Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Complements Theme for Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week we are bringing you projects using a variety of  our Complements.  There is a coordinating Complements set for each current paper kit in the Seasonal Idea Book as well as multiple stand alone sets with their own individual themes.  If you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but as hops are circular, you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply make the rounds.  A complete list of this week's participants is included at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.  Let's get started!


I chose the Hello Lovely paper and complements for this layout celebrating my mother.  Her life was too short and I have very few pictures of her, so naturally the ones I do have are very precious.  It has taken me several years of "playing" at scrapbooking and paper crafting to build my skills so that I feel I can finally give those photographs and the memories behind them the love and credit they deserve. Not that my work will ever be "perfect" because our art and our skills, just like our lives themselves, are ever changing and growing but I am happy with what I have created from these photos *today.*

details:  I used the Hello Lovely paper kit and coordinating Complements.  The "my beautiful" and hearts are in part of the complements (the word "family" is also included but I chose not to use it), as well as the heart stickers by the word "mother" and at the edges of the smaller photos.  The Sea Glass piece in the middle with the year on it is also one of the stickers from this kit, as is the small banner by the top picture.  I used Rose Gold foil tape along the edges of the corner pieces, and then I used Cricut Design Space and Flower Market cartridge to cut "mother" at 1.75" high in both Colonial White and Desert Sand and layered them slightly off centered for a shadow font.  The year was cut using the Cricut font.  I layered the bottom 3 photos with Fern, Sorbet, and Desert Sand and for the top photo, I fussy cut one of the 4 x 6" PML pieces from this kit so I could use it to frame the main photo.

And that's all there is to this one.  Now it's time for you to hop on over to Lauren's blog to see what she has in store for you.  We hope  to see you back in two weeks on May 3, 2017, when our theme will be the gorgeous Live Beautifully kit, a special collection of papers, stamp set, and/or Workshop Your Way kit.  Until then, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette


Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Corinna Murphy

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Lauren Moore

Mother's Day Cameo for AHSC #208


Hello, crafty friends!  There are so many possibilities for this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge but from the very first time I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  I even made a couple of variations and had a little trouble figuring out which I liked best, but in the end this is the one I went with:








details:  All products for this card are current or retired Close To My Heart.
Hello Lovely patterned paper
New England Ivy, Fern, and Colonial White CS
Sorbet and Desert Sand inks
White and Gold Ribbon
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge cuts
Sweet Moments stamp set (retired)

We would love to see your take on this sketch, as well.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/9:55 Central  on Sunday, 4/23/17, to play along and you may link up your projects HERE.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful for BTF #44 and Mojo Monday #493

Hello again, crafty friends!  I thought I had my Some Kinda Wonderful project figured out for this week's theme at Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog but when I saw this week's super cute sketch from the Mojo Monday Challenge, I immediately changed plans, dug into my stamp stash, and whipped up this sweet little card for a super sweet young friend of mine.








details:  CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful patterned paper, black and Raspberry CS
wreath stamp is Doodled Designs (retired CTMH); "hello" is from the Hello, Life - cardmaking set (retired CTMH); and the Scribble Heart is from Stampabilities
CTMH Raspberry and Memento Black inks
CTMH Gray and Pink Enamel Gems

We would love to see your projects featuring the CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful paper kit or it's color  palette of Black, Glacier, Lemon, Pacifica, Raspberry, Whisper, White Daisy, and Willow.  You have until 11:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings time/10:55 pm Central on Monday, 4/24/17, to play along and you may link your projects HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful for Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week we bring you projects using the Some Kinda' Wonderful paper kit, its color palette, Workshop On The Go, or coordinating stamp sets.  If you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place, but hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply follow the links until you've made the rounds.  A complete list of this week's participants is included at the end of this page in case you get lost along the way.  Let's get started!


While I find this collection of colors and prints very energetic and interesting, they're not ones I usually choose to work with so I was struggling a little bit with this one.  However, last night I was playing around with this week's sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I thought I would try that sketch with the Some Kinda Wonderful kit and this darling Beautiful Moments stamp set to make a divider page for my Everyday Life Planner, and this is what I came up with!

