Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 31919520_10155617744822686_2034753619907051520_n If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge.  I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately.  How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!

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And those tea cups….oh, my gosh!  I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set.  I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.

Here are a few techniques I used on this card:

  • The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet.  I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
  • The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers.  I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
  • The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
  • The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink.  I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
  • Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
  • For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.

Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Color Your Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your Life Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the April Color Your Life stamp set.  This stamp set is perfect for celebrating life and it’s abundant blessings. 26169035_10155292171067686_653723603339258597_nIf you have come here from Jean McNulty’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Color Your Life stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Many of you noticed that you received a wonderfully designed empty blog post yesterday.  It was with the best intentions that I had planned on posting this cute little card for this blog hop, yet, family life took some unexpected turns, I over-filled my plate,  and you all were able to see the results.  So, today, with Melinda’s permission, I am posting a project using our adorable Color Your Life stamp set .

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The card was created using Gimme Some Sugar papers, Complements, and Cork Shapes. I am LOVING this collection! ❤ ❤  It reminds me of vintage farm decor and puts me in my happy place.  I will continue to post more ideas throughout the month using these papers as well as the Color Your Life stamp set, so make sure to visit often.

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Step Right Up! Blog Hop

Welcome to the Step Right Up! Blog Hop where we will be featuring the products from our Step Right Up! bundle which is available at an incredible discount during the month of March.28279433_10155452571632686_5089506462683724812_n If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Step Right Up! bundle. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

Can you believe that I have never been to the Circus? When I first saw the Showtime stamp set I honestly thought, “I have never been to the circus. What use would I have of this set?”.  After receiving the set and examining it some, I realized that this set could be used for birthday parties, dance photos, county fairs, carnivals, talent shows, marching band, parades, theme park vacations, rodeos, and more.  This stamp set is so versatile and well worth the purchase.

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Along with the Showtime stamp set, you can purchase the Step Right Up! bundle which includes a wonderful assortment of primary cardstock, Gold Foil paper, Red Shimmer Trim and Gold Pearls.  All of which can be used for any of your paper crafting projects.

This layout was so simple and fun to make that I would like to share a few of the techniques I used to create these pages:

  • The banners were designed by first drawing the lines with a black Journaling Pen, then, using Cranberry, Sapphire, Black, and Saffron ink, stamping each of the pennants along those lines.
  • For the title, I used Pebble ink to stamp the Ferris Wheel in the center of the title block, stamped “Showtime” in Black ink, then stamped it again, without reinking, to create the shadow.
  • To create the Ferris Wheel embellishment, I stamped the image using Black ink, then used a Basic Circle Thin Cut to cutout the circle.  The “Chairs” were shaded using a Marine Blue ShinHan Marker.
  • The journaling block was created using a Basic Banner Thin Cut. I partially cut the banner, then moved the Thin Cut to the opposite side and partially cut the banner again to create the shape.  The treats and star were stamped using Black Ink and shaded with Shinhan Markers.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from eleven other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Step Right Up! bundle as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Kirsten Desorcy’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, our Step Right Up! Bundle and Showtime Stamp Set are available until March 31st, while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Monthly Specials” page on my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Die – Namite Blog Hop

Welcome to the Die-Namite Blog Hop where we will be featuring current Thin Cuts 28685404_10155452570217686_1287349694486623614_nproducts in honor of our Die-Namite sale where, during the month of March, you can save 25% on all available Thin Cuts, and 30% on select bundles of Thin Cuts dies. This blog hop is the perfect way to get to know more about our Thin Cuts and how to use them.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using some of our Thin Cuts products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

As some of you know, I am working towards my goal of using up all of my paper scraps this year.  I found that I still have a few sheets of Make Waves papers leftover, so for this blog hop I chose to use our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts to create a four-leaf clover with these papers and make a simple St. Patrick’s day card.

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I created the background by inking an embossing folder with Emerald Ink, then placed a piece of White Daisy cardstock into the folder, and ran it through my machine.  I really like how it adds texture to the card.  My four-leaf clover was cut from Emerald Cardstock and Make Waves paper using two sizes of the Basic Heart Thin Cuts, then layered with Thin 3D Foam tape. The stem was cut out by hand, and a bow created from White and Gold Ribbon, then added to the clover.  After cutting out the banner, I stamped the sentiment in black ink, attached it to the card, and added some Gold Pearls for embellishment.

