Make the Cut! ~ Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on Making the Cut.  What do we mean by Make the Cut?  Well, Close to My Heart has lots of  fantastic Thin Cuts and our exclusive Cricut cartridges which make wonderful cuts.  There are around 10 of us participating in the Make the Cut Hop.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from KRISTA HERSHBERGER’S Blog, you are on the right track!

For my project I used both Cricut and Thin Cuts.

close to my heart~ Stitched flowers ~ Flower Market ~ CatScrapbooking

So the flower pot is cut using the Flower Market Cartridge.  I modified it by adding a cut line to allow the White Daisy cardstock to be inserted.  If you are interested in my cut file you can find it HERE.

close to my heart~ Stitched flowers ~ Flower Market ~ CatScrapbooking

I used Nectarine cardstock for the pot with the lighter side for the rim.  The flowers were cut using the Stitched Flower Thin Cuts.  I used Smoothie and Fern cardstock and Sweet Girl paper pack.  I used the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts for the tag and used the Wild and Punny Stamp Set for the “thanks”.  I also used the White Burlap Ribbon and Rose Sequins.

close to my heart~ Stitched flowers ~ Flower Market ~ CatScrapbooking

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto TERRY METZGER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork Making the Cut!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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2019 National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!!

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 13 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our super cute THE WORLD IS YOURS Paper Pack and Stamp Set.  This special set is to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month.  I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

I designed a layout for some of the photos from our trip to Antigua from 2015.  I used pattern 23 from Make it From Your Heart Volume 3.

Here is the left side without the photos.  I used Mint and Peach cardstock.

Here is what it looks like with the photos.

For this project I used the following products:

Your next stop is along this hop is KATY TAYLOR’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

May SOTM Blog Hop – To My Bestie

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring MAY’s stamp of the month ~ TO MY BESTIE (S1905) a set of 19.

If you are coming here from WENDY KESSLER’S Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around 20 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

This is such a fun stamp set! Here is what I have for you ….

I stamp the sweet women using Intense Black Ink.  I then used my Watercolor Pencils and Waterbrush to add color to the ladies.

I decided to use the Sweet Girl Paper for this card. I wanted to break up all the pinks so I decided to use Sapphire to mat the white stitched image of the girls, which I used the Square Stitched Thin Cuts.  I then used White Embossing Powder for the sentiment.  I used some of the pink sequins from the Crafty Loose Sequins.  I used pattern 29 form the Make it from Your Heart Volume 2 as my design for this card.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of MAY and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Zoe Bring My Pack Back Blog Hop

Welcome to the Zoe Blog Hop!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our fun ZOE Paper Pack which has been brought back from our 2015-16 Annual Inspirations Idea book . I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from STEFANI’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 13 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I used pattern 13 from the Make it From Your Heart Vol 3.  I love this paper pack as it is great for so many different types of layouts.  I chose to make it an Easter layout.

I used the Egg-Stra Special Stamp set for the bunny, the eggs and the cute chick.  I added the cheeks by using the cheeks from the Paper Pal Base.  The “Hunt” is a Cricut Cut that is part of my subscription.  I also used some of the Zoe stickers.  I did use a couple of the stamps from the Zoe Stamp Set.

On this side of the layout you can see the cute row of bunnies, these are from the Bunny Trail Stamp Set.  The Easter basket is also a Cricut cut that is part of my Cricut Subscription.

Here is the layout with the photos.

I ended up adding a bit more…

I added some sequins from my stash.  I then added the dashed lines for the butterfly trails using my journaling pen.

Your next stop is along this hop is MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Highlight the Details – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are Highlighting the Details.  This could be focusing on a part of a stamped image, using a variety of different mediums such as water color, markers, ink, etc.  There are around 12 of us focusing on Highlighting the Details.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I decided to pull out one of my favorite stamps from this Idea Book, Know that I Care.

I used the Feels Like Home paper pack, Espresso Pigment Ink Pad, Stitched Square Thin Cuts and the Quilted Thin Cuts. I started by stamping the flowers from the Know that I Care stamp set using the Espresso Pigment Ink Pad.

I then used the small stitched square from the Quilted Thin Cuts.  I cut out four squares so that they lined up (I did mess up a bit when lining up the flowers on one of the squares). I then chose to color one flower using Sage and Sugarplum.  I did add a bit of the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush to all the areas I colored Sugarplum.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto DARLYS RECKER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork Highlighting the Details!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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April SOTM Blog Hop – Love So Sweet

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring APRIL’s stamp of the month ~ LOVE SO SWEET (S1904) a set of 18.

