Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spotlight on Holiday Expressions Blog Hop

We are shedding a spotlight this month on the fabulous and new products contained in this issue of Holiday Expressions.  The products were released September 1st and are only available to you through December 31, 2015 or while supplies last.  It contains holiday-related products perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You can click HERE to view the online version or contact me or your CTMH Consultant to obtain a hard copy.
There are 30 Consultants showcasing these products and I know you will love what you see!  If you are coming from Jessica's Blog you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here.

I totally LOVE how this card turned out and it was so simple to create.  Eggplant cardstock was used for the card front and then two different patterned paper was added from the Sangria paper pack.  The sentiment and leaves came from the Thankful Heart stamp set, stamped in Cocoa and the leaves colored with the ShinHan markers.
Gold Foil Tape, a fun embellishment that is simple to add to your project, and Gold Sequins finished off the card.

Here is the stamp set and paper pack used:
B1463 Thankful Heart $9.95 
X7199B Sangria Paper Pack $9.95
Aren't' they both gorgeous?!

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love for you to leave a comment before heading over to Sheila's Blog to see what she created using the Holiday Expressions products.

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, October 5, 2015

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Sangria

This month we are featuring the gorgeous and brand new paper pack, Sangria!  It is full of vibrant and fall-ish colors, perfect for many kinds of projects, and it looks even prettier in person!
If you are coming from Lisa's Blog you are on the right track. A list of participants is provided at the end of this post.

I chose to keep my card simple this month and used the chevron, multi-colored patterned paper, the Eggplant patterned paper, and Poppy and Champagne cardstock.  Gold Shimmer Trim was added, for a bit of bling, and the "hi" bubble, star and heart came from the Fundamentals Stickers Enchantment Pack.  

Please head on over to Tonya's Blog to see what she has created to share with you.  Happy hoppin' and Make It From the Heart!

Here is a list of the participants:
  1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE
  2. Tonya Whitehurst
  3. Sheila Wilkerson
  4. Aggie Peters
  5. Marianne Hancock
  6. Lisa Lawson

Heart 2 Heart - Sketch

We start our first week in October with a fun sketch with Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  I love this sketch and had fun playing with it.  As always, I am looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretation of it.  It is fun to see how everyone starts in the same place but a variety of creativity is the result.
You can't help but love the new Sangria paper pack.  It is gorgeous, reminds me of Fall (for sure) an offers so much color.  I used Poppy, one of the new colors in our Enchantment Color Palette, for the card front.  The chevron pattern was used and layered on a piece of Eggplant cardstock (another new color).  Embellishments are from the Sangria Complements and Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack.  I couldn't leave it alone without adding Gold Sequins and Gold Shimmer Trim, of course!
Consider creating a card using this sketch and link up to Heart 2 Heart this week!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Make It From the Heart,

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sign Up This Month & Receive Convention Bag FREE!

It's always a great time to join Close To My Heart and my team but at times it's even better at times...like NOW!
When you join my team in October, you will get this fun and fabulous bag that was our exclusive 2015 Convention bag.  It is fun and stylish, a perfect addition to our already awesome consultant kit.

When you sign up for just $129 (plus shipping and tax) a beautiful, "Tiffany blue", box will arrive on your doorstep and will contain all that you need to get started with your CTMH business.  You can choose to do so as a hobbyist or part-time/full-time business, whichever fits into your life at this time.  As your upline, I will support and guide you towards reaching your goals while enjoying a discount on our fabulous products.
The Consultant Kit contains the perfect combination of new product that is perfect for getting you off to a great start!
Here is a list of the contents of the kit:

