Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CTMH Think Pink Blog Hop

We will be featuring all pink products found in our Pretty in Pink February Special. If you came here from Vickie ODell's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE
This month we have  approximately 16 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using pink products and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on! 
Here we go!  
The card was made with Bashful CS as the base, Raspberry trim, and Bashful Glitter paper. I used white embossing on vellum to stamp the flowers from the "Treat for You" stamp set and raspberry ink to color some of the flowers with a blending pen.
Pink pearls and sparkles finish the card.
On an earlier blog I also used all pink with "Love" (What Matters Most stamp set)
stamped in Espresso ink.
Crazy about Cardstock showing our double sided - two toned cardstock.

Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you seecontact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - In Love with Vellum

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog Hop - In Love with Vellum
For the February CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature artwork incorporating Vellum paper.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  If you are coming from Haley Dyer's Blog, you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 8 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using Vellum along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one. 
Here we go!
Matching Giftbag and Card
Gold embossed butterflies and flowers colored with our watercolor pencils (currently unavailable). The watercolor pencils were blended with the  blending pen  (1/2 price). Paper used was Make Waves and stamped "Thank You" from the Feb. Stamp of the Month in pansy ink. Gold Embossed butterflies and "thanks" are from Chelsea Gardens- cardmaking stamps. The flowers are from Many Congratulations. C1693. The card also has a layer of embossed vellum placed over the pansy pocket plus card - I used the confetti embossing folder, which is
still available on our consultant web sites at a 50% discount. ($4.50)
The vellum was secured under the zipstrip, sentiment, under the white embossing on the card and the corners under the gold glitter gems (@ 25% discount 
The giftbag was cut from a 12X12 sheet from the Make Waves paper packet
 It was scored at 1/2 inch, 3 inches, 6 1/4 inches, 8 3/4 inches.  On the bottom edge I scored at 2 1/2 and cut from the bottom up to the scored lines to create the box. First glued the long edge along the 1/2 inch fold and glued it inside the opposite open 12 inch edge.  Folded the inside bottom short ends and glued the one 2 1/2 X 3 1/4 flap to create to bottom of the bag. After enclosing the gift, I pleated the top and folded and glued it shut.  I might have punched holes and used ribbon or used staples, 
 however, didn't have them available. 

Now, hop on over to Michelle Loncar's Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.  Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the hop!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February SOTM Blog Hop - Sunny Thoughts



We will be featuring February's SOTM, 
which is "Sunny Thoughts", a set of 13 stamps.  
If you came here from Vickie ODell's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE.  This month we have approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the February SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  This is simple to do! 
Just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog 
to move to the next one!  Here we go!

I didn't have time to make the card prior to leaving for a conference in Naperville, Illinois.  Grabbed some supplies and forgot my scissors!  OH NO!! time for some creative thinking - of course, I can make a card without "fancy cutting" even if that's what I had planned to do.  I thought of some ideas I read on Karen Morris's FB post following the sell-out of Chelsea Gardens Thin Cuts.  The FB thread is a challenge to think positively, being creative to use the lovely stamp set without the thin cuts.  
What DID we do BTC (before thin cuts!)?
I chose to use the STOM - sans thin cuts or fancy cutting.
I checked the designs found in the new
 Make it from Your Heart: Volume 4 (patterns 15).  
Instead of vertical stripes, I decided to make them horizontal.
I clustered 5 of the flower stamps on one acrylic block and random stamped a rectangle (5 1/2 X 2 1/2).  The rectangle was stamped with Nutmeg ink on the light side of the Nutmeg Card Stock .  I cut the rectangle into 1/2" and 1 3/4" strips.  A 5/8th strip of Nutmeg CS was stamped with the leaf border and a 5/8th strip of White CS was stamped several times with the polka dot border strip, then the flower was added. A strip of Blush Ribbon and gold glitter tape cut into narrow strips finished the pattern.  The "Hello" message was stamped on white CS inside the "Monogram Crest" one of our Hostess rewards stamps. (A1217)  The flowers were colored with our water color pencils, (Bubble Gum, Brown Bag and Citrus Leaf)

Now "Hop" on over to Michelle Loncar's blog to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Please leave a comment, we love your feedback. Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28!  
Contact your CTMH Consultant 
(or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our 
Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

We will be featuring the new products found in the CTMH Seasonal Expression 1 Idea Book that came out the first of January and is valid through April. If you came here from Brandi Robinson's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE
This month we have  approximately 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new Seasonal Expressions 1 products and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next on! 
Here we go!  
For this hop, I'm repeating a second version of a starburst card that's similar to the one I posted yesterday on the CTMH Techniques Hop.  For this starburst card I used a technique by LeeAnn Greff that I found on YouTube. 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQG1wv8n0vA
This card uses a very quick and easy cutting method to create the triangles without waste. Instead of a tedious method of cutting small rectangles into triangles,  I took a rectangle the perfect size for the card (3 x 4) used two papers from Chelsea, layered them, found the center of the bottom edge and cut the triangles using a paper cutter and making sure the center point was on the cutting track.  Besides the Chelsea Gardens paper I also used the butterfly strip of leaves, and sentiment from the Chelsea Gardens Complements.


