Friday, January 12, 2018

Close To My Heart Flash Sale

Close To My Heart is having a Flash Sale for 24 hours only.  Be sure to visit my website to see the items on sale.  From now until 2:59 pm (MST) on January 13, we’re offering a 30% discount on some the items  — snatch up these awesome deals before the sale ends!
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Chelsea Gardens For Joyful Stars January Blog Hop

Happy New Year and welcome to the Joyful Stars January Blog Hop.  If you have come from Krista's Blog, then you are on the right track.  With the new year, comes a new Seasonal Expressions.  There are beautiful new paper packs, stamp sets and lots of other fun products.   You can view it HERE.
Today, I have a card made using one of the new papers and stamps.  The paper is called Chelsea Gardens and the colors are a beautiful mix of greys, blues and greens.  The pattern is old one
(2014) from Deconstructed Sketches.  I wanted the card to have a lot of layers to showcase the pattern papers.  The card is actually an anniversary card for my in-laws who are celebrating their 69th Anniversary!  It would make a beautiful wedding or shower card too.

The base layer is a piece of cardstock that I painted with our watercolor paints to mimic the colors of Chelsea Gardens. I used the shimmer brush instead of a paintbrush so the painted paper has slight shimmer.  Sorry, it does not show in the photos.  I also used it on the butterfly too.

I just love these gorgeous papers.   

Now it is off to Andrea's Blog.  Happy Hopping!
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Little Bit of Pun Stamp of the Month Card for Joyful Stars BLog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars December Blog Hop.  If you have come from Krista's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog. Today, I have a few cards made using the December Stamp of the Month, A Little Bit of Pun. It is a set of 17 stamps and they are perfect for Valentine cards.  You can purchase it for $17.50 or just $5.00 with a $50 order.  It is a great deal!  See your Close To My Heart Consultant or you can order it HERE.

The first card is a 3 x 3 card.  It uses the Adventure Fundamentals Paper and the cupcake stamp.
The watercolor icing was made by dipping the Shimmer Pen into ink from the lid of the Blossom Stamp Pad.  It is hard to see the shimmer in the photo.

The second card is also a 3 x 3 card.  It also uses the Adventure Fundamentals and Cardstock. 
I cut the saying from the image, so now I have two stamps.  It makes it easier to stamp the saying separately.  You could also mask part of the stamp instead of cutting it apart.
Even though the images in this set are small, you can easily make a regular size cards simply by mounting the images or repeating them on the card front. For example, the focal image was mounted and then highlighted using the Journaling Pen on the next card.  It uses the "Just My Type" stamp and the Basic Fundamental Papers and Cardstock.
I used the Silver Metallic Marker to highlight some parts of the typewriter and the Watercolor Pencils to color in the other parts of the typewriter.
This card uses the cupcake stamp and the Whimsy Fundamental Paper and Cardstock.  By repeating the image it becomes the focal point of a standard size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) card. 
The final card is a 4 x 4 card using the Enchantment Fundamental Papers. The gems were embossed using Silver Embossing Powder.  I also cut the saying from the stamp - it is just a bit easier than masking the saying. 
Now it is time to hop on over to Andrea's Blog.  I hope you enjoy hopping with us and be sure to stop back on the 10th of January for our next hop. 
Happy Holidays!
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beary Christmas Treat Holders for Joyful Stars November Blog Hop

    Welcome to the Joyful Stars November Blog Hop.  I am so glad that you have joined us today.  If you have come from Marie's Blog, then you are on the right track.  It is a circular hop so you can start anywhere, however if you get lost, you can find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.  Today, I have a cute little treat holder made using the Beary Christmas Paper.  The idea came from Pinterest and you will find a tutorial HERE on Colleen Vaux's Blog. The finished box measures 2 3/4" long and about 2" high.   It was originally designed to hold two Ferrero Rocher Chocolates, but it can hold many different kinds of treats.
Here is the treat holder without the band.
Here is a peek at the treats inside.  It will hold three Hershey's Nuggets.
 This is the band - it simply slides off.

