Sunday, February 28, 2016

Easter Treats in Pint Containers

Check out these adorable Easter Treat Containers! I couldn't resist using the Spring Critters stamp set along with the Penelope paper pack! I created some of these at Christmas where I didn't cover the entire container. If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

This time I wanted to wrap the label all the way around. Creating a 'label' cover for these containers was a bit tedious at first. Since the container has a tapered shape, the label needs to taper to fit it properly. After many tries of adjusting a cupcake wrapper in design space, I finally gave up and cut apart one of the containers and cut a template to scan into design space. This was my first attempt at scanning and uploading an image into Design Space. I have to say.... It was so easy!! Once I got my template created I was able to cut my labels with ease.

I used my ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to color the chick and the rabbit and then cut them out with the coordinating Thin Cuts.  I added a spring to the back of animals to create a cute bounce!

We will be creating one of each of these containers at my March Girl's Night Out Event!  Everything will be pre-cut for you.  You just color and put them together!  If you are local and want to attend here are the details:

Date:  Friday, March 18
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  My House

COST:  $12.00

Must pre-pay and RSVP by March 7.  Please email me for payment details!
Space is limited so RSVP early!

Products Used:
My Creations Pint-sized Containers - Z3137
Penelope Paper Pack - X7207B
Spring Critters - C1638
Spring Critters Thin Cuts - Z3207
Green Shimmer Trim - Z3087
Pink Shimmer Trim - Z1986
Glacier Thick Twine - Z3039
Adhesive Spring - Z1725
Various ShinHan Touch Twin Markers

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stampinheaven Winter Retreat

I'm still recovering from my StampinHeaven Winter Retreat! We had a blast.  I shared in my post the other day how I created an easy photo booth for the retreat.   Since the retreat was being held in February and I figured we would have our usual COLD weather and maybe just maybe a little bit of snow, I planned my retreat around a winter theme.   Well, as it turned out, we had temperatures in the mid to upper 60s which is probably typical of Tennessee weather - you just never know one day to the next.  THIS week now they are predicting snow flurries.

Since my theme was winter I designed a winter layout for my retreat pack.  Each retreat attendee got everything they needed to create this winter layout below.    All of these images were cut from the Atistry cricut catridge.  I love it how the lodge reminded me of the lodge we were staying in!  After taking photos in front of my winter theme photo booth, they could then attach pictures to the layout!

I attached some of my photos in the layout below!

Products used:
Charlotte B&T Paper
Glacier Cardstock
Crystal Blue Cardstock
White Daisy Cardstock
Ruby Cardstock
Glacier Thick Twine
Red Enamel Gems
Artistry Cricut Cartridge

Monday, February 22, 2016

Create Your Own Photo Booth Props!

This past weekend I hosted a Scrapbooking Retreat at Henry Horton State Park.    I decided to add a little fun to our retreat by creating a Photo Booth.    This was easy do and creating props was easy with Close To  My Heart's Artistry and Artiste Cricut Cartridges!

First, I created a backdrop using plastic tablecloths and painter's tape (for clean and easy removable) and added a few large snowflakes cut from Glitter Paper along with some strands of silver ribbon.   I had a Winter theme even though it was mid to upper 60's here in Tennessee all weekend! Who knew February would be so warm?!

Here are some of the props I created with the Close To My Heart Artistry and Artiste Cricut Cartridges.   There were different speech bubbles on each cartridge.  I used the Handwritten Print (E1030) stamp for the phrases.  This was a good size font that was easy to read.  The sunglasses and champagne glass was cut from the Artistry Cartridge, and the mustaches were from cut from the Artiste cartridge.   I also cut a great big pair of scissors from the Artistry Cartridge (not shown in this picture but you can see them in the snapshots further down in my post).

Other props I had were some cheap glittery crowns, a top hat that I added glittery snowflakes to, some beads and boas I found at Hobby Lobby and Michael's.   I think everyone had a fun time with the Photo Booth.

Enjoy some snapshots from my photo booth.....

So - go ahead - create your own photo booth for lots of laughter of fun!
I'll be sharing more about my retreat later this week!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Just a Few Days Left for Share the Love!

There is just a little more than a week left to get our exclusive Share The Love stamp!  When you purchase this stamp, Close to My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile!

Here is one more card I created with this stamp and my left over Charlotte papers.  The pieces on this card are actually 3 different Picture My Life cards from the Charlotte kit!  I love how quickly I can put together with the PML cards!

To order your Share the Love stamp, just go to my website and add it to your order!

Don't forget!  I'm still running my 10 year Anniversary special!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

You Make Me Smile - Share the Love

We are still celebrating February with Share the Love!  Today I'm sharing another card I created with this fun stamp!

