Monday, April 12, 2021

Stamptacular Blog Hop

 


Welcome
Glad you could join us today!  A blog hop is one big loop of crafty, fun ideas for paper crafting as you visit each of the connected blogs.  If you are coming from Maureen's blogyou are on the right path.  If you are starting here, just look for the link at the end of my post to Wendy's blog (and successive posts) to see which blog to visit next.

During April, you can enjoy Stamptacular savings on a wide variety of My Acrylix® stamps and stamp + Thin Cuts bundles. There are even five of our most popular stamp sets that were brought back just for this sale! These stamp sets and discounted prices will only be available until April 30.  You can find them here.

In this blog hop, we are sharing examples of work using stamps/thin cuts that are a part of this Stamptacular sale.  Enjoy the ideas!


Flowers on the birdhouse are colored with colored pencils and a white gel pen.  The flowers around the border are lightly shaded using a shimmer brush.




The background on this card is shaded using Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink and misted water.  The flowers were colored with Tri-Blend alcohol markers



The background is vellum paper which was colored with Tri-Blend Markers and then 91% alcohol was dripped to help spread the ink.  The images were stamped on top of the vellum with Archival Ink and then colored with colored pencils.




The image was stamped with Intense Black ink on ordinary white tissue (wrapping) paper and colored with alcohol markers.  When dry, the tissue paper was balled up and then umcrumpled.  The tissue paper was then glued to white daisy cardstock using a glue stick and gently applied to the cardstock so as to maintain the textured background.  Shimmer brush was added to the center of each blossom and then flicked a bit over the background.


Be sure to go your Close To My Heart Maker's website to check out all the fantastic deals in this Stamptacular Sale 



Thanks for stopping by today.  
Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas on Wendy's blog featuring more of the stamp sets and thin cuts from this sale.
  

Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in this blog hop for lots of new product inspiration.  If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.






Tuesday, April 6, 2021

What's new at Close To My Heart in April

 


So many great specials this month!



Stamptacular

What a great deal!


With hundreds of high quality My Acrylix® stamp sets and Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles to choose from, you'll want to take full advantage of this month's special savings! 
Shop Stamps Now!

Creativity Delivered Right to Your Door!

Craft with Heart™ subscriptions deliver quick and easy layout or card kits to your door on a schedule you choose. This is the last month to sign up and get the beautiful January–April kits. See this incredible artwork and subscribe before it goes away!
See the kits

April Stamp of the Month

Add a unique look to scrapbook pages, cards, and more using the April Stamp of the Month, Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings! This set is only available this month, and it can be yours for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more!
See the Whole Set
VIP Customers get the Stamp of the Month set FREE with their qualifying order! Learn more about becoming a VIP Customer




VIP Refer A Friend  Special


Get a friend to sign up as a VIP in the month of April and you both will receive $10 in FREE VIP Credit!




National Scrapbooking Day Special


We’ve got so much planned for National Scrapbooking Day, that we need to spread the celebration over two days! You’re invited to join the fun online April 30 – May 1, 2021 on the Close To My Heart Facebook page. We’ll spend our time completing FIVE amazing creative projects featuring exclusive products, tips & techniques, and of course product giveaways!

For more details about the featured projects Order the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration bundle to get all five at a 30% discounted price!

Check out the project bundles here 


May Album Virtual Retreat


Join us online May 14–15 for our next virtual Album Retreat. At Album Retreat, we go step-by-step through the process of creating an entire album’s worth of breathtaking scrapbook pages bursting with unique artwork techniques! At this event, we will create 11 two-page 12″ × 12″ scrapbook layouts, for a total of 22 pages!

Find more information and see layouts for this retreat here.





Wednesday, March 17, 2021

May Virtual Album Retreat

 

Join us online May 14–15, for our next virtual Album Retreat.

