Thursday, April 12, 2018

Be sure to stop by my online shopping website each Friday in April.  There will be great deals on many products.  This sale is "while supplies last" so be sure to shop early.  It is only available on my website.
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Friday, March 9, 2018

DIE-NAMIC Cards for March Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars March Blog Hop.  Thanks for joining us today. If you have come from Joyce's Blog then you are on the right track.  It is a circular hop so technically, you can start anywhere.  You will know you have seen all the blogs when you arrive back at your first stop.  You can also find a complete list of participants on Joyce's Blog.

This month Close To My Heart is has a sale on our exclusive Thin Cut dies.  They are 25% off during the month of March.   You can see all the items on sale HERE.

Here are a few cards using our fabulous dies for inspiration.  The first two use the Stargazer Paper Pack.    The first card uses the  Block Alphabet Thin Cut Dies. We also have a coordinating set of Block Numbers.  Since I do not have the numbers dies set YET, I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the number two.  The bold, bright colors of the Stargazer paper make it great for masculine cards too.  For inspiration, I used the new Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 which features 24 new card patterns.  This card is pattern 22 rotated 90 degrees. 
This card uses the Punny Pals stamp set and Punny Pals Thin Cuts.  This set was made to benefit Operation Smile, a non-profit group that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.  CTMH will donate $7 for every Punny Pals Stamp Set purchased.  The card was based on pattern #3 in the new Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 card making guide.

The next two cards were made using the Gimme Some Sugar Paper Pack.
These cards were based on pattern #23 in the Make It From Your Heart Volume 4 card pattern book.  The first one is made exactly as pictured in the pattern book.  The second one uses the same pattern but it was rotated 90 degrees to give it a different look.  The Scallop Border Thin Cut Die was used on both cards

Hope you enjoy hopping with us.  /now it is time for you to hop on over to Krista's Blog to see what she has created for you.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Stargazer Spinner Card for Joyful Stars February Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Joyful Stars February Blog Hop. We are very happy that you are able to join us today.  If you have arrived from Joyce's Blog, then you are on the right track.   If you get lost along the way, you will find a complete list of participants there on Joyce's Blog.
Today, I made a card using the new Stargazer cardmaking stamp set.    The paper pack is great for your "boy" scrapbook pages or masculine cards. I love the bright, primary colors.
The card is an interactive circle slider card. The rocket ship slides around the circle.   It uses white cardstock and the watercolor paints to make the  background look like the sky.  The images and sentiments are from  Z4157, the Stargazer Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts.

Now it is time to hop on over to Krista's Blog to see her wonderful creation.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Snowmen Favors

Even the snowmen in Pennsylvania are "Eagles Phans"!  

They are decked out in their Eagles gear.  These were the favors for the croppers yesterday at my All Day Crop.  We had a great time.  The next All Day Crop is scheduled for February 17.  See my Event page on this blog for all the details.  GO EAGLES!
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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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