For this card I used our Watercolor Paints to create a wash of color for the background. Then I used 2nd generation stamping to stamp the camera on to of the watercolor paint.  I used a couple of hearts from the Charlotte Compliments in the center of the Black/Gold ribbon.  The bottom border is from a Charlotte PML card that I cut apart.   I finished the card with a hand-drawn border.

I've got one more card to share so be sure to come back to visit!

Remember! The stamp is available during the month of February ONLY!  When you purchase this stamp, $7 will be donated to Operation Smile!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile™, an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families. Buy with pride. Your business with Close To My Heart makes a big difference in the life of a child.

Close To My Heart has designated February as “Share The Love” and they created an exclusive stamp set that can ONLY be purchased during the month of February! And here is a bonus! When you purchase this stamp set, $7 will go to Operation Smile! Our Stamp of the Month blog hoppers are hosting a special hop to showcase this stamp.  If you have come here from Katie Skiff'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.

I had recently completed the Charlotte Workshop Your Way kit and had a full sheet of Picture My Life cards, just a few scraps and some compliments left so I created cards using my leftoverw from the kit.  Today, I'll share my favorite card I created.

The piece with flowers is one of the PML cards while the other printed piece is a scrap of B&T paper I had left.  

I stamped on the little square compliment and added it to look like a piece of paper coming from the typewriter.  I clustered more compliments to add more accent to the card.

This is a fun stamp!  Come back for more samples that I created with this stamp and leftovers from Charlotte paper suite.

Remember!  This stamp is ONLY available during the month of February for $17.95.  
If you do not have a Close To My Heart Consultant you can purchase it from my website at:

Now, lets hop over to Lela's blog and see what she has created!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Balloon Animals

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Balloon Animals. This is a fun set of 13 stamps! If you have come here from Carol Taggio'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.

For this stamp I created a Party Pack using this stamp and the Kaleidoscope Paper Pack!  This party pack comes complete with a Birthday Banner, 8 party invitations, 8 cupcake toppers, 8 goody bags and a fun Birthday Surprise Card that can be used as a center piece!  

Just add your important party information inside!

8 fun cupcake toppers ready to go!  I covered the picks with coordinating washi tape!

Give each guest a special 3x3 goody bag filled with treats or a cookie!

Add this surprise pop-up Birthday Card to the center of your table!
The folds to fit inside a 5 x 7 Envelope!

Items used to create this Party Pack
Balloon Animals - February Stamp of the Month
White Daisy Cards and Envelopes Value Pack - X254
Kaleidoscope Paper Pack - X7202B
Marvy Journaling Pen - Z1979
Coral Shimmer Trim - Z3088
Green Shimmer Trim - Z3087
Poppy Thick Twine - Z3094
Limeade Washi Pack - Z3198
Boardwalk Washi Tape - Z3066 (in Clearance Section)
Carnival Washi Tape - Z3067 (in Clearance Section)
Sunset Ink - Z2191
Gypsy Ink - Z2190
Canary Ink - Z2643
Pear Ink - Z2197
Black Ink - Z2105
Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (for banner) - Z3169
3x3 paper bags (retired item)
Non-CTMH - Cupcake picks

Remember!  You can purchase this fun Balloon Animals stamp set for just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Now it is time to check out all the other fun things created with this adorable stamp!   Hop over to Kirsten Jade's blog to see what she has for you!

10 Year Anniversary!

Wow!!  They say time flies when you are having fun and that is so true!  I had no idea what was in store for me when I signed up with Close To My Heart 10 years ago.  I did not know that I would gain so many friends all around the country.  Also, I never would have guessed how much I would love teaching and sharing with others.   This journey that I have been on the last ten years has been a wonderful part of my life.  Recently at a Team Builders event in Utah, we were sharing what brought us to Close To My Heart and what would keep us here.   I said that I could never see myself leaving. I plan to be in my 90's and still sharing my love for this wonderful company because of the relationships that I have built with my customers, other consultants and even the corporate staff.

Since 10 years is a big milestone for me, I wanted to share it with my customers so I am doing something special this month!  I'm giving away a FREE stamp set with your purchase!  This isn't just ANY stamp set either!   This is a Hostess Only stamp set that can not be purchased.  Here is what you can do to get your FREE stamp set!

When you spend $40 (before ship & tax) in
Close To My Heart products during the month of February, 
you will get Little Things for Free!  
Little Things - Free with $40 Purchase

 When you spend $80 (before ship & tax), in
Close To My Heart products during the month of February, 
you will get Say It All for Free!  

Say It All - Free with $80 Purchase

Only 1 stamp per customer order.  I will mail you the free stamp set separate from your order.

So start shopping today! 

Would you like to embark on this journey with me?  
If you enjoy scrapbooking and/or cardmaking, or 
just looking for ways to build relationships with others through sharing what you love - 
Contact me today!
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