Technique Hop – “It’s in the Script!”

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on It’s in the Script.   With the release of our the idea book came a brand new product line ~ Melissa Eplsin penmanship guide and her own stamp sets!!  I have always wanted to learn how to do cool penmanship as like most people, I am super critical of my own. While I have great intentions to practice with this guide, I have now made the time that I have wanted. Now that my son is back in school I should be able to find the time. 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 DARLYS RECKER’S Blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost you can find a full list of participants HERE.

I made a card about a month ago using the cool chevron technique that Close to My Heart shared. You can find my original card HERE along with the link to what Close to My Heart shared. I had a lot of the zig-zags left over so I cut a few new colors with Goldrush, Green Apple and Lemonade to make it more Halloween inspired. I then used the Months by Melissa Esplin stamp set to stamp October. I used Black Pigment Ink and then used Clear Embossing powder. The hat is from Fa-Boo-lous Halloween stamp set and thin cuts. I added a bit of bling with Silver Stickles on the buckle of the hat and a few loose Silver Sequins.

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

Happy Crafting!

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New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!

New Idea Book ~ September/October

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 NEW SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Idea Book. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from JUDY FAYE GARNER’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 20 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I had so much fun playing with the Perk Up Stamp and Thin Cuts. This is one of my favorites stamp sets!!!! Here is a few cards using some fall colors.

This was the first one I created. I used the Toffee, Saffron, Sangria, and Sapphire ink and random stamped the coffee rings from the Perk Up Stamp and Thin Cuts. I used Hawthorn paper pack for the sleeve on the Sapphire cup. I also added the beautiful sangria ribbon but since it is too thick I cut it in half and it worked out great.

This was the second one I created using Almond, Goldrush, Peacock and Espresso colors. I used my Espresso Pigment ink for the stamped images. I used the Perk Up Stamp and Thin Cuts and Autumn Blessing Stamp and Thin Cuts. I used my watercolor paints to add the splatter to the French Vanilla cardstock. I also played with the Build a Plaid Stamp Set to create the plaid behind the coffee cup.

My final card is the same design idea as the first, but uses the Hawthorn paper pack for the base. I featured Sangria, Saffron, Black, Pebble and French Vanilla. I used Mink Twine in place of the Sangria Ribbon.

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!

September SOTM Blog Hop ~ Random Acts of Cardness

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring September’s stamp of the month ~ RANDOM ACTS OF CARDNESS (S1909) a set of 17.

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.

This stamp set is wonderful as there are so many great sentiments. I decided to pair it with Sunflower Sympathy Stamp Set.

I made two different cards using this wonderful sunflower!

I created my own plaid paper using the Build a Plaid Stamp Set. I used Sapphire ink on Daisy White. I paired it with Saffron, Paprika and New England Ivy. I wanted to add a bit of shimmer to the card, so I added Gold Shimmer brush to the tips of the butterfly. I also added few Gold Glitter Gems.

For this card I used Gold Embossing powder on Kraft paper. I then use my watercolor paints to paint in the yellow. I used Sapphire Pigment ink to stamp the sentiment and then added a bit of Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped Paprika on Paprika for the centers. I then went over the centers with Clear Shimmer Brush.

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 SEPTEMBER and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

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!

Technique Hop – Sparkle & Shine!

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on SPARKLE & SHINE.   There are so many Close to My Heart products that would fall into this catagory ~ Glitter Paper, Shimmer Brushes, Shimmer Trim, Sequins, Glitter Gems…. You get the idea.  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 KATY TAYLOR’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I decided to focus on our Glitter Paper!  I also decided to have a bit of fun with the word Sparkle. Here is what I created.

This is a super fun card and was actually quite easy to make.  In fact I made a video to show you how. The Sparkle was cut on my cricut and the rest of the sentiment was written using my cricut.  I used Sugarplum Glitter Paper and Daisy White Cardstock.  The sequins are from the Silver and Crafty sets.  Yes, I am one of those who likes to sort out particular sequins for my projects.

Here is my video to walk you through how to create this card in Cricut Design Space.  Please know this is my first video of this type so I know it is a little rough but hopefully it helps you and maybe you learn a tip or two.

Here is a close up of that Sparkle.

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

Happy Crafting!

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August Stamp of the Month ~ From Me to You

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring August’s stamp of the month ~ FROM ME TO YOU (S1908) a set of 38.

If you are coming here from KATY TAYLOR’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 14 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I was inspired by a card that was given out at the Consultant Showcase  at our Close to My Heart Convention this past month.  It was made by Kathy Corson. I then saw a flower tutorial that Miss. Carrie Creations did using velum with the Stitched Flowers and decided to try.  Here is my creation.

