Welcome to the November SOTM Blog Hop

Did you know that we offer a monthly stamp set that you can get at a discount or free as a VIP?  Each month, our blog hop team shows you a variety of ways that you can use these exclusive stamp sets, and, this month, we are sharing ways you can create some warm, cozy creations with our You Warm My Heart stamp set. 122097650_10157916282307686_8702769391684009400_n If you have come here from Brandi Robinson’s Blog you are on the right path. When you are finished viewing my Cozy Christmas Coffee Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


Those of you who know me, know that I truly enjoy my coffee, which is why I was so excited when I saw the You Warm My Heart stamp set.   Each image on this acrylix stamp set is perfect for creating holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and winter gifts.   I plan on creating quite a few gifts this month in my VIP group using this stamp set.  Today, I am sharing with you how I made a 6″x6″ Cozy Christmas Coffee card. 

The base for this card was cut from White Daisy cardstock and folded to form a six-inch card base.  I added some strips of Comfort & Joy Paper and a beautiful patterned border across the center of the the card. 

The border was cut from Kraft paper and White Glitter paper using our new Yuletide Borders thin cuts. This intricate design matched the coffee cup perfectly.  

After stamping the sentiment onto the card, I added a large stitched square. I had debated making this into a shaker card using some of our new square shaker windows, but I wanted the papers and the border to show through, so I chose to create a simple frame instead. 

The main portion of the coffee cup was stamped with Black Pigment Ink then heat embossed with clear powder to allow the texture of the intricate designs to stand out. The wrap on the cup was also heat embossed, but with white powder on black cardstock.  I trimmed this to fit onto the center of the cup.  I also heat embossed the lid and the small flowers.

I shaded the lid and the flowers with our TriBlend Markers. Now that we have six shades of dark red, I was able to add more shadows to that lovely lid. Once all of the images were shaded and cut out, I layered them onto the card along with a poinsettia sticker and some Gold Embellishing Thread.


I hope that this Cozy Christmas Coffee card inspired to to try something new and that you plan on creating a few of these to send at Christmas.  Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Becca Whitham ’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. 

Don’t forget! The You Warm My Heart stamp set is only available until November 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00 or free as a VIP with a qualifying purchase.

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Welcome to the Core Catalog New Product Hop

How much are you enjoying all the new crafty products brought to you by Close to my Heart?! Last month, our team showcased some lovely creations featuring products from our fall catalog so, 118650131_10157792610207686_8492660088191540016_ntoday, we thought we would feature the annual Core Catalog. After all, there are some amazing items you do not want to miss out on.  If you have come here from Maureen OSullivan’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Simple Hugs slimline card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I decided to keep things simple this week as I featured some of the items from our annual catalog.  If you have not had a chance to view all the wonderful new products in this catalog, you can flip through an online version HERE. As you look through the catalog, pay special attention to the Lovely paper, Fancy Borders, and new Wood Shapes – all items I chose to feature on my Simple Hugs slimline card. 

I started out using the Fancy Borders thin cuts to create that adorable scalloped edge at the top of the card.  I just love the stitched details on these six-inch dies.  All of the borders are open-ended which means that you can make a border in any size you need.  

Both the card base and the Lovely pattern paper were cut using these dies.  Those new Lovely papers and stickers are just so sweet and simple.  The card shows three of the twelve patterns from this pack – the leaves, the strips, and that adorable toffee plaid. I also used a scallop sticker from the Lovely sticker sheet. 

At the top of the card, I added a vellum bow using our Small bow thin cut.  Close to My Heart has two bow dies in the catalog – one large, one small – and each one has matching little “ties” to go behind them. I chose to leave them off of this project and keep the bow soft and simple. 

The sentiment is a wooden cut-out from our Hugs & Hello sentiments pack.  This is just one of MANY wooden icons and sentiments now available.  I personally enjoy the fact that you can leave these bare wood OR use markers, inks, paints, or embossing powder to color them any shade needed for your project.  To match that wood sentiment, I added two little wooden buttons at the base of the card 

I hope that today’s project has inspired you to try something new and to take a look all the amazing new products in our Annual Core catalog.  If you are like me and need a printed version of the idea book in your hands, you can get one free when you place an order on my website.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Becca Whitham’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun project ideas.   

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using stencils on your projects.  

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


Here is a List of the Items I Used Today