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CTMH New Product Blog Hop

By Helen | August 5, 2012

Grab your favorite beverage…AND….a note pad & pen….so you can make your WISH LIST!  I’m sure you’re going to see LOTS of things done with the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge  Note:  I opted not to focus on that just yet, as I want you to get that August 1tth when you can get the Cricut Artiste Cartridge, the National Stamping Month double D stamp set AND the Stamp of the Month!  If you’ve arrived here from Krista’s blog, you’re on the right track.

I chose to focus on the new Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern book.  This soft-cover pattern book includes:

  • 2-page Scrapbook Layouts
  • Cards
  • Single Scrapbook Page Designs
It has the cutting guides you know & love, like the previous How-To Books.  With two artwork samples for each layout, you’ll be inspired with LOTS of ideas!  And…at $7.95 retail – it’s a GREAT deal!


Using Pattern 01 on page 6, I used the Avonlea papers left after making the Avonlea Workshop Kit layouts and adding in a few other fabulous new products, the Satin Slate Polka Dot Ribbon, Brocade Assortment and the stunning Black & Grey Sparkles.

While I’m talking about Avonlea, I want to mention something NEW that CTMH is doing – using pops of color in things like the paper pack, complements and embellishments.  When you look in the Idea Book or at the Zip Strip, you’ll see things like Avonlea Green, Avonlea Off-White and Avonlea Teal.  These are the pops of color - think of these as trendy, current color that adds interest.  You’ll find these colors as cardstock only in the paper pack, not as separate cardstock.  You’ll also find these colors used throughout the patterned papers in that paper pack.  Plus, as accents in the Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes and the Brocade Assortment (the embellishment for Avonlea).

You may say…what INK am I going to use?  CTMH will always make sure that a core color will be used, in this case Chocolate and Slate – such that you’ll have a “go-to” color for stamping, distressing, and for adding in more cardstock to stretch your paper pack!

Let’s look at some of the details so you can see the pops of color.  The key is part of the Brocade Assortment and is self-adhesive!  LOVE that!

The Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes have just the right amount of texture & design to coordinate with the papers.  The silver flower is another element from the Brocade Assortment.  The photo just doesn’t do the Black & Grey Sparkles justice, the color is rich & oh, so pretty.

And…one more ribbon detail with another Brocade Assortment element.

Materials for Yellow & Blue Card:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.


Are you inspired by this blog? One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me. You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.ctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.


Special…Tote-ally Awesome!

In August, when you become a CTMH Consultant, you’ll get this Teal Damask Backpack/Bag (a $50 retail value) FREE!  This is a while supplies last special…so, if you want the bag – grab it!  For more information & FAQs, check out this blog post.

Note: This is a POPULAR item and not expected to last through the month…so, if you want one, grab it now before they’re gone.



Cut the papers using Pattern 01 on page 6 of the Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 1.

Using the Foam Tool and Slate ink, distress the edges of all papers.

For the pleated ribbon detail – run a few strips of adhesive on the back edge.  I also ran adhesive down the back of the ribbon (toward one side), this helped hold the pleats as I was pleating it.  Tip: I like to tuck the raw edge back under so you don’t see it.

Tip:  I backed my 7″ x 5″ photo with cardstock to support it since I was going to be popping it up.

Here’s what it looks like finished…

For the ribbon detail on the right page, cut the ribbon to overlap the patterned paper, and to wrap to the back of the layout.  Figure out where you want to place the Brocade flower, then run strips of adhesive on the back of the Slate Satin Polka-Dot Ribbon (may be hard to see in the photo).  Tip: I secured the ribbon to the back of the layout to figure out where to pinch pleat it.

Pinch the ribbon together so the adhesive sticks to itself.

Although the Brocade Assortment elements are self-adhesive, I was adhering the large one on top of the ribbon.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to go anywhere.  To keep it in place, I added a few small strips of 3D Foam Tape that are strategically placed to be to either side of the pinch pleats and to secure to the cardstock base.  Cut the end. Tip: Fold the ribbon in half width-wise and cut from the FOLD to the outer points to get the V-shape :-)

Voila – my finished layout…ok, not totally finished, going to give this to my brother-in-law and his wife and let them add the journaling on the right hand page.

Now “hop” on over to see what {Kathleen} has created.

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Topics: Avonlea, Make It From Your Heart, Scrapbook Club, Scrapbook Layouts, Scrapbooking | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “CTMH New Product Blog Hop”

  1. Casandra B. Says:
    August 5th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    So pretty and elegant.

  2. Wendy K. Says:
    August 5th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Beautiful layout!

  3. Gina B Says:
    August 5th, 2012 at 11:32 pm


  4. Maureen Says:
    August 5th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Helen, beautiful job on the LO. I have to get that ribbon! Fortunately, I just ordered more Avonlea paper and the metal embellishments. I’m now a follower on email. Thanks, Maureen OS

  5. CTMH 2012 Autumn/Winter New Product Blog Hop (List) | My Scrapbooking Blog Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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  6. Wendy Coffman Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    So beautiful – love the ribbon details! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Adeline Brill Says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I am anxious to receive my book so I can start playing with all of the new layouts! Beautiful, as always!

  8. Deanne Jacobs Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Beautiful job Helen

  9. Pamela O'Connor Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Fabulously done! Love how you used the ribbon. =)

  10. Sarah Stone Says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty, Helen! Great use of the colors and Brocade assortment. I need to try those out!

  11. Nancy Walters Says:
    August 20th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Love Your Layout… and GREAT directions!!