Monday, January 21, 2019

Creative Cards

The Heart 2 Heart prompt for this week is Creative Cards -ANY size or shape except NOT a standard (A2; 4.25”x5.5”) card.

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I don't want to toot my own horn, but I happen to think I have made the most adorable card of my crafting years yet!

I looked through my Cricut images for a shaped card, and found this starburst shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge. I then created a slightly smaller version to get the layer of patterned paper over the cardstock base.

I fussy cut the pink dinosaur from the new cut out sheet in the Something Fierce paper packet, and then stamped the balloon from the matching stamp set onto white cardstock and fussy cut it as well. I stamped the balloon string in Pewter ink, as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment that is from the January Stamp of the Month.

 I'm so pleased with how this card turned out! I hope you will join us with your own Creative Cards at Heart 2 Heart challenges.

Products used:
Cardstock: Carolina, White Daisy
Cricut cartridge: Art Philosophy
Ink: Pewter, Willow
Paper Packet: Something Fierce
Stamp sets: Card Captions, Something Fierce-Cardmaking 

Heart Happy Blog Hop

Welcome to our Heart Happy Blog Hop!  

If you have come here from Michelle's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog. 

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The Heart Happy Paper Packet features an awesome cut apart sheet, and the glasses embellishment sparked this page idea for me since my partner was wearing his aviator sunglasses for a Top Gun themed dress up party.

I used a classic grid design so that I could showcase as many of the papers as possible- I love how well they all work together.

Here's a close up of the embellishment that gave me the idea for this layout- isn't it cute?

I used a lot of the paper patterns to add interest to the layout, but I couldn't resist stamping this xoxo on one of the papers using the January Stamp of the Month.

Now "Hop" on over to Krista's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Featured Paper Blog Hop-Something Fierce

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Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Something Fierce Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart Consultants. If you are visiting from Debi's blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol.

I got very lucky with this paper packet as I have a dinosaur themed wedding coming up (I know!) and I wanted to create a wedding card and a scrapbook layout for the upcoming event.

Here is the wedding day card I created using the Something Fierce stamp sets. I fussy cu the green dinosaur after stamping and adhered him using some foam tape, and then I added the congratulations banner from a wedding stamp set as well as hearts from the Something Fierce complements.

I also wanted to create a matching wedding day layout for the photos, and I used the coordinating Ballerina cardstock as a base for these pages and added some of the cut apart pieces as well as the same stamped sentiment to the layout.

The journal box with the marching dinosaurs is from the coordinating Something Fierce Picture My Life Cards, which make it so easy to add the story behind the photos.

I'm very excited to go to this wedding, and I am glad I already have a layout ready to go so that i can scrapbook the photos instantly!

I'd love for you to leave me a comment before you check out Julie's blog.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tag, You're It! CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 10 of us highlighting uses for Tags.

 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 are coming from Darlys' Blog, you are on the right track!

I had some leftover tags I had cut on my Cricut from my Christmas projects, and I wanted to use some of them on cards. I went with the green ribbon that was already attached to the tag, and then happened to place it next to one of these flowers from my Magnolia Frame Kit- and this card was born!

I added the 3D flower to the tag, which I random stamped with small love hearts and the sentiment, both from the January Stamp of the Month. I then backed the card with some of the Heart Happy Paper Packet, and now I have a sweet card to celebrate love.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Melissa'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!

Products used:
Cardstock: White Daisy
Embellishments: Fern Stitched Ribbon, Magnolia Frame KitThin 3D Foam Tape
Ink: Ballerina, New England Ivy
Paper Packet: Heart Happy
Stamp set: Card Captions

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Something Fierce CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Something Fierce Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Maz then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s January Featured collection, Something Fierce.

I wanted to showcase how to use these pieces in a Picture My Life layout- and my son's triathalon was a great way to use some of the cute cycling themed pieces from this kit- it's not just about dinosaurs!

I loved the dinos on bicycles so I used the paper as a feature mat, as well as using some of the blue paper as a background for the Something Fierce Complements.

Even the graffiti style paper had bikes and Ready, Set, Go on it, which was the central theme of my page.

I love this page with the bikes, dinosaurs and blue- it's such a fitting page for my son!

I'd love for you to leave a comment before heading to the next blog, Creating with Kara Davies.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our Seasonal Expressions New Product Blog Hop!  We will be featuring lots of new goodies from the catalogue, so grab a cuppa and see what beautiful new items are available.

If you have come here from Sandy's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog

This month we have 17 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I have just started to make a mini album of a trip I did with my boys over the October school holidays here in New Zealand, and luckily it contains a lot of the new products on the pages!

The title page features an adorable little plane, which is from the new Cruisin' to Adventure stamp set and also comes with matching Thin Cuts! The adventure awaits sentiment is also from this stamp set.

The star, cloud and plane stickers are form the new Something Fierce collection, as is the strip of patterned paper. The journal box is also from that collection.

Lastly, the title and the clouds were cut from my trusty Cricut. I sponged the clouds to make them stand out more.

On to the second and third pages!

This double page layout is of Rainbow's End, the local amusement park. This was a great opportunity to use some of the rainbow paper and embellishments from the I Heart Us Paper Packet. The washi and crosses stickers are also from that range.

I stamped the 'sunshine and rainbows' title from the January SOTM as it worked so well with the theme of this page.

Lastly, I cut another title from my Cricut and this page was completed in a matter of minutes.

Now "Hop" on over to Katy's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Products used:
Album: Everyday Life Album- Black
Cardstock: Carolina, Sapphire, White Daisy
Cricut: Artbooking, You Are Here
Embellishments: I Heart Us Complements, Something Fierce Complements
Ink: Emerald, Sapphire, Pewter
Paper Packets: I Heart Us, Something Fierce 
Stamp sets: Crusin' to Adventure

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Important Things

I am very excited to announce that I am back on the Heart 2 Heart Design Team for 2019!

The first challenge of the year is The Important Things- focusing on what is important in my life for 2019.

There is something I definitely want to focus on in 2019, and that is spending more time in nature with my boys. I started the year off right by taking the boys camping for our New Year's Eve and New year's Day public holiday. It was their first time camping and I think they did a great job!

I cut the title on my Cricut- and it seems that my fluffy cat has been lying on my layouts while I am not looking! I added a cute banner from the Fresh Air Complements to add to the title as well.

I also used my Cricut and the Complements to add the tent and tree details to the bottom of the page.

I hope you'll join us at Heart 2 Heart for the first theme challenge of 2019, and I am very happy to be able to create with this amazing group of ladies again.

I am also linking up with the Scrap the Boys Summer challenge.

Products used:
Cardstock: Colonial White, EspressoToffee, White Daisy
Cricut Cartridges: Artistry, You Are Here
Embellishments: Fresh Air Complements, Thin 3D Foam Tape
Ink: New England Ivy
Paper: Fresh Air Paper Packet
Stamp set: Fresh Air Scrapbooking