Sunday, October 18, 2020

CTMH Core Catalog NEW PRODUCT Blog Hop


Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring our EXCLUSIVE New PRODUCT from  the Close To My Heart CORE 1 year catalog that was released on September 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 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!

The BEAUTIFUL, New Core Idea Book is HERE!!
This new Idea Book is FILLED with BEAUTIFUL papers, embellishments & products ---and packed F
ULL of goodness!  There are SO MANY new types of items---I'm so thankful we have an ENTIRE year to play with the goodies inside!😍

One of the NEW products that I am VERY EXCITED about ---is the Distress Oxide inks

 Two weekends ago, I was apart of the CTMH Album Retreat weekend. This was for consultants as well as customers! (make sure to ask your CTMH Consultant when the next album retreat is taking place!😍) 

We used the DISTRESS OXIDE inks a lot during the weekend (we created a total of 20 pages!) and it was SO FUN to LEARN how to use them!!

Here is the card I created for today ---and then I'll be sharing a bit about the Distress Oxide ink technique that I used to create it this card! 

I finally got a chance to "play with" the beautiful NEW stamp set -- Florals & Flutters Stamp & Thin Cut .  I'm VERY THANKFUL, this stamp set is staying around for an entire year---as I only used 2 images from this stamp set!!😊

During our Virtual Album retreat, we created this page you see below (along with another 18 pages). On this particular page, we used the AMAZING Distress Oxide Inks! 

Take a look at this layout---as this page uses the SAME technique I used to create the BACKGROUND of today's card design. 💗

To create this BEAUTIFUL, "swash" background Jill (at CTMH) showed us how to do this...

1. We used our All-Purpose Mat, and put the Distress Oxide inks directly onto that mat. 
(I used Candied Apple & Picked Raspberry distress oxide inks)

2. Next, sprayed water over the inks.
3.We took White Daisy Cardstock & dragged it through the inks.  
(you can choose to blot the paper, and/or pull it in different directions to get the look you like onto background paper.)
4. Let dry before adhering other pieces on top of page. 

Do you see that "leftover ink" from Jill's project, still on the All-Purpose mat ??? 
I couldn't  wipe up the ink without using the rest of it -- 💗😉

Yup---I found a scrap piece of WHITE Cardstock, swiped up the rest of that ink (before it dried)....and had a BEAUTIFUL BACKGROUND for today's card! 

Thanks to CTMH & Jill for the inspiration they shared ALL WEEKEND long with us! 

Let's take a look at a few more of the DETAILS on my card for today.😊 

I used our Vellum paper & cut out these GORGEOUS flowers Thin Cuts (metal dies)!

The peach stamped heart comes from the Florals & Flutters Stamp & Thin Cut

Another NEW ITEM that is becoming a Fast FAVORITE --Glitter Gel & our 12x12 Stencils!!

I wanted a "subtle" look to add to my background, and one of our NEW 12x12 Stencils with the Stickles Glitter Gel was the PERFECT touch! I used the Nebula "color"...but you have four different gels to choose from...
1. Moon Dust
2. Nebula
3. Solar Flare
4. Asteroid

It really is "as EASY as that" to adhere these glitter gels to these backgrounds!! 

I used my All-Purpose Mat, taped down my stencil with WASHI tape to keep my background in place...and used the palette knife to spread a LIGHT coating of Nebula Glitter Gel over top of the stencil!  Ta-dah!! 

Check out the sparkly, hexagon, subtle design on the background of this card!

I LOVE the subtle look of those gold stars, added to that clear, sparkly gel! How about you?? 

To finish off the card, I added our BEAUTIFUL Blue Belle Shimmer Trim, and if you look closely, you'll see the bird is sparkly because I used the Blue Belle Shimmer Brush

The sentiment comes from our October Stamp of the Month --- "With All My Love".  This stamp can be yours for ONLY $5 ---or for FREE if you are apart of the Customer VIP Program! Make sure you check in with your CTMH Consultant to learn more! (or click here if you need a consultant 😊) 

Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Brenda's Blog to 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. 

so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of the NEW 2020-2021 Core CTMH Idea Book!!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!


Friday, October 9, 2020

Joyful Stars Blog Hop - Fishing Happy Birthday

 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! 

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

Today's card is one I created for our oldest son, whose birthday is today!  

The items I used to create this card are ALL available and are mostly found in the ONLINE ONLY section of your CTMH consultant's website...make sure you don't miss out on all of these GREAT items that are "hiding" in our online catalog! 

I did use a NEW paper pack -- the Wood Grain paper, as well as the X9017 Mix In papers.   

Check out ALL of our paper collections by clicking here!

I used this handsome stamp set & thin cut (metal dies)'s perfect for those outdoor people that are family or friends! Our oldest son loves to fish --and so that was the image of my choice when creating his birthday card. 

I had my hubby come down in my craft room to tell me the correct colors needed for this fish---this is what he told me to use. 😍

It turned out so LIFE like & looks so much better in person. The camera didn't pick up the lovely shimmer that is on the top and belly of this fish.  So FUN!!   

Here is the list of products I used to create this card: 
X9017 Mix In Papers
X8017 Wood Grain Paper
X5957 Sapphire Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
D1899 Birthday Greetings
X254 Value Pack White Cards & envelopes
Z3709 Wild & Free stamp & thin cuts
Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush
Z2484 Citrus Green Blend Tri-Blend
Z4308 Silver Sequins
Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread

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!!! 


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

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Oct SOTM Blog Hop - With All My Love


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 October 2020 SOTM stamp set called "With All My Love".

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. 😊

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

Look at this BEAUTIFUL stamp set this month! 😍 I ADORE stamp sets with sentiments for the front of the card...and this one is perfect! 

You might have realized by now, that I also enjoy SHAKER cards!! I pulled out my Heart Shaker set again, and used the Heart Image from this stamp set to white emboss some black cardstock! 
Our Shaker window Thin Cuts (metal dies) at CTMH, make it SO EASY to do this!! 
Take a look at this Stitched Heart Shaker Window set. 

Notice the solid heart...that is the Thin Cut I used to cut the BACK of my shaker heart. 
The Stitched Heart Thin Cut was used to cut the Black Glitter Paper topper frame. 

Those "confetti" hearts are FUN to cut out too! I chose not to use them this time, but you can see the lovely shapes & frames that they make! 

The card looked "blank" before I added the white stitched frame as part of the background. 
Our set of Rectangle Stitched Frame Thin cuts --- cut 6 different shapes!!  
Each of these frames cuts the outer skinny stitched frame AND a large solid rectangle with the stitching along the outside edge!!! 
Sometimes I forget how much a bit of white, adds to the card design!  I was excited how that simple thought, brought the final details to this card.  💓

Metallic Markers are a NEW item we carry at CTMH --and I have been WANTING to give them a try!!

After heat embossing the heart shaker --I pulled out those metallic markers to see what they would do.  I was really happy with the result ---- so much so----that I used Black Embossing powder to heat emboss the flower on the outside. 
The purple was colored with the Purple Blend Tri-Blend alcohol marker but I chose to use the Jade Green metallic marker to color in the leaves! So fun!! 


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 Haley'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. 

The October Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”With All My Love" – is ONLY available until October 31, 2020.

It can be yours at the retail price of $18.95 OR 
pay ONLY $5 when you purchase $50 in CTMH products this month!!!  

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!!!