Monday, March 31, 2014

April's Stamp of the Month..."Balloon Talk"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
April 2014's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Balloon Talk****

With over 50 participants, you are surely to find wonderful inspiration through this blog hop.  It makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Kami Welter's blog, "Scrappin' 4 Memories", then you are on the right track.

Picture Coming Soon...I promise...really.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: 
Stamps Used: 
Inks: 
Emellishments: 
Other: 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR this month only you can get it for FREE with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Sheila Bennett's blog, "Sheila's Stamping Stuff" and check out her project.

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Kathleen's blog.

Happy hopping!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March's Stamp of the Month..."Happy Place"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
April 2014's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Happy Place****

With over 50 participants, you are surely to find wonderful inspiration through this blog hop.  It makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Jen Rubio's' blog, "Jen's Jewel Box", then you are on the right track.

Picture Coming Soon

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: 
Stamps Used: 
Inks: 
Emellishments: 
Other: 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR this month only you can get it for FREE with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Judy Burger's blog, "Making Time for Memories" and check out her project.

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Kathleen's blog.

Happy hopping!


Sunday, February 09, 2014

Sarita Precut Kits

Here are two Sarita layouts that I added on my Kits page last month, but never posted here. If you would like either one of these kits, they are only $15 each and include everything seen in the photo, except where noted.  You can save $5 by picking up both for only $25.  Not to mention, you save shipping when you purchase more than one at a time. 

Live Your Dreams Kit includes...
  • Two base pages
  • Precut paper (as seen in photo*)
  • Embellishments (washi tape, natural hemp, stickers, partial pkg. of Sarita assortments, Durable studs)
  • Full-color instructions
  • Private link to additional, close-up photos.

SARITA Layout #1 "Live Your Dreams" -  6 Kits Available
*Note: White Daisy cardstock is not included in the kit and merely represents photo placement.  If you would prefer that the Outdoor Denim cardstock (dark blue) is not precut, please send me an email and I will send you a full sheet rather than precut pieces.
One of a Kind Kit includes...
  • Two, pre-stamped base pages
  • Precut paper (as seen in photo*)
  • Embellishments (washi tape, natural hemp, stickers, Sarita studs)
  • Full-color instructions
  • Private link to additional, close-up photos.
SARITA Layout #2 "One of a Kind" - 6 Kits Available
*Note: Due to the arrangement, the White Daisy cardstock, which represents photo placement, will be included with this kit.


Pre-cut Kit - Sarita Options - Local

Pre-cut Kit - Sarita Options - Long Distance

$5 will be added to the long distance option for shipping to US only.  Those outside of the US, please email me with your address and I will email you a cost and Paypal invoice.

If you should get a "sold out" message, please feel free to email me and I will let you know if more will be available.  The ability to create additional "sold out" kits will depend largely on the availability of the supplies.

Until next time...

Open House Prize Winners!

A shout out to all of those that helped me celebrate Close To My Heart's release of the new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book!  We had such a great time...at least I know I did. (One day I'll remember to take photos during the open house. LOL)  

Before announcing the door prize and grand prize winners, I want to take this moment to thank all of you who have supported me this past year and more. I cannot express to you how much it means to me to be able to do what I love and to share my passion with you...and you make it possible. So to my customers who I now consider friends...THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Now for the winners.

Beverly L. won the "Make It from Your Heart - Vol. 2" How-to Book.
CindyLou won the Kraft envelope collection.
Kathy won a collection of embellishments.
Kim M. won two items.  A collection of cool cork and canvas shapes/alphabets...
...and Sweet Surprises Card Kit.
The final door prize was won by Stacy M., which was a collection of Mini-medley Assortments.

All of the tickets from those that attended the event and those that made a purchase on my CTMH website were put into a gift bag and given a good shake.  Then I drew out a name and the winner of their choice of CTMH Scrapbooking WOTG, Cardmaking WOTG or Picture My Life Kit was...

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Beverly L.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time...

Friday, January 31, 2014

February's Stamp of the Month..."Wild About Love"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
February 2014's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Wild About Love****

With over 50 participants, you are surely to find wonderful inspiration through this blog hop.  It makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Dawn Ross' blog, "I Am A Happy Stamper", then you are on the right track.

This month is an adorable stamp set that features super hot and trendy foxes.  In looking for inspiration, I found this cute card.  Instead of using branches, I decided to use the tree stump.  Only one problem.  The foxes hiney was too big for the tree (feels like I can relate...lol).  So I decided to MAKE the stump fit the fox by stamping two of them and overlapping them slightly.  If you look close, you can see it, but it's not super obvious...at least I didn't think so.  

