Friday, January 22, 2021

Perfect Match Blog Hop

Welcome to the Perfect Match Blog Hop featuring items from the Perfect Match Collection.

On this hop there are nearly 20 CTMH Makers sharing projects created with items from the Perfect Match Collection. Our blog hop is a circle; visiting the next blog (typically via a link near the bottom of the post) will take you back to where you started.

CTMH Perfect Match Blog Hop
CTMH Perfect Match Blog Hop

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

For our hop I created this card. The card evolved as I was creating, and is not what I had in my mind's eye when I started creating, but I am still pretty happy with it.

card created with Perfect Match
card created with Perfect Match

I was loosely inspired by a painting that was famous when I was in high school and I think it was used on a postage stamp. I planned to use the "XO" Black and White paper from Perfect Match along each side of this card, but when I laid the paper on the card base where I intended to place it, I was not "feeling it". I decided to use the arrow and heart stamp to "build upon" the borders I previously created.

I used the heart and "you" to create my own sticker-like element. I stamped the heart using Candy Apple and then stamped "you" using Black. I fussy cut around the images then attached it to the card with 3-D Foam Tape. It is hard to see in the photo, but I added Icicle Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the corners of the "Love" layer.

Before you head to ***Snips, Snaps, and Scraps by Kathy Burrows***, 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 Maker, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my e-commerce website.

If you have a few moments, please let me know what of my card by leaving a comment. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with items from the Perfect Match Collection. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Snips, Snaps, and Scraps by Kathy Burrows***.

Monday, January 18, 2021

January–February 2021 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close To My Heart New Product Blog Hop brought to you from same the group of CTMH Makers who bring you the Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop. Today we are featuring projects created with products found in the new CTMH January–February 2021 catalog.

We have just shy of 20 CTMH Makers sharing their creations on this hop. If you just happened upon my post, clicking the link to the next blog (often found near the bottom of the page) will take you full circle.

CTMH New Product Blog Hop - cover January–February 2021 Catalog
CTMH New Product Blog Hop - cover January–February 2021 Catalog

You should have arrived here from ***Michelle Loncar's Show and Tell, with Michelle***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda also keeps a list of all blog hop participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

I needed a few more Thank You cards, so I used items from the Happiness Lives Here collection with the January 2021 SOTM Every Thank You.

card 1 created with Happiness Lives Here and Every Thank You
card created with Happiness Lives Here and Every Thank You

With a stamp from the January 2021 SOTM, I stamped on Blue Belle cardstock using Blue Belle ink to create a background. After applying the Blue Belle piece to the card front, I framed it with a skinny strip (⅛ inch) of Blue Belle Shimmer Paper. I used another strip (about ¼ inch wide) of Peach cardstock and stamped it with one of the border stamps in Happiness Lives Here—Cardmaking to create a faux Zip Strip.

card 2 created with Happiness Lives Here and Every Thank You
card created with Happiness Lives Here and Every Thank You

On this card I created a background using a stamp from the January 2021 SOTM stamping with VersaMark™ Ink and embossing with Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder. Again I created a faux Zip Strip using Peach cardstock and ink and a border stamp from Happiness Lives Here—Cardmaking.

close-up of clear embossing on card 2
close-up of clear embossing on card 2

Here's a close-up of the clear embossed background stamping and the stamped strip.

I've always thought blue and yellow look great together so I came up with this card.

card created with Happiness Lives Here and Every Thank You
card created with Happiness Lives Here and Every Thank You

I stamped Blue Belle cardstock using White Daisy Pigment ink and embossed with White Super Fine Embossing Powder. I added strips of the Happiness Lives Here Canary paper to the edges.

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:

If you are not already working with a CTMH Maker, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

If you have a few moments, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of the cards I created. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with items you will find in the January–February 2021 catalog. 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***.

Hello World Milestone Wood Circles

 On Friday, January 15, Close To My Heart introduced Hello World.

