Friday, November 16, 2018

Merry Christmas Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for this Blog Hop where we are featuring Christmas-related artwork!

It's hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner so there is no time to delay! There is no doubt you will be inspired by all you see, as you click on the related links and make your way around the circle.

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

I have been making Christmas cards but decided to make a new one for this blog hop, trying out a pattern my friend had shared with me. I totally love how it came out!

Using the Oh What Fun - Cardmaking stamp set, I combined it with the 'Tis the Season paper pack. A little bit of paper-piecing and the

This is how the card opens, with the focal point on the front of the card hiding the stamped greeting on the inside. I love that!

Santa is a bit blinged up with the addition of the Clear Shimmer Brush.  

Thank you so much for stopping by on this Friday night! Head over to Melinda's Blog to see what she has created for you, as well as the rest of the ladies participating in this hop.

Have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are "Shaking Things Up" with our artwork. Participants can make shaker cards OR interpret the theme any way they see fit.

If you are coming from Jayma's Blog, you are on the right track. We are one big circle and you can keep following the links to see the rest of the artwork. A complete list of participants is provided at the bottom of this post, if you were to get lost along the way.

I am head over heels in love with Shaker Cards so that is the direction I decided to head with this Blog Hop. I just couldn't resist using the related products to create a Christmas card. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Using the Christmas Blessings exclusive stamp set, only available through the end of December, this card will be super fun for someone to receive in their mailbox next month.

The patterned paper, as well as the Zip Strip, is from the 'Tis of Season paper packet. Fern cardstock was used as the main background with "Rejoice" stamped in Candy Apple ink.
I love the ease of creating the Shaker card pieces using the related Thin Cuts. Gold Sequins, and hearts cut from Red Glitter Paper, make this card super fun!

With the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts, fun can be customized to fit any occasion.

Click on this brief video to show the Shaker Card in action.

Now head on over to Haley's Blog to see what she has up her sleeve to share with you. You are bound to find some fun artwork as you continue to make your way around the Hop.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

2. Haley Dyer
3. Debi McBain
4. Wendy Kessler
5. Michelle Johns
6. Michelle Loncar
7. Darlys Recker
8. Catherine Nowak
9. Valerie Kapsha
10. Katy Taylor
11. Shirley Ross
12. Maz Wood
13. Carol Loftus
14. Annemarie Julian
15. Miss Carrie's Creations
16. Vandra Stenton
17. Lauren Moore
18. Tamara Sandwisch
19. Jayma Malme

Monday, November 12, 2018

"Family Gathering" - Blog with Friends

Thank you for stopping by my blog today where I join a few blogging friends to share some fun topics around the theme of "Family Gathering".

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and with that brings many family gatherings and hopefully, some special moments. While the photos are great, scrapbooking those memories is what is most important.

I have created this layout to share with you; perfect for this occasion.

The fall colors and elements allow you to reflect on what you are most grateful for, with space to document the details of the photos you choose to include. I will be adding some photos to this layout once Thanksgiving arrives.

And...surely you can appreciate some handmade greeting cards you can sent to a family member who is on your mind this time of the year.

This card, with the colors used, is perfect for Fall. I especially love the three words used. I am thankful, grateful and blessed for many things in my life!

There are many needs for thank you cards. Do you sent them anymore? I know that effort has gone by the wayside for many, but I'm thankful I continue to send them out, providing some hand-created happy in someone's mailbox.

If you are interested in virtual scrapbook or card classes, contact me directly or post a comment. I would be happy to help you, whether you're an expert or novice.

Preserving your memories or making handmade cards is fun; let me show you how! Have questions? Let me know!

(The two individual card photos are not mine. I will be replacing them with my own when I return home later in the week. Those in the top image are those I created by hand.)

Keep reading below, and follow the links, to some friends who have some great content to share! 

Karen of Baking in a Tornado
Use holiday leftovers (or start from scratch), Thanksgiving Croquettes are an easy and delicious meal incorporating all of the flavors of the holiday.

