Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Candlelight Garden



Welcome of the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
This months featured stamp set is Candlelight Garden


You have arrived here from Catherine's blog.  If you'd like to see the complete list of hoppers check out Melinda's master list.  



I'm not able to create a project due to a health issue.  This is a lovely set and one of my favorites this year.  I hope to use it soon and will certainly be using the hop as a resource when I'm able to get inky. We have a lot of talented artists that happen to be consultants.



 Please enjoy some artwork created by the Close to My Heart Art Department.  





Thank You for viewing the hop this month now hop to Darlys' blog to see her creations.  



Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




Saturday, November 21, 2015

Colors of Thanksgiving


Welcome to the Colors of Thanksgiving
Use Your Stash Blog Hop!

Hello hoppers!  This month I'm starting the hop a complete list of the participants are listed at the bottom of this post, but if you arrived here from Michelle's blog it all works.  :)    The challenge this month is to use the colors of Fall.  Rich oranges, greens, purples, reds, and yellows.

I really like how this turned out. I used up some pieces that I had left from one of my CTMH papers, Sangria, and I used CTMH cardstock fun colors in this pack it yells Fall!

 

I usually take my pictures outside, but I didn't find my mojo until the evening, so I'll try to get a daylight one sometime today.


 I dressed up the sentiment with a bow.  I try to finish the insides of my cards it doesn't always happen,




I love this die its a must have in my book.  I like dies and I have a fair amount of them.   I'll let you in on a secret, so shhhhhh Close to My Heart is going to be introducing at least one set of dies that coordinate with a stamp set or maybe more then one look for this on January 1st.  No worries we'll still be offering the fabulous Cricut Cartridges.  

Thank You for viewing our hop if your interested in joining in on the fun by using up some of your stash email me.  I'd love for you to leave a comment then hop to  Marie's blog to see her art that she created with her stash. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Create from the Heart,




This months participants:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Get Back to the Fundamentals


Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop
Brought to you by
 Close to My Heart Independent Consultants 


You've arrived here from Darlys' blog.  The hop is a circle, so be assured you'll see all the artwork if you keep on hopping.  This month the focus is on the Fundamental line by Close to My Heart.  

For this hop I decided to create two cards with a Christmas theme....I have Christmas on the brain lately.  I know that many others have Christmas predominately in their thoughts too.  I just want to make Christmas cards, albums, and layouts.   I've been buying some super cute papers, and other things to add to my Christmas stash. 
 
View of the snowflake inside the card
  I created a black base used a piece of the Ruby Fundamental paper in the Enchanted line that looks like a string of lights to me.  The joy is a Cricut cut from the Artistry cartridge. 
 View of the holly Cricut cut inside the card.

 I used the Artistry cartridge to cut out these images, with the exception of Christmas that is from another source.

Items used are by Close to My Heart others will be noted:
  • Cardstock:  Black, Kraft, Sweet Leaf,  White Daisy
  • Artistry Cricut cartridge CTMH exclusive
  • Paper Fundamentals:  Enchanted
  • Fundamentals Assortment in Gold
  • Gold Shimmer Trim
  • Ribbon, Thread, and Christmas die cut sourced from other. 


I participated in a hop on the 6th of the month which featured the Fundamental line.  The Fundamentals feature stickers, assortments, and of course paper.  You may view the line here.  And if you'd like to see the layout I created featuring this fun line go here

Thank You for taking the time to view the hop.  On the 15th of each month a new technique is featured, so mark your calendar.  It's time to hop on to Catherine's blog to see her art.  



Create from the Heart,

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking

Welcome to the Spotlight Blog Hop!

This month we're focusing on our Simply Fundamental line of paper and embellishments.


If you arrived here from Lela's blog you're on the right path.  If you wish to start at the beginning hop over to Melinda's blog for the complete list of participating independent consultants, or you can keep hopping and you will see all of the wonderful artwork.




Here's the beginning of my work with the Simply Fundamental line of paper & embellishments.  I'm using the Peacock & Poppy Fundamental paper in the Enchantment color group.

Rest of my Artwork Arriving Soon.  I needed to take care of my Mother, so I've been short on time.  Hopefully it won't be but a minute or so.  :)





This is not the best job I've done at creating a layout.  I have some bumps, and lifting elements, but I'll manage to get it all fixed by the time I lay down my pictures.  

