Sunday, March 31, 2013

CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - April

Happy Easter :)  Tomorrow is April and that is no joke!  I'm scrambling around like a mad woman over here trying to get all the different projects posted but having a blast creating!!  Welcome to the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  If you are here from Wanda's blog you are in the right place!

Here is what I created - love this hot air balloon!  The clouds are from the Chantilly Scrapbook Workshop stamp set.  This is a great way to use up some of those paper scraps you have laying around.  Love the Chantilly Paper pack so much I create a complete workshop with it!  

Washi Tape makes this even easier. I created another one using Washi tape here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hop on over to Michelle's Blog to see what she created with this stamp set.  
Remember you can get this set only for the month of April for $17.95 or $5 with a $50 purchase with your Close To My Heart Consultant (or off my website here).   
See how you can get this set FREE this month here :)
My 10-page Chantilly Workshop is also now available here

New To Scrapbooking?  Want to give a gift to someone who is just getting started?
Customize your own Close To My Heart starter kit for only $35!


Elizabeth Mindemann
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Free Bunny Printables

How sweet would these be using the Close To My heart Chantilly paper pack?  I am certainly saving these for next year. 
Free silhouette print here 
Cut it out use the negative space to create a
  beautiful project with Washi tape

or cut it out of some beautiful scrapbook paper.  

Or just print this one out and pop it in a frame :)

Happy Easter!  
I am only $50 away from my goal this month - if you place an order of $25 or more on my website today or tomorrow I'll include a free ink pad.  If you order $50 or more I'll send you the stamp of the month for free! 
You can place your orders on
  my website here under March Mystery Hostess 
(and you might even win the hostess benefits!)  
New To Scrapbooking?  Want to give a gift to someone who is just getting started?
Customize your own Close To My Heart starter kit for only $35!


Elizabeth Mindemann
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature a Friend {on Friday}

We are back - up and running again with Feature a Friend!  I met PJ through Linked In and was thrilled when she agreed to do a post for my blog :)  So without further chit chat here is Patti from Cherish Each Precious Day!

Today, I am pleased to share something fun with you!  Elizabeth Mindemann has a fun program on her blog, 'Broken Treasures'.  She calls it "Feature a Friend {on Friday}", and invited me to be her featured friend today!  How exciting!  Elizabeth is a Close to My Heart Demonstrator, so I thought it would be fun to pull out my CTMH stamps, and fun colors of inks and cardstocks.

I'm using two CTMH sets, D1375 Treasures, and D1400 Celebrate the Everyday.  Sadly, I think they are both retired, but I've been looking through the new catalog, and OMG, there are some DARLING stamps! So many of their stamps could be used exactly as I've used this one!  All 6 were made in about 70 minutes yesterday after 8 p.m.!

ANYwho.....I used one of the flowers and stems from the Treasures set, and decided to use the same layout with different colors, edge punches, and embellishments to create a rainbow of cards for a gift.
Stamped the sentiment on this one repeatedly for a HOORAY effect!

These needed to be relatively flat for mailing, so the fru-fru is at a minimum!  It's hard to see, but this flower was stamped, and quickly stamped twice more without reinking, for a shadowed flower.

So simple, but fun and delightfully colorful!

And who out there can resist Kraft?  Not me!  Ad some black ink, ribbon, and BLING and it's a winner!

Lately, I have fallen head over heels in like with red, white, and turquoise (and black :)

Absolutely could not make SIX cards with no butterflies! Used my OLD Martha Punch for these.
The yellow ink on my flower was dabbed directly onto the stamp, followed by green. Voila - easy shading!

Sorry this was photo heavy, but sure hope you enjoyed it!

Lovely cards Patti!  Thanks for sharing them - I enjoy photo heavy gives me lots of new ideas! 

If you are interested in posting for Feature a Friend please contact me :)

New To Scrapbooking?  Want to give a gift to someone who is just getting started?
Customize your own Close To My Heart starter kit for only $35!


Elizabeth Mindemann
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SEM Hop into Spring Blog Hop

I believe in the promise of Spring even if there is snow on the ground outside my window as I type this post!  We live in Amish Country Pennsylvania and while spring means some unpleasant smells and muddy playgrounds I love everything about it!  Love bringing flowers inside, birds music, sunshine and even rain puddles.  I believe that warmer weather is coming and the hope of new growth, colorful flowers and birds singing.  "Behold I am Making All Things New"  -  this is a promise I cling to on so many levels!

Welcome to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Hop into Spring Blog Hop!  If you are coming from Christy's blog you are in the right place :)  You can view the entire hop order at the end of this post!

I created these bunnies and paper carrots for my kids Easter baskets this year!  Keep reading on for the tutorial on how you can make your own or hop on over to Lisa's blog to see what she created :)  Happy Hopping!  Enjoy the Newness of promised Spring!

The twist for our hop was to add flowers - I made these bunnies into basket tags and for my little girl added a flower to her bunny :)

And Speaking of "new" some new members have joined the SEM Design Team.  Welcome to Toni, Jessica, Helen, Tracey S., and Christy!  So excited to be working with you this term!!

Here is the blog hop order:
Tracey G.
Tracey S.
Elizabeth <- - - - You are Here

What's a blog hop without prizes?  Our Blog Hop prize is sponsored by...
Genuinely Jane Studios (GJS) manufactures small and medium sized mini-albums for scrapbooking, mixed media and altered arts in a variety of shapes and sizes. 100% American-made, our facility is located in rural, north-central Missouri and uses only the highest quality materials.  

Owned by a military veteran, and accomplished woodworker,  Mark Carosiello and a lifelong crafter, industry manufacturer’s rep, design team member,  passionate scrapbooker and altered artist, Susan Wojtkowski, we understand the craft and the crafter.

Twitter: @GJaneStudios

Our Hop into Spring Blog Hop Prize is two Genuinely Jane Wood albums!  You will receive both the dress form album and the flower album.

Here is an example of a flower album after it has been decorated!

In order to be eligible to win you need to leave a comment on each DT member's blog and we will randomly choose one blog to select the winner from.  All winners will be announced Saturday, April 6th.

You are invited to join us over at our SEM Facebook Chit-Chat Group.  We have a great prize over there also . . . to go along with a fun new challenge!  If you are not a part of this interactive and inspiration crafting group just request to join and we'll welcome you with open arms :)

Now hop on over to Lisa's blog to see what special project she created for our hop!

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1.  Cut paper into 6 X 4 inch rectangles.

2.  Tape adhesive to one 6 inch side and BOTH 4 inch sides - make sure this is VERY strong adhesive - I ended up using liquid glass after forming my carrots because my tape runner just wasn't strong enough.

3.  Roll paper up starting at the non adhesive 6 inch side moving towards the adhesive 6 inch side and seal

4.  For the Carrot top I added three 1/2 inch strips of green pattern paper at various lengths, glue to inside of the roll and then pinch roll shut.

5.  I used my bone folder and paper trimmer to score twice at the top of the carrot - I do not have a machine to crimp the ends but that would make this process much easier.

6.  Fill carrots with candy (or whatever you choose)

7.  Pinch the end of the roll the opposite direction you closed the top.

8.  Repeat with other pieces of paper until you have as many carrots as you desire.

9.  Enjoy!

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Elizabeth Mindemann
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