I also used Chelsea Gardens to make cards  for two other blogs.  Here are links to those blogs.
CTMH Technique Blog Hop 1/15/18
 
January SOTM Blog Hop  - Bloom & Grow
01/01/18




Now "Hop" on over to Katy Taylor's blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here)

Monday, January 15, 2018

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Blushing Backgrounds

WELCOME!
For the January CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature the use of background stamps.  I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this hop.  If you are coming from Melissa Robinson you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can also get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog.  This month we have 13 Close to My Heart consultants sharing their creations using the current CTMH background stamps along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.  
Here we go!
In The Background Essentials (D1750) was used to make a patterned paper for a starburst card. In the past, I found cutting instruction that were tedious, such as cutting rectangles on a diagonal to create triangles, these are then glued into a starburst pattern on a large rectangle overlapping the edges of your card and then needs to be trimmed which wastes some of your paper.  No more need to trim, plus, save time cutting the triangle!!  I found two clever, fast, no-waste cut versions on YouTube.
#1. I didn't have time to complete was by (LeeAnn Greff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQG1wv8n0vA)

I used a template version of the starburst card on YouTube created by Wendy Cranford (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZgDndQFxiA).This tutorial shows how to make a template that's reusable and the exposed cardstock is sponged.  I took it one step farther.  After creating an ombre sponge effect using Juniper ink, I then added the background stamping to the remaining white triangles
The butterfly is from Chelsea Gardens and flowers were also stamped with the background stamp.


Now hop on over to Michelle Johns to see what kind of fabulous art she's created. Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the hop!

Monday, January 1, 2018

January SOTM Blog Hop - Bloom & Grow

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
We will be featuring January's SOTM, 
which is "Bloom & Grow", a set of 15 stamps.  
If you came here from Brandi Robinson's blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: HERE.  This month we have approximately 21 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the January SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  


Here we go!

I love the Flip and Twist card.  
This month's stamp set has several images that work for this card
and uses all 5 sentiments. WhooHooo! 


Chelsea Gardens Complements were used for the inside top panel and for the bottom PML journal card which has a space to add a hand written message and signature.
card front
card flipped open
Chelsea Paper Pack
Chelsea Complements

Now "Hop" on over to 
Katy Taylor's blog  to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  
Please leave a comment, 
we love your feedback.
Remember, the January SOTM is only available until January 31!  
Contact your CTMH Consultant 
(or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Friday, December 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Glitter is Glamorous


For the December CTMH Technique Blog Hop, we will feature artwork incorporating Glitter Paper. I'm excited to see the variety of paper crafting ideas that we will find on this  hop.  If you are coming from Haley Dyer's Blog  you are on the right track.  In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of Melissa's blog. This month we have 11'' Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using CTMH Glitter Paper along with a variety of other great CTMH products.  To enjoy this hop is quite simple to do - just click on the link at the bottom of the post on each blog to move to the next one.
Here we go! 
So many ideas, so little time!! all that sparkles 
at Christmas.... stars, ornaments, wrapped gifts, and snowflakes!
I cut the snowflakes from peacock cardstock using the CTMH Cricut Cartridge "Flower Market" and backed it with  white glitter paper.  I also cut the word "Holidays" using the CTMH Cricut Cartridge "Artbooking".  The stamped image is from "Merriest Wishes Workshop Your Way" using the "Happiest Holidays" sentiment and masking the word holidays.  The card base is Peacock cardstock. 



The glitter doesn't show well in a photo unless it's at an angle.  - lots of sparkle

Now, hop on over to Belinda McLane's Blog to see what kind of fabulous art she's created.   Be sure to drop a comment, we enjoy the encouragement.  I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Christmas Card Blog Hop
We will be featuring the new Cricut Collection, 
"You are Here".

