Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Christmas in the Warehouse!

It's Tuesday! That means its time for another warehouse sale. This week the bundles will have you prepared for all of your Holiday crafting needs. Be sure to check out all of the items at a deep discount online.



Only one more Tuesday this month. Don't let these deals pass you by!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Favorite Stamp Set

In my previous post I shared with you some of my favorite products from the new Annual Idea Book. Of course its far too difficult to choose only one, especially when it comes to the stamp sets. However, I did find a couple of sets that are beautiful and very clever! These are the Beautiful You and Thoughtful Bird stamps. They are found on pages 76 and 77 of the book. They have a three step process that adds gorgeous layers and depth of color. Plus, they come with coordinating thin cuts making the entire stamping and cutting process super simple! Here is a card I made with the Beautiful You stamp.


Oh goodness! Aren't those flowers gorgeous! I paired them with the Basics Fundamentals papers and some gold embellishments. The pink colors include the new Bashful, Pixie and Raspberry. Here is the stamp and some more artwork from the Idea Book.



The other stamp set features a bird that can be stamped in a variety of colors. It contains some everyday, heartfelt sentiments.


The bird looks beautiful in blue, but can you imagine him in other colors, perhaps reds and yellows!?
These are just a few stamps that really caught my attention and I'm certain you will find many that capture your eye as well! These are available to order now, shop online anytime!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Picking a Favorite Product

Perhaps you've had the chance to either look at the new Annual Idea Book in person or virtually flip through the pages online. Once you covered every page, does just one product stand out or have you chosen several favorites? Today, I would like to share just a few of my faves....of course I can't pick just one thing, its a big book!

I'm always excited to see what new Cricut cartridges we will get and this year is no disappointment. However, I'm a big fan of How-to Books and when I saw that we had a new one I was super excited. It's called Make it from Your Heart Volume 3. Yes, I already have the first 2 that were published and use them often for inspiration. This book is a little different than the other two as you can insert the 3 hole punched volume into your choice of Everyday Life Album. You can choose the classy black and white striped album or the new Bashful Album which happens to replace Sea Glass as the color of the year! I chose the pretty new pink!






The new Bashful color is also available in ink, re-inker, cardstock, glitter paper and pearls!


This publication includes 36 two-page layout patterns for standard photo sizes, plus it will give ideas for adding more photo's using the pocket scrapbooking cards and memory protectors. The index in the front is laid out so that you can choose a layout based on how many photographs you want to include. I love that each pattern gives you 2 different ideas of artwork with a variety of papers and embellishments. If you love having a guide to kick start your creativity, you are going to love this program. 

Here is the pattern in the book that I chose and my layout.


You may notice that I used some older embellishments on this layout, however that paper is brand new. Okay, Okay, another favorite product from the new Idea Book. Close To My Heart has updated all the colors in the Basics collection. I was immediately intrigued by them and having some fun getting to know all the new colors. I chose a few of the fantastic patterns from the fundamentals collection to complete this layout.


The names of the new colors are pretty clever, they are: charcoal, pewter, pebble, linen, mink, heather, espresso, nutmeg, toffee and almond. Did I mention that the cardstock is updated as well? A fun new feature of these lovely papers is that now you will find a slightly lighter shade of the true color on the reverse side. This will allow for easier color coordination on your projects.

Take another look at this fun layout with so many newly added products and inspired by the incredible Make it from Your Heart How-to Book.


You can shop all these new items online today! Oh yeah! Did I tell you which stamp set is my favorite in the new book? Oh no, well maybe next time!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hello August!

It's a new month, new Idea Book and new specials. Many students will be heading back to school and the Stamp of the Month will be perfect for capturing those memories.




How do you feel about a sale? Throughout the month of August you can find a Warehouse sale online every week. You won't believe these deals! Check it out now and don't forget to take a look through the new Annual Idea Book and the newest products. shop online here





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stuck on You!

I'm stuck on craft challenges lately. They help to launch my creativity with an idea or a sketch. This card is the result of 2 challenges this week. The first is a sketch challenge found on Freshly Made Sketches. It's pretty straight forward resulting in a clean and easy card. The other challenge comes from Heart 2 Heart Challenges which is a stitching theme. I chose to go faux!


I love the bright whimsical colors of the Prickly Pear papers, but I wanted to create more authentic looking cactus. For this I reached for an older stamp set called, Stuck on You. This is one of those sets that came with coordinating Thin Cuts making it all too easy. The more difficult part is coloring in the cactus, however I find this to be relaxing. The faux stitching is made by using some wavy Lawn Fawn Die Cuts.

