Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sharing From the Heart Blog Hop

If you've arrived here from Polly's Blog then you are on the right this is a continuous loop, just keep on clicking to the next person until you've completed the entire Hop!

For this I used December's Stamp of the Month, only available until the 31st, so don't delay if you are wanting to get a great deal and a jump start on Valentine's Day. I also used the stamp set from the Rock the Block Campaign which is available through January while supplies last.  

Now hop on over to Diana's Blog and ....  ENJOY!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

December Project: January 2012 pages & card using Wonderland & Snowflakes

I joined an Art Philosophy blog hop hosted by Lisa StenzHop on over to her blog for more wonderful creations using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!

I have been looking forward to these December projects for months!!  The main reason is because I just love this Wonderland Paper and Snowflakes stamp set.  No my photography isn't the best but I may have thrown you off a bit with by pairing Wonderland with White Daisy paper for the layout and Colonial White for the card, as you can see it goes very well with both.  

On the card we will be making the same type of little slits that you would for a pop up inside to hold the lip balm.  I just so happen to find the balm that matched really well at Target, it's a little longer and slimmer than the usual type which made it so that we really don't need to score a spine along the back-nice & simple! 

The Snowflakes set is so pretty and with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge you can cut them out perfectly for stamping in a jiffy.  Isn't that border stamp great too?! I will surely be using the sentiment "Each snowflake that falls reminds me of you--one of a kind" for each one of my grandchildren's pages as well as others too. I also used Rhinestone Designer Brads, Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain ribbon and Bling Assortment.  

I am such a dork!!

 One of my lovely and talented team members Andrea Ruiz was so kind and wonderful to post this award for me!!  It's my very first blog award and I missed it at the time but trust me I appreciate it just as much now that I "get it" !!  Thank you so much Andrea!!

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. The rules of the award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blog who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award onto your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all, HAVE FUN!

Here are the Bloggers I have chosen to spotlight!

1. Greetings From Gail {another one of my talented team members}
And the next 4 are all fellow CTMH Sharing From the Heart blog hop-ers:
2. My Scrapbooking Blog
3. My Stamping Spot
4. @ Home with Studio K
5. Creative Coconut

Check out each of these crafty blogs!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

December Pages / Believe Paper

Here are the December pages my clubs made this month. The narrow pages will be added with Flip Flaps, they're a great way to add photos you've forgotten to a page or just a great way to make more room in the first place.  The Believe paper has some really cute accessories and so cute for Christmas but also for other themes.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lucky Paper Packet

Well, here's a layout that I thought I had already had posted!  It's actually quite simple, obviously what makes it so special is the 8 x 10 pic of my little grandsons. I used the CTMH Lucky Paper packet and blue buttons.  The chipboard banner and stitch stamp came with the You & Me bundle.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sharing From the Heart: CTMH September Blog Hop

Welcome! Thanks for hopping by my little spot after Heather take a look, leave a comment...constructive criticism is welcome, then hop on over to Doreen's blog. My artwork features the Color-Pansy Purple, Stamp of the Month and Fall themes of the topic choices.

Oh yes; one more thing . . .have a wonderful time!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dreamin' Paper Packet, Harvest Happiness & Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

I have been so anxious to play with every single one of our new CTMH paper packets! It's great because it has really motivated me to create the monthly pages for my Year of Memories clubs really early.

Here is our November page featuring the beautiful Dreamin' paper packet. I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut the leaves at 2.5 to fit the Bohemian Alphabet letters, the little acorns are from the Harvest Happiness stamp set and the cartridge has an image of those you can cut to make it ever so easy to put those little cuties all over the place. Oh yes...I almost forgot the Harvest Mini Charms!

Monday, August 22, 2011

More Sonoma Workshop on the Go creations!

The Flutter Paper Shapes butterflies above were were colored with a Smokey Plum ink pad; using a marker, a CTMH Round Sponge, stamped with the back side of a My Acrylix stamp and lastly saturated in a bit of water and re-inker.

In a post below I mentioned that I would be using every bit of this beautiful kit and these cards are part of the fun I've been having with it. I used the cracked glass embossing technique. All the stamps are from the Sonoma Workshop on the Go set. Colors are Smokey Plum, Olive and Colonial White.
This card is an example of emboss resist technique.

