Thursday, February 16, 2017

CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Fundamentals Creative Collections Blog Hop!

I am sooooo excited about this particular hop! Last year, at convention, Close To My Heart unveiled a new way to offer our paper lines. Seasonal and theme-specific papers would be highlighted in our Holiday and Seasonal Expression Idea Books, while our Annual Inspirations Idea Book would offer paper lines that had a broader, more general appeal.  I guess you could think of our papers in the Expression books as the latest, trendy fashion, while the papers in the Inspirations book is like the classic black dress or a great pair of jeans. You know, fashions that go with just about everything and just don't go out of style.  Well, that's how I feel about the Fundamentals paper line. 

With just over 20 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to see many, if not all, of the Fundamental lines of paper and just how versatile they are. The hop makes a circle, so if you are started here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Brenda Lapp's blog, "Crafting for Sanity? Or Insanity?", then you are on the right track.

When I was able to preview the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book a full month before it went live in January (a perk of being a consultant), I was thoroughly excited to discover that CTMH was adding new, additional Complements collections to coordinate with the Fundamentals line from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  I was SUPER excited to see the "My Boy" complements, as I think masculine themed scrapbook supplies is just a little harder to come by and knew that I would just have to create layouts using them. Especially since the last several scrapbook workshops I've hosted have featured softer, more feminine designs and colors. So I'm featuring one of my six March workshop layouts for this blog hop and I just love, love, love how it turned out.
This layout features some ink splattering to help break up the empty white space and kind of help give it a messy (a.k.a. boy) feel. 
I think my favorite element (besides the papers and complements) is the little mini staples...especially on the banners. 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
If you would like to add this beautiful collection to your crafting supplies, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours. You can find this collection here on my website. Also, if you don't already have a copy of the Annual Inspirations Idea book or the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, you can view them online here or contact your consultant (or me) to get a hard copy. And as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Kathy Burrows' blog, "Snips, Snaps, and Scraps" and check out her project. You can find a complete list of all of the participating consultants here

Happy hopping!





Wednesday, February 01, 2017

February's SOTM Blog Hop..."Easter Bunny"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
February 2017's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Easter Bunny****

With almost 20 participants in this blog hop and such a cute stamp set, you are sure to find lots of ideas using this month's Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from my friend, Michele Rowley's blog, "Evergreen Memories", then you are on the right track. 

After perusing some of my pinned ideas on Pinterest, I rediscovered this card and was inspired by the way the trees bridged over the open area. So I thought....why can't I do the same thing but with bunnies? And hence, the following card was born.  I'm still learning how to use the alcohol markers (especially if it's not a flower), so I'm not real pleased with the coloring, but I think I'm making a little progress and I may still go back and recolor baby bunny again. ;) 

The White Daisy cardstock on which the sentiment is stamped and the two big bunnies are actually one piece of cardstock. The bodies of the bunnies are adhered to a piece of patterned paper from the Hello Lovely collection.
I recently created a faux bow for the "Beautiful" layout shown here and thought it would work well on this card. Between the less-than-stellar lighting when I took these photos and the shimmer on the ribbon, it's kind of hard to see. So I thought it would help to share the photo tutorial I included for the layout instructions.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Easter Bunny February 2017 SOTM
Papers: White Daisy CS, Whisper CS, Black CS, Hello Lovely B&T
Inks: Memento Black
Emellishments: Gold Glitter Gems, Blush Shimmer Ribbon
Markers: Black Journal Pen, Shin Han Warm Grey 4, Clay, Tender Pink, Pastel Green, Leaf Green, Vivid Green, Peacock Green, Sap Green, Mariogold, Carmine, Golden Yellow, Turquoise Blue, Lavender and Colorless Blender
Other:  Ruler, VersaMat, Craft Knife, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Gina Brandstetter's blog, "Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven" and check out her creation. You can find a complete list of all of the participating consultants here

Happy hopping!





Monday, January 16, 2017

February Scrapbook Workshop is Here!

When I first saw the new Seasonal Expressions 1 book, I instantly fell in love the the "Hello Lovely" paper line. It features roses...which in my world...never gets old...and a beautiful, or shall I say lovely, color palette. This combination made creating these workshop layouts super easy for me. The first three of the five layouts are based on layouts offered by Close To My Heart...with my own twist, of course, and the other two are based on sketches...but otherwise, my creations. This line is just so gorgeous on it's own that there really was no need for extra embellishments beyond what already comes with the Workshop Your Way kit.

Here are the five layouts that we will be making on January 7th.

