Thursday, November 16, 2017

"Just For Fun" Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by my blog where I am participating today in a Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's Fundamentals product line. These items are up to 40% off this month, while supplies last. You can find details about the special here.

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants here.
I decided to make some simple cards that are possible because of the pattern papers included in the Fundamentals paper packs. I switched out the cardstock and patterns used to create two cards. (Blossom is the color of this card.)
The "Stronger Together" stamp set has some wonderful sentiments and the proceeds from sales of this stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit disaster relief efforts experienced by victims of recent hurricanes, wildfires, etc.
Lagoon was used on this card.

This card was created with Lemon.
The "thank you" sentiment is from the "All the Thanks" stamp set. The script font is really fun as are the various ways to say "thanks". Black & White Dots, as well as Silver Shimmer Trim, were added to the cards.

I hope you like the simplicity of these cards that serve a great purpose and were easy to put together. The Fundamentals product line - paper packs, Complements, and ribbon - are beautiful and can be used for various papercrafting projects.

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

Happy hoppin'!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Thin Cuts Craze

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop where we are featuring artwork aligned with the theme, "Thin Cuts Craze". We are focused on incorporating Close To My Heart's Thin Cuts which are metal dies that can be used with a Cuttlebug or other diecut machines. (They come packaged on their own magnetic sheet.) We have quite a variety of Thin Cuts to choose from. You can find them all by clicking HERE

If you are coming from Annemarie's Blog, you are on the right track. Be sure to continue to follow the links on each blog, so you can see a variety of creations made using Thin Cuts. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post. 
I used the Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts to create my card. I love the festive ornaments and sentiments. I hope you do too!
I tend to enjoy creating Christmas cards with non-traditional colors and here is another one of those instances. Inks used: Blossom (pink), Lagoon (blue) and Willow (green)

The three ornaments were cut using the Thin Cuts and then adhered directly to the background or applied with 3-D with Thin Foam Tape. A few Black Dots were added. 
And, while challenging to photograph, I added the Clear Shimmer Brush to the ornaments. It provides a little sparkle to them, adding a finishing touch. I love the Shimmer Brush. It is easy to work with and dries quickly.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Be sure to continue checking out the other artwork items, leaving me a comment - if you'd like - before you do. I always enjoy hearing from you!

Head on over to Darlys Recker's Blog.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

List of Participants:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Darlys Recker
3. Debi McBain
4. Sarah Devendorf
5. Cat Nowak
6. Annemarie Julian

Monday, November 13, 2017

Count Your Blessings - Heart 2 Heart Challenge

For this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, our theme is "Count Your Blessings". You can interpret that theme however you'd like. Then, create a piece of artwork using Close To My Heart products and then link up to us on our blog.
Using quality scraps from the Workshops Your Way Falling For You Scrapbooking Kit, I created this card which perfectly aligns with the theme. Gotta love when that happens!

The sentiment is a pocket card that I trimmed to fit the space allowed. I added two patterned papers, a piece of the zip strip, and three sequins from the pack of Bronze Sequins. I also added White & Bronze Twine for a little bit of texture.
This photo shows a close-up of the chipboard Complements that were colored with the Sap Green and Marigold ShinHan Markers. A little bit of the Gold Shimmer Brush and we have a little sparkly.
These Complements come with coordinating stickers, kraft die-cuts, and three 1" badge buttons.
 Here is a photo of the Falling For You kit contents which include:
1 - Falling for You paper packet (X7223B)
1 - Falling for You Complements (X7223B)
4 - cardstock sheets (2 Pebble, 1 Toffee, 1 White Daisy)
1 - bronze sequins (Z4029)
1 - white & bronze twine (Z4030)
The design for this card came from the guide provided for this kit from Close To My Heart. You can find the document here. I altered it by allowing a 1/4" border and cutting the associated pieces as follows:
  • 4A - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • 4B - 3" x 3 3/4"
  • 4C - 1 1/2" x 3 3/4"
  • 4D - 1/2" x 3 3/4"

If you have any questions about this card or the products used, please contact me, and consider linking up to us at Heart 2 Heart. I look forward to seeing your artwork there.

Have a blessed week and be count your blessings! (We have many of them even when we are faced with challenges. Don't lose sight of them.)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Just for Fun(damentals)!

