Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Welcome to our brand new idea book from Close To My Heart.  We, over 50 consultants, are showing you all the new goodies featured in this 193 page idea book featuring over 250 new items.  This is a circle hop, so you can start anywhere and just keep hopping until you come back to where you started.  The blog ahead of me is {Casandra Bennett}.  Next in the lineup is {Pam Ellison}.
If you get lost along the way, you can see the full lineup of blogs {here}.

I have a few goodies to show, so lets get started.

I wasn't able to join the sotm blog hop, so here is my version of the sotm.
Now, the sotm features owls for a halloween set.  But every time I saw the image, I saw a monster with a giant eyeball instead of owl.  So that is what I made.  Doesn't that make a great monster.  Color him green, Draw in an eyeball where the beak is and there you go.  Yes, I am weird and the only person who saw a monster, but hey, thats how my brain works.  

Now onto a simple bag.  This uses one of our brand new m sized stamps, a new ribbon and these button badges made for our my crush books. So simple to make and would look so cute on a plate filled with goodies for christmas.

I challenged myself to use scraps for the next set of projects.  Everything has been made using a 6 x 6 piece of pattern paper.  And yes, including the scrapbook page.

This page is using the new pathfinding paper pack.  The squares are 2 x 2, which were easily cut from the 6 x 6 paper.  But how did i make those strips that go across the page just using a 6 x 6 sheet?  Easy, they are two piece of 6 in strips.  on the top, the thankful is covering the seam and on the bottom, the picture is covering the seam.  Just look for patterns that use smaller pieces from all your leftover projects.

Now this is a 3 x 3 card set using every paper pack featured in the new idea book.  We have Scaredy Cat, Pathfinding, Chalk It Up, Seaside
Yuletide Carol, Confetti Wishes, Wanderful, Snowhaven and Brushed.
They feature the stamp sets Holiday Tags and Banner Wishes.

The next card is also a 3 x 3 featuring one of our hostess only stamp sets called Cuddly Salutations.  It's the perfect image to color in with our brand new ShinHan alcohol markers.  I use one color, Golden Yellow, with the colorless blender to get the shading.  The saying is not from the set, but from LOL, which has internet sayings.  The tweet is for twitter, but worked perfectly for this.  The papers come from two different paper packs, the blue from Wanderful and the leaf from Brushed.  The yellow is just the marker again with the colorless blender.

And for the last project  I made a very quick card from the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment, though you can do this with our Picture My Life kits too.  The christmas My Crush is a cool combo of pocket scrapbooking like Picture My Life mixed with the smash style books of My Crush.  Because of this, the assortment has some 4 x 6 cards and 3 x 4 cards with the other items in the assortment.  This is one of the 4 x 6 cards.  Just slap some Yuletide Carol paper and cardstock underneath, add a metal embellishment from the Yuletide Carol Assortment and there you go.

That's all I have for you today, but come back soon.  I have a lot more goodies to show.  Next in the lineup is {Pam Ellison}.


  1. Lots of cute ideas from new products, how fun

  2. WOW! Tons of great stuff here!

  3. OMG I love what you did with the SOTM to make a monster! I love all the other things too!!

  4. Great projects! Love the monster stick and I love how you did the bag...may scrap lift that idea.

  5. Nikka, I really like that scrapbook page. All of your projects turned out super cute.

  6. You've been busy! Great projects!

  7. good idea to show off the paperpacks that way