Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thoughtful Tidings - February Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring "Thoughtful Tidings", a set of 11 stamps.  Six of these stamps coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  If you have come here from Teresa Scrivens 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.

Red Lines indicate stamps that coordinate with AP Cartridge
This month about 60 consultants are sharing their creations using February's stamp of the month and other great Close To My Heart Products.  Following the blog hop is easy, just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  Have fun hopping!

Thoughtful Tidings is a great set for quick cards of appreciation.   I had so much fun using this set with the new Stella Level 2 Paper that I couldn't stop at just one card!

Following are individual shots with a little information on each card.  In addition to the new Stella paper, I used several new embellishments!  
3x3 Card:  
Pattern: OriginalsMiddle Ground
Embellishments: Star - Milepost Shapes (Z1464)
   Baker's Twine - Paradise Assortment (Z1702)
      Photo Clip - Sunset Mini Medley Accents (Z1338)

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Card:
Pattern:  Originals - Gallery
Embellishments: Lagoon Mini-Medley Accents (retired)
Baker's Twine - Neutral Assortment (Z1701)
Durables Studs - Round (Z1706)

4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Card
Ribbon - Designer Ribbon - Colonial White Collection(retired)

4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Circle Card
Pattern: Originals - Richochet
Embellishments: Bohemian Assortment (Z1687)
Opaque Adhesive Gems - Mocha Collection (Z1333)
Designer Ribbon - Colonial White Collection(retired)

Fill this one with Hershey's Hugs!

Heart Shaped Purse
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge:  Heart 
Embellishments:  Dimensional Elements Hearts (Z1735)
Corduroy Brad - Sunset Mini Medley Accents (Z1388)
Natural Hemp (Z280)

Remember, you can get this Thoughtful Tidings stamp for only $5 with the $50 Close To My Heart purchase!  See my website www.ctmh.com/stampinheaven to order or contact me! 

Now, hop on to Jen Patrick's Blog to see what she created!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sneak Peek #4 - Valentine Milk Carton

I had so much fun creating my Easter Milk Carton for the New Product Blog Hop, I wanted to make another one!  If you missed it, you can see it HERE.  The My Creations Milk Carton comes in a package of two so I had another one to play with.  This time I decided to create one for Valentine's Day.  What a cute little gift to give to someone special!

I used the Spray Pen to add a spray mist to my box before I put it together.  I mixed 3 drops of Hollyhock re-inker with water and our Create A Shade Pearl Paint.  By only using 3 drops of Hollyhock, this gave me the lighter color of pink that I was looking for.   I cut out 3 sizes of Hearts <Heart1> with my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to use as mask before I sprayed.   I added removable adhesive to the back of the hearts and placed the hearts randomly on my box.

Before Spraying

Here is the box after I sprayed it with the mist and the hearts removed.  You can see the masking.  Something to note... I placed the box inside a large box to spray.  Otherwise, the mist goes anywhere and everywhere!   But that is what gives it this fun effect!
After spraying.

Before assembling my box I stamped a Heart Dimensional Element with the heart stamp that accompanies the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection. (The collection comes with 3 stamp sets in addition to 3 sets of dimensional elements!)  Next, I added Bitty Sparkles to the heart and adhered it to the carton.  I used the little words that were on the same stamp set to stamp on the other hearts. 

Again, using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge, I made a tag to tie onto my carton.  I cut the tag at 2 1/2" using the <Heart1> Tag setting. I used one of my hearts I cut out previously for masking to place behind the cut out heart shape on the tag.  Then I added a Sparkle for bling!  I tied the tag on with ribbon from the Tulip Mini Medley Accents Collection.

Now all I need to do is fill it up with Chocolate!

