Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . 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?!
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!
This week’s Color My Heart Dare allows you to choose colors from a Tic-Tac-Toe board featuring the palette from the “Make Waves” collection. Since Easter is coming much sooner this year, I decided to begin making a few cards to send to family and friends. I was inspired by a card I found in a magazine and decided to try to recreate it using ONLY the colors Lagoon, Willow, and Pansy. As always, the list of supplies used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.
I began with a 4¼” x 4″ piece of White Daisy cardstock that I sponged with Willow and Lagoon Ink. I created various masks to create the hills and sky, then sponged the entire creation with White Daisy ink to blend the colors even more. The images were stamped using Black Memento Ink, then shaded using our ShinHan Markers.
I, of course, had to add a little bit of sparkle with the Clear Shimmer Brush to the images. The White Daisy cardstock was adhered to some Pansy cardstock, then onto the card base. Even though was very simple to make, the cheery warmth of this card makes me feel ready for Spring to arrive.
I would love to see you join the Color My Heart Dare challenge this week. They love to see participation from all of their crafty friends. If you join the challenge this week, we can pick up this special “Buddy Badge” to proudly display on the side bar of our blogs, and get an extra chance to any of the random draws. Make sure to let me know if you decided to join in this week. I can’t wait to see what you create!!
Each quarter, a new Seasonal Expressions catalog arrives and I purchase packs of papers for my workshops and personal projects. This can amount to a plethora of paper. I made it a personal goal this year to use up ALL of my paper supplies each quarter BEFORE another idea book arrives. If you are like me, you have lots of random scraps that need using so, this week, I used up some of my Make Waves scraps to create this Sparkly Scrap card for the Color My Heart Color Dare and Heart 2 Heart weekly challenges. As always, a list of supplies I used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.
This card uses up random scraps of paper from the Make Waves Paper Packet. I used ½” strips of leftover paper and PML cards to create the background, a 12″ strip to create the Rosette, and matching cardstock pieces to finish the card. You can use any paper strips or zip-strips in your paper stash to create a card like this. I suggest sticking to 3-4 colors and creating a “visual triangle” with the colors you chose. This prevents the card from looking jumbled and allows your eye to flow across the images. As you can see, I used only Pixie, Emerald, and Pansy, then placed them so that each strip along with the rosette and large butterfly created “visual triangles”.
To make the card “extra sparkly”, I painted to butterflies with our Clear Shimmer Brush. These cards went together quickly and I now have less paper to use up before the end of the quarter. 🙂 I would love to see how you use up your paper stash of scraps. Feel free to post your projects on my Facebook Page for everyone to see. I can’t wait to see what you create!
The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month is the perfect set to have for creating Mother’s Day cards. This week, I paired the stamps with our Heart Thin Cuts (currently 25% off) to create this fun card for Mother’s Day. I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 3½” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 4″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3″ x 1½” Vellum (I used Uptown Fundamentals)
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper to the front of the card base.
2. Using Thin 3D Foam tape, adhere the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock to the center of the B&T paper.
3. Cut a chevron into one of the shorter sides on both of the ½” B&T paper strips. Layer the B&T paper strips onto the bottom of the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock.
4. Using the Black Pigment Ink pad, stamp the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and the “Teabag” images onto the 4″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, then sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and shake off extra. Heat with heat gun until it is embossed. NOTE: Use a small paint brush to brush off any unwanted embossing powder before heating.
5. Using ShinHan Markers, color the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and “Teabag” images, then cut them out. Note: I did not cut out the handle of the teacup. I am lazy sometimes. 🙂
6. Using a Piercing Tool or small hole punch, create a hole in the “Teabag” image. Thread a piece of White Twine through the hole and create a knot at the end.
7. Using the Small Heart Thin Cut, make three small hearts from the vellum. (I am so excited that these are 25% off this month!)
8. Adhere the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and the “Teabag” onto the card, as shown, using 3D Foam tape. To create the “rising hearts”, fold each heart in half and adhere to the card by placing a strip of Liquid Glass on the fold, then adhering to the card. Liquid Glass can also be used to hold the “Teabag” knot in place on the teacup.
Valentine’s Day allows us to show others how much we care, and this simple Valentine’s Kisses Box will allow you to do that without breaking the bank. By following the instructions below, you can make FOUR of these simple, treat boxes from one sheet of cardstock. The added bonus to this project is that the True Love stamp set supports Operation Smile. (Another way to show you care.) At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.
Paper Needed: 5″ x 4¼” Cardstock (I used Blossom), 1½” x 4½” Cardstock (I used Raspberry), 2½” x 3″ Window Sheet, 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock
1. With the 5″ side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the
5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock at 1¼”, 2½”, and 3¾”.
3. Fold the 5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock in half along the score line, and center a 2″ acrylic block ½” down from the fold. Trace the block and cut out the window.
4. With the 2½” side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the window sheet at 1¼”. (Note: I use old Cricut mat covers as window sheets.)
