Valentine Blog Hop

Blog Hops with Heart

Welcome to Blog Hops With Heart Valentine blog hop featuring products we love! If you started at the beginning you would have come from Amie Kiger’s blog, but if you’ve started here you can still make it around the circle by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.

My project today is a Valentine themed layout that was inspired by Big Picture Classes. One of the first classes I took was a 30 Minute Layout Class. There were so many helpful tips and after taking 76 classes (and counting) it is still one of my absolute faves! It transformed the way I organize my ever growing stash of products and I also discovered my love for a long reach stapler after taking this class! Seriously, one of the best products I’ve purchased in a long time!

Crate Paper, CTMH, Valentines

For my layout I started with a white cardstock base and then layered multiple patterned papers from Crate Paper. I also threw in a newsprint B&T from the the retired CTMH Heartstrings Paper Packet. I didn’t get any photos of my husband and myself on Valentine’s Day  because our plans were cancelled due to weather. So I snapped a couple photos of the gifts we exchanged and also of the weather from that day.  I typically scrapbook photos of the people I love, but I love that these photos are a little out of the ordinary for me because they document the memories from that day perfectly! The photos were matted on white cardstock, followed by Hollyhock Cardstock, and a final layer of retired blush cardstock.

Crate Paper, CTMH, Valentines

 After I had my paper arranged the way I liked I just started throwing on embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle, My Minds Eye,  Amy Tangerine, and a few other pieces from my stash including doilies. The journaling card is from the retired  CTMH Heartstrings Picture My Life Kit. I used the Heartstrings WOTG Stamp Set in Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™ for the title on the journaling card. For final touches I splashed some pink & red mists from October Afternoon & Heidi Swapp. I also added the little splashed stamped hearts from the CTMH Documenting Moments Stamp Set in second & third generation Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™.

Now you are off to Becca Whitham’s Blog! I was fortunate enough to see a sneak peek of her Valentine’s project and I know you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

AHSC #102

It’s time for another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!!

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My card this week features another Picture My Life™ card!! I started with a Kraft Cardstock Base, followed by a Blossoms B&T Duo™. To add a little dimension and appeal to the card I added another small layer of kraft followed by a small scrap piece of Lagoon Cardstock. I used an American Crafts punch to create the border along the edge of the Lagoon Cardstock.

CTMH: Skylark PML

For the top layer of the card I used a card from the Skylark Picture My Life™ Kit. The sentiment is from the retired, 4 my Friend Stamp Set, in Chocolate Exclusive Ink™. I added a couple strands of Baker’s Twine and attached it to the PML card using the Mini Stapler. I threaded a couple retired wood buttons with colonial white waxy flax (also retired…still sad about that… I love that stuff!)  I felt like the card was too heavy on the right side so I added some sloppy stitching to the left of the PML card.

CTMH: Skylark PML

I hope you’ll join Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!

-Kelly

AHSC #100

Can you believe it?!? We have reached Sketch 100!

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CTMH: Skylark & Seaside

For my card, I started with a Colonial White Cardstock base and added a layer of B&T from the Seaside Paper Packet. I cut an oval from a scrap piece of Colonial White Cardstock and the focal point of the card is cut from a card included in the Skylark Picture My Life™ Program. I then added a (retired) wood veneer accent, few Brown & Tan Sparkles, and some stitching around the border.

CTMH: Skylark & Seaside

Everyone at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge is so excited to celebrate this milestone with all of our followers and participants!! To celebrate sketch 100 we will be giving away some blog candy! All you have to do is visit our fabulous design team members blogs, leave a comment on their design for Sketch 100 and you are entered. We will be drawing several names at random from the comments. To increase your chances of winning, leave comments for all of the design team members! And to be fair, you can only win one time! Please invite your friends and family to join the fun!

Thanks again for being part of our challenge community and we are all looking forward to the next 100 fabulous sketches and your awesome creations! Now head on over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to check out the other design team members cards!

-Kelly

January SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month blog hop!! This month over 60 Close To My Heart consultants are featuring January’s SOTM, This Moment, a set of 12 that coordinates with the Artbooking Cricut® Cartridge. If you’ve come from Sheila Bennett’s Blog you are in the right place. If you’ve started here, WELCOME! This blog hop is a giant circle, so you can join in the fun by clicking the link to the next consultant at the bottom of my post! If you happen to get lost along the way there is a complete list of participants on Melinda Everitt’s Blog.

This month’s stamp set has a Valentine feel to it and if you follow my blog you know that our family doesn’t go to great lengths to celebrate this holiday. I stewed and stewed over how I could use this stamp set…..BUT THEN I was cleaning out the closet in our office and came across a box. I was completely blown away when I opened it….Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found all of the lovey-dovey cards that my husband and I exchanged while we were dating. I had completely forgotten that we had exchanged these cards over a decade ago. Reading the notes that we left to each other inside the cards brought a huge smile to my face!! I had decided in December 2014 that I wanted to create a My Crush™ book for the odds and ends of 2015 and this was the perfect first entry!

CTMH: My Crush

I picked a page out in My Crush™ Modville Book and grabbed a few B&T Duos™ from the Heartstrings Paper Packet. Then I created a file folder {cut at 6¼”} using the Artiste Cricut® Cartridge to hold the cards. Using January’s Stamp Of The Month, This Moment  in Whisper Exclusive Ink™ & second generation Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™, I stamped the “Love Notes” & feather arrow on the file folder.

CTMH: My Crush

CTMH: My Crush

I’m not a huge fan of my handwriting, but think journaling is SO  important! So I used a Heartstrings Picture My Life™ journaling card to jot down the info about these cards! I wanted the file folder to be easily accessible {especially since my journaling is on the inside} so I added Hook & Loop Dots {velcro dots} to hold the folder together. I added another Heartstrings PML card, stitching, and a few Stuck On You Puffy Stickers to the page for a little extra charm.

CTMH: My Crush

I loved the quote on the following page and didn’t want to cover it so I just wanted to add a few embellishments around it. I again used January’s SOTM and Whisper Exclusive Ink™ & Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™ for the stamping. At the base of the quote I added Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, a Base & Bling arrow from the Signature Charms Assortment , and a badge button from the Heartstrings Assortment. The badge button has so much dimension I decided to add dimension to the “straight from the heart” sentiment using Thin 3D Foam Tape. {←I just purchased this in my last order & I L.O.V.E. it! It’s a new FAVE!} I also added a glittery heart from the Stuck On You Puffy Stickers.

CTMH: My Crush

I found so many cards that I decided I needed to create an extra pocket that I will place on the inside of the back cover when this book is complete. To create this I used a SMASHbook brand pocket folders and decorated the front using the Heartstrings Complements.

CTMH: Heartstrings


CTMH Jan 2015 SOTM

Remember this stamp set is only available until January 31, and it can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. Contact your CTMH consultant or click here for more information and to shop. Now it’s time to head to Maureen O’Sullivan’s Blog to see what she has created using this month’s stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly