Monday, September 17, 2018

Peace on Earth Shadow Box Frame

I LOVE our new Cricut Collection called Season of Joy! It has so many wonderful images and 3D projects. Of course Christmas Cards galore can be made fast and easy, too. How about a 3D Advent Calendar to keep the kiddos a tiny bit more patient. Or a 3D Wreath or 3D Village. And don't forget about the 3D Santa and Elves! 

I decided to make a stylish shadow box fame for Christmas. The background is white glitter paper, snow flakes are cut from gold and silver glitter paper. Peace on Earth is cut from silver and gold foil paper. Some of the snowflakes are popped up a bit with 3D Foam Tape to give some dimension. I did use Liquid Glass to glue things to the background glitter paper as that seems to work best. Even the Clear Sparkles are glued. for a final touch I added some fake snow from the craft store. Love how it turned out! 
This is a 9" x 9" shadow box frame.


Close To My Heart products
  • Cricut Seasons of Joy Digital Collection
  • Glitter Paper: Silver, Gold
  • Foil Paper: Silver Gold
  • Clear Sparkles
  • Liquid Glass 
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.

So are you feeling holiday inspired? Order your Seasons of Joy and fire up your Cricut machine!

Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #CTMH #cricut #homedecor 


This is just a few of the images in the Seasons of Joy Collection. 










Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sew What?! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop



Welcome to our Technique Hop! This month we're featuring the technique of stitching on your projects. It could be actual stitching with a sewing machine or a variety of other ways even faux stitching.

If you've come from the blog of Michelle Johns you're doing fine. Just keep clicking the link in each post to hop to the next blog.

For my cards today I just couldn't make up my mind which papers I wanted to use. I love plaid so I that was one decision made. Since I couldn't decide on which plaid I decided to use them both! I made the cards with the same design in mind and just tweaked it a bit. Can you spot the differences? The stitching comes in play with using the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts. I love how that little detail really makes a big deal of the design! Simple but effective.
I think the first one is my favorite. Which one is yours?









Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Bunches of Love
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Sapphire, Pomegranate, Saffron, Fern
  • Thin Cuts: Stitches Circles, Basic Circles
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Sapphire, Pomegranate
  • Embellishments: Clear Sparkles, New England Ivy Burlap Ribbon, Sapphire Burlap Ribbon
  • Tools: Corner Rounder, 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.

Now it's time to hop over and see what Marcia Warrell is sharing with us today. 

Thanks for hopping by!

Michelle

#techniquebloghop #showandtellwithmichelle #CTMH #cardmaking

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bunches of Love card ~ Color Dare 310


This is a special Color Dare Challenge because our winner from Color Dare 300, Vickie O'Dell, picked the colors! That was one of the perks from being our Diamond Winner of #300. So here we go....

I love this color combination! The Peacock and Ruby are so rich with color and the Kraft makes a nice accent to highlight with. Great choice, Vickie! We reference CTMH colors but you can use any product you like. Just make sure to match the colors of the challenge as close  as possible. Neutral colors plus black and white are free to use, too.

This card is pretty straight forward. It's a side fold standard size card (5.5" x 4.25"). I stamped the images and used the gold shimmer brush on each flower. The strips along the bottom is gold foil but kind of looks like craft. It's hard to photo the shiny stuff. LOL I stamped the flowers using the Stamp and Roll technique. First ink the stamp then stamp on scrap paper. Go back and roll the edges of the same stamp in ink again. You get a two tone image this way.







Close To My Heart products 
  • Stamp Set: Bunches of Love
  • White Cards and Envelope Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Kraft, Peacock
  • Specialty Paper: Gold Foil
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Peacock, Ruby
  • Gold Shimmer Brush
  • Gold Glitter Gems
  • Thumb Notch Punch (retired)
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.

Are you feeling inspired? We hope so! Join the fun by making any paper craft you like. Share it on our home page where you'll also find all the details about joining the challenge. We LOVE being inspired by you! Can't wait to see what you make.

Have a fun day!
Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #colormyheart #colordare #cardmaking #closetomyheart

Monday, September 10, 2018

Holiday Expressions New Product Hop



It's NEW catalog time!!! Holiday Expressions went live on September 1st so of course we needed to have a new product blog hop! If you've come from Melinda Everitt's blog you're on the right path. Click the link in each post to hop to the next blog.

My layout started with an idea from consultant Clare Edmonds that she shared in August. I loved the idea of the diamonds along the top and bottom of the layouts. I made some adjustments to make it my own....like alternating two different patterns of paper for the diamonds. The black cardstock is matting for photos and leaves a space you can use as a kind of bulletin board collage or trim and line them up with the black cardstock. The stamp set can be purchased alone or with coordinating Thin Cuts.  I can't wait to add photos of my grandkids after Halloween!





Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking + Thin Cuts
  • Paper Pack: Hello Pumpkin
  • Cardstock: Lagoon, Black, Nectarine
  • Exclusive Inks: Black, Nectarine
  • Grey Enamel Gems (white ones only)
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 Gina Brandstetter has made to inspire us. 
Have a great day!


Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #scrapbooking #holidayexpressions #bloghop

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Joyful Stars Blog Hop



Every month on the 9th the Joyful Start group shares and "anything goes" kind of blog hop. If you've come here from Marie Flayer's blog you're doing fine. Just keep clicking on the link in each post to hop to the next blog.

This stamp set caught my eye immediately when i was paging through the new Holiday Expressions Book. I was working on another project (Color Dare Challenge) and loved how these colors looked together. What do you think?


Inside of card


D1815 Bunches of Love

Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Bunches of Love
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Exclusive Inks: Pomegranate, Peacock, 
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Peacock
  • Special Paper: Gold Foil
  • Gold Glitter Gems
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.

Ready for more inspiration? Hop over to see what Betty Locco is sharing with us today.

Thanks for hopping by!
Michelle

#bloghop #showandtellwithmichelle #cardmaking #holidayexpressions

Friday, September 7, 2018

Twisted Tic Tac Toe ~ Color Dare 309




One last hurrah!
These are the colors that just retired from the CTMH palette. We wanted to give them one last chance to shine so we created this Twisted Tic Tac Toe!
Pick any THREE colors you want to create with. Because this is a "twisted" Tic Tac Toe the colors you choose don't need to be in a row, just a random choice of 3 colors from the grid! Black, White and Neutrals are free colors as usual.

For my card I chose the colors: Pacifica, Blossom and Juniper. As usual, black, white and neutral colors are free. We reference CTMH colors but you can use any product you like. Just make sure to use colors that are a close match to the colors above.

I wanted to use a new stamp I got called Love Note. I LOVE the marble look it can give to a background. I inked the stamp using a sponge wedge patted on the ink pad. It created a pretty, soft look when stamped. Then I used Thin Cuts to cut some circle rings to use on top of the background. I also used some clear sparkles but colored three of them to go with the background.





Close To My Heart products
  • Stamp Set: Love Notes
  • Exclusive Inks: Blossom, Juniper, Pacifica, Black
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Black, Blossom, Juniper, Pacifica
  • Thin Cuts: Circles
  • ShinHan Markers: Tender Pink, Marine Blue, Sap Green, Barely Beige
  • Clear Sparkles
  • Sponge
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.

Now it's your turn to join the fun by creating any paper craft you like using the colors from the grid above. Full details are in the post on our home page. We can't wait to see what you create!

Have a creative day!
Michelle

#showandtellwithmichelle #colordare #colormyheart #cardmaking