Friday, October 18, 2019

Days of December

December can be a very hectic time of year. Why not create your holiday album before the month begins? When you have your album finished by the start of December you can relax a bit as you only have to print your photos and add them to your album. You can even pick outfits and backgrounds to coordinate with your completed pages.

Days of December
When you purchase the Days of December Workshop Kit, download the Workshop Guide and follow the instructions, you will create the following pages:

Title Page
Layout 1
Layout 2
Layout 3
Layout 4
Layout 5
Layout 6
Layout 7
Layout 8
Layout 9
Layout 10
Layout 11
Layout 12
Layout 13
Layout 14
Closing Page

There are two options for purchasing the Days of December Workshop Kit; with stamps and Thin Cuts (left image) or without (right image):

Days of December Workshop Kit
with Stamp + Thin Cuts (CC10195)
Days of December Workshop Kit
(CC10196)

If you do not already have them in your crafty stash there are a few additional items needed to complete the album as shown in the workshop instructions.
This flyer summaries the Days of December special:

Days of December Flyer - front
Days of December Flyer - back

You can download a PDF copy of the flyer here. Days of December is available until November 30 while supplies last.

If you have any questions, please reach me via the contact form to the right. I will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

November/December Idea Book

CTMH released the November/December Supplement Book a little early to help us get a jump start  on our holiday papercrafting.

Cover of November/December 2019 Idea Book
You will find a page turner of the November/December 2019 Book on my Consultant Website. Under the photo of the book you will find a PDF copy of the book that you can download to your computer to view off-line, the recipes which lists what products were used to create the samples and a product index. I use the index for a wish list and to track purchases; it also indicates if the item is available with Hostess Rewards.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me via the contact form to the right if you have any product or promotion questions.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Holiday Cheer Promotion

The special for the month of October is Holiday Cheer.

Holiday Cheer
The Holiday Cheer special helps you create a variety of gift tags or ornaments for your holiday tree. There are a variety of choices when shopping for the Holiday Cheer special:

Holiday Cheer Tag & Ornament Kit (CC101915)
Holiday Cheer Tag & Ornament Kit
Holiday Cheer Tag Kit (CC101913)
Holiday Cheer Ornament Kit (CC101916)
Holiday Cheer Tag Die-cuts (CC10199)
Holiday Cheer Ornament Die-cuts (CC101910)
Whimsical Holiday (CC101911)
Traditional Holiday (CC101912)

An additional item needed to complete the tags and ornaments is the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts (Z4309).


This flyer also has all of the Holiday Cheer details:

Holiday Cheer Flyer - front
Holiday Cheer Flyer - back

You can download a PDF copy of the Holiday Cheer flyer here. Holiday Cheer is available until November 30 while supplies last.

Please use the contact form to the right if you have any questions about the special and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

CTMH Autumn Air SOTM Blog Hop - October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set Random Act of Cardness. This month there are almost 30 Consultants sharing projects created with the CTMH Stamp Of The Month Autumn Air. Our blog hop is a circle; visiting the next blog (typically via a link near the bottom of their post) will take you back to where you started.
Autumn Air Blog Hop Badge
You should have arrived here from ***Judy Faye Garner's Judy Faye's Place***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

Autumn Air Stamp Set
I needed to send a Thank You card for a friend of my late father. He recently helped me with a tire that was too soft to safely drive on so I came up with this card. I love the colors of fall, so I tried to imitate them on my card.

Card created for the Autumn Air Blog Hop
I wanted the aperture to be a little larger than the Thin Cuts–Ovals, so I used a die I had in my crafty supplies. To center the opening I drew an x on the back of the Sangria card, lined up the die and used washi tape to hold the die in place. Then, to emboss around the edge of the opening, I put the die on the front of the Sangria card and used a rubber mat when running the layers through my die cutting machine. I cut a piece of copy paper in the same size and shape as my Sangria cardstock to help me with placement of the solid stamps in the aperture. I used the "rock 'n roll" technique to color the leaves inside the aperture. Since the Sangria and Gold Foil frame are already raised with 3-D Foam Tape I did not use gems to embellish. I did not want to make my card too thick for the mail so I used Stickles™ Glisten instead.

