Monday, January 18, 2021

January/February New Product Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our blog hop introducing new products from our January/February Close To My Heart catalog!  Its so much fun having new products every two months! 

This hop is one big circle so just click the links in each post to continue along on the hop. The hop before mine belongs to Krista Hershberger. Sit back, relax and have fun!

I fell in love with this stamp set mostly because of the birdhouse. I couldn't decide which direction I wanted to go in with my design so I did them both! I'm sure there will be other ideas to follow later one!

I knew I wanted to do a stenciled background and picked out this stencil, which you can hardly see in the photo. I used our gloss sprays to create the effect of a sky and ground. Then I used the same stencil to add some Moon Dust Glitter Gel to just the sky part of the background.

The birdhouse and flower boughs were colored with watercolor pencils then smoothed out with a water brush. The coordinating Thin Cut Dies makes it easy to cut out the images!




The black paper is actually Black Ore and has a subtle glisten to it. It's not like glitter paper but it does have a sheen to it.



Inside of card.

For my second card I went with the same basic design but did it in a totally different look! 

I layered the stenciled piece onto holographic paper with a yellow tone to go with the yellow flowers. The bottom layer is espresso cardstock in going with the brown tones of the birdhouse. the sentiment border is accented with dots of Glitter Glue.

The birdhouse was colored with watercolor pencils then smoothed with a watercolor brush just like my card above.


The background was stenciled again but this time only a Glitter Gel was used called Asteroid. It's a look with dark and light glitter but also has some subtle color and round sequin circles in silver. 




Inside of card.





Z3915 Sending Well Wishes + Thin Cut Dies

Stencil Pack #3 have these fun 12"x 12" designs for your creations! The one on the top left I actually cut apart so I now have 9 stencils to use individually. I can move them around to extend the design when needed. 
Z3884 Stencil Pack #3


Other Close To My Heart products used for these cards.
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy
  • Specialty Paper: Black Ore, Sunbeam Holographic
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black
  • Watercolors Pencils
  • Stickles Glitter Gel: Moon Dust, Asteroid
  • Stickles Glitter Glue: Black Diamond
  • Gloss Spray: Turquoise, Ocean
  • Tools: Palette Knife, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Water Brush
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Have you heard about our new VIP Customer Program? As a member you enjoy perks like a discount on your orders, FREE Stamp of the Month, special product bundles and online events. 

Before you go...... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the column on the right.

Now it's time for more ideas and Brenda Lapp will have some for you! Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by!

Michelle


#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #stampofthemonthbloghop #cardmaking

Friday, January 15, 2021

Striped Borders ~ Technique blog Hop

Welcome to our first Technique Hop of 2021! This month we're featuring Stripe Borders. We have a variety of ways to make them including stamp sets, stencils and papers! Sit back and enjoy the hop and all the ideas you'll see along the way!

The blog before mind belongs to Wendy Kessler. Click the links in each post to continue along on the hop. It's just that easy!

I decided to do a layout in prep for a granddaughter's birthday at the end of this month. I chose to use colors from the Happiness Lives Here paper pack. You can see a bit of it peeking from under the photo mats. 

To make my stripe border I started by using a stencil to create the solid lines in blue. Using a Mini Blending Tool I rubbed the ink on the stencil starting in the lower left corner. I repositioned the stencil to extend the lines out along the top and bottom of the layout. I left the right end of the stripes uneven on purpose for an organic look. After stenciling I used stamp images between the blue lines. I love how this turned out!

After that I used a shimmer brush to splatter the layout going a bit lighter on the side with the stripes. After placing the photo mats, "Happy" sentiment and balloons, I stamped a few of the smaller images from the stamp set. 

The bow was made with one of our die cuts. We have a small bow (used here) and a large bow die. I love the two tone look of the cardstock with the glitter paper. the final step was to add some glitter gems.






Z3911 Happiness Lives Here + Thin Cut Dies

Z3779 Wishing You Everything + Thin Cut Dies

Other Close To My Heart products used on this layout.
  • Paper Pack: Happiness Lives Here
  • Specialty Paper: blue Belle Glitter Paper
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Blue Belle
  • Exclusive Inks: Blue Belle, Sage, Smoothie, Peach
  • Thin Cut Die: Small Bow
  • Embellishments: Blue Belle Glitter Gems, Blue Belle Shimmer Brush
  • Tools, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Water Brush, Stencil Pack 3, Mini Blending Tool,                Corner Rounder (retired)

I'd you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

We have a new program especially for our customers! It's the VIP Customer Program and it's awesome! For starters you can earn 15% of every order! Click here to read more about the program and sign up!