I need to run to the pharmacy, so it will be a bit longer for the next page in my saga of using the Simply Fundamental paper line.  Thank You all.


This is getting close, but I still want to dress it up!

 Okay I'm done and I took an overview shot on the table to give an idea of how I used the Fundamental Elements to create the title and journaling, which is sparse I know.

The Left side of the Layout completed.

 The right side of the layout completed


My completed layout!  Yeah!  I only used products from our fundamental line.  I did not stamp or distress with any inks.  This shows how versatile and easy it is to build a layout that is fun and colorful.  That's only if you do need to run to the pharmacy!  I don't mind at all.  My Mom cared for me my entire life and Ill never not be there for her.


Products used:

  • Paper Fundamental:            Enchantment Z3126
  • Fundamental Stickers:        Enchantment Z3164
  • Fundamental Assortment:  Gold Z3105, Pomegranate Z3099 & Peacock Z3098


Make sure that you take a look at the special offer this month.
The Simply Fundamental Album Bundle

Purchase the album bundle and you get:

  • Album of your choice (D-ring or Post-bound)
  • Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Assortment Peacock (1 pack)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • Memory Protectors™ Value Pack (1 pack Side Load or 1 pack Top Load)
Special Price of $71.80  you save $19.95

Contact  your Close to My Heart Consultant or visit my site at
www.priscilla.ctmh.com

Thank You for visiting my blog. 
I'd love for you to leave a comment then please hop on to Terrie's blog.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area & would like to Attend a Close to My Heart Event email me.  :^)  




Create from the Heart,

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's an Owl Birthday!

An Owl Birthday Card!

My Aunt Karen is having fun with owls lately.  My cousin Skipper built a new deck on the back of my Aunts house, since the old deck needed to be replaced.  Well she's been decorating the sitting area with owls, a lot of owls, if you can find an owl decoration in Citrus Heights she has it!  :^)

I put this card together for her Birthday.  I use a new floral stamp set that I got in one of my convention bundles.  I've been moving things around in my craft room, so It took a moment to find the info on the set.  I used So Many Smiles (C1619) to create the owl.  Enough chat here are the pictures.  I hope you like my creation.  




I used cardstock except for the chevron patterned banner and that scrap came from the Sangria paper pack new for Fall. I think this came out great.  I've seen these owls on Pinterest and I do not know who had the idea originally or I'd give her credit and a link to her work.  If you know who it is please email me.  

Thank You for viewing my blog and my creations.  I wish you a happy day and wonderful week.  



Create from the Heart,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cheers

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


You've arrived here from Alyson's blog, so you're on the right path. If you get lost or wish to start at the beginning of the hop visit  Melinda's blog for the completely list of consultants participating this month.  Or you can keep on hopping and you will see all the artwork, since the hop is one big circle. Now it's time to see my page! 

But First I need to give you a heads up on the stamp set we're using.  The stamp is a New Years set aptly named Cheers.  Here's an image of the set, and it can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50 a savings of $12.95.  



I struggled with this set.  I can see a use for the journal lines in pocket scrapbooking, scrapbooking, in your planners, or mixed media journals.  I love the Dream Big and Cheers sentiments, but I've struggled with this concept of New Years, which I believe stems from my families lack of celebrating New Years.   Plus I don't see what the thrill is honestly its just a date change that takes all of us months to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015.  

I thought I'd try to make a pop-up box card.  I've never tried to make one before and I went with a 21st Birthday theme.  I saw stamps in the set that worked for a Birthday. I used our Fall color inspired paper pack.  







Here's the box open.  The pictures are still slightly dark, and I did watch the Walking Dead last night yet no info on Glen.  Okay I digress...Its still raining and dark in the house.  I usually take pictures outside in the garden.  I hope you see the details better and the way I went with the set.
  The list of the products I used are below.

  • Cardstock:  Poppy
  • B&T Paper:  Sangria Paper Pack
  • Exclusive Inks:  Cocoa, Poppy, & Saffron.
  • Embellishments:  Fundamental Assortment Gold, & Sangria Compliments
  • Adhesive:  Thin 3-D Foam Tape & Other
  • Stamp sets:  Cheers (S1511) & For Family Occasions (C1633)

I appreciate your time viewing my creation for this hop.  Now it's time to move on to Maureen's blog to see her artwork.  Thank You for viewing the Hop, and make sure to check out our Spotlight hop on November 6th.   






