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CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Pattern Switch

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  For this hop we have each chosen a layout design from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book and swapped it so if it’s a card we made a layout, and if it was a layout we used it to create a card.  This is lots of fun, give it a try!  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Joy McHargue.

Framed Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used: Black Cardstock, Fundamentals Basic Assortment, Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape, Gold Shimmer Trim (exclusively available in the Ivy Lane Workshop on the Go Kit), Black Tulle (retired), Embroidery Floss (retired), Square Durables (retired, but Triange Studs are available), and Sparkles Black Flourishes – Small.

I found inspiration on page 32 of the 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  I used this 3D item as the basic idea (sketch) for my layout!  I started by cutting the frame shape (You can find detailed instructions on how to do that here).  I used both the front and backside of the Fundamentals Paper after I cut so I didn’t have any waste.  I mounted these pieces on Black Cardstock and used 3D Foam Tape to ad some dimension to the “frame”.  For the “ribbon” across the bottom of the page, I twisted the tulle, wrapped it around the page, attaching on the back nwith tape, and then adding a couple glue dots on the front.  For the “bow”, I folded the tulle in half hotdog style, then folded it back and forth the other way to create the bow.  Holding it together, I then cut the loops and tied the center with embroidery floss.
This was a very different layout for me.  I work much better with girly layouts!  I’m please with it but it’s funny because I knew what I wanted to do and that I wanted to use the Fundamentals Paper but when I went to choose my paper this was the one that I liked best (when I was originally unsure if I would use that paper at all when I flipped through them!).

Now hop on over to Michelle Loncar!

List of participants:

1.  Debi
2.  Shirley Ross
3.  Sheila Bennett
4.  Joy McHargue
5. Wendy Kessler
6. Michelle Loncar
7. Judy Faye Garner
8. Michelle Battitori
9. Terry Morrow
10. Melissa Robinson

Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Fabulous Fabric

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 Nikki DeWitt.

This was an extremely difficult hop topic for me but I just can’t pass up a good scrapbooking challenge!  Here’s what I did with my fabric:

Fabric Flower by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: Sarita TextilesIvy Lane Paper Packet, Liquid Glass, Basic Grey Magnetic Mat,

First, I had to find some fabric.  I knew it was in my stash somewhere but it’s not something I use regularly (hence, Use Your Stash!).  I found some that was leftover from the Necklace Kit (retired, but part of the Sarita Textiles).  I wanted to use it with some of the newer paper so I went to my current scraps where I chose a scrap of Ivy Lane.  Any liquid adhesive that dries clear will work for this project (my favorite is Liquid Glass).  I “drew” the outline of my flower directly onto my paper with the Liquid Glass.  I cut 1 1/4″ strips of fabric, folded in half hotdog style, and twisted.  I adhered this twisted fabric onto the line of glue and used my magnetic mat to hold in place as I worked.
Because I was lazy, rather than cutting off the excess fabric that I had left, I just squished it together and used it for the center of my flower (didn’t turn out too shabby! LOL!)
My plans for this were a card but now that it’s finished, I am thinking a scrapbook page element.  I’m going to just leave it until I decide.  It can either be a card front or added to a page.

Now hop on over to Shirley Ross!

List of participants:

  1. Judy Faye Garner
  2. Nikki DeWitt
  3. Wendy Kessler
  4. Shirley Ross
  5. Joy McHargue
  6. Terry Morrow

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Washi Tape

Welcome to this month’s CTMH Technique Blog Hop.  Throughout this hop you will see creative ways to use one of today’s hot new products – Washi Tape!  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Joy McHargue.

Pennant Frame by Wendy Kessler
Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: My Creations Pennant Frame, Smoothie Striped Washi Tape, White Marquee Enamel Shapes, Sparkle Clear Flourishes – Small, and Lollydoodle Paper Packet.

I need to apologize that I don’t quite have my project finished but I didn’t get it done ahead of time and I am just too exhausted to finish.  I think you can get the idea though.  I used Washi Tape to cover the Pennant Frame and I love the look!

Now hop on over to Michelle Loncar!

List of participants:

1. Debi
2. Shirley Ross
3. Sheila Bennett
4. Joy McHargue
5. Wendy Kessler
6. Michelle Loncar
7. Haley Dyer
8. Michelle Battitori
9. Judy Faye Garner
10. Terry Morrow
11. Lisa Plummer

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (C)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter C. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their C 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 Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana then you’re on the right track!

Canvas Display Art by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted: 6×6 Canvas Display, Create-a-Shade Paint, Reinkers (Cotton Candy and Lagoon), Silver Shimmer Trim, Rosette Ribbon (retired), Prima Flowers Butterflies, Black Cardstock, Cricut Cartridges (Artiste and Plantin SchoolBook), and Liquid Glass.

C=CANVAS!  This project has been on my list for some time so I decided to use this blog hop as the opportunity to set a deadline for it and get it done.  My daughter wanted 3 of the 6×6 Canvas Displays decorated to hang in her room.  I had two from CTMH and two similar ones from Michaels.  I have to say that I liked the CTMH ones MUCH better.  They took the paint better and the other ones looked cheap.  The CTMH ones were off-white in color and had more of a cloth feel.  The others were white and had more of a plastic-y feel; for these I had to brush off any excess paint and try to eliminate “lines”.  With the CTMH canvas the paint was absorbed into it and had a much more even coverage.  Anyway, what all this means is “buy the CTMH ones” and I will need to buy another one to finish her set of three. :-)  So watch for that in the coming weeks because she won’t let me put it off for long!
The Silver Shimmer Trim is hidden under the Rosette Ribbon.  Hard to see from the picture but it adds a little touch in person and these are really beautiful in person – the picture doesn’t do them justice.

This is the end of our ABC Blog Hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it!  Come back again on February 22, 2014 for our next hop.

Here is the complete lineup of participants:

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

3. Catherine Nowak – CatScrapbooking

4. Jenny Gilbert Jen’s Creative Classroom

5. Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper

6. Michelle Battitori

7. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

8. Wendy Kessler

New Product Blog Hop (Spring/Summer 2014)

If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Maria Myers.

Hoo-ray! Birthday Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 (Pattern 4), Ariana Paper Packet, Lollydoodle Paper Packet, Ivy Lane Paper Packet, Pink Glitter Paper, Lollydoodle Complements, Lollydoodle Assortment, Sparkle Flourishes, White Daisy Cardstock, Cotton Candy Washi Tape (retired), Flamingo Dots, Cricut Art Philosophy Collection, Corner Rounder, and 3D Foam Tape.

This layout is a great example of how you can mix and match all the paper packs and embellishments!  Who would have thought that Ariana, Ivy Lane, and Lollydoodle could all be used together?!?  What I really used were all the scraps left over after completing the Workshop on the Go Kits for each of these papers.  I am very pleased with this layout of “scraps”!  I cut the number with using Art Philosophy, layered it with Washi Tape, and trimmed the edges.  I used this same technique for the polka dot border on the top.  Sorry, I keep forgetting that the Cotton Candy Washi Tape is retired; I just really like it!  For this layout you could substitute another Washi Tape.  There are many that would coordinate.

Sheila Bennett is your next stop!

Click here for a complete list of participants.