Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CTMH December SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
December's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Amore****
The blog 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 Wendy Coffman's blog, "Stamping Rules!", then you are on the right track.

This is my first CTMH SOTM Blog Hop, and only my second blog hop ever!  I am so excited to have you visit my blog and I truly hope you enjoy my creations.

You know some stamp sets call to you as soon as you see them.  Some stamps you have to see them used before you think, "Now, I've got to have that stamp!"  Some stamps surprise you in that they don't call to you and, you either haven't seen them used in a way that inspires you, or maybe you've never seen them used at all, but once you get to playing with them, the creative juices get to flowing and there in lies the surprise.
The latter is how I would describe this stamp set for me.  It didn't call to me right away and I stared at it for a good 10 minutes or so before I actually took an image off the sheet and started playing.  I embossed my first few images and then soon trashed them.
But here's the key...don't stop playing!  Sometimes when you get a creative block, it helps to walk away and return later.  Sometimes it helps to check your idea books or favorite blogs and web sites for inspiration.  However, sometimes all you really need to do is just dive in and keep playing.
My goal was to make one card.  After all, that's all the hop requires me to do.  However, once I kept playing, the creative juices started flowing and I ended up making three different cards and I mean "different". 
I hope you enjoy them and are able to find inspiration from them. :)
CARD 1: "LOVE":  Have you ever started a project with an idea in your head, but once you're actually IN the project, you have the thought..."What was I thinking?" That pretty much sums up this card.  I spent a couple of  (collective) hours working on this project.  Even after I finished, I still wasn't sold on the final project, but it has since then begun to grow on me.  
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Tulip CS, Chocolate CS 
Inks: Tulip, White Daisy Pigment, VersaMark
Embellishments:  Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, White Organdy 5/8" Ribbon
Other items:  Gold & White Ultra-thick Embossing Enamels (Ranger), UTEE Flex (Ranger), Melting Pot (Ranger), Non-stick Craft Sheet (?), Silver Pearl Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Craft Heater, Red Russet & Sparkle Gold Pearl Ex (Jacquard), Score Board (Martha Stewart), Sanding Block, Edge Distresser, Micro-tip scissors, Sponge, Craft Tray, Bone Folder, Tweezers, Euro Personal Trimmer


CARD 2: "AMORE":  My lack of enthusiasm for the last project, led me to create this next card. I really enjoy scouring over blogs for inspiration.  In my cyber travels, I'm always taken with the cards that are so clean and simple, yet have so much power.  So, especially after the time put into the last card, I wanted to try my hand at a clean and simple design.  I have to say...I just LOVE how this card came out.  Sometimes less is definitely more. 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: White Daisy CS
Inks: Hollyhock, Grey Wool
Embellishments:  Bitty Sparkles, Mulberry Paper Ribbon (?)
Other items:  "Diamond in the Rough" Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Big Shot (Sizzix), Prisma Glitter, Craft Tray, Water Brush, Glue Pen (Sakura), Bone Folder, Euro Personal Trimmer


CARD 3: I LOVE YOU:  This card is pretty straight forward and simple to make.  The colors are taken from this week's Color Me Monday Inspiration Challenge on Jeanette Lynton's blog. 
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Desert Sand CS, Cocoa CS, Juniper CS
Inks: Cocoa, Juniper, Tulip


Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Amore" stamp set at a discount or for FREE, be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" here on my blog, or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top of this page.  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" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Angel Sawyer's blog, "Running with Scissors Design Co." and check out her beautiful creation....

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 Androlewicz's blog.

Happy hopping!  :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(Would-be) Quadruple Challenge

Ugh...what a frustrating experience I've just had.  I was intrigued with the Play Date Cafe's challenge for this week (now last week's).  It wasn't a color combo that I would have selected on my own, so I wanted to try my hand at it.  I haven't been feeling well the last couple of days, so I didn't finish making the card until this evening.  Actually, with just enough time to take a quick photo, load it to my blog and then load it to Play Date Cafe blog before the deadline.  Things were going well, until I tried to upload the photo to my blog.  Blogger didn't like the file type...QuickTime.  Why was it saving my pictures with this file extension?!  Even ALL of my other files that had been saved prior to tonight...a week ago, a month ago, a year ago! were displaying as QuickTime files!!!  I opened up my pics in my photo editing program and "Saved as..." a JPEG file, but every time I would open up the picture file, it was still in a QuickTime file format!  UGH!  I restarted my computer several times, tried deleting QuickTime from my computer, did a system restore, and everything else I could think of.  I left-clicked and right-clicked everything I could.  I'm not sure what I did...couldn't tell you, or even repeat it, even if my life depended on it, but I opened up my files and lo and behold, everything was listed as JPEG files.  More than two hours later, I'm able to load my pictures, but I missed the deadline for the Play Date Cafe.  So frustrating!  Oh well, I'll still entered my card into this week's H2H and Paper Playtime Challenges as they are both "Thank You" challenges and I'm also entering it into Taylored Expressions, as this card is also based on this week's sketch.
Anyway...here's my card.



