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,


Thursday, October 1, 2020

October SOM: With All My Love

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring With All My Love. This set is so versatile, I can't wait to see what all the consultants have for us. You should have come from Haley's blog. The hop is a circle, so start anywhere and just keep going. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I combined the SOM with a few other supplies, notably the Stitched Lattice Overlay and Heart Shaker Window die cuts from the Core Catalog plus the Mini Envelope die cut from the current Sept/Oct Seasonal Catalog. My first card uses only one stamp from the SOM set, but I promise you'll see more of it in the ones after this one:

I stamped the sentiment in New England Ivy and added some Clear Shimmer over the top, though the photo doesn't show it well. The gems were created by adding different sizes of Bisque colored Liquid Pearls. I filled the shaker with Gold Sequins and White Acrylic Hearts. I used the Stitched Rectangles die cuts for my main panel. Papers are from Bloom with Grace and current Mix-In paper. 

Here's another anniversary card:

I started by white embossing the heart on white cardstock, then sponged over the top with Ballerina ink. I was nervous about running it through the Stitched Lattice thin cut after embossing, but it came out great. I added a vellum envelope filled with Ballerina and Flamingo hearts cut with the complimentary dies in the Heart Shaker Window die cut used on the first card. I glued a few of the hearts inside the envelope so you can see them. The sentiment was stamped in Flamingo and cut with Micro-tip Scissors. It has some foam mounting tape on the left side then is glued straight to the envelope on the right. I mounted it all on Flaming cardstock that I then glued to my card base.

Now here's my final card:

I love experimenting with different looks by twisting and turning things. Here I turned my Stitched Lattice piece, which was cut from Comfort and Joy paper then mounted on a similar size piece of white cardstock, at an angle. I popped this angled panel up on foam tape for added interest. The sentiment was cut using a complimentary die cut from the Waterfall thin cut. I could have easily hand cut a banner, but I had the die so...why not? 

The flowers and envelope were created with vellum. Inside the vellum envelope is a hand-cut rectangle that I stamped with Scarlett ink using the XOXO stamp. I sealed the envelope with another heart cut using the same die for the hearts that filled the envelope in the second card.

I'm really happy with how all the cards turned out, but this last one is my favorite. I'll have to mail it in a 5x7 envelope because the banner and flowers hang off the edge. But again, I have that size envelope so...why not?

Now you're off to Kathy's blog. I'm so excited to see what she and all the other consultants have for us!

Until next time,


Thursday, September 10, 2020

September/October New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Products Blog Hop for the September/October Seasonal catalog from Close To My Heart. Fall is my favorite season and sunflowers are my favorite flower. CTMH put them together for me, so I'm a happy girl. I can't wait to see all the artwork on this hop. You should have come from Brenda's blog, but it's no problem if you started here. The hop is a circle so just keep going until you get back where you started. If you get lost along the way, hop over the Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I made two "over the edge" cards for the hop. Both use the Bloom with Grace-Scrapbooking stamp set. Here's the first card.

The card base measures 4 x 5.5, which a quarter inch smaller in width so I could hang a leaf over the edge. I used my Versamat to measure because I want this to fit in  a standard envelope.

Here's a close up to show you the dimension on the flower. I stamped two in Desert Rose on French Vanilla cardstock, cut one flower around the whole outline, then cut the second one so only the petals that were "in front" showed. Any petal that was tucked behind or overlapped by another went away. I then glued the two flowers together, offsetting them so it looks even more dimensional, and added Bisque Liquid Pearls to the center. 

Other products used on this card include Lovely Borders with coordinating Thin Cuts, Mini-Envelope Thin Cut, and Seasonal Borders stamp set. The paper all comes from the Bloom With Grace suite. The Mini-Envelope Thin Cut is so fabulous! It's in the seasonal catalog, but I sure hope it lives a long time after October in the Online Only section of my CTMH website. 

I went super easy on the coloring, using only two markers in a light green and sunny yellow. I stayed away from the edges to create a little bit of shading in the coloring.

Here's the second card.

I used colored pencils and really went to town on this. I was in a coloring mood and just kept adding shadows and shading. This was also stamped in Desert Rose. The background matte and sentiment banner were cut from Blue Belle, which is the new color of the year. LOVE it! The sentiment banner was cut with one of the dies in the Waterfall Thin Cut. It's designed to make a specific kind of interactive card, but all the accompanying thin cuts in that set are marvelous to use on their own. Like the first card, the off the edge element goes to the 4.25" mark so it will fit in a standard envelope. 

I'm sending this card to my writing partner to celebrate finalling in the Spur Awards again. We won in 2018, then finalled in 2019 and 2020. All the books come from the same series, so it's truly an accomplishment to celebrate. I had to finagle a spur for the other cards, this time I just colored it in because CTMH gave me the perfect image. 

Now you're off to Maureen's blog. Again, the hop is a circle so keep going. You don't want to miss a single bit of inspiration from this new, beautiful catalog!

Until next time,


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Here for the Memories: Blog Hops with Heart


Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Here for the Memories. 

You should have come from Brenda's blog, but the hop is a circle so you can start anywhere and just keep going. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

A few years ago, I decided guilt over my backlog of pictures needing to be scrapbooked no longer applied. Today's project is a perfect example of why.

Although the picture was taken ten years ago, I absolutely LOVE how it turned out with these brand new products. The photo doesn't quite do this layout justice. The colors in the picture perfectly match the sunflower paper. I used a variety of new products which are available as of today. The background paper and "2010" are from the new Woodgrain Paper (Core Catalog), the sunflowers and green matte are from the Bloom with Grace collection (Seasonal Sept./Oct. Catalog), as is the "stand tall and face the sun" and all sunflower images in the top right corner. 

Here's a close up of that, because I also want you to see the new Liquid Pearl product I used. The color is Bisque. I intentionally did a haphazard job of adding some small, some bigger, and some overlapping so it looked more realistic on the flower centers. I also added touches all around the layout almost like gems. I love how I can create large and small dots and never run out of the right size.

I let the pearl dots dry overnight, and they are completely dry to the touch. No sticky residue. Now that I know how well they work, I'll be rounding out my collection of colors.

All images were stamped in either Fern or Espresso ink. I stamped three sentiments from the Here for the Memories set. Two of them are pretty easy to spot. Can you find the third?

Now you're off to Maureen's blog. Be sure to get all the way around because these consultants are always inspiring, and they have a ton of new things to show you in addition to the stamp of the month.

Until next time,