Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NEW Product Blog Hop - Seasonal Expressions 2

I'm thrilled you have joined me for our Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop where we are featuring BRAND NEW PRODUCT released on May 1st! We've already experienced 16 fabulous days of May with plenty more to come our way. These products are available until the end of July, while supplies last. I love so many of the products and know you will too!

You can view the online version of this Idea Book by clicking on the link or contact me directly (or your Consultant) if you would like to obtain a hard copy. 

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants on this site
To create this card, I used this adorable stamp set that is part of the Documented product line. (The coordinating dies can also be purchased to eliminate the need for fussy-cutting.) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the floral images and more importantly, the sentiment; especially the one I chose to use. 
This card was kept relatively simple with some product additions that I feel make it "spring-like" and beautiful. A piece of Bashful cardstock was placed as the second layer, on the side with the lightest color, and the polka dot paper is from the Beautiful Friendship paper packet. Some Lemon and Smoothie cardstock were used, as well as some Silver Glitter Paper
One of the products I am most excited about, and requested it of CTMH a couple of years ago, are the Stitched Thin Cuts. We have circles, hearts and ovals. I love the look of the stitched look without the need of a sewing machine. 
To create a little texture behind the sentiment, I used this Splash of Color stamp set, with Lemon ink (2nd generation to create a lighter hue). I love how it added a little bit to the focal point. 
Here is a close-up view of those details.

This sentiment totally makes me laugh. How 'bout you? Can you think of one (or a few) friends you could send this to? Wouldn't that be a fun and special treat?

I appreciate blog love, in the way of comments, so please consider leaving one before heading over  to Melinda's Blog where you are sure to be inspired, and then continue around the Hop.

I hope your week is going GREAT!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lovely Layers - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are using Close To My Heart products to create, "Lovely Layers". Participating Consultants are able to interpret that theme however they seem fit. I look forward to seeing what they have to share with us and hope you are too!

If you are coming from Marciava's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post, if you were to get lost along the way.
To create layers on my creation, I decided to do so with Cricut Cut Flowers. I love that our cardstock has the two tones - one side lighter than the other. You can see I used that effect on the yellow flower, adding some dimension. A little flower cluster and I think this makes for a simple but cheerful card.

I used the Flower Market and Artistry Cricut Collections, exclusive to Close To My Heart.
Here is a link to the DS file for the flowers and leaves, if you would like it for easy recreation: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/91246793
If you're wondering where the sentiment is from, I pulled the sayings from this Kitchen Traditions stamp set.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please let me know what you think of this creation, if you're willing to leave a comment and then head on over to Michelle's Blog to see what fun she has to share with you.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Any Case...with Melinda & Melissa

I'm thrilled to have you here for this evening's episode of...
Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.

On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 7 pm CST, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.

As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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If you haven't already heard (or seen), we have a new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book that was released on May 1st. This is the cover of that beauty with plenty of new products and artwork samples showcased inside. While I've already identified quite a few must-haves, I decided to highlight a NEW Thin Cut that is completely fun! (If you would like to view the contents of the Idea Book, virtually, you can click here. Want a hard copy to physically flip through the pages? It is included FREE with every order placed on my website or you can contact me directly if you want me to mail you one.)

Don't forget, my partner in CASEing is Melinda Everitt and she has a fun product to share with you as well. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post and then follow the link.
First of all, doesn't this image just make you happy? I love the beautiful colors and fun favors perfect for birthdays or other celebrations. Today I am CASEing the image used as a decor' item, the "It's Your Day" frame (arrow is pointing to it), in this image. 
Let's first examine the Thin Cut I used called, "It's Your Day". It measures 3 3/4" x 5", also perfect for placing on a card front as I did with my creation. It is a thin metal die that cut easily using a Cuttlebug. To get the look of the artwork sample, I took it through the diecut machine four times:

Then, I trimmed the needed pieces, in the respective paper, and glued them on top of the main frame as intended. This is called paper-piecing. 

To adhere the pieces easily, I used the Bonding Memories Glue Pen. It has a small tip that is perfect for small pieces. 
Here's a closeup so you can better see the detail.

I totally love how it came out and have already created another sample with this Thin Cut. In fact, there is a similar one that says, "A Big Thank You". It can be used in a similar way so be sure to check it out.
Now it's time to check out the wonderful card that Melinda is highlighting. It is the one in the middle of this image. Isn't it beautiful? When you head to her blog, she'll share information on how she recreated it and you'll want to be sure to head over there by clicking this link.

