11/25/2019

Best Friends Furever Blog Hop

Welcome to the Best Friends Furever Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Carrie Simmond's blog}   We have 7 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Best Friends Furever Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Have you seen our Best Friends Furever Promotion?  

Our furry friends play a huge role in our lives, and we want to help you document your favorite
memories with your pals with paws. To help you do this, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind 6" x 8" Cut
Above® kit! This 6" x 8" layout kit is the first of its kind and features reversible die-cuts, so you can
choose dog or cat-focused titles and accents for this quick and easy project! Create even more fun pet themed projects using our other Best Friends Furever items, too! We’ve also created a new paper
packet, sticker sheet, and two new stamp sets, along with a special workshop kit to help you keep your pet-themed creativity flowing.

This special features the Best Friends Furever Cut Above® Kit (CC11194),
the Best Friends Furever Workshop Kit (CC11197),
along with  the Best Friends Furever Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet (CC11191),
the Best Friends Furever Paper Packet (CC11192), the Best Friends Furever Coordinating Cardstock (CC11193), the My Acrylix® Eat Play Love Stamp Set (CC11195),
and the My Acrylix® Kitty Cuddles Stamp Set (CC11196).
The workshop kits and Cut Above® kit are only available while supplies last.

As a part of this special, you can purchase each exclusive item individually at full price, but we are also offering the Best Friends Furever Workshop Kit w/Stamp Sets (CC11197) at a 20% discount!

I have put together two of the cut above kit albums - one with dogs and one for cats.  I love the bright primary colors in these kits and the stickers and diecuts are super cute.  My animals bring me lots of laughs and great memories, so I couldn't resist scrapbooking them.

I found a gorgeous card made by another consultant, Jennifer Greeley and decided to teach it for my card class.  I made it with Candy Apple Cardstock, sponged with Candy Apple Ink. The wreaths were cut with the Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge.

Here's my card:


Then when you open it up, you see the gorgeous two step stamped tree from the Merry Christmas Tree Stamp Set (C1804) 



I added Liquid Glass to the ornaments and poured some red glitter from my stash.  I had to add the two dogs from the Eat, Play, Love stamp set from the Best Friends Furever Promotion.  The dogs are colored in with our new Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers.

And check out the Custom Ornament Thin Cuts.  This elegant ornament can be cut out solid and stamped with the For the Tree Stamp Set (D1891) or cut out like I did with the fancy inlays that cut at the same time you cut the entire ornament out.  So pretty and Easy.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Catherine Nowak} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website

11/05/2019

November/December New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the November/December
New Product Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 21 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Have you seen our gorgeous new November/December (aka Holiday) Catalog?  We have two different paper lines for Christmas and I love them both.  Add into that, some fun new stamp sets and embellishments and you absolutely have to see this catalog.

I love to make cards that have a fun technique or a quirky twist and this card will not disappoint.  It is called a Twisted Card and I found the tutorial hereWhat I love about this card is that it will hold a gift card.  And who doesn't need that at Christmas time?

Here's my card:



Open
I love this card but if you decide to make one, I have a little piece of advice.  Watch the video on my link above.  You will be so sorry if you don't.  I cut this card at least 3 times before I decided to watch the video.

And check out the Custom Ornament Thin Cuts.  This elegant ornament can be cut out solid and stamped with the For the Tree Stamp Set (D1891) or cut out like I did with the fancy inlays that cut at the same time you cut the entire ornament out.  So pretty and Easy.

For this card  used Cedar & Pine Paper Packet (X7251S), Custom Ornament Thin Cuts (Z3533), Evergreen Cardstock (X6030), Smoothie Cardstock (X5985), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Candy Apple Ink (Z6509), Evergreen Ink (Z6512), Striped Ribbon Bows (Z3550), Silver Glitter Paper (Z3239), and Clear Sparkles (Z3274).


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Brenda Lapp} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website

11/01/2019

November SOTM Blog Hop - Family Time

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The November Stamp of the Month is entitled Family Time (S1911) (Set of  18).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I have a special card to show you today.  It has the best of Fall with all of the beautiful and rich colors that comes with this time of the year.  I stamped the leaves from this stamp set in Toffee, both first and second generation.  One of the things that I adore about acrylic stamps is that I can actually move the stamp to a different position or orientation and that allows me to stamp so that it appears that I have multiple different stamps.  I love it.

