Saturday, August 27, 2016

New CTMH Adventure Colors

You may recall on July 24 I shared the retiring Adventure colors with you. Today I am sharing the seven new Adventure colors that Close To My Heart introduced at convention and appear in the new Annual Inspirations 2016-2017.

Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack

The Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack comes with 20 – 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock; 2 each of 10 colors. In addition to the Combo Pack, the cardstock may be purchased in packs of 24 sheets (links below).

The new Adventure colors are:

12" × 12" Pansy Cardstock
Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Emerald Cardstock
Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Willow Cardstock
Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Willow Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Lemon Cardstock
Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Tangerine Cardstock
Tangerine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Tangerine Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Blossom Cardstock
Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Raspberry Cardstock
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker

The returning favorite Adventure colors are:

12" × 12" Pacifica Cardstock
Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Lagoon Cardstock
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
12" × 12" Cranberry Cardstock
Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker

Please note – until supplies are exhausted and the new style of ink pads are in stock, when you order a returning color, you may receive the old style of stamp pad. If you have your heart set on the new style of ink pad, please contact me before you place your order so I may check on the availability of the new style of ink pads.

The Adventure colors are also available in Exclusive Inks™ Adventure Mini Pigment Pads Set.

Exclusive Inks™ Adventure Mini Pigment Pads Set
The mini pigment pads are perfect for when you want to use clear embossing powder with the Adventure colors.

And we cannot forget the Close To My Heart Color of the Year Sea Glass!

12" × 12" Sea Glass Cardstock
Sea Glass Glitter Paper
Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
Exclusive Inks™ Sea Glass Mini Pigment Pad
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If you would like to add some new colors to your craft room, you can click on any item above to place an order or choose the Shop Now button to browse my online shopping site.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Retiring CTMH Cut Above™ Card Kits

While I love to create one-of-a-kind unique cards, sometimes I do not have the time to design a card with a specific person in mind. It is at these times I turn to the Cut Above™ Card Kits to rescue me. You can still add your own touch to these cards to make each one unique.

On August 31 Close To My Heart is retiring two Cut Above™ Card Kits, the Cut Above™ Fiesta Card Kit (Z3222) and the Cut Above™ Jubilee Card Kit (Z3223).

Cut Above™ Fiesta Card Kit
Cut Above™ Jubilee Card Kit

Close To My Heart suggested four M-sized stamp sets for coordinating with the Card Kits (all of the stamps shown today are also retiring on August 31).

Party Balloon (M1140)
Piñata Hooray (M1141)
Happy, Happy Birthday (M1142)
Festive Congrats (M1143)

My style is different that the suggested stamp sets, so I decided to go a different way. As long as you are happy with how the stamp looks on the provided circle, if you choose to use it, any stamp set will work. I used the more classic Congrats stamp.

Congrats (M1138)

And here are how some of my cards turned out.

As you can see, on the card in the upper left I did as suggested and used a black ink, specifically Black Memento™ (Z899), and it is a lovely card. On the card in the upper right, I stamped with the black ink in the Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set (Z2503) and used the VersaMark™ Ink Pad (Z891) on the edges of the black cardstock circle then covered both with the Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2088) and used the Craft Heater (Z555) to heat the powder. Here is a closeup; it is easier to see the embossing on the backing circle than on the stamping.

On the bottom two cards above, after stamping with VersaMark™, I used the Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066) or Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2067) then heat set. I coordinated the embossing power to the foiling on the card.

The white circle was added to the black circle using 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive (Z3022) and then that was added to the card using 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151).

There are many way to embellish the cards. You could cut a decorative strip of paper, add ribbon or Shimmer Trim. You could rotate the card. You could cut different shapes for stamping and layering. You could also stamp in different color inks. I hope I was able to show you how versatile the Cut Above™ Card Kits are and provide you with even more ways to make them unique.

If you would like to purchase any of the Cut Above™ Card Kits, just click on the link to be taken to my OBA to purchase. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.