Monday, February 8, 2016

Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Favorite CTMH Paper Pack

I am so excited to share a card made with my favorite paper pack, "Penelope".  That is what we are doing this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges where we are sharing artwork made with our favorite Close To My Heart paper pack.

Here is a peek of the fun patterns in this paper pack.  You get two each of the 6 designs, which have other patterns on the back.  So awesome!
Here is my Easter card made with leftovers from the Workshops Your Way layouts and cards.  It is quite colorful and I am okay with that.  :)  I absolutely HAD to use the polka dot Zip Strip and added some stickers from the Complements, one Silver Puffie, some Silver Foil Tape and ribbon.  

Here is a little closeup of the embellishments.
Be sure to link up to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week.  I look forward to seeing your artwork!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring this adorable stamp set, "Share the Love".  Did you know when you purchase this stamp set, $7 from your purchase will be donated to Operation Smile? That's right, it will!  By ordering a stamp set this month you can have part in changing the life of a child.  Read more details here.
If you are coming from Catherine's Blog, you are headed in the right direction.  You can find a complete list of participants by clicking on this link.  So...let's get started, shall we?

I had fun incorporating this bokeh background that is included in the Picture My Life My Story Scrapbooking Program.  I created the "splatter" background using watercolor.  I tapped the waterbrush over my finger to create the dots.  Cool, huh?!  I did stamp the typewriter image three times - once directly on the background piece, then in Glacier ink and lastly on White Daisy.  I fussy cut the Glacier image to create the colored typewriter and then 3-D the sentiment piece, just for dimension.  The sentiment is stamped in Lagoon and I added a Gold Puffie Heart.  The White & Gold Ribbon was just the finishing touch.
Now, go check out what Melinda has up her sleeve for this fun stamp set!  I appreciate you stopping by.

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Balloon Animals

This month we are happy to showcase artwork incorporating the February Stamp of the Month, "Balloon Animals".  It is this fun stamp set that is perfect for birthdays or celebrating that special something in your life.  Don't tell anyone but I bought a kit one time, many years ago, so I could make my own balloon animals.  Yes, I sure did!  You can get this stamp set for $5 this month, with a $50 purchase!  It is valued at $17.95.  Click here for those details.
If you are coming from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right track.  In fact, you can also find a complete list of participants on her blog should you get lost along the way.  So...let's get started!

Random-stamping a background is one of my all-time fave techniques.  Doing so allows you to make a patterned paper of your choosing and that is just what I did here with the "Let's Celebrate" sentiment.  The Lagoon sheet of paper in the background is from the Fundamentals line and has some clear embossed texture on it (not so easy to see in the photo).   
The details of this card are pretty simple, adding some Silver Sequins and Silver Shimmer Trim.  Ink colors used for this card were Whisper, Lagoon, Black, and Thistle.

Thanks for taking a moment to stop by and now head on over to Michelle's Blog to see what she designed using this stamp set.

Happy hoppin'!

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Two/2nd

Welcome to this week's challenge where we are focusing on the theme, Two or 2nd, as we kick off February.  You can interpret it in any way you choose, designing artwork using Close To My Heart product, and linking to our Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  I went with the obvious for two/2nd representing the second month of the year, February.  I love celebrating Valentine's Day all month long so figured why not?!

This fun but simple card was made using the "Animal Greetings", Operation Smile, stamp set where $7 of your purchase is donated to change the life of a child by providing surgeries for facial deformities in children.  Two Picture My Life cards from the Beautiful You collection were also used.  I love the gold foil accents on these cards.  
I trimmed off a quarter inch from the top and bottom of the triangle, 3 x 4, pattern card.  To add to the heart card, I covered the sentiment that was originally on there that said "Besties", creating the banner out of Pomegranate cardstock (which was also used for the main part of the card).  I colored and then fussy cut the bear, using ShinHan markers, stamped the sentiment in Pomegranate ink, and then added one Gold Heart Puffie and White & Gold Ribbon for a finishing touch.  I love how quickly this card came together and I think it is perfect!  Our Picture My Life cards (aka PML) offer this fun and viable option outside of their obvious uses.
Look at these adorable images in the cute sentiments included in this stamp set.  Aren't they precious?!
So...grab some of your papercrafting products and join us for this week's challenge.  We love seeing your artwork and I especially enjoy everyone's take on the theme.  Head on over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges and link up to the challenge.