I stamped the flowers with various colors and stamped the detail lines with a slightly darker color.  The center of the flower has Golden Rod Stickles which adds some texture as well as glitter.  I molded the petals with my fingers to give them some depth - not so flat.

The sentiment was stamped with Expresso Ink.  The White Daisy panel is 1/4" smaller than the card base.  I popped the panel with Thin 3D Foam tape.

Here's my card:


Supplies Used
Expresso Ink (Z2829)
Paprika Ink (Z6515)
Saffron Ink (Z2851)
Sangria Ink (Z6516)
Goldrush Ink (Z2823)
Toffee Ink (Z2828)
Thistle Ink (Z2840)
Eggplant Ink (Z2847)
Lemonade Ink (Z6517)
Nectarine Ink (Z6510)
Ruby Ink (Z2870)
Golden Rod Stickles (Z3560)
White Daisy Cardstock (1385)

The November Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between November 1 – November 30, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Brenda Lapp} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website.

10/25/2019

Holiday Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Cheer 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 12 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Close to my Heart is offering a gorgeous promotion to get you in the mood for Christmas.  Dress your Christmas tree and presents to the nines this year with some beautiful, handcrafted ornaments and tags from the Holiday Cheer special! These gorgeous chipboard gift tags and ornaments are not only a great decoration for your tree and Christmas presents, but a great way to make some holiday memories with your loved ones!

The ornament and tag sets each come with the chipboard bases and a White Daisy die-cut sheet to help you create the perfect ornament or gift tag quickly and easily! These kits are available for individual purchase and will be available while supplies last. To help you maximize your ornament and tag-making fun, we’ve also created coordinating stamp sets that are a perfect fit for the ornament and gift tag sets and a special Digital Art File for even more customization options. These digital art files allow you to cut your own ornament or tag pieces from papers of your choice. Check out this fantastic promotion here.

I am in love with the stamp sets from this promotion.  


And I am especially in love with the truck in the Traditional Holiday Stamp Set.  I used our beautiful new creamy French Vanilla cardstock (X6046) and stamped the truck using our Archival Black Ink (Z3271).  The patterned paper comes from our Hawthorn Paper Pack (X7249S).  I colored the truck with our TriBlend Dark Red Marker (Z2497) and our TriBlend Light Green (Z2485) and then I added a little shimmer with our Clear Shimmer Brush (Z3293).  I adhered a few Gold Sequins from our Loose Sequins - Gold.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from our stamp set, The Sweetest Birthday Wishes (D1890), and is stamped using Espresso Ink (Z2829).

Here's my card:




Let me give you a hint on how to stamp with the mini stamps.  I cut the overlay out and placed it on top of the panel I was stamping onto.  I held it in place with washi tape.  Then I stamped each stamp - one at a time using Versamark.  There is no hurry to heat emboss.  The Versamark stays wet quite a while.  Once I had stamped all of the images, I took the washi tape off, added the gold embossing powder, and heat embossed my images.

My husband decided that I needed a little bit of color so I colored our Sparkles (Z3274) and Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) with our new Dark Red Spectrum Noir Marker (Z2497) and embellished the card with it.


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Gina Brandstetter} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website

10/01/2019

October SOTM Blog Hop - Autumn Air

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 



    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 28 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The October Stamp of the Month is entitled Autumn Air (S1910) (Set of  14).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Man am I ready for Fall.  It is over 100 degrees here in Memphis when you take into account our humidity.  And we haven't had much rain.  So when I saw this stamp set I thought about making a card but for some reason a Fall Sampler came to mind.  We have so many adorable stamp sets that I could use and I used the October Stamp of the Month front and center to title my sampler.

Here's my sampler:


I used the corrugated looking patterned paper from our Hawthorn Paper Pack (X7249S) as the base and I decided to leave the zip strip in place and cut 1/2 inch off the bottom of the paper.

I took out all of our autumn stamps with thin cuts and got to stamping and cutting.  Then I colored with our new Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers.  The leaves are stamped using the rock and roll method.  I had so much fun.

I will be posting all of the stamp sets and supplies used later on tonight.

Here's a start:
Stamps Used
Perk Up Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z3537)
Autumn Blessings (B1685)
Gobble Till You Wobble (B1687)
Hawthorn—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z3527)

Inks Used:
Expresso Ink (Z2829)
Paprika Ink (Z6515)
Saffron Ink (Z2851)
Sangria Ink (Z6516)
Fern Ink (Z2850)
Goldrush Ink (Z2823)
Toffee Ink (Z2828)
Charcoal Ink (Z2831)
Intense Black Ink (Z4189)

Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers
Dull Green TriBlend Marker (Z2486)
Gold Brown TriBlend Marker (Z2479)
Orange TriBlend Marker (Z2480)
Earth Brown TriBlend Marker (Z2478)
Brown Grey TriBlend Marker (Z2475)

I will be going back and adding a few embellishments.  I need to look at it overnight and decide.