Create from the Heart,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Diffuse Your Artwork

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop
Brought to you by
 Close to My Heart Independent Consultants 




 You've arrived here from Darlys' blog be assured you'll see all the artwork if you keep on hopping.  The featured technique this month is on the new embossing diffusers.  These are very cool and simple to use.  This is the first time I've used these since they arrived, so be gentle.  

I made a card, a Christmas card, I seemed to be hooked on making Christmas cards lately.  I love Christmas stamps and paper, which are the items I hoard in my stash. :)  

I liked how this turned out.  The diffuser gives the card a dimensional look without all the work.  I used traditional Christmas colors. The folder I chose is the new Snow folder and I brushed the Fern cardstock with some White Daisy pigment ink trying to get a snowy appearance.  

Items I used with this card.

  • Card Base:  Colonial White value pack
  • Cardstock:  Colonial White & Fern
  • Exclusive Inks:  Cocoa, Cranberry, Fern, New England Ivy, & White Daisy Pigment
  • Shimmer Trim:  Red
  • Other sourced gold ribbon.
Thank You for taking the time to view the hop.  On the 15th of each month a new technique is featured, so mark your calendar.  It's time to hop on to Catherine's blog to see her art.  



Create from the Heart,

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holiday Expressions Spotlight

Welcome to the Holiday Expressions Spotlight Blog Hop

Presented by Close to My Heart Independent Consultants 

Products available until December 31, 2015

If you arrived here from Paige's blog you're on the right path.  If you wish to start at the beginning hop over to Melinda's blog for the complete list of participating independent consultants, or you can keep hopping and you will see all of the wonderful artwork.

 I love all things Christmas and I have fun playing with all the fun products we have this year.  BUT we do have fun Halloween and heartfelt Thanksgiving items, so not just for Christmas Virginia.   I've been enjoying using the new Cricut Artistry cartridge this is a must have cartridge in my opinion. Make sure you have it on your Christmas list. ;^)  Now on to the cards I made for this hop.  








I used the same basic design on both cards, but changed the color, flipped the B&T, and used different Cricut cuts for embellishments.  The card on the right has a more traditional feeling, while the card on the left has a contemporary vibe, IMO, and they are the same piece of paper just different sides...how cool is that? I love our B&T for that reason.  

The cards have a fair amount of fine colored glitter detail, and I left them overnight to ensure that they were nice and dry but, you can always use a heat gun to speed up the process.   I used three stamps sets, two Cricut cartridges, and one piece of B&T paper.  The complete list of products I used is below.

  • Cardstock:  Colonial White, Cranberry, Fern, & Glacier.
  • B&T paper:  White Pines Work Shop of the Go
  • My Acrylic Stamp Sets: Festive Trees{Hostess Rewards}B1493,  Miracle of Christmas D1656, White Pines Scrapbooking Workshop G1098{D1678}.
  • Exclusive Inks:  Cranberry & Fern
  • Accessories:  Gold Foil Tape
  • Exclusive Cricut Cartridges:  Artistry & Art Philosophy
  • Green & Red glitter glue & Gold Ribbon sourced other
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my artwork or Close to My Heart.   

Thank You for visiting my blog. 
I'd love for you to leave a comment then please hop on to Darlys blog.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area & would like to Attend a Close to My Heart Event email me.  :^)  

                                                  

Create from the Heart,



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Twinkle

Twinkle


Welcome to the Twinkle Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Haley's blog you're on the right path. If you get lost or wish to start at the beginning of the hop visit Melinda's blog for the completely list of consultants participating this month.  Or you can keep on hopping and you will see all the artwork, since the hop is one big circle. Now it's time to see my page! 

This is the fun Christmas stamp set Twinkle
This set coordinates with the Artiste Cartridge exclusive to Close to My Heart

This month I did a Christmas card.  I've been having fun making Christmas cards lately and I decided to continue.  I figure if my mojo is going don't mess with it. :)  I think this is a versatile set it is perfect for cards, layouts, gift boxes, and tags.  
I made the cards pine bough, & pine cone using the new Artistry cartridge.  The ornaments are on the Artiste cartridge.  The names are very similar if you have not ordered your Artistry cartridge make sure you double check.
I used embossing to make the stamped images pop, gold foil tape, and gold embossing powder the ribbon is sourced from other. 

