Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Happy Hello - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is "A Happy Hello", a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Michele Rowley's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.  





This month we have 60+ Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I had a blast making this shaker card. Whats not to like about an interactive card! I wanted to try my hand at heat embossing on vellum. I heat embossed the sentiment on the vellum and cut out the window using Seaside paper. I used 3-D foam tape around the border and center outer edge of the inside frame to keep the shaker contents contained in the vellum window. 
 I used a combination of golden and silver sequins. I removed the sticky from the backs so they could flow freely when the card is shaken. I really love how classy the embossing looks!

I added strips of Gold Polka Dot washi for some flair as well as added some dimension to the flower. The center of the flower is a bitty sparkle colored with the gold metallic marker. 

Products Used: 
Paper: Seaside
Inks: Desert Sand, Olive, Glacier
Accessories: Craft Heater, VersaMark, Gold Embossing Powder, White Card & Envelope Value Pack, 3-D Foam Tape, Micro Tip Scissors
Embellishments: Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, Sequins Gold Assortment, Sequins Silver Assortment, Bitty Sparkles, Metallic Marker
Non-CTMH: Vellum, Lawn Fawn Rectangle Dies, Simon Says Shaker Shake Beads, Big Shot


Now "Hop" on over to Jeanie Burch's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy To Be Friends....

I really like the colors in the Year >>> Noted paper pack. I paired it with the "Happy to be Friends" and "A Thing Well Done" hostess reward stamp.

 I cut a strip of 1 1/2 inch patterned paper and layered it with the Gold Polka Dot Washi using CTMH cards and envelopes. I stamped the sentiment Happy To Be Friends in black ink. I stamped my background image in Desert Sand ink. The butterfly was stamped in Juniper and I rolled the edges in Desert Sand. The second butterfly was stamped in Autumn Terracotta second generation with desert sand around the edges. I added some gold sequins to top it off.

Are you dying to have the "A Thing Well Done" stamp set?? Host your own online gathering and use your hostess rewards credits to add this stamp set to your collection!!!

Loving the Year>>Noted paper?? For the month of January with a qualifying $50 purchase on my website get this kit for $5.00 including the paper, stamp set and gold foil stickers or add a mini album for a total of $10!! SHOP WITH ME --->HERE

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop Featuring the Letter B

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!
For this hop we will be featuring the letter "B". This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their "B" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy 

If you came from "Diana Saunders - Farmer Di Stamps" then you're on the right track!

The letter "B" represents "Buggy Love" which is the super duper cute stamp set I used to create these 3x3 cards. If you are loving Buggy Love as much as I am get it now! It is retiring as of January 31st!!

 To make these cards I used Colonial White card stock for the base. The patterned paper is the bright and colorful Hopscotch!! 

 Aren't the images the cutest!! Sure to brighten anyones day!! The coloring was done with the ShinHan Touch Twin markers. The images were stamped in black ink and I had fun doodling with my journaling pen.

 I stamped the grass in Topiary ink. I placed bitty sparkles in the center of the patterned paper to give it some flair. 3-D foam tape was added to give it some dimension. 

 How cute is this little guy!! I fussy cut a lot of the images using my micro tip scissors.

 I adore the enamel stars!! Did you know they were white?! I colored them with the ShinHan Touch Twin markers! Make them whatever color you like!! 

Thank you for stopping by!! Happy Crafting...

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is "Darlys Recker - Crafty Happy".
In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tis The Season...Tissue Box Covers

Excited about this super fun creative team project featured on the SOC (Scraps of Color) blog today. It seems like everyone around me is sneezing, coughing and blowing their nose!! I thought it was so appropriate to use my craftiness and try my hand at covering tissue boxes. Always fun to make someones day a little brighter!!

Follow along with this picture tutorial and start personalizing your Kleenex boxes today!


 I used the Kleenex brand box of tissue. It was $1.97 at Weis market. 

 You will want to select your card stock and patterned paper or just card stock. Whatever floats your boat. Cut the following pieces. Base - (2) 5 1/8 x 9 1/2. Lid (1) 6 9/16 square. Patterned paper panels (4) 4 1/4 x 4. Patterned paper lid panels (4) 4 1/4 x 3/4. Top layer of lid (1) 4 1/4 square. I used CTMH card stock and Seaside paper. 

 Take your (2) 5 1/8 x 9 1/2 panels and score at 1/2 and 5 inches. This will be the two pieces we attach together to make the box. 

 Take the  6 9/16 lid and score at 1 inch on all four sides. 

 Crease your scored lines with your bone folder. 

 I took my (4) 4 1/4 x 3/4 inch lid panels and adhered them to all four sides of the lid. I used my Spellbinder die and traced and cut out a center. 

  I cut the corners diagonally across the square and removed a piece so when adhered it wouldn't be so bulky in the corners. 

 Here is a piece with the center cut out. 

