Thursday, March 1, 2018

Birthday Time | Mar SOTM | Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!




We will be featuring March Stamp of the Month, which is Birthday Time. If you have come here from Sarah's Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have 27 talented Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!

Birthday Time


This month's stamp of the month is going to be your go-to stamp for all things birthday. It's got so many fun images for birthday celebrations of every age, as well as components for invitations.  I wish I would've had more time to create with it...but that will have to wait :( 

In the meantime, I created this quick side step card (easier than it looks, for sure!) for a special birthday coming up soon. You can find the instructions here.

I used the lovely Chelsea Gardens paper; get this packet while supplies last...it's only available thru March! The black chipboard Chelsea Gardens complements added the perfect POP to my card.


The Cricut Artistry cartridge worked great for all my cut images.

Supplies



Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to Blog to see what she's created. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas! And share some positive feedback - to make our day :)

And remember, the March SOTM is only available until the 31st. Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunny Thoughts | Feb SOTM | Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



We will be featuring February Stamp of the Month, which is Sunny Thoughts. If you have come here from Danielle's Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have 27 talented Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!

Sunny Thoughts



This month's stamp exudes spring. It's been pretty cold & dreary here lately, so I couldn't wait to bring a little sunshine in my craft room as I designed these cards. I decided to try a monochromatic card this month; I've seen many consultants do it & think it looks fabulous! But never tried it myself. I used a gate fold card, which worked really well with my design & is very easy. 


You simply cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4 x 8 1/2. And then score it at 2 1/8 & 6 3/8. You can find the full tutorial here.


I chose bright & vibrant colors from the Adventure palette; Pansy, Pacifica & Raspberry. I used the versatile Basics Fundamentals paper for the backgrounds. The final touches were a little bit of Silver Glitter paper & Clear Sparkles to add just the right amount of bling. I can't wait to send these sunny birthday greetings out!

Supplies

Adventure cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to Miss Carrie's Blog to see what she's created. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And remember, the February SOTM is only available until the 28th. Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Bloom & Grow | Jan SOTM | Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!






We will be featuring January Stamp of the Month, which is Bloom & Grow. If you have come here from Krista's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have over 20 talented Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!

Bloom & Grow
 




Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are behind us, it's time to focus on spring, even though it's freezing cold & snowing at the moment here :) I tried my first bridge card -- they are so fun & easy. 
 
 

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to my fabulous upline, Michele's Blog - her artwork is always stellar. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And remember, the January SOTM is only available until the 31st. Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Through the Year | November SOTM | Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



We will be featuring November Stamp of the Month, which is Through the Year. If you have come here from Michele's Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have 22 amazing Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!


Through the Year


I'm so excited about this month's stamp...but not for the reason you may think! I have to admit, I had a difficult time coming up with an idea for a card using this set, but thanks to some inspiration from Michele, the ideas began to flow. 

When I realized I could use my new Basic Tags thin cuts, it all started to come together quickly. 

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I used the 2 inch tag for the Merriest Wishes & the 1½ inch tags for the little icons.
And I used my journaling pen to finish up all the edges around the tags.

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If you haven't tried our thin cuts, this one is the perfect "starter" set. It comes with 4 sizes: 2½", 2", 1½", 1".
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Supplies

Berry Christmas paper packet
White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy cardstock
Basic Tags thin cuts
journaling pen
Berry Christmas dots
Glacier ink

Sneak Peek

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And now for the REALLY exciting news...Calendar Club is coming in January! The December special Calendar Kit, will coordinate with the Through the Year stamp set. I'll begin taking pre-orders for the kits on Nov. 15th. Or you can order your own kit on my website Dec. 1st.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to  Miss Carrie's Blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And remember, the November SOTM is only available until the 30thClick here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Christmas Tunes | October SOTM | Blog Hop





Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



We will be featuring September Stamp of the Month, which is Christmas Tunes. If you have come here from  Corinna's Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have 27 amazing Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!


Christmas Tunes


It's beginning to look...dare I say it?! It's hard to believe it's already October. The days are getting shorter, here in the Black Hills. And Christmas decor is starting to make it's appearance in all the retail stores. Personally, I hate the way retailers rush the seasons. But there is some validity to getting a head start on your holiday projects -- like Christmas cards! 

I've been making handmade Christmas cards since I became a Close To My Heart consultant, eight years ago. And it's one of my favorite things to do. This stamp set features lyrics from a few classic Christmas songs. I used Rocking Around the Christmas Tree for this rustic, log cabin card.


I used our NEW You Are Here Cricut cartridge (have you seen this set?) to create the cozy log cabin. I added some shimmer on the cabin with our clear shimmer brush. The made the stars on the tree twinkle with some Bitty Bling.

I cut a tiny (1 1/2) wreath using the Flower Market cartridge; I think it adds just the right touch to my cabin :)


Supplies

Fern cardstock
Fern ink
Bitty Bling
Red Gems
White Shimmer Trim
White & Gold Twine


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the fall season.

Now "hop" on over to  Darlys' Blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And remember, the October SOTM is only available until the 31stClick here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Feel So Blessed | Sept SOTM | Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


We will be featuring September Stamp of the Month, which is Feel So Blessed. If you have come here from Vickie's Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have 25 amazing Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!


Feel So Blessed


Living a grateful life is something that I try to practice daily. But as we come into fall & the season of Thanksgiving, gratitude seems to be front & center everyone's minds. This stamp has all the sentiments you need to express your gratitude in cards, scrapbook layouts, thanksgiving table decor & more!

I got the inspiration for this double z-fold card from fellow consultant, Laura Ryan. I used our new Basics Fundamentals pattern paper - don't you love it? "Grateful" is stamped in the new Charcoal ink. The Basics color paletten (our neutrals) was totally revamped this year - you can check out the ten new colors here. These are just a few of the MANY new products that launched last month in our Annual Inspirations catalog. 


For the inside of the card, I used a floral cluster & "thank you" sentiment from the From the Heart stamp set, which is this month's National Stamping Month special.


Have you noticed that feathers are all rage? My friend & fellow consultant, Tracey Pierce, created this amazing card for our SOTM swap. It's my favorite - possibly, because she used Eggplant cardstock!



Supplies

Eggplant cardstock
Eggplant ink
Bashful ink
Fern ink
From the Heart stamp set 

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to Kathy's Blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And remember, the September SOTM is only available until the 31stClick here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Live, Laugh, Love | May SOTM | Blog Hop


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


We will be featuring May Stamp of the Month, which is Live, Laugh, Love. If you have come here from Darlys' Blogyou are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have 26 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one. Leave a comment, if you like what you see. We love to get your feedback. Here we go!


Live, Laugh, Love

I have to admit...coloring is not my thing. I know it's all the rage right now, but (until now) I've not been able to jump on the bandwagon. This stamp might change my mind!? It really pops!!

I doesn't look bad, stamped in a single color. But when you use your ShinHan markers to color it in...wow! 

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I decided to start a new Picture My Life (PML) pocket album with photos from our trip to Alaska last year. I made my own PML cards using the Live, Laugh, Love set. I also added a pre-made card from a retired PML set & a gold overlay


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Live, Laugh, Love
I used paper from this month's special, Live Beautifully & the Rustic Fundamentals packet. I can't wait to get started on my next pages!

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to Michele's Blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And remember, the May SOTM is only available until the 31stClick here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

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