Welcome to our May Blog Hop!

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Katy Taylor’s so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Krista Hershberger’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

Each month, this group shares with you a different technique featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 10 of us are showcasing how to incorporate the use of different types of Thin Cuts (die cuts) into your paper crafting projects. Below is a link to a very comprehensive article that explains pretty much everything you would ever need to know about die cutting.

This month I will be showing you two projects that I created using four of CTMH’s Thin Cut sets: Stitched Flowers, Doily, Lace Border and Decorative Borders.

The first project makes use of the Stitched Flowers and the flower border from Decorative Borders.

At first glance, the Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts look pretty straightforward. However, once I started playing with them I realized there is much much more to them than meets the eye! For the larger, Sugarplum flower, I used three layers: The top and bottom layers are identical, where the centre of each petal folds down and in. The middle layer is the opposite: each petal folds out and up. And making the folds is as simple as following the dotted lines!

For the smaller, Charcoal (light side) flower, I used three layers, all identical, just offset from each other. For these layers, I got out my flower shapers and went to town! First, on the back side, I added shape along the outside edge all the way around.

Next, on the front side, I made a large, flat circle in the middle.

Once all three layers were shaped, I nested them, offsetting each layer.

I added some inking to the large flower with a Sugarplum Exclusives Ink Pad, but if I was going to do this again, I would do the inking BEFORE assembly, instead of after! And then, just to jazz things up a bit, I added some Diamond Dust from my stash to each of the centers, with liquid glue.

Okay, on to the second project! This card came about because I REALLY wanted to do something with the CTMH Sweet Girl paper. Oh how I love that paper!!😍 And I know that I kinda went crazy with the lace thing and I tried to squish as many of the different patterns in as I could – But it’s so pretty!!! I used the Doily and Lace Border Thin Cuts for this project. Lots of layering going on too! The sentiment, as with project 1 is from CTMH’s May Stamp of the Month “To My Bestie”. The flowers are from my stash.

List of Materials used in Project 1:

  • Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2848
  • Sugarplum Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z6500
  • Sugarplum card stock X5989
  • Sapphire card stock X6021
  • White Daisy card stock X6027
  • True Love paper pack X7244B
  • To My Bestie – S1805
  • Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts – Z4064
  • Decorative Borders Thin Cuts – Z4241
  • Diamond Dust (miscellaneous)

List of Materials used in Project 2:

  • Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad Z2848
  • Sapphire card stock X6021
  • White Daisy card stock X6027
  • Sweet Girl paper pack X7244B
  • To My Bestie – S1805
  • Doily Thin Cuts – Z4063
  • Lace Border Thin Cuts – Z4060
  • Paper Flowers (miscellaneous)

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you noticed something you want to see more of, you can see all of the products used on my CTMH shopping site: here. If you have any questions about the projects or techniques used here, or you’d just like to tell me what you thought of the projects, feel free to leave me a comment below or email here. I’d love to hear from you!

After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what amazing art Krista has to share with you and happy crafting!

Until next time


List of Participants:

Melissa Robinson
Katy Taylor
Valerie Kapsha **You are here**
Krista Hershberger
Catherine Nowak
Terry Metzger
Michelle Loncar
Haley Dyer
Maz Wood
Tamara Sandwisch

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