 I then took the (1) 4 1/4 piece of card stock and ran it through my Big Shot. 

 I centered and adhered the die cut piece on top of the lid. 

 I adhered the corners to the inside of the box and my lid was completed. 

 I took my (2) 5 1/8 x 9 1/2 and attached the short edge to the end of the straight edge making one continous long piece with panels. I distressed the folds and patterned paper with Desert Sand ink. I adhered the paper to the panels. 

 The final step to construct the box was adhering the last 1/2 inch tab to the straight edge. 

 You now have your box and lid. I ended up putting adhesive on the inside 4 sides of the lid and securing when I placed it on top of the box. Now you get to have some fun and embellish as you see fit!! The completed box will slide over top of the Kleenex box. 

Here are some close ups of my embellishments. 
 I used my CTMH Artiste cricut cart for the bow. The shape is cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cart. The stamp set is Have A Happy Day. The design is from the Idea Book minus the washi, bow and sequence. 

 I used one of my favorite washi tapes and did some rock and rolling stamping on the flower. 

 Here is another one I made using card stock instead of the patterned paper. If you look closely you will see I embossed the panel pieces of card stock and ran ink over the raised embossed image. I colored the stamped image, which came from A Little Note stamp set, with Shinhan Touch Twin markers. The patterned paper is Hopscotch and I embossed with the Quatrefoil embossing folder. 

I hope you enjoyed this fun project! Start working on your tissue cover! Happy Crafting! SHOP HERE~ Shalana


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Just Smile

OMG!!! I am super excited about the Die Cut Inlay technique I saw on Jennifer Mcguire's blog. Check out her blog for the tutorial. I just had to try it using CTMH Hopscotch paper. 
Here are the two finished cards. The great thing about this technique you can make two cards using the cut out pieces. 

 Here is an up close pic. I placed the die on my card stock and ran it through my Big Shot. I kept the pieces that were cut out and replaced it into the other card I was working on. You can see how the piece is inlayed into the opposite negative space. I added a stamped sentiment to this card so it wouldn't look so bland. 

On this card I followed the directions to the tutorial and cut strips of the Hopscotch paper. I added the rows of different patterned pieces alternating each piece. The sequence broke up the busy paper and I used 3-D foam tape to mount it onto a piece of Heartstrings patterned paper.  

Products used:


Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!! SHOP WITH ME ---> HERE

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Everything ABCs Blog Hop Featuring The Letter A



Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter "A". This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their "A" element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy


If you came from "Shelly's - Just One Pretty Piece" then you're on the right track!

My letter "A" equals = "A"im, "A"rrow and "A"mazing which comes from the January SOTM, This Moment. 


Here are my cards using January Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) "This Moment" and "You're The Bomb" stamp sets. 




Here is the sketch I used to create the cards. You will learn how you can use one sketch and make multiple cards with a different sentiment. 

I cut out all my pieces of patterned paper and card stock based on the above sketch. I used one piece of Heartstrings patterned paper utilizing both sides to give the cards a different look. I used the Adventure card stock combo pack using Lagoon and HollyhockWhite Daisy was used for the sentiment.

I completed all of my stamping using "This Moment" and "You're The Bomb" stamp sets. I stamped in Lagoon, Cranberry and Black ink. The hearts are second generation stamped and I used my Journaling Pen to doodle around the edge of one of my focal points. 

On this card I sprayed the white card stock with my spray pen using a mixture of lagoon re-inker and water. I added my sentiment from the "You're The Bomb" stamp set on the bottom of the card and tied some cranberry bakers twine around the front panel of the card. I gave the bullseye and arrow some dimension using the thin 3-D foam tape. 

On this card my sentiment is totally different as well as the arrangement of the patterned paper and card stock. I used the black bakers twine from the Bakers Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment.  

This card is my FAV. I used second generation stamping on the hearts. The Straight From the Heart sentiment was fussy cut out and popped up with 3-D foam tape to give it some dimension. I distressed the edges of all of the card stock with my Edge Distresser. 

Here are a few up close pictures. I used a white gel pen to add some dots along the edges of the hearts and on the sentiment. I also distressed the edges of the patterned paper with black ink. 





Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Pam Trostle ~ Pam's Crafty Creations


Please do leave some blog love and thank you for stopping by!! Happy Crafting!! SHOP with ME --->HERE

Friday, January 2, 2015

CTMH Year >> Noted January National Papercrafting Month Promotion

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

Check out my pictures below to see how I used this super cool kit!!!
During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year>>Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24 USD for only $5 - that's over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year>>Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations kraft mini book. 
The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, card stocks, and B&T Duos paper, all specially designed to coordinate with My Creations kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34 USD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book!

Below are pics of how I have transformed the Year >> Noted kit into my own creation. Make your qualifying purchases on MY WEBSITE - You will be prompted to add this kit at check out!