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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations: New Product Blog Hop



With the release of Close to My Heart’s new Annual Inspirations catalog, the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop group decided to do a special edition Blog Hop.

If you have come here from {Michelle Stewart’s blog}, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s get started!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, if not my favorite holiday, and I am absolutely in love with our new Scaredy Cat paper packet. That being said, it’s always a good idea to do something other than the obvious, so I wanted to use these papers for something other than Halloween.

The colors in Scaredy Cat are fun and festive, and I felt like several of the patterns leant themselves well to other types of celebrations, especially birthdays. Combine all this with the Build-a-Cake stamp set and you have the perfect birthday card!



Even though there is Black in the patterned paper, I liked how Slate looked less severe and maybe even more elegant. I used Slate for the cake plate and candle and alternated Thistle and Sunset for the cake layers. The candle flame needed a little something extra, so I just traced around it with the Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker.



My favorite new specialty paper is the Purple Glitter Paper, and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to use it, too. It added enough bling that I didn’t need to use any other embellishments.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:



 







Now “Hop” on over to {Lela Norris’ blog} to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! If you'd like to take a look at all the other goodies in Annual Inspirations, click here. Happy creating!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Annual Inspirations: The NEW Catalog from Close to My Heart

Close to My Heart always releases new products on August 1st, but this year things are just slightly different. This time the catalog will be good for an entire year, so it contains even more fabulous products for you to choose from! There are nine fun and versatile paper packets, five new colors of cardstock and ink, a new alcohol-based marker line, and much, much more!


The catalog can be viewed online by clicking the link above, or you can order your very own copy. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to order one from my website by clicking here

I can't wait to hear what you think!

Vicki

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - August: What a Hoot



Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the August set What a Hoot, a set of 17 stamps. 

If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 60 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating! Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!

When I was a kid my aunt loved owls, so every time I see one I think of her. They’re one of those once-popular icons that has come back around again, and I think this stamp set is just so darn cute!


With each new catalog my monthly swap group changes things up a bit. For the next six months each member has to use the same assigned paper packet with that month’s Stamp of the Month set. Our swap leader has given us some really challenging combinations this time. The paper packet for August was Wanderful. It has fun designs featuring travel themes. What? Travel themes with an owl stamp set? That’s right!



The other part of my particular assignment for August was to use a 3-D shape from one of our Cricut cartridges. After giving all of this some thought and perusing the Cricut shape booklets, I decided I wanted to go with a party theme. I used the cake/pie box on Artiste. These are so easy to put together!




I stamped the owl image on both the polka dot paper and the paper with the graph paper design. Then I cut out the area around the eyes and the tummy from the graph paper pattern and glued them down in the appropriate areas on the polka dot pieces. I used one of our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to give the eyes a touch of color.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1408 What a Hoot stamp set
X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z2459 Pastel Green ShinHan© Touch Twin© Marker
Z1790 Cricut© Artiste Collection


Now “Hop” on over to Michelle Johns' blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through August 31st! Click here to order yours today!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - July: Circus Alphabet



Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the July set Circus Alphabet, a set of 68 stamps. 

If you have come here from Kami Welter’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!



Who doesn't love to doodle? That’s why I think this stamp set is so cute. It’s made up of doodled letters and numbers! That being said, I wanted to use a paper that was fun and whimsical like these letters are. It only took me a moment to choose the floral pattern from the Lollydoodle papers. 



Using the Art Philosophy cartridge I cut a flower from Juniper cardstock and then cut the coordinating layer from White Daisy cardstock. The Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape coordinated perfectly with some of the flower centers in the paper, so I applied it to the center of the Juniper flower before attaching the white flower. I cut leaves from both Pear cardstock and the Green Glitter Paper with the Artiste cartridge and tucked them under the flower.



Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1407 Circus Alphabet stamp set
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy cardstock
X5752 Juniper cardstock
Z1847 Green Glitter Paper
Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
Z1686 Cricut© Art Philosophy Collection
Z1790 Cricut©  Artiste Collection

Now “Hop” on over to Dawn Ross’ blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through July 31st! Click here to order yours today!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - June: Kaboom!

 

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the June set Kaboom!, a set of 16 stamps. 

If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!



My first instinct when looking at this stamp set is to do something for the 4th of July; however, since I used the Jubilee papers for last month’s Hop, I really wanted to do something else.

I started thinking about different color combinations I could use and was just going to use cardstock when I remembered the Paper Fundamentals. Ah-ha! The black would be perfect! Add in some Cranberry and Honey and I had just what I was looking for.





I stamped the TNT on a piece of scrap and then cut it out, removing the fuse from the end. I replaced that with a piece of frayed twine for a fun bit of texture.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1406 Kaboom! stamp set
Z1939 Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment
1385 White Daisy cardstock
1272 Cranberry cardstock
X5668 Honey cardstock
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1751 Baker’s Twine Harvest Assortment
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape


Now “Hop” on over to Kami Welter’s blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through June 30th! Click here to order yours today!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Blog Hop Special Edition: National Scrapbooking Month & Free to Be Me


It’s National Scrapbooking Month and that calls for a special edition Blog Hop – Free to Be Me! 



