Friday, January 1, 2021

January SOTM Blog Hop: Every Thank You

Welcome to the new year...which means a new stamp of the month and a new seasonal catalog! Our blog hop features the Every Thank You stamp set. You should have come from Lauren's blog. There are eighteen of us this month, so if you get lost along the way, hop over the Melinda's blog for a full list of the participants. 

Here's a look at the fabulous stamp many ways to combine the various fonts.

Here's my first card. I used three different colors of cardstock: Blue Belle, Peach, and Desert Rose. I combined it with White Embossing Powder, the Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Square Thin Cuts. 

For this second card, I used the left over pieces from the thin cuts on the first one.

I dressed this one up with splatters from my Black Shimmer Brush and some Blue Belle Sequins. I love how the Stitched Square and Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts give you both panels and frames. 

Now you're off to Darly's blog. I can't wait to see what she and all the other CTMH Makers have for us.

Until next time,


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Operation Smile Blog Hop: Every Bit of Wonderful

Welcome to the Every Bit of Wonderful Blog Hop. We're so excited to feature this special set because, with every sale, $7 is donated to Operation Smile. This organization goes around the world performing surgeries on cleft lips and cleft palettes, saving lives and giving smiles. You should have come from Haley's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle so keep going until you get back to where you started from. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog where she has a list of all the participants. 

I'm guessing that most of my fellow CTMH Makers will be featuring the beautiful floral images so I wanted to do something a little different. There are lots of great sentiments so I used all of them.

My colors were inspired by the Lovely paper pack, which is were the gingham on the right comes from. My original idea was to use the flip side of that paper. It has lots of flowers on it. As I was assembling the card, I realized there was too much pattern, so I used the flip side and...voila! Love how it adds some texture without taking away from my stamped words and cluster of flowers. I used Canary, Ballerina, Sage, and Blue Belle. I used foam tape to attach it to the card base with the gingham already glued down. To add extra interest, I stamped the Blue Belle sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock, cut it into a fishtail, then foam mounted it over the top of the column of sentiments.

I stamped the flowers in Sage ink and colored with alcohol markers. After cutting it out, I mounted it with two pieces of stacked foam tape on the far right and glued it directly over the banner on the left side. The final touch was dots of Ballerina Liquid Pearls. I am IN LOVE with this product. I've been adding little bits of shimmer to almost every card I'm making these days. 

I haven't decided if I would like this better if the background sentiments were in just Canary and Ballerina. The Sage sentiment feels a little bold for the background. But...

What do you think?

Now you're off to Brenda's blog to see what she has to inspire us.

Until next time,


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December SOM: Happiness Never Grows Old

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Happiness Never Grows Old. You should have come from Haley's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back where you started from. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I love pretty floral images, and this set certainly has those! 

I colored one of the large floral images plus the individual flower and some small leaves with alcohol markers then cut them out with Micro-tip Scissors. I layered them over the top of the Stitched Lattice Background and a sentiment stamped on a Hexagon Thin Cut. After everything was down, I added drops of Black Onyx Liquid Pearls. To create dimension, I used foam tape to mount the Stitched Lattice and central flower image.

Now you're off to Brenda's blog. I can't wait to see what everyone has created with this gorgeous stamp set!

Until next time,


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November-December Seasonal Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the November/December 2020 Seasonal Catalog Blog Hop. You should have come from Brandi's blog, but don't worry if you started her. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you've seen all the beautiful inspiration. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

As soon as I saw the new Serenity paper, I knew the exact memory I was going to scrapbook. My son got married this summer. He'd been on his own for eleven years before Kayla waltzed into his life. His home wasn't a complete bachelor pad. Oh...who am I kidding? He had workout equipment in his living room! When Kayla got there, she put her woman's touch on his house. That included floral arrangements. She had her mom bring silk flowers and do the arranging. But Kim's hands weren't strong enough to cut and recut the thick stems. She recruited my husband saying, "It's for Kayla." Well, that became the battle cry for all the house and wedding preparations. I don't know how many times "It's for Kayla" was repeated, but it got to being such a big joke that, at the end of the wedding ceremony as Steven and Kayla were walking down the aisle, everyone gathered in a huddle (there were only nine of us at this COVID wedding), put our hands together, and chanted, "It's for Kayla!"

