Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Happy Freedom Month and welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month the featured stamp of the month is S1307 Sweet Life--a set of 9 images featuring fruit.  Below are the images in this stamp set that are available only thru July 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 50 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 4" x 5.5" card. When I cut out the paper for the card, I cut it at 5.5" x 8" (instead of 5.5" x 8.5").  So, what's a quarter of an inch right?  I thought I would feature the Dakota papers which will soon be retiring.  I love the look of this paper with black cardstock!

Next a closer look at the sparkle tape:

Papers:  Dakota WOTG, Black cardstocks
Stamps:  S1307 Sweet Life
Ink:    Black Exclusive Inks; Cranberry and Topiary Alcohol Markers
Embellishments:  Black Shimmer Trim; Black Mini Medley (while supply lasts) 
Other:  Art Philosophy cartridge

Time to hop on over to Nikka Geer'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 July 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set for $5!

Happy hopping!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful father's who have stepped up to be the greatest dad's ever!  Don't you just love these card occasions?  Today I honor both my son and son-in-law for the amazing Dad's that they are.  I wish my own Dad was here to see them!

On the cards below, both were made with Cricut Artiste cartridge.  All the pieces of the cards come from p. 75 of the Cricut booklet and the shirt was cut at 4.25".

The first card was made from the Buzz and Bumble WOTG kit and is a standard size card:

The next card is made with the Tommy WOTG kit:

Here is a side view:

And next is the inside view:

Normally, I hate to think of making a card without stamping but I decided to relent.  Both of these cards have no stamping.

I hope you all have the best days ever with your Dad's!  Best wishes to all Fathers!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Last Day of School and Teacher Appreciation

Today is the last day of school for my granddaughters.  They are both happy and sad, needless to day.  This day always presents an opportunity to create teacher appreciation gifts.  Below is the gift bag which contains: a bottle of water (Thank you for quenching my Thirst for knowledge) with lemonade mix--all natural stuff, Popcorn package with appreciation poem written by a fellow consultant but can't remember who it was, a package w/2 cookies (Thank you for making me such a smart cookie), and not pictured is a little bag of Hershey Kisses (cause everyone HAS to have chocolate!)  Instructions for any of the projects can be found in articles for "Teacher Gifts".

Below is a close up of the Popcorn (Orville's Kettle Corn - yummy!)

Below is the Cookie Box (How cool is it that Safeway is packaging these in nice little "gift" containers?)

Next is the Water Bottle and Drink Mix holder:

And finally is the decorated gift bag:

I just love the paper kit that was used on this.  It is a retired Close To My Heart kit that came out back in 2003 or 2004 and has long since been retired.  I can't even remember the name of it--something like Summer Harvest. 

I hope that if you were looking for Teacher Appreciation gifts this has helped to give you ideas.  But most importantly--DON'T forget the Chocolate !

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Incentives at Close To My Heart


Close To My Heart is making a new Autumn/Winter 2013 stamp set, A True Thank You, available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross to aid the Oklahoma victims. Help us provide relief to those affected by the devastating Oklahoma tornado by purchasing A True Thank You stamp set for $2.95 (M1029) today!   Shop online or contact me to learn more about the Close To My Heart Relief for Oklahoma campaign and stamp set.

*Offer valid May 23 – June 30, 2013. No limit per order.


Show your support of troops and country with new patriotic stamp sets — available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013! As a show of our support, Close To My Heart will donate $3 from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the United States, or $3 from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Strong and Free stamp set to the Canadian Hero Fund, which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military troops by providing post-secondary education in Canada. Show your support today—stamp style!   Shop online or contact me to learn more about Close To My Heart patriotic stamps sets.  Here are the sets:

B1437 Courage:
   D1576 Home of the Brave (below):
D1575 Strong and Free (Below):

*Offer valid June 1–July 31, 2013. No qualifying purchase needed. No limit per order.


Get a FREE My Creations® Mini Banner!

It’s going to be a “banner” day! When you place a $25 order that includes a stamp set, you’ll receive a My Creations® mini banner for free! The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer. Make it a “banner” day in June!
Shop online or contact me to place your qualifying order and capture the savings today!

*Offer valid June 1–30, 2013. Only orders that include a qualifying stamp set and reach $25 receive a free mini banner.

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