If you have come here from Terry Ann Diack’s blog, you’re in the right place! There are 20 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s get started!


Every year Close to My Heart offers a special paper packet for National Scrapbooking Month, and this year’s is my favorite one yet! It’s got bright, bold colors, trendy patterns, embossed cardstock, and even patterned vellum! (Details on how to get your hands on this terrific paper pack for just $5 are at the end of this post.)


I was perusing Facebook the other night and saw a summer-themed project a fellow consultant had made using Free to Be Me. I was instantly inspired and knew I wanted to make a summer layout. When I set to work I opened up one of my pattern books and found additional inspiration in the very first layout design I looked at! It was just details after that.


I used some of the summer-themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge for my title, as well as a few other elements. I modified the summer photo mat ever so slightly in Cricut Craft Room so that I could remove the holes that would have been used for making a mini album. I cut a piece of white cardstock just slightly smaller than the title piece, applied 3 rows of Teal Shimmer Trim, and then adhered the title over the top.


You will notice that I did no stamping on this layout! I used the phrases from one of the zip strips, a sentiment cut on the Cricut, and arrows that came from the borders I also cut on the Cricut. So fast and easy! Now I just have to wait for summer to stick around so I can grab some snapshots to make my project complete.


So how can you get a Free to Be Me paper collection for yourself? It’s easy! During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight! Click here to order.

Now “Hop” on over to Maria Myers’ blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s blog for more creative inspiration.


Here is what I used:

Free to Be Me paper collection – National Scrapbooking Month exclusive!
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
9042 Make It from Your Heart Volume 2


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - May: You've Got a Friend

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we’re featuring the May set You’ve Got a Friend, a set of 5 stamps


 If you have come here from Tamytha Jenkins’ blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 50 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Off we go!

Plain and simple, my inspiration this month was Toy Story. I wanted to use the “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” stamp because that song and/or phrase holds a very special place in my heart. Toy Story was the first full-length movie I ever let my son watch. When he promoted from Kindergarten to 1st Grade his class sang “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” at the ceremony. He’s my Andy.

Based on the red, yellow, and blue of the Toy Story logo, it was easy to choose the Jubilee papers for my project. I used card pattern #26 from Make It from Your Heart Volume 2 so all the papers were pretty evenly visible.



I stamped the sentiment in Indian Corn Blue ink, and then stamped it on a piece of scrap in Cranberry as well. I cut around the word “friend” and adhered it over the top of the Indian Corn Blue image because I wanted to highlight that word.

Here is what I used. All products are Close to My Heart:

S1405 You’ve Got a Friend stamp set
X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet
1388 Colonial White cardstock
Z2130 Indian Corn Blue Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z3004 Jubilee Assortmentcard
Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
9042 Make It from Your Heart Volume 2

Now “Hop” on over to Alyson Mayo’s blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s site to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas! Don’t forget, this exclusive stamp set is only available through May 31st! Click here to order yours today!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Hop Special Edition: Washi Tape

Welcome to a special edition Blog Hop! This one is all about wonderful Washi Tape!


If you have come here from Maria Myers’ blog, you’re in the right place! There are more than 15 independent Close to My Heart consultants participating. Click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move through the Hop.

The Blog Hop is a great big circle. Start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way you’ll find a complete list of participating consultants here. You can use this list to pick up where you left off.

Let’s get started!

We’ve had these My Creations Kraft Containers in the Idea Book for quite a while now, and I’ve had several on hand almost as long but hadn’t figured out what to do with them. This was the perfect opportunity to see what I could come up with.

I scanned the pages of the Idea Book for inspiration and funnily enough I found it on page 103 amongst a bunch of robots and gears! This got my wheels turning (see what I did there?), and the next thing I knew I was using the Timberline papers! 


I used the Chocolate Woodgrain Washi and a zip strip to decorate the lid.  Next I added more of the Chocolate Woodgrain, some Lagoon Houndstooth Washi, and a piece of the Timberline paper to decorate the rest of the container. 


I used a little Lagoon Washi to decorate the buttons, and then I ran piece of the hemp twine from the Wooden Mini-Medley through it and tied a knot. All that was left was to add the stamped image, tie it onto the container with more of the hemp twine, and attach the buttons.



TIP: When decorating 3D items, I highly recommend using Liquid Glass as an adhesive. It only takes a very small amount, and your items are guaranteed to remain attached.

Now “Hop” on over to Sheila Bennett’s blog to see her work, and be sure to visit each consultant’s blog for more creative inspiration. 


Supply List:

Z1833 My Creations Kraft Container
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
X7182B Timberline paper packet
Z1837 Wooden Mini-Medley Accents Collection
D1580 Catch You Later stamp set
Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks stamp pad
Z1938 Sponge Daubers Value Pack
Z679 Liquid Glass