Archives for March 2016

Ink Lifting Technique

I am not really sure how I stumbled on this technique but I did.  I was so impressed that knew I wanted to give it a try.  Here is the link to Jennifer McGuire’s blog and the technique.  She uses distressed ink but I though I would give it a try with Close to My Heart inks.

When I first started playing around with the technique I tried our White Daisy cardstock and it did not lift the color out as well.  So I then tried it with our Watercolor paper and BINGO it worked.  So here is how it works.Ink Lifting initial stepsI used Crystal Blue for my background.

Ink Lifting Part 2Once you have the ink applied you use water to lift out the ink.  I just dabbed a water soaked brush to the inside of the flowers.  And as you can see the blue lifts out and becomes a faded blue.  Then I took my ink pad and stamped my all purpose mat.  I then added water to the ink and painted the new colors in.  I used Pixie, Thistle, Honey, Fern and Sweat leaf inks to add color.

Wavey Blooms ~ Ink Lifting ~ Do What Makes You Happy Card 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is the finished product.  I am really happy how this turned out and look forward to trying it some more.  I actually tried using craft foam to instead of foam tape to pop up the white scalloped boarders.

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Happy Crafting!

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Stampaganza 2016

Have you heard the news??? Stampaganza 2016 is back!!!! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! That is a savings of up to $29.95! This offer is only available during March, so start submitting your stamp orders as soon as possible, and let the Stampaganza begin!

You will want to take advantage of this offer and purchase those stamp sets you have been eyeing.  Just so you know the stamp sets which are featured in the Seasonal Expression 2 will be retiring.  That means those adorable thin cuts and their matching stamp sets will be gone.  So take advantage of this special.

1603-cc-stampaganza~ catscrapbooking.comWell if that isn’t reason enough here is another reason ~ In the past CTMH has keep all Cricut compatible stamp sets active, but come July 31st 2016, the majority of the stamp sets including those which are Cricut compatible will be retiring!!!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Crafting!

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Birthday Card for Jeanette

I don’t know if you saw but there is a fun contest going on right now to celebrate Close to My Heart’s founder ~ Jeanette Lynton’s birthday!!!  Create a card for her birthday and post on Facebook or Instagram with the #cards4jeanette and you could be chosen to win!!! You can check out the details here on the Make it from Your Heart Blog.

Well I could not resist the opportunity to create a card and wish Jeanette a happy birthday.  Here is the card I designed.

Charlotte Birthday Bouquet ~ Springtime Wishes ~ Thin cuts ~ CatScrapbooking.comI thought a bouquet of Springtime Wishes flowers would be most fitting.  I watercolored some and just stamped other on pattern paper.  I even used one of the B&T papers and cut out some of the leaves.

Here is the full list of products used:

Happy Crafting!

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Watercolor Blog Hop

Welcome to the Watercolor Blog Hop!

MarchOptToday you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases watercoloring.  Watercoloring can be done using our new watercolor paints or our watercolor pencils.  There are so many ways you can use watercolors and I am sure you will be able to see lots with this hop.

If you are just arriving her from MICHELLE STEWART’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 30 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I purchased Hoppy Birthday D1597 which has some adorable animals from down under a while ago; however, I have not really used it until now.  I thought it would be perfect for watercoloring.

Hoppy Birthday ~ Penelope ~ Watercolor ~ Birthday Card ~ CatScrapbooking.comI paired this one with Penelope paper pack and Joyful Birthday B1419.

Hoppy Birthday ~ watercoloring ~ Birthday card ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis one I kept simple Kraft cardstock and Blue shimmer trim.

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Now it is time to move onto your next stop on the hop, which 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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My Layout Challenge #9

I have another layout to share with you today.  This one is from two years ago, I can’t believe how little Gavin looks.

Sledding Fun layout ~ Layout challenge #9 ~ snowflakes ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor this layout I used the following products

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #183 ~ Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, Thistle and White Daisy

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #183 we are featuring  CRYSTAL BLUE, HONEY, PEAR, THISTLE and WHITE DAISY.Color Dare 183 blog badge

I have been designing a new planner todo list for each month, just to mix it up and have fun.  Since this month is Easter, I thought it would be fun to use Penelope for this.

Color Dare #183 ~ Penelope ~ ToDo List March ~ CatScrapbooking.comThe eggs are from Art Philosophy #m4462d and the bunny is from Artfully Sent #m1067bd.  Color Dare #183 ~ Penelope ~ March Todo List detail ~ CatScrapbooking.comI could not resist adding a googlie eye.

Color Dare 183 ~ Penelope ~ Easter Theme Todo list ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere it is in my planner.

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Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #183 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday March 10, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Embossing Folders

Hello and welcome to our CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop. This week our featured product is Embossing Folders.

If you have just joined us you can start here and continue on, as this is a circular hop. If you came here from MELISSA ROBINSON’s Blog then you are in the right place. Now on to my project:

Embossed Heart Clover Card ~ Fundamentals ~ St. Patrick's Day Card ~ CatScrapbooking.comI cut the hearts from Artistry – Heart Medallions #m651703 and using hid contour lines feature so I only cut the heart.  I cut 8 hearts, four were left unembossed and placed beneath the embossed and scored heart.  I ran the remaining 4 hearts through 4 different embossing folders to create a unique clover.

Here is the full list of products used:

Thank you for checking out my project.  If you enjoyed my project please comment below as we love feedback! Next on our blog hop is CORINNA’S CRAFTS. Make sure to check out her amazing work featuring this same product.

See you on Wednesday March 16th as we will be featuring Complements!

Happy Crafting!

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March Stamp of the Month ~ Sunshine Birdies

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring March’s stamp of the month ~Sunshine Birdies (S1603) a set of 11.  MarchSOTM2016If 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 over 35 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.1603 Sunshine BirdiesWhen I saw these cute birds, I thought about coloring so I decided to create my own pattern paper and have a bit of adult coloring time.  Here is how I did it.

Adult Coloring ~ Sunshine Birdies 1 ~ March SOTM ~ CatScrapbooking.comI random stamped the birds, branch, and butterflies on my cardstock with Momento ink.  I decided to add in some flowers which came from Woodland Romance D1683.   I then took out my ShinHan markers and had a great time coloring.

Adult Coloring ~ Sunshine Birdies ~ March SOTM ~ CatScrapbooking.comI have to be honest in saying once I finished coloring I was not really sure what I planned to do :-)…. I just was so exited to color.  Well after thinking on it for a while this is what I decided to do.

Sunshine Birdies ~ You Makke Me Happy ~ Adult coloring ~ CatScrapbooking.comSo I decided t0 trim my colored cardstock and then cut into strips.  I then cut a Flower #m3faee from Artbooking.  I then masked off the You Make Me Happy and inked in Momento, Lagoon and Pomegranate. I then came back and colored the You and Make with my ShinHan markers.

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

Happy Crafting!

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