Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washi Tape Blog Hop

Hi, Sticky--um, I mean, Crafty Friends!  Welcome to the Close To My Heart WASHI TAPE Blog Hop!  If you just came from Adeline's blog, you are in the right place.  Did you know that CTMH now carries eight styles of washi tape?  Personally, I have already purchased EVERY style, lol.  (I'm sure this comes as a huge surprise to those of you who know me.  Hee, hee, hee).  I love washi tape; it's one of those things that's just fun!  Ya know?  It just is!  And I had even more fun doodling on top of my washi tape.  Check it out:

For this card I used these washi tapes:  Gold Polka Dot, Ruby Chevron, Honey Triangles, Lagoon Houndstooth, and Gold Polka Dot again.  I left a couple of areas white and did some doodling in those areas.  The doodling was done with Pitt pens and Sharpie pens.  I also drew the frame around the washi tape and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  This is a fun technique that could be used on a card or layout or even in a mixed media project.

Now it's time for you to hop on over to Judy's blog.  Leave me some love in the comment section if you'd like to before you go.  Have fun hopping!

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hi!  Thanks for "hopping" by!  If you have just come from Melissa's blog, you are in the right place.  For my creation this month, I wanted to try Color Blocking, and this is just the stamp set to use.  Here's a look at my card:

To make this card, I attached the stamps backward to my blocks--so that the image was stuck to the block, and I was stamping with the flat backside of the stamp.  I went with neutral ink colors--Saddle, Champagne, and Cashmere.  A word of warning, if you try this--don't hate your colors when you first stamp them!  They will dry much lighter.  The leaf stamp is from the Jubilee Workshop on the Go stamp set.  All of these products are available on my secure website HERE.  And here's a look at the stamp set:

Now, hop on over to Kathi's blog and check out what she made.  Leave me some love in the comments, and have fun hopping!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Emboss It Blog Hop

Hi, friends!  Welcome to the Emboss It Blog Hop!  

If you're hopping along with us, you have just come from Brae's blog.  Didn't you love her cute Easter card???!!!  The new CTMH embossing folders are so versatile!  Here's a look at two VERY different ways that I used one embossing folder:

For this adorable birthday card, I used my CTMH stamp pads with the "Dot" embossing folder to create my own background paper.  Just ink up the INSIDE of the FRONT cover of the embossing folder with your CTMH stamp pads (apply ink directly from the pad onto the folder).  Insert white paper and emboss.  The flat part of your paper will pick up the ink, while the embossed dots stay white.  How cool is that???!!!  Next I sprayed my paper with a shimmer mist which doesn't show up very well in photos, but I think you can see it a little better here:

The balloons and banner are from one of the stamp sets in the Cricut Artiste collection.  Cute, huh?  On the next card, I went in a totally different direction and left my embossing stark white:

 It's easy to emboss specific areas of your card.  I just slid the paper in part way--3/4" at the bottom and 3 1/2" at the top, leaving an inch without embossing in between.  Then I used my Score Pal to add a line delineating that space.  The embossing dresses up what would otherwise be a boring white background to make this an elegant and sophisticated card.  I love the stark white with only one additional color.  The stamp sets I used were Trim the Tree (A1149) and Yuletide Greetings (D1553).  Add a little bling (which TOTALLY goes with the sentiment), and you're good to go!  Have you started working on YOUR Christmas cards yet???  You can order your products HERE from my website and be ready for Christmas before Thanksgiving!
Now hop over to Keeley's blog and see what she's been embossing.  But first, leave me some love in the comments if you're so inclined.  Thanks for hopping with us!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hi, crafty friends!  Welcome to the March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  If you're hopping with us, you have just come from Keeley's blog.  Wasn't her artwork just fantastic???!!!  Today I am sharing a simple layout with you.  I used paper from the Jubilee paper pack because I thought the colors represent the traditional colors of the adorable Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls) in this month's SOTM.  Here's a look at the stamp set:

Did anyone catch the segment about Matryoshka dolls during the Olympic coverage?  It was very interesting!  Most are handmade in businesses that have been in the same families for years.  I love those little dolls and all the cute sentiments in this set!  I decided I wanted to use the "like mother/like daughter" sentiment with this photo of my bestie and her mom:

This was an amazingly simple layout to create because of our wonderful CTMH paper.  The red background paper (from Jubilee) is already printed with the doily, ticket, and strips of paper/tape that you can barely see behind the Matryoshka dolls.  It also already has the distressing along the edges and the flourishes in the top right corner.  You could totally plop a photo or two on this paper and call it quits (and have a stunning layout), but I added the diamonds and damask with paint, ink, and stencils.  The blue and yellow paper strips are more Jubilee papers; tags are from my stash.  And of course the stamps--don't you love them???!!!  These dolls are fun to color and easy to cut out when you want to use them as an embellishment as I did here.  You can order all of these products on my secure website HERE.  If you like what you see, leave me some love in the comments, please!  To continue on the hop, your next stop is Karen's blog.  Have fun hopping!

Monday, February 24, 2014

B is for Baby

Just a cute and quick baby card--made with Babycakes papers and the B is for Baby stamp set.  This stamp set coordinates with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge. The "baby baby baby" strip is one of the paper edges.  Isn't it cute?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday--Footloose

For Throwback Thursday, I went back to the 2012 Spring/Summer catalog and used this beachy paper from Footloose.  These pages are based on the LOs in the Footloose Workshop on the Go.  I like to start with a sketch and then change it up to fit the photos I want to use.  I also used stamps from the Footloose WOTG stamp set.  The flourishes and flowers are die-cuts from a CTMH special from years ago--something I HAD to buy, then threw in a drawer and forgot about.  (But none of you know anything about that, right???!!!  LOL!)  I distressed all the edges to make the flowers and flourishes pop more.  This paper is so perfect for this layout about a nautical antique shop called The Sea Hagg--a little place we stumbled upon in Cortez, Florida.  I'm entering this LO in the Heart 2 Heart Flourishes Challenge.  H2H is a great challenge blog for anyone who loves (and uses) Close To My Heart products.  Check it out!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Camper Happy Valentine's Day!

Here is the Valentines card I made for my husband.  Isn't that adorable?  (If I do say so myself!  Humility is not my strong point, lol).  But I must confess that I totally CASEd this card from Amy Moore.  I first spotted her card on the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog HERE.  The stamp set I used is Camper Crazy--C1578.  My husband and I have an RV, and I think it's the only thing he loves as much as he loves me so this card was perfect!  One of the things I love about papercrafting is that we share ideas.  And of course, I also believe in giving credit where credit is due, so thank you, Amy!