Creatively Redeeming Team May 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome to Creatively Redeeming Treasures Close To My Heart Team Blog Hop

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We are Creatively Redeeming Treasures CTMH Team would love to celebrate this special week with all the graduates! We have created graduation themed projects. You should come from Elizabeth’s blog. I hope you are inspired by her, she is very talented!

Today I made this second graduation card for a friend (to see my first card you can visit here):

It's A Celebration, A Graduation Card by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lm #handmadecards #closetomyheart #stamping #embossing #watercolor

I have been playing with my new embossing machine, Evolution Advanced. All Close To My Heart Embossing Folders fit perfectly on this machine.

I cut Black Cardstock (1386) to make 4.25″x5.5″ base card. Then I cut a piece of 4″x5.25″ of White Daisy Cardstock (1385) to emboss it using Quatrefoil Embossing Folder (Z1926).

After embossing the White Cardstock, I colored the quatrefoils with CTMH Watercolor Pencils, Basic colors (retired), and then I wet it lightly & quickly using CTMH brush (retired). Then I heated it to dry using CTMH craft heater (retired).

When the watercolor background dried completely, I stamped the banner from Banner Wishes (B1438) stamp set using Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad and heat embossed it with glitter embossing powder. Then I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with Lagoon Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad, heat embossed it with glitter embossing powder. After all dried up well with craft heater, I added the embossed & stamped White Daisy Cardstock on the card based using a lot of Tombow Adhesive so that the cardstock would lay flat on the card.

It's A Celebration, A Graduation Card by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lm #handmadecards #closetomyheart #stamping #embossing #watercolor

I finished my card with a banner and arrow border I cut out of Skylark Paper Packet (Z7177B) that I glued them using Glue Dots and then I added couple staples on them.

It's A Celebration, A Graduation Card by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lm #handmadecards #closetomyheart #stamping #embossing #watercolor

And the card is done. I hope you like my card today and your next hop is Elizabeth Cammack’s blog to see what she has created for you 🙂

Have a fun crafty day!

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Congratulations Graduate!

This month is special for a High School Graduate I know from our church! What an achievement in his life and now he is moving forward to Collage. To celebrate this graduation week, I created couple cards and this is one of them:

Congratulations Graduate! | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lf #handmadecard #diy #cardmaking #closetomyheart #ctmh

I cut Black Cardstock (1386) to make 4.25″x5.5″ base card. Then I cut a piece of 4″x5.25″ of White Cardstock (1385) to emboss it using Quatrefoil Embossing Folder (Z1926) with my new WRMK Evolution Advanced embossing machine (also for diecutting and letterpressing!), a surprise gift from my amazing husband! CTMH has 5 kind of embossing folders: Dot, Chevron, Quatrefoil, Damask and Stripe. Check them out here. I added the embossed cardstock on the card base using Tombow Adhesive (1514).

For make the hat, I cut 2″x2″ Black Glitter Paper (Z1829) and I punched hole using WRMK Crop-A-Dile. I made the tassel following this tutorial, easy and simple. Then I added the tassel on the hat and fasten it with yellow brad I got from Michaels a while back. I used Mini Glue Dots (Z341) to hold the tassel at the back and front hat.

Next, I cut the stripe banner shape from one of the pattern papers from Skylark Paper Packet (Z7177B) and I cut arrow out of the border. I added the Lagoon stripe banner on the card using Glue Dots (1772) to give a little bit dimension. I cut a piece of 3/4″ x 2.5″ from the quatrefoil pattern paper and stamped it with the sentiment from Banner Wishes (B1438) using Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad (Z2503). While the ink still wet, I added some glitter embossing powder I got from AC Moore and then I heated it up with my craft heater (retired). Check out the pop-up and glittered sentiment! I have been having fun playing with pigment inks and glitter embossing powder 🙂 Then I added this stamped banner on top of the Lagoon stripe banner using Glue Dots (1772). The arrow small border I added using 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) to give more dimension looking.

Last step I added the hat using 3D Foam Tape (Z1151) on top of the banners, overlapping them a bit and finished the card with some Aqua Dots (Z1853).

Congratulations Graduate! | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1lf #handmadecard #diy #cardmaking #closetomyheart #ctmh

You still have time to join CTMH National Scrapbooking Month and my 1st Anniversary Party until May, 31st, 2014! You only need to put an order of $50 or more and you will qualify to get:

  • Free To be Me Paper Collection for only $5 (retail value $11.95)
  • Stamp of the Month for only $5 (retail value $17.97)
  • An entry to win a special prize value $20 from me (choose randomly with Random.org)

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When you buy this kit, I will send you a FREE Workshop Guide to create these beautiful projects:

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THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and have a fun crafty day!

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Some Mother’s Day Cards

I hope you all had fabulous Mother’s Day last week! I had a very special Mother’s Day this year. An Indonesian church in Columbus, OH, invited us and asked me to share God’s word with them on Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day. I am blessed beyond measure! We all felt His presence with us, blessing us with His love, grace, promises and power.

