Tuesday, 1 October 2019

October SOTM Blog Hop - Autumn Air

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring October's SOTM, which is Autumn Air, a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Lauren'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 on Melinda’s Blog


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This month we have approximately 28 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!



When I seen this stamp set I knew I had to dig out this photo of my oldest daughter, Jaymee.  I knew the colours would pair perfectly with the Hawthorn paper collection.  The beautiful fall colours in the background work so well with the Paprika and Saffron ink, that I used those colours for my leaves and the sentiment.


Now "Hop" on over to Melissa'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 Autumn Air SOTM is only available until October 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!




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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

AHSC # 333 - Happy Anniversary

This week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was one that came together quickly.  I really enjoy working with my sketches again.

September is not only the start of a new school year, but it was many anniversaries in which I need to send out cards.  I pulled out the Every Little Thing stamps and thin cuts, used the card making as well as the card workshop exclusive set to create for this card.  I used the Mix In paper collection and coordinating cardstock, laying all the various elements for this card.





Here is the sketch:


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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Every Little Thing



Welcome to our September Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Every Little Thing(ELT) collection. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you are new to our blog hop we start on the East Coast and hop across Canada to the West Coast.  If you are starting with me then you are at the first stop. If you came from the amazingly talented Kristine Ponte then you are in the right place!

I decided to make a trio of cards using various aspects from the Every Little Thing collection.  I started with the PML cards and choose 2 that I thought would make stunning card fronts.  The 3rd card I decided that I wanted to create my own background paper. Let's take a close look.


For this card I started by trimming the 4x6 PML card down to 4"x5.25".  I decided to add some shimmer to the card so I added the Clear Shimmer Brush to the flowers.  Then I added some Bitty Sparkles to the card.  I wanted the flowers to pop, so I matted the PML card on Sapphire cardstock.  The sentiment is from the ELT cardmaking workshop.  The featured exclusive stamp set in this workshop now comes with a coordinating thin cut set.


The second card using the same steps as the first card, also utilizing Sapphire cardstock for the mat, but here I used regular Sparkles on the sentiment, and I coloured the flower using the Julep Shimmer Brush.


This final card uses the ELT cardmaking & thin cut set as well as the stamp set from the card workshop.  The pattern paper is my own created background using the stamps found in the Card workshop.  I then took my waterbrush and then smooshed ink onto my all purpose mat, picking up the ink and adding it to the stamped images.  Remember when doing this technique you should use the Intense Black Ink so that the image won't bleed.  The sentiment is stamped on White Daisy cardstock. I did a light wash using Julep Ink before stamping.  The image surrounding the sentiment is popped using 3D foam tape, and is stamped on the lighter side of Wisteria cardstock.
Every Little Thing Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Every Little Thing Picture My Lifeâ„¢ Cards
Z3525
Julep Shimmer Brush

Well, I hope my cards inspired you, continue on to Colleen, as I'm sure her artwork is astounding.

If you get lost along the way, you can pop back here to find your way:


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the Hawthorn collection. So mark October 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


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Thursday, 5 September 2019

New Product Blog Hop - September 2019

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!

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We will be featuring all new products from our 2 new catalogs.  If you have come here from the fabulous artwork of  Melissa Robinson, 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 on Melinda’s Blog


This month we have approximately 21 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using some awesome NEW 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!




For my projects I decided to use the Mix In papers(X9007), I just love the colours in this collection.  I concentrated on 2 of our brand new colours, Wisteria and Julep.  Julep is our Colour of the Year.  Also used is the stamp set Heart Pattern(C1812) which coordinates with the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts.

I also used the SOTM, Random Act of Cardness for the sentiment.  The shape that the sentiment is stamped on comes from the September Special, Share the Seasons.  I felt that these cards needed just a bit of bling, so I pulled out some Sparkles.  Both Thin Cut shapes are popped using some 3D foam tape for dimension.



X9007
Mix In Collection
Heart Patterns
Heart Pattern

S1909: Random Act of Cardness, set of 17
Random Act of Cardness
Share the Seasons Stamps + Thin Cuts (CC9195)
Share the Seasons
Now "Hop" on over to see some stunning artwork from Melinda EverittBe sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the MONTH SOTM is only available until MONTH 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 1 September 2019

September SOTM Blog Hop - Random Act of Cardness

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

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We will be featuring September's SOTM, which is called Random Act of Cardness, a set of 17 stamps.  If you have come here from the blog of Michelle Johns, 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 on Melinda’s Blog

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This month we have approximately 21 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!



For my project I pulled out the Mix In Paper collection along with the coordinating Cardstock.  I used 3 patterns from this collection, Safforn Cardstock and Sapphire Ink.  To finish off the card I doodled around the edges.


Now "Hop" on over to Melissa Robinson'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 September SOTM is only available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

You're Amazing - AHSC # 331

Wow, it's been a while since I've created artwork using my own sketches.....but here I am.  I've made a commitment to myself to find the time to create for me and I'm so happy to say I'm back.

My artwork today is using the Craft On Paper collection as well as August Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart.


Here is the Sketch for this week, and you can find the link up here:




Thanks for stopping by, and if you haven't seen the designs created by the AHSC Design Team you can head over by clicking here.



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Saturday, 10 August 2019

August Cross Canada Blog Hop - Craft On



Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Craft On collection. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop and I am the first stop when you are hopping from the East Coast to the West Coast. If you came from Kristine's Blog then you are in the right place!



