7/18/2021

July/August New Product Blog Hop

Hi There!  I am following {Wendy Kessler's blog}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our July/August 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 taken a look at the new catalog?  The artwork is honestly gorgeous and just begs to be scraplifted.  Why invent the wheel?  So I decided to do just that.  Check out this artwork on page 26.


I have used 3 of these pieces of artwork and made cards with them.  I will show you one I used for a card I especially enjoyed making.  Here is my card:



I have an admission to make - I absolutely hate the Baby Shark song.  The song is like a Brain worm that despite being very catchy, won't leave my brain once I hear it.  BUT, my grandson who just turned 4 absolutely loves this song, and being a great grandma, I made him this card.  

As I made this card I had to sing the Baby Shark Card Song - Baby Shark a doodle doo do do baby ............. well I am sure you know the rest.  I used the Z3966 Jawsome Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts and it was so fun to play with. Check out the "bite" taken out of the backing for the shaker card.  Isn't that fun?

I used a Cricut cut to cut the waves for the card.  My lighting was a bit wonky and I want to assure you that the cardstock I used was: X6037 Bluebird Cardstock;  X6039 Carolina Cardstock1385 White Daisy CardstockX6047 Black Cardstock; and Z5946 Linen Cardstock.  For the waves I used the light side of Carolina on the front wave and the dark side for the back wave.  I love that our cardstock has a darker and a lighter side.  Gives me more choices!

The shark was stamped with Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad so that I could color him with a Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend Marker.  The little sharks above the wave were stamped with Z2825 Mink Stamp Pad.

I made the shaker part of the card with Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts and the 
Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + AcetateI put the Z3676 Blue Belle Loose Sequins inside the shaker window.  The circle frame was cut from X5947 Mink Cardstock
and I used Z3561 Black Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue to make the dots on the circle frame.

I attached the waves to the Linen Cardstock and then ran it through my die cutting machine using the X6246 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts so I could add the stitching to the outside of the panel.

The shark was added to the shaker with Z2089 Glue Dots Micro DotsAnd I adhered the card front to a card base from 
X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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.

7/01/2021

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Strong Roots

 


    
This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's My Heartfelt Sentiments blog}   We have 17 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 Strong Roots  (S2107) (Set of  11).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:



Look at this beautiful stamp set.  So much you can do with it.  Heat emboss it with gold embossing powder, color with our TriBlend markers or watercolor pencils, or just stamp it with ink on cardstock.  It will be so elegant.

I decided to try something different.  Here is my card:



First I made a stencil using one of the houses from our Cricut collection called You are Here.  I adjusted it to fit on a 4" x 5" piece of cardstock, though the stencil is actually 5" x 5.5".  I make the stencil bigger than the piece I am sponging onto so that I can start my sponging on the stencil.  I "attach" the 4" x 5" piece of cardstock to the stencil with washi tape (from behind) so it doesn't move.  The lighting is not great in my picture but you can get the idea of what I mean.


After I adhered the stencil to the white daisy cardstock I was sponging onto, I grabbed one of my Mini Ink Blending Tools and applied Toffee Ink along the bottom.  Referring to the images on the stamp, I added New England Ivy Ink, then Pewter Ink, then Carolina Ink, and then Bluebird Ink where I thought they would go when I stamped the images.  Then I stamped the house and the extra tree as pictured with our Black Ink.  I went back and "touched up" a little with the appropriate inks.  These are all sponged in with the Blending Tool.  Then I removed the washi tape and slightly moved the stencil and drew around the stencil with my Black Journaling Pen.  I offset the stencil again and drew a second line.  The sentiment was then stamped and the stamped panel was adhered with 
Thin 3D Foam Tape

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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between July 1 – July 31, 2021.  

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, 
{Michelle Loncar at Show and Tell with Michelle} 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.

5/03/2021

National Scrapbooking Month Promotion - You Are Enough Blog Hop

 




This month I am following {Megan Lawrence's blog, Crop, Craft, Create}   We have 14 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this 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 Scrapbooking Month in May with the You Are Enough special! This gorgeous, gemstone-inspired special comes with all-new papers, stamps, Thin Cuts metal dies, workshop kits, and more!  

There are workshops designed for this promotion - scrapbooking, cardmaking , and an album.  You can buy the products separately or get an awesome deal with the bundles.

Instructions for all the projects as well as the different products and projects can be found on my website.  

