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 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



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,
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