For my project I choose to create a layout using Craft On.  I wanted to highlight the colour in in the photo and pulling the Raspberry was a perfect match.  I used the Stitched Flower Thin Cuts for embellishment, and used up some left over letters in my stash as well as the Alphabet Thin Cuts to create my title. The scallop is the reverse of the backgroung paper, and the black and white plaid is the zipstrip from the same page.  The Pink tone on tone with hearts is also from the Craft On collection.  I pulled that colour to create the flowers as well as Lemon Cardstock which is also used to mat the photo.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheena.

If you get lost along the way, you can come right back here, I've provided the full hop list:

Michelle  You Are Here!








Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using Every Little Thing collection. So mark September 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Thursday, 1 August 2019

August SOTM Blog Hop - From Me to You

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is From Me to You, a set of 38 stamps.  If you have come here from CatScrapbooking, 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 on Melinda’s Blog

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This month we have approximately 14 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!


This first card was made using the True Love collection.  I had a few pieces left of the cut apart sheet, and it looked really fancy, so I trimmed along the lace and used that as a decorative piece. The sentiment is stamped in Sapphire Ink and is also a piece from the cut apart sheet.  The flower is from the Stitched Flower Thin Cut, and the colours are Sugarplum and Fern.  The flower and sentiment is popped using 3D Foam Tape.  I also added some Rose Gold Sequins.


For the second card I created I dug into some scraps from Sweet Girl, I used the Border Thin Cuts(sold out sorry), to create the grass, it is a fringe cut.  Totally awesome right.  Again, I used the cut apart sheet, that is where you will find this awesome hedgehog.  The sentiment is stamped in Black ink, and I doodled using the journalling pen.  Again I added some Rose Gold sequins.


Now "Hop" on over to Wendy'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 MONTH SOTM is only available until MONTH 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

July Cross Canada Blog Hop - Into The Wild



Welcome to our July Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Into the Wild collection. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop and I am the first stop when you are hopping from East Coast to West Coast. If you came from Kristine's blog then you are in the right place!



For my project I decided to pull a layout from the Make It From Your Heart how to book, I used Layout 3 from Volume 3.  The stamp set used is called Summer Memories (D1858).  The base is Mink cardstock, and I've used colours found in the paper collection, Fern and Sapphire both in cardstock and ink.  I've used gold sequins and White Burlap Ribbon to embellish the layout.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheena, you can find her blog here!

If you get lost along the way, I've provided the full blog hop listing found below.

Michelle YOU ARE HERE









Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the Craft On collection. So mark August 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Monday, 1 July 2019

July SOTM Blog Hop - Bear Hugs

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring July's SOTM, Bear Hugs, a set of 17 stamps.  If you have come here from Melissa Robinson'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 on Melinda’s Blog

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This month we have approximately 16 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!






For my cards, I used Into the Wild Paper and coordinating Cardstock.  These cards were created to teach at a learning event for fellow consultants.  I used both watercolour pencils and Inks as mediums.  I also used Make It From Your Heart Volume 4, patterns 9, 21 & 24. 

Now "Hop" on over to Catherine Nowak'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 Bear Hugs is only available until July 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Monday, 10 June 2019

June Cross Canada Blog Hop - True Love

Welcome to our June Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the True Love collection. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, I am also the first stop on the hop when hopping from East Coast to West Coast. If you came from Kristine's blog then you are in the right place!



For my project I pulled Sapphire, Eggplant and Sugarplum from the colour pallet.  The Card base is Sapphire, and I matted the sentiment with Sugarplum.  I stamped the sentiment using Eggplant.  The sentiment is from this month's Stamp of the Month, To My Bestie.  To finish off the card, I added some loose Gold sequins applied with glue dots.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheena, so go visit her blog and leave her some blog love.

If you get lost along the way, you can come back here as I have provided the full hop list.

Michelle You Are Here







Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the Into The Wild collection. So mark July 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Saturday, 1 June 2019

June SOTM Blog Hop - It's Your Day to Sparkle

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is called It's Your Day to Sparkle, a set of 39 stamps.  If you have come here from Jen Rubio'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 on Melinda’s Blog


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This month we have approximately 19 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 just had so much fun with this stamp set, that I created 4 cards and then couldn't choose which to share, so here are all four.  Which is your favourite?




This one I embellished with the White & Gold Skinny Ribbon (Z4194). The cake is popped off the mat using 3D Foam Tape.  I also used the Clear Shimmer Brush all over this cake as well as the one with the Canary Roses.  The Roses and leaves were coloured with the Sugarplum and Mint Shimmer Brushes. The sentiment is stamped in Sapphire ink on Sugarplum cardstock.


For this card, the roses are colored with Eggplant ink and the leaves with Sage ink.  I added some Sapphire sequins from the Crafty Loose Sequins (Z4059).


This card I used the new Doily Thin Cut (Z4063) and layered it behind the cake.  The roses are coloured with Sugarplum ink, the leaves with Sage ink, and the sequins are from the Crafty loose seguines.



This card I used the Lace Border Thin Cut (Z4060) for added detail, and the roses are coloured with Canary ink, the leaves with Sage.  I also coloured the layers of the cake with Sugarplum ink.  All the cake stands are coloured with the Grey watercolor pencil and blended with the medium waterbrush.  I added the clear shimmer brush over the entire cake, and below you can see a close up of the shimmer, but it's not easy to see.  




Now "Hop" on over to Melinda Everitt'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 June SOTM is only available until June 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3