Monday, March 31, 2014

Balloon Talk


Hello Hoppers!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring April's Stamp of the Month, which is called Balloon Talk, a set of 24 stamps.


For this blog hop, we have approximately 54 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

If you came here from Jill's blog at Scrap Wench, then you're in the right place!  To see the full list of blog hop participants, please click here.

First let me share with you my YouTube video which gives you a close up look at Balloon Talk as well as the cards I made using this really cute stamp set:


Here are "still" pictures of the cards I made:








The first picture is a card that I made from page 13 of our 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  I followed pretty closely along to what you see in the book but I did change out the shimmer trim and glitter gems.  [Remember that you can find the "recipes" listing all the products used for ALL the projects you see in our Idea Book by clicking here.  As you can see, the background was made by random stamping the word bubble in Hollyhock and Goldrush inks.

The set of mini cards were so fun to make.  They measure 3" x 3" in size.  I used random stamping on the last card again because I think it looks so cool.

SUPPLIES USED
Lollydoodle paper pack (X7183B)
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790)
Balloon Talk - April Stamp of the Month (S1404)
Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2128)
Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2123)
3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)


Now "Hop" on over to Kim's blog at Creative Hands and Hearts to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Hope you enjoyed my projects. Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Country Flair



Good Morning Crafters!

This morning I come to you from the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.  Our challenge this week has the theme of "country flair".

Here's what I made:




I used our Jubilee paper pack to create my A2 size card.  For the pattern or "blueprint", I used the Jubilee Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit to make my card.  The directions were actually for a scrapbook layout.  That's what I love about our kits!  You aren't just limited to one specific project.  Honestly, aren't scrapbook layouts just big cards and vice-versa??

My husband and I are planning on having a couple of barbecues this summer and so I thought this would be fun to use for our invites.  The stamp set I used for the sentiments and the pig and chicken is called Fancy Flair.


SUPPLIES USED
Jubilee paper pack (X7181B)
Jubilee Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit (G1076)
Honey Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2162)
Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2116)
Indian Corn Blue Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2130)
Blush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2106)
Cocoa Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2114)
Fancy Flair stamp set (B1440)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

Now that you have stopped here, don't forget to head on over to Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog to check out my fellow designers' creations.  Then, link up your own project!  The guidelines to link up can be found by clicking here.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy






Thursday, March 20, 2014

Celebrate


Good Morning Crafters!

This morning I come to you from Card-a-Day Blog.  Our theme this week is Congratulations cards.  Here is what I made:


I love this card because of the colors and because I think I would be able to send it either a male OR a female.  Now unfortunately the paper I used is from a retired Close to My Heart paper pack called For Always - sorry!   BUT it's from the Workshop on the Go card kit using that paper.  We do have more of the kits - just not that one.  You can find out more about our Workshop on the Go kits by clicking here.  They are great because they include everything you need to make the cards (except for the ink pads) AND they have a Workshop on the Go Guide that tells you EXACTLY how to make the cards in the kit.  Now, you can obviously change up the cards and make them any way you want but sometimes it's nice to have a "plan" in place.

Please don't forget to stop by Card-a-Day blog by clicking here to check out the other cards our fabulous design team has made AND to submit your cards into our monthly challenge to be eligible for the giveaway.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Place


 Hello Hoppers!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring March's Stamp of the Month, which is called Happy Place, a set of 7 stamps.





For this blog hop, we have approximately 53 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

If you came here from Joy's blog at Wow ... did you make that?, then you're in the right place!  To see the full list of blog hop participants, please click here.

For my post today, I not only created a card using this cute stamp set but also a video showcasing the stamp set. First, the card:



I also made a video showcasing this stamp set as well as my card.  You can view my video by clicking here OR below:




This card is an A2 size card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I used our exclusive paper pack Jubilee to create my card.  I just love the colors in this paper pack! This paper pack comes with 6 double-sided designer papers (2 each of 3 designs) and 6 sheets of coordinating cardstock.  I used Coca ink to stamp the sentiment "what i love most about my HOME is who i share it with".  I used Cranberry ink to stamp the 3 hearts in the corner.

I cut the house using our exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can find the image on page 42, C2, Shift, < House > cut at 3 1/2" x 5" using the Fit to Length key.


