Thursday, January 16, 2020

All Around Creativity with CTMH...


shared from ctmh's blog...

All Around Creativity: Adding A Splash of Color


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We’re jumping right into the new year and celebrating National Papercrafting Month with the All Around Creativity special, featuring four gorgeous wreath kits that are only available from Close To My Heart through the end of the month. There are so many different ways to embellish  these beautiful wreaths, so we figured we’d have some fun and share with you four simple ways that we’ve added color to the plywood bases.
Adding color to wood doesn’t need to be super messy or take a huge amount of time. It can be quick, easy, and clean. To start off, we’ll take a peek at one of the easiest wood-coloration techniques. This method uses an Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad and will only take you a few minutes from application until it’s completely dry!
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Simply select the ink color you’d like to use and gently swipe the stamp pad over the surface of the wood with quick, dabbing motions, going with the grain. Going with the grain helps you to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood, while also protecting your stamp pad from getting scratched up or caught on the wood. As you’ll see in the video below, we left some of the wood grain visible for a more stained look, but you can make it as light or as dark as you’d like.
To achieve a softer, mottled look, try sponging the ink onto the wood.
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Cut a Round Sponge into quarters. While gripping the point of one quarter with your fingers, gently load your sponge with ink by pouncing it on your stamp pad. Because the sponge absorbs the ink, it may not look like you have a lot on there, but you’ll have more ink than you think!
Once you’ve got your sponge inked and ready to go, use the same pouncing motion you used on the stamp pad to apply the color to the plywood. The ink will dry lighter than it looks while you apply it. For a darker, richer tone, you will have to apply additional layers of ink.
This next technique uses TriBlend™ markers. When using an alcohol-based marker to color wood, you’ll want to go in the direction of the grain and use a steady hand to achieve even color throughout.
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Because you have greater control over color distribution when you use this method, you also have more control over the appearance of the colored wood. For instance, if you want a softer, lighter look, use a light hand and don’t go over the same spot too many times. For darker and richer tones, add more color layers to really get the pigment into the wood.
If you’re going for a darker color, don’t jam the marker tip into the wood, as this may damage your marker. Instead, go over the same area of the wood multiple times for color layering and try using a lighter shade of your TriBlend™ marker.
The last technique we’re showcasing today adds a bit of sparkle to your art. Heat embossing! (We went there, and it’s beautiful!)
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First, place your wreath over a piece of scratch paper so you can catch any excess embossing powder. Then, begin by rubbing the surface of the wreath with an anti-static pouch. Apply VersaMark™ ink to the wreath, a few sections at a time, using the same pouncing motion you saw in our first technique. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle embossing powder over it, shake off any excess powder onto your scratch paper, and heat set with a heat tool. (Use your scratch paper to easily funnel your excess embossing powder back into its container for future use.)
We absolutely love these wreaths and National Papercrafting Month, because it really gets us thinking outside the box! We can’t wait to see all the different ways you choose to add color to your wreaths.
Remember, you can only get these gorgeous wreath kits until January 31, and if you buy four or more you even get a discount! Make sure to take full advantage of the All Around Creativity special while you still can. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Product Blog Hop - Jan/Feb 2020...

Happy mid-January (btw...how can that be...ugh)!

So happy to be joining you today with a blog hop featuring NEW PRODUCT from 19 CTMH Consultants. If you're come from Michelle's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping until you get back to where you started! If you're starting here, WELCOME! If you happen to get lost along the way, never fear - you can get a complete list of hoppers {{{here}}}.


I have a layout using a few NEW products from the January - February 2020 Catalog. The paper collection I'm using is Spruced Up and while it SEEMS to be all about winter, I set out to do a layout of a couple of photos from this Summer's Vacation...


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Here are some closeups...don't you just LOVE those Spruced Up Wood Shapes! And those little splatters of ink are from the January 2020 SOTM...

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And...I used the January 2020 SOTM for this layout, Everyday Magic. I just LOVE this particular sentiment for capturing God's beauty!

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I used the NEW Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts to create the focal pieces for my layout...CTMH has started making most of our Thin Cuts in-house and you can tell that the quality of these FAVORITE items of mine has stepped up a notch!

Thanks for stopping by! After you visit Alyson's Blog and see what NEW project she has to share, make sure you come back to check out my process video below...AND don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel so you won't miss a thing!

Don't forget to stop by your CTMH Consultant's website and pick up some of these FABULOUS new products! If you don't have a Consultant, feel free to shop my website for a chance to win some HOSTESS FREEBIES!




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Paper Flower Unicorn template with CTMH...

shared from ctmh's blog...

Make Your Very Own Paper Flower Unicorn Wall Décor!

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If you haven’t gotten down and crafty yet this year, now is the perfect time to start. For our second week celebrating National Papercrafting Month, we created this beautiful, large scale, floral wall décor and are giving you our Design Space fileFREE, to recreate this very same project at home!
Floral Unicorn Wall #ctmh #closetomyheart #nationalpapercraftingmonth #unicorn #diydecor #cricut #flowermarker #paperflower #paperunicorn #girlsroom #youaregorgeous
(Click on the individual images for a closer look!)
In order to keep things simple, we manipulated shapes from just one of our Cricut® collections while designing our arrangement. If you don’t own the Cricut® Flower Market Collection, get one HERE.
We don’t want any of our readers to feel left out. For those of you who do not use Cricut®, a few months ago, our very own Jill Broadbent visited Studio5 and shared how to make similar large paper flowers without a cutting machine.
Download the PDF below for a template to make large paper flowers without a cutting machine.
Every little (and grownup) girl deserves to know just how gorgeous she is! Happy crafting!
Make sure to stop by next week to see what we’ve got in store for a boy’s space using our Urban collection!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Holidays Reimagined with Creative Design Team Collab...

What to you get when you use Cedar & Pine Christmas stickers and some very Christmasy patterned B&T from the Mix-Ins paper packet? NOT a Christmas layout!

This is HOLIDAYS REIMAGINED and I am joining several other VERY TALENTED CTMH Consultants in bringing you different ways to use your Holiday (no matter the Holiday) items for projects not intended for that Holiday.



Here are some photos of my layout and although the background is a black & white Christmas tree pattern, I think it goes perfectly with the photos of the girls and their shopping trip!

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Here are some closeups...the Cricut cuts are made by contouring, duplicating, splicing and welding some images together (here's the design space file if you own the Complete Creativity cartridge and want to make your own...if you don't own it yet, click on the link above to purchase yours)...
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The OH WHAT FUN pennant is from the Cedar & Pine Complements and the Candy Apple enamel dots are from the Holly Jolly Assortment...

Here's my process video...go check it out then click on the description to see the links to the other girls' videos! Thanks for stopping by and stayed tuned for more video collabs SOON!



Friday, January 10, 2020

Oh My Heart Blog Hop...

What's red, white and pink all over...

The OH MY HEART Kit is SUPER ADORABLE and although CTMH has created some lovely projects for you (download the instructions here),you can do your own thing too!

Here is a one sheet wonder bag (video tutorial coming SOON)..



Although I'm not hopping with the girls this go-round, I hope you'll go check out what they have to share. You can start at Melissa's Blog 😍

Don't forget to get your kit ordered in time to make some SUPER CUTE Valentine cards and/or layouts to celebrate the sweeties in your life!