At Album Retreat, we go step-by-step through the process of creating an entire album’s worth of breathtaking scrapbook pages bursting with unique artwork techniques! At this event, we will create 11 two-page 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts, for a total of 22 pages! See all pages >>

You'll be getting:

  •  2 days of live video instruction in an exclusive Facebook Group that you can access at your convenience (and watch more than once, if you'd like)
  • a fully cut kit with instructions
  • new thin-cuts
  • 3 stamps sets
  • exclusive acrylic embellishments  
When finished , you will have a totally fun and beautiful set of pages to make an entire album.

For VIP members, your purchase of this bundle will give you over $40 of VIP credit.

To participate in this event, simply purchase the album bundle (EB20214)—there is no separate registration fee! As we get closer to the event, we will send an email to everyone who has purchased the bundle with an invitation to join a private Facebook group where the event will be held.

The last day to order the bundle is April 19; we will then begin shipping ordered bundles shortly after that date. Visit the item page for EB20214 to get a closer look at the artwork. A list of additional materials needed to complete the project will also be coming soon.

Album Retreat Bundle

Monday, March 1, 2021

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Winged Masterpiece



Welcome
Glad you could join us today! If this is your first blog hop, know that it is just one big loop of crafty, fun ideas for paper crafting as you visit each of the connected blogs.  If you are coming from Krista's blogyou are on the right path.  If you are starting here, just look for the link at the end of my post to Kristine's blog (and successive posts) to see which blog to visit next.

Winged Masterpiece is a beautiful set for creating beautiful cards, embllishing scrapbook pages, or using in mixed media artwork.



For my projects this month, I made some cards using vellum, Distress Oxide inks, and Tri-blend alcohol markers.

For this card, I used the Tri-blend markers and  dabbed some 91% alcohol on the back side of a piece of vellum to get the alcohol colors to run and create the background sheet for this card.  I used a stamping platform and CTMH Intense Black Ink to to  stamp the butterfly on the front side of the vellum.  I gave the ink a few minutes to dry.  I then used colored pencils from my stash to color in  the flowers on the butterfly on the top side of the vellum.


For the background on this card, I used Peacock Fathers Distress Oxide ink.  First, I rubbed the ink on my All Purpose Mat and spritzed it with water.  Next, I sprayed one of our stencils and put it down on the ink on my mat, and then put the stencil down on White Daisy cardstock,  The dragonfly was stamped using Intense Black ink and then colored in the flowers using various pastel Tri-blend alcohol markers.

Here's a closer look at the dragonfly where you can see I added sparkles to the center of many of the flowers.  I colored the sparkles using my Tri-blend alcohol markers.  I added Diamond stickles to the center "webbed" area of the dragonfly.  Unfortunately, my photography does not show off the beauty of this dragonfly.


I used the same method of preparing the vellum as I did on the first card.  I then fussy cut the butterfly and attached it to the White Daisy cardstock using Tombow mono multi liquid glue.

In this close-up, you will see I added some sparkles that I colored with the alcohol markers and some Liquid Pearls to the centers of the flowers.


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Lately I have been exploring the world of mixed media and art journaling.  I'm not completely happy with the final outcome  and composition of this project, however, we all have to start somewhere in new art forms, so I thought I'd share my trials with you.  

I used many of the same techniques and materials I used on my cards.  A few additional supplies I played with on this were Dina Wakley Media Fuchsia glossy spray and Asteroid Stickles Glitter Gel.  The netting I used for some extra texture is dry wall tape that I rubbed with black ink.  The large flowers were die-cut from vellum using the 3D Thin Cuts and colored on the backside with alcohol markers and then dabbed with 91% alcohol to make the colors run and blend.  All the colored inks are Distress Oxide Inks.


Winged Masterpiece  is available only through the month of March. After seeing all the great ideas in this blog hop, you're going to want to add this stamp of the month to your collection.  Remember, those of you who signed up as one of my VIP customers and purchase $50 or more, get this stamp set FREE in addition to many other perks of being a VIP customer.  Otherwise you can purchase this set for $18.95, or get it for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50(US) through your Close To My Heart  Maker or you can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  
Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas featuring the 
March Stamp of the Month on Kristine's blog.

Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in this blog hop for lots of new product inspiration.  If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.