I am loving the card workshop and especially like that with stamping I can change the sentiments.  For my cards I love to make boxes, so I decided to design a box using the scraps from the cardmaking workshop (plus I added a Picture My Life card).  This would make a wonderful gift filled with these beautiful cards.



 Here is my box:




The butterflies were made using the smaller butterfly thin cuts from this promotion.  I decorated the box with them.  The top layer is patterned paper and I cut Sapphire Glitter Paper for the bottom layer.

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 one of the National Scrapbooking Day Bundles.  

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

5/01/2021

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Flowers for You

    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 17 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 Flowers for You  (S2105) (Set of  14).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:


Yes, we have another flower stamp, but this one is different.  You can use the long bottom image on a scrapbooking page or card and the flowers in the circle are so pretty stamped, embossed, or using distress oxide inks.  I have done them all and they are truly beautiful.  I have chosen one to show you in this hop.

Here is my card:



The image was stamped with our Intense Black Ink.  I originally wanted to color it in with our Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers, but once I backed the image with Black Glitter paper, I knew that I wanted to leave the image uncolored because the black and white image was so striking against these patterned papers from our March/April Mix-in paper pack.  The stamped image is adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape. I stamped one of  the images from this stamp set and added the Black dots from the Black and White Dots.  

The Mayy 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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between May 1 – May 31, 2021.  

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, 
{Brandi Robinson} 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.

4/20/2021

National Scrapbooking Day Celebration Blog Hop

  



This month I am following {Michelle Stewart's blog}   We have 12 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this 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 going all out for National Scrapbooking Day with an incredible special! The National Scrapbooking Day Celebration special will be one of our biggest celebrations ever, and with five exclusive workshop kits, it’s not difficult to see why! Make sure to join us on April 30 and May 1 for a two-day live crafting extravaganza on the CTMH Facebook Group! 

Instructions for all 5 kits, 2 scrapbooking, 2 cardmaking, and 1 small album can be found on my website.  The stamp sets in these kits are exclusive to the bundles.

I decided to use the Party Girl Stamp Set.  It is a gorgeous stamp set.  I am learning how to color with our alcohol markers so this stamp set is a perfect stamp set for this.



It even has a little dog and cat!  So, here is my card:



So hard to photograph that beautiful Rose Gold metallic blotched design on the cardstock from the Party Girl paper pack.  I paper pieced the pretty girl's dress then I added a little shimmer to her petticoat with our Clear Shimmer Brush.

I used a variety of our Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers to color my pretty girl in.  Here's the markers I used:  Fair Skin; Tan Blend; Earth Brown Blend; Gold Brown Blend; Pale Pink Blend; Dark Red Blend; Earth Brown Shades; Gold Yellow Blend; Alpine Green Blend; Pale Pink Shades; Dark Red Shades; and the Blender.

The girl is gorgeous enough so I don't need to add any extra embellishments - just a few mats and a sentiment.  

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, {Haley Dyer}and see what she has made with one of the National Scrapbooking Day Bundles.  

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





4/12/2021

Close to My Heart Stamptacular Blog Hop

 


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

Hold onto your hats, because this year’s Stamptacular sale is here! During this month-long stamp extravaganza, you can save 35% on selected stamps and up to 50% on Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles. 

Stamping is a huge part of who we are here at Close To My Heart, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to show our amazing selection of stamp sets a little more love. Our stamps are the best quality sets of their kind on the market.

All Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles are only available while supplies last and may run out before the Stamptacular special is over.

Last Fall I purchased the instructions for the Gnome Slider Cards from Janice Gilhooley, one of our very talented Close to My Heart Consultants.  

When Close to My Heart Released our Kitchen Gnomes Stamp set, I just had to design some new Slider Cards using this adorable stamp set (which is one of the Stamptacular Stamp Sets on sale).




So, here is my card:




I random stamped the card front, using Avocado Ink, with some of the small stamps in this set.  The heart is popped up with Thin 3D Foam Tape and then I added a little shimmer with our Clear Shimmer Brush.

Then, using our Black Journaling Pen, I doodled around the edges of the card front. 

Look what happens when I pulled the "Pull Me!" tab.


My sweet gnome pops up!!



I used the small decorative stamp to stamp the bowls I cut from the Eat, Play, Love Cricut Collection.

I loved coloring the sweet gnome with my TriBlend Markers.  I have been taking classes on using alcohol markers and I am really happy with how my sweet gnome came out.

Here's the TriBlend colors I used:

Stamptacular is on for the entire month of April, but it is while supplies last. 