No one knows better than I what Kayla went through to make his house their home, so I wanted to preserve that memory.

I used cuts from the Serenity Cricut Collection to create the wreath, then decorated with stickers and paper from the Serenity Paper suite. I also used one sticker from the Lovely paper suite. It's the house in the bottom right corner. You'll notice that, since I don't have the photos on here yet, I cut out a piece of the sticker sheet backing so I can tuck the photo in, remove the backing, and stick that cluster down.

I hand lettered the title using a combination of brush lettering with watercolor and the Melissa Esplin pens. I also used a fine-tip black pen to trace the outline of the tag. It wasn't showing up well, so this gave it some definition.

I'm so happy with how this turned out! But I also can't wait to see what everyone else has created, so let's hop over to Pam's blog to see what she's created!

Until next time,


Friday, November 6, 2020

Holiday Cards Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Cards Blog Hop. You should have come from Brandi's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants. 

I chose to focus on the Yuletide Borders Thin Cut. Here's the first card:

And here's my second:

I used both of the newly released paper suites of Serenity (top card, blue background) and Jingle Joy (bottom card). I also used the Rectangular Stitched Frames Thin Cuts with both cards. Other supplies used on the first card were Diamond Stickles (to created the snow on the first card) and Micro-tip Scissors to cut the sentiment apart carefully. One the second card, I added my background paper over the top of Flamingo cardstock before running it through the stitched frame thin cut. I accented with the thin triple line stamp from Lovely Borders stamp set. I used the Clear Shimmer Brush where the Flamingo was exposed to carry some of the glitter from the sentiment  and the tiny strip of White Shimmer Trim at the very top to another part of the card. This second card is very simple to recreate multiple times, where the first one was a bit labor intensive. 

Now you're off to Melissa's blog. I can't wait to see what she and all the other CTMH Makers have created. I don't know about you, but I have around 80 cards to make, so I'm looking for inspiration!

Until next time,


Sunday, November 1, 2020

November SOM Blog Hop: You Warm My Heart

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring You Warm My Heart. You should have come from Carrie's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back where you started from. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

Here's my first card...

I combined the cup image with the Elegant Snowflakes stamp set for the background and sentiment. I stamped the cup in Mint, then I cut it and a second cup from the brand new Jingle Joy paper suite. The paper is black and white. I sponged Candy Apple over it for the cup and background matte. 

Here's my second card...

I stamped the gnome then stamped him again on a post-it note. On the post it note image, I cut out the inside of the hat, placed the post it note over the other gnome image, and the stamped the coffee cup image over the top to create a patterned hat. After I colored the rest of him, I cut him out and foam mounted him on this shaker card. I added dots of Carnation Red Liquid Pearls to accent.

I'm so looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created. Your next stop is Stefani's blog. I'll be right behind you.

Until next time,


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Core Catalog New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Core Catalog Blog Hop. This one is a doozy, both in the number of participants and the amount of pretty things we have to play with. Close To My Heart decided to beef up the products available all year long. I fully expect to be overwhelmed by the creativity and variety of our hop participants. You should have come from Carrie's blog, but you can start anywhere and just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, you can always go to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I decided to feature two of my "must have" products. There were more than just these two, trust me, but I had to narrow down the focus of this blog post, or we would have been here all day!! I'm featuring the Seasonal Borders stamp set as well as the Lovely Borders stamp set with coordinating Thin Cuts. Here's a look at the sets:

Seasonal Borders

Lovely Borders with Thin Cuts

For my first card, I combined both of these sets with Garden Gnomes (which will make several appearances throughout this post) for this fun Halloween card.

