Monday, June 30, 2014

July Stamp of the Month - Circus Alphabet

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Circus Alphabet, a set of 68 stamps. If you have come here from Dana Kessler'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 40 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!

What a fun alphabet! This is a set that will stay in my collection for along time to come!  I love alphabet stamps and the cuter they are the better!  This one just happens to be adorably cute! I created a Birthday Card with this stamp.

I used the embedded embossing technique for this card.  I will be teaching this technique in my next Technique Tuesday class.  See my upcoming events page for more information on date, time and cost.

The background paper is from Lollydoodle.  The balloons were cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge and stamped with the balloons that come with the collection.  I stamped the balloons in Pear and Crystal Blue.  To color the "HAPPY" I used my watercolor pencils and blending pen to get a faded effect.  I added a paper butterfly from my stash that I sponged with Crystal Blue Ink. (I'm trying to use up more of my older stash items).  Two sparkles finished the touch.

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 Alyson Mayo's blog to see what she has created!

2014 CTMH Convention Wrap Up - Recap #1

WOW...... WOW.... WOW   what an AMAZING convention we just had.   Nothing will ever beat the excitement of attending my very first convention back in 2010 but this one came very close!

My plane arrived in California about 1:20 so by the time I got shuttled over to the Disneyland Hotel and checked in, I had some free time Tuesday night to visit Disneyland with my friends Heather and Jaime.  

I had been looking forward to going to back to Disneyland for convention.  It really is a magical place to celebrate.  I was able to meet up with so many of my CTMH sisters far and wide.  These are a few of my Spa Gals.  In 2010 we all won the CTMH Spa Retreat.  Now, every year, we meet up for a reunion lunch at convention to catch up.  We were missing a few girls this year but hopefully next year the entire group can come back!

Wednesday was Leadership Day.  Our sessions were informative and inspiring.  I learned so much from many of the leading consultants in Close To My Heart.  My little notebook is FULL of notes! After dinner I attended the Scattered Hearts Team Meeting (picture above) which is led by Tina Sutton. She has over 1,000 consultants under her.   How humbling to know that I was #10 on her team for top sales!

She gave me this layout she created in Studio J:

Finally, Thursday came.... it's the BIG REVEAL day!  The day we get to see new product and are given the Idea Book!

Here is a look at the new Idea Book- Annual Inspirations.  I think it is so pretty!!  I wish I could open up the pages and show you HOW pretty it REALLY is.... but that will have to wait!
I will tell you names of paper packs that will sure get your imagination going!

Chalk It Up 
Scardy Cat 
Yuletide Carol 
Confetti Wishes 
Wanderful (and this is NOT misspelled!)

How fun are these!!  Can't wait to show you!

I've got so much more to share but I must get back to my other 'not as much fun' job.   I'll be posting more later this week.  In the mean time, stop by tomorrow for a fun new Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for July!!  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Coming Soon Artistic Adventure - Close To My Heart Convention 2014

I am so stinkin' excited about this year's convention coming up next week.  I fly out on Tuesday and I have a huge long list of "TO DO's". So little time but somehow as always I'll get it done.  I'd like to schedule a couple of posts for while I'm gone but not sure I can squeeze that in.  I will try to post a few updates from convention if I can.  You can definately follow along by checking in with my StampinHeaven Facebook Page because I'll be posting there as much as possible.  

This is going to be an exciting year as CTMH celebrates our 30 year Anniversary- BRAND new Idea Book format with nearly 50 more added pages of products and artwork.  And speaking of products - there are going to be 250 exciting new products! WOW!!  Convention attendees won't get the new books into our sweaty little hands until the close of General Session on Thursday which is right before lunch.   Our lunch will be spent drooling over the new book.   After the end of that General Session I'm usually dizzy from the frenzied excitement and squealing (yes I'll be squealing) at the announcement of all the new goodies.  It usually takes me a little bit to calm down.  I know it sounds crazy but every CTMH Consultant that has gone to convention knows what I'm talking about.  

Convention 2013 - DisneyWorld - Spa Girl Reunion
Attending convention is just one of the many highlights of being a Close To My Heart Consultant.  I've made so many friends far and wide and this is like a yearly reunion.  We get to meet up, catch up and trade ideas.   Reconnecting and re-energizing is something I look forward too.  While at convention, we'll see new artwork, get new ideas and learn new techniques.  ALSO, Consultants that attend convention get the added bonus of ordering new product bundles at an awesome discount too!

Have you ever considering signing up as a consultant?  If you want more information, please contact me! I'd love to have you join my team!  You can find more info HERE.

OK - to tackle my long list of "TO DO's" I must sign off for now!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Happy 97th Birthday!

