Sunday, December 30, 2012

Kick Back

Over the last two days, I shared with you two of my absolute favorite stamp sets that will soon be retiring, Remarkable Wreath and Simple Memories.  However, there are some more projects that I want to share with you that use some of the other wonderful stamp sets that are retiring soon.

Today, I'm going to highlight the stamp set called Kick Back.  Both projects that I'm sharing with you were created for workshops using Footloose papers (now retired).  You can find the original blog post for the box here and here for the scrapbook layout.

If you'd like to own this stamp set or any others, head on over to my website.  And remember, there's a special going on right now.  Make a $35 purchase and get the "Whooo's Your Valentine" Kit.  Learn more about that offer here.

Until next time...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Simple Memories

Continuing on with looking at some projects using soon-to-be-retired stamp, I'm sharing with you projects that I made using another one of my favorite stamp sets..."Simple Memories"

This card was created for last year's Crazy for Cards workshop and then recreated for Convention swap cards.  The labor into making this card was low, but thanks to the beauty of the stamp set, the impact was high.  Don't you think?
On a double page layout that I created last year for a Heart 2 Heart challenge, I used one of the doilies to emboss the dimensional elements to add some interest on the title.  You can find more the post featuring this layout here.

I created this card for a few blog challenges.  Here's the blog post for this card.

This card was a recreation of a previous card that I had made for my Crazy for Cards workshop.  However, since I was making these to swap at last summer's CTMH convention, I used, what was at the time, a newer, current stamp set.  The post about this card can be found here.

If you'd like to own this stamp set or any others, head on over to my website.  And remember, there's a special going on right now.  Make a $35 purchase and get the "Whooo's Your Valentine" Kit.  Learn more about that offer here.

Until next time...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Some of my faves...

As I was going through the list of retiring stamps the other day, several of the stamp sets on the list tugged at my heart a little, as it's kind of sad to see them retire.  Several of the stamp sets have become my favorite and in some "go to" stamps for various projects.

So I thought it would be fun to take a look over the next week or so at some past projects that I made using some of the stamp sets that  have been slated to retire at the end of January, starting with my absolute favorite stamp set that's retiring...Remarkable Wreath.

Besides just being an overall great versatile stamp set, I especially love how perfect this stamp set has been for me to demonstrate just how great Close To My Heart true clear stamps really are.  Here are a few projects that I've made in the past year (some previously posted, some not).

These are some of the quick make-n-takes that I offered at past vendor shows that used now retired CTMH Roxy and Elemental papers.

I used the stamp set to create a tag for a gift box that housed a fun tri-shutter card.  You can see that post here.
The next card is one that I pretty much cased straight from page 88 of the 2011 Fall/Winter Idea Book with a few changes.  First, I made mine a 6x6 card rather than the smaller (I think) 4x4 card.  I also used Elemental pattern paper instead of plain cardstock; Kraft cardstock flicked with Chocolate ink instead of plain Bamboo cardstock; flower instead of berries on the wreath; ribbon instead of hemp; and I added a couple of features, namely the buttons and the distressed sentiment matting.
If you'd like to own this stamp set or any others, head on over to my website.  And remember, there's a special going on right now.  Make a $35 purchase and get the "Whooo's Your Valentine" Kit.  Learn more about that offer here.

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new....

FedEx delivered the new 2013 Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Books to me today.  I've spent the better part of the day joyfully making my wish list.  I'll spare you...and my husband...the total cost. :)  If you love new crafty goodies like I do, then I'm sure you are eager to see what's new from Close To My Heart.  Unfortunately though, since the new idea book doesn't go live until February'll have to wait until then to get your hand on the fabulous new idea book and products.  Trust me when I tell you though, it will be worth the wait!  I will, however, be throwing in a sneak peak or two...or more...throughout the last half of January, so be on the lookout for that. ;) 

If you would like to reserve your FREE copy of the new 2013 Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book, here's what you need to do.
  • Local Customers:  Attend my Semi-Annual Open House on Saturday, January 26th from 1 -5 p.m. for your copy and a sneak peak at some of the new products, a make-n-take project, prizes and more.  If you can't attend and want to pick up a copy later, simply email me and I will hold one for you.
  • Long Distant Customers: I can ship the Idea Book to you for $5 that will include a coupon for $5 off your first order of $25 or more.  Simply click on the Paypal button below.  Note: Idea Books will not be mailed prior to January 28th.
2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book Cover

As with every new Idea Book, in order to make room for the new products, some older ones have to retire.  Below is a slide show of the retiring products.  Below that is a list of the retiring products by category and with links that will take you straight to my website.  However, if you should click on a link to find that the product cannot be found, then the item is sold out and no longer available. 