 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps:  Hot Diggity, Cherished Flourishes, Hit the Spot, A Huge Thanks

Embellishments:  Clear Sparkles, Ribbon (Webster's Pages), Flowers (Prima & CTMH)


 
Here was the color challenge from Play Date Cafe
And here's the sketch from Taylored Expressions

Monday, November 22, 2010

Working slowly...

I started adding photos to the layouts I made for Scrap Club.  Of course, I can't just simply add photos and be done, I had to add more to it.  I still need to take photos, but I haven't been feeling real well, especially today.  I slept most of it away and am getting ready to head back to bed.  I sat at the computer to enter the order for last week's scrap club and check emails, including retrieving the assistant principals cell phone number...just in case I wake up in the morning too ill to go to work.  I hate calling in sick.  For one, the kids lose out on meaningful instruction (most of the time, anyway) and the timing couldn't be worse.  I've never called in sick when I wasn't truly sick and goodness knows, I've showed up many times, when I should have probably stayed home.  However, with only two days of school this week, how suspicious would it be to call in?  Hopefully, people know me better than that.
I had also hoped to enter the H2H challenge and/or the Mojo Monday challenges, but it just didn't happen this time.  So since it's been a while since I posted to my blog and I don't have any new projects to add, I figured that I would post my pages from last week's Scrap Club...which I guess technically makes it "new", since I never posted them here.  Both designs are from CTMH's latest How-to book "Magic".  The second layout is an identical lift, as this month's hostess loved it and asked if we could make it.  How could I say "No"? :)
Thanks for looking!

Note: The bulk of the embellishments caused some shadows on the pages when I scanned them.
  • Stamps: “Post Card - Travel Series” (D1357), “Live Inspired” (C1408), “Building Block Alphabet” (E1009), “The Works Alphabet” (D1195)
  • Ink Colors: Twilight, Honey, Cocoa, Barn Red
  • Paper: Grace My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack
  • Embellishments: Dimensional Elements Perennials (Z1139), Basic Craft Buttons (Z1206), Brads Metal Assortment (Z1217), Natural Hemp (Z280), 3/8" Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1100),
  • Tools: Round Sponge (Z697), Piercing Tools (Z1114), Euro Personal Paper Trimmer (Z338), Micro-tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Other: 4" X 6" Memory Protectors® Flip Flaps™ (Z4114), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
 
  • Stamps: “Post Card - Travel Series” (D1357), “Building Block Alphabet” (E1009)
  • Ink Colors: Twilight, Black, Bamboo, Colonial White
  • Paper: Grace My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack, Silhouette My Reflections Level 2 Paper Pack (NLA)
  • Embellishments: Clear Craft Buttons (Z1155), Basic Craft Buttons (Z1206), Black Hemp (Z282), Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Black Collection (Z1034), , Brads Metal Assortment (Z1217)
  • Tools: Round Sponge (Z697), Piercing Tools (Z1114), Euro Personal Paper Trimmer (Z338), Micro-tip Scissors (Z534), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (Z1311)
  • Others: 3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
I'll repost these pages once I get the pictures added and get around to taking pics of the layouts and uploading them.

Monday, November 15, 2010

November CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop for November!
This month we are highlighting.....
****Christmas Stamp Sets****

The blog 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 Tracy Oleksak's blog, "Cut It Out", then you are on the right track.

