Saturday, May 31, 2014

June Stamp of the Month - Kaboom

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Kaboom, a set of 16 stamps. Four of these stamps coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!  If you have come here from Maria Myer'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 blog! I know that I can't wait to see what fabulous projects everyone has to share! Following the hop is easy- just click on the link at the bottom of each post and it will take you to the next blog!

I have TWO projects to share!

My first project is a one page layout featuring the Freedom Layout from Artbooking (page 65).  I used the 1/2 page overlay for this layout setting my dial size to 11".   This layout features all cardstock in the colors of Cranberry, Honey and Indian Corn Blue.   I had so much fun stamping the fireworks using the three ink colors. I cut the image for "What A Blast" using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge at the size indicated on the carrier sheet for the stamp.  Then I cut another image 1/4" larger on matching cardstock to layer.  I used my 1" punch to cut out "FUN" and layered it on top of the "You're the Bomb" image.  I scattered Bitty Sparkles around the page for a bit of 'fireworks lights'. 

My next project is for my Technique Tuesday event coming up June 10th.  This is a 3-Tiered Pull Up Card.  Just pull the little white tab at the top and you get.......


If you are local to me and want to attend this class, be sure to check out my UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR for details on reserving your spot!

I hope you enjoyed my projects!  Remember, you can get this stamp set ONLY during the month of June for $5 with a $50 purchase!   Visit your consultant's website to order.  If you don't have a consultant you can place your order with me!  Go to to place your order!

Now it is time to hop over to Vicki Price's blog to see what she has created!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Free To Be Me - TWO DAYS LEFT!

Wow!   Just two more days to grab the Free To Be Me Paper Pack for $5!  I LOVE this paper.... so much that I was able to get TWO!  I took a quick time out last night to sneak into my craft room and create one more card to share before this awesome promotion ends!  For this card, I used sketch #197 over at The Paper Players this week.

I finally got around to using my Oodles of Doodles (B1449) stamp set.  It was one of the first stamps I purchased when the Spring Summer Idea was released.  It is such a fun stamp!  I really need to use it more.  My accents are from the now retired Trinket Wooden Shapes.  I was excited to find little arrows to match my paper!  The twine is Hemp Bakers Twine from the Mini Medley Accents Wooden Collection (Z1837).
                                     Oodles of Doodles (B1449)
Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection (Z1837)

Free to Be Me Paper Pack - $5 with a $50 Purchase!
Get your Free To Be Me paper pack before it's gone!  With a $50 purchase (does not include While Supplies Last), you can add this pack for just $5.  PLUS you'll also be eligible to get the Stamp of the Month - You've Got a Friend for $5 too!   

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last Week for the Exclusive Free To Be Me Paper Pack!

Wow.... I can't believe it has been over a week since I last posted!!  That is so unlike me!  I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to step into my craft room which I'm really starting to miss!  I traveled to Kentucky over the long holiday weekend for my niece's graduation party and then we drove over to my Father In Law's to spend the weekend on Kentucky Lake.  He has a gorgeous view of the lake. I could sit all day and just watch the boats go up and down the water.  I really enjoyed the weekend and even put away my phone and ipad - only checked it a couple of times.   Sometimes you just have to really unplug yourself and enjoy the moment.  

Here is one more reminder about the May National Scrapbooking Month Special.   There are only 4 days left to take advantage!  I absolutely LOVE this paper pack!  I've seen so many great projects with it.  Be sure to check out my Pinterest Board.   I've been pinning things I've loved with this paper.  (Click on the board at the bottom of this post to see all the art).

Here is one last card I'm sharing.  I paired the red Free to Be Me paper and cardstock with the Black resist cardstock from the Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment (Z1939).  I just loved the feather vellum paper that is included in the Free To Be Me pack!  This month's stamp of the month - You've Got a Friend is a wonderful companion for the Free To Be Me Paper Pack.  I added Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809) and black epoxy bubbles from the Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles (Z1939) to complete my card.

You can get BOTH the Free To Be Me paper pack AND the May Stamp of the Month - You've Got a Friend for just $5 each when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart Products!  (While supplies last items do not apply).  There are only 4 days left to take advantage of this offer!  Don't miss out!

May Stamp of the Month - You've Got a Friend

Free To Be Me Paper Pack
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I'm entering this card into the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #138

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hello - Free to Be Me

More Free To Be Me art!   This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card was created using Sketch #20 from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 2. and the Owls stampset (B1450).  I used the Gold Resist Cardstock as the base and the feather vellum overlay over one of the pattern papers. "Hello" is cut from one of the Free To Be Me paper zip strips.   Woodgrain Washi (Z1930) and Aqua Dots (Z1853) complete the card.

Just 2 weeks left to get your Free To Be Me paper pack at $5 when you spend $50!

Start shopping HERE!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Day with Feathers

I see feathers everywhere these days in crafting projects.  Even Close To My Heart's exclusive National Scrapbooking Month special paper pack has feathers on some of the papers! I created this card with Free to Be Me paper pack and the Feathers (C1584) stamp set from Close To My Heart.  

This card was very simple to create! I stamped the feathers in Juniper, Lagoon and Sweet Leaf Inks. The Aqua Dots (Z1853) were a perfect match!  The "Happy Day" sentiment is from one of the Free To Be Me paper zip strips! 

Get your own Free To Be Me paper pack in the month of May as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!  Only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Shop HERE!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Oh Happy Day - Free To Be Me

National Scrapbooking Month is still going on and today I have a card to share with you that I created with Close To My Heart's special NSM paper pack - Free To Be Me.  This card is adapted from Sketch #19 in Make It From Your Heart Vol 1.

I cut out the gold polka dot vellum paper to use at the top of each Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848).  I thought this made them look like candles.  The banner is cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and I used the stamp that is included with the collection to stamp the sentiment.   I love the resist cardstock that is included in this pack!

There are only 2 1/2 weeks left to take advantage of this special paper pack!  When you order $50 in Close To My Heart products, you can add this special paper pack for just $5 more!   ($11.95 retail value).   The Free to Be Me paper pack is only available until May 31 (or while supplies last!)  So order yours today!

Start shopping HERE!

I'm entering this card into Heart 2 Heart's Banner Challenge

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pennant Banner with Timberline - May's Girls Night Out

Today I'm sharing a project that I worked on during my recent Spa Retreat Reunion with some great Close To My Heart friends.  I had so much fun collaborating on this with Briana Bostick, fellow Spa Retreat Winner and CTMH consultant sister!  Between the two of us I think we came up with a great little project that will be my May Girl's Night Out event! 

For May's GNO event project we will be creating a woodsy pennant frame just in time for Father's Day.  We will be using the paper, compliments and assortments from Timberline.   This frame will hold a favorite 4x5 or 5x5 photo of Dad or maybe even a fun family outing such as hiking, camping or just being in the great outdoors!

I love the fun wooden assortments that coordinate with the Timberline pack. It has a nice variety of elements to choose from.  The assortments include 12 etched wooden pieces - 9 assorted shapes and 4 pins.  

We will top off your memorable event using the pennant banners from the Timber Compliments, Hemp Bakers Twine and little wooden clothespins!   All of these fun elements will be included in your Girl's Night Out Project Kit!

Details for the May Girl's Night Out Event
  Date:  Friday, May 30 6:30pm
Cost $25
Must RSVP and Pay by May 18

Everything is provided.  All you have to bring is:
1 4x5 Photo (Horizontal) or 5x5 (Square) photo
Glue Dots
Foam Tape/Squares

Contact me today if you would like to attend this event!

I'm also sharing the project for this week's H2H challenge: A Banner Day

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!  My mother spends her days working in her backyard which really needs to be referred to as a garden.  It's a beautiful labor of love. When you step into her backyard, you feel like you are stepping into the pages of a Southern Living or Better Homes & Garden magazine. Unfortunately, I did not get that green thumb from her.  My thumb is more of a 'inky' thumb. She loves hydrangeas so I really wanted to incorporate some on a Mother's day card for her. I used A Mother's Love (B1447) stamp set which is a special stamp set available only for our Hostess'.

The paper is from the Skylark paper pack.  I cut a decorative rectangle using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge for a backdrop for the hydrangeas.  The stamp for the flowers is a two-step technique.   I stamped the base of the hydrangea in Sweet Leaf ink and the outline layer in Desert Sand in.   I tried several colors and colors combinations for the hydrangeas before I finally came up with a combination I liked.   I cut a piece of Skylark paper that had a washi image to use for my sentiment flag.   The pearls and ribbon are retired Close To My Heart products from my stash.

Stamp used:
A Mother's Love B1447

If you would like to get this stamp, be a hostess!  Ask me how!

I'm entering this card into Mojo Monday #344

I hope you have a joyful day!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sooner or Later.....