The October Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between October 1 – October 31, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website

9/20/2019

Share the Seasons Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share the Seasons 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 15 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Close to my Heart is celebrating National Stamping Month with the Share the Seasons special! This special includes two exclusive stamp sets— My Acrylix® A Dash of Joy and My Acrylix® Giving Thanks—and one exclusive Share the Seasons Thin Cuts Bundle, which includes a multi-square Thin Cut and a binder clip label Thin Cut. These stamp sets and Thin Cuts have all been designed just for this special and are only available for purchase as a part of Share the Seasons.

Close to My Heart is offering a 30% discount on these stamp sets and Thin Cuts when you purchase them together in the Share the Seasons Stamp Sets + Thin Cuts bundle. You can also purchase the two stamp sets together without the Thin Cuts for 20% off, or you can purchase either stamp set alone for full price. The Thin Cuts are also available for individual purchase at full price. Check out this fantastic promotion here.

I made a Christmas card for this blog hop.  I used our beautiful new creamy French Vanilla cardstock (X6046) and stamped using Versamark (Z891) and then embossed using our Princess Gold Embossing Powder (Z2066).

Here's my card:



Let me give you a hint on how to stamp with the mini stamps.  I cut the overlay out and placed it on top of the panel I was stamping onto.  I held it in place with washi tape.  Then I stamped each stamp - one at a time using Versamark.  There is no hurry to heat emboss.  The Versamark stays wet quite a while.  Once I had stamped all of the images, I took the washi tape off, added the gold embossing powder, and heat embossed my images.

My husband decided that I needed a little bit of color so I colored our Sparkles (Z3274) and Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) with our new Dark Red Spectrum Noir Marker (Z2497) and embellished the card with it. 


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Melissa Robinson} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website

9/05/2019

Close to My Heart New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 21 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

We had 2 new catalogs that were just released on September 1st.  We will have a Core Catalog that will be active for a full year and a 2 month catalog that is current for September and October.

So much goodness that I wasn't sure where to start.  I decided to make a special card for a special friend who is fighting cancer.  I am secretly hoping she doesn't see this so it can be a surprise when she receives it.

Here's my card:



So let me tell you about my card.  I used our new Mix-ins Paper Pack (X9007).  The color is one of our new colors - Wisteria.

I used our new Spectrum Noir Markers and put the sentiment inside a shaker card.  And check out the new Julep Sequins (Z3566)!  The sentiment comes from the stamp set, Survivor (D1885)

The sentiment is stamped with Intense Black Ink (Z4189).

You will also see that I used Black Glitter paper (Z3236) and finished off the card with black dots from the Black & White Dots (Z3334).


I also stamped the inside of the card.  I just love the sentiments in this stamp set.


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Miss Carrie's Creations} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies listed above on my website

9/01/2019

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Random Act of Cardness

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 20 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The September Stamp of the Month is entitled Random Acts of Cardness (S1909) (Set of  17).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Close to My Heart has not one, but TWO catalogs that went live, and in the words of a customer, "Man, the products are CUTE".

I am a coffee lover so I just had to come up with a gift card holder using the September Stamp of the Month and Perk Up Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z3537).  And then I also had to turn it into a Shaker Card.  I just had to.  This is a super easy card to make.  It is called a Diagonal Double Pocket Card.  I found the tutorial here.

Here's my card:


I used Expresso Ink (Z2829) to stamp the coffee tumbler, the lid, and the sentiments.  The hearts are stamped in my new favorite color, Paprika (Z6515). The sleeve is stamped in Saffron Ink (Z2851)

The base of the card is made with our Hawthorn Paper Pack (X7249S)- I am loving this new fall paper and the plaid is especially my favorite.

The star circle comes from our Thin Cuts - Shaker Kit and Confetti (Z4309).  It is cut from Saffron Cardstock and do you see the little hearts in the Coffee Tumbler?  It is cut from Expresso Cardstock using the same thin cuts.  I added a few Loose Gold Sequins (Z4235) both inside and on the outside.

