Saturday, August 01, 2015

August's Stamp of the Month...."Framed"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
August 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Framed****

With 51 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's August Stamp of the Month.  The hop 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 Catherine Nowak's blog, "CatScrapbooking-Creative Inspirations", then you are on the right track.

This August is kind of a unique month for Close To My Heart. Usually, we have a new idea book starting August 1st, but this year the new idea book doesn't begin until September 1st. So that means that this is the last month for the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and there are a lot of items retiring. Therefore, I decided to create a project that highlights some of those retiring items. 

My CAS-style card uses all seven retiring colors: olive, autumn terracotta, barn red, smoky plum, indian corn blue, outdoor denim and ponderosa pine.  It also uses a little bit of the Pathfinding B&T pattern paper, brown & tan glitter paper and brown & tan sparkles.  Really the only thing on my card that is not retiring is the White Daisy cardstock and the Chocolate ink that I used for the frame.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Framed SOTM
Papers: Pathfinding B&T, White Daisy CS, Gold Glitter
Inks: Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Ponderosa Pine, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Smoky Plum, Black
Emellishments: Tan Sparkles
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Glue Pen, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Another reason that this month is unique is because CTMH is giving us a sneak peak into the new idea book by releasing several new products.  So this month we have an overlapping of retiring and new product. Neat, huh? Therefore, I thought it would be cool to create another project that would highlight a couple of the newest products. My set of 3x3 cards uses a little of each pattern in the new paper line called Zoe (love that name...it's my puppy dog's name).  The cards also use the newest shimmer trim.  
"Funny" story. I decided to use my mini stapler on my cards to give them another little somethin' somethin'. So I picked up my stapler and clicked clicked. Pretty cool. I like it. Next card..click click. Darn! I'm out of staples! Problem is, I can't remember for the life of me where I put my box of staples. Ugh! I KNOW I purchased a box at the time I purchased the stapler, but now I can't find them. Have you ever done that? Well, anyway, this is why only one card has staples.  Now watch me find the box tomorrow.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Framed SOTM
Papers: Zoe B&T, White Daisy CS, Glacier CS, Sorbet CS, Sweet Leaf CS, Canary CS, Whisper CS, Slate CS
Inks: Black
Emellishments: Coral Shimmer Trim, Bitty Sparkles, Mini Staples
Other: Leaf Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Mini Stapler, Microtip Scissors, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)


Some other new products being released this month include the complements and assortments that coordinate with the Zoe paper pack, as well as a workshop-on-the-go kit.  CTMH is also introducing two new organizers. One is a marker roll-up and the other is an accessory roll-up. Finally, there is a new Cricut collection called Artistry. I don't own this yet...boo...but hopefully I'll have it in my hands soon. I would have loved to use it on these cards. Oh well...patience is a virtue, right?
Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 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, Darlys Recker's blog, "Crafty Happy" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

August Scrapbooking Workshop...August 1st @ 1 p.m.

I loved creating these layouts.  I have to say that this paper pack by Close To My Heart, called Blossom, was soooooo easy to work with.  I really think that no matter how you cut the paper and arranged it, the layout would be beautiful. Love the patterns and love the colors. 

If you'd like to create these layouts for yourself, consider joining me on Saturday, August 1st at 1 p.m.  Click HERE to find out how and to see what supplies were used to create these layouts.

FYI: This paper pack is in the Seasonal Inspirations 2 Book which is only good through August 31st. However, the closer we get to the end of August, the more likely this paper pack and its coordinating products will sell out. So if this is a paper line that you would like to own, or already own it but want more (don't pretend you've never done that), I recommend picking it up sooner rather than later.



Until next time...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July's Stamp of the Month...."Life is Wonderful"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
July 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Life is Wonderful****

With 47 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's July Stamp of the Month.  The hop 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 Judy Faye Garner's blog, "Judy Faye's Place", then you are on the right track.

My daughter graduated from high school last month, so when I pulled out this month's stamp of the month and read the sentiments, I knew I wanted to create a layout of her in her cap and gown. Especially since she decorated her cap with a very similar sentiment that was inspired from Disney's Tangled.

