Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions Blog Hop



                       Welcome to the Annual
         Holiday Expressions Spotlight Blog Hop!

It's getting close to that time of the year for leaves to be falling, snowflakes drifting, and scrapbook papers rustling as we prepare for those moments with family and freinds that make life memorable. 

You have arrived here from Daryls' blog we have 23 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the hop a complete list of participants may be found here.   






I made a decision to create a layout without using any stamps.  I did use ink, but no stamps.  My goal was to create a fun holiday layout in about an hour.  The holidays are a busy time of the year with so many different events being held and snatching a few moment to relax and craft is a blessing.

I really like the Beary Christmas papers, complements, embellishments, and stamp sets.  This is one of my top 5 Holiday paper packs.  I tend to like traditional papers with cute reindeer, bears, Santa's and snowmen.  I like the magic of Christmas and the wonder in children faces as they look at all the amazing decorations. I think this paper captures that magic.

Now, finally you say, down to what I did.  I grabbed my trusty Make it from You Heart (MIFYH) Vol. #3, decided upon pattern 13, I used the zip strips from the picture my life pocket cards, two pocket cards, complements, Beary Christmas Dots, and New England Ivy Ink.

I used a simple technique that's trendy by getting a paint brush wet grabbing ink from the lid of my ink pad and splattered it on the White Daisy card.  It takes maybe two or three minutes to do this and it adds a layer of texture to the layout.  The rest is very simple I took the complements and used some  powder to make them easier to handle, since I used pop dots and foam tape to add more dimension.





 Close to My Heart Supplies Used:

Exclusive Cardstock:  Fern & White Daisy
Exclusive Inks:  New England Ivy
Exclusive Patterned Paper:  Beary Christmas
Exclusive Complements:  Beary Christmas
Embellishments:  Beary Christmas Dots
Other:  Scotch ATG Tape & EK Tools Powder Tool
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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Haley's blog to see what she made using products from the Holiday Expressions Idea book. 




Create from the Heart,

Friday, September 1, 2017

Feel So Blessed - Stamp of the Monh Blog Hop


    Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Hop


You have arrived here from Michelle's blog we have 25 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  

I adore this Stamp of the Month it can work for cards, layouts, and mini-albums. I've seen some adorable ones now here's an image of the set.



    My first layout had an accident resulting in this new layout.  I added falling leaves to give it more color.  I love the colors of Fall and I'm going to use this layout in my Grandson album.


I created this layout using a few new items that debut in our Holiday Expressions along with the fab SOTM and all the  yummies in the new Annual.  A complete list of the items I used is listed below.

Exclusive Inks:  Espresso, Poppy(pigment)
Exclusive Cardstock:   Espresso, White Daisy
Patterned Paper:  Basic Fundementals
My Acrylix Stamp Sets:  Falling for You - Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts Z4041,  Feel so Blessed - SOTM S1709
Exclusive Embellishments:  Gold Heart Clips, Gold Pearls,  White & Gold Twine, 
Other:  Ranger Gold embossing powder, Versamark, Cricut Design Space Font
Retired:  CTMH White & clear detail embossing powders
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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Haley's blog to see what she made using this set. 

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My fathers continued illness is impacting classes and crops that I hold in my home.  I'm hoping to resume sometime in October. 


Create from the Heart,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The New Annual Inspirations - Blog Hop


Welcome to the Annual Inspirations Spotlight Blog Hop!



You have arrived here from Melinda's blog we have 26 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  

I created a Welcome Baby card using some of the sweetest baby stamps & dies that I've seen in my 11 plus years with CTMH. 

After I snapped the photo I felt I needed to add to the sentiment on this card.


I added the word baby and feel it completes the card front. 

Even though this is a simple card I used 6 new products.  I used some pop dots to raise the Elephant & two of the balloons it adds interest. The new products I used are listed below.

Exclusive Inks:  Charcoal, & Pacifica
Exclusive Cardstock:  Heather
Exclusive Patterned Papers:  Basic Fundamentals, & Whimsy Fundamentals
My Acrylic Stamp Set:  Baby Animals
My Acrylic Stamps & Thin Cut Set:  Sweet Baby
Embellishment:  Basic Ribbon Roll & Watercolor Pencils
Other:  White Cards & Envelope Value Pack

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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Darlys' blog to see what she made using this set. 

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If you live in the Greater Sacramento area contact me for a list of fun events that I offer. 
My Fathers continued illness has impacted us in ways we did not expect.  I need to cancel all my open crops that I held in my home and postpone the Fall classes.  I will resume structured events in October maybe sooner, but I'm available for gatherings & workshops outside my home. Email me
 Thanks for understanding.





