Sunday, July 15, 2018

Magically Masked - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are using Close To My Heart products in our featured artwork. The theme for the month is "Magically Masked" and participants are able to interpret that as they see fit. I can't wait to see what everyone has created; how about you?!

If you are coming from Maz Wood's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this blog, if you were to get lost along the way. Otherwise, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you!
To showcase the masking technique, I decided to share the card I made - CASEing the original artwork created by Close To My Heart (used in the first photo). It's a great example of masking and I have worked to share the process with you below. 

If you look closely at the flower bunch, you'll see that all of the stems are placed BEHIND the not. That's all done with stamping and the process called "masking". Masking allows you to make stamped images appear dimensional. Let me show you how I achieved this look!\

Because the knot was going to be the forefront of the bouquet, I stamped it first.

Then, I stamped it again, on a sticky note - so it was close to the top where I could benefit from the sticky part. I cut the image right on the lines, and placed the sticky note image directly on top of the stamped image. 

Because I wanted this flower and stem to be in front of those to the left and right of them, I stamped it next. With the rope being covered, the stem appears to be inside of or behind it. Cool, huh?

Next, I stamped the next stem of flowers to the right, without overlapping the other floral image. 

I had to create another "mask" for the first flower I stamped - just the upper part, as shown - so that the leaves and flowers from the stem to the left looked 3-D. You can see how I had both masks in place when I stamped both of the last two images to create the desired effect. 

And bouquet was complete!

After I had stamped the floral images, I stamped the sentiment and colored the flowers in with ShinHan Markers.
"Many Congratulations" is the stamp set I used. 

This technique is fun for flowers, balloons, etc. - any time you want this look. Have you ever tried it? I would love to see what you create using this technique! It's totally fun and pretty simple!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Before heading to the next blog, consider leaving me a comment to let me know what you think of the technique or the card. I always love hearing from you! 

Now...go see what Michelle Loncar has to share with you! Wishing you a great upcoming week!


1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE
2. Michelle Loncar
3. Debi McBain
4. Catherine Nowak
5. Haley Dyer
6. Darlys Recker
7. Wendy Kessler
8. Marciava Warrell
9. Sarah Devendorf
10. Maz Wood

Thursday, July 12, 2018

In Any CASE...with Melinda & Melissa

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!


Today I am showcasing this perfect card that was pretty quick and simple to create! I did have to make some adjustments, based on what papers I had available, but that's what CASEing is all about, right?! Copying and Selectively Editing?! That's exactly what I did!
I really found this card super simple to make that I think I will consider making a few more! They are totally fun AND that sentiment... Can you think of some people to whom it applies? I can!

A few things I switched out:

* I used a piece of striped (discontinued) Vellum Paper since it appears I am out of our regular vellum. Sounds like it's time to reorder! When you stamp on Vellum use our Archival Black Ink Pad. It's' the one that will dry completely and your images will never smear.

* I was unable to use the exact Zip Strips used in the original artwork. Just two strips of ANY paper, measuring 1/2" x 4 1/4", are perfect for this card!
This is the stamp set I used which comes with the Thin Cuts - Documented. No fussy-cutting for me! That definitely saved some time!


  • The vellum measures 2 1/2" x 4 1/4".
  • The bottom Zip Strip is placed 1 1/4" from the bottom of the card. 
  • BEFORE placing the other "strip" (of cardstock), glue down the vellum paper flush to the grey piece so it helps hold it in place. Doing so allows a 1 1/4" margin at the top. 
These are what the images looked like just after using the Thin Cuts and Cuttlebug:

This was after I "roughly" applied some color with Watercolor Pencils (we have new ones coming out September 1st!):

And the finished flowers...after applying some color with the Waterbrush Pen:
Aren't they fun?! And I didn't have to be "artsy" to generate this look! Gotta love that!

It's time for you to head over to Melinda's Blog where she is showcasing the bookmarks shown in this image!

We appreciate you tuning in each week and look forward to seeing you again on the 26th! We love to read your comments AND better yet, we give away prizes when you follow our CASEing and tag us on your social media sites - #ctmhinanycase! Let us know when you create something fun!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Birthday Cheer Card Class - July 30th, Irving, TX (or virtually)

Birthday Cheer 10-Card Workshop
I have created these bright and cheerful cards using the Birthday Cheer - Picture My Life Cards, some additional pieces of cardstock, Silver Foil Paper, Black & White Dots, and several stamp sets. The Stitched Circles - Thin Cuts have also been used and now...

A class has been scheduled, in downtown Irving, for Monday, July 30th at 6 pm. Can you join the fun?!

👉 Pre-payment must be received by July 21st! (You can transfer through Paypal to, mail a check - contact me for address, or let me know if you need to call me with credit/debit card information, OR USE THE LINK BELOW 👇.)

At this class, you'll walk away with 10 handmade birthday cards (or a few could be used for other occasions)! The kit is just $20 and includes card bases and envelopes.

Most paper pieces will be pre-cut for you although there will be a few you will need to cut yourself. You'll be provided with all other supplies needed to complete the cards such as stamps, inks and markers.

