Monday, July 13, 2020

"Embrace Your Geekness Day" - Blog with Friends

Welcome to this month's "Blog with Friends" post where we are showcasing topics that relate to "Embrace Your Geekness Day". I have joined three other blogger friends to do just that and hope you'll follow their links provided at the end of the post. They have shared some fun content you will want to check out! 

I'm kind of a geek in several ways. I love technology and use it for my profession and my business. I am a Math Teacher and well...that may go without saying for some of you. LOL And last, but definitely not least, I LOVE making handmade greeting cards, like these. 


These fun and summer-related cards are absolutely perfect for this time of the year. The patterned paper is adorable as is the yummy goodness shown on each of them. Which is your favorite? 

The sentiments and summer icons were stamped on White Daisy Cardstock and then colored in with Watercolor Paints. So that a water-based medium doesn't cause the stamp images to bleed, I used the Archival Black ink pad which is a solvent-based permanent ink. 

I used the Summer Vibes Cardmaking Kit to create these cards. As shown above, it comes with the adorable and exclusive stamp set - not available otherwise. The kit contents includes the supplies needed to create 4 each of these 4 card designs, for a total of 16 cards! Isn't that awesome?! You do need some additional supplies in order to create them as designed. 

Follow this link to the details regarding this kit. You will also see there is a full-color guide, and directions for assembly, for making these cards. Consider saving it as you can use them with other products and for other themes. 😘

I have altered some of the yummy goodness on these cards by adding Liquid Glass, Texture Paste, Shimmer Brush and more! To join me on all those details, click here to become a Member of my VIP Facebook Group (if you don't already have a Close To My Heart Consultant to support). We have a lot of fun there! 

Thank you so much for joining me today! Please leave a comment, if you are inclined to do so, and then head over to check out my friends' blogs. You will be glad you did!


Friday, July 10, 2020

July/August NEW PRODUCT Blog Hop!



Welcome to this Blog Hop where we are showcasing FABULOUS NEW PRODUCTS that were released on July 1st in our Idea Book! If this catalog cover doesn't scream FUN at you, I don't know what will! 

You can view a digital version of the Idea Book by clicking here OR get it FREE with  your order! 

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


A little random-stamping was a great addition to this themed card. I absolutely LOVE the images and sentiments included in this awesome stamp set! 

Fern ink was used to stamp the leaves on Fern cardstock (the light side) and colored pencils were the medium of choice. The patterned paper is from the Mix-Ins paper pack


When I first saw this A Koal-aty Day stamp set (and Thin Cuts), I knew they were a must-have. I can't wait to create more with these awesome images. (You can also purchase the stamp set without the Thin Cuts.)

Head on over to Alyson's Blog to see what she has to share with you! I appreciate you stopping by and always enjoy when people leave comments. 

Have an awesome weekend!

Monday, July 6, 2020

"Sunny Days" Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge where the title is "Sunny Days". You are invited to create artwork, coinciding with the theme, and then link up to us on the Blog. Be sure to incorporate a Close To My Heart product in your design. 


The fun and vibrant colors of the Summer Vibes product suite makes it super fun to create with; both cards and layouts. 

The cute and refreshing images used on this card are part of the Summer Vibes Cardmaking Workshop Kit. They are images found in the exclusive stamp set, and not available any other way. Watercolor Paints were used to color the ice cream cone images. 


You can find details about the kit by clicking here


Head on over to Heart 2 Heart and share some artwork associated with "Sunny Days". I look forward to you doing so! 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

"For My Beautiful Friend" July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring an awesome stamp set called, "For My Beautiful Friend". 


The stamp set comes with the 20 images shown in the above image which includes some sweet sentiments. It can be yours, for $5, with a $50 purchase. You can read details about our Stamp of the Month Special by clicking here

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


If you aren't aware, today marks the release of a NEW Idea Book and NEW Products!