I customized the scalloped frame die cut from the retired Art Philosophy cartridge using Cricut Design Space so that the opening was 3 x 3" in a 3.6" square frame (which slightly larger than the original opening for this cut but it can be accomplished using group/ungroup and slice features in CDS).  The horizontal stripe is one of the zip strips from this kit and the two vertical banners are just fussy cuts from other patterned papers in this kit.  The horizontal banner is crafted from one of the 4 x 6" PML cards included in this kit.  I plan to stamp "#life is..." but I haven't decided what stamp set to use so that will have to be added later.  At any rate, I wanted a journaling section for dreams, goals, and bucket lists, etc. and I think this will make a great divider page for that purpose.  (I am also going to post this for one of the Some Kinda Wonderful theme weeks at Between The Folds challenge blog on my "off" week as we are all pitching in a bit extra to help out one of our teammates.)

And now it's time for you to hop on over and see what Lauren has in store for you.  Please join us again on Wednesday, 4/19/17, when our theme will be Complements.  Until then, happy crafting!
Annette


complete list of participants:

1.  Corinna Murphy

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Lauren Moore

Grad Card for AHSC #206

Hello again, crafty friends!  Today I've got a graduation card based on another awesome sketch by Michelle Stewart for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #206.











details:  I have used this technique before but wanted to revisit it as I have more materials to choose from for embellishments, such as this silver shimmer trim and metallic silver paper for the banners and black shimmer trim for the horizontal stripe.  I used Black Memento Ink with the Diploma Day stamp set.  Once again, I have created my own custom background by inking up the back of a long, narrow stamp (in this case, the line of cross-stitches image from the retired Typeset WOTG set)  in Lagoon and a stitched line image (from the retired Circle Around set) in black, and then used my ruler and silver metallic marker.  Just line up the blank card base on the diagonal lines of your VersaMat and line up your stamps on the horizontal or vertical lines of your choice to create a quick and easy faux plaid background that can be customized in any colors you choose, which is a great way to create a graduation card in your school's colors!

We would love to see your take on this fun and versatile sketch, too!  As always, you have until 10 pm Eastern Daylight Savings time/11 pm Central on Sunday, 4/9/17, to link your project HERE.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Theme for BTF #43

Hello again, crafty friends!  Our theme this week for the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog is Spring.  This brings many things to mind: the Easter holiday, spring break, the beginning of the growing season and the return of flower and fauna, and - at least for my husband - the return of baseball season, lol.


Now, while I am not a gardener in any way, shape, or form I love seeing flowers and enjoy the colors of the season in all their many forms and hues.  So, I had this Dreamin' Big - Scrapbooking stamp in mind for this challenge from the beginning.  Then, a few weeks ago the CTMH artwork team showcased how to use pigment inks with clear embossing powder for a lovely new technique and I knew I had to try it.  I  used the Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, and Thistle colors from the Whimsy Pigment Ink Pads and clear embossing powder with for the "hello," and Versamark and white embossing powder for "spring."  I used the Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue watercolor patterned papers from the Whimsy fundamental papers for the background/card base and also for the bottom third of the card, which I trimmed with a pair of decorative edge scissors.  The final touch was a length of retired Thistle ribbon tied into a bow.  This is a fun technique and my photo really doesn't do justice to the glossy colors that the pigment ink and heat embossing bring to the card; the only downside is that it's a bit tricky to wash all the pigment ink from such an intricate stamp set.

This theme is very open to interpretation and we'd love to see what "spring" means to you and your projects.  You have until 10 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/11 pm Central to link your projects, which you can do HERE.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Easter Wishes for AHSC #204




Hello, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has brought us another fabulous sketch to work with this week at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Just wait until you see what she and the other design team members have to show you, so much fun and inspiration!  As always, we would love to see your take on this sketch and you have until 9:55 pm Eastern/8:55 pm Central on Sunday, 3/26/17, to link your projects HERE.  Thanks for stopping by!  ~~  Annette
details:  I went with a 6" square base for this sketch.  I layered these Thistle and Canary patterned papers from the Whimsy Fundamentals along with Thistle and Canary cardstocks.  I used another of the Thistle fundamentals and the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut this scalloped frame at 3 1/4."
I used a variety of retired Easter stamp sets:  the gold embossed cross from the "Rejoice" set; and both the sentiments stamped in Thistle are from the "Greatest Love" set.  I cut down the banner sentiment and rounded the corners, and then I used the Golden Yellow ShinHan marker to add color to a pair of the smallest sized white enamel dots from the Black and White Dots.  This card might be a little heavy on the Thistle for some but I made it with my stepmother in mind, and purple is her favorite color.  :-)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dreamin' Big Layout for BTF #42



Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I don't know about you, but I am *SO* ready for the official start of SPRING!  So it's great timing to get to work with the Dreamin' Big kit for this week's theme at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge blog.