Thank you so much for stopping by! We'll be back in two weeks for the next CASE! See you then!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Gifts From the Garden - Blog with Friends

Welcome to "Blog with Friends" where I and a few other bloggers share some fun posts associated with this month's theme, "Gifts from the Garden". Be sure to visit their links posted below. There is some fun stuff they are sharing and we always appreciate blog love in the way of comments. :)
I am excited to share this scrapbook layout with you (minus photos and journaling as of today) made from one of our newest product lines, Documented. It made its debut on May 1st along with many other products. The floral patterns and embellishments were perfect to align with the theme, don't you think? 
What I love most about this layout is that the title is "memories" which is very general and allows you to use for a variety of photos and occasions. I'm excited to get some photos on them and will do so this weekend. I'll be sure to share the completed layouts when I do.
The layout has place for five photos and then a cute Picture My Life card that will be used for journaling.
Here is a view of the Documented Complements that contains a variety of items to use as embellishments on your projects. They are so fun and beautiful!
Documented Titles are the adhesive-backed wooden words that are used on the layout. They are dimensional and super fun. (Be sure you place them where you want them because they don't come up! LOL)

Be sure to check out my friends' posts below and enjoy a great start to the week!





Sunday, May 6, 2018

Postcard Perfect Blog Hop - Nat'l Scrapbooking Month

I love celebrating National Scrapbooking Month all May and am thrilled to come to you today with artwork showcasing our fabulous special, "Postcard Perfect". There are 16 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing some fun stuff with you so be sure to make your way around the entire Blog Hop.

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right track. Should you get lost along the way, all participant's links can be found here

Before I show you what I created, I wanted to give a quick glimpse of the products associated with this special. There is a lot of goodness including a Cut Above Scrapbook Kit, paper packet (that includes patterned vellum paper), diecuts, and a coordinating stamp set. You can get a bundle, with all of the items, for $53.95 (retail value $67.80). 
Deciding to make a greeting card with the stamp images available on the stamp set (and another one I used for the sentiment), this is what resulted. It makes me want to be at the beach right now; what about you?

To generate the look of "sand", I used Toffee cardstock and "tore" an edge. Because our cardstock has a white center - that allows for a lot of fun techniques - this was the result. Using the light blue cardstock for the background, from the paper packet, it created for a great blue sky and backdrop.
 Here are a few things I did to finish this card:

🌴 The banner was cut from both a piece of the polka dot vellum paper and Raspberry cardstock. So the adhesive didn't show through in undesired areas, I placed it behind the dots. Not wanting the sentiment, from "Sweet Friends - Cardmaking", to rub off, I stamped it with Archival Black Ink and used the craft heater to heat set it.

🌴 To get the two-toned effect on the flowers, I used the "Rock 'n Roll" technique. I inked the image in the lighter color and then "rolled the edges" in the brighter color.

🌴 For the coconuts, I used the Mahogany ShinHan Marker and colored three medium White Dots. Aren't they fun?!

Inks used: Pixie, Rapberry, Lemon, Tangerine, and Sorbet.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before heading over to Michelle's Blog, considering leaving a comment, and enjoy the rest of the artwork you see!

Wishing you a productive week!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Classic Summer Bash: May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

It's May 1st and that means A LOT OF GREAT THINGS when it comes to Close To My Heart! Today is the day we release a NEW Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book, filled with wonderful new products and beautiful artwork, kicking off National Scrapbooking Month in a BIG WAY!
You can view a digital copy of it online and better yet, when you place an order, you will get a hard copy when your products arrive! You will definitely want one in your hands so you can make your wish list. There's no doubt you'll want plenty of new items! If you don't have a Consultant and would like one shipped to you, contact me directly and I am happy to mail you one.  

In fact, we also have an exclusive campaign called "Postcard Perfect" which includes a bundle full of fabulous product. 
I am thrilled you have stopped by my blog today where I and several other Consultants are highlighting this adorable stamp set, the May Stamp of the Month, "Classic Summer Bash". These 25 images are perfect for creating an invitation for a summer event or for other fun projects! You are bound to be inspired as you make away around this Blog Hop.

If you are coming from Michelle Stewart's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants here.

Let's get started, shall we?!

I had fun creating this greeting card. As Close To My Heart Consultants we have access to some private groups where artwork is shared. Viewing what others create helped inspire me and I love what resulted.
It was fun making the papercrafted lemonade and I couldn't resist adding a Raspberry-colored straw. The jar was stamped in Pewter ink, onto a piece of patterned paper from the Adventure Fundamentals paper packet. It has an ombre' pattern in Lemon, perfect for my card.