Moms, God is love and He loves us unconditionally! By His grace and love, He enables me to be the mom to my daughters and wife to my husband. I am thankful every single day I can be there for them, serve them and love them. They are the one who make me feel special every day!

Mother's Day 2014 (c) Creating Joyfully, Helen G.

Couple weeks ago I made some cards to send out to some family and friends. Here are some of the cards I made using Close To My Heart products I have:

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

Mother's Day Cards by Helen G. | http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kN #handmadecard #cardmaking #diy #closetomyheart #ctmh

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful week!

Supply list:

White Daisy Cardstock (1385)

Dream Pop Paper Collection (retired)

Holiday Tags (D1560)

Remarkable Wreath (C1473)

A Mother’s Love (B1447, Hostess Reward Stamp Set, Spring/Summer Idea Book p.8)

Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads: Cotton Candy, Pear, Topiary, Gypsy, Smoothie, Hollyhock, Blush, Black, Dessert Sand

Exclusive Inks Markers: Pear

Sparkles Clear Assortment (Z1752)

Durable Triangle Studs (Z1928)

Pearl Assortment (retired)

Tombow Adhesive (1514)

3D Foam Tape (Z1151)

Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)

Corner Rounder (Z1912)

Hot Pink & Pink Baker’s Twine (Pick Your Plum)

Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (Amazon)

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Just Because…

Watercolor is becoming a trend among card makers. I found some video tutorials on YouTube and also inspirations from Pinterest 🙂 This technique bring back my memories to days I was playing with watercolor pencils and paints when I was at school. I was not a good one though *wink* 😀

But a lot of card makers inspire me a lot to try again this “messy yet beautiful” technique. Today I would love to share with you 2 cards I made using watercolor to create the background cards:

Just Because... a card by Heleng G. http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kB

First card, I used watercolor pencils from Close To My Heart, basic colors (retired). I scribble the pencil all over the watercolor paper that I cut in 4″x5.25″. I stared from lighter color to bolder layer to crate the gradient shade just using 1 color. Then I wet colored paper with wet brush and heated it using my craft heater. The paper will kindda bendy a little bit but a trick I learned, you can just heat from the other side until the paper kindda straight again.

Then I pick and cut a paper from one of Amy Tangerine – Sketchbook Paper Pad. And using Tombow Adhesive, I glued it on the watercolor background paper, angled it a little bit. Then I stamped the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Loving Thoughts set with Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad and added Glitter Embossing powder I found at AC Moore store couple weeks ago. The sentiment is pop and glittery!

Just Because... a card by Heleng G. http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kB

 

And I finished the card with three Flamingo dots and white stitching dots using White Uniball gel pen.

Just Because... a card by Heleng G. http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kB

This card I link up at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, CFC131: Three Thirds

This is the second card I made using the same stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Loving Thoughts:

Mother's Day Card 2... a card by Heleng G. http://wp.me/p1wKGj-1kB

On a piece of watercolor paper, I used watercolor pencils to create gradient color background, wet it with some water and then I heated it using craft heater. Then I stamped the flowers and sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Loving Thoughts, with CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pad, and added glitter embossing powder. I love the embossed glitter effect!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fun crafty day!

Joyful Stars Team Blog Hop: You’re Amazing

Welcome to Joyful Stars Team Blog Hop May 2014!

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This month I am joining Joyful Stars Team, a Close To My Heart Consultants Blog Hop. Super excited to do this hop with a group of talented and creative ladies! You should be arrived from Betty Locco‘s blog but if you are here first, you can visit Joyce Houck‘s blog where this hop starts to see what these ladies have created 🙂

And I would love to share with you a CAS card I made for my husband’s grandma:

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This card is very simple to make. I made the ruffle border using Honey Triangle Washi Tape and added 2 strips of Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape on a white card.

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Then I stamped the sentiment from Ivy Lane WOTG Card Kit (G1079) using Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad. I stamped the little flower with Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad then I added on the sentiment using 3-D Foam Tape and decorated it with Sparkles Clear Assortment.

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From the same stamp set, I picked the pattern scallop stamp and stamped it using Honey Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad on a piece of White Daisy cardstock, then I fussy cut it. I added one of the Flamingo Dots in the center of the flower and added it on the card using 3-D Foam Tape.

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I hope you like my card! And your next hop is Nancy Brown‘s blog to see her beautiful project! Just in case you got lost, here’s the Blog Hop List:

Joyce Houck

Krista Hershberger

Betty Locco

Helen Gullett (that’s me!)

Nancy Brown –> NEXT HOP

Nickie Hoffer

Lori Meadows

Cindy Leeks

Andrea Sherman

Crystal Davis

Janice Centritto

Stephanie B.

Joyce Houck

THANK YOU for hopping with us this month! Have a fun hopping and crafty day!
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