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Use Your Stash Blog Hop: Sketch Books

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Today, I made these cards using one of the Card Workshops in the book Wishes.  I have pictured the cards side by side so you can see how I changed up the same card layout.  Some I created the same as designed while others I rotated the sketch to a new orientation.  By using double sided B&T Duos Paper, I was able to change the cards even more by using the backside on some of the cards.  With this Card Workshop I was able to create 16 cards but with these alterations not one of them are the same!  I used the same stamp set for quickness and added whatever embellishments I had on hand.  Really wish I had some extra Gold Sequins.  They would have made embellishing a lot easier!  I like the simple ones with the embossed heart and no added embellishing the best. 🙂

 

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler

Love Cards by Wendy Kessler Love Cards by Wendy KesslerSupplies used: CTMH WishesCTMH Sangria Paper Packet, CTMH Love Stamp Set, Gold Embossing Powder, CTMH Gold Foil Tape, CTMH Yuletide Carol Assortment (retired), CTMH Almond Glitter Glitz (retired), Gold Lame Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink.

Please visit these other Consultant’s blogs for more great ideas:

Priscilla Gotham

Michelle Loncar

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Resisting Can Be Fun

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Melissa Robinson.

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There are a few steps to how I did the stamping for this card.  First with sponge daubers, I sponged different colors of ink on a scrap of White Daisy Cardstock.  Next I embossed the butterflies (using Versmark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder).

Resist Stamping Technique
Then, I sponged overtop of everything using Archival Black Ink and wiped off right away with a Kleenex.  Last, I trimmed the butterflies leaving a small border around the outside.  I am so pleased with how this technique turned out on this card and even better is that it will be flat to mail!

Butterfly Card (Resist Technique) by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Inks (Pear, Cotton Candy, Gypsy, Honey), Archival Black Ink, Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, Sponge, Sponge Daubers, Craft Heater, Micro-tip Scissors, Black Cardstock, Green Shimmer Trim, and White Cards & Envelopes.

Now hop on over to Catherine Nowak!

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (H)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter H. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their H element will be featured in their post.  If you came from Lauren Moore then you’re on the right track!

10178117_10208292254205571_4929240357548789413_nIMG_8963Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Cardstock (White Daisy & Lagoon), Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Happy Hexagons Stamp Set, Lagoon InkBlack Arrow Washi TapeWhite Cards & Envelopes Value Pack.

I chose a Hexagon-theme as my letter H.  I hope you enjoy this simple card.  Embossing is a simple way to add an extra layer.

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

Why I Became a Close to My Heart Consultant Blog Hop

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Today, I am sharing with you the April special which is especially for New Consultants.  I can still remember opening up my New Consultant Kit 8 years ago.  I began my journey with Close to My Heart because I was in love with the wonderful products.  I liked everything and was impressed with the quality. I am so happy to be a part of this great company.  They pay close attention and listen to both consultants and customers.  They have held that high level of quality and continue to produce product that I love.

I started out simply for a discount on my scrapbooking supplies and worked to stay an active consultant.  Next I started a monthly club and my goal was to earn enough to pay for what I was purchasing, basically to support my habit ;-).  It is so much fun sharing my passion for scrapbooking and crafting with customers and teaching new techniques.  Now I am at a point in my life where I am ready to invest more time and my current goal is to grow a team.

 

The layout I created today truly shows why I became a CTMH Consultant.  These pictures of my youngest daughter just make my heart full.  They show her character and free spirit.  Scrapbooking allows me to feel this over and over, while I am creating my layout and when I go back and look through my scrapbooks.  Scrapbooking gives me a creative outlet and adult “play” time.  I have also chosen some of my favorite CTMH products to showcase.  I love the quality of the My Acrylic Stamps and the Page Protectors.  Flip Flaps have the same quality as the Page Protectors and are a great way to expand my pages when I have more photos to share.  And I chose my favorite paper, Kaleidoscope.Be Yourself Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used: Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Diamonds Are Forever Stamp Set, Inks (Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Pear ), Cardstock (Gypsy, Pear, Crystal Blue), Artbooking Cricut Collection, Pink Enamel Gems, Bitty Sparkles, 3D Foam Tape, and 4×6 Flip Flaps.  I also used a couple of my must-have, use-all-the-time, can’t-scrap-without tools when creating this layout: Versamat, Tweezers, and Ruler.

Flip Flaps in action:

Flip Flaps example layout by Wendy Kessler

 

If you have ever thought about joining Close to My Heart, this month is a great time to do so!  There are so many great benefits for you from the low-priced New Consultant Kit with $50 in Select Product Credit to a FREE Cricut Collection or an additional $100 in Select Product Credit and then there are Straight to the Top Rewards on top of that!  Whether you want to join as a hobbyist or make this a business, I can help you with whichever is right for you.  Join today!

If you are following the hop, you should be coming from Michelle Battitori and Wendy Coffman is your next stop!

A full list of participants can be found HERE.

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (G)

10178117_10208292254205571_4929240357548789413_nWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter G. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their G element will be featured in their post.  If you came from Catherine Nowak then you’re on the right track!

Girl Scouts layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Georgie Paper Packet, Aqua Shimmer Trim, Handwritten Print Stamp Set, Slate Ink, and Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles.  Loosely followed the Charmed layout on page 81 of Magic.

For the letter “G”, I chose to do this GIRL SCOUT layout with GEORGIE PAPER.  I am very happy with the colors and how well the paper worked with my pictures.  For some reason I often have trouble scapbooking GS pictures.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Stephanie Feist.