Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring some unique creations using products from the NEW July/August catalog.  You are going to love all the delightful paper collections, stamps, and dies this season, and we can’t wait to share the projects we made for you. 103941396_10157579617277686_8314914916051615048_o If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Gnomie Christmas in July cards, 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.


As I thumbed through the catalog in June, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the adorable Gnome Matter stamp set and thin cuts to create some Christmas cards.  Yes, you read that right.  To get a head start on Christmas this year,  I have been creating Christmas cards with my friends every other month. Our goal is to have plenty before the holidays hit.   

Aren’t these just to cutest? Each card has a little Gnome that has been dressed in holiday garb sitting next to a Cricut cut tree.  I honestly had way too much fun making these and I can’t wait to make some more. 

Our new Timber paper collection is filled with designs of woodland images and plaid which are perfect motifs for Christmas cards.  I used the matching coordinating cardstock to cut frames, backgrounds, and accents for each one of my designs. 

After creating each of the backgrounds for my cards, I cut some trees using our new Timber Cricut collection. This season we have also added a Summer Vibes Cricut collection and TWO NEW Happiest Place SVG collections to the mix. 

This Cricut collection is designed to match the Timber papers and stickers and it allows you to cut out your own images in any size or color you want. (love that!)

Each one of those delightful little gnomes was shaded using our TriBlend Markers. If you’ve not played with these new markers yet, you really need to give them a try. (Here is a video tutorial for you).

As I was designing these Christmas cards, I decided to also add the little hedgehog image to one of my cards.  Isn’t he adorable?  Even though these stamps & dies are designed for summer projects, I honestly think they look too stinkin’ cute for Christmas, too

I can’t wait to share these designs with my friends. We are going to have so much fun creating these Christmas cards in July. 


Now ‘Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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 using products from the new idea book. 

Remember, the papers, stamps, and dies are only available until August 31st, while supplies last.  I guarantee that the Gnome Matter stamp set is going to be popular and sell out quickly, so you will want to snag a set for yourself sooner than later.

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Welcome to the Brushed Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using our Brushed collection. This collection has been brought back from the past and brightened with new colors.104495514_10157579619687686_7226577729521045137_n  If you have come here from Haley Dyer’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at how I use the Brushed collection on my Garden Puppy layout, 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


At this point in my life, I have more photos of the dog than I do of the kids, so I decided to use some of those beautiful Brushed papers and stickers to show how much our little fur baby loves the garden.  Some of you may recognize this collection from years ago.  It is a “bring back my pack” special that you can take advantage of during the month of June, with a reworked color palette to match our current color collection. I chose to take advantage of those new, bright colors and created a Garden Puppy layout and a process video showing you how I made it. 

How cute is she??!!  This layout describes our little fur baby perfectly.  She loves to lay in the garden, soak up the sun, and, walk through the flowers. 


To create that background, I cut strips of paper from the Brushed and Blue Skies collections and laid them onto some White Daisy cardstock along with a piece that I stamped using both of the Brushed stamp sets

The borders were cut using my Cricut. I created four of each border, off-setting them slightly, using an image from the Artiste collection. If you struggle to create longer borders for your pages, you can learn how here

Once the background was complete, I added a stitched frame around the photo and added embellishments to my page.  Each one of those butterflies were heat embossed onto vellum and layered onto the bokeh pattern paper from the Brushed collection. 

The remaining elements on the page came from the sticker sheet.  Don’t you just love all those bright colors?  

To be honest, I am “new” to using stickers on my scrapbook pages.  For many years, I created my own elements and never bothered to purchase stickers.  Now, I am learning how to use each of those stickers that come in my paper pack.  I have so much fun creating those clusters!


For those of you who enjoy process videos, I have created one for you showing how I made each of the elements on this layout.  

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new using that delightful Brushed Collection.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Cat Nowak’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.

Remember, the Brushed is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can save 20% on the entire collection. 

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 Supplies Used on My Project

It’s A Let It Shimmer Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to another Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of shimmery techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products!100609256_10157717189973096_3386834617750257664_n  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my shimmery Out of This World cards and  learning some Shimmer Brush techniques, 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.

For this blog hop, I had a hard time deciding what type to video to create – a tips & tricks or a process video – so I decided to do both.  I had so much fun using my Shimmer Brushes to create these three Out of This World cards and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  

Before we get into the tips & tricks portion of this post, I want to show you a few close-ups of those globe die cuts. These were cut using the Thin Cut from our Aurora Cardmaking kitAren’t those just stunning?? I just love the look of old globes. 

I used our Shimmer Brushes to create the splattered backgrounds and shade two of the globes.  If you would like to know how I made each one of these, you are in luck.  I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube Channel later in the week to go along with the video tutorial I have posted below.  

Today, I am going to give you a few Tips when it comes to using our Shimmer Brushes.  I have also included a short little five minute video for you to view. 

For those of you who may want to skip this tutorial and move on with the hop, you can click this link to move on to Melissa Robinson’s Blog.


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TIP #1: Store Shimmer Brushes Upright

This may seem obvious to some, but I realized recently that many people do not know that you should always store them upright.  When they are stored upside down, the ink can drip into the lid and create quite the mess when you open it. 

I like to store mine in our Workspace Wonder Tool Caddy, but I have also seen them stored in a Mason jar or coffee cup. 


TIP #2: Pull the Lid to Open – Do Not Twist

This is another little blunder I have seen commonly done with our Shimmer Brushes. Many people will “twist” the lid open, unsealing the ink within and creating quite the mess. (Just ask my 10 year old niece how fun that is.) 

Now, there are a few times that you might want to twist open that brush which leads us to my next tip. 


TIP #3: Twist to Release Pressure

I often travel to locations in the mountains where there is an increase in elevation and, when I take my Shimmer Brushes, the pressure increases in the base causing it to drip ink all over when I go to use it.  I have found that I can release that built-up pressure by carefully unscrewing the tip and pulling out the brush, then tightly screwing the tip back on. 

After I have replaced the brush tip, I will brush the excess ink off onto my All Purpose Mat or a scrap piece of paper before I begin to use it. 


There you have it.  Just a few tips & tricks for using those awesome Shimmer Brushes in your stash. Oh, by the way – our shimmer brushes are NOT labeled with the colors at the top. That is something I did using a label maker

I can’t wait to share with you how I made each one of those Out of This World cards. I will be posting the process video, later this week, showing you how I used a few of my Shimmer Brushes to create backgrounds, blend watercolors, and create a blended alcohol-ink-like look. Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 Shimmer 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.