Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Embossing is Back (Technique Blog Hop)

If you haven't embossed yet, you're in for a treat.
If you did it back in the day, 
get your stuff out and create some wonder.
Embossing is the boss!

This month's bloghop highlighting work from consultants with
Close to My Heart is focusing on embossing.

If you've hopped here from Darlys Recker's blog
you're on the right track.

 Do you recognize paper from our Hopscotch paper pack?

And there's April's Stamp of the Month, Typed Note,
with the antique typewriter with tons of sentiments.
(I think this might become my favorite set from this catalog.)

In order to give that silver embossed border,
I scraped the paper across the VersaMark pad and 
then poured embossing powder over the ink.

Now it's time to see what Michelle Loncar has to share with you.
Click here to visit her blog.
Happy hopping!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


This cute pack of paper is called Hopscotch and will 
be the project for this month's scrap night.
Hope to see you there.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March's Bloghop using our 6" x 6" Canvas

Welcome to March's Blog Hop highlighting all 
the wonderful ideas
and talent Close to My Heart's 
consultants can show.

If you've hopped here from Belinda's blog

you're in the right spot.

Our 6" x 6" canvas can be used in so many ways.
I wanted to make a little something for my daughter
so she can hang it in her room and remember
how important she is to me.

The message reads, "You're my everything."
24 / 7 / 365
I used some scraps from our 
Brushed paperpack and a ton of aqua dots.

How will you use yours?

To continue the hop, let's see how Darlys 

is using her 6 x6 canvas.

See you next month!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Music to the Eyes Bloghop

This month's bloghop focuses on techniques using Close to My Heart's journaling pen.
Each blog highlights the artwork of different consultants with CTMH.
If you've hopped here from Belinda McLane's blog, you are on the right track.
But first, get your pen out and stay a while...

Let's doodle.
Doodle your heart out.
Close to My Heart's journaling pens are perfect for it, 
whether you're a newbie or an old pro.
The best part: they only cost $3.25 ~ for the best pen ever!
Here are four examples of just messing around with our  
journaling pen and adding a little sumpin' to a card.

I used the pen for the entire front and then added some Flamingo Dots.
Our ShinHan marker in Tender Pink added the color.

(Uh, that's supposed to look like a heart monitor heartbeat.)
See what I mean? Let go, make mistakes and doodle with abandon. 

With this one above, I used our exclusive cricut cartridge, Artbooking,
for the branch and cut out a few teeny hearts.
And I went back to the Flamingo Dots because ... well, because they're perfect.
And easy.
And cute.
And easy.

For this long one, did you recognize the little flowers from the 
Snowhaven complements pack?
Yep, just glue those babies onto some paper.
(I used Heartstrings for all four of the cards.)
Glue on a bow.
Make a few swirly strings.
Glue on some hearts and outline them.

Now go doodle a card so you
can share some love with someone.

The world needs some more love. 
While you're doodling, feel free to continue the hop by clicking on Haley Dyer's blog.

Doodle on, my sweet scrappin' friends!

Heartstring Paper Pack for February

So here's our February project using Heartstrings paper.
With just a few cuts and an embellishment using our exclusive cartridge for the cricut, you'll have a beautiful layout in no time.

Who knows? 
You might be so fast, you'll have time to make some cards with your scraps.
The ones below are all about doodling and using our journaling pens to add a little oomph.

So which night are you coming?
Friday, February 13 or
Friday, February 27?

I'm looking forward to seeing you!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snowhaven Paperpack & Complements

Here is our January project for our 
monthly scrap night at my house.

Maybe you'll use it for your Christmas pictures.
Maybe you had some big adventures in the snow.
Maybe you'll plan to highlight how you snuggle 
during this cold weather.

Whatever you put in it, it'll look great.
I know; there are tons of spots for pictures.  
But who says every spot needs a picture?
Some spots can use journaling, 
anecdotes or just the date & place.

So don't let yourself get overwhelmed by 
14 - yes, fourteen - spots for pics.  
You can use them for all the great photos 
you took of the holiday season.  
(If you're one of those girls, 
I admire you but am not in your league.) 
Or you can just write little snippets and 
admire your beautiful layout with 
just a couple photos you remembered to take.
(That's if you're like me and always forget to 
grab your camera during the festivities.)

scrapbooker, schmackbooker
shame, shame on me


     Here's the paper pack with                                     The matching embellishments.
     12 pieces of paper for $9.95                                  They're thick & sturdy for $4.95
(6 cardstock and 6 background & texture)        

You can shop right from this blog by clicking on the "SHOP" spot up above.  Type in Snowhaven in the search window. Or you can place an order with me, but try to do it with plenty of time for it to arrive in time for our gathering ~ a week normally is a good gauge. But two weeks is even better. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Holidays with attitude

Welcome along this latest hop with creations by  Close to My Heart consultants showcasing the wonderful things in our current catalog.

If you've landed here from Debbie Andrew's blog, you're hopping along in order.  
I can't get enough of our Base & Bling line.  So why not put it to use for Christmas?  For a festive necklace, I used the square pendant and put inside the face of a familiar fellow that I cut from our Yuletide sticker sheets.

In this one, Santa got a little more bling and was ready for the tree.
But it can get more personal than that.  
Why not make a tradition of creating a special ornament of each member of the family each year? The kids change so much in just one year that it would be a beautiful way to watch them grow up. (sigh)
Yes, Angela, you probably noticed R2D2 behind McCade.  Our families are cut from the same cloth, my friend.

Now, let's hop over to Melinda's blog where she's sure to impress. She always does.