Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SE 2 New Product Blog Hop...

HAPPY HUMP DAY, ladies and gents!!!

I'm so excited to be joining the SOTM Blog Hop gals to bring you some NEW products from the Seasonal Expressions II that just came out May 1st! This hop only has 20 participants and will be featuring NEW PRODUCTS you will want to put on your wish list!

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

I am NOT a flowery person but this stamp set is MUST HAVE!!!

These stamps are available for purchase on my website along with the Beautiful Friendship line...GORGEOUS!!!

Thanks for joining me and leaving me some love! You'll want to stop by Jean's Blog to see what she has to share!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lovely Layers - CTMH Technique Blog Hop...

Welcome to this month's CTMH Technique Blog Hop featuring LOVELY LAYERS and all that applies!

If you've come from Annemarie's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping around 'till you've seen all ten blogs!

I am choosing to showcase the wonderful ability to layer stamped images using CTMH's clear blocks and stamps. This card is made with the NEW Beautiful Friendship line from CTMH and it is GORGEOUS!!!

Notice I stamped some flowers as intended then left the outlying flowers as "outline" only...

Here's a look at the inside...

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to head on over to Darlys's Blog and see what LOVELY LAYERS she has to show you!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

NSD - Postcard Perfect Blog Hop...

Happy MAY everyone!!! I hope you all have enjoyed inter-National Scrapbooking Day yesterday...I was creating with some friends...old and new...and we played A LOT with this month's special from CLOSE TO MY HEART....Post Card Perfect

This month the hoppers with the SOTM Blog Hop are showing you artwork featuring Post Card Perfect so you can be inspired to get your own kit and celebrate the month of May!

We only have 17 creative consultants hopping this go 'round so you'll gain lots of inspiration in a short period of time!

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

Here's a look at one of the cards I made with the paper packet and the Thin Cuts - Block Alphabet...

To get the dimension on the letters, I cut 2 additional layers of the word ALOHA using cardstock then adhered them all in stacking fashion. In the top photo, it appears because of the shadows to be a whole lot of dimension but you can tell here it's a very subtle difference...
How about that shimmer on the word ALOHA...I used our Bashful Shimmer Brush

There are 3 kit options with this special and it's only good for the month of May so hurry on over to my website to purchase the kit that's right for you!

Thanks for stopping'll head on over to Gina's Blog and see what she has to share! Don't forget to leave some lover along the way and brighten someone's day.

Have a GREAT week!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Classic Summer Bash SOTM Blog Hop...

Welcome to a NEW MONTH...a NEW SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS...and a NEW Stamp of the Month blog hop!!!

We only have 25 consultants joining the hop this month so you have no excuse to visit each one...because you WILL WANT to see all the different ways this summery SOTM has been used!

If you've come from Haley's Blog, you're on the right track and almost to the end...unless you just started, then you'll keep on hopping 'till you get back to where you began!

I was inspired by CTMH'S layout they posted yesterday on using your Cricut to journal...while I didn't do all my journalling using my Cricut, I did do a large part...and I LOVE how it turned out!

Aren't these Central Park sequins PEFECT for this layout...almost resemble drops of lemon-ade....

Here's a look at ths ADORABLE stamp's only available during the month of May so hurry and get your hands on it!!!

Thanks for stopping'll now head over to Kirsten's Blog and see what CUTE thing she has to share!

Monday, April 30, 2018

H2H Tool Time: Vellum...

Another week and another year older for me!!!

This week over at the H2H Challenge Blog we're featuring VELLUM and want you to do the same!

There are a TON of uses for Vellum but I chose to use the most common (to my uses, I guess)...softening a background so your focal piece can stand out more.

I used the soon-to-be-retiring GIMME SOME SUGAR paper pack to create this card and while the wood-grain background piece isn't very overwhelming, I wanted something to break the piece up. This is where the Vellum came you can see, I only used it on the top 1/3 of the card and used my Marvy Journaling Pen to doodle around the edges so you could definitely get the 'break up in pattern' that I wanted.

