Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
June's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Jubilation****

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 Pamela O'Connor's blog, "Reflections of my aRt & sOul", then you are on the right track. (Wasn't her box darling?!")

Do you ever sit down to make a card and wonder, "Where do I begin?"  Well, here's a suggestion...
Consider using one of Close To My Heart's How-to Books. I used Wishes to create the three cards for this month's Stamp of the Month blog hop. 
I used the pattern on page 30 called "Merryj-Go-Round" for this "i love u" card.  I didn't have any alphabet stamps small enough for my sentiment, so I decided to do it ol' school...by hand. :)
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Jubilation

For my wedding style card, I used the Simple Strip pattern on page 37 of the Wishes How-to book.  However, I decided to make it a little larger.  Instead of making it a 3 1/2" by 2 1/2" card, I enlarged it slightly to a 4 3/4" x 3" card.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Jubilation, Eclectic Edges, For Every Occasion (inside sentiment)
Inks: Chocolate, Grey Flannel 
Embellishments: Canvas Badge Buttons,  Opaque Mocha Gems, Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon (Ret.)
I thought it would be fun to show how different the card can look simply changing the paper pattern/colors and embellishments.  This is the same pattern as the wedding card above.
The little stars below the red cardstock strip is the bottom half of the little "celebrate" stamp in the SOTM set.  Kinda cool, huh?
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Inks: Pacifica, Cranberry, Honey 
Embellishments: Natural Hemp, Circle Tag (Office Supply) 
Other: Micro-tip scissors, Tombow Mono Adhesive

Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Jubilation" 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 "Stamp of the Month" tab at the top of the page or by clicking on the "Shop with Me" link near the top right.  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 leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Teresa Scriven's blog, "Creating with Inky Paw" and check out her FAB-U-LOUS 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 Helen's Onulak's blog.

Happy hopping!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May Scrap Club Layouts

We will be making these two layouts using the "Sophia" kit from Close To My Heart in May. (Click on any image to see it larger and in more detail.) These layouts (and the papers in this kit) are perfect for anything feminine, but thanks to the double sided prints, you can always tone down the feminine side by using more goldrush (yellow) and pear (green) than the hollyhock and blush (pinks)!

Layout #1 - "Pals"
 Here's a closer look at the two individual pages.


Layout #2 - "Paradise"

Here are some closer pictures of the two individual pages.



Here's what you need to know for May...

Class Date and Time (be sure you have your space reserved and order to me no later than Thursday, May 19th.)
  • Friday, May 27 - 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
If this time does not work for you and you would like to get a group of friends together, I would be happy to add a date to the schedule that works for you and your friends.  Just give me a call or shoot me an email to iron out the details.

If you would like the kit, but cannot attend the class, simply order the items off of my website and send me an email requesting the cutting guide and instructions to the second and third layouts (you'll receive the cutting guide for the first layout with the kit) and I will email them back to you. 

Remember, in order to attend you only need to purchase the Basic Kit. After that, you are more than welcome to purchase the Better or Best Kit, pick and choose items from one or both of them, add some more items from the Idea Book, or just stop at Basic. Whatever works for you.  Here is the shopping list:

Basic Kit:
Subtotal $29.95*
Total with shipping and tax $34.27


Better Kit = Basic Kit plus the following products:

Subtotal: $54.85**
Total with shipping and tax: $62.76


Best Kit = Basic and Better Kits plus the following products:

Subtotal: $108.75****
Total with shipping and tax: $124.44


*at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month ($22.95 value) at 25% off ($17.21)
**at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month ($22.95 value) at 50% off ($11.48)
***at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month ($22.95 value) at 75% off ($5.74)

****at this purchase level, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month ($22.95 value) at 100% off (FREE)

Don't forget about this month's special offer.  If you place a minimum order of $50 in Close To My Heart Products* in May, you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for the discount price of just $15. Click here for details.

Call or email me to sign up for a class and to place your kit order no later than Thursday, May 19 (321-452-6275, jenkins6085@bellsouth.net) OR, order some of these items yourself on my website anytime.  (Kits ordered after May 19th, will require express shipping fees.)

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop & H2H Challenge - BUTTONS!

Welcome to the CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop for April!
This month we are highlighting.....
****BUTTONS****

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, "Mama Olie's Musings", then you are on the right track.

This month the Close To My Heart Product Spotlight Blog Hop is "spotlighting" BUTTONS!  And ironically, this week's challenge over at Heart 2 Heart is also about buttons.  So I'm shooting two birds with one button...stone. ;)

Who doesn't love buttons?!  Heck, we even use the word as a compliment...you know..."Cute as a button".  LOL  I think buttons are a perfect embellishment. Whether you use them in cards, scrapbook pages, or any other projects, they add dimension and color, but they are understated and versatile.
When I signed up for this month's hop, I already had in mind the card I wanted to make.  However, actually sitting down to do it has been another thing.  It's the last month of school and it has been C-R-A-Z-Y!!  School will be out in less than two weeks and I, for one, can hardly wait for both the break and the opportunity to get creative again.  Anyway, a week or so ago, my son gave me the sweetest gift that he made in class.  It was a bouquet of pens.  Yes...I said bouquet of pens.  Maybe you've seen them before?  They're basically pens that have a flower attached with floral tape.  They're great for multiple reasons.  One, they're easy to see; two, people are less likely to "take" your pen; and finally, they're pretty.  My daughter saw them and immediately asked about getting the supplies to make some more.  I also thought they would be perfect in my classroom, as students are always asking to "borrow" pens and pencils, but they often fail to return them.  I imagine if there is a great big blossom on the end, I'm more likely to get them back.  (Even if I don't catch them leaving with it, the other kids will rat them out.  LOL)  Okay...why am I telling you all of this?  Well, the flowers got my wee little, fried brain churning.  I decided I wanted to make some of these flower pens and a holder for the pens to keep in my classroom.  I incorporated buttons into my container design.
So here's a look at what I made....




Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Inks: Hollyhock, Pear
The container could also be used to store buttons, ribbon scraps, various embellishments, markers, and more.


I plan on actually using dried beans as the filler, but I didn't have any at the time I made this and I haven't had a chance to get to the grocery store.  So in the picture, I used buttons.  Here's a pic of my flowers.  Aren't they cute?
I purchased the flowers and floral tape from Michael's Craft Store.


One more thing...since this hop is about buttons, here is a button jar that I made quite some time ago.  I still love this jar of buttons.  It is just so pretty sitting out in my craft room and it was so simple to make.  It's just a jar from the craft store, with some letter stickers, ribbon bow and what else...a button! 


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  Haley Dyer's blog, "The Inky Scrapper" and check out her creation.  You can also find a list of all this month's CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop participants on Wendy's blog.

Happy hoppin'!
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