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January Stamp of the Month - Happy Valentine

I can't believe it is already 2013 and I'm going into my 3rd year participating in the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  It's been so much fun to participate and see what creative ideas other consultants have on the same stamp.  
Well - 2013 is no different.  We've got some GREAT stamps in store for you this year that you are really going to enjoy.   We are starting the New Year off with Happy Valentine, a set of 7 stamps.

If you have come here from my dear friend Krista Hershberger's blog you are on the right track!  The Blog Hop is one big circle so you can start here and go all the way around until you come back to me!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating consultants HERE.  
We have over 40 consultants participating in the hop this month.  Just look for each link to the next blog at the end of each post.
Now on to my artwork for this stamp!  I created three cards with this set using sketches from our Make It F…

December Mystery Hostess Winners!

Congratulations to my December Mystery Hostess Winners! Mandy LaCroix Peggy Jackson Rachel Boudrow
These ladies joined my Mystery Hostess Party in December  and won $20 in FREE Close To My Heart Products!
Stay tuned!  I will be hosting another Mystery Hostess Party soon!
Be sure to come back tomorrow on New Year's Day and join in our Happy Valentine Stamp of the Month Blog hop!  See what over 40 consultant's created with this stamp set!   I will have THREE cards to share!
Stay Safe on this New Year's Eve!

The PERKS of Being a Close to My Heart Consultant

I've been quiet since Christmas but it's only because I've had my nose in a good book!   The new Spring Summer Close To My Heart Idea Book!!  Let me tell you - this one book I just can't put down!  It is AMAZING!  (I know I say that with each book that is released but really - THIS ONE WILL ABSOLUTELY TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY!

This is just ONE of the perks of being a Close To My Heart Consultant!  We get a one month PREVEIW period. These books will be released to the public on February 1.  But we get them early and we get to order product early so that we will have some of the AMAZING new products to share in February!
The SECOND perk of being a Close To My Heart Consultant is that we earn Select Product Credit with our sales!  I've been saving my SPC so now that this book has come out, instead of spending over $700 (yes - that is the total of my wish list) I'm only going to actually spend around $150 - which includes a THIRD perk - this is less my commission!

Merry Christmas!

Thank you all for stopping by to visit me this past year! I have alot of great things in store for the coming NEW YEAR!
May you all have a BLESSED Christmas!
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Variety of Cards with Dotty For You

It's been Wednesday since I've posted anything.  Of all time to come down with a nasty cold, it had to be now.  UGH... I haven't felt like doing much but had to force myself anyway.  I had to finish up a few shopping items Friday and Saturday.  I sure haven't felt like crafting either and I've got plenty that I need to do!  I've got this VERY CUTE Whooo's Your Valentine Kit just waiting waiting for my to play with but I haven't got the mojo for it right now.

This past week I've shared a couple of cards from a set of All Occasion cards I made for a gift.  Here are a few more.   These cards were so fun to make.

I used some left over Dotty For You paper (a paper pack from our past National Scrapbooking Month special) and this fun little PUN FUN (C1505) stampset.

"Your Sweet" Card
Pun Fun (C1505)
Perfect Fit Frames (D1527)
Dotty For You paper (retired)
Black Cardstock
Black Ink
Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790)
Stardust Glitz Glitter Ge…

A Belated Birthday Card

Here is another Dotty For You and Pun Fun card for my gift set I made!

This Pun Fun stamp set is so adorable! It has 6 stamps with a sentiment attached.

I cut my sentiment apart from my stamp (YIKES!)  But that's OK, you can do that!  By doing so, I was able to place "Happy Belated Birthday" in a curved position on my stamp.   See the picture above.

I stamped my turtle onto Sweet Leaf cardstock and again on the Sweet Leaf Dotty For You Paper.  I cut out the dotted portion of the turtle and glued it to the Sweet Leaf cardstock turtle.

