Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - The Jubilee Crew & Jingle Joy Cardmaking kit

  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 created 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! 

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If you have arrived from Betty's blog you are right on track.


Here are the cards I'm sharing today!




Close To My Heart has some FABULOUS Workshop kits--and this Jingle Joy Cardmaking Kit is no exception!

I LOVE the kits they create, and I also enjoy doing a little "Krista's Crafty" tweak to each of the kits, by using their SAME card designs...but pulling in another stamp set of my choice. ;)  

First ---let's take a look at what comes in the Jingle Joy cardmaking kit & then we'll take a closer look at my cards. 

This kit can be found on your consultant's CTMH website--- I ADORE the Exclusive Stamp set & thin cut bundle that is included in this kit!


Take note that THIS particular kit ---INCLUDES a bottle of Silver Stickles too!! 


Here are the Card designs that CTMH created using this Jingle Joy collection! 

Look how BEAUTIFUL they are! 

We ALWAYS learn a technique in our Cardmaking kits & this time, we learned about using the Distress Oxide inks, as well as using the Stickles! 



 Today, I'm just focusing on the Design of card #2 today. ( I'll be sharing my other card designs over on my Business FB page & my IG accounts. )
 
Let's take a look at the 3 cards I created using the SAME Card #2 design. 

You can see the original card design in the top right of the photo above. 

For my other two cards, I took the SAME cuts of papers, and rearranged or even "trimmed down" some of the pieces to create TWO totally NEW cards! 

I also added in a stamp set of my choice --more details on that set below. 

Here are the inks & the Light Green Tri-Blend marker I used to complete "my version" of my cards. 




I've been having SO MUCH FUN "playing" with the distress oxide inks & I loved that we used them to STAMP with on these cards too!! These inks really DO give a vibrant, bright color when stamped!! 

I LOVED adding extra Stickles to my cards--- notice how you can use those Stickles for a thin "ribbon" on this card here! 


---OR ---

why not use it to add "sparkle & shine" to the large amount of gifts---how fun! 



Here's a look at the ADORABLE "the Jubilee Crew" stamp/thin cut set that I used to create my extra cards.  



These SNOWPEOPLE just "grabbed" me the minute I saw them! So cute!! 

Here's a "bonus card" showcasing my favorite images on this stamp set. 







Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my creation & were inspired to create something of your own. 


Happy Crafting & have a LOVELY evening!!! 

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Now it’s time to Hop on over to 
Joyce G'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 a BEAUTIFUL day!!!


Krista Hershberger

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December 2020 SOTM Blog Hop - Happiness Never Grows Old

 

Welcome to our monthly Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop!!!

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

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE December 2020 SOTM stamp set called "Happiness Never Grows Old".

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 a group of FABULOUS 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. 😊
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Here is a look at this month's BEAUTIFUL, EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5.... (or VIP's get it for FREE) with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in December 2020. 




This month's stamp set is a beauty, with sentiments and floral images for us to use in a variety of ways. Here's my card using this set...



When I first looked at this stamp set ---I thought "background stamping"...and that's exactly what I did! 

That large floral is BEAUTIFUL when colored in (as I'm sure you will see the talent of others in this hop. ) But I love to use these stamps, that are supposed to be colored in, in a different way.  
Background Stamping to the Rescue! 




Our Stitched Thin Cuts (metal dies) are the BEST! 
This card was calling for our lovely set of Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin cuts
They matted together perfectly!


The cluster of gold elements at the bottom was the final touch---gold embellishing thread and gold glitter gems.💓


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I hope you are enjoying this blog hop & are getting a lot of creative inspiration for when you create with your OWN Stamp of the month stamp set. 


Now – it’s time to head over and check out Alyson's blog to see what CRAFTY item 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. 

****Remember*****
The December Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Happiness Never Grows Old" – is ONLY available until December 31, 2020.



It can be yours at the retail price of $18.95 OR 
pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH productsOR when you are a VIP Customer --you get this stamp set for FREE!  


Contact your CTMH Consultant to answer any questions you may have. (or click here if you need a consultant )  

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!
Krista

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Nov/Dec 2020 NEW PRODUCT Catalog Blog Hop

 

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring our EXCLUSIVE New PRODUCT from  the Close To My Heart November/December Mini Catalog that was released on November 1, 2020.  

There are so MANY beautiful new items!!  If you'd like to take a look at BOTH of our current Idea Books - please CLICK HERE.   

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

If you have come here from my talented 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 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!
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Have you taken a look at the BEAUTIFUL, new Nov/Dec mini book?  It's filled with GORGEOUS, new products!
  

Today, I wanted to create with one of my FAVORITE paper packs in this book & it's one that I know I'll be purchasing multiple paper packs of!
This card I created below uses the SERENITY paper collection!! 



 Let's chat about this card design! 

I used TWO stamp sets with this card ---
1. Elegant Snowflakes
2. November Stamp of the Month - You Warm My Heart

The colors of Blue Belle & Sapphire have been my go-to lately...and I'm loving these tones together! 😊


I ADORE our stamp/thin Cut collection.....and this ELEGANT Snowflakes was one of the first ones from this NEW book, that I "needed" to add to my collection. 
You can choose to get it with OR without the Thin Cuts (metal dies).  It's totally up to you!  


I cut the snowflakes on my card using our Thin Cut from our Blue Belle Cardstock (this is our "color of the year"!) and then stamped with Blue Belle ink. 

Do you see the BORDER of snowflakes from this stamp set, tucked behind the Stitched Hexagon Shape



Another FAVORITE stamp set in this mini book is ONLY available during Nov 2020!! 
This stamp set is our Stamp of the Month for November, called "You Warm My Heart".  

