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December 14, 2014

Welcome to the December Happy Holidays from Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop.  This month I am following  {Di Crawford.}  

Our blog hop is a circular hop.  You just click on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post and go visit the next blog.  If you get lost, I have all of the participating blogs listed at the bottom of my post.  Hope you enjoy seeing what our team has made for you.

This month our Stampers with an Attitude are showcasing Holiday artwork.  

Christmas is in the air!  I  belong to a card swap and our theme this month was Christmas cards.  I have a customer who wanted to see some artwork using this stamp set, Best Christmas (D1613), so I set out to make this card.

I am stuck on the Close to My Heart Snowhaven paper pack.  Love the colors!  Can we please have another month of Christmas so that I can use the Yuletide Carol paper pack?

Can't have a plain border so I took the star stamps and stamped them with Glacier Ink and second generation Slate Ink.

The inside of the card is entirely decorated with stamping.  Amazing what you can do with just stamps and some ink!

I want to thank you for visiting my blog.  The next very talented artist for you to visit on our blog hop is {Denise Elliott}. 

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December 8, 2014

I am in LOVE!!!  Shhhh!  Don't tell my husband.

I loved my old Close to My Heart Rolling Tote.  Maybe a little too much.  For the past two years my rolling tote has been on its last wheels.  Actually the wheels still worked.  It was the blasted handle that would not pull up when I took it out of the car.  And then when I packed it back up, the handle would not go down.  I needed a new tote.

I knew that Close to My Heart was developing a new rolling tote, so I waited and waited and waited.  The new organization system came out and I loved them and used them.  I work out of my organizers so when the time comes to go to a crop, I just load them into my car.  But I was still missing a rolling tote.

It is finally here!  I got to visit it at a Director's training session in Salt Lake City and even take it for a test drive.  It rolls well and even packed to the brim, does not weigh much.  It will be lighter than my previous rolling tote.  Instead of trying to get my organizers into the tote, they will fit right in.  Did I say that I am in LOVE?

What do I love about this tote?  Look at the beautiful color.  So stylish.  The cute heart dangle with the bling is right down my alley.  So many pockets!!!  I will be able to carry everything I need yet have it right at arm's reach.  The Rolling Tote retails for $149.95.  Just in time for Christmas.  I know what I am going to find under the tree.  The organizers are sold separately and are a great deal as well!

Now don't forget the new Shoulder Tote.  It coordinates beautifully with the Rolling Tote.

See the new totes in action in the video below then order your totes on

December 6, 2014

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop! 

 I am following {Donna Digby's Blog.}   We have over 35 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.    

Here is my card.

I have used our super adorable Hopscotch Paper Pack from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog.  The stamp set is called Rain or Shine (D1634).  Did you know that we now have WHITE Shimmer Trim?  Oh the possibilities!  I am in love!!!  It adds a little bit of elegance to my card, I do believe.

My husband picked up my card and asked about the writing behind the stamped images.  This piece of patterned paper is actually an old dress pattern.  I find that makes my cards less flat when the stamped images are stamped on patterned paper with a faint design.

Close to My Heart's patterned paper is so beautiful that you don't miss the embellishments.  The only embellishment on my card is the White Shimmer trim.                

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}

You can purchase any of the supplies listed below on my website.  

November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!
For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night (MST).
You will be able to take advantage of this special deal on December 1st ONLY.  Just email me your order with your payment information (or ask me to call you for your payment) before 10 pm (CST) on December 1st.  I am taking orders now that I will place on December 1st. Or you can place your order yourself and have it shipped directly to you by going to my website,

Orders placed on my website must be submitted between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) on Monday, December 1 in order to get the discount on your selected Cricut® collections. 

Enjoy extra savings on Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® collections this Cyber Monday!

Plus your purchase on December 1st of one of our Cricut Cartridge collections at 20% off, will already qualify you for theDeal of the Decade!!! (Scroll down to see this awesome promotion!)

Questions or want to place your order?  Contact me at or call/text (901)  218-1847.

Here are the links to our Cricut cartridge handbooks.  You will be amazed at the 700 images on each cartridge.  Remember too that each of these cartridges are collections containing 3 full sized coordinating stamp sets as well as chipboard elements or cardstock.

Deal of the Decade

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart's revolutionary My Acrylix  clear polymer stamps-and we can't wait for you to celebrate with us!

With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book for only $10. That's up to $7.95 of savings on a single stamp set! 

Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there isno limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. 

Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

Plus your purchase on December 1st of one of our Cricut Cartridge collections at 20% off, will already qualify you for the Deal of the Decade!!!

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This month I am following {Adeline Brill's Blog.}   We have close to 60 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 December Stamp of the Month is entitled Cutie Pie (S1412) (Set of 11). Here is a picture of this stamp set:

I am so excited by this stamp set.  Who doesn't love cupcakes?  My best friend is a cake decorator and this card has her name all over it.  Her birthday is coming up in December and she has proven herself to be card worthy.  Me and my peeps refer to someone who handles our artwork with reverence and would never EVER consider depositing one of our cards into the garbage as card worthy.  My friend keeps my card to decorate her desk at work.  Truly card worthy!  Here is her birthday card.

I started working on this card last night.  Yep, I thrive on the thrill of a fast approaching deadline.  Winter has just started and I am already looking forward to Spring.  So I picked the bright, Springlike colors of our new paper pack called Heartstrings, which you can purchase from our new Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog on December 1st.

I wanted to fully use the stamp set, so the first thing I did was to use the word stamps to stamp around the edge of the Cranberry cardstock using Black pigment ink.  Pigment ink gives you a more vibrant look than dye ink and I wanted the words to stand out.

I am loving the Heartstrings paper pack.  I love the book print patterned paper in it as well as all of the vibrant colors.  I stamped the cake stand right on the patterned paper and colored it with the ShinHan Twin Markers in the two shades of grey that we carry.  Then I went over the greys with our Colorless Blender to blend the greys together and it gave the cake stand the look of glass.  Isn't it wonderful when something works even better than you expected it to?

For the cupcake frosting, I couldn't blend the reds and pinks the way I normally do because it kept bleeding into the paper.  So I adapted and colored first with the Tender Pink and then let it dry a few minutes.  Then I added the Carmine marker to the top of the Pink.  Adding markers on top of each other changes the color and gives you additional colors.  I did that with the chocolate cupcake as well when I colored first with Clay and then added Mahogany.  Now that is a perfect chocolate cupcake!

See the sprinkles in the frosting?  That came from "dotting" the colorless blender randomly over the frosting.  It removes a little of the color and adds a pattern.

The inside of the card is stamped as well.  I added a few hearts cut from the patterned paper and a strip of a different patterned paper to the side.  

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, {Sheila Bennett's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

The Cutie Pie Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 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 December 1 – December 31, 2014. 
You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website.  

Supplies Used

Pathfinding Technique Card Workshop

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