Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Easter T-shirts!

How about some fun using our Iron On Vinyl! Did you even know Close To My Heart has it in our catalog? Well we do and it's SO fun to play with. It's in the Core catalog and we have 9 different colors/styles. There is even glitter versions! Click here to check it out.

Not all of the vinyl I used on these shirts are from CTMH.... just being honest. I needed more colors so added some from what I had but the first one shows use of the white, black and Rose Gold colors. You can also see Gold on the baskets in the other photos.

It's so easy to use! I picked out my images at Cricut and got my mats ready to go. Be sure to put the shiny side down! After cutting with my Cricut Joy I peeled it up and placed on my shirt. Using my mini heat press ( an iron will work too) for about 15 seconds I checked by lifting a corner of the film to make sure the image was secure to the shirt. That's it! Keep going with all the different layers or colors and build your image. It's SO fun as it comes to life before your eyes.

When shopping for Cricut items you can link through from here! Just click the link in the upper right and it will take you directly to Cricut and all the Close To My Heart collections both current and retired! From there you can also access ALL Cricut products!






Want to get started making your own shirts?
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Michelle

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Spotlight Technique with O-fish-ally Awesome Set

Having fun in the craft room today and decided to combine these two challenges for a fun card. It's uses a fun and easy technique called a Spotlight Technique. This is a technique that's been around a long time! It's always fun to bring back something you learned long ago....or just now!

Double Trouble Challenge - use squares and share with a partner blog.
Heart 2 Heart Challenge - use the colors Pixie, Canary, Lagoon and Julep.

I love this cute stamp set that basically puts an aquarium in your hands! It's our April Stamp of the Month and only available from April 1-30. There are so many options with this set and I've only used a few of them on this card.

I decided to use the Spotlight Technique which means having some of your image colored in and some left in black and white. The square frame works to show off the part of the colored image and you can see outside of the square the images or part of the images left black and white. See....it's that simple and easy! For the rest of the card I chose paper from our These are My People paper pack on special this month and cardstock in the Heart 2 Heart colors to accent the marker colors for that challenge. Because bling makes everything better I added some clear sparkles to finish it off!




O-fish-ally Awesome
Only available April 1-30
Other Close To My Heart products used for this card
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: These Are My People
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Lagoon, Julep
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black
  • ShinHan Markers: Light Yellow, Bright Pink, Jade Green
  • Thin Cut Dies: Stitched Rectangles
  • Clear Sparkles
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

Before you go check out the challenges be sure to sign up to follow me on social media. Click on the tabs in the header for the links. You know you don't want to miss any great ideas!

Michelle


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Operation Smile Card ~ Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #363



Today I'm featuring a stamp set that helps children with cleft palates. When you purchase the You Make Me Happy stamp set Close To My Heart donates $7 to Operation Smile to help pay for facial surgeries for children around the world. What a great feeling to help these children!

I've paired this special stamp set with our Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for this week. It's an easy sketch to work with and would make a very nice scrapbook layout, too! I started by stamping the image in black and coloring with Watercolor Pencils. I smoothed out the colors with a water brush to finish the look. The image was then cut out using one of our Thin Cut Dies as is the sentiment oval. I then assembled the rest of the card and stamped a few flowers around the card front. I stamped the flowers in Peach ink and then used that as the guide to color with the Peach Shimmer Brush on top to give them some sparkle. Some Bitty Sparkles for the flower centers was the final touch!





Operation Smile stamp set: You Make Me Happy




Close To My Heart products used on this card
  • Stamp Set: You Make Me Happy (Operation Smile)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Packs
  • Paper Packs: Seas the Day, Mix-in
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Mint
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Peach
  • Thin Cut Dies: Stitched Ovals, Scalloped Circle (retired from current catalog)
  • Watercolor Pencils, Water Brush, Peach Shimmer Brush, Bitty Sparkles
  • 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'd love to have you on my team!

Are you ready to give our sketch a try? It's very easy because we get you started with the sketch. Now you can go with any colors and papers you like! Link to our home page when you're ready. It's exciting to see what you create!

Have fun creating!
Michelle


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Friday, April 3, 2020

Beautiful Layout ~ Color Dare #388

Springtime colors abound in our Color My Heart Color Dare Inspirational Photo for this challenge. After all, we're all ready for some Spring!

Pick colors from the photo and create any paper craft you like. Do Not add any extra colors to the palette other than instructed. Most important......have fun creating!

