Saturday, August 18, 2018

Featured Paper Blog Hop-Documented

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Documented Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart Consultants. If you've come from the blog of Kathleen Androlewicz you're doing fine. Just keep clicking the link in each post to continue along on the hop!

I recently went with my granddaughter to the annual butterfly festive in our area. We had a great day even though it was very hot. We walked all over the grounds and had fun trying out all the oversized items they had out for fun!

This layout came together easily since I used a pattern from our Make It from Your Heart How-to Book. The guide and cutting directions are all right there for you.  The title was cut using Thin Cuts and the butterflies using Cricut.

Documented Paper Pack

Close To My Heart products:
  • Documented Paper Pack
  • Make It from Your Heart Volume 3, Pattern 4
  • Thin Cuts: Block Alphabet
  • Cricut Artbooking cartridge
  • Cardstock: Charcoal, Saffron, White Daisy
  • Embellishments: Documented Dots
If you need a consultant 'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Next up is Shirley Ross. Time to hop over and see what she is sharing today!

Thanks for hopping by! 


#showandtellwithmichelle #bloghop #CTMH #scrapbooking

Friday, August 17, 2018

Growing Boys ~ Color Dare 306

Open through 8-30-18

I was excited to make this layout with colors that went so well with the photos. It went together fast because the colors were given with the Color Dare Challenge and I used a pattern from Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3. After that it was a little trim here and a little trim there then...viola! The two tone sides to our cardstock helped me with the Heather accents. For those I used the dark side. What looks like a lighter yellow is actually Gold Foil paper that didn't photo well.

Close To My Heart products
  • Paper Pack: Enchantment
  • Cricut: Artbooking, Flower Market
  • Cardstock: Heather, White Daisy, New England Ivy, Saffron
  • Make It from Your Heart Volume 3, Pattern 3
  • Gold Foil paper
  • Embellishments: Grey Enamel Gems, Gold Pearls, New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Do this colors inspired you to create a paper craft to share with us at Color My Heart? We're hoping you are! We LOVe seeing what you create. We reference Close To My Heart colors but you can use any colors that are close, but don't add any brand new colors to the palette. Link to our home page when you're ready. Can't wait to see what you make!

Have a creative day!

#colordare #colormyheart #showandtellwithmichelle #scrapbooking

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Purposeful Plastic - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

It's time for another Technique Blog Hop! this month we're featuring plastic and ways to use it in your crafting projects. If you've come from Melissa Robinson's blog you're doing fine. Click on the link in each post to hop to the next blog for more great ideas!

When I was thinking about what I wanted to make for this hop I thought back to a project I learned a LONG time ago when I first became a consultant. It's called a Magic Slider Card and it's a lot of fun! Check out this tutorial on Splitcoaststampers to help you try it yourself.

This is card has a special pocket system that has the plastic layer in the front and showing through a window. When you pull on the ribbon you reveal the image magically colored in! There is a piece of cardstock between the two layers with images that hides the colored imaged until you pull the ribbon.  Amazingly I found I still had a pack of Window Plastic way back from when the company was called D.O.T.S. If you don't have a stash of that you can use the plastic from a presentation folder. 

Here I lifted up the plastic a bit so you can see the stamped image you see when the card is closed. After you pull the ribbon the two layers superimpose and you just see the colored in image.
Check out the tutorial and it will make a lot more sense. 

Close To My Heart Products
  • Stamp Sets: Happily Ever After, Documented - Cardmaking
  • Exclusive Inks: Stazon Black, New England Ivy
  • ShinHan Markers: Sap Green, Warm Grey WG7, Peony Purple, golden Yellow
  • Documented Paper Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Eggplant
  • Enchantment Ribbon
  • Tools: Mini Stapler, Score Tool, Craft Knife, Paper Trimmer
Retired Items: Window Plastic, Notch Punch

If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Now it's time to hop over and see what Debi Mc Bain created to inspire us! Enjoy the hop!


#showandtellwithmichelle #technique hop, #CTMH, #cardmaking


Going, Going, GONE!

Shop for your Must-have items on my website

Going Soon!