details:  As soon as I saw the Dreamin' Big paper kit I knew I wanted to make a layout featuring this adorable insect patterned paper and the butterflies from the Dreamin' Big cardmaking stamp set.  I used two of the 6 x 4" PML cards from this kit, trimmed them down 1/4" on each side and matted on the black diagonal stripe patterned paper from the kit.  I used a 4 x 6" mat of Whisper cardstock for a photo mat and 3 x 3 1/4" panels of Goldrush, Glacier, Juniper, and Poppy for a grouping of smaller photo mats.  Both zip strips are from this kit as well, and of course I used Poppy, Sorbet, Saffron, Juniper, and Glacier inks to stamp a rainbow of butterflies positioned above the main photo mat.  Although I haven't been able to lay my hands on the pictures I want to use, this will be the perfect layout for day my daughter took part in an award ceremony for a poetry contest in elementary school and she got to meet the author of a series of children's books about nature.  There is quite a story behind that day and both my children enjoyed those books for years, so I can't wait to finish it.

There are endless possibilities with this kit, and I hope you will find time this week to try your hand with it.  Our Dreamin' Big theme at the BTF Challenge blog is open until 11 pm Eastern/10 pm Central time on Monday, 3/27/15, and you can link your project HERE.  We'd love to see your projects!

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Masculine Card for AHSC #202



Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I am so glad you found your way here for today's project with this fabulous sketch by Michelle Stewart.  It only took one look to decide this sketch would be a great pairing with the stamp and paper I had in mind for my brother's birthday card and everything came together quickly.  Let's get started!


details:  I started with the long-retired Victory paper kit from CTMH.  I love the colors in this one!  I then turned to the Hooked On You stamp set which is absolutely perfect as one of my brother's favorite things to do is to go fishing, and stamped the image on Colonial White using Black Memento Ink.  After some debate, I went with watercolor pencils to bring this image to life.  When I was finished coloring and blending and things had dried, I added a few touches with the gold shimmer brush to mimic the natural shimmer fish scales often have.  The banner image is another part of this stamp set, and I used Chocolate ink on Colonial White cardstock so that the letters/sentiment would stand out amidst the somewhat busy background/colors.  This particular stamped image coordinates with a cut from the Flower Market cartridge but I chose to fussy-cut it this time as I was running a little tight on space and needed a close cut.

We would love to see your take on this sketch, too!  You have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 3/12/17, to link your projects.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Working with Complements for BTF #41B

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  This is our second week of working with our Complements theme over at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog.  CTMH currently has 15 different complements kits to choose from, ranging from the ones that coordinate with the paper packs in our seasonal kits, ones that coordinate with the various color palettes showcased in our Annual Idea Book, to stand alone kits.  Factor in that many colors in the CTMH palette cross over among various complements and paper kits, the mix and match factor provides endless possibilities!


For this particular project, I chose to pair the Uptown Fundamental papers with the new Springtime complements, particularly the pieces with gold foil.  I had a special set of photos to work with that were taken at the annual Y-Teens father/daughter and mother/daughter banquets from each year my daughter was in high school.  We never knew what background the photographer would bring for each event so while there was a lot of burgandy, there were other contrasting colors in this grouping as well so I needed a neutral background that wouldn't clash with any of the photos.  I thought the white and gold background would add a little emphasis on fit the bill while the metallic gold can be hard to photograph, I was really happy with how this project turned out.


details:  I used a 12 x 12" base of White Daisy cardstock and cut two of this white and gold striped paper and the white and gold dotted vellum papers into 6" squares which I alternated.  I used the gold foil "grow," "bloom," and the ampersand (not to mention the white-and-gold comma carefully placed) in the white spaces as they were already covered in metallic gold, but the "smile" was white color-ready chipboard.  I knew it was going to have to be spaced over both white and gold due to its size, so I used my gold shimmer brush to go over it so it wouldn't blend in to either background stripe, and I used a gold heart to dot the "i."  I used my watercolor paints with the gold embossed white chipboard pieces to incorporate some of the colors in the backgrounds of the photos and tie into the title.  I painted another shape and used the gold letters from a retired fundamental stickers kit in the corner, but I could have used my Cricut to cut the letters from one of the wide gold strips in the leftover striped paper.  Also, here's a tip:  If you choose to paint these accents, go over the gold lines with a twisted paper towel or napkin once the paint is dry and that will remove any paint on the metallic embossing so that the gold stands out again.  How fun is that?!?!  So these lovely fundamental papers and complements helped me finally get this challenging group of photos scrapped together a mere 4 years after my daughter's graduation, lol.

