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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


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.

Use Your Stash Blog Hop: Cricut Craze


If you are joining us for the “Use Your Stash Blog Hop” you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Marie Flayer’s Blog.

If you get lost along the way scroll down to the end of this post for the entire list of hoppers.

Basket of Strawberries by Wendy Kessler

Today I created for you a basket with strawberries.  I have wanted to make this ever since seeing it on the front cover of a CTMH Idea Book.  I had a week-long craft party at my sister’s house and this was one of the many things on my to-do list that I was able to finish.  I used the Paper Fundamental Papers with the Artiste Cricut Collection.  I also inked the edges of the paper where they were scored to hide the white core of the cardstock.  The Bone Folder is a very handy tool for sharp folds.  I don’t know that I have mentioned it before but this Bone Folder is better than any other I have used.  It just has a better fit in the hand.

Now hop on over to Priscilla Gotham’s Blog for more ideas on how to up your stash.

List of participants:

1. Wendy Kessler ~ My Scrapbooking Blog

2. Priscilla Gotham

3. Michelle Loncar

4. Marie Flayer

Technique Blog Hop -Thin Cuts by CTMH

10271201_10153473465602934_1925557173188598655_oWelcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Helen Gullett.  This month we are featuring CTMH’s Thin Cuts.  Please note that the Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts have sold out.

Knitted Easter Baskets by Wendy KesslerSupplies used: Spring Critters Thin Cuts, Spring Critters stamp set, Shinhan Markers (Warm Grey 4, Tender Pink, Warm Grey 7, Turquoise Blue, Golden Yellow,
Marigold, and Mahogany), yarn, and knitting needle.  Pattern available for free at (Thank you Marianna!).

I have combined my hobbies to create these cute little easter baskets!

Now hop on over to Michelle Loncar!