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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Damask Divas Dreamin Big Blog Hop

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Welcome to another Damask Divas Team Blog Hop!!! You should have arrived from Jenifer. Today we are featuring the fun Dreamin Big paper pack from Close to My Heart!!! I love the cute bugs in one of the patterns. It is perfect for a Spring themed layout or card. It would be cute for a boy themed layout too. 
The flower print paper is perfect for Mother's Day cards!! Pair it with March's Stamp of the month and you are set. This is what the March stamp of the month looks like
I will be using it to make lots of Mother's day cards for my vendor event next month too and of course my Mom and Grandmothers.  Right now though, I am busy in the land of Dr Who and other fandom's because this weekend is Congt. It is a convention celebrating Dr Who and I am a vendor this year! Dr Who for those that do not know is a British science fiction TV program. he doctor flies around in outer space in his blue space ship,the Tardis. The Tardis is camouflaged to look like a police box. This Dreamin Big paper pack has the perfect constellation print to be the background of my Dr Who card! From the one sheet of CTMH paper, I was able to get 8 pieces to use for cards. Here's two cards where the paper covers the entire card all but the thin white card base border:

I added a strip of the constellation paper to the inside of the birthday card. Thinking of you card is blank inside.

It is simple, yet looks stellar from that paper doing all the work. I added a Tardis that I cut from my Cricut Explore and stamped a greeting. Sometimes you just need to let the paper speak to you and go from there.  The CTMH paper pacifica is the perfect Tardis blue!! I used the pigment ink in Pacifica to stamp my greetings and then used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the greeting. It gave it a nice raised effect that unfortunately you can't see in the photos. I cut a piece of CTMH White Daisy paper to fit just behind the windows. The Tardis is popped up with foam tape and put on an angle to look like it is flying thru space. Thinking of you is form the current CTMH stamp set Heartfelt Thoughts and Happy Birthday is from the retired stamp set that was the Operation Smile stamp set 2015. The inside stamp "Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake" is a retired hostess stamp set. I am still working on the rest of this card set. Finished card is an A2 aka 4 and 1/2 by 5 and 1/2. Tardis is 1.2 width and 2 inch height. Constellation paper cut 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/4.

You can get the Stamp of the month here along with the Dreamin Big paper pack and all other Close To My Heart goodies, if you don't have a consultant.  Thank you for stopping by!  I hope to be posting more updates soon.  I hope you see there's a lot of things you can do with these patterns. There's even a coordinating stamp and die set!! All CTMH die and stamp and die sets are 25% off this month only!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop! Your next stop is Danielle!!!

Here's the full line up of the hop:

(You are here) Melissa Fromm http://frommtheheart.blogspot.com/2017/03/damask-divas-dreamin-big-blog-hop.html

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What I have been up to Sept 2016

September I had a fun month of events for National Stamping Month and Creating Kindness with CTMH. I had a small gathering with my aunt, mom, and twin cousins at my parent's house where they each made a card with this kit that was available in Sept. I also had a public event at the local library, where I showed the new CTMH products and let everyone made a card. Here was the kit: 

Here's my cousin, Alice.

Here's my cousin, Evelyn.

Here's my aunt, Jeanne Ann

Close up view of my business, Fromm the Heart, mentioned at the library
This cute girl, used CTMH water color pencils without any water and made her own pretty design.

This girl made her own spin on the card kit.

Creating away...

My set up of CTMH products.

Instead of using the blender pen to got over the water color shading, Gloria ran her blender pen over the entire circle. I like the effect!!
Linda creating away and in the background my display board of some cards I had made.

 My mom making a card!
 Gloria's completed card!

 Linda's completed card!

I made this layout at convention 2016 using the word beautiful cut out and I pounced watercolor over it to create the title.
 I made this layout at convention 2015 based on the movie Up.
 A closer view of the cards on my display.
 I made these cards with the September stamp of the month
 I am in love with the amazing CTMH products

 It was very fitting that the library was having an inside out event because convention 2016 was themed from Inside Out.
I had so many technical issues getting this post up. That is what delayed it so long. I wanted to post it before I posted my other stuff. I hope to mix my recap posts in with the new products. There is a lot to cover and I am excited to share!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Damask Divas Team Blog Hop Featuring Hello Lovely

