Wednesday, July 19, 2017

School Kids Retirement Card for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to another installment of the Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  July is Stampaganza! month which means it's time for our month-long Buy 2-Get 1 Free special on our fabulous My Acrylix stamps, which makes this the perfect time to use STAMPS as the theme for our hop!  It's a short hop this week, just me and Tara Hendrickson from Tara's Treasure Trove, so don't forget to hop on over and see her *adorable* project and FYI, it's her  first time joining our little hop so be sure to leave her a comment to welcome her aboard!

BTW, you'll have to pardon the blurry photos for this project.  It was specially commissioned by just about the dearest, sweetest lady I know: my sister-in-law's mother who also happens to be my neighbor, Erma.  She wanted a unique and humorous retirement card for a lifelong friend who just decided to retire from being a paraeducator in our school district for many years.  As soon as Erma and I talked, I knew what stamps I wanted to use but then time got away from me and I was cutting it really close to the surprise party friends had planned for the retiree, and I nearly forgot to get a photo after my hard work so I had to settle on snapping a hurried pic with my tablet.

 details:  I started by using this lovely watercolor-patterned Crystal Blue paper from the recently retired Whimsy fundamentals pack for the sky.  I used my journaling pen to draw "hills" on this Emerald patterned piece from the Prickly Pear kit.  I needed a lot of words in a little space for this sentiment so I printed it on White Daisy cardstock on my computer, trimmed it to size and rounded the corners, and backed it with this flowered piece that's also from the Prickly Pear kit.  All the stamps the card front are from the School Kids set and were colored with a variety of ShinHan markers

For the inside, I used the ruler image from this set and Black Memento ink on this gray woodgrain patterned paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack (isn't it great how CTMH sized that to fit so perfectly on an A2 sized card?!?!).  I used markers and the other two childrens' images from the School Kids set along with these adorable heart-shaped balloons from the Happy For You stamp set, which also provided the sentiment I used here.  I am happy to say Erma was thrilled with this card and I was so glad to help make a little something for two dear friends.

This card was just a little bit "simpler said than done," that's all there is to it but I loved how it turned out.  Don't for get to hop on over to see what Tara has in store for you, and please come back on Wednesday, 8/2/17, when our next theme will be the Jack paper kit and/or the coordinating stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~ Annette

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flowery Thanks for AHSC #220

Hello again, crafty friends!  I took a week off from crafting to get my home in order so we could host a family dinner for my husband's 50th birthday, and it feels like I've been gone forever!  And while I dearly love celebrating holidays and occasions with family and friends, I am ready to get back into my old, familiar routine again.  So I thought it was only fitting to create a thank you card for my sweet sister in law who was a big help, and this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge was perfect for the occasion!



























All products are from Close To My Heart:
New England Ivy cardstock was used for the 7 x 5" card base.
Pink variegated paper was from retired Happy Times (HT) kit cut at 6 3/4 x 4 3/4."
Flower patterned paper was also from HT, cut at 6 1/2 x 4 1/2."
The banner was cut at 5 1/2 x 3 1/4" using the same pink variegated paper.
The Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge was used to cut the scalloped oval from NE Ivy cardstock using at 2."
The center oval was from White Daisy cardstock using the Thin Cuts - Basic Ovals (largest of 4).
The sentiment was stamped with New England Ivy ink using the Scripty Thank You stamp and colored using the following ShinHan alcohol markers:  Sap GreenLeaf GreenTender PinkCherry PinkLight OrangeMarigoldGolden Yellow, and Clay.
The rolled flower was cut using the AP cartridge using the   setting at 3" and held together with Liquid Glass adhesive, and a retired medium sized pearl was added to the center.  The leaves were cut freeform from a zip strip from the HT kit.

We would love to see your take on this fabulous sketch.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 7/16/17, and you can link your projects HERE.  You can also follow this link to view the other design team members' projects.  FYI, the AHSC team is recruiting new members so if you have an interest is creating a sketch-based project every other week for a 6-month term, you can find out how to apply by going to THIS PAGE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~ Annette

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Friendly Fun with AHSC #218

Hello again, crafty friends!  I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start.  Even though my youngest is 22 years old, summer is still a busy time.  There is more yardwork to do, more housework as we live on a gravel road so dusting is an endless chore, and there are lots more things we want to go do.  And if you live in the midwest like we do, summer is also fair time, whether that means county, state, or both!  So when I needed to whip up a quick thank you card for my best friend, it was no surprise I ended up using this fair-themed paper with this week's sketch at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.  Let's get started!



details:  All the things I used for this project are retired CTMH products.  I started with the Jubilee paper pack for all three panels of patterned paper and a piece of Honey cardstock to back the middle layer.  The yellow button is from the Honey collection of embellishments, the crocheted flower is from a White Daisy collection, and I swear the buttons were from a large assortment of buttons I got when I first got started as a consultant.  The "friend" sentiment is from last year's National Stamping Month campaign, using Cranberry ink.  Ok, I guess at least one product is a current one, LOL.

