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

Here are some closeups...
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...
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!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Paper Layering Technique Blog Hop...

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Friday makes me SOOOOO HAPPY and this Friday is no exception since we are showing some PAPER-LAYERING Techniques to inspire your weekend craftiness!

We are so glad you are hopping around to see ten talented CTMH Consultants and how they were inspired by this tried and true technique. If you are coming from Melissa's Blog, you are on the right track...keep on hopping around until you get back to where you started. If you're starting here, WELCOME!

I knew I wanted to do a layout when I first heard this month's technique focus. And...I was pretty sure I was going to document a silly photo of my daughter and our dog using the Best Friends Furever line from CTMH. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll hop on over to Cat's Blog and see what she has layered up!

Monday, November 11, 2019

World Kindness Day with H2H...

Happy VETERANS DAY and H2H Challenge Day! We are celebrating World Kindness Day (which isn't until Wednesday) and we want you to play along!

Here's a look at the card I made using October's SOTM and an older Mix-In paper packet which can still be found in the "ONLINE" section of my website!

Here's a look at the flowers which I inked up, fussy cut out and then added Clear Shimmer Brush for some WOW...
And here is a peek at the inside...

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you'll go check out the other DT Members' artwork and play along with us before the end of the month!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Scrapbooking & Cardmaking Made Fast & Easy...

shared from ctmh's blog...

Beautiful Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Made Fast and Easy

Happy November, everyone! We are so excited for the opportunity to pop in today and share with you how to put beautiful scrapbook pages and cards together in a snap using the Cut Above® kits that are available through our Craft with Heart™ program.
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The excuse that we hear most often from people for not scrapbooking is that they simply don’t have the time to do it. Cut Above® layout kits are the response to that genuine concern. Each kit comes with all of the pieces you need to complete two coordinating two-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts, including pre-printed base pages, pre-cut paper pieces and die-cuts, complementing stickers, and simple assembly instructions. Essentially, all of the cutting has been taken out of the scrapbooking equation, saving you tons of time and allowing you to jump right into the artistic and creative side of memory keeping that we all enjoy and love so much.
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Beautiful layouts like this one come together in minutes when you’re using a Cut Above® kit!
To get your hands on these amazing kits, you don’t have to go far. In fact, we’ll deliver them straight to your doorstep on a schedule you decide through the Craft with Heart™ program. Craft with Heart™ is a subscription featuring Cut Above® kits offered at monthly and 4-month intervals.
If you’re already a subscriber, share the opportunity with a friend! The Craft with Heart™ program is a fun and easy way to introduce the art of memory keeping and cardmaking to others. These kits make wonderful gifts!
Take a closer look at what we’ve got in store for the next couple of months:
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Aren’t these gorgeous? You’d never guess that these layouts come together so quickly!
This is a great time of year to get started with the program if you haven’t already. September is when we introduced the last four scrapbooking kits for the year, which means if you sign up before January 1 for a four month or annual subscription you will not have missed out and will also receive the beautiful September and October scrapbooking kits!
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This September, for the first time ever, we launched a subscription kit just for cards!
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Just like the scrapbooking kits, the card subscription kit comes with all of the materials you need to create two each of the assortment of cards you see here, designed especially for the season ahead.
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The kit includes card bases in varying sizes, pre-cut die-cuts, coordinating stickers, and an exclusive stamp set and mini black ink pad to customize each of your card sentiments to use for any occasion that arises.
Craft with Heart™ is the perfect solution for those who enjoy the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking but are looking for a quicker alternative. Even if you’re a die-hard decorative scrapper or card maker who loves to spend hours on a project, the Cut Above® kits are a great way to catch up on documenting your stories and celebrating relationships without sacrificing quality. They’re a win-win deal that you will absolutely love!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

New Product Blog Hop...

Welcome to a hop all about CTMH's NEW PRODUCT that launched a couple of weeks ago!

Twenty-two CTMH Consultants have come together to show you some artwork featuring some of the NEW things you can purchase now through the end of December! This hop is a round-robbin meaning you'll keep hopping around until you've seen all the blogs. For a complete list, you can visit Melinda's Blog. 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. If you're starting here, WELCOME! 

I am getting ready for my annual Christmas Card Workshop so I'm going to share a couple of those cards to get you in the Christmas mood (you know it'll be here before you know it!).

I chose the Cedar & Pine collection because I just LOVE traditional Christmas Cards! And...we have tons of Holiday stamps but I chose the 2 below because they are M-Size which means each workshop attendee gets to take one of these home!

Thanks for stopping by...hop on over to Michelle's Blog and see what cute thing she has to share!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Family Time SOTM Blog Hop...

I'm officially ready for more closet-watching Hallmark Christmas movies in my "Hallmark Christmas Movie Watching Shirt"'s FULL ON CHRISTMAS from here on out!

But first we must celebrate a not-so-Christmasy SOTM from CTMH...Family Time!

This month's blog hop features 21 CTMH Consultants coming together to give you inspiration for this exclusive stamp set! It's a full-circle hop so you will hop around until you get back to where you started. If you're coming from Gina's Blog, you're on the right track...if you're starting here, WELCOME!

I decided to do a card using the Mix-In Paper Packet for the November/December Supplemental Catalog because the papers are GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE that this stamp set has over-sized sentiments perfect for Scrapbooking (because you all know that's my jam) but it also has images that can be used for card-makers too!

Let's take a look...

Here's a look at the inside...

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to Michelle's Blog to continue on with the inspiration train!

Don't can get this GORGEOUS stamp set during the month of November 2019 for only FIVE DOLLARS with a qualifying order!