This is not only my first CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop, but it is my first blog hop EVER!  I am so excited to have you visit my blog and I truly hope you enjoy my creation.  Even though I'm a Christian, I don't personally celebrate Christmas, so I don't own any stamps that are specifically for Christmas.  However, I love winter-themed things, like snowflakes.  Maybe that's because I live in Florida and the leaves don't start falling until December or January and our "winter" is only a few weeks...if that, and our summer's are so loooooonng and so HOT!.  I know if you actually live where it does snow, digging your car out of the snow, or even getting out of your door or driveway can be a pain, and you want to live where it doesn't snow.  However, I still wish I lived where it would snow every once in a while.  I guess I'll just have to settle for some snowflakes on a card. :)  I decided to create a card using Background and Texture papers from one of our newest Level 2 Paper packs, Magnifique, and "Ice Crystals" MyAcrylix stamp set. Let me tell you, playing with this stamp set was so much fun.  The possibilities are nearly as endless as real snowflakes.  I had snowflakes everywhere.  Well, that's just a wee-bit of an exaggeration, but I did have my table paper pad covered and several sheets of cardstock.  Anyhoo, I ended up selecting just one of the many snowflakes I made...though I'm saving the rest for another time. ;)

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" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Melinda Everitt's blog, "If You Bling It, They Will Come" and check out her beautiful creation....

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

Happy hopping!  :)


Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Magnifique B+T; White CS
Stamps:  Ice Crystals
Inks:  Sky, Lagoon (with second generation)
Embellishments:  Bitty Sparkles and Clear Sparkles, Ribbon (? and SU!)
Other items:  Prisma Glitter, Micro-tip scissors, Glue Pen, Sponge, Euro Personal Trimmer, Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge & Let's Scrap Sketch

I think this is the first time I've ever played along with this challenge and it was a challenge.  Limiting a scrapbook layout to just three colors, one of which was white, wasn't easy.  However, I'm really pleased with how it came out.




Here's a layout that I made using the 11-3 sketch from Let's Scrap.

I also combined it with the Play Date Cafe Color Challenge #54.
To create the three round embellishments, I used the "Hot Diggity" MyAcrylix Stamp Set.  For the frog, I stamped it on White Daisy cardstock two times using Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink.  I punched out one frog with a 2" Marvy circle punch and then trimmed away the back legs of the other frog and threw them away.  I then used 3D foam tape to adhere the top of the frog to the frog on the circle base.  I sponged Sorbet Exclusive ink on the edges of the White Daisy cardstock circle and then distressed the edges with a distressing tool.  I added the pen detail along the edge of the circle.  I stamped the bee in Chocolate Exclusive ink, cut it out and adhered to the circle base.  I added Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue to the wings and some additional bug trail penning.  I then adhered the completed circle to the Sorbet B+T paper from Close To My Heart's "Perfect Day" My Reflections Level 2 paper pack (no longer available) that was also punched out with a 2.25" Marvy circle punch and sponged the edges with Sorbet ink and lightly edged with Black ink.  The sentiments were stamped with Cocoa  Exclusive ink on White Daisy cardstock, cut out, and inked with Sweet Leaf  Exclusive ink.  The sentiments are from three different stamp sets: "Ticket to Ride" (NLA), "Hot Diggity", and "Treetops".  You can see a little of my journaling block in the bottom left corner.  I used the stitch stamp from the "Lifetime" MyAcrylix stamp set (from the Passages Workshop-on-the-Go kit-no longer available) and Sweet Leaf Exclusive ink to create the lines on the journaling block.  I then inked the edges with Sorbet Exclusive ink and used the distressing tool to distress the edges before adhering it down to a piece of B+T paper from the "Emporium" My Reflections Level 2 paper pack (also no longer available). 

I basically repeated the same process for the other two circle embellishments, except the bird was stamped twice on White Daisy cardstock, once in Sorbet Exclusive ink and again in Black Exclusive ink.  I trimmed out the Sorbet-colored bird, except for the feet and beak.   I edged the Daisy White cardstock circle with Sweet Leaf ink and adhered it with foam tape onto Sweet Leaf cardstock.   The fish was also stamped twice, but one was rolled in two ink colors, first with Sweet Leaf and then in Sorbet.  As you can see, I then cut out the fish minus the fins.  I stamped both the music notes and worm in Cocoa Exclusive ink.



I think this picture is fairly self-explanatory...just stamping twice in Sweet Leaf and Cocoa Exclusive inks and layering one on top of the other.  I love this stamp set...just the coolest looking trees.  The stamp set is fittingly called "Treetops".