The Just for FUN campaign is all about Fundamentals! You can take part in the “fun” with discounts on Fundamentals paper packets, Complements, and ribbon packs! There are two ways to save during the month of November. First, you can purchase Fundamentals products individually at 30% off the retail price. Second, purchase a Fundamentals bundle containing the Fundamental paper packet, Complements, AND ribbon, at 40% off the retail price! FIND ALL DETAILS HERE.
November is the perfect time to stock up on Fundamentals paper packets, Complements, and ribbon. With a bundle of coordinating products, you can craft with confidence, knowing that the parts and pieces of your projects match!

Here are photos of the bundles where you can get the greatest savings:
Whimsy Fundamentals Bundle - $22.11 (original price $36.85)
Includes: paper pack, Complements, and coordinating ribbon
Adventure Fundamentals Bundle - $22.11 (original price $36.85)
Includes: paper pack, Complements, and coordinating ribbon
Enchantment Fundamentals Bundle - $22.11 (original price $36.85)
Includes: paper pack, Complements, and coordinating ribbon
Basics Fundamentals Bundle - $22.71 (original price $37.85)
Includes: paper pack, Complements, and coordinating ribbon
Should you choose, you can purchase Fundamentals items separately, saving 30%. All discounted items can be viewed and/or purchased by clicking HERE.

For Hostesses: When you host a party that reaches at least $350 in sales or higher (submitting your party order no later than December 5, 2017), you’ll receive a FREE Fundamentals bundle of your choice—that’s a $36.85 value, totally free!
For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in November will receive a FREE Fundamentals bundle of their choice in their New Consultant Kit— that’s a $36.85 value, totally free!

Be sure to take advantage of this discount while products are available!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Close To My Heart Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring handmade Christmas cards made with Close To My Heart products.

If you are coming from Brenda's Blog, you are on the right track. This hop is a circle so be sure to follow the link below to continue viewing our Christmas creations.
I decided to use this "Gingerbread Friends" stamp set. Isn't it adorable? Do you see all the fun little pieces and parts to dress up your friends? TOO FUN!
Many years ago I created a slider card for Christmas. It was fun and so I decided to bring it out again this year.  A banner, some red gems, and a bow and we have a cute card!
This is a very simple interactive card that just puts a different twist on Christmas cards. I can see putting a pocket inside that would hold a gift card. Hmmm... I might have to try that out.

If you want to know how to make this card, watch the video below which contains dimensions for recreation. And sure to share what you create. I'd love to see it!

Please head over to Melinda's Blog where you are sure to find a fabulous creation. You can also find a complete list of participants there.

Video for recreation:
Card base/pocket - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (score on 8 1/2" end at 4" and 8")
Insert - 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" and 3 1/2" x 5"
Outside sentiment - 4" x 2 3/4" and 3 3/4" x 2 1/2"

Products used:
Cardstock - Cranberry, New England Ivy, and White Daisy
Beary Christmas Paper Pack (patterned paper)
Gingerbread Friends (and Thin Cuts)
Beary Christmas Dots
White & Gold Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy hoppin'!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Through the Year

Thank you for joining us for the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.
We are are featuring this stamp set, "Through the Year", that can be yours this month for $5. You can read about those details by clicking here.

If you are coming from Miss Carrie's Creations, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants through this link.
I had fun making this card, focused on incorporating the cute images contained in the stamp set. With the variety of small icons provided, you can create different greeting cards using this design from our How-To Books. With a focus on the Fundamentals product line this month - which you can get at up to 40% off - I decided to incorporate it. I hope you like the result!

Thanks for stopping by. Now, head on over to Wendy's Blog to see what she has created with this wonderful stamp set.

Happy hoppin'!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

There is no cuter way to celebrate your Halloween memories than by preserving them on these three wonderful layouts made using the Cats & Bats Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit. They were super fun and easy to put together. 

(Click on the images for an enlarged view.)
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The layouts incorporate the wonderful patterned paper, black glitter Complements, pocket cards, and various stickers. All of them add to some fun and festive layouts, perfect for Halloween photos.
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Have no fear! You don't have to come up with the layout designs on your own, unless you want to. Instead, you can download a guide through this link and use the cutting diagrams and assembly directions to recreate them yourself. If you choose, you can create to your heart's desire and design layouts from scratch.
Click on image for enlarged view.
As you can see, some of this patterned paper and Complements can be used outside of Halloween. I personally love the black and white striped pattern and teal (Lagoon) polka dot papers. I have used them for other projects.
This image contains a visual of the contents contained within the kit. You can find details of the Cats and Bats kit here. I love how CTMH packages these products in a quality and cost-effective manner.