I had fun making this 6" x 8" Everyday Life Page using a few of the images included in the stamp set. I enjoyed coloring in the images with our alcohol markers and couldn't resist including our fabulous Black Dots for a bit more. Did you notice I added some Clear Sparkles in the flower centers and Shimmer Brush for more glitz?


You might notice I "adjusted" the sentiment a bit. It originally read, "thankful for you every day". Instead, I made it read, "thankful for every day". I figured it would allow for various types of photos and not just one about an individual. To achieve this result, I inked up the separate portions of the image, making sure it was dried in between the two processes. 
If you have never purchased our Mix-Ins paper packets, you are missing out on a lot! I have been using these paper packs tons, especially over the last several months, and it is one of my absolute favorite products! This new one does not disappoint! It has wonderful patterns, the striped one which I used on this creation, and others to be used independently or with our other paper suites. Go check it out and consider adding it to your next order. 

Thank you very much for stopping by! Headover to Cat's Blog to see the awesome artwork she has to share with you. 

Make it a great month, or not, the choice is yours! 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: "Tickled Pink"

This week, with Heart to Heart, we are sharing artwork for the theme, "Tickled Pink". Consider linking up to us at our Heart 2 Heart Blog by incorporating Close To My Heart products into your artwork. 


I had fun creating this simple card using the "Brushed" product line. With just a bit of patterned paper, and cardstock, it was easy to draw attention to the sentiment and floral image. 


Silver Embellishing Thread was used as an accent and I did use an alcohol marker to color the White Dots. I couldn't resist using Shimmer Brush on the flower for a little glimmer. 


I did use this "A Budding Friendship" stamp set. The base and shade stamps, which include some of these images, are super fun to use. And with our clear acrylic stamps and blocks, they are super easy to use!


Join us for our "Tickled Pink" challenge at Heart 2 Heart! We would love to have you! Make it a great week!

Monday, June 15, 2020

"Let It Shimmer" CTMH Technique Blog Hop


Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we use the Close To My Heart Shimmer Brushes to create artwork for the theme, "Let It Shimmer". 

This hop is one big circle. You will find links to all participants at the bottom of this post, should you get lost along the way. If you are coming from Miss Carrie's Creations, you are on the right track.


I used the Shimmer Brush for a fun background on the focal point area of my card. All you need is a Shimmer Brush (I used Julep), stamping block, plastic wrap, and cardstock.  

Start by placing a generous amount of Shimmer Brush on your block. Then, apply the plastic wrap to the block and then splotch it onto the cardstock repeatedly until you get the desired look. It does dry quickly. 


I wanted somewhat of a rustic look for the camper, while still drawing attention to the CUTE polka dotted paper. While she splotches do shimmer, I had a difficult time reflecting that in the photo. It has a nice and subtle shimmer that I think looks great!  
I used this Aurora Cardmaking Stamp Set, with coordinating Thin Cuts, for the adorable stamped images. I could not resist using the camper and loved not having to fussy-cut the images.


I even added a little bit of shimmer to the camper. 

This is a fun and simple technique to use. While a bit messy, it's super easy to clean up when using our All-Purpose Mat

Thanks tons for joining us for this Blog Hop. Be sure to head on over the Brandi Robinson's blog to see what she has created to share with you. Wishing you a great week! 


List of Participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*

Monday, June 8, 2020

June Blog with Friends

Welcome to "Blog with Friends" where I am joined by four blogger friends who are sharing posts aligned with the theme of "Name Your Poison". 

In quick-thought, the term "poison" reflects something not so good for me (LOL). I looked up originations of the phrase and found some variations, some which are very different. I am choosing to interpret it in way of a positive repeated "enjoyment" - or two (rather than using the term "addiction" LOL). That makes me feel better. 


During these times, I am more mindful of what is "essential". I am eager to have a spa day and especially, am wanting to get my nails done. However, while I choose to still tread that carefully at this time, I figured a little papercrafting fix, aligned with my thoughts, would provide some quality therapy and I created this 6" x 8" scrapbook page! I absolutely love it and hope you do as well! 