This paper is actually a 2" x 12" White Daisy cardstock strip that was embossed with my Big Shot and a new SU! Embossing Folder, called Vintage Wallpaper.  After embossing the paper, I sponged it with Sorbet Exclusive ink all over, then sanded it moderately.  I then sponged Sweet Leaf Exclusive ink, concentrating primarily on the white areas created from sanding.  I then sponged Sorbet Exclusive ink along the edges and then lightly edged it with Black Exclusive ink.  Finally, I put Glitz Stardust Glitter Glue on my finger and smeared it along the paper, trying to allow some to catch along the raised areas.  I repeated this until the glitter had been applied along the length of the paper. 

I created the title by stamping letters from the "Friendship Alphabet - Large" MyAcrylix stamp set in Cocoa Exclusive ink onto White Daisy cardstock and trimming them out into squares.  Then I sponged Sorbet Exclusive ink along the edges and lightly edged the blocks with Cocoa Exclusive ink.  Each one of the letters, except the "L" is adhered with 3D foam tape.  The "Dartmoor" strip below is simply handwritten on White Daisy cardstock, edged with Sweet Leaf Exclusive ink, embellished with two pewter mini-brads and adhered to the base.

The "L" is actually adhered to the first of two 4"x6" Memory Protectors Flip Flaps...making room for SIX pictures!


SUPPLIES/SHOPPING LIST:
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Other: 


    Sunday, November 07, 2010

    I went shopping yesterday!!!

    My friend Stacy had to take her husband and son to the airport yesterday, which is in Orlando...about 45-60 minutes away.  She asked me a few weeks ago about riding along with them so we could go to IKEA and the Scrapbook Boutique together.  Who would say no to that?!  Once her her men were dropped off, we headed to the scrapbook store first.  After all, we have priorities.  LOL

    I had almost forgotten, but when we pulled into the parking lot, I remembered that the Scrapbook Boutique had a discount card.  So I pulled out my purse and lo and behold....there it was...a completely full card!!!  I was going to be able to get 20% off of my entire purchase!!!  Jackpot!!!  LOL

    So here's what I got...
    My second and third favorite things (I'm saving the best for last.) are the ATG gun and Score-tape.  These are two items I've been wanting to get my hands on for quite a while.  I'm not sure what the deal is with the ATG gun, but it was pink (I had only seen red and yellow online) and it was only $26 ($21 with my discount), as opposed to the $50+ I had seen online too.  Not sure what the difference is, or if there is any at all, but I'm excited to finally own one...even if it is ginormous.  I was almost out of Undu...love this stuff and can't work without it...does that say anything about me?  I also picked up Tim Holtz Texture Fades Dot-Matrix and Gridlock Embossing Folders.


    I also got some GOR-G-OUS ribbons.  Even though I love them all (or I wouldn't have bought them), my favorite two are the ruffled green gingham ribbon (too cute...I want it in more colors now) and that fantastic lacy looking one below it. 


    I also picked up some oh-so-pretty papers and coordinating buttons by Fancy Pants...

    and some totally cool boyish, dinosaur papers and embellishments.  I LOVE the footprint stamp!

    These buttons and papers were on clearance.  The buttons were 25% off and the papers were 40% off.  Gotta love a sale!

    I found these things called Artesian Elements by Pink Paislee.  (I'm not sure how long they've been out on the market, as I don't get to the scrapbook store often since the only one is nearly an hour away.)  They are soft, pliable, self adhesive and they can be altered with just about any medium out there…like inks, paints, markers, mists, etc.  I couldn't resist.

    I also picked up some various embellishments from the Tim Holtz line and some flowers that I just found out I already own.  I hate when that happens!

    Having lived on the space coast nearly all my life and having the shuttle program impact my life in so many ways...I wanted this paper, so I can document the ending of an era.  I also picked up the Sponge Bob chipboard shapes for pics I have of my family at the Nickelodeon Hotel.

    My son is a huge LEGO fanatic, so I picked up these fabulous papers and coordinating stickers.  Now I just need to remember to actually takes some pics of him playing with them. :)



    As much as I like all of the items I purchased at the scrapbook store, my absolute favorite craft item was purchased at Walgreens pharmacy........

    It was.........

    a pair of.....

    light up reader glasses!  LOL 
    Over the past couple of years, my close-up vision has gotten worse and worse.  A couple of nights ago, I was working on a project for an upcoming blog hop and needed to cut out details with an Exacto knife and finally had to give up, because I just couldn't see.  So I decided to purchase a pair of readers the next time I was at the drug store.  However, when I went there, I found these.  As corny as it sounds and as ridiculous as they look...they are FANTASTIC!!  Not only can I see thanks to the magnification, but the extra light makes it even easier to see the fine detail.  If you have trouble seeing close up, you may want to try a pair out.  