My Creations Milk Carton (Z1739)
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686)
Tulip Stamp Pad (Z2166)
Spray Pen (Z1380)
Create A Shade Pearl Paint (Z1039)
Hollyhock Re-inker (Z2228)
Bitty Sparkles (Z1263)
Tulip Mini Medley Accents Collection (Z1320)
Dimensional Elements Hearts (Z1735)

The project qualifies for both the Heart 2 Heart Challenge and the Just Us Girls Challenge!  Both are looking for 3D projects.   Just Us Girls wanted a Valentine 3D project.  Be sure to check both challenges out. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Product Spotlight - My Creations Milk Carton

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!  Are you ready for some sneak peaks from Close To My Heart's 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book?  The Idea Book goes live on February 1 but Consultants were able to order new product on January 1.  (That is one perk to being a CTMH consultant!) So, many of us have been working away in our craft rooms getting ready to show you some fabulous new items!

If you came here from Rachel Ventura's Blog, then you are on the right track!  The hop is a circle so you can start here and hop all the way around! Following the hop is easy to do.  Just click on the link at the bottom of each post that takes you to the next blog! If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating consultants HERE.

I got so many new things it was hard to decide what to showcase!  I love all the My Creations products that Close To My Heart carries.  My Creation products are chipboard and come in all types of 3D products from small albums, banners, boxes and cubes!  One of the new My Creations products is the Milk Carton (Z1739)!  You get 2 cartons and 2 closure clips for $4.95. The cartons measure 5 1/2" x 3" x 3".  I couldn't wait to get these cute little cartons and alter them!  I made mine with Easter in mind.  Probably because I have a real weakness for those malted bird eggs that come in the milk cartons.    Here is my My Creations Milk Carton for Easter!

I used the new My Peeps (B1402) stamp for the egg border, the wrap around phrase at the top and the marshmallow peep in the center of the Sweet Leaf Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1383) that I tied around the box.  I stamped the eggs in Grey Wool and used a blending pen and inks to 'paint' my eggs.  The colors I used were Pear, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee, Cotton Candy and Blush.  The paper board behind the eggs is a piece from the new Lucy Level 2 paper pack (X7149B).  The paper is Perfect for Easter!
My Peeps (B1402)
For the other side of the carton, I stamped "SPRING" with Cotton Candy ink and again in Creme Brulee ink.  I trimmed out the "i" and the "n" and used foam tape to add on top of the Cotton Candy sentiment.  The little closure clip at the top of the carton that hold it closed is included with the Milk Carton.   Take the clip off and the carton opens to a spout so you can pour out those malted eggs or jelly beans!  Wouldn't these make cute little treats from the Easter Bunny this year?

I hope you enjoyed my little Milk Carton!   If you are local to me, be sure to stop by my Open House Celebration on Saturday, February 11 from 9am until 2pm.   You'll get to see LOTS of new products and even make a card to take home with you!  I'll have several door prizes and lots of Clearance items on hand!

Now, hop on over to Vicki Price's blog to see what she has created!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sneak Peak #3 - Just a Note

Here is another little sneak peak of new product!   I made this fast and simple 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" card  with the new Lucy Level 2 Paper Pack (X7149B).  I have to admit, the Lucy paper was not at the top of my list for the 8 new paper packs but when I got pack I had to change my mind!  It is so pretty!  This shows only one of 6 beautiful designs included in the pack.

The stamp is from the new set - Card Word Puzzle (C1494).  I love this set!  It has 4 different flower stamps (I used two here), a butterfly, a leaf and over 50 words that you can put together to make your own original phrase!  I used "Just A Note" for this card.   I used blending pen with Cotton Candy and Pear ink to color my flower.  I added the Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain ribbon and Pearl Opaque Adhesive Gems.    The card pattern is Corner Shop from Jeanette Lynton's How To Book for cards - Originals.

I'm going to enter this card into 2 challenges....
Crazy 4 Challenges - Layer it on.  This card has lots of layers.  The other challenge is Friday Mash Up - Use Something New in Your Stash.  I did't get a chance to use the sketch to 'mash it up' but I did use all new products in my stash!   Be sure to check out both blogs!

