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January 2015 CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – This Moment

Welcome to our Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the January SOTM, which is This Moment, a set of 12 stamps.

If you have come here from Jacquelin Green’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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Hello Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 (Pattern 25), Heartstrings Paper Packet, White Daisy Cardstock, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, Black Ink, Glacier Ink, and Aqua Dots.

I wanted to do a card that wasn’t Valentine’s or love-themed as you’d think of when you first look at this stamp set, so I chose the Hello image and arrows.  I started off with Pattern 25 from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 but after looking at the finished card I’m not sure that it resembles the pattern anymore.  That’s the great thing about these books is that they give you a great start, whether or not it looks like it when you are done!  For the “Hello”, I stamped first in Black Ink, then cleaned my stamp and inked in Glacier Ink and offset the image.  It’s kind of a funky image as is and this adds character to the card.

Now “Hop” on over to Michelle Battitori’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 This Moment Stamp Set is only available through the end of January.

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

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Irresistible Texture

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

I chose the Honeycomb Embossing Folder for my layout.  I think it gives the impression of brick.  It adds a beautiful touch to the page!

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Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Snowhaven Paper Packet, Heartstrings Paper Packet, Heartstrings Compliments, Stuck on You Puffies, 2″Scallop Punch (retired), Inks (Ruby, Slate), Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Be Jolly Stamp Set (hostess set), Shinhan Twin Touch Sap Green Marker, and Shinhan Twin Touch Carmine Marker.

Now hop on over to Michelle Loncar!

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Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop!  As you hop through, you will see a variety of many new products from paper and embellishments to stamp sets and tools!  We have almost 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using new products from Seasonal Expressions 1.

If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter’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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Supplies used are all Close to My HeartHeartstrings Paper Packet, Heartstrings Complements, Teal Shimmer Trim, Silver Shimmer Trim, Junebug Puffies, and Stuck on You Puffies.

I used the Heartstrings Scrapbooking Workshop (which you can download here as a guide for these three layouts.  Instead of using the stamp set, I used the Heartstrings Complements and other embellishments to complete them.  This is a great layout because it will fit a variety of pictures of different sizes.

Now “Hop” on over to Jean McNulty’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

The Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book is good December 2014 – March 2015.

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!