SUPPLIES USED
Jubilee paper pack (X7181B)
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)
Cocoa Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2114)
Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2116)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

You can purchase any of the products I used in my projects by clicking here or by sending me an email by clicking here.

Now "Hop" on over to Krista's blog at Let's Give 'em Something to Scrap About to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Hope you enjoyed my project. Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Friday, February 21, 2014

Creating Blog Hops Cafe - Pet



Welcome to this month's blog hop with The Creating Blog Hops Cafe.

Love is in the air this month, so we wanted to show a little love to a our Fur-Babies.

Here we are in our second month on the last Saturday of the month to inspire you with some wonderful projects. This month's theme is "Pets".  So, grab yourself a Latte' and hop along with us while we proudly show off our projects and our Fur-Babies.

Your first stop on the hop will be with Robin Lane from Create-A-Latte.

HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES -
WILL KEEP TRYING TO UPLOADED MY PROJECT - PLEASE CONTINUE ON THE HOP AND ENJOY! 
 
Now, for some candy. This month we will be giving one lucky person two Becky Higgins Project Life Themed Kits, one is the Dogs Kit and the other one is the Cats Kit. For your chance to win this amazing blog candy you must hop through each one of our talented crafters blogs, be sure to leave everyone a little blog lovin', and if you are not already a follower please become one to each of ladies so that you do not miss a single project that they make.



Your next stop will be with Alicia of Golden Goddess Designs.

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project. And don't forget to leave everyone a little blog lovin' and become a follower for your chance to win some blog candy.


1. Robin L. - Create-a-Latte 
2. Cathy D - Cathy Plus 5
3. Angela - Angela's Crafty Spot
4. Sharon - A Piece of Heart
5. Connie - Connie Can Crop
6. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
8.  Tami ~ Scrappin' My Kids
10. Jearise ~ Lorby's World




Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy






 
  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lollydoodle


Hello Crafters!

Today I wanted to show you a new cardmaking kit from Close to My Heart using our brand new Lollydoodle paper pack.  It's the Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Kit.

Here are the cards I made using this cute kit:





Here are close-ups of one each of the cards:


I just LOVE the colors in this paper pack!  The kit is sold for only $24.95 (plus tax and shipping).  It has a retail value of $36.78 so you are saving $11.83 when you buy the kit instead of the products separately.


I also did a video showing you what comes in the kit.  You can find it on my YouTube channel by clicking here OR looking at it below:




Isn't the kit cool??

SUPPLIES USED
Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go Cardmaking Kit (G1080)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2195)
Pear Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2197)
Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2173)
Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2128)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Finally, I have to show you one more picture of a mistake I made on one of the cards:


When I went to put the fifth card of this design together, I couldn't find all the pieces so I cut some more squares.  AFTER I adhered the squares to the front of the card (mind you - AFTER - I adhered the squares), I turned the card over to find that I had already added the squares!  That's why I needed more - looks like a patchwork quilt doesn't it?  I thought I would end up giving the card to my husband - he would appreciate it :)

Thank you so much for stopping by - love reading your comments!  Don't forget to stop by my YouTube channel and leave a comment there as well.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!!

Lucy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lace



Good Morning Crafters!

This morning I come to you from Pause Dream!  This week our challenge was to use lace in our projects.  I decided to make a mini book:






This was so fun and SO easy to make.  My friend, Darla (a fellow CTMH consultant from Canada) of Die Cut Darla, showed me this mini book that she made AND even gave me the link to the YouTube video tutorial.  I just had to make my own!

First let me give you the link to the video from CeeCee's Creations called "How to Make a One Sheet Mini Pocket Book" - just click here to watch.

To make my Mini Pocket Book, I used a new paper pack from Close to My Heart called "Lollydoodle".  I just LOVE these colors!.  To make the tags, I used our exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can find the tags on page 60, D10, < Tag4 > cut at 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" cut using the Fit to Length key.  I cut them using coordinating cardstock colors:  Cotton Candy, Juniper, Slate, Whisper, Sorbet, and Pear.

For the front of my mini book, I used our Frame Flair stamp set which also coordinates with the Art Philosophy cartridge. The image can be found on page 63, E3, < Square5 > cut at 2".  For the binding of my book, I used a piece of Cotton Candy cardstock and stamped it with Cotton Candy ink using the Swirls Around stamp set.

