Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Stamp of the Month..."Sweet Life"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
July 2013's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Sweet Life****

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 Lalia Harris' blog, "Crafty Lalia"then you are on the right track.

I chose to make a little 4x4 set of cards using this month's stamp of the month.  They were really quick and simple to make.  I stamped the image with black archival ink on a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" of white daisy cardstock.  Next, I stamped it again on a piece of scrap and used a variety of alcohol and water-based markers to color in the image.  Then I used my 2" scalloped circle punch to punch out a portion of the colored image and used foam tape to adhere it to the black and white image.  Lastly, I simply stamped the sentiment on the front and adhered to a piece of 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" colored cardstock, then to the black card base and finally adding a few bitty sparkles.
The box is the base of the magazine holder found in the Cricut Artiste.  The inside of the cards are lined with a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" piece of white daisy cardstock that have been stamped with black ink using the same image as on the front.  (I'll have to add those photos when I get home from convention, as they just didn't turn out right.)
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: White Daisy CSBlack CS, Sunset CS, Hollyhock CS, Twilight CS, Gypsy CS, Sorbet CS, Vineyard Berry CS (retired)
Stamps Used: Sweet Life
Inks: Archival Black
Alcohol Markers: Sweet LeafCotton Candy (light)Sorbet (Light)Blush, Cranberry, Hollyhock, Topiary, New England Ivy, Ponderosa Pine (light), SlateBlending Marker
Water-based Markers: Desert Sand, Cocoa (both retired)
Emellishments: Bitty Sparkles, Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Other: Cricut Artiste3D Foam Tape, Sponge2" Scallop Circle PunchMicrotip ScissorsBone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), Scoring Board (Martha Stewart)

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 "Sweet Life" 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 Annette Green's blog, "Annette's Creative Journey" 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!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Final H2H DT Creation

This is the final week for my term as part of Heart 2 Heart's design team.  I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of this amazing team of talented Close To My Heart consultants, as well as all of the wonderful feedback that I've received from H2H readers and participants.  Hopefully, one day, I'll get to do it again, but now it's time to make room for a fresh team. Be sure to check back with H2H, as the new teams will be announced sometime this week.  

Since this is the final week before the new team takes over for the rest of 2013's challenges, both the current A and B teams are participating in this week's challenge.  Honestly, though, it's not much of a "challenge", but it is definitely a fun one.  Simply create something using your favorite color(s).

Years ago, my daughter would ask me, "Mommy, what's your favorite color?"  My answer was always the same..."All of them."  I truly don't have a single favorite color. I love them all...really.  So I think it was fitting to choose to make my projects based on rainbows.  In fact, when looking for inspiration, that's the key word I used...rainbow. I found some beautiful ideas out there on Pinterest and virtually lifted two of them, but with a little CTMH twist. ;) 
Isn't this a gorgeous card?  Again, it's not my design, but was originally created by Diana Nguyen.
My card was inspired by this beautiful card by Anya Lynet.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
So here's what you need to know to play along with the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week...and every week.
  1. Use mostly CTMH products.
  2. Incorporate the current challenge...any color goes.
  3. Link your project back to Heart 2 Heart Challenges from your blog post or online gallery.  If you are linking from a blog, you must link directly to the actual post, not your entire blog.
  4. You also need to mention Heart 2 Heart in your blog post. (Please don't make us guess.)
  5. Finally, please, please, please, we ask that you consider turning off word verification, as it does make it easier (and less time consuming) for the design team to leave comments, as well as other visitors to your blog. ;)
Don't have any CTMH products?  That's an easy fix!  Simply contact your local Close To My Heart consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.  If you'd like an Idea Book of your own, you can either email me (if you're local) or simply use the Paypal button in the side bar.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Until next time...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Time for Change

Well, it's that time of year again. The time when Close To My Heart releases their list of retiring items in order to make room for the new goodies that will be available August 1st.

