Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Technique Hop - "Here Comes the Sun!"

 

 Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  
This month there are about 13 of us highlighting the “Here Comes the Sun” Techniques!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  

If you get lost along the way Melissa has a complete list of the hop participants.

If you are coming from Lauren's Blog, you are on the right track! 

Today, I have 2 cards for you using the Sunburst Background Thin Cut.  It is essentially the same card but the second one is embellished and a step up or more dressed up. 

I have included a list of the supplies I used at the bottom.





Supplies Used: 
- Outdoor Borders stamp set (June Stamp of the Month)



Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Miss Carrie's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!  If are in Canada and don't have a Maker, I would love to help you.  

Blessings, Kim


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June SOTM - Outdoor Borders Blog Hop

 


 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! I hope you will hop along with us and check out all of the amazing artwork created using the June SOTM, called Outdoor Borders it is a set of  9 stamps.



This set is only available for the month of June.  It is $25.75 or you can get it for $6.75 with a $60 order.  Or for free with a $60 order if you are a VIP customer.)


If you arrived here from Gina's StampinHeaven, then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, Melinda's Blog has a complete list of all the participating consultants.  

 This month we have around 16 Close To My Heart Makers/Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 

Today, is my oldest birthday and I decided to use this stamp set to create a birthday card for him.
He got a new bike a few weeks ago as an early birthday present.  


So, I used the bike & enjoy the ride border to create the sentiment for this card and stamped it in Charcoal ink.  I stamped the mountain border on the card base in Pewter ink.  The glacier background paper was created by scoring glacier cardstock every 1/2" both ways and then inking with Glacier ink, this was a technique that I learned during the May Album Retreat.  The yellow pattern paper is from the Happiest Place paper collection which is back as a special.  


I embellished by adding a few silver glitter gems and adding Liquid Glass to the seat, pedal and handlebar.  The bike was cut on the Cricut using the Flower Market cartridge.

I hope you enjoyed this card and I would love to hear what you think of it.

Now "Hop" on over to Maureen's Blog to see what she has created! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until the 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!  If you are in Canada and don't have a consultant I would be happy to help you.

Blessings,  Kim

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Slimline Card Blog Hop

 Welcome to our Slimline Card Blog Hop! 

Have you tried making a slimline card?  If you haven't I hope you will be inspired to try creating some after you check out all of the amazing cards we have created for this blog hop.


 If you arrived here from Brandi R - crzy4scrapbooking, then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt - If You Bling It has a complete list of all the participating consultants.  

 There are about 13 Close To My Heart Makers/Consultants sharing their slimline card creations during this blog hop.

To start my creative process I pulled out a bunch of my newer stamp sets that I hadn't really played with yet.   I also grabbed the Hillside Cottage paper collection and some slimline card bases.  Then I started playing around, here are the cards I came up with for today.


These slimline cards measure 3.5" x 8.5", I used the Slimline card bases.  The paper is from the Hillside Cottage collection and measures 3.5" x 8.5", I inked the edges of it with my Blue Belle ink pad.  The flowers & leaves are from the Mothers Are the Best stamp set (this set is only available until May 31st.), I stamped the bases of these flowers in 1st & 2nd generation Blue Belle and Desert Rose ink.  The outline of the flowers was done in Blue Belle and Sapphire ink.  The base of the leaves are Avocado and the outline is New England Ivy ink.  I stamped them on White Daisy and then fussy cut them out.  I added clear shimmer brush to the flowers, which doesn't show in the photos and I added a clear sparkle to the center of each of the flowers.


I used the Scalloped Circle thin cut and then stamped the sentiments with Intense Black ink.  The sentiments are both from the Friendship is a Blessing stamp set.  (It retires on May 31st as well.)  I just love this set.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and I would love to hear what you think of them.

Now "Hop" on over to see what Miss. Carrie has created! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can purchase these products!  If you are in Canada and don't have a consultant I would be happy to help you.

Blessings,  Kim


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Canadian Blog Hop - May/June Catalog

 We are so glad to have you join us today for the Canadian Blog Hop. Today we are featuring the new products that you can find in the the May/June Catalog. You can view this catalog here.


This is a circular hop so you can make your way around. You should have arrived here from Colleen's Blog. If you get lost along the way or would like to start at the beginning you can find the list on Michelle's Blog.

I decided to create with the new Glad You're a Grad stamp set as I needed to create grad cards for the graduates from our church.


We have 4 grads this year from 2 high schools.  So, I decided to create cards using the school colours.
I finished the cards for the 1 school and here they are.


I distress ripped the strips of Sapphire & Canary cardstock using my embossing stylus & paper trimmer track.  I did a video today showing how to do this HERE.  This was a technique that I learned at album retreat  (there are still a few album retreat bundles available) this past week and it is such a fun way to add texture to a layout or card.


I stamped the graduates with Intense Black ink on White Daisy cardstock and matted it with Black.  I coloured the images with Bluebird & Sapphire shimmer brush, Citrus, Fair Skin, Ice Grey & True Black markers.  I embellished this card with the clear sparkles.


I also added some Onyx Pearls & Diamond Stickles.  I love the look of the doodled line added with the journaling pen.  Sentiments stamped in Sapphire ink.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and I would love to hear what you think of them.

Next up on the Blog Hop is Sabrina's Blog, so head on over and check out what she has created.

Thanks for joining us today and I hope you can join us again on July 20th for the next Canadian Blog Hop.

If you don't have a Maker, I would be more than happy to help you with all your scrappy needs.
Blessings, Kim

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May/June New Product Blog Hop

 Welcome to our May & June Catalog New Product Blog Hop! I hope you will hop along with us and check out all of the amazing artwork created using the special products in the May/June Catalog. You can view the Catalog HERE.  These products are available only until the end of June.