Next, I added Stardust Gitz Glitter Gel to his birthday hat!

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" White Daisy Card
Dotty For You Paper (Retired)
Pun Fun Stamp - C1505
Black Cardstock - 1386
Buttons - Mini Medley Accents Black Collection Z1393
Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel - Z1313

I'm entering this card into the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.   I used the sketch as vertical.

Just a reminder! My Mystery Hostess Party is still going on!   You …

A Birthday Card for a New Challenge!

I was so excited this morning to learn about a new challenge blog - Seize the Birthday. The challenge is all about birthday cards!  Now that I'm finished making Christmas cards for a while, I really need to get on top of my birthday cards and this challenge will help!

I just finished making a couple of birthday cards as part of a card set that I'm giving as a Christmas gift.  I went through my stash of paper looking for some bright and cheerful paper and came accross Close To My Heart's special paper - Dotty For You.   This was a special paper during National Scrapbooking Month this past year and it was so popular.  Right before the special ended I made sure to grab a couple of extra packs and I'm so glad I did!  It was so hard to pick which card I would share today but I decided on this card:

I used sketch #19 from Close To My Heart's Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1 book.  I added a dimensional element and using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, cut the same shape as …

Whooo's Your Valentine How To Video

Here is a great little video all about the special Whooo's Your Valentine Kit which is available now through January 31 (or While Supplies Last!).

You can purchase this kit for just $10 when you place a $35 order from our Fall/Winter Idea Book.  Place your order on my website (be sure to join my Mystery Hostess Party) or call me to place the order for you!

I will be offering a FREE workshop to anyone who purchases the kit on February 2.

Start Shopping HERE!

Whooo's Your Valentine?

I know it's not even Christmas yet and we've got THE CUTEST Valentine kit special starting TODAY!! You can purchase the Whooo's Your Valentine Kit (valued at $40) for ONLY $10 when you place an order of $35 in Close To My Hearts products.  
This kit contains the following: 12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

Look what you can make with this kit:
This special is good through January 31 or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!.  This kit is so adorable I predict it will be sold out before the end of January!   So join my Mystery Hostess Party and order your kit today! 
There are THREE good reasons to order your kit on line through my Mystery Hostess Party!

You'll be entered into my Mystery Hos…

Monogram Stamps - Add a Personal Touch

These cute little $2.95 monogram stamps have so many uses!  You can personalize office supplies and household items in a snap!  Or, add a personal touch and make monogram cards, use them in layouts and so much more!

Here are two monograms cards that I made back in July for Close To My Heart's Extravaganza classes at convention.   I've been so busy lately that I have forgotten about these but recently dug them out.  I've order a few more stamps and can't wait to make a set of gift cards.

RECIPE  - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card Smokey Plum and Slate Cardstock Shape - Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790)  Key - "6"<Accent 4> Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754) Mini Medley Accents - Slate Collection (Z1787) Monogram D - M1003 Smoky Plum Ink (Z2147)

RECIPE  - 5" x 5" card Card - Artiste Cricut (Z1790) - Key - "1" Card Moonlight Paper Pack (X7161B) Slate Satin Polka Dot Ribbon (Z1802) Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754) Mini Me…

A Misfit Christmas Card

Here is the final Christmas Card I'm sharing from my weekend of cardmaking with my sister a few weeks ago.  I call this card my Misfit card because the idea for this card began from a mistake.  Since I was not taking my cricut machine with me on our little trip, I spent the morning cutting a bunch of cricut images to take with me.  I had a stamp set that coordinated with many of the images on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790) so I was cutting away.  When I began cutting the mittens, I forgot to change the size to fit the stamp and before I could catch it, I had already cut out about 6 mittens the wrong size.   Standing there looking at the little white cardstock mittens an idea for a card came to me.  (I just love it when that happens!).   I had an image in my head of mittens hanging to dry to on a clothes line.