I tend to look for inspiration before I begin a project; usually on Pinterest, in sketch books, or from challenges. However, this time, I flipped through the CTMH idea book and was inspired by the layout on page 108.  Even though I was inspired by the layout, I wanted to give it a more "trendy" look...not my normal go-to style. I do love how it turned out.




 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Life is Wonderful SOTM
Papers: Snowhaven B&T, White Daisy CS, Sky CS (retired)
Inks: Black, Glacier, Cranberry
Emellishments: Black Mini-Medley Accents, Wanderful Assortment, Ruby Chevron Washi Tape, Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Black Shimmer Trim, My Crush Wildwood Sticky Tab, Chalk It Up Assortment, Scaredy Cat Assortment
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Edge Distresser, Microtip Scissors, 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 get it for only $5 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, Jean McNulty's blog, "Stamping Maui" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

June's Stamp of the Month..."Ice Cream Dream"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
June 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Ice Cream Dream'****

With 50 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of great inspiration!  The hop 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 Lisa Plummer's blog, "Flaunt Your Creativity", then you are on the right track.


Tomorrow is my last day with students and Tuesday is my last work day!  Woo hoo!  (At least 'til August, anyway). Even though this school year has been a whole lot better than it's been the last few years, it didn't leave me with a lot of creative time, as I'm sure you can tell with my lack of blog posts over the last school year. When I don't have a lot of time to create, I feel like my creativity gets rusty.  I have a hard time even getting motivated. Then I have a hard time coming up with an idea and even a difficult time getting my ideas to come to fruition.  My creativity flows much better when I have time to create for stretches of time, not just once a month. :( So I used a sketch from Mojo Monday to help me get started and then pulled out some Confetti Wishes paper for the first time.  I'm pleased with my card, but I know it's not my best and not particularly inspiring. Thankfully, there's so many amazing artists on this blog hop, I know that there won't be a lack of inspiration.  The great thing about this set though, is you just can't go wrong.  It's super cute, easy to use and so versatile. Living in Florida (where we eat lots of ice cream all-year-round) and having a daughter who now works in an ice cream shop, I know I'll be using this stamp set over and over.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Ice Cream Dream SOTM
Papers:  Confetti Wishes B&T, White Daisy CS, Outdoor Denim CS, Canary CS, Lagoon CS, Thistle CS, Desert Sand CS
Inks: Desert Sand, White Daisy (Pigment), Canary, Lagoon, Thistle, Desert Sand
Emellishments: White Shimmer Trim
Other: Black Journaling Pen, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors,  Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

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

Here's the Mojo Monday sketch I used.

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 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, Kathleen Androlewicz blog, "Bowl of Stamps" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop... "Just Sayin'"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
May 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Just Sayin'****

With over 60 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of great inspiration!  The hop 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 Tracey Pierce's blog, then you are on the right track.

From banners, to labels, to sentiments, to shapes, this month's stamp set has something for everyone.  The various, images are perfect for cards and scrapbook pages. 

For whatever reason, it was the simple geometric shapes, that drew my attention first. In looking for inspiration, my eye was drawn to CAS cards...nothing new there...just sayin'. ;) I decided to create a trio of cards, sticking to a single color palette to tie them together. 


Inspired by this card.
Inspired by this card. I cut out the inset portion of the "Enjoy the Moment" stamped image and backed with a piece of gold shimmer trim.
Inspired by this card. First, I stamped the circles in second generation by using the back of the stamp (the side you would normally stick to the block). Then I stamped the striped side with the same color using first generation.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers:  Kraft CS, White Daisy CS
Stamps Used: Just Sayin' SOTM
Inks: Canary, Pixie, Crystal Blue, Pear, Cocoa
Emellishments: Bitty Pearls, Gold Shimmer Trim
Other: Stitch Guide, Foam Mat, Piercing Tool, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Craft Knife (Fiskars), 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 get it for only $5 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, Jennifer Dykstra's blog, and check out her project.



Happy hopping!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

February's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop..."A Happy Hello"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
February 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****A Happy Hello****

With over 60 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of great inspiration to start the new year!.  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 Justine Hovey's blog, then you are on the right track.

This month, Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month set is full of flowers and how can you go wrong with flowers?  Even though flowers should be a no-brainer, I checked out several challenge blogs for inspiration. Even though I didn't end up using any of the sketches and color palettes, I was inspired by so many of the clean and simple cards that I saw.  When I saw that Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog was having a CAS challenge, I decided to go with it.  

