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...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January's Stamp of the Month... "This Moment"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
January 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****This Moment****

With around 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 Kathleen Androlewicz's blog, "Bowl of Stamps", then you are on the right track.

To say it's been a while since I've posted would be an understatement.  I needed a little bit of a break from workshops, blog hops, blogging, etc.  I guess you could say that I needed a creative break. Thankfully, the break gave me what I needed and now I'm back! :) Lots of ideas rolling around in my head and I'll be announcing some of them over the next few weeks, so I hope you will check back from time to time.

In the meantime, I'd love to share with you one of the six layouts I've created over the past week or so (I so love winter break!).  The large circle image in the Stamp of the Month is what really drew my attention when I first saw this set in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book back in July.  Don't ask me why, but for some reason, I had imagined that the circles were separate, individual circles. So I was a little bummed when I received the stamp set and discovered that they were not individual circles, but rather one image. However, I did not let this stop me from getting what I wanted...INDIVIDUAL circles.  So I decided to alter the target image by cutting the circles apart.  I know...cutting stamps is considered sacrilege by some, but what can I say? I like living on the edge! LOL Besides it was EXACTLY what this layout needed.
 



 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Heartstrings B&T, Lagoon CS, White Daisy CS
Stamps Used: This Moment SOTM
Inks: Slate, Lagoon
Emellishments: Heartstrings Complements, Heartstrings Assortment, Stuck on You Puffies
Other: Cricut Artiste, 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, Adeline Brill's blog, and check out her project.


Happy hopping!




Sunday, August 10, 2014

September's Scrapbooking Workshop

Before I show you the layouts for September's Scrapbooking Workshop, let me tell you a little about my new Workshop-on-the-Go Club Program.  As I've done for nearly four years now, each month I feature a CTMH WOTG kit, which contains everything needed to complete at least two 12x12, double-page layouts.  Each kit is always $29.95 (plus s&h and sales tax), but now when you become a 6- or 12-month member, you receive perks!

What are the perks to becoming 12-month member?
  • Select an album OR another WOTG kit for FREE (a $29.95 value) at the end of your 12-month term.*
  • Skip a month anytime during the 12 month period, if you want. 
  • Free Annual and Seasonal Inspirations mailed to you ($11 value)
  • Free Paper Pack Sampler ($3.75 value)
What are the perks to becoming 6-month member?

  • Select any paper pack and coordinating My Stickease/Complements (a $14.90 value) for FREE at the end of your 6-month term.*
  • Free Annual and Seasonal Inspirations mailed to you ($11 value)
Can I just purchase a kit on a month-by-month basis?
Absolutely! Even though you would not qualify for the benefits outlined above, you can still receive credit towards your Frequent Shopper Rewards.

Can I participate in the program even if I can't attend the actual workshop?
Of course, you can. Attending the actual workshop, just grants you access to some of the tools that you need. However, the workshop kit actually comes with the instructions for the first layout and I can email you the directions for the second layout, along with any additional notes about changes, tips, etc. 

You can get all of the additional details on the Club page HERE.

So let's take a look at the layouts for September's scrapbooking workshop...


This month's features the first new paper pack from the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book called Chalk It Up. Even though this paper definitely has a school/teen theme, half of the patterns are neutral, so you can really change up the layouts by using those neutral patterns instead. Also, stamped titles and sentiments are only suggestions. I always encourage creativity, so feel free to change up the papers, titles, etc. to suit your personal needs.

Layout #1 - Life is Good





Layout #2  -Too Cool for School



Here's what you need to know for this month's pages...

Class Date and Time 

Friday, September 12th - 6:30 p.m. 
If this time does not work for you and you would like to get a group of friends together (2 or more), I would be happy to add a date to the schedule that works for you and your friends. Just give me a call or send me an email to iron out the details.

Be sure you have your space reserved and order to me no later than Monday, September 1st, to guarantee that your supplies arrive in time.  RSVPs after that date are based on a first come, first serve basis and only if extra supplies are available.

Items You Should Bring
* Adhesive of your choice (i.e., tape runner) for adhering papers
3D Foam Tape
* Paper Trimmer

Shopping List

 Kit #1 - Workshop-on-the-Go Plus (BEST VALUE)

Included in the Complete Workshop-on-the-Go Kit (G1081):
* Chalk It Up Paper Pack (6 BT, 6 Cardstock)
* My Acrylix® Chalk It Up Workshop Stamp Set (D-size) - exclusive to this kit
* Chalk It Up Assortment
* Black Striped Twill Ribbon
* Additional Cardstock (3 sheets)
* Full-color brochure.

Total before tax & shipping: $29.95 (A $40 Retail Value)

Kit #2 – Basic Kit
The kit for you if you do not want the exclusive stamp set.
Paper Used ...
X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Pack  - $9.95
Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment - $4.95
Z1988 Black Striped Twill Ribbon - $6.95
* Cardstock (1 ea. Lagoon, Flaxen, White Daisy) - $2.50
* Full-color cutting guide/brochure - $1.00

Total before tax & shipping: $24.35

Supplies can either be ordered directly through me via telephone/email (please don't email credit card info), by using the Paypal button below, or via my website.



September "Chalk It Up" Workshop Local Options

September "Chalk It Up" Workshop Long Distance Options
Additional items that will be provided during the workshop, but are also available for purchase.

Inks Used...
Z2105 Black
Z2642 Flaxen
Z2164 Sorbet

Tools Used...
Z1979 LePen Black Journaling Pen
* Z1906 Cricut Artbooking
Z1782 Stamp Scrubber
1778 Spritz Cleaner
Z534 Micro-tip Scissors
Z1836 Paper Trimmer
Z1151 3D Foam Tape
Z3022 Tape Runner

Here are some other items that coordinate with the Chalk It Up paper.
X7184C Chalk It Up Complements - $4.95
C1588 Great Job Stamp Set - $13.95
D1599 Geek Is Chic Stamp Set - $17.95
* D1612 Teacher Appreciation Stamp Set - $17.95
Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles - $3.95
Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties - $3.95
Z2010 White Enamel Stars - $3.95
* Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon - $3.95
* Z2003 Black Arrow Washi Tape - $4.95

If you would like to add any of the coordinating items above, just let me know when you place your order with me.  

If you'd like to join in the fun, just call or email me to sign up for the class and to place your supply order no later than Monday, September 1st.  RSVPs after this date are based on a first come, first serve basis and only if extra supplies are available.  Click HERE for contact info.

You can order your supplies by calling/emailing me (you receive your supplies at workshop) or on my website anytime (supplies ship directly to you). But if you order your product online, 1) be sure to allow ample time for it to arrive to you and 2) please select the Club date on the bottom, right hand corner of the main page, so that the hostess will receive credit and 3) please call, email or RSVP via Meetup.com to confirm that you are attending.   Thanks. :)

Until next time...

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