This cartridge is amazing I cannot wait to see what everyone has created. The images from this cartridge are great for layouts, cards and home decor. 
  • Physical Cartridge (700 images on it)
  • 3 "D" sized coordinating stamps sets
  • 1 pack of our NEW two toned cardstock in the Enchantment palette
The following images that are from "You are Here" were found on Tina Lovel's web site.













If you came here from Jean McNulty's blog you're are on the right path!  The blog hop is a complete circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda's Blog: HERE.
This month we have approcimately 12 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using CTMH products on theri blogs.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!
Here we go!
I got my idea from CTMH - and used the photo on the top of this blog just prior to all the images.  Inspiration found HERE.
This cricuit set is perfect for all my travels and the places I've lived!  I know for sure I will be using it for a bunch of layouts, but no time now for not much more than an album cover.
I love to travel and have been to South Africa and China.  In September I'm heading to Italy and Greece.  I've been in all the states except Vermont and several of the Canadian provinces.  
For Christmas my love and I are heading to New Jersey where we lived from 1982 - 1995 to visit our daughter. It's been three years seen we've seen each other -- way to long!!  Our kids spent their teen years there, three married and left the nest, leaving their younger brother to travel with Mom and Dad when we moved to Washington.  Naturally, there are lots of memories and we look forward to reliving some and making new.  A trip into NYC to see the lights and a Broadway play is a MUST do!  My daughter lives in Patterson less than an hour from NYC. Through the 50 years we've been married, we lived in 6 states, MI, NY, MT, AK, NJ and WA.  

Now "Hop" on over to Miss. Carrie's Creation's Blog
to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  To get any of the products you see, contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here).  Be sure to leave a comment, I read them all and love the feedback. Thanks for hopping with us.



I used the Basic Fundamental paper, and the Everyday Life Album - Stripes, and the Poppy and Peacock paper from the Enchantment paper pallete, which comes with the You Are Here Cricut Collection. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December SOTM Blog Hop - A Little Bit of Pun




We will be featuring December's SOTM, 
which is "A Little Bit of Pun", a set of 17 stamps.  If you came here from Michelle Loncar's blog  you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on 
Melinda’s Blog: HERE.  This month we have approximately 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the December SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  
Here we go!
This stamp set has so many elements, I thought the Twisted Pop-Up card would work well to show several elements!
I'm including a Splitcoaststamper written instructions for the card. 




Now "Hop" on over to Krista Hershberger's blog  to see her inspiring work!  Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Remember, the December SOTM is only available until December 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cyber Monday



CTMH is holding a one-day flash sale on my Consultant website to celebrate Cyber Monday! The sale will give you a chance to get a 30% discount on individual Workspace Wonder™ items and a 40% discount on select bundles of Workspace Wonder items!

This sale starts November 27, 2017 at midnight (MST) and will end 11:59 pm on that same day. Sale prices are only available on orders placed through a Consultant website during these times. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards Stamp of the Month.

As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items.

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the Promotions Page on the Consultant website at any time during the sale times. The Cyber Monday items will be listed on that page.. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies so be sure to get the orders in before the sale ends!

We’re excited to offer this fun opportunity for special one-time savings on our products.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday

Black Friday Special Details
We’re holding a one-day FLASH sale
50% discount on all of our currently available Cut Above® Layout Kits. This includes our current kits as well as a selection of layout kits that were previously available. Some of these kits are only available in low quantities, so be sure to place your orders early!
Cut Above Layout Kit - Live Beautifully
Materials to make five coordinating 2-page layouts, 
including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, 
and instructions. 
Includes six 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™.


This sale starts at 12:00 AM (MST) Friday 11/24 and ends 
at 11:59 PM (MST) that same day. Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my onsultant website during these times. All discounted items ordered as part of this sale are commissionable and count towards Stamp of the Month and Hostess Rewards qualifying order totals.


As an additional bonus, when you buy the Cut Above Layout Kit—The Story Begins kits (Baby Boy or Baby Girl), you are eligible for additional savings. As shown in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, when you purchase one of these kits, you can purchase a My Legacy™ album of your choice at 30% off! That means that during this 1-day only sale, you can purchase these Cut Above Layout Kits at 50% off AND purchase a My Legacy album at 30% off—Talk about incredible savings!
As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items. 

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the Promotions Page on my Consultant website at any time during the sale. The Black Friday items will be listed on that page. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last so be sure to get your orders in early before supplies run out.

 Coming soon..... 
 information on the CTMH  Cyber Monday Sale starting 12:00 AM (MST) on Monday, 11,27 
and ends at 11:59 PM (MST) the same day.