Turkey soup - Holiday leftovers and memories of family gatherings 

Over the holiday season, we travel to family gatherings a lot! That leads to sleepy kids. This travel pillow will keep them comfy while they snooze.

Some advice to Gigi about family gatherings

Have a blessed week!

Spotlight On - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Challenge, on the Heart 2 Heart Blog, where the theme is "Spotlight On".

Spotlight is a technique, and you can find it just by searching online, OR you can be creative and interpret it however you would like. When you do so, be sure to link up to the Challenge so we can see what fun creations you have to share. To participate in our challenge, please incorporate Close To My Heart products in your artwork.

This is my version of "spotlight":

I used the Bunches of Love stamp set and inked it with Archival Black, allowing me to add watercolor pencils and a Clear Shimmer Brush to color in the images. You will notice I stamped it on a sheet of White Daisy cardstock that was then layered on the Black cardstock. THAT allowed me to incorporate the technique. Keep reading...
To create the spotlighted area, I used a Circle Thin Cut to cut out the big floral image. Then, I used the Stitched Thin Cut to cut a slightly larger circle out of Pansy cardstock.

I adhered them to the card front, aligned with the image, by 3Ding the big flower. To add a bit of accent to the card, I used Liquid Glass on the center of the flower, added some Gold Glitter Gems and ribbon.

This was the first time I tried this technique and I really like it. Participating in this challenge was a great excuse to give it a shot. Why don't you do the same?!

I look forward to seeing your artwork on Heart 2 Heart! Wishing you a GREAT week!

Thursday, November 8, 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!


I have been eyeing this card and finally took the plunge to create it and I'm so glad I did! It's quick and simple to put together but has great visual appeal! Better yet, it takes small pieces of paper so you can easily use your scraps!

Here is the sketch that provides the dimension of the paper pieces, for easy recreation.

I used just the Fern ink pad - first and second generation - to get the two hues of green. Saffron is the yellow color used.

For the butterfly, I stamped it, in Archival Black ink, on White Daisy cardstock. Then, I colored it with one shade of orange from our Watercolor Pencils. To blend the pencil coloring, I used the Clear Shimmer Brush Pen.

I tried to reflect that shimmer in the photo. I love the subtle but added touch it provides.

This is a video that shows you, in quick-time, how I created this card. ENJOY!

This is the wonderful stamp set, Grateful Heart - Cardmaking, I used. I love it. It is one of my favorites and truly could be used for many greeting cards.

Go check out this cute card Melinda has created to share with you this week! She is my partner in CASEing and there is no doubt you'll love what she has to tell you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to tag your CASEd artwork with #ctmhinanycase. We search social media to see if you are joining the fun, plus, we have prizes to give!

Enjoy the end to your week!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seasonal Trees Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring "Seasonal Trees".

This wonderful stamp set can be yours for just $5 when you place a $50 (or more) order. You can find all the details about the Stamp of the Month special by clicking on the link. 

There are quite a few Consultants who are showcasing fun ways to use this stamp set and I am sure you are in for a real treat!

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

I decided to make a wintery sceen for my card, incorporating some White Embossing.

To create the focal point, I first embossed the bottom snow. Then, I stamped the tree in Toffee Ink. To generate that multi-colored leaves, I first stamped the leaf image with Fern. Using Sponge Daubers, I applied Goldrush and Pomegranate in random spots and then stamped the entire image. 

For the snow, I stamped the small dots image with Versamark Ink and heat set White Embossing Powder. The birdhouse and bird were cut out and 3-D as shown.

I also embossed Hello Friend (from a separate stamp set) and added the ribbon and Gold Glitter Gems for a finishing touch.

You can see a closeup here. I kind of like that the white powder stuck on other parts of the trees, although that's not what I intended. It made the scenery look a bit more "real".

Here is another variation of the card, simply switching out the colors of paper. 

I am pleased with how this card turned out as it truly began as an experiment. I'm looking forward to creating more artwork with it. 

Now, head on over to Kimberly's Blog to see what fun she has created with the stamp set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hoppin'!