This is another fun sketch and we would love to see your take on it, too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 7/2/17, to play along and you can link your project HERE.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Camping Fun for AHSC #216


Hello, crafty friends!  I hope your summer is off to a great start.  We're in a hot, stormy weather pattern here in the midwest so I've been very appreciative of air conditioning while I craft.  Once again, Michelle Stewart has brought us a fabulous sketch to work with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I admit, I found this one a bit of a challenge at first but once I got started the ideas were flowing and I kept changing my mind as to what theme I wanted to go with.  Ultimately, though, I couldn't resist making this camping themed piece to serve as a cover page for one of those inexpensive, clear pocket 4 x 6" photo books you can pick up just about anywhere.  I have collected almost everything camping related that CTMH has put out, even though we don't go camping.... yet. I'm trying to talk my husband into getting a small camper someday as I'd like to do some traveling when he retires in 10 years or so,  but I'm already partially disabled and I think having a camper will make it easier for us to take trips.

At any rate, I hope this sketch gets your creativity going and that you find time to share your creations with us.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 6/18/17, to link your projects, which you can do HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! ~~  Annette


cardstock:  Slate, black, and watercolor paper
inks;  Memento black ink
markers:  warm grey 7turquoise bluecherry pinkmetallic silver
patterned paper:  all 3 papers used were from the Jack kit
stamps:  Adventure USA and Camper Crazy (both are retired)
embellishments:  Slate Twist Ties, Enamel Hearts (red), and Timberline Assortment (all retired)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No Worries for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to another Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop, where this week the spotlight is on the No Worries paper kit, it's color palette, along with the cardmaking and/or scrapbooking stamp and coordinating die cut sets.  The soothing colors and tropical beach themed images are sure to put you in the mood for a getaway at the beach... or at least for a margarita!  If you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but hops are circular things so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply follow the links to 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!
Even though it's very unlikely my family will ever vacation on the beach, I couldn't help but fall in love with this No Worries kit!  For this double layout, I used my favorite pattern, #15, from the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2 how-to book.  I used the "FAMILY" chipboard letters and several stickers from the complements pack, and if you look in the bottom left corner you will notice that I took the outline of the "together in the sun" sticker, placed it on white cardstock, and cut it out to make a photo mat for a 3" circular photo.  All the papers and zip strips are from the No Worries kit with the addition of one piece of Sapphire cardstock behind the title, and I sanded the cardstock to fit in with the distressed style of the chipboard letters.  I like my layouts fairly flat with but a bit of texture, so I added a strip of blue burlap ribbon to each side of the center panel and then I also added some of the white burlap ribbon to a 5 x 7" piece of cardstock to make an additional photo mat.  I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do with this layout, but I'm really pleased with how it came together and I can't stop looking at it.  My husband has always wanted to see the ocean... maybe if I leave it out for him to see, it will inspire him to start planning our first real get away!

And that's all there is to this one.  Now it's time to hop on over to Lauren's blog and see the awesome artwork she has created for you.  Don't forget to stop by again on Wednesday, 6/21/17, when our theme will be stamping techniques.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Lauren Moore

2.  Corinna Murphy

3.  Annette Clark (here)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Watercolor Farm Scene for AHSC #214


Hello, crafty friends!  Michelle Stewart has brought us another great sketch to work with this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge that has multiple layers and tons of possibilities.  I played around with several different ideas with this sketch but this is the one I kept coming back to, so this is the one you get to see, lol.

First, a little backstory.  Several years ago, shortly after the death of our son, we began what has become an annual tradition of spending the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend with my stepbrother on his farm.  Fast forward a few years, I was nervous but honored to have a little bit of a hand in getting him together with his second wife.  He had two daughters and she had three, and now two of their daughters have gotten married and one has had a baby, so our annual traditions continue but have gotten a bit noisier and more crowded, which makes them even more fun.  Truly, it is a blessing to see their family so happy and enjoying their get togethers back on the farm and we love being a part of it all, and I wanted to drop them a note - or a card, in this case - to thank them for continuing to include us and give us something to look forward to in what is otherwise still a rather sad holiday for us.

details:  I have quite a mixed collection of long-retired patterned papers CTMH used to sell based on individual color, and I'm tired of these lovely papers sitting around collecting dust.  Since I knew I planned on going with a brightly colored farm scene, I decided to dig through these old B&T's for some primary colors for the base layers.  In this case, I used Outdoor Denim, Sunny Yellow and a solid piece of Cranberry.  I used Black Memento Ink to stamp this farm scene  from the Homegrown set on one piece of  watercolor paper and the fence on another, and then used my watercolor paints to bring color to the scene.  I fussy cut the fence and glued it onto the panel in place of the ribbon shown in the sketch.  I chose this sentiment from a retired stamp set called "Country Born" and layered it on this gingham-tablecloth stamped image from the "Summer Days" set which coordinated with the Mayberry paper kit from several years ago.

