Thursday, 10 September 2020

September/October New Product Blog Hop, with Melinda Everitt


     Hello again!  I'm quite 'keen' to participate in this New Product Blog hop, showcasing products from the latest catalogue offerings by Close To My Heart.  Participating bloggers will be showing off a hodgepodge of products from the newly released September/ October Seasonal  and Core Annual 2020-21 Catalogues.  You should have come to me from Maureen- Welcome!!


  If you know me, you know I'm all about all things "Fall"- the changing colours, cooler temps, apple- picking and warm cider/ hot chocolate with a good book.  I love all the colours of Fall- the the yellows and golds, the browns and reds and everything in-between.  So, it's no surprise that CTMH's Bloom With Grace (BwG) is right up my alley.  With a little incentive from the Atlantic Hearts weekly Sketch Challenge, I started the ball rolling with a 'starburst' layout.

Here, I used many of the BwG products, including:  the paper pack w sticker sheet (X7260S), the Coodinating Cardstock pk (X7260C), the PML cards (X7260D) and the Wood Shapes (X7260E).  I based my layouts on 2 sheets from the New Wood Grain paper pack (X8017/ pg 12 Core)- 1 sheet is like Birch bark and the other is a warm Oak wood paneling.  I love the not-quite- white with the dark, golden brown, and I repeated it with the Zip strip on the left page. This season also brought us new colours and I sampled them on the right-side page- Cinnamon, Desert Rose,  and Sundance (yellow).  Where the large stickers would lay over the photos, I've put them on 3D tape, so I can easily slip pictures in later without unsticking these elements.  I also used the September SOTM (S2009) on the label in the lower left corner of the right-side page.
   Next, also inspired by an Atlantic Hearts Sketch, I created 1 -single card, a set of 12 cards and another 2 page layout.


  For the single card, I used some of the Sangria/ Desert Rose marble paper to mat the base and then cut down 1 of the PML cards to fit the Sketch.  The sentiment is from the Sticker sheet and I did sneak in a little retired ribbon and embellishment.  I finished by stamping the sunflower  from Sunflower Sympathy on the envelope.
   I thought the sketch lent itself well to reproduction, so I decided to create a set of cards using it.  I switched it up slightly by adding full size cardstock base mats (optional).  I used half the paper pack and 3 sheets of cardstock (plus white for stamping) to create these 12 cards.  I did use retired embellishments I had on hand but could just as easily used Liquid pearl, Stickles, Gold gems or elements from the Wood Buttons ( new-Z3668, pg 68, Core), which I did not have (YET!).  Some of the cards still looked a little 'bare', so I added some of the BwG wood elements, as well as some stamped and die cut images from With a Thankful Heart (new-Z3775/ C1866).  Images were coloured with the TriBlend markers.  Just for variation, I raised some parts with 3D tape.
   I thought the AH sketch would look good as a layout so created this one.  Here I used the BwG paper pack, a couple of the stickers from the Sticker sheet, a few of the Wood embellishments and I fussy- cut 1 of the Zip strips for the yellow scalloped ribbon on the right-side page.  I did add the completely contraband ribbon on the left, but I thought it went well with the overall layout. And, finally, I used images stamped and die cut from the (now retired) Joyful Sunflower set (Z3740/ D1932), and coloured with a variety of TriBlend markers.  And, I fenced my sunflowers in with a fence cut from the Wood Grain paper pack.  For the sentiments on the left-side page, I used 2 stamps from the Sept SOTM (S2009).
   For my final offering (I promise it's almost over! LOL), from some of the clippings I made this 'scraps' card-

The base is Sangria and the smaller mat is Fern.  I stamped the sentiment 3 consecutive times (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping) with Espresso ink on a 3x4  BwG PML card and finished off with more images from With a Thankful Heart, some which I put on 3D tape.
   As promised, that was the last project.  This is a hop 'in the round', which means if you visit everyone, you'll end up where you began.  If you get lost, you can find your way with the Hop list hereFrom me, you're off to visit Kathy.  Please feel free to leave comments, we love to hear from you!  If you're interested in any of the products, you can message me here in the comments or on my FB page, or check it out online.
   Please be aware that this post will be copied for another blog- with different links, for the Cross Canada Blog Hop, so no, you're not seeing double- LOL!  I hope you've been inspired to create with Bloom with Grace, or any of the other great products you've encountered on this Hop.  Don't forget to check back regularly for new offerings!  Thank you!!


  1. I love all of your sunflower projects, especially the starburts!

  2.'ve been busy creating PRETTY projects, Pam!!! TFS!

  3. So many gorgeous ideas I don't know where to begin! I especially love your sunburst layout.

  4. What a great selection of projects. Love that you continued the starburst on the right side of the first layout - that's my favourite project :)

  5. Wow you've been busy! Your cards and layouts are amazing and quite the inspiration!

  6. What incredible projects. You really got your money's worth from Bloom with Grace!! Beautiful work!

  7. Wow, have you been busy! I especially love the starburst layout.