Pretty clean, simple and cute! Be sure to check out these blogs for some challenges and inspiration!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hello Unicorns

Despite my lack in posts here on the Blog, I must reassure you that I am making time to play in my craft room. Especially now with the big Stampaganza sale happening! Some of my favorite stamps are simply sayings or sentiments. They can convey your message on a card or show emotion to a scrapbooking page. Close To My Heart has several stamp sets with some traditional sentiments and some very trending, popular sayings. This month is the perfect time to stock up on your favorites! Here is just a cute card I created using the Dreamin' Big papers, a few embellishments and a thin cut. The perfect sentiment can be found on the inside of the card.



This greeting on the inside was made up of 2 different sentiment stamps, so go ahead and mix it up!

I posted the front of this card on Instagram a few days ago. If you are not on Instagram, I recommend that you join, its a ton of inspiration. If not, you can always click on the camera/Instagram logo on the right of my blog just under my profile. It will take you to my page. There you will find more artwork posted regularly and in most cases before I get it on my Blog.

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Don't forget to save big this month on the stamp sale. Buy 2 Get One FREE! shop online

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

No Worries Bear!

I'm sharing a card with you today for the Heart 2 Heart "No Worries" Challenge. I love this paper collection and found that it can be more versatile than just a beachy theme! On this card I used the Jack cardmaking stamp and thin cuts to create a laid back, fishing bear. Obviously, he has no worries now that he is retired!






Be sure to check out the other entries at H2H. Make sure to stop by the website to order these fabulous products.




P.S. The retirement sentiment is from the No Worries Cardmaking and thin cuts set. All items are on the website and currently available until the end of July.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stampaganza in July!

Woo~Hoo! It's that time of year when Close To My Heart offers the innovative and amazing MyAcrylix stamp sets on sale! It is almost like Christmas in July for those lovers of inky stamping!


For this sale Close To My Heart has also decided to bring back some older stamp sets previously taken away into retirement. Go online to see a list of those special sets and get all the details!


Stamp of the month ~ Storybook Alphabet



You can never have too many alphabets! This set can be stamped as is or you can color them in with whatever medium you like. Plus, this month you can get it for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!


Finally, I want to leave you with this image from the website carousel. It features a variety of projects using the Prickly Pear paper collection. I think the artwork is beautiful and makes me love this collection even more that when I originally saw it in the Seasonal Expressions book. I must warn you that July is the last month that this collection will be available, as the other collections too. Don't let it pass you by!


RAWR!! = Party!!

A crazy little monster wants to wish you a Happy Birthday with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Blog! This card combines patterned paper, Picture My Life card and some cool Cricut cut designs. It all comes together for a colorful, fun card perfect for any little wild one celebrating a special day!





Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hello Foxy will soon say Goodbye!

The Hello Foxy stamp of the month will soon be saying goodbye! With a qualifying purchase you can get this stamp for only $5. The fox in this set are just too cute! Take a look at some cards I created using the different fox with some of the clever sayings!


These fox look great paired with the Prickly Pear papers, making it look more like a desert fox!




If you take advantage of the other promotions going on this month, ie. the albums BOGO and 25% off cardstock, you will easily qualify for this stamp set. Be sure to go online to see what is available on special still and place an order. Thank you for stopping by and say hello to Foxy!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Carnival of Cardstock

Close To My Heart has announced a great deal to end the month of June! How would you like 25% off all cardstock until June 30th? What a fantastic deal and who doesn't need more paper!



You can get the coordinating cardstock packs from the current Idea Book collections for only $7.46. Those include Little Dreamer, Prickly Pear, No Worries and Jack!

Or you can choose single color packs and multi-color combo packs at a discounted price of $10.87
 Keep in mind that this deal will end on June 30th as well as the BOGO Album promotion. See all of the specials online here.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

Freshly Made Beach

It has been a long time since I have played along with a sketch challenge. This was a fun one though and a great opportunity to use a new stamp set! I used the sketch for this week on Freshly Made Sketches along with the No Worries papers and cardmaking stamp set. What is great about this stamp set is that it has coordinating Thin Cuts to make all of your images perfectly cut and stamped!


Ah! No worries at all! Don't you just want to go hang out and relax at the beach now? Toes in the sand, cold drink in your hand!

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's a Fiesta with Prickly Pear!

The BIG grad party has come and gone! There was a ton of preparation for the party itself, but I managed to find some time to create a few layouts that would work for the party pics to come. I wanted to use the fun Prickly Pear papers as I liked the bright colors and the cactus would work well with our backyard decor where the activity would happen.


The included PML cards can act as titles on your page or you can use the card and add the complements chipboard letter die-cuts for a big title!


This page worked well to showcase some of the areas that my daughter and I decorated inside the house.



We used several areas in our house to show her memorabilia, photographs and to set up a "One Smart Cookie Bar". For this reason I decided to add a flip flap to the layout to show more pictures and not crowd the page.



Take a closer look at these fun titles and complements that can be added to your Prickly Pear pages!



Remember that this collection is available now in the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book which will expire in August.