Friday, 1 January 2021

January 2021 SOTM Blog Hop - Every Thank You

 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!





We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is titled Every Thank You is a set of 25 stamps.  If you have come here from the artwork of Catherine Nowak, 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 18 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 decided to create 2 cards for this month's blog hop, just starting to create to send out to all my 2020 customers.  I started with the colours I wanted to work with with, Desert Rose, Black and White Daisy.  I then decided that I wanted to keep them clean and simple and what better way to do so then to work with cardstock and Thin Cuts.  I used the Stitched Scalloped Brackets ( Z3688) for the sentiments, and then pulled 2 different full size card front Thin Cuts for the cards themselves.  The one of the left is Floral Background (Z3693) and the 2nd card I used the Stitched Lattice Background (Z3681).  

The Floral card is backed with Black cardstock and I used the light side of the Desert Rose, then used the original colour on the Bracket for the sentiment.  I added White Enamel Dots to the centers of a few flowers to add a pop. 

For the Lattice card I used Black stickles and Clear Sparkles to fill in the open centers created by the Thin Cut design.  I added the Black Velvet Ribbon (Z3568) under the sentiment.  I also stamped 2 stars on the Bracket in Desert Rose Ink and added some Black Stickles for added embellishments.

Now "Hop" on over to the creative Michelle Loncar 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 January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Operation Smile Blog Hop

  Welcome to our Operation Smile Blog Hop!





We will be featuring the Operation Smile Stamp set, Every Bit of Wonderful, a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Wendy Kessler, 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 13 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 I started by heat embossing in White a random pattern  using multiple stamps from the set.  Next I did some ink smooshing using Abandoned Coral and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxides.  I heat embossed the sentiment in White and inked over the sentiment in Abaondoned coral Distress Oxide Ink.  I used the Stitched Simple Bracket for the sentiment and popped it using 3D foam tape.


For my second card, I stamped the sentiment first and heat embossed in White, than using the large flower I stamped and heat embossed again in White.  Then using the Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink and the Blending Tool I sponged ink onto the cardstock.  This technique is called ink resist.  Finally just to give it some flare, I splattered Clear Shimmer Brush all over the front of the card.

Now "Hop" on over to Gina Brandsetter'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 Operation Smile stamp set gives $7 to this charity that gives life saving surgeries to so many children!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set!


Always craft with  <3

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

December SOTM Blog Hop - Happiness Never Grows Old

 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!




We will be featuring December's SOTM, which is titled Happiness Never Grows Old, a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Wendy Kessler'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





This month we have approximately 18 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 created 2 cards for tonight's blog hop.  The left card is using Blue Belle Pattern from the current Mix In collection and then I pulled in the Square Stitched Frame Die in White Daisy and the mat is in Desert Rose.  The sentiment is embossed in White Embossing Powder.  The right card also uses White Embossing but this is stamped on Raspberry cardstock.  I wanted some shimmer or glitz, so splattered Clear Shimmer Brush onto this card.

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


Always craft with  <3

Friday, 6 November 2020

Holiday Cards Blog Hop

  Welcome to our Holidays Card Blog Hop!




We will be sharing lots of fun holiday cards which I'm sure will inspire you.  If you have come here from Wendy'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


Our holiday card blog hop has some talented crafters,  we have approximately 17 Close To My Heart Makers sharing their creations using products found in our November/December catalog along with other current 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 really wanted to create just more than one card for this hop, but life got in the way. I always have fun creating my own backgrounds, and this one was lots of fun.  I started with Blue Belle cardstock and Ink.  I used Elegant Snowflakes which is available with or without the Thin Cuts.  For this card I just used the stamps and random stamped the 3 medium and 3 small snowflakes.  The sentiment is stamped on white cardstock in Blue Belle Ink.  I snuck a piece of white Shimmer Trim under the sentiment.  I added doodle lines and inked the edges of the banner.  I also added Clear Stickles in the center of the tiny snowflakes.

Now "Hop" on over to Melinda's blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Makers at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Remember, this catalog is only available until December 31st, or while supplies last.  Contact your CTMH Maker (or click here) to show any of the items you see throughout the hop.


Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 1 November 2020

November SOTM Blog Hop - You Warm My Heart

 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!




We will be featuring November's SOTM, You Warm My Heart, a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Cat'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



This month we have approximately 22 Close To My Heart Makers 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 first card I started by choosing the Black and White plaid print from the Jingle Joy collection. I backed it with a Black Cardstock mat.  The sentiment is stamped in Black Ink along with the mini Poinsettia which is stamped in Flamingo Ink.  I added doodle lines and matted it on Evergreen Cardstock.  The coffee cup is stamped in Raspberry Ink and I added some Silver Embellishing Thread to help embellish the card.


For my second card I wanted to pull in some wood grain paper, and I had this pattern sitting on my workspace so it's what I went with(LOL).  I matted the wood grain on Evergreen cardstock.  The coffee cup is stamped in Evergreen Ink.  I stamped the Candy Cane in Raspberry Ink and tucked the bottom in behind the cup.  I decided that the card needed a little colour so I pulled in the Candy Cane print from the Jingle Joy paper collection.  The sentiment is stamped on Evergreen cardstock and I embossed it in White(as Karen would say, "When in doubt emboss in White").  I used the Stitched Bracket for the sentiment and also added the mini poinsettia in the corners to finish the frame.  I felt it still needed a little something something, and pulled out the Silver Embellishing Thread again and tucked it behing the sentiment.


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


Always craft with  <3