July/August New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the July/August New Product Blog Hop!

Today 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 using products from the new May-June Idea Book. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from Miss Carrie’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 16 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

The first item that caught my eye was the Gnome Matter Stamp and Thin cuts. I love Gnomes and was so excited to play with this set.

I stared with this one creating a scene with sponging the background. I then used the circle from the Shaker Thin Cut window and the stitched Rectangle thin cut to cut the Daisy White Cardstock.

For this card I used the new Timber paper Pack and the Say It In Style Stamp Set.

The pattern paper is from Timber and the trees are cut with my Cricut using the Aurora collection. The sentiment is also from the Say It In Style Stamp Set.

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!

May/June New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the May/June New Product Blog Hop!

Today 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 using products from the new May-June Idea Book. 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 17consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I absolutely love the Aurora papers and stamp sets!!! Particularly living here in Colorado! I love the set of 5 cards that I created using the These are my People, so I decided to use those 5 card layouts to make cards with the Aurora papers. If you want to see the original cards you can find them HERE.

For this card I used Evergreen cardstock with the Aurora papers. I used the Aurora – Scrapbooking Stamp set with A Little Sentiment stamp set. I added a couple of the Blue Seas the Day dots.

For this card I used the Stamp of the Month stamp set for the sentiment. The trees are from the Aurora – Scrapbooking Stamp set using 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping.

With this card I used Charcoal and Evergreen ink to rock-n-roll the stamp of the wolf image. I then came back and used the Gold Shimmer Brush to color the moon. I also made a stencil with 3 stars that I used with Texture paste that I colored with Evergreen Ink. I did used Linen cardstock for the wolf image.

I used the same technique of stamping in Charcoal ink the using Evergreen on the edges. I did add one of the Gold Glitter Gems for the center of the sun. I did add a bit of sapphire burlap ribbon which has been retired. I doodled with the Pewter journaling pen to add more dimension.

For this card I used the rock-n-roll technique with the image. The sentiment comes from the Stamp of the Month stamp set for May. I used my Pewter Journaling pen to doodle around the white cardstock.

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!

March/April Catalog New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop for the March – April Idea Book.

Today 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 using products from the new March-April 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 20 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I decided to use the super cute cookoo clock stamp set called Around the Clock stamp set. I used the coordinating Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts. I used the Love of Color book to help me pick my colors. I started with Sweet Leaf and added Peacock, Saffron, Linen and Mink. I wanted to make this a birthday card and love the sentiment “a little birdie told me” and wanted it’s your birthday. So I used my computer and typed what I wanted then ran some linen cardstock through my printer and cut it to the size I wanted. I added a couple of gold gems.

Here is a quick video to show you the 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!


New Product Blog Hop ~ January – February

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop for the January – February Idea Book.

Today 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 using products from the new January-February Idea Book. I am sure you will find a wide variety of inspirations on this hop.

If you are just arriving here from KIM LOEWEN’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 love the I Chews You gum-ball machine image and knew I wanted to make a birthday card with it. So here is what I came up with. I used the I Chews You Stamp set and thin cuts along with the Say It in Style stamp set for the sentiments around the spinner. The pattern paper is the Seasonal Mix in.

I used a punch from my stash that was 1/2″ to make the gumballs in Pixie, Clover, Bluebird, Candy Apple, and Lemonade, but it could be done with a Cricut as well. I also used the Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts.

I fussy cut the base of the gum-ball machine. In order to line up the opening on the base I used the negative from the base and then laid the Card Front over it.

I have to admit I have struggled getting the spinner part stamped the way I think it should look. I want the spin me to be showing when there is a sentiment showing in the window and an arrow when if I use something else. So I came up with this template.

I was able to mark where I would like the spin me or arrow to go in relation to where I will stamp. I then took this one off and placed the one I plan to stamp on the paper.

It worked perfectly!!!

For the inside I used the Birthday Greetings stamp set and added a couple of gum-balls.