This one is an example of regular embossing with white powder. The decorative strip in between papers is one of the features of our new papers.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sonoma Workshop on the Go

This is out of order because I had some trouble adding photos the last couple of weeks but fortunately a new router took care of that! Here's the September page for my Year of Memories Club. I used the Sonoma Workshop on the Go kit and coordinating inks with some added Flutter Just Blooms Paper Shapes. The kit comes with this gorgeous stamp set and the vintage Pewter Mini Medleys. I will be using every last bit of these supplies and can't wait to try the stamp set with some other color combos.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sharing From the Heart: CTMH August Blog Hop

Welcome! Thank you for visiting my very first spot in a blog hop! If I've pulled this off correctly you have just visited Romain's amazing blog and hopped over here.

My first item is a layout featuring the August Stamp of the Month "Wicked". The ladies in my club want to learn about the Rubber Brayer soon and one of the things you can do with it is a reverse image. I thought the little kitty seeing itself in a mirror would be cute and the Midnight Felt Shapes have an oval that made a perfect frame.

Here's what I used, it's all Close to My Heart -

Mischief Paper
Chocolate Alphabet Small Stamp Set
Bohemian Alphabet
Midnight Felt Shapes

Thanks for stopping by now you can hop on over to Nicole's blog for some more treats for your eyes!

Here's the entire list on the hop just in case:
Heather Hunt

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Here are a few pages made for a baby boy. I used the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge for the animals and leaves and Basecamp for the font. Colors are Close to My Heart, Cocoa, Sweetleaf, Bamboo, White Daisey, Brown Bag, Black, and Chocolate. All the layouts are sketches from Cherish, that made it very easy and quick, I finished all these in just two evenings.

Monday, July 4, 2011

S'mores Kit

This was a really fun project. We used the Fanfare paper packet and the July Stamp of the Month.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Newsprint Rub-Ons from Close To My Heart

Studio J®: Perfect Placement

Scallop Borders with Mayberry Workshops on the Go™ Stamp Set

Sophia Stamp Set

Well this is more than a card it's also a memory! My little grandsons and I were doodling one afternoon and I just drew flowers all over with water color pencils...thought it couldn't hurt to turn it into a card. The sentiment is from the stamp set that comes with the Sophia Workshop on the go. It's my current can see in the "June" layout below the bird and some of the other stamps that come with it. What's included in a Workshop on the Go? Lots...for $29.95, you get:
  • Exclusive stamp set
  • Level 2 paper pack (that's 12 sheets of double sided patterned paper and 10 sheets of card-stock)
  • Workshop Guide (instructions for two layouts and 10 cards)
  • Colonial White Waxy Flax*
  • Pink Button Assortment (72!)*embellishment vary by kit theme
You can make sooooo much with one of these great kits!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

You & Me kit---National Scrapbooking Month Special

I have all the details and more layouts in a recent posts below about this wonderful National Scrapbooking Month special. I made this layout of my son following the directions that come with the kit. The only thing I did different was use a different size photo, and since I like to stretch my supplies as far as possible; I cut out the B&T paper that would normally be wasted underneath my pic. The kit comes with instructions and supplies to make two layouts but so far I've already made 4 substituting a little here and there!

This stamp set that comes with the kit could not have been more perfect these pics of him in Nottingham...following his dreams!

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Projects....

For May in my Hostess Clubs we'll be using the Sophia Workshop on the Go kit to make our "June" layout. It's my favorite in our current catalog. I was trying to order items in the order of our projects but this one I knew I had to have as soon as I could get my hands on it. The colors, the design of the paper, the pink buttons...but most of all the stamp set--I love it all! In fact, I've already used two packs of the paper and I just may need another one!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Let’s Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!

Big News...

We are celebrating National Scrapbooking Month in May with a fabulous promotion! During May, when you place a minimum order of $50 US for any Close To My Heart products*, you can grab an exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for just $15—that’s more than half off the retail value of the kit! You can also purchase the kit outright for $34.95 with or without a minimum purchase. With this wonderful kit, you can make two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included , papers, D-size stamp set, accessories and instruction guide to step you through the creation process. The You & Me scrapbooking kit includes:

1 – My Acrylix® You & Me Stamp Set
1 – 12” × 12” Colonial White Cardstock
6 – 12” × 12” B&T Duos® Papers
1 – 6” × 9” You & Me Irresistibles™ Chipboard Die-Cut Sheet
1 Yard – Chocolate Stripe Ribbon
1 Package – Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems 1 – Instruction Guide

Also if you become a Close To My Heart Consultant during May you'll save 50% off on your New Consultant Kit and get one You & Me kit for free*! You can customize your kit by choosing THREE of 5 special ½ off bundles, check our page 128-129 in our Idea Book that means you get all the business basics AND at least $250 of fabulous products for about $65 +shipping handling & tax. Offer valid May 1–31, 2011 only.