Be sure to come back Sunday night and hop on our New Product Blog Hop.  Over 25 consultants will be showcasing something new from our 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book that goes live on February 1!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Open House Give A Way - Riddle #1

Ready for the first Riddle for my Door Prize Giveaway?

RIDDLE:  What's CHOCOLATE and hold beautiful memories but you can't eat it!

If you know the answer, leave me a comment! If you are correct, you will get one ticket 
at my Open House on Saturday, February 11 towards a chance to win a door prize!
Mark your calendar and be sure to stop by between 9am and 2pm!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Coming in 7 Days! Close To My Heart's Spring Summer Idea Book!

It's just 7 more days until Close To My Heart's newest release of the Spring Summer Idea Book goes live!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this issue!  If you've been following my blog you've seen some sneak peaks of just a few of the products.   I'm going to be posting more sneak peaks soon! 

To celebrate the release I'm hosting an Open House!  If you are local, come by and see all the new papers, accents and more!   Take a minute to make a free card with the Stella paper and check out my Cash & Carry Clearance Items!   Earn tickets for Fabulous Door Prizes!  I'll be posting riddles on my blog and my facebook page.  If you know the answer leave a comment.  Earn a ticket for each correct answer! I'll be checking daily!    Watch for my special EZinvite. Not on my mailing list? Sign up in the Newsletter Signup Box to the right.

Also, January through March is MAKE A MIRACLE MONTH!  Since 2004, Close to My Heart has partnered with Operation Smile to provide free life-changing operations for children with fascial deformities.  It takes as little as $240 dollars to provide a surgery and change a life forever.  There are several ways you can help!   100% of your donation goes to Operation Smile
1.  Place an order and round UP your total to the next dolar.  The difference will go to Operation Smile.
2.  Purchase one of my handmade cards at my Open House and 100% of the card purchase will be donated to Operation Smile

Stay tuned for more Open House Information and Prize Riddles!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sneak Peak #2 with CAS-ual Friday

Black and White and no other color - not even a speck! That is the challenge over at CAS-ual Friday this week.  It is so hard to not add just a tinny whinny bit of color!  But, I remembered a new stamp I just got.  It is one of the stamps in the new Close to My Heart's 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book which is due out February 1.  This is one of those stamps that was 'love at first sight' and from that point on I knew it was a "HAVE TO HAVE".    I've been so busy this past week, tonight was the first time I got to pull it out and give it whirl.

Here is my Black and White ONLY card!

Cool isn't it?  I love it!  This stamp is called "Fashionista".   There are 4 different girls on this set and they are all Shopping Fashionistas!  I used only one girl on this card - you'll have to wait until February 1st to see all four lovely ladies! 

Fashionistas should stand out, so I stamped the her on a separate sheet of cardstock and cut her out.   Then I used foam tape to make her pop her up.  Can you see my Bitty Sparkles?  I added one to the shopping bag and one to the neckline of her shirt.  The ribbon is from the Designer Ribbon Round Black Collection.  This is a retired item but can still be found on our "While Supplies Last" section of my website.  You get 4 feet of six different black ribbons for only $4.00.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sneak Peak - Clean & Simple with Stella

I've been working with the new Stella paper since Sunday.  Saturday morning I printed out several blog challenges that I hoped to get to before their deadlines came and gone.   As I finished up my layouts from the Stella Workshop On the Go kit, the sketch from the Clean & Simple challenge that was laying on my work table caught my eye.


For my very simple card, I used one of the zip strips from the Stella B&T papers, and the Stella Stamp (only available with purchase of the Stella WOTG kit).

I first stamped the chair directly on the card with Cocoa ink.  Then I stamped the chair with Sunset ink on a scrap piece of cardstock.   I cut out the sunset chair seat and chair back and adhered to the to cocoa chair.  I decided not to add any other embellishments and kept it very simple.   I love how this card turned out.  

