Friday, September 18, 2020

Creativity in Motion Blog Hop...

Thank you for visiting my blog on a FRIDAY NIGHT!

We have a special treat for you tonight...I'm joining some other CTMH Consultants in bringing you the Creativity in Motion Special!

If you've come from Miss Carrie's Blog, you're on the right track! Keep on hopping around until you get back to where you started! If you're starting here, WELCOME!!!

Here is a FUN Birthday card I made with some NEW Birthday Borders & Thin Cuts (I elongated the thin cut to make it fit this standard size card) stamps and the NEW Sundance Cardstock! I created the ombre look on the candles using Canary, Flamingo, Raspberry and Lagoon Exclusive Ink...I LOVE the orange and the purple that the ombre created!




If you want to see this card in motion, head on over to my Instagram Account and check out my stories!

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




Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Peek-a-boo Technique Blog Hop...

I CANNOT WAIT for all of you to see what we have to show you featuring the technique PEEK-A-BOO!

There are only a few of us participating in this month's Blog Hop so it won't take you long to hop around and see what everyone is doing. If you've come from Brandi's Blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping around (leaving love along the way) until you get back to where you started. If you're starting here, WELCOME!

I decided to us our NEW Tabbed Doors Card Front Thin Cut and several Stamp Sets: Celebrating You, Birthday Greetings and You Brighten My Day (only available THIS MONTH)...

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I created a "template" to make stamping easy. You just cut an extra card front then take your microtip scissors and cut off the doors. You are left with a perfect template for your stamping...
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Here's a look at my template overlaying all my stamping. When the recipient gets the card, all the doors will be closed (not appear to have been opened and closed over and over) but the stamping behind the doors will be perfectly placed!

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I used an ombre of sorts to stamp the inside of the card...and that LOVELY PAPER is from the Party Time Paper Packet in our 2020-2021 Core Catalog...LOVE IT!!!


If you want to see some tips and tricks on this FUN CARD FRONT, you can watch my process video below:



Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to Alyson's Blog to continue being inspired by this month's technique!


Visit Melissa's Blog for a complete list of hoppers in case you get lost.

Monday, September 14, 2020

H2H Multi-Dimension Magic...

HAPPY MONDAY!!! The only things that make Mondays tolerable are:
  1. A Sunday FULL of mood-enhancing rest, relaxation and the Word.
  2. An 8:30 start time to my full-time job.
  3. H2H Challenges
This week's H2H Challenge is all about that Multi-Dimension Magic! If you're a follow of mine, you know I LOVE ME SOME DIMENSION!!!

Here's a look at what I decided to showcase...my NEW Scrapbooking Workshop Kit with Bloom With Grace..

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Here's a closeup - the leaf going up the right side of the photo place holder is a sticker from the Sticker Sheet and they are adhered directly onto my layout...the Sunflower Grouping is also from the Sticker Sheet but I took the sticky off with my Anti-Static Pouch and used 3D Foam Tape to pop it off the page....the wooden shapes are from the Bloom with Grace Wooden Shapes and those are adhered with Liquid Glass. They are little more dimensional that the 3D Foam Tape I used so there are 3 layers of various dimension in this one little corner...

Thanks for stopping by!

Check back here or my YouTube Channel for the THREE Bloom with Grace Scrapbooking Workshops I'm offering!

Don't forget to head on over to the H2H Challenge Blog to check out the other DT Members and what MULTI-DIMENSION MAGIC they have to share!


Thursday, September 10, 2020

NEW Product Blog Hop - Sept/Oct Catalog...

I am sooooo glad that we are bringing you NEW GOODIES from the September/October Supplemental Catalog tonight because the weather here has me feeling ALL the AUTUMN FEELS!!!

If you are coming here by way of Alyson'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 wanted to use the NEW Textured Leaves to create a one-layer card (as one layer as I get...lol) with some of the NEW colors I just can't get enough of!!! I used the Avocado to create a watercolor background by turning my ink pad over onto a block, spritzing with water then using a baggie to pick up the ink and apply to my card base. For the leaf, I inked it up in Sundance, then the middle-to-right in Desert Rose then the right in Scarlet then stamped it off on to my White Daisy cardstock. This stamp set comes with Thin Cuts (if you want...you can also purchase without, if you don't have a die-cut machine) so there was no fussy cutting for me. I used 3D Foam Tape to pop it up. The sentiment comes from the Card Craft With Heart Subscription for Sept-Dec.



Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Brandi...hop on over and see what she has to share!