I've listed all of the retiring items below.  If you are interested in purchasing any of them, you can simply click on the links and you will be redirected to my shopping website. Remember, these items are available until July 31st.  Because stamps are made in-house, they will be available through the 31st.  This also means that they will never show up on the "While Supplies Last" section of the website.  However, all non-stamp items are while supplies last. Some could show up later on the "While Supplies Last" section at reduced prices, but there's no guarantee that they ever will.

I also imagine since Chantilly, For Always, Surfs Up and Tommy papers will continue through the next idea book, the workshop-on-the-go kits for these paper packs will also be available through the 31st.  I would suggest though, if there's another paper pack or WOTG that you've been wanting, grab it before it's too late, because they do have a tendency to sell out.  ;)

Item # Description
Z1412 10-Things Pocket
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch 
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes
Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes
Z4200 Accessories Case/Organizer
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes
X7155B Avonlea Paper Packet - SOLD OUT
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment
Z1748 Brocade Assortment
Z1821 Buttons - Black Assortment
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment 
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment 
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment 
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment 
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment - SOLD OUT
X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet - SOLD OUT
Z1813 Claire Assortment 
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes
X7166B Claire Paper Packet - SOLD OUT
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet - SOLD OUT
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes
Z1450 Color-Ready Cork Alphabet
Z578 Corner Rounder - SOLD OUT
Z1794 Cottage Assortment
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images
X7157B Dakota Paper Packet - SOLD OUT
Z724 Embossing Pen - SOLD OUT
Z670 Embossing Powder - Black - SOLD OUT
Z1246 Embossing Powder - Cocoa
Z659 Embossing Powder - Cranberry - SOLD OUT
Z1351 Embossing Powder - Dutch Blue
Z655 Embossing Powder - Olive
Z656 Embossing Powder - Outdoor Denim
Z672 Embossing Powder - Red - SOLD OUT
Z1350 Embossing Powder - Topiary - SOLD OUT
Z673 Embossing Powder - White Daisy - SOLD OUT
Z608 Embossing Stylus Medium
Z1096 Embroidery Floss Neutral Assortment
Z4136 Exclusive Inks Organizer Carrying Case
Z4134 Exclusive Inks Organizer Handle and Swivel Base
Z1612 Foundry Pin Clips
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment 
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment 
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet - SOLD OUT
Z1766 Memo Assortment
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album 
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton - SOLD OUT
Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner - SOLD OUT
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small 
Z1267 Paper/Stamp Organizer 8.5x11 (3)
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment 
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment
1771 Waterbrush - Medium
Z906 Waxy Flax - Bamboo - SOLD OUT
Z1089 Waxy Flax - Black - SOLD OUT
Z1088 Waxy Flax - Chocolate  - SOLD OUT
Z1081 Waxy Flax - Colonial White - SOLD OUT
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons
G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit - SOLD OUT
G1062 Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit 
G1061 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit - SOLD OUT
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit
G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit - SOLD OUT
G1060 Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit - SOLD OUT
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment

B1410 A Friend Like You
D1444 A Little Thanks
D1519 Abundance
K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines
K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines
K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines
K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines
K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines
K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines
C1507 Angelic Blessings
B1406 Blessings of Peace
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
B1414 Bonjour
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large (Getting new packaging)
C1520 Christmas Joy
D1492 Christmas Love
B1372 Circle Together
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
D1399 Dream Big
D1440 Everlasting Life
A1132 Family
A1133 Festival of Lights
D1187 For Every Occasion
D1517 Game On
E1022 Hero Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
C1466 Instant Memories
D1528 Jardin
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
C1511 Love Blooms
E1017 Old World Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
C1508 Paisley Flair
E1018 Pennant Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
D1521 Powder Heaven
C1505 Pun Fun
B1405 Rugged Dude
C1461 Salutation Seals
B1396 School Rocks
K900 Single Name Stamp
B1395 So Grateful
D1523 Sweet Music
C1438 Tea Time
E1020 Token Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
E1021 Trinity Alphabet (Getting new packaging)
E1023 Varsity Alphabet (Getting new packaging)

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Until next time...

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