Make It From Your Heart,

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop - Charlotte/Easter

Welcome to our Blog Hop as members of the Stampers with an Attitude Team, within Close To My Heart, showcase artwork using the Charlotte product line or create something with an Easter theme.  Guess which one I chose?!  No peeking! :)

If you are coming from Catherine's Blog, you are on the right track.  Should you get lost along the way you can find a complete list of participants by clicking here.

The card I created contains a few favorites right now.  Can you guess what they are?!  The papers and colors from the Kaleidoscope paper pack scream Easter/Spring to me so I chose to incorporate them.  I also random-stamped a piece of Pixie cardstock, using the fun "Friend in Me" stamp set (pictured below) which is also where the 3-D floral image is from.  I colored it, and shaded the tone-on-tone flowers, with our ShinHan Markers and also used our Metallic Gold Marker for a little accent on the flower center.  I had never used it before but don't tell anyone!  I can tell it will get some good use now.
The bunny was stamped using the Spring Critters stamp set.  I paperpieced the bunny's banner by stamping the image again on the Pear patterned paper, cutting it out and gluing it on top of the original image.  Too fun, right?!  The bunny was colored in using the Light Pink ShinHan Marker and the lighter areas were generated by using the Color Blender Marker which I love!
If you do not know why these images have a blue outline around them it is because they can be cut using our new Thin Cuts!  (We have four sets of them that were released at the first of the month.)  Place the image on your Cuttlebug or other diecut machine and crank them through.  Then use the stamps to create the image that you can decorate as you choose.  No fussy-cutting required!
Bling is always a necessity on every piece of artwork so I include some White and Gold Ribbon and Gold Heart Puffie.  They were the perfect finishing touch to this happy card!
This is the Friend in Me stamp set.  LOVE the sentiments and flowers and even if you do not have a sister like I do, it is very versatile!  I cannot wait to use it on other creations!
Thank you for visiting my blog.  Let me know what you think about my card creation.  I would totally appreciate it and then head on over to Tammy's Blog to view her artwork.

Happy hoppin'!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Papercrafted Valentine's Day Mailbox

Check out this fun video, led by my friend, Monica Wihongi (our COO), for making an adorable handcrafted mailbox for Valentine's Day.  It is perfect for sticking in some chocolate or other small goodie.  Gotta love when you can create something by hand that has a lasting impression but requires little time and money!

This video was pulled from My Craft Channel where you can find a lot of fun videos with papercrafting projects and techniques, to include those from Close To My Heart!

It's Friday eve!  Make it a great one as you gear up for the weekend!

Friday, January 22, 2016

CTMH Team Builders in Salt Lake City

Last weekend I was blessed to attend Close To My Heart’s Team Builder’s Conference in Salt Lake City. It was a fabulous time spent with top leaders in the company. I love attending CTMH events but these and some others are fabulous because of the small and intimate setting. It truly allows for great networking with fellow Consultants and the home office staff.
This is a fun photo of all who attended, holding up hearts, of course.
We enjoyed 2 ¼ days of training filled with both business and creative classes taught by staff members and consultants. The information shared was practical and I am excited to plug them in to move forward in continuing to build a successful business while supporting my team members.
It is so fabulous to be close friends with the Executive Team.  This is Monica Wihongi who is the Chief Operating Officer for CTMH.  Love this lady tons!
This is me with my upline, Michelle, who has been a blessing with my business.
I am part of this team called Stampers with an Attitude led by Kimberly (in the black and red top on the right).  These ladies are members of that team from all over the country.  I am in Kim's second downline.
One of the highlights of Salt Lake, and almost a trademark of CTMH, is Waffle Love. It is a mobile food truck that joined us at the event on Saturday afternoon. We stood in line while it was snowing ( a perfect setting) and placed our order for a waffle of our choice. There are many yummy ones to choose from and we were treated to them by CTMH. Isn’t that wonderful?! It was awesome and so tasty; definitely a special treat.
You can see the snow falling if you look closely.  Love that it was caught in the photo.
Yep, you guessed it!  Had to take a photo with this yummy delight before it was no longer.  LOL
I love being able to attend trainings like this – that allow me to visit places throughout the country for a few days – that are write-offs for my business. Yep, you read that right! My flight, hotel, food, etc. is all a write-off on my taxes because they support my business. Isn’t that awesome?! Just another bonus for being a Consultant for a company that I love and believe in 100%.
This is another dear friend who admire, Tiffany Young, who is the Events Manager for CTMH.
Oh yeah!  Totally have to make mention of this!  LOL  When I arrived in Salt Lake, I thought I would check out who the Jazz were playing just because I was close to the arena.  And low and behold...LOL...when I checked, the Lakers were going to be in town!  How coincidental that Kobe would decide to visit while I was there so you guessed it!  I attended the game and got some great photos!  It was awesome having a surprise opportunity to see him play one last time.  So I digress...focus, focus, focus.  :)
If you would like to join me on this fun journey, contact me today! I am looking for some new team members who I would love to support whether you do so to save money on your purchases or want to make this a part or full-time business. That decision is totally yours!  You can click HERE for details regarding our Consultant kit.