Vellum can sometimes be hard to adhere to your artwork..the majority of the adhesive used is hidden behind my flowers but I did put tiny dots of Liquid Glass in the hide that, I doodled. Stamping on Vellum can also be hard so I chose to use a tiny stamp set available only to CTMH Consultant and stamped my sentiment off the Vellum...

Thanks for stopping by on this GLORIOUS Monday...I hope you'll take the time to go check out all the H2H Design Team Members' blogs and see what they did for this challenge.

Don't forget to play along...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Picture My Life (PML) Blog Hop...

Welcome to the PICTURE MY LIFE (PML) Blog Hop featuring all the nifty things you can do with CTMH's PML Cards.

We have only 20 Consultants participating this month so it won't take you long to hop around to all of them, see their WONDERFUL creations and leave some love along the way!

If you've come from Michelle's Blog, you're on the right'll keep hopping 'till you get back around to where you started!

I decided to remake a card I made a year or so's such a FUN template and come together soooooo easily with the Summertime PML Cards and a little bit of stamping! Literally, I made this card - START TO FINISH - in 25 minutes during my lunch break!'s my card

Looks like a normal card, right....and look at that CUTE little astronaut from Stargazer. I used my mini-stapler, shin-han markers and journaling pen for the focal piece...
NOT SO FAST....take a look at this "normal-looking card" when it's open!!!

I used one big PML Card (measures 4x6) and two small ones (each 3x4) to make this fold out card. I used some washi in my stash to attach the smaller cards to the center piece...
and...look at the little pocket made with some Stargazer B&T and zip-strip...perfect for a gift card or some cold hard cash (yes...I only had a $2

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Don't forget to keep on hopping...your next stop is KRISTA...I'm sure she'll have something super creative to share with you!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Framed with H2H...

This week's H2H Challenge is FRAMED...I love this challenge because you're going to see so many takes on this...I have a feeling!

I decided to use a PML card (Pocket Scrapbooking - CTMH style) to make a recruiting card I'm sending to a sweet lady who has displayed interest in joining my CTMH Team...April is a FABULOUS month to do so by the way!

This card is using one of the FREE stamp sets a NEW Consultant gets when they reach the Straight to the Top Level 1 in their first 30 days. The pre-printed PML card from Gimme Some Sugar made this card come together sooooo easily!
---------------------------------------------- adding a little SPARKLE to the heart using my Clear Shimmer Brush, the card goes from ehhh to The arrow and squiggly line under the Bashful heart are from this month's SOTM - Color Your Life... 
And, I even added a sweet little sentiment (LOVE the brushstroke that comes with this stamp set...what a GREAT way to visually close that sentiment off!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Don't forget to head on over to the H2H Challenges Blog and see what the other DT Members created.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Creative with Cards

Welcome to this month's CTMH Technique Blog Hop featuring artwork from CTMH Consultants! This month's technique is getting Creative with Cards!

If you've come from Michelle John's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping until you've seen all 12 Blogs!

I want to share one of the layouts that is included in my Gimme Some Sugar Layout Workshop. I love to use the PML Cards that come with each Paper Packet to add sentiments, jounaling blocks and embellishments to my layouts...if you're a regular follower of my artwork, I hardly ever use anything as it's

Here are some close-ups of my layout...I always us the photo Placeholders we're able to get as Consultants to show my workshop attendees where their photos will go, along with the dimensions. ***another PERK of becoming a CTMH Consultant***
I tied a bow using the Peacock Stitched Ribbon that comes with the Gimme Some Sugar WYW - LOVE the feel of this's so soft and ties so easily! I brought over the Gimme Some Sugar Complements and Cork Shapes from the left side to balance the two pages...

Well, you've reached the end of the line...if you started here or haven't seen them all, hop on over to Melissa's Blog to keep on hopping!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Join MY TEAM with April's FAB FOUR special...


Get Four Free Stamp Sets!

With the Fab Four monthly special, April is the perfect time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant or add new members to your team! New Consultants who join Close To My Heart in April will receive the May, June, July and August Stamp of the Month sets, FREE! (That’s an extra $71.80 retail value added to an already incredible New Consultant Kit!)

