Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September - National Stamping Month

OMG there are so many things happening today!  First off, Introducing our newest Idea Books!  There are so many new and amazing items you will be sure to be inspired.  Get both of these FREE with a $25.00 purchase from my Shop On Line Site or click the link on the right side of this blog to download free .PDF files now!

DOWNLOAD the Recipes for the Annual Idea Book here and for the Holiday Expression Recipes here!

Next, celebrate National Stamping Month with three beautiful and exclusive stamp sets from Close To My Heart only available during the month of September.  Each stamp set is designed to fit a specific type of papercrafting:  traditional scrapbooking, cardmaking or pocket scrapbooking, yet they all beautifully coordinate with each other and the new Cricut Artistry collection!  Watch the campaign video or visit my Shop On Line Site.

And don't forget the September Stamp of the Month:  S1509 Paper Garden only available during the month of September for only $5 when you order $50 or more in Close To My Heart products!

I love the artwork featured with this set:

Be sure to stop back to see artwork created with this month's featured paper:  Nevermore


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Color Dare 154

This week the color featured is Smokey Plum, a color that will be retiring at the end of this month.  This opportunity became a throwback to pull out retired Close To My Heart B&T papers in Smokey Plum to combine with some of our newer products.

My item is a 5" x 7" card.  The flowered piece is spayed with Smokey Plum and then stamped with a flower grouping stamp from one of the new stamp sets from the new CTMH Cricket Artistry cartridge which I used to cut out the August Stamp of the Month greeting.

The next picture show some of the details:

Papers:  Smokey Plum and White Daisy Cardstocks;  Smokey Plum B&T (Ret.)
Stamps S1508 Framed (Stamp of the Month); Perfect Picture (Artistry Collection)
Inks:  Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks
Embellishments z3024 White Shimmer Trim; White large brads (Ret.); 3D puffy paint; puffy hearts
Other:  z3167 CTMH Cricut Artistry cartridge (new!!); Spellbinders circle die; Quickutz Nesting Lace Circle Die

 I encourage you all to break out your smokey plum papers and ink and join the challenge!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Artistry Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistry Blog Hop where we are featuring CTMH's new Cricut cartridge called ARTISTRY.  The cartridge comes with 3 beautiful D-size stamp sets and a stack of our new Enchantment pack cardstock.  Feel free to download the flyer here.  To see the images on the cartridge, see the flyer here.
If you have come here from Beth Naumann's Blog you are on the right path. This hop has over 30 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations.  You can find a list of all the participants (in case you get lost) here: http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/p/sotm-blog-hop-list.htmlThe hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided in the post to move to the next blog!
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My item is a tall 3.5" x 8" sized card. Note that I am still learning both my Cricuts (Cricut Create which takes cartridges) and Cricut Explore (which does not).  I loved this cute jar and flower from p. 2 of the cricut book.  I did a little coloring with color pencils on the jar and leave and stems.  Somehow, it just seems trickier to create with cutouts, but it is fun!
 And here's a closer, detailed view. The flowers are not really tacked down and I've add some dimensional tape under some of the flowers.

Papers:  Wanderful WOTG; Gypsy, Crystal Blue, Smoothie, Flaxen, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps S1508 Framed (Stamp of the Month)
Inks:  Crystal Blue and Gypsy Exclusive Inks; 3505 CTMH Watercolor Pencils
Embellishments z3042 Coral Reef Sequins, z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim; z2012 Gold Assort. Sequins; z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment
Other:  z3167 CTMH Cricut Artistry cartridge (new!!)
Get this lovely new and fun Cricut Cartridge by either contacting your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to get any of these super cricut cartridges.
Now it is time to hop on over to Jen Rubio's blog and see her gorgeous eye candy!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 2015 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

The featured stamp of the month is S1508 Framed--a set of 12 images--from Best Wishes to Merry Christmas. Below are the images in this stamp set that is available only thru August 31st. You can click on the image to see details.

If you have come here from Gina Brandstetter's Blog you are on the right path. This month we have almost 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations.  You can find a list of all the participants (in case you get lost) here: http://bowlofstamps.blogspot.com/p/sotm-blog-hop-list.htmlThe hop is simple to follow - just click on the link provided in the post to move to the next blog!
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My item is a standard size birthday card that I made for my Granddaughter Sophia whose 2nd birthday was July 30th but we are celebrating today:  
Here is the inside of the card:
 A little closer look at the dimension:
Papers:  Confetti Wishes WOTG; Canary, Pear and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps: S1508 Framed; D1618 Build A Cake (images below); C1436 Birthday Blast (Ret.) B1287 Solo "2" (Ret.)
Inks:  Lagoon, Canary, Pear, Thistle, Glacier, Pacifica, and Whisper Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  z1847 Green Glitter Paper; z2010 White Enamel Stars; z3123 Green Triangles Enamel & Glitter Duos (new today!)
Other:  CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge (new today!); Orange Peel Sticklers glitter glue; 3D Puffy Paint; Border Punch
Remember, the SOTM is only available thru August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5!
Now it is time to hop on over to Chris Robertson's blog and see what eye candy she has on the table for you today!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Color Dare #152

I have been looking at this week's Color My Heart Color Dare #152 thinking no good can come out of those colors, although the examples are very nice.  OK, it shouted CHALLENGE to me.  The colors for #152 are Cranberry, Canary, Slate and White Daisy (you can click the picture to pop up the site):


I made a standard size card.  I have used card pattern #24 in Vol. 2 of Make It From Your Heart.  Here is my sample:

And the photo below is more of a staight-on picture:

Papers:   Slate, Canary, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps M1041 Hi  (Retired)
Inks:  Slate, Canary, Cranberry Exclusive Inks; Y222 Golden Yellow ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Embellishmentsz1848 Red Shimmer Tape; Slate Washi Tape (ret.)
Other:   Z185 Scallop Border Punch; z1927 Damask Embossing Folder; Cranberry mini brads (ret.)


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sympathy Card

I saw this card done by Hillary Harris for this week's MojoMonday and thought it was one of nicest Sympathy cards I had seen in a long while.  It was elegant and simple at the same time.  It wasn't feminine or masculine per se.  Someone once close to me recently lost a parent and I thought this would be the perfect card.  Mine is almost a complete CASE but it is because of my admiration of Hillary's work.  So here is my almost exact copy:

Papers:  Jackson WOTGWanderful Paper, Juniper Glacier, and Colonial White Cardstocks
Stamps C1524 Word of Comfort (Ret.)
Inks:  Barn Red Exclusive Inks
Embellishments z2012 Gold Assortment Sequins
Other:  Spellbinders Circle Dies

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Masculine Cards Workshop 2015

Last month, I had a workshop and my favorite ladies got to create masculine card for Father's Day, Birthday or whatever.  I would like to share what we did.  First off, I wish to give credit to some very talented consultants who were the creators of some of the cards.  The card entitled "Pull My Finger" was a creation by Nikka Gears that I cased almost exactly.  I grew up as the only girl amongst brother's so you can see how I would think this was such a perfect guy card.  What a hoot!  Next, the men's suit jacket was created by Jan Schmidt (and she has wonderful instructions on her blog for this card).  The third card that I would like to give to credit to is for the World's Greatest Day card I found on Pinterest but alas I could not find the author of this work.

All of the cards are standard size cards.  I like cards that can go through the mail fairly easily so I tend to stick to standard size cards:

Papers:  Jackson WOTG; Cocoa, Juniper, Barn Red, Glacier, and White Daisy Cardstocks
Stamps A1173 The Best Dad Ever; D1646 Finding the Words; B416 Keyboard Upper Case; Typed Notes (April SOM, ret.)
Inks:  Cocoa, Glacier, Barn Red, and Black Exclusive Inks


The best part is that stamp sets from Seasonal Expressions II will continue to be available after the Seasonal Expressions II catalog expires.

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