Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Stamp of the Month...."A Chocolate Affair"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
August 2013's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****A Chocolate Affair****

With over 50 participants, you are surely to find wonderful inspiration through this blog hop.  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 Melissa Laverty's blog, "Fancy Melissa", then you are on the right track.

I chose to make, what else but a chocolate treat holder? I recently held my open house and thought this would be a great little make-n-take.  I laid out all the parts in the Cricut Craft Room using my Cricut Artiste cartridge and it couldn't have been easier.

It's pretty straight forward.  After cutting all the pieces on my Cricut, I inked the edges of the Chocolate cardstock with Chocolate ink.  Next I stamped the sentiment on the White Daisy mat and layered it with a slightly larger Smoothie mat and adhered them to the box with foam tape. Next, I stamped the cookies on a scrap piece of White Daisy cardstock, trimmed and adhered with foam tape.  Afterwards, I added a little bling behind the mats, actually cutting the smaller of the two bling strings, so that I could adhere it higher on the box.  Finally, after adding four Hershey nuggets, I cut a piece of dark chocolate grosgrain ribbon in half and then cut the seam off the uncut side, fraying the edges before tying a simple knot to keep the box closed.  
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: White Daisy CSChocolate CSSmoothie CS
Stamps Used: A Chocolate Affair
Inks: Chocolate

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR this month only you can get it for FREE 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 Melinda Everitt's blog, "If You Bling It...They Will Come" 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!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rediscover CTMH

I could not say it better than Kristine.
 

If you would like more information about Close To My Heart, whether about the company, products, classes and workshops, or about becoming a consultant, feel free to contact me or go here to sign up today.

Until next time...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tommy Cards, Etc. Workshop

I have to tell you, I (personally) don't always have an easy time using the CTMH Workshop-on-the-Go stamp sets to make cards, as they often are designed with scrapbook pages in mind. Every now and then though, one of the kits has a stamp set in it that makes me say..."Gotta have it!" and the kit that I'm highlighting this month, Tommy, is one of those sets. I absolutely love this stamp set. (You can see it here.)  As much as I love the "Stormy Seas..." sentiment, I think my favorite image is the globe, but I love the banners, too, though oddly enough I didn't use that stamp in the following projects.
The above card is based on this week's sketch at Unscripted Sketches. I chose to turn the sketch 90 degrees and to use twine and Durables Studs in place of the three circles in the sketch.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
I created the splatters by using my waterbrush with honey and outdoor denim reinkers and a cranberry ink pad (as I don't have this color of reinker...how'd that happen? You can see an old tutorial that I did on this technique.  It's super easy and a great alternative to sprays, though you don't get the same kind of coverage.
The card above is based on this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch. I have to say this is becoming one of my favorite challenge blogs. I don't know, but I think I need to play along more often, as I always love how the cards turn out (like this one, and this one) and now the one above...which I think is my favorite out of all these projects.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Tommy B&TWhite Daisy CSOutdoor Denim CS
Embellishments: Durables Artistan StudsOther: Waterbrush3D Foam TapeMicrotip ScissorsBone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)
Did you notice the cool background stamp on this card? It's just a little sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets being released on August 1st. I was fortunate enough to go to convention this year and we received this stamp set for one of the creative sessions. Pretty cool stamp, huh?  If you like it, again, it won't be available until August 1st, so I can't link it to my website, but in case you want to make note of it, it is called Geometric Background and the number is D1559.  

Also, if you like the flower stamp, it is one of the stamp sets retiring July 31st, so be sure to get it before it's history. As for the other items that are retiring, check out my previous post here.

The above card is based on two other challenges, Sketchbook Saturday and Pals Paper Arts (though I missed the deadline to enter this one). My blue is very close to the one shown in the PPA swatch, but it's doesn't come across as blue when stamped on Desert Sand.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Desert Sand CSWhite Daisy CS
Stamps Used: Geometric Background (avail. 8/1), Love Blooms, 4 My Friend
Inks: Desert SandCranberry, LagoonLagoon Pigment, VersaMark
Embellishments: Silver Shimmer Trim, Pearl Opaques, Licorice OpaquesOther: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat ToolSponge3D Foam TapeMicrotip ScissorsBone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Like these cute, darling little button brads? Well, head on over to my website where you can pick up 100 of them for only $1.10!!!  Of course, with shipping you probably would want to pick up some other items, but hey, there's still some other really good buys left in the While Supplies Last section. Of course, you can still get the Canvas Art kit for half off and remember if you pick it up this month, you can come to the workshop in August to put it together. You can read about that here.
 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers:  Tommy B&T, Outdoor Denim CS
Inks: Desert Sand
Embellishments: Button Brads (retiring 7/31)
Other: Cricut Artiste, Hook & Loop DotsSpongeBone Folder, Piercing Tool, Bonding Memories Adhesive, ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

If you would like to particpate in this workshop, just let me know, no later than this Saturday, July 13th, to give me time to prepare the workshop kits. Here's where you can find information about this class. 

