Saturday, December 16, 2017

Basics Fundamentals Blog Hop


Welcome to our Featured Papers Blog Hop.  This month we will be showcasing items from our Basics Fundamental Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to My Heart Consultants.  So once again grab yourself a cup of java or hot cocoa, relax, take your shoes off and enjoy the journey!

If you are vising from Julie Scott's Blog, then you are on the right track, if not, you can find the start of the Blog Hop hosted by Carol Loftus.  Or, you can just continue on as it does go around in a circle.

Below you will find my project with Basic Fundamental papers which are SO versatile.  Basics are meant to complement any of our papers.  There are no wrong choices when it comes to these!  I needed a card for my daughter's anniversary and decided to make it a little corny (I added the "together."



Papers:  Basic Fundamental Papers, White Cardstock, Bashful Glitter Paper
Stamps:  S1712 A Little Bit of Pun (December Stamp of the Month)
Inks:  Momento Ink (I was going to color with ShinHan Markers but changed my mind
Embellishments:  Bashful Pearls
Other:  CTMH Scallop Border Thin Cuts, Spellbinder Circle & Scallop Cirle Die


Slightly different view (above).  Below is a close up of stamp



Here is a closer look at the images used:



Be sure to check out the next stop on the hop Haley Dyer's Blog to see what beautiful eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping!



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Silver & Gold Blog Hop 2017


Welcome to our Silver & Gold Blog Hop.  We are showcasing items from our new Holiday Expressions Idea Book with various projects created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  So grab yourself a cup of coffee/tea, relax, take your shoes off and enjoy the journey!

If you have just arrived from RaNae Fennema's Grandma Nae Designs Blog, then you are on the right tract.  If not, please feel free to stasrt at the beginning with our hostess Carol at Crafting with Carol.  Or, you can continue here as it does go around in a circle.

Below you will find my project with Silver & Gold Workshop on the Go Papers and Stamps.  The nice part of this project is that when you are in a hurry, those thin cuts can save your life and still make a pretty nice card!


Here is another closer look:


The snowflake and the Merry Christmas are from three different sets of thin cuts and are all cut from glitter paper.  I thought it would show up better.  The one below does show up a little better.


Papers:  Silver & Gold WYW; Bashful Glitter Paper; White Glitter Paper
Other:  z4033 Be Merry; z4039 I {Heart} Christmas; and Snowflakes (ret.) Thin Cuts

Thin Cuts:


Be sure to check out the next stop along the hop, Erica Haskin's blog and see what eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Happy Stamping!



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Beary Christmas Blog Hop


Welcome to our Beary Christmas Blog Hop. We are showcasing items from our new Holiday Expressions Idea Book with various projected created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  So grab yourself a cup of coffee, relax, take your shoes off and enjoy the journey!

If you just arrived from Haley's The Inky Scrapper Blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, please feel free to start at the beginning with our hostess Carol at Crafting with Carol.  Or, you can continue here as it does go around in a circle.

Below you will find my project Beary Christmas card.  I decided to use the stamp of the Month set:  S1710 Christmas Tunes. I'm a firm believer that anything that has enough sparkle and glitz always looks festive!



Next is a closer look at the sparkle and glitz:



And last a look at the inside of the card:



Papers:  G1137 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking WYW; Cranberry, White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  S1710 Christmas Tunes, C1689 Silver & Gold-Cardmaking
Inks:  Versa Mark; Cranberry and New England Ivy Exclusive Inks; Z2448 R11 Carmine, Z2452 Y222 Golden Yellow Shinhan markers
Embellishments:  Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim; Z3238 Glitter paper; Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

Here is a picture of the images of the stamp set used in this artwork:  First, S1710 Christmas Tunes which you can only get this month and for a qualified purchase of $50, you can get it for $5.00 ($17.95 retail USD):



And next is C1689 Silver & Gold-Cardmaking:



Be sure to check out the next stop at Gerri's Simple Moments Blog to see what eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Cats & Bats Waterfall Card

The final card from this month's workshop on Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way (WYW) and the Falling for You WYW interactive cards is a waterfall card made using Cats & Bats papers and stamping sets for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.

I found a couple of video on YouTube, but the one that worked best for me was from Dawn Griffith.  You can find that video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=GtWr9oTV-ow

So, here is are the pictures starting with the front of the card:


Next flap:


Third flap:


Last flap:


Papers:  G1136 Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way; Black, Willow, White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Cats & Bats - Cardmaking (C1683) & Scrapbook (D1736) Stamp Sets
Inks:  Black, Emerald, and Goldrush Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Z4028 Bats & Cats Dots; Autumn Terracotta brads (ret.)

