Welcome to another Close to My Heart blog hop!  Along this hop you will be visiting 29 very talanted CTMH Consultants as they give you a sneak peak of some of the new products available in the CTMH Fall/Winter 2009 Idea Book as well as a great variety of ideas for using those products and more!  New products will be available starting September 1st!








I have been wanting to do a book like this for my daughter who is 10.  This new album was just the push I needed to get it done!  If you notice on the front cover one of the flower centers looks like it has a little something extra – that’s because it does.  I really like these new spiral brads and just added a second spiral to give it more emphasis.  I used liquid glass on all the numbers and letters.  It really brightened the stamping.  With doing so much at once I noticed two things: 1. I didn’t have one single bubble! and 2. that’s a lot of squeezing and my hand is really sore!  I inked around all the edges when I was finished.  It helps covers the flaws and really added a nice finishing touch.  One thing I am going to go back and do is use my Made with Love stamp set to add a stamp to the back that will be perfect for this project.

Products used are all CTMH: My Creations All-Sorts Mini Album, Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Packet, Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack Paper Flowers, Mini-Medley Accents Collection (Pewter), Liquid Glass, Rustic Alphabet & Rustic Numbers stamp sets, Soft Set Eyelet Tool & Soft Set Eyelets (Chocolate), Dimensional Elements Framed Fun, Foam Tool (to apply ink), Connection Club Reward Adhesive-Backed Pearls, Buttercup Collection Ribbon Rounds, and Garnet ink.

Now hop on over to Dawn’s Blog to see her cute cards!  If you enjoy this blog hop be sure to come back on Tuesday (Sept. 1) for another CTMH Blog Hop featuring the new September Stamp of the Month.

If you get lost along the way click here for a list of all blog participants.

To shop for any of these great new products you can visit my website HERE!

Go HERE to start hopping.  This is a list of all the participants in case you get lost along the way:

Wendy Kessler www.myscrapbookingblog.com <<< You are here!
Dawn Heuft http://stamptildawn.blogspot.com
Carla Ironside http://carlacreates.blogspot.com
Dawn Ross http://iamahappystamper.blogspot.com
Julie Banzon http://www.scrapbookiejulie.blogspot.com
Jody Gustafson www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com
Helen Onulak http://www.hookedonstamping.com
Sheila Bennett http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
Haley Dyer http://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com
Lisa Stenz http://www.lisascreativecorner.blogspot.com
Jena DeVries www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com
Jen Patrick http://www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
Amy Schultz http://amylizschultz.com
Lori Scott http://scrapinglori.blogspot.com
Tresa Black www.fabulouslyartsy.blogspot.com
Jennifer Kraynak http://whatchadoin-jennifer.blogspot.com
Sharesa Larsen http://creedandsharesa.blogspot.com
Amy Edwards http://PaisleysPlayhouse.blogspot.com
Jean McNulty http://stampinmaui.blogspot.com
Emma Hubert http://paperaddictsanonymous.blogspot.com
Antoinette Herrin www.GodblessyourART.blogspot.com
Erin Herring http://tazzygirl2000.blogspot.com
Terrie Dodd http://my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com
Jessica http://jessicaspaperpetals.blogspot.com
Leisa Hubley http://bigredscraps.blogspot.com
Karen Norman http://gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com
Sherry Thompson http://picturespatternsandpaper.blogspot.com
Adeline Brill http://adeline-brill.blogspot.com
Miranda www.scrampinwithmiranda.com
Brae Montgomery http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com

Welcome to this month’s blog hop!  This time around we are featuring the Close to My Heart August Stamp of the Month: It’s Your Day.  This set of 26 stamps is perfect for all your birthday stamping needs! 🙂  This month we have over 60 participants so hop on through and enjoy all the wonderful creations using this stamp set.  You are sure to be inspired!  Here is what I made:


This is a great set!  You can the technique I used in this layout with any colors to make a border to fit any page.  Products used: Life Delights paper packet, It’s Your Day stamp set, Blush ribbon, Blush, Lilac Mist, and Sweet Leaf ink.

Now hop on over to Heather’s blog!

Here is a list of all the participants in case you get lost along the way:

Jena DeVries  ~ www.livelovelaughscrapbook.blogspot.com

Kristie Horness-Herdener ~ www.goofyscrapper.blogspot.com

Carla Ironside ~ www.carlacreates.blogspot.com

Deb Young ~ www.scrapbookczar.blogspot.com

Alanna Moses ~ www.damoses.blogspot.com

Paige Dolecki ~ www.paigespaperparadise.blogspot.com

Wendy Kessler ~ www.myscrapbookingblog.com <— You are here!

