Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Finding Inspiration in a Throwback...

Sometimes I like to look at old projects and gain inspiration with current product. THIS CARD is a result of just that! I used the Bring Back My Pack - Brushed Collection to bring a slimline card back to life and I love how it turned out! If you like the Brushed collection, you can still get it until the end of July 2020.

Here is the old card I used for inspiration...

Here's the NEW Card I made...
I hope you can see the SHINE that these Diamond Stickles brings to this card...AND, can you see the tone-on-tone polka dot stamping on the Black Cardstock? I used the flower center to do that...

Here's a look at the Brushed Bundle (you can also purchase the items a la carte)

Thanks for stopping can watch my YouTube Video to catch all the small how-tos...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Happiest Place - How to Convert 8-1/2 x 11 Album to a 12 x 12...

Aren't you guys just LOVING the Happiest Place Special!!!'s around for another FULL MONTH (and some change).

Well, I took the lead of some other Consultants and converted my Cut Above Kit (pre-cut 8-1/2 x 11 Album Kit) and converted it to a 12 x 12 format to fit my needs. All I did was add cardstock from my stash!

Here's a look at the photos...and you can check out my process video at the very end!

Thanks for stopping by...isn't it CUTE!!! 

I mean it was CUTE as an 8-1/2 x 11 but add some white space and spread out the embellishments and it's EVEN CUTER (if that was even possible)!!!

Don't have until the END OF AUGUST or while supplies last (and they are going FAST) to pick up this Cut Above Kit as well as ALL THE OTHER Happiest Place items!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Watercolor Techniques with a Waterbrush with CTMH...


Watercolor Techniques with a Waterbrush

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We have a special treat in store today! Our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, is showing us a few creative and easy watercolor techniques using our small round and medium round waterbrushes!

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Unlike a traditional paintbrush, the handle of a waterbrush is made up of a water reservoir, eliminating the need for a water cup. The light colored bristles allow the painter to easily determine their color load and paint concentration, and the included cap protects the bristles and brush head while also sealing the water inside.

If you are accustomed to using traditional paintbrushes, you will notice that controlling a waterbrush is quite different. With a little practice, however, you too will find your groove and discovery why we love them!

Follow along with Karen, below, and pick up a few tips and tricks for making a waterbrush work for you!

Here’s a closer look at the artwork examples from the video:

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The first watercolor technique you saw teaches how to create a colorful background like the one on this page. Using a medium round waterbrush, lay down watercolor paint onto an all-purpose mat. Then, lay the paper you want to add the color to facedown onto the paint and allow it to soak up for a few seconds. Turn your paper right side up and let it dry before continuing with your project.

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If you look closely, you’ll see that in this Welcome card, we have two different watercolor techniques to talk through. The first, is the stenciled background. Using a stencil we created out of a stencil sheet and a Cricut® shape, we were able to paint a beautiful watercolor textured background with a medium round waterbrush. The second technique Karen talks through is how to achieve the detail and color variation seen in the plants of this card using the small round waterbrush.

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The last technique we share can easily make any of us look like watercolor experts! Instead of ink, add watercolor paint to a raised stamp and use it to create the image on your artwork! Look how beautiful those leaves turned out on this card! Make sure not to add too much water to avoid ending up with a blobby image. (In the video above, Karen shows you how!)

Happy painting!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Happiest Place Blog Hop...

Anyone else have a HAPPY PLACE that isn't Disney? 🙋 Well, you've come to the right spot. 

I am joining thirteen other CTMH Consultants to bring you inspiration from the HAPPIEST PLACE Special that is going on RIGHT NOW on my website! If you've come from Carrie's Blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping around until you get back to where you started. If you're starting here, WELCOME!!!

I decided to create a layout, based on THIS ONE I saw on Instagram...I did a bunch of ungrouping, contouring and welding together images from the Happiest Place Digital Collection(s) to bring you this 
1-page layout (scroll down to get the DS Link)...


Here's a look at the layout with photos on it! I just LOVE one-page allows me to document a photo or two...a LITTLE memory...that my kids can hold on to!