Hello World Milestone Wood Circles
Hello World Milestone Wood Circles

Hello World features Milestone Wood Circles to mark the special occasions in a little one's life. The fifteen circles, coordinating pieces and SVG files work as photo props, scrapbook page embellishments, home d├ęcor items and more. I think it would also work well as a countdown to a special event like a wedding.

Hello World Flyer page 1
Hello World Flyer page 1
Hello World Flyer page 2
Hello World Flyer page 1

To view the flyer, click on either photo above to a larger image or download a PDF of the flyer here. Hello World is available through February 28, 2021, while supplies last.

Friday, January 1, 2021

CTMH Every Thank You SOTM Blog Hop - January 2021

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2021 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set Every Thank You. This month there are almost 20 CTMH Makers sharing projects created with the CTMH Stamp Of The Month Every Thank You. Our blog hop is a circle; visiting the next blog (typically via a link near the bottom of the post) will take you back to where you started.

Every Thank You Blog Hop Badge
Every Thank You - January 2021 SOTM

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

Every Thank You Stamp Set
Every Thank You Stamp Set

There are two types of stamp sets that I cannot pass by–any with Birthday and/or Thank You wishes–so I was excited to see the January 2021 SOTM. I love the variety of ways you can say Thank You with this SOTM.

Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here card 1
card created with Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here

On this card I used a flower stamp from the Operation Smile™ stamp set Every Bit of Wonderful inked with Peach to random stamp on the light side of two pieces of Peach cardstock. Skinny strips (⅛ inch) of Desert Rose Shimmer Paper was used to dress up the card a bit. After stamping the sentiment in Black on the darker side of Peach cardstock, I fussy cut the shape and added to the card using 3-D Foam Tape.

Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here card 2
card created with Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here

I kept this card very clean and simple.

close-up of card 2
close-up of Shimmer on card 2

I spattered Peach Shimmer Brush on the light side of Peach cardstock. When that dried I used a stamp platform to stamp "thank you" twice on the light side of Peach cardstock. I covered where the two papers meet with Desert Rose Shimmer Paper cut ⅛ inch wide.

Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here card 3
card created with Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here

I decided to switch things up a bit and used the reverse side of the flower paper. To create the sentiment, I used second generation Blue Belle ink on the solid "You" stamp, then I stamped over it with first generation Blue Belle using the striped "highlight" stamp.

close-up of card 3
close-up of Shimmer on card 3

I only recently ordered a Paprika Shimmer Brush, so on this card I splattered the light side of Paprika cardstock using a Peach Shimmer Brush then set it aside to dry. It is hard to see in this photo, but I used the Clear Shimmer Brush on the dark side of Paprika to create a faux Zip Strip (which I placed next to the patterned paper). When everything was dry, I assembled the card using a ⅛ inch wide piece of Blue Belle Shimmer Paper where the two Paprika cuts meet. I added the sentiment with 3-D Foam Tape.

Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here card 4
card created with Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here

I used some leaf stamps from Every Bit of Wonderful inked with Sage to random stamp on the light side of Sage cardstock for the bottom panel. Again I used a narrow strip of Desert Rose Glitter Paper to embellish. Since I knew I was cutting the dark side of Peach using the Scalloped Circle Thin Cut, I left the light side of the Peach cardstock panel untouched. I stamped the sentiment using Sage on White Daisy. I used Thin 3-D Foam Tape to add the White Daisy circle to the Peach Scalloped Circle and that stack to the card front.

Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here card 5
card created with Every Thank You and Happiness Lives Here

I selected the grid side of the flower paper for this card. When I splattered the Paprika cardstock for this card, I used the Toffee Shimmer Brush and I used Blue Belle Shimmer Paper again.

Before you head to ***Gina Brandstetter's Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven***, 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 Maker, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

If you have a few moments, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my card. I hope you are enjoying the projects created with Every Thank You. Thanks for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Gina Brandstetter's Gina's Little Corner of StampinHeaven***.