Before you go.... if you like what you see on my blog be sure to sign up to follow me so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's time to hop to the next blog for more great ideas. Next up is Katy Taylor. Have fun!

Michelle


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Floral Thank You Card ~ Tic Tac Toe Color Dare #427

 If it's Friday it's time for a new Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge! Today we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge to get you started creating any paper craft you like! Pick your colors by row, column or diagonal. Then if you want to use some of the other colors in the grid you can. 

We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as you can make a very close match. Kind of close doesn't count. When you're ready to join the challenge use the link in the post on our home page.

My colors are the middle column: New England Ivy, Blue Belle and Canary. I added Peach and Smoothie colors to my column colors.

I am busy making a lot of Thank You card right now. I've been blessed in so many ways and want to show my thanks. I love flowers and this was a fun card to make. I stamped the flowers and leaves then used the coordinating Thin Cut die to cut them out. Same for the sentiment layers. 

The flowers are popped up with some foam tape to give some dimension. A sprinkling of flower sequins and some stamped dots, hearts added to the look. I also included a border along the bottom and a corner detail to balance it out. The last step was to add some Stickles gel to the flower centers.





Stitched Florals + Thin Cut Dies

Every Thank You - January Stamp of the Month
Only available Jan, 1 - 31, 2021


Other Close To My Heart products used on this card.
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: Happiness Lives Here
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Blue Belle
  • Exclusive Inks: Peach, Smoothie, New England Ivy, Blue Belle, Canary
  • Thin Cut Dies: Stitched Simple Brackets
  • Embellishments: Flower Sequins, Stickles: Ice Blue, Golden Rod
  • Tools: Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team.

Would you love to get a discount on every order? Would you love a FREE Stamp of the Month? Would you love exclusive online events and product bundles? You can have all of that and more by joining our VIP Customer Program

Before you go..... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's your turn to create and share. We love seeing what you make!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #ctmh #colorchallenge

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Vision Boards for Intentional Living

 

Vision Boards for Intentional Living

We have the perfect project to help inspire and motivate us this new year as we strive to live intentionally—vision boards!

Our Maker community recently created 12″ × 12″ vision boards using our custom wood frames and we’re loving how each turned out so uniquely beautiful!

A vision board helps you clarify and stay focused on what truly matters to you. What inspires us most about this concept is that everyone chooses different images, photos, ephemera, etc., to help represent their goals. When you mix in beautiful patterned papers, stamps that provide inspiration, and photos you can print in any size, you have no limits to the creative expression of your vision.

Here are a few examples of what our team created. Each person was given the same collection of basic supplies, yet their boards are all so different, just like their creators.

This 12″ × 12″ framed vision was created using half of one of our scrapbook patterns (Make It from Your Heart Vol. 1, pattern 4) with a mix of stamping, handwriting, and, of course, bling—achieving that perfect blend of clean images and personal touches! The outer frame was stained using a stamp pad and sponge, adding color while still showing the wood grain.

This layout uses SVG cut files mixed with stamping and stickers to create a large title. Tags and polaroid-like frames help bring emphasis to the elements on the page. Remember, if you don’t have a photo of your aspirations, the internet is your friend! You can find any image and print them just as you would a photo to help you document your vision. This frame was covered with a light color of Distress Oxide™ ink to give a more solid coverage to the wood.

This board uses the awesome collage template found at Persnickety Prints. Paired with our Multi Circle Windows Thin Cuts, you can create a template of your photos and frame it with this versatile die-cut shape. Use the negative space circles from the die to create a banner for added detail. This concept lets you put small images as one focal point in your frame and create a reference list to support it. We colored the wood frame and a few wood embellishments with Gloss Spray, which added intense color as well as a little shimmer.

This next idea makes the pattern paper really shine! We love using the retro polaroid style to make photos pop off the page. This was done with an SVG file, but you can easily print from Pernsickety’s 3″ × 4″ retro prints for the perfect uniform display of your photos and goals. Mix in some stamped sentiments for inspiration, and make things happen!

This last idea uses four 12″ x 12″ frames to create one large wall display. This multi-frame approach allows you to focus each quadrant on a different subject. Here, we’ve set goals for family history, creativity, home, travel and fitness. Look at all the ways the various photo print sizes can be used to help you visualize your goals. These frames were painted with black acrylic paint.

We hope these creative displays we shared for our 2021 visions will inspire you to create one for yourself. Manifesting your vision through photos paired with written words truly help realize what is possible. Putting a beautiful collection together will undoubtedly inspire you to create the life you desire for the new year!

Products shown in the article can be found here.