For the "lace" part of my project, I used our Lagoon Zipper Lace on the front of the mini book.

I'm not quite sure yet what I'm going to be putting in this book -- I think maybe quotes.  I have a ton of them that I love to read and this may be the place to collect them.


SUPPLIES USED
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)
Lollydoodle paper pack (X7183B)
Lollydoodle Assortment (Z3006)
Frame Flair stamp set (D1546)
Lagoon Zipper Lace (Z1917)
Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Pad (Z2193)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)
Cotton Candy cardstock (X5760)
Juniper cardstock (X5752)
Slate cardstock (X5930)
Whisper cardstock (X5929)
Sorbet cardstock (X5751)
Pear cardstock (X5764)

Join our Linky Party at Pause Dream Enjoy by making YOUR project using lace in any fashion and then link up by clicking here!  The rules are very simple:

RULES:
1) Follow the theme
2) New or Past projects welcome (any type of crafting as long as it fits the current theme)
3) You may link up as many times as you'd like as long as they are different projects
4) Please become a FOLLOWER of Pause Dream Enjoy
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment - have a wonderfully crafty day!!

Lucy



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To the World ...

Good Morning Crafters!

Today I bring you another Valentine's Day card to hopefully inspire you when you create your own projects:



This card, like yesterday's card, is actually a "re-do"  of a card I made previously which you can see by clicking here. This was made last year.  I really liked using the gate fold card technique and wanted to make this card again using lighter colors and for my upcoming card class.

I used our new Lollydoodle paper pack.   I used our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cute the heart out on the front of the card.  You can find this image on page 26, A6, Shift, < Heart2 > cut at 4.

SUPPLIES USED
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)
Lollydoodle paper pack (X7183B)
White Daisy cardstock (1385)
Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2193)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

I hope you enjoyed my card today - would love to read your comments.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy




Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hearts



Good Morning Crafters!

This morning my post comes to you from Heart 2 Heart Challenges Blog featuring Close to My Heart creations by Close to My Heart consultants.  Our challenge this week was to use Hearts in our creations.  I decided to redo a card I made earlier in the year because my original card, which you can see by clicking here, was a 5" x 5" card, which not only costs more to ship but requires a special envelope.  Since I am making kits of this card for an upcoming class, I decided to change it up and make it a standard A2 size card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2":




I still used our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge but I used a different card shape (and there ARE 100 card shapes on this cart!) that had a different shaped heart.  You can find the card shape on page 69, E9, Shift, Card, < Heart3 > which I cut at 8 1/2" using the Fit to Length key.  That made the card measure (once folded) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"!  Cool right?  The heart is different from the first card as well.  I did cut the "xoxo" using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge at 1".  You can find the image on page 48, B1, Title, < q > using the Real Dial Size key. For the heart cut out of Ruby cardstock on the inside of the card can also be found on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  It's on page 69, E9, Shift, < Heart3 > cut at 2 1/2".

I ended up using the stamp set from our Skylark Workshop on the Go Scrapbook kit to random stamp the heart using our Ruby ink just to give it a little extra dimension.  I also edged the white mat on the inside of the card, the heart, and the "xoxo" with Ruby ink.

SUPPLIES USED
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)
Artbooking Cricut cartridge (Z1906)
Black cardstock (1386)
White Daisy cardstock (1385)
Ruby cardstock (X5927)
Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2170)
Skylark Workshop on the Go Scrapbook Kit stamp set (G1072)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Please join us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges and submit your Hearts creation by clicking here.  To participate in our challenges, check out our guidelines by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy










Friday, February 7, 2014

CTMH New Product Blog Hop


Hello Hoppers!

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop featuring NEW products from Close to My Heart's 2014 Spring/Summer Idea Book!

For this blog hop, we have approximately 27 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

If you came here from Heather's blog at HeatherJane Design, then you're in the right place!  To see the full list of blog participants, please click here.

I decided to feature the Skylark Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit.  Here are my first two layout pages:




To show you more about the Skylark Workshop on the Go Kit, I also made a video that shows you all the great supplies that are included in this kit.  It's on my YouTube channel you can get to by clicking here.

