Friday, October 20, 2017

Blog Hops with Heart - Workin' Hard or Hardly Workin'...

Welcome to this month's Blog Hops with Heart featuring all kinds of WORK or lack thereof!!!

We're a small group so it won't take long to see all the FABULOUS takes on this month's challenge!

If you've come from Jayma's Blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping 'till you get back to where you started!

I decided to scrapbook some photos from last Spring...although the photos show some pretty hard work, there were more of us hardly! I used CTMH's Artistry Cricut Collection along with various cardstocks and embellishments! I decided to use the NEW Colorblock Alphabet which I love because it brings some color to the layout!

One thing I still LOVE about CTMH Cardstock is the white core...I used our sanding blocks (3 different grits for varying looks) to distress the wood overlay so it would look more like wood! I also stitched through my title to adhere and here and there on the wood overlay.
I broke out the BRADS from my stash to add some yellow in the bottom left to create that visual triangle...

Thanks for stopping by...head on over to Kelly's Blog (the beginning) and see what she's created...I know you'll LOVE IT!!!

If you're curious how I design my layouts, here's a look:

  • I open up Cricut Design Space and insert a shape (square) and size to 12x12.
  • I insert my shapes and size accordingly.
  • I change the colors of my images to see if they're all going to look good together.
  • Sometimes I'll add my photos by uploading the image and inserting...this way I can make sure the color of my elements match the colors in the photos (in this layout I wanted the color of her shirt to match the subtitle piece at the top left of the layout.
Here's a look at my layout WITHOUT inserting the photos and WITH inserting the photos so you can see what I'm talking about...

Now scroll back up to continue hopping!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christmas is coming - here's some inspiration from CTMH....

Christmas Album Inspiration

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is just around the corner, with Christmas only a little over two months away! To help you get your holiday cheer going (if it isn’t already!), we are sharing a Christmas album with you made entirely from patterns featured in our new how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3.
 Use the images below as inspiration to make your own layouts. If you’d like to replicate them exactly, look to our supply list at the end of this post. You’ll see that you only need a handful of products, including one of each of the items in our Beary Christmas suite: one paper packet, one set of coordinating cardstock, one set of Complements, one set of dots, and one silver shimmer trim.
Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 17 (p. 38)

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Add stamped accents like this one to your pages with the October Stamp of the Month, Christmas Tunes

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart ™, Vol. 3: Pattern 1 (p. 6)

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 4 (p. 12)

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 5 (p. 14)

Christmas Album Inspiration #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #Christmas #album #holiday #family #merry #ornament #reindeer #jolly #tree #wreath #holynight #presents #gifts #bearychristmasMake It from Your Heart™, Vol. 3: Pattern 8 (p. 20)

Prepare now to preserve all of the wonderful memories the holidays have to offer.
If you plan on making this album, but maybe not until after the craziness of the season, make sure you grab your supplies while they are available! The October Stamp of the Month, featured in several of these pages, is available this month only, while the Beary Christmas suite is only available through December 31, while supplies last.
Keep up with us on the blog all season long to see all the fun things we have in store for you! We are going to do our darndest to make sure you are ready for the holidays this year!
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Share a SMILE this month....

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, we’ve made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!
The Share a Smile card kit can be yours for FREE when you become a Consultant in October or when you host a qualifying party.
My Acrylix® Operation Smile™: Punny Pals stamp set
My Acrylix® Operation Smile™: Punny Pals Stamp Set
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Share a Smile card kit
Share a Smile Card Kit
Includes Thin Cuts — Punny Pals, Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes, and 10 paper sheets; stamp set sold separately
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Thin Cuts — Punny Pals
Thin Cuts — Punny Pals
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Share a Smile card bases & envelopes
Share a Smile Card Bases & Envelopes
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Offer available through October 31, 2017, while supplies last. Shipping & handling assessed on full retail value of all items.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Check out this FALL-bulous card...

Less than a week left in September which means that you have less than a week to get your hands on this FALL-BULOUS Stamp Set...Feel So Blessed!!!

Some images are colored with ShinHan Markers (feather, tiny heart, swag leaves & "THANK")...and the others are stamped with our Exclusive Inks...

Here's a quick card I made using this versatile stamp set and CTMH's Falling For You line. I also added some twine from the Enchantment Ribbon Pack to break the two B&T patterns up...
I hate that you can't see the glittery finish on the feather...I used our Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine...

Don't forget...this stamp set is only available 'till the end of September and can be yours for ONLY $5 with a qualifying order!

Message me for more details or start shopping {{{here}}}

Friday, September 22, 2017

Blog Hops with Heart - Halloween...