We would love to see how use put the various CTMH Complements kits to work in your cards and layouts so if you find time in your busy week to create with them, you can share your project by linking it HERE.  As always, you have until 11 pm Eastern/10 pm Central on Monday evening (3/13/17 for this particular challenge) to link your project.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dreamin' Big for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back for another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week we are bringing you projects featuring the Dreamin' Big paper kit, it's color palette, and/or the Dreamin' Big cardmaking stamp and coordinating die cut set (which is 25% off during March).  If you have come here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along and follow the links until you've made

the rounds.  A complete list of this week's participants is included at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.  Now on to my project!


details:  As stated, I started with the Dreamin' Big paper kit.  I chose the gray woodgrain patterned paper for my A2 card base and then used this pattern from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 book of scrapbook and card patterns.  I played around with various combinations before settling on this sentiment from the Dreamin' Big cardmaking stamp set  stamped in Poppy ink on a 2" square piece of White Daisy cardstock.  I backed that piece with another white square that measured 2 1/8" and adhered Poppy Thick Twine with a glue pen and then trimmed the corners so they didn't stick out.  I backed that finished square with another of the same dimensions using another patterned paper from this kit and Poppy cardstock.  To finish off the card, I cut a strip of Glacier cardstock and embellished with 2 small and 1 large gold Durable Triangle Studs (no longer listed in the Idea Books but on clearance while supplies last).

And that's all there is to this one.  Now you're off to visit Lauren and see what magic she has in store for you.  I hope you will join us again in two weeks, on 3/15/17, when our theme will be Glitter and Shimmer.  Until then, happy crafting!  ~~  Annette


Complete list of participants:

1.  Corinna Murphy

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Lauren Moore

4.  Donna Digby

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More Hello Lovely for AHSC #200

Wow, it's our 200th sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge already!  I have been a follower of this challenge blog since it first began, and the sketches and all the artwork have provided endless inspiration while challenging me to stretch my creative boundaries.  So whether this is your first time with us or you're an avid follower, I hope you enjoy it and find as much inspiration here as I have.  And while I'm on the subject, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Michelle Stewart and all design team members, past and present, for sharing their creativity with us all!

Ok, gushing over, on to this week's sketch and project.  As soon as I saw this week's sketch I began making plans to revisit one of my all time favorite creations and actually had everything laid out to begin cutting, when I decided that would kind of be like cheating.  So it was back to the design board and I found myself turning to the beautiful Hello Lovely kit again...  No surprise, since I can't keep my hands off of it and there are scraps, complements, and coordinating stamp and die cut sets strewn across my craft area.



details:  I used Cricut Design Space and the CTMH Artiste cartridge (retired) to create and weld this grid and frame which I cut  at 5 1/4 x 4" on New England Ivy cardstock.  I backed the lighter floral panel of the Hello Lovely kit.  I used blush shimmer ribbon, this Sorbet-colored frame sticker from the Hello Lovely complements, and this sentiment from the Hello Lovely cardmaking stamp and die cut set stamped in a gold metallic ink from ColorBox.  It still needed a little extra something so I took the liberty of adding two tiny rose stickers from the same complements kit.  I have already made all the cards I need for upcoming family weddings, which are both in April, but I really see this one for an outdoor, June wedding...  I'm sure one will come along eventually!

I love this sketch, it's fairly clean and simple but it works for elegant cards too.  I hope you find time to try your hand at it this week and share your creation with us.  As always, you have until 11 pm Eastern/10 pm Central on Sunday, 2/26/17, to play along and you can link your projects HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hello Lovely Wedding Card for BTF Challenge 40

Hello again, crafty friends!  Even though it's been a fairly mild winter where I live, I am still longing for spring so I've been having a great deal of fun playing with the beautiful floral and spring colored geometric patterns in the Close To My Heart "Hello Lovely" kit for my design team submission for this week's challenge at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog.

I was particularly inspired by this week's sketch over at Mojo Monday so I used it as my starting point.  I used a standard 4 1/2 x 5 1/2" card base in Desert Sand and cut the dot patterned Sorbet paper for the foundation layer.  I cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock at 3 1/2 x 4 5/8" and punched the edge with a scallop pattern and topped that piece with a 2 3/4 x 4 5/8" panel.  I used one of the PML cards from the Hello Lovely kit and trimmed the 1/4" from the top of this 4 x 3" vertical panel and dovetailed the bottom to form the banner shape.