First, let me show you the video:




I hope you enjoyed my video and maybe left a comment - I love reading your comments!  Now just so you know, it took me LESS than 5 minutes to cut the paper for these 2 layouts using the Workshop on the Go guide.  It then took me less than an hour (I was watching a taped episode of Dr. Phil at the time AND my husband came home from work) to complete the 2 pages.  So please don't think that these kits will take very long to complete.

Also though I forgot to mention in my video that instead of using my sanding kit to distress the photo mats, etc. I decided to use corresponding ink colors and edge the mats and other papers using a sponge dauber.

SUPPLIES USED
Skylark Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit (G1072)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2195)
Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2153)
Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2173)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)

You can purchase any of the products I used in my projects by clicking here or by sending me an email by clicking here.

Now "Hop" on over to Pamela's blog at Pam's Clearly Crafty Corner to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Hope you enjoyed my project. Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy





You're Invited !

Good Morning Crafters!

This morning I come to you from Card-a-Day blog.  This week's theme is "invitations".  Sooo,  give to you a 50th birthday invitation I made for a friend:








Isn't it cute?  I used a paper pack from Close to My Heart called Laughing Lola.  I just love the colors in this paper pack especially the Gypsy purple.  The "50" came from the Type Candy Font Cricut cartridge.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Don't forget to check out Card-a-Day blog where we create a card a day for your inspiration!  Also, we do a monthly giveaway so stop on by and see what other themes we have posted this month and submit yours.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy







Friday, January 31, 2014

Wild About Love


 Hello Hoppers!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring February's Stamp of the Month, which is called Wild About Love, a set of 9 stamps.





For this blog hop, we have approximately 54 Close to My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's Stamp of the Month 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!

If you came here from Mary's blog at Me Stamp 2, then you're in the right place!  To see the full list of blog hop participants, please click here.

For my post today, I not only created a card using this cute stamp set but also a video showcasing the stamp set. First, the card:



Now let me be honest, this is NOT my original creation.  You will find this card on page 11 of our BRAND, NEW Idea Book that goes live to you, tomorrow, February 1st.  I just wanted to show you how easy it would be to create the projects that are in our Idea Book.

Here's my video telling you more about the Stamp of the Month as well as instructions on how I made my card:





SUPPLIES USED
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686)
Artiste Cricut cartridge (1790)
Make It From Your Heart - Volume 2 (9042)
Wild About Love Stamp of the Month (S1402)
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment (Z1939)
Crystal cardstock (1291)
Kraft cardstock 
Sunset Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z1291)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2111)
Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine (Z1921)
Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928)
Sponge Daubers 9Z726)

You can purchase any of the products I used in my projects by clicking here or by sending me an email by clicking here.

Now "Hop" on over to Maureen's blog at Let's Give 'em Something to Scrap About to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Hope you enjoyed my project. Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy




Monday, January 27, 2014

In the Spotlight



Good Morning Everyone!

My post today comes to from Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.  Our challenge this week was to use a technique called "Spotlight Stamping".  Here's my take using the technique:






Basically the "Spotlight Stamping" technique is taking a section of your stamped image and placing the focus or "spotlight" on a section of it.  Here's a link to a great website/blog that explains it - Techniques Zone

If you look closely at the second picture, you will that I used 3 heart shapes to spotlight a part of my stamped image.  I used a brand new paper pack that will be released on 2/1 called 'Lollydoodle."  I then used our stamp set called "Classy Doily".  This image coordinates with our Artiste Cricut cartridge.  You can find the image on page 56 cut at 3 1/2" - C5, Shift, Accent 1 < H >.  I used Cotton Candy and Chocolate ink on the image.  I used a heart shaped punch to punch out 3 hearts.  I colored select portions of the stamped image using a Cotton Candy marker.


SUPPLIES USED
Artiste Cricut cartridge (Z1790)
Lollydoodle paper pack (X7183B - Available 2/1/14)
Classy Doily stamp set (B1424)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2111)
Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (Z2193)
Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Marker Set (Z2417)
Sponge Daubers (Z726)
3D Foam Tape (Z1151)

I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Don't forget to check out my fellow Design Team members' posts to see how they were inspired by this technique.  You an see their creations by clicking here.   Don't forget to link up your creation on that website.  Guidelines on submitting your creation can be found by clicking here.

Thanks so much for stopping by -- have a wonderfully crafty day!!

Lucy