Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Consultant Kit and Sneak Peek

One of the advantages of being a CTMH consultant is getting a sneak peek at new items before anyone else.  Below is a picture of the new consultant kit available Jan 1st.  It is $99 and has over $300 worth of product in it plus it is a peek at a new paper pack in the new catalog that won't be available to customers until Feb 1st.  Check out my blog for future sneak peeks of an upcoming Card kit available in January.  You'll be on "Cloud Nine" when you see it. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wrapping with Washi

Oh yes she did!  I wrapped Christmas presents and used washi tape as well - - tape!  Works perfectly.  And what are you going to use all that Washi tape for anyway?  I also downloaded this months Rediscover CTMH holiday tags.  I printed them on white daisy card stock after shrinking them to a smaller size.  These are my sister's Christmas presents - I hope she likes them! 
Download your own tags here and get some Washi Tape for yourself here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a Pumpkin card holder I made with my BFF and her daughter.  We cut the pumpkin using the Cricut, ran it through an embossing folder in the Cuttlebug and then made 3 little 3 x 3 cards to tuck inside.  We had fun. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Retiring Items

Close to my Heart is getting ready for a new idea book come February 1st.  Yay!  BUT, when they introduce new items they have to retire some items.  As soon as an item is placed on the retiring list it is available on a while-supplies-last basis.  If you want to see the retiring items just click on the Retiring Tab at the top and it will take you to that page on my shopping web site.  The items on this list will NOT be carried forward in the new idea book.  
Note:  Any stamp sets that are shown in the Autumn/Winter 2013 book will also be available in the Spring/Summer 2014 book.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 4

Day 4 of the Holiday Card Workshop had us stamp and then emboss over the stamping.  Actually you can do the embossing first if you want and then stamp over it.  I used some of last year's CTMH Christmas paper and this years Frosted Card Workshop stamp set. I added a little gold ribbon from my stash.  You can try this technique yourself.  All you need is some Versamark ink and some embossing powder.  Our embossing powder is being discontinued so get some now.  Check out all the items that will discontinue at the end of January or while supplies last HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Clearly the Best: Wacky Washi

Here is another video from CTMH showing how to use Washi Tape to make a cute card.  And I can tell you it works!  Below is my version of the cupcake card they made.  Watch the video for instructions.  Want to order your own?  Click here - but the cute pink polka dot is only available until the end of January or until they run out. 

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 2

I'm behind on my homework!  This card is an attempt to make one of the card from Day 2.  The instructor showed us how to emboss snowflakes and suspend them on fishing wire. I used one strand of silver embroidery thread instead.  The snow flakes sort of spin on the card.  I cut the snow flakes on my cricut and used silver embossing powder.  The back of the window is lined with some Sparkle & Shine paper.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 3

Here is my attempt at one of the cards from Day 3 of the Holiday Card Workshop.  I used an old stamp set called December Word Puzzle.  The little trees were perfect for lining up on the diagonal.  I used some Sparkle & Shine paper and Ruby, Olive and Slate ink. 

Why Switch to CTMH?

I would appreciate it if you would take 3 minutes to watch this video about Close to My Heart.  If you would like to see what CTMH is all about, this video will answer your questions.  I've been buying CTMH product for 10 years and selling for 2.  I love all their product and love how Jeannette runs her business.   Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 1

I'm taking an on line Holiday Card Workshop through a web site called Online Card Classes.  I've never done anything like this and hope I can keep up with the "homework" assignments.  Our first class was all about dressing up the inside of your card.  Here is my example of making a gift card holder on the inside sealed up with washi tape.  I used our stamp set Wintery Wishes - a hostess only stamp set for the sentiment and the little penguin image, white pigment ink, Sparkle & Shine Washi tape and kraft paper.  You can shop HERE for your supplies. 
Here is how to make your own gift card pocket for the inside of your Christmas cards:  Take a 5 x 4 piece of vellum, score along the long side at 2 1/2.  Fold in half and crease using a bone folder.  Make a small mark at the center point of the long side and use a 1/2 inch circle punch to punch a notch.  Apply washi tape along the open sides and the bottom of the pocket.  Trim the excess washi.  Attach to the inside of your card by applying a thin line of Liquid Glass along the washi tape on the back side of the pocket.    Let dry completely and insert gift card!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rediscover Close To My Heart