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, 
{Michelle Stewart} 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.

3/16/2021

Like to learn new techniques?

 I am so excited!! Today is the day that we can start ordering the May 2021 Album Retreat Bundle.

With this purchase you receive 22 pages of fully cut scrapbooking layouts, 2 days of live video instruction in an exclusive Album Retreat Facebook Group (that you can go back and watch over and over again), a fully cut kit with instructions, new (unreleased yet) thin cuts, 3 stamp sets, and exclusive acrylic pieces. The Live Videos are on May 14 - 15 (all day), but you can watch them later and complete your pages at your own pace. (LOVE THIS!!!)


And I am especially excited about the full page spinner layout and interactive pages we will be making. Close to My Heart will show us how to cut our page protectors to accommodate these interactive elements. So excited!! 
😍😁🥰🤩
Sign up starts at 4 pm (CDT) TODAY, March 16!! on my website.
VIPs earn $41.25 in VIP credit on this purchase. Great time to sign up as a VIP!! 

3/12/2021

My March Virtual Workshops

 How would you like to take an online workshop where you have access to multiple videos showing you new techniques and project directions to make 19 Scrapbooking layouts with flip flaps or 20 cards with a gorgeous box? Or you can take both!

I am holding a March special for these workshops. For these workshops only ............ invite a friend and when you both sign up and make the required $25 purchase, you and your friend don't pay the registration fee. That is my gift to you and your friend. Invite as many friends as you wish, no registration fee for any of you!!
For the Scrapbooking Workshop I have added our Lovely Picture My Life cards that are currently only available a short time through our Pocket Card promotion.



For the Cardmaking Workshop, you will make these pretty fancy fold cards along with a Double Flip Top Card Box - a perfect gift for Mother's Day or a birthday. In my workshop you will make two cards with watercolor techniques and two cards using the beautiful Lovely stickers for each of the 5 card designs. Plus you will make a unique box for these cards.



Live Instruction is on March 27th (10 am until 8 pm (CST)) for the Scrapbooking Workshop and March 28th (10 am until 5 pm (CST)) for the Cardmaking Workshop. The videos are all recorded so you can complete these projects whenever you wish - you do not have to be present on March 27th or 28th.
You can now register for these online workshops. I will add you to the exclusive Facebook groups and you can download all of the guides and shopping lists and watch the videos at your leisure. You do not have to attend the workshops live.
Choose which Workshop you would like to take or sign up for both!
During the workshops I will share crafting tips, design tips, and demo techniques that you can use in all of your crafting. So many different techniques including stamping, embellishing with wooden ornaments, watercoloring, unique card folds, flip flaps, pocket cards and more.

2/27/2021

Special 24 Hour Sale Starts Now!!


Time for a Special Sale!! I just had a peak at our National Scrapbooking Month promotion and all I can say is WOW!!!

I want to offer my wonderful customers a Special Sale. Between now and tomorrow (February 28th) evening at 9 pm (CST), I am giving each customer a free pack of National Scrapbooking Month embellishments (worth $5) with a $50 order placed on my website, a free National Scrapbooking Month paper pack (worth $12.95) with a $100 order placed on my website, and a free National Scrapbooking Month Paper Pack with Stickers (worth $16.95) for a $150 order.

The National Scrapbooking Month rewards will be sent the beginning of April. They are not available for customers to order until May 1st, so that means that you will be the first to get them and start creating!


Thank you!!

2/14/2021

Happiness Lives Here Virtual Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Workshop Classes

 Happiness Lives Here Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Workshops

Join me while I show you how to make 15 Scrapbook pages and 12 cards - totally virtually. So many different techniques including stamping, embellishing with wooden ornaments, shakers, coloring with alcohol markers and more. 

Live Instruction is on February 27th (10 am until 8 pm (CST)) for the Scrapbooking Workshop and February 28th (10 am until 5 pm (CST)) for the Cardmaking Workshop.  You can watch it at a later date.  All instruction is posted on the exclusive Facebook page for these classes.

Happiness Lives Here 15 Page Scrapbooking Workshop



Happiness Lives Here 12 Cards Cardmaking Workshop


 You can now register for this online workshop.  I will add you to the exclusive Facebook group and you can download all of the guides and shopping lists and watch the videos at your leisure.  You do not have to attend the workshops live.

