Tuesday, February 16, 2021

"It's Faux" Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 13 of us highlighting faux 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 are coming from Darlys' Blog, you are on the right track!  

Today I wanted to show you a faux patina look to use on your card backgrounds. A patina is described as a green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period. Rather than used aged metals on a card, here's a fun way to fake the look!

To start, I ran a piece of White Daisy cardstock through the Spring Blossoms Embossing Folder, which I had covered in Toffee ink. This left a lovely imprint of brown ink on the cardstock. I then sponged over this with layers of Ballerina, Canary and Espresso inks to create an aged look. The last thing I did was randomly sponge Versamark ink over the embossed piece and added some gold embossing powder over this, which I then set using a heat gun. I was then left with this beautiful aged look for my card background.


I then added a strip of Lovely paper, matted with Canary cardstock. I then added the sentiment in Espresso ink from the Perfect Match stamp set, and used Ballerina and Espresso cardstock that I cut with the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts.


This is a great way to get the vintage aged looked in a lot less time- you can use any metallic embossing powder and any colours of ink to create a background. Silver, brown and blue is also a wonderful combination and great for masculine cards!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Alyson'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!

Add a Border

It's time for another challenge at H2H!


I decided to use the fun new Sweet Safari papers combined with the February SOTM, Doodled Borders.


I added a large title cut from my Cricut and some Red stickles on the birthday banner- this card came together so quickly and easily!

I stamped two of the borders in Bluebird and Avocado ink, and then added a zip strip and some paper from Sweet Safari- this paper pack is for more than just babies and zoo adventrues.

If you have a fun border project, feel free to link up with us at H2H!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Bring Back My Pack - Blossom Blog Hop

Welcome to our Bring Back My Pack Blossom Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the Blossom collection today, which is here for a second time for us to create with!  If you have come here from Alyson'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 16 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using 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 decided to create a quick slimline card using the new slimline card bases and the fun Diagonal Stripe Slimline Thin Cuts. The Blossom paper became a really fun background and I was able to pull out the colours for the rest of my card. 


The trees come from the new Home Sweet Home stamp set and thin cuts and I added the branch stamp detail two to of the trees, keeping the top one plain and popping it up on some foam tape. 


Now "Hop" on over to Gina'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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

February SOTM Blog Hop - Doodled Borders

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is Doodled Borders, a set of 36 stamps.  

If you have come here from Darlys' 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 22 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH 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!

My son has been asking to craft with me lots lately, so today's Stamp of the Month creation is actually his! Here he is hard at work in my craft room- I was trying to pack up as we move this weekend but how could I say no to some quality time with my boy? 

Here is the card he created using the Doodled Borders stamp set paired with the Sweet Safari Stamp Set and Thin Cuts- I am so proud of him! 

He cut the tiger from Nectarine cardstock, and then cut the trees in both Kraft and Avocado cardstock. I helped him to fussy cut the green tree leaves onto the Kraft trunks to make multicoloured trees. He stamped the sentiment and some stars using black ink, and we kept with the same colour scheme as the trees and tiger. The tiger was popped up on some foam tape to make him stand out on the card. 


We used the Doodled Border stamp set by tone-on-tone stamping one of the larger brushstroke patterns in Avocado ink onto Avocado cardstock, as my son mentioned it looked like a jungle pattern so that is where he got the idea from. Here you can see it as the background of the card, and because of the design even an eight year old could line it up to look perfect!


My son would love to know what you think of his card- I am just so thrilled that he has my crafty genes and that he likes to spend time with me in my craft room. 

Now "Hop" on over to Haley'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!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Australasian SOTM Blog Hop- Doodled Borders



Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Name Blog 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 February Stamp of the Month, Doodled Borders.


I loved all the fun love themed stamped borders paired with our Perfect Match collection, and so I decided to make a quick card. I simply stamped a whole of the the fun borders across some White Daisy cardstock in Black ink, and then overlaid it with the Heart Shaker Window Thin Cuts, but I kept it open instead of creating a shaker.

You can see the dimension I achieved by layering the normal heart and then the stitched heart from the same Thin Cuts set over the stamped borders, and then placing the Candy Apple cardstock around it to really draw your eye in. I cut the same base heart shape from the Candy Apple cardstock, so the Heart Thin Cut was used both on the inner and outer part.


I finished the card off by adding one of the Perfect Match stickers, a bit of the Perfect Match zip strip, and some Desert Rose Glitter Paper

This exclusive stamp set is only available during February. It can be yours for just $10 with a qualifying order of $88, or for $37.50  if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.  If you are a VIP, you can even get this stamp set for free!

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Maz.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Perfect Match Blog Hop

Welcome to our Perfect Match  Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the Jan-Feb special, Perfect Match, which as an adorable Love themed collection.  

If you have come here from Gina'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 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this collection and other great CTMH 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 been having a lot of fun with Distress Oxide inks lately, and I knew that the Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral colours would be beautiful paired with this collection. I was inspired by Christine Meyer's distress oxide backgrounds and decided to create my own.

I started off my cutting a heart stencil on my Cricut, and then sponging over it onto White Daisy cardstock, using it as a mask. I used Picked Raspberry in the middle, and then blended out the edges with Abandoned Coral. Then I cut the White Daisy cardstock to 10 x 10 and placed it over the checkered paper from the Perfect Match collection.

I embellished this with both the sticker sheet and the matching stamp set in this collection.

I stitched around the heart to add a bit more interest but I love how the colours blended together to create the bold heart background. 

Now "Hop" on over to Becca'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! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Happiness Lives Here Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Happiness Lives Here Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Doreen 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, Happiness Lives Here


This bright and cheery paper packet works perfectly with the new Home Sweet Home stamp set and thin cuts. 


I have good friends who have recently purchased their first home so I wanted to make them a card.


 My eight year old son even came and helped me with the stamping- he did the black hearts around the house and glued everything down for me. He's such a sweetheart.

I love the Paprika colour in this collection, which I paired with Blue Belle. And the matching thin cuts made it so easy to create a cute stand out house and sentiment!

This collection can be yours for January and February 2021. Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Scrappychicks.