5. Fold the window sheet in half along the score line and use a bone folder to create a crease. Using Glue Dots, adhere the window sheet to the inside of the cutout matching the crease with the score line.
6. Using Raspberry Ink, stamp the “XOXO” sentiment onto the right side below the window on the outside of the box.
7. Lay the 5″ x 4¼” cardstock flat so that the inside of the box faces up and the sentiment is at the top (facing down). Using Glue Dots, adhere 5 pieces of candy to the bottom flap inside the box.
8. Fold the top over the candy and adhere the bottom flaps of the box together to close.
9. Attach the triangle box to the 1½” x 4½” base.
10. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the Girl image on the White Daisy cardstock. Color the image with ShinHan markers, then cut out the image. Attach the image to the front of the box using Thin 3D Foam tape.
The February Stamp of the Month, Easter Bunny, is the most adorable stamp set I have seen. This week’s card could be made for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or as a way to encourage a friend. I’ll be sharing project ideas each week with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock (I used Blossom),
3½” x 3½” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely), 2¾” x 2¾” B&T Paper (I used Hello, Lovely), 1¼” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock, 1½” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock
1. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ Cardstock to the center of the card base.
2. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 3½” x 3½” B&T Paper. (Save the circle for another project.)
3. Using the Basic Circle Thin Cuts, cut a 2½” circle out of the center of the 2¾” x 2¾” B&T Paper. (Keep this circle.)
4. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the Boy Bunny image onto the 1½” x 2½” White Daisy Cardstock. Shade the image using ShinHan Markers. Cut out the Boy Bunny image.
5. Layer the 2½” B&T Circle, the Boy Bunny image, and the 3½” B&T Square with the circle cut-out onto center of the card ¼” from the top of the cardstock. (I used Thin 3D Foam tape to adhere the Boy Bunny image and 3D Foam Tape to adhere the 3½” B&T Square.)
6. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the center of the 1¼” x 3½” White Daisy Cardstock. Cut a chevron onto each end of the cardstock. Using Thin 3D Foam Tape, attach the sentiment to the card below the 3½” B&T Square.
7. Add three Pink Enamel Gems to embellish the card.
8. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting some quick and easy gifts you can make for your family, friends, and co-workers. With just a few supplies, you can make FIVE of these Valentine Matchbooks. A bag of candy can be placed inside using our Mini-Stapler to give as a sweet treat. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.
Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (I used Desert Sand), (5) 2¾” x 3¼” B&T Paper (I used Hello Lovely), (5) 3″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock
1. Cut the 12″ x 12″ cardstock at 8½”. Turn the cardstock 90′ and cut FOUR 3″ x 8½” strips. Take the 3½” x 12″ strip from your first cut and trim it to 3″ x 8½”. You will have FIVE 3″ x 8½” pieces of cardstock.
2. Place a 3″ x 8½” of cardstock horizontally on a trimmer. Using the scoring blade on the trimmer, score the cardstock at ¾”, 4½” and 5″. Repeat with each piece of cardstock.
3. Fold up on each of the scorelines to create the “matchbook”.
4. Adhere the 2¾” x 3¼” B&T Papers to the front of each matchbook.
5. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the front of each matchbook 1″ from the bottom. Tie a knot and secure in place with Glue Dots.
6. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp five Floral Heart images onto the White Daisy cardstock. Using ShinHan Markers, color the flowers on the images. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add glitter to the center of the heart.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the center of each heart. Cut out the Floral Heart images.
8. Adhere the Floral Heart image to the matchbook front.
9. Staple the treat to the bottom ½” flap. This creates the closure for the matchbook.
10. Add a sentiment to the inside flap of the matchbook if you desire.
The January Stamp of the Month, Adore You, can be used to create some beautiful cards and scrapbook pages. This week’s card can be used for Valentine’s Day, an Anniversary, or as a note to one you love. I’ll be sharing project ideas each week with this set, so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this card.
Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 4¼” Black Cardstock,
4″ x 5¼” White Daisy Cardstock
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” Black Cardstock piece to the front of the card base.
2. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the Floral image in to top left and lower right corners of the 4″ x 5¼” White Daisy Cardstock.
3. Using the Versamark pad, stamp the “Adore” stamp onto the center of the White Daisy Cardstock, then sprinkle on Gold Embossing Powder and shake off extra. Heat with heat gun until it is embossed. NOTE: Use a small paint brush to brush off any unwanted embossing powder before heating.
4. With the ShinHan Twin Touch Markers, color the Floral images. (I used Barely Beige, Mahogany, Carmine, and Golden Yellow for the Flowers. The leaves were shaded using Pastel Green, Sap Green, and the Colorless Blender, then I used Leaf Green on the Ferns.)
5. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” White Daisy Cardstock onto the center of the Black Cardstock.
6. Finish the card by adding Bitty Sparkles to the centers of each flower. NOTE: Our Tweezers are the perfect tool for applying these little gems.
7. Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.