I love CAS cards, but I don't do many. When I have created them...even with the two I made for this hop, I often feel like the card just isn't finished. What can I say? I'm always in awe that people are able to control themselves when it comes to bling, ribbon, layers, etc. :) 

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Cocoa CS, Sweet Leaf CS, White Daisy CS 
Stamps Used: A Happy Hello SOTM
Inks: Thistle, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa
Emellishments: Sparkles Assortment
Markers: WG4-Warm Grey, Y49-Pastel Green, 0-Colorless Blender (all ShinHan)
Other: Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Lagoon CS, White Daisy CS 
Stamps Used: A Happy Hello SOTM
Inks: Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Slate, Black
Emellishments: Sparkles Assortment, Slate Diagonal Ribbon
Other: 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, 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 get it for only $5 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, Nikka Geers' blog, and check out her project.

Happy hopping!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Scrapbooking Workshops Kits with Consultant Option Now Available!

After working on them for the last couple of weeks, I've finally finalized two different workshop kits and I'm super pumped to share them with you! :) 

The first one features the Close To My Heart paper line called Snowhaven. This is the paper line that we'll be using at my January workshop.

Note: Consultant Option...click here.

 BONUS PROJECTS:

I just couldn't seem to get a decent picture on my first layout, so here's the layout with my personal photos on it. The colors show a little better. (Hoping to get a new camera soon.)

Here's how my workshops work....
  • If you are attending, you can either order your own supplies on my website and bring them with you on January 23rd or email me with your contact information and I'll call you to get your order.  I'll provide you with the cutting guide, instructions, and most tools. You will need to bring adhesive and a paper trimmer.  
  • If you can't attend, simply place a $20 order on my website and I'll email the cutting guide and instructions to you.  You can either purchase the specific supplies needed to make these projects or choose any other projects. (Keep in mind that a $25 order will qualify you for my Paper Hearts Rewards. Click here for details.)  Once you place your order, simply email me and let me know which e-file you would like. The file that I email you will include a cutting guide and full-color instructions for all of the projects. It will also include a link to additional detailed photos to assist you in assembling your projects.  Of course, I'm only an email away to help you should you have any questions.
The following are the items that I used to create the above projects.
  •  X7188B Snowhaven Paper
  •  X7188C Snowhaven Complements
  •  Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
  •  Z1752 Clear Sparkles
  •  1386 Black Cardstock
  • Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Ink Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journal Pen
  • Z1768 Silver Metallic Marker
  • Z1912 Corner Rounder
  • Z697 Round Sponge
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-stick Microtip Scissors
  • C1533 Fabulous You Stamp (for card)
  • 44751 Archival Black Stamp Pad (for card)
  • 3174 Blending Pen (for card)
  • Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Ink Pad (for card)
  • Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Ink Pad (for card)
  • Z1204 Bone Folder (for card)
  • Y1002 1" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix Block (for card)
  • Y1006 3" x 3" My Acrylix Block (for card)
  • Y1782 My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber (for card)
  • 1778 My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner (for card)
The other workshop that I completed uses the CTMH paper line called "Heartstrings". I just LOVE how these turned out.  My monthly workshop group will be making these in February.


The details are the same as they were for the Snowhaven kit, except we'll be meeting on Friday, February 13th.  Also, with regards to the third layout. I include Cricut cutting files for the Artiste cuts, but I also provide alternative ideas for those that do not own the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

The following are the items that I used to create the above projects.
  •  X7193B Heartstrings Paper
  •  X7193C Heartstrings Complements
  •  Z3015 Heartstrings Assortment
  •  Z3037 Stuck On You Puffies
  •  1385 White Daisy Cardstock (1 sheet)
  • Z2173 Slate Exclusive Ink Pad
  • Z1912 Corner Rounder
  • Z697 Round Sponge
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-stick Microtip Scissors
  • Z1204 Bone Folder (for card)
Add this month's Stamp of the Month "This Moment" and kick up the third layout. Instructions to his alternative layout, including how to cut the target stamp, are included in my e-files.

Consultant Option...
If you are a CTMH consultant and would like to hold your own workshops using my workshop kits, click here for details regarding my consultant option.

Until next time...

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