This month's free download is a chalkboard wall art.  I decided to print it out smaller and make a card out of it.  I thought the Juniper Sparkle & Shine paper matched just perfectly.  I add some yellow bakers twine too.  If you want your own free download just click HERE.  While you are there check out all the other things CTMH offers. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Washi Wonder Birthday Cards

I got inspiration for these two card from a fellow consultant .  She made a Christmas card but I needed birthday cards.  I used the mini stamp Heartfelt Birthday Wish and the stamp set Washi Wonder that is only available to hostesses.  These cards are for two special sisters that both have birthdays in November.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Here are a few Halloween cards I made this season with a little help from inspiration from Pinterest and the blog world. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Frosted Card Workshop - November 17th

Frosted Cardmaking Kit Workshop

When:  Sunday, November 17th  1:00 pm

Where:  My house
Price:  $29.00 (includes shipping and tax) – Pay and RSVP before Friday, November 1st.
o   Included with your kit:
o   1 – My Acrylix® Frosted Cardmaking Workshop Stamp Set (D-size) 
2 – Frosted B&T Duos® Papers 
5 – Cardstock Sheets (2 Colonial White, 1 Kraft, 1 Olive, 1 Ruby) 
15 – Colonial White Cards & Envelopes 
1 – Champagne, Colonial White, & Silver Baker's Twine (10 yards) 
1 – Silver Glitter Gems (108) 
1 – Instructional Brochure
You’ll have use of my inks and blocks.  Please bring with you adhesive and paper trimmer. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Last Chance - Sparkle and Shine Card Class

Last chance to sign up for the Sparkle and Shine Card class.  Email me today to hold your place.  Details are below.   

Sparkle and Shine Card Class

When: Sunday, November 10th @ 1:00pm
Where: My house – 8716 Kingsley Drive, Reynoldsburg
: $22.00 Sign up and pay by Monday, October 28th
You will make 18 Christmas card (3 each of 6 designs) using the Sparkle and Shine Paper
What the workshop includes:
18 – White Daisy Cards and Envelopes (5 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄4)
  •   All Precut card pieces – you choose which stamp to use, ink color and which side of the paper to use – each card will
    be unique – made by you!
  •   Step by step instructions
  •   Use of my stamp sets and inks
    Other supplies not included but needed to complete the workshop – please bring with you:
    3D Foam tape
    Tombow Adhesive
    Sharp micro tip scissors (if you have them)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sparkle and Shine Card Class

When: Sunday, November 10th @ 1:00pm
Where: My house – 8716 Kingsley Drive, Reynoldsburg
: $22.00 Sign up and pay by Monday, October 28th
You will make 18 Christmas card (3 each of 6 designs) using the Sparkle and Shine Paper

What the workshop includes:
18 – White Daisy Cards and Envelopes (5 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄4)

  •   All Precut card pieces – you choose which stamp to use, ink color and which side of the paper to use – each card will

    be unique – made by you!

  •   Step by step instructions

  •   Use of my stamp sets and inks

    Other supplies not included but needed to complete the workshop – please bring with you:

    3D Foam tape
    Tombow Adhesive
    Sharp micro tip scissors (if you have them)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It's Here - Holiday From the Heart Gift Guide

Finally - I can share with you the beautiful Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide.  You can order beginning today through December 31st from the guide.  You can click HERE to see the Gift Guide on line.  Be on the look out for the "Star" items.  You can choose a "Star" item for FREE for every $100 of retail priced items you order from this guide or the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.  There are also some sneak peaks of some of the Spring items coming up.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mojo Monday - Rose Blossom Garden Challenge - Huntington Card

I'm playing along with this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.  I used the Huntington Paper pack and some color ready seam binding ribbon that I dyed Autumn Terracotta to match the papers.  I am also playing along  with Rose Blossom Garden Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge is to use the "I" key on the Artbooking cart with a Halloween theme.  Halloween makes me think of pumpkins so I used that image from the Icon key.  I stamped the pumpkin using a retired stamp set called So Grateful.   

