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!! 
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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.

11/18/2020

CTMH November/December New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the November/December New Product Blog Hop! 





This month I am following {Cat Nowak's blog}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our November/December Catalog 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 are featuring artwork created using products from the Close to My Heart November/December Catalog.


I made two super easy cards that would be easy to mass produce - and who doesn't need to mass produce for Christmas?

Here are my cards:


These cards are quick and easy.  They use the Jingle Joy Paper Pack


 and the card on the right uses a leftover die cut from the Jingle Joy Die-Cuts


I stamped Merry Christmas in Black Ink using Jingle Joy - Scrapbooking Stamp and Thin Cut Set 


And then I added Hibiscus Stickles (card on the right) and Onyx Liquid Pearls for the card on the left.    This is all mounted on a card base using our Value Pack Cards and Envelopes.

Here's a video showing the gorgeous Jingle Joy Product Line.




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, Lauren Moore and see what she has made.

You can purchase  the supplies listed above on my website.

11/06/2020

Close to My Heart Holiday Cards Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Holiday Cards Blog Hop ! 




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

A few years ago Close to My Heart had a super cute Christmas stamp that had a small Santa on a sleigh with his reindeer.  I had taken a class using a brayer so I made a special Christmas card for my team using this stamp set.

This year Close to My Heart released this Jingle Joy - Cardmaking stamp set:
You can purchase it with Thin cuts or without.  And look at that cute Santa, sleigh, and reindeer.  I just had to use it!  And as I looked in the November/December catalog, their artwork showed the card exactly like I had used before.  They even used the little houses from our new Yuletide Border Thin Cuts:

which I also did, cutting the house and tree piece out of White Daisy Cardstock.  

And instead of using a brayer, I could make the sky with our new Distress Oxide Inks!

Here's my card:


So let me tell you how I made this card.  First of all, I used the emboss resist technique for my Santa and the stars.  I was delighted to see that it worked with this type of ink. I took a 4" x 5.25" piece of White Daisy Cardstock and rubbed my Anti-Static pouch over it.  Then I stamped Santa's sleigh with Archival Black Ink and applied Clear Embossing Powder.  I then stamped the stars with Versamark and applied Clear Embossing Powder.  Using my Heat Tool, I melted the embossing powder.  Then using the brush Embossing Ink Pen, I "painted" over the parts of the sleigh and Santa that I wanted to remain white and once again added the Clear Embossing Powder and then melted it with my Heat Tool.

Now I am ready to add Distress Oxide Ink.  I first applied Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool in the area where I wanted the moon.  I am going to apply darker colors for the sky so I can extend the moon to give myself plenty of room as well as getting that cool effect you see.  Then I cut a sticky note with a 1.25" circle and place that circle where I want the moon to be.  

Now I start inking the sky using Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink.  I remove most of the ink on a scratch paper and then starting at the bottom, rub the ink up about 1/3 of the card.  Then I pick up the Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide and once again after removing much of the ink from the Blending Tool, start right before the Sapphire Ink ends, and I rub the ink into the cardstock.  I added ink up to the top of the card and I careful go around the moon, barely going into it.

Then I add Black Soot Ink from the top of the card and blend it into the Seedless Preserves Ink.  Once I am finished, I removed the sticky note and wiped the ink off of the stamped images.  All of the stamped images were then wiped off with a paper towel, removing most of the ink.

And I just had to splatter some more sparkle on my sky with my Clear Shimmer Brush!

The snow is cut from White Glitter Paper using the Fancy Borders Thin Cuts.



I used the die cut second from the bottom.  The front snow bank is cut using the house die cut from the Yuletide Borders Thin Cuts.  I cut the houses and trees off and adhered the snow bank to the White Daisy piece cut with the houses.

The White Daisy house piece was colored with my Black Tri Blend Marker, the trees were colored with Alpine Green Tri Blend Marker.  My little houses were cut with the die out of Flamingo (light and dark), Glacier, and Green Apple (light) cardstocks.

I framed my artwork with Black Cardstock cut using the large rectangle from our Stitched Rectangles.  This is all mounted on a card base using our Value Pack Cards and Envelopes.

I added additional stars using Diamond Stickles. And then I applied some Matte Textured Paste on the smoke coming from the chimneys.

I know that was hard to follow so here is my Facebook Live from my Customers' group showing how to make this card.




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, Krista Hershberger and see what she has made.

You can purchase  the supplies listed above on my website.












11/01/2020

November Stamp of the Month - You Warm My Heart Blog Hop

 Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



    
This month I am following {Michelle Stewart'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 November Stamp of the Month is entitled  You Warm My Heart  (S2011) (Set of  19).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:





I have been holding Facebook Lives on my customer group  and teaching various techniques and projects.  After watching a video on ways to use our beautiful Woodgrain paper taught by Brenda Rose, I decided to make my card's gorgeous slat "fence" background.  I showed my customers this week how to do this on Thursday.  Here's the video of how to assemble this background.




Here is my card:



I really needed a distraction today and I have found that creating provides me with this distraction  I took the slat fence background I made last week and stamped the pretty tea cup from the November Stamp of the Month stamp set with  Candy Apple Ink onto French Vanilla Cardstock.  The hot chocolate was stamped with Espresso Ink.  My hot chocolate even has marshmallows in it.  The marshmallows are stamped onto White Daisy cardstock.  I added a little White Opal Liquid Pearls on them to make them stand out.

The sentiment is stamped on French Vanilla cardstock that was splattered with Toffee and Espresso Shimmer Brushes.  I cut it into a bracket shape with Stitched Fancy Brackets.  The stitched bracket is  matted with  Black Cardstock.

On the top of the card you will see the Christmas lights cut out of Black Cardstock using our new thin cuts called Yuletide Borders.

I added Golden Rod Stickles to decorate my red teacup.  

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, 2020.  

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, {Krista Hershberger} 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.