I love these Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts!! I cut one layer in Sapphire and one layer in Velum.  I then sponged Sapphire ink over the velum.  I cut the petals down towards the center so they would curl and pop up more.  I used the fringe thin cut from the Decorative Border set to make the flower center in Sugarplum.  I curled the fringe using my quilling tool.  I used the True Love Paper Pack for the card. I paired it with the Sugarplum cardstock and glitter paper.  And a card would not be complete without a bit of bling so I added some Sugarplum glitter gems.

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 AUGUST 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!

 

Seaside Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seaside 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 SEASIDE Paper Pack which has been brought back from our 2014-15 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 MELINDA EVERITT’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 XX consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I am going to share two layouts using the SEASIDE Paper pack.

You can find the details and my original post HERE.

For this layout you can find the details HERE.

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

Happy Crafting!

Technique Hop – Mix It Up!

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on Mix It Up.   With every Idea book there is a fun Seasonal Mix In paper pack.  For this hop we can feature this pack or mix up different paper packs.  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 KATY TAYLOR’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I decided to focus on the Seasonal Mix In paper pack.

This pack features black and whites with Ballerina. I decided to use the Share the Joy thin cut as I am loving this set!!  The sentiment is from the Share the Joy – Bunches of Joy Stamp Set. For embellishments I used the Hello Pumpkin Shapes and the White Ribbon.  When I saw those cute black flowers in the Loose Crafty Sequins, I started to save them because I envisioned using just them in a shaker.  I know you are probably thinking I am crazy to have picked then out but I am so glad I did!

To make the mini-shakers I used last months Technique I showcased in using flip flaps to make shakers.  I used a flip flap and cut it to 1.25 x 1.25 inch squares. Then using the circles to help be the guide to place the foam tape.

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

Happy Crafting!

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July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Bear Hugs

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring July’s stamp of the month ~ BEAR HUGS (S1907) a set of 17.

If you are coming here from MICHELLE STEWART’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 15 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I love this mamma bear and cub!  I wanted to design a layout but then decided on a card.  Here is what I designed.

I thought the bright yellow gingham from Craft On would be great for the background. I stamped the bears in Espresso Pigment Ink. I used my watercolor pencils to color the flowers and butterfly.  Here is the inside of the card.

The card open by swinging the bears to the right. The hearts are a bit hard to see but they are stamped in Lemon on either side of the sentiment.

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 JULY 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!

 

Technique Hop – Pocket Power!

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on Pockets… Close to My Heart has a wide variety of pockets protectors, flip flaps and our Stories by Stacy.  I love flip flaps as they are an easy way to add more photos to a layout.  I also love the Pocket Plus protectors as they enable you to add more photos.  There are around 8 of us participating in the Pocket Power 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 KATY TAYLOR’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I decided to focus on Flip Flaps but with a twist.  I used a 4×6 flip flap to make a shaker card.

I started by random stamping the White Daisy cardstock.  I used Pixie, Lemon, Emerald, Bluebird, Carolina, and Thistle.

I used a post-it note to mask off the balloons as I stamped.  The balloons are from Party Balloons Stamp Set.

After stamping I cut the letters and decided the 4×6 flip flap would work best. I used Thin Cut Block Alphabet to cut the happy.

I trimmed the flip flap and then used foam tape around the perimeter of the flip flap.  Added some of the Crafty Loose sequins.  I decided to use Thistle behind the flip flap to add a bit more color. The birthday is also from the Party Balloons Stamp Set and was stamped on Carolina cardstock.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop!!

For this 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 new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. If you have taken a few moments to look at this idea book you will know it is chocked full of beautiful papers, stamps and so much more!!! So I am sure you see some wonderful artwork as you hop along!

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 20 consultants participating and you are going to see lots of fabulous artwork.

I saw the fantastic SPRING that Ginni Candelaria designed and knew I wanted to do something like this.  I realized I did not really have much in the way of SUMMER decor so when I saw the Into the Wild paper pack inspiration took hold.

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All of the Cricut cuts are from YOU ARE HERE and the FLOWER MARKET cartridges.  Here is a closer look at each letter.  The letters are our Chipboard Letters, we also have numbers too!

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So living here in Colorado, our summers are spent enjoying all that the great outdoors have to offer. One of our family favorites is to Mountain Bike. So of course the letter “S” is a tribute to this.  I did use the Into the Wild Complements on a number of the letters.  I tore a bit of Kraft to make it look like a trail and also used some of the Silver Foil Paper on the bike.close to my heart ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Summer ~ home decor

The “U” is playful to me with the trees and cute wood grain critters from the Into the Wild Complements.

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I thought for this “M” I would feature one of the water sports you can do here.

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Of course hiking is a big draw here in Colorado and one of my favorite ways to get out an explore the outdoors.

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Another of the cute critters in the Into the Wild Complements.

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For the “R” I am featuring camping under the stars.  Whether you are a traditional tent camper or go for the RV this will get you covered.  I added a few of the stars from the Loose Silver sequins to add a bit of shine, in the photo they look blue.

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!

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