Friday, January 22, 2021

Perfect Match Blog Hop

 


Welcome to this Special Blog Hop!

Today, we will be featuring our current special  Perfect Match Collection here at Close To My Heart! 

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 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  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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I believe my FAVORITE part of the "Perfect Match" collection are the NEW, mini hearts!  You can use them as confetti, glue them on your project as individual shapesor use them in WHATEVER way your think! 

I chose to use them as Confetti...take a look at the fun card I created.  



This card was inspired by a Card Workshop that is available for us as CTMH Makers.  However, I wanted to turn it into a "shaker" type card & decided to do just that. :)

I didn't have a place to "attach" a shaker...so I decided to use our 3x4 Flip Flaps and make a SHAKER card this way!!  What FUN!!



If you take a look at the Mini Hearts ---you'll notice there are 5 colors of hearts.  



I chose to only use 3 of those colors----PLUS----do you see the Iridescent flower shapes?? I added those inside the Flip Flap to give it some sparkle & shine too!! 




For the inside of the card --- I used one of our 12x12 Stencils from our Design 1 collection! Take a look at the subtle HEART design on my card.  






Our stencils are 12x12 and clear, plastic stencils (as you can see another set of stencil designs in the colored photo here) 

By using my Mint ink & a blending tool, I was able to create a subtle background on the inside of the card! 




I loved using the Fancy Border Thin Cuts for the top & bottom part of the card front. 
Look at that beautiful detail on the designer paper! 



Here's a closer look at the ballerina Glitter paper used to "hang" in the stamped hearts.  I used Flamingo, Mint & Ballerina inks. 



The "Perfect Match" stamp set --is the perfect (LOL!) companion to this collection!  I had only used a few stamps on the front of the card...so I wanted to incorporate a few more. 
I needed a place to write something...so we created this simple stamping on the backside. 




 Here's a look at the stamp set. 

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 Brenda'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 those BEAUTIFUL "Perfect Match" collection!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Jan/Feb 2021 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 January/February Mini Catalog that was released on January 1, 2021.  

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 the talented Katy'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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It's always FUN to see the Beautiful products CTMH releases every two months...and this new mini catalog is a BEAUTY!
  

There is ONE page in this mini catalog, that REALLY caught my eye! The artwork in these books are AMAZING & I chose to recreate one of the cards shown in this book! 

You'll find this ADORABLE penguin set & card on page 34 -- BUT---what you CAN'T see on these pages, is the GORGEOUS details & products used on this card! 

**Check out the Lovely Penguin Card below** 




 Let's chat about this card design.  There were so many FUN products and Techniques used on this card! 

The products that are the hardest to notice on this card... are the sparkly items. 
2. Stickles Glitter Gluein 2 colors


We, at CTMH, have FIVE Holographic papers to choose from, and for the "skating rink" on this card, I used our Dreamy color. 


The "snow hill" was created with White Daisy cardstock and our Fancy Border Thin Cuts (metal dies)

Next, this penguin was colored with our AMAZING, Spectrum Noir, Tri-Blend markers!  

 
It's amazing what a light grey marker can do, to give him more dimension!

Here is something you DON'T want to do ---please learn from MY Mistake! LOL!!

The heat embossing on this card, was not done very well---and the reason it didn't heat "smoothly"---I FORGOT to use the Anti-Static Pouch on my project!! 



Do you see how the heat embossed words, are almost smudgy?? 

I am AMAZED at the difference in my Heat Embossing projects, when I "remember" to use the Anti-Static Pouch. It may seem like a "small" item...but it makes a HUGE difference!!😍

When you want to heat emboss, just make sure to RUB that Anti-Static pouch over the artwork you want to emboss, PRIOR to stamping your image! 😉You too will notice a HUGE difference if you haven't used this before! 

--->Can you guess what Product was used to create the Background?? 




Yup---you guessed it! Those FABULOUS Distress Oxide inks
I LOVE how they react to water, to create those fun dots in the background! 💗


Here is a look at this ADORABLE stamp set used on this card!  Winter Penguins stamp set is so CUTE!😊



Here's an "overall" look of the rest of the details of this card & the products used!  What a FUN, FUN card to create!! 




----HELPFUL TIP ----When wanting to add Stickles, make SURE to use Intense Black ink when stamping your image. 

Thank you CTMH Art Department for sharing your talent with us!



Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Michelle'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 Jan/Feb 2021 CTMH mini Idea Book!!! 



Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista 

Friday, January 1, 2021

January SOTM Blog Hop - Every Thank You

 


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

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

This month, we will be featuring the EXCLUSIVE January 2021 SOTM stamp set called "Every Thank You".

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. ðŸ˜Š
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Here is a look at this month's BEAUTIFUL, EXCLUSIVE stamp set, that you can get for ONLY $5....with EVERY $50 CTMH purchase in January 2021. (or VIP's get it for FREE)  



I was SO EXCITED to see this stamp set for January! Thank you cards are the kind of cards I create and hand out the most.  I was THRILLED to have a BRAND NEW set of "thanks" words, in many different styles, to craft with!
 
Here is a look at the card I created for today's hop...



I wanted to use as MANY stamp images as possible on my card. To do that, I decided to create my own background for part of the card.

I also began a new technique series on my "Krista's Crafty Papercrafting Group" on Facebook, and we are learning ALL about Distress Oxide inks! I knew I wanted to use these inks in my card creation. 


To create the tri-color background I...
  1.  ...blended the 3 Distress Oxide inks above for the background, with the AMAZING Blending Tool.  
  2. ...then spritzed the dried background with water --letting it dry. I LOVE how water reacts with the Distress Oxide inks! 
  3.  ...used Toffee Ink to stamp the many different thanks wordings.
  4. The Final touch (see next photo) I splattered the background with our Gold Shimmer Brush. 
I wish my photo would capture the beauty of this card! It was a rainy day here in PA, and not a good day for taking photos. The colors didn't show up as vibrant as they are in person. ðŸ˜‰



Our Stitched Thin Cuts (metal dies) are the BEST! 
I used two of our Thin Cuts!! The Stitched Brackets Thin cuts as well as our Fancy Borders Thin Cuts for the heart border. 




I knew I needed a "pop" of color on this card....and I thought of the NEW Sunbeam Holographic paper

I paired that with the Heart Border cut from our Gorgeous Black Ore Paper. 
For the bottom part of the card, I used our lovely NEW Mix-In Paper pack (X9023) from the BRAND NEW Jan/Feb Mini Idea Book!

I finished off the card with our lovely Gold Embellishing Thread
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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 Brenda'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 January 2021 Stamp of the Month (SOTM) –
 ”Every Thank You" – is ONLY available until January 31, 2021.




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