  • Zoe B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack (BULK369, qty 1)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385, qty 1)
  • Whisper Cardstock (X5929, qty 1)
  • Glacier Cardstock (X5770, qty 1)
  • Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2164, qty 2)
  • Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2641, qty 2)
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173, qty 2)
  • Aqua Shimmer Trim (Z3086, qty 2)
  • Grey Enamel Gems (Z3089, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® So Many Smiles (C1619, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® In Review (C1622, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® My Story (B1482, qty 2)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254, qty 1)
  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1)
  • 2" x 6½" My Acrylix® Block (Y1010, qty 2)
  • 3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006, qty 2)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 2)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 2)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1)
  • Round Sponge (Z697, qty 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1, 25 per pack)
  • Annual Inspirations (WC1161, qty 10)
  • Holiday Expressions (WCS1161, qty 10)
  • Cardstock Color Sampler (W1136, qty 1)
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1)
  • My Acrylix® Petite Perks™ Tribal Circles (W2032, qty 3)
  • Idea Book Postcard (W1129, qty 1)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1) 

Items shown represent contents of New Consultant Kits ordered between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015. Contents are subject to change without notice, and change regularly based on product and collateral availability. 
I would love to have you join me on this fun adventure!  I host team events throughout the year, involving long distance team members to participate as well.  If you have any questions, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

 Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. Plus, you can earn additional rewards through the Straight To The Top program.

Make It From Your Heart,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Twinkle

Welcome to our Blog Hop where we are featuring the October Stamp of the Month, "Twinkle".  It is absolutely adorable - shown below - and can be yours for just $5 this month!  I know I am going to wear out this beauty!

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog you are on the right track.  You can find a complete listing of blog participants by clicking here.

Paper Fundamentals were used to create this card, pulling from two different packs, so I could use Sunset, Pomegranate and Eggplant.  I stamped the star image in Sunset, using second generation in some cases to create the two tones.  The ornament was stamped and then layered on the Pomegranate patterned paper.  
Gold Sequins and Shimmer Trim kept this card simple, using a different color combination than what may be typical for Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by and now head on over to Melinda's Blog to see her fabulous creation!

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Heart 2 Heart - Doodling

I am excited about this week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart, "Doodling".  I took the easy way out and headed straight for the "Doodled Designs" stamp set from Close To My Heart.  Then I needed to decide what I was going to do with it and came up with this.
The La Vie En Rose paper pack was used for the B&T and the adorable polka dot strip...yeah...it's one of the zip strips included with this paper pack.  Isn't it too fun?!  How much would you pay to have a full sheet of that beauty?!  Black and the beautiful and new cardstock, Pomegranate, were added as were some floral images stamped with Pomegranate, Pixie and Sweet Leaf.  I doodled around the floral images and "happy" using our Journaling Pen.
Images stamped are from the Hello, Life stamp sets that are part of this month's National Stamping Month promotion.  There's only 9 more days left in the month to celebrate it and get these exclusive stamp sets.

Be sure to link up to this challenge and showcase your fun creation!  It's always fun to see everyone's spin on the topic.  Thank you for joining us at Heart 2 Heart!

Have one awesome week!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Watercolor Your World - Technique Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us this month as we focus on one of our newest products, Watercolor Paints! I have experimented a little bit with them but am looking forward to playing with them a lot more.  I am looking forward to seeing the artwork that is shared through this blog hop and hope you are too!

If you are coming from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track.  A complete list of participants is provided at the end of this point, should you need to refer back to it.  Now, shall we get started?!

I am about simple but fun and think this card totally conveys both of those principles.  While the focus of the card was to be on the watercolor, I had fun adding a few splashes of paint from the "Ink Blot" stamp set, a sentiment and some bling, of course!
This card front was created on our Watercolor Paper.  I have compared it to others and ours is beautiful, smooth and White Daisy.  Others I have experimented with our ridged and just not as nice.  Buy some.  I think you will agree!  

I did apply water to the area where I would use the watercolors before I applied color, to provide a smooth spreading of the paint.  I did heat set it with a heat tool before moving onto the next part of the card because I did not want to wait.  (It does not take that long to dry naturally.)  The splatters were stamped with Whisper ink.  The "Oh, hey" sentiment, "dots" and purple star are from one of the Hello, Life stamp sets that are only available this month.  (Be sure to order one or all three of them while you can in celebration of National Stamping Month.)  The smaller stars are glitter stars from the Fundamentals Assortment (available in quite a few colors) and totally fun to add when your artwork needs just a bit more.

