Throughout this hop you will see My Stickease and/or Rubons used on all of the projects.

You can start the hop here and continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Shirley’s Blog.

Lights on/off Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Sophia Paper Packet (retired), Sophia My Stickease (retired), Felt Alphabet Stickers – Keepsake,   Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Bling Assortment (retired), and 3D Foam Tape.

I just love how My Stickease make pages come together so quickly!  And it’s fun to add a little bit of other embellishments to make them pop.  I wanted to add journaling but didn’t know where to put it and was happy when it turned out so well by writing on the dull area of my photo!  I also love sketches and used the this one by Ashley Horton.

Now hop on over to Tabbi’s Blog!

Here is the list of participants:

  1. Judy Faye Garner
  2. Rachel Ventura
  3. Janet McCormick
  4. Joy McHargue
  5. Shirley Ross
  6. Wendy Kessler
  7. Tabbi Fritz

For Always Cards Workshop on the Go Kit

The For Always Cardmaking Workshop Kit includes:
My Acrylix® For Always Cardmaking Workshop stamp set(C-size)
For Always B&T Duos® Papers (2 sheets)
Cardstock (4 sheets, various)
White Daisy Cards & Envelopes (15 each)
Purple Glitter Gems (72 pieces)
1/8″ Slate Satin Ribbon (5 yards)
Instructional Guide ($1.00)

Required Tools:
Z 2105 Black Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z2147 Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks Pad $5.25
Z578 Corner Rounder $7.95
Y1000 1″ × 1″ My Acrylix Block $3.95
Y1006 3″ × 3″ My Acrylix Block $8.50
Y1010 2″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix Block $9.95
Z 1151 3-D Foam Tape $5.95

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
(February)Home Sweet Home
(March) Floral Happiness
*The Stamp of the Month may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be Floral Happiness.

The current Constant Campaign is:
(February) Studio J $5 Layouts
(March) Hostess Jump for Joy
*The Constant Campaign you qualify for may vary depending on your purchase date.  If you order online, it will be the month in which you are purchasing.  If you order by contacting me, it will be the March Special.

Below are my cards.  
At first I was going to change up all the cards.  I liked the layout but wasn’t sure about the colors and I use mostly birthday and anniversary cards.  Then I went back and looked at them a second time and had a different perspective.  Really, these cards can work for pretty much anything!  So I kept them as is and then made one additional one of my own.  I wasn’t sure about the Twilight color on the heart card but liked it in real life better than the picture.  You can change up the colors on any of these cards to make them completely new and different like I did with the red heart card.  There was enough papers to cut what I needed for 5 of these cards (in addition to the cards in the kit).  I just needed card bases and I used Tulip Cardstock and Tulip Ink.  Tulip is a retired color but you could use Ruby or Cranberry for the same look.

Celebrate Card by Wendy Kessler

Happy For You Card by Wendy Kessler

Heart Card by Wendy Kessler

Red Heart Card by Wendy Kessler

Welcome to the 2013 Spring/Summer New Product Blog Hop where you will get a great view of many of the new things that have recently been released from Close to My Heart.  Not only will you see the new product but you will be inspired with a variety of ways to use it!

The hop is a circle so if you are starting here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Heather’s Blog.

The product I chose to feature today is the My Creations 6×6 Canvas Display.  It is a 6×6 canvas sheet mounted on a wood frame and has a sawtooth hanger.  I challenged myself with this project because I have never worked with canvas before.  At only $4.95, this is an inexpensive project to make for yourself or as a gift.

Canvas Art by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: 6×6 My Creations Canvas Display, D1506 Family Love stamp set, C1503 The Best Things stamp set, Indian Corn Blue pigment ink, Black Pigment Ink, Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Ruby Pigment Ink, Smokey Plum Pigment Ink, Flutter Paper Shapes, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Black & Grey Sparkles Assortment, For Always Textiles.  I also added a pin from the Bling Assortment which is retired.  I just couldn’t resist but it could easily be left off or add one from the For Always Assortment.

Things I learned from this project:
* I put an acrylic block under the canvas when I stamped so I’d have a solid surface.
* If stamping, use images that are forgiving (not small words).  I figured this but had to try it and see.  The flourishes stamped pretty good but there seemed to be an area around the wood that I just wasn’t able to press the image enough to get it to stamp onto the canvas.  I covered this up on the right corner with the butterfly.  You could still use words like I did but stamp them first to cardstock so you have a nice clean, crisp image, then attach to the canvas.
* I used Liquid Glass as my adhesive.  The fabric is thin so if you use a liquid adhesive, do so sparingly.
* I used pigment ink for the entire project.  It dried well on the canvas, probably because it could soak in.  I was lazy and left the wooden pieces overnight to dry but they didn’t.  Even heat setting them took longer than normal.  So just be aware of this.  You could use the dye inks for the wooden pieces however I wanted the bright, vibrant colors that the pigment inks provide.

Now hop on over to Beth’s Blog to see her wonderful creation!

Here is a list of all the blogs in the hop:

Helen Onulak
Kathleen Androlewicz
Lucy Kelleher
Maria Myers
Joy McHargue
Maureen OSullivan
Jen Patrick
Traci Pasqualone
Melissa Robinson
Priscilla Gotham
Judy Faye Garner
Haley Dyer
Heather Schmuckal
Wendy Kessler   <-- You are here.
Beth Naumann
Allisa Chilton
Pamela Ellison
Jody Gustafson
Terry Ann Diack
Tamytha Jenkins
Georgia Hauglid
Krista Hershberger
Dawn Ross
Wendy Coffman
Laurie Newton
Traci Godbee
Elizabeth Mindemannn
Mary Eisen
Melinda Everitt
Michelle Johns
Nikka geers (no post)
Michelle Loncar
Gina Brandstetter
Sheila Bennett
Misty Jackson

C1511 Love Blooms

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Love Blooms stamp set, Flirty Paper Packet, Goldrush ink, Brown & Tan Sparkles, and Opaque Mocha Adhesive Gems.

These are the cards from the Flirty Workshop on the Go Kit with modifications.  I purchased the Love Blooms stamp set with the Flirty Paper Packet instead of the Flirty Workshop on the Go Kit.  I replaced the stamped images and dimensional elements with images from this stamp set and added a variety of different embellishments.

D1480 Snowflakes

Supplies used: Echo Park Wintertime paper, Junkitz Spring Collection paper, CTMH Snowflakes stamp set, CTMH Pennant stamp set, CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, CTMH inks (Outdoor Denim, Crystal Blue, Cotton Candy, & Whisper), CTMH sponge daubers, CTMH Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon, CTMH Embroidery Floss, CTMH Blue Sparkles, and CTMH Clear Sparkles.  Title from The Perfect Title.  Sketch from Got Sketch.

This stamp set had so many possibilities for winter projects!  I used the snowflakes as embellishments and to create the white snowflake paper.  I love layering stamped images to create 3D embellishments like the snowflake in the upper left corner.  The title is stamped with the Pennant alphabet stamp set and attached with 3D foam tape.  The Color-Ready ribbon is dyed with Crystal Blue ink using a sponge dauber.