Before you head to ***Haley Dyer's The Inky Scrapper***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

I love to hear what folks think about the items I create. If you have a little time, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of this idea. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with Autumn Air — the October Stamp of the Month. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Haley Dyer's The Inky Scrapper***.

October 2019 CTMH News

October 2019 brings us a beautiful Stamp Of The Month: Autumn Air.

Autumn Air (S1910) - CTMH SOTM October 2019
Autumn Air (S1910) is an exclusive D-size set of 14 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of October 2019. The stamp set can be yours for $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in qualifying Close To My Heart products (and you qualify for additional sets at $5 for each $50 you spend). Alternatively it is available at $18.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 1" × 6½" (Y1005), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 6½" (Y1010) and 5" × 6" (Y1015).

CTMH Corporate Artists created this wonderful two-page layout using the Autumn Air stamp set.

layout created with Autumn Air
If you would like a list of the products used to create the above layout, you will find the information in the Recipes, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the September/October 2019 Idea Book. I am participating in a Autumn Air blog hop this month; you will find my post here tomorrow. Please visit my October SOTM (S1910) Autumn Air Pinterest Board for other examples of how the Autumn Air stamp set was used.

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer
Holiday Cheer is is an Ornament or Tag Kit or you can purchase a Tag & Ornament Kit. There are two exclusive stamp sets to coordinate with the kits. The kits were designed to coordinate with the Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti set (Z4309) which is not available in any of the bundles; it must be purchased separately. The Holiday Cheer special will be available until November 30 while supplies last. As soon as I have more information I will devote an entire blog post to this special.

Spooktacular

Spooktacular
When you purchase the Workshop Kit, download the Workshop Guide and follow the instructions in the Guide, you can create two 2-page layouts, two 1-page layouts and six tags. I shared photos of the finished papercrafts in September.

This flyer summaries the Spooktacular offer.

Spooktacular Flyer - front
Spooktacular Flyer - back

You can download a PDF copy of the Spooktacular flyer here.

September/October 2019 Idea Book

Cover of CTMH September/October 2019 Idea Book
This bi-monthly Idea Book is only valid until October 31. This is the book where you will find decorative B&T papers, scrapbooking and cardmaking workshop kits, seasonal stamps, hostess rewards stamp sets and more. I anticipate that most items in this idea book will retire on October 31; I will post the retiring list as soon as it is available.

This and the Core Products Idea Book can be found on my Consultant Website under More > View Catalog. One free copy of the core and supplemental catalog will be included with your first order between until October 31 (one each per customer account). Beginning November 1, the core catalog will not be included in free catalog shipments.

If you have any product or promotion questions, I can be reached via the comment form to the right or via email. You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Have a great day!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Twisted Chevron Card and CTMH Paper Collections

Hello! In late July Close to My Heart shared this chevron technique on Instagram, Facebook and on the CTMH YouTube Channel:



I shared a card using this technique on the Sep/Oct 2019 New Product Blog Hop; I also posted a card where I cut and layered the strips a bit differently because I found I was not happy with how I initially layered the colors which trickled down to how the looked when cut apart, rearranged and assembled. Let me give you a little background with how I got to a finished card...

This is what my virtual mat looks like in Design Space. After I added the image to my mat I unlocked it so I could change the proportions and set the width to 11½" and I set the height to 5½". My goal was to use one-half sheet of cardstock the most efficient way I could.

screen shot of Short Zig Zags Overlay image on Cricut® Design Space virtual mat
As you can see with one cut that I have seven strips to create with – without cutting the overlay apart.

I used a letter-sized sheet of white cardstock and ran it though a Xyron machine to layer my zig zag strips. I felt I needed adhesive covering all of the supporting (or base) cardstock since I would be cutting this apart.

