Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Embossing

Welcome to the CTMH Technique Blog HOP!

Featuring: Embossing
 featured on page 128 of the
 Close to My Idea 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book

If you arrived here from Judy Faye's Blog, 
you are on the right track!

Embossing! Oh my! I love the look of embossing but I am not good at it!
Just saying up front that I loved playing with the technique 
but more practice is in order!

For this project I decided to use a new technique for me.
First, I inked one side of the embossing folder with whisper ink.
Next, I embossed the cardstock by running it through my embosser.
Then I inked over the raised up area of the chevron pattern with glacier ink.
(The ink will dry lighter than it appears.)
Then I used a couple of Project My Life cards as the top two layers. 
I love Dr. Seuss and this quote.... which was perfect for my card.
I wrapped the multi-colored layer with our Glacier extra thick twine, added the top layer with pop up tape, and added sequins. BAM! Card done!

Someone shared a tip about wiping the embossing folder with a baby wipe before inking the folder. So,  I did. Well, if you look real close the Whisper ink looks like little dots. I could say I intended it to look that way, but I didn't. That look was achieved because I didn't let the folder dry before inking it. (a little impatient? Yup! :))) I thought it was kind of a cool look so I went with it! I loved playing with the inks on the embossing folder. Of course, I tried different folders with different inks. Time prohibited me from finishing them and showing them here. 

Looking for a new look in embossing...try this one!

You can find the product on my Close to My Heart page here.

Thank you for stopping by to see my "Embossing" project! 

For more "Embossing" inspiration  hop over
 to  see the very creative project at
 Inspired By D's Blog.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April's Stampers with An Attitude - Spring Has Sprung Blog Hop

Spring has finally arrived! Yippee!

My post today is a project for the Stampers With An Attitude April Blog Hop. Our challenge this month was to feature projects created with spring in mind. Of course, we used Close to My Heart Products! The best products ever!

If you have arrived here from Melissa Robinson's Blog you are on the right path. If this is your first blog hop, it's a circular path featuring a variety of CTMH artwork! Just long along by clicking on the links within the post. 

My projects: I decided to create two cards using our absolutely wonderful Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge. This cartridge makes creating a card fast and easy! This first card I created was a "welcome spring" card featuring our new Blossom paper.

Blossom Paper

The second card is a Mother's Day card featuring our Brushed paper! These two papers are fabulous for spring creations.
Brushed Paper

My red flower was handmade. I have had a fondness for fabric "yo yos" since I was a small child. I watched my grandmother make them and was fascinated! I am still fascinated my fabric "yo-yos". This card needed an embellishment so I created my own! The bling flower in the center is a retired CTMH embellishment. (I hoarded them. ;) hehe) The green ribbon is in our current product line.

If you would like to see more CTMH paper and specials follow this link

Thank you for stopping by and looking at my project. Now HOP  on over to the Denise Elliott's blog to see her fabulous spring artwork!