For embellishments, I used the medium and small hearts from the Hello Lovely complements placed on the same patterned paper as the foundation layer and fussy cut around them.  I used my favorite white and gold ribbon to form the bow which is tied around this antique rose charm which is the last one from the first set of Base and Bling set that CTMH came out with.

For the sentiment, I used Desert Sand ink with the retired Mr. and Mrs. set.  I can't help but feel this paper kit lends itself perfectly to wedding cards and layouts, but maybe that's because there are a couple of spring weddings coming up in my family!
The Hello Lovely kit is also this week's theme at the Color My Heart Color Dare and one of this month's themes at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog so I will be entering this card in both of these challenges as well as the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thin Cuts for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back for another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  This week we are bringing you projects made with CTMH's exclusive Thin Cut sets that work with Cuttlebugs, Sizzix, etc.; some of these die cuts stand alone and others are made to coordinate with particular stamp sets so when you put them all together, the creative possibilities are endless!  If you arrived here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place, but hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in at any point and follow the links until you've made the rounds.  A complete list of this hop's participants is included at the end of the post in case you get lost along the way.  Now it's time to play!

I just got my Dreamin' Big cardmaking thin cuts bundle the other day and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  The card I've made today is one I've had planned since I first saw this set and it is made with a particular friend in mind:  she lost her mother at a very young age, while my friend was expecting her first child, and this has had a devastating impact on her.  Since the mother's totem was always the dragonfly, naturally my friend has come to love them too and her friends and family are always on the lookout for something special for those difficult "anniversary" dates my friend struggles with, so I'm hoping she will enjoy this one.

details:  As stated, I chose to work with the Dreamin' Big cardmaking card and die cut set and the Dreamin' Big paper kit.  I started with a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card base and used the retired Art Philosophy to cut this frame from the Goldrush patterned paper at 3 1/4". I layered the Whisper woodgrain patterned paper behind that and carefully used my trimmer to cut out a window to remove part of the gray paper and added a 1" strip of the flower patterned paper at the bottom.  Then I positioned the dragonfly Thin Cut die where I wanted it, used a spare bit of washi tape to hold it in place, and ran it through my Cuttlebug to make a cutout in the front of the card.  I used some scrap cardstock and made another cut and taped that to the front of my card so that the cutouts were aligned, closed my card and stamped so that the dragonfly base image is actually on the inside of the card.  Then I took the piece that had been cut out of the card base and stamped another dragonfly image on it using Slate, Glacier, and Juniper inks.  I made

some small slits from the top and bottom of the wings to close to the body, positioned the cut out over the closed card to make sure the stamped die cut was aligned with the die cut cut-out, and glued the dragonfly over the stamped base image (if that makes sense).  Once the adhesive was dry, I bent the wings and then went over them with a clear shimmer brush.  I used Poppy ink and one of the sentiments that came with this set for the inside of the card, and for the final touch I added a strip of white shimmer trim.  I haven't yet decided on a sentiment for the cover.

Here is another card I made last week with the hearts thin cuts, some retired patterned paper, the January 2017 Stamp of the Month "Adore," the lovely gold foil XOXO patterned ribbon from the Uptown ribbon pack, and a touch of white and gold ribbon to tie the hearts together.

And now it's time to hop on over to Donna's blog to see the lovely project she has in store for you.  We hope you will stop by again on Wednesday, 3/1/17, at 8 pm Central when we will be more projects made with the Dreamin' Big kits.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Corinna Murphy

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Donna Digby

4.  Lauren Moore

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Easter Bunny Wishes for AHSC 198

Hello again, crafty friends!  This morning is the snowiest day we've had in my neighborhood so far this winter but luckily I had already planned an Easter card filled with lovely spring colors and this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Let's get started!






details:  I chose this colorful Kaleidoscope paper from last last spring and paired it with the February SOTM, "Easter Bunny."  I used chocolate ink to stamp the image on Champagne cardstock and then stamped the dress part of the image onto this patterned piece from the same kit using Gypsy ink (retired).  I was pleasantly surprised how well the Tender Pink ShinHan marker showed up on the Champagne cardstock for the inner ears.  I then used the Artistry cartridge to cut the banner that corresponded with this banner from the same stamp set and stamped the image in Pear ink (also discontinued).  The circle behind the bunny is another pattern from the Kaleidoscope kit and the circular frame was cut using retired Sunset cardstock, with Gypsy cardstock for the base.  To finish this sweet little card, I used my last piece of Pixie extra thick twine knotted and stapled to the patterned piece.  I can't wait for Easter to get closer so I can get this sent to my best friend's daughter, who is just about the sweetest soul you could ever hope  to meet!

This was another super fun sketch to work with and we'd love to see your take on it.  You can find the link up HERE and you have until 10 pm Eastern/11 pm Central on Sunday, 2/12/17 to share your project.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Using Ribbon for BTF Challenge #39


Hello again, crafty friends!  This week's theme at Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog is to use ribbon, and we have plenty of lovely options to choose from between the current Annual and Seasonal Idea Books (plus a couple of additional choices in the clearance section of our online shopping sites).  Let's take a look at what caught my fancy this week:


details:  I started with a strip of this heart patterned paper from CTMH's retired set of fundamental papers.  I paired that with this lovely gold metallic XOXO printed ribbon from the gorgeous Uptown Ribbon Pack on the top and bottom of the center panel.  I used the Hearts Thin Cuts die set and red glitter paper to make two sizes of hearts which I knotted together with a piece of white and gold ribbon.  For the sentiments, I used black Memento ink and the January 2017 Stamp of the Month set "Adore You" (with the "and" from the retired Card Word Puzzle set) on the left, and the stamp set from the retired Heartstrings WOTG on the right.  Simple to make but simply lovely in person!  The only thing I dislike about this lovely Uptown ribbon is how hard it is to get a good photo of that metallic gold, my poor photography skills just can't do it justice.

We would love to see what you like to create with the various ribbons CTMH gives you to choose from, so if you find some crafty time in your busy week you can add your link HERE and, as always, you have until 10 pm Eastern/11 pm Central on Monday, 2/13/17, to share your projects.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hello Lovely for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week we are featuring products from the Hello Lovely kit.  If you have just come from Corinna's blog you are in the right place, but hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in at any point and simply make the rounds.  I have included the links for all this week's participants at the end of this post in case you get lost.  Now on to my project!


One of my first cousins in getting married in a couple of months and as soon as I saw the Hello Lovely paper I knew I wanted to make some cards for the bride and groom.  Their colors are pink and silver so I have taken the liberty of adding some silver.  I also couldn't resist using this beautiful lacy die cut even though it is not from CTMH, but it just seemed perfect for all things wedding related.  To add another little touch of silver, I used silver embossing powder to heat emboss and then die cut this rectangular frame from the Hello Lovely cardmaking bundle (which includes a C-sized stamp set and coordinating die cuts) and then I stamped the sentiment using Fern ink.  For embellishments, I used one of the sweet little individual rose stickers from the Hello Lovely complements and one of the kit's rose patterned zip strips.  I loved how easy and beautifully this all came together and I have to say, I think this is one of the most versatile kits and color combinations we've had in a while.  Now I can't wait to show it to the bride!

Thanks for stopping by, and now it's time to head on over to Lauren's blog to see what loveliness she has in store for you.  Don't forget to stop by again on Wednesday, 2/15/17, when we will be bringing you projects featuring more of CTMH's Thin Cuts.  And if you're a fan of CTMH products, whether as a consultant or customer, and have thought about sharing more of your projects online, this blog hop is for you!  Leave me a comment if you'd like more information or head on over to our Facebook page.  It's a closed group so you will have to submit a request to join, but that doesn't take long and this is a no commitment, drop in and out as you wish, kind of group and we're a small, close knit circle so we have the time to help you if you run into trouble.  There is always room for one more and we'd love to see your projects too!               Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Corinna Murphy

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Lauren Moore

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Glitter and Rainbows for AHSC #196


Hello!  We're in a for a patch of gloomy, wintry weather where I'm at so I couldn't resist going for as much color and cheer as I could muster for this week's sketch at Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #196.  What a fun sketch to work with, right?  I was really torn between several possibilities so I may come back to this one later this evening and see what else I can some up with!

details:  I started by alternating silver foil tape between strips of redcoralgreenaquateal, and (retired) purple shimmer trim.  I then used Black Memento Ink with the retired "Rain or Shine" stamp set (both the image and sentiment).  I colored the rainbow in with Cherry PinkTurquoise Blue, and Peony Purple ShinHan alcohol markers.  I used

the Memento ink to stamp the clouds onto scraps of white glitter paper and fussy cut them to add some dimension to the image.  I wanted a touch more sparkle and shine so I based the center panel on part of a shimmery silver card base I had on hand and went over the rainbow with the clear shimmer brush.  It's difficult to get a good photo when working with the foil  tape so it's hard to see the effect of the shimmer brush, but I have to say that I don't think I could have gotten any more glitter and shine onto this card if I had tried!  LOL