If you would like to add the Cats and Bats products to your next order, let me know!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Signs of the Season

This week at Heart 2 Heart, we are sharing artwork representative of "Signs of the Season".  Of course the first thing that comes to my mind is fall, changing leaves, etc. But what do I know? I live in Texas! LOL At least it has been a little chilly. I'm thankful for that. 
I decided to take out my Happy Day Cardmaking Kit and made this card, one of twelve cards (two designs). A stamp technique, called "masking", was used to make the leaf  image appear to be in the foreground of the stamped flower. Returning to one of my childhood passions, I enjoyed coloring in the images...with watercolors. Those two techniques will be highlighted in a future post.
One of the fun products incorporated into this card design is the Leaves Embossing Folder. By taking the piece of cardstock and running it through my Cuttlebug, I got the fun pattern used on the background of the card. Doesn't it look fabulous? It's super easy!
There are a lot of fabulous items contained within the kit to include:
1 - exclusive workshop stamp set (B-size)
2 - Falling for You sheets
4 - cardstock sheets (2 Espresso, 1 Saffron, 1 White Daisy)
1 - White & Gold Ribbon (Z3189)
12 - White Card Bases and Envelopes

Additional supplies needed to make this card and the others:
Archival Black Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad (Z3271) - so the watercolor doesn't cause the ink to bleed
Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
Waterbrush - Medium Round (Z3225)
Leaves Embossing Folder (Z4031)
Thin Cuts - Basic Circles (Z3318)
Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

You can find details, or can place your order, on my website.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Link up to us by visiting our blog. Scroll to the bottom and click "add link". Be sure to use Close To My Heart products in your creation. Let me know you joined by making a comment here. I want to see what you share!

Have a blessed week!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Be a Cut Above the Others this Christmas!

As mentioned in a previous post, I enjoy gifting team members at events where we gather. I designed this card as a point of inspiration and Christmas card idea for them. I hope you enjoy it too!
Believe it or not, this card was pretty simple to assemble. The card base and tags were pre-designed, as included in the kits shown below. I stamped the sentiment on the circle, paper-pieced Santa's hat using Cranberry cardstock, and used the ShinHan markers to color the other parts of the image.

That piece was 3-D on top of the polka dot tag and the glitter bow was added for the perfect finishing touch. It came together quickly and can be duplicated easily.
This Cut Above Card Kit - Merry Everything includes materials to make 10 vertical 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cards, including card bases, envelopes, and die-cuts. ($9.95)
The Cut Above Tag Kit - Merry Everything has materials to make 10 foil-stamped gift tags, including tags, die-cuts, and white twine.

Here are some samples, created by the Art Department, in their simplest form. They are super cute! 
The sentiment images are not included. You can find a variety of them here for just $2.95. 
I used Little Saint Nick. Choose the ones you love best! (Look through the first two pages in the link.)

If you would like to purchase the supplies used to make this card, contact me directly or purchase the products on my website.

Friday, October 20, 2017

19 and Counting!

No, no...I don't have 19 kids (LOL) but today does mark 19 years since I became a Close To My Heart Consultant. We had just been married four months to the day, and were living in Florida, when I decided it was time I needed to continue purchase the fabulous products I had fallen in love with a couple of years before and so the story began!
I have shared many times how being a member of the Close To My Heart family, and having a team of my own, has blessed me. I have never looked back and truly can't imagine my life without CTMH. It has provided me a creative outlet to fill time spent alone, remove myself from the everyday responsibilities of work and life, and to design artwork gifted to friends, family and team members without breaking the bank!
My Mom was my first team member and I am thankful that we get to gather each year for various CTMH and team events that take place throughout the country. I love sharing my love for papercrafting with her, knowing my interest in crafts comes from her. She's actually the person who introduced me to D.O.T.S. (the former name of CTMH) many years ago. For that, I am grateful!

Thank you for being part of my Close To My Heart journey by following me on social media. If you are one of the fellow Consultants, home office staff members, or customers I am blessed to know because of my choice 19 years ago...THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME!
I'm excited to celebrate my 20th anniversary at Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, June 2018. It's going to be a BIG team celebration. Why not join me?! I'd love to have you! Of course, if you enjoy being my customer, I am totally fine with that too! :)

Here's to 19 more!