It’s that time of year again, when we are getting all of the feels as we prepare to part ways with our Annual Inspirations catalog on September 1 and make way for a new Holiday Expressions idea book. We are so excited for the launch of the brand new catalog, filled to the brim with amazing new tools and products, and at the same time, we’re getting a little misty-eyed over having to say goodbye to others.
Luckily, we still have a little over two weeks left before our Annual Inspirations, and so many of the products featured inside it, retire. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite goodies for you below. Make sure you and your friends snatch these up before they’re gone for good!

Basic Banners Thin Cuts

Several of the Thin Cuts metal dies in Annual Inspirations are retiring, including the Basic Banners Thin Cuts! This set includes four sizes of the same banner shape, ideal for creating timeless accents for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.

Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards

We love these trendy grid journaling cards! Use them to add journaling to any of your scrapbooking projects.

Small Organizer and Coordinating Foam Inserts

This organizer has served us well over the years, but it is time to bid him farewell! The small organizer and foam inserts that nestle inside are great for organizing various tools and small accessories. Be sure to snatch up a few before they’re gone!
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Small Organizer and Daubers Foam Insert. Securely holds 60 sponge daubers. (Daubers not included.)
Small Organizer and Pigment Inks Foam Insert. Securely holds 40 pigment ink pads. (Pigment inks not included.)
Small Organizer and Craft Boxes Foam Insert. Securely holds 12 craft boxes. (Craft boxes not included.)
Small Organizer and My Acrylix® Blocks Foam Insert. (Blocks not included.)

Summer Fun Paper Doll Stamp and Thin Cuts

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Girls just wanna have sun…at least this girl does! The Summer Fun Paper Doll stamp set is only available bundled with it’s coordinating Thin Cuts so you can be sure that each dress and accessory will fit just right!

Family Ties Cut Above® Layout Kit

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With pre-printed base pages and die-cut paper pieces, the Family Ties Cut Above® layout kit makes it easier than ever to tell your family’s story.
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These elegant pages make a beautiful gift, too, in case you’ve got any more weddings or anniversaries coming up. If not, it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays! 😉

Everything Bashful!

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Our color of the year, Bashful, is retiring on September 1 to make way for a new color of the year. This means that the Bashful cardstockstamp padre-inkermini pigment padglitter paper, and shimmer brush will be gone in just a few days!
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Get your fill of this soft pink hue while you still can!

Punny Pals

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Our Punny Pals have been on a mission this year—to create as many smiles as possible! With every purchase of a My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set, $7 (USD) of the proceeds are donated to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world.
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These little guys’ mission isn’t over yet! With just a couple of weeks left, let’s make sure we don’t forget about them and give them a proper send off!
These products (and so many others!) are only available through the end of August, while supplies last, so hurry and grab your favorites before they are all gone!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Glittery Card ~ Color Dare 305

What a fun card this is to make! I stamped this sentiment on a piece of Bashful Glitter Paper with Archival Black ink. It kind of proves the point don't you think? Bashful was such a fun color of the year and I hate to see it go. But for one last time it's part of the Color Dare palette!

To play along with us all you need to do is use ALL the colors above. We reference Close To My Heart colors  but you're free to use any products you like. Just make sure the colors are as close as possible to those above AND do not add any additional colors to the palette. Full details are in the post on our Color My Heart home page.

This stamp set is called For the Love of Crafting. It's our August Stamp of the Month and only available from August 1-31, 2018. After that it's gone....gone.....gone!

Even though some of the products used on this card have retired you can still use the idea! Just substitute in whatever products you have on hand!

Inside of card.

For the Love of Crafting Stamp Set

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: For the Love of Crafting (available August 1-31, 2018)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Adventure Fundamentals: 2017-18 patterns (retired)
  • Cardstock: Bashful (retired), Eggplant
  • Bashful Glitter Paper (retired)
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black, Eggplant
  • Embellishments: Whimsy Ribbon (retired), Clear Sparkles
  • Tools: Thin 3D Foam Tape

Let's go shopping!
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Check out our Color Challenge home page for more inspiration then get going on your creation! We love seeing what you create to share!

