Wednesday, June 01, 2016

June's Stamp of the Month..."The Long Way Home"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
June 2016's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****The Long Way Home****

With almost 30 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's June 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 Michele Rowley's blog, "Evergreen Memories", then you are on the right track.

When I got this stamp set I knew that it would be perfect for the pictures of my trip to Key West last summer with my best friend.  My colors were inspired by one of our newest paper collections called Calypso...perfect for South Florida pictures. Finally, my layout was based on a sketch in Close To My Heart's "Make It From Your Heart" Volume 2 Sketch Book. Now, just to get my pictures developed. 



 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: The Long Way Home June SOTM
Papers: Calypso B&T, Pixie CS, Honey CS, Canary CS, White Daisy CS, Lagoon CS
Inks: Black, Lagoon, Cotton Candy, Sorbet, Pixie, Whisper, Thistle, Pear, Honey
Emellishments: Pnk, Teal and Black Shimmer Trim, Calypso Sequins, Silver Sequins, Mini Staples
Markers: Black Journal Pen, Silver Metallic Marker, Shin Han Warm Grey 4, Golden Yellow and Colorless Blender
Other: Mini Stapler, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Glue Pen, 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, Lauren Moore's blog, "CTMH Craftings" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


Friday, April 01, 2016

Welcome to CTMH Stamp of Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
April 2016's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Life in Pictures****

With almost 30 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's April 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 Donna Digby's blog, "Dat's My Style", then you are on the right track.

I love this month's stamp set! There's just something about vintage cameras. I had planned on making a card, but this week I went to Disney with my nieces.  It was my first time meeting them and their first time at Disney. It was the best day ever!  I then found this layout saved on one of my Pinterest boards and knew that I wanted to do a take on it.  I still need to print the photos, but I'll included it below when...and if...I get permission from my sister-in-law to post it here (so you can see how cute they are). :)  I went ahead and stamped the "You've captured my Heart" in two places, but will probably change that when I go to put the photo on. Probably with some journaling.  I still feel like something's missing (besides the photo), but otherwise, I like how it turned out.


 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Life in Picturess SOTM, Reel Life
Papers: Zoe B&T, La Vie En Rose B&T, Charlotte B&T, Silver Glitter
Inks: Black
Emellishments: Playful Puffies
Other: Cricut Artistry, Watercolor Penvils, 3D Foam Tape, 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, Kathy Burrow's blog, "Snips, Snaps, and Scraps" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


Saturday, August 01, 2015

August's Stamp of the Month...."Framed"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
August 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Framed****

With 51 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's August 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 Catherine Nowak's blog, "CatScrapbooking-Creative Inspirations", then you are on the right track.

This August is kind of a unique month for Close To My Heart. Usually, we have a new idea book starting August 1st, but this year the new idea book doesn't begin until September 1st. So that means that this is the last month for the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and there are a lot of items retiring. Therefore, I decided to create a project that highlights some of those retiring items. 

My CAS-style card uses all seven retiring colors: olive, autumn terracotta, barn red, smoky plum, indian corn blue, outdoor denim and ponderosa pine.  It also uses a little bit of the Pathfinding B&T pattern paper, brown & tan glitter paper and brown & tan sparkles.  Really the only thing on my card that is not retiring is the White Daisy cardstock and the Chocolate ink that I used for the frame.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Framed SOTM
Papers: Pathfinding B&T, White Daisy CS, Gold Glitter
Inks: Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Ponderosa Pine, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Smoky Plum, Black
Emellishments: Tan Sparkles
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Glue Pen, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Another reason that this month is unique is because CTMH is giving us a sneak peak into the new idea book by releasing several new products.  So this month we have an overlapping of retiring and new product. Neat, huh? Therefore, I thought it would be cool to create another project that would highlight a couple of the newest products. My set of 3x3 cards uses a little of each pattern in the new paper line called Zoe (love that name...it's my puppy dog's name).  The cards also use the newest shimmer trim.  
"Funny" story. I decided to use my mini stapler on my cards to give them another little somethin' somethin'. So I picked up my stapler and clicked clicked. Pretty cool. I like it. Next card..click click. Darn! I'm out of staples! Problem is, I can't remember for the life of me where I put my box of staples. Ugh! I KNOW I purchased a box at the time I purchased the stapler, but now I can't find them. Have you ever done that? Well, anyway, this is why only one card has staples.  Now watch me find the box tomorrow.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Framed SOTM
Papers: Zoe B&T, White Daisy CS, Glacier CS, Sorbet CS, Sweet Leaf CS, Canary CS, Whisper CS, Slate CS
Inks: Black
Emellishments: Coral Shimmer Trim, Bitty Sparkles, Mini Staples
Other: Leaf Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Mini Stapler, Microtip Scissors, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)


Some other new products being released this month include the complements and assortments that coordinate with the Zoe paper pack, as well as a workshop-on-the-go kit.  CTMH is also introducing two new organizers. One is a marker roll-up and the other is an accessory roll-up. Finally, there is a new Cricut collection called Artistry. I don't own this yet...boo...but hopefully I'll have it in my hands soon. I would have loved to use it on these cards. Oh well...patience is a virtue, right?
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, Darlys Recker's blog, "Crafty Happy" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

August Scrapbooking Workshop...August 1st @ 1 p.m.