I thought this photo of my granddaughter was a perfect choice for this palette. The blue tone in her dress, the pink tones in her skin and the grey tone in the tree decided my colors. I've seen wall arrangements of photos that use empty frames along with some with photos. I really liked the look and decided to use it on this layout.

The frames were made with Thin Cut Dies so it was quick and easy. I love the paper in the background. The pattern is so pretty and the frames accent it nicely. The flowers and butterflies were cut from our Cricut Flower Market cartridge. The centers of the flowers were filled in with Stickles. I hand drew some antennas for the butterflies and added some sparkles for fun.

NOTE: Did you notice the Cricut link on the right of my page? I now have an affiliation with them that gives you complete access to all things Cricut....including all the Close To My Heart cartridges both current AND retired!





Close To My Heart products used on this layout
  • Stamp Set: Joy by Melissa Esplin
  • Paper Pack: Mix-in
  • Cardstock: Ballerina, Pixie, Glacier, White Daisy, Pewter, Mint
  • Exclusive Inks: Glacier
  • Cricut: Flower Market
  • Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Stickles: Pink Taffeta, Cool Mint
  • Journal Pen
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have  ou on my team!

Ok what are you thinking about creating? Full details are posted on our home page so be sure to check it out!

Michelle

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

O-fish-ally Awesome ~ April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. Each month we feature our special stamp set available only for that month. April has a really fun set called O-fish-ally Awesome. You can create your own aquarium with this stamp set!

Our blog hop is one big circle. The blog in front of mine is Haley Dyer. Click the links in each blog to hop to the next one. It's a lot of fun and you'll see so many great ideas using this stamp set. It's only available April 1-31 so be sure to get yours now!

I decided to make a card with what looks like a porthole. The view outside the porthole is a water wonderland! I stamped then colored with pencils. What kind of pencils? Watercolor of course! ha ha! After using the watercolor pencils I lightly went over it with a water brush. Do you sense a theme?


Inside of card


Close To My Heart products used on this card
  • Stamp Set: O-fish-ally Awesome
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: Seas the Day
  • Cardstock: Sapphire, White Daisy
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Julep, Toffee, Bluebird, Expresso, Saffron
  • Thin Cut Die: Shaker Window & Confetti
  • Watercolor Pencils 
  • Water Brush
  • Bitty Sparkles
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

Now it's time to hop over and see what great ideas Brandi Robinson has to share with us! Have fun on the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

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Happy Card ~ Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

When I saw this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches I new I had to make some time for my craft room. You can use it in so many ways and I chose to turn the design and  make a top fold card.

The stamp set is one of our current specials for April called Love These People. There are many different bundles that are part of the special, too. Click here to see the collection. Be sure to check it out!

I used a piece of the paper with the black stripes because I knew I wanted to keep with the pink and black color theme. There are even little dots of pink on the paper! I added a black piece of cardstock to finish that edge and to make the pink flowers stand out even more. Some splashes of shimmer on the top add a nice touch as do the black dots. The sentiment was stamped on white with the top edge rubbed on the stamp pad for an edge. The bottom was stamped.

The flowers were colored with our TriBlend Markers. These markers come with 3 saves of one color which make blending a breeze! I started the flowers with the light color, added some highlights with the medium color and just a bit more highlight with the dark color. Then to blend all three colors together I colored the flower all over again in the light color. The flower centers were done with Stickles. The center flower is popped up a bit with some foam tape.




Freshly Made Sketches #420

Close To My Heart products used for this card
  • Stamps: Love These People, A Little Sentiment, Sentiments & Stitches
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Paper Pack: These Are My People
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black
  • Exclusive Inks: Intense Black, Sage, Pixie
  • TriBlend Markers: Bright Pink, Light Green
  • Embellishments: Black & White Dots
  • Tools: Raspberry Shimmer Brush, Black Diamond Stickles, Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you need a consultant I'd be happy to help.
If you'd like to BE a consultant I'd love to have you on my team!

So if you're inspired to create with this sketch go for it! It's easier when you already start with a design! Have fun.

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Michelle


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Antique Heat Embossing Technique - Yesterday & Today Workshop





To get your Yesterday & Today Card Workshop click here.  Check out the wide variety of workshop kits while you're there. This "stay at home" time is perfect for doing some card making and scrapbooking!



Michelle

Easter T-shirts!

How about some fun using our Iron On Vinyl! Did you even know Close To My Heart has it in our catalog? Well we do and it's SO fun to pla...