All products are Close To My Heart.
Stella Workshop on the Go Kit (G1032) will be available February 1.

Busy Creating!

I know!!  I've been missing in action the last couple of days.   I had a Special Project I've been working on that had a quick deadline.   In the meantime, I've had a box of brand new goodies from Close to My Heart that have been patiently waiting for me to play with!   Finally I was able to get into that box yesterday!  

The first on my To Do List was to put together the new Workshop On The Go kit for Stella!  I LOVE this paper!   It is the paper that is used on the front of the new Idea Book!  Isn't it beautiful???

This book goes LIVE to our customers on February 1st.   I'm planning my annual Open House on February 11 to celebrate the release of this book.  So if you are local - add the date to your calendar! I'll be sending out complete details soon!

In the meantime, don't forgot those products that are retiring at the end of January!  You can check those on my Retiring Items tab above.   If you place an order of $25 or more on my website this month, I will immediately send you this new Idea book!  FOR FREE!  

Stay tuned!  I'll pictures to post soon of what I've been working on!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Love You to Pieces - A Valentine Card

This weeks challenge over at Heart 2 Heart  is to use a stamp you haven't used before or at least in a long time.  I've got several of those.  (!)  I've been wanting to make a Valentine card so I thumbed through my stamps looking for one that would work.  I don't use many of my Valentine stamps.  I pulled out my Feburary Word Puzzle stamp set. Remember those? I LOVED those word puzzle stamps!  There was a Word Puzzle stamp for every month.  I bought each month before they retired. I've got several months I've never used but keeping thinking someday I'll use them. So I'll probably always keep these stamps in my stash.  My February Word puzzle had hardly been used at all.   So this one will qualify for H2H.  

Since I seemed to be in a 'retired' mode, I decided to use my retired Sweetheart paper.   This paper was in the 2011 Spring Summer Idea book.  I used the sketch from Mojo Monday to create my card.

My scallop circles were cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge - <Circle3> at 2 3/4" and 2 1/4".  I cut the white centers at 2 1/4" and 1 3/4" using the <Circle1> setting.   I also used the AP cartridge to cut my black edge underneath my sentiment.  I used the <Retangle8> setting at 1 3/4" and then trimmed off 3/4" of the long edge to attach to my white cardstock piece.
The hearts are stamped in Cotton Candy and Tulip inks.   I added a some Pink & Red Sparkles.  

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

I haven't used this Sweetheart paper in a while.  I forgot how much I liked it.  Maybe I'll make a few more Valentine cards with it!

Today is an exciting day for me.  I've got a box full of exciting new products from the 2012 Spring Summer Idea Book coming.   I'll have tons of new things to play with!  Can't wait to share!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

LOVE with Rock the Block!

This morning when I checked ColourQ's challenge the colors practically jumped off the screen at me!  I LOVE these colors and I couldn't wait to do something with them.  


I pulled out my Rock the Block stamp to use for my card.  This stamp is part of this month's special for National Papercrafting Month.   I put this stamp together with the sketch from Unscripted Sketches and came up with this card:

I had so much fun creating this simple card.   The colors I used are Blush, Sunset, Smoothie and Grey Wool.   I stamped the flowers directly on the card.   Next I stamped "LOVE" and trimmed it out using 3D Foam tape to pop it up from the card.   I added a little bling by adding Sparkles to the flower centers and also some Bitty Sparkles to LOVE.     What a "COOL" Valentine card this could be!

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Here is the sketch from Unscripted Sketches:

The Rock the Block special runs until January 31!  You get the exclusive Rock the Block stamp AND  the My Creation Collage Cube for just $15 when you place a $25 purchase in Autumn/Winter products.   What a great deal!  

Order from my website or contact me to place an order for you!  
I'll send you the new 2012 Spring/Summer Idea when you order for FREE!

