Friday, January 31, 2014

February's Stamp of the Month..."Wild About Love"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
February 2014's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Wild About Love****

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 Dawn Ross' blog, "I Am A Happy Stamper", then you are on the right track.

This month is an adorable stamp set that features super hot and trendy foxes.  In looking for inspiration, I found this cute card.  Instead of using branches, I decided to use the tree stump.  Only one problem.  The foxes hiney was too big for the tree (feels like I can  So I decided to MAKE the stump fit the fox by stamping two of them and overlapping them slightly.  If you look close, you can see it, but it's not super least I didn't think so.  

Before I adhered the fox and stump down, I rubbed my Topiary ink pad directly on to the bottom right corner of my white daisy cardstock to give the illusion of grass.  Next, I inked just the flower that the fox is holding and created a little flower bunch by the trunk.  I used my Twilight alcohol marker to color in the flowers and a Topiary alcohol marker and black journaling pen to draw in the stems and leaves and a little grass, too.  Afterwards, I stamped the sentiment by inking the stamp and stamping on my desk pad one time and then inking just the bottom half of the sentiment again.

I tried a little wood grain washi tape under the triangle studs and brown sparkles for the eyes, but I didn't like it as much as the version you see here.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers: Timberline B&T, Twilight CS, White Daisy CS
Stamps Used: Wild About Love
Inks: Cocoa, Goldrush, Topiary
Emellishments: Triangle Studs
Other: Twilight Alcohol Marker,  Topiary Alcohol Marker, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Paper Trimmer (Fiskars),  ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

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 my insanely creative friend's blog, Michelle Stewart's, @ "My Creations with Michelle" 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!

Last Day to Order Retiring Items!

Today is January 31st.  The first month of 2014 has flown by quickly for me.  How about you? If you are anything like me, you often intend to do things and think, "Oh, I've got time.  I'll do it later." Then next thing you know "later" is here.  Well, that's the case for Close To My Heart's soon-to-be-retiring products. So if you haven't done so, head on over to your consultant's website or mine and get it before it really is too late.

My first four "retirement" highlights focused on embellishments...not just because the items were some of my faves, but frankly, embellishments often tend to be the first things to sell out (probably second only to paper) and stamps are available until the end.  But on this final January day, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the stamps that are retiring.  First, I highly recommend checking them out, because even though it is possible that you could see embellishments show up on the While Supplies Last section, you will never see the stamp sets on the WSL section, as these are made in-house.  So as my final (retirement) highlight of the month, I'm going to share with you some projects I created using stamps that are retiring tonight.

Let's start with one of my favorites...a sentiment set called "Card Chatter - Sympathy". (The sentiments on the next six cards all come from this set.) 

Bright Sunshiny Day
"Under the Sea"...

"Word Card Puzzle"...(What can I say?  I liked cutting and layering this rose.)

"Hello Tweety"...
"Cozy Cat"...

"Quick Cards - Bumble Bee"...
"Scrapbook Statements - Women"...
Besides the end of some really nice products, this is the last day to take advantage of this month's promotion.  Purchase $35 in product (not including WSL) and pick up the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit for only $15 (a $46 value). You will be able to make 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs).  Also, remember, if when you purchase $35 in product and the $15 Cloud Nine Kit, you automatically qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5! Check that out here...but hurry!
Finally, I want to remind you that my Open House is this Saturday.  If you aren't able to make it, you can still enter to win the grand prize.  You can purchase any of the retiring items and join the Open House Celebration by joining my Open House Gathering on my website before checking out. However, if you wait until Saturday, you can participate in the Open House, but it will be too late to pick up the retiring items. Clear as mud? ;)
Until next time....

Monday, January 27, 2014

CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection Giveaway!

Stacy and I are giving away a Close To My Heart Cricut Collection over on our Scrapper's Rx Facebook Page.  If you would like one for yourself or to give to a friend, head on over to our FB page and click on the red "Win!" tab at the top or just click here.

The Artiste cartridge makes some really cute projects!
Like this cute box...

and this house that I created into a card using Cricut Craft Room...
and this precious purse...
and the envelopes cut really small..
and most, if not all, of the pieces in this home decor project...
and this box which you've recently seen...

and the trendy mustaches...

and one more that uses the endlessly fun gears shapes...
It's super easy to enter.  Again, click on the red "Win!" tab at the top of the Facebook page or the link above.  If you've never "Liked" our page before, you will have to "Like" it in order to access the entry form.  If you have already liked our page before, it will automatically take you to the entry form.  We just need your name and email (for winner contact purposes).  That's it.  You're entered.  If you share with your friends, you can get more entries.  If your friends return to the tab, you will receive a third entry.  You can always come back and share with more friends for even more entries.  There's absolutely no purchase necessary to enter.  We're running this promotion just to gain exposure to our new business called, Scrapper's Rx (Scrapper's Prescription) Weekend Retreats.

