Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Chocolate Affair - August Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring A Chocolate Affair, a set of 16 stamps. If you have come here from Katy'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!

I LOVE chocolate and I don't know many people that don't!  I couldn't wait to play with this set.  I created this card using the new Babycakes Paper to show how versatile this paper is!  I used Pattern #24 from the NEW Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 (9042). 

Recipe: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Card
Babycakes Paper (X7173B)
Chocolate Baker's Twine - Neutral Assortment (Z1701)
Chocolate Ink (Z2111)
A Chocolate Affair (August Stamp of the Month)
One-Way Borders (C1561)
Badge Button - Pro-Player Assortment (Z1879)

This is the card we will be making at my Open House!  If you are local to me, you will want to be sure to stop by!  Saturday, August 10th from 9am - 1pm.  
2722 Lascasass Pike, Murfreesboro, TN

Remember! A Chocolate Affair is available ONLY during the month of August! SPECIAL THIS MONTH ONLY --- You can get this set for FREE when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!

Now, hop on over to Jill Lucas' Blog and see what she has created for you!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sneak Peek - Sarita

Here is another sneak peek at the new Sarita (X7171B) paper pack!  I loved this paper the minute I laid eyes on it in the new Autumn Winter Idea Book.   I can't wait to create more with it!  The design of this card is from Pattern #23 in the NEW Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 Book (9042).  This is another great pattern book by Jeanette Lynton.  A must have for every scrapbooker/cardmaker!

I used SEVERAL new products on this card! I especially love the Sarita Assortments (Z1873).  The assortment contains 10 etched wooden shapes and 4 metal icons - all adhesive backed.  I used one of the metal icons up in the right hand corner on top of my Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape (Z1850) which is also new!  Check out the Jute Ribbon (Z1867).  Just when I thought I couldn't get enough Burlap, now I've got Jute ribbon to play with!  And finally, my last new product is the stamp!  This cute little stamp is called Holiday Tags (D1560).  It has 13 Holiday sentiments plus two styles of "To and From".  It also has 5 images that coordinate with the Artiste cartridge.  I used one behind my "Happy Birthday" on this card.

All of these new products will be available on Thursday, August 1st!  Be sure to visit my website on that day and take a look through the new Idea Book!  

Join my Mystery Hostess Party to place your order!
The first 5 people to join my Mystery Hostess Party and place an order of $30 or more will receive a new
  "A True Thank You" M-size stamp for FREE!
This offer is available only through me - Gina Brandstetter - and only when you join my Mystery Hostess Party.   The stamp will be mailed to you separate from your order.

Local to me?  Be sure to come out to my Autumn Winter Open House and check out all the new products!  I'll have door prizes, a fun make and take and lot of Cash & Carry Clearance items!
OPEN HOUSE:  August 10th  9am - 1 pm
LOCATION:  2722 Lascassas Pike - Murfreesboro, TN

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sneak Peek - Laughing Lola

My Autumn Winter Open House is coming up August 10th and I've been busy playing with all my new product trying to get ready for it.  I'm going to start sharing a few things that I will have on display at my open house.   I like to make at least one card from the paper in each new paper pack from the book.

My first card I'm sharing today is created from the Laughing Lola paper pack.

The paisley's and sentiment are from the new stamp set - Paisley perfect (C1556).   I stamped the paisley with black ink onto Gypsy cardstock and again on Lagoon.  Then I cut the center of the lagoon paisley and attached to the top of the Gypsy paisley.   The border stamp is from the Laughing Lola Workshop On The Go kit stamp.

I added Laughing Lola Assortments (Z1854) for my finishing touches. These assortments include 4 satin paper clip bows; 9 printed gems in 3 sizes that are adhesive backed.  I wrapped the clip with black hemp to hid the clip.

Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to come back - I'll be sharing more.

If you are local to me, my Open House is Saturday, August 10 from 9am to 1pm
Drop by anytime!

2722 Lascassas Pike - Murfreesboro, TN
I have lots of new product on Display
A Card to make and take home!
Clearance items!
Door Prizes!!

Watch for more details soon!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Little Gift.... New M size stamps!

Here is a sneak peek at one of the new "M" size stamps coming out in Close To My Heart's Autumn Winter Idea Book!  There are 8 new "M" size stamps.  The great thing about these little beauties is that you can create a quick card in no time at all with them and they are only $2.95 each!