As today is March 1, a new two month catalog was just released, so you can find this stamp of the month in the catalog along with many other spring inspired products.  You can take a peek inside here.



Friday, February 5, 2021

Bring Back My Pack - Blossom Blog Hop


 Welcome!

Glad you could join us today for this special promotions blog hop.

A blog hop is just one big loop of fun and creative ideas. So if you're joining me here, be ready to be inspired by creative ideas for using any or all of the fun products offered with the Bring Back My Pack - Blossom.  If you are coming here from Becca Whitham's blogyou are on the right path.  At the end of this post you will see a link to Darlys Recker's blog to continue following the hop.

Blossom is a beautiful pack from a while back that has had a "facelift" with updated colors and additional coordinating products added to the line.  You can see what's available now through the end of February (or while supplies last.

Included you will find (view them on my website )

  1. The updated paper pack with or without  sticker sheet
  2. Coordinating cardstock
  3. The return of a retired matching stamp set, Shower Flowers
  4. A new stamp set, Cherished Blossoms, that is available with or without a matching thin cuts
  5. A product bundle - which includes most of these items at a 20% discount
  6. A workshop kit which will make 3 double layouts and 4 standard sized cards, again at a 20% discount
For my scrapbook page, I used a floral page from the Blossom paper pack with coordinating cardstock, and I used the Shower Flower stamp set to create all the floral embellishments on this layout.   On the background areas I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, and one of the stencils from Stencil Pack 3 .


After seeing all the great ideas in this blog hop, you're going to want one  or more of these products.  All of the Blossom products are available through February 28, or while supplies last, so be sure to place your order soon. You can get them through your Close To My Heart consultant or find them here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  
Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas 


Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in on this
 blog hop for lots of inspiration.  If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.



Tuesday, February 2, 2021

See what's new at CTMH in February

This exclusive paper collection, featuring bright colors and cheerful designs, was created specifically to help you preserve happy memories from the past several months.
See the Whole Collection

Perfect Valentines with Perfect Match

Create breathtaking Valentine's artwork, including cards, scrapbook layouts, and treat toppers, with the Perfect Match special. 
Learn More

February Stamp of the Month

Add doodled designs to all kinds of crafting projects using the February Stamp of the Month, Doodled Borders! This set is only available this month, and it can be yours for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more!
See the Whole Set
VIP Customers get the Stamp of the Month set FREE with their qualifying order! Learn more about becoming a VIP Customer

Monday, February 1, 2021

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Doodled Borders

Welcome

Glad you could join us today! If this is your first blog hop, know that it is just one big loop of crafty, fun ideas for paper crafting as you visit each of the connected blogs.  If you are coming from Maureen's blogyou are on the right path.  If you are starting here, just look for the link at the end of my post to Alyson's blog (and successive posts) to see which blog to visit next.

Doodled Borders is a great set for creating texture on cardstock or patterns on cards or other mixed media work.



I used this stamp set to create tone on tone texture on cardstock for my scrapbook layout using paper from the Happiness Lives Here paper pack. 



This layout is pretty plain yet because I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for, however, I did like the way I could use so many of the different doodling pieces for this layout.  Here's a few close up shots so you can see the sections were I used the stamp images.  



One of my favorite images was this stamp that made the scrolled banners.

Here you see the curly loops on the Smoothie cardstock, the lined image on the Blue Belle cardstock, the repeated dots on the bottom border of both the journaling card and the bottom of the page, as well as another scrolled banner on the journaling card.


Doodled Borders  is available only through the month of February. After seeing all the great ideas in this blog hop, you're going to want to add this stamp of the month to your  collection.  Remember, those of you who signed up as one of my VIP customers and purchase $50 or more, get this stamp set FREE in addition to many other perks of being a VIP customer.  Otherwise you can purchase this set for $18.95, or get it for only $5 with a qualifying order of $50(US) through your Close To My Heart  Maker or you can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  
Join me as we hop on to see the creative ideas featuring the 
February  Stamp of the Month on Alyson's blog.

Be sure to visit the other consultants who have joined in this blog hop for lots of new product inspiration.  If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can find the entire list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog to get back on track.