Wood Frame:

My Acrylix® Make It Happen Stamp Set:






Monday, January 11, 2021

Snowman Card ~ Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #403

Welcome to a new Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Our Design Team has a fun sketch for you to create with this week. Use the sketch as a starting point which makes it very easy to get going. You can make any paper craft you like just be sure the sketch is able to be seen somewhere in your project. Turn it, flip it, adjust it....whatever works for you!

I have a couple of winter birthdays coming up so I decided to make a card. I turned the sketch to create a "ground" look for my design. 

The background was made with papers from our Mix-in pack and our new Happiness Lives Here pack. Doesn't the paper on top with the X's and hearts remind you of snowflakes?

I colored the snowman using a water brush and ink from the stamp pad lid. I took my colors from the plaid paper at the bottom. This ties all the colors together and makes them look good!

For the bracket layer I stamped the trees in a curve to give some eye interest. The sign "Snow Day" has s streaky look because I inked it up then pulled it across the pad before stamping. This gives some different detail to the look. Plus I didn't want the full color (too dark) or 2nd generation color (too light) so the streaked look was it! It's a nice compromise of light and dark.


I used some Thin 3D Foam Tape to pop up the snowman. A shimmer brush was used to paint the snowman and the space under the trees to make it glisten like snow! After adding some sequins it was done!



Inside of card




Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • Stamp Set: Birthday Borders (sentiment inside card)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Packs: Happiness Lives Here, X9023 Mix-In
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Blue Belle
  • Specialty Paper: Blue Belle Glitter
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Blue Belle, Sage, Smoothie, Nectarine
  • Thin Cut Dies: Stitched Fancy Brackets
  • Blue Belle Sequins
  • Tools: Water Brush, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Clear Shimmer Brush

I'd you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

We have a new program especially for our customers! It's the VIP Customer Program and it's awesome! For starters you can earn 15% of every order! Click here to read more about the program and sign up! It's a great deal!

Before you go.... if you like what you see on my blog be sure to sign up to follow me so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the right column.

Now it's your turn to create and share. Use the link on our home page to join the challenge!

Michelle


#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #atlanticheartssketchchallenge #cardmaking

Friday, January 8, 2021

Shaker Card ~ Color Dare #426

 With our new January/February catalog comes so many new things to create with! This card is one I made recently and am excited to share with you.

Our Design Team at Color My Heart Color Dare has a challenge for you where you pick at least 3 of the colors in our grid. You can use more of them if you like but you must use at least three. We also give you some free colors. We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any brand you have as long as you can make a very close match. Kind of close doesn't count.

Make any paper craft you like then use the link on our home page to join the challenge! We get you started by narrowing down the colors, you get to pick the rest of the details!

This stamp set: Heart Full of Love really caught my eye while paging through the catalog the first tine. I love that you can stamp in a heart shape and have so many other images to add to the mix! I couldn't resist making a shaker card for my first use of this stamp set.

It was easy to stamp the heart images and make the shaker. It all fits together perfectly! I used some beads and die cut hearts for the shaker element and accented the heart with a small spray of flowers. The hearts at the bottom were random stamped and the border at the top was colored with a shimmer brush. For the last step I used some Stickles to add some bling!




Heart Full of Love stamp set


Every Bit of Wonderful stamp set
Operation Smile--when purchased $7 is donated to the charity.

Heart Shaker Window thin Cut dies

Other Close To My Heart products used for this card.
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Flamingo, Peacock
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Peacock, Flamingo, Lagoon
  • TriBlend Markers: Magenta Blend, Blue Turquoise Blend, Blue Turquoise Shades
  • Embellishments: Bright Bitty Beads, Goldenrod Stickles
  • Tools: Heart Foam & Acetate

If you need a Maker (consultant) I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a Maker I'd love to have you on my team!

Have you heard about our new VIP Customer Program? As a member you enjoy perks like a discount on your orders, FREE Stamp of the Month, special product bundles and online events. 

Before you go...... be sure to sign up to follow my blog so you don't miss any great ideas! The link is in the column on the right.

Now it's time for YOU to create and share. We love seeing what create! 

Michelle


#showandtellwithmichelle #ctmh #cardmaking #colormyheart #colordare

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Bright Floral Papercrafting Collection from Close To My Heart—Blossom


Meet the new and improved Blossom paper collection featured in our latest Bring Back My Pack promotion! This popular paper collection first debuted several years ago, and is back with refreshed colors plus a new sticker sheet and stamp set!

January/February New Product Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our blog hop introducing new products from our January/February Close To My Heart catalog!  Its so much fun having new ...