I was sitting as my crafting table last night with a HUGE list of 'must do' items before my upcoming Open House but not in the mood to do any of them!  I spotted a card I started a few weeks ago and never finished.  The card was supposed to be clean and simple with no embellishments but I was having such a hard time sticking to the rule of Clean and Simple that I set it aside to finish another day.  Not wanting to tackle my 'must do' list, I pulled the card over and began putting it together - adding a layer of cardstock, twine and Glitz Glitter Gel.  I think it was the card I envisioned from the beginning.   I will just have to resign myself to the fact that I will always have to add sparkle and twine or ribbon somewhere!

Recipe - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 Card
White Daisy Cardstock
Lagoon Cardstock (X5762)
A Little Gift (M1030)
Joyful Birthday (B1419)
Black Pigment Ink - Basic Exclusive Pigment Mini Ink Pad Set (Z2503)
Sorbet Exclusive Marker (Z2407)
Lagoon Exclusive Marker (Z2412)
Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1313)
Black Baker's Twine - Neutral Assortment (Z1701)

I'm entering this card into the following Challenges:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Age is just a number...

Do you remember the first stamp you bought?  I do, and I still have it!  It actually wasn't the first stamp I ever bought but it was the first Close To My Heart stamp I bought!  I had just joined Close To My Heart as a consultant and the new 2006 Summer Idea Books had come out.   This stamp immediately caught my eye.  I couldn't wait to get it!   The name of this stamp is Do Nothing.  This set was exactly what I wanted to be doing - sitting in the sun and reading a book.  It was so me.  (Although who has time to do this anymore?!)

Every year when I go through my stamps to purge used stamp sets to put in my Clearance stash, I always pull this one out and put it back.  It is one that I will always keep - even if I don't use it much.

I needed to make another Birthday card and I wanted to use the Surf's Up paper (or what I have left of it!) for a July Birthday card.  Then I remembered this stamp - PERFECT!   So I set to work last night creating this card.   The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches.   The Birthday sentiment is from Just A Number (D1514).  Inside the card it says "yours will remain unlisted".

Recipe:  5x7 Card
Surf's Up Paper Pack - X7168B
Surf's Up Assortment - Z1841
Do Nothing D1143 - Retired
Just a Number - D1514
Chocolate Pigment Ink
Sorbet Alcohol Markers - Z2407
Lagoon Alcohol Markers - Z2412
Crystal Blue Alcohol Markers - Z2401
Vanilla Cream Marker (RETIRED) - skin tone
Saddle Ink Pad (Z2171) and Blending pen (3174) - Hair color

Also entering this card into Seize The Birthday Challenge

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Nautical Birthday!

July is a month full of birthdays for me.  I've been busy working on my upcoming Autumn Winter Open House but I have to take a break every now and then and create a birthday card.   My Father In Law's birthday is coming up soon.  He lives on the lake so I thought it would be fun to create a Nautical Birthday card!

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch and Close To My Heart's Tommy Paper (X7169B).

I love the Canvas Compliments (X7169C) that go with the Tommy paper!  They make perfect accents for this card.  The flag border is from the Workshop On The Go Tommy stamp (G1058). The stamped sentiment is from Card Chatter - Birthday (D1475). The Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon (Z1808) adds a nice finishing touch. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Stayed tuned for more Birthday cards - I've still got several to create!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

She Believed......

Throughout this year's convention, the story of the Jeanette's struggles and successes through the years to make Close To My Heart the wonderful company that it is today were shared.  We learned how she started out as single mother making rubber stamps in her garage.  We learned that when Jeanette set out to accomplish something - she will!  Jeanette is a woman of faith and family.  She cares deeply for this company that is very 'close to her heart'.

On the last day of convention, there was a Question and Answer session with Jeanette.  She is very open and honest and also one very funny lady!  This is always one of my most favorite times of convention.   Before convention, consultants were asked to submit questions.  If your question is asked at convention you will get a special stamp set.   I was one of the lucky people to have my question asked.   After the session was over I went to retrieve my stamp.  When I opened it up and read it, I actually teared up.   I know the stamp represented Jeanette's story of her success but it really spoke to me at that moment.  I felt like that little stamp was meant for just me.

When I got home, I knew I wanted to create something special.  A reminder that I can accomplish my dreams too.  This will be my motto throughout this year.  