    Well, we has so much "fun" at the scrapbook store that we decided to avoid IKEA.  After all, we did enough damage at the Scrapbook Boutique.  

    By the way, if you're ever in Orlando, check out Stacey's store (not my Stacy).  She does a fantastic job keeping the latest and greatest products and tools available and here samples and classes are so inspiring.  With the economy the way it is, everyone is penny pinching, so it's understandable that people go to Wally world and the major chain craft stores to save a little money.  However, whenever possible, try to support your local scrapbook stores.  It's just a sad thing that so many are closing.  We used to have two in our county and at least a half-a-dozen in Orlando.  Now, to the best of my knowledge, there are zero in my county and only one in Orlando...the Scrapbook Boutique.

    Now, I better go and put some of these products to good use.  : )

    Saturday, November 06, 2010

    I finally have a Facebook page for my business!

    I've had a personal Facebook page for awhile now, though I don't use it as frequently as most of my friends on Facebook.  A couple of months ago, I started another page for my business, but had to put it to the side...mostly because I didn't know if I was doing it correctly (I'm still not 100% sure I know what I'm doing.)  Well, after blogging for a few months and reading opinions and tips from other CTMH consultants, I decided it was time to get it done.  I've only posted once on my wall, but there will be more to come. 

    If you don't mind, I'd appreciate it if viewers would "Like" my Facebook page.  That zero is just so sad.  LOL

    Friday, November 05, 2010

    New Random Stamping & Faux Stitching YouTube Video

    Videos are fun to make, but time intensive.  In the past, I've waited until everyone had gone to bed and then I would record my tutorial, because if it's not my husband coughing in the background or yelling at the dog (or kids), it's my kids making noise, the cat jumping/clawing at the door to come in, my lab's tail smacking the table leg, and heaven-forbid the tv should be turned off.   So the obvious downside to waiting until everyone's in bed is that .I'm up way too late.  Anyway, this time I thought I would record the techniques and then just add narration when everyone had gone to bed.   Quicker, right?  Well, not so much.  Being that I'm a teacher in my "real" life, it's easier for me to talk while I'm doing the project...it's more natural.  Narrating after the fact had several issues.  First, something was off with either my software or headphone, because my video is being narrated by two different voices, a higher (cuter) one and a low one...my real voice.  Second, some of my titles, photos, clips, etc. went by too fast, but didn't seem that way when editing it.  And finally, I'm still up way to late.  Go figure.

    I'm thinking that I'm going to scrap the other tutorials I recorded and go back to my original way.  There's at least two more tutorials that I've really been wanting to make, but time (and technology) just haven't been working out in my favor.  Maybe within the next week or so.

    Anyway, here's the video for the faux stitching and random stamping that I used in my Beautiful Day layout posted a few weeks back.  Hope you like.

    Tuesday, November 02, 2010

    November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

    Even though I'm not participating AND I want you to look around my blog for inspiration too, I wanted to follow Angel Sawyer's lead and post the list of participants of this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  There is so much amazing and inspiring artwork in this hop, it would be a shame for you to miss it.  Helen Onulak's blog is the first blog in the hop, so start there first and you'll find a link to the next one, and so on.  The list below is a list of all the CTMH consultants who are participating this month, as well as a description of their project.  So be sure to check it out after your done looking around on my blog.  

    I was just approved to join the group shortly after the sign-up deadline, so I have to wait until December to play along...I can't wait...so I hope you'll return to see what I come up with.  My post will be live on December 1st.
     
    Remember you can only get November's Stamp of the Month "A Little Thanks" until November 30th...so if you want it, don't delay.  You can either contact your CTMH consultant or check out the details at the top of my blog to learn how to get yours at a discount or even for FREE!
     