And that's all their is to this one.  Our design team has come up with quite a variety of projects for you based on this week's sketch, and we would love to see what you come up with too!  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 6/4/17, and you can link your project HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Patriotic Card for BTF #47B


Hello, crafty friends!  We are in the second week of our "Favorite Thing About Summer" theme at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog.  I had several ideas I was playing around with for this theme but a touching project and video were pointed out to me last week and I knew I had to share my version as well as pay tribute to the card maker and her inspiration.  Let's get started!


First off, I want to pay tribute to my inspiration for this project, Michelle Wright.  She is an SU Demonstrator and, more importantly, a Gold Star mom and I urge you to take a few minutes to watch her video all the way through.  For my Close To My Heart version, I used Sapphire and Cranberry inks with the Brushstrokes stamp set to create this flag image on White Daisy cardstock.  I then used the Stars Thin Cuts and white glitter paper to create the star.  I used a retired stamp set "A Thousand Thanks" and Sapphire ink to stamp the sentiment in the slightly darker area of the longer "stripes" where I had to overlap my stamping, which I am hoping gives a highlighted effect to the words.  So simple but very visual, and a very powerful message of thanks to the men and women who protect our country and our freedoms - and the families who sacrifice so much to support their loved ones who serve!

Summer can a very busy season, full of many of our favorite holidays and happenings.  I hope you will find time to share a project inspired by your favorite thing about summer and share it with us at BTF this week.  As always, your project needs to include some CTMH product(s) and you have until 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/10:59 pm Central to share your project HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Little Dreamer for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I'm so glad you could join us for this week's Close To My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  This time we are presenting projects from the new Little Dreamer paper kit, the coordinating card making stamp and die set, the scrapbooking stamp and die set, or the color palette of Black, Blossom, Glacier, Lagoon, Emerald, Lemon, Tangerine, Thistle, and White Daisy.  Not only are the colors beautifully vibrant, but the images in this kit are absolutely adorable!  If you came here from Lauren's blog you are in the right place and your next stop from here will be Corinna's blog, but hops are circular so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the line and simply follow the links until you've made the rounds.  I have included a complete list of this week's participants in case you get lost along the way.


details:  I am not sure of the "official" name for this card pattern but it's the first step card I learned to make, and I just love using it.  Using the Little Dreamer papers, I used the Artistry cartridge to cut this Earth image and another circle at 3" height and I made sure to align the patterned lines of the blue paper with the rainbow stripes.  Once I had those layers glued together and positioned where I wanted them (making sure the Earth went off the top of the card by about 1/4"), I had to fussy cut the edges of the central part of the card so the rectangular corners weren't sticking out.

I used Blossom and Thistle inks with the Little Dreamer scrapbooking stamp and thin cuts to create the banner, and then I used the smallest heart from the Basic Hearts thin cuts with the Blossom flower-patterned paper and stamped the "you" in Thistle ink.  I stamped the "colorful" sentiment multiple times on white cardstock and fussy cut each letter out (I had planned ahead to use the C and U in white as those letters were basically reversible so once I stamped and cut them I could flip them over to use the unstamped side) and glued them along the bottom of the card.  Once the letters were in place I could position the heart and banner and add a little sparkle from the Little Dreamer glitter gems.  I plan to use this as a graduation card for a lovely young lady from our church who is graduating high school this week and is very into fashion and modeling, and whose mother scrapbooks with me.  I sure hope she likes it!

And that's all there is for this project I'm just getting started with this kit and the possibilities are endless.  Don't forget to stop by Corinna's blog to see what she has in store for you, too.  I hope you will join us again on Wednesday, 6/7/17, when we will bring you projects featuring the No Worries kit. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of this week's participants:

1.  Lauren Moore

2.  Annette Clark (here)

3.  Corinna Murphy

No Worries Card for AHSC #212

Hello again, crafty friends!  We have a super fun sketch to create with this week at the Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge blog and I have had a ton of fun getting my fingers all inked up and breaking out new products.  So without further ado, let's get started!








details:  I decided the No Worries scrapbooking kit would be perfect to use for a birthday card for my husband's upcoming 50th birthday as he's a very laid back kind of guy who loves the water.  I also knew I wanted to use one of the PML pieces for the inside of the card so I planned this card for a 4 x 6" size to accommodate that.  For the front of the card, I used sponge daubers to blend CashmereGlacierLagoon, and Sapphire inks for a custom background to frame this panel of white-and-Cashmere colored paper.  Per the sketch, I cut and wove pieces of Blue and White Burlap Ribbon on the left side.  For the large cluster of images in the bottom left corner, I used a combination of stickers and printed pre-cut images from the No Worries complements:  the smallest heart is a preprinted sticker adhered to the back of one of the pre-cut pieces; the medium sized heart is another sticker adhered to a 1" circle of Cashmere cardstock; and the large heart is a preprinted die cut image placed on a 1 1/2" piece of Sapphire cardstock.  The sentiment is from the No Worries scrapbooking stamp set which was inked in Glacier, Lagoon, and Sapphire using the rock and roll technique.  For a little extra fun, I added 3 embellishments in the upper right corner made from the No Worries sequins combined with pieces from the gold glitter gems and blue enamel and glitter duos dots.