Create from the Heart,

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

School Year - Stamp of the Month


Welcome to the CTMH Independent Consultant SOTM Blog Hop!



You have arrived here from Michelle's blog we have 22 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  

The August Featured Stamp of the Month is School Year.  It's available at a special price during the Month August.  Ask your consultant or if your not working with one I've included the information at the bottom of this post. 



I created a school day layout with this set.  I do have grandchildren, but only one in school.  He'll be in first grade this year.  I used a few new supplies that I got from our new Annual Inspirations that debut today view it here. 



I'm running behind, so I can't find any good sun this evening...maybe tomorrow if I remember! LOL

I used a few stamps sets along with the SOTM they're new fun and fast becoming favorites.  I used the new Splash of Color and Cat's Meow.  Really fun stamps...yes I'm squealing. :)

All supplies are Close to My Heart and listed below.

CTMH Products:
Exclusive Ink:  Bashful, Espresso, & Sapphire
Exclusive Cardstock:  Flaxen & White Daisy
Patterned Paper:  No Worries, & Basic Fundamentals(retired 2016-17)
Embellishments:  No Worries Sequins
My Acrylix:  S1708 School Year, D1733 Splash of Color, D1727 Cat's Meow, & B1484 Jennifer's Hand
Misc.:  Make it from Your Heart Vol. 3
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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Haley's blog to see what she made using this set. 

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*CTMH = Close to My Heart
**SOTM = Stamp of the Month

Stamp of the Month is available for the featured month at the special price of $5.00 when you purchase $50.00 or more in products.  That is a savings of $12.95!  


If you live in the Greater Sacramento area contact me for a list of fun events that I offer. 



Create from the Heart,

Convention 2017 Report


My first official Convention Report!  

I had a fabulously fun time at Convention this year.  I meet some amazing people and connected with a few old pals.  One of the nicest gal I've ever meet was Val from down under.  She was funny, friendly, and a blast to get to know.   I hope I see her again in Vegas! 

I know its all about the products, so lets get into those.  A completely revamped basics color palette with black joining White Daisy in neutrals.  Two Toned cardstock the darker shade is the color that matches our inks with the lighter shade being complementary or as I like to call it second generation. 
Is this gorgeous?  I love it and the new basic Fundamentals will knock your socks off! 
The new colors are:
Charcoal, Pewter, Pebble, Linen, Mink, Heather, Espresso, Nutmeg, Toffee, & Almond. 
There are beautiful together and with the new Color of the Year a combination that creates some of the most beautiful heritage scrapbooking I've ever seen.  It really motivates you to do more heritage layouts just to work with such a lovely palette as the one here. 

Did I mention the Color of the Year?  It is Bashful!
Here are a couple of layouts I did at Convention that focus on this palette with that beautiful bashful.

 The above layout focus on the gray colors in the palette accompanied by beautiful Bashful with accents of silver foiled complements. 
This layout focuses on the browns in the palette with Bashful playing a staring role.  I'm a pink gal and I adore Bashful its one of those soft pinks that make you feel good when you view it.  

That's my update on the Basics palette today and I'll be back tomorrow for more reveals and product information.  If you want to see it all now pop over to our online Annual Inspirations and get going on your wish list.  Email me if you need any information about our products or have questions about any artwork. 

Thanks for dropping by and please leave me some love or suggestion on today's post.  

Create from the Heart,

Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard to Say Goodbye


Welcome to 'So Hard to Say Goodbye' Spotlight Blog Hop


You have arrived here from Daryls' blog we have 19 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  



These are two of my favorite stamp sets & Thin Cuts
I love the Ink Blots they add a layer of texture without creating bulk to layouts and cards.  I'd grab this set while you can! They retire on July 31st. 


This card incorporates some of my absolutely favorite products from our Annual Inspirations 2016-2017.  Sea Glass is a gorgeous color that I'll have a hard time saying goodbye too.  I like the banner Thin Cut from the Little Dreamer Cardmaking set and I adore the Ink Blot stamps.  

Supplies Used:
Exclusive Cardstock:  Sea Glass
Exclusive Inks:  Sea Glass & Black
My Acrylix:  Ink Blot & Little Dreamer Cardmaking 
Thin Cuts:  Basic Stars & Little Dreamer Cardmaking Thin Cuts

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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Miss Carrie's Creations blog to see what she made using one or more of our retiring products. 



Create from the Heart,

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza a Blast from the Past - Blog Hop


Welcome to A Blast from the Past Blog Hop!