    Happy Hoppin'

    Helen OnulakStandard Card – Elegant Thank You & Tutorial
    Kathleen AndrolewiczWiper Card & Tutorial
    Kristie HerdenerStandard Card - using Olivia
    Jill LucasStandard Card – Emboss Resist Thanks
    Mary EisenVariety of Cards – using More to Adore
    Shannon BuckStandard Card – using Splendor
    Melinda EverittStandard Card – Gratitude using Magnifique w/ Silver Pearl Embossing
    Lori LengWine Tag
    Judy BurgerCards (2) – one using Olivia, one using Caboodle
    Dawn RossStandard Card – Wishes: Designer Tag, using Olivia w/ crocheted ribbon
    Kami WelterNotebook – using Magnifique
    Melissa BurchCards (2) – one using Hooligans & Paper Weaving, other w/Felicity
    Haley DyerSandard Card – using Olivia w/ Tutorial (sentiments as background)
    Teri BaxterStandard Card – using Olivia
    Tammy Lea PinchardStandard Card – Thanks w/ fall leaves
    Debra Van PattenPlacemat – Family using Olivia
    Antoinette HerrinStandard Card – Gratitude w/ stamped tree
    Melissa LavertyCards – Variety using Olivia and Magnifique
    Carla Ironside6 x 6 Card – using Magnifique w/ crocheted flowers
    Caren Goldstein8 x 3.5 Card – using Magnifique w/Silver Pearl Embossing
    Shirley RossGift Card Boxes – using Hooligans and Cards (2) – using Magnifique
    Laurie NewtonCards (3) – using Olivia and Miracle Dimensional Elements
    Michelle NistCards (2) – using Olivia
    Terrie DoddPlacecards, Treat Tubes and Cards
    Pamela O’ConnorStandard Card – Gratitude w/ Acorn using Olivia
    Jen RubioCards – Variety using Magnifique
    Sheila BennettStandard Card – using Passages w/ pinwheel
    Misty JacksonGive Thanks Keepsake – using Veranda
    Beth NaumannStandard Card – Thanks using Olivia
    Georgia HauglidGift Bag – using Magnifique
    Annette GreenCards – using Veranda (for coffee buddy) and Good Times
    Katy DonaldsonHome Decor Item
    Adeline BrillCard – using Olivia w/ paper pieced pumpkin
    Melissa Robinson4 x 4 Card – using Olivia
    Cindy LeekCard – using Mistletoe w/ wreath
    Susan BrooksCards – Variety using Olivia w/ accordion fold flower
    Wanda RileyCard – using Olivia w/ Foundry Frame
    Cindy ApplemanCard – using Olivia w/ texture & paper flower
    Carol HarrisCircle Card – using Olivia
    Angela TuttonStandard Card – using Olivia w/ crumpled flower
    Dawn HeuftPumpkin Treat Bag & Treat Topper
    Brae MontgomeryTake Out Box
    Michelle LoncarCards (2) – one w/ Olivia, the other Gypsy/Black
    Toni HinchcliffeStandard Card – using Magnifique
    Doreen GuilfoyleStandard Card – black & white
    Lori BrownStandard Card – Gratitude w/ fan-fold flowers
    Jody GustafsonGratitude Collection using Olivia Level 1
    Kim O’RearCards – Variety using Grace
    Traci GodbeeCandy Bag Topper & Placecard – using Olivia
    Kimberly SmithStandard Card – Gratitude using Olivia w/ dry embossing
    Jen PatrickStandard Card – simple squares using Magnifique
    Jenifer BennerCard – using Olivia w/ cornucopia
    Nancy BrownCard – using Olivia w/ cornucopia & hand stitching
    Sarita SchraederMini Pizza Box filled w/ Sentiments
    Chris ShouseStandard Card – using Magnifique
    Wendy FordingCard Holder & Cards – using Olivia
    Wendy CoffmanStandard Card – Thanks using Cherry-O
    Kathy LickenbrockCards (4) – using Hooligans
    Jean McNultyCard – random stamping & emboss resist
    Angela GarciaVariety of Cards – including Christmas Tree Card
    **

    Monday, November 01, 2010

    What's better than a FREE stamps set? TWO Free stamps sets!

    During November Close To My Heart is expressing their gratitude to you by helping you earn two fabulous My Acrylix® stamp sets for FREE! When you place a minimum order of $100, you will not only receive the November Stamp of the Month set, "A Little Thanks" for FREE, you will also receive one stamp set of your choosing from the 2010 Autumn/Winter Idea Book for FREE*! This means you can increase the value of your purchase by up to $45.90—that’s almost 50 percent more in value! It’s just CTMH's way of imparting A Little MORE Thanks to you for being a great customer.  Simply go to my online store and get rewarded for shopping!

      

    AND

       *Free stamp sets include A-D size sets. Stamps that are not available as the free set include Workshops on the Go,™ Stamp of the Month retail, E-size, and customizable K-size. Tax and shipping/handling may apply. Offer good November 1–30, 2010.
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