Flat view to see the slight dimension I achieved using a bit of thin 3-D tape.  The list of Close to My Heart items I used is listed below. 

  • Cardstock: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cranberry, Fern, New England Ivy, Sweet Leaf, & White Daisy.
  • Exclusive Cricut Cartridges: Artiste & Artistry
  •  Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder
  • VersaMark  Ink Pad
  • Gold Foil Tape


appreciate your time viewing my work.  Now it's time to move on to Jacquelin's blog to see her work.  


Thank You for viewing the Hop!   

Create from the Heart,

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tool Time



Welcome to the Use Your Stash Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on tools!  We all have tools in our stash and I personally have more then I want to admit.  If you have a stash of tools, supplies and paper dust them off join in use some of your stash!  If you are interested in joining our hop we connect with each other via a Facebook group send me an email.
  
When I saw this months challenge I thought this will be a piece of cake well it's not.  I had to figure out what I consider an old tool.  I decided to focus on die cutting with my thin metal dies which, are still very popular and I buy them every time I go to Tacoma.  I love trees,poppies, sunflowers, and snow people dies.  I'm usually very loyal to Close to My Heart products yet, these dies are what make me stray.  Oops!

Okay enough chit chat!  If you arrived here from Marilee's blog you're on the right path. Be assured you will see all the artwork since the hop is one circle.  

 I've always admired the white on white cards that I've seen on Pinterest.  I made this Christmas card from White Daisy & Cranberry cardstock.  I used liquid glass to emphasize the snow on the branches and then I dusted them all with prisma glitter.  The 'old tool'  I used are my Memory Box dies.  I like how the Cranberry pops off the white.  I lined the inside of the card in Cranberry too.  :) 





Thank you for taking the time to view the hop remember we always have a different focus each month on the 21st.  Now hop over to Shirley's blog to what she has created this month. 





Create from the Heart,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Watercolor Your World!




Welcome to the monthly Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop!


Watercolor Your World





I'm a new member of the group, and I'm excited this is my first hop.  Yeah!
We are focusing on the new water color set that's been introduced this month with the release of the absolutely fabulous Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions.  

This monthly hop is on the 15th ever month.  If you have arrived from Shelia's blog then you are in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning visit Melissa's blog, but if you want to keep hopping be assured you'll see it all, since it's a big circle.

I struggled with this challenge as I'm not an artist I'm a crafter.  I saw some great ideas on Pinterest so that's my jumping off point.  I love Pinterest if  I'm stumped, have lost my mojo, or am completely lost that's where I turn then that ahh ha moment hits and I realize I can do this.

 A complete view of the items I used minus my brushes.

The Season of Thanks will be here soon!

 Saffron & Pomegranate works for me. :^)

Nothing but blue watercolor skies


I'm inspired by Close to My Hearts new Enchantment color palette, which I call the 'Fall' color palette.  I pulled out Poppy, Pomegranate, Saffron, Eggplant, & Fern.  I stamped the leaves in Whisper & Poppy then played with my watercolors matching to my Enchantment colors as close as I could.  I had a fun time painting the leaves, not much fun fussy cutting them out, but worth it in the end.  Below is a complete list of the items I used.


  • Cardstock:   Saffron, Pomegranate, & Champagne
  • Paper Fundamentals:  Enchantment assortment > Saffron
  • Exclusive Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paint Brushes > beware kittens love to eat these!
  • Exclusive Inks:  Chocolate, Poppy, Saffron, & Whisper
  • Embellishments:  Pink Enamel Gems, Gold Foil Tape, Thick Fern Twine
  • My Acrylix:  B1492 Fallen Leaves & C1634 Blessings of Autumn a Hostess Reward Set

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my artwork or CTMH.


Thank You for visiting my blog. 
I'd love for you to leave a comment then please hop on to Haley's blog.

If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area & would like to chat about Close to My Heart email me.  :^)  



Create from the Heart,


This is the page I created at the Annual Convention at Disneyland this past July next years is at
Disney World I'd love to have you join me!


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