Here is another one using the other side of the pattern paper.
 This one contains two Almond Rocca Candies.

Products Used:
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet
Z4046 Beary Christmas Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2816 Cranberry Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Stamp Pad

Now it is time for you to hop on over to my friend Debi's Blog to see what she has created today.  Hope you enjoy the hop!
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Falling for You Cards for Joyful Stars October Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  I'm so glad that you have joined us today.  If you have come from Marie's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants HERE on Joyce's Blog.
Today,  I have some cards made with the Falling For You paper.  The first one is a round card made with the Art Philosophy Cartridge. It is CARD cut at 4 1/4" in on page 21 of the booklet Goldrush Cardstock.   The green layer is embossed with the new Leaves Embossing Folder.  The accent leaves were stamped using the Falling For You Cardmaking Stamp Set and cut using the coordinating thin cuts.  The circle with the sentiment and the circle inside were cut using a non CTMH product -  stitched circle dies.
 Here is a peek at the inside:
The stitched circle was stamped using Falling For You Cardmaking stamps.

The next card uses the same stitched circle die in the various Falling For You papers.  The sunflower is Flower and Flower 2  on page 7 of the booklet.  The sunflower center was cut in one of the new Basics Fundamental Papers.
 Now it is time to hop on over to Lucy's Blog.

Products Used:
X7223B Falling For You Paper
Z4041 Falling For You Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts
X5962 Goldrush Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper
Z2823 Goldrush Ink Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Ink Pad
Z4031 Leaves Embossing Folder
Z3285 Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
Retired Twine
Non-CTMH Product - My Favorite Things Stitched Circles Dies

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Cupcake Favors

Here are the cute favors I made for the attendees at my monthly crop.  The sunflowers were made using the Exclusive CTMH Flower Market Cartridge.

The cupcakes are chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and crumbled Oreo cookies to make it look like dirt. 

The plastic "cups" are a retired product and they are filled with chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  The sticks are called 'cookie sticks" from the local craft store.  They are wrapped with a cellophane bags and ties with jute and hemp to protect any scrapbook projects!

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Falling For You Pop Up Card for Joyful Stars September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars September Blog Hop.  Thank you for joining us today.  It is a circular hop so you can start anywhere.  When you get back to the first blog, you will know when you are finished.  You can find a complete list of participants HERE on Joyce's Blog.  If you have come from Krista's Blog, you are on the right track.    Since fall is my favorite time of year, I decided to use the brand new Falling for You Paper Packet.  This card is called a Free Standing Pop Up Card and you can find a tutorial for it on Splitcoaststampers.  My card is a bit larger, so I changed the size of the card.  I will give you the actual measurements I used for the Sunflower Card at the end of this post. 
 I just love the cheerful leaves and flowers on this paper!  The sunflower is on page 7 of the Flower Market booklet.  It is Flower 1 cut in Saffron and Flower 1 Shift cut in Goldrush.  Flower 2 is the center of the flower cut in Expresso.  All elements are cut at 6.5".  I used a piece of clear plastic/acetate for the tag and used Liquid Glass to adhere the sentiment Thankful to the plastic.  Liquid Glass is the perfect adhesive to use on any 3-D item or project that will be handled often.

Here is a photo of the card folded flat to fit into the envelope:

 As I mentioned previously, this card is a little larger than a regular size card and requires a 5 x 7 envelope.  The recipient can pull the sunflower and the card "pops up". 

 The base of the card (leaf and flower paper) is 4" x 12".  Score the base at 1, 3,  4, 6, 8, 9 and 11 inches.  The Clear plastic "tag" is 6 1/4" x 2".

If you have not had an opportunity to see the brand new Holiday Expressions book, you can view it as well as the Annual Inspirations online HERE.

Products Used:
X7223B Falling For You Paper Pack
Z4036 Thankful For You Thin Cuts
CTMH Exclusive Cardstock: Saffron, Fern, Goldrush, Expresso
Flower Market Exclusive CTMH Cricut Cartridge
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Swiss Dots
Clear Plastic from packaging

Now it is time to hop on over to Marie's Blog to see her wonderful creation.
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