Here is the finished idea:

These mittens were cut at 1 3/4" inch.   I cut the layers from Sky and Topiary Cardstock.   See the little snowflake cutouts in the cent…

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Card

Wow... how did I get all the way to Sunday without posting another Christmas Card!  I would love to post something new every day this week, but my calendar is quickly filling up.  I've got 2 events to attend, plus my husband informed me today that this week we'll be doing all our Christmas Goody baking! Somehow I guess I'll fit it all in.   Stay tuned anyway - you may find a recipe on here for something yummy instead of a card recipe this week!

But today, I'll share another card I made using the Ho Ho Ho key from Close To My Heart's Artiste Cartridge (Z1790).   I cut the image twice first with Holiday Red Cardstock and then Topiary.   I offset them just a tiny bit when I adhered them to the card.

The snowflakes came from the mittens I cut earlier for a card. ( you can see one of those cards HERE)  See, I throw NOTHING away that I might be able to use later!  The snowflakes added just the right touch.   I rounded out the card with Olive twine from the Baker's Tw…

Cozy Mittens Christmas Card

Here is Card #2 from my weekend of Christmas Cards.

The paper is from the now retired Believe Paper pack.  The mittens were cut using the Noel <Accent 2> key on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (Z1790).  I used the Noel <Accent 2> Shift key to cut the layer for the mittens.  Our Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1313) adds just enough sparkle.  Stardust is my favorite of all the Glitz Glitter Gels.

I'm entering this card into the Dynamic Duo's Challenge.

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A Cozy Weekend of Christmas Craftin'

This past weekend I traveled to Ohio with my Husband, my sister and her husband to a hunting retreat.  Sounds fun doesn't it?  Actually we had a wonderful time.  I came prepared with paper, stamps, inks and pretty embellishments to play with while our husbands were out looking for the BIG MONSTER buck.  We were staying in a GORGEOUS cabin with a beautiful warm fireplace (2 fireplaces actually) that was decorated for the holidays.  This provided the perfect atmosphere for our little card making projects.

I brought along two different paper packs, or so I thought I did.   In rearranging my bag that I packed with crafting supplies, I must have taken out the Pear & Partridge paper and forgot to repack it.   But I did have lots of last year's popular Christmas paper - Believe (now retired).  We created 15 cards each so I was really excited to use up some of my stash.   I'm going to share a few of the cards with you over the next couple of days.

Recipe: Silver Shimmer Ribbon…

Year Round Cheer - December Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring Year Round Cheer, a set of 12 stamps.  If you have come here from Lalia's Blog you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.   If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE

We have over 50 consultants participating in the hop. Following the hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post and it will hop you right over to the next blog!

This is the perfect set for quick little cards to add to a gift or for making pages for our Event Calendar!  I used this set to for my Event calendar.   There is a stamp for each month!  Here is a picture of each 'page' I made for my Event Calendar before I attached them all.

For many of these, I used keys from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.  (Feb,May, June, July, October and November).    I also chose to use only cardstock and did not add a…

The Magic of Christmas Glitters!

I just love the new Pear & Partridge Glittery Rub-ons!   With these rub-ons you can create pretty cards in a snap.   The glittery snowflakes added a little sparkle to what would have been just plain Cashmere cardstock layered on Cranberry.  The birds stringing the Christmas lights and the little flower are all rub-ons.  Aren't they pretty?

I used the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge to cut my shape using the layer key to cut the Pear & Partridge B&T paper to layer.   The sentiment is from Christmas Love (D1492).

I'm entering this card into the Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Glitter It Up!

Here is the complete set of Pear & Partridge Compliment Glittery Rub-ons (X7162C):

Get the rub-ons separately or order the Pear & Partridge Workshop on the Go kit which INCLUDES the rub-ons PLUS Purple, Pink & Red Sparkles (G1052) and an instruction brochure to create a 2 page layout.   Don't wait to get these!  They will not be carried forward in the Spring Summer Idea …