but let's give it a try.  A SIMPLE way to add some dots to any background....our Shimmer Brushes! 
  OH the possibilities!

I wanted a "sparkly" snow background, and I took the shimmer brush....tapped it on my finger above my paper & ta-da...I made shimmer flecks of snow! 

I also ADORE the NEW Silver Thread....and twirled a bit around my finger & used a glue dot to hold it in place! ;)  The perfect sparkle & shine! 

Items used to create this card....
9045 Love of Color - page 82 (Pewter)
9044 Make It From Your Heart - vol 4, patt 4
X7238B Oh What Fun paper pack
X6024 Thistle Cardstock
Z3501 Flower Market Digital Cricut Collection (stamped words)
Z4225 Mint Shimmer Brush
Z4145 Light Grey Ribbon (clearance section!) 
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread
Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

Inks used: Pewter, Thistle & Lagoon 


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 November Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Seasonal Trees” – is ONLY available until November 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!!!