Talk to you CTMH Consultant right away and learn how you can get this stamp set for the DISCOUNTED price of $5 OR for FREE!!



I ADORE the words that are included in the Elegant Snowflakes stamp set...and wanted to use "warm winter wishes".   To add this to my card front, I chose to use White Embossing powder and heat set these words in the top right corner. 



Take a look at the bottom of this card design --and the FUN products I used here!!



---> I used TWO new Glitter paper colors --- Sapphire & Blue Belle
It's AMAZING how thin strips of glitter paper add the perfect sparkle & shine!

---> I also used the "Spring Blossoms" 5x7 Embossing folder and impressed that design onto the dark side of Sapphire CS. 
I LOVE the detail this brings to this card!! 

Here is a look at the pretty parts of the Serenity Collection---you'll want to make SURE to ask your consultant about this BEAUTY!




For the final touch of this card, I added the shiny, iridescent loose sequins in Blue Belle color.

I also used Platinum Stickles for some sparkle & shine on the whipped cream.  When doing this -- make SURE to use Intense Black ink when stamping your image! (don't ask me how I know--LOL!!) 


Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Alyson's Blog to see her beautiful creation!

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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 :)) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of the NEW Nov/Dec 2020 CTMH mini Idea Book!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Owl Animated 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 created 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! 

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If you have arrived from Betty's blog you are right on track.

Close To My Heart has released a FABULOUS special called "Season in Motion" and it's all about animated images!

I adore the fall stamp set...and decided to create a card with this adorable owl...  




CTMH has created an AMAZING Thin Cut (metal die) that cuts the entire front of this card!! 


You probably notice the little lines in the circle of the card front...take a look at the stamp image below---and you'll see that the stamp image doesn't look "normal".  
Rather, the owl (and other images) have lines as part of the stamp image.  Where you see those lines...that's what will create MOVEMENT!


 Here's a peek at another set of cards that are MOVING --These cards were created by the CTMH art department. 



 
Ok...so back to the card I created...let's look at some of the details. 



It was fun to create an ombre look with the OWL image and the wording I stamped below! 
I used the ink colors Saffron & Sangria to stamp the words "Happy Harvest". 

Do you see how I edged the scallops with a marker?? It's hard to see...but I used our NEW Metallic Markers for that edging!

I chose to stamp the Owl in 3 ink colors---Toffee - Saffron & Sangria. 



You can see how his EYES are open in the photo above...


...but by sliding the paper just a bit --- he looks like he's closing his eyes! So FUN!! 


The paper I used is from the 6x6 pack of ADORABLE paper that is part of the monthly special Season in Motion ---check out the 48 sheets!! 



You may recognize some of these patterns from past paper packs that we had---HOWEVER ---they are not the same as those 12x12 papers we had -- but rather, the patterns of the paper have been REDUCED in size, to fit perfectly on a 6x6 square! 



Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my creation & were inspired to create something of your own. 


Happy Crafting & have a LOVELY evening!!! 

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Now it’s time to Hop on over to 
Joyce G'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 a BEAUTIFUL day!!!


Krista Hershberger

Friday, November 6, 2020

Holiday Cards Blog Hop

 


Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring  HOLIDAY Cards using FABULOUS Close To My Heart current product! 

We have so MANY beautiful items, some are NEW & some are in the Online Only section--you'll want to make SURE to check it all out!  Please CLICK HERE.   

Let's continue with this special Blog Hop....

If you have come here from Melinda'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 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!
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With Christmas just a month away, I was EXCITED to see the new "Flourished Joy" M-size stamp arrive in our Nov/Dec catalog at CTMH!! 

I was also SO EXCITED to have an in-home party last week! At all of my gatherings, we create a card & I wanted to create a Christmas card..and ta-dah!! This is what I created for them to make that day! 



Traditional colors of Red & Green (or New England Ivy & Scarlet) were used for this card design. 
It's always FUN to incorporate techniques and there are quite a FEW TECHNIQUES in the creating of this card! 



Take a look at the Black Cardstock behind the Joy.... it's NOT regular cardstock! 

I used the CTMH Scallop Circle Thin Cut to cut the shape...but LOOK at that Beautiful Black ORE Cardstock!! 
It is a THICK cardstock (still cut fine with our Thin Cuts) AND it has a little shimmer affect to it....it's BEAUTIFUL!!! 

2. Dry Embossing --and then inking the top of it!! 

I ran my DESIGNER paper (yes..there is a pattern to that paper!) through my Cuttlebug machine. 
I love the look that the lovely "Spring Blossoms" Embossing folder created on the paper---but it needed more. 
I then laid my embossed, designer paper on my All Purpose Mat, and took my Scarlet ink pad -- and swiped the ink across the top of the raised, embossed design!! 
Ta-dah!!  It almost looked like suede when it was all dry! 


Next, I used the Comfort & Joy - Scrapbooking stamp/thin cut to create my poinsettia. 
I used Scarlet ink & stamped the flowers on the LIGHT side of our two-toned cardstock. I stacked two of the flowers together, and you may also notice that I "painted" the petals with our Clear Shimmer brush😊 and finished off the center of the flower with Golden Rod Stickles




This card is a Z-fold card---a fun interactive design to this card creation!! There is plenty of room to write or stamp something inside.  

If  you wouldn't need all of this white space, you could put another piece of paper on the Left, white side to bring in more color! I tend to need a LOT of space to write my greeting --LOL!! 




Here is a look at the TWO stamp sets I used to create this card....





Thanks for stopping by today & I hope you were INSPIRED to create something of you own! 


Now it's time to "Hop" on over to my friend Gina's Blog to see her beautiful creation!

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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 :)) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of the NEW Nov/Dec CTMH Idea Book!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista