Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New in October

I hope everyone is enjoying the newest Holiday Expressions Idea Book and you are being inspired to start creating for the holidays. This month will have you thinking about holiday songs with the Stamp of the Month, but it will also have you thinking about gifting for a good cause!

First, let's share a smile!

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. To bring these stamp images to life, CTMH made a coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

The Share a Smile card kit can be yours for FREE when you become a Consultant in October or when you host a qualifying party.

Please log into my website to see the purchase options.

Those are so punny and cute!

Next, I have the Stamp of the Month called Christmas Tunes. I bet your going to get them stuck in your head as you read them!!

I love how the lyrics live within the shape of the Christmas symbols. This stamp set can be purchased for only $5 with a qualifying order. Think of all the lovely cards you could be creating, while singing the songs!

The Stamp of the Month and the Share a Smile monthly special can all be found on my website. Happy crafting!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Feel So Blessed

Every once in awhile a Stamp of the Month comes along that I really, really like. The September stamp set Feel So Blessed (S1709) was definitely one of those! This discounted stamp set will be leaving soon though. If you want to have hours of playing in your craft room and creating gorgeous cards with it, order it now! Let me inspire you with two last creations~

First card was made out of finding inspiration for it in the strangest place! I'm a big fan of the home scents of Bath & Body Works. The Leaves scent has been a favorite of mine every since its introduction. Every year they tend to mix up their designs and make you hunt around the store finding the scent you love. This years design on the room spray was fairly clean and had an eye appealing combination of color and pattern. One day it all of a sudden hit me that I could use the design in a card using the Feel So Blessed stamp of the month. It worked pretty well!

I realize that on the spray bottle there was brown leaves, but I had to use that awesome feather from the stamp set. The sentiment was stamped in white daisy on black cardstock making it really pop!

Finally, I also found inspiration on Instagram this week for another card. I was reunited with the retired Prickly Pear papers. With some more watercoloring I was able to make this simple, open sentiment become the focus of my card. I love the colors with black lining, how soft, yet striking!

You really don't want this one to pass you by! You can purchase this stamp set online here. Now

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tough People Last

I shared a 8 card workshop with you earlier using the charitable Stronger Together stamp set. I created another card just for fun, because I love the sentiment. This time I used the Basics Fundamentals paper again, but with a nice, calm blue complimenting color.

I hope you are able to support the relief efforts by purchasing this stamp set. I think you'll enjoy creating cards with this set and the recipient will be lifted with these encouraging & empowering phrases. Shop online here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stronger Together

Close To My Heart is offering a beautiful sentiments stamp set that will help those affected by the recent hurricanes. It's called Stronger Together and has great sayings like; We're in this together, Keep calm & fight on and {my personal favorite}Tough times don't last, Tough people do! Proceeds from the sales of this stamp set will go the the Red Cross in their relief efforts of the recent disasters.  I created an eight card workshop to showcase each sentiment. Check it out~

This card workshop comes from the Wishes cardmaking program. Participants will use the floral pattern paper from the basics fundamentals paper and then choose one accent color from the enchantment collection. (eggplant, fern, peacock, pomegranate or saffron) I used an assortment of colors from the Enchantment collection to show the potential of what the cards can look like.

I think that once you create cards using these sentiments you will want to purchase the entire set. It is super versatile and will work for a variety of occasions.

Please go to my website for more information on this set and the opportunity to give to a great cause!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Falling for You Card Workshop

What better way to kick off a new Holiday book then with a fall themed card workshop. These cards will inspire with the new Falling for You papers, a fall Stamp of the Month and some Cricut cuts of leaves and wreaths.

We will be using stamps, thin cuts, cricut cuts and water colors to create these beautiful cards. The stamp of the month, Feel So Blessed is very versatile and a lot of fun to create with. It is only available for the month of September and can be purchased for only $5 with qualifying order.

Friday, September 1, 2017

New in September

In August the new Annual Inspiration Idea Book was released. With so many new goodies its hard to imagine even more awe inspiring products and artwork to inspire. However, today is the first day of the Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Be well prepared for the upcoming Holidays with an assortment of new papers and embellishments perfect for Halloween, Autumn/Thanksgiving and Winter/Christmas. You will find a stamp of the month that will also lend itself for your Fall greetings and scrapbooking projects. Plus, its National Stamping Month and you better bet that there is a beautiful special to celebrate!

Holiday Expression 2017

These are just a sampling of the 4 new paper collections with layout ideas and cards offered in the workshops. Now take a look at the Stamp of the Month, Feel So Blessed.

This stamp set can be purchased for only $5 with qualifying purchase!

Finally, it's National Stamping Month and Close To My Heart is offering a beautiful special.

The exclusive From the Heart card kit gives you all the materials you need for creating 12 interactive cards, including an E-size stamp set with heartfelt sentiments and stamps you can layer together for exquisitely artistic cards.

Available only during September, this card kit is a must have that will help you create elevated artwork from the heart.

When you log into my website you will see the buying options for this kit. Get the best value by purchasing the kit as pictured above. This option is a 20% savings. Or....

The From the Heart card kit can be yours for FREE when you become a Consultant in September or when you host a qualifying party.All the details can be found on my website .

As always I invite you to come visit this Blog soon to see more new products and be inspired!

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!