Hello! We have a pretty paper pack to show off today from CTMH. If you came from, Angela, then you are in the right place. The Hello Lovely paper pack is so pretty for Valentine's day, weddings, Mother's day, and just because cards. It also makes beautiful scrapbook pages. Today I made a just because card using the fun word search embossing folder. All products are CTMH. I used  pomegranate ink and a wet paintbrush to highlight my greeting. I added a bit of lagoon ink to bring out hello love. I matted it in a fabric looking piece of paper from the pack. Then, I popped it up with foam tape to the floral base and centered on the floral print. I attached the layers to a blank white daisy card base. The edges of all the paper were dragged across the pomegranate ink pad to make the cuts look more finished. The card was quick and easy! I am waiting for more supplies to arrive from a recent order. I am excited to get the workshop your way scrapbooking kit and make some lovely scrapbook pages. Here is my finished card. I love the word search detail. I added a little clear shimmer to the white paper before I embossed it.
Thank you for hopping by. I hope you visit my page again soon. Next up on the hop is the talented Jenifer! If you get lost along the way, you can go to www.damaskdivas.com and see the complete line up. If you care to purchase any of these amazing products, you can shop with me at www.frommtheheart.ctmh.com Want a Seasonal Expressions catalog? Contact me today!
Here's the amazing stamp of the month for February:
It is only $5 with a $50 purchase!!! I can't wait to get mine in the mail tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rosalie's birthday card 2016 edition

I used a retired CTMH picture my life card cut it down and I rounded the corners. I adhered to the top of the base for this card. I rounded the corners of my card as well. I die cut the balloons using a non CTMH die from my stash from paper I had previously watercolored and had done some watercolor splatter on. I took white twine and I cut it to the length longer than the height of the card, then I separated each strand of the twine into single strands. I adhered the balloons how I wanted them and I tied twine to each one, then I pulled the stands to the bottom of the pml and adhered the bottom of the pml card down. That hid the end of the stands and I didn't have to glue down each strand(which would have been harder to do).  I die cut the happy die from CTMH. I used that same watercolored paper I had made previously. I used my CTMH bonding memories glue pen to adhere happy to the card. I stamped birthday wishes from the Birthday Sprinkles stamp set in the lower right corner in CTMH sapphire ink.
The inside of the card was finished with balloons die cut from non ctmh paper. The tails of the twine are tied together in a bow and hidden behind the baseball card. This baseball card was given to me by the sister of a ST Louis Cardinal baseball player that has been playing for the Memphis Red Birds and STL . My cousin Rosalie is a die hard STL fan. When my friend heard that she is such a big fan, she was happy to mail me a signed baseball card from her brother! The bottom of the card was stamped using streamers from the new Way to Go stamp set from CTMH in different colors.  I also used the sprinkle stamp from birthday sprinkles and stamped to make a pattern for the hope it was great hand written sentiment.

I finished the envelope with some washi tape from my stash.

Rosalie loved her card and was excited for the baseball card. Her birthday was in July, but I waited to give her the card until I saw her a few weeks ago, so I could tell her all about meeting a STL player's sister on a recent trip. I did a lot of stamping on this card. It sure was fun!
Where to find CTMH products used:
Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stamping, card making, and scrapbooking with children

My cousins are 8 and they really like art. The last time we were together, I taught them how to use Close To My Heart products to make their own cards. They had brought loose pictures of their first communion as a gift for my parents, so I showed them how to each make a scrapbook page. Unfortunately the flamingo stamp set has now retired, but they did so well and had such a good time, that I had to show what they made. I still use my retired CTMH stamps. They last forever. Here is Evelyn showing off her card. She stamped the flamingo body in pixie and the wing in cotton candy. The beak and legs were stamped in slate. She applied the matching washi tape to the bottom.
Here is Alice and her card. She loved the flamingo stamp set too, but she stamped some hearts on her card and added some silver shimmer trim.

I gave them the new With You stamp set from Close to My Heart and a piece of white daisy paper. I let them choose their colors and make their own design. All I did was supervise and cut a mat for their photo. Colors used was sorbet, sweet leaf, thistle, and sapphire. Mats were cut from the retired whimsy fundamental paper on the glossy side.  They did a great job and they loved picking out their photos and using the stamps and ink. Here are the pages in the album.

Here is Alice with her page. She used two different stamps and decided to stamp on the left of the paper. Her photo is matted with pink paper because that is her favorite color.

Here's Evelyn with her finished page. She used just one stamp and all the colors. Her photo is matted in purple because that is her favorite color. CTMH products pair so well together that even though they each chose different colors, they look great together.

 All CTMH products used for these projects. We still have plenty of pictures left to make some more scrapbook pages. I made my parents a scrapbook one Christmas of family events that year. I put these pages in that book and we will just add on until it is filled.  I also know that if we make a scrapbook page together each year and put them in the album, it will be something for them to look forward to flipping thru and looking back on the progress they have made. For their first time stamping, card making, and making a scrapbook page, they did better than I did! I saved my first scrapbook and I remember my first card. The scrapbook pages had too many pictures on a page and it was just a cluttered mess. The beauty of these projects is, if they had made a mistake, starting over would have been fine. I encourage you to try stamping, card making, and scrapbooking with children. I had a lot of fun and they did too. These are simple projects for any age. I hope you are stamping this month and celebrating National Stamping Month! You can order the With You stamp set here and the ink here. Thank you so much for stopping by. Do you craft with children? What kind of products have you made? I would love to hear from you in the comments. These two love to draw, color, and paint.