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

6/01/2019

June SOTM Blog Hop - It's Your Day to Sparkle

Welcome to the June 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 June Stamp of the Month is entitled It's Your Day to Sparkle (S1906) (Set of  29).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




This stamp of the month could not have come at a better time for me.  My younger daughter is getting married in July so I used it to make her a wedding card.  Let me tell you, it's the first time I have been early making a family card.  My family has come to love my cards and look forward to each one of a kind creation and I know my daughter and new son-in-law will feel the love with this card.

Here's my card:



This card is a square 6" x 6" card.  I made the base out of our color of the year, Sugarplum cardstock.  I used the lighter color on the ourside.  The images are stamped with Intense Black Ink (Z4189).  If you look at the top photo, you will see that I lightly colored the cake with the medium pink from our Watercolor Pencils (Z4242)  I blended the pencils with the Waterbrush - Small Round (Z3324).  The roses are colored using our Shimmer Brush - Sugarplum (Z4210) and the leaves are colored with our Shimmer Brush - Mint (Z4225).

The image is matted with patterned paper from our True Love paper pack and then I had to bling it up with our Sugarplum Glitter paper (Z4188).

The square panel was cut using our Stitched Squares (Z4259).  I ink distressed the edges of the card with Pewter Ink (Z2832) using a Sponge Dauber (Z726).

The June 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 June 1 – June 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, {Cat Nowak} 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

5/20/2019

2019 Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 19 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Seasonal Expressions 2 New Product Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

Don't you just love a new catalog?  I know that I do.

Currently I am getting ready for my summer crops and retreats.  Our next retreat has a theme of Fun in the Sun and it will be held in Paducah, KY in June.  (Please contact me if you would like more information.)  

We have the cutest Stamp Set and Thin cut called Fun in the Sun (Z4070) and I decided to use it for some baskets that I will be filling with goodies and giving to my croppers.

Here it is.




These are super easy and I wanted to include the link to where I found the directions (on Pinterest).  The products I used were the new Craft On Paper Pack (X7245B), Blue Bird Cardstock (X5987), White Ribbon (Z4196), Intense Black Ink (Z4189), Mini Stapler (Z2027), and various Shin Han Markers.


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, {Katy Taylor} and see what she has made with new catalog products.

Check out all of the new products on my website

5/01/2019

May Stamp of the Month - To My Bestie

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Jessica Kaiser'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 May Stamp of the Month is entitled To My Bestie (S1905) (Set of  19).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Yay!!  The start of a new catalog brings lots of new products.  So many that I had a hard choice to make on what I wanted to use.  In fact, the hardest choice was not using it all!

Here's our new catalog.  Close to My Heart is celebrating 35 years in business!!  How exciting!  Let me know if you want me to mail you a catalog.  I am sending them out this week.



Here's my card:


This is my all time favorite card size - 4.5" x 6" card.  I believe I said that before, but it's true.  I was going for a soft feeling with this card.  I wanted the artwork to speak for itself.  The base is made with White Daisy Cardstock (X6027).  The girls and the sentiment are stamped with Heather Ink (Z2826) and colored the image with our Watercolor Pencils (Z4242)  I blended the pencils with the Waterbrush - Small Round (Z3324).

The image is matted with Fern Cardstock (X6003) and all of the patterned paper comes from one of our new paper packs, Sweet Girl (X7246B).

The rectangles are cut using our Stitched Rectangles (Z4260).  The flowers are stamped with Sapphire Ink using the Craft On—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4069) and topped with a gold shimmer gem.  The hearts are also cut with the same thin cuts.  I added a White Burlap Ribbon (Z3323) bow.

The May 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 May 1 – May 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

4/25/2019

Zoe Blog Hop

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


    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 13 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Zoe 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 decided to bring the Zoe paper pack back just for a little while.  They brightened it up with new colors and added a 12" x 12" sticker sheet.  I am LOVING the new paper pack.

We wanted to show you some artwork using Zoe, past and present.  I decided to bring back one of my favorite projects from 2015.  It is a waterfall album.  Here it is.


And here is the inside.




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 paper collection on my website

4/01/2019

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 


    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 18 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 April Stamp of the Month is entitled Love So Sweet (S1904) (Set of  18).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




I didn't expect to love this stamp set so much.  I looked at it and saw another butterfly stamp set. But I am loving this stamp set so much with the flowers and the leaves and the beautiful sentiments.

I had not used Feels Like Home paper pack (X7243B) much this catalog cycle so I decided to use it in my card.  I just love the pairing of the mauve (Sugarplum)  with the Charcoal, the Linen, and Fern.

Here's my card:





This is my all time favorite card size - 4.5" x 6" card.  The base is made with Linen Cardstock (X6009).  I wanted to emboss the sentiment but wanted it to be in gray so I inked the stamp set with Versamark (Z891) and before stamping inked it in Charcoal Ink (Z2831) and then stamped it. I used our Clear Embossing Powder (Z2088) and our Heat Gun (Z4252) to emboss the beautiful butterfly.

Then I colored the image with my wonderful Watercolor Pencils (Z4242) and then "painted" the image with the Shimmer Brush - Clear (Z3293). The sentiment also can be found in this stamp set and is also stamped with Charcoal Ink.

The image is matted with Fern Cardstock (X6003) and then the light side of Charcoal Cardstock (X599).

This card is a slider card.  I actually cut the circle from the base of the card using our Shaker card frame.  I was hoping to use the center as is but it was just too big to allow free movement of the butterfly.  So I took a circle from our Stitched Circles Die Cuts (Z4181) and cut the center circle a little smaller.  I added a small Silver Glitter Gem (Z4191) to the butterfly and voila - it is complete!

The April 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 April 1 – April 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, {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