Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is retiring quite a few new products to make new for the new ones that will debut on August 1st. In this hop, participants are highlighting their favorites so get out your wish list so you are sure to order them before they are no longer available. Stamp sets are eligible for the Buy Two, Get One Free special through Stampaganza. You can find a list of "going soon" products here.

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.
I am still enjoying the fun colors and images associated with the Little Dreamer product line. I love how vibrant they are - the floral and striped patterns are my favorite - with the very popular unicorns as part of the design. 

The top row of cards were designed by the Close To My Heart Art Department. I varied the designs, in the bottom row, simply by reversing the patterned paper. I love the simplicity of being able to reproduce artwork that has been provided me, while putting a new twist on it with little effort. 
 Be sure to get this paper pack before it's gone!
And the stamp's perfect for coordinating and can be purchased with Thin Cuts so you can run those images through your Cuttlebug and quickly stamp those outlined here in blue. 

It's soon out with the old and in with the new, but until then...GET WHAT YOU WANT NOW! You'll be sorry to miss something, especially when it's no loner available. 

Now head on over to Melinda's Blog to see what she and the other Blog Hop Participants have in store for you. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Fun with Stencils

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are featuring the technique of "stenciling" with the use of Close To My Heart products.

If you are coming from Kirsten's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the end of this post.
For my card creation, I used the Thin Cuts - Basic Stars to create a stencil.
By placing the stars on the Cuttlebug plates like this, I created my template.
Then I used sponge daubers to apply Poppy and Lagoon ink to the stars. When I removed the stencil, I added a sentiment, embellishments and doodles around the edge of the piece of White Daisy cardstock.
By using the Thin Cuts to create the stencil, it allowed me the opportunity to create a very fun but simple card.

I am sure you are about to see other fun variations on creating your own stencils for unique and enjoyable artwork. Please head over to Annemarie's Blog to see what she has designed to share with you.

Thank you for joining us today!

1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE*
2. Annemarie Julian
3. Michelle Loncar
4. Cat Nowak
5. Judy Faye Garner
6. Darlys Recker
7. Danielle Wagner
8. Janna Gray
9. Kirsten Desorcy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza: Blast From the Past Blog Hop

Welcome to today's Blog Hop where we are featuring stamp sets that are part of STAMPAGANZA - buy two stamp sets, get one FREE! It's a big sale going on this month and you don't want to miss out!

I know this hop is bound to be a blast as we see fabulous artwork created with current and throwback stamp sets! To read more about this month's special, click here or contact me for details. (Through the link, you will also be able to view stamp sets that were brought back exclusively for this special.)

If you are coming from Priscilla's Blog, you are on the right track. To view a list of participants, you can click here.

Below you will find four cards I hand-created using a few of my fave stamp sets from the past. The names of the stamp sets are links that take you to the original post for that artwork, should you want to read more details on how they were created. Note: These cards were designed using retired product. 

Better with a Friend

Paper Bird

Tagged with Love

Be Jolly

Thanks so much for stopping by! Head on over to Cat's Blog to make your way around the hop and see what fun things the participants have in store for you!

Have fun and let me know which is your favorite stamp set from those listed on this area of my website by commenting below.

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Oh The Places You'll Go

Welcome to our Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week, "Oh the Places You'll Go!" You can base it on Dr. Seuss, travel, or in any other way you can connect your artwork to this theme. Go ahead...get creative!

Having just returned from our annual Close To My Heart Convention, I decided to use this layout for this challenge. 
The layout was created as a team gift, based around the theme, "Who Tells Your Story?" It reminds me of Dr. Seuss books - a story - and will also highlight some of my favorite moments from last weekend, spent in Salt Lake City - a trip!
The circles, which make for a fun and whimsical design, were incorporated based on the logo and I worked to incorporate the same color scheme.

While I would have loved to have already placed some photos on this layout, that will have to come next weekend when I have an opportunity to catch my breath. :) The last two weeks have been fast, furious and FANTASTIC but I'm still going a mile a minute and just have not had an opportunity to get them printed...but I will! Please check back next week when I will show you the completed layout, with Flip Flaps included.

Consider linking up to us for this week's challenge, at Heart 2 Heart. Be sure to use Close To My Heart products on your creations. I cannot wait to see what you create.

Have a blessed and enjoyable week!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Storybook Alphabet

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring this month's Stamp of the Month, "Storybook Alphabet." 
This fabulous alphabet stamp set contains letters with fun, whimsical designs. You can purchase it at the retail price of $17.95 or can get it for just $5 with a qualifying purchase. Find those details here. I am sure you will see different ways to color in these fun images as you check out all of the participant's artwork.

