Sunday, May 31, 2020

What Day is it, Anyway - Rainbow Sponged Card....

I have another cute card to share with you guys featuring a couple of stamp sets from the Stay Home Special from CTMH.

If you recall, I made a couple of cards last weekend showcasing the same stamp sets and rainbow pattern but THIS CARD adds some sponging with my NEW Blender Brushes and I just LOVE the result.

I started off random stamping the little virus icon diagonally across my card front using several Exclusive Inks from CTMH: Pansy, Raspberry, Nectarine, Canary, Green Apple and Carolina...

I finished off by grouping two of the color rows together then using my blending brushes to sponge the LIGHTER of the two colors over the rows...

If you are new to sponging or using blending brushes, I by no means am an fact this was my FIRST TIME using blending brushes so you can SEE that they are SUPER EASY to use and get used to. Check out the process video below and see how easy it is!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Stitched Together Card Kit...

I have a VERY TALENTED Consultant Friend, Lisa Stenz, who designed an ADORABLE Card Kit using the NEW STITCHED TOGETHER line from CTMH. can get your hands on these GORGEOUS cards two different ways (local pick up or shipped)! Make sure you check out the purchase options after you DROOL over the CUTENESS!

I used the Blue Skies Candy Apple Cardstock on this cute little guy...just LOVE how that UV pattern adds that little extra something...
If you use the ADD-ON feature to your kit, you can add some marker shading to the leaves as well as use the May SOTM (only $5 with a qualifying purchase) to add a special sentiment...
Another simple sentiment from the May SOTM added to this pretty butterfly!
If you think your eyes are playing tricks on you, don't worry - it's just the Stitched Together Cardmaking Stamp Set that has that HAPPY shading image and Thin Cut...

This month’s basic kit is $25 and includes the following:
  • Pre-cut cardstock and patterned paper
  • (5) Card bases and A2 white envelopes
  • Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set (Thin Cuts can be added on for $10)
  • Step-by-step instruction guide
  • Link to Design Space files (You will need the Stitched Together mini Cricut Collection and a Cricut machine with Design Space access in order to use the link. You do not need this collection as all of the kit pieces will be pre-cut in the kit. You will only need it if you would like to make more cards in the future.)

Add Ons:

Extra supplies needed to complete the project:

To order a kit(s), you may either send me cash or a check, or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the “Add to Cart” buttons below. If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $7 will be added for shipping. (Kits can only be shipped to U.S. addresses per CTMH policy. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

Stitched Together Card Kit - Local Pick Up 

Stitched Together Card Kit - Shipped
   $25 + $7 for shipping

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Craft with Heart Card Subscription - Cards 1 & 2...

Here's a little information on the card subscription...don't forget to scroll all the way to the end to watch Cards 1 & 2 come together pretty quickly!

Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking

Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking subscription. Each delivery includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them.

May–August Exclusive Stamp Set

Each Craft with Heart™ Cardmaking shipment includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set designed especially for that kit’s set of cards. The set includes several sets of interchangeable sentiments, giving you multiple options to choose from for every card you make.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Somewhere over the rainbow with H2H...

Don't rainbows make you sooooo happy!!!! We are challenging you to use them in this week's H2H Challenge!

I have chosen to make several cards using the NEW promotional stamp sets that CTMH released to document the past 60 days and any going forward! While you might think these stamp sets are "just for layouts," I'd like to show you how they can be used on cards as well!

Here's a look at the first one...

Here's a closeup...
Here's the back of the envelope as well as the inside...
Here's a 2nd card using the sentiment from the 1st card plus an over-sized image...gotta LOVE that "trying not to go (TOO) crazy"
And, here's a peek at the inside! Wouldn't this card be PERFECT from some friends you're used to getting together with but now can't...

Thank you for stopping by...I hope you'll head on over to the H2H Challenge Blog and check out the other DT Members and what they created! Don't forget to play along with us!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Blue Skies & FREE Scrapbook Pattern with CTMH...

FREE Scrapbook Pattern with Blue Skies!

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As we continue to celebrate National Scrapbooking month with beautiful creations using our featured Blue Skies collection, we thought it would simply make sense to also give you a free scrapbooking pattern to go with it!

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Making its original debut in the Magic Moments workshop guide years ago, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″  pattern with our beautiful Blue Skies papersstamp sets, and Thin Cuts dies that are available now and through the end of May.

The instructions available as a free download below have been slightly revamped so they can be used for any occasion with the right combination of papers, accents, and a little creativity!

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As usual, we encourage you to make this, and any, pattern your own by being flexible with its parts. Take a close look at our completed layout for some examples.

Both our journaling and title on the left page are in the general area of where they aught to be, based off of the pattern. However, we allowed ourselves some creative flexibility by not making these exact rectangles and added some details to really make them stand out.

