Tuesday, January 18, 2022

New Product Blog Hop - January - February

Hello and Welcome to the January / February new product blog hop! Tonight we have 13 CTMH makers sharing artwork featuring products in the newest seasonal idea book. If you are joining me from Show and Tell with Michelle you are in the right place! To follow along in the hop just look for the link to the next maker at the bottom of each blog post and click on it to hop on over to the next blog. 


For tonights hop I am sharing a layout I made featuring our Sweet as Honey papers. I created this layout for my monthly worksop. Along the top next to the title it will have three 4X3 photos and just under those will be four 4X6 photos going from end to end across the page. It looks like a lot of white on this page but it will be broken up once pictures are added. 



Products Used:

Paper:
- Sweet as Honey with Sticker sheet
- White Daisy, Sundance, Shortbread, and Black cardstock

Thin Cuts:
- Z4334 Slimline Alphabet

Digital Art:
- Sawyer Digital Art
- Sweet as Honey Digital Art

Stamps:
- B1777 Love You Most

Ink:
- Intense Black

Embellishments:
- Black and White dots

Monday, January 17, 2022

You Mean the World to Me - H2H challenges

 Hello! Welcome to another fun challenge from H2H challenges! This week we are challenging you with Watercolour. That is right watercoloring! You can use water colour paints, or distress oxide inks altered with water. You could also use water colour pencils like I did on my succulent. 




Products Used:

Paper:
- Rosemary and White Daisy cardstock
- Mix In (Jan - Feb) 

Ink / Colour:
- Mink, Intense Black
- Watercolour Pencils - Olive Green (retired)
- Water Blending Pen

Stamps:
- E1053 Can't get enough (retired)
- D2077 Succa for you
- S2201 Sweet Little Things

Embellishments:
- Black and White Dots
- Black Shimmer Brush




Saturday, January 15, 2022

Let's Get Geometrical

Hello and welcome to the Technique hop for January. Tonight we are all about using Geometric shapes on our projects. If you are joining me from the super talented Katy Taylor, welcome! If you are starting here, welcome! To continue in the hop just scroll to the bottom of each blog post and look for the link to the next consultant and it will hop you right over to their artwork.  Tonight there are 13 Close to My Heart Makers participating in the hop. 



For this card, I used the Close to My Heart card making kit and workshops thin cut to cut the honeycombs out of black cardstock, I chose this for their hexagon shape. I lined them up and added some Sundance for a pop of colour. I am always a fan of clean and simple cards when I see them and wanted to try one myself. 

Products used:

Paper:
- Black, Sundance and Shortbread cardstock. 

Stamps:
- Z4406 Sweet as Honey card making kit
- D2077 Succa for you

Ink:
- Intense Black
- Journaling Pen

Colouring:
- Watercolour Pencils

Embellishments:
- Black and White Dots




Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Thank you - AHSC 455

Hello and Happy Wednesday! I am back with another card for you. This one is for the AHSC #455, now while it may look considerable different than the sketch if you look closely you will see that the dots are in a somewhat diagonal stripe. I tried my best while stencilling them on to do them diagonally! It is a stretch but I tried...do I credit for being creative?


Products Used:

Paper:
- White Daisy and Sundance card stock
- Candid Moments

Ink / Colouring:
- Sundance and Sapphire

Stamp
- B1557 Thanks a Million (retired)

Die Cuts:
- Z3639 Scalloped Circle (retired)




Tuesday, January 04, 2022

HBD BTW! - AHSC 454

 Hello! And welcome back to my blog, This is my 3rd post of the year and we are only 4 days in...I am on a roll with my goal of not only creating more but actually posting when I do, life has been so overwhelming and some things had to give and posting was one of the things that gave but I am back now and making a concerted effort!

My next project is a card from Candid Moments (December workshop) and one that I used for the AHSC design team, the sketch is below. 




Products Used:

Paper:
- Candid Moments
- Sapphire and White Daisy

Stamps:
- Z4390 If Snowflakes were Kisses stamp and Thin Cut combo
- VIP105 Hip Hip Hooray

Inks / Colouring:
- Intense Black and Sapphire ink pads
- Tri-blend Markers: Vintage Blue Blend, Gold Brown Blend, Ice Grey Blend, Pale Pink Blend, and Earth Blend. 

Monday, January 03, 2022

Oh Happy Day - H2H Challenges

 Hello! It is a new year and I am rejuvenated to be crafting more this more not just for my Close to My Heart business but for me, for my personal enjoyment and memory keeping. Crafting makes me happy so I resolve to do more! Anyways, I hope your holidays were fabulous and you are refreshed and ready to tackle 2022! I am back with a project for the Heart2Heart Challenges design team.  To join us at H2H challenges, just click here to go to the blog. 

I created this card for the H2H challenge to use Wildberry or a colour similar to this. I am so in love with this stamp of the month, the images are just so sweet and adorable. If you did not see me post for the Stamp of the Month blog hop, check it out here!



Products Used:

Paper:
- Wildberry and White Daisy yardstick
- Mix In paper pack for Jan/Feb

Stamp:
- S2201 Sweet Little Things

Ink:
- Intense Black Ink

Colouring:
- Watercolor Pencils
- Water Blending Pen

Embellishments
- Mink Twine 
- Wildberry Sequins

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I welcome any and all feedback. If you would like help with purchasing any of the products mentioned my post today, please contact your local CTMH Maker. If you do not have a CTMH Maker and are in Canada I can absolutely assist you in ordering. If you are in the United States, New Zealand or Australia, I can help you locate a Maker local to you for ordering. 

 

To play along with our challenge today at H2H Challenges, simply click here for all the information and entry requirements for this challenge. To participate with us, all you need to do is upload your photo and use at least one Close to my Heart product. 

 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Brandi

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Sweetest Little Things - SOTM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the first blog hop of 2022! Tonight we are featuring the CTMH Stamp of the Month for January which is titled Sweet Little Things. If you are joining me from Michelle Loncar from Show and Tell with Michelle you are in the right place! If you are starting here with me, welcome to go through the blog hop all you need to do is click the links at the bottom of each blog post to see how my fellow consultants are using this stamp of the month. 





Now onto the project! I created this card using the Sweet Little Things stamp set. I had no plan in mind, I just played with it and and did what felt right. I wanted to keep it simple. I used Peach card stocks and scored the paper every 1/2 inch and sanded it to bring out the distressed look. I added some of the Jan-Feb Mix in paper which is matted in White Daisy card stock. I used a blending brush to add Glacier (for the sky) and Sage (for the grass) with blending brushes. 

I stamped the bunnies in our Intense Black ink as I was not sure if I was going to use alcohol markers or water colour pencils, I opted for a softer look and went with the water colour pencils. After colouring the sweet bunnies I fussy cut them out and used foam tapes popping them up. I let the card sit for a day or so to see if I felt it needed more but I really liked the simplicity of this one.