LAYOUT #1 - Beautiful In this layout, I will show you how to make a faux bow.
LAYOUT #2 - Love 
LAYOUT #3 - Best Day This layout is based on a layout offered by CTMH, but I flipped the pages 1/4 turn and what a difference 1/4 turn can make! I'll also show you how to utilize the Picture My Life cards in a fun and unique way.
LAYOUT #4 - Together Forever  I love how this one turned out. This layout used a sketch from Make It From the Heart - Volume 2.
LAYOUT #5 - Non-titled I chose not to title this one, but I think it's so pretty on its own that it doesn't really even need one. However, it would be easy enough to use the Cricut to cut your own title that fits your photos, or of course, stamps or stickers. This layout features the "Hello Lovely - Cardmaking" stamp and thin cut and all of the workshop attendees will get to play with the Shin Han markers to color in the flowers.
I ended up redoing the coloring on the stamped flowers, as I initially just played and threw it on the layout without giving too much attention to the quality. :( That's what happens, I guess, when you're in a hurry to get the photos done.

Note: I took photos outside, but unfortunately I think the colors got washed out. I've included a photo blow of the paper, so you can get a truer representation of the colors.

Would you like to make these layouts? There's several ways...

LOCAL WORKSHOP: 
When: Saturday, February 4th at 10 a.m.
Where: Rockledge, Florida (I'll send you the address when you register.)
Cost: $36
This workshop kit consists of one Hello Lovely! Workshop Your Way kit (#G1119), which includes...
Plus...
  • Extra 8 sheets of cardstock: 4 - White Daisy,  2 - Whisper, and 2 - Colonial White
  • Pre-stamped & Pre-cut "Hello Lovely - Cardmaking" image
  • Use of Shin Han Alcohol Markers
  • Digital file with full-color photos, cutting and assembly instructions, with a private link to additional photos (so you can zoom in on the photos to better see details).  
  • Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos are to represent suggested photo placement. Extra paper for this purpose does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.  However, you may purchase extra sheets of White Daisy cardstock at the workshop for $0.50 a sheet if you want to make your own photo templates.
Additional supplies used/needed...
Suggested Coordinating Products...
    If you would like to attend in person, simply send me an email HERE. Spaces are filling up quickly!

    WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
    Can't make it to the local workshop? No problem. If you are local, I can still prepare a kit for you and you can pick it up at my house at no additional charge.  If you aren't local, I will be happy to ship it anywhere in the US, via USPS. Just email me with your zip code and I'll send you an invoice (via Paypal) with the exact shipping or if you already have the supplies, you can simply place any $20 order on my website and I will email the cutting file to you for at no additional charge. Just communicate with me that you would like the file and I'll get it out to you within 24 hours. (Note: the cutting file will not be ready until the last week in January.)

    PRECUT WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
    This workshop kit is precut and sorted for your convenience and includes only the precut papers and needed ribbon and embellishments to complete the layouts as shown. However, you will receive a full complements package. You will also receive a digital file with assembly instructions and a private link to additional photos. Cost is $46. If you would like a precut kit shipped, simply email me with your zip code and I will send you a Paypal Invoice with exact shipping costs. Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos to represent photo placement does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.

    You will still need the following supplies to complete the layouts as shown:

    Hello Lovely
    INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (for consultants)
    If you would like to receive an e-file with the full-color instructions & cutting guide, along with a consultant release to enable you to use my my designed layouts for your own business, there are now two ways to get it. 1) Simply join the current month's Shopping Gathering Link and make a $20 purchase on my personal CTMH SHOPPING WEBSITE. Next, email me to let me know that you would like the instructions and your oba and I will email you to them at no additional charge. 2) Both consultants in and outside the U.S. can purchase only the e-files. This month the cost is only $8. (Note: Instructions will be available the last week in January.) Just click the Paypal link below and be sure to add your oba in the comment section.

    Be sure to check out this month's specials here!

    Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

    Happy Scrappin'!

    Friday, January 06, 2017

    Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

    Welcome to the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop!

    The new Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book went live on January 1st. As a consultant we get to preview the new products a full month prior to the live day...just one of the many reasons why I love being a Close To My Heart Consultant. 

    With over 25 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to see lots of new products featured in the new book. I personally love just about everything in it, but I must say that my favorite has to be the Hello Lovely collection.  As my best friend will tell you...it's got my name written all over it.  I love the softness of the color palette and of course the flowers.  I love it so much that I decided to make this the featured paper collection for my next workshop. Everything you see here is going to be part of it, but I'll break down that information in a day or two. For now, just sit back and drool...I mean, enjoy. ;)  
    The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Michelle Rowley's blog, "Everygreen Memories", then you are on the right track.
     Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):



    If you would like to add this beautiful paper collection to your crafting supplies, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours. You can find this collection here on my website. Also, if you don't already have a copy of the SE1 catalog, or even the Annual Inspirations Idea book, you can view them online here or contact your consultant (or me) to get a hard copy. And as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Vickie ODell's blog, "HeARTful Stamper" and check out her project. You can find a complete list of all of the participating consultants here

    Happy hopping!





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