 If you arrived here from Becca Whitham's Blog, then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, Melinda's Blog has a complete list of all the participating consultants.  

 There are about 17 Close To My Heart Makers/Consultants sharing their creations using products from the new May/June catalog and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 

Today, I am sharing a layout I created using the Hillside Cottage Scrapbooking Workshop Kit.  

I plan to add my journaling around the edges of the stacked squares on the right page. This photo is from almost 10 years ago, it is so nice to be getting this memories & stories documented. 

I changed it up a little in that switched the amount & size of the photos on the right page.  I also swapped out the sticker that was supposed to be under the photos on the right page with the sentiment, "So Blessed"  from the Hillside Cottage Cardmaking stamp & thin cut set.  I stamped it in Blue Belle ink and dovetailed it.  The black edges was done with the True Black marker.  


I am in love with these wooden/acrylic Hillside Cottage shapes, they are so fun to mix and match.  I also love that we carry Liquid pearls as they are such an nice accent, this is the Onyx Pearl.
LOL, the looks on their faces.  It was really bright and the sun was hurting their eyes.  That is Mount Rushmore in the distance, this was a lookout before we got there.

Always, remember that you can take a kit and change it up.  I am in the process of deciding how I want to change up the other layouts in this workshop to suit my stories & photos.  I think I am going to use parts of it to tell the story of my Dutch heritage and some of my memories of those things.  I am in the mulling through what I want to do and how I want to tell those stories.  As I write this more memories are popping into my head of visits to my grandparent's home.  They have both passed on now but I have many fond & special memories that I want to document & capture for my kids & grandkids.  That is why I love scrapbooking.  

I hope you enjoyed this layout and I would love to hear what you think of it.

Now "Hop" on over to Gina Brandstetter's Blog to see what she has created! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the products in this catalog are only available until the end of June!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can purchase these products!  If you are in Canada and don't have a consultant I would be happy to help you.

Blessings,  Kim

Monday, May 3, 2021

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop


Welcome to our National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop! I hope you will hop along with us and check out all of the amazing artwork created using the special products in the National Scrapbooking Month: You Are Enough Collection.  These products are available only until the end of June and while supplies last.  If you are looking for a deal check out the bundles as they are 20-30% off.  


 If you arrived here from Michelle's Blog, then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, Melinda's Blog has a complete list of all the participating consultants.  

 There are about 14 Close To My Heart Makers/Consultants sharing their creations using this National Scrapbooking Month: You are Enough collection and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 

I decided to create another layout using photos of my daughter that I took over 11 years ago when she was a baby.  I posed her with flowers from a bouquet that I got at her baby shower.  This collection was perfect for documenting this.


I just grabbed a bunch of scraps out of my pile from some other workshops that I have been working on using this paper collection.  The only thing I needed to cut today was the strips of paper for the words and die cut the butterflies.  I loved being able to just layer some scraps behind the photo - this is a great way to use up some of your bits of leftover paper.  

I know it is hard to see but I added splatter to the white paper with shimmer brushes, looks better in person.  I used the Blue Belle shimmer brush along the edges of the strips with the words and they are popped up on thin foam tape.  I love all the different butterfly elements available in this collection.  I would love to know which butterfly element is your favorite?


This is such a powerful message and I want my daughter to always remember it.  

This whole collection has this theme - You are Enough.  It is a message that we all need to take to heart and remember.  

I am especially reminded of it as my community is being hit harder with the pandemic than it has up to this point.  Our schools all switched to remote learning today and we are all wrapping our heads around that again.  We have been very fortunate to have had low case counts to this point and all linked to travel outside of the territory up to the current situation.  I need to remember that I am strong.  

Here is the whole You Are Enough Collection.

Supplies Used:

- White Daisy cardstock
- Peach ink
- Sangria ink
- Blue Belle shimmer brush
- Mint shimmer brush
- Gold shimmer brush
- Sugarplum shimmer brush (retired)


I hope you enjoyed this layout and I would love to hear what you think of it.

Now "Hop" on over to Gina's Blog to see what she has created! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the National Scrapbooking Month: You are Enough collection is only available until the end of June!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can purchase these products!  If you are in Canada and don't have a consultant I would be happy to help you.

Blessings,  Kim


Saturday, May 1, 2021

May SOTM - Flowers for You Blog Hop


 Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! I hope you will hop along with us and check out all of the amazing artwork created using the May SOTM, called Flowers for You it is a set of 14 stamps.

If you arrived here from Becca's Blog, then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, Melinda's Blog has a complete list of all the participating consultants.  

 This month we have around 17 Close To My Heart Makers/Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 

It is National Scrapbooking Day today and so while I am listening to Jill cut paper on the CTMH Facebook page I created this layout using the SOTM.  I am in love with this set.


I used a combination of the new Hillside Cottage paper and the new Mix-In collection of paper.  I also used White Daisy and Flamingo cardstock.


I stamped using VersaMark ink and the gold embossing powder.  I added the you inspire me stamp into my journaling using Archival Black ink.  This is a fun thing to do.


I added a little stenciling with the Abandoned Coral distress ink.  I also used this ink on the larger photo mat.  The white photo mat is using the Floral Lace embossing folder. 


These are the layered butterflies and I have added the same ink to them in a variety of ways as well as the gold shimmer brush to the white one.  I absolutely love these thin cuts.


The flower is created with the 3-D flower thin cuts, I used the smallest 2 and added the bold bitty beads to the middle.


I hope you enjoyed this layout and I would love to hear what you think of it.

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa's Blog to see what she has created! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the May SOTM is only available until the 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!  If you are in Canada and don't have a consultant I would be happy to help you.

Blessings,  Kim