Monday, June 24, 2019

"You Are My Sunshine" - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Heart to Heart Challenge, "You Are My Sunshine". Create and link up any artwork related to the theme and be sure to incorporate some Close To My Heart product in your creation.

Using the You Are Here Cricut Collection, exclusive to Close To My Heart, I created this card using various images. Because our paper has a white core, simply tearing the cardstock created a look of "sand". I love how simple it is.

I actually may be using this as a focal point for our vacation photos.

Here is a link to the Design Space file.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

"Pocket Power!" Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we use Close To My Heart products to create artwork centered around the theme of "Pocket Power"! Participants can choose to interpret that theme however they see fit and I'm sure we'll see a variety of interpretations! 

If you are coming from Tamara's Blog, you're on the right track. You'll find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post. 

Using the "Craft On" Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way, I created this third layout as designed in the workshop. But...

I did make a slight adjustment on the right side of the page. I moved the items slightly to the right and sliced down the middle, at 6" - after I assembled the layout. That allows me to do so where it didn't impact the page design. THEN, I placed each 6" x 12" piece inside one of our Flip Flaps and made it interactive by sticking them up to of a standard 12" x 12" page protector. Keep reading...

When I open each flip flap - like doors - this is what is exposed; two 6" x 12" panels and a 12" x 12" page. Isn't that awesome?! I can include more photos, journaling and whatever else I desire. 

Flip Flaps help extend the space in your scrapbooks without feeling you have to do extra "work" to add additional memories or to save memoriabilia items. We have a variety of Flip Flaps to choose from with each offering a different element to your pages. 

This shows you how the Flip Flap works to showcase all that has been shared above. Do you love it?! 

I will be offering this as a virtual class in July. It will be shared on my VIP group. If you don't currently have a Consultant, contact me for additional information. 
These are the fabulous products that come in the Workshop Your Way kit!

Head on over to Katy's Blog to see what she has created to share with us! Consider leaving a comment before you head towards more fun artwork! 

1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*

Monday, June 10, 2019

"Woodwork" - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge titled, "Woodwork". You can incorporate anything woodgrain into your project, or even stretch outside the box a bit with the theme, if you would like. Just be sure to use some Close To My Heart products in your creation.

I whipped up this card using the Into the Wild product line and a simple card design. 

I absolutely love the different paper patterns that are great for masculine themes or a piece of artwork that would work great with neutrals. 

Some of the patterns do have "woodgrain", but I chose to incorporate the Into the Wild Woodgrain Shapes for the texture. As you can see, there are a variety of shapes included. 

I used Tombow adhesive to adhere the dimensional stars to the card front.

The Never Give Up stamp set, which includes these awesome encouragement sentiments, was used. I can't wait to make additional artwork using the other images.

To link up to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, go to the blog and you'll see the opportunity to link up at the bottom of the respective post. I look forward to seeing your artwork there.

Have a blessed week!

Friday, June 7, 2019

"Fireflies" - Blog with Friends

Welcome to "Blog with Friends" where I join fellow Bloggers as we share topics/ideas around a theme. This month our theme is "Fireflies". might be wondering where the fireflies are on this layout. There aren't any! ha BUT...I will tell you that fireflies totally scream summer and I think this layout totally aligns with that. What do you think? Well...that's what we're going to go with.

Outside of the tropical theme, I love the sentiments on both layouts. "Escape the ordinary." Yes, please! I want each day of my life to be something "different" and "new", not the same ol' same ol' many people experience. While I appreciate structure, sometimes being unpredictable provides a jumpstart. 

"To travel is to live". Yes it is! God created such beauty on this earth and while I've been able to enjoy a lot of it, there is tons more left for me to see. I plan on living until I die. What about you? Don't cut your life short by missing out on the extraordinary. 

Do you have some fun memories you would like to preserve? There is a fun and inexpensive way to do so with a special from Close To My Heart, during the month of June. It's called "The Best Moments are FREE" and you have four different options. The price is a steal because essentially, you pay for the stamp set and get the rest of the kit items FREE! It truly sounds too good to be true, but it is true!

If you would like to preserve your memories, while I create the layouts for you to do so on, contact me and that is completely possible. In fact, I'd be honored to do that for you. I'm sure you have memories worth documenting. 

Now, check out these other fabulous blog posts from some of my bloggin' friends. We all love when you leave a comment and show us some blog love so please consider doing so. 

Enjoy your week!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

It's Your Day to Sparkle - June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy June! Welcome to this Blog Hop where we are featuring the Stamp of the Month, "It's Your Day to Sparkle".

This beautiful stamp set, that contains 29 images of various types, can be yours this month for $5! It retails at $18.95 but with a $50 order, you can get it at the $5 price! Read all those details here

If you are coming from Cat's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants through this link

I love how this card came out and enjoyed being able to focus attention on coloring this beautiful cake image. With the size and beauty of the cake, there was little need to add much more. 

While not reflected the best in the photo, Watercolor Pencils were used to color in the image and the Clear Shimmer Brush was used to blend the pencil coloring and add some shine. 

Curious on where I got this card design from? I actually used the Craft On Cardmaking Workshop pieces to create it, providing a variation to the original cards. I love being able to use the resources Close To My Heart provides, for FREE, which we can use with other products or for other themes. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Consider leaving a comment before you head on over to Brenda's Blog to see what she has to share with you. 

I hope you have a fantastic month and a very enjoyable weekend!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

"Besties" - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge where the theme is "Besties"! To participate, create any artwork, and incorporate Close To My Heart products when you do, then link up to us on our Blog.

I'm excited to share what I have created, using this adorable - and soon-to-be-gone stamp set, called "My Bestie". You can get it, only through the end of this month, by placing a qualifying order. You can visit those details on this area of my website.