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Cardmaking Day

Today is World Cardmaking Day.  Have you made a card yet?  There is still time.  Here is one of the cards I made today.  I got my inspiration from a sketch I saw on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.   The cute banners can be downloaded from my web site.  I printed them on white copy paper but you could print them on white cardstock too.  There are about 17 different colors of banners on the one sheet. You could used them for cupcake flags or cut them up and use them on a card.  You could also stamp on top of them.  Click HERE to download your own copy.  The sentiment is from the triple stamp set "You Are My Happy" that was only available in September. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Stamp of the Month - Scandanavian Wishes

Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Wishes
Send heartfelt greetings to loved ones this holiday season
October 2013 Stamp of the Month: Scandinavian Wishes (S1310); 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book, p. 13
Close Read
The unique images from the Scandinavian Wishes stamp set will warm any card or layout you make this holiday season. Incorporate the intricate mirrored images, cozy designs, and friendly floral patterns into your projects to give your loved ones a lift. This set includes images that correspond with shapes from the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, making it easy to craft holiday tags, ornaments, and more.

With an order totaling $50 in October, you qualify to receive this set for only $5. This offer is available only throughout October, so take advantage of it soon!




Thursday, September 26, 2013

You Are My Happy

There is only a few more days to get the triple stamp set called "You Are My Happy".  If you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart Products you can get this set of THREE stamp sets for only $10!  This special ends September 30th.   
 Click HERE to shop on line.
Here is a card I made with one of the sentiments and the cute little sun image. I used the sketch from Mojo Monday blog. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Secret Sister Items

A friend of mine runs cross country for a local high school. She has a secret sister that she needs to give a little something to at each meet. These are some of the gifty items we came up with. We used a lot of the retired Dream Pop paper packet and of course the Cricut to cut these fun items out.  I hope her secret sister likes them.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Base & Bling Fabric Necklace Kit

Did you know Close to My Heart has jewelry or wearable art?  We have a necklace, a cuff bracelet, hair clips, rings and a headband.  Each one can be personalized with our textiles, jewels, word accents and floral accents.  There are some great pictures in the idea book on pages 74 through 77 or you can click HERE and go to my shopping web site to see the items.  Check out this very informative video that shows you how to put together the necklace.  There is a kit that includes everything you need to get started.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Buckeye Cards

Just wanted to share some Buckeye Cards with you. They were designed by my very talented Aunt (and downline). She created and designed the cards and a card box.  I thought they were so cute!   I still have one more card and the card box to make.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone that stopped by to see me at the Gahanna Flea Market yesterday.  I'm extending my special a few more days if you want to take advantage.   Just send me an email!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sneak Peek - Holiday Guide

Here is a Sneak Peek of the Holiday Guide coming October 15th.  If you want your own copy please let me know.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Rose Blossom Garden Challenge - Artbooking "Z" Key

I'm playing along with the Rose Blossom Garden Challenge blog this week.  Brenda has challenged us to make something with a School Theme or use the Artbooking "Z" Key.  I decided to make a card using the Sarita paper packet.  I also used some Sarita fabric on my card.  I love the Hello badge on the "Z" key and decided to use that as my focal point.  I used the Alphabet set from the National Stamping Month special - You are My Happy - to stamp "friend".  Thanks for looking and check out Brenda's other blog too:  Rose Blossom Legacies .

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Top Secret Card with QR codes

Thanks to inspiration from the AWESOME Tresa Black and the post she did about QR codes.  I used her idea to make these two Top Secret cards with QR codes in them.  
I used my new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to make these cute cards shaped like file folders. I used the web site GOQR.ME to make the QR code. When the recipient scans the code with their smart phone they will get a personalized birthday message that I wrote. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

National Stamping Month: September 2013

Here is Christine showing the new "You are My Happy" triple stamp set only available during National Stamping Month.  She shows some cute cards, gift items and a layout using this stamp set and it's only $10 with your qualifying $50 purchase.  Click on the SHOP tab at the top of the page. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

You are My Happy - National Stamping Month card

Here is another card I made using the Sarita paper pack.  I also used this months stamp special "You are My Happy".  This triple stamp set is only $10 with your qualifying $50 purchase and it is only available in the month of September.   I used sketch 101 from  Freshly Made Sketches 101 and I'm going to try to do Mandy Leahy's card a day challenge so I'll pin this card for that too.   

National Stamping Month - You are My Happy

September is National Stamping Month and to celebrate CTMH has come out with this cute TRIPLE stamp set for only $10 when you make a qualifying purchase of $50.  It has cute sentiments some fun images and a full alphabet set.   Click on the SHOP button at the top of the page to get your stamp set.
Below is a card I created using one of the sentiments and the butterfly image.  I used the Sarita paper along with some Sarita fabric. 

Also, don't forget - when you place an order for $50 or more you also qualify to purchase the stamp of the month for $5.  This months SOTM is Poster Tidings.