The black patterned paper is from the current Mix-In paper packet. The borders were cut and then stamped in Avocado, Sundance, and Grape colors of ink and cardstock. Gnomes are very on trend this year. You'll be seeing them in lots of the seasonal catalogs. I'm so grateful they also showed up in the Core Catalog. With a little creative coloring and the sentiments from the Seasonal Border stamp set, I can create cards for every holiday without having to purchase a whole new set of gnomes.

For this next card, I combined a sentiment from Seasonal Borders with images from the Flower Market Cricut Collection:

This card features several more Core Catalog products. The top panel was run through the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame Thin Cuts and then the Cascading Dots Embossing folder; the sprigs are decorated with Liquid Pearls (color is Carnation Red); and the sentiment banner is a coordinating accessory in the Waterfall Thin Cut set. The background paper is Comfort & Joy. 

Moving along in the calendar year, here's another one.

I bent the scallop border stamp to create the banners in the background of the top panel. The hearts were colored and then topped with Clear Shimmer Brush. I cut the scallop border thin cut utilizing both sides of Ballerina, Flamingo, and Scarlet cardstock. I also used the middle sized Stitched Rectangular Thin Cuts. If you don't already have those, get them. They are my most used thin cuts BY FAR!

NOTE: Because the border stamps will bend, if you want to layer the stamped image atop the thin cut, I highly recommend cutting first and stamping second as you can adjust your stamp to fit the cut but you can't adjust the thin cut to fit your stamp.

And now, because I'm in full Christmas card mode over here, we're going back a few months in the calendar for these cards. Note that each use Liquid Pearls in Carnation Red and/or Bisque but all in different ways. 

Told you that Garden Gnomes stamp set would reappear. I bent two of the Seasonal Border stamps to fit the shape of the hat then colored and cut him out. I mounted him on the Scallop Circle Thin Cut. (Can you tell I have a love affair with thin cuts???) The scallop thin cut from Lovely Border was cut in Candy Apple. It's the perfect color with the Carnation Red Liquid Pearls.

There's a tiny sliver of Toffee colored paper from the Lovely suite on this. It was leftover from another card coming soon. Those tiny dots of red on the tree are Carnation Red Liquid Pearls. I love how I can get large and itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy dots out of the same bottle.

Using three small dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls in the centers of the pointed petal flowers, combined with the colors, makes them look like poinsettias. 

The above three cards use paper from the current Mix-in suite, but here they are again using different paper but the exact same stamp sets and card design to suite a variety of occasions.

The mushroom house comes from Garden Gnomes. I stamped it in Blue Belle and Flamingo, cut the "roof" off the Flamingo one and added it over top of the Blue Belle one. I then added Liquid Pearls in the Bisque color. I used the scallop border over top on this card as opposed to behind and barely peeking out in the companion Christmas card. The sentiment was stamped in Sapphire ink. I tried Blue Belle ink first, but it didn't show up well enough. Paper is from the Lovely suite.'s the deal...I love that little envelope but the heart that's part of the image is never going to stamp in red like it's supposed to when you need to stamp the rest of the image in Charcoal. Liquid Pearls to the rescue yet again. Confession: creating the heart shape involved using a straight pin. Yellow gingham paper is from the Lovely suite.

And finally this beauty. I used the patterned paper on the top as opposed to on the bottom in the companion Christmas card. By coloring in pastel colors and using a single dot of Bisque Liquid Pearl as the center, it doesn't feel Christmassy at all. Patterned paper is from the Woodgrain suite.

For another idea using Lovely Borders, click here.  

So there you go. Two main stamp sets, some gnomes, a few cuts and you get nine cards which, considering how many I could have made, is a relatively small number. Now you're off to Kathy's blog. I'm right behind you! I can't wait to be inspired by everyone's projects.

Until next time,