Please bring these basic supplies: 

  • Paper Trimmer (or I can help you)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
Can't attend the physical workshop? Then this 👇 option is for you!

Card Kit w/Assembly Instructions + Shipping (to your door) - $23
With this kit, you'll receive a full package of the PML cards, card bases and envelopes, and all other pieces needed to complete these 10 cards. Images will be pre-stamped and you will be sent an email with full-color directions for assembly.

  • You will need access to basic supplies as well as markers. (Alcohol-based markers are recommended.)
  • With this purchase, you will  be invited to participate in my Birthday Cheer  Card Group on Facebook where I will go live to provide some tips and allow you to assemble your cards. (The date for that will be announced in the group after the RSVP closes.)

CTMH Consultants: Workshop File Only - $8
Includes a PDF file with supply items, cutting diagrams for cardstock and foil paper, as well as full-color directions for assembling the cards. CTMH Consultants: With your purchase of this file, you are given rights to offer and conduct this class for your customers. (Each Consultant should purchase their own file, please.)

Birthday Cheer 10-Cards Workshop

Contact me with any questions!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Favorite Parents! I only have one set, but they ARE the best!

Today is my parent's 48th Anniversary - WOW! - a definite milestone to celebrate! They have set wonderful examples as parents and as a married couple. I value all they have instilled in me and am proud to be their daughter.

I'm thankful to have shared in many fun moments with them over the years, some with are highlighted in these photos:

Having my Mom on my Close To My Heart team always gives us an excuse for a "vacation" each summer and we just enjoyed our time together in Las Vegas!

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! I'm thankful God selected YOU to be my parents! 

I love you both very much!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Anything Goes: Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge where our theme is "Anything Goes". That's right! You can create anything you want and link up to our Challenge as long as you incorporate at least some Close To My Heart products in your creation! Let us see what you have to share!

For a retreat a couple of months ago, I created this handmade sanitizer holder for my guests. If you know me well you know I'm seldom caught without it! ;) 

I found the directions on this blog and found they were super easy to assemble once I made the first one. It uses little paper and NO scissors nor adhesive. Isn't that great?! Plus, it becomes a cost-effective treat when you can buy 5 bottles for just $6 (at Bath & Body Works). I think everyone enjoyed receiving one!

I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge or for any others for July. We love when you share your creativity with us and look forward to seeing what you have designed.

Make it a great week!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Create! - Convention 2018 Team Gift

I LOVE making and gifting items for my team members and was excited to make this scrapbook layout, with pocket pages, as one of their gifts this Convention.
I incorporated the Convention logo and some additional fun elements, perfect for adding some of their favorite memories. You can see how the pocket page would sit in between the two pages.
This is what the layout look like, minus the pocket pages.
I used the colors from the Convention logo and incorporated it throughout the elements, including the fun heart ribbon. 
The Gold Heart Clip added a fun element as did the images from the July Stamp of the Month, Highlight Reel.

I used the Design 4 Pocket Plus Pages  and made a few decorative inserts where they could journal or do as they chose. 
It's always fun to give purposeful gifts and I hope this is the case for each of them!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Stampazanza Blog Hop - A Parade of Our Favorite Stamps!

Welcome to our Stampaganza Blog Hop where we are featuring any stamp sets of our choice. Not familiar with Stampaganza? It's Close To My Heart's stamp sale where, during July, you can buy ANY TWO My Acrylix stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE!

You can choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for this month!

Solos stamp sets can be purchased individually or in two different bundles, one for letters (26 sets, retail value of $258.70) and one for numbers (10 numbers retailing at $99.50), for even more savings! HUGE SAVINGS!

This image shows you the two bundles. You can find complete details through this link.
If you are coming from Darlys's Blog, you are on the right track. You can continue using the links at the bottom of my post to make your way around the hop. Should you get lost along the way, you can find a list of participants here.

If I had to pick my three of my favorite current stamp sets, where I would get one FREE, it would be those needed to create these three cards!

I especially love the sentiments and images included in this Documented - Scrapbooking stamp set. The coordinating Thin Cuts allow for ease of cutting, allowing you to make these images whatever color you desire.

While this stamp set, "Kitchen Traditions", is intended for use in a recipe book - which I totally love, I also appreciate you can mix up the sentiments for any other type of artwork. 

And last, but definitely not least, is this "Punny Pals" stamp set which I have enjoyed using. The cute images and sentiments are perfect for any occasion. 

I truly appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of the artwork we have to share with you!

Head on over to Cat's Blog to see what she has created. Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring this fun stamp set, "Highlight Reel", which is only available this month. 
It comes with 23 images that can be used on a variety of projects.

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you're on the right track. Should you need a list of participants, you can find it here.
I decided to use some images to finish off this simple 6" x 8" scrapbook page, perfect for our Everyday Life Album. To add a little extra to the title, I outlined the letters with a Black Journaling Pen.

I'm really loving this size of memory-keeping and actually gifted these layouts to my team members for achieving a sales mark over the past few months.

Keep making your way around the hop to check out what other artwork has been created to share with you. Head on over to Brenda's Blog.

Happy July 1st! Here's wishing you a great month!