If you get lost, head on over to Melinda's Blog for a complete list.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Quick Ways to use 6x6 Bright Stack while helping kids SMILE...

CTMH has always supported Operation Smile and in each catalog we have a stamp set specifically to benefit the charity.

With EVERY PURCHASE of that stamp set - Every Bit of Wonderful - $7 is donated to Operation Smile to help children all over the world!

I have joined the Creative Design Team to showcase this stamp set AND the 6x6 Bright Stack which is part of the Creativity in Motion special that is going on RIGHT NOW over on my website!

I hope you'll head on over to YOUTUBE and watch my video on QUICK WAYS TO USE 6X6 PAPER STACKS as well as visit all my friends and see what they are sharing using the Every Bit of Wonderful and the 6x6 Bright Stack!



If the Operation Stamp Set isn't something you think you would use, consider adding a monetary donation to your next order on my website! The little donation box can be found in your cart when you go check out!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Twisted ways to use NEW Product...

Howdy, guys and gals!

I am joining a few other CTMH Consultants bringing you "twisted" ways to use some of the NEW Product that was released September 1st on my website!

Here is a look at a one-page layout I did using our NEW Floral Background Thin Cut (it comes as a single item OR you can purchase the bundle) and our NEW Oxide Inks. I also threw in one of our NEW Birthday stamp sets - Wishing You Everything (I love how you can use Birthday stamp sets for everyday occasions)...


If you want to see the process, head on over to YouTube and check out the video. You can also click on the description to see a complete list of other CTMH Consultants who twisted their own NEW Products!



Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Here for the Memories Sept SOTM Blog Hop...

This month's SOTM Blog Hop features a stamp set after EVERY SCRAPBOOKER'S heart! AND, since it's only $5 with a qualifying purchase, THE NEW PRODUCTS that launched today will make it SUPER EASY to reach that qualifying purchase!

I am joining 20 CTMH Consultants to bring you Artwork featuring Here for the Memories - Sept 2020 SOTM.


If you've come here from my crafty friend Miss Carrie'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 wanted to create a scrapbooking layout BUT I didn't want to use photos about scrapbooking, if that makes sense! I pulled out the Got Candy? Special and went to town...

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I used the stars from the Got Candy? Special and then doodled on the French Vanilla stripes on the B&T...the sentiment at the top comes from the stamp set and is SO FITTING, don't you think? The circles come from the Stitched Circle Thin Cuts (retired) and are cut from the NEW COLOR - Avocado!
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That CUTE little "say cheese" polaroid is from the SOTM and is a perfect place to add my date. The "puppy" comes from the NEW Hokey Pokey Alphabet Stamp (soooooo CUTE) and the "LOVE" comes from the SOTM...


Thank you for stopping by! You can head over to Kathy's Blog and see what she has to share with this ADORABLE stamp set! Don't forget to visit my website and load up on all the NEW FABULOUS products AND add this SOTM to your cart! You can also get a FREE copy of the NEW Core Catalog and Sept-Oct Supplemental Catalog!

Complete list can be found on Melinda's Blog

Monday, August 31, 2020

Got Candy? - Anything Goes with H2H...

Sooooo much going on today and tomorrow...I am SO EXCITED!!!

First let's start with THIS PAST WEEKEND and TODAY! I was a guest on the NEW Crafty Game Show - CRAFT ROULETTE! You guys HAVE TO GO check it out...every Friday night over on FB! You can catch the replay of my episode {{{here}}}.

So TODAY, I can share the card I made during that show as part of my entry for the H2H Challenge - Anything Goes!

This card features the GOT CANDY? Special that is going on RIGHT NOW on my website! If you aren't a Halloween person, never fear....most of the patterns can be used for other occasions, like I did here several years back with the Hello Pumpkin papers {{{here}}} and {{{here}}}! 





Thanks for stopping by! 

Head on over to the H2H Challenge Blog and see what the other DT Members have to share and don't forget to play along with us - you have the WHOLE MONTH of September!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

CTMH Kids Crafts - Born to Shine...

shared from ctmh's blog...

Kid Crafts with Maya!

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As any avid scrapper knows, crafting can be a great way to learn more about yourself and embrace all the things that make you special. Sharing this opportunity for self-discovery with the kids in your life is a great way to show them how much you care about them, while also introducing them to the joys of paper crafting and scrapbooking!

We’re excited to announce a new series of virtual events, specifically geared toward a younger audience. Introducing…CTMH Kids Crafts! These special virtual events will be hosted by Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s nine-year-old daughter, Maya. Kids will love crafting along with Maya as she shows them how to create fun, personalized projects, just for them!