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 used the stamp set to create some handmade pendants made with Close To My Heart's Base & Bling product line, which is soon to retire. In fact, my artwork doubled up as team gifts for those members who attended our National Convention in Salt Lake City this weekend.
To create them, I stamped the image in Black Ink, covered it with clear packing tape - so the ink wouldn't bleed, and then applied Liquid Glass to adhere the glass cover on top. Twine was added so the recipients could tie them easily onto their bags.
Here is a sample of one attached to one our exclusive Convention bags. (A full photo of the bag will be shown very soon.)

Head on over to Michelle Loncar's Blog to see what she has designed with the stamp set. I appreciate you stopping by and am always appreciative of your comments!

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Watercoloring

Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Watercoloring". The interpretation of the theme is left to you, just be sure to incorporate Close To My Heart products on your creation and then link up to us to share your artwork with others.
For my artwork creation I chose to use the My Crush Artistic You watercolor pages. Their clear glossy designs, which you can see faintly in this image, are perfect for applying watercolor. The embossed images "resist" the color, as you'll see below.
I used the page shown at the bottom of the above visual to create this card. I applied various shades of watercolor and then took a tissue to wipe off any watercolor residue that may have remained on the embossed images. This was the resulting look. 

The pages are 7" x 5". I trimmed a piece of it to make this card front, layering it on Lemon cardstock. A simple sentiment and I felt it was complete!  

These images were so fun and easy to color. I used the Waterbrush - Small Round which has a very fine tip and allows me to be detailed, when necessary. Our Watercolor Paints, which look similar to others on the market, are phenomenal and are of truly no comparison. If you don't believe me, you'll have to test them for yourself. That feedback comes from customers, not just me. :)  

Consider joining us for this and other H2H Challenges. We enjoy seeing and sharing the artwork of others. 

Have a blessed day/week!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Featured Product: "No Worries" (Blog Hop)

Welcome to our No Worries Blog Hop where we are featuring artwork using this new product line contained within our Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. Through this hop you will find various projects created by talented Close To My Heart Consultants.

If you are coming from Kathleen's Blog, you are on the right track.
This is an image of the papers contained within this paper pack. Aren't they beautiful?! While they totally scream beach, there are also some fun patterns contained that allow for some fun flexibility. Check out the rest of the No Worries product line by clicking here.
I cannot take credit for design of this card. It is one the cards designed by the Art Department in Close To My Heart and is part of the Workshop Your Way for this product line. Did you know you can get the cutting diagrams and assembly directions FREE for them? It's true, you can. By clicking on this link, you'll see a downloadable guide for creating three layouts and cards. You have to add the card bases and envelopes as they are not included.
This is the stamp set used, "No Worries - Cardmaking", and has some fun sentiments and images. I love the saying used on this card, perfect for retirement.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us on this Blog Hop. Head on over to Haley's Blog to check out her "No Worries" artwork.

Happy hoppin'!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop (Get 'em before they're gone!)

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are highlighting some products that are soon-to-retire. It will be fun to see what each participant has chosen as their focus.

It is really hard to believe it's almost time to say goodbye to some of my favorite products that I have enjoyed creating with this last year and/or last few months. On July 31, 2017, many of our products will retire as others take their place. That means that if there is anything on your wish list, you will want to get it now as some products are only available until then or while supplies last. There are two ways you can see what is soon to be gone: visit my website or download a list.

If you are coming from Vickie's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants here.
I was having a difficult time debating on what card I wanted to highlight and as soon as I thought of this one...I knew it was the perfect choice. I have used it many times recently, especially because of the used sentiment, and will be sad to see it go. Besides the wonderful images, I love that it represents Operation Smile, and that $5 from the stamp set purchase goes towards this worthy organization.
This card was kept pretty simple with the striped pattern paper coming from Little Dreamer. I used it to create a colorful dress for the girl. Of course, some purple heart bling was necessary to finish it off.
You can see the added dimension provided on this card, even as I made the heart 3-D.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Leave a comment and let me know which is your favorite stamp set. Head over to Melinda's Blog to see which stamp set she is highlighting.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Shake It Up

This month, for our Technique Blog Hop, we are shaking it up! Participants could interpret that however they chose while incorporating Close To My Heart products. It will be fun to see the results!

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post, should you get lost along the way.
I decided to use the camera image cut from our Artistry Cricut Collection to create a Shaker Card. It was cut out of Black cardstock and Sea Glass Glitter Paper. The polka dot patterned paper is from the Whimsy Fundamentals. 
If you aren't familiar with shaker cards, basically you create a "hole" in your design where you can put the shaker items. Foam Tape is used to add the depth to the card and limit where the shaker items are located. Here, I used pink beads. 

Black Dots were added and the stamped sentiment is from this month's Stamp of the Month, "Hello Foxy". 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know know what you think of my card and then head on over to Danielle's Blog to see how she is shaking it up this month.

Happy hoppin'!
Participant List:
1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE