Sunday, April 9, 2017

Joyful Stars April Blog Hop

Happy Spring and welcome to the Joyful Stars April Blog Hop.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of hoppers HERE on Joyce's Blog. Today, I have a card made using the Hello Lovely paper pack.  It is called "Upright Diamond Fold card.  You can find a tutorial on how to make the card at Splitcoast Stampers HERE.    The large flower, leaves and greenery were made using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge and the smaller rolled roses were made using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Since this card has a lot of dimension, it would be best as a "hand delivered" card.  It requires a bubble wrap envelope if you want to actually mail it. 
The Picture My Life Card included in the Hello Lovely Paper Packet is used on the inside of the card.

Now it is time to hop on over to Marie's Blog.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

April All Day Crop

April All Day Crop
April 1, 2017
Due to a conflict at the Church, the crop originally scheduled for March 18 has been postponed until Saturday April 1.  April 1 is the only crop in April due to the Easter holidays.
10AM to 5PM
Mark your calendar and RSVP to secure a spot.  Come take time to scrapbook your photos or work on any project.  Imagine 7 hours of uninterrupted crafting!  You can bring along any type of project - cards to make, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, beading or whatever you are working on right now.  I will bring my Cricut machine and all six of the CTMH cartridges.  Please bring your own mats (if you have them)  if you would like to cut anything.  There will be plenty of samples for inspiration including the CTMH Idea Books.

Space is limited, so be sure to contact me at to reserve your spot.

Bethel Hill United Methodist Church
2000 Bethel Road
Lansdale, PA 19446.  
10AM to 5PM
Cost is only $10
Drinks and snacks will be provided
Bring a bag lunch and a snack if you like
Hope to see you there!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Joyful Stars March Blog Hop - Sugar Rush Card

Hello and welcome to the March Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  Thanks for stopping by to see the creations of our talented Close To My Heart Consultants.  If you have come from Michelle's Blog, then you are on the right path.  Since it is a circular hop, you can start anywhere, however if you get lost along the way, you can find a list of participants HERE on Joyce's Blog.  Today I have a card made using the new Sugar Rush card making stamps and thin cuts set (Z3300).  It it a great set, perfect for all kinds of celebrations, especially birthdays.  I am using the "belated birthday" saying from the set. The technique is called "triple stamping."

While the card looks complicated, it is actually quite easy to do.

Cut three pieces of white/light cardstock:
2 X 31/4"
3 X 41/4"
4 X 51/4"
Cut three pieces of a dark/contrasting cardstock.
21/4" X 31/2"
31/4" X 41/2"
41/4" X 51/2"

Layer the three white pieces keeping borders even all the way around.Use a little adhesive to make sure they don't move when stamping.

Stamp the sentiment on the smallest piece then random stamp images making sure the pieces don't move.  HINT: Use the rule of "three" when random stamping.  Start with the largest image first and continue stamping the images in the form of a visual triangle.  The triangle shape is very pleasing to the eye.  Be sure to stamp "off" the edges too.  Try to use an uneven amount - 3, 5 or 7 images depending on what will fit on the paper.  This technique works best with solid type stamps (as opposed to outline stamps that you have to color in the image.) You will get more color very quickly on your cardstock.

Then come back and "fill" in some of the space with the smaller stamps.  Try to resist filling in every little space.  You need some white areas to allow your eye to rest.  
Next, separate the three panels and back each with the darker contrast cardstock.
Put the panels back together and your card is complete. 
However, don't stop there.  Go ahead and make a coordinating envelope too!
Wouldn't you just love to get mail like this in your mailbox?  Did you notice the "matching" postage stamp?  Looks like the Post Office has designed stamps to go with the CTMH Sugar Rush Paper!

Here is another card I made a few years ago using a different stamp set.

That is all for today.  Now it is time to hop on over to Marie's Blog to see her creation.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Crop to Benefit the Kimberton Fire Company

I will be a vendor at this crop on Saturday March 11, 2017.  It is a fundraiser for the Kimberton Fire Company.  Please contact Judy Welsh ASAP at if you are interested in attending the crop.  Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Joyful Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars February Blog Hop. I'm so glad you are able to join us today.  This is a circular hop so you can start anywhere and you will know you are finished when you arrive back at the first blog.  If you arrived from Debi's Blog, then you are on the right track.  You can find a complete list of participants HERE on Joyce's Blog.  I am loving all the new products in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.  Today, I have a slider pull-up card made using  Hello Lovely Paper Packet.  The colors are soft and lovely and are great for just about any occasion. 
The watering can is on page 44 of the Flower Market booklet and is cut in Whisper Cardstock.  I used the waterbrush and the Whisper and Slate Inks to add some details and dimension to the can.  The bunch of flowers was cut from one of the Picture My Life cards included in the paper packet. 
When you pull the tab, the watering can stands up to reveal the sentiment!  The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle.  The "Get Well Soon" is from A1189 Short and Sweet Sentiments.  Here is a side view:
There is also one of the "Sugar Rush Dots" in the center of the large rose.  This cute card is sure to cheer up a sick friend.  
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet
X5751 Sorbet Cardstock
Z3285 Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
Z3303 Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle
A1189 Short and Sweet Sentiments
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z3225 Medium Waterbrush
X5929 Whisper Exclusive Ink
X5930 Slate Exclusive Ink
Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots

Now it is time to hop on over to Joyce's Blog to see her creation.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Stamp of the Month: Easter Bunny

Each month, you can purchase an exclusive D-size stamp set,  for just $5 with an order
of  $50 or more in Close to my Heart products.  The set this month "Easter Bunny," is 
available only during the month of February.  See the complete set HERE.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sympathy Card using Flower Market

Here is an elegant sympathy card.  I have seen a so many samples of white on white cards on Pinterest, especially seasonal cards using snowflakes.  I decided to try it but used flowers instead of snowflakes. 
I cut each image twice and adhered them together to create more dimension.  Here is a close up of the flower.  You can see the thickness and the beautiful shimmer was created by using the new exclusive Shimmer Pen. 
The flower is Flower 1 on page 33 of the booklet and the stem and leaf is Flower 2.  The card is 5 x 7.

Products used:
Z3285 Cricut Flower Market Cartridge
Z2841 Glacier Ink
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush 
Stamp is a retired CTMH set

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