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During our first CTMH Kids Crafts event, Maya will take kids through each step of creating the fun Born to Shine album! With an adorable 4″ x 4″ mini album from the Story by Stacy™ collection and some too-cute Picture My Life™ pocket cards from the Summer Vibes collection, the Born to Shine album is a perfect starting point for any kid to begin their crafting journey!

This first CTMH Kids Crafts event is taking place on August 21, starting at 4:30 p.m. (MDT). If you are planning to create along with Maya, you will need a Born to Shine album kit, which comes with one 4″ x 4″ mini album, one pack of Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ pocket cards, 4″ x 4″ sheets of white cardstock, the exclusive My Acrylix® Born to Shine stamp set, and a 2″ x 3½” ¼” stamping block. Apart from this handy kit, all that you or your kids will need to complete the project are a paper trimmer, an ink pad, some adhesive, and a journaling pen!

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This project can be a great way to introduce kids to stamping and crafting, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to introduce them to the art of memory keeping, as they’ll get to select their own photos  and decide what stories they want to tell.

The Born to Shine album is simple and fun to create, with some minimal cutting. Since paper trimmers or scissors will be involved, we recommend that any child who participates be supervised by an adult. (Each page in the Born to Shine album is made from trimmed down pocket cards and 4″ x 4″ cardstock.)

Every one of the layouts in this album your kiddos will make with Maya include fun, positive sentiments from the stamp set specially designed to celebrate their best qualities. At Close To My Heart, we want every kid to realize that they are special, and we’re so excited to help them embrace the things that make them great!

Just a few days ago, Maya and Monica went live on Facebook and they eagerly shared more about this brand-new series of events and the Born to Shine album. Take a look!

The CTMH Kids Crafts: Born to Shine virtual event is free to attend (watch), and as Maya says, this project is great for “every kind of kid!” Even if your kids aren’t little anymore, you can still share this event with grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, or any other kid in your life! To make things even more exciting, we’ll be doing some fun giveaways during the live event, with tons of opportunities to win! In order to be eligible to win any of these prizes, make sure to mark yourself as “GOING” on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook events page. We can’t wait for you and your kiddos to join us for our inaugural CTMH Kids Crafts event and the many more to come!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Walk on the Wild Side with H2H...

Boy do I have something WILD to show you today for the H2H Walk on the Wild Side Challenge.


Here is a look at my card...using the NEW Special for National Scrapbooking Month - Creativity in Motion...


Doesn't look wild right now, does it...well aside from the butterfly behind a striped piece of acetate...well, check out THIS VIDEO that will explain it!



Don't forget to check out the other H2H DT Members and PLAY ALONG with us. All you have to do is submit your project (has to have some CTMH goodies on it) before the end of August and you could be chosen as an H2H Challenge WINNER!!! We would LOVE to have you!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Technique Blog Hop - Use Your Scraps...

If you're like me, you have LOTS of Scraps...I just can't bring myself to throw them away.

THIS BLOG HOP will show you various techniques on how to USE YOUR SCRAPS!!!

If you've come from Brandi's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping all the way around until you get back to where you started. If you're starting here, WELCOME!!!

I chose to USE MY SCRAPS from my Summer Vibes Scrapbook Workshop to make a cover page for our vacation album! Here's a look...pay close attention to all the little strips, squares, rectangle paper pieces as well as my scrap embellishments form the Kit.





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


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Creative Ways to Use Vellum | Creative Design Team...

I don't know about you but I LOVE VELLUM!!!

It adds so much softness and dimension to any card, layout or papercraft project. 

Here are some examples using various methods (don't forget to scroll to the bottom and watch my process video)

NUMBER 1: Cut with the Cricut

I used the Flower Market Cricut Collection and Vellum for the jar to add a softness, much like actual glass would (funny story...I took the time to cut those stems thinking the curved part of the glass was the FRONT of the jar but my hubby pointed out that he perceived it as the BACK of the jar...funny what your eyes will do...lol)
NUMBER 2: Dry Emboss

The bottom portion of this card was embossed with one of our Embossing Folders (retired) and then I added the Gerbera Daisy from the Flower Market Cricut Collection...I LOVE the softness!
NUMBER 3: ThinCuts 

Use ThinCuts of various shapes to add subtle coordinating pieces to your layouts (you could also do this with cards)







NUMBER 4: Print on for journaling

I LOVE to use Vellum to print on...you can layer on top of some busy patterned paper to tone it down a bit OR you can layer over a photo, like I did here.