Choose which Workshop you would like to take or sign up for both!  The Scrapbooking Workshop includes 15 Scrapbooking Pages that you will complete during our workshop.  For the Cardmaking Workshop,  you will make 12 fun cards.  During the workshops I will share crafting tips, design tips, a little Cricut (if desired) and demo techniques that you can use in all of your crafting.

2/01/2021

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Doodled Borders




    
This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 22 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 February Stamp of the Month is entitled Doodled Borders  (S2102) (Set of  36).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:






This is such a useful stamp set.  36 different stamps that you will be able to use over and over again to add little accents to your artwork.  I decided to use a bunch of the stamps in my birthday card.  I also used the little miss message stamp set (Z3916).  

Here is my card:




So let me tell you about my card.  I used the  Happiness Lives Here Paper Pack and actually stamped the patterned paper to make a cool background paper. I used the dot stamp to add a pattern to my little girl's blouse and I stamped the plaid skirt pattern on the little girl's skirt.  The pennant and the word, "joy", are two more stamps from this stamp of the month.

The stamped images are adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape and a piece of White Daisy cardstock cut with our Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts where I stamped the sentiment.  


The February 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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between February 1 – February 28, 2021.  

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, 
{Michelle Stewart} 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.

1/03/2021

Sign Up Has Started for our First Exclusive VIP Workshop

 OK VIPs, here is your first EXCLUSIVE workshop!

We couldn’t be more excited about our very first VIP Customer Program workshop and virtual event!
This workshop is only available to VIP Customers and Makers, and trust us, it’s something you won’t want to miss out on!
The VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit features a brand-new sticker sheet, a mix-in paper packet, and an exclusive stamp set. This workshop kit is only available to VIP Customers and Makers and can’t be purchased anywhere else!
The VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit (VIP102) includes the materials to make three 2-page layouts and ten gorgeous cards that you will ADORE!



This kit features the My Acrylix® We are Good Together stamp set (VIP100) and the VIP Mix-in Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet (VIP101). It also includes sheets of Almond, Avocado, Peach, and White Daisy cardstock, Wood Hearts (Z3869), white cards & envelopes, and a variety of photo placeholders. The cost for the kit is $45.95 and you will receive VIP Bank Credit for this purchase!

The VIP We Are Good Together Workshop Kit will be featured in a virtual crafting event via a private Facebook group on February 25 at 3:00 pm (CST). This event is specifically for our VIP Customers and Makers that have purchased a workshop kit.

The workshop kit will be available for purchase beginning January 1 through March 31. However, we recommend that you order your workshop kit as soon as possible in order to receive them in time for the live event.

After February 1, CTMH will send out an email to qualified participants with a link to join the Facebook group where this virtual event will take place.

It's not too late to sign up as a VIP so that you can participate in this fun workshop as well as receive 15% VIP Bank Credit on every order you place.

Click here for more details on how to become a VIP:  https://melindaeveritt.closetomyheart.com

1/01/2021

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Every Thank You

Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!





    
This month I am following {Wendy Kessler'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 January Stamp of the Month is entitled Every Thank You  (S2101) (Set of  25).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:




Happy New Year!!  Today is the start of a new year and the premiere of our new January/February catalog.  If you would like to receive a free catalog, just place any size order on my website and a free catalog will be added to your order!  Until you receive your catalog, you can view it here.


Who doesn't need a Thank you card?  And how about one (or two) with a little pizzaz?

Here is my first card:



So let me tell you about my cards.  I opened up the new Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking Kit 


and cut the the paper for the 16 cards I can make with this kit.  For the card above, it was made with the scraps.  I cut 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" strips and adhered them to a 4" x 5.25" piece of White Daisy cardstock.  I stopped in random spots to stamp various "Thank You's" using Desert Rose, Blue Belle, and Sage Inks.  Once I covered the entire piece of White Daisy cardstock I cut the excess strip edges hanging off adhered the panel to a card front.

The star sentiment is adhered with Thin 3D Foam Tape to a piece of White Daisy cardstock cut with our Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts.  


Here is the second card:

The second card is a variation of the card designed for this kit.  I changed it up just a little bit and popped the typewriter up with Thin 3D Foam tape on the scrap piece of Desert Rose cardstock from the kit that has been cut using the Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts. I stamped the Thank with Desert Rose Ink.  The Wood Hearts are included with this kit and I colored the hearts with Sundance Shimmer Brush and Desert Rose Shimmer Brush.

The January 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.  Or if you are a VIP Customer, you can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase. This stamp set is only available between January 1 – January 31, 2021.  

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.