Before I adhered the fox and stump down, I rubbed my Topiary ink pad directly on to the bottom right corner of my white daisy cardstock to give the illusion of grass.  Next, I inked just the flower that the fox is holding and created a little flower bunch by the trunk.  I used my Twilight alcohol marker to color in the flowers and a Topiary alcohol marker and black journaling pen to draw in the stems and leaves and a little grass, too.  Afterwards, I stamped the sentiment by inking the stamp and stamping on my desk pad one time and then inking just the bottom half of the sentiment again.

I tried a little wood grain washi tape under the triangle studs and brown sparkles for the eyes, but I didn't like it as much as the version you see here.



 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Timberline B&T, Twilight CS, White Daisy CS
Stamps Used: Wild About Love
Inks: Cocoa, Goldrush, Topiary
Emellishments: Triangle Studs
Other: Twilight Alcohol Marker,  Topiary Alcohol Marker, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR this month only you can get it for FREE with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here.  Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my insanely creative friend's blog, Michelle Stewart's, @ "My Creations with Michelle" and check out her project.

If for some reason you get lost along the way, you can always find a list of all this month's CTMH SOTM Blog Hop participants on Kathleen's blog.

Happy hopping!

Last Day to Order Retiring Items!

Today is January 31st.  The first month of 2014 has flown by quickly for me.  How about you? If you are anything like me, you often intend to do things and think, "Oh, I've got time.  I'll do it later." Then next thing you know "later" is here.  Well, that's the case for Close To My Heart's soon-to-be-retiring products. So if you haven't done so, head on over to your consultant's website or mine and get it before it really is too late.

My first four "retirement" highlights focused on embellishments...not just because the items were some of my faves, but frankly, embellishments often tend to be the first things to sell out (probably second only to paper) and stamps are available until the end.  But on this final January day, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the stamps that are retiring.  First, I highly recommend checking them out, because even though it is possible that you could see embellishments show up on the While Supplies Last section, you will never see the stamp sets on the WSL section, as these are made in-house.  So as my final (retirement) highlight of the month, I'm going to share with you some projects I created using stamps that are retiring tonight.

Let's start with one of my favorites...a sentiment set called "Card Chatter - Sympathy". (The sentiments on the next six cards all come from this set.) 





Bright Sunshiny Day
"Under the Sea"...

"Word Card Puzzle"...(What can I say?  I liked cutting and layering this rose.)






"Hello Tweety"...
"Cozy Cat"...

"Quick Cards - Bumble Bee"...
"Scrapbook Statements - Women"...
Besides the end of some really nice products, this is the last day to take advantage of this month's promotion.  Purchase $35 in product (not including WSL) and pick up the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit for only $15 (a $46 value). You will be able to make 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs).  Also, remember, if when you purchase $35 in product and the $15 Cloud Nine Kit, you automatically qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5! Check that out here...but hurry!
Finally, I want to remind you that my Open House is this Saturday.  If you aren't able to make it, you can still enter to win the grand prize.  You can purchase any of the retiring items and join the Open House Celebration by joining my Open House Gathering on my website before checking out. However, if you wait until Saturday, you can participate in the Open House, but it will be too late to pick up the retiring items. Clear as mud? ;)
Until next time....

Monday, January 27, 2014

CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection Giveaway!

Stacy and I are giving away a Close To My Heart Cricut Collection over on our Scrapper's Rx Facebook Page.  If you would like one for yourself or to give to a friend, head on over to our FB page and click on the red "Win!" tab at the top or just click here.

The Artiste cartridge makes some really cute projects!
Like this cute box...

and this house that I created into a card using Cricut Craft Room...
and this precious purse...
and the envelopes cut really small..
and most, if not all, of the pieces in this home decor project...
and this box which you've recently seen...

and the trendy mustaches...

and one more that uses the endlessly fun gears shapes...
It's super easy to enter.  Again, click on the red "Win!" tab at the top of the Facebook page or the link above.  If you've never "Liked" our page before, you will have to "Like" it in order to access the entry form.  If you have already liked our page before, it will automatically take you to the entry form.  We just need your name and email (for winner contact purposes).  That's it.  You're entered.  If you share with your friends, you can get more entries.  If your friends return to the tab, you will receive a third entry.  You can always come back and share with more friends for even more entries.  There's absolutely no purchase necessary to enter.  We're running this promotion just to gain exposure to our new business called, Scrapper's Rx (Scrapper's Prescription) Weekend Retreats.

Until next time...

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