I am still fine tuning the inside of the card so I will share a pic of that at a later date, but I can tell you it will feature the "Good Times" PML card with the bokeh background, but I need to alter it a bit to fit my plans.  I have to say, if my husband actually watched me go to all the effort I've put into this card so far he would laugh at me, but I want this birthday to be as special as he is so it's totally worth it!

We would love to see your take on this week's AHSC sketch too!  Don't forget, our challenges are open to any type of brand of products of your choosing so long as you basically follow the sketch.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/9:55 pm Central on Sunday, 5/21/17, to add your project HERE.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Little Dreamer for BTF #46

Hello, crafty friends!  Have you checked out the beautiful colors in the Little Dreamer kit yet?  If not, you are in luck because that's the kit we're working with this week at the Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog.


I am hoping the colorful rainbow and hearts will cheer up a friend and former neighbor who is battling spinal stenosis, a medical condition that causes chronic pain and pinched nerves.  For this card, I started with a 4.25 x 5.5" card base of Lagoon cardstock and this printed hearts panel from the Little Dreamer kit.  I then used Thistle, Glacier, Lemon, and Blossom inks with the coordinating scrapbooking stamp and die cut to create the rainbow.  I cut two clouds from the same kit and flipped the first one over and sponged the entire thing with Glacier.  For the second cloud, I used Glacier to ink the edges but then stamped this sentiment within the cloud outline in Lagoon so it would really stand out, and I raised that cloud with pop up tape.

We would love to see what you're making with this adorable kit.  As always, you have until 11:55 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time/10:55 pm Central on Monday, 5/22/17, to link up your project HERE.

Happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Live Beautifully for CTMH Featured Products Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friends!  Welcome back for another edition of the Close To  My Heart (CTMH) Featured Products Blog Hop.  In honor of May being National Scrapbooking Month, CTMH has brought us this stunning beautiful Live Beautifully kit to enjoy, available only in the month of May.  There are two levels of kits to choose from as well as a coordinating stamp set, so there is truly something for everyone in this one!  As you can tell, we are really excited to share our projects with you so if you came here from Corinna's blog you are in the right place but, as always, hops are circular things so you are welcome to jump in anywhere along the way and simply make the rounds.  I have also included a complete list of this week's participants at the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.  Now on to my project:

The project I want to share with you is a layout of my in-laws very unique wedding that took place in 1939, so of course I wanted to do it justice but it is took a little longer than expected while I tinkered with preserving the original documents and newspaper clippings that go with it.  I ended up making a sleeve to hold the correspondence and memorabilia, attached that to a long strip of cardstock cut to the same width, and then cut slits in the page protector so that contents of the sleeve were still accessible.  The final touch was to decorate the sleeve so that it looked like a fancy envelope with an embossed monogram.  I still plan on doing a second page to go along with this one, but I really wanted to get this one up.


So now it's time for you to hop on over to Lauren's blog to see what loveliness she has in store for you.  We hope you will join us again in two weeks on 5/17/17 when our theme will be the new Little Dreamer kit.  Until then, happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

Complete list of participants:

1.  Lauren Moore
2.  Corinna Murphy
3.  Annette Clark (here)

You Are Not Alone for AHSC #210

Hello and welcome back, crafty friends!  I couldn't resist using this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, some new paper, and a mix of old and new stamps to create a special card for a young woman in our community who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
I used an 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card base cut from Blossom cardstock and a 4 x 5 1/4" panel of this heart-patterned piece from the new Little Dreamer kit.  I cut a 1 x 5" piece of white cardstock, covered it in a strip of washi tape that is Lagoon with white hearts (retired).  I then cut a 2 3/4 x 2 1/4" piece of white cardstock and used a second generation stamping with Lagoon ink and the ribbon image from the retired Always Remember set.  On top of that, I stamped the sentiment in black Memento ink from the stamp included in the WYW Here For You kit.  For a little added dimension, I inked the edges of the center panel in Glacier and then added these two heart brads that I've had for years.

We would love to see your take on this sketch.  As always, you have until 10:55 pm Eastern/9:55 pm Central Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, 5/7/17, and you can link your projects HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  ~~  Annette

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