When I sat down last weekend to start working on a couple of graduation cards and Mother's Day cards, I was rummaging through my Skylark paper pack and pulled out a card I had started but never finished!  I decided to use the Mother's Day and the Frame Flair stamps that I had used on the card I shared yesterday.  See it HERE.

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 White Daisy Card & Envelopes Valu Pack - X254
Skylark Paper - X7177B
Skylark Assortment (resin flower) - Z3000
Lagoon Zipper Lace - Z1917
Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small Z1812
Bitty Sparkles - Z1263
Scallop Punch - Z1851
Art Philosophy - Z1686

I'm entering this card into two challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges - Bingo (Flowers, Sentiment & Bling)

I'm headed to my craftroom to work on a card for my mom!

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day is just around the corner.  I'm a little behind on getting my cards made but I have finished one!  I'm sharing this one today.  I couldn't wait to get the "Mother's Day" stamp when it was first released in Close To My Heart's Spring Summer Idea Book.  I actually started this card over a week ago and after playing around with ideas for a while I had to set it aside.  One of those lack of mojo days I guess.  But I came back to it last weekend and began to put it together.  I love using silhouette stamps. There is an elegance about them that really appeals to me.  I'm not sure I did this one justice but I do like the way the card turned out.

I used some paper from the Skylark (X7177B) paper pack.  For my Mother's Day sentiment I cut a shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and stamped the frame with one of the frames from the set - Frame Flair (D1546).   I used sparkles from the Sparkles Clear Assortment (Z1752), a flourish from the Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small (Z1812) and added a resin flower from the Skylark Assortment (Z3000)

Here are the two stamp sets I used:
Frame Flair - D1546
Mother's Day (C1577)

I have one more card to complete before Sunday!  I'll share when I've finished.  

I'm entering this card into the following blog challenges:

Inspired By - Mom Theme Challenge #114

Cut It Up - Mother's Day Challenge #44

I hope you have a HAPPY FRIDAY!!  COME BACK SOON!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Five FAB New Product Bundles!

Close to My Heart has put together five new product bundles for our customers!  These fabulous bundles have been put together with function and savings in mind!  Your can save $5 to $10 by purchasing one of these bundles.   Let's take a quick tour of the bundles.

Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2140) 
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2135) 
Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2170) 
Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2162) 
Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2147) 
My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom (A1155) 
My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Island Greetings (A1157) 
My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778) 
My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782) 
My Acrylix™ Organizer (Z1038)

$65.30 (Retail Value $70.30) save $5!

Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2193) 
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195) 
My Acrylix™ Belated Birthday (B1442) 
My Acrylix™ Big Hug (D1584) 
2" x 2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1003) 
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1009) 
White Card and Envelopes Value Pack (X254) 
Pink Glitter Paper (Z1922) 
Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment (Z1702)

$73.25 (Retail Value - $78.25) save $5!

Medium Organizer (Z4139) 
Craft Boxes (Z4137) 
Dot Embossing Folder (Z1924) 
Chevron Embossing Folder (Z1925) 
Stitch Guide (Z1852) 
Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114) 
Sanding Kit (Z1294) 
Bone Folder (Z1204) 
Spray Pens (Z1380) 
Create-a-Shade™ Pearl Paint (Z1039)

$71.05 (Retail Value $76.05) save $5!

Timberline Paper Packet (X7182B) 
Timberline Complements (X7182C) 
Timberline Assortment (Z3005) 
Skylark Paper Packet (X7177B)
Skylark Complements (X7177C)
Skylark Assortment (Z3000)
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack (Z1977) 
Cherish™ Scrapbook Program (9038) 
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151) 
Scallop Border Punch (Z1851) 
Corner Rounder (Z1912) 
Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979) 
Metallics Markers (Z1768) 
Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708) 
Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918) 
Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape (Z1930) 
 Keyboard Kraft Alphabet (Z1825)

$133.40 (Retail value $143.40) save $10!

Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173) 
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2118) 
My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself (C1574) 
My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet (E1028) 
My Acrylix™ LOL (A1159) 
3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006) 
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512) 
Liquid Glass (Z679) 
VersaMat™ (Z1279) 
Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack (Z1977) 
Memory Protectors™ 4" x 6" Flip Flaps™ (Z4114)
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment (Z1939)

$132.10 (Retail Value $142.10) save $10!

When you order one of these bundles during the month of May, you will automatically qualify for the May Stamp of the Month - You've Got A Friend for $5 (retail value $17.95)

Free To Be Me Paper Pack for $5 (retail value $11.95)

Start shopping today!  
To shop the product bundles - start HERE

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