This really is a fun sketch to work with and we'd love to see your take on it, too!  You have until 10 pm Central on Sunday evening, 1/29/17, to play along and you can link your project at the bottom of THIS post.  Also, if you are a fan of AHSC and/or like to create based on sketches, we'd love for you to consider being on our design team.  We are taking applications for our new term which begins on February 6th, and you can find a link for more info HERE, just above the project upload link.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Flower Market Meets Love Theme for BTF


Hello, crafty friends!  The current theme at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly challenge is "love."  I wanted to challenge myself a bit to make a masculine card that didn't use red or pink, and here's what I came up with:

details:  I started with a couple of images from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge including a heart, arrow, and the "you & me" cut.  In Cricut Design Space, I sized two of the hearts so that one was just slightly smaller than the other and then positioned a pair of arrows so that their opposite ends attached to opposite sides of the heart, and then I centered the sentiment in the center.  I used Desert Sand for the main layer of CS and ran both the base piece and the center of the heart through my Cuttlebug using the retired woodgrain embossing folder.  I used a sponge dauber and Chocolate ink to give some texture and color variation, made a frame piece from Chocolate CS, and backed it all with a piece of Champagne CS.  I was going for the look of a heart carved into a tree, and I'm not entirely sure I actually achieved it but I feel I did get a non-traditional, rustic looking Valentine that my husband will get a kick out of.

There are so many directions you can take a theme like "love," and we would love to see yours!  You have until 11:55 pm Eastern/10:55 Central on Monday, 1/30/17, to link your projects HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~   Annette

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sugar Rush for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop, where we are playing with the Sugar Rush paper kit or it's color palette of Blossom, Canary, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Sea Glass, Tangerine, Whisper, and White Daisy.  It's a short hop this week as several of our regular participants are on vacation so it's just Corinna and I, but we are certainly glad you stopped by and we hope to see you again on Wednesday, 2/1/17, when we will be featuring the fabulous Hello Lovely paper kit.  Until then, happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

details:  Once I had this sweet paper kit in hand, it didn't take me long to figure out that I wanted to make a mini album of family recipes and birthdays with some photos and journaling added in.  Also, I had this super cute stamp set called His and Hers that was one of my first purchases with CTMH but had never gotten used, and I knew it would be perfect to complete this title page.

All 3 patterned papers are from the Sugar Rush kit.  I cut the base piece (white paper with words in gray) at 8 3/8 x 6 7/8" so it would be the same size as the pages in the 2017 Everyday Life Planner Pages.  I used the love Thin Cuts die and the Pomegranate patterned piece from the kit as the starting point for the center panel, and then planned and fitted everything around that.  I used the retired Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the "made with" from additional pieces from the same kit and placed them on the gray panel cut to 4 1/8 x 4 1/2" and added a 1 x 4 1/2 strip of the donut patterned paper on both the top and bottom, gluing each piece to a piece of White Daisy cardstock and then cutting that down to size.  I cut a piece of Whisper cardstock to 6 1/4 x 4 3/4" and inked the edges with Whisper ink.  I used Cricut Design Space and the Plantin cartridge to customize the zig zag border and then went over those border pieces with the clear shimmer brush to try to give it a glazed look like the icing you might find on a donut.  I then used a second generation stamping of black Memento ink to stamp the oven image on white CS, the dish towel on the Sea Glass square-patterned paper, and the apron image on the pink striped patterned paper.  I used the fussy cut the all stamped images, colored the glass on the oven door with the Warm Grey 7 ShinHan marker, the pot on the stove with the Warm Grey 4, the stripe on the dish towel with Turquoise Blue, and the pocket and strings on the apron with Tender Pink.  This page is all I have for my album so far but I had so much fun making it, I can't wait to work on it some more!

