Archive for April, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day

Welcome to our April Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, both the Artiste and the Art Philosophy cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don’t already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

If you have just began hopping, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts then you are in the right place!

Our hop this month features not only these amazing cartridges but we also have a Mother’s Day theme since Mother’s Day is less than a month away.  Have you started your Mother’s Day projects yet?  This was the push I needed to get my cards made!

Mother's Day Card by Wendy Kessler

Mother's Day Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Avonlea Paper Packet, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, Artiste Cricut Collection, Black & Grey Glitter PaperOpaque Pearls, and Bitty Sparkles.

I thought I would challenge myself this time around to use only Cricut cuts and no stamping!  I used both Art Philosophy and the Artiste cartridges to cut the card, butterfly, sentiment, and flourish.  By designing the card in Cricut Craft Room I was able to re-size and align all the images so they fit perfectly.  Instead of using more of the glitter paper than necessary, I used scraps and finished with a piece of Slate Cardstock for neatness.  Honestly, I really don’t care for the card I made and I’m not sure why.  I am thinking the butterfly would look better on a solid color than on the patterned paper.  And I was stuck on wanting to use the Avonlea paper. (sigh)  My dd came in and loved it so I think it’s still acceptable to use.  I think she likes all the bling!  Happy Mother’s Day!

Your next stop on our “Mother’s Day” hop is Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy.

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

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  3. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  4. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  5. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  6. Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper


Thanks for hopping along with us – we hope we were able to inspire you in creating your own Mother’s Day projects!

CTMH Video: Creating with Canvas

Learn how to add photos to canvas by using Close To My Heart’s My Creations™ canvas display, your favorite photos, tissue paper, and finishing glue.


My Stickease & Stickers Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us this month!  If you have already started the hop, you should be coming from Stephanie Chumbley’s Blog.

Giggle Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Sophia Paper Packet (retired), Sophia My Stickease (retired), Clear Sparkle Flourishes, Sweet Leaf Ribbon (retired), Green Glitter Glitz, and Stardust Glitter Glitz.

The Sophia Paper Pack was one of my favorites.  I still had some left along with the coordinating Stickease so I decided to use them for this challenge.  These are both retired but I also added in some current product.  The most common things I do with My Stickease is add 3D Foam Tape to add dimension, and add more embellishing to them in some way.  You could use brads, ribbon, sparkles, or my recent favorite – Glitter Glitz.  On my layout, I used Sweet Leaf Ribbon (retired), Sparkle Flourishes, and Stardust Glitter Glitz.  I also used Green Glitter Glitz to add some color and sparkle to the scalloped paper at the top of the page.  One more secret was the placement of the Stickease “buttons”… the scallop was a scrap that I had with my papers and it was a tad bit shorter than what I need for the page.  I used these button stickers to fill the gap!

Here’s a closeup:

Your next stop is Shirley’s Blog!

List of Participants:

1. Stephanie Chumbley

2. Wendy K.

3. Shirley

4. Tabbi Fritz

5. Melinda Everitt

6. Judy Faye Garner

7. Joy McHargue 

Scrap Our Stash Challenge ~ Dots & Stripes

The April Challenge at Scrap Our Stash is Dots and Stripes with Birds, Butterflies or Bees from your stash.  Create a layout using at least one polka dot and one striped paper and either birds, butterflies, or bees.

Here is my layout:

Play Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Echo Park papers and stickers, Studio18 Rhinestones, and unknown flower rhinestones.  Sketch by Liz Qualman – My LIttle Sketch Book:

This was a pretty quick layout because I used a sketch and a paper packet.  It really doesn’t get much easier than that!

What will you create? Go to Scrap Our Stash to submit your own layout.  You have until April 29th.

Fabulous Fabric CTMH Video

Learn how to dress up a scrapbook layout with fabrics from the Chantilly and For Always textile collections from Close To My Heart. These fabulous fabrics are sure to punch up the pizzazz in your papercrafting!