This card was super-simple to make and will be fun to send out on St. Patrick’s Day.  You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Thin Cuts as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Kirsten Desorcy’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, our Die-namite sale lasts until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Birthday Time Blog Hop

Welcome to the Birthday Time Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the March Birthday Time stamp set.26169620_10155292169902686_1017741559139638025_n  We all have birthdays to celebrate, and this set is has been created just for these annual celebrations. If you have come here from Vickie ODell’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Birthday Time stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of March, I will be creating weekly projects using the Birthday Time stamp set so make sure to visit often to see what you can make with this set. This week, I created a gender neutral, primary colored birthday card using Cranberry, Sapphire, and Saffron.

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Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop where we will be featuring current Pink products in honor of our Pretty in Pink sale where, 27332604_10155364862062686_7272491772750859537_nduring the month of February, you can save up to 30% on many of our inks, papers, kits, embellishments, and limited edition bundles. If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using some of our Pink products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

I currently have an obsession with Pinwheels. You can see them in my March kit as well as in some of my projects I will be featuring over the next month.   When I saw the Gimme Some Sugar papers, the patterns reminded me of a quilt my grandmother made, so I decided to try to create a “Quilted” Pinwheel and I am really delighted with how it turned out.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products that are Pink as well as other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Wendy Kessler’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, our Pretty in Pink sale lasts until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sunny Thoughts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  26167711_10155292168402686_6122376830016539282_nThis stamp set is full of delightful sentiments, floral images and birthday wishes. If you have come here from Tracie Cassidy’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of February, I will be creating weekly projects using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I am featuring this adorable card that you can easily make using some of our Make Wave products.

 

I created this card with our NEW Make Waves papers, Shimmer Trim, and Gems. The Make Waves products are whimsical and fun to use, plus they are full of designs that can be used for just about any project.   I love how well this patterned paper layers with our Bashful Color of the Year cardstock.  Did you know that the Bashful cardstock as well as other Pink & Gold products are currently 20%-30% off this month during our Pretty in Pink sale?  

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Sunny Thoughts stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Marie Flayer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Sunny Thoughts stamp set is available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions One idea book.  26239362_10155292165587686_8529626894750310117_nClose to My Heart has outdone themselves this season.  The products in this book are AMAZING and full of possibilities.   If you have come here from Michele Rowley’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using products from the Seasonal Expressions One idea book. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

We always have the best intentions, but sometimes God has other plans.  I had a beautiful project planned for this blog hop, but, unfortunately, an injured shoulder has made creating difficult. (Crafting with one arm is not easy.)  I was able to create this wonderful layout before the injury occurred, and I felt it still featured some beautiful products from our New Seasonal Expressions.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the New Seasonal Expressions idea book and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the you can receive a FREE COPY of the New Seasonal Expressions idea book when you place an online order before  January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom and Grow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bloom and Grow Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the January Bloom and Grow stamp set.  26167481_10155239007122934_8617182034008090924_n.jpgThis stamp set is full of gorgeous images and sentiments that would be perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, and gifts.  If you have come here from Michele Rowley’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Bloom and Grow stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of January, I will be creating weekly projects using the Bloom and Grow stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I am featuring a card that you can come create at my January Chelsea Gardens Workshop.

I created this card with our NEW Chelsea Gardens papers. Have you seen the New Expressions One catalog yet? These papers are gorgeous!  You can learn how to make this card at my monthly Creative Club Workshop or by purchasing the guide in my online store.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Bloom and Grow stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Bloom and Grow stamp set is available until January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop where we will be featuring our You Are Here Cricut Collection.  This cartridge is full of images representing life – daily activities, travel, parenthood, and family.  YouAreHereBadge If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the You Are Here Collection. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

As I finished up my Christmas card list, I realized that I did not create enough cards, so I decided to make this Coffee Lovers Christmas card for my coffee loving friends. I created this in Cricut® Design Space using the Coffee to Go image from our You Are Here cartridge and have included a short tutorial for you to show you how to create the card base. As always, the list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. After inserting the Coffee to Go – #M2845F0F image into your Canvas, RESIZE the image to 5.5″h.
2. UNGROUP the image so that you have two separate images in your Layers Panel, then DELETE the top layer. (I ROTATED the bottom layer 90′ to see it better.)
3. DUPLICATE your image, then FLIP HORIZONTAL.
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4. Move the images until the “lids” touch completely, then SELECT ALL and WELD.
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6. To attach the Score Line to the image, SELECT ALL then choose ATTACH. (To check that it is attached, choose Make It and see if the score line is attached to the cup.)

I used the Contour and Slice options to create my additional layers, stamped a cute saying inside, and ended up with a pretty cute card.  You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the You Are Here Collection. and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the What We Do tab on my website to learn how you can get this collection for half-price. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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