Until next time...

Monday, July 08, 2013

I Love Tommy!

This is so true in more ways than one.

1) Tommy is the name of one of my brothers.  Tommy is only 2 1/2 years younger than me and we grew up together.  We were a pair.  Tammy and Tommy.  My youngest brother is Samuel.  So we're Tom, Tam, and Sam.  Nice, huh?  Considering my brother and I were born in the days of hippies, I think we got off pretty easy.

2) Probably the greatest man I have ever known was named Thomas...but called Tommy.  Thomas Burke was my paternal grandfather.  He helped to raise my brother Tommy and I.  Considering we weren't blood related, he could not have been more loving and more caring than if he had actually given birth to us (yes, I know that wasn't possible).

3) Because of these two wonderful men, when I was pregnant with my son, I wanted his name to be Thomas.  However, since I gave my daughter her first name, and my husband gave her her middle name, we had a deal that he got to give our son his first and I would give the middle name.  So my son's middle name is Thomas, too.  Just one more reason to love "Tommy".

4) Another reason I love Tommy, but of course, not quite on the same scale, if I'm perfectly honest...is this wonderful paper pack by Close To My Heart called Tommy.  I think I also love it because it reminds me of my grandfather who served in the Navy during WWII and whose family lived off the water, both as a source of food for him and his 11 siblings, but later as a commercial fisherman.  I have fond memories of fishing with my grandfather.  Granted the paper isn't specific to fishing, but it is nautical, so it can work for fishing pictures, lighthouses, beaching, rafting, boating, navy and more.  In fact, when I was working with it, I even thought, "Wouldn't this make great paper for a layout about a Disney Cruise?!"  One day....

Anyway, on to the point of my post...
Below are two layouts that we will be making at this month's scrapbook workshop.  This is a closeup of one of the page elements on the first layout.  If you want to see it in it's entirety, head over to my facebook page.  What can I say?  It's a shameless plug....want to drum up some "likes".  Hint, hint. ;)

Here is the second layout that we will be making, as well as some closeups.
Sorry for the poor color rendering in this pic. I tried natural light, but obviously I don't have it down yet.  I probably should have tried scanning, but it doesn't work too well for thicker layouts.

You may want to check out the workshops under the Calendar of Events tab (at the top of the page) for all the upcoming classes/events, including my Semi-Annual Open House to be held on Saturday, July 27th from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  

Starting August 1st, there will also be some changes/additions to my business...all good things.  So be on the lookout for that, as I will release that information throughout the month.

Until next time....

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Canvas Art Workshop

Even though I've posted information about this month's promotion in the sidebar, as well as the Current Promotions tab at the top of the blog, I felt it was important to post this important message....


This beautiful Canvas Art Kit has been marked down from $39.95 to only $19.95!  To be perfectly blunt, this kit has been available since February (January for consultants) and it is not in the new idea book.  So once these are sold out, that's it, so I would suggest that you don't wait long if this is something you have been eyeing for awhile.  Not to mention, they are a tremendous value, as the stamp set that comes with it, alone retails for $13.95! Here's a look at this great stamp set that could be used for so many projects afterwards.
The kit of course comes with a 12x12 Pre-printed Canvas display, as well as Dimensional Elements in two different color schemes (blues & reds and reds, yellows & green).  It's super simple to put together (about an hour), but it surely will be a conversation piece in your home and at this great price, why not pick up a couple, as it makes great gifts.

Included in the kit: 
1 – My Acrylix® Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) 
1 – 12" × 12" Printed Canvas Display 
1 – Cashmere Baker's Twine (1 yard) 
10 – Clear Sparkles (10mm) 
1 – Sparkles Flourish 
2 – 12" × 6" Dimensional Elements In Color—Art Shapes 
1 – Instructional Brochure

Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or tools are needed to complete this project.  However, if you purchase this kit this month (or if you've already purchased one from me), you can use my inks, blocks, etc. to complete the project on Sunday, August 18 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at no additional charge.

If you would like me to order the kit and have it come straight to your home, click here.  Just please be sure to join the "Open House & Artbooking Pre-Order" Gathering prior to checking out.

If you would prefer for me to order it for you and hold it until the day of the workshop (Aug. 18), use the Paypal button below.

Here's some closeups of the one that I put together.




Until next time...

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