If you are coming here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around ?? consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I have been having a bit of fun playing with some fancy fold style cards.  I have been playing with one called Joy Fold Card.

For this card I used the Feels Like Home paper pack. To make this card it is actually very simple.  The base, in this card is 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches using Fern cardstock.  I then scored it at 5 1/2 inches.  The second piece I used Sugarplum and it is cut to 8 by 3 inches and is scored at 4 inches.

This is what the card looks like when it is open.

For the front I used one of the tags from the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts for the Thanks.  I used my journaling pen around the edges and used White Embossing Powder.  I used the Mink twine and my Sugarplum Shimmer brush.  I used fern ink to stamp the leaves and used first and second generation ink. I created another Joy Fold card for Heart 2 Heart challenge using this stamp set as well, you can find it HERE.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of April and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is MELINDA EVERITT’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Emboss It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month there are around 8 of us highlighting Embossing!  Embossing can be done in a couple of ways, one is considered dry embossing and another is heat embossing.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. If you are coming from VALERIE KAPSHA’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I decided to use both heat and dry embossing.  I saw this card by Becca Whitham which was my inspiration. I used heat embossing for the sentiment.  I stamped with Versamark then used White embossing powder.  The then used the scalloped embossing folder to dry embossing the sugarplum cardstock. I framed the scalloped cardstock with a white stitched rectangle cut using the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. The sentiment and butterflies are from Butterfly Friendship stamp set. I stamped the butterfly with Intense Black Ink and then colored them with the Watercolor Pencils.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto DARLYS RECKER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork Embossing!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Love Blossoms Blog Hop!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our fabulous special LOVE BLOSSOMS.  While this special shows you how to make 12 fantastic cards, this hop will show you some other ideas. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 14 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

For this hop I designed two cards using the Love Blossoms Stamp set!

Catscrapbooking ~ Close to My Heart ~ ctmh ~ Love Blossoms ~ thank you ~ overlay ~ cards ~flower

I used an overlay on top of Sweet Leaf cardstock. The lattice overlay is from Artbooking Cricut cartrige which you can find HERE. I then cut the rectangular edges to make it softer. I used Thistle cardstock behind the White Daisy stamped sentiment.

catscrapbooking ~ closet to my heart ~ ctmh ~ love blossoms ~ mother's day card This card is the almost the same as one in the workshop.  I made a couple of adjustments. First I changed the color cardstock to Raspberry.  I then colored the flowers instead of leaving them white.  I also modified the sentiment to be a Mother’s Day Card.

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

March SOTM Blog Hop – This Happened

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring MARCH’s stamp of the month ~ THIS HAPPENED (S1903) a set of 26.

If you are coming here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around 20 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I decided to use this stamp set for a layout of our move almost 5 years ago.

close to my heart ~ catscapbooking ~ moving layout ~ thincuts

I have to be honest I was not sure I would use the one I chose as the base page; however, when I was playing around with this layout this one was perfect. I used the So Much Happy paper pack as well as the So Much Happy Puffy Stickers.

For this detail I used the Thin Cuts – Stitched Circles and Thin Cuts ~ Basic Circles.

I love the number with this stamp set as they fit perfectly in the date box.  I used Smoothie ink to stamp the numbers.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of March and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Thin Cuts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thin Cuts Blog Hop!!

You will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  For this hop we are featuring artwork which showcases our THIN CUTS. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from KRISTA HERSHBERGER’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 19 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I designed this first day of school layout using the So Much Happy paper pack. I also used Candy Apple, Lemon, Lagoon, Kraft, White, Clover, Linen, Sapphire, Black, and Charcoal. I used a couple Cricut cuts and my thin cuts.

I used the adorable Paper Pals Base and Paper Pals Boywith the coordinating thin cuts. Since the thin cut base is for kids and adults I cut the legs a bit so that the kid would be a bit shorter.  I also used a couple of the tags from the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts.

My son who is now 7 will sometimes like to craft with me. He was hanging out with me in my craft room while I was working on the layout.  He asked if he could play with this stamp set too.  I had to share his creation as I think is turned out super cute!! He even added a few of the Paper Pal Pets.

Your next stop is along this hop is MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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