 It is great to be home but I had a fabulous time and look forward to having a successful year with CTMH and am gearing up for another training in Houston on March 19th and Convention in Walt Disney World in June! Why not join me?!   

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal Expressions New Products Blog Hop

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog you are headed in the right direction.  If you were to get lost along the way you can find a list of participants by clicking here.

This month we are showcasing products that were newly released in our Seasonal Expressions supplement on January 1st.  They are beautiful and you will love everything you find inside, I promise!  Click on THIS LINK to be taken to an online version.  You can get a copy of it FREE when you place an order.
This fun but simple card was made using a brand new stamp set (shown below) and scraps from the Kaleidoscope paper pack.  I cut a few banners out of the patterned paper and used Pixie and Whisper (grey) cardstock.  The images were stamped in black ink and colored with our ShinHan markers.
I do love using the journal pen to doodle or in this case, to add some faux stitches to my card.  Some dimension was added with some Red Enamel Hearts that serve as pepperoni on the pizza. LOL  I love these embellishments!
I used this adorable stamp set called "To The Moon".  Don't you just love the images and sayings?  They would make perfect Valentine's day cards, tags or treats!  Would love to see what you create with it!

Thanks for stopping by and now hop on over to Melinda's Blog.  She is always guaranteed to have something fun up her sleeve and never seizes to amaze me.

Happy hoppin'!

CTMH January Special - Live Your Day

Thank you for joining us for my Team Blog Hop where we are featuring this month's Constant Campaign, Live Your Day.  We are not done celebrating National Papercrafting Month and are doing so with the Picture My Life Live Your Day scrapbooking program, only available for 11 more days (through midnight MST on January 31, 2016).  
These fun cards are great for inserting into your Everyday Life Planner or can be translated into cards, scrapbook layouts and truly, whatever else you desire.  If you are coming from Sheila's Blog you are on the right track.  You can find a list of hoppers by referencing the list at the bottom of this post.  So...let's get started!

The base of this artwork was created on one of the fabulous pages of the My Crush Everyday Life line that coordinates perfectly with the Live Your Day cards.  The sentiment was cut out of our Cricut Cartridge and then backed with Purple Glitter Paper.  Believe it or not, and you will see below, the ribbon "flags" were cut from the bottom of one of the other cards and the little journaling spot was trimmed down to highlight a special moment from a happy day.  I think I am ready to add my thoughts to it now.

Here is a photo showcasing the card where the "flag" was cut and the letters cut from the card that can be used on another project.
Thank you so much for stopping by and now head on over to Scrappin Katy to see what she has in store for you!

  1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
  2. Katy Taylor
  3. Marianne Hancock
  4. Tonya Whitehurst
  5. Sheila Wilkerson

Monday, January 18, 2016

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: By the Numbers

Thank you for joining me for another week of Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  This week our theme is, "By the Numbers", which is pretty self-explanatory but wide open for interpretation!

I used some of our Picture My Life cards to  create this spread in my new Everyday Life Planner.
The Picture My Life Through the Year scrapbooking products were used to create this left page.  The cards are so fun and colorful and are perfect for setting some business goals for 2016.  Whimsy Fundamental Stickers were used to spruce them up a bit more.  Aren't they too fun?!  And I couldn't resist adding some Enamel and Glitter Duos Blue Dots (these are one of my favorite new products).
The right page contains pocket cards from this month's Constant Campaign, Live Your Day, that are perfect for remembering birthdays for each month of the year.  Some of the stickers were added for a pop of color.  Gotta love having all the important stuff in one place!
We would love for you to share your artwork with us, incorporating Close To My Heart product, that aligns with our theme.  Just head on over to Heart 2 Heart and upload your artwork to our Linky.  It is always so much fun to see how everyone interprets the theme.

Have a great week and Make It From Your Heart!