Have a fun day!

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #cardmaking #closetomyheart

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Hop

Are you ready for some fun ideas from the Joyful Stars ladies? Well sit back and enjoy the hop! If you've come from Marie Flayer's blog you're doing fine. Just click the link in each post to hop to the next blog.

My project is from a class I recently taught to my card club. It's not a card but sometimes I include a fun project other than cards! This time it's was glass etching. 

I know glass etching might sound like a challenge but really is not at all. When I first learned how to etch glass 20 years ago it was more challenging. Here's how that went.  Simply stamp a simple image on some sticker paper letting it dry. Next put the sticker paper on the glass item to be etched. Take a craft knife and cut out the parts of the image you don't want to etch. Use the etching cream and paint it on the cut out areas of the image. wait a couple minutes and paint a second coat. The first coat can be kind of thin but the second coat should be thicker. After at least 10 min. wash off the sticker paper and etching cream. It will look like there is no image while the glass is wet. Once dried off you will see you image. 
NOTE: You must use the glass etching cream with acid in it. It's the acid that etched the glass. Because of the acid be sure to wear latex type gloves.

The easier way to etch glass is to cut a stencil with your Cricut! The rest of the procedure is the same except for cutting the image while on the glass. 

Stencil cut from Cricut

Image after being etched.
It's hard to photo on it's own.

Here is my sample of the old way. The image is being cut on the glass with a craft knife. If you have an intricate image this is still the way to go. It looks a bit rough in the photo but once etched it comes out fine. The leaves are uncut so I can show the ladies during class.

Close To My Heart products
  • Cricut Artbooking (heart flowers)
  • Stamp Set: Happily Ever After (bottom photo)
  • Exclusive Ink: Black
Other products
  • Armor Etch - Glass Etching Cream
  • Craft Knife
  • Sticker Paper
  • Glass of choice - mine are the Oui Yogurt containers
Need some supplies?
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I can help with that, too.

Now it's time to see what Betty Locco has to inspire us with! 
Thanks for hopping by!


#CTMH #showandtellwithmichelle #bloghop #glassetching

Monday, August 6, 2018

Introducing Craft with Heart

Introducing Craft with Heart™

It’s finally here—a subscription program from Close To My Heart that sends ready-to-make scrapbook layouts directly to your door! With a Craft with Heart™ subscription, you’ll receive deliveries of an exclusive Cut Above® layout kit in the mail, making it a little easier to stay on top of your passion for memory keeping!
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Craft with Heart™  will be available in monthly, 4-month, and 12-month subscription options. Take advantage of the program option that works best for you. There’s a perfect fit for everyone! The monthly and 4-month options are not available until September 1, but because we know you’re just going to love this program, we are releasing the 12-month subscription option a month early so you can get started with Craft with Heart™ today!
Not only is the 12-month subscription available now, you also get the best deal. With the 12-month option, you receive four layout kits three times a year at a 20% discount, plus FREE SHIPPING! AND . . . with the 12-month subscription only, each Craft with Heart™ delivery also comes with a code from Persnickety Prints for 30 FREE 4″ x 6″ PRINTS! (The code comes on a small card in each box, just like the one you see in the photo above.) That’s 90 free 4″ x 6″ prints each year!
Each kit in the Craft with Heart™ program comes with the parts and pieces to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. If you’re not familiar with our Cut Above® layout kits, you get everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen!  In no time at all, you’ll have complete handmade projects ready for your photos and journaling, just like the layout below from the Craft with Heart™ kit for September.
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With a layout kit for each month, you will have scrapbook pages that are perfect for preserving everyday moments, the relationships you love, and even the memories you will be making during the holiday season that is just around the corner!
Take a closer look at the Cut Above® layouts that come in the Craft with Heart™ subscriptions for September, October, November, and December.


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Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or looking for something new to try, the Craft with Heart™program is sure to make your memory keeping a little easier (and more fun!). Sign up today and start receiving this creative happy mail delivered straight to your door. There’s no better time to start than now!