My Grandma will be celebrating her 97th birthday on Thursday!  I wanted to create a fun card for her and the Balloon Ride (X7180B) paper seemed to just fit her personality.   Balloon Ride is so carefree and happy. My Grandma is an amazing woman.  She still lives on her family farm, remarried at the young age of 87, and has traveled all over the world.  She was just featured in the Newburgh Magazine in an article "Love of  Lifetime".  You can read it here if you like - Newburgh Magzine.   It's on page 42.

For this card I used Sketch #22 from Seize the Sketch 

Product Used

The Balloon Ride paper, compliments and assortments will all retire July 31 so if you really like this line you need to order before July 31! 

Shop my website 24/7!  Start shopping HERE!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for my dad.  The Timberline paper makes the perfect Father's Day cards! I used the sketch from Deconstructed Sketches for my card.  If you are ever in need of a good sketch to use, head over to Deconstructing Jen's blog.  I always love all her sketches!

I used the "You're the Best" (C1571) stampset with Ponderosa Pine for my sentiment and added some Hemp Baker's Twine and a wooden button I found in my stash.

Deconstructed Sketch No. 155

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Time to say Goodbye

Summertime is an exciting time for Close To My Heart consultants.... in just a little more than a week our Annual Convention will be taking place at the wonderful Disneyland Resort.  I'll there and I just can't wait!  The new Fall Winter Idea Book - newly renamed to Annual Inspirations will be released.   It is going to be bigger and better than ever with an additional 48 pages!  This new book will be good for an entire year!  We will have two special Seasonal Inspirations that will be released in December and April.  The new products in these books will be available for only 4 months.

With many new products waiting to be released in August, this always means it is time to let some things go.   Consultants and die hard CTMH customers get excited with the anticipation of things to come but at the same time it is with mixed emotions.  This year we will be saying goodbye to 5 colors - Blush, Buttercup, Sky, Twilight and Creme Brulee. A couple of these I have grown very fond of!  They have become a very special part of my color family over the last several years.   So here I offer a bitter-sweet farewell.

Blush oh so pretty Blush.  You were one of the first to greet me when I found CTMH back in 2006. You held your own over the years.  Most recently you brought out the best in Ivy Lane and helped Lucy shine back in 2012.

I remember when Creme Brulee came onto the scene!  She was alot of fun making herself right at home playing Footloose with Lucy in Aspen.  You've been fun but I guess it's time to move on.

The still fairly new Sky was such a happy color that was sure to bring memories of beautiful days to anything I created.  Introduced to us just recently in 2010, he barely had time to mature in these last four years.  Now I guess he will just fly away on that last Balloon Ride to the sky.

Then there is Buttercup.  She's been around from the beginning and I used her a few times at first but then I seemed to forget about her and left her sitting on my ink shelf.  Recently though, I rediscovered Buttercup when I needed her help with some Babycakes and we begin to spend alot of time get to know each other again. Ahhh,.... farewell Buttercup.  I'll miss you too!

Twilight was one of my first loves.  You are who I will miss the most.  He always provided just the right amount of hue in my blue. Twilight and Cocoa were the best of friends in my craftroom.  They got along so beautifully.  Especially when they came together for Florentine.  Twilight really shined most recently in Timberline making a big impact in the world of outdoors.  Cocoa and I will both have tears in our eyes as we say goodbye.

It's sad.... but I know that there a 5 brand new colors waiting behind the curtain to be revealed on June 26.   It will be like conventions past, they'll come out, there will be oohs and aahs and squeals of joy.
We will embrace them into our color palette world and introduce them to our other color friends where some will probably become very close.  Don't worry Cocoa, I know there will be a new color just right for you!

If you have a hard time saying goodbye and still have many paper packs that have these colors in them, make sure to stock up on cardstock and get the matching re-inkers.  You can re-ink your pads and they will be good for many years to come!   You can get the Whimsy Cardstock Combo pack (X5936) that has 4 each of these 5 retiring colors in addition to the continuing colors of Crystal Blue, Juniper, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet and Smoothie for $14.50.

Don't wait too long!!  
Although Close To My Heart does their best to stock these products to the end of the Idea Book cycle, effective immediately they are now only available While Supplies Last.
To see and shop the complete inventory of Retiring Items visit to my website HERE.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Celebrate 30!- Saying "Hi" with the Extraordinary Embellishments Collection

Another fun card to just say "HI" as we continue to Celebrate 30! during the month of June.   For this card I used the sketch over at Just Us Girls.   I got on a roll with the Timberline paper pack and used it on this card too!  I love the color of the paper flowers with the paper.   The twine is from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection (Z1837).  The rest of the embellishments including the Color Ready Canvas Alphabet letters can be found in the Extraordinary Embellishments Collection that is available only during the month of June!  Playing with the embellishments in this collection have been so much fun!  Get your collection and let your creativity soar!