I loved creating these layouts.  I have to say that this paper pack by Close To My Heart, called Blossom, was soooooo easy to work with.  I really think that no matter how you cut the paper and arranged it, the layout would be beautiful. Love the patterns and love the colors. 

If you'd like to create these layouts for yourself, consider joining me on Saturday, August 1st at 1 p.m.  Click HERE to find out how and to see what supplies were used to create these layouts.

FYI: This paper pack is in the Seasonal Inspirations 2 Book which is only good through August 31st. However, the closer we get to the end of August, the more likely this paper pack and its coordinating products will sell out. So if this is a paper line that you would like to own, or already own it but want more (don't pretend you've never done that), I recommend picking it up sooner rather than later.



Until next time...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July's Stamp of the Month...."Life is Wonderful"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
July 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Life is Wonderful****

With 47 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's July 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 Judy Faye Garner's blog, "Judy Faye's Place", then you are on the right track.

My daughter graduated from high school last month, so when I pulled out this month's stamp of the month and read the sentiments, I knew I wanted to create a layout of her in her cap and gown. Especially since she decorated her cap with a very similar sentiment that was inspired from Disney's Tangled.

I tend to look for inspiration before I begin a project; usually on Pinterest, in sketch books, or from challenges. However, this time, I flipped through the CTMH idea book and was inspired by the layout on page 108.  Even though I was inspired by the layout, I wanted to give it a more "trendy" look...not my normal go-to style. I do love how it turned out.




 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Life is Wonderful SOTM
Papers: Snowhaven B&T, White Daisy CS, Sky CS (retired)
Inks: Black, Glacier, Cranberry
Emellishments: Black Mini-Medley Accents, Wanderful Assortment, Ruby Chevron Washi Tape, Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Black Shimmer Trim, My Crush Wildwood Sticky Tab, Chalk It Up Assortment, Scaredy Cat Assortment
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Edge Distresser, 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, Jean McNulty's blog, "Stamping Maui" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

June's Stamp of the Month..."Ice Cream Dream"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
June 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Ice Cream Dream'****

With 50 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of great inspiration!  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 Lisa Plummer's blog, "Flaunt Your Creativity", then you are on the right track.


Tomorrow is my last day with students and Tuesday is my last work day!  Woo hoo!  (At least 'til August, anyway). Even though this school year has been a whole lot better than it's been the last few years, it didn't leave me with a lot of creative time, as I'm sure you can tell with my lack of blog posts over the last school year. When I don't have a lot of time to create, I feel like my creativity gets rusty.  I have a hard time even getting motivated. Then I have a hard time coming up with an idea and even a difficult time getting my ideas to come to fruition.  My creativity flows much better when I have time to create for stretches of time, not just once a month. :( So I used a sketch from Mojo Monday to help me get started and then pulled out some Confetti Wishes paper for the first time.  I'm pleased with my card, but I know it's not my best and not particularly inspiring. Thankfully, there's so many amazing artists on this blog hop, I know that there won't be a lack of inspiration.  The great thing about this set though, is you just can't go wrong.  It's super cute, easy to use and so versatile. Living in Florida (where we eat lots of ice cream all-year-round) and having a daughter who now works in an ice cream shop, I know I'll be using this stamp set over and over.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Ice Cream Dream SOTM
Papers:  Confetti Wishes B&T, White Daisy CS, Outdoor Denim CS, Canary CS, Lagoon CS, Thistle CS, Desert Sand CS
Inks: Desert Sand, White Daisy (Pigment), Canary, Lagoon, Thistle, Desert Sand
Emellishments: White Shimmer Trim
Other: Black Journaling Pen, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors,  Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

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

Here's the Mojo Monday sketch I used.

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, Kathleen Androlewicz blog, "Bowl of Stamps" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop... "Just Sayin'"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
May 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Just Sayin'****

With over 60 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of great inspiration!  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 Tracey Pierce's blog, then you are on the right track.

From banners, to labels, to sentiments, to shapes, this month's stamp set has something for everyone.  The various, images are perfect for cards and scrapbook pages. 

For whatever reason, it was the simple geometric shapes, that drew my attention first. In looking for inspiration, my eye was drawn to CAS cards...nothing new there...just sayin'. ;) I decided to create a trio of cards, sticking to a single color palette to tie them together. 


Inspired by this card.
Inspired by this card. I cut out the inset portion of the "Enjoy the Moment" stamped image and backed with a piece of gold shimmer trim.
Inspired by this card. First, I stamped the circles in second generation by using the back of the stamp (the side you would normally stick to the block). Then I stamped the striped side with the same color using first generation.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers:  Kraft CS, White Daisy CS
Stamps Used: Just Sayin' SOTM
Inks: Canary, Pixie, Crystal Blue, Pear, Cocoa
Emellishments: Bitty Pearls, Gold Shimmer Trim
Other: Stitch Guide, Foam Mat, Piercing Tool, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Craft Knife (Fiskars), 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, Jennifer Dykstra's blog, and check out her project.



Happy hopping!


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