Heather Painchaud ~ www.twindragonflydesigns.blogspot.com

Helen Onulak ~ www.hookedonstamping.com

Barbra Otten ~ barbraotten.blogspot.com

Haley Dyer ~ www.inkyscrapper.blogspot.com

Nona Davenport ~ www.nonapearl.blogspot.com

Michelle Robinson ~ www.amaizenbluelady.typepad.com

Cindy Leek ~ www.paperspadsandpictures.blogspot.com

Melissa Laverty ~ www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com

Katy Donaldson ~ www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com

Amy McVey ~ www.clearlystamping.blogspot.com

Tammy Lea Pinchard ~ www.creativeimpressions-pinchme.blogspot.com

Leslie Markland ~ pandascrapper.blogspot.com

Judy Burger ~ makingtimeformemories.blogspot.com

Laurie R Newton ~ scrapsfromthebeach.blogspot.com

Kami Welter ~ www.scrappin4memories.blogspot.com

Tracy Oleksak ~ www.mamaolie.blogspot.com

Karen Norman ~ www.gettinscrappywithit.blogspot.com

Chris Shouse ~ www.houseostamps.wordpress.com

Cibele Glazer ~ www.flowerfoot.blogspot.com

Debra Van Patten ~ memoriesoftheheartbydeb.blogspot.com

Terrie Dodd ~ www.my-life-in-real-time.blogspot.com

Jamia Bankhead ~ www.papermadnessinc.blogspot.com

Anne Beck ~ www.anniemuses.blogspot.com

Jennifer Patrick ~ www.roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com

Laurie Levnik ~ www.creationsbylaurie.blogspot.com

Lori Miller ~ www.clearlyfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Brae Montgomery ~ thebrae-er.blogspot.com

Dawn Ross – ~ www.iamahappystamper.blogspot.com

Dawn Slipcevic ~ dawnscrapsalot.blogspot.com

Barbara Harris ~ www.paper-creations117.blogspot.com

Carol Taggio ~ craftycarol55.blogspot.com

Jill Lucas ~ scrapwench.blogspot.com

Chris Green ~ www.createwithchris.blogspot.com

Nancy Ball ~ www.ballisticdesign.blogspot.com

Dawn Heuft ~ www.stamptildawn.blogspot.com

Kelly Triggs ~ www.stampinallday.blogspot.com

Beth Naumann ~ www.bethscreativeblock.blogspot.com

Antoinette Herrin ~ www.GodblessyourART.blogspot.com

Jessica Booth ~ jessicabooth.blogspot.com

Jen Rubio ~ www.jenrubio.blogspot.com

Misty Jackson ~ www.misstscraps.blogspot.com

Adeline E. Brill ~ adeline-brill.blogspot.com

Lori Leng ~ www.pinkcloudscrappers.blogspot.com

Pam Klassen ~ eimmap.blogspot.com

Pamela OConnor ~ www.cherishyourmemories.blogspot.com

Jennifer Royal ~ www.craftroyalty.blogspot.com

Shannon Pelletier ~ www.mycolorfulworldinvt.blogspot.com

Sherry Thompson ~ www.picturespatternsandpaper.blogspot.com

Maricar Harris ~ www.maricarharris.blogspot.com

Traci Godbee ~ createwithtraci.blogspot.com

Laura Dame ~  www.thecroppersconnection.blogspot.com

Miranda Kurz ~ www.scrampinwithmiranda.com

Leisa Hubley ~ www.bigredscraps.blogspot.com

Julia Menssen ~ www.ralphandjulia.blogspot.com

Jan Moxey~ scrapandstamp4ever.blogspot.com

Jody Gustafson ~ www.cre8nmemories.blogspot.com

It’s here again!  A new Stamp of the Month by Close to My Heart and with it comes a new Blog Hop.


July’s Stamp of the Month is You’ve Got Flair, a set of 8 stamps.  This month we have 43 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  To ‘hop’ along simply click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  If you get lost or stuck along the way, there is a complete list at the end of this post.  Here we go:

I used a sketch out of Reflections as my inspiration for this page.  I stamped the images with Cocoa ink, colored with matching markers, and cut out.  I stamped the Love Flourishes stamps in Sweet Leaf ink and added the flowers on top with 3-D Foam Tape.  Rhinestones were added to the flower centers.  I highly recommend this stamp set with the Magic Moments paper, they work beautifully together!

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Products used (all by CTMH):
You’ve Got Flair Stamp Set
Magic Moments Level 2 Paper Packet
Colonial White Cardstock
Love Always Journaling Spots
Love Flourishes Stamp Set
Markers: Sweet Leaf, Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock, Sunflower
Ink: Sweet Leaf, Cocoa
Reflections Scrapbook Program
My Legacy Writer (brown)
Clear Sparkles
3-D Foam Tape

To continue, visit Sherry’s blog at www.picturespatternsandpaper.blogspot.com

Here is a list of all the participating blogs:
Jena Devries
Wendy Kessler <—- You are here!
Sherry Thompson
Dawn Heuft
Brae Montgomery
Melissa Laverty
Karen Norman
Deb Young
Adeline E Brill
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Jen Rubio
Cibele Glazer
Laurie R Newton
Kami Welter
Helen Onulak
Sarita Schraeder
Chris Shouse
Paige Dolecki
Dawn Ross
Jamia Bankhead
Nona Davenport
Haley Dyer
Misty Jackson
Jennifer Patrick
Carla Ironside
Jody Gustafson
Heather Painchaud
Julia Menssen
Lori Miller
Pamela O’Connor
Reba Poquette
Anne Beck
Shallon Pelletier
Caren Goldsein
Jan Moxey
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Alanna Moses
Leslie Markland
Barbara Otten
Traci Godbee
Jill Lucas
Amy McVey
Laurie Levnik