We appreciate you hopping with us and I enjoy sharing my artwork with you! I hope it is has inspired you to incorporate water paints into your creations!  Now, head on over to Catherine's Blog and check out the fun she created!

Happy hoppin'!
Here is a list of participants:
  1. Melissa Robinson *HERE
  2. Catherine Nowak
  3. Aggie Peters
  4. Sheila Bennett
  5. Priscilla Gotham
  6. Haley Dyer
  7. Darlys Recker
  8. Denise Elliott
  9. Michelle Loncar

Monday, September 14, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Splat

Happy Monday!  Thank you for joining us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week as we create and share artwork for the theme, "SPLAT"! It should be fun to see everyone's interpretations of it.  As for me...yes, I took it literally.  I don't tend to step out of the box too often.  :)

The Ink Blot stamp set from Close To My Heart is totally fun and I have used it on several projects that I will sharing soon.  While it seems so simplistic, and maybe unnecessary, you will find out it is too fun and will need to add it to your selection of stamps!  I love the texture it provides through the various images.  You can view it by clicking HERE.
Because of the random-stamped strip of paper created for this card, I only used solid cardstock; Cranberry, Sunset, Gypsy, Pear, Pacifica and White Daisy.  The card is pretty simple with stamped images also coming from the "So Many Smiles" stamp set (polka dot circle) and the "Pen Pals" set (sentiment and paintbrush).  To get the three-color paintbrush image, I stamped it first in Whisper ink and then used the ShinHan markers to give it the black and purple color.  I love how it turned out.  Glitter Shimmer Trim was used to add bling that every card needs, of course.

Consider linking your artwork to the blog.  We love to see what you create!  Have a blessed and wonderful week!
H2H Design Team

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Stampers with Attitude Nevermore Blog Hop

This month members of the Stampers with Attitude Team from Close To My Heart are showcasing the Nevermore paper pack and we are thrilled you have joined us!  If you are coming from Aggie's Blog, you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants by clicking here.
I have made a few things, so far, with the Nevermore paper packet but both have been Halloween-themed.  I decided to try otherwise for this card and am pleased with how it turned out.  B&T from the paper packet, and coordinating cardstock, were used.
I stamped a tag from the fun and new stamp set, "Packages, Boxes, & Tags" (in coordinating inks), added a bow and glitter heart from the Black Fundamental Assortment, and Coral Shimmer Trim.
The card ended up looking pretty cute when the bow and hearts were added.  I hope you like it.  Consider leaving a comment and then head over to Vickie's Blog to see what artwork she has created.

Happy hoppin'!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Coloring!

This week, at Heart 2 Heart, the challenge is titled "Coloring" and you get to interpret what that means.  I did the obvious.  I colored my images and designed this fun and cute card using the newest Operation Smile stamp set, "Animal Greeting".  Isn't it adorable?!  For every stamp set purchase, Close To My Heart will donate $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile.
I am so proud of this cute li'l card!  I love how it turned out but mostly love the cute and adorable little animal images.  I know the perfect person to receive this card.  I know she will love it!
I did use retired Fundamental patterns for the banners - this card was perfect for using scraps as those pieces measure 1 1/2" x 4".  The pattern came from Pattern 19 in the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 how-to book.  While I have admired the pattern, I have never tried it until now, feeling the images were a perfect size.  (I did cut the White Daisy pieces to be 1 1/4" squares and the Black mattes are 1 3/8" - to leave a slight border.)
I doodled around the squares, added the sentiment from our NEW "This Happened" Roller Stamp, added some Slate Twine (retired) and a fun heart from the NEW Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love for you to leave a comment, letting me know what you think of my card.  I look forward to admiring everyone's artwork aligned with the theme of the Heart 2 Heart weekly challenges so consider joining us.

Make it a great week!

Heart 2 Heart Design Team