Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CTMH Sugar Rush Layout #2

Ready for the next installment of my Sugar Rush Layouts?  Well, here goes!  I created this second layout with inspiration, once again, from Tina Lovell. 

Notice the little gold hearts and embellishments here and there?  Those are all part of the Sugar Rush Complements.

The easiest way to recreate these layouts is using the Sugar Rush Workshop Your Way kit
 It includes just about everything that you need!  Well, almost everything.  I also used the amazing Artistry Cricut Cartridge, a Close To My Heart exclusive, for the ice cream cone once again.  Oh, and I should mention that the bases of the layouts are Blossom cardstock, isn't that a pretty color? 
Be sure to stop back soon for my last layout installment as well as some Sugar Rush cards that I will be sharing!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CTMH Sugar Rush Layout #1

With every new Seasonal Expressions catalog, I like to make artwork samples to show to my customers how beautiful the new Close To My Heart paper lines are.  I had seen a set of beautiful layouts made last time around by a fellow consultant, Tina Lovell.  She had made the layouts out of Swan Lake, and I fell in love with them on Pinterest.  I decided to try to re-make her layouts with our brand new Sugar Rush paper suite.  Here is the first of three layouts that I made with CTMH Sugar Rush.  One element that you will see throughout all three of my layouts is a cute little ice cream cone that I have cut from the CTMH Artistry cartridge.  I hope you like the layout, and I hope that Tina likes my take on her pretty artwork too!

Monday, January 9, 2017

CTMH Adore You for the January Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for January 2017.  If you have arrived here from Michelle's blog, you are on the right track.

This month, I am sharing a quick and easy card that is made with the January Stamp of the Month from CTMH, Adore You.  I stamped this beautiful heart and colored it with ShinHan alcohol markers.  I added some gold accents onto the two biggest flowers on the heart with our brand new Gold Shimmer Brush.  I love that brush!  I also added a little bit of Liquid Glass to the centers of those flowers for an added embellishment.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, I used the beautiful new paper line called Hello Lovely, along with a touch of Rustic Home Fundamentals paper (the wood grain paper).

Thank you for stopping by to visit me on the Joyful Stars Blog Hop this month.  Next up, please hop along to Debi's blog to see what she has created for you.  See you next month!

Friday, December 9, 2016

CTMH Thoughtful Flowers Stamp of the Month for the Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for December 2016!  If you have arrived here from Joyce's Joyful Creations blog, you are on the right track! 
Today, I would like to share a card design that I made with the December Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers.  I used the stamp set to create the background flowers by stamping with White Daisy ink onto Kraft Cardstock.  I allowed the ink to dry completely, and then traced around the flowers with our Warm Grey and Clay ShinHan markers, to create the shadowing.

I decided the card needed a punch of color, so I used my Thin Cuts with Peacock cardstock to create the sentiment.  I also decided a big flower was in order, so I cut a succulent from the CTMH Flower Market Cartridge.  I really like how my cards turned out.  They were for a swap with a group of really talented CTMH gals, so I wanted something different that would showcase a technique as well as many products.
I hope you enjoyed my stop along the hop.  Now, please travel on to Debi's blog, That Might Look Good on a Card to see what special work of art she has in store for you!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

CTMH Oh Deer Winter Wonderland Layout

Last weekend, we woke up to our first snow in Northern NJ.  My youngest decided to rush right out and play.  She was so excited to make snowmen!  I fell so in love with the photos that I had them printed right away.  I knew that I wanted to use the CTMH Oh Deer paper (use the link if you need this paper pack, it won't be here very much longer and it's a beauty!), the sheet with the pinecones, because of the snow covered pines in the background of my photos.  I turned to the newest Cricut cartridge, CTMH Flower Market, for most of my cuts.  I also added a snowman from CTMH Artistry.  I felt the Desert Sand background pages needed something, so I splatted with my Watercolor Paints and Paintbrush Set.   

