Saturday, September 16, 2017

CTMH September Featured Papers Blog Hop

Welcome to our Close to My Heart Featured Papers Blog Hop! This month there are two featured papers: Cats & Bats and Falling for You. Eight CTMH Independent Consultants are showcasing items they created using the Cats & Bats and/or Falling for You collections available in Holiday Expressions 2017. You will find the Cats & Bats collection on pages 10 through 19 and Falling for You collection on pages 20 through 31 of the Holiday Expressions 2017 Idea Book. Both collection are only available until December 31 or while supplies last.


If you are visiting from Crafting with Carol by Carol Loftus then you are on the right track. Carol is also our hostess and her blog is the beginning of our hop.

For our Blog Hop I created this card using Cats & Bats and the Cricut® Artbooking and Artistry Collections. I know that some people enjoy using your Cricut® to create cards more than you like to stamp so this may be a good choice for you.


Except for the White Daisy I used for the ghost, all of the papers are from Cats & Bats. I am thrilled that the Shimmer Brush on some papers is showing in this photo. I used it on the top layers of the bat and ghost. I just used a piece of scrap behind the bat's eyes, but duplicated the ghost and used hide contour to to create the black layer. It is cut the same size as the white, but I off-set it a bit when layering to create a shadow effect.

I used the idea in this video I found on the Close To My Heart Facebook Page, to create my own ink pad for stamping the leaves from the Falling for You Cardmaking stamp. I do not have all of the re-inkers that coordinate with the papers yet, so I selected from other colors that looked like they would work, played and then choose the papers that coordinated the best. This is a messy technique, but it was a lot of fun and I love the results.


I was not planning to layer the circle, but changed my mind about the background paper so I decided to pop the sentiment by adding the scalloped circle behind it.

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.

Before you visit ***The Inky Scrapper by Haley Dyer***, please let me know what you think of my cards. I love to read your comments. I hope you are finding many ideas for using the papers the are featured this month.

Here is a copy of our blog hop list; clicking the link will take you directly to each person's September Featured Papers post.

Carol Loftushttp://carolloftus.blogspot.com/
Brenda Lapp - you are herehttp://centralnyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Haley Dyerhttp://inkyscrapper.blogspot.com/
Gerri Bakerhttps://gerri-ctmh.com/
Kathleen Androlewicz http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Arbohttp://thearbofamily.blogspot.com
Jen Armstronghttp://scrapshackdesigns.blogspot.com/
Erica Haskinhttp://dressesandspurs.blogspot.com/

Thank you for hopping with us today!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop featuring items created with From The Heart. Our hop has over 15 CTMH Independent Consultants sharing projects they created with the National Stamping Month stamps and/or card bases. If blog hopping is new to you, we try to keep it easy: click on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Keep visiting the next blog until you reach the blog where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Melissa Robinson's My Heartfelt Sentiments***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

I am so thrilled my photos turned out well enough to share. I took the photos just before placing the cards in envelopes to mail.

My first card was inspired by the blue monochrome card you may have seen when visiting your Consultant's website. It is the card on the far left of the "Cards Made From the Heart" photo that rotates. I also used the September SOTM for the sentiment on the card front.


I used the Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Almond, Toffee and Espresso.

Time flies! The second card I am sharing was mailed a month ago. I mailed this card to arrive before an event on August 24th. Where does the time go? I created this card using masking. I used a stamp that typically is shown inside the card (under the pull insert), at least in all of the promotional photos I have seen, on the card front.


To create my masks I stamped the images on scrap white cardstock. I tried to cut the scraps in squares or rectangles just large enough to fit the stamp on the cardstock. Before cutting the images apart I scored down the center and penciled in a line following the score line. This helps me center the images on the cardstock pieces I stamp on. The masks I created look like this.


If I re-make the masks, I will stamp them in a darker color so they are easier to see through the stamp and block. I really love this stamp set. The sentiments and flowers are something that I will use over and over.

Before you head to ***Crafty Happy by Darlys Recker***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
By the way, if you prefer to watch videos rather than read instructions, Corporate created this video showing how to assemble the cards. If you would like to see larger photos of the assembly photos from the guide, check out the Step-by-Step Instructions: From the Heart Card Kit post on the Close To My Heart Make It From Your Heart blog.

If you do not have a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used on my Consultant website.

Before you leave I would be delighted if you left me a comment letting me know what you think of my cards. Thanks for hopping with us! So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Crafty Happy by Darlys Recker***.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

National Stamping Month — From the Heart Card Assembly Video

Hello. I'm back with two more cards created using the From the Heart Card Kit and a video to assist you with assembling the cards (do not worry, they are easy to put together). This time I was inspired by a Christmas theme. Before I share my cards, I would like to share this assembly video with you:


The CTMH Corp. description of the video National Stamping Month—From the Heart Card Kit is "Make 12 interactive cards with beautifully detailed stamping using the From the Heart card kit, only available from Close To My Heart. Talk to your Close To My Heart Consultant about how you can get this card kit FREE during our National Stamping Month special in September."