To make the ice cubes look dimensional, I used the masking technique bystamping an ice cube on a sticky note. Then, I cut it out. By placing the image on top of a stamped image, I was able to stamp a cube again, without disrupting the previous image.
You might be wondering where I obtained the floral paper. It comes from our special kit for this month called "Postcard Perfect", perfect for celebrating National Scrapbooking Month! You can buy the paper packet by itself OR there is a bundle being offered that includes a coordinating stamp set AND a Cut Above Scrapbook Kit. Click here to view all of the related products.

This stamp set and paper are just one of the few items to be excited about this month. Be sure to peruse the contents of the online Idea Book and contact me, or your Consultant, if you have any questions.

To continue on the Blog Hop, please visit Melinda's Blog to view the artwork she has to share with you. We always appreciate you leaving a comment, so please consider doing so before you head her direction.

Wishing you a FABULOUS month full of Postcard Perfect Memories!




Monday, April 30, 2018

Vellum - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

For the first Heart 2 Heart Challenge of May we are seeking papercrafting projects where vellum has been incorporated. You can use it in any way you desire. Be to use at least one product from Close To My Heart and link up to us on our Blog
Keeping with what seems to be my motto, "Sweet and Simple", I am pleased with this card. I wanted the polka dot vellum paper to serve as the focus point and then stamped the "thankful" sentiment on it with Black Archival Ink (and let it dry thoroughly). I glued it on Pansy cardstock, placing adhesive on the dots so it would not show through the vellum.

The scallop border is a Thin Cut used on Gold Foil Paper. White & Gold Ribbon (one of my faves) was added, as well as some Gold Glitter Gems. The rest of the sentiment, "for sweet friends like you" was stamped in Pansy ink. The stamp sets used are brand new and will be released tomorrow, May 1st. (I'll edit this post and include a photo and link to them.)
You may be wondering where I got this patterned vellum paper. It is included in the Postcard Perfect paper packet that is a special for May, celebrating National Scrapbooking Month. The polka dot pattern is only one of the two included in this exclusive product line. I couldn't resist incorporating it.

Be sure to link up to us at Heart 2 Heart for this week's challenge. I look forward to seeing your artwork there!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

In any CASE...with Melinda & Melissa

Thank you for joining us again for...
Join us twice a month as we CASE, “Copy And Selectively Edit”, artwork created by the Art Department of Close To My Heart as showcased in the current Idea Books and our Make It From Your Heart How-To Books.

On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at 7 pm CST, we will direct you towards a piece of art and recreate it using the exact products or others that compliment its initial design. Tips, techniques and assembly directions will be shared in detail to help you recreate them on your own.

As you reproduce the items we have shared, post them on social media using the hashtag #ctmhinanycase. We will randomly search that hashtag and reward those who CASE our items. Winners will be announced on our blogs so be sure to follow us!

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Melinda and I have some fun artwork to share with you today, a spin off of creations generated from the Close To My Heart Art Department.
I am highlighting the "so happy for you" card shown on the left. Because I don't have a sewing machine, I had to make some adjustments to accommodate the elements of the card.

Be sure to read to the end of this post so you can view what Melinda is sharing with you, with a link provided to take you to her blog.
I enjoy working with vellum and don't do so often enough. I love the softness it provides for artwork,  generating an elegant look. There are some things that need to be considered when using vellum, including a way to attach it so that the adhesive doesn't show and disrupt the desired results. For that reason, I decided to create a black border (as opposed to sewing as done on the original card) that would secure the vellum. 

The Black cardstock was cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" with a 1/4" border allowed on all sides, creating a frame. I then stapled two pieces of White Twine to the black frame, before proceeding, so the back of the staples do not show. 

I glued the piece of patterned paper to the card base. After embossing the floral images, with White Embossing Powder, on the Vellum Paper, I placed a thin line of adhesive around the edges of the vellum piece (where the black would cover it) to secure it to the patterned paper. Then, I adhered the black frame on top of it. 
The sentiment was stamped, in Black ink, on a piece of Bashful cardstock measuring 3/4" x 2 3/4". A dovetail was cut for visual appeal. Add three White Gems and you have a beautiful creation to gift to someone. 

I love the resulting card and hope you do too. It's simple and elegant - a perfect combination, in my opinion. 

Supplies used:

Now, be sure to head over to Melinda's Blog where she is showing you how to make this gorgeous sympathy card using our awesome clear, acrylic stamps.

We always appreciate you stopping by our blogs and encourage you to do your own version of CASEing. Be sure to tag us when you do - #ctmhinanycase - as we search social media ready to reward participants with a prize.

Enjoy the rest of your week and see you next time, on May 10th, for our next episode of "In Any CASE..."!

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