Monday, September 20, 2021

Heart 2 Heart "Glitz and Glitter" Challenge

Welcome to the second September challenge for Heart 2 Heart. The title is "Glitz and Glitter" and papercrafters everywhere are invited to join us by sharing your interpretation of the theme. Create something fun, using at least one Close To My Heart product, and link up to us on the Blog. We love seeing what you create!

If you have never purchased, nor used, Close To My Heart Glitter Paper, you are missing out on a top quality paper! It's cardstock weight AND doesn't fall off on you, nor your creating surface; a definite plus! We offer it in a variety of beautiful colors and I loved incorporating both Sapphire and Silver on this card. 

A little splash of Carolina Cardstock, and a background of Sapphire cardstock (on the light side), and some Silver Loose Sequins were a perfect addition to this pattern from Volume 5 of Make It From Your Heart

Don't have Glitter Paper from CTMH? What are you waiting for?! Add it to your next order!

Now, go get something blingy and connect with us on the Heart 2 Heart Blog. We love when you share with us! Happy creating! 

Friday, September 17, 2021

September/October Catalog New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring NEW seasonal products contained in our September/October Idea Book. Released September 1st, you will find Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed products that are perfect for any of your papercrafting needs. 

If you are coming from Darlys's Blog, you are on the right track. Continue to make your way around the digital circle to see what we have to share with you. Should you get lost along the way, you will find a list of participants here

I love when a handmade greeting card comes together so beautifully and without a whole lot of effort. But, who would know the difference unless I told them? LOL I chose to use the gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Collection, incorporating patterned paper, coordinating cardstock, some stickers, Gold Shimmer Trim, a Wood Button and Gold Glitter Gems

For the accent stitches around the Paprika cardstock, I did dry embossing. To achieve this look, I turned my paper on the backside, and using a papertrimmer and stylus, I made the stitched markings. Color was removed, to expose the white core, by rubbing them with a sanding block. I love how easy it is to achieve this result. 

AND...I'm totally excited about these Pumpkin Spice Wood Stickers! Who would have known? Their veneer feel are wonderfully different and great to incorporate into your creations.

Now, head on over to CatScrapbooking to see what she has to share with you. Thank you for leaving your comments. We greatly appreciate them!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

"Make It Shine" Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are using Close To My Heart products to create artwork aligned with the theme, "Make It Shine". 

If you are coming from Darlys's Blog, you are on the right track. Should you get lost along the way, you will find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

With this month's theme, who can resist incorporating Glitter Paper to make your artwork shine? I couldn't. AND, it was a must I use the beautiful, and NEW, Wild Berry color. I absolutely love it! 

To add some flair, I added Silver and Flamingo Shimmer Trim, as well as some Wild Berry Sequins. This card design is from Volume 5 of Make It From You Heart. I love its simplicity and couldn't resist adding in this embossed sentiment from "All Star Birthday". (It's wonderful for a Shaker card.)

Katy is sure to wow you with her creation. Head over to Scrappin' Katy and then keep making your way around the Blog Hoopto view what all participants have to share with you. We appreciate you doing so. Please consider leaving a comment as we love to hear from you.

List of Participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Katy Taylor
3. Michelle Loncar
4. Cat Nowak
5. Haley Dyer
6. Lauren Moore
7. Tamara Sandwisch
8. Maz Wood
9. Darlys Recker

Friday, September 10, 2021

Core Catalog New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to this Blog Hop where we are featuring NEW Close To My Heart Products that were released in our Core Idea Book that lasts through August 2022! Besides containing fabulous products, it is also full of beautiful and inspiring artwork. You can view the digital version by clicking on the links OR get one FREE with an order of any size. 

If you are coming from Maureen's Blog, you are on the right track. 

I decided to highlight some of our products that feature Rose Gold. With the Rose Gold Foil Patterns Paper Pack you can use as a simple background and color it in, using various mediums, as I did here. I chose to use some of our Tri-Blend Markers. Because of the slightly raised rose gold accents, coloring the images was easy. 

A piece of the Mocha cardstock (one of seven new colors) was added and accented with the beautiful Rose Gold Shimmer Trim. For the floral focal point, I incorporated a sticker from the "As You Grow" product collection.

In keeping this card simple, to not distract from the rose gold accents, here is a close-up so you can appreciate the beauty of these coordinating products. Be sure to add them to your next order. 

Now head over to Catscrapbooking to view the next piece of artwork in this Blog Hop. We appreciate you stopping by and look forward to reading your comments. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Grateful for This Life Blog Hop


Welcome to this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are featuring the exclusive stamp set, "Grateful for This Life". 

These wonderful words and phrases are great, in many combinations, for any piece of artwork. The 16 images are valued at $18.95 and can be yours FREE (if you're a VIP), or for $5, with a $50 purchase.

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

I enjoyed making this Slimline Card, incorporating the Pumpkin Spice patterned paper, Rose Gold Foil Paper, and Gold Embossing Powder. While I wasn't sure of the natural sunlight on the photo, I decided to leave it as is because you can see how the elements look in different lighting.

When combining Gold and Rose Gold, I was pleased with how they looked together. I researched if that was acceptable, fashion-wise, and they are. Whew! 

For some added fun, I made this an easel card. By stamping the repeated sentiment on a strip of paper, and 3-D on the card base, it provides a place for the front of the card to rest. A personal message can be written above the stamped strip, with your signature below it. Wouldn't this look nice on a desk, shelf, etc.? It could definitely serve as a reminder of how much you appreciate that person's friendship. I was pleased with how it turned out. 
If you aren't aware, Close To My Heart released TWO NEW IDEA BOOKS today; the Core (year-long) and the September/October Supplemental. Both contain phenomenal new products, and artwork! You'll want to get your hands on a hard copy, and soon! You can do so by placing an order of any size. 

Thank you very much for stopping by. Head on over to Cat Scrapbooking, and continue to make your way around the Hop, to see some fun ideas using these stamp images. 

Make it a great month!