Here are some closeups...I used cardstock in the colors from the Happiest Place Special then added some of the Silver Star Confetti from the Happiest Place Cut Above Kit and my Lemonade Shimmer Brush for the suns...
This little striped cloud is cut using one of the patterned papers from the Happiest Place Paper Packet (the backside to this black and white stripe is the CUTEST red & white polka dot pattern 💓)
If you want to make your own, here is the DESIGN SPACE LINK - just make sure you own the Happiest Place Digital Art and then you're good to go!

Thanks so much for stopping by...your next stop is Brenda's Blog! Don't forget to leave some love along the way...we all love reading comments!

And...REMEMBER...this Happiest Place Special is good until the end of August 2020 or while supplies last so hurry on over to my website and grab yours today!

You can check out my process video on YouTube to watch how fast this layout came together.

Happiest Place Mini-Album...

Nothing screams the HAPPIEST PLACE more than a shaped mini-album to add all your memories to!

I took the HAPPIEST PLACE Digital Images and made these ADORABLE pages (finished size is around 8-1/2 x 11)...

***If you want to make this ADORABLE shaped mini-album yourself AND you already own the Happiest Place Digital Art (either by purchasing from me or your favorite CTMH Consultant), use the buy now button below to purchase my Design Space file (allow up to 24 hrs to receive the DS link - it's actually more like an hour but life happens sometimes)

Happiest Place Shaped Mini-Album

Don't forget to check out my YouTube video showing you how easy this mini-album comes together.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Craft with Heart Scrapbooking Subscription / July 2020 Layout #1...

It's mid-month and I finally found time to put together Layout #1 from the July 2020 Craft With Heart Layout Subscription.

Be ready to preserve memories as you make them with a Craft with Heart™ Scrapbooking subscription. As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style. Find out more about our Craft with Heart Subscriptions and subscribe here: Keep your creativity flowing with Close to My Heart’s Craft with Heart™ subscriptions, where you receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® card or layout kits that will keep you connected with your passion. Cut Above kits give you a shortcut to beautiful artwork since they include pre-printed bases that you complete with die-cut shapes and stickers. Cardmaking kits also include exclusive stamp sets and mini ink pads you can use for a truly personal look.

There are several subscription options with different price options to fit every budget! Take a look at how CUTE and EASY this month's layout came together (keep in mind there's still a whole other layout to this month's kit)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Technique Blog Hop - The Pretty of Paper-Piecing...

Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the Crafty World! You've picked a PERFECT day to stop by and see what's happening! We've been enjoying the FABULOUS NEW PRODUCTS from the July - August 2020 CTMH Catalog for half a month now and, in case you don't already know, YOU NEED all the lovely things that can be found in the pages of this catalog!!!

Well...even though we have FUN new things, I chose to join 10 other CTMH Consultants to bring you a tried and true technique - PAPER PIECING! If you've come from Brandi's Blog, you're on the right track...keep hopping around until you get back to where you started. If you're starting here, WELCOME! 

Now...if you know me, you KNOW I look for all excuses NOT to color, so paper piecing has been my jam! Now...if you REALLY KNOW ME, you also know that I love to take challenges and think outside the box. That's just what I did with this project featuring the Stitched Together line and Aurora (available online only). The butterfly is cut using the Stitched Together Cricut Collection and I used the Aurora Scrapbooking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts to cut all the hexagons to PAPER PIECE my Butterfly...

I also threw in some of the images from the July 2020 SOTM - For My Beautiful Friend...

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Cat's Blog...hop on over and see what she has to share! Make sure you come back and check out my process video and grab the DS Link so you can make your own layout featuring this AWESOME Paper Piecing Technique!

Friday, July 10, 2020

New Product Blog Hop for July-August Catalog...

Welcome to the NEW PRODUCT BLOG HOP featuring all the FABULOUS new products from CTMH's new catalog!

We have 15 CTMH Consultants joining us this evening so it won't take long to hop around and be INSPIRED!

If you're coming 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 staring here, WELCOME!

I created this CUTE little card kit featuring the Summer Vibes line and the EXCLUSIVE Summer Vibes Cricut Collection. ALL these cards fit in standard-size envelopes for easy mailing. And...I decorated mine with the Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Stamp Set as well as the Summer Vibes Card Kit stamp set but you could decorate them however you'd like! Stay tuned for a YouTube video as well as purchase options for the Design Space File.

Thanks for stopping by! Hop on over the Brenda's Blog and see what she has to share!

{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}