Complete list of participants:

1.  Annette Clark (here)

2.  Corinna Murphy

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Floral Friendship Card for AHSC #194

Welcome, crafty friends!  My project today is inspired by this week's 
sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I admit, this multiple-paneled kind of sketch is the most challenging to me and over the last few days I've taken several different approaches with it before I finally found one I felt satisfied with.

details:  I tweaked the sketch size a bit to give it a 6" square rather than the rectangle shown in the sketch so that I could incorporate this stamped image in the center panel.  The two patterned papers are both from last year's La Vie En Rose kit.  The panel on the left is cut from Pixie cardstock and trimmed with decorative scissors.  I used Pomegranate ink and a dauber to touch up the edges and to stamp the sentiment, which is from the retired "Someone Special" set.
The center panel is done on watercolor paper and features the retired "Candlelight Garden" stamp set.  I used black Memento ink to stamp the flowers/stems image and a silver ink pad from ColorBox to stamp the jar, and then I used the watercolor paints set to fill in the images.  The final touch was to tie a bow around the card with a length of Pixie-colored thick twine (retired).  And that's all there is to this one!

We'd love to see your take on this sketch too!  You have until 10 pm Central time on Sunday, 1/15/17, to link your creation HERE.  We are also having a Design Team member call for the upcoming term, and you can find more information and how to apply by following the same link.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sugar Rush Color Palette for BTF Challenge

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  This week's theme at Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog is the Sugar Rush paper kit.  Unfortunately, I didn't order my kit in time so I challenged myself to get creative with the color palette.  Since my first craft love was stitching and fabric crafts, I decided to piece a quilt block card to send warm winter wishes to a good friend.

 details:  I began by cutting a 6" square card from White Daisy cardstock and a 6" square piece from Whisper for the base.  I used the retired Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the shape at 5 1/2" from White Daisy.  When I removed the paper from the cutting mat, I used my trimmer to trim the piece down to a 5 1/2" square and adhered the negative space pieces for the base of the quilt block.  I then cut the same sized star using the layer function from Sea Glass, Canary, and Blossom cardstock.  I used the outline or frame piece from the Sea Glass and then alternated the Canary and Blossom pieces.

I used Sea Glass ink and the twisty lines stamp from the Way To Go set in each of the corners for the "quilting" and the background stamps that came with the Flower Market cartridge on the Canary and Blossom pieces using Tangerine and Pomegranate inks.  I also used the Pomegranate ink with the stitched line stamp from the retired Elemental WOTG set for the border.  To finish off my "quilt," I used Raspberry ink to stamp the center button from the retired Buttons, Bits and Bobs set, and then I went over the button with my clear shimmer brush and secured it to the card with white twine.  I love how it turned out and can't wait to give it to my friend, probably with a loaf of strawberry bread fresh from my oven.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other fabulous projects at the BTF Challenge Blog.  I also hope you find time in your busy week for a little crafting and decide to play along with us.  As always, you have until 11 pm Central time on Monday evening (1/16/17 for this challenge) to link your project using the link you can find here.  One last note, if you love creating with Close To My Heart products, we would love for you to consider joining our design team!  If you are interested, you can find more information on our current design team call by going here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, and crafty, new year!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Adore You for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Happy New Year to all my crafty friends!  I don't know about you, but I've got lots and lots I want to accomplish this year and I can't wait to get started, and I'm excited to share our first CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop of the year, which featured the January 2017 Stamp of the Month, the lovely "Adore You" set.  You should have arrived here from Lauren's blog but as always, hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply follow the links until you've made the rounds.  A complete list of this week's participants is included at the bottom of this post in case you get lost along the way.  So now let's get to my project!

details:  I chose one of my favorite retired CTMH papers for this one, called "Roxie."  I added a little extra shimmer by using my clear ruler and gold metallic marker to random lines on the plaid patterned paper.  I stamped the heart and flower image on the red panel (actually a retired shade called Tulip) with Memento black ink.  On a separate piece of lighter colored paper I stamped and heat embossed the flower portion of that image as well as the sentiment (from a retired stamp set called Big Hug).  For the inside, I stamped the larger sentiment in (retired) Tulip  ink to coordinate with the front and the XOXO in black.

Edit:  I wasn't quite happy with this card so I came back to it a day later and made some changes, which I liked a lot better, so I thought I would share it too:


 I love this set!  I am betting this one will become a real go-to in my collection for scrapbooking as well as wedding, anniversary, and those fun little personal "I love you because..." kind of notes.

And now it's time for you to visit Terrie's blog and see what she has in store for you.  We hope to see you again on 1/18/17 when we will bring you sweet inspiration based on the new Sugar Rush paper kit and it's colors.  Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of participants:
1.  Annette Clark (here)
2.  Terrie Shortsleeve
3.  Donna Digby
4.  Lauren Moore