This offer only comes around about once every five years so if you’ve ever thought about owning your own home-based business in the booming scrapbooking and stamping industry, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this opportunity there’s never been a better time to join Close To My Heart. Check on the link to your right for more pictures of You & Me artwork. It only takes a few minutes to sign up on my website...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

CTMH May Special, You & Me Kit, Norah's First Thanksgiving

Here's little Norah's first Thanksgiving pictures. When I first saw the May CTMH special You & Me kit I thought, hey I think those polka dots match the turkey I cut out a couple months ago on my Cricut using the Create a Critter cartridge...and did match! The turkey is cut out of Bamboo, Smoothie, Cocoa and Honey cardstock. I added dots to his first layer of feathers using the period from the small Chocolate Alphabet set. The You & Me kit comes with instructions for two layouts but I switched it up a bit, by doing that I was able to use the polka dot paper to make 3 different 12x12 layouts! I also used some B&T paper from our Mayberry kit. You will be seeing a few more items from this very nice kit--I'm streeeetchiiiiinng it as far as possible because I like it so much, at least it's nice to have a stamp set to use and use and use even though the rest of the kit supplies will run out.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sophia Workshop On the Go Stamp Set

Here's a card I made using Sky & Cotton Candy Cardstock & Ink and the stamp set from the Sophia Workshop On the Go. I've had the ribbon around for who knows how long and of couse on the box are three of the fun flowers made with our scallop punch. I love the sayings You are so, and you can do Wonderful, Kind and Amazing. As soon as I saw the bird I knew I had to have it, and the flourish stamp in this set is one of the most pretty I've ever seen .

Sunday, April 3, 2011

May...Pages, Project & Stamp of the Month

Here's the hostess club pages and project for this month. I decided on a box instead of a bag and if I do say so myself I think it's pretty nice. I really love the April Stamp of the month-Blessed and I'm looking forward to trying it out in some different colors although I always have loved this combo for just about anything. I used Pear, Gypsy, Sky and Heavenly Blue paper & ink. Our technique as planned was making our own B & T paper---the spray pen made it extra fun! I added a surprise technique...making paper carnations...I LOVE making them...oh so easy and they look fab(u-lous)! Just for kicks I thought I would show my first prototype layout. I was just not happy with it at first and as you can see I exchanged a couple of the Gypsy pieces with White Daisy and it really brightened things up...exactly what it needed for the bold summer colors. First prototype...

Don't you agree this one is better?

Here are the boxes everyone can choose to do whatever one they like the best-

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ok, promise kept!! Here's baby Norah, and oh boy how could there ever be cuter St. Patrick's Day pics than these?? I may have gone a little overboard with the green but this sure was fun! I used some Christmas clearance alphabet stickers and St. Patty's embellishments that I've had for YEARS!! The clover and good luck stamps are from Jubilation; which will be the Stamp of the Month in June. All ink & paper is CTMH, (cute green polka dot paper is from the Sophia Lvl II kit). Punch is Martha Stewart.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ok, ok so I promised that the next layout for Norah would have her pic's; but so sorry I had to do this one early because it has the March Stamp of the Month on it. I could not be more pleased with our new Pink Button Assortment, there are 72 extra cute buttons in a pack. With a new grandbaby girl to scrapbook I wonder how many packs I will use before it's all said & done!! As if there weren't enough options in each paper pack as it is, so many of our 8 new kits in the new catalog are perfect for mixing & matching i.e. Miracle and Sweetheart as I have done in this example.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I posted what I thought was going to be our February layout quite a few posts ago however after seeing this paper in our new catalog....well 'nuff said! You can check out what's available in the Sweetheart design on my site.

Friday, February 4, 2011

OMG! February!

Sheesh, I really thought I posted in January, but I guess it was because I got so excited and posted what I made with the January SOM so early. I JUST realized that so here's my hurried post since it's been so darn's another layout to match one of Norah's outfits. I promise the next one I post will have her picture on it! As you can see I used the Create a Critter cartridge I LOVE it (the cartridge that is) I'll love the layout when I get my little cupcake's picture added. I can hardly wait to show you the layout I made her for Easter. Oh guess I should let you know I used CTMH Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Desert Sand, Cocoa and White Daisy Cardstock.