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We stamped our title using the Beautiful Day stamp set paired with our rock & roll stamping technique. To achieve this colorful effect, you have to slightly overlap and blend one ink color, or color hue, with another. First, ink your stamp in a base color. In order to add another color to the outer edges, you gently roll your already inked stamp in the second color. Only make contact with the stamp pad on the edges where you want to add the color. You have to rock and roll your block to achieve this look. (In our case, we rolled the top and bottom of our stamp in two different colors for an even more vibrant look.)

In our example layout, you can also see that we added several bright accents throughout, using the Thin Cuts from the Blue Skies collection, livening up the artwork even further.

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Another way you can make these patterns uniquely yours is by creating your own patterned paper. The pattern you see above, and that we used on both sides of our layout, we created by repeatedly stamping the border from the Blue Skies stamp set onto cardstock. It really can be that simple!

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 that much easier to create these pages!

Download this free scrapbooking pattern below and have a wonderful National Scrapbooking Month full of Blue Skies and memories worth preserving!

Download Pattern.

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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!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Bee Kind with Atlantic Hearts Challenge #368...

Hey, guys and girls - ladies and gents...I know it's been a while but life has been crazy busy, am I right!?!?!

I found some time in my craft room...well, truth be known, I'M ALWAYS in my craft room...and had time to play with the Atlantic Heart Challenge #368 (the challenge is closed but it was a FUN sketch) using some NEW product from the May/June 2020 Catalog.

Here's a look at the card and a process video down below if you want to check it out!

Here's a look at the video...please leave me a thumbs up and a comment if you like what you saw. And don't forget to subscribe and sign up for notifications!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Cherish Motherhood with H2H...

The H2H Blog is challenging us to celebrate ANGEL MOTHERS (or whatever else you can derive from that).

I chose to celebrate being a Mother in a 1-page Layout featuring the Cherish key from the Everyday Moments Cricut Collection. If you recall, I worked with this key a couple of weeks ago and I fell in LOVE with it. You can check out the other artwork {{{here}}}.

So, let's take a look at my layout. I used the Stitched Together line and it's BRAND NEW! I also threw in some of the May 2020 SOTM (you can get it for only $5 with a  qualifying purchase)...

Here are some closeups of all the little details...
those ADORABLE wooden buttons are from the Stitched Together line and they have different patterns on them...the thread is from my stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Don't forget to check out the other DT Members and their interpretation of this week's challenge.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

NEW Product Blog Hop...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all your mammas...whether that be of babies, fur-babies, students or spouses (because we all KNOW our spouses need a littler mothering every once in a

I hope you are all enjoying your day and I hope it's about to get 100 PERCENT better by hopping through some NEW PRODUCT from CTMH.

We have 18 CTMH Consultants participating in this 'extra hop' to showcase some of the NEW FABULOUS product from CTMH. If you've come from Darlys's Blog, you're on the right track...keep on hopping around until you get back to where you started. If you are starting here, WELCOME! And, if you get lost along the way, you can always head on over to Melinda's Blog to see where you left off.

I am working on next month's layout workshop featuring the NEW Stitched Together line. Here is one of the 2-page layouts...

Thank you for stopping by!

Don't forget to head on over to Michelle's Blog and see what she has to share!

And...don't forget to check out ALL THE NEW PRODUCTS here ---->

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Nat'l Scrapbooking Month - Blue Skies Blog Hop...

This month we are celebrating interNATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY, which as already passed BUT, let's celebrate ALL MONTH with the Blue Skies line from CTMH!

Seventeen CTMH Consultants are joining together to bring you a Blog Hop featuring this BRIGHT, CHEERFUL paper to inspire you!

If you are coming from Darlys'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! If you happen to think you missed out along the way, Melinda's Blog has a full list of hoppers.

Here is a look at my one-page layout featuring the Paper Packet, Sticker Sheet AND Cardstock from the Blue Skies Collection...

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to see the process video, scroll down and open in a new window THEN DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK and continue the Hop!

Your next stop is the very talented, Carrie...head on over to Carrie's Blog and see what she has to share.

Don't forget this BLUE SKIES special is only available until the end of May (or while supplies last).

Friday, May 1, 2020

Time To Celebrate SOTM Blog Hop...

I cannot BELIEVE it's already May...literally CANNOT! I mean, where the heck did March & April go?!?!?!

The good thing about it being May...that means NEW PRODUCTS from CTMH including a NEW Stamp of the Month!

There are 19 CTMH Consultants participating in this month's Blog Hop featuring artwork using this sentiment-heavy stamp set.

If you've come from Darlys'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! If you happen to get lost along the way, head on over to Melinda's Blog and see where you need to pick up.

I decided to make a few cards using leftovers from some Cricut projects I've been posting over on my YouTube channel...I LOVE when I have an excuse to use up the scraps I feel bad for throwing

Here's a look at the cards...

If you are a follower of my YouTube channel, you probably recognize some of the elements of these this process video to show you how they were made...SUPER QUICK & EASY! Remember....this VERSATILE stamp set is only available during the month of May 2020 so grab yours TODAY for as little as FIVE BUCKS with a qualifying order!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to hop on over to Becca's Blog where I KNOW she will leave you in AWE of her GORGEOUS creation!