I painted one of our My Creations 6x6 Canvas Displays white.  The frame is cut from Black glitter paper (Z1829) with our new Artbooking cricut cartridge ("f"<photo mat2>). I stamped the sentiment with Black Pigment ink.  The band of fabric is For Always Textiles (Z1820) and Sparkles Black Flourishes (Z1745) added the perfect touch.

I have this displayed prominently in my scraproom so that I can see it when I'm in there working. 

Thank you Jeanette for being such a wonderful role model and inspiration in my life!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Washi Wonder Birthday

Here's a new stamp coming out August 1st.  It's a special stamp set and not everyone can get it!  What makes it so special?   Its a Hostess Only set!  There are seven Hostess Only stamps that will be available in the new Autumn/Winter Idea book.  The great news for Hostess, when they choose one of these special stamps, they can get them at a special low price!

When I first looked at the new book I new immediately that this Washi Wonder set would be a must have in my collection.    It's a fun stamp with lots of washi tape designs and because you stamp them, that means you have a choice of any color in any design!   I couldn't wait to create a card with this set!  This set has a retail price of $17.95 but Hostess' can get it for just $10!

I created a Birthday card using another one of my favorite stamps - Joyful Birthday (B1419)

I used Kraft paper as my card base and the colors of Lagoon, Smoothie, Buttercup and Desert Sand.  Of course, I had to tie it off with matching bakers twine from the Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment (Z1702)

I'm entering this card into these challenges:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Artbooking with Surf's Up!

Have you heard about Close To My Heart's newest exclusive Cricut Cartridge?!  It's called Artbooking.   It will be available to customers on August 1st.   One of the great things about being a CTMH consultant (and there are MANY!) is that we get a one month preview to new products!  I got my new Artbooking cartridge on Saturday and I've been playing with it.

This cartridge can create 15 two-page scrapbooking layouts with just the touch of a key!!  And the best part, you just set the measurement ONE TIME and everything else you cut will be proportionate to your layout design!  No more piles of images to use on something else because they weren't the right size! (I have lots of 'extra' images!)  In addition to the layouts, you can also create many different mini books!  There are endless possibilities with this cartridges because it has over 700 images!

I created this one page layout with the Summertime Layout keys.

I set the cricut to cut the overlay at 11".  Then, I left this same measurement as I cut the palm tree, leaves, picture mat, wave and title!    I can't wait to do more!  In fact, I'm keeping this post short tonight because I'm really wanting to get some more ARTBOOKING done!  Got to get back to my little corner of StampinHeaven!

Surf's Up Paper - X7168B
Surf's Up Assortment - Z1841
Sparkles Flourish - Z1708
Artbooking - Summer Layout

To find out more about ARTBOOKING and to see all the images check out the "ARTBOOKING - A New Cricut Cartridge" tab.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moxie Fab's No Stamping Birthday Sketch Challenge

Moxie Fab is celebrating their new Birthday Creations issue which is out this week.   So, everyday they are having a new Birthday Challenge.   Yesterday's challenge was to create a Birthday card using the sketch provided (see below).   You could either create a card with ALL stamping or a card with NO stamping.    Sounds easy right?   I thought the ALL stamping card would be easy but I found myself wanting to add embellishments!  I set it aside to finish later and moved on to the NO stamping card!

I decided to use my brand new ARTBOOKING cricut cartridge! (Read all about this fabulous new cartridge HERE!) This is ONE great advantage to being a Close To My Heart consultant - we get a one month preview to the new products to be released on August!   I LOVE this cartridge!  Check out my card - I have a few more sneak peek items on this card that will available in the new Close To My Heart 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book that is being released in August.

I used the Celebration Layout keys to create this card.   My card is 5x7.  If I had cut an overlay for the card, I would have chose the 6 1/2" size so that is what I set my dial size at.   Then I cut all the images using this setting.
Surf's Up Paper - X7168B
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge Z1906 (Available August 1)
Bronze Shimmer Trim - Z1849 (Available August 1)
Aqua Dots - Z1853 (Available August 1)
Midtown Cork Shapes - Z1863 (Available August 1)

Here is the Moxie Fab sketch I used:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

StampinHeaven Girl's Night Out!

Beginning in July, I will be starting a new StampinHeaven Girl's Night Out!  Each month on a Friday night I will have a fun project to complete.  This is not a commitment club so people can sign up for the ones they are interested in.  I will try to keep the project easy (meaning no paper trimmers required!) and each project can be completed in 2 hours or less!  

My first Girl's Night Out is scheduled for Friday, July 26.  We are going to create this fabulous 12x12 Canvas Art.    The cost of this workshop is $25.   

You will get everything you need to complete this piece of art.  Plus, you will get TWO color scheme choices.  Here is what is included in the kit:

Included in the kit: (retail value of kit - $39.95)
1 – My Acrylix® Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) 
1 – 12" × 12" Printed Canvas Display 
1 – Cashmere Baker's Twine (1 yard) 
10 – Clear Sparkles (10mm) 
1 – Sparkles Flourish 
2 – 12" × 6" Dimensional Elements In Color—Art Shapes 
1 – Instructional Brochure
PLUS -  a Cocoa mini Pigment Ink pad (this is NOT included in the kit purchased on my website)

Stamp included in kit

I will provide the Liquid Glass, foam tape and blocks needed to complete the project so all YOU have to bring are two pictures!  (A 5X7 and a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 picture)

You will be able to complete this project in just an hour!  I will show you how to use your left over supplies for an additional canvas or for a one page layout!

This is my Canvas Art I created using a different color scheme than the one shown above:

If you are interested attending this GNO Workshop please email me!  Space is limited and payment is needed by July 16.  Email:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Disney + CTMH = A Scrapitty Good Time!

I have been slow getting back to my blog after convention.   I had to go right back to work on Monday so I have not had a chance to get back into my blog routine.   I updated my Stampinheaven Facebook everyday (several times!) while I was gone.  If you missed the updates will recap here!   There is a lot it share so you better grab a cup of coffee and settle in!

Convention always starts off with a General Session that reveals the new products fun ways.  The first product reveal was a new line of Base and Bling.  Close To My Heart noticed that many consultants and customers were creating fun wearable art with their accessories and textiles.  Now we have everything we need to create fun wearable jewelry - necklace, ring, cuff bracelet, hair clip and headband!

During our creative session we learned how to make the base and bling jewelry using a kit that is sold in the new Idea Book.  This kit comes with everything you need - textile,necklace, accents and even the base and bling adhesive!  All for only $14.95!

This is my finished product!  I would love to hold a workshop for this!

We have several new My Creations products, and a new Designed Decor line.  These are art and memory frames that will display artwork, photos with clever mini clothes pins or hook clips to the wires.  I can't wait to create with this!  And yes! There is an entire kit for those that might need a little help in the creative area. 

Of course the biggest new product announcement was the new Artbooking cricut cartridge. I covered that a little bit in my previous post.  I get mine the Saturday and can't wait to try it out!   (This is just one perk to being a consultant - we get a one month preview before product is released to customers!). I will post more about the new cartridge once I've had a chance to play with it!

Convention attendees always get a special stamp for convention.  This years theme was VIVA!  For the first time we got a stamp and a special exclusive convention paper pack!  

The papers were beautiful and coordinated with the theme so well!  Here are the layouts I created with the paper I still need to add pictures. 

The last General Session of convention always ends with a Q&A with Jeanette Lynton.  She began the Q&A talking about her relationship with Jesus Christ.  He will always come first in her life and she looks to Him each day in everything decision she makes. She prays daily for her business and all the consultants.  Tears came to my eyes knowing that she speaks from her heart.   We are so blessed in this day to be working for a debt free company and a company that TRULY cares!  

Before convention, consultants were asked to submit questions to Ask Jeanette. These are always fun and usually results in lots of laughter.  Jeanette is one FUNny lady!   I was lucky enough to have one of my questions asked. "What is your favorite ride at Disneyworld". The answer - Splash Mountain.  Of course this had a very funny story to go with it.   I got this little stamp for having my question asked:

This little stamp reflects Jeanette's story which was told throughout convention. I'm going to make this my motto for this year.  I plan to grow my business even more and work towards building my team!  I want to share my love for CTMH!  

One of the things I look forward to the most is the time I get together with the girls that won the Spa Retreat back in 2010. We make a point to get together each convention for lunch. Two hours wasn't long enough but we had a great time!  We were missing 2 gals this year but hopefully soon we can all get together for a weekend. 

Can't wait to see these girls again!

Joining Close To My Heart over 7 years ago was one of the best decisions I ever made.  If you desire close friendships, extra income, discounts on beautiful products and more than join today!  It's easy and only cost $49!   Read more about the starter kit and how to sign up on "Join My Team" tab!

I will be back soon with more artwork!

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