Until next time...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hate to Say Goodbye...Round 4

Monday, I promised to share some projects that I created using the soon-to-be-retiring dark chocolate and black striped grosgrain ribbon.  I so love this ribbon!  I hate, hate, hate that it is going away, especially the dark chocolate.  Can you guess what I'm stocking up on? ;) I just find it so versatile.  Once you see how many projects in which I used it AND all the different ways I used it, you'll surely understand why I'll miss it so much. Warning...there's a lot of pictures here.  Hopefully you will see something that is new to you.
Leap Around the World with Me: Isn't this cool.  This was a technique that I picked up from Vicki Wizniuk.  It works so well, because this ribbon has enough body to hold it up.  Then when you put it in an envelope, you can simply fold the ribbon over the edge of the card.
Avonlea Card Workshop
August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Here you can just see a little of the ribbon under the flowers, but I intentionally frayed the end that was exposed.  As you will see, I really like fraying the edges...sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
Mojo Monday #214 & ColorQ #110: Here I just created a loop banner to give the card a little somethin' somethin'.
December Stamp of the Month: Here I trimmed off the edges, cleaning up loose strings to give it a cleaner frayed edge.
February's Paper Trail Blog Hop: Fun, fun, fun!  That's what this ribbon is.  In the process of fraying a piece of ribbon, I ended up discovering that I could create this look by pulling out the shorter strings.
February's Paper Trail Blog Hop: This is a box that I created for a collection of cards like the last one pictured.  Don't you like how it is tied off to the side with hemp string?  I got that technique from Vicki Wizniuk, too.
May's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop..."Friendship Bouquet": Can you believe this is the same ribbon? Just by cutting it into strips and fraying the edges strategically, it caused the strips to almost look like two different striped patterns.

June's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop..."Life is Tweet". I love cutting this ribbon up into thinner strips.
My Heart's Group Swap Group Card: I just used this ribbon to embellish a box that contained a tri-shutter card.
July's Cards, Etc. Workshop Projects Using Victory: I still so love this card.  This looks like I tied the bow from one piece of ribbon, but it's an illusion.  The blog post discusses it.  The cool, adhesive backed square durables are also retiring this month.
July's Cards, Etc. Workshop Projects Using Victory: I love tying off one end of ribbon like this.  I also trimmed and slightly frayed the edges of the ribbon.
August's Stamp of the Month..."Baroque Borders": This techniqe adds such a cool look to a card.
Secret Message Thank You Card: I created a band for this card using a strip of cardstock and the black grosgrain ribbon that I trimmed down to make more narrow and again...the overextended ribbon is another Vicki technique.
April Cards, Etc. Workshop: Just wrapped around the Criss Cross card.
Another Workshop Card: Here I just used the ribbon as if it was a piece of pattern paper.  I actually used a little Fray Check to keep the edges from fraying.
August Stamp of the Month..."A Chocolate Affair: Again, I cut off the edges, so I could fray the edges. Notice in this project I didn't clean up the edges.  By the way, did I mention that I love to cut the ribbon up into smaller strips? :) 
My "Crazy for Cards" Cards: I actually folded the top of the ribbon over to form a loop (like the card in the second picture) and then secured it with brads.
A Few Laughing Lola Cards: Here I used it to create a little mini bow, by making it quite narrow.
July Stamp of the Month..."Sweet Life": This ribbon just adds so much to a simple card box.
June Scrap Club Layouts: This layout was part of a promotional kit called "You and Me" where we got a sneak peak at new new cardstock weight paper, striped grosgrain ribbon and mocha opaques (also retiring...but sold out already).  LOVED this kit!!!
If you would like to obtain some of this ribbon for yourself, just check out the retiring items section of your Close To My Heart consultant's website or on my website.

Don't forget...not only do the retired items go away on January 31st, but so does this month's promotion.  If you make a $35 purchase this month, you can pick up this absolutely incredible card kit for only $15 (a $46 value)!  You will be able to make 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs), get your hands on three accessories not available for purchase until Feb. 1 and a great stamp set that you can use over and over again.  Keep in mind, too.  If you purchase $35 in product and the $15 Cloud Nine cardmaking kit, you will automatically qualify for this month's stamp of the month. Check that out here.

And as if the Cloud Nine kit wasn't enough to celebrate National Papercrafting Month, I'm going to sweeten the deal.  I will ship the new CTMH Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book to anyone who makes a $50 purchase on my website. The book has a $3.95 value, plus I'll pay the shipping (to U.S. addresses only).  Also, to all my local customers...if you place a $35 purchase and pick up the Cloud Nine Kit, I will open up my home in February for a free Cloud Nine workshop!  I will provide the inks, blocks, necessary tools, snacks, and the space needed to complete the projects.

Until next time...

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