Tuesday, February 14, 2017

One Day Sweet Sale!


In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, Close To My Heart (CTMH) is holding a one-day flash sale on my shop-on-line website--The Sweet Sale!  The sale will give you a chance to get a 30% discount on selected products from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1 -- see links on the right of my blog.

This Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 PM PST; 4:00 PM CST; 5:00 PM EST) and will end at the same time on Feburary 15.  Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my shop-on-line website during these times.  All discounted items ordered as part of this sale count towards the Stamp of the Month.

As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of the sale items.

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit during the sale times--the Sweet Sale items will be listed on the site.  All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends!

I'm excited to offer this fun opportunity for special one-time savings on CTMH products!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017 Stamp of the Month With Sugar Rush

I decided I was not going to let another month go by without creating at least one card with the current month's Stamp of the Month.  So here is my card using Sugar Rush (and the colors) with the January Stamp of the Month.  It always dismays me that it takes me a whole day to create a card.  Some people have a concept in their head before they start.  Mine seems to come together painfully slow piece by piece.

My card is a standard size card:


Here is more of a side view where you can kinda see the inside of the card:


Last closeup front:


Papers:  Sugar Rush Kit; Pomegranate and Colonial White Cardstocks
Stamps:  S1701 Adore You
Inks:  Whisper, Pomegranate, Canary, Glacier Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Z3311 Sugar Rush Washi Pack
Other:  Sizzix Stitched Frmes Framelits - Circle Die; Paper Trey Ink Delightful Die Cover Plate

Featured Stamp set January 2017 Stamp of the Month:  Adore You


Hope you got a chance to get this month's stamp set!  It's a good one!  Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sugar Rush Post-it-Note & Pencil Holder

This weekend my monthly workshop was scheduled however, I have one horrible cold & soar throat crud.  This is what we were going to make at the workshop--Sugar Rush Post-It Note & Pencil Holder with calendar.  I found a place online which prints calendars here.  I selected the yearly calendar that printed the calendars in landscape mode and it fit perfectly for this little box!  First is the front side of the holder:


View of both sides of holder, emphasizing the front side of holder:


A view of both sides of holder - showing more of the pencil holder side:


Pencil box side of holder:


Papers:  G1118 Sugar Rush, Pomegranate, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  
Inks:  Pomegranate Exclusives Inks
Embellishments
Other: Sizzix thinlits Tim Holtz Happy Holidays words

With my containers, I actually used some textured cardstock that was long ago retired.  I like it because it is a heavier cardstock and I thought it would stand up a little better than regular cardstock. You can find an instructional video from Libby Stampz, an Australian stamper here.  Here are the quick instructions:

1.  Notepad Holder:  Cut a 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" piece of cardstock and score all sides at 2" and cut on the green lines.



2.  Cut three pieces of decorative paper at 3-1/8" x 1-7/8" (that will go on 3 showing sides of the notepad holder).  On the side of the box that will face the front, you will use a 1-3/8" circle punch to punch out a half circle (see finished picture).

3.  Pencil Box:  Cut an 8-1/4" x 8-1/4" piece of cardstock.  Score one set of opposite sides (see below) at 3-1/4" and the other set of opposite sides at 2-1/2".  Cut on the green lines.  Trim off excesses (yellow areas) as shown:


4.  Cut two pieces of decorative paper at 3-1/8" x 1-5/8".  Adhere to sides of pencil holder.
     Cut one piece of decorative paper at 3-1/8" x 3-1/8".  Adhere to front of pencil holder.

5.  Back Piece:  Cut a piece of cardstock 3-1/4" x 5-1/2".
      Cut 2 pieces of matching cardstock (one for front & back) at 3-1/8" x 5-3/8".
      Cut one layer decorative paper (for front) at 3" x 5-1/4".  Stamp and embellish.
      
This project was great fun and pretty easy to make!  Enjoy!




Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Tags

My last workshop of the year, we created an ornament (which was the subject of a previous post done with City Sidewalks Papers) and making Christmas tags.  I love the look of kraft paper and even stamping with white daisy pigment ink didn't brighten it up as much as I would have thought.  So, with the help of a white gel Signo Glo pen I got the brightness I'd hoped for.


Papers:  z1375 Kraft cardstock and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  D1697 Perfect Presents, A1187 World Joy
Inks:  Cranberry, Willow, and Black Exclusives Inks; White Daisy Pigment Ink
Embellishments:  z3090 Red Enamel Gems; Red & White Baker's Twine
Other: White Signo Glo gel pen, Cricut Design Studio using CTMH Art Philosphy cartridge, Nuvo White Crystal Drops

Here are the images of the stamps I used:

D1697 Perfect Presents

A1187 World Joy

I can say that I truly had forgotten how much fun white gel pens can be!  Blessed Advent to you all!




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Swing Card

This was the final card in my action card workshop--the Christmas swing card.  I love 3D flowers as long as they are not too big to put in an envelope.  I keep thinking with some of the cards that I've seen, "Do they really mail that in an envelope?"  Well, maybe it goes in a box.  Then it seems to lose it's "card" status.  Anyway, I made my card from a card originally created in Cricut Design Space by Julie Carriere of The Scrap Zone, (link is to Julie's card) whose beautiful workshops are amazing!  So, here is my card:


Here is a closer look at that poinsettia:


Finally a look at the inside of the swing portion of the card:


Papers:  G1114 City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way,  Cranberry, Peacock, Black, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps:  D1324 Christmas Melodies (Retired)
Inks:  Cranberry, Willow, and Black Exclusives Inks
Embellishments:  z3090 Red Enamel Gems; Cranberry Ribbon (Ret.)
Other: z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Cricut Design Studio using CTMH Art Philosphy cartridge; 1-1/4" circle punch (Ret.)

For those with using Cricut Design Studio, my file can be found here:  https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/47121062.

D1324 Christmas Melodies:
 
Hope your Holiday season is blessed with the spirit of the New Born King!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Double-Z Oh Deer! Card

Back in October my monthly workshop did action cards.  You already saw my Halloween twist and pop card in an earlier post.  Another one of them was this Oh Deer Double-Z fold card.  I added in a couple of pieces so that it was almost like a box card inside the double-z fold.  Then I saw that Color Dare Challenge Blog #223 was still open on their Oh Deer! colors.

Closed up:



Opened:


Full view:


Papers:  G1116 Oh Deer! Workshop Your Way,  Glacier, Lagoon, and White Daisy Cardstocks;
Stamps:  D1696 Woodland Wishes
Inks:  Cocoa, Desert Sand, Lagoon Exclusives Inks
Embellishments:  Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Other: Z4015 Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts

Woodland Wishes Bundles:


I love cards and are interactive or have fun folds!



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Getting Ready for December Workshop

Usually our December workshop is everything but a card (which to me means tags, ornaments, boxes, bags, etc.).  So, I found a cutting file for this ornament from Dreaming Tree's Elegant Ornament set.  It also has lots of bling which I love and which I plan to enter into the Between the Folds blog challenge.


Here is the ornament from a different angle:


Papers:  City Sidewalks Kit; Peacock, Cranberry Cardstocks, Mirror Paper from Hobby Lobby
Embellishments:  Red Glitter Papers; Red Glitter Gem (Retired)
Other:  Cricut Explorer; Silver Ribbon; Cranberry Baker's Twine (Retired)

This was such a fun project!  It will go well with some tags.

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