Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Joyful Stars August Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Joyful Stars August Blog Hop!

I'm so glad you could hop on by and view the Creative Inspirations of some of our talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  If you  arrived here from the blog of  Helen Gullett then you're right on track.

If you still have school age children in your life, August always stirs up Back To School excitement :)  So I decided to feature Close To My Heart's My Acrylic Stamp Set "School Kids" and what better way to do that than with school supplies!

For this project I created  3X3 Post It Note Covers.  They make a perfect gift and are sure to bring a smile.  I used CTMH Adventure Cardstock Combo along with our Watercolor Pencils a perfect pairing for these Sweet Back To School designs.  The dimensions for the cover are 7 X 3 1/2, score at 3 1/4 and 3 3/4.  Then cut two accent pieces for layering at 3 1/4 X 3 1/4 and 3 X 3. Stamp, color and embellish as desired.



Here's a little closer look...




School Kids Stamp Set

Adventure Cardstock Combo
Thanks for stopping by our Blog Hop!  If you are interested in learning more about Close To My Heart Products please visit my website WWW.DONNALONG.CTMH.COM

Next on the HOP is Lori Meadows be sure to visit and if you get lost along the way you can begin the JOYFUL STARS BLOG HOP at Joyce Houck's Blog where you will find a complete list of participants.

Happy Crafting!
Donna


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Joyful Stars July Blog Hop...




I'm so glad you could hop on by and view the Creative Inspirations of some of our talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  If you  arrived here from the blog of  Stephanie Brown then you're right on track.

Hope you are having a terrific summer!  I love all the vibrant colors and little critters that are scurrying around this time of year and so I thought I'd capture a little piece of summer in this "Butterfly" assortment.  Enjoy!



For this little trio I used my Cricut Air Explore and a combo of Close To My Heart's Cricut Collections.  Featured are images from Artbooking, Artfully Sent and Artiste.  I used a combination of honey, gypsy and black My Exclusive cardstock.  And My Reflections Kaleidescope.

Here's a closer look...






I'm your last stop on this month's Blog Hop.  If you got lost along the way or want to start over, please begin at Joyce Houck's Blog.

If you'd you like to learn more about Close To My Heart products, please visit my website.
Happy Creating!
Donna

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Joyful Stars June Blog Hop...


I'm so glad you could hop on by and view the Creative Inspirations of some of our talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  If you  arrived here from the blog of  Lori Meadows then you're right on track.

Due to technical difficulties this week.  My post is delayed so please continue on to Stephanie Huber Blog.  If you've missed any along the way, please begin at Joyce Houck's Blog.

Happy Creating!
Donna

Monday, May 9, 2016

Joyful Stars May Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Joyful Stars May Blog Hop!


I'm so glad you could hop on by and view the Creative Inspirations of some of our talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  If you  arrived here from the blog of Lori Meadows then you're right on track.

Celebrate With Cake is this May's Stamp of the Month.  This is one of my favorite promotions being a stamper at heart :)  Each month CTMH offers a special stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.  This month, this sweet set will get you through an abundance of special occasions!


I've been experimenting with different types of Watercolors these days given its popularity...not to mention I love to get messy :)  This technique is adding ink directly to your acrylic block and spritzing with water.  Let me know what you think...a little messy but FUN!





If you are interested in Water Coloring or Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month, please visit my website.  You will find a full line of quality Papercrafting products.  While you're there check out all this months promotions for National Scrapbooking Month!

Thanks for stopping by.  Next on the Joyful Stars Blog Hop is Crystal Davis.  Be sure to HOP on over and check out all this month's creations!  If you get lost along the way you can begin at the beginning at Joyce Houck's Blog.

Happy Creating!
Donna

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Joyful Stars April Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Joyful Stars April Blog Hop!


I'm so glad you could hop on by and view the Creative Inspirations of some of our talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  If you  arrived here from the blog of Helen Gullett then you're right on track.

For this Hop I wanted to feature our Instalife Mini Album product line.  I just love the versitality of these sweet little mini albums, perfect for capturing an event or collection of memories.  I gave my daughter the Berry Album & Colorful Me Cards along with some coordinating cardstock and let her creativity flow.


Close To My Heart offers 3 Different Mini Albums; Berry, Teal and Black & White.

Three Sets of Coordinating Cards; Colorful Me, The Bright Side and City Limits.



Be sure to visit my website for a complete view of the CTMH Instalife products.  You will be able to shop and browse our current Idea Books. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next on the Joyful Stars Blog Hop is Crystal Davis, don't forget to leave everyone a comment...we LOVE getting feedback on our designs :)

For a complete list of the Joyful Stars April Hop head on over to Joyce Houck's Blog.

Happy Creating!

Donna

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring & Summer Workshop Schedule Posted...

Love that the weather is getting warmer and the trees are starting to bud here in Ohio.  Okay not so much today but yesterday was Fantastic :)

This prompted me to get my Spring & Summer Workshops scheduled so be sure to checkout my upcoming classes and join me as you let your creative juices flow.  Enjoy some time away and fellowship with the ladies.

Here are a few of the Stamp Sets & Papers I'll be featuring.

Your Own Kind Of Wonderful


Penelope


Celebrate With Cake


Beach Days


Regatta

If you'd like to see more Close To My Heart products, please visit my website.

Happy Creating,
Donna

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Joyful Stars March Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Joyful Stars March Blog Hop!

I'm so glad you could hop on by and view the Creative Inspirations of some of our talented Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  If you  arrived here from the blog of Andrea Sherman then you're right on track.

For this Blog Hop I'm featuring "Spring Critters"  This sweet stamp set coordinates perfectly with one of Close To My Heart's newest products the Thin Cuts metal dies, however, I fussy cut mine for this project.  I paired these critters up with our Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack and My Reflections Kaleidoscope.


Since I stamped each image in the My Exclusive Inks matching their color to the cardstock I opted to use the Watercolor Pencils to add details and fill in each sweet little critter.  Shown are Gypsy, Saffron, Pixie and Pear.  I love how everything came together and the pops of patterned paper from the Kaleidoscope zip strips worked perfectly to complete each card.  My only problem now is to decide who gets a special spring treat in the mail next week ;)










For this project I used these CTMH Products...
My Acrylix Spring Critters C1638
Watercolor Pencils 3505
Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack X5935
My Reflections Kaleidoscope X7202B
My Exclusive Inks Gypsy Z2190
My Exclusive Inks Saffron Z2651
My Exclusive Inks Pixie Z2644
My Exclusive Inks Pear Z2197

If you are interested in any of these products, please visit my website where you can shop and browse our current Idea Books.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next on the Joyful Stars Blog Hop is Helen Gullett, don't forget to leave everyone a comment...we LOVE getting feedback on our designs :)

For a complete list of the Joyful Stars February Hop head on over to Joyce Houck's Blog.

Happy Creating!

Donna