Monday, July 16, 2018

How You Can Help, Operation Smile From my Close to my Heart Website


Looking for a worthy cause to donate and help? 
There are several ways you can help Operation Smile through my Close to my Heart website... 
watch this short video for more information!


Vintage Butterfly Card...

This morning's card uses a combination of the digital image 
Butterflies Are Free 
by Pickled Potpourri 



and Close to my Heart products. 
I was going for a vintage look. 
I love butterflies, and this image is simply beautiful. 



The base of the card is White Daisy cardstock by Close to my Heart, I added a layer of Tangerine cardstock, then a piece of retired patterned paper from last fall's seasonal expressions. 

The image is colored in with Copic markers, and distressed with both Toffee and Almond ink.



The sentiment "Missing You" is from the "Shell Sentiments" Stamp Set by Close to my Heart and distressed with Toffee ink. 
Then mounted on a piece of tangerine cardstock as well.

I finished off the card with a few gold pearls as embellishments. 


I entered this card into the following challenges:
Pile It On! Challenge Blog - #144 Vintage/Retro
Color Crazy Craft Challenge- Week 28 Anything Goes 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - # 204 Anything Goes
The Sketchy Challenge - # 144 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles challenge- #28 Anything goes


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Magically Masked - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

As mentioned in a post a few days ago, I recently signed up for an Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap on Splitcoaststampers
I've been a fan of the Splitcoaststampers forums for swapping for years. 

For the ATC Swap, there are 4 categories. 
They are Vintage, Disney, Shades of  1 Color, and Bugs/Insects. 

So I present to you one of the 4 Artist Trading Cards for the Vintage category. 
"Vintage Buggie"




I chose this artistic style to highlight the "Magically Masked" technique for this month's Blog Hop. 





I used nearly all Close to my Heart products for them.

The "Good Times" sentiment and the Volkswagon Beetle are from the
When you purchase $50 in products you can purchase
"Highlight Reel" for only $5!




There are also 9 other Close to my Heart Consultants 

sharing their amazing artwork with you, 
so please be sure to make your way around the entire Blog Hop. 
You are going to love this month's artwork!

If you are coming from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right track.
Should you get lost along the way, all participant's links can be found here. 

On White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the sentiment first, in Saffron ink
I then masked the sentiment and stamped each Beetle in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I then colored each Beetle in with Copics. 

I mounted the White Daisy piece to a piece of Tangerine cardstock.

I then used Tangerine ink to distress the edges of the front of the card 
and mounted the card onto chipboard. 


Then on the back, I mounted a piece of Tangerine cardstock. 
Then used my ATC information stamp on the back on White Daisy cardstock. 
I also distressed the information portion of the back with Tangerine Ink as well. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, before heading over to Sarah's Blog, please consider leaving a comment and enjoy the rest of the creative talents in this month's Blog Hop! 


Monday, July 9, 2018

My Acrylix® Stamps - Tips For Use & Care

Awesome information provided in this new video from the Close to my Heart home office!





Disney's Up Themed Artist Trading Cards For An ATC Swap

So earlier this weekend, I signed up for an Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap on Splitcoaststampers
Splitcoaststampers has been my go to for swaps for years. 

For the ATC Swap, there are 4 categories. 
They are Vintage, Disney, Shades of  1 Color, and Bugs/Insects. 

So since my time tends to be limited, I decided to go ahead and get started. 
Well we all know I am a major Disney fan, so of course that is the category I completed first!

So I present to you my 3 Artist Trading Cards for the Disney category. 



They are titled "Up Fan Art", I made only 3. 
In hindsight, I should have made a 4th for myself. 
But it's okay, I am just happy that the picture in my mind, turned out the way I wanted them to.

I used nearly all Close to my Heart products for them.

The house and balloons are from the July Stamp of the Month "Highlight Reel"
When you purchase $50 in products you can purchase "Highlight Reel" for only $5!

(#1 of 3)

On White Daisy cardstock, the house is stamped in Toffee ink. 
The balloons were stamped in Archival Black Ink

The balloons are masked to create varying amounts. 
Then colored in with Copics. 
I then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to give them some shine. 

(#2 of 3)

The cliff, and waterfall were drawn with a pen. 
Then colored with Copics. 
I added Liquid Glass on top of the waterfall, to make the water really stand out.

(#3 of 3)


I used the Pen Pal alphabet set to stamp UP. 
The UP is stamped on Lagoon cardstock, with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
I then dovetailed the cardstock, then mounted it on dimensional tape. 

I then used Pacifica Ink to distress the edges of the front of the card.
I mounted the card onto chipboard. 

(Back of all Three Cards)

Then on the back, I mounted a piece of Sapphire cardstock
Then used a stamp I found while in Las Vegas, that is made specifically for ATCs. 
I also distressed the information portion of the back with Pacifica Ink as well. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Video On How to Set Up Your Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Machine from Close To My Heart


Have you recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2? 
Received one as a gift or are thinking about getting one? 
Here is a quick, helpful video to assist you in setting your new machine up. 
I have several Cricut machines to include the Explore Air 2, and I love mine. 

You will begin seeing me post more videos and tutorials on how to use the Cricut and Design Space. 

Did you know you can also receive a special deal on a Cricut Explore Air 2 when you host a Close to my Heart gathering? 

Learn more by clicking here

We also have a wide range of Cricut Cartridges that are exclusive to Close to my Heart, view our collection by clicking here.

 I do own nearly all of them, and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about them. 

Embellishment Organization with Close to my Heart Products


Just a quick video to show how I organize my embellishments in my craft studio.


To purchase this size organizer, please visit my website.

To see all of our organizational products please visit my website.


Thank you for stopping by!

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