Be sure to watch the video to the end where you will see some unique and non-traditional, but still beautiful, color combinations.

If you would like to see larger photos of the assembly photos from the guide, check out the Step-by-Step Instructions: From the Heart Card Kit post on the Close To My Heart Make It From Your Heart blog.

This was the first Christmas card I created. I used the My Acrylix® stamp set Short & Sweet (A1189) on the card front and Warmest Wishes (B1559) "inside" the card.




I used the following Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: New England Ivy (some second generation and "inside" sentiment), Pomegranate, Ruby and Pewter (front sentiment).

I also created this second Christmas card. I used My Acrylix® stamp set Short & Sweet (A1189) on the card front and Christmas Tunes—October Stamp of the Month (S1710) "inside" the card. I created a mask so I could stamp just the bottom of the Christmas Tree in the set.




I used the following Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Charcoal (front sentiment), Pewter (second generation in the flower), Espresso, Willow, New England Ivy, Ruby, Pomegranate, Canary, Saffron, Crystal Blue. When I stamped the flowers, I stamped Ruby first, then Pomegranate and on the bottom flower second generation Pewter.

If you would like to purchase the any of the National Stamping Month — From the Heart choices, please visit the National Stamping Month — From the Heart promotions page on my Consultant website.

I have additional cards to share on the National Stamping Month Blog Hop on September 13. I hope you will hop with us then. Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together

As I mentioned in my monthly newsletter, Close To My Heart released a stamp set that was designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the United States and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is Stronger Together (C1716).

Stronger Together (C1716)
This stamp set is now available for purchase. In order to be able to support multiple needs, the Corporate Office determined that proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most.

Update 09/10/2017 - I learned that this stamp set does not count toward a qualifying total to purchase the SOTM for $5. So that the maximum proceeds go to the Red Cross, it appears to not raise Gathering totals either. As soon as the FAQ and Flyer for this stamp set is posted, I will update this information as needed.

For this C-size stamp set, it is recommended that you use My Acrylix® blocks 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 2" x 2" (Y1003), 3" x 3" (Y1006) and 2" x 3½" (Y1009).

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Monday, September 4, 2017

National Stamping Month — From the Heart

Happy Labor Day! I hope you were able to enjoy some craft time today. If not, I hope you were surrounded by family and friends on this weekend that is traditionally referred to as the "last weekend of the summer". My morning was spent putting away the fans and taking the air conditioners out of two windows in preparation for colder weather. Not fun, but a necessity.

If you read my first post of the month, September 2017 CTMH News, you know that it is National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart created a From the Heart card kit. If you would like to know more about what is in the kit, please check out my September 1 post or visit my Consultant Website.


When you receive your kit there will be a 12" x 12" cover page with the four photos above. On the back of the cover page there are diagrams showing the four pieces needed to create this card and there are assembly photographs with some written instructions under the photos. Do not worry. The cards look complicated, but the directions are very clear and are easier to assemble than they look.

I created a few cards using this kit and I have a few bits of advice. My first tidbit. Throw the idea of perfection and symmetry out of the window. Seriously. My blog name, "Crafting for sanity? Or insanity?" is mostly because I was always striving for perfection and it just is not realistic. And it was driving me crazy and making crafting stressful. I am a struggling perfectionist for more than 8 years (probably longer, but I was not blogging when I was taking those sewing classes). Look at nature. Yes, most of the leaves on a tree look similar, but there are those that did not form quite right. The same holds true for flowers. And let's not talk about how insects will also alter the look of things. Yes, you want to create something that looks nice, but how many times do you want to start the same card over?

Another tip is to save the scraps after removing the die cuts from the sheet:


There is enough paper left over to cut a new C shape if you are unhappy with the stamping you started on the original card front. Or you can use it for a practice sheet. In addition, if you want some gold foil to show at the base of the easel when the card is open, you can cut a new D shape with gold foil on the long side (example below).



This Thank You card was made mostly following the instructions. I tucked the D shape inside the left and right edges so it does not cover the gold foil on the sides of the card; on the sheet that comes in the kit, the two cards that are pictured on the left and "open" look like this piece is left outside and on the cards on the right and "closed" look like the D piece is tucked in.




I used the following Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Lemon, Tangerine, Bashful, Raspberry, Crystal Blue, Peacock, Safforn, Flaxen, Fern, New England Ivy. I stamped "Thank You" in Charcoal. I stamped the inside sentiment long enough ago that I am not certain which color I used. I suspect Charcoal, but cannot be certain.

Do not stamp the inside sentiment too centered top to bottom because it requires the "pull out" to be pulled almost all of the way out for the full sentiment to be seen. Also, one of the wonderful things about My Acrylix® stamps is you can "bend" them to make the image "flow" another way. If you do this, remember that the stamp designed to coordinate with that stamp, e.g., a stem with leaves, also has to be "bent".

Another tip, while I did not color the inside sentiment with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, I would avoid doing so unless you plan to cover the back of the card. The ink would bleed through enough that the back of the card would not look very neat.