The September Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between September 1 – September 30, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Miss Carrie's Creations} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website

8/07/2019

August Special - Help me Make my Goal!



Now is the time to join Close to My Heart.

I am not kidding. If you are receiving my newsletter then you most likely are a crafter. So I ask you, how would you like to get a 22% or more discount on all of your crafting supplies?

That's just one of the perks of signing up as a Close to My Heart Consultant.

The August Special is a "no-kit" New Consultant option. You receive $35 of Close to My Heart Cash to buy what you want for $35. That makes the kit free in a way, correct?

But then you receive 22% off of all of your Close to My Heart purchases. That is kind of like when you join Costco or Sam's Club. Except they don't give you a discount. And you have to pay the membership fee each year. You won't have to do that with Close to My Heart (as long as you stay active).

jI am blown away by the new catalogs (yes - plural) and the new product lines that as a Consultant, You don't want to miss this.

Friends don't let friends spend more for their craft supplies than they need to - and they pass on a good deal when they see one. Isn't that true?

First of all, Close to My Heart is no longer charging shipping on the New Consultant Kit. Plus they have reduced the price! For $70, you can get the New Consultant Kit. No shipping and it contains $50 of CTMH cash that you can use to purchase what you want. Love that!

BUT only during the month of August, any new Consultants who sign up, or any former Consultants who re-enroll, can do so for just $35 with a No-Kit Enrollment option OR they can choose to purchase the regular New Consultant Kit for $70.

I am asked, "Why would I join Close to My Heart and what does it involve?"

This is what you receive when you join my team:
  • First of all, 22% off your craft purchases - who doesn't need that?
  • Have crafting friends? Close to My Heart sells itself. When they purchase from your website (yes, you have a website and it is free), you make 22% off their purchase
  • Sign up with my team and I will throw in your favorite Workshop Your Way as a thanks for signing up on my team (first downline only). I have a personal goal of 20 new consultants on my team.
  • I will show you how to get many of your favorite Close to My Heart products free and half price
  • Do you like to get new products before your friends? Close to My Heart has a one month preview period for Consultants
  • Consultant only specials
  • Bling Team specials
  • Bling Team only events
  • NEW!!! You will become a cricut.com affiliate and receive commission for purchases made through your affiliate link

There is no obligation to purchase anything more once you sign up. Nothing. Nada. Close to My Heart just wants you to give it a try and see how the new product lines have changed. We have new Workshop Your Ways with diecuts! Faster, simpler, easier but still with the Close to My Heart look. And you can get them for free. Let me show you how!

How does this sound? Have questions? Email me and we will talk. Ready to sign up or sign back up now? Just go to www.melindaeveritt.ctmh.com and fill out the simple form. I will contact you to find out which Workshop Your Way you would like (including one of the new ones) and to welcome you to the Bling Team.

7/20/2019

Bring Back My Pack - Seaside Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bring Back My Pack - Seaside Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Krista Hershberger's blog}   We have 8 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Bring Back My Pack - Seaside Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Seaside is one of my all time favorite paper packs.  I love the colors and with this new reboot, they have made it even better with a 12" x 12" sticker sheet!

I want to show you what I made in 2015 with the original paper pack.

Here it is.



I made this super cute 12 page mini album using Cricut cuts and Seaside paper pack.

Here are a few more pictures and the link to the original blog post.  



I was delighted to see that I still had the Cricut file for this album and I hope to recreate it soon.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Catherine Nowak} and see what she has made with new catalog products.

Check out all of the new products on my website

7/01/2019

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Bear Hugs

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The July Stamp of the Month is entitled Bear's Hug (S1907) (Set of  17).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Another Close to My Heart made a teepee card and I was curious about how to make it.  I found this pin on Pinterest and decided to make one with this cute bear. They are super easy and take scraps to make.

Here's my card:





Let me tell you how I stamped the bear.  I inked him up in Almond Ink (Z2827) and sponged Toffee Ink (Z2828) and then added a little Expresso Ink (Z2829) around the edges using a Sponge Dauber (Z726).  Because our stamps are clear I was able to add more color where I wanted by sponging darker ink onto the stamp and stamping again.

The base of the card is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009) and the patterned paper comes from Into the Wild Paper Pack (X7247B).

The sentiments and hearts are stamped with Sapphire Ink (Z2848), Charcoal Ink (Z2831), and Ruby Ink (Z2870).

The July Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $18.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between July 1 – July 31, 2019.  


Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Brenda Lapp} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website