Monday, January 9, 2012

For You with Art Philosophy!

This month I'm trying to do more with my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.   I've used it ALOT since I got it but there are several shapes that I haven't cut yet.    The colors for this card were inspired by Pal's Paper Art Challenge Blog.


For my card I used Close To My Heart's colors Crystal Blue, Pacifica and Colonial White.

This is a 4x4 card.  I used <Square4> Card to cut the shaped card out of Colonial White.  Next, I cut the Crystal Blue decorative layer the same size using Decorative Layer <Square 4>.
I cut 3 roses from Pacifica cardstock.  I cut one at 4" and the other two at 3".  To cut the roses, I used the Font<Heart3> setting.    I added an Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gem to the center of each.
My tag is another layered piece.  First, I cut a 1 1/2" <Square5> and then used the Decorative Layer setting to cut the Pacifica piece to add to the top.  
"FOR YOU" is from the stamp set Say it With Style (D1283) My final touch was to add the decorative pin and grosgrain ribbon.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Card to Brighten Your Day

I spent literally ALL weekend pulling my tax information together for my Close To My Heart Business. Last year I waited until the last minute and I had promised myself I wouldn't do that again.  I told myself that I would not do any creating until I finished.  I expected to spend most of Saturday on this task but it ended up taking me 2 days!  I don't know why I can't record everything monthly! If I did, I wouldn't have to spend an entire weekend doing it!  But every year it is the same thing and every year I say I'm going to be better.  Maybe this year.......

The first thing I did Saturday morning was to printed out a page of challenges that I wanted to try.  I set them aside until I was free to play!  Finally, I was able to step into my craft room tonight.  Armed with two color challenges I begin pulling inks and cardstock.  The first color challenge I decided to do was from The Play Date Cafe.   I also decided to combine this with two other challenges - the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping and also CAS-ual Friday (add chipboard).

I really liked working with these colors.  Such a change from the holiday colors!   My version of The Play Date Cafe colors is Juniper, Sweet Leaf and Vanilla Cream.

My card base is Vanilla Cream cardstock.   I stamped the card with Noted Backgrounds (now retired).  The Sweet Leaf scalloped rectangle <Rectangle 2> was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (Z1686) and layered with Juniper cardstock.  I used a chipboard Dimensional Element Mixed Shape (Z1683) as the base for my butterfly. I inked the shaped with Vanilla Cream ink and I sponged the butterfly with Sweet Leaf Ink.  I added three Opaque Adhesive Pearl Gems to the butterfly.  The sentiment stamp is from Card Chatter - Sympathy (D1476).   The ribbon is from the Designer Ribbon - Green Collection (Z1616).  
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Here are the inspirations for my card.  Be sure to visit all the challenges!  I'm sure you'll be inspired!
The Play Date Cafe:

Clean and Simple Stamping:

CAS-usal Friday:

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back soon for my other Color Challenge Post!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Retiring Stamps - Get Them Before it's too Late!

It's that time of year in the Close To My Heart calendar when the current Idea Book is about to end.  Boy I have REALLY enjoyed the books of 2011. The Spring Summer book came out and I just loved everything about it!  The paper, the stamps the embellishments.... Then the Autumn/Winter book was released and it BLEW me away!

On February 1, the new 2012 Spring Summer Idea book will be released.  With the release of the new Idea Book, we have to make way for new products.  That means many of the stamps in the 2011 Spring Summer Idea Book will be retired.  A wonderful consultant - Tamytha Jenkins put together this slide show that shows all the retiring stamps.   If you see any 'must haves' write the number down and then visit my website and order!  They will be UNAVAILABLE after January 31! (Be sure to check out the While Supplies Last Section also!)

For a complete list of retiring Papers, Kits, Accessories and Embellishments see my Retiring Items Page.

Here is a BONUS for you!  Place a $25 order on my website I'll send you a brand new 2012 Spring Summer Idea book for FREE!  