Here are the stamps sets that were used (first, D1736 Bats & Cats Scrapbooking):


Next, C1683 Bats & Cats Scrapbooking:

Happy stamping!




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Falling For You/Cats & Bats Blog Hop



Welcome to our Cats & Bats/Falling for you Blog Hop. We are showcasing items from our new Holiday Expressions Idea Book with various projected created by talented Close To My Heart consultants.  So grab yourself a cup of coffee, relax, take your shoes of and enjoy the journey!

If you just arrived from Geri's Blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, please feel free to start at the beginning with our hostess Carol at Crafting with Carol.  Or, you can continue here as it does go around in a circle.

Below you will find my projects  First project is made with Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way and Cats & Bats stamp sets.  This will be one of the cards for my Interactive workshop this month.  This is a pop-up peek-a-boo card and found a great video tutorial on this from Deb Valder:



Now, for the inside, notice what is in the little frame:



Now in the final picture is the pop of what is in the little window frame:



Papers:  G1136 Cats & Bats Workshop Your Way; White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps:  Cats & Bats - Cardmaking (C1683) & Scrapbook (D1736) Stamp Sets
Inks:  Black Exclusive Inks; Shinhan Markers:  P83 Lavender, YR24 Marigold and G46 Vivid Green
Embellishments:  Z4028 Bats & Cats Dots; Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Other:  Spellbinder rectangle die cuts

And for my second project, although it is not interactive, its a pinwheel card.  These are just so cute and this paper is perfect for the project!  I am still working on the insides of this card but have decided it will done with the Falling for You Cardmaking stamp set.  I also used a video tutorial by Barb Millikan for this one.




Papers:  G1135 Falling For You Workshop Your Way; Goldrush, Nutmeg and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  C1686 Falling for You - Cardmaking
Inks:  Nutmeg Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Z4028 Bats & Cats Dots; Green Shimmer Trim (Ret.)
Other:  Thanks Thin Cuts (Ret.); Spellbinder Square Dies

Here are the images for the stamp sets used above.  First is Cats & Bats - Cardmaking:



Next is Cats & Bats - Scrapbooking:

Below is Falling for You-Cardmaking:
Be sure to check out the next stop at Cheryl Arbo's Blog to see what eye candy she has been cooking up for you!

Happy Stamping!




Monday, September 11, 2017

CTMH Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together

Close to My Heart has designed a stamp set specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada.  The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more.

My Acrylix® Stronger Together (C1716)
Set of 10
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

$13.95 USD/$17.25 CAD

This C-size set is immediately available for purchase and you can find it on my website with the item number C1716:  https://kattisch.closetomyheart.com/retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=10611.  All proceeds from this stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most.

We believe in the good that comes when we work together as a community.  As the stamp set name states, we truly are stronger together.  Let us all come together and strengthen those who need some extra help in the wake of devastation.




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 2017 Stamp of the Month - Pop-Out Swing Card

Feel So Blessed (S1709), the September 2017 Stamp of the Month, is a set of 26 beautiful images!  It is only available through September 30, 2017, and this lovely set can be your for $5 with a qualified purchase of $50 or $17.95 at the regular price.  Be sure to click on the graphic for a larger view:


I've been working on a set of interactive cards for this month's card workshop and thought this Pop-Out Swing Card would be a perfect set to go with the Falling for You Workshop Your Way (WYW).  The card is a standard size card.  I cut out some of the leaves from the Falling for you Papers because I hadn't gotten my Falling for You-Cardmaking stamp set.


Next a semi-open view of the front:


Next a view of the inside-open view:


Papers:  G1135 Falling For You WYW; Garden Green (ret.), Espresso, Goldrush, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  S1709 Feel So Blessed; C1686 Falling for You-Cardmaking; Lovely Leaves (Ret.)
Inks:  Fern, Goldrush, Saffron, Espresso,, Black Exclusive Inksz899 Black Memento Ink; z2457 Marigold, z2463 Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Embellishments:  z4028 Cats & Bats Dots
Other:  Spellbinder Square Dies

So let's see what else you all can come up with using this beautiful new Stamp of the Month!  Blessings and Happy Crafting!

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