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!

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!

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product 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 new SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS 1 Idea Book. 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 16 consultants participating and you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I LOVE, LOVE the new Something Fierce paper pack and it challenged me to design a layout for the first time in a few months.

I used the Make It From Your Heart Idea Book Volume 3 for my layout design using pattern 3. Here is what it looks like with my photos.

(sorry I was having trouble with glare on the photos)

Here is the right page:

Here is the right page…

For this layout I used the Something Fierce paper pack, Thin Cut Stitched Hearts, and the Something Fierce Scrapbooking stamp set.

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!

Seasonal Expression 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expression 2 New Product Blog Hop!

Today 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 our some of the new product that was just released in the new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

If you are just arriving here from KIRSTEN JADES 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 so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

This summer my son and I are planning on getting a hike in every week so I decided I would get a jump start on the layout and create a “bucket list” of hikes we could do.  So My plan is to take a photo or two from each hike and add it to this layout.  I will plan to add pocket pages to account for the additional photos.  As we complete a hike on this list I can just check it off!

I used the Make it from Your Heart Volume 3 to create my layout.  It is based off pattern 31 which shows you how you can utilize the pocket pages for more photos, which I intend to do.  I used the Fresh Air paper pack and both the Fresh Air Cardmaking and Fresh Air Scrapbooking stamp sets.

In this photo you can see the brown dots, these are the white dots which have been colored using a brown ShinHan Marker. I also used the New England Ivy Ribbon and the Fresh Air shapes.

The adventure title was cut using my Cricut and my Flower Market cartridge.

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

Happy Crafting!

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Holiday Expression Idea Book

So if you have been following me for a while then you know we are entering into my favorite time of the year!!! I just love fall, Halloween and Christmas so what would be better than an Idea Book which is all about Halloween, Fall and Christmas!!!! Check out this awesome Idea Book ~

15-he-christmas-tree-shelvesHERE is the link to view the idea book on line.

I love the Nevermore Paper Pack and I wanted to share a card I created using this new paper pack.

Nevermore ~ #ctmhnevermore ~ Artistry ~ catscrapbooking.com For this card I used Artistry to cut the moon and the bats they are from page 43.

Here is the full list of products used:

Happy Crafting!

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Don’t Miss Out!

Retiring signIn just 6 days many of Close to My Heart Product will be retiring.  That’s right on August 31st we well be saying goodbye to many stamp sets, colors and paper packs.  Have no fear as there is a lot of exciting things coming but now is the time to get those things you have been holding off on because next Monday at 11:59 PM Mountain time they well no longer be available.  Be sure to check them out HERE.

Happy Crafting!

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Convention Fun

I am still reeling from the whirl wind of the Close to My Heart Convention which ended a week ago.   My mind has been spinning and I have been busy planning ever since.  All I can say is how awesome is it that you can say I have to go to a convention at Disneyland????  I love having to say that :-).  I was able to go last year for the first time and never want to miss again.

Convention is all about learning, meeting and seeing friends, and the most important part ~ getting a first hand look at the new products in the Idea Book.  It is truly an exciting, fun filled events.  The excitment and anticipation of the new products is electric and this year is no exception ~ this Annual Inspiration is AWESOME as is the new Holiday Expression.  I am so excited to share some of the new products with you but I will have to wait until September 1st before I can post it here.  However, if you want to get some sneak peeks you will want to follow my Facebook page ~ catscrapbooking.

As for the fun meeting up with friends both old and new was equally as fun.  Here are a few photos I wanted to share from convention.  IMGP3478aIt was so fun to be able to get my photo taken with Carl and Russel.  This year the convention was centered around the movie UP.

IMGP3483aIMGP3422aA couple of photos of our team.

IMGP3589aBeing silly after awards night.

IMGP3697aWhat more can I say…. this is the best company and I just love being a part of Close to My Heart!!!

Happy Crafting!

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