Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Here's to You!

Cardmaking & Scrapbooking with Here’s to You

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We are celebrating life’s special occasions with the Here’s to You special! Featuring four exclusive stamp sets and a workshop designed for making elegant cards and layouts, this special is the perfect way to get prepared for the happy events coming up on your calendar!

Exclusive Stamp Sets:

Not only are the sentiments on these stamp sets a must-have for celebrating relationships, but each set also coordinates with a shape from the Cricut® Artistry collection, giving you an easy way to add dimension and extra detail to your projects!

Workshop kit options:

We have two workshop kits available—one with a rose embossing folder and one without. Both kits include the four exclusive stamp sets and additional materials at a discounted price to create one 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page and seven standard size cards that can be used to celebrate friendships, anniversaries, weddings, and many other occasions.

Completed projects:

The designed workshop projects feature shapes cut with the Cricut® Artistry Collection. To keep things easy, we’ve compiled the necessary Cricut® shapes to complete the workshop as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, Here’s to You Workshop( (If you don’t have a digital machine, specific Cricut® cut information is also provided in the included instructions.)
Celebrate life’s special occasions with us and don’t miss out on this special offer! Only available through the end of August, while supplies last, get your cardmaking and scrapbooking in motion to commemorate the moments that matter most.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beautiful Friendship Layout

A fellow consultant named Kathy Burrows shared a layout she made using Beautiful Friendship papers. I was so inspired I couldn't make my copy fast enough! I did have to changes some papers a bit due to what I had left and added some images, but that's what scrapbooking is all about. Make it your own!
The half circle, flowers and sentiment are all Cricut cut from Flower Market. I also added some clear sparkles because you've gotta have a little bling. LOL. 

Close To My Heart products
  • Beautiful Friendship paper pack
  • Cardstock: Bashful, Sapphire, Canary, Heather
  • Cricut: Flower Market
  • Beautiful Friendship Bows
  • Sparkles: Clear, Bitty
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.

Have a great and creative day!
Thanks for stopping by.


#showandtellwithmichelle #scrapbooking #closetomyheart

Monday, July 16, 2018

Christmas in July card

There's a lot of Christmas in July going on everywhere right now. So I thought I'd join in and share this card with you all.

It's s simple card but because of the background paper I think it's really a cool card. I simply stamped the sentiment and layered the various pieces. I love non-traditional colors for a Christmas card!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Most of the products I used to make this card are retired. You could use your stash or make it brand new!
Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: First Noel (retired)
  • Paper Fundamentals: Enchantment from 2017-18 (retired)
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sapphire, Crystal Blue
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Black & White Dots
  • Exclusive Inks: Black
Chex out the challenges over at Double Trouble and Heart 2 Heart. 
They're always a lot of fun!


#showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking #christmasinjuly

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Magically Masked - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly Technique Blog Hop. It's one big circle so just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next blog. The blog just before me is Melissa Robinson

Each month we feature a different technique to share with you. This month we're masking. Masking is used for when you want to give depth to your stamped images. You use a "cover" or mask of an image when stamping so part of another image looks like it's behind the other one. Sound confusing? Here is a photo tutorial I made that I hope helps show the process.

This is the finished card. The gray looking strip at the top is actually a shadow and not part of the card front. Scroll down to see step by step photos.

I started by making a mask of the two flowers I was going to use. Stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out right along the ink lines. Put a few light dabs of the glue on the back and let it air dry. Once dry it will be like a post it note that you can easily lift off your work. 

I stamped the first flower (the one on the left) on the card front then covered it with the mask and stamped the flower to the right. You can see how some of the right hand flower goes on top of the mask on the left flower.

When I removed the mask this is what I got. One flower neatly tucked behind the first flower.

I kept going with the masks and stamped a line of flowers across the front of the card.

I used my ShinHan markers to color the flowers adding shading where a flower shadow would be.

Once I was finished the markers I cut along bottom of the flowers to create a fun border look.

When using the markers the color bleeds to the back of the cardstock so you need to do something to cover this up.

I covered the inside of the card front with a piece of pink cardstock to hide the bleed through and also accent the bottom edge of the card front. This is how it looks on the inside of the card.

And once again this is the finished card. I hope this helps and you give masking a try!

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Happily Ever After
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock; White Daisy, Blossom, Willow
  • ShinHan Markers: Warm Grey WG4, Warm Grey WG7, Peony Purple, Lavender, Cherry Pink, Leaf Green, Golden Yellow, Tender Pink, Pastel Green
  • Embellishments: Enchanted Ribbon Pack, Gold Glitter Gems
  • Tools: Mirco-tip Scissors, Dual Action Glue Pen, Glue Dots
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 McBain has created to share with us. 
Thanks for hopping by!

Have a great day!

#techniquebloghop #showandtellwithmichelle #closetomyheart #cardmaking

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hot Air Balloon Card ~ Color Dare 301

(Black and White are free colors)
Open through July 26, 2018

What a bright and cheery trio of colors! What does it make you think about when you see them? I wanted to use this cute little hot air balloon Workshop Your Way Cheers to You Cardmaking Kit. I love the yellow paper with the sunburst design. I stamped the sentiment on the lines of the sunburst. I also used the Gold Shimmer Brush to brush a sparkly gold background around the balloon.

Our Cardmaking Kits come with an exclusive B size stamp set, sheets of pattern paper, cardstock sheets, an embellishment and a dozen white cards and envelopes.

All products are Close To My Heart
  • Workshop Your Way Cheers to You Cardmaking Kit
  • Central Park paper pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Black
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Poppy
  • Thin Cuts: Circles, Stitched Circles
  • Embellishments: Central Park Sequins, Gold Shimmer Brush
  • ShinHan Markers: Leaf Green, Pastel Green, Carmine
  • Thin 3D Foam Tape
If you don't have 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 for you to create and share using these colors. You must use All and ONLY the colors above but if you don't have an exact CTMH color you may substitute something close. Don't add any brand new colors to the palette, though. Full details are in the post on our home page. We LOVE to see what you create! Share this with your crafting friends, too!

Have a colorful day!

#colordare #colormyheart #closetomyheart #showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking

Monday, July 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Blog Hop ~ More String Painting

Welcome to our monthly blog hop. It's an anything goes hop so you'll see a variety of things in the hop. If you're coming from Marie Flayer's blog you're doing fine. Just keep clicking the link in each post to complete the circle of blogs in the hop.

I have been seeing a lot of ideas using string painting. It's a fun, but messy, technique that creates really cool images for crafting! I used reinkers for my colors and added a bit with a brush for the flower centers.

The simple version of what I did is that you wet a length of string with reinker (or paint), put it between a folded piece of cardstock and then pull the string out. There are tons of videos on you tube so check them out.

Close To My Heart products

  • Reinkers: Lagoon, Blossom, Lemon / Pewter, Pixie, Lemon / Raspberry, Lagoon / Pansy, New England Ivy, Lemon
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Lagoon, Blossom / Pixie, Lemon ? Raspberry, Lagoon / Pansy, New England Ivy
  • Embellishments: Adventure Ribbon Pack / Basic Ribbon Pack / Clear Sparkles / Whimsy Ribbon Pack
Other products
  • Small plastic cups
  • Q-tips
  • String
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 to see what creative ideas Betty Locco is sharing with us today.
Thanks for hopping by!

Have a great day!

#closetomyheart #cardmaking #showandtellwithmichelle

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