Heart 2 Heart ~ Gifts from the Heart

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!

This weeks challenge is Gifts from the Heart! Please interpret this however you want. For me I love to create gifts for my family, in particular my parents. I love the new Perpetual Calendar that Close to My Heart came out with this year. I decided to make this as one of my gifts this year.

Here are 9 of the months. I did do all 12 but had not finished them by the time I wrote this post.

For January, I used the following products: Elegant snowflake stamp set, White Glitter paper, Fancy Borders Thin Cuts, The Jubilee Crew and Thin Cuts, Pennant Banner Alphabet Stamp and Thin Cuts, and some of the snowflakes are from retired stamp sets.

For this month I used a couple different die cuts. The string hearts are from another company but the bottom heart border is from the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts. The most of the hearts are the negative of the Hearts Background Thin Cuts. The February is a Cricut cut and part of my Cricut subscription.

For March, I used some retired papers I had around. I used the Gnome Matter Stamp and Thin Cuts. I used Gold Glitter Paper to cut the “March” with my Cricut. I used my subscription for the March and the pot of gold.

I used a Cricut Cut to cut this design. I used Glacier, Lagoon, Nectarine, Canary, Toffee and White Glitter paper. I used Lagoon and Mint Shimmer brushes to splatter the background.

For September, I used the Bloom with Grace Cricut Cuts to cut the leaves and sun flowers. I used Pennant Banner Alphabet Stamp and Thin Cuts for the month.

For October, I created my own stencil using a the Artbooking Cricut Collection and Stencil Sheets. I then used Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Oxide inks to sponge on the background. I spritzed with water and then splattered with Black Shimmer Brush. I used the Spooky Gnomes Stamp and Thin Cuts. The October was cut with my Cricut using Black Ore Paper.

I used the Olive Branch Thin Cut, cutting it multiple times using, Fern, Dessert Rose, Scarlet, Sundance and Wood Grain Paper Pack. The November was cut using my Cricut with French Vanilla.

For December, I used Cricut cuts from the Comfort and Joy Cricut Cuts. I used Fern, New England Ivy, Scarlet, Candy Apple and Toffee Cardstock. I added a bit fo bling with the Christmas Red Stickles. The December is from the Months by Melissa Esplin Stamp Set.

Now it is your time to create something and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. You have until December 31th to participate in this challenge. Make sure you include at least one Close to My Heart product. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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CTMH Technique Blog Hop ~ Crazy for Complements

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

This month we are featuring Complements!!   If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from ANNEMARIE JULIAN’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork.

I have been working on my 2017 calendar (yes I know we are half way into January) Well I finished it last weekend and just got it back from being bound.  I am so happy the way it turned out.  Using complements made embellishing my calendar a snap.  Here are a couple months to show you.

This page I use the School K-6 Complements.

For May I also used the School K-6 Complements.

For October I used the School K-6 Complements and My Boy Complements.

Now hop on over to TERRIE SHORTSLEEVE’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

Catherine Nowak ~ You are Here

Happy Crafting!

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January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Adore You

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring January’s stamp of the month ~Adore You (S1701) a set of 12.

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.

I have been planning to design my family calendar but time has not been my friend these last few months. So needless to say I am running behind and have only completed the first 6 months. The good news is I have started and will have it done this week (I hope :-)). While I was working on it I decided to incorporate this months stamp set on April as I felt the colors would be perfect for flowers.

One thing I do when I make my calendar is I use a photo from that month the year before.  Well I forgot that it snowed for Easter last year in April so maybe I should have done snowflakes instead of flowers…. The colors still work and I am hoping for a more traditional spring day for this year’s Easter.

For the April calendar page I used the Enchantment Paper Pack and for this layout the colors are Poppy and Fern. I used my Black Archival ink to stamp the Adore You flowers.  I used Poppy ink with the Bistro Script Stamp Set.  The hearts are stamped in fern using the Way to Go Stamp Set.  I used the PML – Tabbed Journaling Cards to mat the photo.  Then it was put into a 6 X 12 Memory Protector Flip Flap.

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

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

Happy Crafting!

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Calendar Gifts with Studio J Part 2

Are you ready for two more months from my 2016 Calendars?  If you missed my post from Wednesday you can check it out HERE. Every year for Christmas I design four calendars, three are gifts and one to keep.  I was so excited to see how Amy Ulen designed her calendar using Studio J at Convention this year.  I really like our new My Creations Calendar Z3184 and it works perfectly with a new In Review C1622 stamp set.

2016 Calendar July ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comAmy Ulen shared her JPGs that had the months of the year and then I designed all the 12 x 12 layouts using the Zoe Papers.  However if you notice there are two Sorbet pattern papers but in the Zoe paper pack there is only one.  2016 Calendar July top ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comIf you notice the one I used as the base is actually Slate in the true Zoe paper pack.  So you may be asking how did I get it to be Sorbet?  Take a look at this:

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.17.51 AMYou can actually change the color of the pattern papers from full color to one of the colors in the paper pack.  Pretty nifty right???

2016 Calendar Dec ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI really love the idea of using photos for Holidays and special occasions.

2016 Calender December ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI used mostly the No Limits pattern in Studio J to create my layouts but you can certainly use any of the pattern.  I am so pleased the way these turned out and look forward to designing next years.

Happy Crafting!

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Have you ever wanted to make your own calendars?

Well then check out this great video which shows you how to make your

own calendar using the Flip Stand Album and the Artbooking cartridge.

The possibility are endless but CTMH demonstrates a very cute design.

Happy Holidays!!

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Events Calendar

My mom is always asking me when are our family birthdays. It does get a bit confusing since there are three siblings & spouses and eight grand children.  I decide for her birthday which is today ~ Happy Birthday Mimi!!! ~ I would design an event calendar for her.  I decided to use Close to My Hearts events calender.  If you have never seen this item it is a great idea.  It is 4″ x 18″  and each month has its own page which has all the days of the month listed.  What is wonderful about this calendar is it can be used year after year.  Here are the tops of the first 6 months of the calendar I designed….

Mimi's Event Calender_Jan

Mimi's Event Calender_Feb

Mimi's Event Calender_March

Mimi's Event Calender_April

Mimi's Event Calender_June

Check back tomorrow to see the next six months.

Happy Crafting!

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