You have arrived here from Daryls' blog we have 11 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  


Very simply and fast card to put together.  I stamped the image in versa-mark ink and embossed with a white embossing powder on Sapphire cardstock for a bit of bling I used silver glitter paper.  To create visual interest I used thin foam tape to life the image off of the glitter paper. 

Supplies Used:
My Acrylix Stamp set:  Quick Cards-Bright All Night (A1148)
Exclusive Cardstock:  Sapphire & White Daisy
Glitter Paper:  Silver
Other:  Ranger White Embossing Powder, Versa-Mark Ink Pad

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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Melissa's blog to see what she made using one or more of our Stampaganza stamp sets. 




Create from the Heart,

Friday, June 16, 2017

Retiring Stamp Sets - Blog Hop

Close to My Heart - Retiring Stamp Sets

Its that time of the year some stamp sets are retiring, so new stamp sets will be arriving!  LOL  I'm such a dork! 

You have arrived here from Cat's blog we have 18 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  

I used one of my favorite stamp sets that I've had for awhile.  It's versatile.  I've created a card &  owl using So Many Smiles (C1619).  

 I like Blossom and Raspberry they're bright fun colors.


 This little owl is stored with my stamp set.  :)


Supplies Used:

Exclusive Cardstock:  Blossom. Poppy,  Raspberry, & Saffron
Exclusive Ink:  Black, Blossom, Emerald, Fern, Lemon, Pixie, Pomegranate,  & Tangerine
Exclusive Patterned Paper:  Uptown Fundamentals
Exclusive Embellishments:  Bitty Sparkles, Black & White Dots, Pink Enamel Gems
Bulk White Card Bases
My Acrylix Stamp Set:  So Many Smiles(C1619)

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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Haley's blog to see what she made using one or more of our retiring stamp sets. 



Create from the Heart,

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hello Foxy - Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!





You have arrived here from Gina Brandstetter's blog we have 23 consultants participating this month.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop  the complete list of participating consultants can be found here.  


  The June exclusive stamp set is Hello Foxy {S1706} set of 11 stamps.
This is a fun set for all those foxes!

I made a simple card this month.  I used a piece of paper from the Jack paper pack, the floral wreath stamp, and sentiment to create this window aperture card.  




The supplies I used are listed below.

CTMH Bulk card blanks
CTMH Jack Paper Pack
CTMH Exclusive Inks:  Blossom, Juniper, Lemon, & Tangerine
Other Supplies:  Vellum, Circle Dies, &  Daubers

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The June Stamp of the Month or SOTM is available for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This exclusive set is available June 1st - June 30th 2017.


Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Judy Faye Garner's blog to see what she made using this set. 

You can purchase the stamp set along with the supplies I used on my website.   







Create from the Heart,

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2



Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 spotlight blog hop!


You've arrived here from Brenda's blog we have 18 consultants participating in this spotlight hop.  If you lose your place while moving through the blog hop a complete list of participants is found here.

This month is National Scrapbooking Month and I'm celebrating by featuring scrapbook layouts on the blog this month.  I prefer creating layouts over cards it's just me and doesn't mean that I don't admire those beautiful cards I see my fellow consultants and Close to My Heart family create.

I'm in love with the Jack paper pack and coordinating stamp sets, and stamp & die sets.  The layout I created is influenced, heavily, by the Camping Life layout on pg. 42 in SE2. :)   My son and his roommate like to hike and camp in the mountains.  I made this for him.


I adore the lumberjack he's too cute!
I tired to fix the lighting!
I lightly line my journal blocks.  That way my crazy downhill handwriting looks a bit better.  ; )



I'm NOT a camping person!  I think the Holiday Inn is camping...so anyone that does camp is brave in my book.


My photos are dark my apologies.  I'll try again and see if I can get them lighter.  I hope you can see the details.  

 I added a few more embellishments to the layout using the Flower Market Cartridge.  
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CTMH Products Used
Exclusive Cardstock:  Black, Ruby, & White Daisy
Exclusive Inks:  Black, Cashmere, Juniper, Ruby, Slate, & Whisper
Exclusive Stamp Set:  Camping Life (D1719)  
Exclusive Stamp & Thin Cuts Set:  Jack-Scrapbooking (Z3339)
Patterned Papers:  Jack (X7222B)
Exclusive CTMH Cricut Set Flower Market
Embellishments:  Jack Complements (X7222C), Whipser Twine (Z3095), & Red Enamel Gems (Z3090)
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Thank You for viewing the hop and visiting my blog.  Please show me a little love by leaving me a comment before visiting the next artist.  Now travel to Judy Faye's blog to see what she made using new products from Seasonal Expressions 2(#SE2). 
You can purchase the stamps, papers, & supplies I used on my website.   


Create from the Heart,


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