January 2021 CTMH News

Happy New Year! May 2021 be your best year yet! I also hope you've had a wonderful winter holiday season.

I am loving the specials Close To My Heart created to start 2021. I hope you do too and if you have any questions about the promotions below, please do not hesitate to contact me via the form to the right.


January 2021 Stamp Of The Month Every Thank You

Every Thank You (S2101)-January 2021 CTMH SOTM
Every Thank You (S2101)
available January 2021

Every Thank You (S2101) is an exclusive D-size set of 25 stamps that is only available during the month of January 2021. The stamp set is available for $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in qualifying Close To My Heart products or it is free when you place a qualifying order and you are a CTMH VIP Customer; in either case you qualify for additional sets at $5 for each $50 you spend. Alternatively it is available for $18.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 1" × 6½" (Y1005) and 2" × 3½" (Y1009).


National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home

National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home
National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home

Create this beautiful wood frame for National Papercrafting Month. The "O" in "Home" is changeable for seasons and celebrations and additional Wood Circles and magnets are available so you can create your own accent pieces.

This flyer has more information about National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home (click on an image for a better view) or download a PDF of the flyer here).

National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home flyer page 1
National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home
flyer - page 1
National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home flyer page 2
National Papercrafting Month—Home Sweet Home
flyer - page 2

Home Sweet Home available from January 1 through February 28 while supplies last.


Perfect Match

Perfect Match
Perfect Match

The Perfect Match collection was designed to create love-themed artwork. Create one- and two-page layouts, cards and lollipop "covers" using the workshop kit during the Facebook Live Crafting Events on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3 and 4.

The Perfect Match flyer has more information (click on an image for a better view) or download a PDF of the flyer here).

Perfect Match flyer page 1
Perfect Match
flyer - page 1
Perfect Match flyer page 2
Perfect Match
flyer - page 2

Perfect Match is available through February 28 while supplies last.


Bring Back My Pack — Blossom

Bring Back My Pack — Blossom kicked off on December 28th.

Bring Back My Pack — Blossom
Bring Back My Pack — Blossom

Blossom was originally introduced in April 2015 in Seasonal Expressions 2. Back then the featured colors were Glacier, Lagoon, Pear, Smoothie, Sunset and White Daisy. This time around the papers have been refreshed with current colors, Glacier, Lagoon, Green Apple, Smoothie, Nectarine, and White Daisy, and there is now a Sticker Sheet.

This flyer has more information about Blossom (click on an image for a better view) or download a PDF of the flyer here).

Bring Back My Pack — Blossom flyer - page 1
Bring Back My Pack — Blossom
flyer - page 1
Bring Back My Pack — Blossom flyer - page 2
Bring Back My Pack — Blossom
flyer - page 2

Despite what the flyer above states (I didn't get a chance to download an updated version), Bring Back My Pack — Blossom is available until February 28 while supplies last.


VIP We Are Good Together

The very first VIP Customer virtual crafting event is scheduled for February 25.

Close To My Heart VIP Customer Program
CTMH VIP Customer Program

The VIP Customer virtual crafting event taking place on Facebook will feature the exclusive VIP Customer workshop We Are Good Together.

VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit
VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit

This flyer has more information about the VIP We Are Good Together workshop kit (click on an image for a better view) or download a PDF of the flyer here).

VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit
flyer - page 1
VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit
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The VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit will be available through March 31, 2021.


January–February 2021 Catalog

January–February 2021 Catalog cover
cover - January–February 2021 Catalog

The January–February 2021 Catalog is available to view and download on my e-commerce website. There are two new paper collections, Happiness Lives Here and Sweet Safari, and a Mix-In paper pack that can be mixed in. The January–February 2021 Catalog is valid until February 2021; the 2020–2021 Core Products Catalog is still valid too and can be found below the January–February 2021 Catalog.

As I write this weather advisories are scrolling on the television; please stay safe and warm during this winter season. I can handle being snowed in, especially after several months of working from home, but I hope no one loses power. Have a great January!