Sunday, December 1, 2019

Reindeer Crossing SOTM Blog Hop...

Am I the only one you cannot believe it's already December...and secretly JUMPING UP FOR JOY because it's already December!

Before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season gets underway, several CTMH Consultants are joining in this month to show you this month's SOTM, Reindeer Crossing! It's a PERFECT stamp set for all thing Christmas...whether it be for your annual Christmas cards or a Christmas layout!


If you've come from Gina's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping around until you get back to where you started! If you get lost along the way, you can always head on over to Melinda's Blog to get back on track. And...if you're starting here, WELCOME!

I wanted to make a snowy Christmas card using this stamp set because, although the deer appear to be eating grass, they look all "wintery" to me...lol.

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Let's look a little closer at the details. I used some Linen Cardstock with the White Daisy to set it apart and add the slightest color variation...the B&T in the shaker window is from the Mix-In paper packet a catalog or so ago (you can still find it in the ONLINE ONLY section of my website). Then of course, I used the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts (even used the little stars that pop out of the die cut) with the Silver Loose Sequins to create my little window into the winter wonderland behind the deer. The ribbon is some of my FAVORITE ribbon from CTMH. Although I used it "as-is" here, you can color with your ink pads or markers.
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And here is the inside...kept it simple to match the front...


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to head on over to Haley's Blog and see what she has to share!

And...REMEMBER...you can only get this stamp set during the month of December AND you can get as low as FIVE DOLLARS with a qualifying order! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Adding Color to Vellum with CTMH...

shared from ctmh's blog...

Adding Color to Vellum

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Vellum paper is a great addition to any project, but it can sometimes get a bit tricky figuring out how to incorporate it in fun and different ways. Somewhere between transparent and opaque, using vellum paper in your projects is an easy way add a touch of sophistication. From markers and ink pads to re-inkers and shimmer brushes, today we’re walking through a few ideas for adding a dash of color to vellum paper.
In this first example, we sponged the edges with the Mint and Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads using a round sponge. By gently dabbing the ink onto the page with the sponge, you can create the perfect blend of gentle color on the vellum for a fantastic colored overlay! While it may not look like much on its own, this technique is a great way to finish off the vellum work in your projects for a subtle flair.
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This sponging technique is also great for larger surface areas, as you can see in this next card. Here, we used a sponge dauber to spread the ink over the entirety of each present overlay piece. We still concentrated more color at the edges, but we also spread the ink over the rest of the overlay to put more pigment in the finished piece.
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In our next example, we’ve used TriBlend™ markers to add a few pops of color to this cheery birthday card. First, we created the fun candles on the front side of the vellum paper with silver embossing powder. Then, we flipped the vellum paper over and colored in the gaps with the CitrusBright PinkBlue Turquoise, and Hydrangea markers on the back side of the vellum piece. This way, you get the illusion of soft candlelight on varicolored birthday candles that look so good, you almost want to blow them out!
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Tip: To prevent warping or curling in your vellum paper, move your heat tool in small circles as you set the embossing powder and avoid focusing the stream of the heat tool in one spot for too long.
For this next card, you’ll want to make sure you have your re-inker stash handy. To create this adorable sentiment and wreath on our vellum circle, we used gold embossing powder for the center and Black StazOn™ Ink for the wreath. Once the ink was dry, we flipped the vellum circle over and colored in the leaves on the wreath with re-inkers, again on the back side, using a regular paintbrush as an application tool. This technique gives you a rich saturation level on your color for consistency and vibrancy.
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Our last example today features the Julep Shimmer Brush. To start, we cut our vellum piece out with a bone folder and a paper trimmer to create the rough edges you see. (Instead of running the blade down the paper, run the bone folder in the crease of the trimmer to cut the paper.) Once we cut this large vellum piece, we heat-embossed oak leaves on it with gold embossing powder and colored them in with a Julep Shimmer Brush.
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Tip: When using a shimmer brush to add color to vellum, be sure to keep the coloration consistent throughout. Otherwise, you may end up with some blotchy patches.
With the subtle shine of the shimmer brush, these leaves are the perfect finishing touch for this card!
Impress your friends and loved ones this season with beautiful handmade cards that include some color treated vellum. The subtle sophistication that a little dash of color adds goes a long way!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Best Friends Furever Blog Hop...

Welcome to this month's product-focus Blog Hop featuring artwork from 10 CTMH Consultants using the Best Friends Furever Special!



If you've come from Gina's Blog, you're on the right track...if you get lost along the way, head on over to Melinda's Blog for a complete list. If you're starting here, WELCOME!

We are new pet-owners but I am LOVING this line because it's so FUN and whimsical AND it is for dogs AND cats alike!

I decided to document a recent hair cut that our little man got. He is a poodle but we wanted him to be long-haired. Well....the pet groomer didn't quite understand that...lol.

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Here are some closeups...
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Aren't those saying from the Eat, Play, Love stamp set PERFECT for this 'mistake'...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll head on over to Haley's Blog and see what she has to share! Then come back and check out my YouTube process video on this layout!




Black Friday with H2H...

I cannot believe it's already THANKSGIVING...I am soooo EXCITED!

It's also the weeknofbthe biggest shopping day of the year and H2H is celebrating by challenging you to create using the theme BLACK FRIDAY!

I try to avoid the stores on Black Friday at all costs so I use this theme to create a layout that is predominantly black!

Here's a look...
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The majority of the products used are from the ONLINE ONLY portion of my website. I used the Mix-Ins from the last catalog, the polka dot B&T is from Spooktacular and the embellishments are the Hello Pumpkin Shapes, Craft On Rubber Shapes, Every Little Thing Complements, and Craft On Complements...


Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you'll swing by the H2H Challenges Blog and check out the other DT Members! Don't forget to link up your project(s) before the end of the month!

Here is a link to my process video on YouTube...head on over to watch AND subscribe while you're there so you don't miss a thing!


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A FREE Scrapbook Pattern for the Holidays...

shared from ctmh's blog...

A Free Scrapbook Pattern for the Holidays!

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With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, and Christmas shortly after, we thought we’d share in the holiday spirit with a free downloadable scrapbook pattern! ❤
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This timeless pattern made its original debut with our Back Country collection a few years ago but, as you can see, it can be used with any papers and for any occasion. Above, we paired the pattern with the Hawthorn paper collection from our September–October Catalog. (For those of you who didn’t get a chance to purchase the collection during these months, you are in luck! We recently started offering product on our website under an Online Only menu, and there are a few Hawthorn Paper Packets left—so grab one while you still can!)
Believe it or not, the layout below was created following this same pattern and paired with the Cedar & Pine collection.
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If you look closely, you’ll notice that all we did was turn the pattern upside down. When you do flip or rotate a pattern, just make sure that the title and journaling fall somewhere on the page where it visually makes sense (to you). We didn’t like where the journaling box landed when we flipped our pattern and created this second layout, so we moved it. We also added another photo to this Christmas layout by splitting one of the designated 4″ x 6″ photo spots into two 3″ x 4″ photos.
At Close To My Heart, we take pride in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, you will notice that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages!
Download this free scrapbooking pattern below and have a wonderful holiday season full of memories worth preserving!
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For even more scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series. If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by all the patterns offered in our beautiful how-to books!