Close To My Heart is a direct sales company that offers a wide array of papercrafting products, with special emphasis on scrapbooking and stamping. For more than 30 years, founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton has been a leader in the industry, making many significant contributions to these arts, and making Close To My Heart a premier resource for individuals wishing to enhance their artistic talents and pursue a successful business opportunity. Close To My Heart’s Independent Consultants enjoy a generous compensation plan, which rewards them for promoting our innovative and beautiful products to help every crafter celebrate relationships, share memories, and preserve the moments that matter most.

What Does the Close To My Heart Opportunity Have in Store for You?

Join our community of Consultants and start enjoying these rewards:
  • 22% base commission on product purchases and sales, with the potential to earn even more! Learn more.
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  • New Consultant Kit full of product valued over $200! Learn more.
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Birthday Bash with H2H...

Welcome to this week's H2H Challenge featuring anything and everything BIRTHDAY!!!

I have a good friend who had a birthday last week and I totally missed out on giving her a card so I made this quick card to give to her this week!

I love the colors...the stars...and of course the CELEBRATE sentiment from this month's SOTM, Color Your Life...the stars came from the soon-to-be-retired Stargazer...

Here's a close-up of the stars (stamped in Raspberry, Pixie, Blossom & Bashful)...I added dots using my Journaling Pen and some Bashful Pearls for some embellishment. The word "celebrate" is stamped in Pewter Ink and fussy cut using my Micro-Tip Scissors...

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you'll stop on over at the H2H Blog and play along with us this week...only "rules" are that you have to use at least one CTMH Product and it needs to fit our BIRTHDAY BASH theme!

Friday, March 23, 2018

DIE-NAMITE Interactive Cards with Thin Cuts...

Taken From CTMH's Blog...

Creating Interactive Cards with Thin Cuts!

Let’s get crafty and use those Thin Cuts we’ve been talking about all month long on some fun interactive cards!
Today we are going to walk through making this astronaut in orbit card, since it is the harder of the two to make. Once you’ve got that one down, making others like it will be a breeze!
Prepare and Cut.
To replicate our card exactly, you will need the following pieces:
  • 1 standard card base
  • 4″ x 5¼” Pacifica planets paper (Stargazer paper packet)
  • 4″ x ¼” Poppy striped paper (Stargazer paper packet)
  • Trimmed zip strips to use as accents (Stargazer paper packet)
  • Astronaut die cut from White Daisy cardstock, stamped with Archival Black ink, painted in watercolor (Stargazer Thin Cuts)
  • Aliens/monsters die cut from White Daisy cardstock, stamped with Willow ink, pupils colored over with black marker (Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts)
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Place the 2½” circle die (the largest one in the set) ¾” from the top of the planets paper and centered, left to right. Attach it with washi tape to keep it in place as you run it through your die-cutting machine.
Step 2. Cutting the moon.
Once you’ve cut your first circle, use the inside circle to make the moon.
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Flip the 2½” circle you just cut out over, to the side of the paper that looks like the surface of the moon. Attach the 2″ circle die to it with washi tape and run it through your die-cutting machine.
Step 3. Attaching the planets paper.
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On the backside of your paper, add thin 3-D foam tape as shown here. You will need a small piece of foam tape near the circle to allow the movement later but make sure it isn’t too close to the circle or it will not work! Attach this piece to your card front.

Step 4. Adding the penny.

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This step is pretty simple but also requires accuracy. With your card resting on a flat surface, gently tuck your penny (or flat button) behind the planets paper about half way. Be careful to not bump your card, the penny is not attached to anything at this point.
Step 5. Prepping the moon.
With your penny in place, it’s time to prepare the moon for attaching.
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Flip your moon over to the planets side of the paper and add thin 3-D foam tape to the center onlyand attach it to the card. Don’t move the penny.
Step 6. Attaching the astronaut.
Remember our floating penny? Carefully attach a small foam dot to the center of it, between the two papers. Remove the adhesive from the top and attach the astronaut you’ve previously prepared.
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Step 7. Embellish!
Add your sentiment, aliens, and all other embellishments to your card to finish it off!
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I can't wait to get home and create my OWN Interactive cards using this FABULOUS technique!!!!