I was not happy with my first attempt. While I think this, my initial layering of the zig zag strips, looks find the way it is,

zig zag strips applied to the supporting (or base) cardstock
when I cut it apart and alternated the ends, I was not really happy with it.

zig zag strips cut apart and ends alternated (simulated using Ribbet Collage)
It was at this point where I decided to go in a slightly different path for the New Product Blog Hop. For that card and the card below I layered the zig zag strips in this order (from the bottom): Wisteria (darker side), Wisteria (lighter side), Evergreen (darker side), Evergreen (lighter side), Julep (darker side), Julep (lighter side), Lemonade (darker side) then Lemonade (lighter side).

After layering the zig zag strips I cut them apart from the peak to the valley. I then used a smaller scrap of cardstock, added adhesive and layered as shown below (I am sorry I did not think to take a photo of that layer before adding it to the card).

Card created with Random Act of Cardness - CTMH Sep 2019 SOTM
I layered Black cardstock on the card base then added a layer of Every Little Thing. I added 3D Foam Tape to the back of the chevron strip. Using the September SOTM I stamped with VersaMark™ Ink, added White Embossing Powder and heated with the Heat Tool. I used Glue Dots® to attach the vellum to the card and hid the glue using Black Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Gel (I also used it embellish the Wisteria strip at the bottom). You can purchase all of the supplies I used on my Consultant Website; you can purchase the Artbooking collection on Cricut®'s website – my Cricut® Affiliate Link will take you there.

So far the cards I have made using this technique were made with Every Little Thing. I hope to find time to create with Hawthorn soon. In case you have not had a chance to sit down and look though the latest CTMH Idea Books, you will find both the Sep/Oct 2019 and Core Products Catalogs here on my Consultant Website. Here's a review the current paper collections from Close To My Heart:

Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
(X7248S)
Every Little Thing Paper Packet
(X7248B)
this paper included in both the Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and Every Little Thing Paper Packet
this paper included in both the Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and Every Little Thing Paper Packet
this paper included in both the Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and Every Little Thing Paper Packet
sticker sheet
only available in
Every Little Thing Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Every Little Thing Coordinating Cardstock
(X7248D)
Every Little Thing Picture My Life™ Cards
(X7248E)
Every Little Thing Vellum Die-cuts
(Z3521)
Every Little Thing Complements
(X7248C)
Every Little Thing—Cardmaking
(C1801)
Every Little Thing—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
(Z3525)
Every Little Thing—Scrapbooking
(D1877)
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Every Little Thing Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
(G1185)
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Project 1
Every Little Thing Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Project 2
Every Little Thing Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Project 3
Every Little Thing Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Project 4
Every Little Thing Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Every Little Thing Cardmaking Workshop Kit
(G1189)
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Project 1
Every Little Thing Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Project 2
Every Little Thing Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Project 3
Every Little Thing Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Project 4
Every Little Thing Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Hawthorn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
(X7249S)
Hawthorn Paper Packet
(X7249B)
this paper included in both the Hawthorn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
and Hawthorn Paper Packet
this paper included in both the Hawthorn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
and Hawthorn Paper Packet
this paper included in both the Hawthorn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
and Hawthorn Paper Packet
sticker sheet
only available in
Hawthorn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Hawthorn Coordinating Cardstock
(X7249D)
Hawthorn Picture My Life™ Cards
(X7249E)
Hawthorn Complements
(X7249C)
Hawthorn Wood Shapes
(Z3543)
Hawthorn—Cardmaking
(C1798)
Hawthorn—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
(Z3545)
Hawthorn—Scrapbooking
(D1873)
Hawthorn—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts
(Z3527)
Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
(G1186)
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Project 1
Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Project 2
Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Project 3
Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Project 4
Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit
Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit
(G1190)
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Project 1
Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Project 2
Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit
Project 3
Hawthorn Cardmaking Workshop Kit
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Mix-in Paper Packet
(X9007)
Mix-in Coordinating Cardstock
(X9008)
paper in Mix-in Paper Packet
paper in Mix-in Paper Packet
paper in Mix-in Paper Packet
paper in Mix-in Paper Packet
paper in Mix-in Paper Packet
paper in Mix-in Paper Packet

I hope you like the card I created. So you do not have to scroll back up to find the links, you can purchase most of the supplies I used on my Consultant Website; the Artbooking collection is available on Cricut®'s website – my Cricut® Affiliate Link will take you there.

If you have a few moments please let me know what you think about my card and this technique. Have a fantastic day!