A little bow from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack on top of some pine sprigs added a perfect touch. 
And notice the snowflakes...they were cut from White Glitter paper.  I think the photograph below captures the glitter a little better.  Oh, and I ran the tree through the new CTMH Snowflakes Embossing Folder and lightly sanded with a nail file.
Did you happen to notice the tiny snowflakes?  They are sequins that I found at Target's Dollar Spot.
And for reading all of the way to the bottom of this post, here is the Cricut Design Space file for you to use.  Please be sure to "save as" with a new file name before using it.  This will keep the integrity of the original file for others to use, and you will be working with your own copy instead of competing with others at the same time.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Merry Christmas Card for the November 2016 Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to my entry in the Joyful Stars blog hop for November 2016.  If you have arrived here from my friend Krista's blog, you are on the right track.
I can't believe that it has already been a month, and that I haven't posted a project in between.  Yikes!  I have been dealing with broken growth plates and infected spider bites, as well as holding another wonderfully productive crop this past weekend in my hometown of Vernon, NJ.  So, I apologize for the wait.
Today, I will be sharing a card that I made with cuts from our Close To My Heart Digital Cricut cartridge, City Sidewalks. It is a cute little cartridge, and I haven't seen all that much created with it.  I used some leftover pieces from CTMH's Swan Lake paper packet, along with our beautiful Sea Glass Glitter Paper.  I ran the Kraft Cardstock through our Snowflake Embossing Folder, which I can't link to at the moment because it has been so popular that it has sold out!  A little bit of twine from our CTMH Enchantment Ribbon Pack and some snowflakes cut from City Sidewalks provide some much needed embellishments.

I hope that you have enjoyed my City Sidewalks Merry Christmas Card.  Please hop along to see the very talented Debi's blog hop project.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

CTMH Swan Lake Purse for the Joyful Stars October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars blog hop for October!  If you have arrived here from my sweet friend Krista's blog, Krista's Crafty Corner, you are on the right track. 
This month, I would like to share a Swan Lake purse that I made after seeing one made by the very talented Tina Law.  Tina ever so sweetly helped me create my version by posting a step by step video of her Jeepers Creepers purse.  You should visit her website some time and check it out.  My purse is made with a sheet of Peacock Cardstock for the base and handles, and a sheet of Swan lake for the body, tag and edging of my purse.  I used up some scraps of cardstock to create my cute little flower using our CTMH Flower Market cartridge.  I love that cartridge, and I love using up scraps!
Thank you for visiting me for this month's blog hop.  Please hop along to the blog of my fellow Jersey girl, Marie Flayer.

Friday, September 23, 2016

CTMH Swan Lake Layout

Just sharing a quick and easy layout today.  It was designed by CTMH, but I added my own touches.  I started with CTMH Swan Lake paper, and working with two sheets of White Daisy and one Glacier sheet of cardstock, I began building my layout.  I stamped the flowers and sentiments from our With You stamp set.  Using Gold Glitter Paper and one of the new CTMH Thin Cuts, I made the word "hello".  A few Gold Sequins, and voila, a cute, quick layout!  Want to pin this layout?  Click on the title of this post, scroll to the bottom and you should see the Pinterest button!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CTMH Create Kindness Stamps with Swan Lake

This month, Close To My Heart has a special promotion called "Create Kindness".  It comes as a bundle with 8 little stamp sets and 24 little 3"x3" pastel cards and envelopes (along with ink, a block and a great organizer.  I made those little cards, but decided to put the stamp sets to use with our CTMH Swan Lake paper package.  I love how they turned out!  I colored the images using our CTMH ShinHan markers, they are amazing, and I feel I have more control than I do with my Copics.  I cut out shimmery little scalloped circles from our Sea Glass Glitter paper, a favorite of mine.  Each little stamp set is available for only $2.95 by clicking HERE!  That is a steal in my opinion!!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

September 2016 Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I am running just a little short on time this month with just having made it home from a trip to get the four kids back to school within a day.  Yikes!  And I am very busy preparing for my crop that I am hosting tomorrow.  I promise to get a project up here instead of this placeholder as soon as I can.  In the meantime, please hop along to the very talented Creatively Artsy Card Gallery belonging to Nancy.