My Inspiration For Color Throwdown

I have a list of Challenge Blogs that I check first thing each morning. Usually I check them before I leave for work. Then, I can think about them through out the day and sometimes, by the time I get home from work I'm ready to start on something.  Color Throwdown is on my list for Wednesday. When I saw the colors this morning - Black, Cranberry and Grey Wool (CTMH colors) I wasn't too inspired.  
After lunch I decided I had better start a list for things I needed to get at 'Wally World'.  I reached up to grab a sheet from my new notepad a co-worker gave me at Christmas.  OH WOW!  I was suddenly inspired!  Below is my list.  BTW, I decided the list wasn't long enough to warrant a trip to the Walmart - so I put it off.  Besides, I now had better things to do!

And here is my card inspired by my notepad and the colors from Color Throwdown!

I used the stamp set - Eclectic Edges (C1450) and Silver Embossing for my border. The stamp across the grey cardstock is also from Eclectic Edges. I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for my intricate flower and the branch. The flower turned out beautiful although it was like picking fleas off a dog to get all those little pieces out of there! I stayed patient and, surprising to me, I didn't tear it! The center of the flower has a Grey Opaque Adhesive Gem in the center.  The flower was cut at 2 3/4".   "I LOVE YOU" is from December's Stamp of the Month - Mad About You (no longer available)

This was a fun card to create.  I hope you enjoyed it!

All products used are Close To My Heart.  
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Birthday Numbers - Tuesday Trigger

The other day I decided that I would start using more of the shapes on the Art Philosphy cartridge. I envisioned a square card with the jumbled numbers shape. I pulled a piece of my Creme Brulee' cardstock and cut out a 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 shape of jumbled numbers. I had intended to add this to a 6x6 Kraft card but this is where I got stuck. I sat there looking at the numbers on the Kraft card.  I liked it but wasn't sure what to do with it.  Finally, I set it aside and decided to come back to it another day.

Well today was the day! I was getting up to date on the blogs I follow and came across the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World. It was just enough 'trigger' to get my mind going.   NUMBERS!! I was already a step in the right direction. The colors in this quilt and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches helped me finish the card.

I decided to exchange the Kraft card for a White 6x6 card. Then the card started to come together quickly.   I used the Party Pennant stamp (C1429) to stamp the presents in Lagoon, Dutch Blue and Tulip.  Happy Birthday is stamped in Desert Sand.  Each present has a similar color sparkle. The Sparkles come in Blue & Green Assortment (Z1327) and Red, Pink & Purple Assortment (Z1326).  Oh and that big wide ribbon!  I love this ribbon and really need to get some more before January 31!  This Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Z1383) will retire at the end of the month!  This Art Philosophy Cartridge (Z1686) is addicting!  My cricut has been buzzing like crazy ever since I got it!

Here is the sketch from Freshly Make Sketches I used.  I love their sketches! Be sure to visit their blog!


All products used are Close To My Heart.  
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Birthday Card for Mojo Monday

Looking for the January Stamp of the Month?  Click HERE.

I was supposed to spend the day reorganizing and cleaning my scrap room.   But it was hard to stay focused on what I needed to do.  I did put a few things away and hung a pretty Bulletin board my daughter got me for Christmas.  I really wanted to create instead of clean.  I finally sat down and created this quick Birthday Card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

The paper is from Elemental Level 2 paper pack (X7141B).  My lace doily was cut from Smoothie cardstock using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (Z1686).  Shift Font Layer <Flur DeLs>  I cut it at 3 1/4".  I wanted a chocolate butterfly so I mixed Chocolate Re-inker with Pearl Create A Shade paint.  I just love that big chunky Chocolate Stripe Ribbon (Z1617)!  My birthday sentiment is from Card Chatter - Birthday (D1475).  I also used the Opaque Mocha Adhesive gems (Z1333) for my final touches.

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

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