Archive for the ‘Blog Hops’ Category

Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Home Décor in Your Stash

Do you have a bracket frame, display tray, or other Home Decor item you’ve wanted to create and never completed? Pull it out and use it this month just like we did for our hop!  This hop is a circle; if you have just started simply continue until you make your way back here; if you have already started, you should be coming from Priscilla Gotham.

USA Decor Star by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Tommy Paper Packet (retired), Ruby Chevron Ribbon, Red Shimmer Trim, chipboard letters, and My Creations Star (in the clearance section right now!).

I really dug into my stash for this one.  I had this star for a very long time and just didn’t know what to do with it.  I had this paper I didn’t really care for and decided to decorate it for the 4th of July.  Then it sat covered with the paper until I finally figured out how to finish it.  Now I think it’s perfect!

Now hop on over to Shirley Ross!

List of participants:

1. Shirley Ross

2. Janet McCormick

3. Katy Taylor

4. Priscilla Gotham

5. Wendy Kessler

CTMH Artfully Sent Blog Hop

Welcome to our Artfully Sent Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the new Cricut Artfully Sent Collection, which includes a card and font cartridge of 700 images, three D-size stamp sets, and one pack of 12×12 White Daisy Cardstock.  If you have come here from Michelle Loncar’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.

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This month we have over 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this new Cricut Artfully Sent Collection and other great Close to My Heart products. To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Phone Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless noted: Cricut Artfully Sent cartridgeCardstock (White Daisy, Twilight (retired), Cotton Candy, Crystal Blue), Cricut Artfully Sent Collection, Cotton Candy Ribbon (retired), My Life stamp set (from the Cricut Artbooking Bundle), LOL Stamp Set, and Color Me Crazy Small and Medium flowers.

I tried to create a comical layout by adding the smile faces to the flower centers of the background and the words in the center of the paper flowers, what do you think?  I chose to use the Pocket Card on p. 32 of Artfully Sent to create a background for my layout.  Now the cards laid out like this do not quite fit on a 12×12 sheet so you can either cut it down, space them out a little, or cover it up (like I did here with the ribbon).  Mine was only short on one side but I decided that it looked best framed in the ribbon.

There are SO many different uses for this cartridge!  Don’t think that you are limited to cards alone.  The pocket cards can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, and they fit into the pockets for Picture My Life pages.  Another idea is to use the images as a mask or stencil.

Now “Hop” on over to Maria Myers’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!

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (W)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter W. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their W element will be featured in their post.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Jenny Gilbert The Creative Heart then you’re on the right track!

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Supplies used: CTMH Huntington Workshop on the Go Kit (retired)

For the letter W, I chose wooden buttons.  Every fall, instead of the standard school pictures, we find a place and take our own pictures.  Last year when these were taken it was last minute so we just took them in our backyard.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Carol-Anne Grenier.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Linda Norman

2. Jenny Gilbert The Creative Heart

3. Wendy Kessler – My Scrapbooking Blog

4. Carol-Anne Grenier

November SOTM Blog Hop – It’s the Little Things

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Novembers’s SOTM, which is It’s the Little Things, a set of 15 stamps.  If you have come here from Michelle Battitori’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 over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 

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It's the Little Things Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Colonial White Cardstock, Dotty for You Paper Packet (retired, could easily replace with Lagoon Cardstock), It’s the Little Things Stamp Set, Inks (Pear, Glacier, Lagoon, and Pixie), Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and Sparkles Flourishes.

The first thing I thought of when I saw this stamp set was random stamping.  Random stamping is a great technique to use when you have a variety of different size stamps like in this set and it gives you the ability to match colors to any pictures that need to be scrapped.  When I pulled out this set of photos, I knew that it’s the little things” was also the perfect title.  The key to random stamping is imperfection – start with the largest stamp and fill in with the smaller ones, be sure to stamp off the edge of the paper, and turn your stamp like I did with the leaf.  As you can see in the picture below, I didn’t waste my time stamping the middle as I knew I would be covering that part up anyway.  I also tried doing something a little different (for me) by placing the title cluster in the center of the page when my first instinct was to put it in the lower right corner.

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Now “Hop” on over to Adeline Brill’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 It’s the Little Things Stamp Set is only available through the end of November!

This set is available on my website for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Shop now!

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (V)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter V. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their V element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Carol-Anne Grenier then you’re on the right track!

Family Football Layout by Wendy Kessler

I chose the Vogue Alphabet Stamp Set for my letter V.  This was a layout from a workshop way back and I can’t remember the name of it but is just took me while to finish.  I really like this alphabet!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Darlys Recker.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak – Catscrapbooking

3. Dominique Groulx – Fun2Cre8

4. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings