Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month the featured stamp of the month is S1210 Very Merry Christmas, a set of 11 holiday!  Below are the images in this stamp set that is available only thru October 31st. 

If you have come here from Helen Onulak's blog you are on the right path! You can find a list of all the participants (in case you get lost) here:  This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this set. The 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 5-3/4" x 5-3/4" card made with the new Avonlea Workshop on the Go (WOTG) Papers which features some exclusive cardstock colors only available in the kit. I wanted to use a kit that was different than the usual Christmas colors. Below is my card:

And here is a closer look at the dimensional items of it:

Papers: Avonlea WOTG papers; Avonlea White, Smokey Plum, Avonlea Teal cardstocks
Stamps:  S1210 Very Merry Christmas
Ink:   Smokey Plum pigment pad, True Teal (retired) Exclusive Inks
Embellishments:  Pearl Opaques, Just Blooms
Other:  CTMH 2" Scallop Punch; Artiste Cartridge; 1" circle punch; Spellbinder Scallop Square Die Cut;  Border Ribbon Punch.

Time to hop on over to Nancy Brown's Blog to see her beautiful eye candy! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' Blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available thru October 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5!

Happy hopping!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Clearly The Best

Close To My Heart is excited to be working with My Craft Channel , an online craft TV network, to create a new video series called Clearly the Best. Each video will show stamping techniques demonstrating the creative flexibility and perfect placement possible with our clear stamps. When you sign up for free at, you’ll receive email notifications every time a new video in the Clearly the Best video series is released. That way, you'll be sure to catch every episode! Sign up today.

In this first episode,  discover the ease of creating new designs from stamp sets you already own. Personalize by using this new stamping technique. The versatility of clear My Acrylix® stamps makes it simple to bend, curve, and mix and match stamps to produce a completely unique design!

Lots of great ideas here!  Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Make & Takes for Open House

At the end of August I held a little open house and had a couple of projects that were make and takes.  One project features the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  This is another cartridge that has over 700 images.  However, this amazing cartridge has some many cool things built into it so that you no longer have to figure out how large or small related pieces should be cut. The cartridge will cut all pieces of a project to the appropriate size once you have set the dial on your cricut.  This just amazes me!

Here are the projects:  a 4.5" x 4.5" card and a cute little gift box.  You can click on pictures for details.

Supplies for the little gift box:

Papers: Wonderland WOTG papers, Colonial White cardstock
Stamps:  One of the 3 D-size stamps sets that come with the Artiste cartridge

Inks:  Chocolate Exclusive Inks

Embellishments:  Pearl opaque gems
Other:  Cricut Artiste Cartridge

Same paper and supplies are used on both cards.  The only difference is the front and backs of Moonlight B&T papers are reversed.

Supplies for both cards:

Papers: Moonlight WOTG papers, Colonial White, Smokey Plum cardstock
Stamps: C1522 Creepy Creatures
Inks: Smokey Plum, Black, Goldrush, Sorbet Exclusive Inks
Embellishments: Black Mini-Medley Collection

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day holiday!

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