These items will be available until January 31st, but all are on a "while supplies last" status.  Sometimes accessories, papers, stickers, etc. may show up on clearance after their retirement date, but stamps and workshops-on-the-go never do.  So the only way to guarantee that you get what you want is to order them sooner rather than later.

Until next time...

Friday, November 30, 2012

December's Stamp of the Month...."Year Round Cheer"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
December 2012's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Year Round Cheer****

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 Maureen OSullivan's blog, "Let's Give 'em Something to Scrap About"then you are on the right track.

It's been a couple of months since I participated in the SOTM blog hop due to...what else? School (work).  Why couldn't I have been born a woman of leisure?  LOL  At any rate I missed it and decided to MAKE the time to play along.

This month's set is cute and I can think of a lot of ways that it could be used, as I'm sure you've seen throughout the hop.  However, since it certainly does scream calendar, I wanted to try and do something a little different.

My eye was immediately drawn to the adorable bird.  Besides, I love anything that says, "I love you".)  ;)  I then started thinking about using one of the 3D cuts on my Artiste Cricut cartridge. Purse? Matchbox? Box?  Then I saw a box that looked like a birdhouse!  Bird + Birdhouse = the cute little creation below (if I say so myself).

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  DakotaColonial White CSCocoa CS, Whisper CS, Olive CS
Stamps Used: Year Round Cheer 
Inks: CocoaPacifica, Olive, Barn Red
Other: Cricut Artiste, SpongeMicro-tip ScissorsPaper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Circle Punch (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set.

Remember, if you love what you've seen so far along your SOTM Blog Hop journey, and you want your own "Year Round Cheer" stamp set or want to get it for the amazingly low price of $5, 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" 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 Michelle John's blog, "My Flights of Fancy" 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, November 25, 2012

December Scrapbook Workshop

Here are the two layouts that we will be making at December's Scrapbooking Workshop using the La Belle Vie Workshop-on-the-Go.  (Complete details regarding the workshop date/time, supplies, costs, etc. can be found under the Calendar of Events tab at the top of this page, or click here.)

Layout #1 - Amour "Love"

Layout #2 - La Belle Vie "The Beautiful Life"

I made the following two layouts using the La Belle Vie coordinating stickers and left over paper and embellishments.
This layout was inspired by a layout from Scrapbook Generations.

This layout was based on this sketch.
Until next time...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Home Decor Project

I don't do a lot of altered or home decor projects.  I'm not sure why other than "time" for me is always, always, always an issue.  By the time I complete my layouts for my monthly scrapbooking club and any other obligations, like swaps and blog hops, I have very little time for other projects.  However, with the holiday break, I was finally able to complete a display tray project for an upcoming Creative Class.

A few months back a incredibly talented CTMH consultant, Lisa Stenz, posted this beautiful display tray using the Avonlea paper line.  Gorgeous, is it not?  As you will see in my project, I was definitely inspired by her project.  Particularly the way she didn't let the little 3x4 sections limit her...she just adhered a photo mat to the frame itself.  Simple, but brilliant!  I also loved the use of her title and monogram.  All of which I included in my creation.  

I did, however, change it up a bit, primarily with the paper pack.  I chose to use the La Belle Vie papers.  From there, I just let the theme of the paper pack lead me to the embellishment choices.  The Artiste Cricut cartridge has some beautiful, French-inspired shapes, as well as many, many others that worked really well.
The empty spaces and the large photo mat are reserved for my photos, which I don't have yet. 
"Family" is only adhered along the bottom of the photo mat, allowing the 4x6 photo to slip behind the title.
Strategic placement of foam tape and adhesive allows for the "flowing" nature of the banners.

Depending on how the tulle is pulled, the tray can be hung with the bow at the top of the tray or with it at the very top, where it is hung.
The Creative Class is scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd at 4 p.m.  The project fee is $35 and includes the tray and all the necessary paper and embellishments. If you would like to create this project, email me or call me right away (or both, since I've been having some cell phone problems lately), so I can have all the necessary supplies on hand.

Until next time...

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