Check out ALL the fun images included in this exclusive stamp set called, "Spa Day". Aren't they adorable?! I could not resist creating with it! 

It is a Hostess-exclusive stamp set which means you can get this one (or two other awesome stamp sets) when you host a party with me this month! (Contact me with your questions or you can find additional information by visiting this link.)

 
I wanted you to see the details of this page through this close-up view.

I did some "paper-piecing" (a technique) on her robe by stamping the girl image on both white cardstock, which I colored, and then again on the peach striped paper. I carefully cut out the pieces of the striped robe and then glued them on top of the base image which resulted in this. Don't you love it?! 

Stickles were added to her head-band to make them shine and the Peach Shimmer Brush was added on top of "Spa day" (not well-reflected in the image, but it does have some sparkle to it). The accents in the bottom left-hand of the photo spot were colored in with Alcohol Markers.  

I was really pleased with how this page turned out. It makes me smile when I see it! 

If you would like to host a party, or want to learn more, let me know! 


Now...it's time to go check out my friends' posts! You'll find their images and links below. Be sure to leave us some blog love when you do! 







"Tags" Heart 2 Heart Challenge

Good morning and Happy Monday! Welcome to this week's Heart to Heart Challenge titled, "Tags". 

You, too, can participate in this challenge - and others - by creating artwork that incorporates at least one Close To My Heart product. Just visit the Blog for complete details and then link up to us at the bottom of the respective challenge.


Of course the title "tags" screamed a must-use of the AWESOME and exclusive June Stamp of the Month and perfectly-matched Thin Cuts. I used patterned papers from the Mix-Ins Paper Pack - couldn't resist the polka patterns as you can see - and added in Gold Shimmer Trim




These are a must-have so don't let this month pass you by without considering them!



The sunflowers were colored with Watercolor Pencils and the leaves, with the Jade Green Alcohol Marker. While challenging to appreciate in the photo, I did add a knot tied with Black Velvet Ribbon


Consider joining up with us at Heart 2 Heart! We'd love to see your artwork! 

Make it a great week! 


Friday, June 5, 2020

Legendary Father's Day/Let's Stay Home Blog Hop


Welcome to this Blog Hop where I, and other Close To My Heart Consultants, are sharing artwork from two different and exclusive specials. We've got fun creations to show you made with "Legendary Father's Day" and "Let's Stay Home" stamp sets!

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

These first two stamp sets include perfect images for a Father in your life - Dad, son, nephew, etc. You can purchase them separately or save some money when you buy them together. Follow this link for more details about "Legendary Father's Day". 




With Covid-19 having greatly impacted our lives in recent months, Close To My Heart stepped up to create some exclusive stamp sets reflective of this time. Some of them provide a bit of much-needed humor. 😆 AND...if you'll follow this link to find out more, you will also discover there are some FREE SVG files that relate and are available for download. Use these images to preserve your memories or make handmade cards. 

You find these "Let's Stay Home" stamp sets by following this link to my website.






Alright...so let's get to the FUN I created, shall we?

Here is the Father's Day card I created and I am very pleased with it. I will explain a bit about what I did so please keep reading. 


Because I did not feel like I had pattern paper to coordinate with this theme, I decided to create some of my own. By using the shoes, stamped in Toffee ink, I randomly stamped them on my card front. Cool, right? 

I pulled this color combination of Lagoon, Sapphire, Toffee and Linen from one of our How-To Books called, "Love of Color". It features artwork through balanced color combinations, usually many of which I would not think of on my own.


On the Sapphire cardstock, I distressed some lines I made while using an embossing tool. The shirt was colored with alcohol markers and the ink on the lid of a stamp pad, with a Waterbrush Pen. Some dimension and additional elements were added to finish the card. 

I know you will have fun making you away around to see the other artwork so head on over to Heather's Blog to see what she has to share with you. I appreciate you stopping by and hope you'll leave a comment before you head over.

Wishing you a great start to an enjoyable weekend!