Welcome to this month's Blog Hops with Heart featuring anything and everything Halloween-inspired!

There are only a few of us so it won't take you long to hop all the way through! Don't worry if you're arrived here can visit the other girls by click on the link at the end of my post.

If you've come here from Amie's Blog, you're on the right track...

Here's my project, using the NEW line from CTMH, Cats & Bats...I decided to do a layout using one of my favorite pictures from a couple of years ago.

Here are some close-ups...

This layout use the Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Kit Stamp Set (I also bought the corresponding Thin Cuts but haven't used them yet...hehehehehehe). I doodled some tiny black dots using my Marvy Journaling Pen. The FABULOUS orange dots you see are from the Cats & Bats Dots and come in 3 colors....FAB-U-LOUS!!! 
The tiny strips I used to tuck in and around my photo mat come from the Zip-Strips and a piece of the B&T...
All these tiny words are cut from one of the B&T pieces that come with the Cats & Bats and easy way to add some titling or embellishment to any layout or card!

Thanks for creeping by...if you want to start from the beginning and check out all the girls' artwork, head on over to Kelly's Blog.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adventure Fundamental Workshop...

Last month, CTMH came out with some new Fundamental lines and it was a pure JOY to work with the Adventure Fundamentals...full of bright colors, perfect for just about any occasion!

Here's a look at what you can make with the kit & cutting diagrams...

If you'd like to purchase the Cutting Diagram (will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours) or the Kit (will be mailed to you within 2 weeks) to make your own, you can do so below:


****If you want the kit and do not want to wait, you can order the supplies {{{here}}} - NOTE: this option will only allow you to purchase full packets whereas the "kit" as advertised above, give you only what you will use****

Don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM POST with closeups of this FABULOUS Kit! While you're there, follow me so you can stay up to date with all my crafty 

From the Heart Card Kit for NSM...

Taken from CTMH's Blog...detailing the instructions for putting together this BEAUTIFUL card kit!!!

Step-by-Step Instructions: From the Heart Card Kit

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September is National Stamping Month, and we’ve designed an incredible card kit with elegant, layered stamping to celebrate!
It’s called the From the Heart card kit, and if you love stamping, you’ll love all the ways you can play with the interchangeable stamp designs to achieve a variety of looks for your cards.
If the thought of creating cards like these feels a bit daunting, don’t worry! The kit comes with helpful instructions to walk you through the assembly—just take a look!
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Here are the pieces you get in your kit. You get enough to create 12 cards, plus the beautiful From the Heart stamp set and 12 envelopes. Once you punch out these pieces, follow the instructions below to create your cards.

Step 1

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All the folds come pre-scored, so all you have to do is fold along the score lines. Starting with your card base (A), turn the gold foil side down and sharply fold the two outside flaps inward. Add adhesive to the top of these flaps.

Step 2

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Fold your card base in half along the score line, attaching the front of the card base to the top of the flaps. This will form a pocket.

Step 3

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Starting with the detached end of the large flap, make sharp folds along the score lines, accordion style, as shown.

Step 4

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Add adhesive to the bottom of first fold (the white side).

Step 5

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Insert the pull insert (B) into the pocket in your card base (A), keeping B centered. Attach that first fold from step 5 to the edge of the pull insert, keeping the edges flush. Now when you pull on the insert piece in and out, the large flap should pop up and down!

Step 6

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Slide your card closed and then add adhesive to top of first fold (over gold foil).

Step 7

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Attach supporting piece (D) to the top of first fold. This supporting piece is a little bit larger than the area where you added the adhesive, so keep the top edge flush with the crease and center it on the flap. When it’s in place, the edges of the supporting piece should overlap the gold foil around the edges of your card.

Step 8

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Stamp your choice of sentiment and flowers onto your card front (C). When stamping the layers of your flowers, add extra depth by using different colors for each layer.

Step 9

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Stamp leaves and twigs in between flowers. Again, add depth by stamping all of the layers in different colors. This stamp set allows you to get incredible detail in your stamp images for a beautiful finished card.

Step 10

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Set aside your card front and go back to the base for a moment. Slide your card open, and then stamp your choice of inside sentiment onto the card base. The From the Heart stamp set includes four large sentiments designed especially to fit this space.

Step 11

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Once your stamping is dry, slide the card closed and add adhesive to second fold of large flap. This is the section right next to the supporting strip (D) that you attached, and it is where you will attach your card front.

Step 12

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Attach your card front (C) to the second fold, lining up the edges with the supporting strip (D).
***REMEMBER*** this kit is only available during the month of September OR while supplies grab yours NOW before it's too late!