For this Thank You card I cut a new "D" piece. I hate that we cover the gold foil at the bottom of the "slider", so I cut a new "D" using the scraps leftover after punching out the card pieces so there would be a gold strip at the bottom of the "slider". The gold strip is thinner, but still has that framed look.





I used the following Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Linen, Heather, Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Eggplant, Lemon, Safforn, Pixie, Smoothie.

I found it easier for me if I stamp the sentiment on the front first. On this card I stamped the sentiment after the flowers and leaves. Having the other stamping around made it harder to place the sentiment; my eye was getting tricked with placing the stamp. I used a piece of scrap to re-stamp the sentiment, dovetailed it and used Thin 3-D Foam Tape to attach my new sentiment. Mistake hidden.



For this card I trimmed the width of the C piece to 2⅞" so it would not be wider than the slider and the gold foil would show on either side. I also trimmed the D shape to ¼" so it would not cover the foil on the slider. The ends of the trimmed D shape were also tucked in.




I used the following Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Pewter, Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Eggplant, Lemon, Safforn, Blossom, Pomegranate.

I think the thinner C and D pieces do not compromise how the card functions and I love having the gold foil frame on my card front.

While all of these changes are very subtle, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things you could do differently with this kit. Perhaps you see a way to make the cards uniquely your own.

If you would like to purchase the any of the National Stamping Month — From the Heart options, please visit the National Stamping Month — From the Heart promotions page on my Consultant website.

I created other cards using this stamp set which I will share on the National Stamping Month Blog Hop on September 13. I hope you will be able to hop with us then.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Feel So Blessed CTMH SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the September 2017 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set Feel So Blessed. This month there are about 25 bloggers sharing projects they created with the CTMH Stamp Of The Month. If blog hopping is new to you, we try to keep it easy: just keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Our blog hop is circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Melinda Everitt's If You Bling It***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda also keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.


It was a little hard to get inspired to create something with this stamp set. As some of you know, my father died in February. Then I thought of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the bad weather that storm continues to bring. If you are in the path of this storm I hope you, your family and friends are safe.


To create my card I used gold embossing powder on the sentiment and clear embossing powder on the feathers. I selected a fall color palette to watercolor with. When my paints were dry, I auditioned my card in front of the Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet until I found a color and print I liked. This is the paper that has a diagonal across it so it almost looks like I used regular cardstock.

Before you head to ***Sheila's Stamping Stuff by Sheila Bennett***, 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.

If you have a moment before you head to the next blog it would be wonderful if you left me a comment letting me know what you think my card. Thanks for hopping with us! So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Sheila's Stamping Stuff by Sheila Bennett***.

September 2017 CTMH News

Happy September!

The September 2017 Stamp of the Month is Feel So Blessed


Feel So Blessed (S1709) is an exclusive D-size set of 26 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of September 2017. 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 $17.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 2" x 2" (Y1003), 1" x 6½" (Y1005), 3" x 3" (Y1006) and 2" x 3½" (Y1009).

CTMH Corporate Artists created this one-page layout and mini album using the Feel So Blessed stamp set.




If you would like a list of the products used to create the above items, you will find the information in the Recipes for Holiday Expressions, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the Seasonal Expressions 2 so you may re-create projects at home. I am participating in a Feel So Blessed blog hop this month; you will find my post here tomorrow. Please visit my CTMH 2017 09 Sep SOTM Feel So Blessed for additional ideas using the Feel So Blessed stamp set.

September 2017 — National Stamping Month — From the Heart


There are three purchase options:

Item #ImageDescription Purchase Price
CC1227
Card bases with die-cuts and envelopes
Includes (12) foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces and (12) 12 – 5½" x 4¼" white envelopes$13.95
CC1228
From the Heart Stamp Set
An E-size stamp set containing 35 stamp images, including stamp sentiments for the inside and outside of your cards, as well as coordinating images for stamping floral scenes on cards and envelopes$29.95
CC1229
From the Heart Card Kit
Includes the items in From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1227) and My Acrylix® From the Heart Stamp Set (CC1228)

Save 20%! Regular price would be $43.90
$34.95

In the sample artwork created by CTMH Corporate Artists, the following colors were used: Slate (now retired, but Heather is a good substitute), Fern, New England Ivy, Thistle, Blossom, Pomegranate, Pixie, Saffron, Canary, and Eggplant. But the beautiful thing about hand-stamped artwork is that you get to determine your own color scheme so feel free to experiment!

Printed step-by-step assembly instructions are included with the From the Heart Card Kit and the From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes.

For this E-size stamp set, it is recommended that you use My Acrylix® blocks 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3½" (Y1002), 2" x 2" (Y1003), and 3" x 3" (Y1006).

Holiday Expressions 2017


Today marks the start of the new Holiday Expressions 2017 Idea Book. The Idea Book can be viewed here. Under the online Idea Book, you will find links to download a PDF of the book, a recipe file and an index of the products in the book. I will try to post a tour of Holiday Expressions 2017 in the next few days. Holiday Expressions is valid until December 31, 2017

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