The Mix-Ins paper packet was used, along with Raspberry Cardstock and Black Glitter Paper. The images were colored in with Watercolor Pencils.

Be sure to join us at Heart 2 Heart! I look forward to seeing what you create! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

You're the Best, Dad!

Show appreciation for dads, grandpas, and more using the You're the Best workshop. This project guides you in creating a thoughtful mini album using the exclusive My Acrylix "For My Father" stamp set paired with the Into the Wild paper designs, cardstock in coordinating colors, and an exclusive wood mini-album cover.
Look at this fun and exclusive stamp set that is perfect for that special man in your life. You can use it on this mini album or on any other project. Wouldn't it be fun for children/grandchildren to complete the sayings and then maybe do so again years later?
Save 25% on these supplies by purchasing a workshop kit that includes the stamp set. You can find details about all your options, regarding this special, by following this link. Be sure, when you add it to your order, that you choose the correct US version, unless you want the British spellings.

If you didn't know, we also sell the wooden album separately. That means you can do what you want with it!

What do you think of this album? Can you see using it for another theme? Let me know your thoughts by providing a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, May 20, 2019

NEW Product from Seasonal Expressions 2! Blog Hop

Welcome to this FUN Blog Hop where we are featuring NEW Close To My Heart product that was released on May 1st! There's no doubt you're going to love all you see so grab your favorite drink, and something to write on, because there are things you'll want to add to your wish list!

This (above) is the beautiful color of the new Idea Book, celebrating our 35th year anniversary. Isn't it a fun way to depict this milestone? Various new products and artwork are contained to make the number. But...wait until you open it up and look inside. There are TONS of new stamp sets, products and artwork that are sure to inspire you!

Don't have an Idea Book? You can view it online or place an order of any size on my website (or on the website of your Consultant.) When you place an order, you'll receive one FREE! (Be sure not to check out as a guest or it won't automatically be added to your cart.)

If you're coming from Becca's Blog, you're on the right track. To see a complete list of participants, click here.
I had a great time creating this card using the Escape to Paradise Stamp Set and coordinating Thin Cuts! (You can even buy the stamp set on its own.)

The Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts was used for the Candy Apple circle around the ship. 

Watercolor pencils and a waterbrush were used to color in the images. The "escape the ordinary" sentiment was white embossed. 

I totally love this card, especially after we took a cruise in early April. I know I will get great use out of it. 

Head on over to Catherine's Blog to see what she has created to share with you. I'd love for you to leave a comment, if you would like. It's always fun to see what people think of what I share.

Enjoy the rest your week and happy hoppin'!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

"Make the Cut!" Technique Blog Hop

For this month's Technique Blog Hop, incorporating Close To My Heart product, our theme is "Make the Cut!". Participants were asked to include diecuts or images from our Thin Cuts (CTMH's version of 'dies') or Cricut Collections. I'm excited to see what they have designed and hope you are too! 

If you are coming from Carrie's Blog, you are on the right track. You will find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.
To create this greeting card, I decided to use the "You Are Here" Digital Cricut Collection. Whether you are traveling abroad, taking a road trip, or enjoying a relaxing staycation, this Cricut Collection is sure to have everything you need to document your journey. It comes with the three coordinating stamp sets shown above.

Crazy enough, I haven't created with it much but I am going to incorporate it into my scrapbooking layouts, documenting some fun trips I have taken over the past year! I can't wait to do more with it!

This fun "hello summer" card was created using all images from the collection. Then, I took some Toffee cardstock and tore it, exposing the white core, to resemble sand. 

After designing it, this card was super quick to cut and assemble. (Keep reading! I provided the Design Space file for you to use!) It definitely makes me want to be at the beach. What about you?! 

Here is a closer look at the details. I made sure to cut the castle a reasonable size so the Cricut blade didn't yell at me. I think I succeeded, by placing the images in various locations on the card, to add dimension and perspective. 

Did you know we have a variety of exclusive Cricut Collections from which to choose? Click HERE to visit them in greater detail and please contact me if you have questions. 

FREEBIE: Here is the Design Space file to recreate this card using the "You Are Here" CTMH Cricut Collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Consider leaving me a comment before heading to Katy's Blog to see what she has created to share with you! I don't doubt it, and the other artwork, is worth you doing so!

Happy hoppin'!

1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Katy Taylor
3. Valerie Kapsha
4. Krista Hershberger
5. Catherine Nowak
6. Terry Metzger
7. Michelle Loncar
8. Haley Dyer
9. Maz Wood
10. Tamara Sandwisch
11. Carrie Simonds

Monday, May 13, 2019

May Day - A Blog with Friends

Celebrated in many counties, on May 1st, May Day is a traditional springtime festival or day honoring workers. Today, I join my "Blog with Friends" group to celebrate it in a variety of ways as you will find, by reading their related blog posts (links below). 

I chose to celebrate it by making these fun creations, where flowers are the focal point. 

One of Close To My Hearts newest die cuts are these Thin Cuts - Stitched Flowers. You can see them used as focal points on three of the above items. By simply running them through a diecut machine (i.e. Cuttlebug, etc.), they make for a great element on any papercrafted item. While I didn't think I needed them, initially, I think they are my favorite product at this time! 

We've got some fabulous paper suites, with coordinating products, I incorporated. This one is called "Zoe" (and only available through this month).

"Craft On" is another fabulous line I am currently in love with. It's available through the end of August, while supplies last. 

I am teaching these items on my VIP Group, where I would love to have you! You can attend both physical (DFW area) and virtual events. 

...Now it's time to check out these fun topics highlighted through my "Blog with Friends" by clicking on their links below. Comments (aka "blog love") are always appreciated. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make it a great day!