Products Used -

Timberline Paper Pack (X7182B)
Mini Medley Accents - Wooden Collection (Z1837)

These collections are moving and won't last long so get yours today!
Start shopping HERE

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Celebrate 30! - Extraordinary Embellishments Collection

If you have been following my posts since the beginning of June, you know that Close To My Heart is celebrating 30 years in the stamping and scrapbooking Industry with a Celebrate 30 Special!  They have put together 6 great gift collections that you can purchase for just $30 when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products!  See all 6 collections HERE.

I've been featuring some things I've created using products from these gift collections.   Today I'm sharing a card with products from the Extraordinary Embellishments Collections and the current Timberline paper pack.  I found that these two go together very well!  My card is designed based on the sketch from Deconstructing Sketches.

I love the woodsy colors of the Just Blooms Floret  Paper Shapes and thought they were just perfect for the old barn style paper from Timberline.  The metal flourishes and the brad are from the Mini Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection.  I paired them up with Durables Round Studs which match perfectly.  All of these are part of the Extraordinary Embellishments Collection.   "Thinking of You" is from You're The Best stamp set (C1571) which is a great Father's Day stamp! 

These collections are moving and won't last long so get yours today!
Start shopping HERE

Products used:

Timberline Paper Pack (X7182B)

You're The Best (C1571)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Celebrate 30! - Happy Birthday with Accessory Coordinates Collection

June marks the 30 year anniversary for Jeanette Lynton's presence in the Stamping and Scrapbooking Industry. Close To My Heart is celebrating by offering 6 different awesome gift collections for just $30 each when you purchase $50 in Close To My Heart products.   Each collection has a retail value of $50 - $65!  What a fabulous deal!

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing things that I'm creating with the products from these collections.   If you missed my card I created with the Delightful Ribbons and Trims collection, you can see it HERE.

Today I created a card using Chantilly compliments, Chantilly assortments and Black Stripe Grosgrain ribbon from the Accessory Coordinates Collection.   If you are familiar with Close To My Heart products, then you know that each of the compliments and assortments had coordinating paper packs that matched perfectly.  Those paper packs have been retired and are now unavailable but you don't HAVE to have the papers to make use of these accessories!  I created this card using cardstock and embossing folders.

One of my favorite things to do is create cards using compliments or stickease rather than alot of stamping.  Here, only my sentiment is stamped.   I love the added dimension that the compliments give to the card.  My card design is from Freshly Made Sketches. I saw this sketch on Wednesday and knew it was one that I wanted to work with!  My cardstock colors are Cotton Candy, Twilight, Buttercup and White Daisy.  I used the Dot (Z1924) and Damask (Z1927) embossing folders.

If you want to get the Accessory Coordinate Collection don't wait!  This collection is popular and may sell out before the end of our celebration!

To see all 6 collections, visit my Celebrate 30! tab HERE.   

To start shopping, visit my website at

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ivy Lane Sympathy

On Tuesday morning, my Grandma lost her only surviving sibling - my Great Uncle George.  At 99 years of age, Uncle George had lived a long life.   I will always remember him for his love of making wine - he made all kinds.  Among his most popular was Gooseberry!  He was always full of stories. After the family dinner was over and everyone was sitting around the table with their dessert, he would tell stories of those days when he was young and growing up on the farm where we were gathered.  

I wanted to create a Sympathy card for my Grandma to let her know that I was thinking of her. For this card, I used Sketch #117 from Retro Sketches with Close To My Heart's Ivy Lane paper pack (X7178B). I found some old retired Olive grosgrain ribbon that coordinates beautifully and used some of my hoarded Bohemian Assortments that are also retired.   I felt like it added the touch I needed.  The sentiment is from Big Hug (D1584).

BIG HUG (D1584)


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Celebrate 30! - Happy Birthday with the Delightful Ribbon and Trim Collection

This month we are celebrating Jeanette Lynton's 30th year in the stamping and scrapbooking industry! To celebrate, we are offering 6 different product collections that you can add to your order for just $30 when you spend $50!  These gift collections have a retail value of $50 - $65 and are great ways to stock up on some popular items that have been unavailable or will be retired at the end of July!

Today I wanted to feature the products in the Delightful Ribbon and Trim Collection.  This is such a fun grouping of products with an array of washi tape, rosette ribbon, chocolate stripe grosgrain ribbon and black hemp!    It was only fitting that I create a Birthday card for this event!  I used Sketch # 21 from Seize the Sketch.

I cut out the cupcake using my Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  Next I covered the cupcake wrapper with my Cotton Candy polka dot washi tape and 'iced' it with the rosette ribbon.  My candle is covered with the silver washi tape.  Next I created a banner of assorted washi tape strung along the black hemp.  My birthday tag is accented with more washi and tied onto my cupcake with black hemp.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the set Belated Birthday B1442.

According to our product availability gauge, this collection is selling this fastest so don't wait!  
Order your collection today! 

See all of the Collections HERE.

Sketch #21

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